Now hear this!
Them KC Boys
A Kansas City Conundrum.
Who the what...?
Jill Westra & Them KC Boys are a Kansas City-based, woman-fronted 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 gutsy trek through a handful of up-tempo foot-stompers, heavy on chutzpa. Playing live, you can expect extra guitar added to the bash, for even more oomph.
The panoply of musical styles that got all stirred together in this trippy troupe spans across bass player Leo Eilts’ smooth, western Kansas cowboy crooner alter-ego, to drummer Joe Guthrie’s mega- rock n’ roll rep (that he's determined to protect). Mister 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!
some moving pictures. . .
- Sat, Jul 31Buck - U Distillery
- Fri, Oct 23Gaslight Gardens
- Fri, Aug 28Bar KAug 28, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PMBar K, 501 Berkley Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64120, USABar K is a unique new destination featuring a modern bar, restaurant, live music venue and dog park located in downtown Kansas City on the shore of the Missouri River in Berkley Riverfront Park. And we're gonna rock it.
meet the band!
Lead vocalist, guitarist and Songwriter-in-Chief, Jill Westra (above, left) is a road-weary scientist by day and multi-instrumentalist moonlighter. She performs in duos "westrafox" and "Distant Cousins" as well as all by her lonesome, when everyone else's had enough of her.
Drummer Joe Guthrie (above, center) is a hard rock n' roller who keeps the band on the straight and narrow with his iron fist of authority and rock solid beats. We begrudgingly share him with the Wakarusa River Band when we have to.
Bass-snuggler and band Hat Director Leo Eilts (above, right) has played in all the Kansas City bands that ever existed, including Total Strangers, Spontaneous Combustion, and is currently the bad boy of KC's headed-for-legendary-status cowboy band, 3 Trails West.
New guy Mark Franzke (below, right) is our lead guitar string-strangler and boy, can he pick a Telecaster! Not only is Mark voted "Most Lovable" band member, but he's the only guy to go to if you need your guitar repaired, your mandolin built from scratch or your banjo (finally) tuned. He's a wizard of all the musics.
Who's in this
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