KANSAS’ Drumming Legacy: Navigating Through Change and Continuity

KANSAS original drummer and band manager, Phil Ehart, is taking time away from touring as drummer for KANSAS while he recovers after recently surviving a major heart attack. There is no timetable for his return to the road.

While not on the road, Phil is remaining in a prominent role with KANSAS during his recovery, serving as band manager, as he has done for 40 years.

Eric Holmquist will be on drums for KANSAS starting with the March 1, 2024, concert in Richmond, VA. Holmquist has filled in for Ehart on drums when Phil was ill in 2016, during Phil’s arm rehabilitation in 2022-2023, and has been performing the first half of shows during the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour. Previously, Eric was Phil’s drum tech and protegé for more than 20 years.

KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in The Road continues March 1, 2024, in Richmond, VA. A complete list of tour dates can be found at kansasband.com. The band KANSAS carries on, adding more tour dates in 2024 and beyond.

Rock band KANSAS continues 50th Anniversary celebration with holiday charity campaign for children in need.

100% of profits from limited edition apparel support The Toy Foundation in bringing the gift of play to children in need.

This holiday season, America’s legendary rock band KANSAS hopes to spread some joy to underprivileged children through limited time, special edition “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On, Wayward Son” t-shirts and hoodies. Available online only at ShopStands.com, the apparel is available now until November 10th. The band will be donating all profits to The Toy Foundation, the uniting force for the collective philanthropy of the toy industry for the benefit of all children in need.

“We believe in a world where every child has the opportunity to experience comfort, joy, and the extraordinary physical, emotional, and educational benefits of play,” says Pamela Mastrota, Executive Director at The Toy Foundation. “Year-round and especially during the holiday gifting and giving season, our Toy Bank spreads joy and creates smiles with the gift of new toys to deserving families throughout the United States and around the world. Your support of The Toy Foundation gives the gift of play to a child in need.”

KANSAS is currently touring across North America to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, with an astounding 20 new dates recently added. “Another Fork in the Road” concerts dates, tickets and VIP packages can be found at kansasband.com/

tour-dates/.

The charity t-shirts will be on sale for a limited time only and will ship in mid-November, arriving in time for the holidays.

Stands: https://shopstands.com/
KANSAS: https://www.kansasband.com/
The Toy Foundation: https://toyfoundation.org/

Tilles Center Show Postponed

A message from KANSAS the band:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight’s KANSAS: 50th Anniversary Tour scheduled for this evening at the Tilles Center is postponed. The show will now take place on May 16, 2024.

Please keep your ticket! Tickets for the original performance will be honored for the new date.

KANSAS’s next performance will be Friday, October 20 in San Antonio, TX.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to performing for our fans on Long Island on May 16, 2024. Carry On.

Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso Rescheduled

Due to a family emergency within the KANSAS band, the originally scheduled performances at the Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, AZ; Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM; and The Plaza Theatre in El Paso, TX are rescheduled.

The new dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 – Tucson, AZ: Fox Tucson Theatre
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 – Albuquerque, NM: Kiva Auditorium
  • Sunday, March 17, 2024 – El Paso, TX: Plaza Theatre

Keep your tickets! Tickets for the original date will be honored for the new concert date.

For those needing a refund, please contact your original point of purchase.

We appreciate your understanding.

Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, AZ; Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM; and Plaza Theatre in El Paso, TX will not go on as planned

We regret to inform you that due to a family emergency in the KANSAS family, our shows at the Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, AZ; Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM; and Plaza Theatre in El Paso, TX will not go on as planned.

We are working to finalize rescheduled dates in 2024 of this highly anticipated tour. Please hold on to your tickets. Details of the reschedule will be forthcoming soon.

Rock Band KANSAS Extends their 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road

20 DATES ADDED TO EXTEND CURRENT TOUR THROUGH MAY 2024

As a result of brisk ticket sales and numerous sellouts, America’s preeminent progressive rock band KANSAS is extending their 50th Anniversary Tour. The “Another Fork in The Road” Tour celebrates 50 years of the band’s illustrious music history with concerts featuring two full hours of memorable hits, fan favorites and deep cuts rarely performed live. The tour has been hallmarked by energetic and spellbinding performances at some of the foremost theaters and performing arts centers across the United States and into Canada.

Most newly announced concert dates go on sale this Friday, September 15, 2023, at 10AM Local Venue Time. KANSAS Fan Club, American Express Card Holders, and other presales begin today, September 12, at 11AM Local Venue Time.

Previously announced concert dates and KANSAS VIP Packages are on sale now and selling fast.

Ticket information can be found at kansasband.com/tour-dates/

“The way audiences have received the 50th Anniversary Tour has been spectacular,” offers KANSAS drummer and original member Phil Ehart. “It only made sense to extend the tour into 2024. We look forward to being able for fans in more locations to see the tour – and for people who loved it the first time to see it again!” Ehart adds, “Heck, the first 50 dates didn’t even include the state of Kansas. You know we must perform there!”

