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Upcoming Shows

The Phoenix ~

* Every 4th Friday of the Month *

9pm - 1am

302 W. 8th St

Kansas City, MO 64105

(816) 472-0001


Ollie's Local

Satudrday, March 25th, 2017

5p - 7p

3044 Gillham Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64108


Replay Lounge

w/ Brother Bagman

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

946 Massachusetts St.

Lawrence, KS 66044


420 Fest @ recordBar

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

1520 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64108


Jazz - A Louisiana Kitchen

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

823 W 39th St.

Kansas City, MO 64111


Middle Of The Map - 2017

Saturday, May 26th, 2017

recordBar - 11:00a - 1:30p

1520 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64108


Martin City Brewing Co.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

500 E 135th St.

Kansas City, MO 64145


Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery

Friday, May 26th, 2017

6:30p - 9:30p

18807 158th St

Basehor, KS 66007


Big Rip Brewing Co.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

216 E 9th Ave.  

North Kansas City, MO 64116


Martin City Brewing Co.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

500 E 135th St.

Kansas City, MO 64145


Jazz - A Louisiana Kitchen

Friday, June 30th, 2017

823 W 39th St 

Kansas City, MO 64111


Martin City Brewing Co.

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

500 E 135th St.

Kansas City, MO 64145


Homegrown On The River 

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Byrds Campground

7037 Cass Oark Road

Ozark, AR 72949


Coleman Hawkins Blues Fest

Friday, September 8th, 2017 

St. Joseph, MO


Jazz - A Louisiana Kitchen

Friday, September 29th, 2017

823 W 39th St 

Kansas City, MO 64111


Jazz - A Louisiana Kitchen

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

823 W 39th St 

Kansas City, MO 64111


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Wake Up

The second full length album featuring 6 unique players extending on a veteran foundation of friendship. This is the first true album all members have created together but the second under as The MGDs. The MGDs have created a unique style tapping into genres such as Nola funk/blues, R&B, and a slice of reggae with horn drivin' melodies. All of this very present in this release titled "Wake Up".


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The MGDs

(self title debut)

This six-piece of Kansas City music veterans bring the steam with a piano driven blend of funkify to move and groove. With two opposite style vocals working together to create a unique style new to the music world, with the E.R. horns holdin it together.


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Albums Available @ These Kansas City Stores

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Left Me For Good

Live @ The Phoenix KCMO


About Us


The MGDs present a passionate blend of funk and blues powered by the soulful stylings of a music group driven to serve up an electrifying experience to the masses. The six piece lineup includes a mix of piano and brass complemented by a poppin’ rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture. In what started as a three piece between longtime friends in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into what is now a potent powerhouse group in the high-energy music category. Influences include a variety of classic and modern sounds from New Orleans and beyond.


In addition to a host of club shows, the MGDs like keep busy performing at festivals both at home and away. Boulevardia, Middle of the Map, Crossroads KC Music Fest, Coleman Hawkins Blues Fest and Home Grown on the River are just to name a few. Since 2014, the MGDs have appeared annually on the Outfield Experience stage at Kauffman stadium before Kansas City Royals games. The MGDs perform every 4th Friday at the Phoenix located in the heart of downtown Kansas City.  


The MGDs currently have 2 original full length albums under their belt and will be releasing a new 4 track EP scheduled for summer 2017. With a sizable repertoire of covers and originals at hand, the MGDs are available for short showcase sets or an all night long shindig.


Matt Davis – Drums / Percussion & Vocals

Greg Bush – Bass

Damon Parker – Keys & Vocals

Scott “Snoof” Middleton – Guitar               

Rudy Vasquez – Saxophones & Percussion

Teddy Krulewich – Trumpet