Joe Deninzon Joins Kansas

Working Violinist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/prog guy joins one of his favorite bands

The band KANSAS is excited to announce the addition of violinist/guitarist Joe Deninzon to the band. He is replacing the departing David Ragsdale.

Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on the “Viper” seven-string electric violin. Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, which has just released their 6th album—a box set with double live CDs/DVD-Blu-rays-- “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock)” (Melodic Revolution Records). He can be heard on over a hundred albums and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.

Deninzon has performed and/or recorded with the Who, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Skolnick, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Michael Sadler, Renaissance with Annie Haslam, Kurt Elling, and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet. A BMI Composer’s Grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has written solo works for violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and in 2015, premiered his Electric Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s in Jazz Violin from Manhattan School of music.

KANSAS original member and drummer Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Joe Deninzon to be the newest member of KANSAS. We believe KANSAS fans will enjoy what Joe will bring to the band. We are excited to kick off the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour. As the paragraph in the band’s first album said, ‘KANSAS IS A BAND’ and we remain so to this day.”

Deninzon adds, “As a lifelong fan of Kansas, I am overwhelmed and humbled to have been invited to join this legendary band! I have the deepest respect for Robby and David and will do my best to honor and build on their musical legacy.”

Joe Deninzon’s first performance with the band will be in Pittsburgh, PA on June 2 at the Benedum Center during the premier date of the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road.

A complete list of KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road is below. Ticket and VIP Package information can be found at


DATE                            CITY                             VENUE

June 2, 2023                 Pittsburgh, PA               Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
June 3, 2023                 Baltimore, MD               The Lyric Baltimore
June 9, 2023                 Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theatre
June 10, 2023               Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theatre
June 16, 2023               Fort Wayne, IN              Embassy Theatre
June 17, 2023               Detroit, MI                     Fisher Theatre
June 29, 2023               Toronto, ON                  Massey Hall
July 1, 2023                   Rochester, NY               Kodak Center
July 7, 2023                   Cincinnati, OH               Taft Theatre
July 8, 2023                   Indianapolis, IN             Clowes Memorial Hall
July 14, 2023                 Minneapolis, MN            State Theatre
July 15, 2023                 Chicago, IL                   The Chicago Theatre
July 21, 2023                 Wausau, WI                  The Grand Theater
July 22, 2023                 Milwaukee, WI               The Riverside Theater
July 27, 2023                 Kansas City, MO           The Midland Theatre
July 29, 2023                 St. Louis, MO                The Fabulous Fox Theatre
August 4, 2023              Des Moines, IA             Hoyt Sherman Place
August 5, 2023              Omaha, NE                   Orpheum Theater
August 18, 2023            Knoxville, TN                 Tennessee Theatre
August 19, 2023            Nashville, TN                 Ryman Auditorium
August 25, 2023            Denver, CO                   The Paramount Theatre
August 26, 2023            Salt Lake City, UT          Eccles Theater
September 6, 2023        Vancouver, BC              Queen Elizabeth Theatre
September 8, 2023        Seattle, WA                   The Paramount Theatre
September 9, 2023        Portland, OR                 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 12, 2023      Boise, ID                       Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
September 14, 2023      San Francisco, CA        Golden Gate Theatre
September 16, 2023      Los Angeles, CA            The Orpheum Theatre
September 17, 2023      San Diego, CA              Balboa Theatre
September 19, 2023      Tucson, AZ                   Fox Tucson Theatre
September 22, 2023      Albuquerque, NM          Kiva Auditorium
September 24, 2023      El Paso, TX                   The Plaza Theatre
October 12, 2023           Worcester, MA              The Hanover Theatre
October 13, 2023           Brookville, NY               Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
October 20, 2023           San Antonio, TX            Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
October 21, 2023           Sugar Land, TX             Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
October 26, 2023           Huntsville, AL                Von Braun Center – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
October 27, 2023           Memphis, TN                 Orpheum Theatre
November 3, 2023         Charlotte, NC                Ovens Auditorium
November 4, 2023         Durham, NC                  Durham Performing Arts Center
November 16, 2023       Dallas, TX                     Winspear Opera House
November 17, 2023       Tulsa, OK                     Tulsa Theater
December 1, 2023         Savannah, GA               Johnny Mercer Theatre
December 2, 2023         Atlanta, GA                   Fox Theatre
January 12, 2024           Jacksonville, FL             Florida Theatre
January 13, 2024           North Charleston, SC     North Charleston Performing Arts Center
January 19, 2024           Fort Myers, FL               Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
January 20, 2024           Clearwater, FL               Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 27, 2024           Melbourne, FL               Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
January 28, 2024           Fort Lauderdale, FL       Broward Center for the Performing Arts

For more information on KANSAS and the Another Fork in the Road – 50th Anniversary Tour please visit:

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