After 25 years, KC’s iconic Midwestern Musical Co. has closed. John McGrath profiled Matt Kesler and the store in this story, originally published on May 15, 2014.
Matt Kesler has been the owner of Midwestern Musical Co. since 1989. Kesler’s guitar store started as a little shop in Mission, Kan., 25 years ago. In 2008, the store moved to 19th and Locust in the Crossroads District.
At Midwestern Musical Co., the small staff fixes equipment from guitars to amps . If musicians need strings, straps or picks, this is the place to go.
Live music plays at the store every First Friday, and there is a special event every November called “Apocalypse Meow,” a benefit concert by the Midwest Music Foundation to support health care programs for local musicians.