You hear it everywhere: Throughout the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Emanating from radio stations, music venues and restaurant lounges. In bars and clubs on both sides of the state line. And even on local television stations and inside office building elevators.
“It” is the blues, which, along with jazz, is one of Kansas City’s most recognizable sounds.
Yet this is a very different kind of blues. One that hasn’t been sung as loudly and feverishly as it was in 1985 when the Kansas City Royals
celebrated their first historic run to the biggest stage in baseball—The World Series.
Yes, Kansas City is singing the Royals blues!
Passionate, die-hard fans here support the Royals (along with the city’s other biggest sports franchise—the Kansas City Chiefs
) like committed partners in a marriage - in sickness (horrible losing seasons) and in health (rising from close to last place one year, and into the playoffs the next). To them, baseball is not just a pastime. It’s like a religion. And right now they are reaping the rewards for all those years of devotion from the powers-at-be up in baseball heaven.
Yet fair weather as well as non-baseball fans are riding the big blue wave as well.
The city’s iconic fountains are flowing blue. Halloween decorations on homes and lawns feature Royals logos, pumpkins and blue brooms - a nod to the Royals’ sweeps of both the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles to make it to the World Series.
Royals’ banners and flags hang from neighborhood boutiques, restaurants and storefronts. Churches and schools have rescheduled services and evening activities so they don’t coincide with game times. And everywhere you look, residents and visitors alike are donning Royals attire from head to toe.
And what better place than Kauffman Stadium
, one of the finest ballparks in America that also played host to the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to watch the World Series. While there, fans can also checkout the Royals Hall of Fame, billed as “an education and entertainment venue that blends the timelessness of a museum with the sheer fun of the ballpark.”
The excitement is contagious and the world is watching. And Kansas City is once again, singing the blues.
Lysa Allman is a freelance writer and the Publisher and Editor of Amazing Escapades: Adventures for the Mind, Bod and Belly (www.amazingescapades.com).