Now hear this!

 

Jill Westra

&

Them KC Boys

A Kansas City Conundrum.

Who the what...?

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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!

 

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EVENTS A-COMIN'!

  • Live at Buck-U Distillery
    Sat, Jul 31
    Buck - U Distillery
    Jul 31, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Buck - U Distillery, 3970 Tennessee Rd, Ottawa, KS 66067, USA
    Originally a Stuckey's. Now a beautiful indoor/outdoor distillery featuring Bourbon Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Brandy, Gin and 100% Natural Fruit and Spice Infusions. All natural fruits and grains locally sourced.
  • Live & Loud-ish!
    Fri, Jul 30
    Kansas City
    Jul 30, 7:00 PM
    Kansas City, 506 N 4th St, Kansas City, KS 66101, USA
    Bringing the noise to you - and the good folks of Strawberry Hill! Live on the Hilltone Studios Stage.
  • Live Music at the KC Irish Center
    Thu, May 20
    Kansas City
    May 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Kansas City, 3301 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
    It's patio season! Come join us for a mid-week outdoor happy hour at the Kansas City Irish Center.
  • LIVE at Gaslight Gardens - LFK
    Fri, Oct 23
    Gaslight Gardens
    Oct 23, 2020, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Gaslight Gardens, 317 N 2nd St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA
    Well, Covid robbed us of our 1st outing in Lawrence, so we're gonna try again! Wear your mask and come watch us make a racket on the patio. Limited audience numbers for social distancing, so get there early!
  • Live @ Bar K
    Fri, Aug 28
    Bar K
    Aug 28, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Bar K, 501 Berkley Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64120, USA
    Bar 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.
  • Headin' up Strawberry Hill
    Fri, Jul 10
    506 N 4th St
    Jul 10, 2020, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    506 N 4th St, 506 N 4th St, Kansas City, KS 66101, USA
    It's a house concert on Hilltone Studios Stage in KCK's coolest 'hood.
  • Westport Saloon
    Fri, May 22
    The Westport Saloon
    May 22, 2020, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    The Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
    Opening for act TBA.
  • 3-band Showcase!
    Thu, Apr 30
    The Buffalo Room
    Apr 30, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
    Come join us as we join Scotch Hollow and Flatpenny Revue in a big night of hoots n hollers.
  • Live at Gaslight Gardens
    Wed, Mar 25
    Gaslight Gardens
    Mar 25, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Gaslight Gardens, 317 N 2nd St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA
    Our first journey out to LFK! Come on along with us and enjoy some fine outdoor tunes on the patio!

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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anyway?