Wednesday MidDay Medley features: Heidi Lynne Gluck + Attic Light + Soul Revival

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Heidi Lynne Gluck + Attic Light + Soul Revival

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Heidi Lynne Gluck, Soul Revival, Ruth Acuff, Jerad Tomasino, The Phantastics, The Sluts, Peter Schlamb, Attic Light, BROTHER, Caleb Ryan Martin, The Good Hearts, Psychic Twin, and Drugdealer.

Nate Bowman of Attic Light

Nate Bowman of Attic Light

At 10:30 Mark talks with Nathan Bowman, lead singer of the Kansas City based 4-piece band, Attic Light who just recently finished several weeks of Midwest tour dates in support of our their second EP, The EXILE, recorded in Nashville and released on March 18. Attic Light is Nate Bowman on vocals & guitar, Michael Pittman on guitar, Patrick Rippeto on bass, and Joseph Dillman on drums. Attic Light just released a new single called, “Hot in Kansas City.” Attic Light will play Springfield, Missouri on Friday, August 26, for Deitra Magazine, Attic Light also play SantaCaliGon on Friday, September 2. More info at: http://www.atticlightmusic.com

Soul Revival includes: Desmond Mason on keys, Paula Saunders on vocals, Derek Greenwood on bass, Perry Holliday on drums, Jeff Stocks on guitar, and Derick Cunigan on vocals.

Soul Revival includes: Desmond Mason on keys, Paula Saunders on vocals, Derek Greenwood on bass, Perry Holliday on drums, Jeff Stocks on guitar, and Derick Cunigan on vocals.

At 11:00 musician and keyboard player Desmond Mason joins us to share information about SOUL REVIVAL, and their next upcoming show on, Friday, August 26, at 7:30pm, at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, inside The Westport Flea Market, (with the entrance located behind the Flea Market). This night of music will featuring Desmond Mason on keys, Paula Saunders on vocals, Derek Greenwood on bass, Perry Holliday on drums, Jeff Stocks on guitar, and Derick Cunigan on vocals. The band will be play classic soul from the 70’s and 80’s. More info at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585075

Heidi Lynne Gluck

Heidi Lynne Gluck

At 11:30 Mark talks with Lawrence, Kansas based songwriter, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Heidi Lynne Gluck who is a originally from the plains of Manitoba. Heidi Lynne Gluck has collaborated on stage and in the studio with The Roseline, Approach, Josh Berwanger, Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others. Heidi released the critically acclaimed EP, Only Girl In The Room, last year on Lotuspool Records. Heidi Lynne Gluck has a new full length album called, Pony Show that will be released through Lotuspool Records, on vinyl, on Friday, August 26. Heidi Lynne Gluck will be playing The Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, September 10. More info at: http://www.heidilynnegluck.com

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Show #644

WMM Playlist from August 17, 2016

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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IVØRY BLACK + Spinning Tree Theatre’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill + The Annual Charlie Parker Celebration

10:00

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. The Conquerors – “Turned Me To Stone”
from: Wyld Time / High Dive Records / August 26, 2016
[The third single from the first full length album from Kansas City based Rock & Roll band. Rory Cameron on guitar & vocals, Vince Lawhon on guitar & vocals, Jim Button on drums, Jake Cardwell on percussion, Quentin Schmidt on bass & vocals. All songs written by Rory Cameron, performed by The Conquerors. Recorded and mixed by Vincent Lawhon with additional help from Adam McGill at Element Recording Studios. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, Oregon. More info at: http://theeconquerors.bandcamp.com%5D

3. The Architects – “Wait Don’t Wait”
from: Border Wars Episode III / Independent / September 18, 2015
[8th release from KC band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Christopher Meck on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ended and Architects, was formed. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through crowd sourcing. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/%5D

[The Architects play The Riot Room, Friday, August 19 with The Rackatees, and Berwanger]

4. Amado Espinoza – “Magsayaw (feat. Maria Victoria Barron & Jose Luis Bueno)”
from: My Two Sides / Domino Recording Co / December 26, 2015
[A compilation of his best compositions between 2003 and 2011, as a member of various musical grups: TIMPANA, OIL, KUYASHA, MOBY DICK, A 2 LADOS, with the vocalist ANALIA ABAD, TRIBU KONÁ, ALMAS SILENCIOSAS, KAWALA. Recorded and Mixed at Quinto Sol Studios by Manuel Rocha, Cochabamba, Bolivia – July 12, 2012. Columbian born musician Amado Espinoza began formal studies in music at the age of 16, at the Andrés Bello Institute, where he studied classical guitar. He continued his musical education at the Conservatory Milan in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while investigating ethnic instruments from various cultures, like the African djembé, the Bolivian charango, and the Australian didgeridoo. Later he perfected his skills in musical appreciation and musical history with the Professor Alberto Iporre Salinas, ex chairman of the Conservatory of Hungary, and in charango at the Amerindia Academy. In 2000 he dedicated himself to the investigation, recuperation, interpretation, and construction of native instruments from different parts of the world, resulting in the establishment of the Museum of Musical Instruments for the Foundation Luis Ernesto of the Andes, in Marquina, Quillacollo, Bolivia, housing over 500 pieces from six continents. He founded Tribu Kona in 2002, producing 4 albums and performing in Latin America. He was in-house composer for the Circus Theatre El Tapeque between 2011-2012. Since his arrival to Kansas City, MO in 2014, Amado has been seen on TEDxKC, TEDxYouth, Folk Fest, and has been featured with many local bands. He is a recipient of an ArtsKC inspiration grant and Charlotte St. Resident. He is musical director of Latin American band, Ayllu.]

[Amado Espinoza will play the 12th annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 10.]

10:14 – Two songs from President Obama’s Summer Playlist
(www.whitehouse.gov)

5. Manu Chao – “Me Gustas Tu”
from: Próxima Estación: Esperanza / Radio Bembe – Because Music / June 1, 2001
[José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao was born June 21, 1961. He is a French-born musician of Spanish origin. He sings in French, Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic, Catalan, Galician, and Portuguese. Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos. With friends and his brother Antoine Chao, he founded the band Mano Negra in 1987. He became a solo artist after its breakup in 1995, and tours regularly with his lband, Radio Bemba. Punk & reggae historian Vivien Goldman spoke of his work, “I was writing about Good Charlotte and The Police. They adopted the trappings of punk. They aren’t bad groups, but the punk aspect is more manifested by somebody like Manu Chao. He’s one of the punkiest artists out there I can think of. It’s an inclusionary spirit that is punk.

6. Corinne Bailey Rae – “Green Aphrodisiac”
from: The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Deluxe) / Virgin Records / May 13, 2016
[The 3rd studio album from British singer, songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire, born February 26, 1979. She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at number one. In 2007, Bailey Rae was nominated for three Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards, and won two MOBO Awards. In 2008, she won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for her work as a featured artist in Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters)..]

7. Billie Holiday – “Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer”
from: The Blues Are Brewin’ / Verve / 1958 (Compilation album)
[“Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)” written by Wesley Wilson, and also recorded by Bessie Smith and others. This was the A-Side of the 78rpm Jazz single, recorded September 8, 1949, and released on Decca records in 1950 as the A -Side to “Now or Never,” a song written by Billie Holiday and Curtis Reginald Lewis is a jazz song written by singer Billie Holiday, and composer Curtis Reginald Lewis. Billie Holiday’s recording of this songwas in the soundtrack to Lady Sings The Blues, and this song is also included in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Billie Hoiday release 12 studio albums 1952 to 1959, prior to that she released 38 singles between 1934 and 1945. She released 6 live albums and 34 compilation albums. ]

10:30 – Interview with Nedra Dixon & Andrew Parkhurst

Andrew Parkhurst and Nedra Dixon on the August 17, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Andrew Parkhurst and Nedra Dixon on the August 17, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Nedra Dixon is a Broadway veteran and KC based professional actress, and singer, who has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden, on Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, regional theaters, and in Kansas City at The Unicorn, The Coterie, American Heartland Theatre, and many others. She is a featured vocalist on 12th Street Jump, the locally-produced jazz radio show that is broadcast on 110 NPR stations nationwide, and is a proud member of the Kansas City vocal jazz trio, Book of Gaia, with Angela Hagenbach and Pamela Baskin-Watson.

This month KC theatre audiences can see Nedra Dixon playing Billie Holiday, in Spinning Tree Theatre’s, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” currently running Wednesday through Sundays, through August 28, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee, KCMO.

Andrew Parkhurst, is Managing Director of Spinning Tree Theatre, and a co-founder of Spinning Tree, with partner Michael Grayman. Andrew is also the Director of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” Andrew grew up in Kansas City and received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from Texas Christian University. He has been a member of Actor Equity Association since 1996. As a dancer he has worked with Roman Polanski, he was chosen and directed by Alvin Ailey at age 16 to dance Memoria. Andrew sang and danced on the 2009 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. He has been a part of five international productions of West Side Story. He has worked all over the world as an actor and dancer in shows such as: Call Me Madam, La Cage aux Folles, and Evita. He was an original cast member and dance captain of the Broadway touring production of Mamma Mia! for over 2,000 performances. He was in the touring company of Chicago. He has worked as a choreographer on Broadway, and in New York City, across the country, and in Kansas City for The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, New Theatre, and The Midland.

Nedra Dixon and Andrew Parkhurst, thank you for being with us on WMM.

The last time we talked with Andrew Parkhurst on the radio show was back in February when he came on to talk about the musical “13.”

The last time we talked with Nedra Dixon on the radio was when she was on the show last year with Walter Coppage talking about “Black Pearl Sings!”

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL is Spinning Tree Theatre’s 6th season opener

Nedra Dixon portrays Billie Holiday. It’s midnight in March of 1959 at a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s final appearances, just four months before her death. In between funny and heartbreaking stories about her life and career, “Lady Day” sings her most beloved songs including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit.”

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL originally premiered in 1986 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and made its Broadway debut in 2014.

Nedra Dixon (Spinning Tree’s Black Pearl Sings! and Broadway’s Bubbling Brown Sugar) stars as Holiday. Managing Director Andrew Parkhurst directs, with music direction and onstage piano by Gary Green (Broadway’s Master Class).

The 2016-2017 season continues with the Kansas City professional premiere of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s musical Nine (Vigthor Zophoniasson, Lauren Braton, Judy Simmons); an encore production of Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (Charles Fugate); and the Kansas City professional premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Spinning Tree exclusively utilizes local, professional talent and aims to produce works that celebrate and reflect the diversity of Kansas City itself.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, a Spinning Tree Theatre production,
plays August 11-28, 2016 at The Living Room, 1818 McGee, Kansas City, MO.

Tickets and performance schedule available by calling Central Ticket Office
(816) 235-6222 or at http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com. Limited seating; general admission.

ALSO: Spinning Tree Sings! A Cabaret Fundraiser, featuring the cast of the 2016 production of 13. Conceived and directed by Gary Green, Monday, August 22, 7:00 PM at The Living Room, 1818 McGee, Kansas City, MO. SpinningTreeTheatre.com of Central Ticket Office (816) 235-6222

10:43 – Underwriting

8. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear – “Whole Lotta Problems”
from: Live At Grimey’s / Glassnote Entertainment Group / April 16, 2016
[Special Limited Edition Vinyl 2016 Record Store Day Release. Singer songwriters, Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward, both play guitar, and sing, harmonizing as son and mom. In the past 2 years they have garnered national acclaimed after an appearance at the 2014 Americana Music Fest, they signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full-length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abbiss. They released their first single, “Silent Movies,” the same night they performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Television. They launched a big tour across the United States and traveled to Europe for multiple shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and ten did it all again. They sang and played on the influential British television show, “Later With Jools Holland” They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and the Today Show, and have visited many radio stations. They performed on tour with Sufjan Stevens, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, the Newport Folk Festival, and others, representing KC all over the world. We were the first to play them on the radio!]

[Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear play Light Up The Lawn, Friday, August 19, at 7:30 on the front lawn of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas.]

9. of Montreal – “let’s relate”
from: Innocence Reaches / Polyvinyl / August 12, 2016
[14th studio album from Athens, Georgia based band, founded by Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal.” The band is one of the bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Of Montreal’s musical style has evolved from vaudeville and Beatles-influenced psychedelic twee pop to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie. Kevin Barnes has described this album by stating, “Forever I’ve been detached from current music. I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out to.”]

10. The Fade – “Better of Us”
from: The Fade / Independent / February 6, 2016
[Indie pop rock from Saint Louis, Missouri, with Ryan Spriggs on lead vocals & guitar, Christopher Bachmann on guitar & vocals & keys, Devon Kirsch on bass & vocals & synth, and Anne Stevenson on drums & vocals.]

[The Fade will play Davey’s Uptown 3402 Main St, August 20, w/ American Slim, and IVØRY BLACK.]

CROSSROADS MUSIC FEST SPOTLIGHT

11:00 – Interview with IVØRY BLACK and Keenan Franklin

IVØRY BLACK and Keenan Franklin on the August 17, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

IVØRY BLACK and Keenan Franklin on the August 17, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Singer, songwriter, rock & roller, IVØRY BLACK was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois. Given up for adopted at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families, before running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ending up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, Ivory landed in the Kansas City area, and has became a part of new family. Over the past several years Ivory has been performing in singer-songwriter showcases and area venues and on June 23, 2015, Ivory released the debut EP, Ready Get Set.

IVØRY is playing the Crossroads Music Fest, September 10. IVØRY BLACK will play Davey’s Uptown 3402 Main St, Saturday, August 20, with American Slim, and The Fade.

