Rock the Red Kettle concert to light up KC on Dec. 1

Rock the Red Kettle – featuring alternative rock band Switchfoot and pop rock band Parachute – will kickoff the holiday entertainment season in Downtown KC at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

The free community concert is presented by the Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri, in partnership with the Downtown Council of Kansas City, The Cordish Companies and Commerce Bank. This will be the second annual RTRK concert in Downtown Kansas City.

Commerce Bank is this year’s Rock the Red Kettle premier sponsor. Kevin Barth, executive vice president, Commercial Line of Business, Commerce Bancshares, Inc. , is serving as honorary chair for the event and for the city-wide Christmas Campaign, which will run through Christmas Eve.

“Commerce Bank is proud to support Kansas City’s Christmas concert, and our entire team looks forward to the Rock the Red Kettle concert to kick-off the holiday season,” Barth said.

“The Salvation Army plays a huge role in helping our Kansas City neighbors in need, whether it’s putting food on a family’s dinner table or a roof over a man’s head for the night, and we hope to help bring the community together for this great event while also bringing in donations to the red kettles this holiday season.”

Donations are welcomed at the event, by way of red kettles which will be stationed at the Power & Light District entrances. Funds raised at Rock the Red Kettle support many of The Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year, including food assistance, emergency rent and utility assistance, necessities at the Children’s Shelter for abused and neglected children, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, senior citizens’ programs, homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans.

Rock the Red Kettle is a featured highlight of the Downtown Dazzle festivities which celebrate all of the holiday arts and cultural events and happenings in Downtown KC from today (Nov. 24) through Jan. 1.

“We’re excited to bring Rock the Red Kettle back to Kansas City again this year, after a very successful and enjoyable event last Christmas” said Salvation Army Divisional Secretary Major David Harvey. “Kansas City is such a giving community, and we hope to provide a fun and joyful experience to the community at this year’s Rock the Red Kettle concert to inspire and activate the giving spirit heading into the holiday season.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to the Rock the Red Kettle celebration next Friday. For more information,  visit

About The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri

The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri is and evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, supporting those in need in His name without discrimination. The organization provides assistance through a broad array of social services ranging from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information about the Kansas and Western Missouri Division of The Salvation Army, visit