WMM Playlist from August 3, 2022

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Sonia Hall + Chris Haghirian + the 1st Annual Innovation Festival + More New & MidCoastal Releases

10:00 – New & MidCoastal Releases

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
Momma
  1. Momma – “Speeding 72 (Radio Edit) – Single”
    from: Household Name / Polyvinyl Records Co. / July 1, 2022
    [Following Momma’s beloved 2020 LP Two of Me, which introduced the world to the symbiotic writing style and profound creative intuition of founders Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, the band’s third studio album Household Name reveals an exciting new chapter marked by both personal and artistic growth. Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar, the album is a tightly-stitched collection that is magnetic and dynamic, and also marks their debut for Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number—who signed Momma in the midst of the pandemic. // Bygone heroes helped inspire a lyrical theme throughout Household Name: the rise and fall of the rock star, and the tropes and tribulations that come with that arc. The theme allowed the group to celebrate (and, in some cases, directly reference) icons like Nirvana, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, and the Breeders’ Kim Deal, while weaving in their own perspective and experiences. The album perfects a balance of heavy riffs, deep emotions, inviting sonic production, and a lighthearted, wry sense of humor, creating a singular lane for Momma in today’s world of alt rock.]
Quite Frankly
  1. Quite Frankly – “Might Be”
    from: “Might Be” – Single / Quite Frankly / August 1, 2022
    [“Might Be” is the follow up to the band’s earlier single, “Is This Still Even Fun?” that was released on October 22, 2021. Before that they released, “Blue/Red” on May 14, 2021. In the dawn of 2016, shy but precocious middle schooler, founding member and bassist Scout Matthew, decided she wanted to try her hand at turning her musical ambition into reality by creating a band that would take her and her friends well beyond their beginning musical education at School of Rock. She began planning rehearsals out of her garage and within a short time, she convinced her supportive family to renovate their home’s basement into a rehearsal space. Ever since, Quite Frankly the Band has been committed to perfecting its sound, writing their own original music and adding amazing covers. // This young band is no longer just a student band, holding its own opening for, The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks and LA Guns! with several yers experience the band members have moved into high school and beyond, Jolson, Carolyn, Scout, Gavin & Eli have built an impressive resume. // The band gained attention by being the youngest winners of the Nelson Atkins Battle of The Bands 2018 and for being nominated as Pitch’s “Best in KC” two years in a row. They’ve played First Fridays in the Crossroads, Starlight Theater, The Rino, recordBar, Lemonade Park, Kauffman Stadium, Sprint Center with Big Slick and Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. More info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com]

[Quite Frankly plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. West Bottoms,KCMO on Friday, August 5, at 7:00 PM with Interstate Run and Lee Walter Redding]