IVØRY BLACK, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

IVØRY brought along Keenan Franklin who plays bass in her band.

Since we last talked with IVØRY on the radio her music is being played on other radio stations, including The Bridge. IVØRY has been playing regularly in area music venues, including Middle of The Map Fest, UMKC LGBTQIA Prom, Briarfest, The Susan G Komen Run for the Cure Race and the upcoming Crossroads Music Fest.

IVORY BLACK is currently involved in a name change to IVØRY BLACK. Another artist named Ivory Black, from California, owns the trademark on the name. IVØRY BLACK with the Ø, is the new name. The California based Ivory Black’s attorney is also her father. IVØRY and her manager Klaartje received a “cease and desist” letter giving them a limited time to change their name. IVØRY BLACK is the new name. IVØRY’s manager Klaartje had to delete the EP from their site and iTUNES, and had to change all publishing and social media sites.

Klaartje Van Lue is IVØRY BLACK’s manager and she was the one who helped her find her way to KC.

Born in 1986 Peoria Illinois, IVØRY BLACK is formerly known as Devin James Miclette, set forth on a journey that inspired years of material built by the experiences of their past.

Growing up in a world where music was a way of self expressing oneself and turning to in times of trouble, it was inevitable that IVØRY would turn to it when waters were the roughest. “My parents listened to a lot of classics such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty just to name a few”, IVØRY has said. One of which, when a child, IVØRY almost burned out a Robbie Dupree single “Steal Away’’ due to the catchy rhythms and melody of the song. “I wasn’t really allowed to listen to newer things, ultimately cause of how conventional my parents really were.”

11:07

11. IVØRY BLACK – “Third Degree” (Live)
also available on: Ready Get Set EP / Independent / June 23, 2015

IVØRY is playing the Crossroads Music Fest, September 10.

IVØRY BLACK will play Davey’s Uptown 3402 Main St, August 20, with American Slim, and The Fade.

Even though being independent has proven difficult for some musicians to be discovered, Ivory sees no competition but an opportunity to be a part of the underground music scene, and continue to grow and move forward gaining new confidence, and working to get the music out to new listeners.

IVØRY BLACK is currently working on a new album

10:23

12. IVØRY BLACK – “Raging Reality” (Live)
(One of IVØRY’s older songs, written 8 years ago.)

IVØRY BLACK is currently working on a complete revamp of how the shows will be performed. The band is now a 4-piece with a keyboardist/guitarist/back vocalist, drummer, and bass player.

IVØRY BLACK is working to touring next year.

IVØRY BLACK was part of the Ryan Wilks Art exhibition “Gender Treason” at Leedy Voulkos Gallery

IVØRY BLACK will be seen in new series about music and cocktails on The Bridge 90.9

IVØRY BLACK has released a 7-minute EPK, (Electronic Press Kit) where you address your life, running away, coming to KC, and Caroline Gibbs, co-founder of the Transgender Institute.

IVØRY BLACK is playing the Crossroads Music Fest, September 10. IVØRY BLACK will play Davey’s Uptown 3402 Main St, August 20, with American Slim, and The Fade.

11:28 – Underwriting

13. Charlie Parker – “Yardbird Suite”
from: The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes / Independent / Sept 24, 2002
[In March of 1946, Parker composed and recorded “Yardbird Suite” for Dial with a septet that included: Charlie Parker on alto saxophone, Miles Davis on trumpet, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, one of bebop’s greatest pianists, Dodo Marmarosa, Arvin Garrison on rhythm guitar, bassist Vic McMillan, and Roy Porter on drums. “Yardbird Suite” is a bebop standard. The title derives from Parker’s nickname “Bird”, respectively “Yardbird”. Far from being a suite, the song follows an AABA form. The “graceful, hip melody, became something of an anthem for beboppers.” There are only three known recordings of Parker himself playing the tune. The first two were recorded with a septet at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on March 28, 1946. The session was supervised & produced by Ross Russell for his Dial Records label. The last take of the tune of originally 4 became the master (takes 2 and 3 are lost), released as 78 shellac single.]

[Charles Parker, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas, August 29, 1920, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, the only child of Adelaide “Addie” (Bailey) and Charles Parker. He attended Lincoln High School in September 1934, but withdrew in December 1935, just before joining the local musicians’ union. Parker began playing the saxophone at age 11, and at age 14 he joined his school’s band using a rented school instrument. His father, Charles, was often absent but provided some musical influence; he was a pianist, dancer and singer on the T.O.B.A. circuit. He later became a Pullman waiter or chef on the railways. Parker’s mother Addie worked nights at the local Western Union office. Bands led by Count Basie and Bennie Moten certainly influenced Parker. He played with local bands in jazz clubs around Kansas City, Missouri, where he perfected his technique, with the assistance of Buster Smith, whose dynamic transitions to double and triple time influenced Parker’s developing style. In 1937, Parker played at a jam session at the Reno Club in Kansas City. His attempt to improvise failed when he lost the tune. This prompted Jo Jones, the drummer for Count Basie’s Orchestra, to contemptuously throw a cymbal at his feet as a signal to leave the stage. However, rather than discouraging Parker, the incident caused him to vow to practice harder, and turned out to be a seminal moment in the young musician’s career when he returned as a new man a year later. In 1938 Parker joined pianist Jay McShann’s territory band. The band toured nightclubs and other venues of the southwest, as well as Chicago and New York City. Parker made his professional recording debut with McShann’s band. As a teenager, Parker developed a morphine addiction while hospitalized after an automobile accident, and subsequently became addicted to heroin. He continued using heroin throughout his life, and it ultimately contributed to his death.Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies. Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso, and he introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Parker acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career. This, and the shortened form “Bird”, continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as “Yardbird Suite”, “Ornithology”, “Bird Gets the Worm”, and “Bird of Paradise”. Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer. Parker died on March 12, 1955. The official causes of death were lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer, but Parker also had an advanced case of cirrhosis and had suffered a heart attack. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker’s 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age. Since 1950, Parker had been living with Chan Berg, the mother of his son Baird (who lived until 2014) and his daughter Pree (who died as an infant of cystic fibrosis). He considered Chan his wife although he never married her, nor did he divorce his previous wife, Doris, whom he had married in 1948. His marital status complicated the settling of Parker’s estate and would ultimately serve to frustrate his wish to be quietly interred in New York City. Parker wished never to return to Kansas City, even in death. He had told Chan that he wanted to be buried in New York, the city he considered his home. Dizzy Gillespie paid for the funeral arrangements and organized a lying-in-state, a Harlem procession officiated by Congressman and Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., as well as a memorial concert. Parker’s body was flown back to Missouri, in accordance with his mother’s wishes. Parker’s widow criticized the dead man’s family for giving him a Christian funeral even though they knew he was a confirmed atheist. Parker was buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Missouri, in a hamlet known as Blue Summit, located close to I-435 and East Truman Road. Parker’s estate is managed by CMG Worldwide.]

11:33 – Interview with John Nobles and John Scott

John Scott and John Nobles on the August 17, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

John Scott and John Nobles on the August 17, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Third Annual Charlie Parker Celebration commemorating the 96th anniversary of the birth of legendary jazz great, Charlie Parker, born August 29, 1920, starts tomorrow on August 18 and runs through August 27, in Kansas City Jazz Clubs, at the American Jazz Museum, 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Lincoln Cemetery (home of the Charlie Parker gravesite), and other historical KC locations, The celebration explores and recognizes the legacy of one the most influential saxophonists and jazz icons of all time. The Charlie Parker tribute, continues to grow locally and gain national recognition This year’s Charlie Parker Celebration includes: Jam sessions, a gravesight tribute, a historic jazz tour, and the series of events begins with a presentation by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC and former director of the Thelonious Monk Institute, who speaks on The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker, on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 6:30pm. in the Atrium of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18 St., KCMO.

More information at http://www.kcjazzalive.org

The evening will also include the unveiling of a new exhibit about Bird’s formative years in Kansas City, A Musician in the Making: Charlie Parker in Kansas City, 1920-42. More information at http://www.americanjazzmuseum.org. Joining us to share inside details on all of the Charlie Parker Celebration events happening through August 29 are KC JazzAlive board member Mr. John Nobles and from Green Lady Lounge, Mr. John Scott.

John Nobles and John Scott, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Parker was born in 1920 in Kansas City, Kan., and moved in 1927 to Kansas City, Mo.—where jazz was flourishing and the city was one of several ports instrumental in ushering in the musical improvisation style of Bebop, that is so identified with Parker.

Parker’s early music lessons occurred in the KC public schools. He began playing alto sax at age 13 and worked occasionally with semi-professional groups before leaving school at age 15 and becoming a full-time musician. For the next four years he would perform primarily in KC with a variety of local blues and jazz groups. His craft was developed mostly through practical experience and listening to older jazz performers. He began traveling to other cities in the late 1930s. He joined Jay McShann’s band, began touring, performed solo in many of McShann’s recordings and soon prominence followed.

As part of the Charlie Parker Celebration, organizers have assembled a series of events that offer performance, education and of course, tributes. The balance of those events are listed below.

***Thursday, August 18, at 6:30pm, Opening Night Reception & Lecture in Atrium of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18 St. KCMO. The opening event features Ron McCurdy, a professor of music at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California. His talk is titled, “The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker.” McCurdy is also past president of the International Association of Jazz Education and a consultant to the Grammy Foundation educational programs. Sponsored by American Jazz Museum in cooperation with KC Jazz ALIVE

***Thursday, August 18, 2016, also includes the unveiling of a new exhibit about Bird’s formative years in Kansas City, A Musician in the Making: Charlie Parker in Kansas City, 1920-42.

***Saturday, August 20, at 9:00am, – Charlie Parker Workshop: The Art of the Jam Session with Tivon Pennicott, artist in residence for 2016 Charlie Parker Celebration. Using the music of Charlie Parker and the historic social incubator of the jam session, students of all ages will get the inside scoop on jam sessions. We will discuss the skills needed, what to expect, and how to be prepared for the experience. The session will include improvisation instruction with top local players and an actual jam session where the students get to sit-in with KC’s best. Artist-in-Residence (AIR)—two-time Grammy winner Tivon Pennicott, a tenor saxophonist, will participate in many CPC events including accompanying local artists at the participating Charlie Parker Celebration jazz clubs. He released his debut album, Lover of Nature, in 2014.

***Saturday, August 20, Tour de Jazz — a bike ride that explores historic and contemporary sites in KC’s vibrant music scene. Hear great music along the route, learn about local jazz history, and discover beautiful neighborhoods. The 50-mile ride originates from the 18th & Vine Jazz District at 3 p.m. There are also a 30-mile bike tour (4 p.m.) and a family-friendly 10- mile tour (5 p.m.).

***Tuesday, August 23, at 5:00am – 6:30 pm, “We Remember Bird” in Atrium of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18 St. KCMO – “We Remember Bird” a panel discussion explores stories of Kansas City Elder statesmembers and special guests. Panelists include Elvis “Sonny” Gibson, Grant “Groovy Grant” Hopkins, and 96-year-old Bernice Todd (widow of Parker’s friend Oliver Todd), jazz poet Daniel Jaffe, with special guests Kim Parker (daughter of Charlie Parker), and CPC Artist-in-Residence Tivon Pennicott. Moderated by Steve Penn (Coda Jazz Fund Chair). Sponsored by Kansas City Jazz ALIVE, American Jazz Museum, Church’s Chicken and the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz.

***Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 7:30 pm, “Live Bird” A One Man Play By Jeff Robinson at Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Boulevard, KCMO – At Charlie Parker Celebration Festival. Live Bird, is a one-man play written by playwright, director and saxophonist Jeff Robinson, celebrates the life of jazz legend and alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. It is set in a bar in Harlem, NY in 1954. Bird talks about his days in Kansas City, talks to imaginary characters, imitates Lester Young and plays some of his songs.. Sponsored by the Green Lady Lounge in recognition of the Charlie Parker Celebration.

***Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am to 1:30pm – A Kansas City Jazz Historical Tour, at 18th & Vine District and select KC jazz sites. Hosted by jazz historian Chuck Haddix, the tour visits special sites in Kansas City that played a significant role in the life and development of Charlie Parker. The two-part tour begins at 10 a.m. at the American Jazz Museum with a walking tour of the Jazz District including details about Parker’s impact on the District. Venues on the tour include Lincoln Hall, El Capitan Club, Ol’ Kentuck BarBQ Local 627/Mutual Musicians Foundation, Lucille’s and Paseo Hall. Then the tour proceeds to Lincoln Cemetery for the annual Charlie Parker “21 Sax Salute.” Sponsored by KC Jazz Alive and KCTG (Kansas City Transportation Group).

***Saturday, August 27, at Noon, Graveside Memorial, 21 Sax Salute and a Birthday Celebration, followed by 1:30pm reception,Happy Birthday Bird!, at Lincoln Cemetery, Reception at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center – The annual musical salute originally created by KC Jazz Legends Eddie Baker and Ahmad Alaadeen, this event will feature a host of KC’s finest musicians in a stunning salute at the site of Charlie Parker’s grave at Lincoln Cemetery in east Kansas City (Truman Road and Blue Ridge Blvd.). The day includes a special reception hosted by the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. Presented by the Kansas City Jazz Advocates, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in cooperation with Kansas City Jazz ALIVE.

***Saturday, August 29, at 8:30pm, American Jazz Museum, Blue Room – Happy Birthday Bird! Capstone Showcase Concert. A special performance featuring Peter Schlamb. Sponsored by the American Jazz Museum in recognition of the Charlie Parker Celebration.

