WMM with Carswell & Hope + MellowPhobia + Cory Phillips

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 31, 2021

Carswell & Hope + MellowPhobia + Cory Phillips & The Band of Light

Shawn M Stewart with Stephonne & The Gay Rodeo

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Carswell and Hope with Katlyn Conroy, LYXE, Shawn Stewart with Stephonne & The Gay Rodeo, The Moose, MellowPhobia, Wyatt West and The Urbanites, The Summer Storms, Cory Phillips & The Band of Light, and Radkey.

MellowPhobia

At 10:30 Tillie Hall of MellowPhobia shares music from the group’s new singles including “Weekender” released July 1, 2022. MellowPhobia released the 4-track EP, IS THIS SEAT TAKEN?, on July 14, 2021. Music & lyrics by Tillie Hall who also produced the EP, with Justin Mantooth serving as recording engineer, and mastering by Pete Maher. Adam McKee played drums. Formed out of the indie alt-rock scene of Pittsburgh, PA. MellowPhobia is now based in KC. The band revolves around songwriter & guitarist Tillie Hall who during the pandemic went into the studio and recorded 12 new tracks. The band also released the stand alone single, “Jackal” on May 7, 2021. Called “landlocked surf rock” MellowPhobia is inspired by the British sound, socially conscious lyrics, and hook laden tunes. MellowPhobia plays The RINO 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City, September 9, doors at 7:00 PM. MellowPhobia plays Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. September 25, doors at 5:30 PM. More info at: http://www.mellowphobia.bandcamp.com

Carswell & Hope

At 11:00 Mark talks with Nick Carswell about, SIGN OF THE TIMES, the new album from Carswell and Hope, released on August 30, 2022. SIGN OF THE TIMES was recorded & produced by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell. Mixed & mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. More information at: http://www.carswellandhope.bandcamp.com. We will also share info about KC Irish Fest 2022 happening Friday, Sept. 2 at 5:00 PM to Sunday, Sept. 4 at 11:00 PM where Carswell and Hope will play live with The Elders, Gaelic Storm, Eddie Delahunt, We Banjo 3, Ashley Davis Band, Calvin Arsenia, and more. Info at: http://www.kcirishfest.com. AND we’ll share details and webinar dates for MixMaster2022’s virtual programs: Wednesdays 4-5:30 PM on: Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28. MixMaster is the annual gathering for independent artists, bands and music industry from across the Kansas City region. MXM2022 offers panels, workshops and networking opportunities and a place to connect, learn and grow our local music ecosystem. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/717290092691065/738346663918741/

Cory Phillips & The Band of Light

At 11:30 Lawrence based singer/songwriter Cory Phillips joins us to share music from his recent album, SEX THIRSTY LOVE HUNGER, the second studio album from Cory Phillips & The Band Of Light, released May 21, 2021. It’s been over 10 years since Phillips released his self-titled 2009 debut album. In the midst of the pandemic, new freedoms and limitations developed for the musician with a secret life pursuing his PhD in climatology at the University of Kansas. Gigs cancelled, tours off, Phillips converted part of his house into a recording studio and brought in his ‘Band of Light’: guitarist Michael Hamm (Play Dead, the Band That Saved the World), keyboardist Nate Holt (Asterales, Approach), bassist Mario Vlasic, and long-time colleague and drummer Chel Rich (Half Tiger Half Bear, Red On Yellow, Stone Cutters Union), along with engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne) to complete the 14-song release. Cory Phillips & The Band Of Light play Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore, KCMO West Bottoms on Saturday, September 3, at 9:00 PM. More info at: http://www.coryphillipsmusic.com

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Show #957

WMM Playlist from August 24, 2022

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, 2021

Music from the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest
with Guest Co-Host Bill Sundahl

  1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
    [WMM’s theme song]
  1. The Salvation Choir – “Mawazo Ya Wanadamu (TSC) (feat. The Salvation Choir)”
    from: “Mawazo Ya Wanadamu (TSC) (feat. The Salvation Choir) ”- Single / TSC / Sept.4, 2021
    [Afro-Beat from Kansas City. The Salvation Choir is a Congolese Rumba band from Congo and Tanzania based in Kansas City, Missouri. Led by choir masters Jeune Premier Silambien and his father, Pastor John Wilondja, the choir writes, records, and performs original gospel songs in Swahili. The Salvation Choir has performed in cities across the Midwest and are scheduled to perform at Boulevardia (Kansas City’s largest outdoor music festival) in June 2022. Their music is currently featured in a national advertising campaign on BBC’s Channel 4 and by the internationally renown record company Dust-to-Digital. The Salvation Choir also performs each Sunday in the gymnasium at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence, Missouri. Church services start at 10 AM and all are welcome. The services are in Swahili but a choir member will help translate in English. The Salvation Choir recently had one of their first shows at Reply Lounge in Lawrence, Sunday, March 27, 2022. Fally Afani Editor & Founder of I Heart Local Music wrote, “The band, comprised of a very talented and very large family, consisted of aunties, sisters, uncles, cousins, and children. The Congolese and Tanzanian band is based in Kansas City and performs in Swahili.” More info at: http://www.thesalvationchoir.com/%5D

[The Salvation Choir play the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 6:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

10:09

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley, on 90.1 FM KKFI. I’m Mark Manning. Today we’ll feature music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, Presented by Community Lending of America, this Saturday, August 27, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM, featuring over 25 bands, on SIX STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms. We are spinning tracks from: Arquesta Del SolSoul, Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, Stephonne & The Gay Rodeo, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, True Lions, Cassie Taylor, Kansas City Bear Fighters, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., Noah Davis and Heavy Electric, Malek Azrael, Anna Sophia Koffler, and Mundo Nouvo . We started the show with The Salvation Choir.

Julia, Bill, and Maria

And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of Crossroads Music Festival who has been coming on this radio program for 18 years now sharing information about the music and venues and collaborations associated with CMF. Bill is formerly 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director he now works for The Beacon.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

CMF IS A FUNDRAISER FOR 90.1FM KKFI – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

Presented by Community Lending of America, Inc. The 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest is this Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. This long running festival showcases diverse Music on 6 Stages, with 25+ Bands, in The Historic West Bottoms. More info or for advance tickets: http://www.cmfkc.com

BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR – 6 STAGES in West Bottoms (3 outdoor / 3 indoor)

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

We will be adhering to all relevant city, state, and CDC guidelines for this event.

2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS – WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

Free Daytime Events
Day Party at Lemonade Park (1p-4p) Featuring: Konza Swamp, Boxcar Brethren & DJ Fat Sal – Free again this year thanks to Community Lending of America

1:00 – 4:00 PM – CMF Free Day Party at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor)

1:00 – 1:15 PM – DJ Fat Sal (Patrick Alexandr of Charlotte Street Foundation)
1:15 – 2:15 PM – Boxcar Brethren
2:15 – 2:45 PM – DJ Fat Sal
2:45 – 3:45 PM – Konza Swamp
3:45 – 4:00 PM – DJ Fat Sal

MixMaster Music Conference – NOW VIRTUAL! New session dates: Wednesdays 4-5:30 PM on: Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 Zoom Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/tZElcuyurTsiGtXwisJ1kJgcks
Please learn more about artist professional development at cmfkc.com/mixmaster

FREE MUSICIANS HEALTH CLINIC – Noon to 5:00 PM // Midwest Music Foundation FREE Musicians’ Health Care Clinic: Black Box Theater (1060 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO) // The Midwest Music Foundation, along with the RockDocs, physicians from University of Kansas Medical Center, present a Free Musicians’ Health Care Clinic that will offer information, screenings, wellness programs, opportunities to discuss heath conditions/concerns, and arrange follow up visits. Priority will be given to musicians/music industry personnel, but the clinic is open to the public. Appointments are recommended. Walk ins allowed as time permits. Contact: rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org for more info or to schedule an appointment for any of the services. Go to: cmfkc.com/freeclinic if you would like to share this with someone.

Both MXM2022 and Health clinic are FREE this year thanks to Seen Merch & Midwest Music Foundation

This KKFI Fundraiser is a celebration of the KC Regions Music Scene. This is a Rain or Shine Event. No Refunds if cancelled for weather.

The 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest will be Broadcast LIVE on KKFI 90.1 FM and http://www.kkfi.org from 6:00 PM to Midnight from Lemonade Park

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

Since its inception in 2005, CMFKC has featured hundreds and hundreds of bands and attracted thousands of people to downtown Kansas City, venues, restaurants, clubs, and galleries. Designed to showcase the best in Kansas City’s music, arts and dance scene, CMFKC provides opportunities for community members of all ages to support its local artists and celebrate Kansas City’s cultural diversity

Festival Pass – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Wrist band that gets you into 6 different venues with over 25 band. — $25.00 Advance Tickets/Pass (www.cmfkc.com) — $30.00 DAY OF FESTIVAL – AT GATE

10:16

Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming

6:00 – 7:00 PM – The Salvation Choir
7:30 – 8:30 PM – Cassie Taylor
9:00 – 10:00 PM – Stephonne & The Gay Rodeo
10:30 – 12:00 AM – Olivia Fox & Friends

Cassie Taylor
  1. Cassie Taylor – “Out of My Mind”
    from: “Out Of My Mind / Yellow Dog Records / May 7, 2013
    [Cassie Taylor was born in 1986 in Boulder, Colorado. She is an American singer-songwriter and blues musician. She started her career in the early 2000s touring as a bassist for her father Otis Taylor, a trance blues musician. She released a positively received solo album, Out of my Mind, in 2013, which infused traditional Delta blues with genres as diverse as electronica, indie rock, and psychedelia. Based in Kansas City, Missouri as of 2013, she is also a model and fashion designer. // Cassie Taylor was raised by her parents Carol Ellen Bjork and blues musician Otis Taylor. She has one younger sister. Despite being born during a period when her father was on hiatus from the music industry, he did expose her to blues music and teach her piano when she was young. She only became aware of his previous career around age 8 or 9. At around age 12 she began playing electric bass, impressing her father with a rendition of “Hey Joe.” // When Taylor was 16 her father asked her to tour as the bassist in his band. Since his usual bassist Kenny Passarelli had a conflicting schedule she joined his summer tour, playing for twenty dollars per gig. According to Taylor, her father didn’t build her up as a prodigy, but rather “I think I was just cheap child labor. Plus, he knew I wasn’t going to get drunk on the road or go missing. Some people have the fear of God in them. I had the fear of Otis.” // She toured multiple countries with the band, picking up vocals and keyboards as well. She went on to appear in eight of his albums, including lending bass and vocals to his 2007 album Definition of a Circle. She is also on the board of directors for the Blues Foundation. // By 2009, Taylor quit the band to work on her own demo recordings. Frustrated with the process, she moved to Memphis with her boyfriend and stepped back from music. She began working in retail, started studying fashion design, and began a modeling career] She later started her own company, Moorhead Apparel, with a focus on men’s clothing. She has made appearances in a number of studio and student films. // She rededicated herself to music in 2010, beginning to work on her debut solo album, Blue, where she wrote all the tracks. Released in 2011, The New Yorker called it a “solid collection of original songs, with occasional nods to her father’s trance blues.” // During this time she formed the trio Girls With Guitars with musicians Dani Wilde and Samantha Fish. They released an eponymous album in 2011, afterwards beginning to tour. While she mostly writes her own material, Taylor has also reworked songs by artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Muddy Waters. // By 2012 she had moved to Kansas City, Missouri and started mixing tracks for her second album. Originally financed through the proceeds of her husband selling his car, she was signed by Yellow Dog Records during the production process Most of the recording took place at Immersive Studios in Boulder, where she had previously worked. // Taylor wrote, arranged, produced, and sang all tracks, also providing bass guitar, piano, Hammond organ, and theremin. The band she formed for the album and live performances includes Larry Thompson on drums and Steve Mignano on guitar,[15] as well as Jon Gray on trumpet. The 12-track album, Out of my Mind, was released on May 7, 2013.]

[Cassie Taylor plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 7:30 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Stephonne
  1. Stephonne – “Boyz (feat. Dustin Rapier & Zava) [Radio Edit]”
    from: SIS: Side B [EP] / Stephonne / June 24, 2022
    [Co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, and Adam McKee on drums. Stephonne released the single, “Cross My Heart (Sexy M.F.) on June 3, 2022. Stephonne released the single, “Deja Vu” with Shilow and Regina Del Carmen on May 9, 2022. Stephonne released the single “The King’s Gambit” on July 28, 2021. Stephonne was part of the single, “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)” from Lee Walter Redding & Stephonne, released April 9, 2021. Stephonne released the single “Beautiful Life (Acoustic)” on January 15, 2021. Stephonne released SIS: Side A on August 7, 2020. The 4 song EP contained the song “Want Me” that was also made into a video featuring body painting on to Stephonne’s body from artist Ryan Wilks. Stephonne released his debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard.” The album was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. Stephonne was born and raised in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Stephonne grew up in KCK. He has performed in multiple shows for Late Night Theatre. Stephonne told John Long of Camp Magazine “I was surrounded by records, and my parents always had music on.” // Singer, songwriter, actor, model, artist – Stephonne Singleton who is everywhere these days, organizing a Tribute to Sade at Lemonade Park, playing shows for Lawrence Pride, Manor Records, Midwest Music Foundation, The AIDS Service Foundation of KC, InterUrban ArtHouse, The Black Box, The Folly Theatre, collaborating with The Black Creatures, Calvin Arsenia, Miki P, Jass, Eboni Fondren, putting out EPs, and singles. Stephonne describes himself as the lovechild of Prince & Billie Holiday. He grew up in KCK and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Benedictine College, and Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. // Stephonne’s band is called: The Gay Rodeo: Miki P on drums, Benjamin Hart (Byard) on lead guitar, Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles on keyboards, Spencer Thut on bass, Stephonne and The Gay Rodeo hold band practice every week at Charlotte Street Foundation where Stephonne is in his second year of a residency. More info at: http://www.stephonne.com]

[Stephonne & The Gay Rodeo play the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 9:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Olivia Fox
  1. Olivia Fox – “Uprising”
    from: “Uprising” – Single / Olivia Fox Music / August 27, 2021
    [The Kansas City based band, OLIVIA FOX is Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith. The trio released their full length album “Carbon” on August 23, 2019. The band has previously released multiple singles and two EPs. OLIVIA FOX create music that is a unique marriage between classic folk instrumentation, vocals, and harmonies to modern programmed beats and synth pads. OLIVIA FOX were all brought together through their manager David “DJ” Lee. In 2019 year Lauren had a baby boy, Aubrey got married, and Tiffany adopted a new doggie. // Their album CARBON was Produced by Tyler Banks. Co-Produced by David “DJ” Lee. All Songs written by Lauren Flynn, BMI, Except “Blame” written by Lauren Flynn and David “DJ” Lee. All Vocals by OVFX. Additional vocals on “Not Going Down” by: Kianna Alarid, Jessica Paige, Jo Mackenzie, Kat King, Nicki White, Natalie Norman, and Crystal Rose. All drums, synths and programming by Tyler Banks. All Violin by Tiffany Smith. Acoustic guitars by Lauren Flynn. Acoustic guitars on “Across the Water” and “Carbon” by Katy Guillen. Acoustic guitars on “Easy” and “Utah” by Josh Johnson. Piano on “Little Bird” and “Elevator Doors” by Jess Hughes. Album artwork: Chet Flynn. OLIVIA FOX were last on WMM on April 4, 2018 and Nov. 13, 2019. Info at http://www.weareoliviafox.com]

[Olivia Fox play the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 10:30 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:27 – Underwriting

Maria and Bill

10:29 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, August 27, featuring over 25 bands, on 6 stages in the West Bottoms. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com.

And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of CMF.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

10:36

Stockyard Brewing Stage in Stockyard Brewing. 1600 Genessee, West Bottoms

5:00 – 6:00 PM – The Kansas City Bear Fighters
6:30 – 7:30 PM – The Rural Grit All Stars
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Reptil
9:30 – 10:30 PM – David Regnier’s Optimist Club

Kansas City Bear Fighters
  1. Kansas City Bear Fighters – “Sea Monkey Dream Sequence”
    from: “Sea Monkey Dream Sequence” – Single / Kansas City Bear Fighters / August 17, 2022
    [Founded in the cruel winter of 2007, The Kansas City Bear Fighters first took shape as one lonely man’s homage to music as a salve for the soul. Originally, the group performed under the nom de plume “The Denver Broncos” which many considered to be the product of one man’s struggling and genius search for a fire that could crack the deep cavernous walls of his soul. // Quinn, the band’s leader and sole songwriter, took up music after a failed career as the leader of a short-lived, but violent, cult. Sean, brother of Quinn, son of Stephen and Katherine, is as tough as the soviet hammer and as crooked as the scythe that crosses it. Grant is a man of many talents who collects stamps and is an amateur etymologist; both trades he learned while serving a eight year sentence in Leavenworth for torturing a farmer and his wife. Jeffrey Williams, the newest and most flexible member of the band, was the youngest of his family acrobat act called “The Flying Williamses”. A gangster who’d been extorting money from the circus sabotaged their trapeze equipment, and Jeff was the only one who survived the disaster. As part of his elaborate vow to avenge his family, he took up playing the guitar. // The crooners play regularly throughout the Midwest. More info at http://www.kcbearfighters.com.]

[Kansas City Bear Fighters play the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 5:00 PM on the Kissick Construction Stage in Stockyard Brewing. 1600 Genessee, one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

10:40 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, August 24, featuring over 25 bands, on 6 stages in the West Bottoms. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com.

