WMM Playlist from September 15, 2021

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ivory Blue + The Black Creatures + namelessnunmberheadman + Ari Fish & Alicia Ellingsworth

  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 – “The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged”
    from: The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged / Shafer / July 9, 2021
    [Inspired by Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 single, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. 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. Info at: http://www.flaretharebel.com
  1. Daniel Gum – “The Wolverine (ft. Rachel Cion)”
    from: The Wolverine (ft. Rachel Cion) – Single / Manor Records / September 10, 2021
    [Daniel Gum is a singer-songwriter based out of Kansas City, KS who has been active since 2017—releasing a messy, electronic pop EP, I’M NOT DEAD in 2017 and an acoustic EP, MOON in 2018. In addition to working on his own solo project, Daniel has been working with other local groups—playing bass and engineering for his band Pillow (a post-punk/shoegaze group) and playing drums behind singer-songwriter Chloe Jacobson, also doing some recording for her. Channeling the likes of Elliott Smith & Andy Shauf, he co-produced his new record THIRTEEN with Mike Crawford, playing almost everything you hear on the album and mixing it himself. Signing to Manor Records in the spring of 2020, he officially released THIRTEEN on cassette & CD on October 30, 2020. All songs written, performed, and.mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Daniel Gum is a 24 year old singer-songwriter . Since the age of 12, he has spent the majority of his time writing and recording songs by himself in his room. The Moon EP was released December 7, 2019. It was engineered by Mike Crawford and Daniel Gum and mixed by Daniel Gum with piano and accordion by Cole Crawford. Daniel Gun released his EPI’M NOT DEAD on October 25, 2017, and his 10-song album Reorient on July 31, 2015, with all songs written, recorded and mixed by Daniel Gum who also performed all vocals guitars, drums, piano, bass. harmonica, and programming. The first single from Daniel Gum’s album, Thirteen “Ruin Your Life” was released on September 4, The second single, “In The Worst Ways” was released September 28, 2020. ] [On our July 22, 2020, WMM show we played Daniel Gum’s track, “Tired Saint” from French Exit Records – Black Lives Matter Compilation, released July 6, 2020. French Exit Records was launched two years ago as an independent music label in KCMO, founded by Brad Girard. French Exit Records has released albums for No Magic and Raymond,. BLM Compilation is 22 acts from the area, with all proceeds donated to One Struggle KC’s Liberation Fund, a Black-led coalition of KC activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally & globally. Daniel Gum joined us on WMM on November 11, 2020.]
  1. Frogpond – “It’s Not Over”
    from: “It’s Not Over” – Single / Black-Site Records / September 3, 2021
    [Newly reformed KC indie rock band, Frogpond, will release TimeThief, its first album in over twenty years on November 19, 2021, on the KC record label cooperative Black Site. Frogpond is: singer/guitarist and founder Heidi Phillips, long-time bassist, Justine Volpe, with Kristin Conkright on rhythm guitar, and Michelle Bacon on drums. More info at: http://black-site.org/frogpond // Frogpond digitally reissued their Au 1996 vinyl and cassette release Count To Ten on March 12, 2021, 25 years after its original release on August 9, 1996 on Columbia Records. Frogpond was formed in Warrensburg, Missouri. The band existed from 1994-2000, primarily performing in Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas. COUNT TO TEN was the band’s 12-track national debut full length released on Tristar Music – Columbia on CD and vinyl in 1996 with songs written by Heidi Phillips, with Heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Justine Volpe on bass, Megan Hamilton on drums, Kristie Stemel on guitar and backing vocals. Art Alexakis (of the band Everclear) served as producer and contributed backing vocals. // In 1999 Frogpond released the 13-track second album, SAFE RIDE HOME on C2 Records – Columbia, on CD and vinyl with songs written by Heidi Phillips, and with Heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Justine Volpe on bass & backing vocals, and Billy Johnson on drums. The album was recorded by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios in Chicago who also served as producer and contributed electric piano and piano. // In 1994 Frogpond self released their 8-song cassette release 2%. 2% was produced, engineered, and mixed at Red House Recording, Lawrence, Kansas, October 1994. All songs written by Heidi Phillips, with heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Megan Hamilton on drums, Tawni Freeland on guitar, and Annie on bass. Produced, Engineered, and Mixed By E.J. Rose.]
Ivory Blue
  1. Ivory Blue – “Family Tables”
    from: “Family Tables” – Single / Sound Ballistics Muaic & Publishing / September 7, 2021
    [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 2021. 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. Ivøry 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. Ivøry Black plays the Kauffman Stadium, July 1, Royals home game. Born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, Ivøry moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 Ivøry moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family.]
Klaartje Van Lue & Ivory Blue

10:16 – Interview with Ivory Blue & Klaartje Van Lue

Ivory Blue & manager Klaartje Van Lue join us to talk about Ivory’s new album, COMPOUND LOVE to be released this year, and the new video for Ivory’s song “Family Tables” directed by Mikal Shapiro that features Ivory, and a “family” cast that includes Klaartje and her husband Dan. On August 18, 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA. This company will manage Ivory with Klaartje and handle all of their publishing. Ivory Blue released the “FAMILY TABLES” music video on August 21, 2021 and the single was released digitally on September 7. Along with finishing Ivory Blue’s first full-length album COMPOUND LOVE, Ivory will also release a new EP, RED LIGHT in 2022. More info at: http://www.ivorybluemusic.com

Ivory Blue & Klaartje Van Lue, thanks for being with us on WMM.

IVORY BLUE lived a nomadic existence until settling in Kansas City MO and becoming part of the local musical community. After winning a nationwide talent contest in 2017 Ivory Blue started having success with some national and international radio play which continues today.

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.

NeXt2Rock Judges Comments about Ivory Blue:

“You got star quality and a lot of potential” by Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on KLOS (95.5) Los Angeles, CA, USA)

“Giving us the diamond in the rough we can only dream of, the foundation that’s built underneath it, that’s what music is made from. by Chris Lord-Alge (Engineer/Mixer).

“I love everything about you, you sing what you live, you’re fantastic” by Desmond Child (Musician \ Songwriter and Producer).

“We’ve been waiting for the WOW, and you are the WOW”, “You’re a true artist” by John Varvatos (Fashion Designer and Record Label Head)

“You exude artistry from the minute you step on that stage” by Scott Borchetta – Big Machine Label Group president and CEO.

“There’s something special about you”, “You’re a true artist” by Gavin Rossdale (British musician, singer, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band BUSH).


Ivory Blue

Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, Kansas City Public Library, and Kauffman Stadium.

We are talking with KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue has been busy in the studio putting together new music for upcoming releases of a new album COMPOUND LOVE and several EPs. In 2020 Ivory released the singles “Elite Dreamland,” (Feb. 17, 2021), “Half a Life” (Sept. 20, 2021), and “Family Tables” on September 7, 2021.

In February 2020 and after studying the craft of recording and self-producing, this amazing singer-songwriter with soaring vocals, passionate love for everyone struggling through life, released ‘Elite Dreamland’. There are no words to describe the incredible artistry behind this song. a single that hits your heart about understanding how it feels to be misunderstood in a world of people that seem to know what they are doing.

On the new album IVORY BLUE produced 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 Blue & Klaartje Van Lue

Ivory Blue released the video of ‘FAMILY TABLES’ on August 21, 2021 and the track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue is currently finishing the first full length CD/Album ‘Compound Love’ to be released in 2021 as well as the Red Light EP for 2022.

“Family Tables” hit #1 on Banks Radio in Australia the first week of the release. 23 countries have listed on Ivory’s Spotify reports and that after just 1 week released.

Kayden Gorden from The Kayden Gordon Radio Show has asked for a radio interview. The Kayden Gordon show is heard on 60+ stations (FM & Online) across the world.

IVORY BLUE signed with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing on Aug 18th, 2021. This is a new Publishing Company out of the Atlanta GA area. They have big plans for IVORY BLUE. Ben Baeumert. Founder and CEO is an artist himself with many years of experience in the music industry. He’s already been contacted by a large music supervisor company who said that IVORY BLUE’s music is amazing and that they love everything about the artist and wants to pitch the music to Music Licensees for potential TV, Film, commercials etc. That’s exciting news knowing that this will push music to a lot of listeners.

They were going to take over management for IVORY BLUE per my request, but instead partnered up with us to help the business grow and keep me as sole manager for IVORY BLUE and at their request other artists as well. I am therefore going to continue as Devin’s manager (she actually didn’t want me to hand over to another manager so was so happy about that decision) As far as the other artists, I haven’t made a final decision yet.

Family Tables, track release date Sept 7th 2021 AND music video on YouTube has been getting attention from multiple Magazines.
https://www.ivorybluemusic.com/post/article-links-on-family-tables
https://www.ionindiemagazine.com

Multiple national & international radio stations have shown interest to play Family Tables

The music video for “Family Tables” was shown during the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Festival. IVORY wrote the plot for the music video and Mikal Shapiro produced and captured IVORY’s vision perfectly.

Ivory Blue

Ivory Blue has been on the WMM 11 times since 2015.

Ivory Blue & Klaartje Van Lue, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Ivory Blue’s new album, COMPOUND LOVE to be released this year, and the new video for Ivory’s song “Family Tables” directed by Mikal Shapiro was released on August 21, 2021 and the single was released digitally on September 7. On August 18, 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA. Along with finishing Ivory Blue’s first full-length album COMPOUND LOVE, Ivory will also release a new EP, RED LIGHT in 2022. More info at: http://www.ivorybluemusic.com

10:29

Ivory Blue
  1. Ivory Blue – “Elite Dreamland”
    from: “Elite Dreamland” – Single / Sound Ballistics Muaic & Publishing / September 20, 2020
    [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 2021. 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. Ivøry 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. Ivøry Black plays the Kauffman Stadium, July 1, Royals home game. Born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, Ivøry moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 Ivøry moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family.]

10:33 – Underwriting

  1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “GROW SOMETHING (Fela Minded KC)”
    from: GROW SOMETHING (Fela Minded KC) – Single / unreleased
    [Arquesta Del SolSoul is a Kansas City-based music collective featuring 3 musicians who worked together in Hearts of Darkness. 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 (but not limited to) Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.]
Alicia Ellingsworth & Ari Fish

10:36 – Interview with Alicia Ellingsworth & Ari Fish

Alicia Ellingsworth

Alicia Ellingsworth is Executive Director and Co-Founder of The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road. Alicia has always fed people. She waited tables in high school and through college at Ohio State, and after across the country. She apprenticed with biodynamic farmer Mark Trela at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana for several years before coming to Gibbs Road Farm in 2009. It was there she found home and for six years demonstrated how much food can be grown on one urban acre utilizing six high tunnels for year-round production with sales topping $135,000. Her farm crews were apprentice farmers and over the course of those years she mentored 40+ young growers at Gibbs Farm and at the Juniper Gardens Training Farm‘s New Roots For Refugees program. She’s a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, serves on the Growing Growers Organizing Committee, Johnson County Community College Sustainable Ag Advisory Board, and was the 2019 recipient of the John Kaiahua Mentorship Award. For Alicia this farm grows possibility and a place where hope lives.

Alicia Ellingsworth thank you for being with us today on WMM.

Ari Fish

Ari Fish is a 4th-generation gardener with over 16 years of experience as an educator. Ari is a professional artist specializing in large-scale, multimedia installation, the winner of the prestigious Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award, and a two-time recipient of the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Her passion is in community engagement and cultivating curiosity and a love of learning at all ages. When she is not teaching or making art, Fish can be found working in her garden with her two daughters, Iko and Ona, cooking from her own recipes, and researching music history. To see some of Ari’s art you can visit: http://www.arifish.com

Ari Fish thank you for being with us today on WMM.

Alicia Ellingsworth & Ari Fish about The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road and the FALL FEST AT COMMON GROUND, Saturday, October 2, at 3:00 PM, 4223 Gibbs Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106, an on-farm community celebration to enjoy, explore and imagine with farm tours, live music, interactive agricultural demonstrations, storytelling, and more. More info at: http://www.kcfarmschool.org/fall-fest.

Alicia Ellingsworth & Ari Fish tell us about The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road 4223 Gibbs Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106

KC Farm School at Gibbs Road empowers individuals of all ages, abilities, and ancestries through on-farm, hands-on experiences connecting them to opportunity and their community.

The center of its community, the farm generates an inspiring environment transforming the individual and society through community-wide, multi-generational, participatory, and collaborative food projects and while it provides vocational training, job opportunities, healing, and fun.

KC Farm School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Every Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM the Farmer’s Market at KC Farm School at Gibbs Road, 4223 Gibbs Road, KCK 66106 is open and with an online store, where customers can order online by 2:00 PM and then pick up produce during market hours from 3 to 6. Featuring organically grown veggie, herbs and floweres along with products from farmers and producers including: Circle 7 Fuller Farms, Doña Fina Family Farmed Coffee, Van Eden Garden, Ferments Fair Share Farm, The Kansas City Food Hub, Skyview Farm and Creamery, and others. Pay-what-you’re-able. Www.kcfarmschool.org

Common Ground: KC Farm School is thrilled to announce their purchase of an additional eleven acres of raw, rolling land just east of our current farm site. It will be a gathering and growing space with wild and shared places, and room for orchards, animals, composting, and more. KC Farm School imagines Common Ground as a safe space for critical conversations that seed action. KC farm School believes in the power of this community to join in to create a tomorrow better than today, right here, right now.

It is time to gather on Common Ground. KC Farm School feels able to accomplish a lot because they invite the community to join in the effort. If you feel inclined to learn more about growing Common Ground, please reach out. Contact Lydia Nebel, Farm Director at Common Ground, lydia@kcfarmschool.org

FALL FEST AT COMMON GROUND, Saturday, October 2, at 3:00 PM, 4223 Gibbs Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106, an on-farm community celebration to enjoy, explore and imagine.

Fall Fest is a community celebration at Common Ground, KC Farm School’s eleven-acre addition. KC Farm School invites the community to visit the farm to enjoy, explore, and imagine what we might do on this rolling land just east of our beloved Gibbs Road Farm. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. There will be: Farm Tours, Fun and Games, Placemaking Activities, Interactive ag demos, Geocaching, Bouncy Houses!, Storytelling, Live Music, Online Silent Auction, Community Resources, and Free COVID Testing & Vaccines More info at: http://www.kcfarmschool.org/fall-fest.

Alicia Ellingsworth and Ari Fish thank you for being with us today on WMM.

FALL FEST AT COMMON GROUND, Saturday, October 2, at 3:00 PM, 4223 Gibbs Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106, an on-farm community celebration to enjoy, explore and imagine with farm tours, live music, interactive agricultural demonstrations, storytelling, and more. More info at: http://www.kcfarmschool.org/fall-fest.

10:48

7B. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “GROW SOMETHING (Fela Minded KC)”
from: GROW SOMETHING (Fela Minded KC) – Single / unreleased
[Arquesta Del SolSoul is a Kansas City-based music collective featuring 3 musicians who worked together in Hearts of Darkness. 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 (but not limited to) Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala, Brad Williams, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.]

