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Local Listen: Duncan Burnett & The Riot

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 A lot of hip hop sounds great on record but can disappoint live audiences, especially if it's just one guy with a microphone rapping over a recorded track. Olathe rapper Duncan Burnett avoids that by performing with a live band, often consisting of the best jazz instrumentalists in the area. Burnett's flows don't shy away from his faith, but calling him a "Christian rapper" would be missing the point.

Duncan Burnett & The Riot will perform at The Riot Room at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22. For more information, or for tickets, visit The Riot Room's website.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at plasticsax.com.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.