Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Sondra Freeman of Apocalypse Meow 15 + The Black Creatures + Maria Vasquez Boyd
Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Roseline, Eddie Moore, Nathan Corsi and My Atomic Daydream, GAV7D featuring Annie Ellicot & the V7 Crew, The Black Creatures, pure xtc, Birdie, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, Blondie, Mariachi El Bronx, and Spoon.
At 10:30 we talk with Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation about Apocalypse Meow 15, Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, with Eddie Moore, MellowPhobia, The Electric Lungs, pure xtc, and Nathan Corsi & My Atomic Daydream, to raise funds to provide health care grants to music industry professionals. Apocalypse Meow started in 2008, when musician Abigail Henderson faced daunting financial hurdles after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends rallied to her side, holding the first Apocalypse Meow concert to cover her medical expenses. To pay this forward to her community, Abigail co-founded MMF. After she passed away in 2013, MMF established Abby’s Fund For Musicians’ Health Care, which has given out over $350,000 in health care assistance grants to musicians. MMF has provided needed preventative care services through their health clinic events & partnerships with local providers. The Rock Docs will be on site from 6 to 10 pm with free flu shots, screenings, health care & insurance info. This event also features an online auction from local vendors & artists. More info at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org
At 11:00 Mark talks with Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures who began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal their background in opera, and their honest lyrics are both personal and political. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, and engineer. The Black Creatures released their self-produced, debut album, SEE NO EVIL, on December 6, 2017. The Black Creatures released the single “Elements” on February 14, 2018. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, was self released by the band on September 30, 2019. WILD ECHOES was #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. WILD ECHOES was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut Records in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine for 2020. Charlotte Street Foundation announced the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures. The Black Creatures released their new album By Thy Hand on Center Cut Records on August 12, 2022. Jade and Xavier just completed performances with Owen/Cox Dance Group and Director & Choreographer Christian A. Warner for, WHAT CAME WITH SPRING at Union Station. Christian A. Walker created a new 90-minute piece with 5 dancers and 10 tracks from The Black Creature, and placed Jade and Xavier into the scene, while allowing their live voices to ring clear and true.
At 11:30 we talk with Maria Vasquez Boyd, writer, artist, published poet, teacher, radio show host & producer. Maria is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has also taught in the Design/Illustration Department and for for the Nelson Atkins Museum. Maria has served as the gallery coordinator for the Guadalupe Center and The Writers Place. She is a contributing Artist at Mattie Rhodes. Maria is host and producer of ARTSPEAK Radio, heard every Wednesday at Noon, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. ARTSPEAK Radio is celebrating 10 Years on the air! Maria Vasquez Boyd is the author of THE WEIGHT OF RECOGNITION her new book of poetry published by Spartan Press in September 2022. Maria joins us to discuss Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, celebrated November 1 & 2. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is presenting a Day of The Dead Altar Installation in Kirkwood Hall, on view through November 7, 2022. The altar installation features our Abuela (Grandmother) at home, created in collaboration with local artists, students, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.
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