COVID Blows Up Hope For Kansas City Live Music Comeback

Whilst there are plenty of fatties looking to risk death to eat at an overrated restaurant, live music continues to endure a devastating slump that shows no sign of improving.

Amid horrible pandemic news . . . People just don't want to see live music in smaller local venues.

For bands further down the food chain who thrive on playing their hearts out in more intimate settings, the devastation is real and impacts local musical culture.

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"Ryan Pope, drummer for the Kansas City rock band The Get Up Kids, says he's grateful to be playing live shows once again but cautious about how COVID-19 will affect next year's tour."

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A Kansas City musician looks to 2022: 'It's important to not get my hopes up too much'

As the U.S. ends its second calendar year of the COVID-19 pandemic, KCUR wanted to hear from members of the greater Kansas City community about their experiences and reflections. Ryan Pope is a founding member and drummer of the influential Kansas City rock band The Get Up Kids.