Tom's Town swings Lenexa Arts Council concert in the park!









VSR Swings Blue Springs HS May 6!  Check schedule for details.







VSR had a blast swinging a concert for the Chillicothe Arts Council.  The crowd was amazing and the people were fantastic!







KC Legend Danny Cox sings the blues with VSR, all while ROCKING the Monarchs Jersey!

KC Jazz and Heritage Festival 2017



Street Dancing broke out at the KC Jazz and Heritage Festival!


  VSR swings the Mid-Continent Public Library


                                                      VSR at Platte Woods Church



                                             VSR on stage at the Midland Theatre, KCMO 




Vine Street Rumble had a blast playing for "Jammin' On The Green" at Shawnee Town 1929 museum.  The summer evening was perfect and the band was swinging like crazy!  Photo by Jerry Lanese


VSR playing for ReMax Realty at Boulevard Brewery in downtown KC.  What a great night!  The band was on fire!  Photo by Jon Robichaud.

Steve Lambert solos with VSR at the Historic West Bottoms Annual Heritage Week "Wettest Block Soiree".  The event was sold out and the crowd was amazing.  Photo by Jon Robichaud.

Friday, April 29  2016.  Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra performs for the Historic West Bottoms Annual Heritage Week.  THE social event of the weekend, VSR is joined by emcee Chuck Haddix for an evening of the real thing - KC Jazz as it was played in the 30's-40's by the musicians who made KC famous world wide.  Cocktail hour begins at 6pm.  Afterwards, a fantastic gourmet meal will be served as VSR performs a special program hosted by radio personality and author Chuck Haddix ("Kansas City Jazz - From Ragtime to Bebop").  VSR closes out the night swinging the historic Hobbs Building for listening and dancing.  For tickets, check out our "Schedule" page.  This is a one of a kind event you won't want to miss!  Get tickets for yourself or have an entire table reserved for you and your friends.  This is a limited seating event, so don't wait to reserve your spot.  See you there!

This Thursday, Nov. 5th @ 7:00pm - VSR swings the ROOF off of Californos ballroom in Westport!  Kansas City's Ragtime Revelry is sponsoring a concert at Californos and it is really going to be great.  This is the only place you can see and hear VSR so CLOSE!  No seat in the house is more than about 30-40 feet away.  Who gets to hear a truly incredible big band that close?!   Go to Californos for a great dinner and then simply move to the ballroom for the only band in the  country that exclusively plays the music that made KC world famous.  Tickets for this unique concert are only $20, and only at the door.  If you've been wanting to show your friends what KC jazz really is, this is a performance they won't want to miss.  FYI It's also probably the last time you'll get to hear VSR in 2015.   Hope to see you!

Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra
In Concert at:
Californos  4124 Pennsylvania  KCMO
7:00 pm
$20 at the door. 

Saturday, October 17th  8-11pm  Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra swings the new OVERLAND PARK BALLROOM and Social Club in a dance like no other in KC.  Come join VSR and a ballroom full of dancers for a great evening. For details on the evening, please visit our "Schedule" page.   This is  one you won't want to miss! 

If you'd like to hear some vintage KC Jazz on the radio, tune in to 90.1 KKFI Wednesday July 15 from 1-3pm as VSR's Kent Rausch guest hosts for Jeff Harshbarger's "Jazz Afternoon" show. If you're not in KC, KKFI streams worldwide. He'll be playing and discussing Kansas City legends such as Count Basie, Bennie Moten, Jay McShann, Andy Kirk, Harlan Leonard, Pete Johnson and Joe Turner. KC Jazz on KC radio - a nice combo!

Vine Street Rumble swings St. Joseph Missouri on Saturday June 13 as they headline the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival.  The festival is in Coleman Hawkins Park at 7th and Felix St. in downtown St. Joe.  The FREE event is from 7:30-9:30pm.  If you get there early you can also see the great Peter Schlamb Quartet from 5:30-7:00pm.  

Tuesday April 28, five members of Vine Street Rumble will give a presentation on Kansas City Jazz and play some of the hot music of the 30's.   The program is free!  7:00-8:15pm.

Mid-Continent Public Library
Woodneath Branch
8900 N. Flintlock Rd.
KC MO  64157

VSR had a GREAT time playing for Ottawa University's Spring Jazz Concert.  Directed by Todd Wilkinson, the Ottawa Univ. Jazz Band was ON FIRE and the Bravo Singers, led by Michael Pagan were amazing!  VSR rounded out the night with scorching hot Kansas City Jazz, and look who played bass ... the legendary Bob Bowman!  It was a great night.

If you're in the KC Northland area, tonight (Thurs Mar. 26)
, five members of KC's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orch. will be presenting a concert of 30's-40's jazz, with pictures and discussion of the legacy of KC Jazz at:

Mid-Continent Public Library
Parkville Branch
8815 Tom Watson Pkwy
Kansas City, MO  64152

Barry Springer (trpt), John Blegen (sax/clar), Walter Bryant (piano), Gerald Spaits (bass) and Kent Rausch (drums) perform in a free concert/discussion.  Hope to see you there.

