Hymn 43 By Jethro Tull




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.

Song List

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