Maggie Rogers
  1. Maggie Rogers – “Want Want”
    from: Surrender / Capitol Records – Debay Sounds / July 29, 2022
    [Surrender is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers. Born Margaret Debay Rogers on April 25, 1994, she is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Easton, Maryland. Her big break came when her song “Alaska” was played to Pharrell Williams during a master class at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2019. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School in May 2022. Maggie Rogers grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland along the banks of the Miles River in Easton, Talbot County, Maryland. Her father is a now-retired Ford Motor Company dealer and her mother, a former nurse, is now an end-of-life doula. She began playing harp at age seven and loved the music of Gustav Holst and Antonio Vivaldi. Her mother would play neo-soul artists such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. By the time she was in middle school, Rogers had added piano and guitar to her repertoire and began songwriting in eighth grade. For high school, she attended St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware as well as The Gunston School on the Corsica River in Centreville, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. At school, she played harp in the orchestra, sang in the choir, joined a jazz band, learned banjo and became interested in folk music, and taught herself how to program. She also spent many summers during her formative years at a rural camp in Maine. The summer after her junior year in high school, Rogers attended a Berklee College of Music program and won the program’s songwriting contest, which spurred her to focus on writing.[4] During her high school senior year, she recorded what became her first album, The Echo (2012). Rogers included her demos as part of her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. She secured admission and started in 2012.]
Kasey Rausch
  1. Kasey Rausch – “She Said Goodbye”
    from: “She Said Goodbye”-Single / Kasey Rausch / July 8, 2022
    [Written by Kasey Rausch with: Kasey Rausch on vocals & acoustic guitar; Marco Pascolini on baritone guitar; Fred Wickham on electric guitar; Richard Burgess on electric bass; Sweet Matt Brahl on drums; Kelly Hunt on harmony vocals; and Kristin Hamilton on harmony vocals. Engineered and Mixed at Temple Sounds, Kansas City, MO by Brendan Moreland. Mastered at Oddio Hut, Shawnee, KS by Chad Meise. Spring 2022. Kasey says: ““I wrote “She Said Goodbye” as I was experiencing burn-out from the music industry. I quit touring in 2018 and almost entirely quit gigging in 2019. I took a job as a caregiver for a woman with Alzheimers and saw that through to her end-of-life. After some recuperation time for my heart, I began writing feverishly and slowly readied myself for studio work, preparing to record about 30 songs. I called on my longtime band mates in The Country Duo and The Naughty Pines, and two of my favorite vocalists and songwriters, who also happen to be dear friends, Kelly Hunt and Kristin Hamilton, and we made this lil’ gem of a recording happen with the talented engineer and co-producer, Brendan Moreland (Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys). The band mates and I have more music in the recording process and will be releasing songs throughout 2022 and beyond. The goal is not to make a record, but to catalog these songs for my family and have a heck of a good time enjoying the process – which includes getting back to playing live music. I’m ready and I’m falling in love with music again.” // Kasey Rausch (she/her/they) is a 5th generation musician, songwriter, former producer/host of River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1FM and former host of “Campfire” on DittyTV. She plays live and records with multiple variations of the bands The Country Duo, Kasey & The Pines, and The Naughty Pines. Her roots can be found in the Kansas City area, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas (home of the Walnut Valley Festival), and deep Southeast Texas. She was featured with band mate Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo on the legendary Sun Studio Sessions TV show which aired across the US and Canada. No Depression called Rausch’s vocals “tender and intuitive.” Her third album, Guitar in Hand, debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s entertainment guide. She was named 2016’s Best of the Northland (Artist), 2013’s Female Performer of the Year by The Farmer’s Turnpike on KMXN 92.9 FM, and has shared the stage with Joe Ely, Peter Rowan, Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, Roland White, William Elliot Whitmore, Gregory Alan Isokvo, Iris DeMent, Ray Bonneville, Kris Delmhorst, Justin Townes Earle, Tish Hinojosa, Jack Williams and many more. More information at: http://www.kaseyrausch.com or http://www.kaseyrausch.bandcamp.com]

[Kasey Rausch plays Rochester Brewing & Roasting Co. 2129 Washington St. KCMO, Tonight, August 3, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.]

Just Angel
  1. Just Angel – “Intent”
    from: Just Angel: Pt. 2 {EP] / Just Angel / December
    [Just Angel is a Kansas City based, Singer, musician, songwriter, dancer, and creative artist, Just Angel. Her powerful voice has been called, “Passionate … Soulful… and Inspiring.” Her music finds its home in Rock, Jazz, and Alternative, and she has found a way to incorporate those genres within her love with Soul and R&B. Just Angel has performed with My Brothers & Sisters. Just Angel and her band, The Wades can be found rocking stages with her original songs from her recordings and eclectic takes on popular music. She released her debut EP, JUST ANGEL, PART 1 on December 24, 2020. She released her follow up EP, JUST ANGEL, PART 2 on December 25, 2021. She also contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record. More info at: https://linktr.ee/JustAngel_TigerLilyStar%5D

[Just Angel and The Wades play The Phoenix, 302 West 8th St, KCMO, on Friday, Aug. 5, at 4:30 PM.]

