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The Rhythm Rockets: Ed Yokley Tribute


All-Star Jam Session

Set your alarms for 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 12th for an all-star tribute to a legendary guitarist, singer and blues music pioneer; Ed Yokley.

As a founding member of Colt 45 & The Kansas City Blues Band, Ed Yokley was instrumental in developing the live blues music scene in Kansas City. Beginning in the 70’s; Ed, Larry van Loon, Mike O'Neil and a group of other KC area musicians helped to make Westport the place to be between the Crescent and Windy cities for live rhythm & blues.

Ed & the boys established the “Blue Monday” jam sessions that ran for nearly 25 years at clubs like Blayney’s, The Hurricane and a few other long lost venues. His playing inspired a host of imitators to grab a guitar and try their hand at the blues. Ed’s style and tone were unique, and expressed his vast and varied life experiences. Simply put; no one played guitar like Ed Yokley.

Come and help family, friends and collection of great musicians celebrate Ed’s life and his contributions to the live music scene on Sunday, August 12th at BB’s Lawnside BBQ from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The event is an all-star tribute in honor of those old “Blue Monday” jam sessions. Expatriated KCBB members from around the country and many of the area’s finest musicians are slated to play.

Ed was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and this year’s event will benefit the Vietnam Veterans Association Heart of America Chapter 317. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 day of show. Prizes and other goodies will be raffled off with all proceeds going to the VVA #317.

More details can be found at

Thanks to the sponsors; Ink Magazine, Credentialing Experts, Mission House of Music, Realm Construction and BB’s Lawnside BBQ,

Musicians interested in playing, please contact John at: We're trying to accommodate a lot of players, so sign up and get involved early. We've got a song list prepared and are still open to suggestions. We want to keep things flowing smoothly and we're signing up musicians to play on specific songs. Drums, keyboards and amps will be supplied. Just bring your own guitar or bass and be ready to play when your number is called.

A list of participating musicians and regular updates can be found on our news/notes page or by clicking here:

Tickets are available at BB's Lawnside BBQ, VVA #317, our sponsors or via e-mail at

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