Bands/Musicians 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 Monae 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, is an American psychedelic soul and R&B singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer signed to Bad Boy Records, Wondaland Art Society and Atlantic Records. ...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

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Reggie and the Full Effect is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Pop punk, Rock music, Metalcore Reggie and the Full Effect is a Kansas City rock band, the solo project for The Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees.

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Vinson Cole is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Classical music Vinson Cole is an American operatic tenor. A native of Kansas City, the tenor studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; the Philadelphia Musical Academy; and at the Curtis Institute of ...more

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Karrin Allyson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz Karrin Allyson is an American jazz vocalist. She has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and has received positive reviews from several prominent sources, including the New York Times, which ...more

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Bennie Moten is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Jazz Bennie Moten was an American jazz pianist and band leader born in Kansas City, Missouri. He led the Kansas City Orchestra, the most important of the regional, blues-based orchestras active in ...more

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Christopher Willits is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Pop music, Electronic music, Glitch Christopher Willits is an American musician and multimedia artist located in San Francisco. His music is electroacoustic in nature, in that both analogue and digital sounds are meshed into one.

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The Gadjits is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music The Gadjits were a ska and rock and roll band from Kansas City, Missouri. Their sound was influenced by The Clash, The Who, AC/DC, Elvis Costello, The Stooges, and The Rolling Stones.

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Lowry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Psychedelic folk, Anti-folk, Rock music Lowry is a Brooklyn-based indie rock band with members originally hailing from Kansas, New Zealand, Australia, North Carolina and Canada. Originally emerging from New York City's ...more

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Matthew Pryor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Pop punk, Emo, Acoustic music Matt Pryor is an American musician who lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Shiner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Indie rock, Math rock, Post-hardcore Shiner was an American post-hardcore band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003.

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The Rainmakers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
The Rainmakers Rock music The Rainmakers are a Kansas City, Missouri-based original rock band, fronted by Bob Walkenhorst, which had a small string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the United States and ...more

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Skatterman & Snug Brim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hip hop music Skatterman & Snug Brim is a rap duo from Kansas City, Missouri, best known for their song, Block Party. After releasing projects separately, Skatterman and Snug Brim combined as a group. The ...more

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Paul Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Paul Clark Christian music, Jesus music, Folk rock Paul Clark is a musician who was involved in the Jesus music movement and early contemporary Christian music industry, still continues to travel the road less traveled by writing and recording ...more

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Melora Creager is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Melora Creager Cello rock Melora Creager is an American cellist, singer-songwriter, performing artist and founder of the cello rock group Rasputina. In 1991, Creager founded alternative cello ensemble Rasputina by ...more

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Downthesun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal Downthesun was a six-piece nu metal band from Kansas City, Missouri/Des Moines, Iowa.

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Missouri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Missouri Rock music Missouri is a rock band from Kansas City, Missouri, known primarily for the song "Movin' On".

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Sterling Witt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Free Style Folk Rock Sterling Witt is an artist of all trades. As a musician he tours the world with only his guitar and his story, though he is also a multi-instrumentalist and a very accomplished bassist. As a ...more

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Leo Watson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Leo Watson Jazz Leo Watson was an American jazz vocalese singer, drummer, trombonist and tiple player born in Kansas City, Missouri, perhaps best known as a band member of The Spirits of Rhythm, which included ...more

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Don Lipovac is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Traditional music, Folk music, Polka Of Slovenian heritage, Don started his musical career at the age of four, playing Slovenian melodies on a button-box accordion bought by his grandfather. He began piano accordion lessons with ...more

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Lo-Key is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Lo-Key Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Funk Lo-Key? is an American funk/R&B band that formed in Kansas City, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their single, "I Got A Thang 4 Ya!", reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot ...more

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Blackpool Lights is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Blackpool Lights Indie rock Blackpool Lights is an indie rock band founded in Kansas City, Missouri, by Get Up Kids guitarist Jim Suptic, bassist Brian Everard, and drummer Billy Brimblecom.

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Lester Estelle II is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Lester Estelle, Jr. or Lester Estelle II is the former drummer and backing vocalist for the Tulsa-based Christian rock band, Pillar. Lester currently plays drums for Pop Star Kelly Clarkson.

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Hearts of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Hearts of Darkness Hip hop music, Afrobeat, Big band Hearts of Darkness is a multi-talent big band whose original material absorbs influences from 70s afrobeat to modern hip hop, 60s and 70s soul and funk, as well as reaching back to 1920s big ...more

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Deep Thinkers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Deep Thinkers Hip hop music Deep Thinkers is an American hip hop group from Kansas City, Missouri composed of MC Aaron Sutton and DJ and producer Kyle Dykes. Sutton and Dykes first met each other while performing in the ...more

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Kansas City Symphony is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Kansas City Symphony Classical music The Kansas City Symphony is a United States symphony orchestra based in Kansas City, Missouri. The current music director is conductor Michael Stern. The Symphony performs at the Kauffman Center ...more

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Harlow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Harlow