Kat King
  1. Kat King – “New Sun”
    from: “New Sun” – Single / Manor Records / July 29, 2021
    [Kansas City based 5-piece shimmer-pop band Kat King will release their single “New Sun” that breathes life back into life itself. Led by Kat, herself, a seasoned musician who charms with an infectious dance-inducing energy, the upcoming single is an electric blend of catchy bright melodies that find itself right in the heart & heat of summer. Derek Melies on guitar, John Kaul McCain on bass, Daniel Cole on drums, & Kara LePage on keys bring a refreshing dynamism both on and off the stage. Centering on themes of self-care, steadfast friendship, and revitalizing optimism, “New Sun” compels listeners to look towards new, more positive, more productive perspectives. Follow up to the June 9, 2021 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN 5-track EP recorded with her band. Kat King on guitar, keyboards, & vocals; Derek Melies on guitar & back ground vocals; John McCain on bass; Daniel Cole on drums. Co-produced & mixed/mastered by Joel Martin. Lawrence Kansas based singer songwriter Kat King released her last single Song of Spain in 2019 and her single “2017” in, 2018. She released her 5-song EP “Falling Up” on December 1, 2017. Kat King has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the first one released at the age of 14. More info at: http://www.katbking.com ]

[Kat King play RecordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Sunday, August 7 at 7:00 with Reina Del Cid]

Haness
  1. Hannes – “I’m Coming Home”
    from: “I’m Coming Home” – Single / EARTHRISEONTHEMOON / June 21, 2022
    [More info at: http://www.instagram.com/hannesss%5D

10:30 – Underwriting

10:30 – The Innovation Festival

WMM shines a light on the 1st Annual Innovation Festival, Kansas City’s opportunity to mingle with cutting-edge innovators across science & tech while unlocking the connection between music & science. Innovators, scientists, growers, & manufacturers working in the agriculture innovation ecosystem come together at this conference to build collaborations, discover new technologies, network, and share information. The Innovation Festival, a 3-day regional convergence of music and innovation featuring national, regional, and local musical acts. On Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, and Whitehall. Info at: http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

Dr. Sonia M. Hall

10:32 – Interview with Dr. Sonia Hall

Dr. Sonia M. Hall is the President & Chief Executive Officer for BioKansas, a bioscience focused non-profit committed to leading the effort of supporting and growing Kansas’ bioscience ecosystem. Dr. Hall received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Kansas, followed by two years of postdoctoral training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has focused her career on designing and leading initiatives that aim to make science and the paths towards scientific careers more equitable. These efforts have resulted in the creation of numerous programs, publications, and initiatives, leading her to share her expertise with a variety of national and international audiences, including the Hungarian Academy of Science, Genetics Society of America, the Future of Research, government agencies, and many more.

Whether speaking with Congressional representatives, academic leadership, corporate leaders, or international scientific audiences, she has had an ongoing commitment to highlight the scientific contributions of researchers and companies in the heartland. This passion for the individuals and innovation in the Midwest led Dr. Hall back to Kansas in 2019 to lead BioKansas and bring the vision of building the region into a hub for biologics research, manufacturing, and commercialization to reality. By fostering an inclusive culture that embraces bold creativity, continuous improvement, and discovery, Dr. Hall continues to leverage the support of the bioscience network; including members, regional partners, and the BioKansas leadership team to alter the trajectory of the region’s bioscience industry.

As part of this effort, Dr. Hall designed and founded Innovation Festival, August 4, 5 and 6th, a 3-day regional convergence of music and innovation featuring national, regional, and local musical acts. The goal for Innovation Festival is to demonstrate that the region it’s a vibrant place to live, work, and grow businesses. The 1st Annual Innovation Fest, culminates on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with live music from The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, Caroline Blu, Miki P and More.. More info at http://www.bioscience.org and http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

Dr. Sonia Hall thank you for being with us on WMM.

