GRAMMY-Nominated Blues Bands to Headline 25th Anniversary Bash


Known as the best place to see live blues music in Kansas City, BB’s Lawnside BBQ will honor its 25-year heritage with four days of premier blues bands from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 18 at its historic location at 1205 E. 85th St.


“When my wife Jo and I started BB’s 25 years ago, we wanted a distinctive venue where barbecue meets the blues,” said Lindsay Shannon, owner of BB’s Lawnside BBQ. “Our eclectic atmosphere is blues driven and caters to blues fans with live music six nights a week.”

BB’s Lawnside BBQ first opened its doors on Oct. 15, 1990 and has served up a steady diet of blues music and barbeque ever since. To commemorate its 25th anniversary to the exact day, BB’s Lawnside BBQ will host three of Shannon’s favorite blues bands:


Thursday, Oct 15 – 7:30 p.m. – $5 Cover

mark-dufresne-bbs-lawnside-bbqOriginally from Kansas City, Mark Dufresne is one of the most sought-after blues talents in the Northwest, with the Washington Blues Society recognizing him as the best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica player more than any other artist. Previously, Dufrense sang lead vocals for Roomful of Blues and during that time, the band received a GRAMMY nomination for “That’s Right” and won the W.C. Handy Award for best band in 2004.


Friday, Oct. 16 – 9 p.m. – $10 Cover

John Primer performs at BB's Lawnside BBQ in Kansas CityPrimer, a Chicago-based, GRAMMY-nominated guitarist and vocalist served as Muddy Waters’ guitarist until Waters’ death in 1983. Previously, Primer played with The Chicago All Stars, featuring master songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon. After his stint with Muddy Waters, Primer toured with Magic Slim & the Teardrops for 14 years. Currently, Primer performs at Muddy Waters’ celebrations around the country, as this year would’ve been Waters’ 100th birthday.



Saturday, Oct. 17 – 9 p.m. – $12 Cover & Sunday, Oct. 18 – 6 p.m. – $12 Cover

james-harmanAn internationally known bluesman, Harman has performed live since 1962 and his Icehouse Blues Band was a regular opener for Canned Heat. In 2003, Harman appeared on the ZZ Top album Mescalero, and in 2012 on La Futura. Harman has made 32 albums, was nominated for a GRAMMY award and won two Blues Music Awards for his contribution to the Blind Pig release, Remembering Little Walter in 2014. Harman released Bonetime on Electro-Fi Records in 2015, his first studio album in more than 12 years, which has hit the top of the Living Blues radio chart.

For 25 years, Shannon has kept the joint jumping at BB’s Lawnside BBQ with a steady diet of live blues bands on the menu due to his lifelong passion of the blues. Shannon is a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society and booking agent for the blues stage at Kansas City’s Spirit Festival. Shannon’s successful radio show on KCFX 101 The Fox titled “The Kansas City Blues Show,” earned him the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for blues in commercial radio. Shannon and the program will celebrate 30 years on the air Jan. 2016.

“In my younger days, I loved listening to blues and jazz music on KPRS AM radio station in Kansas City that played the blues greats of the time,” said Shannon. “Around the same time, I watched the Kansas City Blues, a minor-league baseball team that played near the barbecue joints around 18th and Vine Streets. So eating barbecue and listening to blues was a way of life.”

In a city rich with blues history, Shannon hopes to continue delivering prominent blues artists to fans of the blues and barbecue in Kansas City.

“These are some of the top blues players in the world and they will all be at BB’s for one weekend only. This is a rare opportunity to see the cream of the crop. So you better get here early for some burnt ends and beer. Just turn on 85th Street and head south about 60 years!”

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