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Melissa Etheridge pops by Leavenworth for fundraiser, gives love to Kansas City


Awww, Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge loves her hometown.

The Grammy award-winning singer songwriter and her wife, Linda Wallem, stopped by Leavenworth Monday and Tuesday to give a private concert and speak at a fundraiser.

According to Leavenworth Times, Etheridge played an hourlong show for about 150 guests Monday night at Riverfront Community Center billed as “Melissa Etheridge Unplugged.”

“Thanks for being the coolest forever and ever,” Etheridge said to the crowd Monday.

Today, she was the keynote speaker at a breakfast at Leavenworth High School and scheduled shows at Warren Middle School and at the high school. “I had the best time ever,” she tweeted from the middle school. The events were fundraisers for the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.

Etheridge, who won Grammys for “Ain’t It Heavy” and “Come to My Window,” also spent some of her formative music years in Kansas City, and reminisced about those times during a June 2015 show at Uptown Theater, her first at that venue. In an interview before the show, she told The Star’s Timothy Finn about how much she enjoys the food in Kansas City.

“My wife and I are foodies, and I didn’t know we had such great restaurants in Kansas City,” she said. “We ate at PotPie and Bluestem. They were amazing. And Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum. Whoa.”

She obviously still loves KC.