Happenings

The More You Know...

The Long and Winding Road...

How many singers does it take to make a hit song?

It began with a concert by Don McLean at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. One of the people in the audience was twenty-year-old Lori Lieberman, who was trying to make it as a folksinger. She knew hardly anything about McLean's work, except for his megahit "American Pie". But she found herself spellbound. Sitting in the darkened audience, Lieberman was overwhelmed by the feeling that McLean was looking right into her soul and telling the story of her life.

Lieberman described her experience to the songwriting team of Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, who were producing her debut record album. They wrote a song that captured her powerful feelings, and it wound up on the record.

Although it didn't exactly set the world on fire, the song did get picked up by American Airlines for one of its in-flight music programs. At three o'clock in the morning, on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New York, singer Roberta Flack was leafing through an in-flight magazine when she saw a blurb on the song and tuned in to hear it.

"By the time I got to New York I knew I had to do that song."

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" went on to win the 1974 Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Billboard magazine has ranked it as one of the top 100 pop songs of all time. Says Don McLean, the man who started it all: "I must say I'm very humbled about the whole thing."

It wasn't "American Pie" that most inspired Lieberman, it was a lesser-known album track called "Empty Chairs". "I was going through some difficult things at the time," said Lieberman, "and what he was singing about made me think, "Whoa! This person knows me! How could he know me so well?"

Lighting struck twice for the song when it became a huge hit for Lauryn Hill and the Fugees in 1996.

Gimbel and Fox went on to write many successful TV theme songs, including the one for the long-running show Happy Days. Lieberman later had a falling out with the songwriting duo that led to lawsuits and a dispute over her role in the creation of the song.

A Sampling of Happenings...

  • Wednesday, April 25. Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Playhouse at Westport Plaza. 2pm.

  • Wednesday, April 25. Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, April 25.  Rainbow Kitten Surprise.  The Madrid Theater.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, April 25.  The Decemberists.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, April 25.  Jack White.  Chaiffetz Arena.  8pm.

  • Thursday, April 26. Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Playhouse at Westport Plaza. 8pm.

  • Thursday, April 26.  Odesza.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Thursday, April 26.  Peter Case.  The Stage at KDHX.  7:30pm.

  • Thursday, April 26.  City Wide Sounds.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Friday, April 27. Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Playhouse at Westport Plaza. 8pm.

  • Friday, April 27.  Alvvays.  The Ready Room.  8pm.

  • Friday, April 27.  Tyrone Wells w/ Gabe Dixon.  Old Rock House.  8pm.

  • Friday, April 27.  Blackberry Smoke.  The Gillioz Theatre.  8pm.

  • Saturday, April 28.  The Peoples Key.  Sheldon Concert Hall.  11am.

  • Saturday, April 28.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  4pm.  8pm.

  • Saturday, April 28.  Franz Ferdinand.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Saturday, April 28.  Tempest.  The Focal Point.  8pm.

  • Saturday, April 28.  Marian Hill.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Saturday, April 28.  Rogue Wave.  Blueberry Hill.  8pm.

  • Saturday, April 28.  John Legend.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Sunday, April 29.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  2pm.

  • Sunday, April 29.  Christopher Parrish.  The Focal Point.  8pm.

  • Sunday, April 29.  Jeff Rosenstock.  Off Broadway.  8pm.

  • Monday, April 30.  Chicano Batman.  The Ready Room.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 1.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 1.  Clarion Brass.  Sheldon Concert Hall.  10am.

  • Tuesday, May 1.  Show Me Sound 25.  Sheldon Music Hall.  7:30pm.

  • Tuesday, May 1.  As The Crow Flies.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 1.  Jonathan Davis.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 2.  Clarion Brass.  Sheldon Concert Hall.  10am.

  • Wednesday, May 2.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  10am. 2pm. 8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 2.  Franz Ferdinand.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 2.  As The Crow Flies.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 2. Fresh Produce. The Monocle. 9pm.

  • Thursday, May 3.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  8pm.

  • Thursday, May 3.  Joe Mancuso Organ Trio w/ Dave Black.  Joe's CafĂ©.  7pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  U2.  Scottrade Center.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Arianna String Quartet.  Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Oh Wonder.  The Blue Note.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Trout Steak Revival.  Atomic Cowboy.  11pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Voodoo Prince.  Atomic Cowboy.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Smokepurpp.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Friday, May 4.  Kayley Kiyoko.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 5.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  4pm.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 5.  Dick Hensold.  The Focal Point.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 5.  Pure Prairie League.  Kentucky Derby Festival. 

  • Saturday, May 5.  Robert Randolph & the Family Band.  Knuckleheads.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 5.  Lincoln Durham.  Blueberry Hill.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 5.  Funky Butt Brass Band.  Atomic Cowboy.  8pm.  FREE SHOW

  • Sunday, May 6.  Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.  Playhouse at Westport Plaza.  2pm.

