Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
From the beginning, Kansas achieved success by playing only their original music. Hailing from Topeka, KS, this 70’s garage band has survived for 36 years by producing hit after hit that has kept them in the mainstream. For the 6th of 7 concerts for Musik at The Sands, Kansas showed their fans that they are like a good wine and only get better with time.
Kansas opened the show with an instrumental explosion “Howling at the Moon” that featured a full orchestral sound from the 5 member band. Then came the hits, one after another, Kansas dished out some of classic rocks finest with “Point of No Return”, “The Wall”, “Hold On” which brought the crowd to their feet and a pleasant acoustic version of “Dust In The Wind”. Kansas then proceeded to do some of their more intricate and complex numbers starting with “Song for America” which drew raves from the 1000 fans in attendance. They performed “Icarus” and “Cheyenne Anthem” where violinist David Ragsdale was nearly perfect and guitarist Richard Willams added his own unique riffs via his acoustic and electric guitar throughout the show and shouted out that PA was the bands favorite state to play in.
“Miracles Out of Nowhere” proved to me that Kansas still has what it takes. They were exceptional and the crowd was glued to every note that eminated from the stage. People cheered, lighters were in the air, cell phones were lit up and the people shouted for more!
They were rewarded with an awesome version of “Fight Fire With Fire” and their biggest hit “Carry on My Wayward Son” that had the almost the entire crowd singing along. Yes, there were quite a few numbers from their multi-platinum LP “Leftoverture”, but the crowd left singing and buzzing about the show.