And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of CMF.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

10:47

The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The Original Stage (In Back)

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Eboni Fondren
7:30 – 8:30 PM – CJ Walker
9:00 – 10:00 PM – Jeff Black
10:30 – 11:30 PM – Ezmerelda
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Men of Men

Jeff Black
  1. Jeff Black – “Until I Learn How to Fly”
    from: A Walk in the Sun / Lotos Nile Music / February 14, 2020
    [Jeff Black is an American singer-songwriter originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now based in Nashville, Tennessee. His writings have been described in the Allmusic as “impressionistic songs that are smart without forgetting the emotional undercurrent.” His songs have been covered by Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and BlackHawk. BlackHawk’s cover of Black’s song, “That’s Just About Right,” was a Top 10 Country single in 1996. BlackHawk’s cover of Black’s song, “King of the World” was a Top 30 Country single in 1998. Black also co-wrote the title track Circles Around Me with Sam Bush for his 2009 Grammy nominated album Circles Around Me. Black has released 10 of his own self-produced albums and tours widely. He is also recognized as a digital music pioneer by NPR for his podcast, Black Tuesdays. // Jeff Black was born on December 3, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Liberty, Missouri. Black received his first guitar as a present for his tenth birthday.[4] In his twenties Black began performing at Blayney’s, a Kansas City blues club where he also worked as a bouncer. Soon Black began touring and eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he re-connected with Kansas City friend, Iris DeMent (Black lends some backing vocals on DeMent’s 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel). // Black’s own first album, Birmingham Road, was recorded with the members of the band Wilco, minus lead singer, Jeff Tweedy. The songs have been described as “fine portraits of American life without the sappiness or self-consciousness often attributed to the singer/songwriter genre.” More info at: http://www.jeffblack.com]

Jeff Black Discography:
Birmingham Road (1998 Arista)
Honey and Salt (2003 Lotos Nile Music)
B-Sides and Confessions, Volume One (2003 Lotos Nile Music)
Tin Lily (2005 Lotos Nile Music)
Sleepy Town (2007 Lotos Nile Music)
Mining For Gold (2008 Lotos Nile Music)
Christmas Sunshine (2009 Lotos Nile Music)
Plow Through The Mystic (2011 Lotos Nile Music)
B-Sides and Confessions, Volume Two (2013 Lotos Nile Music)
Folklore (2014 Lotos Nile Music)
A Walk in the Sun (2020 Lotos Nile Music)

Singles
“Birmingham Road” (1998) Birmingham Road
“That’s Just About Right” (1998) Birmingham Road

[Jeff Black plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 9:00 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The Original Stage (In Back), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Ezmerelda
  1. Ezmerelda – “I’m So Nervous”
    from: “I’m So Nervous” – Single / Ezmerelda / January 7, 2022
    [Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. // Many of us were first introduced to Kianna Alarid White as part of the critically-acclaimed indie band, Tilly and the Wall, touring through the mid to late 2000s with bands such as She and Him, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, and Of Montreal, playing venues around the world and major festivals like Coachella, Japan’s Summersonic, Reading, as well as performing on Late Night with David Letterman and Sesame Street before going on hiatus in 2013. Kianna has also performed guest vocals on Rilo Kiley’s “The Absence of God”, “In the Sun” by She & Him and co-wrote and sang on Tiësto’s song “You Are My Diamond”. In 2017, Kianna launched her band, Yes You Are, with husband and co-writer Jared White, with many song placements in movies, television and commercials, including a Pepsi Super Bowl 51 commercial. Known for their electrifying live performances, Yes You Are shared the stage with the likes of K. Flay, Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums, and toured the US with Neon Trees. On November 15, 2019 they released one of our favorite albums of that year, “HERE’S TO THE GREAT UNKOWNS. In mid 2020 Kianna announced the band’s break up when unexpected and major changes in the lineup served as a clear sign it was time to move on. Kianna and Jared decided to start a new band behind Kianna as a solo artist Kianna White, releasing the single, “Homecoming Queen “ on September 25, 2020, along with an incredible video that Kianna herself filmed, starred in and edited alone in her bedroom using an iPhone, a Snapchat filter, a flashlight and iMovie). On April 30, 2021 Kianna released the single “All Alone With Everything.” // Cale Parks is best known for decades of drumming in the bands: Aloha, and Yeasayer, and in high profile side hustles such as: Passion Pit, Chet Faker, and Joan of Arc. Cale released the albums, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT on Sept. 26, 2009, and SPARKFACE on November 3, 2008, and the EP TO SWIFT MARS on Augusgust 3, 2004. But On May 18, 2015, Cale released his 4-track solo EP, LAGOON FOOL giving his fans the first sign of becoming a more of a “mood-altering” electronic producer with his multi-faceted record featuring interlocking melodies and everything from acid techno asides to piano-laced synth progressions. Cale followed LAGOON FOOL with his most recent solo EP, BOARDS, released on January 24, 2020 on Whirling Wolf Records. Boards ventures even further into the ether, piling on the sort of polychromatic chords, artful hooks, and mood-altering melodies one might find on an old Air or Durutti Column album. A lot of this has to do with how it was made: in Parks’ home studio rather than a cramped apartment room, which gave him space to think and toy with a wide range of instruments. Listeners can thank a long overdue lifestyle change: a move from Brooklyn to Kansas City that made Parks look at music differently. “I didn’t own a car in New York,” he explains, “so all of my listening was done as I walked around the city. There’s something about the energy of New York that requires that electricity. Moving to Kansas changed the style of music I wanted to hear; I wanted room to let records breathe.” More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com]

[Ezmerelda plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 10:30 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The Original Stage (In Back), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

10:54 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, August 27, featuring over 25 bands, on 6 stages in the West Bottoms. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com. And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of CMF.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:03 – Station ID

The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The New Stage (In Front)

5:00 – 6:00 PM – True Lions
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Hadiza.
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Brothers Barclay
9:30 – 10:30 PM – Arquesta Del SolSoul
11:00 – 12:00 AM – Mundo Nouvo

Alisön Hawkins of True Lions
  1. True Lions – “Ode to Keytar [feat. Adee Rocket Dancy]”
    from: The Fempire Strikes Back / Manor Records / April 9, 2021
    [2nd single released March 22, 2021 from True Lions debut album, “The Fempire Strikes Back,”. Alisön Hawkins on keytar & vocals; Adee Rocket Dancy on cello & vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, Elizabeth Kosko on drums & percussion; Iona DeWalt on synthesizers; Miki P on guitar & vocals, and Teri Quinn on bass & vocals. Recorded at Deep Space Co-op. Tracking & engineering by Ross Brown at Escape Pod Audio. Mixing and mastering by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. In 2019 True Lions released their EP debut, “Cute at Best,” on February 5, 2019. They followed up with q second EP called. You’re Not Invited, released on November 9, 2019. For these recordings True Lions was: Alison Hawkins on guitar, synth, and vocals; Elizabeth Kosko on percussion, vocals; Mikala Petillo on bass, vocals; Claire Adams on guitar, vocals; Leslie Butsch on saxophone, Ezgi Karakus on cello; and Teri Quinn on vocals. All songs written by True Lions and produced by Claire Adams and Alison Hawkins. Tracking & Engineering by Claire Adams. Mixing and Mastering by Ian Dobyns and Chase Horseman.. Alisön Hawkins was our guest on WMM on April 7, 2021. More info at: http://www.manorrecords.com .]

[True Lions play the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 5:00 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The New Stage (In Front), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Hadiza.
  1. Hadiza. – “Reactions”
    from: Shadow Weight / Hadiza. / November 22, 2019
    [Hadiza released her Ep “Gone” on December 29, 2018 with Madi Monroe on bass & guitar, JL Bolinger on drums, and Hadiza Sa-Aadu on keyboards & vocals. Recording & Engineering: JL Bolinger & Madi Mclaughlin. Mixing & Mastering: Madi Mclaughlin. Hadiza. is a singer-songwriter who wants you to know SHE IS NOW BASED IN KANSAS CITY. Previously based in her hometown of Iowa City, she has spent the 2018 slowly but surely carving out her place in the Kansas City scene both as a solo performer (as Hadiza.) and as lead vocalist and songwriter of experimental electronic group Collidescope. Blessed to have had parents who are very much NOT students of music, but recognized the importance of music education, Hadiza spent her childhood and adolescence in part as a student of piano. Vocally, Hadiza takes her cues from American artists including Fiona Apple, Tracey Chapman, and Billie Holiday and African artists including Angelique Kidjo,. Her sound/genre is best described as an eclectic blend of blues, soul, folk, jazz and classical. Her songwriting is a process of release and acceptance of life events navigating an often brutal bleak and harsh world and is a form of therapy. If you don’t relate to the content, you just don’t relate. Oh well. The most amazing experience however is when a stranger in the audience connects with a song in their own way and is courageous enough to share that with her. Aside from the therapeutic aspect of creating music, this is why she continues to write and perform. Collidescope released their new 7-track album, DEEP TAPE, on December 31, 2020. Collidescope is essentially a duo that includes: Hadiza. on vocals, beats, & synthesizers; and Madison Monroe on guitar, bass, beats, synthesizers, mixing and vocals. DEEP TAPE includes Victoria Falls Stillwater on addition sound production and vocals, and was mixed and mastered by J.Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. DEEP TAPE is a follow up the the band’s debut EP Systemic released December 16, 2017. Hadiza also is part of the band Arquesta Del SolSoul. More info at: http://www.hadizaisnothere.bandcamp.com or http://www.acollidescope.bandcamp.com]

[Hadiza plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 6:30 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The New Stage (In Front), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:10 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, August 27, featuring over 25 bands, on 6 stages in the West Bottoms. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com. And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of CMF.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:17

The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The New Stage (In Front)

5:00 – 6:00 PM – True Lions
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Hadiza.
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Brothers Barclay
9:30 – 10:30 PM – Arquesta Del SolSoul
11:00 – 12:00 AM – Mundo Nouvo

Arquesta Del SolSoul
  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “Six Second Sunz (Radio edit)”
    from: Arquesta Del SolSoul / Arquesta Del SolSoul / August 16, 2022
    [ 7-track, debut album. They call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, & Hadiza. Aa KC-based Cosmic music collective teleporting through Indigeneity, Decolonization and Freedom. Their sound brings a multidimensional portal of Rhythm and Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Latin percussion, and Spoken Word inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and spacetime bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa. More information at: http://www.arquestadelsolsoul.bandcamp.com http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul%5D

[Arquesta Del SolSoul plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 9:30 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The New Stage (In Front), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Mundo Nouvo
  1. Mundo Nouvo – “Pueblo Latino”
    from: Mejor Tarde Que Nunca” / Mundo Nouvo / April 19, 2019
    [Mundo Nouvo, KC’s salsa orchestra celebrating their first full-length album, “Mejor Tarde Que Nunca, release April 19, 2019. On February 22, 2018 Mundo Nouvo released their first recordiong, Live at Kansas Public Radio. Led by veteran Cuban singer Ramon Terrada. Mundo Nouvo includes Jose Miguel Ramos on congas & coro vocals, Felipe “Tato” Ramos on timbales & coro vocals, Tony Ramos on bongos, Will Crain on piano, Daniel Nonweiler on bass, Sean Mawhirter on guitar, Guy Montes on flute & coro vocals, Janne Silfverberg on trombone, Lawrence Jackson on trumpet, David Cunningham on trumpet and frequent contributors: Paul Roberts on piano, Armando Gutierrez on trumpet, and Pat Conway on Congas/Bongos & Drumset. // Johnsoncountylifestyle.com reported on Sean Mawhirter travels abroad in both Haiti and Cuba for monthlong research trips in an effort to conduct further study into the musical roots of these two countries that are the guiding inspiration for Mundo Nouvo. This involved formal courses taken at two music academies and private studies with some of the nations’ finest instrumentalists. // Guitarist Seam Mawhirter, was quoted as saying, “There are so many wonderful ways educate yourself in music nowadays, but there is no substitute for being in the context of the art. After all, how can you say that you know someone without sitting at their table?” // “I’m really excited about what is down the road for us”, Mawhirter says. “Aside from the academic aspect, there’ll be instruments coming back with me for our educational outreach with K-12 schools. Also, we’re looking to get some of these master musicians up here to perform with us in future concert events for Kansas City audiences.”More information at: http://www.mundonouvo.org]

[Mundo Nouvo plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 11:00 PM at The Ship 1221 Union Ave, The New Stage (In Front), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:29 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, August 27, featuring over 25 bands, on 6 stages in the West Bottoms. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com. And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of CMF.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:36

The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. West Bottoms (Out-door Stage)

5:15 – 6:00 PM – Rebel Song Academy
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Noah Davis & Heavy Electric
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Beatrix, Malek Azreal, Anna Sophia Koffler
9:30 – 10:30 PM – Ivory Blue
11:00 – 12:00 AM – The Black Creatures

Noah Davis
  1. Noah Davis & Heavy Electic – “Kansas City Girl”
    from: Heart / Noah Davis / February 14, 2020
    [In early 2019, Noah and Heavy Electric began playing together as well as working on new material for their new album, “Heart” released 2/14/20. Their high energy shows have received great reviews with each show being a unique soul experience. Noah Davis and Heavy Electric members are Noah Davis on guitar & vocals, Anthony Trabucco on drums, Kyle Henry on keyboards & harmonica & vocals, and Jeffrey Champion on bass. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Hippie Trax Studio Sound Engineer: Ray Williamson. For Noah, the love of music began at a young age while his father played old gospel and blues albums. Noah recalls his late father explaining the meanings of songs by bands such as Cream, CCR, Curtis Mayfield, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. A multiracial kid whose parents both loved rock and soul. Noah’s parents introduced him to the Ed Sullivan Show. Noah came to realize early in his life that music is NOT about color, but about the heart and soul. Jimi Hendrix’s concept of the musical church made a lasting impression on Noah who took it to heart and fully embraced these ideals, demonstrating that music should not just entertain but speak to and heal, hearts, minds, and souls. More information at http://www.noahdavismusic.com]

[Noah Davis & Heavy Electric play the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 6:30 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. West Bottoms (Out-door Stage), one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Malek Azrael
  1. Malek Azrael– “2 Streams”
    from: Waves / Malek Azrael / October 15, 2021
    [10-track album debut. Male Azrael lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He works for Boys Grow. He plays wit Making Movies and will be part of their upcoming Ameri-Kana Fest. Malek Azrael plays with The Vibez]

[Malek Azrael plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 8:30 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. West Bottoms (Out-door Stage) with Beatrix, and, Anna Sophia Koffler This is one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. Info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Anna Sophia Koffler
  1. Anna Sophia Koffler – “Train Station”
    from: Train Station – Single / Anna Sophia Koffke Music / March 1, 2022
    [Anna Sophia Koffker has been a music lover her whole life.. She writes, “In my songs, you can find some comfort, cameraderie, hope, joy, or really whatever you’re needing at any given time. My musical influences include (but certainly aren’t limited to) Leonard Cohen, Natalie Merchant, R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, I’m With Her, Tom Waits, James Taylor, and Bob Dylan.”]

[Anna Sophia Koffler plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 8:30 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. West Bottoms (Out-door Stage) with Beatrix, and, Malek Azrael This is one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Ivory Blue
  1. Ivory Blue – “Red Light”
    from: “Red Light” – Single / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / July 29, 2022
    [It was recently announced that Ivory Blue will be co-managed by Vicky Hamilton who is based out of Los Angeles, California Ivory Blue released their debut full length album COMPOUND LOVE on February 25, 2022 through Sound Ballistics & Publishing. Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017. Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D

[Ivory Blue plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 9:30 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. West Bottoms (Out-door Stage) with Beatrix, and, Malek Azrael This is one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:51 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 16 bands participating in the 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, August 27, featuring over 25 bands, on 6 stages in the West Bottoms. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com. And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of CMF.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. CMF is a Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO

6 stages in Historic West Bottoms. Venues: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor).

Festival Artists: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering sharing the fun!

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

For Bill Sundahl and all of the artists and volunteers who make the Crossroads Music Fest a reality, I’m Mark Manning, Thanks for listening.

11:54

  1. The Black Creatures – “Too Close Too Far” (CD #17) (3:09)
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / August 12, 2022
    [The albun follows their last singles: “Criminal” on June 24, 2022, “Loud For Nothin” on May 27, 2022, and “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. // Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures 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 her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. // From Center Cut Records Promo Materials: The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances. // Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. // Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures. // After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.” // Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.” Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott.]

[The Black Creatures plays the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27, at 11:00 PM at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. West Bottoms (Out-door Stage). This is one of 6 STAGES in the Historic West Bottoms with over 25 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

The Black Creatures Discography
The Black Creatures “Mouth 2 Mouth” – Single, June 5, 2016.
The Black Creatures released their debut album, See No Evil, Dec. 6, 2017.
The Black Creatures “Elements” – Single, February 14, 2018
The Black Creatures “Silver Tears” – Single, June 19, 2018 with additional voices provided by AniMal (Ana Marcela Maldonado Morales) , Barbara Solomon , Kassidee, Quaranta , Adres Va Cortas
The Black Creatures “Dare” (Gorillaz Cover)” – Single, August 8, 2019
The Black Creature – WILD ECHOES – Album, September 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “Turn” – Single, October 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “Quartz (Twilight)” – Single, November 13, 2019
The Black Creatures – “SHINE” – Single, December 11, 2019
The Black Creatures- “Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” – Single, January 8, 2020
The Black Creatures – “To Whom It May Concern” – Single, January 22, 2020
The Black Creatures – “Arcade Love” – Single, February 5, 2020
The Black Creatures – “Run Up” – Single, February 19, 2020.
The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”- Single [Center Cut], July 17, 2020 [remastered]
The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – Album (Remastered] August 28, 2020 [Center Cut]
The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero” – Single/Video [Center Cut], June 11, 2021
The Black Creatures – “FRIENDS” – Single/Video [Center Cut], September 17, 2021
The Black Creatures – “Loud 4 Nothin” – Single/Video [Center Cut], May 27, 2022
The Black Creatures – “Criminal” – Single/Video [Center Cut], July 8, 2022
The Black Creatures – “BY THY HAND” – Album [Center Cut], August 12, 2022

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

Next week on Wednesday, August 31 we welcome special guests Til Hall of MellowPhobia, Nick Carswell of Carswell & Hope, and Cory Phillips of Cory Phillips & The Band of Light.

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Show #956

WMM Spins Music from The 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest

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, 2021

Music from the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest
with Guest Co-Host Bill Sundahl

Wednesday MidDay Medley features music from 16 bands participating in the KKFI’s 18th annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, August 27th, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Presented by Community Lending of America. Mark spins tracks from: The Salvation Choir, Arquesta Del SolSoul, Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, Stephonne & The Gay Rodeo, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, True Lions, Cassie Taylor, Kansas City Bear Fighters, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., Noah Davis and Heavy Electric, Malek Azrael, Anna Sophia Koffler, and Mundo Nouvo.