Dr. Sonia Hall is part of the board of directors of Midwest Music Foundation. Since July 29, 2019 she has served as President & CEO at BioKansas – Kansas Bioscience Organization – t – Kansas City, Kansas

Previous Work:

  • Director, Engagement & Development at GSA – Genetics Society of America – June 7, 2017 – Present – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Postdoctoral researcher at UMass Chan Medical School – Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Works at Molecular Biosciences (University of Kansas)
  • Worked at The University of Kansas

College

  • Studied at The University of Kansas – PhD
  • Studied at The University of Kansas

Innovation Festival

CONFERENCES – Embed yourself in the region’s innovation ecosystem as we showcase new technologies, advancements, and discoveries at our two Innovation Festival conferences. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to break into the industry, become inspired, secure career opportunities, and network with top innovators and scientists.

INNOVATIONS IN AG TECH CONFERENCE
August 4 – 6, 2022 – Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS
Discover novel technologies, see groundbreaking product demonstrations, and network with industry insiders. – 27 Guest Speakers


MECHANISMS OF DISEASE RESEARCH & RECRUITMENT CONFERENCE
August 4 – 6, 2022 – Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, KS
Discover research advancements, career opportunities, and entry points into industry companies. – 53 Guest Speakers

SCIENTIFIC SESSION TOPICS

Disease & Development

Rare Diseases
Infectious Disease

Genetic Mechanisms

Developmental Genetics & Signaling
Epigenetic Regulation Of Gene Expression
Chromosomal & Genome Stability
Computational Biology

Drugs & Pharmacology

Drug Design
Delivery Of Molecules & Biologics
Bioanalytical Chemistry
Pharmacology

August 6 – Line Up – Main Stage Schedule

11:00 AM – Gates Open
11:50 AM – Caroline Blu
12:50 AM – The Cavves
1:50 PM – The Freedom Affair
2:50 PM – Whitehall
3:50 PM – Dreamgirl
4:50 PM – MellowPhobia
6:10 PM – Argonaut & Wasp
7:35 PM – The Regrettes
9:00 PM – The Greeting Committee

Silent Disco
7:00 – 10:00 PM

7:00 PM – DJ Mo Heat
7:00 PM – DJ Ness
7:00 PM – DJ Joe KC

Brewery Showcase Stage
2:00 – 6:00 PM

3:20 PM – Jake Reese
4:20 PM – Miki P
5:30 PM – The Roseline

BREWERY SHOWCASE

We put the BEER in “BEATS. BEER. BIOLOGICS.” – Individuals can taste the biosciences at Innovation Festival’s Brewery Showcase and meet brewing industry professionals from the region.

Your Brewery Showcase ticket allows you to curate your own flight of six 7-ounce pours, network with the breweries, and enjoy the company of fellow beer lovers. This event was created through a partnership with Pink Boots Society – Kansas City Chapter, a 501c3 non-profit that supports women in the fermentation and alcoholic beverage industry. Get your ticket for the Brewery Showcase today!

Participating Breweries

  • BootStrap Beer – Bootstrap Brewing Company – Longmont, CO
  • Boulevard Brewing Company – Kansas City, MO
  • Cinder Block Brewing Company – Kansas City, MO
  • Crane Brewing Company – Raytown, MO
  • Defiance Brewing Company – Hays, KS
  • Fields & Ivy Brewing Company – Lawrence, KS
  • Holidaily Brewing Company – Golden, CO
  • Kansas Territory Brewing Company – Washington, KS
  • Hidden Trail Brewing – Garden City, KS
  • Mother’s Brewing Company – Springfield, MO
  • Schlafly Beer – St. Louis, MO

Innovation Festival will be topped off with the first public reveal of a collaborative regional plan to build the nation’s most equitable hub for biologics – centered in Kansas City.

Sonia Hall thank you for being with us on WMM.