Jade Gree, Xavier Martin, Alicia Ellingsworth, and Ari Fish

10:50

  1. Melissa Mayhew – “Mountain”
    from: Mountain – Single / Melissa Mayhew / August 18, 2021
    [Produced by Eric Davis of the band Hembre. Originally from Lawrence, Kansas now living in Nashville.Melissa graduated from Lawrence Free State High School in 2008. Melissa studied at Belmont University. More info at: http://www.melissa-mayhew.com]
  1. Baby and the Brian – “PT Cruiser”
    from: BrainBaby / Baby and the Brian / September 3, 2021
    [Baby and the Brain is comprised of 18 year old Jo Mackenzie (producer and songwriter) and 19 year old Dia Jane (singer/songwriter), who met at an open mic in Kansas City, Missouri, when Jo was in 8th grade and Dia was in 10th grade. Three years later, the two reconnected to started a musical project together that eventually turned into Baby and the Brain, a self-produced indie-pop band. Baby and the Brain also released the 8-track, BrainBaby with BONUS TRACKS on September 5, 2021. Info at: http://www.babybrainband.bandcamp.com]
  1. Blvck Hippie – “If You Feel Alone At Parties”
    from: “If You Feel Alone At Parties” – Single / The Record Machine / August 6, 2021
    [“If you listen through If You Feel Alone At Parties you’ll hear a restlessness woven into the fabric of the songs. From the angular, affected guitar to the pensive vocals, Josh Shaw invites us into a Sad Boy Indie Rock world that feels nostalgic and pioneering at the same time. It’s a search for home in musical form, led by Shaw’s acute lyrics and ardent playing.” -Davy Haynes. Blvck Hippie is a Sad Boy Indie Rock Band from Memphis, Tennessee, tryna show Black kids that they can be weird too. More info at: blvckhippie.com]

11:00 – Station ID

The Black Creatures
  1. The Black Creatures – “Negative Zero”
    from: “Negative Zero” – Single / Center Cut Records / April 2, 2021 [remixed, remastered][All proceeds from this track go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. This song was originally on their December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.” The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for: “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019/2020 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.” // After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). 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 play Pints On The Patio at The KC Irish Center, Drexel Hall, September 16, 2021]
[The Black Creatures play Plaza Art Fair, September 24, 2021]
[The Black Creatures play AMERI’KANA at Grinders, September 25, 2021]
[The Black Creatures play Raj Mahal with Stephonne on September 25, 2021
[The Black Creatures play Troostapalooza on October 2, 2021]

The Black Creatures

11:05 – Interview with Jade Green & Xavier Martin

Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures recently played The 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest last weekend and coming up will play Pints On The Patio at The KC Irish Center, at Drexel Hall, September 16, 2021; the Plaza Art Fair, September 24, 2021; AMERI’KANA at Grinders, September 25, 2021; the Raj Mahal with Stephonne on September 25, 2021; and Troostapalooza on October 2, 2021.

The Black Creatures, return to WMM to share their new single, “True Friends” to be released this Friday, September 17, 2021 through Center Cut Records. The single is the first from their upcoming album, BY THY HAND produced by Xavier, and written by Jade and Xavier, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco). The single features the hallmark vocals and beats from their previous 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. The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of BY THY HAND next year. You can find more info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com or http://www.centercutrecords.com

Jade Green & Xavier Martin welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The Black Creatures recently released their single “Negative Zero” on April 2, 2021, with a music video that was the continuation of a story from their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes),” (originally released on The Black Creatures 2019/2020 album Wild Echoes.) Wild Echoes landed at #2 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019, after being remastered and reissued by CenterCut Records in 2020.

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.”

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.”

The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of By Thy Hand, and they have a full plate of performances in the coming months, so keep your antennae up!

SOCIALS:
https://www.theblackcreatures.com/
https://smarturl.it/wildechoes
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_KKKYdsM2Jq4iKm_UkStQ
https://www.facebook.com/theblackcreatures
https://www.instagram.com/theblackcreatures/

The Black Creatures have new single “True Friends” coming out Friday

11:13

  1. The Black Creatures – “True Friends”
    from: “True Friends” – Single / Center Cut Records / September 17, 2021
    [The single is the first from their upcoming album, BY THY HAND produced by Xavier, and written by Jade and Xavier, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco). The single features the hallmark vocals and beats from their previous 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.]

We are talking with Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures who played The 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest last weekend and will play Pints On The Patio at The KC Irish Center, at Drexel Hall, September 16, 2021; the Plaza Art Fair, September 24, 2021; AMERI’KANA at Grinders, September 25, 2021; the Raj Mahal with Stephonne on September 25, 2021; and Troostapalooza on October 2, 2021. The Black Creatures’ new single, “True Friends” will be released this Friday, September 17, 2021 through Center Cut Records.

Jade Green & Xavier Martin welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The single is the first from their upcoming album By Thy Hand produced by Xavier, and written by Jade Green and Xavier.

Mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco).

The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of BY THY HAND next year.

Per Jade, “This song is not only a celebration, but an offering of gratitude to the support system that I’ve been lucky to have in my life. Especially during this time where everybody feels so isolated, so far removed from community and from collaboration, this song is a cheeky way of telling listeners ‘you deserve loyalty, you deserve love – did you forget who the F you are?!'”

Xavier Martin is DJ/Writer/Producer/Rapper/Singer at The Black Creatures

Jade Green performs with: Arquesta Del SolSoul. a Kansas City-based music collective featuring 3 musicians who worked together in Hearts of Darkness. 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, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.

Info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com or http://www.centercutrecords.com

The Black Creatures – Upcoming Shows:

9/10 Wildstock — K-State Student Union (Manhattan, KS)
9/11 Crossroads Music Fest — Parlor
9/16 Pints On The Patio — The KC Irish Center, Drexel Hall
9/24 Plaza Art Fair
9/25 AMERI’KANA — Grinders
9/25 Raj Mahal w/Stephonne
10/2 Troostapalooza
10/9 miniBar w/Nan + The One Nite Stands And Stay Outside
10/13 Mockingbird Lounge
10/15 Art On Oak w/Kian Byrne — Second Presbyterian Church
10/22 The Ship
10/23 Charlotte Street Magic Mirror Ball Gala

Congratulations on being signed to Center Cut Records

All proceeds from The Black Creatures single “Negative Zero” go to the Tamir Rice Foundation. Info at: http://www.tamirericefoundation.org. This song was originally released on the December 6, 2017 album, SEE NO EVIL The song was re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.”

The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // We have set up this release to directly fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We also encourage others who can, to give to something that is centered around Black life.”

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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 – 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 Creature – Wild Echoes – September 30, 2019
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] April 2, 2021 [remixed, remastered]
The Black Creatures – “True Friends” – Single [Center Cut] Sept. 17, 2021

Jade Green & Xavier Martin, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Black Creatures play Pints On The Patio at The KC Irish Center, Drexel Hall, September 16, 2021 the Plaza Art Fair, September 24, 2021, AMERI’KANA at Grinders, September 25, 2021, the Raj Mahal with Stephonne on September 25, 2021 and Troostapalooza on October 2, 2021, More info at: http://www.centercutrecords.com

We go out with, “wretched (it goes)” originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. In 2020 Center Cut Records remixed and remastered and reissued a the album and released “Wild Echoes” as one of 4 singles from the album. In 2020 The Pitch named Wild Echoes “Album of the Year”.

11:25

Chuck Wittington, Andrew Sallee. Xavier Marting, and Jade Green
  1. The Black Creatures – “wretched (it goes)”
    from: “wretched (it goes)” – Single / Center Cut Records / July 17, 2020 [remastered]
    [“wretched (it goes)” was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. Recently released as a single in collaboration with Center Cut Records who remixed a few of the songs, and added some new vocals, and remastered the album. Center Cut Records released the full remastered album on August 28 2020. The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. “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 play Pints On The Patio at The KC Irish Center, Drexel Hall, September 16, 2021]
[The Black Creatures play Plaza Art Fair, September 24, 2021]
[The Black Creatures play AMERI’KANA at Grinders, September 25, 2021]
[The Black Creatures play Raj Mahal with Stephonne on September 25, 2021
[The Black Creatures play Troostapalooza on October 2, 2021]

11:28 – Underwriting

Namelessnumberhadmand
  1. namelessnumberheadman – “Mt Analogue St”
    from: Mt. Analogue St.- Single / Namelessnumberheadman / August 13, 2021
    [1st single, from their upcoming album, PLOT THE POINTS. Info at: https://soundcloud.com/nnhm. Mt Analogue St – Rene Daumal wrote a moving, amusing, and confusing book, Mount Analogue, in which there is an expedition to find a mountain that is so tall that the top can’t be seen. Why might someone want to take the journey up the mountain? Step after step plodding up the mountain, trusting that even though no one has seen the peak, that it’s actually there. Namelessnumberheadman is: Chuck Whittington, Jason Lewis, and Andrew Sallee. Plot the Points will be released on Friday, September 2, 2021. Back in 2019 Namelessnumberheadman released three instrumental records (The Ground, Current, and Meditations) which we were very proud of. But during the shutdown in 2020 we decided to dive back into our classic way of working: melding catchy rock/folk songs with sonic panoramas.]

11:33:30 – Interview with Chuck Whittington & Andrew Sallee

Chuck Whittington & Andrew Sallee, who with Jason Lewis, make up the alternative trio, Namelessnumberheadman. The band is releasing their new album, PLOT THE POINTS, on September 24, 2021. Originally from small-town Oklahoma, but now Kansas City-based with one member in Boston, the band crafts recordings and live performances that are part lab-experiment and part indie rock band. In 2019 Namelessnumberheadman released three instrumental albums of experimental sounds, and ambience. When the shutdown of 2020 happened, the band took the opportunity to focus on recording the collection of pop songs and ambitious soundscapes that make up 2021’s PLOT RHE POINTS, which includes recent singles: “Mt Analogue St” and “From Up Above.” Namelessnumberheadman play recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Friday, October. 1, with Elevator Division. Namelessnumberheadman play Replay Lounge, October 23.

Chuck Whittington & Andrew Sallee thanks for being with us on WMM.

We first discovered the music of namelessnumberheadman on the 2007 OxBlood First Blood Compilation that featured the band’s song “Unchopping Our First Tree” with somgs fro, Olympic Size, The Republic Tigers, Ghosty, In The Pines, Roman Numerals, The Pedaljets, Ssion, American Catastrophe, Architects, Lovers in Transet, Be/Non, and Softee. That compilation was an early roadmap to the area music community for the early years of WMM.

In 2009 the band’s song “Lesser Fates” was included in 72 Musicians the film and soundtrack.

“Namelessnumberheadman is a band that holds polar opposites together: Acoustic guitar with synthesizer. Human voices with sound glitches. The organic with the synthetic. The ground with the stars.”

The guitar and vocal work is always perfection. The music crosses through genre like an an olympic ice skater, I’m hearing the production quality of an Air album, from a band presenting the,selve not unlike late 1980s DEVO, with folk, country, progressive guitar, and harmonic, clear vocals that remind me of my humanity, while tumble traveling through space and time in a cluttered world this music takes me into a different space.

Originally from small-town Oklahoma, but now Kansas City-based with one member in Boston, the band crafts recordings and live performances that are part lab-experiment and part indie rock band.

In 2019 Namelessnumberheadman released three instrumental albums of experimental sounds, and ambience.

When the shutdown of 2020 happened, the band took the opportunity to focus on recording the collection of pop songs and ambitious soundscapes that make up 2021’s PLOT RHE POINTS, which includes recent singles: “Mt Analogue St” and “From Up Above.”

Namelessnumberheadman (Recent Discography)

When We Leave, We Will Know Where We’ve Been – 10-track album – January 1, 2002 (Scatterplot Sounds)
Your Voice Repeating – 11-track album – 2003 (Scatterplot Sounds)
Wires Reply – 11 track album – April 24, 2004 (St. Ives)
“Unchopping Our First Tree” – Single Track on First Blood Compilation – May 8, 2007 (Oxblood Records)
The Ground – 9-track album – January 25, 2019
Current – 5-track album – September 6, 2019
Meditations – 5-track album – December 27, 2019
“Mt. Analogue St.” – Single – August 13, 2021
“From Up Above” – Single – September 10, 2021
Plot The Points – 7-track album – September 24, 2021

Chuck Whittington also plays in the band Summer Breeze: a tribute to Yacht Rock with Billy Brimblecom and Greg LaFollette and others.

Chuck Whittington also plays in the “house band” for ThunderGong! also with Billy Brimblecom and Greg LaFollette and others.

Chuck Whittington & Andrew Sallee thanks for being with us on WMM.

Namelessnumberheadman releasing their new album, PLOT THE POINTS, on September 24, 2021. Namelessnumberheadman play recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Friday, Oct. 1, with Elevator Division. Namelessnumberheadman play Replay Lounge, October 23.

11:45

15.namelessnumberheadman – “From Up Above”
from: From Up Above – Single / Namelessnumberheadman / September 10, 2021
2nd single, from the new upcoming album, PLOT THE POINTS. Namelessnumberheadman is: Chuck Whittington, Jason Lewis, and Andrew Sallee. Plot the Points will be released on Friday, September 2, 2021. Back in 2019 Namelessnumberheadman released three instrumental records (The Ground, Current, and Meditations) which we were very proud of. But during the shutdown in 2020 we decided to dive back into our classic way of working: melding catchy rock/folk songs with sonic panoramas.]

[Namelessnumberheadman play recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO on Fri, Oct. 1, with Elevator Division]
[Namelessnumberheadman play Replay Lounge, October 23]

  1. Low – “More”
    from: Hey What / Sub Pop Records / September 10, 2021
    [Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present HEY WHAT. These ten pieces—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse – building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered. There will be time to unravel and attribute meaning to the music and art of these times, but the creative moment looks FORWARD, with teeth. HEY WHAT is Low’s thirteenth full-length release in twenty-seven years, and their third with producer BJ Burton.

11:54:30

  1. Radkey – “Underground”
    from: Green Room / Little Man Records / November 27, 2020
    [On Green Room the band serve as their own producers. On April 7, 2020 Radkey released a fabulous cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” written by Bill Withers who died in 2020. The band released singles “Underground” on November 27, and “Seize” on November 29, 2020. Isaiah, Dee, and Solomon Radke of the critically acclaimed rock trio Radkey joined us live in our 90.1 FM studios on September 5, 2018. Radkey was formed in 2010 in St. Joseph, where the brothers were raised. The family moved to Kansas City. The band has released two full-length recordings — “Dark Black Makeup” in 2015 and “Delicious Rock Noise” in 2016 — plus multiple EPs and singles, and were part of a MasterCard advertising campaign on digital billboards in NYC along with a national television commercial that aired during the 2018 Grammy Awards that brought the band to the attention of Jack White who asked the band to tour with him. In 2018 the band went back on the road with The Damned throughout the United States. In December they went back into the studio to record with producer Bill Stevenson of the California punk rock group Descendents. In early 2019 they played shows in Amsterdam and Stockholm. In 2018 the band released “Basement,” “St. Elwood,” “Rock & Roll Homeschool,” as well as several other singles. On February 22, 2019, Radkey released “No Strange Cats…P.A.W.” a 7-song EP is essentially a collection of the band’s most recent singles. It comes after the January 11, 2019 release of No Strange cats…Spiders – EP a 6 song EP of several new songs mixed with several singles from late 2018.]

