Kansas @ Merriam Theater 10/01

Just a few weeks ago, legendary rock band Kansas released their first new album in 16 years: The Prelude Implicit. To celebrate not only this album but also their 40th anniversary, the band will spend the next few months touring the country on the Leftoverture Tour. 

The uniqueness of this tour is apparent from the very beginning of their set. They start with an acoustic portion that lasts 5 songs, really allowing lead singer Ronnie Platt's vocals to shine. Backed by harmonies and soft guitar, this portion of the set was beautifully uncharacteristic of the typical concert format. Their last acoustic song was "Refugee," a powerful track off of their new album that attempts to draw awareness to the thousands of young people affected every year by sexual trafficking. The members left the stage one by one, gearing up to start the first half of set with the full band. 

 

They described this set as "the most ambitious setlist" they've ever played, dividing the set into two parts and playing about a full 2 1/2 hours of music. Their incredible musicianship was clear throughout the entire show and aspects like the live violin really made this show like none other. I could be mistaken but I didn't hear really any tracks being played and it seemed as though almost 100% of the music and instrumentation were actually being played live. The audience was full of people singing excitedly with the occasional concert goer jumping up in a burst of passion. I'm 19 years old so Kansas is before my time and I still enjoyed this show so much I went home and told all of my friends about it. They still have lots of tour dates left so if they're coming near you I HIGHLY recommend picking up tickets

Remaining tour dates: 

10/8 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

10/15 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater

10/21 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House

10/22 - Kansas City, MO - Kauffman Center for Performing Arts 

10/27 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre 

10/28 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino 

10/30 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre 

11/1 - Akron, OH - Goodyear Theater 

11/3 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater 

11/4 - Chicago, IL - Copernicus Center 

11/6 - Kalamazoo, MI - State Theater

11/11 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

11/12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts 

11/18 - New Bedford, MA - Zeigerion Theater 

11/19 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount

11/25 - Baltimore, MD - The Lyric

11/26 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center

12/1 - Daytona Beach, FL - Peabody Auditorium