  • Sunday, May 6.  Grendel.  The Riot Room KC.  8pm.

  • Sunday, May 6.  School of Rock.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Monday, May 7.  Chamber Music Society.  Sheldon Music Hall.  7:30pm.

  • Monday, May 7.  Madison Beer.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 8.  Dweezil Zappa.  The Ready Room.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 8.  Beth Bombara.  The Stage at KDHX.  7:30pm.

  • Wednesday, May 9.  Soulfly & Nile.  The Riot Room.  7pm.

  • Wednesday, May 9.  Alarm Will Sound.  Sheldon Concert Hall.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 9.  Dale Watson.  Off Broadway.  8pm.

  • Thursday, May 10.  Bishop Briggs.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Thursday, May 10.  Counterfeit.  The Ready Room.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 11.  The Western Satellites.  The Focal Point.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 11.  Jimmy Eat World.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 11.  The Breeders.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 11.  Modest Mouse.  Starlight Theatre.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 11.  Robbie Fulks.  Off Broadway.  7pm.

  • Friday, May 11.  The Way Down Wanderers.  Old ROck House.  7pm.

  • Saturday, May 12.  Calvin Street Band.  The Focal Point.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 12.  Brian Culbertson.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 12.  Hall & Oates / Train.  Scottrade Center.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 12.  Flying House Release Party.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Sunday, May 13.  Brit Floyd.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Sunday, May 13.  Basement Citizen.  Delmar Hall.  7pm.

  • Tuesday, May 15.  The Brian Jonestown Massacre.  Off Broadway.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 15.  Fleet Foxes.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 16.  Tune-Yards.  The Ready Room.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 16.  A Perfect Circle.  Mizzou Arena.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 16.  Spoon.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 18.  Yefim Bronfman.  The Folly Theater.  7:30pm.

  • Friday, May 18.  Dennis Stroughmatt.  The Focal Point.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 18.  Born Ruffians.  Old Rock House.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 18.  Basement.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 19.  Paul Anka.  Lindenwood J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.  8pm.

  • Saturday, May 19.  My Posse in Effect.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Sunday, May 20.  Audra Sergel.  Boone County Historical Museum.  7pm.

  • Monday, May 21.  James Taylor / Bonnie Raitt.  Scottrade Center.  8pm.

  • Monday, May 21.  Wolf Parade.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, May 22.  Son Little.  The Riot Room.  8pm.

  • Thursday, May 24.  Preoccupations.  The Firebird.  8pm.

  • Thursday, May 24.  Andrew W.K.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Thursday, May 24.  Ghost Town Remedy.  Foam.  7pm.

  • Friday, May 25.  Zepparella.  Off Broadway.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 25.  Wye Oak.  The Ready Room.  8pm.

  • Friday, May 25.  For The City, City of Parks, Inner Outings.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Saturday, May 26. Poison / Cheap Trick. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. 7pm.

  • Saturday, May 26.  Emmure.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Sunday, May 27.  Glenn Miller Orchestra.  Lindenwood J. Scheidegger Center.  3pm.

  • Tuesday, May 29.  Insomnium.  The Riot Room.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, May 30.  Kimbra.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 1.  Three Dog Night.  River City Casino.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 1.  Devastation on the Nation.  The Riot Room.  6pm.

  • Friday, June 1.  Gang of Youths.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Saturday, June 2.  Barenaked Ladies.  Starlight Theatre.  8pm.

  • Saturday, June 2.  Matthew Logan Vasquez.  Blueberry Hill.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, June 6.  New Found Glory.  The Pageant.  7pm.

  • Wednesday, June 6. Fresh Produce. The Monocle. 9pm.

  • Wednesday, June 6.  Alt-J.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 8.  Weird Al Yankovic.  Jesse Auditorium.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 8.  David Byrne.  Peabody Opera House.  7:30pm.

  • Friday, June 8.  Voodoo Tom Petty.  Mark Twain Cave.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 8.  Pink Floyd Tribute.  Powell Symphony Hall.  7:30pm.

  • Saturday, June 9.  Reverend Horton Heat.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Wednesday, June 13.  Shania Twain.  Scottrade Center.  7:30pm.

  • Wednesday, June 13.  Celtic Woman.  Fabulous Fox Theatre.  7:30pm.

  • Thursday, June 14.  Tech N9ne.  The Pageant.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 15.  Diana Krall.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 15.  Dr. DOG.  The Truman.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 15.  The Steel Woods.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Saturday, June 16.  Steely Dan / Doobie Brothers.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  8pm.