OLIVIAFOX

Bill Sundahl, CMF Founder, joins as co-host to share details about the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest featuring 25+ Bands on 6 stages in the KCMO Historic West Bottoms. Venues include: Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. (outdoor) // Stockyards Brewing Co. 1600 Genessee St. (outdoor) // The Ship 1221 Union Ave. (2 stages indoor) // Black Box Theater 1060 Union Ave. (2 stages – 1 outdoor & VIP stage indoor). Bands include: Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, The Salvation Choir, ARQestra del SolSoul, Stephonne Singleton, Cassie Taylor, Ivory Blue, Jeff Black, Mundo Nouvo, Eboni Fondren, David Regnier’s Optimist Club, Brothers Barclay, Reptil, Rural Grit All-Stars, Noah Davis & the Heavy Electric, KC Bear Fighters, Konza Swamp, Men of Men, Ezmerelda, Hadiza., CJ Walker, Rebel Song Academy, Malek Azrael, Beatrix, Boxcar Brethren, DJ Fat Sal and StoneLion Puppet Theater will be wandering around sharing the fun!

The Black Creatures

Bill also shares details about the Festival’s special features: The Free Day Party at Lemonade Park (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) featuring: Konza Swamp, Boxcar Brethren & DJ Fat Sal. Free again this year thanks to Community Lending of America. The MixMaster Music Conference – artist professional development is NOW VIRTUAL! New session dates: Wednesdays 4-5:30 PM on: Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 Zoom Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/tZElcuyurTsiGtXwisJ1kJgcks. PLUS…The Musicians Health Clinic. Both MXM2022 and Health Clinic are FREE this year thanks to Seen Merch & Midwest Music Foundation

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Show #956

WMM Playlist from August 17, 2022

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, August 17, 2022

Kelly Hunt & The Songcraft Sessions + Lazy Projector + Lacey Gronniger of Dreamgirl

  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]
Stephanie Williams and Katy Guillen
  1. Katy Guillen & The Drive – “Bottom of Your Belly”
    from: ANOTHER ONE GAINED / Katy Guillen Music / August 19, 2022
    [This is the third single from their upcoming album, ANOTHER ONE GAINED produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. This is a follow up to their second single “Discoloration” (released June 24, 2022) and their first single, “Set In Stone” (released May 24. 2022) is brimming with vibrant textures, fuzzy electric guitars, and warm vocals. “Set In Stone” marked the beginning of a major life transition for Katy Guillen (pronounced Ghee-En). Written shortly after her longtime band announced their final show, she was struggling to find the next step in her career and personal life, while longing for a past sense of stability. “The song’s vigorous structure and deliberate rhythms convey that feeling of defeat and darkness, but with a sense of resolution and surrender through the guitar solo – a favorite moment on the record for me,” explains Katy. “While it started on shaky ground, coming out on the other side meant starting over and building something new.”It is a taste of what’s to come on their full-length debut album ANOTHER ONE GAINED (due August 19, 2022), a memoir of growth and reawakening by way of heart-wrenching transition and change – loss of her long-time band, end of a romantic relationship and finding herself amidst it all. “Set In Stone” premiered earlier this week on Guitar Girl Magazine. Katy Guillen & The Drive – Katy Guillen (guitar and vocals) and Stephanie William (drums) – dropped their first EP, Dream Girl, right before the 2020 lockdown, leaving them without opportunities to perform live. In their basement rehearsal space, they spent the year learning home recording and pre-production techniques, gradually crafting a collection of songs from the ground up. The following April, they took the demos to producer/engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards, Ray LaMontagne) at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles. From their work with Ratterman emerged a batch of 15 songs. At the end of 2021, the band released the four-track Battles EP, offering listeners a darker, more simmering edge to their impelling indie-rock sound. Ten more would comprise Another One Gained, the full-length debut due August 19, 2022. Previously Katy Guillen & The Drive released BATTLES EP on December 17, 2021, Recorded at Invisible Creature Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Engineered and mixed by Kevin Ratterman. Produced by Kevin Ratterman, Katy Guillen, and Stephanie Williams. Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, KY. All songs written by Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. Katy Guillen on vocals, guitar, bass, & keyboards.. Stephanie Williams on drums & percussion. Additional keys and programming by Kevin Ratterman. Album design and photography by Morgan Jones. This is a follow up to Katy Guillen & The Drive’s 7-song EP DREAM GIRL, released March 20, 2020. Katy Guillen & The Drive, is a project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting that is founded on the creative spark and chemistry between Katy Guillen & Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar & vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls. In 2012, Guillen & Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards. In these 6 years playing together, Guillen & Williams created a dynamic, sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music. KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Katy Guillen joined us on WMM on March 18, 2020. More info at: http://www.katyguillenmusic.com]

Katy Guillen & The Drive remaining U.S. TOUR DATES
AUG 19 / DAVENPORT, IA @ Alternating Currents Festival
AUG 20 / LINCOLN, NE @ The Zoo Bar
AUG 26 / KANSAS CITY, MO @ Knuckleheads
AUG 27 / DES MOINES, IA @ xBk Live

  1. The Black Creatures – “The Weight of Worth”
    from: By Thy Hand / Center Cut Records / August 12, 2022
    [The albun follows their last singles: “Criminal” on June 24, 2022, “Loud For Nothin” on May 27, 2022, and “True Friends” on September 17, 2021. After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. // Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures 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 her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. Their breakthrough album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. // From Center Cut Records Promo Materials: The Black Creatures make a point to blur the lines of genre while maintaining a recognizable cohesion; oftentimes blending contemporary styles of pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul with cinematic and storytelling sci-fi/fantasy elements and themes. With the complex and creative approach The Black Creatures take to their art, a diverse audience regularly flocks to their gripping and intensely enchanting performances. // Representing the strange land of Kansas City, Missouri, Jade Green and Xavier began working together around the end of 2013 after meeting on-line talking about cosmetics. After Jade stumbled upon Xavier’s SoundCloud, they asked if they could put their vocals on it, and this led to future collaborations with no more than the intention to dabble. They couldn’t stop and eventually dubbed the project The Black Creatures. // Both Jade & Xavier write and perform vocals, with Xavier at the helm of production and composition. Jade Green has a vocal background in opera and a penchant for theatrics, and both are the foundation of their ever-evolving approach to writing and performing in The Black Creatures. While the instrumentals may set the tone for the show, Jade’s voice captivates the audience from beginning to end. Originally a violinist, Xavier unfurled into a producer and vocalist, maintaining the same air of intrigue and mystery throughout his compositions and performances in The Black Creatures. // After releasing Wild Echoes in the fall of 2020, the record received Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine, along with high praise from around the world for the four released singles and accompanying videos. “Wretched (It Goes)” was featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change” when The Black Creatures were selected as one of 12 national artists, and included in 90.9 The Bridge’s Top 100 singles along with their song “D’ummm” which was in heavy rotation in the winter. Nuance Magazine wrote, “The Black Creatures take their musical talents and use them in such a way that forces listeners to not only tap their foot to a catchy tune, but pay attention and feel something about what is going on in the world around them. Tackling fascism, police brutality, and the deep-rooted effects of slavery in a rhythmic fashion is one thing. Simultaneously making it a good listen is another. However, The Black Creatures make it happen.” // Mark’s brief review: “Being named “Album of The Year” from The Pitch Kansas City was the recognition this young band deserved, because there is really no other band in Kansas City creating incredibly beautiful and painful protest songs in multi genre styles of beats, vocal styles, textures. The immediate personal and poetic lyrics of Jade Green and tribal, dance floor and soulful beats and melodies of Xavier bring the listener into a multicultural, mixed, gender fluid, soul celebration of life and an honest indictment of the racist, homophobic, and sexist world they are navigating through to survive. Listen carefully to these young music makers, they are wise beyond their years. They sound beautiful and speak the truth to power. They are beautiful. They are The Black Creatures.”]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott.]

[The Black Creatures play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022]

The Black Creatures Discography

The Black Creatures “Mouth 2 Mouth” – Single, June 5, 2016.
The Black Creatures released their debut album, See No Evil, Dec. 6, 2017.
The Black Creatures “Elements” – Single, February 14, 2018
The Black Creatures “Silver Tears” – Single, June 19, 2018 with additional voices provided by AniMal (Ana Marcela Maldonado Morales) , Barbara Solomon , Kassidee, Quaranta , Adres Va Cortas
The Black Creatures “Dare” (Gorillaz Cover)” – Single, August 8, 2019
The Black Creature – WILD ECHOES – Album, September 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “Turn” – Single, October 30, 2019
The Black Creatures – “Quartz (Twilight)” – Single, November 13, 2019
The Black Creatures – “SHINE” – Single, December 11, 2019
The Black Creatures- “Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” – Single, January 8, 2020
The Black Creatures – “To Whom It May Concern” – Single, January 22, 2020
The Black Creatures – “Arcade Love” – Single, February 5, 2020
The Black Creatures – “Run Up” – Single, February 19, 2020.
The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”- Single [Center Cut], July 17, 2020 [remastered]
The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – Album (Remastered] August 28, 2020 [Center Cut]
The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero” – Single/Video [Center Cut], June 11, 2021
The Black Creatures – “FRIENDS” – Single/Video [Center Cut], September 17, 2021
The Black Creatures – “Loud 4 Nothin” – Single/Video [Center Cut], May 27, 2022
The Black Creatures – “Criminal” – Single/Video [Center Cut], July 8, 2022
The Black Creatures – “BY THY HAND” – Album [Center Cut], August 12, 2022
https://www.theblackcreatures.com/

Mensa Deathsquad
  1. Mensa Deathsquad – “Starlight”
    from: “Starlight” – Single / Gran Cavalera / July 11, 2022
    [ The ongoing creative engine of Kansas City-based darkwave artist Brandon Phillips – the soft human center of Mensa Deathsquad writes: “Mensa Deathsquad is fundamentally about two things, Dark dance music optimized for sweaty catharsis and the most ragged, unpolished emotional honesty I can bring.” On June 13, 2022 Mensa Deathsquad released the single “Come Say Hello.”On April 12, 2022 Mensa Deathsquad released the 14-track album, YOU WILL HEAR THUNDER, Written, performed and produced by Mensa Deathsquad. Mastered at Element Recording and Mastering. Brandon Phillips of Mensa Deathsquad, writes: “By the time I wrote Chin Up Eyes Wide Open,” (second single from YOU WILL HEAR THUNDER) I was just this little emotional soap bubble, exploding in slow motion. I felt safe in my own skin for the first time in a really long time. This is part of trauma recovery – early on there is this identity crisis that starts in your bone marrow and extends outward into the far reaches of the galaxy and it takes a lot of effort to find yourself again in all that messy tissue and ice cold vastness. By some quirk of luck, I bumped into myself by chance when a friend made a joke about my being exactly her “tall, thin and emotionally unavailable” type. To which I shot back, “Babe, all I am is emotionally available. I am skin and emotions.” Boom. There I was, hiding in plain sight. So “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open” is a song about my deciding to live that punch line and to just fully embody “skin and emotions” and to never mask that version of myself again. It’s a song about showing up for yourself in all your flawed, fucked up glory.” “Chin Up, Eyes Wide Open” is a follow up to “Light” released November 16, 2021. Brandon Phillips writes, “The electronic music that I daydream about, always has that Stooges layer of dirt and shop grease on it. That’s what I want.” Follow up to CYCLIST, the second album from Mensa Deathsquad released February 23, 2021. The cyclist was released with these notes: Brandon Phillips laid in a Kansas City hospital through the winter of 2019-2020 as his own album release (the unintentionally but appropriately named Patient Zero by his alt-synthwave band Mensa Deathsquad) passed by in the outside world. The first tracks from his debut album Patient Zero were premiering and, chained to a Luciferian merry-go-round of post-operative infections, Brandon strained through the pharmaceutical blur to do promotion for his record, emailing editors and scraping together the necessary pieces they needed. Since his surgery a month prior had gone sideways, and the time, energy, and planning for things like photos, videos and shows had been blown to smithereens, all he had left to look forward to beyond the IVs and the machines that go “ping” was this premiere and the street date. And then came COVID-19, like a rogue wave, to finish off the aimless Mensa Deathsquad sailboat. // But Brandon didn’t die and the boat didn’t sink. As the squall receded and the wanton eye of cruel gods passed over him, Brandon clung to the boat and swore revenge… // As the aphorism goes, “revenge is sweet” and thus Brandon and his Mensa Deathsquad will have the triumphant last laugh. Holed up in the spare bedroom of his apartment in Kansas City with an open wound in his abdomen, two surgical drains, and a severely compromised immune system, Brandon slipped back into his Mensa Deathsquad persona and began working on what would become his newest full length album, Cyclist. // The music that emerged from Brandon’s isolation and illness is a raw, nearly garage-rock take on darkwave and a perfect continuation of what he had begun on Patient Zero. Launching with the one-two punch of electro-punk noir in “Nothing Is Ever Enough” and “Therapist” before the pounding synth-rock of “The Disappointment Of The Christ,” Brandon fixes his furious eyes upon the provocative hypocrisy and violence that results from American Christianity. // A heady package of nudge nudges and intellectual ruminations (a trademark of Brandon’s past as a smartpunk upstart in such seminal bands as The Gadjits and Architects), Cyclist carries both a powerful music punch, a cultural rummaging through pop culture, and a run through his ever-evolving intellect. A knowing wink to fans of the seminal vampire flick The Lost Boy, “Join Us, Michael” is at once a seething appraisal of a world scorched and defiled by an older generation and a musical love letter to that pivotal ‘80s vampire movie soundtrack. “Leap Year (Chaos Reigns)” which began as a Siouxsie & the Banshees-inspired jam serves as Cyclist’s true north – the story of a drug-fueled wrinkle in time that brought the entire cyclical nature of existence into visibility one fateful night. “End Of The World” is dance-floor nihilist electro-rock blending angular post-punk guitar with the nostalgia of neon synths and electroclash drums, while “Takes One To Know One” slowly approaches the thunderstorm of toxic relationships, soulful vocals, tech house kick drums, and grimey-as-hell bass. // As a fitting conclusion to the tour de force through his psyche, Cyclist closes with yet another two-track charge, the swaggering post-electro sneer at celebrity social media, “Famous” followed by the throbbing Giorgio Moroder-via-Tech House cover of Iggy Pop’s classic “The Passenger.” “It was important to me that I cover ‘The Passenger’ as a letter of intent.” Says Brandon. “The electronic music that I daydream about, always has that Stooges layer of dirt and shop grease on it. That’s what I wanted for Cyclist.” The result is a triumph over the storm, as Mensa Deathsquad sails, unvanquished, into victory. More info at: https://mensadeathsquad.bandcamp.com or https://facebook.com/MensaDeathsquad.%5D

[Mensa Deathsquad play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Blvd. KCMO, on Thursday, August 18, 2022 with Biff Knarly & The Reptilians, and All For Nothing].

Kadesh Flow
  1. Kadesh Flow – “Party Thoughts (Radio Edit) (feat. Jessica Paige)”
    from: Otaku Moods EP / Ryan Davis / January 25, 2019
    [Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with Marcus Lewis Big Band.] [On July 1, 2022 Kadesh Flow released the single, “Away from You”.Kadesh tells us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release standpoint because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in Attack on Titan but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time. I’m releasing this on July 1st, partially in celebration of that milestone.” This is one of over 23 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 18 months: This is a follow up to “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. The year before, Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com ]

[Kadesh Flow plays The Ship, 1221 Union Ave – West Bottoms of KCMO with Jessica Paige and Friendly Thieves (which is Sam Wells’ new band) and DJ Skittlez (who is an awesome newer lady DJ who also sings (she’s doing background vocals on Kadesh Fkow’s “Future Ex” single). ]

Jessica Paige
Kris Bruders
  1. Kris Bruders – “Butterflies and Turpentine”
    from: “Butterflies and Turpentine” / Kris Bruders / August 24, 2022
    [One of many new songles Kris Briders has recently recorded with friends and collaborators. Kris Bruders is also performing with a new band called, Copper Threading, that Kris describes as ”that sweet sound of that old family harmony of Havilah Bruders and Kenese Cartwright right next to the trains with the beautiful upright bass sound of Brandon Day and the sweet sounds of a mandolin by Corey Clark and yours truly.” Many Kansas City music fans know Kristopher Bruders for his great work with band, Cadillac Flambé with your wife vocalist and keyboardist, Havilah Bruders. Kristopher Brudersis also one half of Freight Train Rabbit Killer with Mark Smeltzer. Kristopher Bruders is a beautiful, peaceful gentleman and then we turn on the microphone and are blown away by the power of the voice, truly reminding me of a far away train, getting closer in the middle of a cold dark night. Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a musical duet made up of Kristopher Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as “Apocalyptic Roots” or “Doom Blues” their intense and riveting live shows are accompanied by suits and masks. Freight Train Rabbit Killer released their album, HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT on April 30, on vinyl from Haymaker Records. 3 years in the making, there were hurdles along the way, from pressing plant delays to global pandemics.”The album was recorded during the Hammer of Judgment Recording Sessions back in April 2019, utilizing an interactive crowd of dedicated fans joining the band in the studio, experiencing the recording process first-hand with all of the bells and whistles of GFM Modern Recording in Blue Springs, Missouri for the engineering work and studio access and a previous collaborator, Andrew Crowley of Organica Recording for engineering, mixing, and mastering.” HAMMER OF JUDGEMENT is the band’s 2nd full-length album.
Ivory Blue
  1. Ivory Blue – “Red Light”
    from: “Red Light” – Single / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / July 29, 2022
    [It was recently announced that Ivory Blue will be co-managed by Vicky Hamilton who is based out of Los Angeles, California Ivory Blue released their debut full length album COMPOUND LOVE on February 25, 2022 through Sound Ballistics & Publishing. Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017. Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D

[Ivory Blue plays Crossroads Music Festival, Saturday, August 27]

10:28 – Underwriting

  1. Kelly Hunt – “Nothin’ On My Mind”
    from: Even The Sparrow / Rare Bird Records / May 17, 2019
    [The daughter of an opera singer and a saxophonist, Kelly Hunt was raised in Memphis, TN, and grew up performing other people’s works through piano lessons, singing in choirs, and performing theater. “It was a very creative, artistic household,” says Hunt. During her teenage years, influenced by musical inspirations as diverse as Norah Jones, Rachmaninov, and John Denver, she began writing her own songs on the piano as a creative outlet. After being introduced to the banjo in college while studying French and visual arts, Hunt began to develop her own improvised style of playing, combining old-time picking styles with the percussive origins of the instrument. “I’m self-taught, I just started letting the songs dictate what needed to be there,” she says. “I heard a rhythm in a song that I wanted to execute, so I figured out how to do it on the drum head while still being able to articulate certain notes in one motion.” After college, Hunt followed a rambling path that took her through careers in acting, graphic design, traditional French bread making, and medicine, all the while making music as a private endeavor. “I wanted to get serious about a responsible career choice, but music kept bubbling up. I was writing a lot and playing a lot and started to not be satisfied just playing to my walls of my room.” After moving to Kansas City and discovering her mysterious Depression-era tenor banjo, Hunt began recording Even The Sparrow in Kansas City alongside collaborator Stas’ Heaney and engineer Kelly Werts. “It took almost two years to record,” she says, “learning how to let the songs dictate the production.” Having finally come to light, the album displays Hunt’s penchant for masterful storytelling and intriguing arrangement, as researched and complex as they are memorable, punctuated by her articulate melodies and a well-enunciated and creative command of lyrical delivery infused with deft emotional communication. While reminiscent of modern traditionalists such as Gillian Welch–a number of her songs even borrow titles and phrasing from traditional American music (“Back to Dixie,” “Gloryland”)–Even The Sparrow reveals an ineffable quality that hovers beyond the constraints of genre, à la Anais Mitchell and Patty Griffin. In “The Men of Blue & Grey,” what begins as a Reconstruction-era ballad about the repurposing of Civil War glass plate negatives in a greenhouse roof soon becomes a meditation on the hope that growth and life may one day be able to emerge from the ruins of suffering and haunting of violence. “Across The Great Divide” turns an otherwise traditional accounting of spurned love into a philosophical epic of the ethics of forgiveness and freedom, evoking the ideas of Søren Kierkegaard and Walt Whitman.] [Kelly Hunt’s EVEN THE SPARROW was in the TOP TEN of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019.]

