Glazer: Scribes Waxes Poetic & Positive

What was once a given is now finally about to happen…

The Kansas City Chiefs will win their second straight division title for the first time in their entire history. Yes, KC likely will defeat the Miami Dolphins at Arrowhead Sunday and secure the playoff spot with that win or a Chargers loss.

Maybe all that’s left in this regular season will be to wonder if will Pat Mahomes will play next week against Denver, should the Chiefs wrap it up this week.

It would be easy to think the Chiefs might let down a bit after two big wins over the Raiders and Chargers, but they all know this is a must win game. If KC plays anything close the game they did last week, they win. Miami has nothing to play for but pride and it’s COLD  here so that should help as well.

I have to take KC over Miami but I don’t like the 10 points you have to give up.

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Isn’t it a big strange that perhaps the Chiefs biggest star, Tyreek Hill, is almost never interviewed by the media? Continue reading

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Hearne: KU Cries Foul on GOP Tax Plan

Turns out fat cat basketball boosters @ KU may not be getting any fatter after the new GOP tax bill kicks in next year…

That’s because the controversial points system excommunicated former athletics head Lew Perkins implemented to extort big bucks from donors is about to take a hit.

Under the current tax law, Jayhawk donors wanting to buy primo seats for basketball or football can deduct 80 percent of their donations from their taxes. At present, they’re choking out $17 million to $20 million a year for the right to purchases topnotch tix.

No mas.

Come January 1st they’re gonna have to make the required donations in after tax dollars.

There’s more…

Also starting January 1, basketball deity Bill Self‘s $5 million paycheck is going to start costing the athletics department an additional 21 percent excise tax. In other words, it will cost those noble Jayhawks another million plus bucks.

To which – incredibly I might add – new KU chancellor Douglas Girod is “arguing” is going to do “significant harm to higher education.”

Seriously, he actually said that. Continue reading

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Boom Boom: And to all, a Goodnight!

Merry Christmas to all my gentile friends and Happy Hanukahh to my Jewish friends…

Now here’s what I wish for my friends on KC Confidential:

1. Paul Wilson (aka “Wislon”):  A new personality. Where did you go?

2. Dwight Sutherland (aka “Suthy”): A book on english lit to read by the firelite of your fireplace because no one else wants to read it and it bores the hell out of 95% of the world.

3. Chuck: A new hardhat to protect you at work.

4. David Nelson: Just keep on keeping on in showing the Glaze he doesn’t know anything about sports.

5. Kerowacky: Another year of life. New medicines are on the way. And we all would
miss your long gibberish outdated, outmoded form of journalism that once caught
the fancy of the reading public and the hope that you don’t pick against the
Chiefs every week because you look like an old fool in your 80’s!

6. Hearne: more exciting nights counting lights on holiday homes. What a wonderful
read it would be to have you count the lights strung downtown or to guess the
attendance at Jazzoo or any of the city’s social events. Hey hey, how about guessing
the attendance at the Chiefs game which the idiots on KCC believe is decreasing.
And of course holy matrimony with your new girl friend and significant other.

AND NOW FOR THE GLAZE:
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Lefsetz: The New, (Finally) Improved Grammy’s

This is not about diversity, this is about a CHANGING OF THE GUARD!

The Grammys have been out of touch since day one.

They missed the Beatles and they missed Led Zeppelin. Hell, the New Artist award is considered the kiss of death. So if they got it so wrong for so long how did they get it so right this time?

I DON’T KNOW!

This opacity leads to the question of ultimate winners to boot. Will Jay Z eclipse Kendrick for Album of the Year? Will Jay Z also beat out “Despacito” as Record of the Year? If so, we’ll know the same Grammy organization exists, one wherein members vote upon name recognition as opposed to intrinsic value.

That’s right, the Grammys are a joke.

Anybody who believes in them is delusional. The wrong people win and even worse, now the winners don’t even see a bump in consumption.

BUT THAT MAY CHANGE!

Amazing how a little dose of truth pays dividends. Continue reading

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Glazer: Don’t Look Now, Stanford’s is Back!

After a long wait Stanford’s 813 is now open at 813 Walnut downtown…

The club is much more like our old Westport location. We have comedy seven nights a week with shows that start at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday with an open mic starting at 6 p.m. We will have entertainment nightly from 9 p.m.to 3 a.m. with different guest entertainers, DJ’s and Facebook Live star Will Kidd live nightly at the club.

The new Stanford’s has a game room with pool, video and of course, food and drinks.

Should be fun.

You know I can’t wait to be back out at a club til 3 A.M. Ha.

We also have some hot female bartenders and servers.