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

Next week on Wednesday MidDay Medley, on September 22 we talk with singer songwriter Joy Zimmererman about her fabulous new album THE CANVAS BEFORE US. Chris Hudson also joins us to share music from his new release with his band the Bard Owls called THE EASING being released September 29. And in our second hour Nathan Reusch joins us to share music from The Record Machine and bands playing the Lemonade Social September 24 and September 25 at Lemonade Park including The Republic Tigers, Monta At Odds, The Fey, Indoor Creature, Brent Windler, Jass, Black Light Animals celebrating the 18th Anniversary of The Record Machine!

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

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Show #907

WMM with Ivory Blue + The Black Creatures + namelessnunmberheadman + Ari Fish & Alicia Ellingsworth

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, September 15, 2021

Ivory Blue + The Black Creatures + namelessnunmberheadman + Ari Fish & Alicia Ellingsworth

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Daniel Gum, Frogpond, The Black Creatures, Ivory Blue, Blvck Hippie, Namelessnumberheadman, Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pulliam, Melissa Mayhew, Baby and the Brain, Radkey, Arquesta Del SolSoul, and Low.

Ivory Blue

At 10:15 Ivory Blue & manager Klaartje Van Lue join Mark to talk about Ivory’s new album, COMPOUND LOVE to be released this year, and the new video for Ivory’s song “Family Tables” directed by Mikal Shapiro that features Ivory, and a “family” cast that includes Klaartje and her husband Dan. On August 18, 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA. This company will manage Ivory with Klaartje and handle all of their publishing. Ivory Blue released the “FAMILY TABLES” music video on August 21, 2021 and the single was released digitally on September 7. Along with finishing Ivory Blue’s first full-length album COMPOUND LOVE, Ivory will also release a new EP, RED LIGHT in 2022. More info at: http://www.linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic

At 10:35 Mark talks with Alicia Ellingsworth & Ari Fish about The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road and the FALL FEST AT COMMON GROUND, Saturday, October 2, at 3:00 PM, 4223 Gibbs Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106, an on-farm community celebration to enjoy, explore and imagine with farm tours, live music, interactive agricultural demonstrations, storytelling, and more. More info at: http://www.kcfarmschool.org/fall-fest.

Alicia Ellingsworth

Alicia Ellingsworth is Executive Director and Co-Founder of The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road. Alicia has always fed people. She waited tables in high school and through college at Ohio State, and after across the country. She apprenticed with biodynamic farmer Mark Trela at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana for several years before coming to Gibbs Road Farm in 2009. It was there she found home and for six years demonstrated how much food can be grown on one urban acre utilizing six high tunnels for year-round production with sales topping $135,000. Her farm crews were apprentice farmers and over the course of those years she mentored 40+ young growers at Gibbs Farm and at the Juniper Gardens Training Farm‘s New Roots For Refugees program. She’s a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, serves on the Growing Growers Organizing Committee, Johnson County Community College Sustainable Ag Advisory Board, and was the 2019 recipient of the John Kaiahua Mentorship Award. For Alicia this farm grows possibility and a place where hope lives.

Ari Fish

Ari Fish is a 4th-generation gardener with over 16 years of experience as an educator. Ari is a professional artist specializing in large-scale, multimedia installation, the winner of the prestigious Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award, and a two-time recipient of the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Her passion is in community engagement and cultivating curiosity and a love of learning at all ages. When she is not teaching or making art, Fish can be found working in her garden with her two daughters, Iko and Ona, cooking from her own recipes, and researching music history. To see some of Ari’s art you can visit: http://www.arifish.com

The Black Creatures

At 11:00 Jade Green and Xavier Martin, of The Black Creatures, return to WMM to share their new single, “True Friends” to be released on Friday, September 17, 2021 through Center Cut Records. The single is the first from their upcoming album, BY THY HAND produced by Xavier, and written by Jade and Xavier, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco). The single features the hallmark vocals and beats from their previous 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. The Black Creatures also received high praise from around the world for the four singles and videos from that album. Their track “Wretched (It Goes)” was selected as one of twelve national artists and featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change.” The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of BY THY HAND next year. Info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com

Namelessnumberheadman

At 11:30 Mark talks with Chuck Whittington & Andrew Sallee, who with Jason Lewis, make up the alternative trio, Namelessnumberheadman. The band is releasing their new album, PLOT THE POINTS, on September 24, 2021. Namelessnumberheadman is a band that holds polar opposites together: Acoustic guitar with synthesizer. Human voices with sound glitches. The organic with the synthetic. The ground with the stars. Originally from small-town Oklahoma, but now Kansas City-based with one member in Boston, the band crafts recordings and live performances that are part lab-experiment and part indie rock band. In 2019 Namelessnumberheadman released three instrumental albums of experimental sounds, and ambience. When the shutdown of 2020 happened, the band took the opportunity to focus on recording the collection of pop songs and ambitious soundscapes that make up 2021’s PLOT RHE POINTS, which includes recent singles: “Mt Analogue St” and “From Up Above.” More info at: https://soundcloud.com/nnhm.

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Show #907

WMM Playlist from Sept. 8, 2021

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, September 8, 2021

Music from the 17th 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]
The Freedom Affair
  1. The Freedom Affair – “Out of My Mind”
    from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul / Sept. 25, 2020 / [Released on vinyl March 2021]
    [Debut album from KC’s newest soul juggernaut, 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!”]

[The Freedom Affair play the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 11:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of 4 OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads & West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Bill Sundahl

10:04 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley, on 90.1 FM KKFI. I’m Mark Manning. Today we’ll feature music from 17 bands participating in the 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM, featuring over 30 bands, on FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads & West Bottoms. We are spinning tracks from: The Black Mariah Theatre, Danny Cox, The Life I Love, Lazy Projector, Jessica Paige, Kadesh Flow, Jass, Sam Wells, Sara Morgan, Quite Frankly, Sopchoppy, The Black Creatures, Grand Marquis, Arquesta Del SolSoul, TRAVLLR, and Casio McCombs. We started the show with The Freedom Affair.

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 17 years now sharing information about the music and venues and collaborations associated with CMF. Bill is 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director.

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 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, September 11 – 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM. This long running festival showcases Diverse Music on 4 Outdoor Stages, with 30+ Bands, in The East Crossroads and in the West Bottoms, with drum lines & day parties. More info or for advance tickets: http://www.cmfkc.com

BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR – RAIN OR SHINE EVENT – 4 OUTDOOR STAGES
2 stages in East Crossroads (Parlor, 1707 Locust & MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee) & 2 stages in West Bottoms (Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming & Stockyards Brewery, 1600 Genessee)

Festival Artists Include: The Freedom Affair, Deshica Rage w/ Jessica Paige & Kadesh Flow. Danny Cox, The Black Creatures, Sara Morgan, Arquesta Del SolSoul, Amado Espinoza & Friends, SopChoppy, Sheppa, Lazy Projector, The Life I Love, Ernest James Zydeco Duo featuring Barry “Washboard” Barnes, Grand Marquis, Ginny Mac, Sam Wells, Quite Frankly, Jass, Mac Mystic, Nate Hofer, Kevin Wu, DJ Lorna Kay, Coughman, Rural Grit All Stars, Casio McCombs, Jesse Jane Sullinger & Preston Hereford, Apothecary, Travllr, Dj Ne$$, The Marching Cobras, and Three Trails Taiko.

We will be adhering to all relevant city, state, and CDC guidelines for this event. We will provide masks to you if you do not have one. Masking will be enforced if you can not socially distance with anyone who is not in your family unit. The goal of keeping our community safe is paramount.

TO LIMIT CONTACT PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL 2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE ONLY http://WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details. $25.00 Advance Tickets/Pass (www.cmfkc.com) $30.00 DAY OF FESTIVAL – AT GATE

DAY OF FESTIVAL TICKET BOOTHS & WILL CALL – Sat. September 11th
4:00 pm–12:00 am (Crossroads Booth) Parlor, 1707 Locust, Kansas City, MO. 64108
4:00 pm–12:00 am (West Bottoms Booth) Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO 64102

FREE DAY PARTY at LEMONADE PARK, 1628 WYOMING ST, KANSAS CITY, MO
RSVP at CMFKC.COM attend Day Party. It is Free but we need to be prepared.
Featuring: StoneLion Puppet Theater, Drum Safari and Beau & Aidan Bledsoe
*** 12 & Under are FREE at All Stages, Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***
*** Lemonade Park & MOD Gallery are 21+ and minors are allowed accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***

City of Drums – at 6:40 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 11.
The Marching Cobras at Parlor Stage in Parlor Parking Lot, 1707 Locust St.
Three Trails Taiko at Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming in The West Bottoms

The 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest will be Broadcast LIVE on KKFI 90.1 FM and http://www.kkfi.org from 7:00 PM to Midnight from Lemonade Park

The 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest will also Stream LIVE online at: http://www.cmfkc.com or http://www.facebook.com/KKFI 7:00 PM to Midnight from Lemonade Park

Since its inception in 2005, CMFKC has featured nearly 500 bands and attracted thousands of people to the Crossroads Art District in downtown Kansas City, a thriving community boasting over 100 galleries and specialty shops as well as a multitude of locally owned restaurants.

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

10:12 – Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming

6:40 PM – Three Trails Taiki – part of CITY OF DRUMS
7:00 PM – Danny Cox
7:40 PM – DJ Lorna Kay
8:00 PM – The Life I Love
8:40 PM – DJ Lorna Kay
9:00 PM – Lazy Projector
9:40 PM – DJ Lorna Kay
10:00 PM – Deshica Rage (Kadesh Flow + Jessica Paige)
10:40 PM – DJ Lorna Kay
11:00 PM – The Freedom Affair

The Black Mariah Theatre
  1. The Black Mariah Theater – “Play With Fire”
    from: “Play With Fire” – Single / The Black Mariah Theater / February 9, 2021
    [Originally written & recorded by The Rolling Stones for their July 30, 1965 OUT OF OUR HEADS album recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago in 1964. When the band arrived at the studio they were met by a middle aged Black man standing on a ladder painting the ceiling. It was Muddy Waters, a musician so important to the band’s origin story they named themselves after one of his songs. The Black Mariah Theatre must have enjoyed covering The Stones so much that they released their EP, ACOUSTIC COVERS on July 16, 2021. An EP of 4 covers from some of our favorite artists. The Black Mariah Theatre released ttheir debut EP, BLACK HEARTS on November 30, 2016. Their debut was recorded in 2016 at Element Recording Studio. The Black Mariah Theater is made up of twin sisters Sophia Motta on vocals and guitar, and Analiese Motta on drums. A Kansas city-based duo, The Black Mariah Theater’s sound has been described as “eclectic.” Mixing jazzy guitar tones with funky drum beats and angsty lyrics, old jazz comes into the modern world. Anyone with a broken heart and a bit of an attitude can relate to our songs. Influenced by the l Billie Holiday, The Black Keys, The Cold War Kids, The Kills, and Chet Baker. Info at: http://www.theblackmariahtheater.bandcamp.com]

[The Black Mariah Theatre will not be able to attend CMF]

Danny Cox
  1. Danny Cox – “Train Song”
    from: Danny Cox / Dunhill Records / August 15, 1971
    [A live version of this is on the digitally released YOUNG AND HOT (LIVE AT COWTOWN BALLROOM) EP on July 27, 2021. Danny Cox was born in 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a folk singer and songwriter best known for his 1974 LP album Feel So Good. Danny Cox moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 1967. As a youth, he sang in a church choir together with Rudolph Iseley, and in the 1960s he started his professional career performing on a Hootennany Folk Tour. Cox has recorded albums for ABC Dunhill, Casablanca, MGM and others. He also partnered a company called Good Karma Productions, run by the KC based Vanguard Coffee House owner Stan Plesser, who managed the acts of Brewer & Shipley, and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils,]

[Danny Cox plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 7:00 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.com]

  1. The Life I Love – “Lift Me”
    from: “Let Go” – Single / The Life I Love / May 10, 2021
    [The Life I Love are an alternative rock band from the Heart of America wirh Drew Keffer on bass and Jacob Bartlett on drums and an unknoiw person on guitar and vocals, at least according to their socials. The Life I Love released their double single, “Lift Me” and “End of the World Party” on May 10, 2021.
    More info at: http://www.instagram.com/thelifeiloveband and https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/thelifeilove/let-go.%5D

[The Life I Love play the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 8:00 PM on Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Lazy Projector
  1. Lazy Projector – “Cruisin'”
    from: “Crusin’” – Single / Lazy Projectors / August 27, 2021
    [Written and recorded by Lazy Projectors. 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]

[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.com]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:36

Kadesh Flow
  1. Kadesh Flow – “Elegant”
    from: ”Elegant” – Single / Ryan Jamaal Davis / May 21, 2021
    [Written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. This is one of 19 new singles and a 13 track album that Kadesh Flow has released so far this year: 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 and 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 & 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 & 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. Kadesh Flow released the 13-track album ROOM SERVICE 2 on July 19, 2021. Kadesh Flow released the single, “Comng For Your Neck” on August 20, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “Easy”on August 27, 2021, written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Kadesh Flow released the single, “Fiend” on August 20, 2021,written, performed, mixed & mastered by Kadesh Flow. Produced by Dominique Sanders. This is his 19th single of the 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 was on WMM on Oct. 21, 2020. More info at: http://www.kadeshflow.com]

[Kadesh Flow plays 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, 1628 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Jessica Paige
  1. Jessica Paige – “Beautiful Life”
    from: Sweet Nothings / Independent / September 18, 2015
    [Jessica Paige on vocals & guitar, Coleen Dieker on keyboards & violin, Jerod Rivers on drums, Damon Bailey on guitar, & Ben Byard on bass & viola. Jessica is a master storyteller, translating personal experience into music that is sophisticated, diverse in its influences, and instantly relatable. Her commanding voice has been described as equal parts Norah Jones and Janis Joplin, an uncommon union of sultry warmth & raw power. Jessica recently recorded her 2nd album at the legendary Bear Creek Studio. She’s opened for Corinne Bailey Rae, Hembree, Yes You Are, and Nicole Atkins. “She’s a must see with her strong stage presence and sultry vocals.” -The Heartland Today “The record showcases Paige’s gift for crafting lovely, indelible melodies and for her expressive, soulful voice, which shifts easily among several styles”- KC Star, 3-time American Idol semi-finalist. Official Showcase Artist – Folk Alliance International. Voted Best KC Vocalist (The Pitch 2018). The Best KC Music- KCUR 89.3. Info at http://www.jesspaige.com]

[Jessica Paige plays 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, 1628 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

10:43 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 17 bands participating in the 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, September 11, featuring over 30 bands,, on 4 OUT DOOR stages in the East Crossroads and in the West Bottoms. For info & tickets visit: http://www.cmfkc.com.

And with us for the entire show is our co-host Bill Sundahl, the founder of Crossroads Music Festival and 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Saturday, September 11 – 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 nearly 500 bands and attracted thousands of people to the Crossroads Art District in downtown Kansas City, a thriving community boasting over 100 galleries and specialty shops and locally owned restaurants.

