Every city has one. A place where musicians feel like somebody actually has their back. Where a guitar or an amp can get a quick fix, emergency strings can be found, and the camaraderie and likelihood of an impromptu jam session keeps everyone loose. Kansas City’s Midwestern Music Company in the Crossroads has been that kind of place.
In May, producer John McGrath profiled the store’s owner, Matt Kesler for the Hale Center for Journalism. Matt’s a colorful character, not to mention a talented musician, and it seemed like a perfect piece to use in our new series, Arts Upload, premiering in September.
EXCEPT, that in the interim, Matt decided that 25 years of running the place was enough. Somewhat abruptly, the store closed its doors with a hard-rocking finale on August 1!
So, along with John’s original feature, which peeks in on the day-to-day activities the store did for so long, he now brings you some of the sights and sounds of “The Big Bash” that accompanied its end.
Timing IS everything.