HEY HI-DE-HO MAN; ATribute to Cab Calloway

Br. John

Show Information:

From longtime favorite KC Fringe Fest producer-Br. John, comes the latest installment in his 'Historical Music Showcase Theater' series. A talk show host sits down with Jazz legend-Cab Calloway (both portrayed by Br. John) for a probing interview into the secrets of what made him who he was. We'll explore how Calloway became the world-famous showman and star of stage and screen. We'll discuss Calloway’s tour with an all-black band into the segregated-Jim Crow South. This show explores provocative themes ranging from Cab's music philosophy, band feuds, to women, relationships, and family life. Featuring live, enthusiastic, renditions of Cab-and his hot band's-hit, jump-jiving tunes.


Westport Coffee House

4010 Pennsylvania

Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Times

July 25 - Tuesday - 7:30pm

July 26 - Wednesday - 9:00pm

July 27 - Thursday - 6:00pm

July 28 - Friday - 10:30pm

July 29 - Saturday - 6:00pm




60 Minutes


Parental Guidance


Adult Theme Lyrics


  1. Linda Kuntz on July 26, 2017 at 1:42 am

    My toes were tapping and my hands a clapping to this amazing show. Brother John always brings the audience to their feet and saying “Wow!!” Rick, Alex and Steven rounded out the program with great jazz. Hope there are tickets left so you can enjoy the show.

  2. Kat Nemati on July 26, 2017 at 6:57 am

    There’s a reason Brother John’s Fringe Festival shows have so much hype around them. No matter who he chooses to emulate, Brother John does not disappoint. Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, you name it. Brother John can do it all. But his particular affinity for old-school jazz, and the history behind it is what made this year’s presentation shine. Dressed to the nines in a Zoot Suit complete with chain, Br. John WAS Cab Calloway onstage. His choice of backing musicians was perfect. Alex Abromovitz played cornet as raw as anything you might have heard during the Pendergrast years. Rhythm section of Stephen Hicks on Bass and Rick Cole on Banjo held the back end. But at the end of the day. it was all about Brother John’s musical performance. “Minnie the Moocher,” “St. James Infirmary Blues,” all had the crowd engaged. In between the musical numbers there were interview segments that were slightly awkward but gave some nice insights to Calloway’s career as a musician. Definitely a top pick for Fringe Festival 2017.

  3. Neil "Mr Kneel" McIntyre on July 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Brother John is a gem!! Soul music and amazing storytelling all in one!!! Do not miss this!!
    His Sam Cooke review was so good, a huge group of poets in the lobby thought they were listening to Sam himself, and had no idea it was happening live in the next room!! Wow!!!

  4. Delight Davis on July 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    GREAT SHOW! I am always amazed at the range of this man! From cowboy songs with kids to Sam Cooke to Bob Marley to Cab Calloway!– wow!!
    And he pulls it all off beautifully. I LOVE Brother John’s voice and he is not just singing in his voice– whoever he honors with a show is done flawlessly, as he has obviously put in the time to study their voice and gestures..
    There is the music and then there is the interview section, where you get to really understand the artist in his own words.
    Backed up by talented musicians playing live.
    I highly recommend this show.

  5. Mary L. Schmidt on July 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Come for the music — stay for the HISTORY: We all need to know these stories and songs!

  6. Kim Hill on July 29, 2017 at 5:05 am

    This was a very energetic, informative and enjoyable performance. Well done. We look forward to seeing you next year. 😁

  7. Ian on July 30, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I think the folks above have said it all. Great concept, and well done for promoting a genius years ahead of his time! The band were really good too. Where does Br John get his energy from? Please pass some on to me! A very enjoyable show which you could watch, over and over again. Only one small criticism, I found John’s voice through the mic too loud, but that is a minor point. If this show wins its venue contest, please go and see it tomorrow (Sunday). While you are at it, grab a Parisi Breve coffee and chicken BLT wrap upstairs; wonderful food and drink. I really like this venue!

  8. Too Bad Brad on July 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Brother John & his band are truely ama💤ing! Truely brougth Cab Calloway to life. ✌🎵

  9. MIchael Shaeffer on July 31, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Brother John and his three-man band keep the crowd captivated with knockout number after knockout number of Cab’s signature style. This year’s Fringe was the sweet spot of venue, material, and energy for Br. John. This was his best showcase yet, my personal favorite being his nuanced and soulful delivery covering “Stormy Weather.” I had heard him sing before, but he has taken his showmanship to a new level. Can’t wait to see what he serves up next. –a fan from 3,000 miles away.

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