Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Trio
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Trio

Vocalist Julie Turner has long been a favorite on the Kansas City jazz scene. Her smooth voice has a versatile range and passionate intimacy that pleases all audiences, whether she's interpreting the greats like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to The Beatles, Norah Jones, or singing her own compositions. Add to that her engaging, magnetic personality, and you will see and hear what makes Julie a hit wherever she performs.

Brian Ruskin has established himself as a force in the Kansas City music scene for the past three decade Ruskin’s unique style as a singer songwriter guitarist distinguishes him from many musician He started playing professionally at the age of 18 in the Midwest playing rock Pop funk R&B country jazz experimental and folk music The son of Tommy Ruskin and Julie Turner both pillars in the Kansas City jazz community raised him on performance income It is no doubt that being surrounded by music since his birth had something to do with his chosen profession like many seasoned improvisers Brian dug in to recordings on is record player and began playing by ear He was fortunate to have access to many eclectic recordings through his family record collection Brian has been a fixture throughout the region and spent several years as a significant part of the Austin TX music scene.

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Jazzy Jazz
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Jazzy Jazz

“Jazzy Jazz” is a local Kansas City singer and flautist with a formal background in both classical and jazz music. Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, she pursued her formal music education with a full Scholarship to The New England Conservatory of Music and later Berkelee School of Music. Jazzy Jazzy’s love of blues/rock gained her recognition as a Kansas City International Blues Competition winner. Jazzy Jazz is best known for her diverse musical catalogue blending classical, blues/jazz, rock, pop and soul. Her deep sultry voice and sassy swinging flute delivers a performance that the Kauffman Center for the Performing showcased. Join us for an evening of Jazzy Jazz Music.

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The Grand Marquis
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

The Grand Marquis


The Grand Marquis inject a vibrant relevance into their brand of American roots music while delivering a classic, timeless 'straight-from-the-speakeasy' sound. Versatile and buoyant, distinct and refreshing - a rhythm cocktail served by masterful musical mixologists.

Over the past 17 years they have logged more than 2000 performances, as far-flung as Seattle to South Beach Miami, but often in the midwest, where they call Kansas City home.

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When You Wish Upon A Bar: A Disney Quiz!
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

When You Wish Upon A Bar: A Disney Quiz!

Registration for this quiz is REQUIRED: http://bit.ly/ThemeQuizRegistration
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Do you sleep with a stuffed Simba? Are you still traumatized by the death of Bambi's mom? Have you been staring at the edge of the water as long as you can remember, never really knowing why? Wonder no longer because we're bringing you the third edition of When You Wish Upon a Bar: A Disney Quiz! Put on your glass slippers, wake up your ancestors and get to a quiz!
The bulk of the questions will cover the theatrically released films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Anything and everything Disney is fair game though, so maybe look at a map of Disney World or finish that play-through of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. We won't however be asking you questions about Star Wars or Marvel, so don't worry. You've only got 80+ years of animated classics to watch in preparation.
Admission is $5 per person and the winners will take home the cash pot. We're accepting cash only though, so leave this Disney Dollars at home. You might want to come prepared with more than one team name, though, because "The Happiest Quiz on Earth" will likely go fast.
Your team is required to register for this quiz! Get that done at http://bit.ly/ThemeQuizRegistration!

THEMED QUIZ FAQs
Can people under 21 play?
Yes!

Should I wear a costume?
YES! It's not required but it is magical!
How do you sign up? Where do you buy tickets?
You can register your team by filling out this form: http://bit.ly/ThemeQuizRegistration. This is NOT a reservation of seating, but it will help us ensure that we have ample space for all our teams. We anticipate our theme quizzes will fill up quickly and we will turn away teams that did not pre-register. You will not purchase tickets in advance, simply pay the $5 per player entry fee in cash when you arrive at the quiz. Registrations will close 24 hours before the quiz and, if space permits, walk-up spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Will I get some sort of email confirmation?
You and your alternate captain should receive an automated email after submitting your registration and, as long, as that email doesn't indicate that you're on stand-by, you should plan to be at the quiz. The week of the quiz, we'll shoot you a reminder about the quiz as well.
How do you change your team name, number of players on the team or cancel a registration?
After you've registered, you can make changes to it by emailing us at marketing@geekswhodrink.com. You can also change your team name when you arrive at the quiz.

