By Reneé Ruwe
RIDGEFIELD, CT -
The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT recently hosted Kansas as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.
The sold out show opened with the hard-hitting electric violin styling’s of David Ragsdale, adding a Celtic feeling to the arrangements. Kansas is quoted as saying that, "from the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music to be different and hope we will always remain so."
The band, which originated in Topeka, Kansas, has garnered a huge following over the years. The group’s faithful fans are affectionately known as "Wheatheads".
Kansas’ sound resonated with their fans throughout the show, and the performance included a wide variety of hits from their collection. Classic rock staples such as "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of No Return" brought the crowd to its feet. The show culminated with a finale featuring "Fight Fire with Fire" and the all-time rock classic "Carry On Wayward Son."
The band played in front of a powerful backdrop from Kansas’ self-titled debut album, painted by Kansas native John Steuart Curry. It is a stunning depiction of the abolitionist John Brown (John Brown, Tragic Prelude).
Kansas has been as an album-oriented band since their inception in the 1970’s. Since then, they have gone on to score eight gold albums and three sextuple Platinum albums.
For more information on Kansas’ touring schedule, visit www.kansastheband.com.