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Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
Friday and Saturday Music at Backroads Steakhouse
Posted Friday, April 17, at 5:39 PM
The weekend is here.... 8pm Friday and Saturday night FREE CONCERTS at Backroads Steakhouse in Nevada, MO also Jam on Saturday from 3-7pm! https://www.facebook.com/theDougHarper/videos/vb.504419061/10153837119124062/?type=2&theater

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Origin of the Down n' Out Band
Posted Tuesday, April 14, at 3:32 PM

Down n' Out, yet another semi-success story from a Nevada, Missouri band. 'DnO' as they are often referred to, had a long haul performing heavily in the region playing at many notable venues, and festivals. The band had a very dedicated following that would travel miles through rain or snow to see them make their mark. ...

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Nevada, Missouri is next best for food, wine, and song
Posted Wednesday, March 18, at 6:49 PM

Most folks from Missouri have heard of Nevada, and probably know where it is at. They may have even dropped by for a gas stop when traveling. Some have journeyed into the town and might have even had a bite to eat at the long running greasy spoon cafe there named 'White Grill'. Though the average passer-by's did not really experience the amazing ordeal that is going on in Nevada, Missouri...

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Just around the corner
Posted Friday, March 13, at 7:59 PM

Live music shows are upon us here in our local/region music scene, so here are some details.... Friday March 20, 2015 -- Dangerous Doug Harper @ Vipa's Thai Palace -- Nevada, MO 7pm FREE Friday March 27, 2015 -- David Byerly, Matthew Harper, and Dangerous Doug Harper @ Common Ground Coffeehouse -- Ft. Scott, Kansas 7pm FREE...

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Thank you Fort Scott
Posted Monday, March 2, at 1:11 PM

It was an absolutely amazing weekend at the Common Ground Coffeehouse in Ft. Scott. We had a good turn out including some famous writers Nancy Malcom, and Doris Quackenbush. David Byerly played so amazing on the mandolin and the resonator guitar. I felt like I played a pretty good set of my original tunes: 'Living Out Your Dreams', 'Summer Trains', 'Fire Truck', 'Rain Song', 'Number Eleven', and 'Rock Iowa...

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Common Ground, Art Share, and all that is New
Posted Thursday, February 26, at 6:48 PM

Coming up Dave Byerly and Myself, Dangerous Doug Harper, will be playing shows at the Common Ground Coffeehouse in Fort Scott, Kansas on Friday night, February 27, 2015. We will both be doing solo sets, I will be opening up, and Dave closing the show. It should be a fun time. I hope to see you all there...

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'Mood Ring Circus'
Posted Tuesday, February 17, at 5:33 PM

I said that there would be reviews coming soon to this very blog, and so I must live up to my promise, but... The song I will be reviewing is not available for anyone to hear just yet. I was lucky enough to get to listen to the nearly finished mix. Because well... I'm just that cool...

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'Stir' up some, 'Random', 'Crazy', love
Posted Monday, February 9, at 6:03 PM

Well we have been talking a lot lately about what has happened, but now it is time to talk about what is coming up.... On Friday night, February 13, 2015 ~ there will be an Anti-Valentines show with the Random Strangers at the Frisco Tap Room in Springfield Missouri. ...

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Local becomes successful in acting and modeling industry
Posted Thursday, February 5, at 7:09 PM

Shawn Jones, Nevada Missouri, took a big chance when he moved to L.A. after having some success modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch. In 2003 he landed an agent in Kansas City, whom worked for a national agency with offices in all of the major cities. Shawn developed his art and began getting work early in his career with various types of modeling working for Abercrombie and Fitch, Under Armor, and Sportsman just to name a few...

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Meet the President
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 5:34 PM

Last weekend the local Lions club hosted a mid-winter social with several events including: a presentation about eye care featuring local eye professional Doctor Jeremy Fast, awards, dinner, a benefit auction, a large donation of more than 600 pairs of eye-glasses were presented by Doctor Ron Schowengerdt, and an appearance by the former President of the United states of America George W. Bush. Well almost.....