Is this a free quiz?
No, it's $5 per person to play (bring cash!), and we'll ask you to pay for everyone on your team before we give you quiz materials. If a team member is going to be late, we won't ask you pay in advance, but if they fail to pay on arrival, your team will be disqualified.

What's the maximum/minimum players per team?
There is no minimum, but if you want to win, you should have a fully staffed squad. We're happy to help you find teammates in advance on social media or on the day of. Team maximum is strictly six players, as always. Everyone sitting with you is considered part of your team.

Do spectators have to pay?
Yes. Yes, they do. Spectators generally have to pay for sporting events, right? This also goes for Geeks Who Drink employees that aren't working at the event and the people they make love to.

Can my dad/girlfriend/friend sit at our table and not play?
No. Six people max on a team and all players must pay. If they're sitting with you and not playing, we're going to ask that they move.

Will BLANK TOPIC be covered?
Everything is fair game. Study hard. Apply yourself. And we never give clues.

How long will the quiz last?
Our regular quizzes run about 2 hours, but themed quizzes require a bit more heavy lifting in terms of logistics, scoring and extra stuff we may have planned. Average is about 2 1/2 hours.

I'd like to help promote the quiz/talk to you on my podcast/contribute some bonus prizes.
Great! Contact us at marketing@geekswhodrink.com and we'll see about making that happen.

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Delynia Brown Trio
May
31
10:30 PM22:30

Delynia Brown Trio

Delynia Jannell is a native of Kansas City Kansas, born into a musical family she began singing at the early age of 2 at her church, where her father the late Elder James C. Bailey Jr. pastored for over 20 years. Music has always been her passion and because of it she has been blessed to use her gift in different music genres and has worked with many artist. She has had the opportunity to work with national recording artist(s) TechN9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, E-40, Kyla Jade (NBC "The Voice" 2018 Season 14 Contestant), and gospel artist Issac Cates to name a few. You can find Delynia Jannell in the 18th & Vine Jazz District at The Blue Room regularly but she sings throughout the Kansas City metro area. Everyday this artist is broadening her platform and looking forward to traveling with the "Phil Collins Experience" Tour in 2019.

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Brian Ruskin
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Brian Ruskin

Brian Ruskin has established himself as a force in the Kansas City music scene for the past three decade Ruskin’s unique style as a singer songwriter guitarist distinguishes him from many musician He started playing professionally at the age of 18 in the Midwest playing rock Pop funk R&B country jazz experimental and folk music The son of Tommy Ruskin and Julie Turner both pillars in the Kansas City jazz community raised him on performance income It is no doubt that being surrounded by music since his birth had something to do with his chosen profession like many seasoned improvisers Brian dug in to recordings on is record player and began playing by ear He was fortunate to have access to many eclectic recordings through his family record collection Brian has been a fixture throughout the region and spent several years as a significant part of the Austin TX music scene.

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Eboni Fondren Trio
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Eboni Fondren Trio

Dynamic vocalist and entertainer Eboni Fondren, brings passion and excitement whenever she takes the stage. Her precise readings of jazz standards which she seasons with a dash of R&B, fill a room with energy and delight. Wish a smooth and sultry finish, audiences will be enchanted by her lyrical interpretation and ability to draw an audience in leaving them wanting more. Fondren is an accomplished singer and actress that has been working in and around the Kansas City area for the past 15 years. She delights audiences with her group Eboni and the Ivories, the Everette DeVan Quartet, pianists Charles Williams, Mark Lowrey and with Joe Cartwright as host of the nationally syndicated radio show 12th street jump. She is also a lead singer in KC's hottest party band Lost Wax. As an actress and voice over artist, she has lit up the stage with feature roles in some of Kansas City's top Theatre Companies in productions like "Little Shop of Horrors", "Hairspray", and "Ain't Misbehavin". She recently became the new voice for the Kansas City Royals "Raised Royal" season campaign.

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Ethan Ridings Duo
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Ethan Ridings Duo

17-year-old Ethan Ridings picked up his first guitar at 11 years old and he started playing professionally around his hometown of Kansas City at the age of 15. Ethan also sings- plays bass, piano, and drums while producing his own music in his home studio. One of his latest singles "For You" has even been featured on several Local and national radio stations.

