Arts Bar recreates Human Be-in as KKFI fundraiser Jan. 16

human be in poster“People of all tribes are welcome” at the 4th annual Human Be-In this Saturday at the Uptown Art Bar. The event – a nod back at a 1967 event of the same name – is a fundraiser for KKFI radio.

The original be-in took place during the Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It brought a wide and diverse range of people together to celebrate 1960s counterculture ideas.

“It was one of the first forceful, large-scale expressions of San Francisco’s growing hippie movement and presaged the Summer of Love that unfolded in the following months,” the Huffington Post says.

“The Grateful Dead, at that point the Haight-Ashbury’s official house band, performed, Allen Ginsberg led the crowd in chanting mantras and Owsley Stanley distributed acid out to the crowd.”

The concept has been recently revived (minus the free acid) in San Francisco, where organizers in 2012 said they felt the traditional of people gathering freely to share music and discussions was fading away.

In Kansas City, the event now in its fourth year is meant to be part of the ongoing movement for social justice.

“The idea is the same” for the Kansas City Be-in, according to KKFI special events coordinator Bill Sundahl. “It is to get activists and artists and musicians together to continue the tradition of building an informed public of people who care.”

Beginning at 7 p.m. drummers and fire dancers will be performing outside the Arts Bar. Inside beginning at 7:30, there will be a stage show featuring musicians, poets and others. The Human Be-in will also include tarot card readings, jewelry and painters.


  • The Human Be In – 4th Annual Gathering of the Tribes!
    • Sat, January 16, 7pm – 9pm
    • Uptown Arts & Bar, 3611 Broadway
    • Doors at 7, show at 7:30
    • $10 cover
  • Sponsored by Coopers & It’s a Beautiful Day
  • Bring extra $$ for our super saucy raffle and wear your best hippie gear! Flowers, incense, sage, tie dye and people of all tribes welcome!


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