Designed to showcase the best in KC’s music, arts & dance scene, CMFKC provides opportunities for community members of all ages to celebrate KC’s cultural diversity

BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR – RAIN OR SHINE EVENT – 4 OUTDOOR STAGES
2 stages in East Crossroads (Parlor, 1707 Locust & MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee) & 2 stages in West Bottoms (Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming & Stockyard Brewing. 1600 Genessee)

Festival Artists Include: The Freedom Affair, Deshica Rage w/ Jessica Paige & Kadesh Flow. Danny Cox, The Black Creatures, Sara Morgan, Arquesta Del SolSoul, Amado Espinoza & Friends, SopChoppy, Sheppa, Lazy Projector, The Life I Love, Ernest James Zydeco Duo featuring Barry “Washboard” Barnes, Grand Marquis, Ginny Mac, The Black Moriah Theater, Sam Wells, Quite Frankly, Jass, Mac Mystic, Nate Hofer, Kevin Wu, DJ Lorna Kay, Coughman, Rural Grit All Stars, Casio McCombs, Jesse Jane Sullinger & Preston Hereford, Apothecary, Travllr, Dj Ne$$, The Marching Cobras & Three Trails Taiko.

We will be adhering to all relevant city, state, and CDC guidelines for this event. We will provide masks to you if you do not have one. Masking will be enforced if you can not socially distance with anyone who is not in your family unit. The goal of keeping our community safe is paramount.

TO LIMIT CONTACT PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL 2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE ONLY WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

10:49 – Kissick Construction Stage in Stockyard Brewing. 1600 Genessee, West Bottoms

4:00 PM – Jass
5:00 PM – Jesse Sullinger
6:00 PM – Sam Wells
7:00 PM – Ernest James Zydeco
8:00 PM – Rural Grit All Starts
9:00 PM – Sara Morgan

Jass
  1. Jass – “A Long Ride”
    from: At the Close of a Decade / JASS / November 26, 2022,
    [Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Crouch. She wrote, “After years of writing and recording in voice memos .. I decided to grab my iPad and began recording something that I am very proud of. I named it, At the Close of A Decade, and released it in November 2019. With my iPhone/iPad, some apple headphones, I created this project. The amazing people around me told me it was worth it, even when I didn’t believe it myself. I convinced myself I would be the only one that liked my songs. If you decide to listen you’ll hear sound clips of shows and movies that made a difference in the way I saw the world, the way I saw myself, and the way I overcame my experiences .. I remember asking my grandma and my son if I should release what I’ve been writing and they both said very simply to do it, so I’ve done it. I want to thank all of my wonderful friends who have been my soundboards during this process, all of the people that have asked me when it’s coming, the people that have kept me accountable, and believed that this time it was for real. My story is so very triumphant and beautiful because I have overcome experiences and shunned the fear I had to do what I love. It’s crazy how you can talk your way out of some amazing things and also how you can talk yourself into making some amazing things happen. If you partake, I hope you enjoy.” More info at: http://www.jassrcouch.com]

[Jass plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 4:00 PM on the Kissick Construction Stage at Stockyards Brewing Company Parking Lot, 1600 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads & West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Sam Wells

10. Sam Wells – “For The Deflated” from: For The Deflated / French Exit Records / December 31, 2020
[Debut EP from Kansas City, based singer songwriter Sam Wells who has shared stages with Betsy Phillips, Kelly Hunt, Andrew Ryan, The Zack Pietrini Band, and The Phantastics. She was featured as a composer and performer in the Kansas City Repertory Theater production of “Ghost Light” performed on the lawn of The Nelson Atkin Museum of Art in October, 2020. Sam has also performed in Troostival (2020), Kansas City Porchfest (2019) and Jamdemic. In 2019, Wells released her debut single “Lesson Learned.” In early 2020 Wells released her second single “Sugar” producer and engineered by Riley Corbin at the Lawrence Kansas Public Library recording studio. It was only a decade ago, Sam Wells sat in her bedroom learning the Corrine Bailey Ray classic “Put Your Records On”. This was all it took to ignite a lifetime love affair with music. With her smooth and sultry voice and the warm tones of a baritone ukulele, she shares stories of love, loss and everything in between. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Wells has lived in Lawrence, but now calls KC home. Info at: http://www.whoissamwells.com. Sam Wells was on WMM May 13, 2020 and January 20, 2021.]

[Sam Wells plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 6:00 PM on the Kissick Construction Stage at Stockyards Brewing Company Parking Lot, 1600 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Sara Morgan
  1. Sara Morgan – “Another Nail” 
from: Another Nail / River Delta Records / June 4, 2021
    [Sara Morgan released her album AVERAGE JANE on January 26, 2018, onRiver Delta Records it was part of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. KC based Singer/Songwriter, originally from McGehee, Arkansas. Sara Morgan plays saxophone, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano. Sara has opened for BJ Thomas, John Michael Montgomery, John Corbett, Sean Rowe, Chuck Mead, Ben Taylor, and was the pre-show before Loretta Lynn at The Uptown, November 2014. Ms. Lynn hosted Sara on her tour bus after Sara’s set and prior to Ms. Lynn’s performance.]

[Sara Morgan plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 PM on the Kissick Construction Stage at Stockyards Brewing Company Parking lot, 1600 Wyoming, one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads & West Bottoms w/ over 30 Bands. Info: http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Today we’re featuring music from 17 bands participating in the 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, September 11, featuring over 30 bands, on 4 OUTDOOR stages in KC’s East Crossroads & West Bottom Arts & Music Districts. For info, 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 Crossroads Music Festival and 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

CMF IS A FUNDRAISER FOR 90.1FM KKFI – KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY RADIO
WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

Since its inception in 2005, CMFKC has featured nearly 500 bands and attracted thousands of people to the Crossroads Art District in downtown Kansas City, a thriving community boasting over 100 galleries and shops and locally owned restaurants.

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

TO LIMIT CONTACT PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL 2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE ONLY – http://www.cmfkc.com Festival Pass – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Wrist band that gets you into 4 different venues with over 30 bands, DJs & Drum Lines.

$25.00 Advance Tickets/Pass (www.cmfkc.com) $30.00 DAY OF FESTIVAL – AT GATE

DAY OF FESTIVAL TICKET BOOTHS & WILL CALL – Sat. September 11th
4:00 pm–12:00 am (Crossroads Booth) Parlor, 1707 Locust, Kansas City, MO. 64108
4:00 pm–12:00 am (West Bottoms Booth) Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO 64102

FREE DAY PARTY at LEMONADE PARK, 1628 WYOMING ST, KANSAS CITY, MO
RSVP at CMFKC.COM attend Day Party. It is Free but we need to be prepared.
Featuring: StoneLion Puppet Theater, Drum Safari and Beau & Aidan Bledsoe
*** 12 & Under are FREE at All Stages, Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***
*** Lemonade Park & MOD Gallery are 21+ and minors are allowed accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***
Free Daytime Events

City of Drums – at 6:40 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 11.
The Marching Cobras at Parlor Stage in Parlor Parking Lot, 1707 Locust St.
Three Trails Taikoand at Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming in The West Bottoms

The 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest will be Broadcast LIVE on KKFI 90.1 FM and http://www.kkfi.org from 7:00 PM to Midnight from Lemonade Park

The Lemonade Park Stage of the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest will Stream LIVE online at: http://www.cmfkc.com www/facebook.com/kkfi

BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR – RAIN OR SHINE EVENT – 4 OUTDOOR STAGES
2 stages in East Crossroads (Parlor, 1707 Locust & MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee) & 2 stages in West Bottoms (Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming & Stockyards Brewery, 1600 Genessee

Festival Artists Include: The Freedom Affair, Deshica Rage w/ Jessica Paige & Kadesh Flow. Danny Cox, The Black Creatures, Sara Morgan, Arquesta Del SolSoul, Amado Espinoza & Friends, SopChoppy, Sheppa, Lazy Projector, The Life I Love, Ernest James Zydeco Duo featuring Barry “Washboard” Barnes, Grand Marquis, Ginny Mac, The Black Moriah Theater, Sam Wells, Quite Frankly, Jass, Mac Mystic, Nate Hofer, Kevin Wu, DJ Lorna Kay, Coughman, Rural Grit All Stars, Casio McCombs, Jesse Jane Sullinger & Preston Hereford, Apothecary, Travllr, Dj Ne$$, Pythons Drill Team, Broadway Drill Team & Three Trails Taiko.

We will be adhering to all relevant city, state, and CDC guidelines for this event. We will provide masks to you if you do not have one. Masking will be enforced if you can not socially distance with anyone who is not in your family unit. The goal of keeping our community safe is paramount.

TO LIMIT CONTACT PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL 2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE ONLY WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:07 – Parlor Stage at Parlor Parking Lot, 1707 Locust, (Crossroad Booth)

4:00 PM – Quite Frankly
5:00 PM – Nate Hofer & Kevin Wu
6:00 PM – Ginny Mac
7:00 PM – Sopchoppy
8:00 PM – The Black Creatures
9:00 PM – Grand Marquis
10:00 PM – Arquesta Del SolSoul
11:00 PM – Amado Espinoza & Friends

Quite Frankly

11:07 – Parlor Stage at Parlor Parking Lot, 1707 Locust, (Crossroad Booth)

  1. Quite Frankly the Band – “Blue / Red”
    from: “Blue/Red”- Single / Quite Frankly the Band / 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. Quite Frankly were on WMM on June 23, 2021. Info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com]

[Quite Frankly play plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 4:00 PM on the Parlor Stage in the alley way of Parlor, 1707 Locust one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Sopchpoppy
  1. Sopchoppy – “Star Spangled Belly”
    from: Sleep Twenty Twenty / Sopchoppy / May 14, 2021
    [This KC based super-group is fronted by Ernie Locke (veteran of the bands: Sin City Disciples, Parlay, Tenderloin) on vocals & guitar, with Adam Hale (of the bands: Keeley Zoo and Phase II) on bass & vocals, Glen Hockemeier (of Keeley Zoo and The Gaslights) on drums & vocals, John Johnson (of Heads of State and SuperMassive BlackHoles) on guitar & vocals. More info at sop choppy.bandcamp.com.]

[Sopchoppy plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 7:00 PM on the Parlor Stage in the alley way of Parlor, 1707 Locust one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

11:20

  1. The Black Creatures – “Elements”
    from: Wild Echoes / Center Cut Records / Sept, 30 2019 [Reissued & Remastered Aug. 28, 2020
    [The Black Creatures are Jade Green & Xavier Martin. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). After being signed to Center Cut Records the label releasing the single, “wretched (it goes)” on July 17, 2020 remastered. The Black Creature – Wild Echoes – Album Wild Echoes was remastered and re-releasesd on August 28, 2020. 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. They released the album, See No Evil, December 6, 2017. The duo released the singles, “Elements” February 14, 2018; “Silver Tears” June 19. 2018; “Dare” a Gorillaz cover August 8, 2019. They released the album “Wild Echoes” September 30, 2019. The Black Creatures released the singles “Turn” October 30, 2019; “Quartz (Twilight)” November 13, 2019; “SHINE” December 11, 2019; Ghost Bustin’ Dead Prezidentz” January 8, 2020; “To Whom It May Concern” January 22, 2020; “Arcade Love” February 5, 2020; and “Run Up” Feb. 19, 2020. The Black Creatures eleased the single “Negative Zero” on April 2, 2021 on Center Cut Records.This song was originally on the December 6, 2017 release, SEE NO EVIL The song was recently re-recorded. Band member Xavier Martin told us that, “Everything was done from the ground up. Remixing, rerecording, mastering, etc.” The Black Creatures wanted to released this as a single and video as a “part-two” to their earlier single and video release for “wretched (it goes)”, which was originally released on The Black Creatures 2019 album Wild Echoes. The video for “Negative Zero” picks up where the video for “Wretched (It Goes)” left off, “so there is a conceptual thread between the two,” says Patrick Sprehe of Center Cut Records. All music produced, arranged, recorded, and performed by The Black Creatures. Engineering and Mastering by J. Ashley Miller aka Jametatone. The Black Creatures write, “We talk about it all the time, but ‘Negative Zero’ is the best example of this phenomenon; sometimes we come together with pieces of a song that fit together so perfectly the results surprise even us. So, conceiving a video that acutely paralleled the direness of the message was a huge deal for us. The process happened in a similarly fluid stride that furthered our awareness of the unfortunate necessity of art, media, and dialogue that exist in the same sphere. With that in mind, there’s some positivity we hope fans of The Black Creatures can also takeaway from this music video. // We had been sitting on this video for a while, already finished filming and that whole process was very fun and literally nourishing (because we got Fannie’s West African Cuisine to celebrate after filming). Like past music video releases, we worked with Rondevu Productions on this video—and it was a careful little gathering! We all got our ‘negative’ COVID test results within 48 hours of each other and said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the lake like a family,’ and we did. We spent two days filming on a freezing cold lake, dancing on cryptic constructions, and being outside way late at night. // This release will fund The Tamir Rice Foundation, founded by mother Samaria Rice. We encourage others, who can, to give to something centered around, Black life.]

[The Black Creatures play the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 8:00 PM on the Parlor Stage in the alley way of Parlor, 1707 Locust one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

Grand Marquis
  1. Grand Marquis – “We Had Our Days”
    from: “We Had Our Days” – Single / Grand Marquis / June 18, 2021
    [Bryan Redmond on lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones; Ben Ruth on upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Chad Boydston on trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz on electric and acoustic guitars; Trevor Turla on trombone, backing vocals; Natalie Bates on drums, backing vocals. Formed in 1998, Grand Marquis has since become solidly rooted in the Kansas City music scene as one of the hardest-working bands in the region, playing over 100 shows per year! The group has performed from coast to coast, released 8 albums: “Brighter Days” in 2018, “Blues and Trouble” in 2013, “The Sun Session” in 2011, “Hold On To Me” in 2010, “One More Day” on 2007, “Grand Marquis” in 2004, “Le Chant Du Diable Bleu” in 2002, and “Burlesk” in 2000, including a 7″ 45 rpm vinyl record/CD combo recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. They also released the single “I Can’t Put You Down” on Teenage Heart Records. With their own versatile and thoroughly entertaining brand of American Roots, Blues and Prohibition-Era Jazz, the Grand Marquis are consistently finding themselves in high demand. Recently The Grand Marquis released the singles: “Take A Deep Breath” on January 15, 2021, “Time Will Tell” on February 19, 2021, “Shine” on March 19, 2021, “Price of Love” on April 16, 2021, “Rollin'” on May 21, 2021, and “We Had Our Day” on June 18, 2021. More information at http://www.grandmarquis.net]

[Grand Marquis play the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 PM on the Parlor Stage in the alley way of Parlor, 1707 Locust one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

  • Arquesta Del SolSoul
    1. Arquesta Del SolSoul – “6 Seconds (The Ice Bitch Remix)”
      from: The Ice Bitch Remixes / Never Records / January 3, 2020 (Recorded October 27, 2017)
      [Originally released October 27, 2017 by Never Records as a single titled “Sol Sol Six”. Recorded by Ted Rieder for Never Records during Open Spaces Kansas City. Never records remixed the track for THE ICE BITCH REMIXES Vol. 1 and released the 9 track compilation on January 3, 2020. Th erecord Features band members: Les Izmore, Jessica Ayala on vocals. Arquesta Del SolSoul is a Kansas City-based music collective featuring 3 musicians who worked together in Hearts of Darkness. 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, Jade Green, Chalis O’Neal, and sometimes include: Irving Graham, Ernest Melton, Andres Ramirez, Fabian Prado.]