Dr. Sonia M Hall

The First Annual Innovation Festival, is this week August 4, 5 and 6th, a 3-day regional convergence of music and innovation featuring national, regional, and local musical acts. The goal for Innovation Festival is to demonstrate that the region it’s a vibrant place to live, work, and grow businesses.

The Fest, culminates on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with live music from The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, Caroline Blu, Miki P, The Roseline and Jake Reece.. More info at http://www.bioscience.org and http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

10:55

The Greeting Committee

9. The Greeting Committee & Tune Yards – “How Long? (Tune-Yards Remix)”
from: “How Long? (Tune-Yards Remix)” – Single / Harvest Records / March 25, 2021
[Happiness is…When one of your favorite bands, of all-time, remixes a single by one of your favorite bands from Kansas City…The Greeting Committee’s new single “How Long?” Tune-Yards remix will appear on the trio’s forthcoming deluxe edition of ‘Dandelion’ to be released this Friday, June 10. 2022. Accompanying the remix is a tantalizing animated visual, created by the Singapore-based art director/illustrator Kezia Gabriella. Known for her vibrant imagery that abounds with abstract shapes and unusual characters, Gabriella previously co-directed the video for “Float Away,” another track from Dandelion. Formed in KC in 2014 with Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, & Pierce Turcotte, with Austin Fraser on the road. On September 24, 2021). The Greeting Committee released theit EP, DANDELION (one of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. is a follow up to their Oct. 17, 2019 EP, I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry, and their October 26, 2018, full length vinyl release “This Is It.” The band has previously released the EP “Meeting People is Easy” in 2017, and “It’s Not All That Bad” in 2015.The Greeting Committee released their single “Ada” on August 27, 2021, through Harvest Records / UMG Recordings. “Ada” is a queer narrative inspired by lived experience of a dear friend. Addie wrote, “i knew this wasn’t my story to tell, but instead the story of someone i fiercely admire. to our garden, you are loved. you are loved.” You can listen to “Ada” at: thegcband.lnk.to/ada. The trio is currently in the midst of their headlining Dandelion tour, which concludes with a hometown show at KC’s Uptown Theater on April 9. More info at: http://www.thegcband.com]

[The Greeting Committee play The Innovation Festival August 6, at 9:00 PM, 2022, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD, KCMO, 64108]

11:00 – Station ID

Chris Haghirian


11:00 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

Chris Haghirian joins us to share all of the details about the music of the 1st Annual Innovation Fest, on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, with The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, Caroline Blu, Miki P, The Roseline and Jake Reece.

Chris Haghirian shares his passion for the KC music community as host of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM, on 90.9 The Bridge. Chris worked for The Kansas City Star for over 20 years. Chris organizes multiple concert series throughout the metro, and music stages for The Plaza Art Fair, Boulevardia, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

Chris Haghirian, Thank you for being with us again on WMM

The Innovation Fest August 6, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD, KCMO

You were last on WMM on June 15 to share all the details about Boulevardia 2022, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard and now you are back with another Festival again at Crown Center.

August 6 – Line Up – Main Stage Line Up
11:00 AM – Gates Open
11:50 AM – Caroline Blu
12:50 AM – The Cavves
1:50 PM – The Freedom Affair
2:50 PM – Whitehall
3:50 PM – Dreamgirl
4:50 PM – MellowPhobia
6:10 PM – Argonaut & Wasp
7:35 PM – The Regrettes
9:00 PM – The Greeting Committee

Silent Disco – 7:00 – 10:00 PM
7:00 PM – DJ Mo Heat
7:00 PM – DJ Ness
7:00 PM – DJ Joe KC

Brewery Showcase Stage – 2:00 – 6:00 PM
3:20 PM – Jake Reese
4:20 PM – Miki P
5:30 PM – The Roseline

