The Van Wezel will host the KANSAS in Sarasota on Friday January 28 at 8 p.m.
With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, KANSAS has established themselves as one of America’s iconic classical rock bands. This Topeka garage band released their first album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner. The group has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Composing a catalog that includes sixteen studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three six-fold-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show). ), a quadruple platinum single “Carry On Wayward Son” and another triple platinum single “Dust in the Wind”. KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ’70s and’ 80s and performed in sold-out arenas and stadiums in North America, Europe and Japan. “Carry On Wayward Son” continues to be one of the five most played songs on classic rock radio, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on radio over three million times!
The group is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist / vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist / keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist / guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist / vocalist Tom Brislin and original guitarist Richard Williams. With no sign of slowing down, KANSAS continues to perform to large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.
Along with constant touring, KANSAS continues to remain a staple of Classic Rock radio. The group reached a whole new audience with its unmistakable presence on popular video games Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Grand Theft Auto; the group’s documentary film “KANSAS: Miracles Out of Nowhere” broadcast on AXSTV; and through the inclusion of their songs in various television shows such as Supernatural, South Park, The Office and The Simpsons; and films including Old School, Anchorman and Happy Gilmore.
Tickets cost between $ 68 and $ 141 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by going to the box office Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All other single tickets for the 2021-2022 Van Wezel season are on sale now. For the latest security protocols visit the Van Wezel security page. The protocols will be reviewed and revised as circumstances change.