Blues Festival Coming to Fort Scott Sept. 24

New comers to the Fort Scott area from Kansas City are planning a blues festival on their property at 2006 Maple Road on September 24 from 2 to 10 p.m. and they are doing it to benefit a local helping organization.

Cory and Cecilia Bryars. Submitted photo.

“My wife, Cecilia and I have met and become lasting friends with wonderful people by attending blues music events and venues in the Kansas City area and travels to Arkansas and Mississippi,” said event organizer Cory Bryars said. “We moved to Fort Scott in 2021 from Kansas City and I wanted to have a once-in-a-lifetime housewarming and a thank you to contractors and friends. My wife has roots and best friends here and the kid went to college, freeing us up to leave K.C.”

“As I put (the event) together, it took on a life of its own, and I thought this thing needs to be more than just friends and family,” Bryars said. “Through a friend, Belynda Davenport, I got connected with Lavetta Simmons and Care to Share ( a helping organization for cancer survivors and their families) and it turns out their big annual Fall Fest fundraiser for the last 15 years is no more.”

They decided to turn the event into a fundraiser for Care to Share.

“Before Care to Share, it was all about the music; now it’s all about music being a force for good,” Bryars said.  “This is real deal. Any one of these bands could headline a decent municipal blues fest, and we are providing four bands of that caliber.”

“I like to think the town was clamoring for something, and unbeknownst to me, I was apparently organizing it,” he said. “Soooo…our event is now a full-blown fundraiser.”

The music will be provided by the following artists, with performance times listed and comments provided by Bryars:

2pm—The Hermosa Prairie Dogs featuring Randy McAllister and James Van Nuys

o    “Randy is an award winning, Grammy Nominated, singer, songwriter, harmonica player, drummer and legend of East Texas Blues/Soul/Roots.

o    James is a talented artist in many disciplines and you will love his songs.”

4pm—Kilborn Alley featuring Big Rich McDonough

o    “Band Leader Andrew Duncanson is smooth as silk on the vocals and guitar.

o    Big Rich masters the guitar, making it SING almost as well as Andrew.”

6pm—Cassie Taylor & Band

o    “After starting her music career while still a teenager, Cassie toured Europe as part of Girls with Guitars.  She took a break from music to raise a family and her spirit, and now is back on the scene.

o    With powerful vocals and a soulful voice perfect for pop and blues, Cassie leads her generation of blues artists.”

8pm—Junebug & The Porchlights

o   “Long-time Kansas City favorites with great musicians, there’s never a dull moment as they cover Merle Haggard, Muddy Waters, and other country and blues standards, all with their own fast-paced sound and fury

o    If you like 70s classics like John Denver’s Country Roads and the aromatic Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road, wait ‘til you hear the Porchlights’ versions!”

The Venue

The festival site is west of Findley’s Auto on Maple Road about one-half mile, on the Bryars property.
“We will use our front and back pasture for parking–not sure but thinking 75 cars can fit, maybe more,” Bryars said. “We are asking neighbors to have friends and family park at their properties.  Care to Share is exploring options for parking and shuttle service via city trolley and/or side-by-sides from volunteers.  The back yard near the house will have the stage and attendees.”
Free Admission, But Donations Accepted for Care to Share
“I am funding it and friends that were attending before Care to Share got involved will chip in and depending on the donation levels to Care to Share they will help offset some of my expense as a cost of the fundraiser,” Bryars said.
“We want to encourage donations,” he said.  “I have found that people are very generous when it’s up to them to decide how to help.  And Care to Share is organizing other methods of fundraising—concessions, crafts for the event.”

3 thoughts on “Blues Festival Coming to Fort Scott Sept. 24”

    1. It’s not music on my Orange porch BUT it is Music—so everyone in this area that can—Please attend this event. Let the music pull you back to center—make you joyful—put a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye
      Come and support Care to Share
      And welcome a new family to Ft Scott

  1. Cory and Cecilia are delightful folks & are well-known amongst
    the KC Blues folks. Their love of all things Blues is evident and they will put on a good show for everyone. This is a rare chance for local SEK folks to see good talent and support an excellent cause at the same time. I’ll be there for sure.

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