[Kelly Hunt plays The SongCraft Sessions, a 4-part series with monthly shows through September, at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. On Thursday, August 25, at 7:30K PM, Kelly welcomes Kristin Hamilton and Kasey Rausch. More information at http://www.therinokc.com]

Kelly Hunt

10:34 – Interview with Kelly Hunt

Kansas City singer-songwriter & banjo player Kelly Hunt paints stories as old and offbeat as her Depression-era tenor banjo, reimagining traditions of folk, country & old-time music in a style that hovers beyond the constraints of genre à la Anaïs Mitchell & Gillian Welch. Hunt’s debut album, Even The Sparrow, was released in May 2019 and named as a finalist for the International Folk Music Awards “Album of the Year.” It was also in the Top Ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Her upcoming sophomore album, Ozark Symphony, was recorded with Grammy-winning musician & producer Dirk Powell and is slated for release in late 2022. Kelly joins us to share details about Season 2 of her collaborative performance series, The SongCraft Sessions, a 4-part series with monthly shows through September, at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. On Thursday, August 25, at 7:30K PM, Kelly welcomes Kristin Hamilton and Kasey Rausch. More information at http://www.therinokc.com

The daughter of an opera singer and a saxophonist, Kelly Hunt was raised in Memphis, TN, and grew up performing other people’s works through piano lessons, singing in choirs, and performing theater. “It was a very creative, artistic household,” says Hunt. During her teenage years, influenced by musical inspirations as diverse as Norah Jones, Rachmaninov, and John Denver, she began writing her own songs on the piano as a creative outlet.

After being introduced to the banjo in college while studying French and visual arts, Hunt began to develop her own improvised style of playing, combining old-time picking styles with the percussive origins of the instrument. “I’m self-taught, I just started letting the songs dictate what needed to be there,” she says. “I heard a rhythm in a song that I wanted to execute, so I figured out how to do it on the drum head while still being able to articulate certain notes in one motion.”

After college, Hunt followed a rambling path that took her through careers in acting, graphic design, traditional French bread making, and medicine, all the while making music as a private endeavor. “I wanted to get serious about a responsible career choice, but music kept bubbling up. I was writing a lot and playing a lot and started to not be satisfied just playing to my walls of my room.”

After moving to Kansas City and discovering her mysterious Depression-era tenor banjo, Hunt began recording Even The Sparrow in Kansas City alongside collaborator Stas’ Heaney and engineer Kelly Werts. “It took almost two years to record,” she says, “learning how to let the songs dictate the production.”

Having finally come to light, the album displays Hunt’s penchant for masterful storytelling and intriguing arrangement, as researched and complex as they are memorable, punctuated by her articulate melodies and a well-enunciated and creative command of lyrical delivery infused with deft emotional communication.

Kansas City Folk/Americana singer-songwriter & banjo player Kelly Hunt shares details about Season 2 of her collaborative performance series “The SongCraft Sessions,” hosted by The Rino, 314 Armour Road in North Kansas City, and sponsored by Kissick Construction.

Kelly conceived of this series as a laboratory for testing out new songs and arrangement ideas, joining creative forces with fellow local and touring musicians, and building local community around a shared love of original live music. “I’ve been craving an experimental stage,” she says, “a free-spirited performance space which offers songwriters a unique sounding board for new ideas and invites the audience into the creative process in a way that transcends the limitations of a traditional performance setting.”

Thurs. 8/25: Kasey Rausch + Kristin & Lucy Hamilton. Tickets are $10 and are available for advance purchase at therinokc.com Doors: 7 pm // Show: 7:30 pm

10:43

Kristin Hamilton
  1. Kristin Hamilton – “Bittersweet Flowers”
    from: Touch Of Blue / Kristin Hamilton / April 23, 2022
    [Writien by Kristin Hamilton-Kristin Hamilton on lead vocal & acoustic guitar, Jessica Salleyon drums, Greg Gagnon on double bass, Wurlitzer, Telecaster. Produced by Greg Gagnon – ShapeNote Studios. Mastered by Joel Nanos – Element Recording. Kristin Hamilton released her debut album, TOUCH OF BLUE with a Special Album Release Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 PM, at Acoustic Alcove, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy, Unity Village, MO. /// Kristin Hamilton’s Touch Of Blue is her debut solo album featuring her father, Rocky Cathcart, her two teens, Isaac and Lucy Gray Hamilton, her new band The Heat; comprised of Jessica Salley, Greg Gagnon, & Leah Sproul of Cowtown Country Club, and Devon Teran of The Timbers. This album also features special guest Chris Hudson of Gullywasher and members of Kristin’s former project Under The Big Oak Tree, Simon Fink, Jason Riley and Doug Ward.

[Kristin Hamilton plays Kelly Hunt’s SongCraft Sessions, a 4-part series with monthly shows through September, at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. On Thursday, August 25, at 7:30 PM, Kelly welcomes Kristin Hamilton and Kasey Rausch. More information at http://www.therinokc.com]

10:47 – More Interview with Kelly Hunt

We are talking with Kansas City Folk/Americana singer-songwriter & banjo player Kelly Hunt who is sharing details about Season 2 of her collaborative performance series “The SongCraft Sessions,” hosted by The Rino, 314 Armour Road in North Kansas City, and sponsored by Kissick Construction.

Kelly conceived of this series as a laboratory for testing out new songs and arrangement ideas, joining creative forces with fellow local and touring musicians, and building local community around a shared love of original live music. “I’ve been craving an experimental stage,” she says, “a free-spirited performance space which offers songwriters a unique sounding board for new ideas and invites the audience into the creative process in a way that transcends the limitations of a traditional performance setting.”

Each session features a different local or touring songwriter and begins with a brief introduction and interview of the guest artist, followed by a 45 min. set of their original material. Between songs, songwriters are encouraged to tell the stories behind their songs and provide insights into their creative process. Then the guest artist joins Kelly for a 2-3 song collaborative set. Each session closes with a brief set by Kelly featuring new and re-worked material, as well as a cover request chosen from previous audience suggestions. Kelly will be joined for certain sessions by her long-time musical collaborator and touring partner, multi-instrumentalist Staś Heaney.

Tickets are $10 and are available for advance purchase at therinokc.com
Doors: 7 pm // Show: 7:30 pm

Season 2 lineup:
Thurs. 6/23: Brook Blanche (Wichita, KS)
Thurs. 7/21: Kris Bruders
Thurs. 8/25: Kasey Rausch + Kristin & Lucy Hamilton
Thurs. 9/29: Willi Carlisle (Fayetteville, AR)

Past guest songwriters include:
Sara Morgan
Una Walkenhorst
Simon Fink
Scott Hrabko
Forrest McCurren

Kelly Hunt thank you for being with us on WMM.

Kelly Hunt plays The SongCraft Sessions, a 4-part series with monthly shows through September, at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. On Thursday, August 25, at 7:30K PM, Kelly welcomes Kristin Hamilton and Kasey Rausch. More information at http://www.therinokc.com

10:56

Kasey Rausch
  1. Kasey Rausch – “She Said Goodbye”
    from: “She Said Goodbye”-Single / Kasey Rausch / July 8, 2022
    [Written by Kasey Rausch who is also 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 Kelly Hunt’s SongCraft Sessions, at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. On Thursday, August 25, at 7:30 PM, More information at http://www.therinokc.com]

Kelly Hunt w/ Tell Pryor & Aaron Shinn of Lazy Projector on the August 17, 2022 edition of WMM on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:00 – Station ID

Lazy Projector
  1. Lazy Projector – “Cruisin'”
    from: Future Fiction / Lazy Projector / August 19, 2022
    [Written and recorded by Lazy Projector. Aaron Shinn on guitars, vocals, keyboards; Adam Mcgill on bass guitar; Jordan Shinn on guitar, backing vocals. Lazy Projector released their single, “Hookworms” on April 2, 2021 and “Windows” on December 4, 2020. “Cruisin’”, ”Hookworms” and “Windows” will be featured on Lazy Projector’s upcoming album to be released in 2021. Lazy Projector released their debut album, “evoco” in 2018. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com]
Tell Pryor and Aaron Shinn of Lazy Projector

11:03 – Interview with Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor

Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor are members of the band, Lazy Projector, a Kansas City based indie rock group that currently consists of Aaron Shinn on vocals & guitar, Tell Pryor on guitar, Dustin Mott on drums, Luke Caddy on bass, and Jonny Ulasien on keyboards. Lazy Projector will be releasing their sophomore album, ‘Future Fiction’ on August 19, 2022. Lazy Projector will celebrate with an album release show at the Recordbar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Friday, August 26, with Mark Ronning, (playing a modular set), and No Magic (from Lawrence). Alex from the band Heads or Heads will be doing visuals and projections for the show. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com

Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor, Thank you for being with us again on WMM

Lazy Projector:
Aaron Shinn (vocals / guitar),
Tell Pryor (guitar),
Dustin Mott (drums),
Luke Caddy (bass), and
Jonny Ulasien (keys).

Lazy Projector influences include bands such as Spoon, Dr. Dog, Wilco, the National, Toro y Moi, Kevin Morby, and Big Thief, to name a few.

Wlazy Projector will be releasing their sophomore album, ‘Future Fiction’ on August 19 on all streaming services.

The album is 2+ years in the making with a majority recorded in our home studios.

The band began collecting ideas in late 2019 and started the recording process in early 2020, passing ideas back and forth from Aaron’s home studio and Tell’s.

The band’s first single ‘Windows’ was released in 2020, and ‘Hookworms’ and ‘Cruisin’ were released in 2021.

The album mixes a variety of time periods, with influences from the 50’s and 60’s to current. The album was self-produced and primarily engineered and mixed by Tell Pryor

11:12

  1. Lazy Projector – “Back When”
    from: Future Fiction / Lazy Projector / August 19, 2022
    [Written and recorded by Lazy Projector. Aaron Shinn on vocals & guitar, Tell Pryor on guitar, Dustin Mott on drums, Luke Caddy on bass, and Jonny Ulasien on keyboards. The album was over two years in the making, recorded at home studios, self-produced and engineered and mixed by Tell Pryor. Lazy Projector released their single, “Hookworms” on April 2, 2021 and “Windows” on December 4, 2020. “Cruisin’”, ”Hookworms” and “Windows” will be featured on Lazy Projector’s upcoming album to be released in 2021. Lazy Projector released their debut album, “evoco” in 2018. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com]

[Lazy Projector will celebrate with an album release show at the Recordbar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Friday, August 26, with Mark Ronning, (playing a modular set), and No Magic (from Lawrence). Alex from Heads or Heads will be doing visuals and projection. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com]

11:16 – More Interview with Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor

Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor are members of the band, Lazy Projector a Kansas City based Lazy Projector will celebrate with an album release show at the Recordbar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Friday, August 26, with Mark Ronning, (playing a modular set), and No Magic (from Lawrence). Alex from the band Heads or Heads will be doing visuals and projections for the show. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com

Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor, Thank you for being with us again on WMM

Lazy Projector currently consists of Aaron Shinn on vocals & guitar, Tell Pryor on guitar, Dustin Mott on drums, Luke Caddy on bass, and Jonny Ulasien on keyboards.

Lazy Projector will be releasing their sophomore album, ‘Future Fiction’ on August 19, 2022. The album was over two years in the making, recorded at home studios, self-produced and engineered and mixed by Tell Pryor.

Last year, Lazy Projector play the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.co]

Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor, Thank you for being with us again on WMM

Lazy Projector will celebrate with an album release show at the Recordbar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Friday, August 26, with Mark Ronning, (playing a modular set), and No Magic (from Lawrence). Alex from the band Heads or Heads will be doing visuals and projections for the show. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com

11:24

  1. Lazy Projector – “Call It A Name”
    from: Future Fiction / Lazy Projector / August 19, 2022
    [Written and recorded by Lazy Projector. Aaron Shinn on vocals & guitar, Tell Pryor on guitar, Dustin Mott on drums, Luke Caddy on bass, and Jonny Ulasien on keyboards. The album was over two years in the making, recorded at home studios, self-produced and engineered and mixed by Tell Pryor. Lazy Projector released their single, “Hookworms” on April 2, 2021 and “Windows” on December 4, 2020. “Cruisin’”, ”Hookworms” and “Windows” will be featured on Lazy Projector’s upcoming album to be released in 2021. Lazy Projector released their debut album, “evoco” in 2018. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com]

[Lazy Projector will celebrate with an album release show at the Recordbar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Friday, August 26, with Mark Ronning, (playing a modular set), and No Magic (from Lawrence). Alex from the band Heads or Heads will be doing visuals and projections for the show. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com]

11:28 – Underwriting

Tell Pryor and Aaron Shinn of Lazy Projector and Lacey Gronniger of Dreamgirl on the August 17, 2022 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.
  1. Dreamgirl – “All You Wanna Do Is Dance”
    from: “All You Wanna Do Is Dance” – Single / Dreamgirl / October 30, 2020
    [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 Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 PM with CD Ghost]

Lacey Gronniger of Dreamgirl on the August 17, 2022 edition of WMM on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:33 – Interview with Lacey Gronniger

Lacey Gronniger is the lead singer of Dreamgirl and she joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Emerging from the vibrant KC music community, Dreamgirl formed in 2012 as a creative collaboration between Lacey Hopkins, Ian Dobyns, Skylar Smith, and Joe Gronniger. Dreamgirl’s early sound immediately got the attention of local music lovers. Drawing inspiration from Tennis, Cyndi Lauper and The Beach Boys – Lacey Hopkins’ breezy vocals play against a backdrop of shimmering guitars creating a dreamy nostalgic midwest sonic soundscape. Proudly and fiercely independent, their DIY approach resonates throughout their prolific back catalogue of EP’s and singles. In 2018 their self titled debut was released on their own imprint and in 2020 Dreamgirl returned to the studio and began recording new music set to release new music throughout 2021 and 2022. Info: http://www.dreamgirldreamworld.com

Lacey Gronniger, Thank you for being with us on WMM

Joe and Lacey Gronniger

Lacey Hopkins is now Lacey Gronniger

Dreamgirl formed in 2012 as a creative collaboration between Lacey Hopkins, Ian Dobyns, Skylar Smith, and Joe Gronniger.

Dreamgirl West Coast tour starts Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 PM at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas, M with CD Ghost.

