Great news!

The Covid19 Pandemic has been hard on everyone. As move through the phases of reopening and the restrictions begin to relax, we are happy to announce that The Kicks Band will begin to start rehearsing again soon. Don’t worry, we will be following the guidelines, social distancing, and wearing masks.
We can’t wait to bring you the music and moments that we treasure, now more than ever.

Crazy times we live in!

Rest assured that The Kicks Band is practicing social distancing and taking a hiatus during this Covid 19 pandemic. However, as soon as we can we will be back together playing all your favorite big band charts. Much love to you all, stay safe out there, and we’ll be together again soon! In the meantime, keep dancing!

Jazz on The Lake X – Over The Moon 2/22/20

Happy New Year!! We’re looking forward to a great year with lots of swinging big band jazz.
First opportunity is Jazz on The Lake X – Over The Moon. Join us for a fundraiser to support children’s programs and collections at the Bonner Springs City Library. Enjoy live music by the Kicks band, dinner by Ross’s catering, live painting by Michael Potts, and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $50 each and will be available for purchase at the Library starting January 2nd. Must be 21 to attend.
For more information about tickets or how you or
your organization can support this effort, please call 913-441-2665.

Christmas Concert December 8 at 1:30pm

HO HO HO! It’s time for The Kicks Band’s annual Christmas concert! Do you love Big Band Jazz Christmas songs? We sure do, and this year we’re bringing you some new stuff you won’t want to miss. As always we’re expecting a very special visitor, so bring your kids and Grand kids. You won’t want to be caught on the naughty list, so make plans to come. Free and family friendly!
*Sunday December 8, from 1:30 – 2:30
*First Christian Church of Bonner Springs
*148 N Nettleton Ave, Bonner Springs, KS 66012

Monday, October 21 – Westport Coffee House – 7:30PM

Make plans now to join us for music that makes your heart smile.

Monday, October 21 at 7:30 – 9:00

Westport Coffee House

4010 Pennsylvania Avenue – Kansas City, MO

Westport Coffee House has ample parking and a spacious theater for
live music. Come hungry, because you won’t want to miss out on the
wide variety of burgers from The Green Room right next door. The Green
Room’s food is all cooked to order – and they’ll even deliver to your
seat in the theater, for your convenience.

Bringing you songs that set the standards of what great music truly
is, we’ll be playing some of your favorite seasonal songs for fall.

Donations will be accepted.

Happy Fall Y’all, 3 great chances to see The Kicks Band-LIVE!

September 9, we will be performing at Cascone’s 6863 W 91st St, Overland Park, KS 7:30-9:00. Reservations are recommended because this event usually sells out.(913) 381-6837

September 27 – 7:30-9:00. First Christian Church Bonner Springs. 148 N Nettleton Ave, Bonner Springs, KS. This will be the 1st in our 3 concert series at the church, we have some great music in store for you. Everyone is welcome to this family friendly and free event.

October 21 – 7:30-9:00 Westport Coffee House 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO. Wesport Coffee House is a great place to hear live music, we will be playing your favorite big band hits. Donations accepted at the door.

Keeping big band jazz alive since 1987, the music of your memories.

What is the Kicks Band?

Our story began in 1987, with a dream of keeping big band jazz music alive, and even though many of the faces have changed, the essence of the band remains the same.
Most Monday nights we can be found rehearsing, but sometimes you can catch us out and about on the town. We often have the pleasure of playing at Cascone’s Italian Restaurant. We also love playing for special events, such as company parties, birthday parties, weddings, and anniversary’s.
Experience the timeless American tradition of big band music from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. These songs mean different things to many people. For some it may have been the song that was playing when their sweetheart came home from the war, for others it may be a song their Mom and Dad would dance to in the kitchen. For the younger crowd, perhaps they have just been introduced to big band jazz. Whatever these songs mean to you, keep the music and the memories alive with The Kicks Band.
Our diverse musical catalog features arrangements of tunes that trace their roots back to the very beginnings of big band jazz. We also feature more modern arrangements by current artists such as Michael Buble and The Flying Nutrinos, as well as stylized arrangements of big band chart toppers, including Harry James, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole the list of musical greats goes on and on. Big band swing jazz that is guaranteed to make you want to dance, sing along – and most of all, smile. Music is emotion; our goal is for you to leave our show hoarse from singing along to your favorite tunes, and completely exhausted from dancing…even if it’s just in your chair.
Preserving the tradition of America’s indigenous music… Jazz – Kansas City style.

Utah Watkins

The Kicks Band is saddened to learn of the passing of our former saxophonist Utah Watkins.  Utah held down the baritone sax chair for a few years and also occasionally filled in on tenor.  He also was a regular in the KC Metro Big Band and the Friday Morning Band.  The Kansas City band community will miss him, both musically and personally.