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Kansas City's Soul Sessions Is Giving Artists A Live Audience For Their Music And Poetry

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Simeon Taylor
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Simeon Taylor, who also goes by Simmy and the Jets, is pictured here at a Soul Sessions open mic night.

A weekly open mic event for Kansas City musicians and poets is boosting careers and fostering the live music scene at 18th and Vine.

Soul Sessions is an open mic event held every Monday at the KC Jukehouse Blues & Jazz Restaurant in the historic 18th and Vine District. The show's creator explains what inspired him and a musician tells what performing there has meant for his career.

  • Simeon Taylor, host and creator of KC Soul Sessions
  • Aaron Rogers, performs as rap artist GetItRogers

KC Soul Sessions' open mic event is held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the KC Jukehouse Blues & Jazz Restaurant at 1700 E 18th Street in Kansas City, Missouri

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.