The Kaopectones are Kansas City's most unique classic "Rock" musical offering. Four veteran players reproducing timeless music from 4 decades of Rock. And all without the use of prerecorded or sequenced backing tracks, Auto-Tune, or other gadgets and tricks designed to fool the listener. Real music played by real people. The way it is supposed to be.
Make no mistake, The Kaopectones are, first and foremost, a "Rock" band. They chose the "Rock" designation, as it encompasses much more than the traditional sub genre labels like "Rock and Roll", "Classsic Rock", "Pop Rock" or "Progressive Rock". The Kaopectones run the entire spectrum, stylistically, while never forgetting that the "Rock" attitude and approach are what drives all of the music they play. Loud and proud, with the edge and drive necessary to put the music across to the listener in the manner envisioned by the original artists.
A Brief History of The Kaopectones
This band grew out of a love for an era of music that was being overlooked. The seeds were planted many years back when guitarist / vocalist Brion Leftwich and bassist / vocalist Ed Riggs realized they were moved by the same musical influences, and styles. The first iteration of the group also included Tom Thomas on percussion. There was an issue finding a keyboard player who would put the time into learning this keyboard heavy material. So the project was shelved after a few tries, with hopes of one day finding just the right man for the job.
And find him they did! In 2013, a new keyboardist, Jimmy Gallagher, was brought into another band that Brion and Ed were working with at the time. But that band only played every other week, so the thought of resurrecting The Kaopectones was bandied about again. Jimmy was also quite attracted to the format, as he had played much of the music in his youth, but never again since. His keyboard skills were punctuated with an ability to play guitar and sing.
With Jimmy on board, Tom Thomas was contacted to see if he had any interest in the renewed project. Alas, his time was now being taken up with his return to academia, and he did not have the time to devote to a big undertaking as this. So the search for a drummer began. After speaking with several candidates, and procuring the services of one fine drummer, plans were laid. But, as with all things related to the story thus far, the new drummer realized he, too, did not have the time to commit to learning a complete new song list. At this point they had five weeks to their first booked show. OK, panic time, right?
A well timed trip by Ed, to see a drummer he had thought of, turned out to be the pivotal moment in the story. Enter Rick Aubrey. They often joke that the reason he is in the band is because he said "Yes". Little did they know what impact his playing style, sense of humor, and personality would bring to the proceedings. He was the final piece of the puzzle, and is very much a driving force in the sound of The Kaopectones. He also brought another vocal to the table, rounding out the harmonies so needed in the music being attempted.
After playing a few times, and using a "PA on a stick", the band knew that if it was going to be it's best, it had to SOUND it's best. The Kaopectones are fortunate to have audio engineers at the ready. Joe Brugnoni and Charlie Stendebach are essential to the presentation of the music being offered. Joe is the main man on the board, and Charlie has been there when Joe was unavailable. Utilizing the latest in digital sound consoles, they both bring years of experience, and work very hard to make the band sound as good as possible, no matter the size of the venue.
Upon playing their first public appearance in March of 2013, it became evident that there was something special happening. People responded enthusiastically to the different songs being offered, and the cast was set for a musical journey that, to this day, excites the players and audiences alike.
Wouldn't Want To Be Like You - Alan Parsons
The Story In Your Eyes - Moody Blues
Francene - ZZ Top
Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
Down The Road - Kansas
Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake And Palmer
The Wizard - Uriah Heep
Lazy - Deep Purple
Give Blood - Pete Townshend
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson
Showdown At Big Sky - Robbie Robertson
Pinball Wizard - The Who
On The Turning Away - Pink Floyd
Badge - Cream
Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson
On The Loose - Saga
Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters
Hold On - Kansas.
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
Business As Usual - Little Feat
Slow Down - The Beatles
Closer To Home (I'm Your Captain) - Grand Funk Railroad
Purple Rain - Prince
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
The Letter - Joe Cocker
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Turn It On Again - Genesis
Hey, Hey, What Can I Do? - Led Zepplin
Last Dance With Mary Jane - Tom Petty
Walk On The Ocean - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Hold the Line - Toto
Bloody Well Right - Supertramp
Can I Tell You - Kansas.
Hymn #43 - Jethro Tull
From The Beginning - Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Hush - Deep Purple
Love is Alive / Gypsy Queen - Joe Cocker / Santana
My Old School - Steely Dan
Let It Roll - Little Feat
New World Man - Rush
I Can See For Miles - The Who
Angry Eyes - Loggins and Messina
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
Shapes Of Things To Come - The Yardbirds
To Cry You A Song - Jethro Tull
Tend My Garden - James Gang
Hey, Bulldog - The Beatles
Stay - David Bowie