Jazz on a Tuesday? March 10th, five members of KC's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orch. will be presenting a concert of 30's-40's jazz, with pictures and discussion of the legacy of KC Jazz at:

Mid-Continent Public Library
North Independence Branch
317 W. 24 Hwy.
Independence, MO 64050

Barry Springer (trpt), John Blegen (sax/clar), Walter Bryant (piano), Gerald Spaits (bass) and Kent Rausch (drums) perform in a free concert/discussion.  Hope to see you there.

And don't forget Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra performs Sunday afternoon March 15th at Community Christian Church (4601 Main, KCMO) from 4:00-5:30pm.  This is one you won't want to miss!


Jazz on a Monday? Feb 23rd, five members of KC's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orch. will be presenting a concert of 30's-40's jazz, with pictures and discussion of the legacy of KC Jazz at:

Mid-Continent Public Library
South Independence Branch
13700 E. 35th St. S....
Independence, MO 64055

We'd love to see some of you!

Sunday March 15th - Our next public performance!  Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra returns to Community Christian Church (4601 Main in KCMO) with guest vocalist Lonnie McFadden opening the show and Kelley Gant closing. The concert is from 4:00-5:30, as every song is a tribute to the legacy of Kansas City Jazz. Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door), so get yours in advance!…/events_BigBand.htm


On Thursday Dec. 4th, Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra will perform at Mid-Continent Public Library's Midwest Genealogy Center from 7:00-8:15pm.  This free concert is sponsored by the Mid-Continent Public Library and will feature VSR playing the KC Jazz that made our city world famous for jazz!
The Midwest Genealogy Center is a beautiful facility located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Rd., Independence MO 64055. 

On Saturday Nov. 1st, Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra will swing Union Station in KCMO from Noon-2pm. Celebrating its centennial, the station will be alive like it hasn't been in years, with activities and exhibits galore! VSR will perform music from the "golden years" of Kansas City Jazz, when Union Station was at its peak. There will be plenty of room for dancing as well as listening in the grand Union Station Waiting Room. Please come out from 12-2 on Sat. Nov. 1st and be a part of this great celebration!

VSR at the Mid-America Arts Alliance "Live! in the Crossroads" on Sept. 5th.  It was an incredible evening!

VSR will play for Live! in the Crossroads this Friday Sept. 5th on the outdoor stage at the Mid-America Arts Alliance (2018 Baltimore in KCMO).  The free concert is from 8-10pm.  VSR will be swinging the Crossroads!  Union Station will also be presenting a fireworks display during VSR's set, so you'll be able to hear great Kansas City Jazz as well as see the display.  See you there!

Saturday Aug 16th, VSR returns to the Blue Room at 18th and Vine! The last time Vine Street Rumble played the Blue Room, the place was packed and a line was out the door to get in! We play from 8:30-12:30. You
don't want to miss the band as they return to where it all began, so get there early for the best seats! VSR is the ONLY BAND IN THE COUNTRY that exclusively plays Kansas City Jazz from KC's "golden era". See you Saturday. Please share this to get the word out. Thanks!

On Saturday evening July 12th from 9-12, VSR and 627 Stomp will host the 2nd annual "Kansas City Stomp" at the Masonic Temple ballroom (903 Harrison, KCMO).  Last year the ballroom was PACKED with dancers as well as non-dancers who were just there to see a real 30's-40's style dance in a venue that is unchanged from 1911.  It really is an amazing place!  Swing dancers from around the nation will compete for bragging rights and locals will dance the night away feeling smug that one of the biggest swing dances in the Midwest is right here in KC!  This is THE place to be on July 12th!  Visit for details.

VSR performs Tuesday, June 17th at the Woodneath Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library (8900 N. Flintock Rd. KCMO).

This free, special presentation will feature Vine Street Rumble and will focus on the topic  “What IS Kansas City Jazz?”
The legacy of Kansas City Jazz will be discussed as VSR transports the audience (appropriate for all ages) back to the 30’s and 40’s when “Kaycee” was the place to be!  The event is 7:00-8:15pm.

Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra gave an outstanding concert on Sunday at the "Celebration at the Station". Although there were many familiar faces, VSR got to play for thousands of new people. It was ...a lot of fun and very well organized. Thanks to Bank of America and the KC Symphony. We've already been invited back, so we'll see you next year at this wonderful Memorial Day concert.  A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Darrel Wingo and the Knotty Rug Co. of Kansas City for sponsoring VSR's performance!!

Here's a nice review by local jazz blogger "Plastic Sax".

VSRumble of the day: VSR will swing KC at this year's "Celebration At The Station" on Sunday May 25th, sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony and Bank of America. The annual Memorial Day concert attracts thousands to Union Station for an afternoon of entertainment and an evening concert which is broadcast on KCPT. Our performance is from 4:30-5:15, which follows local group "A La Mode" and precedes a Brass Ensemble from the Air Force Band, all happening before the evening symphony concert. The event is free! VSR is sponsored by the Knotty Rug Company and the Kansas City Symphony. We'd love to see you there!!!




