KC BassFest 2018

KC BassFest 2018

2018 KC BassFest Dates and ticket links will be posted soon. Please stay tuned!

ONE ticket for SIX Days of BASS at FIVE amazing Venues! $25!

Purchase 2018 KC BassFest Passes

KC BassFest Performances are July 6-10, 2018.

Including Etienne Lafrance, Anthony Wellington, and more! 

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets 2018 KC BassFest Passes 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.

Purchase 2018 KC BassFest Passes online!

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Unless otherwise noted, all KC BassFest evening performances are held at Shawnee Mission North High School Auditorium, 7401 Johnson Dr. Overland Park, KS 66202. Concerts in Auditorium and Parking in far West lot. Please call (816) 305-7559 with any questions not answered by website kcbassworkshop.com or websites listed below regarding the festival or Workshop.

2018 KC BassFest Dates and ticket links will be posted soon. Please stay tuned!

2017 Dates, times and performers as follows:

Tuesday, June 13:  Arrival party. Welcome to KC!

6:00p  The Green Lady Lounge greenladylounge.com 1809 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108  (816) 295-2954. All ages of KC BassFest people can come listen for free, 21+ after 9pm. Come hear jazz in one of KCs finest jazz listening clubs. This is the spot where many people coming to the workshop come to say hello before the week starts. You don’t need a BassFest ticket to enter this concert but, please tell them you are part of the KC BassFest.

Wednesday, June 14:  Classical and Bluegrass night. Three premiere soloists featured at Shawnee Mission North High School Auditorium.

4:00p  James Ward (KC). It’s a family affair in James Ward Band. With Angela Ward on piano and James Ward Jr. on Drums, The JWB feature styles ranging from Latin, R&B, Fusion, Funk, Jazz, and Gospel.

7:00p  Szymon Marciniak, jaw-dropping Classical performance and Eric Thorin (Lyons) Bluegrass and other folk music styles.

Thursday, June 15:  Folk and Jazz night. 

4:00p  Lloyd Goldstein (Tampa Bay) and Andrew Ryan (Brooklyn) – an hour of folk solo bass! Shawnee Mission North High School Auditorium.

The Ship theshipkc.com 1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101. The legendary Ship (as featured in the movie Kansas City by Robert Altman…with Ron Carter and Christian McBride) is always full of great Jazz music in the historic West Bottoms (where the artists live).

7:00p  Gerald Spaits (KC), Hans Sturm (Lincoln), Ben Leifer (KC). Three amazing jazz bassists. A celebration of Gerald’s new album, Solo Bass. 

9:00p1:00a  KC BassFest Late Night hang (no cover, 21+): KC Bass Family member Micah Herman has Greg Meise organ trio scheduled.

Friday, June 16:

4:00p  Brian Hicks (KC). Bassist and vocalist. Jessica Valls (Austin). Classical concert on a high level.

Jeff Harshbarger Presents an Alternative Jazz Series at recordBar therecordbar.com 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106  (816) 753-5207  Link to recordBar event.

7:00p  Johnny Hamil (KC) w/ Sylvain Rabbath (Paris) presents Video Game solo Bass music. Come hear a preview of the first tracks of an album for all those that love the music of video games.

7:15p  Jeff Harshbarger (KC) and Brian Roessler (St. Paul). This duet is amazing to see and hear under the great PA of the recordBar. Jeff runs the highly attended and long running Jeff Harshbarger Presents An Alternative Jazz Series at recordBar. This set will highlight the creators’ love and abilities to improvise music from many sources.

7:45p-9:00p  Mark Dresser (San Diego) One of the most unique voices to emerge on the double bass in the past 20 years. Come see some of the most innovative improvisations and sounds the double bass has to offer.

9:15p-late  My Brothers and My Sisters. We encourage you to stay and hear one of KC great original music scene’s artists. This band is stunning to hear and watch and the bass player grooves the whole night. Great vocals and great songs.

Saturday, June 17:  Maestro Rabbath plays KC BassFest 2017!

7:00p  Maestro François Rabbath and Sylvain Rabbath (Paris) at: Grace and Holy Trinity Churchkccathedral.org/ 415 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105.

At 86 years young, his stamina and performance abilities are an inspiration to behold. François Rabbath is well known for his revolutionary style of playing the double bass and great legacy of performing with great European jazz masters, Michel Legrand, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and American greats Ornette Coleman and Quincy Jones. Rated as one of the top concerts by the KC Star in the past. Rabbath returns to one of the greatest sounding acoustic rooms in the area, right in downtown KCMO. Don’t miss this concert, it may be the best place to hear him in all of his concerts in KC.

Sunday, June 18:  KC Bass Workshop’s 70-piece Bass orchestra Concert and small ensemble presentations.

7:00p  KC Bass Workshop’s Final Blow out Bass orchestra Concert, featuring François Rabbath and Mark Dresser performing with a 70-piece Bass orchestra! Features all styles, including small ensemble presentations. Shawnee Mission North High School Auditorium. 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!

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets 2018 KC BassFest Passes. 

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 2018

    • 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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