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Operator, please connect me to 1985
Posted Monday, February 2, at 6:36 PM

One of the all time longest running bands here in Vernon County was the Leavell Brothers. The brothers, Wayne (Lead Vocals), Ed (Bass Guitar), and David (Rhythm Guitar) were the core group and many other musicians from around here have performed with them from time to time...

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#ArtMusicLitNevadaMo
Posted Thursday, January 29, at 6:52 PM

Art, music, and literature were appreciated on Thursday during the noon hour at the Art Shop located at 104 East Cherry street in Nevada, Missouri. The group is looking to become a part of the local Vernon County Arts Council where area artists of all types will have a place to be able to centralize, and archive the works of Vernon County creative artists of all types...

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Music Scene Theme
Posted Wednesday, January 28, at 6:17 PM

It is not really the theme to the music scene here, but it seems kinda like that. 'Nevada Missouri' is my very own, newest, recorded work. It has currently been released and is avalable at all of the major music outlets on the internet. I hope it helps point to our music scene and our town as a whole...

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Shorter, more frequent, and now
Posted Tuesday, January 27, at 5:19 PM

Hopefully you have already noticed the change as the new year came in. The shorter blogs, more frequent, and right now. As we remember the past, and look forward to the future, one thing we must never forget to do today is celebrate the present. After all the present is just that, a gift, that is here today. So hopefully for this whole year we will be celebrating each day and truly view it as a present...

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Remembering the Lonesome Cowboys
Posted Monday, January 26, at 6:31 PM

A great band a few years back in Vernon County were the Lonesome Cowboys. They had a few neat songs and produced a CD of all original music in 1997 as well. The band played around the Missouri and Kansas scene playing at area festivals and rodeos. In July of 1997 the band played at the Vernon County Fair. During that time there were a lot of T-shirts with their logo on them being worn by area residents. A good time was had by all whom attended their shows...

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Cooper Acquires Ed Wilson's Famous Guitar
Posted Friday, January 23, at 6:14 PM

The late Ed Wilson well know for music around here was a house musician in Branson for many years. Then later opened a music store here in Nevada, Missouri. He owned many guitars he bought, sold, and traded for, but one in particular was his prize. An Autographed Washburn acoustic he had around with him backstage at many performances. He played along and met many celebrities while in Branson, and even in his later years got calls to venture down or travel to perform at a show...

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A Famous Fellow Named Feller
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 6:35 PM

I am always talking about the folks that make great music in the Vernon County and surrounding area, and always pointing fingers at those who have moved on to do BIG things in the music industry, but this story might be the most award winning and longest running success story you have heard in a while about a local musician...

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Music Scene Then, Now, and Next....
Posted Monday, January 19, at 6:50 PM

A lot of things musically were a part of the Nevada Missouri Music Scene, but things seemed to grow at a rapid pace after the Pizza Theater closed down suddenly in February of 2004. The Church night/open mic night and Jam then all moved to the Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Nevada. It was called Bru Java, and it was just the beginning of a major music move for this town. Check out the article about it after you read this entry...

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Sad news for the music scene
Posted Thursday, January 15, at 7:30 PM

I heard today that our fellow musician and friend Marion Shrimplin has past away. "Shrimplin's guitar, drum playing spanned locales and eras" is what the headline of an article written by Gloria Tucker for Nevada the Magazine Volume #2 Issue #5. I would encourage everyone to read that story, it was the issue that had the bike race photo on the front...

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The weekly jam session, and Drew's first gig
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 7:28 PM

A few months after the opening of the Gordon's Pizza Theater in 2003, a weekly Jam began. I was hired to do a solo show at 8 p.m. each Thursday night, and then it worked into hosting an Open Mic/Jam night also following my performance from 9 p.m. until close...

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