    [Arquesta Del SolSoul play the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 10:00 PM on the Parlor Stage in the alley way of Parlor, 1707 Locust one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]

    11:32 – Underwriting

    11:34 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

    Today we’re featuring music from 17 bands participating in the 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, September 11, featuring over 30 bands, on 4 OUTDOOR STAGES in Kansas City’s East Crossroads & West Bottoms Arts & Music Districts. 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 Crossroads Music Festival and 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director.

    Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

    BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR – RAIN OR SHINE EVENT – 4 OUTDOOR STAGES
    2 stages in East Crossroads (Parlor, 1707 Locust & MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee) & 2 stages in West Bottoms (Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming & Stockyards Brewery, 1600 Genessee

    TO LIMIT CONTACT PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL 2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE ONLY – http://www.cmfkc.com. Festival Pass – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Wrist band that gets you into 4 different venues with over 30 bands, DJs & Drum Lines.

    $25.00 Advance Tickets/Pass (www.cmfkc.com) $30.00 DAY OF FESTIVAL – AT GATE

    DAY OF FESTIVAL TICKET BOOTHS & WILL CALL – Sat. September 11th
    4:00 pm–12:00 am (Crossroads Booth) Parlor, 1707 Locust, Kansas City, MO. 64108
    4:00 pm–12:00 am (West Bottoms Booth) Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO 64102

    FREE DAY PARTY at LEMONADE PARK, 1628 WYOMING ST, KANSAS CITY, MO
    RSVP at CMFKC.COM attend Day Party. It is Free but we need to be prepared.
    Featuring: StoneLion Puppet Theater, Drum Safari and Beau & Aidan Bledsoe
    *** 12 & Under are FREE at All Stages, Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***
    *** Lemonade Park & MOD Gallery are 21+ and minors are allowed accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***

    City of Drums – at 6:40 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 11.
    The Marching Cobras at Parlor Stage in Parlor Parking Lot, 1707 Locust St.
    Three Trails Taikoand at Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming in The West Bottoms

    11:41 – Mod Gallery (Alley) Boveri Realty Group Stage, 1809 McGee

    7:00 PM – Apothecary
    7:40 PM – DJ Ness
    8:20 PM – Mac Mystic
    9:00 PM – TRAVLLR
    10:00 PM – Casio McCombs
    11:00 PM – Sheppa
    12:00 PM – Coughman

    TRAVLLR
    1. TRAVLLR – “Wanderers”
      from: “Wanderers” – Single / TRVL / May 13, 2020
      [TRAVLR is a KC based band DJ & producer who creates what he calls “Cinematic Dance Music.TRAVLLR released thr 6-track TRAVLLR – EP on November 24, 2017, followed by the single “Shimmer” on June 15, 2018.]

    [TRAVLLR plays the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 PM on the Boveri Realty Group Stage in the Alley Way at Mod Gallery 1809 McGee one of FOUR OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]]

    Casio McCombs
    1. Casio McCombs – “Way U Move”
      from: “Way U Move – Single / Casio McCombs / October 23, 2017
      [Casio McCombs is a musical artist based in Kansas City, Casio McCombs creates and plays digital recording and beat through .MP3s @yume.sound and @centre.studio http://www.yumesound.com]

    [Casio McCombs plays 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 10:00 PM on the Boveri Realty Group Stage in the Alley Way at Mod Gallery 1809 McGee one of 4 OUTDOOR STAGES in the East Crossroads and West Bottoms with over 30 Bands. More info at http://www.cmfkc.com]]

    11:47 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

    Today we’re featuring music from 17 bands participating in the 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, September 11, featuring over 30 bands, on 4 OUTDOOR STAGES in Kansas City’s East Crossroads & West Bottoms Arts & Music Districts. 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 Crossroads Music Festival and 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director.

    Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

    BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR – RAIN OR SHINE EVENT – 4 OUTDOOR STAGES 2 stages in East Crossroads (Parlor, 1707 Locust & MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee) & 2 stages in West Bottoms (Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming & Stockyards Brewery, 1600 Genessee

    TO LIMIT CONTACT PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL 2021 CMF ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE ONLY – http://www.cmfkc.com Festival Pass – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Wrist band that gets you into 4 different venues with over 30 bands, DJs & Drum Lines.

    $25.00 Advance Tickets/Pass (www.cmfkc.com) $30.00 DAY OF FESTIVAL – AT GATE

    DAY OF FESTIVAL TICKET BOOTHS & WILL CALL – Sat. September 11th4:00 pm–12:00 am (Crossroads Booth) Parlor, 1707 Locust, Kansas City, MO. 64108/4:00 pm–12:00 am (West Bottoms Booth) Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO 64102

    FREE DAY PARTY at LEMONADE PARK, 1628 WYOMING ST, KANSAS CITY, MO
    RSVP TO ATTEND – It is Free But we are working to manage the number of people.

    Featuring: StoneLion Puppet Theater, Drum Safari and Beau & Aidan Bledsoe
    RSVP at CMFKC.COM attend Day Party.

    *** 12 & Under are FREE at All Stages, Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian ****** Lemonade Park & MOD Gallery are 21+ and minors are allowed accompanied by Parent or Guardian ***

    MIXMASTER 2021: VIRTUAL PANELS & WORKSHOPS4:30pm – 6:00pm Wednesdays – Sept. 1st, 8th, and 15th

    Sept 1st: The World is Local
    Sept 8th: Revenue Streams for Artists
    Sept 15th: Demo Dip

    Learn more about how to submit your music for review in the Demo Dip. Industry professionals review your music and give constructive feedbackThere is a Drop Box for Demo Dip at http://www.cmfkc.com/mixmaster

    We’ve been talking with Bill Sundahl about the 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, on Saturday, September 11, featuring over 30 bands, on 4 OUTDOOR STAGES stages, in Kansas City’s East Crossroads and West Bottoms Arts & Music Districts. For more information, or to get advance tickets, visit: http://www.cmfkc.com

    Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    11:54:30

    The Freedom Affair
    1. The Freedom Affair – “Rise Up”
      from: Freedom is Love / Sunflower Soul Records / September 25, 2020
      [“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 the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11, at 11:00 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.com]

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

    Next week on WMM, on September 15 we welcome back to the show Jade Green and Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures, Ivory Blue, Ariane Fish, and members of the band namelessnumberheadman.

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

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    Show #906

    WMM Spins Music from 17 Bands of the 17th 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, September 8, 2021

    Music from the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest
    with Guest Co-Host Bill Sundahl

    Wednesday MidDay Medley features music from 17 bands participating in the KKFI’s 17th annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11th, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Presented by Community Lending of America. CMF features over 30 bands, in Kansas City’s East Crossroads and West Bottoms Arts & Music Districts. Mark spins tracks from 17 of the bands participating in the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest: The Freedom Affair, The Black Mariah Theatre, Danny Cox, The Life I Love, Lazy Projector, Jessica Paige, Kadesh Flow, Jass, Sam Wells, Sara Morgan, Quite Frankly, Sopchoppy, The Black Creatures, Grand Marquis, Arquesta Del SolSoul, TRAVLLR, and Casio McCombs.

    Bill Sundahl

    Bill Sundahl, 90.1 FM KKFI’s Development Director joins as co-host to share details about the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest on 4 OUTDOOR STAGES with 2 stages in East Crossroads at Parlor, 1707 Locust and at MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee; and 2 stages in West Bottoms at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming and the Stockyards Brewing Company, 1600 Genessee.

    The Freedom Affair

    Bill also shares details about the Festival’s special features: The Free All Ages – Day Party at Lemonade Park from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM with StoneLion Puppet Theater, Drum Safari, and Beau & Aidan Bledsoe. (RSVP at CMFKC.COM). ALSO, City of Drums from 6:40 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, when drums will fill the city at Parlor Stage, 1707 Locust Street; at MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee, and at Lemonade Park 1628 Wyoming in The West Bottoms, featuring: Pythons Drill Team, Broadway Drill Team & Three Trails Taiko. AND, MixMaster 2021: Virtual Panel Discussions & Workshops – 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM Wednesdays – September. 1 – The World is Local; September 8 – Revenue Streams for Artists; and September 15 – Demo Dip. Learn more about how to submit your music for review in the Demo Dip. Industry professionals review your music and give constructive feedback. There is a Drop Box for Demo Dip at http://www.cmfkc.com/mixmaster

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

    Show #906

    WMM Playlist from Sept. 1, 2021

    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, September 1, 2021

    Billy Smith + Whim Grace + Special Co-Host Julia Othmer

    10:00 – Station ID

    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]
    Julia Othmer
    1. Julia Othmer – “White Rabbit”
      from: White Rabbit – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / August 29, 2021 (Unreleased)
      [Recorded Live at Kulak’s in North Hollywood with Andy Sanesi (Missing Persons, Eminem, Arturo Sandoval) on drums, Jamie Kime (Dr. John, Zappa Plays Zappa) on guitar, and Chris Roy (Nancy Sinatra, Don Randi) on bass. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]

    10:04 – White Rabbit!

    We started the show today with a special live recording of the famous Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit” performed by our friend Julia Othmer who joins us today as our Guest Co-Host.

    Julia Othmer welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Julia recently participated in Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries. She will share special unreleased recordings of her collaborations with artists from Ottawa, Canada, fMargate, England and Chile via Mexico City. All coming up soon, in this hour.

    10:07

    Quiet Takes
    1. Quiet Takes – “Ghosty Was Here”
      from: “Ghosty Was Here” – Single / Sarah Magill / August 27, 2021
      [Written by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett. Vocals and keyboards by Sarah Magill. Guitars, bass and percussion by David Bennett. Drums by Jared Bond. Engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Zach. This new single swill be included in Sarah’s upcoming EP, WEEKLY, WEAKLY, coming out November 5, 2021, the third collaboration between Magill and producer/multi-instrumentalist David Bennett. “Ghosty…” was inspired by pandemic-era panic attacks and social unease. This song was one way I tried to process the new, very anxious voice inhabiting my brain, which I nicknamed Ghosty. Sarah writes, “I made the WEEKLY, WEAKLY EP exactly as titled: During weekly Friday sessions at Aorist Studios with my producer, David Bennett, while feeling extremely weak. I was living alone during the pandemic and (like many of us) coping with isolation, depression and anxiety. Making this EP was my lifeboat. Both the process of making music — refining lyrics, experimenting with new textures, collaborating on harmonies — and the commitment to the weekly process kept me relatively grounded and connected. This project tethered me to human-ness when I was afraid I was going to float off into some kind of feral, disconnected netherworld of pandemic loneliness. I’ll forever be grateful to David and his wife, Kayla, for creating a safe space to continue working at Aorist during such a dangerous time.” “Ghosty Was Here” follows the release of Sarah Magill’s EP under her moniker, Quiet Takes. Written by Sarah Magill. Produced by David Bennett and Sarah Magill. Vocals and keys by Sarah Magill on vocals & keyboards, David Bennett on guitars and bass, Ian Thompson on additional keyboards & synthesizers, Kyle Rausch on drums, and Bryan Koehler on percussion. Engineered and mixed by David Bennett at Aorist Studios in Kansas City, MO. Mastered by Zach Hanson. Cover image by Shawn Brackbill. Sarah Magill released her single “Wanted (The Dirty Windshield Version)” on May 1, 2020. . Sarah Magill released Ahem, a 4-song EP, on December 11, 2020. The songs were originally released under her old project name MYRY, in November 2018. Quiet Takes (formerly MYRY) is an on-going collaborative music project by Sarah Magill a writer & musician based in KC. She performs with a rotating cast of friends—although these stay-at-home days, she is playing solo. In KC, she is known for hosting house shows and co-founding Rubix, a performance art collective. MYRY’s first EP, AHEM, was released in 2018. Sarah released four of MYRY’s songs from that 2018 EP release as Quiet Takes singles in 2020. Sarah Magill was a guest on WMM on May 13, 2020. We interviewed Sarah Magill on March 10, 2021. More info at: https://quiettakes.com ]
    Catty Cline
    1. Catty Cline – “Is This Bad For Me”
      from: “Is This Bad For Me” – Single / Manor Records / September 3, 2021
      [This is the first single of two from Catty Cline’s an upcoming EP titled SCRATCH that we will be released digitally on Friday, September 24, 2021 by Manor Records. Catty Cline is singer/songwriter Anna Redmond, who was originally based out of Springfield, MO, and is now based in Kansas City. She has previously performed in Upkeep, her earliest project (with Spencer Pearson), and Buckle Up Baby (with Addie McKenzie and others). She has also self-released a few singles on bandcamp under her name. Influenced by a mix of slower bedroom-pop, alt-pop, neo-folk, and 90’s girl punk, she hopes that her music reflects her true character. More information at: http://www.manorrecords.com ]
    Rob Rice
    1. Rob Rice – “fishbowl”
      from: ”fishbowl” – Single / Mongrel Manor Records / September 10, 2021
      [ This new single is a follow-up to the Rob Rice debut EP, AND THE DEVIL’S THREESOME, released March 21, 2021. Rob Rice writes, “this song was written while I was wrapping up the EP at the peak of the first pandemic wave. Feeling trapped in my own home and adjusting to the new state of the world definitely took a toll on me and if I’m being completely honest, I’m still working to fully accept and adapt to” Singer/songwriter Rob Rice is a Kansas City native with a spark of millennial magic, his dusty acoustic music transitions from barn-burning ballads to soothing serenades, all of which contain notes of love, loss, and lust whilst learning to live with oneself through it all. On his debut EP and the Devil’s Threesome, Rob humbly assumes the role of choirmaster to a caravan of iconic Kansas City artists and musicians (12 in total) to create unique trios for each song, meditating and musing on the woes and wins of yesteryear. With instrumentation ranging from harp (Calvin Arsenia) and cello (Ezgi Karakus) to piano (Mark Lowrey) and layered vocals (Miki P), the collection remains cohesive with Rob’s compelling vocal melodies, introspective lyrics, and folky guitar. // and the Devil’s Threesome is a collection of six original songs Rob has composed and recorded that features a female and additional male accompaniment to showcase (hence the Devil’s Threesome. We first played Rob Rice when his track “Serial Lover” was part of the KC Syzygy Compilation released July 17, 2020. Rob Rice was on WMM April 14, 2021. More Info at: http://www.robricemakesmusic.com ]
    1. Lee Walter Redding – “Elevator”
      from: “Elevator” – Single / Lee Walter Redding / August 28, 2021
      [Lee Walter Redding writes to us that, “This song came to mind fresh off the heels of John Prine’s death. He definitely inspired me in a new and interesting way. This one goes out to him. RIP. Elevator is about sharing a night with someone new and making what feels like a long lasting, meaningful connection. And then to call this special someone on your way to work, lose the call in the elevator and never hear from them again.”This new single is a follow up to the single: “Elephant Man (featuring Stephone)” that came out April 9, 2021. Lee Walter Redding told us that he learned about Stephonne Singleton from listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley and hearing Stephonne for the first time. [WMM bringing musical collaborations together since 2004.] Lyrics and music by Lee Redding. Vocals and raw emotion on Elephant Man by Stephonne. Mixing and mastering by Justin Skinner. Lee Walter Redding writes: “Elephant Man” is inspired by young, black men diagnosed with schizophrenia and the issues they face dealing with stigma and difficulty fitting into a society that makes little room for those with severe mental health challenges. This is something that Stephonne felt deeply connected to and was gracious enough to put his full heart on display for the world to hear. // Kansas City based Lee Walter Redding was raised on 60s rock, steeped in 90s Britpop ennui, and guided by contemporary neo-soul, Lee Walter Redding weaves dry humor into vibrant sonic textures that sway from wistful to chaotic. Think 2010s Nick Lowe fronting The Velvet Underground. On warped vinyl.]
    Julia Othmer

    10:23 – Interview with Julia Othmer

    Julia Othmer joins us as Guest Co-Host. Julia recently participated in Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada, and Lunatraktors from Margate, England. Julia will share these new recordings. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.