11:05

  1. The Greeting Committee – “Simply Surviving”
    from: I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry / Harvest Records / October 17, 2019
    [Formed in KC in 2015 with Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, Austin Fraser, & Pierce Turcotte. The band released DANDELION on September 24, 2021 and Dandelion Deluxe on June 10, 2022 . On Oct. 17, 2019 EP, I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry, and their October 26, 2018, full length vinyl release “This Is It.” The band has previously released the EP “Meeting People is Easy” in 2017, and “It’s Not All That Bad” in 2015.The Greeting Committee released their single “Ada” on August 27, 2021, through Harvest Records / UMG Recordings. “Ada” is a queer narrative inspired by lived experience of a dear friend. i knew this wasn’t my story to tell, but instead the story of someone i fiercely admire. to our garden, you are loved. you are loved. You can listen to “Ada” at: thegcband.lnk.to/ada.]

[The Greeting Committee play The Innovation Festival August 6, at 9:00 PM, 2022, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD, KCMO, 64108]

The Regrettes

11 The Regrettes – Anxiety (Out of Time)
from: Further Joy / Warner Records / April 8, 2022
[The Regrettes, consisting of singer and songwriter, Lydia Night, as well as Genessa Gariano (guitar), Brooke Dickson (bass) & Drew Thomsen (drums), have written a manual for living in these times with the release of their third studio album, Further Joy, replete with highly personalized songs about things we’re all going through. Channeling the tumultuous times we’ve all experienced these last few years, the band calls it their “poppiest and danciest” album ever. With confirmed appearances at Lollapalooza, Shaky Knees, Mad Cool, and Bonnaroo 2022, The Regrettes will be “dancing the pain away” in 2022 in a step into the band’s next era.]

[The Regrettes, play The Innovation Festival August 6, at 7:35 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD, KCMO, 64108]

Sonia Hall and Chris Haghirian

11:12 – Interview with Chris Haghirian & Sonia Hall

We are talking with Chris Haghirian and Sonia Hall about the music of the 1st Annual Innovation Fest, on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Blvd, with The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, Caroline Blu, Miki P, The Roseline and Jake Reece. More info at http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

11:18

Argonaut & Wasp
  1. Argonaut & Wasp – “Knife Fight”
    from: STARLIGHT 99 / Bitter Sweet Sounds / November 5, 2020
    [Argonaut & Wasp were formed over a love for house/dance music while living in Burlington, VT among a thriving jam scene, of which they never really fit in. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2015, they have been finding inspiration from the city itself and the different vibrant scenes within it. Their sound has developed into an amalgamation of the rhythm and energy from house music, cues from the jam/funk scene, and their love for the “leave everything on the table” attitude of NYC.]

[Argonaut & Wasp, play The Innovation Fest Aug. 6, at 6:10 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD]

MellowPhobia
  1. MellowPhobia – “Weekender”
    from: “Weekender” – Single / Jackal And Hide Records / July 1, 2022
    [Music and Lyrics by Tillie Alexandra Hall, Producer Tillie Alexandra Hall. Recording Engineering by Justin Mantooth. Mastering by Pete Maher. Adam McKee on drums. MellowPhobia were formed out of the indie alt-rock scene of Pittsburgh, PA. Now residing in their home city of Kansas City, producing a highly original sound that they describe as “landlocked surf rock”. Socially conscious lyrics, and hook laden tunes keeps the crowd jumping. The band revolves around songwriter and guitarist Til who provides the distinctive vocals to all MellowPhobia tracks. On June 23, 2021 MellowPhobia released their EP IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? This EP was pat of WMM’s 120 Best recordings of 2021. In July 2018 MelloPhobia released the 3-song EP LISTEN. More info: http://www.mellowphobia.com Tillie Alexandra Hall of MelloPhobia was our guest on WMM on Oct. 20, 2021.]