In a recent tribute to the band’s five decades of success, Billboard Magazine describes the basis for their longstanding appeal: “Blending blues-based hard rock and intricate progressive constructions, KANSAS staked out its own musical territory, at once original and accessible.” Billboard.com – KANSAS Hits 50 “Our entire career has been a winding journey,” comments KANSAS guitarist and original member Richard Williams. “Whether it’s been the ‘original’ lineup signing with Don Kirshner, years on the bus, touring with Queen, and finally worldwide success peaking with Leftoverture & Point of Know Return.” Williams goes on to remember, “That was followed by various lineup changes, the valleys of the 90’s and ‘dinosaur bands’ losing steam, to our most recent ‘rebirth’ and success of our latest new music over the last eight years.” He concludes, “There have been several forks in the road of that journey. This 50th Anniversary Tour and release represent that journey and the forks along that road.”

To further celebrate the band’s 50th Anniversary, InsideOutMusic has released Another Fork in the Road – 50 Years of KANSAS. The 3-CD career-spanning collection features carefully selected tracks from across KANSAS’s sizable discography. It also includes a new version of the song ‘Can I Tell You.’ Originally released on their 1974 debut album, the song is updated by the current lineup. Another Fork in the Road – 50 Years of KANSAS is available now. Fans can order it here – https://kansas.lnk.to/AnotherForkInTheRoad-50YearsOfKansas

KANSAS boasts a current lineup including original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist & vocalist Billy Greer, lead vocalist & keyboardist Ronnie Platt, keyboardist & vocalist Tom Brislin, violinist & guitarist Joe Deninzon, and original guitarist Richard Williams. Additionally, Eric Holmquist fills in on drums for the first part of each concert while Phil Ehart continues to recover from an arm injury. With no signs of slowing down, KANSAS continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences.

New KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road Tour Dates

February 3, 2024 Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall
February 2, 2024 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre
March 1, 2024 Richmond, VA Dominion Energy Center
March 2, 2024 Tysons, VA Capital One Hall
March 8, 2024 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
March 9, 2024 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Theater
March 22, 2024 Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre
March 23, 2024 Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre
April 5, 2024 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theater
April 6, 2024 Elkhart, IN Lerner Theatre
April 12, 2024 Champaign, IL Virginia Theatre
April 13, 2024 Waukegan, IN Genesee Theatre
April 19, 2024 Marietta, OH Peoples Bank Theatre
April 20, 2024 Newark, OH Midland Theatre
April 26, 2024 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
April 27, 2024 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
May 2, 2024 Rochester, NY Kodak Center*
May 4, 2024 Toronto, ON Massey Hall*
May 10, 2024 Concord, NH Capitol Center for the Arts
May 11, 2024 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
May 17, 2024 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center
May 18, 2024 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall

Previously Announced KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road Tour Dates

September 12, 2023 Boise, ID Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
September 14, 2023 San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Theatre
September 16, 2023 Los Angeles, CA The Orpheum Theatre
September 17, 2023 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
September 19, 2023 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
September 22, 2023 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
September 24, 2023 El Paso, TX The Plaza Theatre
October 12, 2023 Worcester, MA The Hanover Theatre
October 13, 2023 Brookville, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
October 20, 2023 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
October 21, 2023 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
October 26, 2023 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
October 27, 2023 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
November 3, 2023 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
November 4, 2023 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
November 16, 2023 Dallas, TX Winspear Opera House
November 17, 2023 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Theater
December 1, 2023 Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theatre
December 2, 2023 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
January 12, 2024 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
January 13, 2024 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
January 19, 2024 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
January 20, 2024 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 27, 2024 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

*Rescheduled dates from 2023 already on sale. Tickets for original date will be honored for these concerts.

For more information on KANSAS and the Another Fork in the Road – 50th Anniversary Tour please visit:
www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband
www.instagram.com/kansasband
www.threads.net/kansasband
www.youtube.com/kansas

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Rock band KANSAS marks 50 years with charity campaign for the families of America’s fallen

Rock band KANSAS marks 50 years with charity campaign for the families of America’s fallen.

100% of profits from limited edition t-shirts support Folds of Honor’s educational scholarships.

This Memorial Day, America’s iconic rock band KANSAS will be honoring the sacrifices of US service-members with a limited time, special edition “Carry On, Wayward Son” t-shirt. Available online only at ShopStands.com, the shirts will be available from May 24th – June 7th, 2023. The band will be donating all profits to Folds of Honor, who provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

KANSAS original member and drummer Phil Ehart comments, “Growing up as a member of a US Military family stationed around the world, I am very aware of the sacrifices those in US Military uniform give on a daily basis.” Ehart continues, “Myself, my bandmates, and our crew are very proud to offer our support to FOLDS OF HONOR and its mission to provide support for families of the fallen.”

“We are so grateful to the legendary rock band KANSAS for their support of the families of fallen or disabled military service members and first responders,” says Ben Leslie, Chief Development Officer for Folds of Honor. “The band understands the importance of an education and their commitment allows us to provide life-changing academic scholarships that truly make a generational difference.”

To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, the band is also embarking on a landmark “Another Fork in the Road” tour of 50 performances across North America. Concerts dates, tickets and VIP packages can be found at kansasband.com/tour-dates/.

