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Kansas City’s Music Scene

by Lexi Ryan | Feb 15, 2018

Whether performing solo or collaborating with other creatives in the community, KC’s music scene does not disappoint.

The newest artist to the America’s Creative Crossroads campaign is jazz singer Julia Haile. She brings the soulful voice with quiet charisma. She arrived on the local music scene with The Good Foot, Motown/soul band. Julia keeps a varied catalogue of music by mixing jazz and soul with elements of reggae, rock and funk.  

Blues rock band Katy Guillen & The Girls has been taking on stages across the globe. Made up of Katy Guillen, Claire Adams and Stephanie Williams, they are known to attract crowds at blues roadhouses and prominent concert venues.  

Radkey is a punk/garage rock band from St. Joseph, Missouri that also takes on international performances. Dee, Isaiah and Solomon have recently been featured in a Mastercard commercial for their Start Something Priceless campaign on “Can’t Judge a Book.”

Antique pop duo Victor & Penny use their tight vocal harmonies, a fiery ukulele and a red-hot jazz guitar to bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes. Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane were life-long performers and actors before combining their talents on stages across Kansas City.

Hermon Mehari, a well-known Kansas City trumpeter and composer, has received many accolades and awards for his talent. His debut solo album Bleu, reached No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. He freelances in and out of Kansas City and Paris.

Singer/songwriter Alicia Solo is an energetic singer known for her in-your-face stage presence. She was a part of the Beautiful Bodies band for many successful years before going solo. Her music has gained momentous attention through her YouTube channel.

Jeff Harshbarger is a jazz musician and prolific composer known best for his skill on the bass. He has performed across the globe with well-known artists while also working in KC to promote the arts, like his alternative jazz series.

For more information about our Creatives and America’s Creative Crossroads, visit our website or Facebook page.  

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