John McEuen  
Kansas City - The Folly Theater - days of Cowtown and more....
what a beautiful theater for the whole multimedia show, with "3 previous NGDB members': Les Thompson, John Cable, and myself along with Matt Cartsonis we will take us all back and forward at the same time.

Not a bad seat in this house, but get your tickets early. I will have a couple of special guests tba.. Anyone who brings my book The Life I've Picked will be welcome to meet and greet so I can sign it....

        John McEuen
                   and the String Wizards

                                                Will the Circle Be Unbroken

McEuen has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his reflections CABLE VENTURA 18TH WITH ME on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career (He is a founding member). John’s multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos and narrative takes us on his incredible journey - interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rare other favorites.

A unique part of the show covers the 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain to the first American band to tour there. The cast, all stellar musicians in their own right, includes:

Les Thompson     bass/vocals/bouzouki       an original NGDB  founding member    John Cable            guitar/mandolin/vocals   also toured Russia in  NGDB                   Matt Cartsonis     vocals/mandola/guitar     25 year music partner with John 

When John initiated the Will the Circle Be Unbroken*, the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock convened: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record still relevant today (still Amazon top-seller!).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               All join host John McEuen, with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as they share (in front of the screen) hits and stories behind the music, leading up to this magic time when three generations came together. The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum ‘Circle’ as one of the most important American recordings (it’s also in the Grammy Hall of Fame).

The evening’s journey leads to classic favorites and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month). The audience will see the entire span of John McEuen’s years in music and be taken back through some of the best years of their lives.

Songs may include:                    Mr. Bojangles           Some of Shelly’s Blues            Keep on the Sunny Side          Will the Circle Be Unbroken     Dance Little Jean    Long Hard Road     House at Pooh Corner    Wreck on the Hiway    Earl’s Breakdown   Way Downtown   Cannonball Rag        Dismal Swamp     I Saw the Light        Acoustic Traveller         Fingerbuster            Buy for Me the Rain     She Darked the Sun    Wildwood Flower     The Grand Ole Opry Song                Blue Ridge Cabin Home       Okie Boogie        


 “One of the most important records to come out of Nashville...” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone

McEuen was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum’s Hall of Fame

Last April John's Made in Brooklyn album was honored by the Independent Music Awards with 'Best American Album'

Event Date/Time
March 15 2019
Contact Information
816 842 5500
Event Fees
Event Location
Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
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