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Jill Westra

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Them KC Boys

A Kansas City Conundrum.

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Jill Westra & Them KC Boys are a Kansas City-based, woman-fronted, full band with their fingers in a number of musical pies. Their catalog of original tunes draws on Jill’s influences that include Texas singer-songwriters such as Robert Earl Keen, as well as 1960s Bakersfield and Memphis blues. In August 2019 the band (as a trio) released an EP entitled “so_low” that will take you on a grass rootsy, acoustic-yet-gutsy trek through four up-tempo foot-stompers, heavy on chutzpa. Playing live, you can expect extra electric guitar added to the bash, for even more oomph.

 

The panoply of musical styles that got all stirred together in this trippy troupe spans from bass player Leo Eilts’ smooth, western Kansas cowboy crooner alter-ego, to drummer Joe Guthrie’s rock n’ roll crash-bangs. Mr. Mark Franzke brings his flatpicking bluegrass chops & sweet harmonies because that's what was in the contract. The result? A lot of fun paired with cleverly-written songs that will keep you wide awake from a heavy dose of full-tilt vocals, great harmonies, and plenty of ruckus. And it all comes with a toe-tapping guarantee!

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  • Scott H. Biram @ recordBar
    Scott H. Biram @ recordBar
    Thu, May 11
    Kansas City
    May 11, 2023, 7:00 PM CDT
    Kansas City, 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
    May 11, 2023, 7:00 PM CDT
    Kansas City, 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
    Opening for The Dirty Old One Man Band, fine purveyor of haunting South Texas blues! Tickets $25 at the door.
  • NoMO Tour-ette! Stop 3: Walnut Creek Winery, Holt, MO
    NoMO Tour-ette! Stop 3: Walnut Creek Winery, Holt, MO
    Sun, Apr 23
    Walnut Creek Winery
    Apr 23, 2023, 3:00 PM CDT – Apr 24, 2023, 5:00 PM CDT
    Walnut Creek Winery, 90 N Main St, Holt, MO 64048, USA
    Apr 23, 2023, 3:00 PM CDT – Apr 24, 2023, 5:00 PM CDT
    Walnut Creek Winery, 90 N Main St, Holt, MO 64048, USA
    One last stop on the Northern MO Tour-ette! They bring farm-to-table to your wine glass, and we'll bring the homegrown tunes to drink along to. This is our closest tour-ette stop to KC, so we hope to see some of our local friends put this one on your Sunday Drive itinerary!
  • NoMO Tour-ette! Stop 2: OK Tavern, Marceline, MO
    NoMO Tour-ette! Stop 2: OK Tavern, Marceline, MO
    Sat, Apr 22
    OK Tavern
    Apr 22, 2023, 4:00 PM CDT
    OK Tavern, 126 E Howell Ave, Marceline, MO 64658, USA
    Apr 22, 2023, 4:00 PM CDT
    OK Tavern, 126 E Howell Ave, Marceline, MO 64658, USA
    Next stop on the Northern MO tour-ette! We're heading on over to the place where legends are born: Our drummer Joe's beloved hometown of Marceline. Looking forward to playing this rustic dive just a block away from Main St., USA.
  • NoMO Tour-ette! Stop 1: Bixler 108, Unionville, MO
    NoMO Tour-ette! Stop 1: Bixler 108, Unionville, MO
    Fri, Apr 21
    Unionville
    Apr 21, 2023, 7:00 PM CDT
    Unionville, 108 S 17th St, Unionville, MO 63565, USA
    Apr 21, 2023, 7:00 PM CDT
    Unionville, 108 S 17th St, Unionville, MO 63565, USA
    The Bixler 108 is a historic building on the Unionville Square operating as a unique listening room venue. We can't wait to liven things up there, as we roll through on our fantastic Tour-ette adventure through Northern MO!