Last Friday night Kansas rolled through little Mahnomen, Minnesota, hitting the stage at the Shooting Star Casino.
Over the years, Kansas has remained a staple in the classic rock genre with featured songs on films and hit TV series, eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums and a million-selling gold single. With many years come many changes, including a line up change that involved the retirement of original frontman Steve Walsh, who was replaced by former Shooting Star vocalist Ronnie Platt.
A change in the team meant no lack of stage chemistry and energy amongst the musicians. From the moment the group of six stepped into the light they were laughing and enjoying themselves. It seemed as though Platt had some of the most fun bouncing around the stage, interacting with his fellow band mates and singing as if he wrote the songs himself.
These were musicians full of life, singing about life, taking the audience back in time through a journey in life. Many people from all walks have listened to Kansas songs and found a connection to them, and there wasn’t a single person in attendance who didn’t feel some sort of sentimental connection to one or more of the classics played that night.
Kansas is one of those groups that you find yourself truly enjoying the music. There is no headbanging, starting a moshpit or getting rowdy. In the crowd of a Kansas show you are just there absorbing the music, taking in the guitar solos, the violin riffs and the piano playing. They are a band that deeply appreciates music and aims to give their fans the best quality that they can produce. With an array of instruments and talent honed over years and years of playing, their show is an authentic experience that young and old can enjoy.
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