Reading the article about Cowtown Ballroom caused a time warp for me (3/9, Star Magazine, “Cowtown music; For a lot of people, Cowtown Ballroom was the KC music scene. Now it’s the subject of a documentary”).
I remember going there when I was in high school. I saw BB King, Steve Martin (featuring balloon animals), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Kansas.
The floors were hard and dirty and it was rather smoky, but the music made it all worthwhile. It was in a class all its own.