KC JazzAlive board member John Nobles told us more about Kansas City Jazz ALIVE: The mission of Kansas City Jazz ALIVE is to build AWARENESS, serve as a LISTENING body, provide a platform for integrating IDEAS, function as a VOICE, provide EXPOSURE to resources, and unite the Kansas City jazz community. As a catalyst organization—supporting artists, enthusiasts and venue owners, we strive to “raise the tide that lifts all jazz boats.” http://www.kcjazzalive.org

John Scott talked about Green Lady Lounge, at 1809 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, where live Jazz is presented seven days a week.

This year’s Charlie Parker Celebration at the American Jazz Museum commemorating the 96th anniversary of the birth of legendary jazz great Charlie Parker. The series of events begins with a presentation by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC and former director of the Thelonious Monk Institute, who speaks on The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18 St., KCMO. That evening will also include the unveiling of a new exhibit about Bird’s formative years in Kansas City, A Musician in the Making: Charlie Parker in Kansas City, 1920-42.

More information at http://www.kcjazzalive.org

More information at http://www.americanjazzmuseum.org.

11:47

14. Tivon Pennicott & Sound Quartet – “Lover of Nature (feat. Mike Battaglia)”
from: Lover of Nature / Independent / November 25, 2015
[Debut recording from two-time Grammy winner Tivon Pennicott, a tenor saxophonist, who is in Kansas City as Artist-in-Residence for the Charlie Parker Celebration. Tivon Pennicott, will participate in many CPC events including accompanying local artists at the participating Charlie Parker Celebration jazz clubs. On Saturday, August 20, at 9:00am, Tivon Pennicott presents a Charlie Parker Workshop: The Art of the Jam Session. Using the music of Charlie Parker and the historic social incubator of the jam session, students of all ages will get the inside scoop on jam sessions. We will discuss the skills needed, what to expect, and how to be prepared for the experience. The session will include improvisation instruction with top local players and an actual jam session where the students get to sit-in with KC’s best.]

15. Creative Adult – “I Can Love”
from: Fear of Life / Run For Cover Records / August 5, 2016
[Creative Adult’s sophomore full-length Fear of Life finds the band peeling back some of their chaotic, fuzzed out psychdelia in favor of a newfound sense of melody. Taking cues from The Smiths and Oasis, jangly and melodic guitar lines weave their way through smoky, atmospheric west coast post punk. Recorded with Jack Shirley at his Atomic Garden studio, Fear of Life is Creative Adult at its best with just the right amount of polish to help guide through the hypnotic layers of sonic haze. Punk and alternative San Francisco based band formed in 2012, with Scott Phillips, RJ Phillips, Michael Bingham, James Rogers, Michael Fenton, and Anthony Anzaldo.] 

11:55:30

16. Beach House – “Majorette”
from: Thank Your Lucky Stars / Sub Pop / October 16, 2015
[Thank Your Lucky Stars is the sixth studio album by American dream pop band Beach House from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand (vocals, keyboards) and Baltimore native Alex Scally (guitar, keyboards)z. It was co-produced by the band and Chris Coady, and was released on October 16, 2015, on Sub Pop and Bella Union. The album was released less than two months after their fifth studio album, Depression Cherry. Described by the band as “not a companion to Depression Cherry, or a surprise, or b-sides,” Thank Your Lucky Stars received mostly positive reviews from critics.]

[Beach House plays Kansas City at the Uptown Theatre on Saturday, August 20]

11:59:30

17. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

Next week, August 24, we continue to spotlight Crossroads Music Fest artists with Heidi Lynne Gluck join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Also joining us on the show is Nathan Bowman of Attic Light and musician Desmond Mason.

Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #643

Wednesday MidDay Medley features Nedra Dixon + IVØRY BLACK + Charlie Parker

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IVØRY BLACK + Spinning Tree Theatre’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill + The Annual Charlie Parker Celebration

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Amado Espinoza, The Conquerors, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, IVØRY BLACK, The Architects, the Fade, of Montreal, Creative Adult, Corinne Bailey Rae, Manu Chao, Beach House, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.

Nedra Dixon plays Billie Holiday in Spinning Tree Theatre’s, “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill” currently running Wednesday through Sundays, through August 28, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee, KCMO.

Nedra Dixon plays Billie Holiday in Spinning Tree Theatre’s, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” currently running Wednesday through Sundays, through August 28, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee, KCMO.

At 10:30 Mark talks with Nedra Dixon who plays Billie Holiday, in Spinning Tree Theatre’s, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” currently running Wednesday through Sundays, through August 28, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee, KCMO. Broadway veteran and KC based actress, Nedra Dixon portrays Billie Holiday in 1959, towards the end of her life, in one of her final appearances, with heartbreaking stories interwoven with many of Lady Day’s most beloved songs including, “Strange Fruit.” “God Bless The Child,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do.” More info at http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com

IVØRY BLACK

IVØRY BLACK

At 11:00 Singer, songwriter, rock & roller, IVØRY BLACK returns to play live on the show. IVØRY BLACK was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois. Given up for adopted at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families, before running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ending up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, Ivory landed in the Kansas City area, and has became a part of new family. Over the past two years Ivory has performed for Middle of the Map Fest, UMKC, and multiple singer-songwriter showcases. IVØRY BLACK’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released on June 23, 2015. IVØRY is playing the Crossroads Music Fest, September 10. IVØRY BLACK will play Davey’s Uptown 3402 Main St, August 20, with American Slim, and The Fade.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

At 11:30 we’ll talk with representatives this year’s Charlie Parker Celebration at the American Jazz Museum commemorating the 96th anniversary of the birth of legendary jazz great Charlie Parker. The series of events begins with a presentation by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC and former director of the Thelonious Monk Institute, who speaks on The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18 St., KCMO. That evening will also include the unveiling of a new exhibit about Bird’s formative years in Kansas City, A Musician in the Making: Charlie Parker in Kansas City, 1920-42. More information at http://www.americanjazzmuseum.org.

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
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Show #643

WMM Playlist from August 10, 2016

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Uncouth + Chico Sierra + American Slim

WMM081019

10:00

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Car Seat Headrest – “Fill in the Blank”
from: Teens of Denial / Matador / May 20, 2016
[Originally a started as a solo recording project by 24 year old, Will Toledo, in Leesburg, Virginia. Toledo chose the name “Car Seat Headrest” after recording the vocals of his first albums in the back seat of his car, for privacy. Car Seat Headrest released 12 albums on Bandcamp. Toledo’s production has gradually grown less lo-fi, but he still remains an effective example of the DIY ethic. Toledo saw a large influx of new fans with his 2011 release Twin Fantasy, which has become the most popular of his self-released albums. In September 2015, Car Seat Headrest announced on his Facebook page that he had signed an album deal with Matador Records. In October 2015, Car Seat Headrest released the compilation album, Teens of Style under the label. This was his first album that was not self-released via Bandcamp. The new album, Teens of Denial, was created with traditional studio processes. Car Seat Headrest is currently on tour presenting material from their latest album Teens of Denial as a full band.]

3. The Royal Furs – “Can’t Catch Me”
from: Can’t Catch Me / / June 19, 2016
[Fuzzed out psychedelic dance rock from Columbia, MO. Tracks were recorded by Mike Danger at Seasick Studios and mixed and mastered by Jeff Mueller. Ruth Acuff on lead vocals, Mike Danger on guitar & vocals, Diggy Splash on drums, Josh Wrong on bass & vocals. Aarik Danielsen, of the Columbia Daily Tribune writes, “The members of The Royal Furs, who have been heard in other contexts, clearly are having a blast together. The band’s sound has a libertine glee to it that is true to the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. What’s more, Acuff’s strong presence and the sheer musicality of her bandmates provides something fresh and energizing to find in each listen. This is woozy, rousing fun.”]

4. Wild Beasts – “Big Cat”
from: Boy King / Domino Recording Co / August 5, 2016
[Indie rock from the UK. They released their first single, “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants”, on Bad Sneakers Records in Nov. 2006, and then signed to Domino Records. They’ve released 4 acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto (2008), Two Dancers (2009), Smother (2011), Present Tense (2014). In 2002, Queen Katherine School students Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little formed the duo Fauve, the French term for “wild beast”, and began writing songs. In January 2004, drummer Chris “Bert” Talbot and bassist Gareth “Gaz” Bullock, joined and the band’s name became Wild Beasts. The quartet recorded their eponymous demo EP in June 2004. In September 2005, the band relocated to Leeds and Tom Fleming replaced Bullock as full-time bassist.]

10:15

5. Tidy Hippy – “Death Accesssory”
from: Tidy Hippy EP / Independent / January 15, 2016
[Written, recorded, and produced by Hannah Copeland and Matthew Dunehoo. Tidy Hippy is a Kansas City based band formed by Hannah Copeland of KCUR 89.3 FM, and Matthew Dunehoo of Doris Henson, Baby Teardrops, and Loose Park. Hannah Copeland told Bryan Voell of the Johnson County Library, “Our songs usually start with a Matt playing a lick on his guitar at band practice. I will add a beat, and if the beat and melody feel right, we’ll keep jamming until we have made parts to a complete song. We usually add lyrics after we write our songs. My lyrics are mostly narrative, and Matt uses lots of wordplay with subtle themes. I wrote the lyrics to “Death Accessory,” an anthem calling lawmakers to allow Midwestern cities to make their own gun laws that fit the needs of their city, not their mostly rural state.. We sing together, separately, and in harmony.” Matthew Dunehoo added, in this same Johnson County Library website piece written by Btyan Voell, “Getting to practice in Hannah’s parents’ home has been an incredible luxury, especially after living in NYC and practicing in overpriced inhospitable 3’x3′ ovens. There’s always TP and her mom is an awesome cook. I always want to just crank tunes out willy-nilly without condemning them to death too soon. Hannah seems mostly on board.”]

[Tidy Hippy play The Bottleneck, TONIGHT, Wednesday, Aug 10, with Quiet Oaks, and Varma Cross]

6. Erik Voeks – “Your Condition”
from: Your Condition / Reasons – Single / Independent / August 1, 2016
[Erik tells us this release is part of a series where he is releasing a pair of songs on the first day of the month for six months. This was month #5. We have particiated each month, playing the song on the first week of the month. Erik Voeks is a KC based singer-songwriter. He has travelled the world as both a solo artist and as an accompanist. Written by by Erik Voeks. Produced by Erik Voeks & Patrick Hawley. Drums recorded by Matt Meyer @ The Thebeaudome. Everything else recorded at Sandusky Sound Co. Drums & percussion played by Patrick Hawley. Everything else played & sung by Erik Voeks. Thanks: Coleen, Mary, The Thebeaus, Troy Van Horn, Miss America.]

10:24 – Two bands playing Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10

7. Not A Planet – “My Train Is Coming”
from: The Few, The Proud, The Strange / Independent / May 10, 2013
[Kansas City based Rock and Roll trio formed in 2010. Nathan Corsi, on guitar & vocals; Liam Sumnicht on drums & harmony vocals, and William Sturges on bass guitar & harmony vocals.]

[Not A Planet play the Spirit of KC Fest, at CrossroadsKC, Froiday, August 12, with The Rainmakers, Yes You Are, Kangaroo Knife Fight, and Pink Royal!!!]

[Not A Planet play 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10.]

8. Michaela Anne – “Won’t Go Down”
from: Bright Lights and the Fame / Kingswood Records / May 13, 2016
[Recorded at Farmland Studio in Nashville, the follow up to her 2014 album, Ease My Mind singer-songwriter Michaela Anne recently relocated from Brooklyn to Nashville, Bright Lights and the Fame was produced by Dan Knobler, a guitarist who’d often performed live with Michaela Anne. He had run the successful Mason Jar Music audio-video company in Brooklyn before opening his Gooseland Palace studio in Nashville, where the album was mixed. When it was time to start recording, Michaela Anne and her band mates worked together in one room, cutting basic tracks live at Farmland. Michaela Anne told writer Michael Hill,“I was in New York for ten years and I still feel like a New Yorker in many ways,” Michaela Anne admits, “but a lot of things about New York were stressful for me. A lot of my more introspective, self-reflecting songs probably dominated my records because that was what was dominating my mind. Moving to Nashville was kind of a dream experience, almost like I was experiencing my younger days. It’s such a vibrant, intimate and creative community. People actually want to get together and play music together every day and write songs. You go out and see the same friends you saw the night before. You start to get to know people. You go to a local bar and see the songwriters who wrote George Strait’s biggest hits or you run into Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. You can’t help but be inspired and changed.”]

[Michaela Anne plays 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10.]

10:30 – Underwriting

9. The Uncouth – “Same Old Story”
from: Jonesy’s War / Teenage Heart Distro /August 12, 2016
[Debut EP from KC based, modern American Oi! band formed in 2010. Cody Blanchard on lead vocals & guitar, CJ Wilson on lead guitar & vocals, Todd Rainey on drums, and Steve Gardels on bass. Recorded at Element Recording with Joel Nanos, Produced by Johnny Starke.]

[The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at Josey Records, on Friday, August 12, with Plug Uglies, and The People’s Punk Band.]

[The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at recordBar, on Saturday, August 27, with Red Kate.]