[MellowPhobia, play The Innovation Fest Aug. 6, at 4:50 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD]

11:25 – Underwriting

11:27 – Interview with Chris Haghirian

We are talking with Chris Haghirian about the music of the 1st Annual Innovation Fest, on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Blvd, with The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, Caroline Blu, Miki P, The Roseline, and Jake Reece. More info at http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

11:32

Dreamgirl
  1. Dreamgirl – “Poolside”
    from: “Poolside” – Single / Dreamgirl / March 3, 2022
    [Dreamgirl is a ‘dream-pop’ music group formed in St. Joseph, Missouri in 2013. Now based out of Kansas City, Missouri, and building off of the success of their breakout EP “Illuminaughty” (2015), Dreamgirl has released a full-length, self-titled LP and is currently working on a new EP. They have gained an impressive following. Up until the summer of 2018, they operated and managed themselves completely internally. Now they have partnered with Rogue Booking Agency. Dreamgirl has benefited massively from internet platforms like Spotify and Youtube. Members include: Lacey Hopkins on lead vocals, Grady Drugg on guitar, Skylar Smith on guitar Joe Gronniger on bass, Ian Dobyns on drums. This single is a follow up to their May 12,2021 Single “Sometimes” and their September 25, 2020 single release “All You Wanna Do Is Dance.”]

[Dreamgirl plays The Innovation Festival August 6, at 3:50 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD]

Whitehall
  1. Whitehall – “Vacation Home”
    from: Ocean Fiction / Real South Records / October 12, 2018
    [Whitehall is an indie rock four-piece from Charleston, SC. They merge a dancey demeanor with an insatiable desire for more out of life, making for an incredibly energetic and heart opening live experience. When they aren’t shotgunning La Croix, Whitehall tours the east coast.]

[Whitehall play The Innovation Festival Aug. 6, at 2:50 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD]

11:39 – Interview with Chris Haghirian & Dr. Sonia M. Hall

We are talking with Chris Haghirian & dr Sonia M. Hall about the music of the 1st Annual Innovation Fest, on Saturday, August 6, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Blvd, with The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, Caroline Blu, Miki P, The Roseline and Jake Reece. More info at http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

11:44

The Freedom Affair
  1. The Freedom Affair – “Rise Up”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
    [The Freedom Affair is a 9-piece soul juggernaut from Kansas City, MO led by three powerhouse vocalists, Paula Saunders, Shon Ruffin, and Seyko Groves. The Freedom Affair’s live shows have proven to be soul-stirring, transformative events moving audiences both physically and emotionally to joy, tears, and elation. Crowds rave about the fireworks these folks bring to the stage. // “Freedom Is Love” is the debut album from Kansas City’s newest soul juggernaut, The Freedom Affair. The album explores themes of love, heartache, empowerment, and togetherness through a varying landscape of hard-hitting funk, luscious soul, and everything in between. The Freedom Affair is a unique collective featuring 3 powerhouse female vocalists in front of a dynamic 6-piece band. On “Freedom Is Love”, each of the ladies get their time to shine individually, but the magic is on full display when all 3 come together in unison and harmony, symbolically embodying the messages that they sing about. The album was recorded and produced by Chris Hazelton, utilizing the best of vintage and new recording technologies to create an authentic experience, befitting of a soul record that would have been relevant 50 years ago as much as it will be 50 years from now. The Freedom Affair is: Misha Roberts on vocals; Paula Saunders on vocals; Seyko Groves on vocals; Cole Bales on guitar, sitar (Track 3); Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ (Tracks 1, 2, 9, & 10), Tambourine (Track 1), Glockenspiel (Track 3), & Chimes (Track 4); Dave Brick on drums; Pete Carroll on trumpet; Brett Jackson on tenor sax, baritone sax (Tracks 1 & 5), & tambourine (Tracks 5, 6, & 8). Additional Musicians: Pat Conway on Congas (Tracks 1, 3, & 6), Alyssa Bell on viola (Tracks 3, 4, & 7), Elizabeth Codd on violin (Tracks 3 & 4), Matt Bennett on violin (Tracks 3 & 7), John Wickersham on timpani (Track 4), Pamela Baskin-Watson on piano (Track 10), Nick Howell on tambourine (Track 10), The Freedom Family Choir (Track 10): Misha Roberts, Erica Hazelton, Seyko Groves, Paula Saunders, Jordyn Saunders, Cole Bales, and Chris Hazelton. All Horn & String Arrangements by Chris Hazelton except: “Heartaches Don’t Come Easy” and “Give A Little Love” by Pete Carroll & Brett Jackson “Don’t Shoot” by Chris Hazelton & Allyssa Bell. Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by Chris Hazelton. Assistant Produced by Dave Brick. Rhythm Section on Track 10 recorded by Chad Meise. Mastered by JJ Golden. Cover Artwork by Matthew “Mo” Manley. Front cover photograph of civil rights protesters in Kansas City, MO (April 9th, 1968). The Freedom Affair and their track “Rise Up” were selected to be part of Colemine Records 3xLP box set, “Soul Slabs Vol. 2” a Record Store Day Exclusive, released April 13, 2019. Colemine writes: “The Freedom Affair is a freight train of KC soul! Dirty, funky drums, gritty horns, and the combined vocals of Misha Roberts, Seyko Groves, and Paula Saunders to put this band over the top. Politically charged soul music for the dancefloor!” Chris Hazelton joined us on WMM on September 16, 2020.]