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Zach Garland-Foster
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Zach Garland-Foster

Zach Garland Foster is a Kansas City jazz, rock and pop saxophonist who has been invited to play at prestigious locations around the Midwest such as the Kauffman Center, multiple venues on Bourbon Street and the Chicago History Museum — all before the age of 20. After being accepted into both Berklee College of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory for Jazz Saxophone Performance, he decided to attend to UMKC to study under Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. From a family of many artists and musicians, from a very early age Foster would tell his parents he wanted to be a “rock star” and play guitar for millions. After being introduced to and falling in love with the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Johnny Hodges and other greats, he devoted his time to getting a head start on playing saxophone at the age of 10. By the time he was a freshman at Liberty High School, Foster was playing lead tenor saxophone in ensembles. Foster was a three-time All District Jazz Band member and two-time All State Jazz member without the aid of a single jazz lesson.

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Lori Tucker Trio
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Lori Tucker Trio

Lori Tucker is a versatile vocalist and an entrepreneur. Lori’s expressive vocals have enabled her to hold long term engagements in many of Kansas City’s finest venues. In addition to rhythm and blues, jazz and blues she’s widely recognized in the gospel arena. On numerous occasions, she was a featured guest with the world famous Twentieth Century Ink Spots and has performed with Everette DeVan and the late Richard “Groove” Holmes. She has also performed the National Anthem for many civic and sports events, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the Kansas City Royals. Lori was also co-owner of Grace Audio/Video Enterprises, LLC and a member of the award winning vocal group, The Wild Women of Kansas City. Since the early 70’s, the public has enjoyed her melodic tones on recordings, radio and television.

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A La Mode Trio
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

A La Mode Trio

A La Mode will leave you thinking you’ve been transported back in time! You will be immersed in an experience that spotlights the very essence of Prohibition-era Kansas City.

The spirits of Django Reinhardt and the sultry songstresses of the past are alive and well in the present – all that it takes is a trip downtown to see KC Jazz band A La Mode. Led by UMKC graduate, guitarist Clayton DeLong and enchanting songstress Jesica “Baby J” DeLong, A La Mode takes that authentic, swinging, improvisational Kansas City style and blends it with French and gypsy jazz. Joined by KC’s finest players on upright bass, violin, drums, brass and more, A La Mode is a staple of today’s Kansas City Jazz scene. Their debut

album, “C’est si Bón” was released in October of 2016 and can be heard on jazz radio stations across the US.

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Stan Kessler and Justin Binek Duo
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Stan Kessler and Justin Binek Duo

Anyone who's stepped inside a Kansas City jazz club during the past several decades has probably run into Stan Kessler, the impish trumpeter known for amusing pranks and soulful solos.

Kessler has played music in Kansas City for 40 years, serving as the jazz scene's crafty institutional memory and passionate conscience. He's seen a lot of ups and downs, but his new album, "Skywatcher," makes a career-defining statement, showcasing his formidable talent at the same time as it demonstrates the vitality of the regional scene.

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Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Trio
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Trio

Vocalist Julie Turner has long been a favorite on the Kansas City jazz scene. Her smooth voice has a versatile range and passionate intimacy that pleases all audiences, whether she's interpreting the greats like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to The Beatles, Norah Jones, or singing her own compositions. Add to that her engaging, magnetic personality, and you will see and hear what makes Julie a hit wherever she performs.

Brian Ruskin has established himself as a force in the Kansas City music scene for the past three decade Ruskin’s unique style as a singer songwriter guitarist distinguishes him from many musician He started playing professionally at the age of 18 in the Midwest playing rock Pop funk R&B country jazz experimental and folk music The son of Tommy Ruskin and Julie Turner both pillars in the Kansas City jazz community raised him on performance income It is no doubt that being surrounded by music since his birth had something to do with his chosen profession like many seasoned improvisers Brian dug in to recordings on is record player and began playing by ear He was fortunate to have access to many eclectic recordings through his family record collection Brian has been a fixture throughout the region and spent several years as a significant part of the Austin TX music scene.

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The Grand Marquis
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

The Grand Marquis


The Grand Marquis inject a vibrant relevance into their brand of American roots music while delivering a classic, timeless 'straight-from-the-speakeasy' sound. Versatile and buoyant, distinct and refreshing - a rhythm cocktail served by masterful musical mixologists.

Over the past 17 years they have logged more than 2000 performances, as far-flung as Seattle to South Beach Miami, but often in the midwest, where they call Kansas City home.

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