The Rainmakers

The Rainmakers

8:30 p.m., August 18, 2017 | Nerman Museum Lawn


For more than 30 years, the Rainmakers have played their Missouri-born version of roots rock ’n’ roll to fans near and far.

In the summer of 1986, The Rainmakers released their first album.  Four young men from the Midwest began to live out the rock ’n’ roll dream — their music on the radio, recording in top studios, playing in music clubs and arenas across the U.S. and Europe, videos on MTV, and great reviews in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and newspapers across the U.S.

Songs were sung, memories were made and they lived to tell about it.

But all rock ’n’ roll bands have to grow up sometime  —  and after six successful albums and countless sold-out shows from Kansas City to Oslo, Norway, and all points in between, the Rainmakers broke up in 1998.  Band members raised families, got real jobs (ouch!), and found ways to play music in ways that fit their changing lives.

In 2011, the band reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut album. That spring, the band was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Since then the Rainmakers have continued to put out new music while also keeping in touch with their old fan bases in Scandinavia and the Midwest.