Parking is free on the street out front and we have our own parking garage next door. You can also enter from Grand. So we are back in midtown in Missouri after a 15 year absence while we did our Kansas thing in Overland Park and at Legends. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Ends Chiefs Boycott, Waxes Euphoric


So that’s how the West was won…

All i can say is, WOW!

Perhaps the greatest regular season win of modern times for the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, with their backs to the wall facing one of the hottest teams in the NFL, Kansas City showed heart, guts, brains and got the monster win, upsetting the Chargers 30-13 in front of a sold out Arrowhead to more than likely win their division.

As one of the many down on our Chiefs for weeks – and rightfully so given their losing 6 of 7 after a 5 and 0 start and playing near the bottom on so many areas – they showed they ain’t done yet.

Not by a long shot.

Every key player and the entire team played out of their minds to bring home the title and make the playoffs. I have to salute Andy Reid, the coaching staff, Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters and especially Kareem Hunt….HE’S BACK!

And how about that offensive line play…outstanding.

With the line blocking for Hunt he had his best day of the season, running for well over 100 yards and pass receiving like an all pro. Hunt looked like the running back we met in New England in game one.

Hunt was the key to the Chiefs offense holding onto the ball, moving it when needed, picking up that huge 4th down play near the end of game. The death blow was the touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Just fantastic. Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘Jedi’ Delivers—Especially for Luke and Rey

It’s difficult to write a STAR WARS perspective when you’re asked by the studio to pretty well stay away from the story line direction and—god forgive—spoilers…

So I’ll oblige those studio-directed no-no’s and just say that STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI delivers for millions of fans on various levels.

About 10 minutes into the epic space opera the film asks the question:

‘Where is Rey?’

We find her confronting Luke Skywalker with: “We NEED Luke Skywalker!”

And I just bet that Mark Hamill in the role couldn’t agree more as we last saw him only briefly at the conclusion of THE FORCE AWAKENS two years back.

Ah, but as they say, the story continues in Episode VIII which vastly expands Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) role all the while injecting her newly discovered abilities while taking the adventure  into even more and extremely visual directions.

“This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke tells Rey.

And that’s a solid hint at what to expect from the movie.  Continue reading

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Hearne: The Story Behind Billy’s Belly

Nobody steps on the big Bill Self’s cape…

Nope. That goes without saying, that in the wilds of Lawrence, Kansas – home to Self’s basketball Jayhawks – he gets a pass on anything short of maybe daylight bank robbery or doing bad stuff to kids.

Example: No one’s ever said diddly – other than behind his back – about that itchy critter that hovers over Self’s bald noggin. Let alone the extramarital affair he allegedly had with one of my former neighbors that resulted in Wild Bill moving from his Taj Mahal-like home in the burbs to an upscale condo for however many months.

Which is not to say the entire town of Lawrence isn’t obsessed with Self’s every move – each and every detail of his life inside the local fish bowl.

The latest?

Local tongues are wagging about Self’s sudden weight gain.

“I first noticed it last year,” says one prominent KU fan. “I noticed it on TV; I noticed it with the suit he was wearing that didn’t fit; and I noticed it in person.”

How noticeable was it?

“Very,” says the source. “He’s gotta be 250 to 300 pounds now. I’ll bet he’s gained 50 pounds.”

Why? How? Continue reading

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Glazer: The Topsy Turvey World of Chiefs Football

Those darn Chiefs

THEY WON!

Yes, it was a defensive gem for three quarters as our Chiefs shutdown the Oakland Raiders offense with a strong effort from their defensive line. The Kansas City pass defense was very good for the first time all season. And considering their only true star on defense Marcus Peters was benched that was even more surprising.

You could see the energy coming from the Chiefs players. They wanted this one badly and wanted to prove they weren’t done. They did that with a 26-15 victory, their first in over a month that snapped a four game losing streak.

At 7-6 our Chiefs remain in a first place tie with the LA Chargers who crushed a good Washington Redskins team Sunday.

The Chiefs offense was also better overall.

Alex Smith threw for 268 yards, but was still cold in the red zone and had no TD throws. Still a good effort. Kareem Hunt came back to life with 116 yards on the ground, his first 100 yard game since September. Nice. No big runs to speak of but steady and got some needed short gains for first downs finally. Tyreek Hill proved he is the man with more big plays and 75 yards on 4 receptions. Travis Kelce had a good game with 7 catches for 74 yards. Even Albert Wilson was a factor with 5 receptions for 72 yards and a big, closing first down catch.

