by Andy Lyons, Editor-in-Chief
Fans of Warrensburg, Mo. native Steven Cooper are in for a treat Friday night, the singer will be playing a birthday show at The Bay.
“I think this show will feel like a big celebration rather than just another concert,” Cooper told CMN. “Not only is it my birthday, but we’re also celebrating so much that has happened recently. From launching the label to landing a role on a (popular TV show), I plan on giving everyone a great night and just having a blast with this one.”
Cooper is known for being in the crowd before he takes the stage, interacting with fans and enjoying himself. It will be his first show at The Bay’s new location and Cooper said he’s looking forward to playing the venue.
“I love The Bay, I’ve been a supporter since my first show there,” he said. “They’ve really put a lot of effort into making sure their artists are taken care of and I appreciate that more than they know. We always have a good crowd and a good time. I’m excited to play at the new spot and am excited that they were able to make that leap forward.”
Cooper said his first show at the venue was of another Kansas City performer, now famous in his own right.
“I remember seeing Tech N9ne at the Setlist way back in the day,” he said. “This was before Tech had really made a name for himself. That was one of my first rap concerts and I was hooked.”
Cooper said that his fall plans include performing one-off shows instead of a full tour while he focuses on finishing the label offices for his recently launched Unlabeled Studios in Kansas City. He also mentioned working on a new album expected to release this Thanksgiving.
Friday’s show will include several other Unlabeled artists, although DJ Lee won’t be at the show.
“We have a DJ for the night that will be spinning and I’ll also have a surprise performance from Grady Frazier who people have been really buzzing about,” Cooper said.
Friday’s show is slated to begin at 8 p.m. at The Bay, located at 130 W. Pine St. in Warrensburg. Cooper dropped the cover for his birthday celebration to $3 at the door.