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RecordBar Version 2.0: Something is ‘afoot’

Steve Tulipana (left) and Shawn Sherrill plan to announce a new location for the RecordBar when details are finalized. The popular live music venue closes at 1020 Westport Road this weekend.
Steve Tulipana (left) and Shawn Sherrill plan to announce a new location for the RecordBar when details are finalized. The popular live music venue closes at 1020 Westport Road this weekend. kmyers@kcstar.com

When RecordBar co-founders Steve Tulipana and Shawn Sherrill announced this summer that the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road, did not have the option to renew its lease at the end of 2015, they also made it clear that they would be looking for a new locale.

In September, in a story about the venue’s impending 10th anniversary celebration, Tulipana told The Star: “We have one plan, which would be a big deal, a really big deal, if we can make it happen. Plan B is to go smaller. We haven’t looked for a place for that yet.”

Three months later, he can disclose no definitive news on a new location except that things have progressed. In the meantime, plans are to revive some RecordBar traditions at MiniBar, the venue he and Sherrill run near 38th and Broadway.

“There is nothing I can say except we will be having some sort of auction the second week of January,” Tulipana said recently. “We will be starting a happy hour program at MiniBar that will feature your favorite RecordBar bartenders. We’ll be doing more live music there, too.

“There is something afoot, but we’ve decided not to make an announcement until papers are signed and a budget addressed. … Most likely the (announcement) won’t come until after we’ve closed. This thing will need a few months.”

RecordBar will host its final shows this weekend. Friday’s bill features three bands with deep roots in the Kansas City music scene: the Life and Times, Outhouse and Roman Numerals, of which Tulipana and Sherrill are members. Tickets are $12 and $15. Saturday’s finale: Making Movies and Your Friend. That show is sold out. Both shows are 18 and older.

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain

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