It was a team WIN!
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Hearne: Kansas City Alt Monthly The Pitch Hanging On…

I’ve been there for both the rise and the fall…

Now sadly, it  looks like I may be around for the funeral of Kansas City’s only true alternative pub The Pitch. Make no mistake, there’s nothing here to feel good about. Time passes and cool things come and go. Still having been responsible in no small part for both the evolution and the survival of The Pitch – from record store rag to alternative rag, it does weigh on me.

That despite my many critiques in my columns in the Kansas City Star “celebrating” the newsweekly’s sophomoric approach to its annual “best of” issues. That and the odd dust up with paper thin skinned former Pitch editor C.J. Janovy.

All of which takes nothing away from the contributions made by hundreds of contributors to the Pitch over its decades long existence.

Unfortunately the recently converted to monthly “magazine” appears to be hanging by a thread.

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Glazer: Scribe Saddles Back Up…Sums Up the Sad Toll

I’ll say one thing for the Chiefs

They have sure gotten more national attention than ever of late. The NFL and sports media just can’t get over their infamous fall from grace. To be honest, other teams have started out 5-0 and not made the playoffs.

In fact, the Chiefs with Andy Reid started 9-0 a few seasons back and were terrible at season’s end – losing game one at home in the playoffs.

This year we got tons more attention because KC was the nationally featured team on more games than any other NFL club. They shocked the NFL world with their one and only huge win over the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

They followed with four more wins, but nothing topped that monster upset at New England. The trick plays, the bombs to Tyreek Hill, the record pacing running of rookie Kareem Hunt and the strong play of Travis Kelce.

Then came the Pittsburgh Steelers and it all came crashing down.

Not because the Chiefs lost, but how they lost. They turned back into the mediocr team they really are.

Alex Smith looked like the journeyman quarterback he always has been, Kareem Hunt was stopped and would be for the rest of the season. Our defense stunk, as it really has all year but is worse now.

Cinderella saw the clock strike midnight.

It was a bit shocking to see the media darling fall every week and become the worst team in the NFL – a team that possibly won’t win one game the rest of the season.  Continue reading

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Hearne: Forsooth Chiefs Fans, There is Life After Football

And now, the rest of the story…

So much gloom and doom over the Kansas City Chiefs of late. Chillax, people. Tis the season to be jolly. Not angry or heartsick because a bunch of our hired gun, from out-of-town, millionaires lost a half dozen games to some other city’s from-out-of-town, hired gun millionaires. That’s no reason to bah humbug away our daily lives.

Hey, we still have the Plaza lights, right?

Seriously though…

How many NFL teams are there, 32, right?

Which means that without fail, like 97 percent of the cities with pro football teams flunk out each and every year.

So effing what?

What are the pitiful souls who live in those 31 loser cities supposed to do – curl up and die? Of course not.

It’s a game, people, just a game.

And from what I could tell, Sunday’s ill fated Chief’s loss to the New York Jets was a heckuva fun-to-watch, closely-contested game. Not something to cry our eyes out over. Not something that cast a pallor over the entire town. Continue reading

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Hearne: Which is More Exciting, Watching the Chiefs or Plaza Lights?

Can we talk?

It’s time to lower the flag to half mast and admit that one of Kansas City’s most highly touted annual events is well past its prime…

For 88 years the vaunted Country Club Plaza has strung mostly old-fashioned Christmas bulbs along the outline of its Spanish style edifices and labeled it a world class sight to behold.

Generations of we locals have pointed to the Plaza lights with awe and pride, boasting of it to people worldwide.

But let’s not forget that when the tradition began there was no ceremony, no pomp and circumstance – just a single strand of colored bulbs stretched across a single building.

Five years later somebody decided to make a “ceremony” of it and hype the mere decorating of a local shopping center as a not-to-be-missed annual event.

To put that all in perspective here’s some of the other  stuff that was making the headlines in the year 1925 when the Plaza lighting tipped off.

The first motel opened in California; Sears Robuck opened its first store;  “The Great Gatsby” was published as was Adolph Hitler’s book Mein Kampf. Oh yeah, and Mount Rushmore was dedicated.

Little wonder the Plaza lights didn’t garner much if any attention.

Yet from that humble start the lighting grew into a Thanksgiving tradition that attracts thousands to the Plaza.

How many thousands?

Because Cowtowners are given to exaggeration,  the owners of the Plaza conspired with a complacent local news media to hype the event as a phenomenon that drew upwards a quarter of a million attendees.

Until 2003 when UMKC statistics professor Zeng Yong’s students and volunteers joined forces with Waldo businessman Gary Evert to – for the very first time – actually count the crowd.

Net result: 30,000 and change.

