September 3, 2011
(Bio taken from the website www.cowbr.com/)
The Cowtown Ballroom, a legendary concert venue in Kansas City, Missouri.
The hall itself was a former jazz club named El Torreon Ballroom which opened in 1927. It was a home to the likes of Cab Calloway, Count Basie and even Red Skelton. Its next reincarnation was as a roller skating rink, which lasted for many years.
Though the Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri was only open for 38 months, opening in the summer of 1971 with a concert by The Flying Burrito Brothers, it was a brief light that shined brightly across the world at the corner of 31st and Gilliam. During the next three years it featured an eclectic mix of musicians including such acts as Riders of the Purple Sage, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa and many more.
Missouri has a rich tradition of loving music and building committees for styles to grow and thrive. The Cowtown Ballroom is rightfully recognized as an essential part of the production, education, and presentation of art and culture .For their immeasurable efforts in the growth and shape of Midwest music movement, The Cowtown Ballroom became the first venue inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2011 on Sept. 3rd at Phil Welch Stadium, St. Joseph, Missouri.
Click here to see the award.