Musical favorites and tastes vary widely around Kansas City, from the Rolling Stones and Sturgill Simpson to Tech N9ne, Bobby Watson and the Kansas City Symphony.
That variety shows in the kinds of concerts we attend, as a survey by Scarborough Research indicates. The company asked a representative sample of nearly 2,000 adults, 18 and older, in Kansas City’s 33-county marketing region whether they had attended a variety of events in the previous 12 months.
Among the musical results, rock concerts were most popular, with nearly 1 in 5 respondents saying they had attended one.
The results also were broken down for Johnson, Wyandotte and Jackson counties, and a combined Clay-Platte county area. Johnson County, perhaps because of higher disposable incomes, had the highest attendance percentages in every category except rap, where Jackson County and the Clay-Platte area were higher.
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There also are the vagaries of surveys, such as whether respondents regarded the evolving pop of Taylor Swift as country, rock or other. Regardless, fans of classical and opera might be cheered to know they’re far from alone.
Rock concert: 18.7%
Symphony or opera: 11.1%
Country music concert: 7.4%
R&B, rap, hip-hop concert: 4.5%
Other concert (jazz, blues, etc.): 11.3%
Source: Scarborough Research 2015, Release 1
Symphony or opera
Country music concert
R&B, rap, hip-hop concert
Other concert (jazz, blues, etc.):