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Staff will miss a place ‘where everyone is welcome’

Not only will patrons and musicians miss the RecordBar, its staff will, too. Here’s what they say:

Mark “Buzzz” Collins, sound engineer since 2005

What do you like most about working there?

The excellent vibe, great bands and employees.

List some of your favorite shows.

Bell Witch, Blue Cheer, Bob Walkenhorst Wednesdays.

The weirdest thing you saw a customer do?

Throw a half-full beer bottle on top of the flown center fill speaker cabinet, and it did not spill.

Say a few words about Steve and Shawn.

They are very professional, fun guys and understanding.

Tim Whipple, bartender since 2005

What do you like most about working there?

The sense of family. A place where everyone is welcome.

List some of your favorite moments or shows.

Carbon Silicon and getting to meet and shake hands with Mick Jones. Budos Band. Peelander Z (crazy, fun and gracious.) Thee Water Moccasins (local love). Grant Hart from Husker Du: We had no idea he was in house. He plugged into opening band’s amp, put on a beautiful solo show, then at last-call helped bus tables. A musical madman sweetheart. The People’s Liberation Big Band: Each one of those players has become a friend.

The weirdest or most memorable thing you saw a customer do?

Some customers got engaged in the photo booth, then got married and just had a son: Zack and Christie Brunner and their boy, Otto.

Say a few words about Steve and Shawn.

They are a perfect check and balance for each other. One of the best examples of order/chaos, yin/yang, sane/insane. But they share all those elements equally. It’s an enviable brotherly friendship.

Adam Phillips, bartender since 2005

About 10 years ago I got fired from my job. It was the first and only job I ever had. Applied for it when I was 14. I walked into the RecordBar and waited for Steve Tulipana to finish another conversation before I started.

Steve took a long look at me. He knew me a little and without much effort on my part, he calmed me down and assured me that he could give me some work. Steve: “You’ve bartended before, right?” Me: “No.” Steve: “Oh. Well, you’ve probably bar-backed before though, right?” Me: “No.” Steve: “You’ve paid attention to other bartenders, and you kind of know what to do?” Me: “ … ” Steve: “OK. We’ll just have Tim Whipple show you everything from the ground up. Do you know Tim?” Me: “Yeah, he used to throw me out of the Hurricane. Great guy.” And the rest is history. Ten years later, and they still put me on the schedule.

I love Tim and Shawn and Steve and Kitty and everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with down there. Too many cool shows to remember. Mick Jones playing with Carbon Silicon was probably the coolest. Getting to see a thousand Bob Walkenhorst shows and a few Danny Cox shows wasn’t a drag either.

Clarence Draper, bartender since 2006

What do you like most about working there?

I like the staff, the regulars and new music every single night. I think that I’ve had some experience with every genre of music at this point.

List some of your favorite moments or shows.

The Ces Cru and Mursday show was amazing! Gardens & Villa was a beautiful experience. Peelander Z’s first show at RecordBar was insane! There was a guy in a ... monster suit that was on 10-foot stilts, and the guitar player hung upside down from the ceiling and played a song above the crowd.

The weirdest or most memorable thing you saw a customer do?

There was a naked guy at the Foster the People show. He was kicked out for being disruptive, got naked and jumped the rail outside. He managed to get back inside through the patio door and tried to streak the crowd. He tackled a server and was kicked out again. It was a sold-out show, and half of the staff was outside dealing with him. The police were called, and he went to jail in a Hannibal Lecter-style mask, because he wouldn’t stop cursing and spitting on the cops.

Say a few words about Steve and Shawn.

(Steve) has done a lot for me as a mentor and a friend, and I think he’s one of Kansas City’s true rock stars. Shawn Sherrill really knows his stuff. I’m pretty sure that dude can manage any bar or restaurant. He knows when to let you work and when to crack the whip. I think the best thing about the two of them is how they gave a stage to so many local and national musicians.

Paul Malinowsk, musician and soundman since 2005

What have you liked most about working at RecordBar?

I have had the pleasure of working for and with some of my oldest friends.

List some of your favorite moments or shows.

The one that sticks out to me was the secret Phoenix show. And the Shiner show this year, my first time to play a sold-out show at the RecordBar.

The weirdest or most memorable thing you saw a customer do?

The weirdest thing I saw a customer do would have to be the finale of the Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow when audience members were invited to staple money onto the body of one of the performers.

Say a few words about Steve and Shawn.

Steve and Shawn are two of my oldest, most valued friends, and I have really enjoyed being part of this special place with them.

Kitty Mitchell, bartender/server since 2006

What have you liked most about working at RecordBar?

The people I worked for and the people who came in there. It became a very comfortable place in a short period of time. It felt like home.

List some of your favorite moments or shows.

I saw a lot of shows where I didn’t know the band and then they blew up, like Mumford & Sons and Miike Snow. Mother Mother was a favorite. I ended up loving them.

The weirdest or most memorable thing you saw a customer do?

This Russian band Nuthatch 47 was playing, and there was a table of Russians in the crowd. A guy wanted to buy a bottle of vodka for the table, but we don’t sell by the bottle. He ended up buying like 25 shots at one time. And he tipped me $100.

Say a few words about Steve and Shawn.

They’re great people to work for, and they became my best friends, my family.

Matty Ingle, bartender/server since 2007

What have you liked most about working at RecordBar?

At this point it’s been my home longer than any residency I’ve even lived in. RecordBar is my living room.

List some of your favorite moments or shows.

Sissy Wish, a Norwegian pop artist that I think four people showed up to. It was strangely enjoyable.

The weirdest or most memorable thing you saw a customer do?

I’m not sure anything surprises me with what customers do at this point.

Say a few words about Steve and Shawn.

They gave a weirdo like me a chance and let me thrive. It’s the same thing that they’ve done with musical acts and ideas

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