USA vs. Japan: Women’s World Cup Watch Party

The United States faced Japan in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, and the KC Live! Block was full of American spirit. Fans had lots of reasons to celebrate, especially after the U.S. scored four goals in the first 15 minutes!

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Pregame festivities included a dance contest and giveaways from FC Kansas City’s KC Crew. Nate Bukaty from Sports Radio 810 got the crowd pumped up by leading “USA” and “I Believe That We Will Win” chants from the stage. After the win, confetti was launched and DJ Lazer kept the festivities going by playing songs like “All I Do Is Win” and “Turn Down for What”.





We think it’s safe to say Kansas City proved it’s still the Soccer Capital of America.

A big shout out to our partners, Sporting Kansas City, FC Kansas City, Win for KC and 810 Sports Radio for helping bring the watch party to life.

A Weekend Recap

It was a busy weekend here at the KC Live! Block! We welcomed Craig Wayne Boyd on Thursday at Hot Country Nights and The Kongos joined us on Friday for our Friday Night Live series.

Craig Wayne Boyd is best known for winning Season 7 of the singing competition, The Voice, and he definitely did the show justice! His fans who refer to themselves as the “Yallers”, filled the block with their support. To get the crowd pumped Sara Morgan, Boyd’s opener, sang covers like “Toxic” by Britney Spears. Craig Wayne Boyd was extremely excited to be playing at the block, and he even told us so!


The party continued Friday night with Kongos. The Kongos, which consists of four brothers, rocked the crowd with their popular song “Come with Me Now” along with many other smash hits. Kangaroo Knife Fight, a favorite local band, also did not disappoint. We had the chance to sit down with the band and ask them some questions before they performed. Here’s what went down…

Kangaroo Knife Fight:

Q: How did your name come to be?

A: “The name is my fault. Before our singer, Anthony even moved here from Australia me and Gus were talking about band names we liked and how band names are so hard because all cool names are taken and I thought maybe there is some cool Australian slang term that we don’t know that we could use and then Kangaroo Knife Fight came out of my mouth,” said Brandon, guitar player.

Q: What is each of your guys’ favorite show?

A: “Sometimes size is fun but I had a really good time at the Shark Bar. It seemed kind of intimate, people were really close to us and we like to be close to the crowd, that was a good one,” said Gus, bass player.

A: “I think the acoustic set that Anthony and I did for the 96.5 the Buzz at Boulevardia. We did an acoustic set and Anthony kind of just plopped down off the stage and sat with people and so I sat on the side of the stage. So it was just kind of a fun atmosphere. Being close to the people and having fun, Anthony sings better when he is close to the people,” said Brandon.

A: “I’ve only done a few shows with this band so I’m going to go ahead and call it that tonight will be it,” said Kangaroo Knife Fight’s new drummer, Anthony.

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What great shows these artists put on at KC Live! this weekend! Be sure to come out next week for Travis Marvin on Thursday and The Cowardly Lions on Friday.

Get social with us! #HCNKC #FNLKC

#HCNKC Dan + Shay

Thursdays have been heating up! The Miller Lite Hot Country Nights are back and in full swing. Last Thursday Dan + Shay took the stage or should we say took over Kansas City Live! Not only did they sing some of their top hits like “19 You + Me” and “Nothin’ Like You”, they also pleased the crowd with cover songs from other popular artists. Crowd favorites were “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and “Red Dirt Road” by Brooks & Dunn. There was no doubt that Dan + Shay did all of these songs justice.

fb2    Fans couldn’t have been more thrilled to have Dan + Shay back again at Kansas City Live! after performing at last year’s Downtown Hoedown. You could say Dan + Shay were extremely excited about the turn out as well!

fb3 The crowd was already energized during opening acts Marianne Michaels and Roman Alexander. Both artists gave great performances and really set the tone for Dan + Shay.