The charity t-shirts will be on sale for a limited time only and will ship in mid-June, arriving in time for most of the 50th Anniversary tour dates.

Shirts: https://shopstands.com/
KANSAS: https://www.kansasband.com/
Folds of Honor: https://foldsofhonor.org/

Announcing the addition of violinist/guitarist Joe Deninzon to KANSAS

May 23, 2023 – The band KANSAS is excited to announce the addition of violinist/guitarist Joe Deninzon to the band. He is succeeding the departing David Ragsdale.

Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on the “Viper” seven-string electric violin. Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, which has just released their 6th album, “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock).” He can be heard on over a hundred albums and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.

Deninzon has performed and/or recorded with the Who, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Skolnick, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Michael Sadler, Renaissance with Annie Haslam, Kurt Elling, and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet. A BMI Composer’s Grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has written solo works for violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and in 2015, premiered his Electric Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University and a Masters in Jazz Violin From Manhattan School of music.

KANSAS original member and drummer Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Joe Deninzon to be the newest member of KANSAS. We believe KANSAS fans will enjoy what Joe will bring to the band. We are excited to kick off the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour. As the paragraph in the band’s first album said, ‘KANSAS IS A BAND’ and we remain so to this day.”

Deninzon adds, “As a lifelong fan of Kansas, I am overwhelmed and humbled to have been invited to join this legendary band! I have the deepest respect for Robby and David and will do my best to honor and build on their musical legacy.”

Joe Deninzon’s first performance with the band will be in Pittsburgh, PA on June 2 at the Benedum Center during the premier date of the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road.

A complete list of KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road is below. Ticket and VIP Package information can be found at KansasBand.com.

KANSAS 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR – ANOTHER FORK IN THE ROAD CONFIRMED DATES:

DATE CITY VENUE
June 2, 2023 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
June 3, 2023 Baltimore, MD The Lyric Baltimore
June 9, 2023 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
June 10, 2023 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
June 16, 2023 Fort Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre
June 17, 2023 Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre
June 29, 2023 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
July 1, 2023 Rochester, NY Kodak Center
July 7, 2023 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
July 8, 2023 Indianapolis, IN Clowes Memorial Hall
July 14, 2023 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
July 15, 2023 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
July 21, 2023 Wausau, WI The Grand Theater
July 22, 2023 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theater
July 27, 2023 Kansas City, MO The Midland Theatre
July 29, 2023 St. Louis, MO The Fabulous Fox Theatre
August 4, 2023 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place
August 5, 2023 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theater
August 18, 2023 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
August 19, 2023 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
August 25, 2023 Denver, CO The Paramount Theatre
August 26, 2023 Salt Lake City, UT Eccles Theater
September 6, 2023 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
September 8, 2023 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre
September 9, 2023 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 12, 2023 Boise, ID Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
September 14, 2023 San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Theatre
September 16, 2023 Los Angeles, CA The Orpheum Theatre
September 17, 2023 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
September 19, 2023 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
September 22, 2023 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
September 24, 2023 El Paso, TX The Plaza Theatre
October 12, 2023 Worcester, MA The Hanover Theatre
October 13, 2023 Brookville, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
October 20, 2023 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
October 21, 2023 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
October 26, 2023 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
October 27, 2023 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
November 3, 2023 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
November 4, 2023 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
November 16, 2023 Dallas, TX Winspear Opera House
November 17, 2023 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Theater
December 1, 2023 Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theatre
December 2, 2023 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
January 12, 2024 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
January 13, 2024 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
January 19, 2024 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
January 20, 2024 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 27, 2024 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
January 28, 2024 Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts

For more information on KANSAS and the Another Fork in the Road – 50th Anniversary Tour please visit:
www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband
www.instagram.com/kansasband
www.youtube.com/kansas

For media inquiries contact:
Jen Farhood
ChipsterPR
[email protected]

Photo Credit: Joel Barrios

David Ragsdale Departing KANSAS

May 22, 2023 – The band KANSAS would like to thank violinist David Ragsdale for his decades of dedicated musicianship as he departs the band to focus on personal matters.

David first joined KANSAS in 1991, reinstating the iconic violin sound into the band. His first tenure with the band lasted until 1996. During that time, he appeared on live album ‘Live at the Whiskey’ and the studio album ‘Freaks of Nature.’

Ragsdale rejoined KANSAS in 2006 and has been a constant with the band for the past 17 years.

“For 23 years, David Ragsdale has been the best bandmate anyone could ever hope to work with,” comments KANSAS manager and original drummer Phil Ehart. “He reinserted the band’s signature violin after years of its absence. Since then, he’s been a critical member of the KANSAS family. I speak for the entire organization in saying we will miss him and wish him all the best.”

David performed more than 1,600 concerts with KANSAS. He appeared on three studio albums (Freaks of Nature, The Prelude Implicit, and The Absence of Presence) and four live albums (Live at the Whiskey, There’s Know Place Like Home, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, and Point of Know Return Live & Beyond).

Ragsdale’s departure will not impact any KANSAS performance scheduling. A new KANSAS violinist will be announced in the coming days.

Photo Credit: Emily Butler