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Local Listen: Duncan Burnett & The Riot


 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
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