Folk band Short Round Stringband performing at Summer Dusk Concert tonight

Betse Ellis stands outside Eleos Coffee on Independence Avenue. PHOTO/Layne Stracener

Layne Stracener

Editorial Assistant

 

Featuring Short Round Stringband, the free, family-friendly Summer Dusk Concert will be at 7 p.m. tonight at The Colonnade in Kessler Park, 3000 St. John Ave.

Short Round Stringband is an old-time folk band made up of two musical couples: Betse & Clarke (Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt, who live in Northeast Kansas City, Mo.), and The Aching Hearts (Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman, who live in St. Louis, Mo.). The bassist is Chris DeVictor of Konza Swamp and other bands, who lives in Lawrence, Kan.

The Short Round Stringband website describes the band’s music as “a revival of old-time, country, and southern mountain music that’s fresh and relevant.”

The band came together as a feature on the Main Stage at The John Hartford Memorial Festival in May 2017 to play a tribute to John Hartford, a folk musician.

Inspired by the creativity and energy they found as a group, they decided to form a band, often putting DeVictor into the mix on upright bass.

“If you have chemistry with other people in a creative sense, you kind of know it right away,” Ellis said. “What we were able to accomplish in just three-and-a-half days together to prepare a whole concert set for a festival stage, and then the consequent performance like a month later just sealed the deal. It’s a whole lot of fun and creatively fulfilling.”

Since the band members live in different parts of the state, they have learned to be efficient with the time they have, Ellis said.

“It’s actually pretty invigorating,” she said. “The time we get together really counts.”

Ellis said to expect to be taken on a journey through musical stories at the concert.

“The songs take you places,” Ellis said. “Some of them tell stories, some of them are just either celebrating a moment in your life or the tradition of murder ballods and tapping into that history but also a whole lot of fun.”

Ellis said the band members might burst into laughter at any moment on stage.

“Clarke has earned the nickname ‘Wildcard’ because what he might say on the mic is hilarious and bizarre and we crack each other up and it is contagious,” Ellis said. “We have a whole lot of fun, but we also take the music we make really seriously and we’re really committed so we hope it’s engaging and surprising.”

This is the first time Short Round Stringband has played at a Summer Dusk Concert. Ellis said she is honored to play in such a beautiful part of the Historic Northeast.

“It’s fantastic to get people together for a free concert in our neighborhood,” Ellis said. “That means a lot to be able to be a part of it as residents. I’d want to play it, regardless, but it’s that much more meaningful because it’s in our neighborhood.”

To listen to Short Round Stringband’s music or read more information about the band, visit shortroundstringband.com.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Updated COVID-19 Booster Doses are now available

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]


    The Kansas City Museum: Helping to Cultivate Future Leaders

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Sponsored content The Kansas City Museum has a small but mighty staff consisting of seven full-time and five part-time employees. […]


    Kansas City introduces Zero KC, a five-year plan to end homelessness

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Last week, Kansas City, Mo., officials announced a comprehensive five-year plan to end homelessness in the […]


    Community weighs in on new Kessler Park Master Plan

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Hoxie Collective, the community planning practice tasked with creating a new Kessler Park Master Plan, hosted […]


    Eyeglasses at the Gathering Table

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Volunteers with 20/20 Vision Foundation visited the Gathering Table on Saturday to provide free eye exams […]


    Spire to host public hearings on rate hikes

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor On April 2, 2022, Spire filed a natural gas rate case with the Missouri Public Service […]


    Re-enlistment ceremony take place at Elmwood Cemetery

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Dorri PartainContributor United States Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Natalie Duff requested that her re-enlistment ceremony take place at Elmwood Cemetery […]


    The Sewing Labs tapped to participate in Department of Labor Initiative

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Sewing Labs, a Columbus Park based nonprofit, announced the organization is to be among the […]


  • House of News scores big at MO Press Convention

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Once again, Kansas City’s Northeast News has raised the bar for Community Journalism in Kansas City’s Historic […]


    Historic Northeast Lofts developers seek blight declaration for Independence and Hardesty property

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Planning for Historic Northeast Lofts at the southeast corner of Independence Avenue and Hardesty Avenue is […]


    PH Coffee’s Halloween pop-up bar returns

    September 20th, 2022
    by

    The Sanderson’s Sisters playground will return to PH Coffee, located at 2200 Lexington Ave., for a second year in a […]


    Fatality crash at St. John and Oakley

    September 20th, 2022
    by

    A woman is dead following a hit-and-run collision on Monday night. East Patrol Division officers responded to a three car […]


    Winter Magic coming to Cliff Drive

    September 14th, 2022
    by

    At Tuesday’s Kansas City Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Commissioners approved an agreement with Jolt Lighting to bring Winter Magic, […]


    Northeast Kansas City Chamber Of Commerce International Marketplace Taste & Tour 2022

    September 14th, 2022
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]


    KCU’s Score 1 for Health hosts health screenings for Scuola Vita Nuova

    September 14th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Kansas City University (KCU) Score 1 for Health Program hosted nearly […]


    New COVID-19 boosters targeting currently circulating strains becoming available in Missouri

    September 14th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Bivalent COVID-19 boosters are becoming available to Missourians with providers adding these boosters to their inventory […]


    Kansas City Current announce groundbreaking date, release new stadium renderings

    September 14th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Kansas City Current’s plans for the world’s first stadium purpose-built for a women’s professional team […]


    Join us for KCPS Loves to Read!

    September 13th, 2022
    by

    Kansas City, Missouri — To increase awareness of the importance of early literacy, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) today launched […]


    Community Outreach Programs

    September 7th, 2022
    by

    sponsored content from Jerusalem Farm My name is Abdullahi Islow. I am in 9th grade and attend Ryogoku Soccer Academy. […]


    Voters to weigh in on no-tax increase bond issuance for affordable housing; parks, convention center upgrades

    September 7th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Kansas City Council has approved two questions to be placed on the Nov. 8 general […]


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Remember This?


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.