    Julia Othmer, Thanks for being with us as our Guest Co-Host today on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Starting with your 2019 album SOUDND, all of your following releases: SEEDS VOLUME 1 and SEEDS VOLUME 2 have been produced with your husband James Lundie.

    Julia Othmer’s collaborative work with Global Music Match included a new recording of her song “Homeward” with Jessica Pearson and the East Wind from Ottawa, Canada.

    10:26

    1. Julia Othmer – “Homeward (feat. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind)”
      from: Homeward (feat. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind) – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / August 29, 2021 (Unreleased)
      [Part of Folk Alliance International’s Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]

    10:30 – Underwriting

    Julia Othmer

    10:32 – More Interview with Julia Othmer

    Julia Othmer joins us as Guest Co-Host.

    Later this afternoon Julia and Mark will both be part of a panel discussion about how the Pandemic shifted possibilities for local artists. Other panelist include: Sarah Bradshaw of 90.9 The Bridge, Kate Durio of Sound Diplomacy, moderator Nick Carswell of Carswell &Hope, and Marisa Kolka from Folk Alliance International, This is the first in a series of three panel discussion for MixMaster2021 presented by Silly Goose Records and Nick Carswell today at 4:30 PM online. All leading up to the Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday September 11 4:00 PM to 1:00 Am at 4 Outdoor venues in the West Bottoms and in The Crossroads. For more information go to http://www.cmfkc.org

    Julia played the Crossroads Music Festival last year from her home in Los Angeles, California.

    Julia Othmer and her husband James Lundie have currently rented out their home in Los Angeles and are living here in Kansas City.

    Julia Othmer’s collaborative work with Global Music Match included a new recording of her song “As I Lay Dying” with Lunatraktors from Margate, England.

    10:41

    1. Julia Othmer – “As I Lay Dying (feat Lunatraktors)”
      from: As I Lay Dying (feat Lunatraktors) – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / Aug. 29, 2021
      [Part of Folk Alliance International’s Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Lunatraktors from Margate, England. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]
    Julia Othmer

    10:45 – More Interview with Julia Othmer

    Julia Othmer, Thanks for being with us as our guest host today on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    “As I Lay Dying and “Homeward” were originally released by Julia Othmer on her album “Sound,” from April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record.

    This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1.

    In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.

    Julia has other new recordings that include her collaboration of her song HEARTS ON FIRE with Paz Court, and her collaboration with ’Ndiaz, an instrumental group from Bretagne France. WE will try to include these recordings on a future show.

    Julia Othmer’s collaborative work with Global Music Match included a new recording of Julia covering a song written by Paz Court from Chile, currently living in Mexico City. The song is titled, AJARILLO NEGRO. This is a song in protest of the violence against women and is performed in Spanish

    10:54

    Julia Othmer
    1. Julia Othmer – “Pajarillo Negro”
      from: As I Lay Dying (feat Lunatraktors) – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / Aug. 29, 2021
      [Part of Folk Alliance International’s Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Lunatraktors from Margate, England. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]

    11:00 – Station ID

    1. Company No Company – “Passing Directions”
      from: Bright Fog / Company No Company / September 3, 2021
      [The first single off BRIGHT FOG. Music by Company No Company William Smith on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, RC-505, percussion; John Bersuch on drums and percussion, additional keyboards, synths; and Wade Allen Williamson on live support. Produced, Mixed, Programmed, Organized and Saxophone by David Gaume Los Angeles, CA. Recorded by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios Kansas City, MO. William Smith will be with us on WMM on September 1, 2021]

    [Company No Company play recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO on Friday September 3, 2021 with Julia Othmer and Redder Moon.]

    Billy Smith

    11:04 – Interview with Billy Smith

    Kansas City musician Billy Smith is a veteran of the Kansas City Music Community. Billy grew up in Kansas City and studied at Missouri State University. He has been a principal member of the band: Season to Risk, Roman Numerals, Thee Water MoccaSins, Olympic Size, and was part of the bands Dirt/Nap and diels. Billy also contributes to the community as a DJ and for amny years he booked bands at recordbar, The Brick, The Hurricane and Czar Bar. Billy Smith currently works with the World Wrestling Entertainment, and he has previously worked for Warner Music Group, Marcel Mobile Art, Moxie Catering, and the legendary Recycled Sounds record store owned by Anne Winter and Kurt von Schlemmer. Billy joins us today on WMM to talk about his new band, Company No Company with his musical comrades: John Bersuch and Wade Allen Williams. Company No Company is releasing their debut album, BRIGHT FOG on Friday, September 3, 2021 with a special Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, at 8:00 PM with Redder Moon and Julia Othmer.

    Billy Smith thanks for being with us on WMM.

    Billy Smith is also known as William C. P. Smith III

    Billy started playing in bands when he was 13 years old.

    Billy Smith

    Billy grew up in KC listening the “Little Orphan Annie” Kansas City’s first ever punk radio show that was hosted and produced by Anne Winter on 90.1 FM KKFI. Billy would tape record the broadcast and then find a way to get into midtown from suburbia so he could to Recycled Sounds at Westport Road and Main Street, where he would search out the music he had heard on the radio. William ended up working at Recycled Sounds.

    Billy Smith studied at Missouri State University and graduated in 1995.

    Company No Company was formed with Billy Smith’s musical comrades: John Bersuch and Wade Allen Williams. Company No Company is releasing their debut album, BRIGHT FOG on Friday, September 3, 2021 with a special Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, at 8:00 PM with Redder Moon and Julia Othmer.

    Earlier this year Billy’s band, Olympic Size released, LONG SOAK on May 11, 2021.

    We first discovered the music of Olympic Size on the 2007 OxBlood First Blood Compilation that featured them with The Republic Tigers, Ghosty, In The Pines, Roman Numerals, The Pedaljets, Ssion, American Catastrophe, Architects, Lovers in Transet, Ne/Non, Namelessnumberheadman and Softee. That compilation was an early roadmap to the area music community for the early years of WMM.

    Olympic Size:
    William Smith on guitar & vocals;
    Wade Allen Williamson on guitar & keyboard;
    Kirsten Paludan on vocals & keyboard;
    Christopher Tolle on bass, background vocals, 12 string guitar & percussion;
    Michael Walker on trombone, melodica, & percussion,

    Prior to LONG SOAK, the last official Olympic Size release we played on the radio show was, YOU’LL MISS ME WHEM I’M GONE from 2008. Olympic Size provided the soundtrack to the independent film “We Will Make You Whole Again.” Their music was also played on MTV. For YOU’LL MISS ME WHEM I”M GONE, Olympic Size: William Smith on guitar & vocals; Wade Allen Williamson on guitar & keyboard; Kirsten Paludan on vocals & keyboard; Christopher Tolle on bass, background vocals, 12 string guitar & percussion; Michael Walker on trombone, melodica, & percussion, with additional help from Chris Metcalf on drums for ‘Sunshine,’ ‘Train to Mexico’ and ‘Push Away’, Ryan Pope on drums for ‘I’d Rather Die’, Katie Benyo on violin & background vocals on ‘Train to Mexico’ and ‘Sunshine’ and Darren Welch on background vocals for ‘Train to Mexico’.

    In 2021 Olympic Size was proud to present ‘Long Soak’. Four lost tracks from their repertoire. The band writes, “We are honored to have the artwork of Anne Austin Pearce accompany these songs of our long winding, and often, dark exploration of the human psyche.” Dave Gaumé (Engineer for Garbage, Local Natives, Failure) mixed and mastered these songs, as the band writes, “back into existence, and even more, into modern climate relevance.” Originally recorded in 2011 by Chris Cosgrove (KCPT, Thee Water MoccaSins, Zoom) ‘Sunshine,’ ‘Train to Mexico’ and ‘Push Away’ all feature the drumming of Chris Metcalf (Stella Link, The Life & Times). The final track, ‘I’d Rather Die,’ was engineered by Nick Day at the now defunct but ever legendary Black Lodge Studios in Eudora, Kansas. This song features Ryan Pope of The Get Up Kids on drums.

    Before the band could finish the essential tracking to these songs, they had fizzled out and began to focus on outside musical projects. In 2016, Olympic Size rallied to join forces with David Moore of Merriam Shoal Studios (The Hearers, The Ants) to finalize and finish the guts of these previous recordings. Moore guided the band in capturing the essence and energy of each track. They quickly recorded vocal and instrument overdubs, but with band activity and no label outlet, these songs sat on the shelves … until 2021.

    All proceeds of LONG SOAK go directly to Midwest Music Foundation (www.midwestmusicfoundation.org) to support KC musicians in their time of need. More info at: http://www.olympicsize1.bandcamp.com

    Billy Smith

    Billy Smith also works as a DJ
    DJ SAY10 – Downtown Julie Brown. Trip Hop. Experimental Space Archivist. Open on Sunday and Mondays. Member of School of Casual Driving

    More Billy Smith Band-ography:

    Season to Risk
    Steve Tulipana (vocals, guitar, synthesizer) Founding Member: 1989 – present
    Bands: Roman Numerals, Pornhuskers, Unknown Pleasures, Water Moccasins

    Duane Trower (guitar, voice, synthesizer, rec engineer) Founding Member: 1989 – present
    Bands: Overstep, Quitters Club, Weights and Measures

    Billy Smith (bass, voice, guitar, synthesizer) Member: 2000 – present
    Bands: Dirtnap, Olympic Size, Unknown Pleasures, Roman Numerals

    David Silver (drums, synthesizer, oscillator, samples) Member: 1994 – present
    Bands: Iron Rite Mangle, E.A.R.S.H.O.T., Antibodies, another.

    Wade Williamson (guitar, keyboard) Member: 2000 – present
    Bands: Olympic Size, The Stella Link

    Josh Newton (bass, voice, synthesizer) Member: 1995 – 1999 Bands: Shiner, Reggie & the Full Effect, Glazed Baby, Iron Rite Mangle, From Autumn To Ashes, ETID

    Paul Malinowski (bass, voice, recording engineer) Founding Member: 1989 – 1995
    Bands: Fire of 1666, Shiner, Big Sky Blue Earth

    Jason Gerken (drums) Member: 1994 (studio) (In a Perfect World)
    Bands: Molly McGuire, Kingdom of Snakes, Gunfighter

    Tim Dow (drums) Recurring Member (live): 1990,1992, 1994
    Bands: Shiner, Year of the Rabbit, the Joy Circuit

    ROMAN NUMERALS (2002 – Present)
    Former members of Season to Risk, Shiner and Dirt Nap form a Joy Division Tribute band to perform Halloween 2002. Success of said band (Unknown Pleasures) convinces members to write original material. A 2004 demo recording with Brodie Rush of Be/Non is well-accepted as In 2006 band releases self titled debut

    William Smith – (Guitar/Vox/stylophone)
    Steve Tulipana – (Vox/Guitar/Bass/Synt)
    Shawn Sherrill – (Bass/Synth)
    Ryan Shank – (Drums/Electronics)

    Past Contributors: Pete LaPorte ~ [Drums/Electronics] / Ryan Pope ~ [Drums/Electronics]
    (Has contained ex and current members of Season To Risk, Shiner, Dirtnap, The Golden Republic and The Get Up Kids.)

    Steve has said that he “wish there was a proper release for the last stuff we did.”
    Played Middle of The Map Fest 2012

    Thee Water MoccaSins (2011 – Present) Started as a lark – a challenge to create a completely new band in 4 days and perform live on the 5th. Originally conceived as a semi-improvised free-for-all over backing electro tracks, built and performed on iPhone apps and old 505′s, Thee Water MoccaSins honed their improvisations into concrete and dynamic electro-psych songs that the band refers to as fractal-pop.

    John Bersuch – drums
    Mark Hoffman – euphonium
    Liz Kinninger – backing vocals
    William Smith – guitar, vocals
    Steven Tulipana – bass, guitar, keys, vocals
    Wade Williamson – keys, guitars.

    Released: From the Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear, in 2012. (In Top Ten of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s The 112 Best Recordings of 2012.)
    Still hoping to release From the Rivers of Missouri and The Banks of Fear, on vinyl.

    Played Middle of The Map Fest 2012
    Recently played KC PsychFest, Fall 2014

    diels
    with Michael Curtis Lesley
    Big Beats. Bigger Britches. Bedroom Hermits

    Dirt/Nap
    with David Gaumé and 3 others
    Emotional Rock and Roll Music.

    Billy Smith

    Billy Smith at Work:

    Former VIP Manager at Warner Music Group New York, New York
    VIP Liaison. Road Management. Box Office Detail. Security Coordinator. Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers, WWE, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold & More

    Former Owner at Marcel Mobile Art
    Kansas City, Missouri
    We curate art for local restaurants and lofts who want to participate in First Friday’s

    Former talent buyer/booking agent at Strange Bedfellow’s Inc.

    Billy Smith’s Freelance work includes:

    Hurricane – Talent Buyer
    Czar Bar – Talent Buyer
    recordBar – Talent Buyer
    The Brick = Talent Buyer/Bartender

    Moxie Catering – Bartender/Food Eater

    Currently Billy Smith works as VIP Travel Package Consultant and Concierge at WWE
    October 23, 2019 to present

    Billy Smith Smith thanks for being with us on WMM. Company No Company play recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO on Friday September 3, 2021 with Redder Moon and Julia Othmer. BRIGHT FOG, will be released September 3, 2021. http://www.companynocompany.bandcamp.com

    11:19

    Company No Company
    1. Company No Company – “Joni”
      from: Bright Fog / Company No Company / September 3, 2021
      [William Smith on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, RC-505, percussion; John Bersuch on drums and percussion, additional keyboards, synths; and Wade Allen Williamson on live support. Produced, Mixed, Programmed, Organized and Saxophone by David Gaume Los Angeles, CA. Recorded by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios KCMO]

    [Company No Company play recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO on Friday September 3, 2021 with Julia Othmer and Redder Moon.]