  • Saturday, June 16.  Hop Along.  The Riot Room.  8pm.

  • Saturday, June 16.  Japanese Breakfast.  The Ready Room.   9pm.

  • Sunday, June 17.  Japanese Breakfast.  recordBar.  8pm.

  • Sunday, June 17.  The Blasters.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Monday, June 18. Steely Dan / Doobie Brothers. Starlight Theatre. 8pm.

  • Sunday, June 19.  Steely Dan / Doobie Brothers.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, June 20.  Brandi Carlile.  Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 22.  Brandi Carlile.  Peabody Opera House.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 22.  Sloan.  Blueberry Hill.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 22.  Amos Lee.  Powell Symphony Hall.  8pm.

  • Saturday, June 23.  Chicago / REO Speedwagon.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  8pm.

  • Saturday, June 23.  Foxing.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Sunday, June 24.  Yanni.  Fabulous Fox Theatre.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 29.  Jethro Tull.  Fabulous Fox Theatre.  8pm.

  • Friday, June 29.  Faith Hill & Tim McGraw.  JQH Arena.  8pm.

  • Saturday, June 30.  Sugarland.  Chaifetz Arena.  7pm.

  • Wednesday, July 4 -Sunday, July 8.  Sally Mountain Bluegrass Fest.  Sally Mountain Park.

  • Saturday, July 7.  Weezer / Pixies.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago.  7:30pm.

  • Saturday, July 10. Kesha / Macklemore. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. 8pm.

  • Saturday, July 10.  Fantastic Negrito.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Thursday, July 12.  LaBute New Theater Festival.  Gaslight Theatre.  8pm.

  • Friday, July 13.  Chris Stapleton.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  8pm.

  • Saturday, July 14.  Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett. Arrowhead Stadium.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, July 18.  Foreigner.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  7pm.

  • Saturday, July 21.  Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett. Busch Stadium. 7pm.

  • Sunday, July 22.  Slaid Cleaves.  Off Broadway.  7:30pm.

  • Tuesday, July 24.  Shania Twain.  Sprint Center.  8pm.

  • Thursday, July 26.  Tedeshi Trucks Band.  Fabulous Fox Theater.  8pm.

  • Friday, July 27. LaBute New Theater Festival.  Gaslight Theater.  8pm.

  • Saturday,  July 28.  LaBute New Theater Festival.  Gaslight Theater .  8pm.

  • Wednesday, August 1.  Agent Orange.  Fubar.  8pm.

  • Saturday, August 4.  Blue Dixie's 30th Anniversary.  Delmar Hall.  8pm.

  • Monday, August 6.  Charlie Puth / Hailee Steinfeld.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  8pm.

  • Friday, August 17.  Sam Smith.  Chaifetz Arena.  8pm.

  • Saturday, August 18.  Sam Smith.  Sprint Center.  8pm.

  • Saturday, August 18.  Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  6pm.

  • Sunday, August 19.  Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  8pm.

  • Wednesday, August 22.  Niall Horan.  Starlight Theatre.  7pm.

  • Thursday, August 24.  Journey / Def Leppard.  Busch Stadium.  8pm.

  • Saturday, August 25.  Niall Horan.  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  7pm.

  • Saturday, August 25.  Luke Bryan.  Busch Stadium.  6pm.

  • Saturday, September 1.  Jethro Tull.  The Starlight Theatre.  8pm.

  • Thursday, September 6.  Ed Sheeran.  Busch Stadium.  7pm.

  • Saturday, September 8.  Taylor Swift.  Arrowhead Stadium.  8pm.

  • Sunday, September 9.  Kenny Loggins.  J. Scheidegger Center For the Arts.  8pm.

  • Tuesday, September 11.  Maroon 5.  Sprint Center.  8pm.

  • Thursday, September 13.  Maroon 5.  Scottrade Center.  8pm.

  • Friday, September 14.  Big Sam's Funky Nation.  Old Rock House.  7pm.

  • Thursday, September 18.  Taylor Swift.  The Dome at America's Center.  7pm.

  • Friday, October 5.  Game of Thrones.  Scottrade Center.  7pm.

  • Thursday, October 11. Here Come the Mummies. The Blue Note. 8:30pm.

  • Saturday, October 13.  Ed Sheeran.  Arrowhead Stadium.  8pm.

  • Saturday, October 13.  Foo Fighters.  Scottrade Center.  7pm.

  • Tuesday, October 30.  Elton John.  Scottrade Center.  8pm.

  • Monday, December 10.  Justin Timberlake.  Sprint Center.  7:30pm.

  • Thursday, December 13.  Justin Timberlake.  Scottrade Center.  8pm.

  • Saturday, December 15.  Jake's Leg.  The Focal Point.  8pm.