[The Freedom Affair play The Innovation Fest.Aug. 6, at 1:50 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD]

The Cavves
  1. The Cavves – “Get By”
    from: Learn To Swim / DOTWAV Records / January 12, 2018
    [Comprised of Sophie Emerson on vocals, Matt Bennett, Troy Toon and Jackson Relph, The Cavves are landlocked indie surf rock that hails out of Wichita, KS.]

[The Cavves play The Innovation Fest.Aug. 6, at 12:50 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD]

For Sonia Hall and Chris Haghirian and The Innovation Festival and for Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:53

M<iki P
  1. Miki P – “Your Love”
    from: “Your Love” – Single / Miki P / June 24, 2022
    [Singer, songwriter, dreamer. Miki P makes music sometimes by herself and she leads the band Miki P and the Swallowtails. This new single follows Miki P’s Mrch 18, 2022 singlere;ease “Peter Parker!” In 2021 Miki P released the EP, DON”T LOSE HOPE, 6 songs created in covid isolation, in Miki P’s home office space. Sitting & working from Miki’s computer, she composed and recorded 80% of the EP, working through the music like a journal entry, creating each song from her internal hurricane of emotions. All songs written, recorded, played, & mixed by Miki P. Recorded & Mixed with Emma Klien and Jake Hilger. Mastered by Joel Nanos.// Mikala Petillo, who was born in Kansas City, KS, and performed ‘She Loves You’ at her 7th grade talent show. In 9th grade she joined a teen-band called American Slim as drummer & vocalist, and released a full-length album, Irreplaceable, in 2017, played Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, and The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art before officially ending in 2018. That year, at 21, Miki P began work on her debut solo-record, Dome of Swallows, released August 2, 2018. She then formed Miki P and the Swallowtails who released their first EP, Swallowtail in 2019, with Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, Cade Pool on drums, Robert Castillo on bass, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals. In June they’ll release a follow up. With half of the band’s members having Classical music degrees, and the other half with Jazz degrees, Miki P is a self-taught musician/multi-instrumentalist & songwriter driving the Swallowtails into a creative collaboration like any other. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P started playing guitar in middle school. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including American Slim. She wrote songs for their full-length album Irreplaceable released in 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. Miki P and The Swallowtails –released, Right Where We Are /on August 21, 2020 with Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments, using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She was a featured vocalist with The Band That Fell to Earth Bowie Tribute. She’s played Boulevardia, Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, recordBar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest. More info at: http://www.mikipmusic.com .]

[Miki P plays Innovation Fest Saturday, August 6, on the Brewery Showcase Stage at 4:20]

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

Next week on Wednesday, August 10 – Necia Gamby joins us for the entire show.

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