    William Smith and Julia Othmer
    1. Lesser Pleasures – “Epitaph”
      from: LPEP01 / Lesser Pleasures / October 31, 2020
      [Debut EP from Lawrence Kansas based Lesser Pleasures with Kirsten Paludan on vocals & keyboards, Jessica Gomez on guitar, Dalin Horner on guitar, Mark Sanders on bass, and Nicholas Stahl on percussion. All songs by Lesser Pleasures. Tracking by Joel Martin. Mixing and mastering by David Gaumé. For more info: http://www.lesserpleasures.bandcamp.com]

    11:28 – Underwriting

    Whim Grace
    1. Whim Grace – “Light Leaks”
      from: My Dear Sweet Dystopia EP / Whim Grace / July 4, 2021
      [Now recently based in KCK. Since 2013 Whim Grace has released two albums, two EPs, one live EP, and six singles. She has 41 published songs. Whim Grace is an award winning multi instrumentalist who is best known for her sultry soulful voice and unique sound. Born in the Philippines, Whim has been wandering the world ever since, seeking sound and connection. She is always hoping someone will understand and answer her siren’s call. // About My Dear Sweet Dystopia Whim writes, “This EP means alot to me. The culmination of so much time and effort. Three songs with all the sound of space, time, earth, and hope I could possibly jam into them. Sean Berahmand and I made every single sound you hear. We re-created the Apollo moon landing in the studio to avoid any possible copyright issues. Every beat, static, or melody, we made. I wrote every musical line of this EP, I guess to prove I could, but also to better communicate the world I hear with others. Sharing that impossible fantasy place with you.” // Whim continues: “I often spend alot of time out of my body, somewhere else… Maybe it’s dissassociation from years of trauma, maybe it’s meditation, or time travel, or astral projection, or death, but this allows me often to see the world, and even my life, from above, a wonderous bewildering colorful thing. This view of life gives me peace. Everything is so beautiful from above. Earth and us, and all the chaos. Let’s not forget the miracle of our time here. The miracle of each other.” // Whim says, “That’s what sound gives me. The reminder of the connection to all places things people. Let’s try to remember how beautiful the earth is. Protect and honor her, and all the pieces of existence. I feel like that’s our only true purpose floating in space on this small blue imperfect thing. Take care and honor what we have been given. // Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Sean Berahmand. Sound by Whim Grace. Album Art designed by Rachel Rosenkoetter. Photos by Tom Boehme. More information at http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com]
    Whim Grace

    11:34 – Interview with Whim Grace

    Singer songwriter Whim Grace joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Whim recently relocated to KC and just released her new EP, MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA on July 4, 2021. Since 2013 Whim Grace has released two albums, two EPs, one live EP, and six singles. She has 41 published songs. Whim Grace is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her sultry soulful voice and unique sound. Born in the Philippines, Whim has been wandering the world ever since, seeking sound and connection. She is always hoping someone will understand and answer her siren’s call. About MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA Whim writes, “This EP means a lot to me. The culmination of so much time and effort. Three songs with all the sound of space, time, earth, and hope I could possibly jam into them.” More info at: http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com

    Whim Grace Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Whim recently relocated to KC. She currently lives in KCK.

    Whim recently released her new EP, MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA on July 4, 2021.

    Whim Grace – My Dear Sweet Dystopia

    Whim Grace writes: “Sean Berahmand and I made every single sound you hear. We re-created the Apollo moon landing in the studio to avoid any possible copyright issues. Every beat, static, or melody, we made. I wrote every musical line of this EP, I guess to prove I could, but also to better communicate the world I hear with others. Sharing that impossible fantasy place with you.”

    Since 2013 Whim Grace has released two albums, two EPs, one live EP, and six singles. She has 41 published songs.

    Born in the Philippines, Whim has been wandering the world ever since, seeking sound and connection. She is always hoping someone will understand and answer her siren’s call.

    About MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA Whim writes, “This EP means a lot to me. The culmination of so much time and effort. Three songs with all the sound of space, time, earth, and hope I could possibly jam into them.”

    11:42

    1. Whim Grace – “Heartbreaks” LIVE PERFORMANCE
      “Heartbreaks” is included on: My Dear Sweet Dystopia EP / Whim Grace / July 4, 2021
    Whim Grace

    11:45 – More Interview with Whim Grace

    Singer songwriter Whim Grace join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Whim recently relocated to KC and just released her new EP, MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA on July 4, 2021.

    Whim Grace Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Whim Grace writes: “I often spend a lot of time out of my body, somewhere else… Maybe it’s disassociation from years of trauma, maybe it’s meditation, or time travel, or astral projection, or death, but this allows me often to see the world, and even my life, from above, a wondrous, bewildering colorful thing. This view of life gives me peace. Everything is so beautiful from above. Earth and us, and all the chaos. Let’s not forget the miracle of our time here. The miracle of each other.”

    Whim says, “That’s what sound gives me. The reminder of the connection to all places things people. Let’s try to remember how beautiful the earth is. Protect and honor her, and all the pieces of existence. I feel like that’s our only true purpose floating in space on this small blue imperfect thing. Take care and honor what we have been given.

    My Dear Sweet Dystopia was Engineered, Mixed, Mastered by Sean Berahmand. Sound by Whim Grace. Album Art designed by Rachel Rosenkoetter. Photos by Tom Boehme. More info at http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com]

    Whim Grace Thank you for being with us on WMM.

    We close with one more song from Whim Grace’s new EP, MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA. More information at http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com]

    For WMM, and my co-host Julia Othmer, and our special guests Billy Smith and Whim Grace, I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

    11:55

    Whim Grace  photographed by Tom Boehme
    1. Whim Grace – “Barbedwire”
      from: My Dear Sweet Dystopia EP / Whim Grace / July 4, 2021
      [Now recently based in KCK. Since 2013 Whim Grace has released two albums, two EPs, one live EP, and six singles. She has 41 published songs. Whim Grace is an award winning multi instrumentalist who is best known for her sultry soulful voice and unique sound. Born in the Philippines, Whim has been wandering the world ever since, seeking sound and connection. She is always hoping someone will understand and answer her siren’s call. // About My Dear Sweet Dystopia Whim writes, “This EP means alot to me. The culmination of so much time and effort. Three songs with all the sound of space, time, earth, and hope I could possibly jam into them. Sean Berahmand and I made every single sound you hear. We re-created the Apollo moon landing in the studio to avoid any possible copyright issues. Every beat, static, or melody, we made. I wrote every musical line of this EP, I guess to prove I could, but also to better communicate the world I hear with others. Sharing that impossible fantasy place with you.” // Whim continues: “I often spend a lot of time out of my body, somewhere else… Maybe it’s disassociation from years of trauma, maybe it’s meditation, or time travel, or astral projection, or death, but this allows me often to see the world, and even my life, from above, a wondrous bewildering colorful thing. This view of life gives me peace. Everything is so beautiful from above. Earth and us, and all the chaos. Let’s not forget the miracle of our time here. The miracle of each other.” // Whim says, “That’s what sound gives me. The reminder of the connection to all places things people. Let’s try to remember how beautiful the earth is. Protect and honor her, and all the pieces of existence. I feel like that’s our only true purpose floating in space on this small blue imperfect thing. Take care and honor what we have been given. // Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Sean Berahmand. Sound by Whim Grace. Album Art designed by Rachel Rosenkoetter. Photos by Tom Boehme. More information at http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com]
    1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
      from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

    Next week on WMM, on September 8 we welcome back to the show 90.1 FM KKFI Development Director Bill Sundahl who joins us to share all of the details about the 17th Annual Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 11 featuring 30+ Bands on 4 outdoor stages Parlor, MOD Gallery, Lemonade Park and Stockyards Brewery. Go to http://www.cmfkc.com for more info.

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

    Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
    http://www.kkfi.org,
    http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
    http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1

    On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
    STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

    Show #905

    WMM with Julia Othmer + Billy Smith + Whim Grace

    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, September 1, 2021

    Billy Smith + Whim Grace + Special Co-Host Julia Othmer

    Company No Company

    Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Company No Company, Quiet Takes, Catty Cline, Rob Rice, Lee Walter Redding, Whim Grace, Lesser Pleasures, and Julia Othmer with Jessica Pearson and East Wind, and Lunatraktors.

    Julia Othmer

    Julia Othmer joins us as Guest Co-Host. Julia recently participated in Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada, and Lunatraktors from Margate, England. Julia will share these new recordings. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia released SOUND in 2019. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.

    Billy Smith

    At 11:00 Mark talks with musician Billy Smith about his new band Company No Company with John Bersuch and Wade Allen Williams. Company No Company is releasing their debut album, BRIGHT FOG on Friday, September 3, 2021 with a special Release Show at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, at 8:00 PM with Lesser Pleasures and Redder Moon. Billy Smith is also part of the bands: Season to Risk, Roman Numerals, Thee Water MoccaSins, Olympic Size, and was part of the bands Dirt/Nap and diels. Billy also works as a DJ and has worked for the World Wrestling Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Marcel Mobile Art, Moxie Catering, The Brick, Hurricane, Czar Bar, and Recycled Sounds. Billy grew up in Kansas City and studied at Missouri State University.

    Whim Grace

    At 11:30 singer songwriter Whim Grace plays live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Whim recently relocated to KC and just released her new EP, MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA on July 4, 2021. Since 2013 Whim Grace has released two albums, two EPs, one live EP, and six singles. She has 41 published songs. Whim Grace is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her sultry soulful voice and unique sound. Born in the Philippines, Whim has been wandering the world ever since, seeking sound and connection. She is always hoping someone will understand and answer her siren’s call. About MY DEAR SWEET DYSTOPIA Whim writes, “This EP means a lot to me. The culmination of so much time and effort. Three songs with all the sound of space, time, earth, and hope I could possibly jam into them.” More info at: http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com

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    Show #905

    WMM Playlist from August 25, 2021

    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 25, 2021

    In The Pines + ZAVA + Eggs On Mars + Tucker Slough

    10:00 – Station ID

    10:00 – “Support for Wednesday MidDay Medley from Blue Fox Productions”

    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]
    Liam Kazar
    1. Liam Kazar – “Nothing To You”
      from: Due North / Woodsist – Mare / August 6, 2021
      [The Kansas City-based, Chicago-raised musician and acclaimed chef/founder of the Armenian pop-up restaurant Isfahan, describes the making of Due North as a personal revelation, where the more he wrote the more his songs showed what kind of artist he’s always wanted to be. A bandmate performing with artists like Jeff Tweedy, Steve Gunn, Daniel Johnston, and more, making his own songs presented a chance to finally find his own voice. But figuring out how to step out was a rewarding challenge. “This record kind of all stemmed from a conversation I had with Jeff,” says Kazar. “I showed him some of my earliest songs I was working on and he told me, ‘It sounds like you’re writing for the people in your bands, you’re not writing for yourself.’ He was completely right. I was not writing songs for myself.” With that needed insight, Kazar decided to start from scratch and write songs that felt like himself. // Jeff Tweedy said, “I love everything about Liam. His voice, his songs, the way he plays instruments, his smile, his cooking… Everything,” says Tweedy. ”Whenever I hear one of his songs for the first time I almost immediately start thinking to myself, ‘oh yeah! This song! I love this song.’ It’s a magic trick very few people can pull off: making something brand new sound like a cherished memory.” // “There were two words I had in my head during the making of this record, which was joyful and vulnerable,” says Kazar, citing Al Green’s 1978 The Belle Album as an LP that encapsulates such a feeling. “I was trying to talk about things that I’m scared about but acknowledging that I’m not that powerful and you can still be joyful in the face of your own insecurities.” Take album highlight “Frank Bacon,” where Kazar sings, “When you’re running uphill and swimming upstream / Nothing’s ever gonna be the way it seems.” Despite any lyrical uncertainty the track is bursting with life, especially in the monster groove from drummer Spencer Tweedy and bassist Lane Beckstrom. Elsewhere on “Nothing To You,” Kazar finds the sweet spot between indie rock jangle and subtle country twang as he sings, “I hope you don’t resent / The love between your hands.” // Along with Tweedy and Beckstrom, Kazar enlists keyboardist Dave Curtin (Woongi), co-producer James Elkington on pedal steel, as well as Ohmme and Andrew Sa on backing vocals. Opener “So Long Tomorrow” showcases the band’s chemistry, a winding jam full of playful and soulful instrumental flourishes. One of the last songs written for the album, it was recorded remotely in quarantine but despite the distance the band’s tight bond is obvious. “These songs totally blew me away the first time I heard them: they sound like David Bowie meets the Band,” says Mare Records co-founder Kevin Morby. Due North was mixed by Sam Evian at his Flying Cloud Recordings Studio in upstate New York. “Sam knew exactly what I’m trying to do with this record,” says Kazar. “He put the whole track listing together and really had a vision for the record that I needed at that time.” // Like most musicians, the pandemic threw Kazar for a loop, knocking out both his touring revenue and his part-time gigs as a bartender. With more than enough time in his Kansas City home, he decided to pursue his longtime love of cooking by creating the restaurant, Isfahan. With recipes that honor his Armenian heritage and his family’s journey to the United States from Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, Kazar’s cooking has received press from Time Out Chicago and Eater. “In COVID, my mantra was to not have my heart broken about the future and be present,” says Kazar, explaining that ethos is one of the reasons why he named the LP Due North. // Though Due North is full of songs that act as a mirror to Kazar’s many talents, few sum it up as concisely as “No Time For Eternity.” On the track, he and Chicago country crooner Andrew Sa sing over wailing pedal steel, taking stock of the most important things in life: “Making time to live my life / Making time for you and me.” “The reality of my life is that when I come home, and I’m talking with my partner, maybe we had a bad day, but we still are laughing and having a good time with each other at the same time,” says Kazar. “I had to make music that expressed that part of me that’s a person who genuinely enjoys themselves.”]
    Remy Styrk
    1. Remy Styrk – “Heavy”
      from: Fountainhead EP / Remy Sryrk / August 16, 2021
      [22 year old Remy Styrk lives in Leawood Kansas, originally from Newark, New Jersey. This multi instrumentalist has been writing & recording music for several years. “Fountainhead” is 3 intimate songs about grieving different parts of my life. these songs are the most honest way i can share with you. i am doing it for no one other than myself. welcome back, old friend. Remy Styrk is a composer and creator. Born to a homeless heroin addict in Newark, New Jersey in 1999. At the age of 14 months, he was adopted by a couple, the husband, a fashion photographer and wife, a creative director. His parents’ love of the arts helped deepen his curiosity in music and the creation of it. In 2020 Remy released “Of My Own Design” his 9-minute interactive album structured like an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Remy asked listeners, to imagine and create the visual story. In 2019 Remy released “In Too Deep” one of 5 singles Remy has released sice 2018. Remy Styrk released the EP Sunday, on Jan 25, 2018, following the Aug 12, 2015 full length album, Telling Stories Through The Basement Door. More info at: http://www.remystyrk.com]
    Effie
    1. Effie – “Ain’t Gotta Lie”
      from: Curve My Enthusiasm / DISTRKCT / August 13, 2021
      [Effie is Effie Altoro. Effie is a songwriter, singer, rapper, producer, one part of Kansas City’s own Jet Pack Productions originally from the Bronx, New York. Effie says that music saved her life and means everything to her. She puts herself in the category of a R&B/Hip Hop Artist. She claims Nina Simone as her biggest influence. Effie writes, “I have been writing for so many years but never shared any of my personal work until last year. So I’m working on pacing myself with releases, instead of just putting so many albums out back to back. My album, Curve My Enthusiasm, is so special to me that I’m going to release a deluxe version in January with 4 additional tracks and videos, including some exciting collaborations. I have also been writing for other artists, so you’ll be able to hear some of those releases soon, as well!” More info at: https://smarturl.it/37jrdz%5D
    1. In The Pines – “Ghosts”
      from: Interlude / Arctic Rodeo Recordings / August 20, 2021
      [In The Pines are back with their 2nd album, INTERLUDE, 13 years after the release the self titled debut. Both albums are on Arctic Rodeo Records. More info at: http://www.arcticrodeorecordings.com . KC based six piece band with Brad Hodgson on guitar & vocals, Darren Welch on bass, Laurel Morgan on violin & vocals, Matt Wolber on guitar, and Mike Myers on drums. Made up of two guitars, a bass, a violin, a viola, a pump organ, drums, and five vocals, their music is serene at times, other times brooding, creating an atmosphere ideal for their subject matter: narratives of a man wasted away in prison, a woman burning to death as her dress catches fire, a handless man intent on showing others the subtle gifts in life. It is dark, it is dirty, it is sometimes drunken. It is intimate. Arctic Rodeo Recordings wrote: When we listened to IN THE PINES from Kansas City for the first time, we were totally blown away. This melancholic, morbidly charming and dark sounding music was so special, it was a real discovery. IN THE PINES sounded so different than anything we had in mind for Arctic Rodeo: A 6 piece band, 2 playing strings, sounding more like folk than like rock, mixing it up with singer/songwriter elements, and their songs were slow and beautiful, and so sad at the same time. We fell in love with IN THE PINES right away and ended up putting their debut album as the 7th release on Arctic Rodeo back in 2008. The band came over to Europe for touring and opening up for The New Amsterdams and Kevin Devine. 13 years later, IN THE PINES have finished their second record. We became friends and have always been in touch during this long period of time, and at some point, we honestly did not dare to hope for a new album to come anymore at all. But as special as this band sounds anyway, they actually did it and proved us wrong. Now, as a five piece band, IN THE PINES are back with their second record called Interlude, that has just been mastered by non other that Bob Weston in Chicago. The first single called Bones has already been released in June last year. It shows our friends continuing exactly where they started back 13 years ago – and it was totally worth the wait.Please check out the video for the first single Bones below. Interlude will be available on limited edition white vinyl and on all digital platforms. More info at: http://www.inthepines.com
    Darren welch and Laurel Morgan Parks

