Krazy Kats to open third Farris Concert Season

By Sara Siedel/For The Richmond News

What do you get when you add up a rockin’ classic music trio and an historic musical venue?

You get a fabulous night with The Krazy Kats at Richmond’s Farris Theatre.

The classic 1950’s band will open the third Farris Concert Season on Oct. 29 at the Farris Theatre. Tickets are available now for the show.

All three original members of The Krazy Kats have been performing together for the past six decades.

“How many bands can say that they have existed that long with all the original members intact?” asks member Lee Dresser. “Well, the Kats can.”

Dresser and his pals Willie Craig and Freddie Fletcher were in high school together in Moberly in the 1950s when they joined up to play music written by their favorite artists, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino.

Now based in Kansas City, the three Missourians continue to thrill audiences with their versions of 1950s and ‘60s classic music.

The Krazy Kats first performed in the Richmond area in 1958. Since then, in Richmond and all over the United States, Dresser says The Krazy Kats have never changed their song styles and selections

“We perform songs from the best musical era of all time!” Dresser claims. “We love to have fun playing it, and we love to encourage fans to have fun listening to it and dancing to it.”

Still rocking after all these years, the musicians have performed together more than 4,000 times, with Dresser on guitar, Craig on piano and Fletcher on drums.

In their remarkable career, the Kats have appeared with Bill Cosby, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and The Platters, and the trio has appeared at the Missouri and Kansas state fairs. The Kats were voted “Best Band in Kansas City” in 1991, and they were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame in 1999. The Krazy Kats will achieve international status when they perform in England next year.

Their return to the Farris promises to be a crowd pleaser.

The show is to begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Farris for $10.

Concert season organizer Sara Seidel notes, however, that reserved-seat tickets for the four-concert season remain available. Season tickets are available for $36 for all four performances.

In addition to The Krazy Kats, the season line-up features Bobby Flores and Kevin Carter, along with Harry Ritchie, his band and Sarah Craven; 3 Dave Night; and The Rainmakers.

Local sponsors, including Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a major benefactor for the season, make the low season ticket price possible. Also contributing are the Ray County Community Arts Association, the Richmond Rotary Club, Richard Bidding/Edward Jones, Mike and Vickie McCalley, Tom Bowman and Sara Seidel, Harry Ritchie, Westbrook & Co., Taber Printing, Richmond Super 8, The Richmond News, The Lawson Review and KMZU 100.7 The Farm.

Tickets for The Krazy Kats and for the season are available by calling the Farris at (816) 776-6684. Log on to for more information.

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