8/20 LAWRENCE
8/21 DENVER
8/24 VEGA$ (18+)
8/25 SAN DIEGO
8/26 SANTA ANA
8/27 LOS ANGELES
8/28 SAN FRANCISCO
8/29 BERKELEY
8/30 SACRAMENTO
9/1 PORTLAND (21+)
9/2 SEATTLE
9/3 BOISE
9/4 SALT LAKE CITY
9/5 FT COLLINS

Dreamgirl played Innovation Festival on Aug 6, at 3:50 PM, at Crown Center 2450 Grand BLVD

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

Lacey Gronniger, Thank you for being with us on WMM

Info: http://www.dreamgirldreamworld.com

11:48

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 Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 PM with CD Ghost]

Gemini Parks
  1. Gemini Parks – “Up All Night”
    from: “Up All Night” – Single / Gemini Parks / August 4, 2022
    [Gemini Parks (The Genre-Bending Funk Project of Kansas City Musician Josh Berwanger) Releases Debut Single and End Of Summer Party Banger “Up All Night” // “An infectious bit of sleazy dance pop in line with Beck and Gorillaz, synthesizers and funky bass lines weaving around jangling acoustic guitars and irresistible vocal hooks.”- Tuned Up // Josh Berwanger’s genre-blending funk punk project Gemini Parks is on a mission to make you dance. Recorded with Oklahoma producer Jarod Evans (Broncho, Flaming Lips) in 2021 at Blackwatch Studios, Berwanger later added Mitch Hewlit on drums and J-Swamp on bass. // Based in Kansas, Gemini Parks recently began playing shows and they just released their first single “Up All Night,” with monthly single drops to follow. // Berwanger says, “Up All Night” has some party vibes going on but lyrically it touches on lonerism. It’s a song about enjoying the adventure of discovery. Whether it’s in oneself, out on the road or in a substance. The video features Andrew Bassett (Mean Jeans) as the manic producer and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) as the engineer.” // Gemini Parks fuses hip hop and pop with a glam core, and with lyrics like, “If I fell back to hell I’ll go back to heaven if I wanna, but I don’t wanna,” there is no way you’ll be able to sit still when they start playing. // Stream “Up All Night” Here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/geminiparks/up-all-night // Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/NnQRGkjR54A
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, August 24Bill Sundahl joins us for the entire show to shine a light on the artists playing the 18th Annual Crossroads Music Fest on August 27 in the West Bottoms. More info at: http://www.cmfkc.com

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Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Show #955

Kelly Hunt & The Songcraft Sessions + Lazy Projector + Lacey Gronniger of Dreamgirl

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, August 17, 2022

Kelly Hunt & The Songcraft Sessions + Lazy Projector + Lacey Gronniger of Dreamgirl

Mark Spins More New & MidCoastal Releases from: Lazy Projector, The Black Creatures, Ivory Blue, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Kris Bruders, Gemini Parks, Mensa Deathsquad, Dreamgirl, Kelly Hunt, Kristin Hamilton, Kasey Rausch, Kadesh Flow and Jessica Paige

At 10:30 we talk with Kansas City singer-songwriter & banjo player Kelly Hunt who paints stories as old and offbeat as her Depression-era tenor banjo, reimagining traditions of folk, country & old-time music in a style that hovers beyond the constraints of genre à la Anaïs Mitchell & Gillian Welch. Hunt’s debut album, Even The Sparrow, was released in May 2019 and named as a finalist for the International Folk Music Awards “Album of the Year.” Her upcoming sophomore album, Ozark Symphony, was recorded with Grammy-winning musician & producer Dirk Powell and is slated for release in late 2022. Kelly joins us to share details about Season 2 of her collaborative performance series, The SongCraft Sessions, a 4-part series with monthly shows through September, at The Rino, 314 Armour Road, North Kansas City. On Thursday, August 25, at 7:30 PM, Kelly welcomes Kristin Hamilton and Kasey Rausch. More information at http://www.therinokc.com

At 11:00 Mark talks with Aaron Shinn and Tell Pryor of the band, Lazy Projector a Kansas City based indie rock group that currentnly consists of Aaron Shinn on vocals & guitar, Tell Pryor on guitar, Dustin Mott on drums, Luke Caddy on bass, and Jonny Ulasien on keyboards. Lazy Projector will be releasing their sophomore album, ‘Future Fiction’ on August 19, 2022. The album was over two years in the making, recorded at home studios, self-produced and engineered and mixed by Tell Pryor. Lazy Projector will celebrate with an album release show at the Recordbar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, on Friday, August 26, with Mark Ronning, (playing a modular set), and No Magic (from Lawrence). Alex from the band Heads or Heads will be doing visuals and projections for the show. More info at http://www.lazyprojector.com

At 11:30 Lacey Gronniger, lead singer of Dreamgirl joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Emerging from the vibrant KC music community, Dreamgirl formed in 2012 as a creative collaboration between Lacey Hopkins, Ian Dobyns, Skylar Smith, and Joe Gronniger. Dreamgirl’s early sound immediately got the attention of the local music lovers. Drawing inspiration from Tennis, Cyndi Lauper and The Beach Boys – Lacey Hopkins’ breezy vocals play against a backdrop of shimmering guitars creating a dreamy nostalgic midwest sonic soundscape. Proudly and fiercely independent, their DIY approach resonates throughout their prolific back catalogue of EP’s and singles. In 2018 their self titled debut was released on their own imprint and in 2020 Dreamgirl returned to the studio and began recording new music set to release new music throughout 2021 and 2022. Info: http://www.dreamgirldreamworld.com

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
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Show #955

WMM Playlist from August 10, 2022

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, August 10, 2022

Guest Producer & Special Guest: Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby

Mark welcomes Necia Gamby who joins us as our Special Guest and Guest Producer. Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. Necia is the daughter of Sandra Brown a Kansas City Jazz pianist, and the mother Jamal Gamby a graphic artist and MC Joe Good for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood with Miles Bonny. More information at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

  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]
  1. Dianne Reeves – “In Your Eyes”
    from: Bridges / Blue Note Records / January 1, 1999
    [“In Your Eyes” is a song by English rock musician Peter Gabriel from his fifth solo album So (1986). Dianne Reeves was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 23, 1956 into a musical family. Her father sang, her mother played trumpet, her uncle is bassist Charles Burrell, and her cousin is George Duke. Her father died when she was two years old, and she was raised in Denver, Colorado, by her mother, Vada Swanson, and maternal family. She was raised Catholic and attended Cure D’Ars Catholic School in Denver for much of her early schooling. // In 1971 she started singing and playing piano.[4] She was a member of her high-school band, and while performing at a convention in Chicago was noticed by trumpeter Clark Terry, who invited her to sing with him. “He had these amazing all-star bands, but I had no idea who they all were! The thing I loved about it was the way they interacted with each other – the kind of intimate exchange that I wasn’t part of. For a young singer, it was fertile soil.” She studied classical voice at the University of Colorado. // Reeves moved to Los Angeles, where she sang and recorded with Stanley Turrentine, Lenny White, and Billy Childs. She recorded with the band Caldera,[8] then founded the band Night Flight with Billy Childs, with whom she would collaborate again in the 1990s. She moved to New York City and from 1983 to 1986 toured with Harry Belafonte. // She signed with Blue Note in 1987 and that year her eponymous album, featuring Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, and Tony Williams, was nominated for a Grammy Award. She went on to win five Grammy Awards. // Music critic Scott Yanow has said of her: “A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae, Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer.” Her sound has been compared to that of Patti Austin, Vanessa Rubin, Anita Baker, and Regina Bell. // Reeves performed at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2005, she appeared in the film Good Night, And Good Luck singing 1950s standards (including “How High the Moon”, “I’ve Got My Eyes on You”, “Too Close for Comfort”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “One for My Baby”). In 2006 the soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.]
  1. Herbie Hancock – “Maiden Voyage (Remastered)”
    from: Maiden Voyage / Blue Note – Capitol / May 1, 1965
    [Maiden Voyage is the fifth album led by jazz musician Herbie Hancock, and was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder on March 17, 1965, for Blue Note Records. It was issued as BLP 4195 and BST 84195. Featuring Hancock with tenor saxophonist George Coleman, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, it is a concept album aimed at creating an oceanic atmosphere. As such, many of the track titles refer to marine biology or the sea, and the musicians develop the concept through their use of space. The album was presented with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. // Davis quintet. // According to Bob Blumenthal’s 1999 liner notes: “Blue Note logs indicate that an attempt had been made to record ‘Maiden Voyage’, ‘Little One’, and ‘Dolphin Dance’ six days earlier, with Hubbard on cornet and Stu Martin in place of Williams. Those performances were rejected at the time and have been lost in the ensuing years.” A different version of “Little One” was recorded by Miles Davis and his quintet (by then including Wayne Shorter instead of Coleman) for the album E.S.P., also released in 1965. // Hancock cites Count Basie’s “Shiny Stockings” as the main source of inspiration for “Dolphin Dance”. // The Penguin Guide to Jazz designated the album as part of its Core Collection with a four star rating, calling it “a colossal achievement from a man still just 24 years old”. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic describes the album as “arguably his finest record of the ’60s, reachingMaiden Voyage”, “The Eye of the Hurricane” and “Dolphin Dance” have become jazz standards and are featured in Hal Leonard’s New Real Book vol. 2. While being interviewed for KCET in 2011, Hancock said he considered “Maiden Voyage” to be his favorite of all of the compositions he had written. During an interview on KTLA in 2020, the composer told Frank Buckley that he originally wrote the tune for a television commercial. Hancock was the pianist on another version of “Maiden Voyage” for Bobby Hutcherson’s album Happenings which was recorded in February 1966. Hancock rerecorded “Maiden Voyage” and “Dolphin Dance” on his 1974 album Dedication and updated the title track on his 1988 album Perfect Machine. “Dolphin Dance” was rerecorded in 1981 for the Herbie Hancock Trio album. Hancock has released live concert versions of “Maiden Voyage” on CoreaHancock (1979) and An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert (1980) (both with Chick Corea). Hancock recorded “Maiden Voyage” and “Eye of the Hurricane” with the VSOP Quintet on VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum (1977). ]
  1. Joni Mitchell – “Both Sides Now”
    from: Both Sides Now / Reprise / February 8 , 2000
    [Both Sides Now is a concept album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell that was released in 2000. It is her 17th studio album. The album won two Grammy Awards in 2001 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the song “Both Sides Now” and a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. // The album traces the progress of the modern relationship through Mitchell’s orchestral renditions of classic jazz songs. Two of her own songs are included: “A Case of You” (1971) and “Both Sides Now” (1969). The orchestra was arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza. // In the liner notes, co-producer Larry Klein describes the album as “a programmatic suite documenting a relationship from initial flirtation through optimistic consummation, metamorphosing into disillusionment, ironic despair, and finally resolving in the philosophical overview of acceptance and the probability of the cycle repeating itself”. // A limited run of copies was released on February 8, 2000, in chocolate box packaging for Valentine’s Day with several lithographs of Mitchell paintings. A jewel case edition was released on March 20, 2000.// On tour, Mitchell performed the songs in the same sequence as the album, but she opened with the overture “Nuages”, the first movement from Nocturnes, an orchestral suite composed by Claude Debussy. “Nuages” is the French word for “clouds”. Although the music sets a romantic mood, the use of this piece can be seen as a pun since Clouds is the name of the album on which the song “Both Sides Now” made its appearance. // “Both Sides, Now” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. First recorded by Judy Collins, it appeared on the US singles chart during the fall of 1968. The next year it was included on Mitchell’s album Clouds (which was named after a lyric from the song), and became one of her best-known songs. It has since been recorded by dozens of artists, including Dion in 1968, Herbie Hancock in 2007, and Mitchell herself who re-recorded the song with an orchestral arrangement on her 2000 album Both Sides Now. // In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “Both Sides, Now” at number 170 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs. // River: The Joni Letters is the forty-fifth studio album by American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, released on September 25, 2007, by Verve. It is a tribute album featuring cover songs of music written by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. // The album peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200, enjoying a huge post-Grammy winning sales boost. Upon its release, River: The Joni Letters received generally positive reviews from critics and earned several accolades, including Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Hancock’s quintet for the album are saxophonist Wayne Shorter, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. // On January 28, 2022, Mitchell demanded that Spotify remove her songs from its streaming service in solidarity with her long-time friend and fellow polio survivor Neil Young, who removed his tracks from the streaming platform in protest against COVID-19 misinformation on the popular Spotify-hosted podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. She wrote on her website: “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.” British National Health Service doctor and author Rachel Clarke tweeted: “Both Neil Young & Joni Mitchell … know painfully well how much harm, suffering & avoidable death anti-vaxxers can cause.” // On April 1, 2022 Mitchell was honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. Mitchell was present at the Awards show accepting the award personally. // On July 24, 2022, Joni Mitchell appeared unannounced as a special guest at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, as part of a set billed as ‘Brandi Carlile and Friends’. It was Mitchell’s first public performance in 20 years. Supported by a group of well-wisher musicians, she participated in a 13-song set of her own material and covers (including one as accompaniment only, playing electric guitar). Mitchell had been missing live music and had been hosting monthly music sessions, known as ‘Joni Jams’, at her home in Laurel Canyon, which were organised with the help of singer-songwriter Carlile. Musicians who turned up to play had included Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Harry Styles, Chaka Khan, Marcus Mumford and Herbie Hancock. The music sessions were assisting her recovery, and Mitchell had regained enthusiasm for singing her songs and playing guitar and had begun to feel that she would like to perform in public again. She was invited to join Carlile and others, unannounced, in a low-key appearance at the Newport Festival, where she had first played in 1969, for a live performance of a ‘Joni Jam’. Mitchell was given an ecstatic reception, and she said afterwards, “I was delighted and honored. It gave me the bug for it.” Songs performed included “Carey”, “Come in from the Cold”, “A Case of You”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, “Both Sides Now” and “The Circle Game”.]

10:28 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. More info at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

11:37

  1. Oleta Adams & Brenda Russell – “We Will Find A Way”
    from: Corrina, Corrina (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / RCA/ 1994
    [Oleta Adams (born May 4, 1953) is an American singer and pianist. She found limited success during the early 1980s, before gaining fame via her contributions to Tears for Fears’s international chart-topping album The Seeds of Love (1989). Her albums Circle of One (1991) and Evolution (1993) were top 10 hits in the UK; the former yielded a Grammy-nominated cover of Brenda Russell’s “Get Here”, which was a top 5 hit in both the UK and the US. Adams has been nominated for four total Grammy Awards, as well as two Soul Train Music Awards. // Adams was born the daughter of a preacher and was raised listening to gospel music. In her youth, her family moved to Yakima, Washington, which is sometimes shown as her place of birth. She got her musical start in the church. // Before gaining her opportunity to perform, Adams faced a great deal of rejection. In the 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she recorded a demo tape. However, many music executives were exclusively interested in disco music rather than Adams’ preferred style. // With the advice of her singing coach, Lee Farrell, Adams moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she did a variety of local gigs. She started her career in the early 1980s with two self-financed albums, which had limited success. // Oleta Adams sang the National Anthem prior to Game Two of the 1984 American League Championship Series. // In 1985, Adams was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of the English band Tears for Fears, while she was performing in the Peppercorn Duck Club at the Hyatt Hotel in Kansas City, while they were on a US tour. Soon after, Adams stopped performing in hotels and had started to look for alternative employment. In 1987, Orzabal and Smith contacted her to invite her to join their band as a singer and pianist on their next album, The Seeds of Love. A year later she participated in two sessions while she toured the Nordic countries. // In 1989, the album was released and the single “Woman in Chains”, sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums, became her first hit. Adams embarked on a world tour with Tears For Fears in 1990, performing by herself as the supporting artist at the start of each show, and remaining onstage throughout the Tears For Fears set where she would provide piano and vocals. //Following her work with Tears For Fears, Adams was offered a recording contract by their label, Fontana Records, and restarted her solo career in 1990. After meeting a number of producers, she worked with Orzabal, who co-produced her new album, Circle of One. The album received acclaim, and eventually peaked at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart in 1991, after she scored her biggest hit to date with a Grammy nominated cover of Brenda Russell’s “Get Here”. The song reached the UK and US top 5 and became popular during the 1991 Gulf War conflict, as families of deployed troops in the region embraced the tune as a theme song. 1991 also saw Adams sign to independent music publisher Fairwood Music, and contribute to the Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute album Two Rooms, on which appeared her version of John’s 1974 hit “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”. Adams’ version became another top 40 hit in the UK. // Her next album, Evolution (1993), was also a commercial success, making the UK top 10. It also featured her self-penned adult contemporary single “Window of Hope”. Her 1995 release, Moving On, saw Adams move more in the direction of R&B, and she also reunited with Roland Orzabal for the duet “Me and My Big Ideas”, on the Tears For Fears album, Raoul and the Kings of Spain, the same year. Two years later, she released the Christian themed album Come Walk with Me, where she received a nomination for a Grammy Award for “Holy Is the Lamb” in 1997. // In 1998, she toured as a guest vocalist on Phil Collins’s Big Band Jazz Tour.// In 2001, Adams released her sixth album, All the Love, a return to an R&B/Adult contemporary sound. The album was re-released in 2004 in Germany with a different title I Can’t Live a Day without You.// In 2004, Adams reunited with Tears for Fears once again as she made a surprise guest appearance onstage at their Kansas City concert, performing “Woman in Chains”. // On October 3, 2006, Adams released her first Christmas album, entitled Christmas Time with Oleta. // On April 21, 2009, Adams released her eighth album entitled Let’s Stay Here. // On February 10, 2017, Adams released her ninth album, her first album in eight years, entitled Third Set. // In 1994, Adams married drummer John Cushon at a United Methodist church in Kansas City, where they both taught Sunday School. They met in 1980 while working on a demo tape for Adams. Adams stated that she never had a passion to get married but on January 17, 1994 she and Cushon were involved in the Los Angeles earthquake. Adams referred to this as a sign from God that she was ready to get married. // Website http://www.oletaadams.com]
  2. SoundsGood – “Best Song Ever (featuring iD)”
    from: Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
    [The 3rd SoundsGood and final album. A collection of tracks that finalize the SoundsGood sound. Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny vocals – I.D. (Isaac Dahl)]

10:46 – Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. Necia is the daughter of Sandra Brown a Kansas City Jazz pianist, and the mother Jamal Gamby a graphic artist and MC Joe Good for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood with Miles Bonny. More info at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

Necia Gamby, thanks for being us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

10:54

  1. Tuck & Patti – “Cantador (Like A Lover)”
    from: Love Warriors / Windham Hill / May 1, 1989
    [Tuck & Patti are an American jazz duo consisting of guitarist William Charles “Tuck” Andress (born Oct. 28, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) and singer Patricia “Patti” Cathcart Andress (born October 4, 1949, in San Francisco). / Guitarist Tuck Andress met singer Patti Cathcart at an audition in San Francisco in 1978. Before this, Andress studied classical music at Stanford and was a session musician with The Gap Band. Cathcart was also classically trained and was a member of The Brides of Funkenstein. // Andress and Cathcart married in 1983. After moving to Cathcart’s hometown of San Francisco, they worked in a rock and roll cover band. They declined offers of recording contracts so they could polish their sound. In 1987, they signed with Windham Hill Jazz, a subsidiary of Windham Hill for whom they recorded their breakout album, Tears of Joy, which received airplay on jazz and pop radio stations around the U.S. They recorded several more albums for Windham Hill Jazz, then signed with Epic in 1995. They followed this with more albums for Windham Hill and 33rd Street. They started the label T&P Records, which licenses their albums for worldwide distribution. In addition to performing they teach private lessons and vocal and guitar workshops. // In The Jazz Book, the authors write that Andress uses “unusual percussive and tapping techniques to create rhythmically unbelievable effects”. He plays a 1953 Gibson L-5 guitar, which he bought because it was the model played by Wes Montgomery. // His niece is singer-songwriter Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent. As a teenager, Clark was a roadie for Tuck and Patti and was later a tour manager for them.]

