KCK blues fest attracts crowd

Danny Cox was the “king” of this year’s Kansas City, Kansas, Street Blues Festival held Saturday. (Photo by William Crum)
The audience braved a heat advisory on Saturday to attend the KCK Street Blues Festival. (Photo by William Crum)


by William Crum

Once a year a great event happens in Kansas City, Kansas. The event is the KCK Street Blues Festival.

The annual event Saturday attracted a crowd.

After talking to people in the crowd, I met a couple from England and a young man from France. Whether you realize it or not, this event draws world attention.

One of the main performers was the legendary Danny Cox, otherwise known as the king of the festival. I have known Danny for a number of years and he is still going strong.

The event was held at the Circle L Ranch on 49th. Already plans are underway for 2020. Every year it gets better and better, making it one of those “must do” events.

Another thing I thought was amazing was it only cost $15 for this one-day event. You can’t beat it. Top jazz and blues performers right here in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sporting drops match with Real Salt Lake, 2-0

Sporting Kansas City (4-6-7, 11th place) concluded a five-game road trip in the month of June with a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake (7-8-2, 8th place) at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday.

Liberian international Sam Johnson’s first-half brace lifted the hosts to their third straight home win as both teams – who met in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals – reach the halfway-point of the regular season on the outside of the playoff race.

With the game-time temperature at 89 degrees and playing at 4,500 feet above sea level, Sporting opened on the front foot with Daniel Salloi firing the game’s first shot just 45 seconds after the opening whistle.

Felipe Gutierrez tested Nick Rimando six minutes later with a dipping left-footed shot from 30 yards out that Rimando dove to his right to keep out.

However, it was Real Salt Lake that struck first by capitalizing on the team’s only corner kick of the match in the 15th minute. Albert Rusnak’s service was volleyed back into the mix by Damir Kreilach and flicked toward the goalmouth by Kyle Beckerman, setting up Johnson for a simple finish from close range.

Johnson then scored his second of the night and double Real Salt Lake’s lead in the 29th minute with the final touch of a three-on-one counterattack that began at midfield and culminated with the designated player burying his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Sporting, playing without designated player Johnny Russell due to injury, came close to cutting the 2-0 deficit in half on the cusp of halftime only to see Gerso Fernandes’ left-footed effort carry inches wide of the post in the 42nd minute.

The uphill climb facing Sporting in the second half would have been steeper if not for superb saves from Tim Melia on three separate occasions.
The former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year first got a glove to turn away Rusnak’s sizzling volley less than a minute after play resumed, then made a point-blank kick save to deny second-half substitute Brooks Lennon in the 73rd minute.

Finally, in the 80th minute, Melia reacted quickly to prevent an own goal from Matt Besler after the Sporting captain deflected a cross coming in from the right flank.

On the opposite end, Salloi recorded Sporting’s first three shots of the second half. Seeking his first goal of the season after winning the team’s Golden Boot award in 2018, the 22-year-old homegrown player had shots blocked and saved in back-to-back minutes early in the half, then sent a left-footed attempt narrowly wide of the post in the 83rd minute.

Sporting Kansas City will now face a quick turnaround with a return to Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday, July 3, for a showdown with MLS Supporters’ Shield leaders LAFC.

Tickets are available at SeatGeek.com. There will be a postgame fireworks show.

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Slow start dooms T-Bones

by Gabby Albertson

The Kansas City T-Bones (20-20) could not overcome a slow start in Indiana Saturday night, dropping game two of a three-game series with the Gary SouthShore RailCats (18-21), 6-3.

The RailCats got on the board first with a lead of 4-0, in the bottom of the first. Alex Crosby reached on an infield single then scored on a RBI single from Will Savage. Gary would load the bases and score three more on two bases-loaded walks and a hit-by-a-pitch from T-Bones starter Erik Manoah.

Kansas City scored in the fourth inning with Dylan Tice hitting a single and advancing to first. Then later in the inning, Christian Correa advanced to first on an error by the shortstop Marcus Mooney, which allowed Tice to score, making it 4-1.

The RailCats answered in the fifth with a home run by Colin Willis, making the score, 5-1. However, the T-Bones fought back in the top of the sixth with a home run by Daniel Nava, and it was 5-2. It was Nava’s second home run of the series.

In the seventh, a single by Danny Mars allowed Shawn O’Malley to score as Kansas City cut the lead to 5-3. In the bottom of the seventh, RailCats Colin Willis hit a triple. Then, Gimenez hit a single to right field, scoring Willis and making the final score 6-3.

The winning pitcher was Jumpei Akanuma (2-0) for the Gary SouthShore RailCats, and the losing pitcher was Erik Manoah (2-1) for the Kansas City T-Bones.

The T-Bones will continue their three-game set against Gary at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in Gary, Indiana. The game will be on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages, as well as mini-plans, are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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