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Folly Theater Reopens October 15: Grand Marquis & Fred Wickham Caravan

On October 15th The historic Folly Theater unveils its $4.2 million renovations with Shake, Rattle & Roll: A Celebration of the Folly Theater.

Building on a 122-year history of presenting exceptional musical entertainment at the corner of 12th and Central, the Folly is proud to open its doors to the community once again, by celebrating Kansas City’s storied jazz and roots heritage and by bringing together two beloved Kansas City bands Fred Wickham Caravan and Grand Marquis. The bands will be joined by special musical guests Julia Haile, Millie Edwards, Maria the Mexican and former mayor Sly James.

KCUR Fish Fry host Chuck Haddix will be guest emcee and proceeds benefit Midwest Music Foundation, a Kansas City nonprofit that provides healthcare assistance, education and career development to Kansas City area musicians.

Grand Marquis, formed by saxophonist & vocalist Bryan Redmond, has for several years had a rhythm and blues-almost-rockabilly sound punctuated by the swinging sounds of Kansas City. Now, heading into their 25th year, influences include the blues, especially the early Memphis style of blues and the mixture defines Grand Marquis sound.

Grand Marquis seems to represent the heritage and ironically the future of Kansas City Music.

Their live performances, equal parts celebration & musical heritage, is what sets the group apart. 2 of their original compositions, We Had Our Day and Two by Two are featured in season one of Bel Air, on the Peacock Network TV Series. They’ve released 8 albums; released a vinyl recording from Sun Studios in Memphis, The Sun Session plus, a tribute to KC soul singer Tony Ashley, Can't Put You Down. Other highlights include, The Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge finalists, as well as multiple "Best Of" awards in both blues and jazz categories over the years.

GRAND MARQUIS & FRED WICKHAM CARAVAN October 15th at The historic Folly Theater Shake, Rattle & Roll: A Celebration of the Folly Theater, tickets at:

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