TKC Saturday Night Playlist: 18th & Vine Honors Charlie Parker Despite His Deathbed 'Don't Bury Me In Kansas City' Request
Historians might try to dispute this urban legend but jazz aficionados still debate the final words of Charlie Parker.
Many claim that Bird exclaimed, "Don't let them bury me in Kansas City,” to his wife Chan on his death bed.
Like most things on the Internets, social media and in life . . . It's a fun story even if it's not true.
And that bit of macabre trivia brings us to a far less interesting municipal effort . . .
Again, this is a nice cause but we're pretty sure the former heroin junkie wouldn't care too much for this schmaltzy display of civic pride.
As always, ritualistically, we must remind readers that KCMO has spent 100 MILLION at 18th & Vine since the 90s and they're still begging for cash in the absence of a viable business model.
The song remains the same and local politicos are unlikely to change their tune even as the Prez Biden COVID bailout will provide more cash for god times.
To be fair, the biggest bill for music and partying in Kansas City currently goes to the P&L District and that entertainment district fiasco has cost taxpayers HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS worth of cash which has been refinanced multiple times. Younger residents with families should know that their children will be paying off the debt well into their middle-age.
Nevertheless . . .
The legacy of irresponsible spending as a tribute to a legend who didn't want anything to do with this cowtown seems like a fitting conclusion to Saturday night amid what we hope is one the last few weeks of COVID restrictions.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.