10:59 – Station ID

  1. Aydin Esen – “Love’s Haunts”
    from: Anadolu / Columbia / 1992
    [Aydın Esen (born 1962) is a Turkish jazz musician who plays keyboards and electronics. // The son of a trumpeter, Esen began music lessons at the age of five in Turkey and attended a music conservatory, continuing for 13 years. His background was in classical music although he also enjoyed playing drums. At the age of ten, he began sneaking out of school to play with other musicians and as a teenager he led several groups in a variety of styles. Esen first came to the United States when he was awarded a four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he reportedly completed all of his classes within one year. After studying at the New England Conservatory of Music and Juilliard, he had opportunities to play with Gary Burton, Eddie Gomez, Pat Metheny and Emily Remler. // in 1989, he won the 1st prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris. // He has worked with Dave Liebman and Wolfgang Muthspiel. // His composition “scape-X” (commissioned by Big Basel Festival) was premiered by the Ensemble Phoenix Basel with him as a soloist at the Big Basel Festival in January 2020.]

11:09 Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby Photo ny Morgan Cooper

Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. Necia is the daughter of Sandra Brown a Kansas City Jazz pianist, and the mother Jamal Gamby a graphic artist and MC Joe Good for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood with Miles Bonny. More info at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

Necia Gamby, thanks for being us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:16

  1. John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman – “Lush Life”
    from: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman / Impulse! Records / July/August 1963
    [John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is a studio album by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman which was released by Impulse! Records in July or August 1963. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. // Although it is often reported that Coltrane and Hartman had known each other since their days playing with Dizzy Gillespie’s band in the late 1940s, their time in the band never overlapped. Coltrane might have heard Hartman sing at a 1950 Apollo Theater performance at which they shared the stage. Hartman is the only vocalist with whom the saxophonist would record as a leader. Initially when producer Bob Thiele approached Hartman with Coltrane’s request that the two record together Hartman was hesitant as he did not consider himself a jazz singer and did not think he and Coltrane would complement one another musically. However, Thiele encouraged Hartman to go see Coltrane perform at Birdland in New York City to see if something could be worked out. Hartman did so, and after the club closed he, Coltrane and Coltrane’s pianist, McCoy Tyner, went over some songs together. On March 7, 1963, Coltrane and Hartman had decided on 10 songs for the record album, but en route to the studio they heard Nat King Cole on the radio performing “Lush Life”, and Hartman immediately decided that song had to be included in their album. // The recording was made on March 7, 1963, at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Hartman later said that each song was done in only one take, except for “You Are Too Beautiful”, which required two takes because Elvin Jones dropped one of his drumsticks during the first take. In 2005, the raw tapes were reviewed by jazz archivist Barry Kernfeld, who documented there were actually complete alternate takes for all six songs that he considered “absolutely riveting.” Until clear ownership of these tapes is established between the Coltrane family and Universal Music, there are no plans for their release. // The album was announced on July 6, 1963, on Billboard and released toward the end of the month on Impulse!, produced by Thiele. It has become a classic ballad jazz album, and the renditions of “Lush Life”, “My One and Only Love”, and “They Say It’s Wonderful” are considered definitive. Scott Yanow’s five-star review for AllMusic describes the album as “essential for all jazz collections”. // Kurt Elling’s 2009 album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman was recorded in tribute to John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. // Lush Life” is a jazz standard that was written by Billy Strayhorn from 1933 to 1936. It was performed publicly for the first time by Strayhorn and vocalist Kay Davis with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on November 13, 1948. // The lyric describes the author’s weariness of the night life after a failed romance, wasting time with “jazz and cocktails” at “come-what-may places” and in the company of girls with “sad and sullen gray faces/with distingué traces”. Strayhorn was a teenager when he wrote most of the song, which was to become his signature composition (along with “Take the ‘A’ Train”). // The song was written in the key of D-flat major. The melody is over relatively complex chord changes, compared with many jazz standards, with chromatic movement and modulations that evoke a dreamlike state and the dissolute spirit characteristic of the “lush life.” // Nat King Cole performed “Lush Life” in 1949, while trumpeter Harry James recorded it four times. In the 1950s, it was performed by jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan. John Coltrane recorded it twice. The first was a 14-minute version in recorded in 1958 as the title track of an album for Prestige. The other was on John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, with vocalist Johnny Hartman, recorded in 1963. Kurt Elling recorded a version for his album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. // Linda Ronstadt’s version won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) (1986). // Other musicians who have recorded the song include Joey Alexander, Chet Baker, Andy Bey, Anthony Braxton, Donna Summer, McCoy Tyner, Ernie Watts, Bob Welch, and Nancy Wilson.]
  1. Joe Sample & Lalah Hathaway – When Your Life Was Low”  
    from: The Song Lives On / GRP / April 20, 1999
    [The Song Lives On is the collaboration album by former Jazz Crusaders member Joe Sample and R&B singer Lalah Hathaway. The album was released on April 20, 1999. // In 1998, Lalah Hathaway and Joe Sample began working on their collaborative album. Hathaway sang most of the lead vocals on such songs as “When Your Life Was Low” and the cover song “Fever”, while Sample supplied the instruments like piano. // The jazz influenced album contained mostly slow piano ballads with an extra addition of drums and horns. The songs of album are a little similar to Hathaway previous album A Moment. The track “So They Say” from her previous album, had an influence on the album, which were showcased in the song “When Your Life Was Low”. Lalah Hathaway and Joe Sample also covered the song “Fever”, which was slightly altered by adding more of the instrument known as the piano. The Song Lives On also contains a cover of The Crusaders’ hit “Street Life”. // The album was bolstered by the single “When Your Life Was Low”. After the release of the lead single, the album was released on April 20, 1999. The album debut at No. 196 on the Billboard 200, No. 53 on the Top R&B Albums chart, and No. 2 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Album chart. The second single was the covered song “Fever”. // The album received a favorable review from Allmusic stating, “The daughter of the popular late R&B singer Donny, husky voiced Lalah Hathaway is the perfect foil for Joe Sample’s compelling notion that The Song Lives On. Finding a happy medium between the graceful straight-ahead jazz trio vibe of his Invitation album and the plucky pop energy of Spellbound, Sample provides Hathaway on seven of the 11 tunes with a showcase for her sultry approach.” // Jonathan Widran further went on to say, “On a cover of his Crusaders hit “Street Life,” Hathaway turns the title into a mantra and Sample echoes her sentiments with sharp, percussive reiterations of the song’s main melody. Then Hathaway stops and Michael Thompson steps in with some edgy electric guitar lines. Other song choices range from reverent takes on standards like “Fever” and “For All We Know” to g Lives On went on to become one of Lalah Hathaway and Joe Sample’s most successful album to chavocal versions of older, well-known Sample instrumental hits; for example, with Norman Gimbel’s cheery lyrics, Hathaway turns the once moody “All God’s Children” into a life-affirming love song.” // The Sonrt. In response to the album’s success, Hathaway and Sample were honored with Billboard/BET On Jazz Award for “Mainstream Jazz Album”.]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:29 – Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. Necia is the daughter of Sandra Brown a Kansas City Jazz pianist, and the mother Jamal Gamby a graphic artist and MC Joe Good for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood with Miles Bonny. More info at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

Necia Gamby, thanks for being us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:37

  1. SoundsGood – “Ms. Brown”
    from: Money & Pacin / Innate Sounds / 2004
    [SoundsGood sound. Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny Review: SoundsGood, “Money/Pacin” By Richard Gintowt: If you haven’t yet figured out why so many locals seem hell-bent on convincing you that there IS a hip-hop scene in Lawrence and it KICKS ASS, you may want to give a listen to SoundsGood’s new maxi-single for “Money.” / The 10-song disc features two songs from the duo’s upcoming album – “Money” and “Pacin’,” including instrumental and acapella versions – as well as four songs that won’t make it to the album. Though it shouldn’t be considered the litmus test of SoundsGood’s abilities (the full-length is due later this year), it offers a taste of why MC Joe Good and producer Miles Bonny are two of the most accomplished musicians – yes, MUSICIANS – in town. / Not surprisingly, “Money” is the highlight. The track pairs Joe Good with KC-based singer Asa, who makes Pharrell sound like Biz Markie with his velvety three-part harmonies. A sublime, catchy base line supports Good’s boast that “you knowin’ that it’s nice and you want a slice.” /”Pacin'” takes a trip on the darker side with jazzy horn samples and hand claps rubbing elbows with a Beastie Boys-esque flute loop. Joe Good lyrically wedgies clueless MCs with lines like “I’m sick of hip-hop / New booties trying to school me off the tip-top.” While Joe Good isn’t typically one to get caught in the “rappers-rapping-about-rappers” game, he proves himself a feisty bull in the ring.// The disc’s four bonus tracks exhibit no drop-off in quality. “Marvin'” brings Asa back for a world-struggle ballad that could very well be an outtake from “Superfly” with its bongo drums and soulful chorus: “Children dying / Mothers cryin’ / All they want is a better life / This ain’t living / It’s genocide / All we want is / A better life.” // “Listen” finds Joe Good searching deep inside of himself as he doles out support for mistreated women. Bonny strays from his hip-hop sensibilities as he crafts a murky Moby-like soundscape peppered with a sample of a woman singing: “Use your ears … he was up to no good.” // If there’s one thing that this maxi-single hints at, it’s that Joe Good isn’t holding back anything lyrically. If this kind of intensity carries over to SoundsGood’s full-length, expect great things..]
  1. Sandra Brown & Pardox – “Track #5″
    from: Rehearsal Tape / Unreleased / Early 1990s
    [Paradox was an all-female jazz combo with Sandra Brown on vocals and piano with a drummer, trumpet player, bassist and more. On this rehearsal tape you can hear small children talking t the beginning and at the end of the track. So many moms had to take their kids to band practice.

11:47 — Interview/Story – Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. Necia is the daughter of Sandra Brown a Kansas City Jazz pianist, and the mother Jamal Gamby a graphic artist and MC Joe Good for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood with Miles Bonny. More info at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

Necia Gamby, thanks for being us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:54

  1. Bob James ad Earl Klugh – “Miniature”
    from: Cool / Warner Records / August 11, 1992
    [Robert McElhiney James (born December 25, 1939) is an American jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote “Angela”, the theme song for the TV show Taxi. Music from his first seven albums has often been sampled and has contributed to the formation of hip hop. Among his most well known recordings are “Nautilus”, “Westchester Lady”, “Tappan Zee”, and his version of “Take Me to The Mardi Gras”.// James was born on Christmas Day of 1939 in Marshall, Missouri, United States. He started playing the piano at age four.[1] His first piano teacher, Sister Mary Elizabeth, who taught at Mercy Academy, discovered that he had perfect pitch. At age seven, James began to study with R. T. Dufford, a teacher at Missouri Valley College. At age 15, James continued his studies with Franklin Launer, a teacher at Christian College in Columbia, Missouri, with more music instruction during high school from Harold Lickey, conductor of the Marshall High School Band and Orchestra. Apart from the piano. During the summer of 1955, at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, James played for dancing and occasional jam sessions with the Bob Falkenhainer Quartet on the Governor McClurg Excursion Boat in the evenings. He recalls that “during the day we had free time and I became a proficient water skier that summer!” At age 16, a solo engagement followed in the summer when James traveled with good friend Ben Swinger to Colorado and ended up with a job in the piano bar at the Steads Ranch resort in Estes Park. // While in college at Michigan, James played free jazz with musicians in Ann Arbor and Detroit. In 1962, his band entered the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, where the judges included Henry Mancini and Quincy Jones. The trio entered the competition not expecting to win but wanting to provide some avant-garde music in a contest field that was primarily straight ahead music.[5] To the trio’s surprise, they won the competition. Not long after, Jones signed James to an album deal with Mercury Records. Mercury released James’s first album, Bold Conceptions (1963), a free jazz exploration that was produced by Quincy Jones and that differed from the smooth jazz for which he would later become known. // In New York City, James worked as an arranger and was hired as piano accompanist for jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. He reunited with Quincy Jones when Jones asked him to do some arranging for studio sessions. Creed Taylor, producer and founder of CTI Records, was at the sessions and hired James to work for CTI as a producer, arranger, and studio musician. In the 1970s, James worked on albums by Gabor Szabo, Milt Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington, Jr., and Maynard Ferguson.[// After three solo albums, James founded his own record label, Tappan Zee. Immediately thereafter, he cut a disco version of the Theme to Star Trek: The Motion Picture a 45 of which was included with the soundtrack LP and recorded the album Touchdown (Tappan Zee, 1978). Among the songs on the album was “Angela”, the theme song for the TV show Taxi. James provided all the music for Taxi and collected some of its music, including “Angela”, on The Genie: Themes & Variations from the TV Series Taxi (1983). When he toured in 1979, he was supported by a marketing campaign that included posters of him at the wheel of a New York yellow cab. The performances were documented on the album All Around the Town (Tappan Zee, 1980), with a cover of James at the wheel of a taxi. // ames turned from smooth jazz to classical music to record Rameau (1984), his interpretations of Baroque-period composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. In later albums, he interpreted the work of two more Baroque composers, J. S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. // A year after Rameau, he collaborated with David Sanborn on Double Vision (Warner Bros, 1986). The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. His collaboration with Earl Klugh, One on One, won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1980 and has sold over one million copies. Another collaboration with Klugh, Cool, (Warner Bros., 1992) was nominated for a Grammy, as was Joined at the Hip (Warner Bros., 1996) with Kirk Whalum, recorded Flesh and Bone in 1995 and another solo album, Joyride (Warner Bros., 1999). Joined at the Hip will be reissued with a 2019 Remaster on evosound.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, August 17 – WMM presents More New and MidCoastal Releases! AND we welcome: Kelley Hunt and the Songcraft Series, Members of the band Lazy Projector, and Arquesta Del SolSoul!

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Show #954

WMM presents Guest Producer – Necia Gamby

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, August 10, 2022

Guest Producer & Special Guest: Necia Gamby

Necia Gamby

Mark welcomes Necia Gamby who joins us as our Special Guest and Guest Producer. Necia will spin musical tracks from: Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, SoundsGood with ID, Oleta Adams & Brenda Russell, Tuck and Patti, Aydin Essen, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Joe Sample & Lalah Hathaway, SoundsGood, Sandra Brown & Paradox, Bob James and Earl Klugh.

Heartland Massage

Necia Gamby has been called “the Oracle of 39th Street” by Kansas City musician Calvin Arsenia. Necia served on the board of directors of the Volker Neighborhood Association and was vice president of the board of the MidCoast Radio Project. Necia is a massage practitioner in private practice and owner of Heartland Massage and Bodywork Center. She has been in practice 40 years. She uses Swedish (classical) massage technique. Over the years she has studied and practiced Hatha Yoga and is currently studying TaiChi. She founded and directed the Heartland School of Massage from 1988-1996. She has studied and incorporated Shiatsu, trigger point technique, lomi-lomi and a host of other philosophies and techniques into her massage style. Necia was an instructor for Johnson County Community College’s Certified Massage Program for 6 years. She taught Basic Swedish technique and Business Practices. Necia is the daughter of Sandra Brown a Kansas City Jazz pianist, and the mother Jamal Gamby a graphic artist and MC Joe Good for the acclaimed KC based hiphop duo SoundsGood with Miles Bonny. More information at: http://www.heartlandmassges.com

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Show #954

WMM Playlist from August 3, 2022

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, 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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Show #953

WMM Shines a Light on Innovation Fest with Dr. Sonia Hall & Chris Haghirian

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, August 3, 2022

Sonia Hall + Chris Haghirian + the 1st Annual Innovation Festival

The Freedom Affair

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Kasey Rausch, Kat King, Just Angel, Quite Frankly, Miki P, The Greeting Committee, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, plus, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Whitehall, Hannes, Momma, and Maggie Rogers.

WMM shines a light on The Innovation Festival that brings together indie alt-rock artists: The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dream Girl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, Whitehall, and Caroline Blu for a full day of entertainment and discovery. Innovation Festival is KC’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 Brewery Showcase folks to experience regional breweries and their selected pours as we celebrate the fermentation industry during this summer experience. 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.

Dr. Sonia M. Hall

At 10:30 Mark welcomes Dr. Sonia M. Hall, President & CEO 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, & 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. In 2019 Dr. Hall came back to Kansas to lead BioKansas and bring the vision of building the region into a hub for biologics research, manufacturing, and commercialization to reality. As part of this effort, Dr. Hall designed and founded Innovation Festival, 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. More info at http://www.bioscience.org

Chris Haghirian

At 11:00 Mark talks with friend of the show, Chris Haghirian who 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, and Whitehall. 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, The Innovation Fest, and with Nathan Reusch he co-created The Middle of The Map Fest. More info at http://www.theinnovationfestival.com

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Show #953

WMM Playlist from July 27, 2022

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, July 27, 2022

Boxknife + Cooper Scott of Jean Claude and The Eclairs + Stacy Busch & The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival + Kadesh Flow

10:00

  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]
Flare Tha Rebel
  1. Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pulliam – “Rosé All Day”
    from: “Rosé All Day” – Single / Shafer / July 15, 2022
    [“Rosé All Day” is the lead single from Flare Tha Rebel’s upcoming EP titled Summer You, Summer Me. Playful, yet meaningful, the song is about an empowered woman of which a man is pursuing. Lines within the song such as “and if she’s a tease she can do that ya’ll / she don’t owe you nothing man, please back off”, attempt to change the at times degrading scenarios of this power dynamic. The narrative is done in the backdrop of fun and lighthearted warm weather days, cool summernights, and, of course, plenty of rosé. Continuing with Flare’s Art to Empower initiative, “Rosé All Day” aims to raise funds and awareness for a nonprofit, which this time is the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Abuse (MOCSA). Career and love brought hip-hop MC Flare Tha Rebel back to his hometown of Kansas City, MO, which created a second wind of new music. Noted by The Pitch, “As a member of hip-hop collective Anti-Crew, Flare Tha Rebel made quite an impact on the Kansas City hip-hop scene. After making the leap from KC to Chicago in the late ‘00s, he’s now back…” Known for a highly energetic live performance, Flare has shared the stage with artists such as Chance the Rapper, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Lethal, Nappy Roots, and CES Cru. Although hip-hop at the core, Flare Tha Rebel’s versatility remains as he balances music with socially progressive themes that are still enjoyable enough to raise a glass to at a party. There’s also a duality to Flare’s approach. Many of his songs are connected to his Art to Empower initiative, raising awareness and funds for a variety of social justice causes and nonprofits. Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pullian were guests on WMM, Aug. 11, 2021. Flare The Rebel released the EP, The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged on July 9, 2021. The recording was #9 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. Info at: http://www.flaretharebel.com]
Marcotte
  1. Marcotte – “Good For My Soul”
    from: GOOD FOR MY SOUL (EP) / Marcotte / April 1, 2022
    [MARCOTTE released the singles, “Obvious” on March 4, 2022, “The Cure” on March 11, 2022, “Always Be There” on March 18, 2022, “Stars” on March 25, 2022. Good For My Soul was produced with Logan Murphy, MARCOTTE is a husband & wife: Jordan & Sasha Marcotte. More info at http://www.marcotteofficial.com]

[Marcotte plays recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 PM with Lauren Scott.]

