If you are looking for things to do in Kansas City during the All-Star Weekend, B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ has you covered. Recently seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: Kansas City, B.B.’s combines what Kansas City does best: blues and BBQ. So, if you want to see and taste and hear some Kansas City culture, come out to B.B.’s. We have an all-star lineup of blues bands performing all weekend long.
All-Star Blues Weekend Lineup
Thursday, July 5 | 7:30pm
Recently, very few people outside Kansas City knew there was a young, dynamic musician named Samantha Fish getting ready to take the world by storm. In fact, it’s not all that long ago that the 22-year-old singer/guitarist first discovered the blues and started paying her dues in the local scene. With Runaway, her solo debut, Samantha won a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut.
Trampled Under Foot
Friday, July 6 | 9pm
Siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen grew up with the Blues. Their parents were active in the thriving Kansas City Blues scene, playing in local bands and competing in the Kansas City Blues Challenge. When Trampled Under Foot arrived in Memphis for the 2008 International Blues Challenge, they took First Place in the competition and Nick won the Albert King award for best guitarist.
Trampled Under Foot’s 2011 CD, Wrong Side of the Blues was produced by Tony Braunagel, and features guest appearances by Mike Finnigan, Kim Wilson, and engineer/guitarist Johnny Lee Schell. Chip Eagle of Blues Revue Magazine says “this is the CD to beat for anyone in the running for Best Blues Album of the Year.”
Mama Ray’s Jazz-Meets-Blues Jam
Saturday, July 7 | 2-5:30pm
In 2011, Diane “Mama” Ray celebrated the 25th anniversary of her “jazz-meets-blues” jam. Many of those years were spent at Harling’s but she relocated to B.B.’s four years ago. Mama Ray has a loyal following, so get here early to make sure you have a seat front and center for this Kansas City legend.
Four Fried Chickens and a Coke
Saturday, July 7 | 9pm
You may recall a scene from the first “Blues Brothers” movie, which the band name Four Fried Chickens and a Coke was derived.
The “Chickens” are a 11-piece band (Update: 12-piece -once again), complete with three vocalists and seven horns. They play cuts from the Blues Brothers and the Commitments soundtracks, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner, Royal Crown Review, Chicago, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, their own original songs, and many more…
Kansas Citians know too well that it is ALWAYS a party with the “Chickens.”
Lee McBee & the Confessors
Sunday, July 8 | 6pm
Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee, Lee McBee grew up in Kansas City and collected blues and soul records throughout the 1960s. In 1969, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas and worked in many blues and blues rock bands, including Tide and Lynch-McBee Band, up to 1978. McBee gained national attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s for his work with Mike Morgan and the Crawl and for his band the Passions. McBee has recorded and performed with Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Rogers, Doug Sahm and Johnny Winter.
Lee McBee & the Confessors provide straight-up, no-nonsense, harmonica-driven blues…