Tim Whitmer presents the RESCHEDULED
Sunday, March 30, 4:00 p.m.
Community Christian Church
4601 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri
Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to host the inaugural presentation of the very first Big Band Boogie Bash,  with Tim Whitmer presenting the one and only Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra, as they honor the legacy of Kansas City’s “Golden Era” of world renowned Jazz, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. 
The Vine Street Rumble performs exclusively the same exciting music that made Kansas City “the” place to be in the 1930’s, 40’s and beyond.
Blues-infused dance tunes, nightclub-oriented favorites, Pendergast-revelry swing – all these and much more are part of the repertoire of the new band that has been thrilling audiences and critics since they debuted at the American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room a brief 8 months ago.
Standards by Count Basie, Bennie Moten, and Mary Lou Williams/Andy Kirk, and many other “Big Band” impresarios will suffuse the performances by the VSR personnel, which includes: Kent Rausch (Musical Director), Mike Hererra (Alto Sax), Steve Lambert (Tenor Sax), Brett Jackson (Tenor Sax), Carl Bender  (Baritone Sax), Jay Sollenberger  (Trumpet), Barry Springer  (Trumpet), Al Pearson (Trumpet), Dan Strom (Trombone), Jason Goudeau (Trombone), Rod Fleeman (Guitar), Walter Bryant (Piano), James Albright (Bass), Jurgen Welge (Drums), with highlight participation by Tim Whitmer on the piano.
Tickets are $10 (prior to the concert), $15 (at the door) and may be purchased at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main, Kansas City, Missouri, 64112, 816-561-6531, or through the church’s website: Previously purchased tickets will be honored.
For further information contact:
Levon Weaver, Dr. Bob Hill, or Tim Whitmer
Community Christian Church – 816-561-6531





VINE STREET RUMBLE shakes the rafters with the authentic sounds of Kansas City Jazz as they play for the first "Big Band Boogie Bash" at the historic Community Christian Church (4601 Main) in KC on:

Sunday, March 2nd from 4:00-5:30!

Tickets are $10 in advance (through Friday, Feb. 21st) or $15 at the door.
Advance tickets can be purchased either at the church or by PayPal here:

Click on the "Quick Links" tab and "Big Band Boogie Bash".

Word is they're expecting a large crowd so get your tickets now!

Vine Street Rumble had Californos rocking Sat. Feb. 15th!  The crowd and the incredible Lindy dancers were definitely fired up, and the band responded by swinging the place to the rafters!  It was an awesome evening celebrating the music that made Kansas City world famous.  Yeah, Man!

VSR returns to Californos on Sat. Feb 15th for an encore concert/dance!
$10 at the door.


Saturday October 12   1-2pm
Gem Theater
18th and Vine Jazz Festival

Come see VSR play in the historic Gem Theater at 18th and Vine, where it all began in the 20's and 30's.  

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Call the American Jazz Museum
Box Office at 816-474-6262

Monday, October 14    7-9pm
Concert sponsored by Kansas City Ragtime Revelry
4124 Pennsylvania Ave  Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 531-7878



Vine Street Rumble performed Saturday Sept. 7th for the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors conference at the Marriott 45th and Main.  The two hour concert was full of energy and ended with an incredibly vocal standing ovation from the audience.  It was an honor to play for this group of jazz enthusiasts, and it was particularly wonderful to "wow" such an assembly.  It was truly a great evening!


Libby Hanssen - Kansas City Star - August 25, 2013

What exactly is Kansas City jazz? That’s a frequently debated term, given the profusion of talent and myriad influences inscribing the scene today, but it would be difficult to imagine that many people don’t immediately think of the swinging, blues-based dance tunes of the 1930s and ’40s, spawned from the seedy nightclub environment of the dismissively anti-Prohibitionist Pendergast era.


This is no living history museum band.

Led by Kent Rausch, it displayed tuneful solos backed by tight ensemble playing and consistent tempos with either a sturdy four-beat measure or a chunky two-feel. The 13-piece group overflowed the Blue Room stage into the table area.

There was a packed house for the first set, with fans squeezing out the happy-hour population for prime seats and late-comers relegated to standing against the wall as the staff scrounged more chairs..........

"kcjazzlark"  - jazz blog -   August 25, 2013

With every seat filled, people pressed against the walls, more streaming in (“We have a group of 17,” one host alerted another), The Blue Room exploded to the big band sounds of Jumpin’ at the Woodside, the way it was heard in this neighborhood 75 years ago.

Kansas City’s Vine Street Rumble is a new big band dedicated to recreating for Kansas City in 2013 the music which defined Kansas City in the 1930s, just as it was originally performed.

Much of the book is built on transcriptions of classic Count Basie, Bennie Moten, and Mary Lou Williams-arranged Andy Kirk sides for which, often, no written arrangements exist. Here is the chance to hear the way Bennie Moten’s band wickedly swung Toby, not through your iPhone headphones (yes, the Moten side in on my iPhone) but live, with the big band blowing just a few feet away..........




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