The Plaza immediately backed away from the bogus crowd numbers and ceremony sponsor KCP&L ditched its 200,000-plus crowd boasts.

Which brings us to the heart of the matter…

And that’s the sad reality that stringing old fashioned Christmas lights doesn’t cut it in the 21st Century. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Throwing in the Towel on This Year’s Chiefs

The Chiefs offense and Alex Smith tried hard to win today’s game against the bottom feeder New York Jets.

So what do they have to show for it?

Another loss to a non playoff, bad team. This was the Chiefs fourth loss in a row. Though they had a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter, they were soon out of the game. Why? No defense, it’s a joke. Darrelle Revis was a huge joke, he couldn’t play at all. When he tried to tackle a receiver or runner they just pushed him away and ran over him. To say he stunk, is an understatement, as did the entire defense.

KC lost the game 38-31 giving up a game ending touchdown to the Jets who they could not stop at day.

The Chiefs held the Jets to what would have been a field goal at game’s end, but after giving them 3 penalties to keep the drive going inside their 5 yard line, that was a bit much. Then of course they gave up a 2 point conversion.  Continue reading

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New Jack City: Hollywood’s Annual Joy To The World

The 2017 holiday movie season is right around the corner…

The official kick-off being Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

That’s when Disney officially launches STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI with Mark Hamill returning as Luke Skywalker—and sadly the final performance by Carrie Fisher as Leia.

(Take note that members of several theater-circuit loyalty programs will have an hour jump on the blockbuster. They’ll be able to see it as early as 6:00 p.m. on December  14.)

Then practically EVERY theater will then grind the movie AFTER its initial 7:00 p.m. showings and all day on the 15th.

Counter programming on December 15 will come from the animated FERDINAND, Woody Allen‘s WONDER WHEEL and Guillermo del Toro‘s THE SHAPE OF WATER starring Sally Hawkins.

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Wednesday, December 20 brings Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black into action with JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.

And Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in the musical production THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.

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Then just two days later on December 22 the movie floodgates open with half-a-dozen MORE holiday titles. Continue reading

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Glazer: Brace Yourselves, Chiefs Fans / Plus Picks

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says it’s his fault…

Not quarterback Alex Smith’s. The Chiefs have fallen apart, losing five of the last six games. Reid simply says, “I have things to fix and work on. We have to play better.”

That’s his lame story folks.

The Chiefs are on the road to face the New York Jets Sunday.

Here’s the shocker; Kansas City is favored by 3 1/2 points to win!

This is the same Chiefs team that has no offense and a terrible defense…favored…on the road, no less. Yikes!

While the Jets are not a threat to even win their division, they’re better than the last three teams that defeated the Chiefs – and KC was favored huge in those losses to the Giants and Bills.

Reid states the obvious: That the offensive line has been off its game, thus no running game or the ability to protect Smith. His wide receivers have bnot played well.  Oh, and our defense needs to improve.

Right.

Plus the usual, that we had a great week of practice.

Reid is under fire to replace Smith with rookie sensation Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs are now just one game in front of the much better Los Angeles Chargers who are looking like a solid playoff team. Meanwhile the Chiefs look like a lost squad in every area of the game.

Meaning KC badly needs a win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.  Continue reading

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Glazer: Living Large in Loserville

The good news; for a third straight game the worst team in the NFL is a 4 point favorite…

As in the Chiefs over the Jets. Of course that’s insane. The Chiefs with Alex Smith and crew have almost no chance on the road at New York. So if you’re a big bettor, get to Las Vegas soon. Man, KC was a 11 point fav over the Giants and 10 over the Bills.

UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE NO OFFENSE AND WE CAN’T SCOR ANYTHING ON ANYBODY.

The Chiefs were never really in the Bills game yesterday. At home, no offense, NONE.

Not with Alex the Journeyman Smith or is it Alex Gordon?

Smith has lost all confidence and can’t even throw the ball short with any consistency or success. The one time MVP candidate is now a joke. It’s time to for him to go.

AND HE KNOWS IT — YOU CAN SEE IT IN HIS EYES.

Everybody knows now… except Clark Hunt and Andy Reid.

With Smith, the Chiefs likely won’t win another game except maybe Denver. Which is perhaps the only other team as bad as KC. But uh oh, it’s at Denver nevermind..look for a .6-9 finish with Alex and Andy…the offensive genius, right?

Chiefs fans know why Alex is still starting…remember this is a business…Clark and Andy don’t seem to mind how bad you guys feel or what you want. Anyone who has seen Pat Mahomes believes he is the real deal and super talented…NOW. He proved that to me in the preseason.