Cody Blanchard, CJ Wilson, Todd Rainey, and Steve Gardels, are the members of the Kansas City based, modern American Oi! band, The Uncouth. Last year The Uncouth released their first 7” single, “KC United” as part of the Too Much Rock Single Series. The band is now set to release their debut EP, Jonesy’s War, to be available on vinyl and digital download through Teenage Heart Distro. The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at Josey Records, on Friday, August 12, with Plug Uglies, and The People’s Punk Band. The Uncouth also play a Record Release Show at recordBar, on Sat, Aug 27, with Red Kate.

CJ Wilson, Todd Rainey, and Steve Gardels joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley. (Cody Blanchard was unable to be with us.)

The Uncouth are a modern American Oi! band, Oi! is an often misunderstood genre but is a passionate, working class music inspired by bands like The Clash and Blitz. The music is part of the variety of Punk sounds and scenes.

In the press materials for Jonesy’s War, it is written that “The Uncouth don’t play into genre cliches” and “with ringing guitar solos and songs about real life, they are a far cry from the tired march-a-longs and tough guy fairytales” that has watered-down the scene.

The Uncouth have been a band since 2010, and are part of Kansas City’s multiple Punk rock scenes.

The Uncouth made these recordings w/ Joel Nanos at Element Recording during fall 2015.

The record was produced by Johnny Starke, who is also the owner of Teenage Heart Records and serves as the band’s manager, and is a lover of music and this genre of music.

10:44

10. The Uncouth – “Madness on The Streets (Radio Edit)”
from: Jonesy’s War / Teenage Heart Distro /August 12, 2016
[Debut EP from KC based, modern American Oi! band formed in 2010. Cody Blanchard on lead vocals & guitar, CJ Wilson on lead guitar & vocals, Todd Rainey on drums, and Steve Gardels on bass. Recorded at Element Recording with Joel Nanos, Produced by Johnny Starke.]

[The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at Josey Records, on Friday, August 12, with Plug Uglies, and The People’s Punk Band.]

[The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at recordBar, on Saturday, August 27, with Red Kate.]

Interview with The Uncouth

Steve Gardels, CJ Wilson, and Todd Rainey, joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Steve Gardels, CJ Wilson, and Todd Rainey, joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Cody Blanchard – lead vocals and guitar in The Uncouth. Also played in Go Generation. Cody serves as Head Camera Creep at KYR Photography, he is also a proud Dad.

CJ Wilson – lead guitar and vocals. With Cody he writes most of the band’s songs. He has also played with Cody Blanchard in the Ramones tribute band, Rockets To Russia.

Todd Rainey – drums. Todd is a music lover. He works in the Wine and beverage industry. He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1988. Todd is also a dad.

Steve Gardels – bass guitar. Steve is also the drummer in The Philistines. He works in Media Center at Kansas City Art Institute. Steve is a “Fixer” at Gnarly Enterprises. He studied Digital Filmmaking and Photography-New Media at Kansas City Art Institute. Steve is from Omaha, Nebraska

The Uncouth – Jones’s War
Song by song Reviews by Jerry at Oi! Of America blog

http://www.oiofamerica.blogspot.com

“Madness On The Streets.”
– “rioting, chaos, and, well, madness occupying our streets with increasing frequency. Sonically, this song is a riot. Its full of machine gun drums, rocking rhythms, and sing-a-long choruses.

“Same Old Story.”
– “A song hitting kind of close to home. We all get older and at some point we find ourselves stuck in the rat race. After a while we all start to reminisce about days gone by. You may be stuck working your 5 day, 40 hour week, but your memories of the past won’t fade. They’re an oasis in the ominous desert of growing up.”

“Jonesy’s War,”
– “rounds out the first half of the record. A tune that tells the tale of a marine who is unable to forget his service and the war that he internalizes. For being a somewhat heavy song, it’s still rocking and packed with sing-a-long choruses. ”

“Got Me Wrong” and “Stand Up”
– “continue to showcase The Uncouth in all their street rock n roll glory.”

“Living Wage.”
– “thematically, something every working man or woman can fully understand. An ode to be being underpaid and the struggle that comes trying to make ends meet. Relatable in 2016 where the fashion of the day is to shit on the middle and working classes. How do you connect with an audience? Write heartfelt, genuine songs to which everyone can easily relate.”

The Uncouth’s first release was the 7″ single, “KC United”, part of the Too Much Rock Single Series.

Too Much Rock, a music blog site created by Sid Sowder in 1997, where he shares his photos & videos & comments of the live music shows he attends. Sid also posts podcasts! The Too Much Rock Single Series is a collection of 45 RPM singles that feature one original song with one cover song selected by Too Much Rock for the band. 500 limited edition copies are pressed and given to the band to sell as merchandise at shows and at local record stores. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, and Josh Berwanger Band have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.co

Jonesy’s War is for fans of The Clash, 4-Skins, Blitz, and Last Resort.

Jonesy’s War is a 6-song EP available on vinyl (limited edition colored vinyl available!) and digital download exclusively through Teenage Heart Records.

Jonesy’s War was manufactured in the USA on high quality vinyl, each order comes with a download card and packaged in a heavy jacket, full color inner sleeve, and a double sided lyrics sheet. This album is a piece of art! Available in Europe through Randale Records on grey marble wax, but we kept a few for our four packs which includes all three colors of Jonesy’s War and a super limited hand numbered test pressing.

CJ Wilson, Todd Rainey, and Steve Gardels, thanks for being with us in Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:54

11. The People’s Punk Band – “Soldier”
from: Soldier – Single / Independent / March 17, 2015
[5-piece band from Emporia and Lawrence, Kansas, with: Tim Mohn, Jimmy Kegin, Ean Kessler, James Ehlers, and Jason Meier. Featuring Gregg Todt on drums. Recorded and mixed by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab, mastered by Kliph Scurlock. More info at: http://www.peoplespunkband.bandcamp.com]

[The People’s Punk Band play The Uncouth Record Release Show at Josey Records, on Friday, August 12, with Plug Uglies.]

10:56 – Playing Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10

12. Heidi Lynne Gluck – “Mercury Rising”
from: Pony Show / Lotuspool Records / August 26, 2016
[Lawrence, Kamsas based Heidi Lynne Gluck is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from the middle of Canada. After transplanting herself from the plains of Manitoba to the midwestern United States, Heidi quickly became an in-demand player, performing on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with renowned musicians including Juliana Hatfield & Some Girls, Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos, Lily & Madeleine, The Pieces, The Only Children, and others.]

[Heidi Lynne Gluck plays 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10.]

[Heidi Lynne Gluck will be with us LIVE on WMM in two weeks on August 24.]

11:01 – Station ID

13. Minden – “Sheila”
from: Sweet, Simple Things / Hit City U.S.A. / August 5, 2016
[Formed in Kansas City and now based in Portland Oregon, with Casey Burge on vocals & guitar & keys, Lia Gist on vocals, Ryan Johnson on drums & percussion, Papi Fimbres on percussion, Evan Houston on bass & guitar, James Taylor on guitar, and Dan Talmadge on synths & keys. All songs written by Casey Burge. Produced by Jeremy Sherrer. Recorded & mixed by Jeremy Sherrer at Ice Cream Party. Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters. All songs performed by Minden.]

11:04 – Interview with Chico Sierra

Chico Sierra plays live on the August 10, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Chico Sierra plays live on the August 10, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Artist, poet, musician, Chico Sierra joins us to discuss his first book of poems, Air Becomes Glass, though the POP POETRY series from Spartan Press & Prospero’s Books. Chico Sierra grew up in El Paso, Texas. He writes that he “began crossing borders, back and forth between Mexico and the United States.” Chico wrote that “oftentimes boarders are blurry.” Chico has has spent time living in Mexico, Canada, Germany and the Philippines. The cultures that Chico experienced in these countries, as well as the theme of blurring borders can be found in Chico’s art, poetry and music.

The Chico Sierra – POP Poetry book release will be Sat, Aug 27, at 7:00 pm at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO.

Chico Sierra, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Chico uses different mediums of expression, working in commercial art, graphic design, illustration, painting, murals, screen printing, photography, writing, poetry and music.

To see Chico Sierra’s artwork, photography, writing, blog, music visit: http://www.chicosierra.com

Chico’s Life Timeline

1980 – March 15, born

1981 – Moved Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1991

1995 – started writing in high school Irvin High School, El Paso, Texas

1997 – Graduated from Irvin High School, El Paso, Texas

1998 – Traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta

2000 – Traveled to Cebu City, Philippines

2004 – Moved to Kansas City, Missouri

2010 – Traveled to San José, Costa Rica

2016 – Works as Head of Digital Marketing Spyn Studio Kansas City, Missouri

11:12

14. Chico Sierra – “Drop Like A Stone” (Live)
original song by Chico Sierra on vocals and acoustic guitar

[The Chico Sierra – POP Poetry book release will be Saturday, August 27, at 7:00 pm at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO.]

PIT Poetry Open Mic precedes the featured reading by Chico, from 7-8. Sign ups start at 6:30.

Chico’s featured reading will begin at 8:30 sharp, with a book signing party and poetic mixer after.

11:20

15. Jason Sierra – “Sometimes We Break” (Live)
original poem written and read by Chico Sierra from his new book, Air Becomes Glass

Chico wrote in his blog about the recent tragedy in Orlando and the murder of 49 people at Club Pulse
…“ I have never felt more accepted by any group of people as I have by the LGBT community. From middle school to now I have always had the support of a gay, lesbian, bi, transgender friend and without that acceptance I’m not sure I would have made it.”

11:22

16. Jason Sierra – “Coal Mine” (Live)
original song by Chico Sierra on vocals and acoustic guitar

Chico is a participant in The Latino Writer’s Collective

Chico Sierra is part of the team that produce The Day of the Dead installations at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

Chico’s most recent mural art can be found in the bathroom at miniBar

11:25

17. Jason Sierra – “Ponds” (Live)
original poem written and read by Chico Sierra from his new book, Air Becomes Glass

Chico Sierra, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The Chico Sierra – POP Poetry book release will be Saturday, August 27, at 7:00 pm at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO. PIT Poetry Open Mic precedes the featured reading from 7-8. Sign ups start at 6:30. Featured reading at 8:30 sharp – Hang out after for book signing party and poetic mixer.

To see Chico Sierra’s artwork, photography, writing, blog, music visit: http://www.chicosierra.com

11:27 – Underwriting

18. Calvin Arsenia – “Kansas City Baby”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / February 17, 2016
[Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. He has played all over town, including showcases at Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and collaborations with bands like My Brothers and Sisters. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp. Calvin Arsenia is getting ready to release a new album in the fall. Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC professional development program for artists in the Kansas City metro area and across the Mid-America Arts Alliance five state region. ]

[Calvin Arsenia with Josh Enyart on drums, Landon Hambright on bass, and Rob Rice on guitar, play Madrigall, 1627 Oak St, KCMO, on Saturday, August 13 at 8:00 PM.]

CROSSROADS MUSIC FEST SPOTLIGHT!

Mikala Petillo, Nathan Jurries, Jacob Newland, and Patrick Newland of American Slim on the August 10, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Mikala Petillo, Nathan Jurries, Jacob Newland, and Patrick Newland of American Slim on the August 10, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

19. American Slim – “Dancing With The Sun”
from: Dancing With The Sun – Single / American Slim / unreleased track
[Remixed, re-recorded by Joel Nanos from one of the tracks from American Slim, debut EP, originally released December 18, 2015. The KC based 4-piece band was formed in 2012 by Nathan Jurries on guitar; Patrick Newland on piano, tenor saxophone, bass, & vocals; Jacob Newland on guitar, bass, & vocals; and Mikala Petillo on vocals & drums. Their sound is a mix of rock, funk, blues, and americana and all members play multiple instruments, including ukulele, and banjo. More information at: http://www.americanslimband.com ]

[American Slim play Davey’s Uptown, Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 pm with Ivory Black and The Fade]

[American Slim play 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10.]

11:37 – Interview with American Slim

(Recorded Sunday, August 7, 2016 in 90.1 FM KKFI’s Production Studio)i

Nathan Jurries on guitar.
(Originally from St. Louis, now lives in Parkville, Missouri. 17 years old – Senior Park Hill South High School)

Patrick Newland on piano, tenor saxophone, bass, & vocals
(From Smithville, Missouri. 17 years old – Senior at Smithville High School)

Jacob Newland on guitar, bass, & vocals
(From Smithville, Missouri. 17 years old – Senior at Smithville High School)

Mikala Petillo on vocals & drums.
(Originally from KCK. Graduated from Park Hill South in 2016. Works at KC Music Store & KC Music Academy)

Upcoming Shows:

Fri, Aug 12 @ 9:00 PM – Summer Tour II – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Ia
Sat, Aug 20 @ 7:00 PM – Davey’s Uptown, Kansas City, Mo 64111
Sat, Aug 27 @ 7:00 PM — 11:00 PM – American Legion, Smithville, MO 64089
Sat, Sep 3 @ 7:00 PM – Paul and Jacks, North Kansas City, Mo
Fri, Sep 9 @ 9:00 PM – LLwelyn’s Pub , Overland Park, KS 66223
Sat, Sep 10 @ 7:00 PM – Crossroads Music Festival (Nathan Jurries 18th B-Day)

More info at: http://www.americanslimband.com

11:55:30

20. American Slim – “One”
from: One – Single / American Slim / unreleased track
[Remixed, re-recorded by Joel Nanos from one of the tracks from American Slim, debut EP, originally released December 18, 2015. The KC based 4-piece band was formed in 2012 by Nathan Jurries on guitar; Patrick Newland on piano, tenor saxophone, bass, & vocals; Jacob Newland on guitar, bass, & vocals; and Mikala Petillo on vocals & drums. Their sound is a mix of rock, funk, blues, and americana and all members play multiple instruments, including ukulele, and banjo. More information at: http://www.americanslimband.com ]

[American Slim play Davey’s Uptown, Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 pm with Ivory Black and The Fade]

[American Slim play 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10.]

