Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Playlist from: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
New & Local Releases + Easterday + Artists 4 Joplin + Eat Their Words
1. TV On The Radio – “Province”
from: Return To Cookie Mountain / Touch and Go Records / September 12, 2006
[2nd single, from 2nd studio album, from Brooklyn based band, featuring backing vocals from David Bowie, who championed the band's full-length debut, "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes." Saturday August 27, at 8:00 pm, TV On The Radio plays Crossroads KC at Grinders 417 E. 18th St., KCMO.]
2. The ACB’s – “Italian Girls”
from: Stona Rosa / Independent / Dec. 1, 2010
[Produced by Mike Nolte at More Famouser Records. The follow up to their critically acclaimed, 2006 debut recording The ACBs. The ACB's play The Brick Saturday Night, August 27.]
3. Nikki Lane – “Gone, Gone, Gone”
from: Gone, Gone, Gone [EP] / IAMSOUND Records / July 19, 2011 
10:15 – Interview with Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser, and Gail Bronfman-Bunch
Gail Bronfman-Bunch has worked as a professional actress in Kansas City for over 25 years. She most recently performed in “Rubble,” produced by Hybrid: A Theater Collective, that was performed in and outside the windows of The Fishtank, at 1715 Wyandotte. Gail was also part of the new play by Lisa Cordes, “Prop 8 On Trial.” Gail has performed on the stages of the Unicorn Theatre, Actors Ensemble, Gorilla Theatre, The Lawrene Arts Center, Late Night Theatre, and many others.
Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is an actor, dirtector, and playwright. He recently directed “Jet Propulsion” on the Unicorn Theatre’s Jerome Stage, for the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Philip’s writing was included in the “America Now & Here” Exhibit at the Leedy Art Space. He has appeared onstage in over 100 shows working at the Coterie Theatre, Late Night Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre and The Fishtank. Philip’s plays include: Loving Lucy, Coyote Mischief Tales, and Dottie: A Story of Dorothy Parker. Philip is a regular speaker for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and a regular host of the Mid America Freedom Band Concerts.
Philip ‘blue owl’ Hooser is also creator and curator of “Eat Their Words,” a series that started several years ago at Out There in Westport, and has been transported to The Fishtank Performance Space for numerous successful shows and Prospero’s Books at 39th and Bell, for standing -room-only audiences. This Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 pm, Eat Their Words moves onto the stage at The Midland Theatre’s Indie Bar, 1228 Main Street.
The “Celebrity” “autobiographies” of Justin Bieber, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ron Jeremy, Ivana Trump, Liberace, Tiger Woods, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross, Clay Aiken, and David Cassidy are brought to life by area performers including: Stephanie Roberts, Gail Bronfman Bunch, Tom Kessler, Philip Hooser, Mark Manning, Pete Bakely, and Andrew Chambers.
One of the hilarious “Greatest hits” favorite of “Eat Their Words” is Gail Bronfman Bunch reading from the “autobiography” of Zsa Zsa Gabor. The passage describes a true event, the weekend Zsa Zsa spent in jail, after slapping a policeman.
10:19 – Gail Bronfman Bunch Reads Zsa Zsa Gabor (LIVE)
Eat Their Words moves to The Midland Theatre’s Indie Bar, 1228 Main Street, Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 pm.
Gail has perfomed several “autobiographies” from Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ivana Trump, Lynn Spears and others.
The show will feature a Big Finale featuring the edited biographies of: Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Carrie Fisher.
Eat Their Words, Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 pm, at The Midland Theatre’s Indie Bar, 1228 Main Street.
4. The Go! Team – “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.”
from: Rolling Blackouts / Memphis Industries / Feb 1, 2011
5. Easterday– “Cyclone”
from: Easterday 1993 – 1995 / Independent / 2004
10:35 – Interview with Ann Leach & Matt Dehaemers
Late in the afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011 an EF5, tornado, with wind speeds of 200 miles per hour, hit Joplin Missouri, and reached a maximum width of in excess of 1 mile during its path through the southern part of the city. It ranks as one of Missouri’s and America’s deadliest tornadoes and is likely to cost $3 billion to rebuild all that has been destroyed. It was the first EF5 tornado in Missouri since the Ruskin Heights tornado struck south of Kansas City in 1957. Officials reported that 159 people died from the tornado. The tornado destroyed schools, the hospital, many many business and many many homes.
