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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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Allen Toussaint: The Sound of New Orleans

Allen Toussaint
FollyTheater.org

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:05 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Survey

Paul McCartney
facebook.com/PaulMcCartney

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

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Moondance ~ Redux

Van Morrison's 1970 album cover for 'Moondance'
VanMorrison.com

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

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

In Memorium: Lou Reed

Lou Reed
Robert Leslie (from facebook.com/LouReed)

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

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Mostly Willie

'To All the Girls...' album cover
WillieNelson.com

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Survey

'The Diving Board' album cover
EltonJohn.com

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.  

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Doc Pomus ~ Redux

Doc Pomus
songwritershalloffame.org

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Elvis at Stax

Elvis Presley
Facebook.com/Elvis

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.  

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Cyprus Avenue
2:30 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Rock 'n Roll Party for the Fall Membership Drive

Chuck Berry in the 1950s
ChuckBerry.com

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. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Tell It Like It Is: Aaron Neville (Encore)

Aaron Neville
AaronNeville.com

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Sam Baker: Say Grace

Sam Baker
SamBakerMusic.com

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. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Bob Dylan: Another Self Portrait

Bob Dylan in a 'Self Portrait' session
BobDylan.com

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.

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Music
3:26 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Bill Shapiro Looks Back As 'Cyprus Avenue' Celebrates 35 Years On Air

Bill Shapiro has hosted 'Cyprus Avenue' on KCUR since 1978.

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Tell It Like It Is: Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville
AaronNeville.com

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Sam Baker: Say Grace

Sam Baker
SamBakerMusic.com

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." 

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Music Shows
9:32 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Cyprus Avenue 35th Anniversary At The Folly Theater

Credit 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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

20 Feet from Stardom

Darlene Love
twentyfeetfromstardom.com

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:18 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Ballads by Rockers, Vol. 2 (35th Anniversary Edition)

The Rolling Stones ~ 'Goats Head Soup' album cover
rollingstones.com

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Rhythm of the Rhythms, IV: 2005-2006

Bruce Springsteen
Facebook.com/Bruce 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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

The Music of Otis Redding

Otis Redding
Facebook.com/OtisRedding

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

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Cyprus Avenue
8:01 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

The Latest from the Ladies

Mavis Staples
MavisStaples.com

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

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Marty Stuart, Redux: Encore

Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives
FollyTheater.org

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. 

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Cyprus Avenue
8:00 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Jimmy and Bob

Jimmy Cliff: The KCRW Session
jimmycliff.com

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

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Cyprus Avenue
8:12 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Rhythm to the Rhythms, Vol. III: 2003-2004

Los Lobos
rollingstone.com

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
8:39 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Marty Stuart -- Redux

Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives
FollyTheater.org

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. 

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Cyprus Avenue
7:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Soul of Rock and Roll: Roy Orbison, Part 2

Roy Orbison
Facebook.com/RoyOrbison

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

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Cyprus Avenue
11:59 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone

John Fogerty
Facebook.com/JohnFogerty

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.

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Cyprus Avenue
10:31 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Richard Thompson At The Folly

Richard Thompson
FollyTheater.org

On June 6, Cyprus Avenue will feature Richard Thompson at The Folly Theater in Cyprus Avenue Live.  This week on the program, we look at Thompson's storied recording career.  (This edition of Cyprus Avenue aired on June 1, 2013.)

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Cyprus Avenue
10:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Soul of Rock and Roll: Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
Facebook.com/RoyOrbison

A journey through just some of the music from icon Roy Orbison's vast recording career.  (This edition of Cyprus Avenue aired on May 25, 2013.)

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Cyprus Avenue
10:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Here Come The Women

Ashley Monroe
Brian Tipton, CMT.com

A celebration of great music from some amazing women on the scene. (This edition of Cyprus Avenue aired on May 18, 2013.)

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