11:59:30

21. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

Next week, August 17, Ivory Black returns to play live on the show. Ivory is participating in 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest on September 10, and will play Davey’s Uptown on August 20th, with American Slim, and The Fade. Also next week we’ll talk with company members of Spinnng Tree Theatre’s upcoming production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and we’ll also talk with participants of The Annual Charlie Parker Celebration at The American Jazz Museum.

Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #642

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: The Uncouth + Chico Sierra + American Slim

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Uncouth + Chico Sierra + American Slim

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Tidy Hippy, Heidi Lynne Gluck, The Uncouth, Calvin Arsenia, The Royal Furs, Erik Voeks, Minden, American Slim, Michaela Anne, Not a Planet, The People’s Punk Band, Car Seat Headrest, Wild Beasts, and more.

Steve Gardels,  Todd Rainey, Cody Blanchard, and CJ Wilson, of the KC based band, The Uncouth

Steve Gardels, Todd Rainey, Cody Blanchard, and CJ Wilson, of the KC based band, The Uncouth

At 10:30, Mark talks with Cody Blanchard, CJ Wilson, Todd Rainey, and Steve Gardels, of the KC based, modern American Oi! band, The Uncouth. Last year The Uncouth released their first 7”, “KC United” as part of the Too Much Rock Single Series. The Uncouth is now releasing their debut EP of six songs, Jonesy’s War, available on vinyl and digital download through Teenage Heart Distro. The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at Josey Records, on Friday, August 12, with Plug Uglies, and The People’s Punk Band. The Uncouth play a Record Release Show at recordBar, on Saturday, August 27, with Red Kate.

Artist, poet, musician, Chico Sierra

Artist, poet, musician, Chico Sierra

At 11:00 artist, poet, musician, Chico Sierra joins us to discuss his first book of poems, Air Becomes Glass, though the POP POETRY series from Spartan Press & Prospero’s Books. Chico Sierra grew up in El Paso, Texas and began crossing borders, back and forth between Mexico and the United States. Chico learned that oftentimes boarders are blurry. Chico has has spent time living in Mexico, Canada, Germany and the Philippines. The cultures that Chico experienced in these countries, as well as the theme of blurring borders can be found in Chico’s art, poetry and music. The Chico Sierra – POP Poetry book release will be Saturday, August 27, at 7:00 pm at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO.

Jacob Newland,  Mikala Petillo, Patrick Newland, and Nathan Jurries of the Kansas City based band, American Slim

Jacob Newland, Mikala Petillo, Patrick Newland, and Nathan Jurries of the Kansas City based band, American Slim

At 11:30 Mark talks with Nathan Jurries, Patrick Newland, Jacob Newland, and Mikala Petillo of the Kansas City based, 4-piece band, American Slim, formed March 1, 2012. American Slim released their self titled EP, on December 18, 2015. American Slim play the Brown Bag Concert Series in Downtown Topeka, Kansas, on Wednesday, August 10, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. American Slim play Davey’s Uptown, Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 pm with Ivory Black and The Fade. American Slim play 90.1 FM’s Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10, also know as Nathan Jurries 18th Birthday. More information at: http://www.americanslimband.com

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #642

WMM Playlist from August 3, 2016

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Joshua Allen of Various Blonde +
Revolution Records with Steve Rector & Promise Clutter
+ Sterling Witt

10:00

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. The Philistines – “Get Inside”
from: The Backbone of Night / The Record Machine / June 4, 2016
[Kimmie Queen on lead vocals, Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals, Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass & vocals, Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded & mixed w/ Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios & mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

[The Philistines play The Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 10, at The Living Room for The Record Machine Showcase with B R O T H E R, Spirit is The Spirit., Westerners, and Various Blonde.]

[Cody Wyoming & Kimmie Queen will be featured at Saturday Storytellers, at Ollie’s Local, 3044 Gillham Rd., KCMO hosted by Mudstomp Records, on Saturday, Aug 6, at 5:00 PM, with John Keck.]

10:08

3. Lovergurl – “Colorado Springs”
from: “Colorado Springs” – Single / Independent / March 9, 2016
[Inspired by the real life event on Friday, November 27, 2015 of a shooting and 6-hour siege at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left 3 people dead, including a 44 year old policeman. One of 4 singles the band has digitally released. Words and Music by Lovergurl. Recorded and Mixed by Matt Epstein at Alchemie Audio, Olathe, KS. Kansas City based 4-piece band making music with a message, plays synth pop with hip hop and punk elements. Band members include: Stephanie Bankston on keys, Brook Worlledge on drums, Heather Andrews on guitar, and Adam Speer on bass. More info at http://www.lovergurl.bandcamp.com]

[Lovergurl plays miniBar, Thurday, August 4, with HMPH, Octopede, and Siamese.]
[Lovergurl plays Blind Tiger, Tuesday August 9. with Creature Power, Grey Watson and the Visions]
[Lovergurl plays Records With Merritt, Saturday, August 13, with Mind Galaxy, and Oxykitten]

4. PWR BTTM – “Projection”
from: Projection – Single / Father/Daughter Records / July 21, 2016
[PWR BTTM is an American queer punk duo composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins, who met in 2013, while they were both attending Bard College in New York. The band was originally a trio, which played many shows at Bard College. They spent several months working together and developing their skills as a pair before playing their first show or releasing their first demo, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014). The duo’s name is an alternative to the term “power bottom”, which is described by Fusion writer John Walker in a September 2015 article as “a receptive partner who eschews submission to play a dominant role during sex”, meaning that while someone is “bottoming”, they maintain the dominant power in a sexual interaction. Bruce and Hopkins both felt the name suited the group as a label of empowerment. “Projection is a song about feeling unqualified to be the way you see yourself because of the way other people see you, and how other people’s perception of your identity can warp your sense of self. It’s about being exhausted with the pressure of fitting in and throwing a shiny, glorious middle finger to those who doubt you.” – Ben Hopkins, PWR BTTM.]

10:15 – Underwriting

10:17

5. Wilco – “Locator”
from: Schmilco / Anti Records / September 9, 2016
[The album’s name is a nod to the Harry Nilsson album Nilsson Schmilsson. The upcoming tenth studio album from the Chicago based band that was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of the group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar’s departure. Wilco’s lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco have previously released nine studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: 3 with Billy Bragg and 1 with The Minus 5.]

[Wilco play Kansas City on Tuesday, August 16, at CrossroadsKC, with William Tyler]

6. The Conquerors – “I Don’t Know”
from: Wyld Time / High Dive Records / August 26, 201p6
[The first single from the first full length album from Kansas City based Rock & Roll band. Rory Cameron on guitar & vocals, Vince Lawhon on guitar & vocals, Jim Button on drums, Jake Cardwell on percussion, Quentin Schmidt on bass & vocals. All songs written by Rory Cameron, performed by The Conquerors. Recorded and mixed by Vincent Lawhon with additional help from Adam McGill at Element Recording Studios. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering in Portland, Oregon. More info at: http://theeconquerors.bandcamp.com%5D

[The Conquerors play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Street, KCMO, TONIGHT, August 3, opening for BRONCHO with Billy Changer.]

7. Regina Spektor – “Bleeding Heart”
from: Remember Us to Life (Deluxe) / Sire Records / September 30, 2016
[Lead single from the upcoming 7th studio album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor who was born in the Soviet Union where she began classical training on the piano at the age of 6. When she was 9 years old, her family emigrated to the United States where she continued her classical training into her teenage years; she began to write original songs shortly thereafter. After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City’s independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City’s East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 where she began achieving greater mainstream recognition. Spektor married singer-songwriter Jack Dishel in 2011. Formerly a guitarist with the band the Moldy Peaches, Dishel is a member of the band Only Son and duets with Spektor in the song “Call Them Brothers”. On January 23, 2014, Spektor announced her pregnancy on Facebook. The couple announced the birth of a son in March 2014.]

8. Rev Gusto – “Can’t Control”
from: Burnt Out Friends / High Dive Records / July 2, 2015
[Debut full length album, released on vinyl. Jerry Frederick on Vocals & Guitar, Sam Frederick on bass, Shaun Crowley on lead guitar and keys; Peter Beatty on guitar & back-up vocals; Quinn Hernandez on drums.]

[Rev Gusto play Revolution Records 1 Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, Fri, Aug 5, at 7pm w/ RLT, Approach, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Sterling Witt]

10:30 – Interview with Steve Rector & Promise Clutter + Sterling Witt

Revolution Records Kansas City, at 1830 Locust St. in the Crossroads, opened on First Friday, last August 2015. In celebration of Revolution Records first year they will host a One Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, Fri, Aug 5, at 7pm w/ RLT, Approach, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Sterling Witt. Here to share all the details is the owner of Revolution Records, Steve Rector along with Promise Clutter.

Steve Rector & Promise Clutter, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Revolution Records at 1830 Locust in the Crossroads was formerly Zebedees RPM on West 39th Street. Moving a record store is no small job, Steve Rector & Promise Clutter talked about moving thousands of records.

Revolution Records at 1830 Locust St is formerly the last location of the Midwestern Musical Company, a business that served musicians and music lovers and that host live music on every first Friday

One Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, Fri, Aug 5, at 7pm

All ages.

The Jerusalem Cafe Food Truck which will be parked out front

7:00- RLT
7:30- Approach
8:00 – The Ovaries-ees
8:30- Vacation House
9:00 – Rev Gusto
9:30 – Freight Train Rabbit Killer
10:00 – Sterling Witt

Featured visual artist of the month will be Sterling Witt.

In a piece written for the Johnson Country Library website, Bryan Voell wrote, “Melodic and aggressive, abrasive and pretty, political and universal, the music of Sterling Witt has many starting points.” Since 2004 Sterling has released 5 full-length albums, an EP and several singles. Sterling Witt’s newest album, Satyagraha, (Sa tea yah gra ha) was recorded by the legendary producer, Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois, with Sterling’s 3-piece band Jesse Gilpin on drums, Davy Langerak on the bass, and himself on guitar and vocals.

Sterling Witt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

10:42

9. Sterling Witt – “Make It”
from: Satyagraha / Grand River Records / October 17, 2015
[Produced by Steve Albini in Chicago. Sterling Witt on vocals & guitar, Davy Langerak on bass, Jesse Gilpin on drums. Satyagraha, is loosely translated as “insistence on truth” or “holding on to truth” (satya “truth”; agraha “insistence”), a particular philosophy and practice within the nonviolent resistance or civil resistance. The term satyagraha was coined and developed by Mahatma Gandhi. He deployed satyagraha in the Indian independence movement. Satyagraha theory influenced Nelson Mandela’s struggle in South Africa under apartheid, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and many other social justice and similar movements]

Sterling Witt is an artist who lives in Missouri, and sometimes lives in the East Crossroads of Kansas City and sometimes at the Art Farm near Freeman, Missouri (about 45 min south of KC). The Art Farm is Sterling’s creative space where he creates music and art.

Sterling has said that “The reason behind making music or visual art is the same for me and somewhat unexplainable as to why I do one or the other. It would be like asking someone why did they get a drink of water.”

More information at: http://www.sterlingwitt.com

Revolution Records One Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, is this Friday, August 5, at 7:00 pm with RLT, Approach, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Sterling Witt.

More information at: http://www.revolutionrecordskc.com

10:55

10. Freight Train Rabbit Killer – “Alligators & Crocodiles”
from: Freight Train Rabbit Killer / Rural Grit Records / 2013
[Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a collaboration between Freight Train – Kristopher Bruders of Cadillac Flambe’ and Rabbit Killer – Mark Smeltzer of Rural Grit. More info at: http://freighttrainrabbitkiller.com.%5D

[Freight Train Rabbit Killer, play Revolution Records 1 Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, Fri, Aug 5, at 7pm w/ RLT, Rev Gusto, Approach, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, and Sterling Witt]

11. Approach – “Chief feat. Miles Bonny”
from: Make-Out With Violence / Datura Records / October 15, 2013

[Approach plays Revolution Records 1 Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, Fri, Aug 5, at 7pm w/ RLT, Rev Gusto, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, Sterling Witt]

11:00 – Station ID

12. Lincoln Marshall – “Dirt”
from: Weight [EP] / Datura Records / June 8, 2015
[We played “Water” their newest release, a few weeks ago, with Fally Afani. This was the first single from Approach and Milkdrop that came out last summer. Over a long stretch of years of work, Approach and MilkDrop individually, as Emcees, have cemented their status amongst a long list of acts to accomplish great things from the Midwest region. In a new era and breed of hip hop performers many say their brand of music is dying off. In order to rekindle the flame that is the foundation in which they believe in they banded together as one force in the form of, Lincoln Marshall. Written By: MilkDrop & Approach. Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered By: Aikido Bray.]

[Approach plays Revolution Records 1 Year Anniversary – 1st Friday Blow Out Party, Fri, Aug 5, at 7pm w/ RLT, Rev Gusto, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, Sterling Witt]

13. Amy Marcus – “I Would Be The One”
from: Brave / Independence / May 19, 2016
[Kansas City based singer songwriter has I’ve writing songs since she was 4 years old. 26 years later, she got the opportunity to recored an EP with Serve Productions and was able to release her debut EP that includes: Casey Sheets on electric & upright bass, Nick Siegel on keys & grand piano, Kevin Rogers on electric & acoustic guitar, and Brandon Graves on drums.]

