The blues is a voyage both personal and universal. So it’s fitting that Roger Naber, founder of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, has navigated such waters to move himself and other blues lovers. Move where? Forward, despite pain. Forward, inviting gain. Always and forever, forward. “This is my passion and this is something that I do,” Naber says. “And it’s not because (legendary blues vocalist) Bobby Bland once said, ‘Roger, never stop promoting the blues.’”
In 1921, Sergeant Edward F. Younger stepped into a room with four flag-draped coffins, filled with the remains from four American soldiers, each from a different battlefield from World War I. He laid a bouquet of white roses on one, and that soldier was interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National […]
John Mallery has a warning for new collectors of prints. “Buying a print can be a gateway drug,” he cautions. “You might even end up buying a watercolor.” Mallery should know — six dozen prints, as well as two drawings, an oil painting and one watercolor from his own collection are on view through June […]
The whole idea started with a rock. “THIS ROCK GRANTS WISHES,” written on the side, a tangible, weighty object infused with mythical promise. “I picked it up because it felt really significant when I saw it, like it was mine. It was right before 2017, the year of thoughts and prayers,” said artist Ryan Wilks. […]
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is keeping the heart of Shakespeare alive in the hearts of Kansas City’s youth. Each year, more than 3,000 children ages 5 to 18 benefit from school programs, summer camps, internships, apprenticeships and art contents geared around the works of Shakespeare.
The J Love Band elicits a gamut of audience reactions. At Stock Hill Restaurant and Parkway Social Kitchen, expect rhythmic head nodding; at The Phoenix, toe tapping and finger snapping; at The Juke Club, high-spirited, raucous dancing. The repertoire includes R&B, blues, gospel and jazz, pulling from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Etta James. Listeners […]