Cyprus Avenue

Saturday 1 p.m.; Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

The world of popular music from gospel to rock - from country to reggae - from a different point of view.

Cyprus Avenue on KCUR has been hosted by Bill Shapiro since October 1978. The weekly radio show has aired on more than 50 stations in the U.S.

Shapiro is the author of The CD Rock and Roll Library and The Rock and Roll Review, both published by Andrews & McMeel. A native of Kansas City, Mo., and a tax and estate planner since 1962, Shapiro received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Please note that due to recording industry regulations, we are not able to offer on-demand audio of Cyprus Avenue playlists.

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Thank you for supporting Cyprus Avenue during KCUR's Winter Membership Drive!  Later this evening, Bill Shapiro brought you an encore presentation of a show focused on Allen Toussaint.  The New Orleans legend will return to The Folly Theater for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert on January 11, 2014.  This edition of Cyprus Avenue features Toussaint's music, including songs that became huge hits for other artists.

Bill Shapiro shares his favorite recordings to come along this year.  It’s a celebration of the music of 2013 this week on Cyprus Avenue.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, music that came out of the legendary FAME Studios, at the heart of the Muscle Shoals sound.

On January 11, 2014, Allen Toussaint returns to The Folly Theater for a Cyprus Avenue Live concert.  This week on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro brings you music by the New Orleans legend, including songs that have been performed and made famous by other artists.


Nov 16, 2013

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you a survey of new, fall releases -- music from Paul McCartney, Neko Case, Elvis Costello and others. 

Moondance ~ Redux

Nov 9, 2013

Van Morrison is in the spotlight this week, as Bill Shapiro explores a newly-released collection of Morrison's music.  

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This week we explore the influential music of a rock legend who recently passed away, as Bill Shapiro pays tribute to Lou Reed.  

Mostly Willie

Oct 26, 2013

On this edition of the show, Bill Shapiro puts the spotlight Willie Nelson's new release, To All the Girls..., in which Nelson collaborates with female artists on his well-known songs.  Also featured this week, music from Raina Rose, who sang with Sam Baker recently at Cyprus Avenue's 35th Anniversary Concert.


Oct 19, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro brings you a survey of new releases with something unique to say:  music from Elton John, Mark Knopfler and Garland Jeffreys.  

Doc Pomus ~ Redux

Oct 12, 2013

On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, we take a journey through decades of popular songs by well-known artists and with something in common:  they were either written or co-written by Doc Pomus.

Elvis at Stax

Oct 5, 2013

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you music from Elvis Presley’s Memphis studio sessions of the early ‘70s – released recently in the extensive “Elvis at Stax” compilation.

Thank you for supporting KCUR and Cyprus Avenue!  For this year's Fall Membership Drive, Bill Shapiro presented a special, two-hour rock 'n roll party.

Bill Shapiro brings you an encore this week of his spotlight on Aaron Neville, including some of the iconic singer’s more recent songs.  Neville will perform October 4th in Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.

On September 28th, Bill Shapiro celebrates his 35th Anniversary of bringing you Cyprus Avenue, with a special celebration concert at The Folly Theater.  Sam Baker will be our guest performer that night, and this week on the program, we feature Baker's music.

This week, Bill Shapiro brings you newly-released material from a man he calls “the most fascinating musical artist of the last half-century”:  Bob Dylan.

This fall marks a milestone for Kansas City radio and the metro’s many fans of rock, gospel, country and reggae. The now-iconic Cyprus Avenue program premiered on KCUR in October 1978. Piloting the program from the beginning was an eager, well-informed, dedicated host who was opportunely equipped with both an ideal voice for radio and a passion about the music he played.

Aaron Neville will perform October 4th in Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.  This week's show is devoted to his music, including his more recent releases.

Sam Baker: Say Grace

Aug 24, 2013

In the spotlight this week:  the music of Sam Baker.  Baker will perform September 28th at The Folly Theater, in the Cyprus Avenue Live celebration of our show's 35th Anniversary.   Bill Shapiro says of Sam Baker, "He sings to your soul, and it makes you feel real good." 

Folly Theater

KCUR and the Folly Theater will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Cyprus Avenue with a live event at the Folly on Saturday, September 28.

The celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. with a music performance by Sam Baker at 8:00 p.m.

You can find out more about the show and buy tickets at the Folly Theater website.

20 Feet from Stardom

Aug 17, 2013

This week, a celebration of some outstanding musicians who rarely receive recognition:  the back-up singers.  We explore portions of the soundtrack from the documentary 20 Feet  from Stardom, plus dig into other recordings that feature some of these artists.

As we get closer to the 35th Anniversary of Cyprus Avenue, we revisit the first-ever musical concept featured on the show:  Ballads by Rockers. Springsteen

In Part Four of this series, we take a look back at some of the more noteworthy music that came along in 2005 and 2006.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, we focus on the music – and the musical impact – of the late, great Otis Redding.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, we feature newly-released music from some outstanding female artists.

On July 19, Cyprus Avenue brings Marty Stuart back in concert for Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.  This week on the program, an encore presentation of our spotlight on Marty and his extremely multi-faceted music. 

Jimmy and Bob

Jul 6, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue… It’s a celebration of reggae, as we explore newly-released music of Jimmy Cliff and the late Bob Marley

As Cyprus Avenue gets closer to its 35th anniversary, we continue our "Rhythm to the Rhythms" series -- this time looking back at some noteworthy music featured on the show in 2003 and 2004.

Marty Stuart -- Redux

Jun 22, 2013

On July 19, Cyprus Avenue will feature Marty Stuart at The Folly Theater in Cyprus Avenue Live.  This week on the program, we feature examples of his multi-faceted music.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, the second part of our celebration of Roy Orbison's iconic music career.

An exploration of John Fogerty's new album, Wrote A Song For Everyone, which features rearranged classics, new music and a who's-who of guest artists.