[Amy Marcus will open for John Statz TONIGHT, August 3, at 7:00 pm at 101 West 65th Street, KCMO presented by Money Wolf Music.]

14. BRONCHO – “Señora Borealis”
from: Double Vanity / Independent / April 8, 2016
[Indie rock band based in Norman, Oklahoma, formed in 2010. The current lineup consists of Ryan Lindsey on guitar and vocals, Ben King on guitar, Penny Pitchlynn on bass and Nathan Price on drums. Their debut album Can’t Get Past the Lips, originally came out in 2011 and was rereleased by Fairfax Recordings in 2013. Broncho released their second album Just Enough Hip to Be Woman on September 16, 2014 on Dine Alone Records. The album received generally favorable reviews from the music press. The band’s song “It’s On” was played over the closing credits of “Females Only,” the first episode of the third season of the HBO series Girls. “Try Me Out Sometime” was used in an advertisement for HBO Now and Movie 43. The track “Class Historian” was used in a commercial featuring Kate Hudson for her Fabletics brand of women’s athletic clothing. “Class Historian” also appears on the soundtrack for Vacation.]

[BRONCHO play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway Street, KCMO, TONIGHT, August 3, with The Conquerors, and Billy Changer.]

11:15 – Underwriting

11:17 – Interview with Joshua Allen

15. Various Blond – “All Bases Covered”
from: All Bases Covered / The Record Machine / September 16, 2016
[Alternative experimental progressive rock funk pop progressive psychedelic from KC based band. Produced by Adam Mcgill, written by Joshua Allen. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.bandcamp.com]

Multi-instrumentalist, Joshua Allen of the Kansas City based band Various Blonde joins us to share information about his band’s newest album, ALL BASES COVERED, that will be released by The Record Machine, on September 16, 2016. Various Blonde have been recording and releasing music since 2008. Various Blonde was conceived by Joshua Allen in 2008 and has opened for numerous national acts, Russian Circles, Murder By Death, Matt Pryor, and Electric Sixx. Various Blonde includes Joshua Allen on guitar & vocals, Adam Mcgill on guitar, Evanjohn Mcintosh on bass, Mark Lomas on drums.

Various Blonde will play the Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday September 10.
Various Blonde play The Dubliner KC Saturday, August 6, at 9:00 PM.

Joshua Allen Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Joshua Allen grew up in Kansas City

Various Blonde Discography:

The Business Years (EP) – February 20, 2011

The Dirty News (EP) – December 11, 2012

Blind Samurai (EP) – February 4, 2013 produced by Adam Mcgill

Sweet Tooth (Single) – July 29, 2014

Summer High (Debut album) – July 29, 2014

All Bases Covered (Album) The Record Machine – September 16, 2016

11:28

16. Various Blond – “Indigo Children”
from: All Bases Covered / The Record Machine / September 16, 2016
[Alternative experimental progressive rock funk pop progressive psychedelic from KC based band. Produced by Adam Mcgill, written by Joshua Allen. Various Blonde was conceived by Joshua Allen in 2008 and has opened for numerous national acts, Russian Circles, Free Moral Agents, Zechs Marquise, Dead Meadow, Imaad Wasif, Jucifer,The Memorials, Thursday, Fang Island, Murder By Death, Matt Pryor, Wannabe Jalva, and Electric Sixx. Current members Include: Joshua Allen on guitar & vocals, Adam Mcgill on guitar, Evanjohn Mcintosh on bass, Mark Lomas on drums. More info at: http://www.variousblonde.bandcamp.com]

[Various Blonde will play the Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday September 10.]
[Various Blonde play The Dubliner KC Saturday, August 6, at 9:00 PM.]

More information at: http://www.variousblonde.com

11:45

17. Lauren Anderson – “What Good Is a Bad Boy”
from: What Good is A Bad Boy – Single / Independent / August 1, 2016
[Lauren Anderson is originally from Chicago. She first started performing solo gigs around Kansas City after completing her masters in music therapy, from The University of Kansas in 2012. Lauren then formed her own band and released her debut EP “Do & Hope” in August 2014. Lauren Anderson is the 2015 Female Vocalist of the Year from Midwest Music Awards. Lauren Anderson released her critically acclaimed debut, full length album, Truly Me August 23, 2015 ]

[Lauren Anderson plays the Tonic Room in Chicago on Friday, August 5]

18. Kasey Rausch – “My Piney Wood Home”
from: Guitar in Hand / Mudstomp Records / November 21, 2014
[Guitar in Hand is the third solo release from KC based singer-songwriter Kasey Rausch. With Mikal Shapiro she hosts/produces RIVER TRADE RADIO Sunday mornings at 9am, on 90.1 FM. Kasey Rausch plays with The Naughty Pines. She also performs and tours with Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo.]

[The Country Duo (Kasey Rausch & Marco Pascolini) play Otherlands Coffee Bar in Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday, August 13, at 8:00 pm. The Country Duo have been invited by the legendary Sun Studio (recording home to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis) to film an episode for the PBS Sun Studio Sessions. The duo will return to Memphis, TN on August 13 for a special public concert at Otherlands before filming the television show live in Sun Studio on August 14, 2016. This comes after The Country Duo made an impromptu recording at the historic studio in March of 2016. Look for the 45 RPM vinyl to be released this Fall. The 8th season of the PBS Sun Studio Sessions will begin airing on PBS across the US in the Spring of 2017 ]

11:56:45

19. Jim Earle – “Seems Like Yesterday”
from: Out of the Shadows / Cold Water Night Music / May 20, 2016
[Jim was born a fifth generation Kansan, from Beloit, in North Central Kansas. At age 18 he got serious about writing and playing music. His love of music led him to live in Nashville in the late 90’s, where he had the chance to meet other writers. A former union carpenter, he now is a full-time musician and writer, for Cold Winter Night Music and Publishing. Jim and his wife, Karen, reside north of Lawrence, Kansas.]

20. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

Next week, August 10 the band The Uncouth join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios, plust musician, artist, poet Jason Sierra will share original poetry and music.

Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #641

Wednesday MidDay Medley talks with Joshua Allen of Various Blonde + Steve Rector, Promise Clutter & Sterling Witt

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Joshua Allen of Various Blonde +
Revolution Records with Steve Rector & Promise Clutter
+ Sterling Witt

Joshua Allen of Various Blonde

Joshua Allen of Various Blonde

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Conquerors, Various Blonde, Lovergurl, Lincoln Marshall, The Philistines, Approach, Lauren Anderson, Amy Marcus, Rev Gusto, Sterling Witt, Kasey Rausch, Jim Earle, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, PWR BTTM, Regina Spektor, Wilco, and more.

At 10:30, Mark talks with Steve Rector and Promise Clutter of Revolution Records Kansas City, 1830 Locust St, KCMO. Revolution Records celebrates a One Year Anniversary – First Friday Blow Out Party on Friday, August 5. Music starts at 7:00 pm with RLT, followed by: Approach, The Ovaries-eez, Vacation House, Rev Gusto, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and ending with Sterling Witt who will also join us live in our 90.1 FM studios. More information at: http://www.revolutionrecordskc.com

At 11:15 we will talk with multi-instrumentalist, Joshua Allen of the Kansas City based Various Blonde who have been recording and releasing music since 2008. Various Blonde have a brand new album, ALL BASES COVERED, that will be released by The Record Machine, on September 16, 2016. Various Blonde includes Joshua Allen on guitar & vocals, Adam Mcgill on guitar, Evanjohn Mcintosh on bass, Mark Lomas on drums. Various Blonde will play the Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday September 10. Various Blonde play a FREE SHOW, this Saturday, August 6, at 9:00 PM, at The Dubliner KC, 170 E 14th St, KCMO. More information at: http://www.variousblonde.com

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #641

WMM Playlist from July 27, 2016

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type


10:00

Marion Merritt joined us as our special “Guest Producer.” For more than 12 years she has been sharing her musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Marion is the creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business, at 1614 Westport Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Keeping alive the tradition of female-owned, independent record stores on Westport Road. Our area independent record stores make available midcoastal releases from independent KC music artists and labels, while also hosting multiple weekly in-store shows featuring area and touring bands.

Marion Merritt, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980 [WMM’s theme song]

2. Dimitri From Paris – “Prologue”
from: Sacrebleu / Atlantic / 2001

3. Marvin Gaye – “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
from: What’s Going On / Motown / 1971

4. Michael Kiwanuka – “Love & Hate”
from: Love & Hate / Interscope Records / July 15, 2016
[2nd studio album by London-based singer-songwriter. The album is the follow-up to Kiwanuka’s 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated album Home Again. The album was produced by Danger Mouse, Inflo, and Paul Butler. He has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, and Otis Redding, as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations. In January 2012, he won the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.]

10:19

5. Vivien Goldman – “P. A. Dub”
from: Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982) / Staubgold Germany / May 20, 2016
[Vivien Goldman is a British journalist, writer and musician. She was born in London, August 25, 1954, the child of two German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Goldman wrote for the music magazines NME, Sounds and Melody Maker about reggae, punk and post-punk. She was a member of The Flying Lizards, shared a flat with fellow NME journalist and The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde. Goldman lived in Paris for a year and a half, where she was a member of new wave duo Chantage, which gained modest fame in France. She released the “Dirty Washing EP” in 1981, with tracks produced by John Lydon and Adrian Sherwood. The EP appeared first on Ed Bahlman’s iconic 99 Records imprint on June 3, 1981. In August 1981, two of the tracks from the EP, “Launderette” and “Private Armies,” were issued as a 7″ single in the UK. Later the song “Launderette” was included on Gomma Records’ “Anti NY” compilation and the Chicks On Speed-produced Girl Monster collection. In that year she also contributed vocals (on the track “Private Armies,” which is actually “Private Armies Dub,” or “P.A. Dub,” from the EP) to the New Age Steppers’ self-titled debut.]

6. African Head Charge – “The Big Country”
from: Vision of a Psychedelic Africa / On-U-Sound / 2005
[African Head Charge is a psychedelic dub ensemble active since the early 1980s. The group was formed by percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, and featured a revolving cast of members, including Prisoner, Crocodile, Junior Moses, Sunny Akpan, Skip McDonald, and Jah Wobble. The group released most of its albums on Adrian Sherwood’s label, On-U Sound. Journalist David Stubbs, writing in The Wire, said “The notion of African Head Charge was hatched when Adrian Sherwood read Brian Eno’s comment about his vision for a “psychedelic Africa””. ]

10:33 – Underwriting

10:35

7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Bout Des Doigts”
from: Bout Des Doigts (B-Side of “Fingertips” – Single) / A Music / June 10, 2016
[Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group’s ranks over the next half-decade, but the focal point always remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, who, along with bassist Matt Hollywood, guitarist Dean Taylor, organist Mara Regal, accordionist Dawn Thomas, drummer Brian Glaze, and “Spokesman for the Revolution” Joel Gion, recorded the Massacre’s 1995 shoegaze-influenced debut LP, Methodrone.]

8. Luna – “Bonnie and Clyde (Clyde Barrow Version)”
from: Penthouse / Elektra / August 8, 1995
[3rd album from dream pop/indie pop band formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Dean Wareham after the breakup of Galaxie 500. Dean Wareham on vocals & guitars, Sean Eden on guitar, Justin Harwood on bass guitar, Stanley Demeski on drums, with guest: Laetitia Sadier on vocals for “Bonnie and Clyde”. Demeski was formerly of The Feelies and Harwood formerly of New Zealand band The Chills. The original line-up was expanded with the addition of guitarist Sean Eden for their second album, 1994’s Bewitched. Lee Wall replaced Demeski on drums in time for 1997’s Pup Tent, and Britta Phillips of The Belltower (also known as the singing voice of animated character Jem) joined when bassist Justin Harwood departed in 2000. Phillips and Wareham became romantically involved and eventually married in 2007.]

10:50

9. Britta Phillips – “Daydream”
from: Luck Or Magic / Double Feature Records / April 29, 2016
[Britta Phillips was born June 11, 1963. She is a singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and voice actor. Phillips’ music career spans more than 30 years. She came to prominence in the mid-1980s as the singing voice of the title character of the animated television series Jem. She has also been a member of the bands Luna and as one half of the duo Dean & Britta, both with her husband Dean Wareham. For a few years, on and off, Phillips has been working on Luck Or Magic, her solo debut, which started off as a collaboration with the late dance producer Scott Hardkiss. The album has five original songs and five cover songs. In 2008 Dean & Britta’s released 13 Most Beautiful Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.]

10. Luna – “Broken Chair”
from: Rendezvous / Jet Set Records / October 26, 2004
[7th and final album by American alternative rock band, It is notable as the first Luna album to feature vocals by guitarist Sean Eden, on songs “Broken Chair” and “Still at Home”.]

11:00 – Station ID

11. C.W. Stoneking – “How Long”
from: Gon’ Boogaloo / King Hokum Records / June 3, 2015
[Christopher William “C.W.” Stoneking (born 1974) is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player. He has released three studio albums, King Hokum (March 2005), Jungle Blues (28 August 2008) and Gon’ Boogaloo (17 October 2014), on his own King Hokum Records label.]

