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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul
Janelle Monáe Robinson (born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the Wondaland Arts ...more
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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Aaron Dontez Yates, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums ...more
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Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
Puddle of Mudd is an American alternative rock band from the early 90's originally from Kansas City, Missouri. To date the band has sold over seven million albums, and have had a string of No. 1 ...more
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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music
Patrick Bruce "Pat" Metheny is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works and other side projects. His ...more
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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music
Big Joe Turner was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri, United States. According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him." ...more
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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz, Bebop
Charles Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in ...more
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Norman Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion
Norman Brown is a smooth jazz guitarist and singer, often compared to his contemporary George Benson.
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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz
Lester Willis Young, nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's ...more
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The Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music
Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., for a novelty record in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic ...more
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The Architects is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Progressive metal, Rock music, Mathcore
Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, England. The band currently consists of vocalist Sam Carter, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Searle and his twin brother, drummer Dan Searle, ...more
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Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Pop music, Vocal music
Burt Freeman Bacharach is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular ...more
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Solé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hip hop music
Tonya M. Lumpkin is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri, better known by her stage name, Solé.
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Jessica Harp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Pop music, Country rock, Country
Jessica Leigh Harp is an American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed as The Wreckers, a duo ...more
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Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz
Benjamin Francis Webster, a.k.a. "The Brute" or "Frog", was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, is considered one of the ...more
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Coalesce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Noise rock, Mathcore, Metalcore
Coalesce is a metalcore band from Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Get Up Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Rock music, Emo, Alternative rock
The Get Up Kids are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90s emo scene, otherwise known as the "second wave" of emo ...more
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Nathan Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz
Nathan Davis is an American hard bop jazz multi-instrumentalist who plays the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and flute. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Davis is probably best ...more
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Chris Connor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz
Chris Connor was an American jazz singer.
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Bloodstone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Bloodstone is an American R&B, soul, and funk group, most popular in the 1970s and early 1980s. The band charted thirteen songs between 1973 and 1984.
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Krizz Kaliko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Rock music
Samuel William Christopher Watson IV in Kansas City, Missouri better known by his stage name Krizz Kaliko, is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow ...more
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Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Cool jazz, Big band, Post-bop
Robert Edward Brookmeyer was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained widespread public attention as a member of ...more
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Melvin Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Melvin Calhoun Hip hop music
Melvin Lewis Calhoun Jr., better known by his stage name Kutt Calhoun, is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. His second album, Feature Presentation, debuted at number 60 on the ...more
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Flee The Seen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Rock music, Alternative rock, Screamo
Flee the Seen was a post-hardcore band based out of Kansas City, Missouri composed of Kim Anderson, R.L. Brooks, Manuel Sanchez, Aaron Crawford, and Lucas Dills. They were signed to Facedown ...more
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Mark Pender is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Rock music, Jazz, Soul music
Mark "The Loveman" Pender is a trumpet player and vocalist who has played with Southside Johnny, Little Steven and Bruce Springsteen. Since 1993 he has performed on Late Night with ...more
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Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Rock music, Rock and roll
Shooting Star is an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band formed in the late 1970s. After gaining popularity in the Kansas City area, Shooting Star became the first American ...more