If Mahomes starts we might still win a few games and take the division. Continue reading

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Glazer: Way Beyond Obvious What Chiefs Need to Do

Missouri lost Michael Porter, the No. 1 hot high school basketball pick this week…

Porter played like two minutes at MU before being injured and out for the season. He was considered a sure NBA pick for next year in the top 8. Now with his season-ending injury it’s likely he’ll never play college ball again and go straight to the NBA this upcoming season for millions of dollars.

You can’t blame him.

If he comes back to MU next season and gets hurt, it could mean no NBA draft and no money. That’s just too much to pass up. Tough blow for MU and its fan base. Porter likely would have led MU to being a ranked team and in the NCAA tournament.

On a brighter note, future NFL pick at quarterback, Missouri Tigers, Drew Lock, broke the SEC touchdown record throwing for 5 touchdowns in a win Friday over Arkansas. The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks, 48-45 in an exciting game that gives MU a bowl spot this season. It was Missouri’s sixth straight win and a surprise ending to what was an awful start. If Lock comes back next year to the Tigers, look out. MU will likely be a top ranked football team, perhaps Top 10.

In darker news, the Kansas City Chiefs now face a real chance of NOT winning the division title in the ultra weak west. KC is now 6-4 with 6 games remaining, all against mediocre teams.

The Chiefs are a hot mess with no offense, poor defense and real issues at both quarterback and running back.

The Chiefs can only seem to get field goals in the red zone these days and Kareem Hunt hasn’t scored a touchdown since the Royals were still playing in September. The biggest problem is the same as always late in the season, Alex Smith.

His confidence is in question. Smith no longer is effective with deep throws when he tries which is rare and just plain off his game. With the Los Angeles Chargers now the class of the division and standing at 5-6 with a game remaining at Kansas City, they have a real chance to take the division and leave the no longer deserving Chiefs at home for the playoffs. Kansas City is playing the Bills at home which should should have been an easy win, right?

Sorry, the Chiefs have no easy wins anymore. Continue reading

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Glazer: Scribe Serves Up a Toast to the One That Got Away

I’ve pretty hard on the Chiefs lately…

The team’s fall from grace has been hard to watch or deal with if you are a Kansas City fan. In fairness to the Chiefs, it was just a few weeks back when they were atop the NFL. That’s what we still have to take with us from this lost season, those first five weeks.

Nobody expected much of this wounded team from what was left of last season’s two-seed playoff team that was taken down at home by the Steelers. And the fact that we were playing the first game of the season on a Thursday night against the world champion New England Patriots with Tom Brady. The Chiefs were on national tv against the Babe Ruth of pro football.

KC was a huge underdog, as they should have been. Outside of future quarterback Pat Mahomes, the Chiefs had added little to its squad to make it better – save a couple of so-so draft picks, including rookie Kareem Hunt at running back.

You know the rest…

The Pats rolled on us early, until Eric Berry made a 4th down stop against them deep in Chiefs territory. Then the new kid, Hunt, after starting with a fumble, went nuts and ran all over New England.

Alex Smith outplayed “Babe Ruth” the rest of the game.

Smith hit a bomb to Tyreek Hill for a big touchdown. Travis Kelce was on fire as well, Chris Conley made some nice grabs. Everything worked, trick plays, shovel passes, the whole works. Kansas City upset the world champs in their home.

Wow, what a start.

It continued with the Chiefs not only going 5 and 0, but being ranked No. 1 in the NFL by just about everyone. The Chiefs were talked about on every sports show as the best team in the NFL. We even defeated the looking-Super Eagles. That would be their only loss this season thus far in what looks like a year they may not lose another game in the regular season.

Those were the days and we had them… Continue reading

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Hearne: Muddy Waters Jr. to Headline Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance

The hippest, funnest thing you can do this Thanksgiving (with your clothes on, of course)…

No question, the annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Dance at the Kansas National Guard Armory in KCK, off I-70 on 18th Street.

The 60th edition of KC’s annual blues music fueled event goes down from 9 am to 2 pm starting Thanksgiving morning, featuring Muddy Waters Jr. and the local blues band Levee Town.

Never heard of Muddy Jr.? Take a number.

“I had reservations about Muddy Waters, Jr. at first but then the musicians I talked to said he’s unbelievable – he sounds just like his dad,” says KC Blues Society founder Roger Naber. “Then he came on my (blues) cruise last January and he did sound like his dad.”

A word of caution:

“He’s going on at 10:15 am for an hour, because he has to fly to Chicago afterwards, so the people who normally come at 11 or 11:30 am, they’re gonna miss him because he’ll be out of the building in an hour.”

The significance of KC’s annual breakfast dance? Continue reading

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