12. Mance Lipscomb – “Shake, Shake, Mama”
from: Texas Songster / Arhoolie Records / 2016 [orig. 1960]
[Mance Lipscomb was born Beau De Glen Lipscomb on April 9, 1895, near Navasota, Texas, to an ex-slave father from Alabama and a half Native American (Choctaw) mother. He died on January 30, 1976) He was an American blues singer, guitarist and songster. As a youth he took the name of ‘Mance’ from a friend of his oldest brother Charlie (“Mance” being short for emancipation). Lipscomb spent most of his life working as a tenant farmer in Texas and was discovered and recorded by Mack McCormick and Chris Strachwitz in 1960 during the country blues revival. He released many albums of blues, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and folk music (most of them on Strachwitz’ Arhoolie label), singing and accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He had a “dead-thumb” finger-picking guitar technique, and an expressive voice. Lipscomb often honed his skills by playing in nearby Brenham, Texas, with a blind musician, Sam Rogers.]

11:08

13. Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – “Silence Is the Way (feat. Laura Mvula)”
from: Everything’s Beautiful / Sony Legacy / May 27, 2016
[“I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Grammy Award-winning producer/pianist Robert Glasper said about his Miles Davis tribute album “Everything’s Beautiful.” “My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.” The album is a re-imagination of Miles Davis’ music from the perspective of the hip-hop and neo-soul generation, which sees jazz as music that is experimental nearly to the point of being genre-less. The featured artists include: Bilal, Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Stevie Wonder. Australian soul band Hiatus Kaiyote, British singer/songwriter Laura Mvula, Georgia Ann Muldrow and John Scofield join rising hip-hop stars Illa J and Phonte on the album.]

11:15

14. Bat for Lashes – “I Will Love Again”
from: The Bride / Warner Bros -WEA / July 1, 2016
[4th album from English singer, Natasha Khan who was born to an English mother, Josie, and Pakistani father, squash player Rehmat Khan on October 25, 1979. She is better known by her stage name Bat for Lashes, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has released four studio albums, Fur and Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009), The Haunted Man (2012) and The Bride (2016), and received Mercury Prize nominations for Fur and Gold and Two Suns. Khan is also the vocalist for Sexwitch, a collaboration with the rock band Toy and producer Dan Carey.]

15. The Wainwright Sisters – “El Condor Pasa”
from: Songs in the Dark / Fontana – PIAS / 2015
[The Wainwright Sisters are a singer-songwriter duo featuring the Canadian-American Martha Wainwright and her American half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche. Martha Wainwright was born May 8, 1976, and is a Canadian-American folk-rock singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of American folk singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III and Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle. She was raised in a musical family along with her older brother, Rufus Wainwright, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lucy Wainwright Roche was born December 16, 1981, and is an American singer-songwriter, and the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche. Preceded by two EPs, 8 Songs and 8 More, Roche released her debut album, Lucy in October 2010. She also stars as Jeri in the Stuff You Should Know television show.]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:30 – Interview with Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type

Members of Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type: Justin Walker, Rachel Mallin, Matt Kosinski, and Jesse Bartmess, on the July 27, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM. (Not pictured is member Austin Edmisten)

Members of Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type: Justin Walker, Rachel Mallin, Matt Kosinski, and Jesse Bartmess, on the July 27, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM. (Not pictured is member Austin Edmisten)

16. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “White Girls”
from: Degenerate Matters [EP] / Independent / releases July 30, 2016
[Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin.]

The Kansas City based, 5-piece band, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type who join us to share new music from their debut EP, Degenerate Matters to be released on July 30, 2016. This indie synthpop band includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards, Matt Kosinski on lead guitar.

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type play recordBar, Friday, July 29, with Pink Royal, and Spirit is The Spirit.

Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Jesse Bartmess, Matt Kosinski, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley. (Austin Edmisten couldn’t make it.)

We fell in love with Rachel Mallin’s September 12, 2014, 4-track solo EP release, The Persistence of Vision, that she recorded during the summer of 2014, at the age of 19. Rachel Mallin wrote recorded, mixed, and produced the songs in the basement of her mom’s house in Gladstone, MO. The EP was co-mixed by Michael Kessler, and mastered by William Reeves at Centro Cellar Studio.

Just over one year ago, founder Rachel Mallin was sitting in a University of Missouri lecture hall scrambling to complete the last final exam of her sophomore year when she received a text from Justin Walker, close friend and bassist for The Wild Type. The then 20-year-old coed had spent a chaotic year taking classes, working, and composing soundtracks for indie filmmakers, while working on lyrics and music for a new band. Walker’s text announced in ALL CAPS that her recently self-produced, original song, “Razorback” was broadcasting live on an alternative radio station in her hometown, KC.

Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type also revealed a new song: “Something Wicked” on the compilation series How To Keep Dreaming Volume 1, from The Record Machine released September 10, 2015. More info at: http://www.HowToKeepDreaming.com.

Rachel Mallin’s songs “Razorback” and “Noise of the Night” were broadcast by on radio stations in Kansas City and nationally.

In 2015 Rachel formed a band called The Wild Type

11:42

17. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “13” (LIVE)
A cover of the Big Star song with Rachel Mallin on vocals and guitar, Justin Walker on acoustic bass, Jesse Bartmess on keys, Matt Kosinski on harmony vocals.

Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios.

Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski and lyrics written by Rachel Mallin.

At Element Recording Studios, audio engineer Joel Nanos (Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, Radkey and Republic Tigers) recorded and produced the band’s first collaborative project, Degenerate Matters, a four track EP which includes original songs: “Cash4Gold”, “Dance Card”, “Dropout”, and “White Girls”.

Mallin’s vocals, which lazily drift alongside Edmisten’s harmonic accompaniment with charming sarcasm and quips of disdain, are a lyric & rhythmic reflection of the generational culture of collegiate discontent. In perfect complement, the sonic textures of Kosinski’s guitar arrangements and Bartmess’ atmospheric synth lines float on the surface of Walker’s soul-biased bass licks to uniquely recreate a pop-surf vibe nostalgic of 50’s/60’s doo-wop. The songs have been previewed to critical acclaim at SXSW Music Festival, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, and top performance venues across the Midwest.

Jesse Bartmess who also records as Sinple has been a frequent contributor to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Jesse Bartmess, Matt Kosinski, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:56

18. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “Drop Out”
from: Degenerate Matters [EP] / Independent / releases July 30, 2016

[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play recordBar, Fri, July 29, with Pink Royal, and Spirit is The Spirit]

11:59:30

19. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

Next week, August 3, we Joshua Allen of Various Blonde joins us inner second hour, plus Promise Clutter from Revolution Records, and musician and artist Sterling Witt.

Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:

www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

Show #640

Wednesday MidDay Medley Spins Records With Merritt + Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spinning Records With Marion Merritt
+ Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type

Marion Merritt

Marion Merritt

Mark welcomes Marion Merritt, of Records With Merritt, who joins us as “Guest Producer” to share sonic discoveries and information from her musically-encyclopedic-brain. Marion will spin tracks from: Marvin Gaye, Michael Kiwanuka, Vivien Goldman, African Head Charge, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Luna, Britta Phillips, C.W. Stoneking, Mance Lipscomb, Miles Davis & Robert Glasper, Bat for Lashes, The Wainwright Sisters, Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters and Ray LaMontagne. Records With Merritt is located at 1614 Westport Road, KCMO. More info at: http://www.recordswithmerritt.com.

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type

Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type

At 11:30 Mark talks with the Kansas City based, 5-piece band, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type who join us to share new music from their debut EP, Degenerate Matters to be released on July 30, 2016. This indie synthpop band includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards, Matt Kosinski on lead guitar. Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski and lyrics written by Rachel Mallin. Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type play recordBar, Friday, July 29, with Pink Royal, and Spirit is The Spirit.

Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org

Show #640

WMM Playlist from July 20, 2016

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beth Byrd & Patrick Rippeto & KC Fringe
+ Diane Hightower & The Last Michigan
+ Teri Quinn

Beth Byrd, Patrick Rippeto, and Teri Quinn on the July 20, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Beth Byrd, Patrick Rippeto, and Teri Quinn on the July 20, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

1. “Main Title Instrumental – “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. Prairie Empire – “Like Birds”
from: The Salt / Commodore Trotter Records / July 1, 2016
[Brooklyn based trio of Brittain Ashford on vocals & guitar, Nim Ben-Reuven on drums, Jacki Paolella on bass & keyboards. (For their 2016 tour: Mike Marcinowsk is on drums). The band describe their sound as, “folk acoustic, folk-ish sad bastard music.” Brittain Ashford will make her Broadway debut in the fall of 2016, starring in “Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” Music and Libretto by Dave Malloy Adapted from War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Directed by Rachel Chavkin. She was nominated for a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for her work in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of this musical. More info at: http://www.prairieempire.org.]

3. Laura Mvula – “Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers)”
from: The Dreaming Room / Sony Music UK / June 17, 2016
[British soul singer-songwriter grew up in the Birmingham suburbs of Selly Park and Kings Heath with two younger siblings and was influenced by the girl band Eternal. Her mother is from Saint Kitts and her father is from Jamaica. In 2005, Mvula sang with Black Voices, an a cappella group set up by her aunt. In 2008, she formed a jazz/neo-soul group called Judyshouse, singing lead vocals and writing material for the band. Mvula was Director of the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir, founded by Black Voices and Lichfield Festival in 2009. She has previously directed the Alvechurch Community Choir. Mvula graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire at the Birmingham City University with a degree in composition. While she was working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school, she started writing songs on her laptop. She was working as a receptionist when she sent out two demos to several people in the music industry. One of them, Steve Brown, heard the songs and sent them to his manager, Kwame Kwaten, who would become Mvula’s manager.]

4. Wye Oak – “Watching the Waiting”
from: Tween / Merge Records / July 9, 2016
[5th studio album from Baltimore, Maryland based indie duo. Tween is unique in that all the songs were “written, scrapped, and re-purposed” by Wye Oak in between the years 2011 and 2014. Therefore, the tracks for the album are all remnants from their past albums Civilian and Shriek. Andy Stack on drums, keyboards, & backup vocals and Jenn Wasner on vocals, guitars, and bass. Their sound has been described as “earnest folk-influenced indie rock with touches of noise and dream pop”. Wasner sings lead vocals and plays electric or acoustic guitar, while Stack plays both drums and keyboards, playing the drums with his feet and right hand, and the bass line with his left hand. The band was formed as Monarch in mid-2006, before changing their name to Wye Oak, a reference to the former state tree of their home state of Maryland.]

[Wye Oak play recordBar, Saturday, July 30, with Tuskha, and Jaenki.]

10:15 – Underwriting

5. Rooftop Vigilantes – “Oracle Cop”
from: Let It Be / High Dive Records / July 22, 2016
[3rd full-length, from Lawrence, danger-pop, 4-piece, formed in 2008. Zach Campbell, Oscar Allen, Hannah Hyde & Seth Wiese released their debut record “Carrot Atlas” in 2009 have toured to non-stop since, and have “slept on every couch, floor, dirty mattress there is in the lower 48.” Twice this band has been signed to record labels that later went out of business. They have now been signed to High Dive Records. For this new album, most of the songs were recorded in the basement of band member Seth Wiese. They finished the album on tour, and some of the parts were done in NYC, as was the mixing.]

[Rooftop Vigilantes play an album release show at The Blind Tiger, Friday, July 22 with Shy Boys, The Conquerors & Toys That Kill]

[Rooftop Vigilantes play an album release show at The Replay Lounge, Saturday, July 23]

6. Potter’s Field – “Run On”
from: Potter’s Field [EP] / Independent / May 16, 2016
[Dan Mesh on guitars, keyboards & vocals; Gary Paredes on guitar & backing vocals; Cory Corbino on bass & backing vocals; and Paul Lemon on drums & percussion. All songs by Dan Mesh. Recorded at Hammerhead Studio by Mike Moreland. Mastered at largely Pro Audio by Pat Tomek.]

7. Chess Club – “Nadie”
from: Hi Sad / Independent / January 29, 2016
[Debut EP from Lawrence based math-rock trio recorded from August of 2015-January of 2016. Recorded and mixed by Joel Martin. This album was performed by the members of Chess Club: Griffin Nelson on guitar & vocals, Cooper Avery on drums, and David Krejci on bass.]

[Chess Club play Records With Merritt, Thursday August 11, at 8:00 PM, with JANK from Philadelphia, Boy Rex from Oympia Washington, and Fling from Columbia, MO.]

8. Shearwater – “Quiet Americans”
from: Jet Plane and Oxbow / Sub Pop Records / January 22, 2016
[8th studio album by the Austin, Texas, based band led by multi-instrumentalist and lead singer Jonathan Meiburg. In 1999, Meiburg and his Okkervil River bandmate Will Sheff, founded Shearwater as an outlet for quieter songs on which they were collaborating. The band’s name comes from the shearwater, a tribe of seabirds related to petrels and albatrosses. Meiburg, who holds a master’s degree in geography with a focus on ornithology, picked the name mostly for the sound of the word.] [Shearwater is currently on tour in Europe]

10:30 – Beth Byrd & Patrick Rippeto

Beth Byrd Lonski is Artistic-Director of Byrd Productions Physical Theater, founded in 1995. With over 30 years of profession work as a mime, clown, physical theater artist, producer of physical theater and teacher, Beth has toured the country as a solo artist for schools and libraries. Beth has appeared in television and film and commercials, and has collaborated with Kansas City Renaissance Festival, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, City in Motion Dance Theatre, The Folly Theatre, the Reynolds Family Circus, Dance in The Park, KC Fringe Fest. Beth was an original board member of the Just Off Broadway Theatre. Beth studied at The Goldstone & Johnson School for Mime with Marcel Marceau and is a 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Resident.

