Michael Davis Shannon was the 35 year old son of Lindsay and Jo Shannon, owners of BB’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Mo. He worked at his parent’s business most of 21 years with the exception of 2003-2006 where he “lived the dream” on the Garden Island of Kauai. Mike was passionate about his music, sports, good food, and the company of friends. He passed away on April 15, 2012.
The Michael Shannon Musician’s Fund was established in 2012 by Lindsay Shannon family and the Kansas City Blues Society to help local musicians and music industry professionals who are experiencing financial distress. This fund is administered by the Kansas City Blues Society, a 501(c)(3) corporation. All proceeds from this benefit go to the MSMF.
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If I’m bitter it must mean I’m comfortable.Michael Shannon, 2002
Tonight at BB’s your beloved CONFESSORS dedicated the whole night as OFFICIAL MIKE SHANNON BIRTHDAY NIGHT! Big cheers from the crowd ensued! We sang songs and ate cake! In the immortal words of Lee McBee: “Happy Birthday You Cool Breeze Mutha Fucca You”!Patrick Recob, July 20, 2015
One night after a gig there at BB’s, my wife Sharon asked me why I coiled my mic cord, then threw it back out and coiled it again. As I showed her how I did it and why, I threw out the cord, and along came Michael. As I coiled it and drew it to me, Michael bent down and chased it across the floor like a cat after a string. “This,” I said, “is why I do it this way.” So Michael reinforced my method, so I still do this, at least, to honor him.Joe Whitfeld, July 11, 2016