Founding Kansas band members stop in NOTO Arts District

Published: Jul. 1, 2016 at 7:56 PM CDT
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Ahead of Saturday's Kansas concert at the Expocentre, two former, and founding, band members stopped in the NOTO Arts District Friday evening.

It was part of a fundraising event for the Arts District. Nearly 100 people packed into the NOTO Arts Center for wine, Hors d'oeurvres, a silent auction, and to meet Kerry Livgren and Robby Steinhardt.

Livgren is the only band member to move back to Shawnee Co., while Steinhardt is currently in Tampa Bay, FL., still making music.

Livgren said the band used to have a house one block from the current NOTO Arts Center, which used to be a post office.

"I used to walk up to this post office and mail stacks of tapes to every record company. We got rejection letters from all of them, which was kind of disconcerting, but one of our tapes found its way to Don Kirshner's desk, and the rest is history," said Livgren.

Both former members say they still have an amazing fan base.

"Even though Kerry and I have been out of that loop for a while, we still run into people every day that really love our music and we hear about it all the time. I'm really proud to have been apart of the Kansas band," said Steinhardt.

Some of the money raised from Friday's fundraiser will go towards building a sculpture park behind the NOTO Arts Center. It will commemorate and be dedicated to the Kansas band, with musical instruments as the focal pieces. Co-founder of the NOTO Arts District Anita Wolgast says she hopes that will be unveiled in a couple years.