Boxknife
  1. Boxnife – “The Tower”
    from: “The Tower” – (Single) / Squarestab Records / May 20, 2022
    [Debut Single from Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from Kansas City made up of Stephanie Bankston, Britt Wild, Mia Morrow, and Brook Worlledge who formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge,is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Brit Wild has played to Wick and the Tricks and other bands in Kansas City.]

[Boxknife play a Manifestering EP Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. KCMO West Bottoms with The Creepy Jingles, and Collidescope.]

Mia Morrow, Brook Worlledge, and Stephanie Bankston

10:14 – Interview with Brook Worlledge, Stephanie Bankston, Mia Morrow of Boxknife

We welcome into our 90.1 FM Studios: Brook Worlledge, Stephanie Bankston, and Mia Morrow, who join us to talk about their new band Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from Kansas City formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl. Boxknife are releasing their EP, MANIFESTERING on July 29, 2022 with a special EP Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, at 7:00 PM with The Creepy Jingles & Collidescope. The 4-piece Boxknife include: Brook Worlledge on drums & Vocals, Stephanie Bankston on keyboards & vocals, Mia Morrow on bass, & Brit Wild on guitar. Info at: http://www.facebook.com/boxknifemusic

Brook Worlledge, Stephanie Bankston, Mia Morrow thanks for being with us on WMM

Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from KC formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl.

The 4-piece Boxknife include: Brook Worlledge on drums & Vocals, Stephanie Bankston on keyboards & vocals, Mia Morrow on bass, & Brit Wild on guitar.

Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015.

Brook Worlledge,is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Brit Wild has played to Wick and the Tricks and other bands in Kansas City.

Mia Morrow is a professional chef and the owner operator of Cheffed Up, crafting custom, in-home dining experiences as well as chef-inspired meal prep deliveries. for more information: http://www.cheffedupkc.com

Brook Worlledge, Stephanie Bankston, Mia Morrow thanks for being with us on WMM

Boxknife is releasing their debut EP, MANIFESTERING on July 29 with a special EP Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, West Bottoms, at 7:00 PM with The Creepy Jingles and Collidescope. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/boxknifemusic

10:30

Boxknife
  1. Boxnife – “Sign Or Sickness”
    from: Manifestering [EP] / Squarestab Records / May 20, 2022
    [Debut Single from Boxknife, a queer dark-pop band from Kansas City made up of Stephanie Bankston, Britt Wild, Mia Morrow, and Brook Worlledge who formed from the ashes of the band Lovergurl. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge,is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from The B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Brit Wild has played to Wick and the Tricks and other bands in Kansas City.]

[Boxknife play a Manifestering EP Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St. KCMO West Bottoms with The Creepy Jingles, and Collidescope.]

10:33 – Underwriting

  1. Jean Claude and the Eclairs – “Sweet”
    from: “Sweet” – Single / Jean Claude and the Eclairs / April 7, 2022
    [Alternative Pop/Rock band, based in Lawrence, KS., formed in 2016. Cooper Scott is lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Jean Claude & The Eclairs, an Alternative Pop/Rock band, based in Lawrence, KS., formed in 2016. The band includes: Cooper Scott on vocals, Garrison Krotz on bass, Quinn Maetzold on drums, and Ryan Pollock on guitar. The band released their EP, HOW TO TALK on National Eclairs Day, June 22, 2022. Produced and Engineered by Ryan Wasoba. More information at: https://www.instagram.com/eclairsofficial/%5D
Cooper Scott

10:38 – Interview with Cooper Scott

Cooper Scott is lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Jean Claude & The Eclairs, an Alternative Pop/Rock band, based in Lawrence, KS., formed in 2016. The band includes: Cooper Scott on vocals, Garrison Krotz on bass, Quinn Maetzold on drums, and Ryan Pollock on guitar. The band released their EP, HOW TO TALK on National Eclairs Day, June 22, 2022.

Cooper Scott Thanks for being with us onWednesday MidDay Medley

The Eclairs newest EP “How to Talk” hit all streaming platforms on June 23, 2022. 

National Eclairs Day, June 22, 2022.

These songs have been in the works for over 3 years. This album would not be possible without the fantastic work of Ryan Wasoba who produced this EP.

Kelsey Wanamaker created all of the artwork!

The Band wrote on Facebook: “Three years of writing, demoing, recording, rewriting, re-recording, meet ups in Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Chicago, shows at venues with sketchy PAs, forming new friendships, all of those moments were key to making this EP. We are so excited for you to hear it and we can’t wait to make more music.”

Cooper Scott studied Journalism at The University of Kansas.

Cooper Scott is from Overland Park, Kansas

with Garrison Krotz, Cooper Scott was in the band Hireth.

Jean Claude & The Eclairs

Cooper Scott is lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter

Garrison Krotz on bass

Quinn Maetzold on drums

Ryan Pollock on guitar

Jean Claude and the Eclairs Discography:

“Enzymes” (Single) released November 17, 2017
“Crazy For You” (Single) released September 7, 2018
“All It Ever Was” (Single) released November 20, 2018
“City Sounds” (Single) released February 21, 2019
“Glasgow” (Single) released April 4, 2019
“Sweet” (Single) released April 7, 2022
“Couldn’t Be Anybody Else” (Single) released May 19, 2022
HOW TO TALK [EP] released June 23, 2022

Is there a weekly band practice? And where is it held?

Cooper Scott Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The band released their EP, HOW TO TALK on National Eclairs Day, June 22, 2022. Produced and Engineered by Ryan Wasoba. More information at: https://www.instagram.com/eclairsofficial

10:56

  1. Jean Claude and the Eclairs – “Couldn’t Be Anybody Else”
    from: “Couldn’t Be Anybody Else” – Single / Jean Claude and the Eclairs / May 19, 2022
    [Alternative Pop/Rock band, based in Lawrence, KS., formed in 2016. Cooper Scott is lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Jean Claude & The Eclairs, an Alternative Pop/Rock band, based in Lawrence, KS., formed in 2016. The band includes: Cooper Scott on vocals, Garrison Krotz on bass, Quinn Maetzold on drums, and Ryan Pollock on guitar. The band released their EP, HOW TO TALK on National Eclairs Day, June 22, 2022. Produced and Engineered by Ryan Wasoba. More information at: https://www.instagram.com/eclairsofficial/%5D

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Sisterbot – “Into the Moment”
    from: Truth House / Sisterbot / July 10, 2021
    [Sisterbot is a performing artist dedicated to breaking genre boundaries, creating cosmic musical and theatrical experiences. The 9-piece Sisterbot Band is a “punk pop chamber orchestra” complete with electric guitar, drums, piano, strings and horn. “Truth House (2021) is a concept album written over the span of three years, encapsulating a chapter of my life that I spent in a house alone, dealing with the aftermath of trauma and rebirth.”- Sisterbot (Adee Dancy). Written by Sisterbot. Produced by Jametatone and Sisterbot. Engineered, Mixed, Mastered by Jametatone, except “Approval” which was Produced, Engineered, & Mixed by Andrew Bonci Jr. at Magnolia Tree Studios, with AJ Bonci on guitar, Just Angel and Sisterbot on vocals. Cover Art by Mazzy Mann. Adee Rocket Dancy released the single “Hello Moon (feat. The Swallowtails)” on April 26, 2021. (This song is alon on the Sisterbot album.) Produced by Jametatone & Adee Rocket Dancy. Adee Rocket Dancy on piano & vocals & cello; Rachel Lovelace on bassoon; Mikala Petillo on guitar & background vocals, Mixing and Mastering by Jametatone, (J. Asley Miller). Adee Rocket Dancy writes, “This is a song about my life-long love for the moon, featuring The Swallowtails (Rachel Lovelace and Miki P). Adee chose the date April 26, 2021, as their release date, to honor the full moon called “The Pink Moon.” More info at: Sisterbot.bandcamp.com]

[Sisterbot will headline Saturday night of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 6, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.]

Stacy Busch

11:04 – Interview with Stacy Busch

Stacy Busch is a queer composer and performer who utilizes her voice with electronics to build unique sound worlds. Her work is a meeting point between art pop, avant-classical and singer-songwriter. Stacy’s work has been performed nationally and internationally. She has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Artist Fellow. Stacy is the cofounder and President of No Divide KC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for stimulating social awareness, participation and community building. No Divide KC partners with Kansas City-based organizations and artists to create artistic events that are focused on the stories of underserved and misrepresented communities in Kansas City.

Stacy Busch joins us to share details about The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6 2022, at The Black Box 1060 Union Ave, West Bottoms, KCMO. Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org

Stacy Busch, thank you for being with us on WMM

Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6, 2022

The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival is a week-long festival that includes performances, vendors, craftspeople, food trucks, a visual exhibit along with artist-led workshops, talkbacks, meetups and open mics.

When: August 1-6, 2022
Weekly programming: August 1-4, 2022
Main Festival: August 5 and 6, 2022
Where: The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave..KCMO 6414
For questions and inquiries, please contact: info@nodividekc.org

WEEKDAY EVENTS Monday-Thursday (8/1-8/4) 12PM-7PM:

MONDAY, AUGUST 1

7-8PM – Talking! Out! Loud! Coming Out Sharing Circle! – with Skippy

This hour long story sharing program creates a non-judgmental space for queer people to talk about their identities in the LGTBQIA+ community. Whether you are a community member, an ally, or are on a pathway of self discovery, this is your chance to connect with like-minded people in an safe, intimate setting. All ages are welcome!

8:30-11:00PM – QNF Karaoke!!!!!! – All are invited to this karaoke and chill opening night of the QNF!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2

5:30-6:30PM – Is it Comedy or is it Just Sad? – with Kailee Karr

The old saying goes “Tragedy + Time = Comedy” but there’s gotta be more to that equation, right? Right. Join comedian Kailee Karr in a comedy writing workshop devoted to finding the humor in the darkest parts of life. During this workshop attendees will have the chance to write out jokes, and of course get on stage!

7:00-8:30PM – Make it Gay: Tropes and Cliches – with Abby Bland

A writing workshop about reclaiming our stories by flipping the narrative.
Co-taught by Abby Bland & Rylan Scott Keeling

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3

8:00-9:00PM – DRAG! – with Cynthia Doll & Special Guests

Join Cynthia Doll (Drag Artist/Musician) and Special Guests to discuss all things Drag Entertainment. This Panel/Showcase Includes The Drag Experience, Drag Makeup, The LGBTQIA+ Community and what it means to drag entertainment.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

5:00 – 6:00PM – The Art of Self-Making – with Trish Nixon – There is not one way to be queer! There is not one way to be trans! Your identity is like a collage. We are going to cut, tape, glue, tear, draw, and write for this activity working with old magazines, comic books, etc. // We will create a collaged self-portrait. It can be political, expressive, or personal. The idea behind this exercise is to “think outside of the box” and construct or deconstruct your identity through the medium of collage.

7:00-9:00PM – Gummy Vitamins is a queer art series about collaboration and nourishing the community. The third installment, Vitamin L: Loud is about being joyous and unapologetically yourself. It features installation and performance work from Bubble Gum Kurt, animation from Erika Sakata, and music from Junkyard Royalty. Come ready to participate in the art and get loud with us!

MAIN FESTIVAL – Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 – DOORS OPEN: 6:30PM

Rachel Krause – 7:00-7:30PM – Indoors
EnVee, Lavander Dream and Veri Da’Pressed – 7:35-8:15PM – Indoors
Optical Innovations Fashion Show – 8:20-8:50PM – Indoors
Cynthia Doll – 9:00-9:30PM – Outdoors
Kailee Karr – 9:35-10:05PM – Outdoors
HEADLINER: Arquesta del SolSoul – 10:15-11:15PM – Outdoors

Saturday, August 6 – 11AM-5PM

Join QNF for free panel discussions and opportunities to ask physicians questions about LGBTQ Health! Topics include:

Healthcare for the Transgender patient
Outreach – Binder program with KU Lawrence
JayDoc – Free resident clinic
Legal Considerations
Prep and LGBT Care
Gender Reassignment Surgery
Primary care and what barriers impact the LGBTQ+ community to access healthcare
Q&A Session: Things you want to ask your doctor but haven’t

DOORS OPEN: 6:30PM

Abby Bland – 7:00-7:45PM – Indoors
Virginia Slamz – 7:50-8:35PM – Indoors
Kujo – 8:35-9:05PM – Outdoors
Ameerah Sanders – 9:10-9:55PM – Outdoors
HEADLINER: Sisterbot – 10:00-11:00PM – Outdoors

AFTERPARTY – The Official QNF AfterParty takes place on Saturday at The Ship!
Join us after the festival for live performances, photos, drinks and a good time celebrating this year’s QNF!

GALLERY HOURS: The QNF Visual Exhibit will be on display throughout the week and Festival. Go to http://www.nodividekc.org for more information

QNF LINEUP 2022

Sisterbot (they/them) is a performing artist and large ensemble dedicated to breaking genre boundaries, taking listeners into a wormhole through mental, emotional, spiritual, and space time. Each song is episodic, and gives an internal look into the beauty and the bizarre of the human experience through theatrical and musical storytelling. The 7-to-14-piece Sisterbot Ensemble is described as a “punk pop chamber orchestra,” with a full rhythm section and the addition of strings and horns. Sisterbot connects and communicates about love, community, gratitude, queerness, the preciousness of life, the preservation of our planet, and our place in this vast universe. IG: @sisterbotmusic // FB: Sisterbot // TikTok: @sisterbot // https://sisterbotmusic.com/

Arquesta Del SolSoul is a six-piece Kansas City-based music collective of Africanfuturist. Their sound brings an innovative multidimensional eclectic fusion of Soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Latin percussion, and Spoken Word. Inspired by their founding musical ancestors, they decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa. Members include Les Izmore (they/he), Jessica Ayala (she/they), Brad Williams (he/him), Chalis O’Neal (he/him), Jade Green (they/them), and Hadiza (she/they). // IG: @arquestdelsolsoul

Ameerah Sanders (she/her) is a comedian, burlesque dancer, and model based in Kansas City, MO. Her art strives to make people laugh at, indulge in, and think about the shadows we all hold inside. She’s opened for Fortune Fiemster, Hari Kondabolu, and Ron Funches. Beyoncé follows her on Twitter IG: @ameerahsanders // Twitter: @ameerahsanders // TikTok: @dumptruckassshawty

Kailee Karr (they/them) is a Kansas City based stand-up comedian whose comedy has been called “cute” by their parents and “a clear and desperate cry for help” by their therapist. Their comedy centers themes of mental health, queerness, and their ever-present existential crisis. They are a regular at The Comedy Club of Kansas City, and have opened for Mark Normand, Melissa Villaseñor, and River Butcher. IG: @kaileeposts // Twitter:@kaileeposts

Cynthia Doll (she/her) is The Rockstar of Kansas City. This Drag Queen has been bringing high energy, alternative club performances to the Midwest since 2017. In 2021 Cynthia Doll released her Debut Album “Brainwashed” and won “Best New Album of 2021” by ThePitchKC Magazine. In 2022 Cynthia released her Sophomore Album “Dollmination” and continues to Break The Mold of the drag expectations. Cynthia Doll Hosts The Biggest Drag Competition, “Drag Survivor”, at Hamburger Mary’s KC. IG: @cynthiadollx // Music, Merch, Youtube, Twitter, TikTok // https://linktr.ee/CynthiaDollx

Jordan Kaya (she/they) started as a professional dancer at the age of thirteen. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri she trained in ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop and more. Kaya continues working as a professional dancer to this day, premiering choreographic work and teaches nationally. With a father who specialized in photography and videography, her love for directing grew as fast as her love for choreographing on dancers. Kaya started to choreograph and direct short films and music videos for artists. Kaya’s first short film, “RIND,” was self-directed and self-produced in 2022. IG: @jordankaya_
// FB: @JordanKaya

KuJo (they/them) is KC’s liveliest loop musician. The Queer singer/guitarist will make you swoon with their spicy & sultry electric grit. IG: @KuJo_KJ // FB: @KuJoPlease

Martika – Internationally renowned and motivationally captivating, Martika (she/her) is a one woman stunt show. Raised in a military family, Martika grew comfortable constantly moving about the globe from a young age. Learning from top instructors the world of circus has to offer, this delightfully dangerous daredevil studied circus arts, fire, escapology, and a slew of sideshow skill sets before ever taking a stage. Eleven years under her belt she entertains with innovative stunts such as barbed wire hula hooping. While incorporating informative uplifting messages in her shows. Martika’s main message? No matter how terrifying a goal may be, it is achievable. http://www.themartikashow.com

Adriana Aiyetoro (she/her)! KC native, lover of all things yellow, and advocate for marginalized communities. I’ve been a professional maker since the womb (my mother often reminds me of my amazing work in stretch mark artistry). I’ve been wielding the paint brush for about 15 years now but am privy to all forms of visual art! My life motto is we’re all waiting in line to die…do the thing you wanna do. What’s most important to me is to be who I needed when I was younger, and that’s a very Black, very Brown, very Queer, paint slingin’ BADASS. IG: @velvetfat // @paintedteacupkc // @thequeenagers
Www.paintedteacupkc.com