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Hopefully the pair will be back for many more electric shows in the future! Until then keep joining us and our friends from Q104 KC on Thursdays for Hot Country Nights. Next week: Craig Wayne Boyd.

A Fantastic #FanFestKC

Last week thousands of basketball fans from all over the country traveled to Kansas City to cheer on their favorite teams. At Kansas City Live! our Miller Lite Basketball Fan Fest was rocking all week long with team pep rallies, watch parties, giveaways, contests and of course cold beer!

11043115_1058093227541750_7593205331793447932_oThere’s nothing like a college pep rally to help you get in spirit ( and create some nostalgia for all those post grads out there!)

Kansas State’s pep rally kicked off Wednesday:

Followed by TCU’s pep rally:

and a final pep rally by the Texas Longhorns:

Our good friends from Central States Beverage, Sports Radio 810, 96.5 The Buzz and Q104 helped us shower the crowds with Miller Lite swag and cool giveaways (The Miller Lite jerseys were a hit and a band favorite).

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One lucky winner of a Hula Hoop contest won tickets to see Jimmy Buffett at Sprint Center this summer!

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Cyclone fans celebrated the championship win and the party continued all night!

Shout outs from our friends:

What a fantastic Miller Lite Fan Fest it was! A big thank you to all the fans, teams and our awesome partners who helped make it a successful week. A special shout out to the Kansas City Power & Light District staff for all the endless hours of help before, during and after! #FanFestKC

Recap: Chase Rice #HCNKC

Thursday night was certainly a Hot Country Night to remember at the KC Live! Block as Chase Rice had one of his all time best performances in his life. The block was filled with thousands of diehard country music fans, ready to see one of our country’s hottest rising stars today.

The song writer of the very famous country single “Cruise”  tweeted to his fans within 10 minutes of walking off stage, “Kansas City y’all just gave me goosebumps. Not lying, best show we have EVER had hands down. Thank you for a night I’ll never forget.”

 Thank you, Chase Rice, for putting on one heck of a show for Kansas City!

#WorldCup USA game 1

Monday marked the beginning of USA’s journey for the World Cup. Attendance  for the Sporting Kansas City watch party was record breaking with more than 5,000 fans cheering on team USA in a sea of red, white and blue!

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Seconds after kick-off, Clint Dempsey scored the first goal for team USA, setting off the first confetti canons, filling KC Live! with blue confetti. The energy in KC Live! was unreal!

The energy inside KC Live! grew as the game continued. Tensions were high after Ghana’s first goal.  Finally (after what seemed like the longest 4 minutes ever) John Brooks scored putting team USA ahead 2-1 and the crowd went wild!

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The game ended with a victory for team USA! The party continued hours after the win – It was a proud day to be an American!

Don’t miss the next US Watch Party with Sporting KC on Sunday, June 22nd in KC Live! (Let’s hope the game is as much fun as Monday’s was!)






As we are running around the office, decorating the Live! Block and getting ready for the game tonight we can’t help but contain our excitement for team USA! The American flag banners are flying and the block is full of red, white and blue. The Live! Block is filling up fast! Let the night begin. #WorldCup #JoinIn

#HCNKC Chris Cagle

Last night we had our second Miller Lite Hot Country Night concert presented by Q104 with Chris Cagle. Not only did we have Whiskey Myers and Chris Cagle in the Kansas City Live Block! we also had The Republican National Committee! Kansas City is in the running to host the GOP Convention in 2016. How cool is that? They had a private party at Mosaic while enjoying our Hot Country Night with Chris Cagle. We can only hope to see them in the near future.

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Meanwhile, the show opened up with Whiskey Myers. As the crowd started to pile in he played some really great songs to get the crowd ready for the night.

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Next up, Chris Cagle. Chris did a meet and greet before he started his performance for a few of his lucky fans.

Once all the pictures, hugs and jokes were over he was on stage singing his heart out. He stopped to give Kansas City a big thank you and even got a little choked up.

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He played for awhile and got the crowd singing the whole night.


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