KC BassFest 2019

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ONE ticket for SIX Days of BASS at FIVE amazing Venues! $20!

KC BassFest Performances are June 24-29th 

Including  Étienne LaFrance, Marcos Machados, Anthony Wellington, and returning to KC Bob Bowman and more! 

The tickets are not setup to buy yet but you can look at last year’s event to see how amazing it will be again this year.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (816) 305-7559 to put your name on the list. One ticket will be included in all KC Bass Workshop participants’ fees or if you signed up for pre-registration tickets.


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All KC BassFest evening performances are held at six great KC venues! All of these places are great venues and supporters of KC music where all of the bass players make a living. Please think about revisiting and supporting these great places and telling others about them. Some have fantastic food choices.


KC BassFest 2018 Schedule

Please call (816) 305-7559 with any questions not answered by kcbassworkshop.com or websites listed below regarding the festival or Workshop.

Thurs July 5th Arrival Party

Woodyard BBQ woodyardbbq.com 3001 Merriam Ln, Kansas City, KS 66106

Come meet with all of our bass playing friends and eat some of KC’s finest well kept secret BBQ!

7-10p  Jeff Harshbarger and The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City


Friday July 6th Classical Night

All Souls Unity Church allsoulskc.org 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

6p  Sarah Lahasky (Texas)

640p  Richard Ryan (KC Symphony)

720p  Dr. Kate Jones (Dallas)

8p  Étienne La France (Canada)


Saturday July 7th Jazz Night

The Ship theshipkc.com 1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101

As featured in the movie Kansas City by Robert Altman (with Ron Carter and Christian McBride). Always full of great Jazz music in the historic West Bottoms (where the artists live). Now serving lunch and dinner with great burgers, muffaletta and BBQ.

6p  Brian Padavic (Minnesota)

630p  Joey Panella (Kansas City)

7p  Hans Sturm with Jackie Allen (Nebraska) Perform their award winning Bass and Voice Recording.

Late night concert, KC’s own MGDs.

Blue Room Jazz Club americanjazzmuseum.org 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

8.30-12.30a  Matt Otto Quartet $10 (Not part of Bassfest ticket.)


Sunday July 8th Bluegrass and Rock Night

recordBar therecordbar.com 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106

Great menu of Pizzas, Burgers and Sunday brunch. Lunch and dinner. This is the venue for Rock music in KC.

6p  Jessica Valls (Austin)

640p  Lloyd Goldstein (Tampa)

720p  Eric Thorin (Colorado) with Betse and Clarke

830p  Johnny Hamil presents Gav7d video game music (with Sly Rabbath)

Late Night 9-11 The Golden Vices with Phenomenal Drummer Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Dead Kenny G’s, and Nolatet), Clarke Wyatt, Johnny Hamil (Electric Bass) Note: This set of music has been postponed due to Mike Dillon going on tour with Ween (Go Mike!) Stand by for further info.


Monday July 9th Electric Bass Night

The Black Dolphin greenladylounge.com 1813 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

6-730p  Virtuoso electric player Anthony Wellington (Maryland)

8p  We have made time for the Bassfest to honor one of our favorite legends Victor Wooten, who is playing this night (by chance) with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at The Uptown Theatre uptowntheater.com 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. This show is NOT part of the KC Bassfest ticket. You should buy your Flecktones tickets here. We made Anthony’s concert close by and ending in plenty of time to catch both.

If you are not able to get tickets to Flecktones, anyone over 21 can head to The Green Lady Lounge greenladylounge.com 1809 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108 for Chris Hazelton Trio till 10p. KCBASS Alum Peter Schlamb with Matt Villinger trio til Late. The Lounge and The Black Dolphin are right next door to each other and now two of KC’s finest jazz listening clubs.


Tuesday July 10th Bass Orchestra Blowout concert!

Shawnee Mission North High School Auditorium smnorth.smsd.org 7401 Johnson Dr, Overland Park, KS 66202

7p  The Artists perform with the Students in a massively fun and only once a year concert of total devastation! Features all styles of music, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Original music, Weird and Wacky, and everything in between. The final KCBW Bass Orchestra concert will feature everyone involved in the workshop. Come see and hear the unbelievable once-in-a-lifetime concert! This features Étienne La France performing L’Odyssée D’ Eau, Anthony Wellington performing What’s Going On, Lloyd Goldstein performing This Little Light of Mine, and Richard Ryan conducting Hungarian Dance no. 5 by Brahms. Celebrate an end of a great week of bass!

The KC BassFest is festival of bass solo concerts, featuring some of the greatest voices on the instrument as well as up-and-coming artists in an exciting and ever expanding medium. We invite concertgoers of all styles to experience artistic expression in a way you’ve never imagined the bass could do!

The KC BassFest occurs in conjunction with the Kansas City Bass Workshop, a world-class annual symposium inspiring an artful future in playing the electric and double basses. The workshop holds no boundaries to age group, style or level of performance, and also works as a festival of great concerts open to the public. This helps the Kansas City Symphony build the next generation of artists, increases concert attendance at local venues including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; preserves KC’s rich jazz heritage; and helps inspire and connect the great original rock, pop, folk and hip-hop scene in the city. Funds raised go to support KCBW. The KCBW provided funding for events and scholarship assistance for applicants, which are vital to the workshop’s future existence. For more information, visit www.kcbassworkshop.com.

International Center for Music posted this picture from the Rabbath concert at 2013 KCBW.International Center for Music posted this picture from the Rabbath concert at 2013 KCBW. “A week ago we were hosting the KC Bass Workshop here at ICM. Here is a picture of the Finale with 10 basses on stage with Francois Rabbath. What a sound!!!”

2 thoughts on “KC BassFest 2019

    • Alex, It was my pleasure! I’ll see some of my metro bass people at Isb and my heart will be at Metro bass this year. Rex Surany and Harish will be a great faculty!

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