Ann Leach was in her home when the tornado struck. Her home was completely destroyed, but she managed to survive the impact. Ann is board President of the Spiva Arts Center in Joplin. This summer she met KC based artist, Matthew Dehaemers, who wanted to put himself in the place of a fellow artists in Joplin. What would it be like for him to lose his home, his studio, his artwork? Matt began a collaboration with artist friends in the Joplin Area, and with Holly Swangstu, Gallery Director, of the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, to create: Project Reclamation. The first part of the project was an installation of materials and random objects that were collected by Matt and other artists during trips to Joplin and visits with artists whose homes where lost to the tornado. Part Two of the Project happens this Saturday, August 27, at 6:00 pm, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore, KCMO with TWIST & SHOUT where one-of-a-kind works of art, created by KC artists, using found objects from the Joplin tornado, are auctioned off, with 100% of proceeds going to the Joplin art community.
Ann Leach, described how she was in her home when the tornado struck
Ann knew many artists in the area who effected by the tornado.
Matt you traveled to Joplin to meet with artists there, and took great care in finding the objects from the debries. He talked about how he took great care to listen to their stories
Ann helped introduce Matt to other folk in Joplin.
There were two separate trips to Joplin to find and bring back artifacts.
Over 100 KC artists have been creating new pieces of Art for the Joplin pieces.
TWIST & SHOUT is this Saturday, August 27, at 6:00 pm, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore, KCMO
One-of-a-kind works of art, created by KC artists, using found objects from the Joplin tornado, are auctioned off.
100% of proceeds going to the Joplin art community, thru grants from Spiva Arts Cente
For info: kcartists4joplin.com or Leedy-voulkos.com
Ann discussed how The Spiva Arts Center has worked to continue their Summer Arts Programs for kids, despite all of the challenges. She discussed how important it is, for the children of Joplin, who lived through this tragedy, to find ways to express themselves. It was a form of therapy for them.
Ann Leach works as a Transformational Coach.
TWIST & SHOUT is this Saturday, August 27, at 6:00 pm, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore, KCMO with One-of-a-kind works of art, created by KC artists, using found objects from the Joplin tornado, are auctioned off, with 100% of proceeds going to the Joplin art community.
For info: kcartists4joplin.com or Leedy-voulkos.com
6. Royksopp – “Forsaken Cowboy”
from: Forsaken Cowboy [Single] / MB8 / 2011
7. The People’s Liberation Big Band – “The Council of Mice”
from: The People’s Liberation Big Band / Tzigane / November 7, 2010
[The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City appears the first Sunday of each month at the Record Bar as part of Harshbarger's Alternative Jazz Series.]
8. Robert Ellis – “Comin’ Home”
from: Photographs / New West / July 5, 2011
9. Betse Ellis – “Bear Creek Sally Goodin’”
from: Don’t You Want To Go / Smiling Violet – Trade Root / April 23, 2009
Iris DeMent was the youngest child of Pat DeMent and his second wife, Flora Mae. (As the baby of the family, she was Pat DeMent’s fourteenth child, and Flora Mae’s eighth.) She was born near the town of Paragould, Arkansas but grew up in Cypress, California, where she grew up singing gospel music. Iris DeMent’s Mother had moved to Iowa to be near her daughter in 2009.
Flora Mae DeMent, died peacefully at 4:35 am. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Keosauqua, Iowa, with family at her bedside. Her service and burial was in Paragould, Arkansas, where she was born on February 23, 1918. She was 93. Survivors include six daughters, two sons, and six step children, 39 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
10. Iris DeMent & Flora Mae DeMent – “Higher Ground”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993
11. Easterday – “Tall”
from: Easterday 1993 – 1995 / Independent / 2004 
11:15 – Interview with Elaine McMilian & Scott Easterday
Scott Easterday is a musician, singer, and composer. He has two decades of experiences as a musician in the Kansas City scene, playing bass in the Mongol Beach Party, playing guitar singing and songwriting for his mid 1990s band Easterday, performing for the past several years as a permanent member of Howard Iceberg and The Titanics, and as the founder and lead singer for the Expassionates. Scott has written reviews and interviews about local performing artists for KC Metropolis, and works as a Cataloging Assistant specializing in Western Languages at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art–Spencer Art Reference Library.
Elaine McMilian has performed in and around KC for almost 20 years as a solo artist and in the bands: Swingin’ 6, with Scott Easterday, in Easterday, in Bonnys’ McGill, Toy Box, Sugar Plums and The Brannock Device. Elaine recently created EME LLC, a musician’s representation company where she uses her background and networking skills to promote bands and solo artists. Elaine also works with Artist Inc. Elaine recently released her new solo recording The Messenger in late July 22.
