KANSAS CITY, Mo – One of Kansas City’s most popular live music bars is closing its doors. The landlord decided not to renew its lease, so the recordBar is packing up and taking many music memories with it, but not before one last show.
“We just wanted a little place where we could serve good food and share our love for music,” owner Steve Tulipana said.
Tulipana opened recordBar with a friend more than 10 years ago. It was a small vision, but within a few months it had a lot of people talking.
“It kind of blossomed and became this thing that was bigger than we thought it would be,” Tulipana said.
The tiny bar in the Westport strip mall turned into one of the metro’s most popular live music venues,known for its great listening room; a way to see bands up close and personal.
“I told people if I started a band the first thing I wanted to do for an accomplishment was to annoy 35 people here on a Tuesday night. That's not gonna happen now. I'll have to annoy them somewhere else,” Tulipana remarked.
Scott Munroe stopped in to snap some picture of the place, trying to hold on to hold memories.
“I know these guys are gonna, when they reopen, it's gonna be a place that's even better,” Munroe said.
It’s not a move that the owner would have ever wanted but the landlord wouldn’t renew their lease and they had no other choice but to pack up.
“He's not interested in the culture of it... he really hasn't given us any other reason other than, the lease is up,” Tulipana said.
A small vision, a place meant for good food and good music, turned into so much more. And Tulipana, for one, is proud of what he brought to Kansas City.
“It's about creating memories and creating community. That's the real thing. That's most important.”