Virginia Slamz (she/her) is the mother you never had, the sister everybody would want, and the friend everyone deserves. Through her lively storytelling and seductive dance moves, Virginia proves that a life of delusion is our only chance of survival. You may recognize Virginia from the open-call auditions of The Rockettes, the Christmas cantata back in your hometown, or the kitchen section of HomeGoods. In 2012, she received the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Jasmine in Haywood Community Theatre’s production of Aladdin. Most recently, Virginia received a free coffee at Starbucks after collecting enough stars. Handle – @virginiaslamz

musicbyskippy is Luke (he/him) “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. Coined as “the meeting point of multi-instrumentalism, hip hop, and Broadway,” the project continues booking with 20+ organizations in the Kansas City area, sharing stages with more than 30+ individual musicians and is for all ages. The passion for musicbyskippy roots in Harbur receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old, giving him a second chance to live life to the fullest each day. my dying wish, his debut album, is available where you listen to music. Handle: @musicbyskippy // http://www.Musicbyskippy.com

Fred E. Byrd III (he/they) is a fine art and portrait photographer from Saint Joseph, Missouri. Completely self-taught, Byrd’s work centers around Black and queer identity, mental health awareness, and dreamscapes, highlighting beauty in the unlikely and ordinary. They are one of the original members of B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence, a collective of creatives, promoting and uplifting the voices of Black art, writing, and music throughout the Lawrence, Kansas area.” FB: @fredbyrdphot // IG: @fredbyrdphoto @fredebyrd

Abby Bland (she/they) is Kansas City writer and performer. She is the current Program Director for the Kansas City Poetry Slam and Poetic Underground Open Mic and her work has appeared in Gyroscope Review, Ghost City Review, What Are Birds? and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook The Odds Against a Starry Cosmos was published with Perennial Press. Most recently, she received a 2022 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant for her one person spoken word comedy show You Are Here, part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival in July of 2022. Handle: @applestoabby // http://www.abbyblandpoetry.com

Adreena Cook (she/they) is an artist, educator & digital serf, melding together ‘high’ and ‘low’; whether it be material use or the artist’s mood, they work to challenge oppressive binary systems by building curious art piles, sculptural paintings and awkward conversation. Handle: @thepainufeeliscapitalismdying // http://www.adreenacook.com

Trish Nixon (she/they) lives in Kansas City, Missouri and has been a multidisciplinary artist for several years. Their practice investigates trans identity, sexuality, and porn through photography, painting, performance, and text. They question the normative frameworks which constrain the body and sexual behaviors by producing implicit and explicit imagery. They have presented performances and participated in exhibitions throughout Kansas City. Recently, the artist’s work was highlighted in a solo exhibition, “Boi Blue” in St. Joesph, MO. When not making art, they are living the family life with a teenager, partner, four cats, and one dog. They also sit on the board of Modern Family Alliance in Kansas City. IG: @trishnpictures // http://www.pleasurepusherstudio.com

Rachel Krause (she/they) is a musician, researcher, and writer based in Kansas City, Missouri. She studies and plays traditional American fiddle music primarily from the Midwest and South. Their approach is shaped by a deep respect for history and tradition and an appreciation for improvisation and experimentation. Rachel is interested in exploring melodic Midwestern fiddle styles and deeply textured and rhythmic Appalachian approaches – paying special attention to phrasing and other expressions communicated through the bow. By combining traditional techniques and repertoire with modern arrangements and instrumentations, she hopes to create a dialogue between the past and present. Handle: @_sauer.krause // http://www.krauserachel.com

EnVee (She/her) is the lead Vocalist and Emcee for Quixotic and Front Woman of Ziggy and The Neptunes. Cuban Born, Miami Raised and now Kansas City Resident.

Lavander Dream – Hello everyone I’m Lavandar Dream (she/her), Kansas City’s Purple Haze Nightmare. Allow me to take you to the realm of edge and glamour. Some call me a Dream, Others a Nightmare, but I’m always on their mind. Don’t worry I don’t bite…that hard that is. Handle: @lavandardream

Veri Da’Pressed

Stacy Busch‘s work has been performed nationally and in France and Iceland. The Mid America Freedom Band is premiered her double concerto piece for two drag queens. No Divide KC is produced “Stories from Under the Stars” a storytelling event focusing on homelessness in Kansas City as well as the 1st Annual Queer Narratives Festival.
Stacy released the project and album, titled Mass, which she premiered at MTH Theater. She performed at Splice Electroacoustic Music Festival, she scored the documentary “The Ordinance Project” which premiered at the Kansas City LGBTQ Film festival, she partnered with Gilda’s Club KC, Owen/Cox Dance Group and Charlotte Street Foundation to compose and perform the music for “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer,” other service with No Divide KC includes partnerships with the Kansas City Ballet School and the Johnson County Library.
In addition to Kansas City, Stacy’s work has been featured at the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. It has also been performed by ensembles including: loadbang, Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet.
She is a 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow. Stacy has received grants from ArtsKC, ArtSounds, Charlotte Street Foundation and the UMKC Women’s Council. Stacy received her MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her BM in composition from Western Michigan University.
Stacy’s teachers include Rome Prize winners Paul Rudy and James Mobberley as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Chen Yi. Other influential teachers include Guggenheim Fellow Curtis Curtis-Smith, Christopher Biggs and Lisa Coons. Prior to studying music, Stacy studied print journalism at Boston University.

Stacy Busch, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 1-6 2022, at The Black Box 1060 Union Ave, West Bottoms, KCMO. Info at: http://www.nodividekc.org

11:22

Arquesta Del SolSoul
  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “Six Second Sun (Radio Edit)”
    from: “Six Second Sun” – Single / Arquesta Del SolSoul / June 1, 2022
    [They call themselves, “African Futurist Genre Killerz from the Middle of the Map bringing an innovative multidimensional sound inspired by our founding musical ancestors to decolonize and time bend indigenous sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America, West, Central, and Southern Africa.” Members include Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Chalis O’Neal, Jade Green, & Hadiza. http://www.instagram.com/arquestadelsolsoul%5D

[Arquesta Del SolSoul will headline Friday night of the 3rd Annual Queer Narratives Festival, August 5, 2022 at The Black Box in the West Bottoms, 1060 Union Ave. KCMO.]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play Crossroads Music Fest on Saturday, August 27, 2022]

[Arquesta Del SolSoul play SolSoul Fest 2022 on September 30, 2022 at Lemonade Park, West Bottoms, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO.]

Ben Harper
  1. Ben Harper – “We Need to Talk About It”
    from: Bloodline Maintenance / Chrysalis Records Limited / July 22, 2022
    [All instruments played by Ben Harper. Backing Vocals by Chavonne Stewart, De’Ante Duckett, Alethea Mills. Produced by Sheldon Gomberg and Ben Harper. Engineered by Kevin Smith. Additional Engineering by Sheldon Gomberg and Jason Gossman. Mixed at the Carriage House, LA, by Sheldon Gomberg. Mastered by Gavin Lurssen. Artwork by Jonathan Conda. Animation by Zhenia Tananko. Art Direction by Jackie Phillips. // Benjamin Charles Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism. He has released twelve regular studio albums, mostly through Virgin Records, and has toured internationally. Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time nominee, with awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2004 and Best Blues Album in 2013. At the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, Harper’s joint composition with Charlie Musselwhite, “No Mercy in This Land”, was named Song of the Year. // Harper was born in Pomona, California. His late father, Leonard Harper, was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry, and his mother, Ellen Harper Verdries (née Chase), is Jewish. His maternal great-grandmother was a Russian-Lithuanian Jew. His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he grew up with his mother’s family. Harper has two brothers, Joel and Peter Harper. // Harper began playing guitar as a child. His maternal grandparents’ music store, the Folk Music Center and Museum, laid a foundation of folk and blues for the artist, complemented by regular patrons Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, John Darnielle, and David Lindley and quotes of William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made often by his grandfather. // In 1978, at the age of 9, Harper attended Bob Marley’s performance in Burbank, California, where Marley was joined by former bandmate Peter Tosh for the encore. It was, according to Harper, an important influence. // At the age of twelve, Harper played his first gig. During the 1980s, in his teen years, Harper began to play the slide guitar, mimicking the style of Robert Johnson. Harper refined his style, taking up the Weissenborn slide guitar.  Harper escaped from the Inland Empire after being offered an invitation by Taj Mahal to tour with the artist. They recorded Taj Mahal’s album Follow the Drinking Gourd, released in November 1990, and toured Hawaii. // In 1992, Harper recorded the LP Pleasure and Pain with folk multi-instrumentalist Tom Freund. After this limited-edition record, Harper secured a lifetime record deal with Virgin Records, which released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, in 1994. This allowed him to be invited to the Rencontres Trans Musicales of Rennes in France in December 1993 where he went up on a large stage for the first time. His first album was followed by Fight For Your Mind in 1995, with Juan Nelson on bass, which became a college radio favorite and included several songs that Harper still plays live regularly. // In 1999, at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Harper met Jack Johnson and sent a demo tape of Johnson’s songs to his producer, J. P. Plunier, who then produced Johnson’s first album, Brushfire Fairytales, in December 2000. Jack Johnson became the opening act in late February 2001 for the last 23 cities of Ben Harper’s “Innocent Criminals” tour of the United States. // Early in Harper’s career, his music received more attention in Europe and was widely played in Australia (first on Triple J radio). Harper has made comments on a number of occasions that his career was kicked off in Australia. While he was a well-known and respected figure in the United States, he was also a star in countries like Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, receiving a great deal of airplay and critical acclaim. His popularity in Europe became wide enough that he was French Rolling Stone magazine’s Artist of the Year (Artiste De L’Année) in 2003, and his Australian tour that year for Diamonds on the Inside was highly successful with record sales. // In 2002, Harper was one of the featured singers covering Motown hits by Marvin Gaye in the documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown (a history of The Funk Brothers). Harper was featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album, and showcased many notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Trey Anastasio, Gwen Stefani / No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, Manu Chao, The Roots, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards, Toots Hibbert, Paul Douglas, Jackie Jackson, Ken Boothe, and The Skatalites. // On April 3, 2004, Harper and Jack Johnson performed with Toots and the Maytals on Saturday Night Live (season 29, episode 16), a show hosted by Donald Trump. // In October 2004, Harper participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to benefit Moveon.org and encourage people in the swing states to vote during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. In the same month, Harper contributed a live recording of the song “Oppression” to For The Lady, a benefit album for jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. //Harper playing a Weissenborn in Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, 2008. // In 2006, Harper released the double album Both Sides of the Gun which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200. Though uncredited, he appears briefly in the 2006 David Lynch film Inland Empire, alongside his wife Laura Dern. //Harper is part of the No Nukes group which is against the expansion of nuclear power. In 2007 the group recorded a music video of a new version of the Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth”. Harper’s collaboration “Boa Sorte/Good Luck” with Brazilian singer Vanessa da Mata peaked at #1 in Brazil and Portugal. In Brazil it also won a highly coveted Prêmio Multishow for “Best Song” in 2008. Also in 2008, Harper participated in the benefit album Songs for Tibet. // On August 27, 2010, it was reported that Harper had formed a band called Fistful of Mercy with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur. Fistful of Mercy released their debut record, As I Call You Down, on October 5, 2010. // On May 17, 2011, Harper’s official site posted that his next album was released, entitled Give Till It’s Gone. The album is a continuation of recording with Relentless7. // On October 1, 2012, a new album from Harper with Charlie Musselwhite was announced entitled Get Up! on Stax Records / Concord Music Group. The official release date for the album was January 29, 2013. Get Up! was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper. It is Harper’s 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011’s Give Till It’s Gone (Virgin). // In December 2012, it was announced that Harper had co-produced lead vocalist Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks first solo rock album Mother.[33] It was released on May 7, 2013. // In early 2015, it was announced that Harper and The Innocent Criminals would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.[35] Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals performed at Rock Werchter Festival 2015 on June 28, 2015 .// Harper has five albums and one single that have been certified Gold by the RIAA. Welcome The Cruel World/Virgin, Burn To Shine/Virgin, Fight For Your Mind/Virgin, Live From Mars/Virgin, Diamonds On The Inside/Capitol-Virgin and You Found Another Lover/Stax (single). // On February 12, 2016, Harper released (as a YouTube video) his new single “Call It What It Is”, first track taken from his upcoming new studio album Call It What It Is due to be released on 8 April 2016. // On April 8, 2019, Harper performed as a guest artist on the seventeenth season of American Idol during the second night of the “Top 20 Duets” episode. Harper sang with contestant Alejandro Aranda, playing “There Will Be a Light”. // At the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, Harper’s joint composition with Charlie Musselwhite, “No Mercy In This Land”, was named as ‘Song of the Year’. // On March 20, 2019, Mavis Staples announced a new album We Get By, featuring eleven tracks written and produced by Harper. The title track, which features Harper on vocals and in the music video, was released on May 15, 2019. // In 2020 Harper released Winter Is for Lovers, an album recorded with solo Monteleone lap steel songs. “It started out as an exploration of steel guitar,” Harper told Acoustic Guitar magazine in a 2020 interview, “Winter Is for Lovers is written as one piece of music; let’s define that in the way that the old classical guitarists would have, on a single guitar (the Monteleone lap steel).” // On June 9, 2021, Harper’s longtime bassist, collaborator, and Innocent Criminals member, Juan Nelson, died at the age 62. Harper paid tribute to him, stating on Twitter: “Beloved husband, father, musical genius, BHIC band member of 27 years, and the finest man I’ve ever known. It’s near impossible for me to put words to this pain and loss. Rest in Glory our beloved Reverend Juan.” No cause of death has been confirmed.]

11:30 – Underwriting

Stacy Busch & Kadesh Flow
  1. Kadesh Flow – “Away From You”
    from: “Away From You”– Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / July 1, 2022
    [Kadesh tells us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release standpoint because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in Attack on Titan but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time. I’m releasing this on July 1st, partially in celebration of that milestone.” This is one of over 23 new singles Kadesh Flow has released in the last 18 months: This is a follow up to “Move Different (feat. Gr3s0n)” with lyrics by Kadesh Flow & Gr3ys0n. Music by Kadesh Flow. Mixing: Kadesh Flow. Mastering: Kadesh Flow and was released on January 21, 2022. The year before, Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. le, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band. Kadesh Flow played the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, as part of Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige) at 10:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com ]
Kadesh Flow

11:37 – Interview with Kadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow joins us to talk about his new single, “Away From You.” Kadesh tells us “I’ve been a little quiet from a release stand point because I’ve been scoring a feature length film.” “This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in “Attack on Titan,” but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.” “Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time.” Kadesh released the new single on July 1st, 2022 partially in celebration of that milestone. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band, and with Deshica Rage (with Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige). More info at http://www.kadeshflow.com

Kadesh Flow Thank you for being with us on WMM.

Congratulations on, “Away From You.”

“This song is… inspired by Eren Yeager and his tragic, brutal journey in “Attack on Titan,” but is also deeply personal to me. There’s a lot of current world problem glazing that I’m doing on it as well.”

“Also, June 30 marks five years since I left my financial tech career to pursue my performing and recording artist career full time.” Kadesh released the new single on July 1st, 2022 partially in celebration of that milestone.”

Kadesh Flow played Boulevardia Friday, June 17 with The Phantastics, Sat. June 18 as part of Deshica Rage (Kadesh Flow & Jessica Paige), and on the same night in a closing set with Trevor Turla.

2021’s Room Service 2 is the follow up to Kadesh Flow’s 2018 “Room Service” EP. Instead of a hotel room, this was written mostly from his ex-partner’s basement. Written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow.

Kadesh Flow

In 2021 Kadesh released 22 singles and a 13 track album. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Soft Side,” on Jan. 21, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Assumptions feat. Shubzilla,” on Jan. 29, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Frosty,” on February 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Cry For Me 2,” February 12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Not on My Watch,” on February 19, 2021, Inspired by Lord Beerus (Dragonball Super). Kadesh Flow released, “Held Me Longer,” on Marc written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released, “Your Dream Isn’t Always Yours,” on March 12, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “Forgot About Me,” on March 14, 2021. Kadesh Flow released, “Take Backs (feat. Ryan Heinlein),” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow & The Enclave released, “But Hope” on March 26, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “I Don’t Care” on April 9, 2021, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by D. Professor. Kadesh Flow released the single, “That Way” on April 16, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow, and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Saunders. Kadesh Flow released the new single, “So Far” on April 23, 2021, written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow and produced by Dominique “Bassman” Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “On Target” on April 30, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single ”Lighten Up”on May 7, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single “Elegant” on May 21, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 16th single the year, so far. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2, on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single “Coming For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 17th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Easy” on August 27, 2021. Written, Produced, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is his 18th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single “Fiend” on Sept. 4, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single the year. Kadesh Flow released the single, “No Options (feat Jamar Rose)” on Nov.12, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single, “Gardens Out The Gutter” on Dec. 3, 2021. This is one of 22 singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders. Kadesh Flow released the single, “CHOICE (The Cost)” on December 17, 2021. Written, Performed, Mixed & Mastered: Kadesh Flow. Instrumental: Dominique Sanders.

In 2021 Kadesh played The Crossroads Music Fest at Lemonade Park. Kadesh Flow played in multiple sets at this year’s Boulevardia 2022. Kadesh Flow was last on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020.

Kadesh Flow Thank you so much for being with us on WMM.

  1. Kadesh Flow – “Free People”
    from: Too Soon / Free People 2-Pack / Ryan Davis / June 5, 2021
    [Executive Produced by Kadesh Flow. Mixed by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. He is an emcee, producer, & trombonist. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Kadesh performs as a solo hip hop artist. He also plays with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, and Marcus Lewis Big Band.]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, August 3 we talk with Sonia Hall and Chris Haghirian about Innovation Fest Saturday. August 6, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM at Crown Center 2450 Grand Ave, KCMO, with The Black Pumas, The Greeting Committee, The Regrettes, Argonaut & Wasp, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, Mellowphobia, The Cavves, and Whitehall

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