Scott Easterday & Elaine McMilian will be performing again with the other original members of Easterday: Jon Niccum, and Mark Acuff, when the band returns with their second show of the last 16 years, this Friday, August 26, at 7:00 pm, at the recordBar in a show called “Easterday Reprise” with guest opening act: Betse Ellis. The last time Easterday performed live was in 2004, in a show that celebrated the CD release of Easterday’s recorded songs from 1993-1995, that at the time, were never released, until masters were found at the studio, 8 years later.
12. Easterday – “Jean Niedieu”
from: Easterday 1993 – 1995 / Independent / 2004
The Brannock Device (Jason Beers, Marco Pascolini, Bernie Dugan, and Elaine McMilian) will be in concert, Saturday, August 27, 9:00 pm, at Coda, 1744 Broadway KCMO, with The Hillary Watts Riot (Hillary Watts, Christian Hankel, Tommy Donoho, Sergio Moreno).
13. The Brannock Device – “Ron Express Vs. Steely Dan”
from: Sound Cloud
Into The Witness Chamber the new CD from The Brannock Device will be released late Summer, 2011
Scott Easterday’s band Expassionates (Scott Easterday, Marco Pascolini, Richard Burgess, and Sam Platt) performed live on Wednesday MidDay Medley in January, 2010. It was recently announced that Expassionates will have their last show, Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:00pm, recordBar, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Expassionates’ first release was “Verse, Chorus, Bridge,” a studio project conceived by Scott Easterday. In July 1998, he assembled 7 local musicians to record at the now-defunct El Torreon (formerly the famed Cowtown Ballroom during the 1970s) in midtown KC. Recording engineer Chad Meise worked with Scott to capture the country-rock-lounge jazz experiment that resulted in music unlike anything else in the local scene at the time. Over the past three years, the Expassionates have reassembled as a 4-man band led by Scott Easterday-guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini-guitar, Richard Burgess-bass, and Sam Platt-drums
14. Expassionates – “Dizzy”
from: Landscapes / Independent / November 22, 2008
[Scott Easterday-guitar, vocals, Marco Pascolini-guitar, Richard Burgess-bass, and Sam Platt-drums. Expassionates will have their last show, Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 7:00pm, recordBar, KCMO.]
Scott Easterday, Elaine McMilian, Jon Niccum, and Mark Acuff are back together with Easterday Reprise with Betse Ellis, Friday, August 26, at 7:00 pm, at the recordBar.
2 Songs, in Memory of 2 incredible songwriters, representing 2 different songwriting duos: Nickolas Ashford (of Ashford & Simpson) and Jerry Leiber (of Leiber & Stoller)
15. Ray Charles – “Let’s Go Get Stoned”
from: Crying Time / ABC – Paramount / Feb, 1966 [Reissued by Concord Music in 2009]
[Originally recorded by The Coasters in May 1965. It was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and Joey Armstead. It was a 1966 number-one R&B hit for music legend Ray Charles. The single was released shortly after Charles was released from rehab after a sixteen-year heroin addiction. It is notable for being one of Ashford & Simpson's first successful compositions together; the duo also penned Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" before they signed with Motown Records, working primarily on duets for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell including hits such as the original version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "You're All I Need to Get By". They wrote Chaka Khan's hit, "I'm Every Woman," many songs for Diana Ross including: "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and many others. Nickolas Ashford was born May 4, 1941. He passed away, this past Monday, August 22, 2011 in New York, of complications from throat cancer. Nick's publicist Liz Rosenberg said that he had been undergoing radiation treatment to treat his illness. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.]
16. Peggy Lee – “Is That All There Is?”
from: The Best of Miss Peggy Lee / Capitol Records / October 8, 1998
[Originally released on "Is That All There Is? from November 1969. Written by American songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1960s. Peggy Lee's version reached number 11 on the U.S. pop singles chart - becoming her first Top 40 pop hit since "Fever," 11 years earlier. It won Lee the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Jerome "Jerry" Leiber was the lyricist and Mike Stoller was the composer of hundreds of songs including many of the most popular songs of all time including: "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City", "Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King), and "On Broadway" (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil). Jerry Leiber died in Los Angeles at the age of 78 on Monday, August 22, 2011, from cardio-pulmonary failure. He was survived by his sons Jed, Oliver and Jake.]
17. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org