Kansas City is home to some of the most bad*** people on the planet, and for the second year in a row, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. These folks have a wide range of talents and backgrounds, but all of them are unique, aspiring and incredibly awesome. Check out the list:
Seven-year-old Dylan Barnes proved his star power when a video showing him dancing and singing along to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” in his Overland Park living room went viral. Ellen DeGeneres found out about the video and invited Barnes on her show. Barnes later met Swift at her concert, and the two jammed out together hardcore.
800,000 Royals Fans
KC Royals fans waited 30 years to throw a world championship party, and boy did they ever. The victory rally at Union Station saw twice the population of KC come together to celebrate the team’s big win. It didn’t matter that the fans stood in the same spot for hours on end without using the restroom or eating a thing. They were dedicated to celebrating their team and their town, and it was a day no one will ever forget.
Justin & Jordan Shipley
These brothers from Overland Park recently crash-landed into prime time with their TBS comedy series “Wrecked.” When Justin, 27, and Jordan, 25, decided to explore television writing three years ago, they had no idea that the first script they wrote would be picked up by TBS and added to their summer schedule. Watch out Farrelly brothers, the Shipleys are comin’ for ya.
Leroux helped the U.S. women’s national soccer team win the 2015 World Cup. The eccentric, tatted soccer star now plays for local club FC Kansas City and happens to be the wife of Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer. The couple is expecting a son later this year, and we can’t wait to meet the little B.A.
When the Royals made it to the World Series, Olathe native Molly Munyan, also known as Molly Balloons, decided that she’d show off her team pride by making a Royals-inspired dress for every game. The catch? Each dress was made entirely of balloons and crafted by Munyan herself over the course of 7 to 15 hours.
The Greeting Committee
Singer-songwriter Addie Sartino teamed up with Blue Valley High School classmates Brandon Yangmi, Austin Fraser and Pierce Turcotte to form The Greeting Committee. The band recently released their first EP, and they’ve performed at several festivals, including Boulevardia and Buzz Beach Ball. You can find their killer music on iTunes and Spotify.
The Wade Brothers
This talented pair of photographer and filmmaker brothers are based out of Kansas City, Mo. David Lindsey Wade and Lyndon Wade work with advertising and editorial clients that you’ve probably heard of — Pepsi, Comedy Central, Red Bull, Nikon, Reebok, Gatorade, Eminem and Harley Davidson… just to name a few.
Eric Berry’s heroic return from Hodgkin’s lymphoma makes him a major B.A. After leaving the team in 2014 to battle his illness, he returned in 2015 and earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection and second first-team All-Pro nomination. He was named Comeback Player of the Year by The Associated Press, and his acceptance speech was amazing.
Chances are you’ve heard of a little movie called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Remember a character named Poe Dameron? Well, the character was named after Kansas City native Morgan Dameron, who worked on the film as director JJ Abrams’ executive assistant. Even better, Dameron makes an appearance in the movie.
This 18-year old baseball phenom was recently drafted fourth overall in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Pint, a graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, also won two state championships as the ace of their baseball team. The most impressive part? The right-handed pitcher can throw a 102 mph fastball.