Millage Gilbert – Current
Before moving to Kansas City 1962, Millage Gilbert worked with Sam Myers and Elmore James in Mississippi. In his 20s, Millage arrived in Kansas City from Jackson, Mississippi, and became a mainstay in the Kansas City blues scene for over 50 years. He performed for 17 years at the Grand Emporium’s weekly Saturday matinee until its 2004 closing. He has played at festivals home and abroad and toured Britain.
Gilbert and his Down Home Blues Band have performed at many Thanksgiving Day breakfast dances, opening for Bobby Bland and other national artists. He also has regularly performed in other clubs around town, including current longstanding weekly gigs at the 42 Restaurant and Lounge and Danny’s Big Easy.
His CD “Three Faces”, released in 1997 on the Red Hot Records label, and, for his 75th birthday in 2007, was rereleased as the Greatest Hits of Millage Gilbert.