Laura Balke ended her tour at the Riot Room with Tim York and local brother band Electric Needle Room. It might not have been the most crowded I’ve seen the Riot Room, but being born here in Kansas City brought Laura a very loving crowd as she dedicated her last song to her grandmother. To Grandma Balke!

Words and photos by Morgan Bleigh



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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