Joe Stanziola, known as the rapper Second Hand King, remembers a time when no one came to his shows. That was three years ago. Now, he can't play a concert in Kansas City without the crowd singing his songs back to him. Joe says that in his early rap days after a show, most people would avoid him. 

But, there was always someone who would say, “dude, you got balls,” said Stanziola.

What that person probably was hinting at, is the fact that Joe is a white rapper. Hear how people on the road react to Second Hand King’s music, and the color of his skin.  And here about Joe’s struggle reaching for national exposure still living in Kansas City.

Your Musical Forecast | March 24 - April 6


March 25 | 7 - 9 p.m. | Mills Record Company   | 314 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Some of Kansas City’s most interesting beatmakers and rappers Conductor Williams and Barrel Maker have formed the group BLK FLANL. They are releasing their second full length album on March 30th. Here’s your chance to hear the album performed live in its entirety before the release.

The Hillary Watts Riot / Suicide Robins / Bare The Traveler

March 30 | 8 p.m. | Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Local dirty disco players will rock alongside East-coasters inside this impressively curated record store. And, it’s free!

Amy Farrand and The Like

April 2 | 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. | The Ship | 1217 Union Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri

More than half a dozen of Kansas City’s all-star rockers are performing together in the West Bottoms at The Ship. The soulful rock smorgasbord will not disappoint. A plus, it’s always a merry time at this maritime themed venue. Feel like you’re on the water for a bit while dancing your ass off.


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