When pharmaceutical sales executive Bruce Steinberg decided to leave the world of pills behind after 35 years, he picked a different kind of feel-good product to push: ketchup.
"In my role as a pharmaceutical salesman, I was always looking for a hole in the marketplace," Steinberg says. "And I think I've found one in the world of specialty foods. If you go to the supermarket, all the ketchup products look exactly alike. And that's because, with few exceptions, they are."
He's right. Call it ketchup or catchup or catsup, but your basic grocery-store red stuff doesn't vary much from brand to brand when it comes to the ingredients: tomatoes, vinegar, high-fructose corn syrup.
On a less-confusing note, we're getting the Rockstar Mayhem Tour that we were upset about missing, on Tuesday, July 17, so huzzah for that.
Remember the tornado that blew through Joplin, Missouri, and almost destroyed the entire city? Kind of hard to forget. There have been plenty of area benefit shows including local musicians to help raise funds and collect food and clothing for the victims. This week, two more are on the horizon, so if you haven't attended an event yet or want to donate a bit more while listening to local artists belt out some songs, you might consider attending these two upcoming events.
This whole Joplin thing gets more terrifying and depressing by the minute. A silver lining is that these types of events tend to bring out the good in people, and along those lines, our local-music scene is responding with a benefit for Joplin, set for next Wednesday at Crosstown.
Symphonic Quixotic -- the collaboration between Quixotic and the Kansas City Symphony -- is unveiled this weekend at the Lyric on May 13 and 14. We've got two vouchers for two pairs of tickets to give away!
Find details on how to score 'em after the jump.
Yes, the weekend just happened. Hard to believe that the Toro Y Moi and Bright Eyes' shows have come and gone. But worry not, music lovers. The following fun-filled music events are going down this week.
Midtown will have another record store in its midst come April 16. Record Store Day 2011 will mark the opening of Vinyl Renaissance at 39th Street and Wyoming, according to The Kansas City Star. Instead of moving to the old Streetside store on Broadway, the Shawnee store chose to move its second location to the bustling center of 39th Street. Hidden Pictures, the Dead Girls and the Rainmakers -- three great Kansas City local bands -- will open the store on April 16.
After three years in the local recording business, Josh Browning, operator of Hey! Bulldog Soundlabs (and former audio engineer with Black Lodge Recording) is closing up shop and joining forces with Chris Cosgrove of Cosgrove Audio.
"Hey! Bulldog has been a fantastic place to make records. I'm really proud of what's come out of there over the past three years (Cowboy Indian Bear, Stik Figa, Katlyn Conroy, Colony Collapse, etc). I wanted to have a place where young groups with promise could come and try to make ambitious records. I think we achieved that," Browning explains.
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