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List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

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List of Kansas City bands, listed by their level of fame. This Kansas City musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Kansas City bands are included, as well as many Kansas City musicians of underground status. This list of Kansas City musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Kansas City bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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    Janelle Monáe

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop
    Janelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper,...  more

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    Tech N9ne

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore
    Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne...  more

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  • 3

    Puddle of Mudd

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven...  more

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    Pat Metheny

    Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz
    Patrick Bruce Metheny ( mə-THEE-nee; born August 12, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and...  more

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    Big Joe Turner

    Jump blues, Rock music
    Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues...  more

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    Charlie Parker

    Jazz, Bebop
    Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an...  more

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    Norman Brown

    Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion
    Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970) is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer....  more
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    Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an...  more
  • 9

    The Chipmunks

    Hip hop music, New Wave
    Alvin and the Chipmunks, originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply the Chipmunks,...  more

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    The Architects

    Progressive metal, Rock music
    Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, England. The band currently consists of...  more
  • 11

    Burt Bacharach

    Pop music, Vocal music
    Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record...  more

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    Hip hop music
    Tonya Michelle Johnston(born July 17, 1973), better known by her stage name Solé, is an...  more
  • 13

    Jessica Harp

    Pop music, Country rock
    Jessica Leigh Harp (born February 3, 1982) is an American songwriter and former country artist...  more
  • 14
    Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor...  more

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  • 15


    Noise rock, Mathcore
    Coalesce is a metalcore band from Kansas City, Missouri....  more
  • 16

    The Get Up Kids

    Rock music, Emo
    The Get Up Kids are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band...  more

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    Nathan Tate Davis (February 15, 1937 – April 8, 2018) was an American jazz...  more
  • 18
    Chris Connor (November 8, 1927 – August 29, 2009) was an American jazz singer....  more
  • 19


    Pop music, Rhythm and blues
    Bloodstone is an American R&B, soul, and funk group, most popular in the 1970s and early...  more
  • 20

    Krizz Kaliko

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore
    Samuel William Christopher Watson IV (born March 7, 1974), better known by his stage name...  more

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  • 21

    Bob Brookmeyer

    Cool jazz, Big band
    Robert Edward "Bob" Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz...  more
  • 22

    Melvin Calhoun

    Hip hop music
    Melvin Lewis Calhoun Jr. (born January 1, 1977), better known by his stage name Kutt Calhoun,...  more
  • 23

    Flee The Seen

    Rock music, Alternative rock
    Flee the Seen was a post-hardcore band based out of Kansas City, Missouri composed of Kim...  more
  • 24

    Mark Pender

    Rock music, Jazz
    Mark "The Loveman" Pender (born August 21, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a trumpet player...  more
  • 25

    Shooting Star

    Rock music, Rock and roll
    Shooting Star was an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band formed in the...  more