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About the Band

GuitarElation

Ken Lovern
Used to be a lawyer, but says he "backslid into music." Be glad he did. The Kansas City resident is the B-3 heart and soul of Green Lady Lounge, and can be found many evenings behind the organ with a cadre of musician friends and the occasional vocalist. Lovern leads GuitarElation and is the founding member of his almost 20 year band OJT.



Danny Embrey
Is an original Interstring band member, teaches at UMKC and KU, and has a devoted Kansas City following that catch him with Sons of Brasil and other groups. The veteran player has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading jazz guitarists playing on albums and touring with Sergio Mendes, Karrin Allyson and many more.

Brian Baggett
Is also on YouTube. This has to be a dream job: he demonstrates guitars for Musician's Friend. The Kansas City resident's love of music of all kinds began in high school, and he soon found his way to jazz. Baggett is frequently on the Green Lady schedule, including performances with Lovern's organ jazz trio, OJT. Brian is the founding member of the jazz fusion trio DŌJŌ.

Todd Strait
Has a specific talent: He makes nearly everyone he plays with sound great. The master drummer grew up in Topeka, Kansas and has resettled in Kansas City, Mo., after several years on the Portland, Oregon music scene. Strait also played with Interstring, toured with Karrin Allyson, Kevin Mahogany, Eldar and worked with Marian McPartland. Three of his recordings were Grammy nominees.

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