Steve Walsh of Kansas. Photo by Susan Pfannmuller/Special to The Star A giant reproduction of John Steuart Curry's famous wild-eyed portrait of the abolitionist John Brown served as the backdrop of Kansas' concert Saturday at the Uptown Theater. Some historians hail Brown's extreme actions during the 1850s as the work of a righteous freedom fighter while others characterize Brown as a domestic terrorist. Since appropriating Curry's work for the cover of its 1974 debut album, Kansas has also acquired a polarizing reputation. Detractors deride the band as a musical dinosaur specializing in overblown pomp. Faithful fans insist that Kansas' down-home...
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