For the second year in a row we were invited to play as part of Kansas City’s Streetcar Holiday Jam. This event, organized by the KC Streetcar Authority, places musical acts around Downtown Kansas City and right on the street car. It’s an initiative to bring people downtown and add a little bit of whimsy to the streetcar experience.
Concerning the origins of the jam, KC Streetcar Authority Communications Director, Donna Mandelbaum, told us, “I was inspired by the Art in the Loop program and what they do for performance artists. I am also a huge fan of live music and wanted to give local musicians a new platform to perform, as well as make the streetcar ridership experience fun.”
The Holiday Jam celebrated its third year bringing music to downtown KC.
Mandelbaum continued, “Ridership also increases during the Holiday Jam performances. On Saturday, November 30, there were more than 12,000 passenger trips in that one day. We also had two music performances that day.”
Cowtown Country Club played on the “Chief's” car to crowds enjoying the unseasonably warm December day.
One of the fun things about this kind of event is getting to be so close to audiences. We had conversations with parents and kids taking their first ride on the streetcar to a woman who had driven trains in her youth and had played bluegrass on Kansas City’s Brush Creek Follies in the 1940s.
The KC Streetcar opened on May 6, 2016. Since then, there have been 7 1/2 million passenger trips!!!
There are some close calls when the train starts and stops to not fall over. Leah and Brian got their squat workout in on the train.
There is something magical about running into music in unexpected places. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event and bring a little of our brand of country swing to the community in Kansas City.
Hopefully we will see you at a show soon - whether moving or not!
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