Patrick Reppito is an actor, writer, director and teacher. Patrick has been involved in theatre ever since he was a high school freshman at Excelsior Springs. He studied Speech and Theatre Education Northwest Missouri State University and finished at U.M.K.C. where he performed in several shows including; The Laramie Project, Ash Girl, and Black Comedy/White Liars. Patrick studied Commedia dell’Arte at Scuola Internazionale della Commedia dell’Arte e dell’Attore Comico. Patrick has also performed at The Living Room Theatre’s Titus Andronicus, Relevance Production’s The Tempest and Byrd Productions where he was in The French Cabaret that was performed at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Patrick is the writer and director of The Treasure of the Golden Monkey King. Patrick also plays bass in the KC based band, Attic Light.

Beth Byrd and Patrick Rippeto join us to talk about their 2016 KC Fringe production, The Treasure of the Golden Monkey King, at The Jerome Stage of The Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main Street, KCMO presented by Byrd Productions Physical Theater and Commedia Kansas City. The play runs Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, July 30. More information at: http://www.byrdproductions.org, or http://www.kcfringe.org

Byrd Productions, and Commedia Kansas City present their first production

The Treasure of the Golden Monkey King – A comic story of greed, love and misdirection- tells the story of Isabella and Flavio two lovers to be wed. That is until Pantalone, Isabella’s greedy father denies the wedding. All is lost, until a mysterious traveler brings news of a prize so great that it could reunite the two love birds. What else could get in the way?

Unicorn Theatre, Jerome Stage, 3828 Main KCMO | 60m | Rated PG | byrdproductions.org

Cast:

Jordan Fox was in Spinning Tree Theatre (Amadeus), Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The Full Monty, Mary Stuart, Ragtime, Pride’s Crossing, and The Kentucky Cycle), MeltingPot, KC (JFK: A Ghostly Eve.), and Stuffed Buffalo Productions (The Princess Bride, High Fidelity). In previous KC Fringe Festivals, Jordan has performed with Undisclosed Theatre Co. (The Impressionists), The Fishtank (Green Fish), and Central Standard Theatre with Bedtime Solos, which he then debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. Jordan is a puppeteer with StoneLion Puppet Theatre, and also dabbles in directing, making his KC debut with Goat Song, for Westport Center for the Arts, in June. He has a lovely son, Jude, whom he loves, dearly.

Cooper Hart is a local performer, new to the Kansas City theatre scene. They went to Southwestern College for theatre, and now works with Sky Parade Circus, as well as running their own face painting and body art company.

Kait Dowling is a performer and photographer also known as “Kater Tot,” a comedic burlesque performer. She has recenty traveled to Texas, Alaska, and Colorado. Kait continues to study other forms of physical theater including clown and mask. Kait holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast MO State.

and also: Beth Byrd-Lonski and Patrick Rippito

July 23 – Saturday – 3:00pm | July 23 – Saturday – 10:30pm | July 24 – Sunday – 3:00pm |
July 27 – Wednesday – 6:00pm | July 28 – Thursday – 9:00pm | July 30 – Saturday – 7:30pm

Commedia Kansas City – Kickstarter Campaign for Commedia Kansas City – The Creation of a Company – Deadline: Sat, Jul 30 2016 10:39 AM CDT.

Commedia Kansas City is KC’s newest theatre company that will produce shows in the living style of Commedia dell’Arte.

Patrick, with Commedia Kansas City, hopes to introduce the audiences of KC to this charming style of theatre.

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Workshop Event: An introduction to Commedia dell’Arte: the style and characters.

Study with Patrick Rippeto, a student of the Commedia Maestro Antonio Fava, as he guides you through this classical style of improvised comedy. You will actively be learning the elements of Commedia dell’arte via the characters and masks that inhabit this zany style. Join us and be ready to move in this physical and fast paced workshop.

Produced by Byrd Productions in collaboration with: Commedia Kansas City and the KC Fringe Festival – Sunday, July 31, 10:00 – noon, at the Just Off Broadway Theater

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“Commedia Kansas City” – Film Screening – Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

MTH Theater at Crown Center – 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

“Commedia Kansas City,” a film created by Thad Parnell and Steve Valenzuela, will be screened as part of the Independent Film Coalition of Kansas City (IFCKC) Fringe Festival presentation. Other showings: July 26 & 28 at 6:30 PM, July 30 at 4:30 PM
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The Treasure of the Golden Monkey King, runs Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, July 3 at The Jerome Stage of The Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main Street, KCMO presented by Byrd Productions Physical Theater and Commedia Kansas City for the KCFringe Festival. More information at: http://www.byrdproductions.org, or http://www.kcfringe.org

Patrick also plays bass in the KC based band, Attic Light.
Attic Light will be playing the KC Fringe Festival closing night party on July 31

10:48

9. Attic Light – “Hot In Kansas City”
from: Hot In Kansas City – Single / Independent / July 22, 2016
[The newest single from Kansas City based 4-piece band, Attic Light that will be released onFriday, July 22. Attic Light who just recently finished several weeks of Midwest tour dates in support of our their second EP, The EXILE, recorded in Nashville and released on March 18. Attic Light is Nate Bowman on vocals & guitar, Michael Pittman on guitar, Patrick Rippeto on bass, and Joseph Dillman on drums.]

[Attic Light will be playing the KC Fringe Festival closing night party on July 31]

10. Teri Quinn – “Free of Wanting”
from: Moons and Meltdowns / Independent / April 17, 2016

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Teri Quinn

Kansas City based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Teri Quinn is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Teri Quinn moved to Kansas City in 2009 to study Clarinet Performance and Music Composition at the University Of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music where she graduated in 2013. Teri plays clarinet and guitar for Claire and the Crowded Stage. She is currently in the band Abandoned Bells with Krysztof Nemeth and Tyson Schroeder. Teri has also contributed experimental compositions for The Black House Collective. On April 17, Teri Quinn released her debut EP, Moons and Meltdowns.

Teri Quinn will play at Anton’s, 1610 Main St. Sunday, July 24, at 7:00 pm, with The Lowest Pair, and Natalie Prauser, Sponsored by Stewart U 360, and MudStomp Records.

At Folk Alliance International Teri Quinn met Kendl Winter & Palmer T. Lee of the Olympia / Minneapolis duo: The Lowest Pair.

This year The Lowest Pair released TWO full length albums:
Uncertain As It is Uneven and Fern Girl & Ice Man on Team Love Records

11:05

11. The Lowest Pair – “Holy Buckets”
from: Uncertain As It is Uneven / Team Love Records / April 15, 2016
[The Lowest Pair is Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Uncertain As It Is Uneven is the fourth album by The Lowest Pair it was released, together with Fern Girl & Ice Man their fifth full length release.]

[The Lowest Pair, will play at Anton’s, 1610 Main St., Sunday, July 24, at 7:00 pm, with Teri Quinn, and Natalie Prauser Sponsored by Stewart U 360, MudStomp Records.]

Teri Quinn playing live on the July 20, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Teri Quinn playing live on the July 20, 2016 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:11

12. Teri Quinn – “Old Bones” (Live)
[a new original song from Teri Quinn]

11:17

13. Teri Quinn – “Leave” (Live)
[a new original song from Teri Quinn]

Teri Quinn also met 17 year old, KC based singer-songwriter Natalie Prauser at this year’s Folk Alliance International.

Natalie was one of top 5 Finalist for American Songwriter’s Award 2015

Teri Quinn , Natalie Prauser and The Lowest Pair, will all be in concert together, Sunday, July 24, at 7:00 pm, at Anton’s, 1610 Main St. KCMO.

11:23

14. Natalie Prauser – “so it goes”
from: being / Independent / June 17, 2016
[17 year old KC based singer-songwriter was one of top 5 Finalist for American Songwriter’s Award 2015 ]

15. Toshi Reagon – “Terrify Me”
from: There And Back Again / Music For Your Life / May 10, 2011
[Toshi Reagon was born 1964 in Atlanta. She is the daughter of Freedom Singers co-founders Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, with whom she has sometimes collaborated on musical projects. Her father is Cordell Hull Reagon, a leader of the civil rights movement in Albany, member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and co-founder of The Freedom Singers. She is also the goddaughter of folk singer, Pete Seeger and named after his wife, Toshi Seeger. Reagon began performing when she dropped out of college; soon afterward, Lenny Kravitz invited her to open for him on his first world tour. She has since shared the stage with performers ranging from Ani Difranco to Elvis Costello. Reagon, a lesbian, lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner and their daughter.]

[Toshi Reagon with her band BigLovely, played the 40th annual Michican Women’s Music Festival, August 7, 2015, with Holly Near, Mellissa Ferrick, Ferron, Cris Williamson, Laura Love and Big Bad Gina, Jill Sobule, Betty, and many others for “The Last Michigan.”]

11:30 – Interview with Diane Hightower

Diane Hightower is someone I’ve known since 1990 when we both were part of a group of performers and artists and activists known as Big Bang Buffet. I’ve known Diane as a friend, a photographer, and a documentary film maker, as an animal rescuer, as a human rights activist, as a mom, a wife, a survivor, and now as a playwright. Diane Hightower joins us to share information about her new original play that will be featured at the 2016 KC Fringe Festival, The Last Michigan, takes place in August 2015, during the last year of the 40-year running, Michigan Women’s Music Festival. Diane Hightower’s show runs July 22 through July 30, at The Buffalo Room. More information at: http://www.kcfringe.org

We just heard Toshi Reagan who played the 40th annual Michican Women’s Music Festival, August 7, 2015, ”The Last Michigan.”

Diane Hightower was at The Last Michigan.

Background on Michigan Women’s Michigan Festival:

Michigan Women’s Music Festival, called “the Original Womyn’s Woodstock” and often referred to as MWMF or Michfest, was an international feminist music festival held every August from 1976 to 2015 in Oceana County, Michigan, USA, near Hart Township, in a small wooded area known as “The Land.” The event was completely built, staffed, run and attended by women. The 40th Festival, in August 2015, was the last one.

As a private, women-only camping event, the Michigan festival was founded in 1976 by 19-year-old Lisa Vogel, who, with sister Kristie Vogel and friend Mary Kindig, planned an event along the lines of the recent Boston Women’s Music Festival and the Midwest Women’s Festival. Attendance ranges from 3,000 to 10,000.

Women build all of the stages, run the lighting and sound systems, make the trash collection rounds, serve as electricians, mechanics, security, medical and psychological support, cook meals for thousands over open fire pits, provide childcare, and facilitate workshops covering various topics of interest to the attendees, who are referred to as “festies”. Hundreds of women spend upwards of a month out on the land building the festival from the ground up because every year the festival is torn down, leaving the land as close to how it was found as possible

Diane Hightower’s play The Last Michigan is fictional piece, but she does bring themes from her real life into the story. In the play, The characters of Annie and Michelle are in a longtime relationship. Michelle a cancer survivor. Diane is a four time survivor of cancer and is also in a long term relationship with her wife and they have two sons.

Synopsis: Annie is driven to the edge by her cravings for physical touch; Michelle struggles to feel more confident about her cancer-ravaged body. What starts out as a carefree journey to the annual women’s music festival of Michigan turns into unanswered questions about what makes a relationship work. Come along for the journey as this new play follows two lesbians into a secret forest full of feminists.

Starring Wendy Buchheit, Stephanie Spalding, Rebecca Ralstin, and Anita Davis.

Directed by Emerson Rapp. 60m R (adult language, simulated sex scene)

The Last Michigan at Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO.
4 shows: Friday July 22 at 8pm | Tuesday July 26th at 6pm | Thursday July 28th at 8pm | and Saturday July 30 at 6pm.

Diane Hightower, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:45 – Underwriting

16. Betse & Clarke – “In This World”
from: River Still Rise / Independent / July 1, 2016
[Full-length debutalbum, from traditional and future folk duo, Betse & Clarke Betse Ellis on fiddles, violins, viola & vocals and Clarke Wyatt on banjos and cello. Recorded during the Winter-Spring of 2016. Produced by Clarke Wyatt and Betse Ellis. Recorded and mixed by Clarke Wyatt/ Final mix assistance from Chad Meise at Massive Sound. “River Still Rise,” is a collection of originals and reworked traditional compositions that are presented “to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name.” Betse Ellis writes in the extended liner notes: “The phrase River Still Rise appears in the journals of Meriwether Lewis, and to me, most notably when the Corps of Discovery readied their boats and supplies for the beginning of their river journey. Documenting all the details of the excursion included aspects of the weather, the general demeanor or specific behavior of the crew, and most certainly the level of the river. The river needed to be high enough to be navigable, and in that way, Clarke and I have been putting together our gear and supplies, building our boat, and watching the weather signs for about a year and a half at this point. The process of recording RSR took several months, beginning in early 2016. We made this recording at home with the best gear we could acquire at this point, and with Clarke’s long-built engineering and producing knowledge.”]

[Betse & Clarke play the Jackson Hotel in Paola Kansas, Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 PM]

[In August and September Betse & Clarke will tour the United Kingdom, and Ireland]

17. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – “White Girls”
from: Degenerate Matters [EP] / Independent / releases July 30, 2016
[Indie synthpop from Kansas City based, 5-piece band that includes: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards, Matt Kosinski on lead guitar. Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, and Matt Kosinski. Lyrics written by Rachel Mallin.]

[Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type play recordBar, Friday, July 29, with Pink Royal, and Spirit is The Spirit]

11:59:30

19. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

Next week on July 27, Marion Merritt returns with musical discoveries and information from her musically encyclopedic brain. Also with us live in our 90.1 FM Studios will be Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type.

Our Script/Playlist is a cut and paste of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM,
http://www.kkfi.org

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