Friday, June 30, 2017

Kansas City Jazz Stays Losing Money

City Hall bailout amid $120K in bounced checks and a sign that this dead art from isn't as popular as locals claim despite continued taxpayer subsidy:

Editorial: Bounced checks and a city bailout - Kansas City's jazz festival is in disarray

Shortly after Chris Hazelton and his group, the Boogaloo 7, walked offstage at the Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival in May, he was handed a check for his performance. So far, so good. But when Hazelton tried to deposit that check the next week, something unexpected happened: It bounced.

17 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Prosecute the bad check.

Anonymous said...

I'm going up to some of these snowflake jazz musicians and say, "My taxes pay your salary!"

Anonymous said...

Definitely prosecute the bad check. The musicians can do a fundraiser to free Cheptoo.

Anonymous said...

Another silly losing "event" that was hyped and breathlessly reported by local media as a big success, even though even the skillful camera angles couldn't hide the fact that hardly anyone was there.
$117,000 from the taxpayers.
When will there be any accountability at all for how tax money is spent in this mismanaged little town?

Anonymous said...

It'll be better next year! Tax cuts,airports, hotels, everyone is scraping for cash and it will get tighter. Budgeting and working together and planning, planning, planning. She stays on top of things. It will be even better next year. The staff will come together and pull it in taught. The bills will get paid. It's not like a set up to be thrown under a bus so someone else can look good?

Anonymous said...

That sure is a bunch of writing in less than ten minutes....suspect rather than opinion.

Anonymous said...

$117,000.00 in bad checks.
Probably not the first or last time all those musicians were written hot checks.
But goddamnit it, that much money?
Thanks, you freespending assholes running the show for perpetuating the flyover stupid hick town myth.
Musicians TALK to each other and the word will get around quickly just how much of a DEADBEAT shit hole this place is, run by liars and crooks.

Should the idiots that wrote those checks still have a job? Why?
Oh, because we'd all be racists to fire them? They answer to NOBODY!!! You like that?

The taxpayers gave MILLIONS to employ these morons and all they know how to do is act like big shots and write hot checks. Bet they're all driving new cars.

Ya shoulda put the Whites or even better, the Jews in charge of Jazz in KCMO. It was the Blacks that originally made Jazz happen, but it was the Jews that made Jazz flourish into the huge money-making art form that it is/was for everybody.

No matter what the juvenile excuse is, you must NEVER write a hot check to an entertainer. Most serious musicians will take a pass at KC in the future. Just wait and see.

Anonymous said...

Never had this problem when they were doing Rhythm & Ribs. Better acts, bigger crowds and no bounced checks.

Anonymous said...

This was all Sly's deal!! What a fiasco!!

Let's put Sly in charge of a $2 Billion Airport!!!

DKC said...

^^^^ 100% right.

Kc is one of the worst run cities in America.

Anonymous said...

Were the bands paid Boulevarxia? Ticket goers refunded after the storm? Do not talk
I'll about Jewish people either. You have more than enough hate. For everybody and everything
That is or isn't pure white. That's your agenda. It will not be forgotten nor repeated. Blame goes all around. Pay the bills.
Greed is good, but capitalism has a big brother now. You don't go to that part of town nor do I. It will work out to help a
Few folks. Sidewalks would be nice. Less taxes too. Have nice July 4 TH....even you people....

Anonymous said...

A bonafide embarrassment for KCMO, but as others have said, when you have blacks running an organization, this is the outcome.

Anonymous said...

Stop whining to the press and throw the fucks in jail for the bad paper. Don't reward them for the bad and illegal behavior.

Anonymous said...

I don't think we are getting one side of this story. Sounds like the City didn't put the money in their account on time and it caused the checks to bounce. Why else would they bail them out?

Anonymous said...

Because they spent the money on BS, and there wasn't enough left to pay the musicians!! So the City had to put in more dough to bail them out!! Thanks, Sly!!!!

Anonymous said...

Stealing from

Anonymous said...

I love jazz, but a white jazz lover ain't gonna go to the inner city to listen to it. Brave the crime, leave with all the windows still in your car then get stopped at a midtown DUI check point, screw that. I will wait until 9 pm tune to 91.5 and chill at home to jazz.

Like Frank Zappa said, "Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny."