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Kansas

Sunday, September 27 | 8:00pm

Reserved Seating Tables: $59 - $69

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About Kansas

KANSAS has spent than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiplegenerations of music lovers. The band’s first public statement appeared on their self-titledalbum in 1974. "From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music differentand we hope we will always remain so." Little did this legendary rock group realize thatback in the early ‘70's, what seemed to be “different," was actually ahead of its time.This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after beingdiscovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner.The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture,Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show),and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on theBillboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70's and ‘80's and played to sold-outarenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On WaywardSon’ was the #2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.In 1998, KANSAS released an orchestral album; "Always Never the Same," recordedwith the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. They followedwith an orchestral tour accompanied by top-caliber symphony orchestras.In 2000 KANSAS went back into the studio with original band member and songwriterKerry Livgren to produce "Somewhere to Elsewhere," the first album featuring all 6 ofthe original players in 20 years! The ten new songs were written by Kerry Livgren andrecorded in his studio in Topeka, KS. Players included: Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, DaveHope, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh and Richard Williams.KANSAS in 2002, released a state-of-the-art DVD using the latest technology in film,audio and visual design, entitled “Device-Voice-Drum.” The DVD was the driving forcebehind the 2002/2003 tour.Sony Music released a boxed set in 2004 titled "Sail On" which featured uniqueKANSAS cuts as well as vintage video footage on the included DVD disc.In 2006, Kansas, released the two-disc (one CD/one DVD) anthology “Works InProgress.” Material was taken from a decade's worth of studio and live albums and homevideos -- 1992's 'Live At The Whisky,' 1995's 'Freaks Of Nature,' 1998's 'Always NeverThe Same' and 2002's 'Device Voice Drum.In 2009, in their hometown of Topeka, KANSAS celebrated their 35th Anniversary witha symphonic concert, accompanied by the Washburn University Symphony Orchestra,conducted by Larry Baird. The DVD release “There's Know Place Like Home” capturedthis unique live performance and featured special guests Kerry Livgren & Steve Morsewith spectacular lighting and high-resolution clarity. Available on both DVD and Blu-Ray, “There’s Know Place Like Home” includes favorites such as ‘Dust In The Wind,’‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Point of Know Return’ as well as a sampling from eachalbum in their discography, with a special symphonic touch.Inspired by their 35th Anniversary DVD “There’s Know Place Like Home,” KANSASconducted their ‘Collegiate Symphony Tour’ from 2010-2012 performing their hitsaccompanied by various college and university symphonies throughout the United Statesto help raise funds and awareness for collegiate music programs. In 2011, this tour leadto a special collaboration with the US Army Orchestra culminating in the ‘Carry OnConcert’ honoring America’s veterans on Veteran’s Day 11/11/11 at DAR ConstitutionHall in Washington, DC.Coinciding with the celebration of their 40th anniversary, the band KANSAS, wasinducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame asrecognition for their achievements from both their native state and adopted home state.The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalistBilly Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt,violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues toperform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.Along with touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio andhas reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popularvideo games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs inclusion in varioustelevision shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’and ‘Anchorman.’

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