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Kansas City's Rhythm & Ribs Fest Cancelled

The organizers of Kansas City's Blues and Jazz festival Rhythm & Ribs have announced that the June 19-20 event has been cancelled because the economy is making it tough to raise corporate sponsorships. Organizers say the annual festival will take a break in 2009 and will return on Father's Day weekend in 2010.

Since 2005, Rhythm & Ribs has been a non-profit, community-oriented festival designed to showcase two of Kansas City's best known traditions, music and barbeque.

"Even though Rhythm & Ribs will take the year off, the Jazz and Blues scene in Kansas City is alive and jumpin'," said Greg Carroll, president and CEO of the American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

For Rhythm & Ribs fans that already purchased 2009 festival tickets in advance, refunds are available at the location where tickets were purchased - either the American Jazz Museum or Ticketmaster. The American Jazz Museum is also offering opportunities for any who purchased advance tickets to apply their $10 towards incentives at the American Jazz Museum including tickets for performances in the Blue Room, Gem Theatre and other offers. Contact the Museum at (816) 474-8463 for details.

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