    10:18 – Interview with Laurel Morgan Parks and Darren Welch

    Darren Welch and Laurel Morgan Parks are original members of the band In The Pines. They join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. In The Pines are back with their first new album since their 2006 self titled debut album, In The Pines. INTERLUDE was released on August 20, 2021, 13 years after the release the debut. Both albums are on the Hamburg Germany label, Arctic Rodeo Records. The KC based six-piece band includes Brad Hodgson on guitar & vocals, Darren Welch on bass, Laurel Morgan on violin & vocals, Matt Wolber on guitar, and Mike Myers on drums. “Made up of two guitars, a bass, a violin, a viola, a pump organ, drums, and five vocals, their music is serene at times, other times brooding.” More info at: http://www.inthepines.com

    Darren Welch & Laurel Morgan Parks, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    From: https://arcticrodeorecordings.com

    When In the Pines released their self-titled debut in 2008, their sound resonated profoundly within and beyond the Kansas City music community.

    Founded as a sextet that included a two-piece string section, the band deftly mixed music from disparate genres and eras into a sound that was fresh but familiar—nostalgic, even: a blend of old-time folk, classical music and experimental folk-rock. It cast a spell that transported listeners forward into new terrains and back into long-lost times, a sound with a sepia-toned Dorthea Lange/Dust Bowl vibe embellished with contemporary attributes that quashed any notions of revivalism or retroism.

    “In The Pines” impressed listeners far beyond the band’s hometown, It was released in Kansas City by Second Nature Recordings, which led to some regional touring, and by the German label Arctic Rodeo, which led to a tour of Germany. The future looked bright. Then life got in the way.

    In 2010, lead singer Brad Hodgson moved to Austin, Texas. Then live shows became more infrequent; the lineup changed; the band took a hiatus; and the recording process was delayed, interminably, it seemed to fans awaiting new music.

    In June 2020, the band released “Bones,” the first song from the impending, long-awaited second full-length. The lineup still includes five original members: Hodgson, Darren Welch (bass, vocals), Laurel Morgan Parks (violin, vocals), Matt Wolber (guitar) and Mike Myers (drums).

    Despite the song’s title, there was nothing skeletal about “Bones.” It’s a lush and orchestral, midtempo, folk-ish rock ballad awash in strings, embroidered with violin and guitar filigrees and bathed in dreamy vocals and supernal harmonies – five minutes of deep reverie.

    And now, a year after the release “Bones,” In the Pines is set to release on Arctic Records its 11-track, full-length second album, “Interlude.” The song, it turns out, revealed in many ways what the rest of the album would sound like.

    It signified a departure from the Pines’ initial sound yet replete with all its trademark traits: melodic, meditative and built on clever turns and changes. Over the course of 45-plus minutes, the band transports listeners on a mesmeric ride, one filled with hypnotic grooves and dusky terrains.

    The opening track is aptly titled “The Sun Is Going Down.” It’s a twilit ballad with shifting time signatures and spell-binding vocals that don’t appear until halfway through. “Ghosts” sways gently to a hearty, angelic, orchestral-folk vibe. The instrumental closer, “Moving On,” arrives and departs in 2 minutes and change, depositing its own unique spirit along the way, one garbed in piano, strings and horns. As the album’s swan song, it casts a fitting mood, one of optimism and melancholy.

    Upon the release of the “Bones” single, Hodgson called the process of making “Interlude” a “long haul with lots of obstacles” but one with a deeply satisfying payoff: “The thing that stands out is how much I love working with and creating with the band. We’ve been together so long, no matter the distance or time apart, it still feels like family.”

    The rewards of that long haul and hard work are about to be distributed beyond the band family. Loyal fans at home and abroad will soon discover that the decade-plus wait for “Interlude” was well-worth all the patience spent

    In The Pines includes (five original members):
    Brad Hodgson on guitar & vocals,
    Darren Welch on bass,
    Laurel Morgan on violin & vocals,
    Matt Wolber on guitar,
    Mike Myers on drums.

    Laurel Morgan Parks has other musical projects including:

    Of Tree – a folk-pop band from Kansas City made up of Benjamin Parks (guitar/vocals), Laurel Morgan Parks (violin/fiddle/vocals) and John Bersuch (percussion/sub-bass). The music can be as quiet as porch ballads on a lonely summer night or as textured as a multi-pieced orchestra layering on top of soaring bowed guitars. Dynamic and expressive, Of Tree’s music draws from deep emotions of loss and triumph, failure and hope,

    The Wires (Alternative String Duo). Created in KCMO with: Laurel Morgan Parks, violin, and Sascha Groschang, cello, have been composing dynamic and cinematic music as best friends since 2009. Their music is inspired by imagery found in the natural world, folk styles and modern string techniques. Following their debut album in 2012, their 2nd album “Wilder” (May 2019) is an imagined journey that includes depths of the oceanic world, the vast expanse of Celtic hills, the coldness of frozen tundra and a discovery of the cosmos. Their holiday album, “Winter” (December 2020) encompasses a cinematic, yet an intimate timbre, with the classic sounds of the season. “Winter,” their collection of holiday favorites arranged by The Wires along with their original piece, ‘Campbell Street,’ is published by Mel Bay Publications.

    Laurel Morgan Parks & Sascha Groschangs are the hosts and curators of “Sound Currents” on 91.9 Classical KC – a weekly radio show that explores & discovers a broad range of new music.

    “Fiddle Life,” (http://www.fiddlelife.com), teaches adults traditional styles at beginner and intermediate levels. The duo performs at festivals, concert halls, and music venues in the Midwest and beyond.

    Musician/Collector/Curator Darren Welch is a key stitch in the fabric of the KCMO music scene for the past 30 years.

    The Hearers – lead singer and bassist. The Hearers are a Kansas City “space country” band that released, FIVE SEASONS on September, 17, 2017
    Darren Welch – bass, vocals, 12-string, keys
    Marc Tweed – guitar, vocals, synth
    David Moore – guitar, vocals, Hammond
    Chris Braun – piano, cello, Hammond, ukulele, flute, vocals
    Jay Kakert – harmonica, glockenspiel
    Jeff doom – electric guitar
    Eric Mardis – pedal steel, banjo
    Rob Veitch – drums, percussion, concert bass drum
    Recorded, mixed and mastered by David Moore at Merriam Shoals
    Additional recording by Marc Tweed at SexDungeon Studio

    In the 1990s Darren Welch was with the bands: DracoMagnet and Amputato,

    Found Sound – 1826 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, Temporarily closed. A KC Crossroads retail/consignment shop with a vintage guitar store vibe and Hi Fi stereo gear. We offer guitar, pedal and amp repair. Open 11-6 Thurs-Sat or by appt. (with his biz partner Cole Wheeler.) http://www.foundsoundkc.com with co-owner/wife Kathi Callahan Welch

    CowTown MallRoom at The El Torreon, then Holy Cow, a DIY mixed store/venue setting with live music, PBRs and sangria.

    Darren also works with Matt Kesler with the Midwestern Musical Company.

    Darren Welch & Laurel Morgan Parks, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    In The Pines are back with their first new album since their 2006 self titled debut album, In The Pines. INTERLUDE was released on August 20, 2021, 13 years after the release the debut. Both albums are on the Hamburg Germany label, Arctic Rodeo Records. More info at: http://www.inthepines.com or http://www.arcticrodeorecordings.bandcamp.com

    10:31

    1. In The Pines – “Sinner”
      from: Interlude / Arctic Rodeo Recordings / August 20, 2021
      [In The Pines are back with their 2nd album, INTERLUDE, 13 years after the release the self titled debut. Both albums are on Arctic Rodeo Records. More info at: http://www.arcticrodeorecordings.com . KC based six piece band with Brad Hodgson on guitar & vocals, Darren Welch on bass, Laurel Morgan on violin & vocals, Matt Wolber on guitar, and Mike Myers on drums. Made up of two guitars, a bass, a violin, a viola, a pump organ, drums, and five vocals, their music is serene at times, other times brooding, More info at: http://www.arcticrodeorecordings.bandcamp.com]

    10:35 – Underwriting

    Zava
    1. Zava – “Wrong”
      from: “Wrong” – Single / Taylor Avazpour / August 13, 2021
      [Zava is the musical project, of Taylor Avazpour. Zava ‘s new single “Wrong” was recently added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released this year, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at this year’s Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at: http://solo.to/thisiszava%5D
    Taylor Avazpour

    10:41 – Interview with Taylor Avazpour

    Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer – Taylor Avazpour joins us to talk about his musical project, Zava and his new single “Wrong” that was released on August 13, 2021 and recently added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released this year, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at this year’s Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More info at: @thisiszava

    Taylor Avazpour, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    “Wrong” was recently added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify.

    Zava was a featured performer at this year’s Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance.

    “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released this year, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12.

    Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos. Taylor Avazpour has worked at Starlight Theatre, went to college in Boston, and then lived in New York City.

    Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City.

    We asked Taylor about his role models and inspirations. He told us that when he was a young kid he was in love with the music of The Spice Girls and their bright positive affirming songs. His mother took him as a young eight-year-old the see The Spice Girls in concert at Sandstone Amphitheatre. While he and his mom were waiting for the concert to begin, someone from The Spice Girls team approached them and asked if Taylor wanted to be part of the show. During the concert there was a moment when Baby Spice sings to a young boy form the audience. Taylor was asked if he wanted to be on stage with Baby Spice. It all happened and Taylor had his stage debut and was able to go back stage, after the show and meet all of The Spice Girls.

    Taylor has an upcoming show with Stephonne and Felix.

    Taylor Avazpour, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    “Wrong” that was released on August 13, 2021 and recently added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released this year, More info at: @thisiszava

    10:53

    Zava
    1. Zava – “Electric”
      from: “Electric” – Single / Taylor Avazpour / June 4, 2021
      [Zava is the musical project, of Taylor Avazpour. Zava ‘s new single “Wrong” released August 13, 2021, was recently added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released this year, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at this year’s Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at: http://solo.to/thisiszava%5D
    Just Angel
    1. Just Angel – “My Way”
      from: Just Angle Pt.1 – EP / Just Angel / December 24, 2020
      [Just Angel is a Kansas City based, singer, musician, songwriter, dancer. and creative artist. Se recently contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record. More info at: /distrokid.com/hyperfollow/justangel/just-angel–pt-1

    [Just Angel is Kansas City opener for the Edi Callier THE ROAD TO GREATER TOUR! August 26, 2021. https://www.officiallyedi.com/tour%5D

    11:00 – Station ID

    11:01 – “Support for Wednesday MidDay Medley from Blue Fox Productions”

    1. Eggs On Mars – “Fingers & Lips”
      from: Brighter Now / Subjangle / June 25, 2021
      [Eggs on Mars, a four-piece soft psych pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. Brad shares details about the new 7-track album, BRIGHTER NOW, released June 25, 2021. Eggs on Mars is: Brad Smith on vocals & guitar, Mason Potter on drums & backing vocals & self-sacrificial tambourine, Bennie Neselroad on keyboards & backing vocals, and Doug Bybee on bass & backing vocals. All songs on the new album were written by Eggs on Mars. Their new album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rodd Fenton. The album was recorded in the fall of 2020 at Solstice Audio. Album cover painting by Jesse Bartmess. Info at: http://www.eggsonmars.bandcamp.com]
    Brad Smith of Eggs On Mars

    11:04 – Interview with Brad Smith

    27 year old Brad Smith is Assistant Manager at Mid-Continent Public Library the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area serving over 820,000 residents in Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties. Brad studied Marketing at Northwest Missouri State University. Brad Smith is also the lead vocalist and lead guitar player for the Kansas City based band Eggs On Mars who since 2014 have released 5 full length albums and two EPs, equalling a total of 60 musical compositions on record. For the band’s first five releases they played as a 3-piece. With their latest release, BRIGHTER NOW, the band has had a line-up change, and is now a 4-piece band, at least on record. BRIGHTER NOW, was released June 25, 2021. Eggs on Mars is: Brad Smith on vocals & guitar, Mason Potter on drums & backing vocals & self-sacrificial tambourine, Bennie Neselroad on keyboards & backing vocals, and Doug Bybee on bass & backing vocals. Joining us in our 90.1 FM studios is Brad Smith of Eggs On Mars.

    Brad Smith thanks for being with us on WMM.

    Brighter Now was released on June 25, 2021

    Eggs on Mars is:
    Brad Smith on vocals & guitar,
    Mason Potter on drums & backing vocals & self-sacrificial tambourine,
    Bennie Neselroad on keyboards & backing vocals, and
    Doug Bybee on bass & backing vocals

    Longtime band member and bass player – Justin Longmeyer was not on this new record he recently moved to Japan for a teaching job.

    Brighter Now was recorded / mixed / mastered by Rodd Fenton
    Recorded in the fall of 2020 at Solstice Audio

    Brighter Now cover painting by Jesse Bartmess

    Subjangle Records

    http://www.eggsonmars.bandcamp.com

    Brad Smith is Assistant Manager at Mid-Continent Public Library the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area serving over 820,000 residents in Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties.

    It Will Be Like It Was came out on October 4, 2019 and Brighter Now came out on June 25, 2021, some where in the middle of making of those two recordings Brad Smith got married to Taylor Smith.

    Eggs On Mars where did that name come from?

    Eggs On Mars

    Eggs On Mars Discography

    Welcome to our Family August 25, 2014
    10-track album
    Recorded Summer 2014 at Potter Underground Studios
    Guitars/Lead Vocals-Brad Smith
    Bass/Other Vocals-Justin Longmeyer
    Drums-Mason Potter

    Spacey Stacy September 4, 2015
    8-track album
    Recording/Mixing/Mastering/Pancakes-Doug Bybee
    Recorded August 2015 at Sound + Vision Studios of the Lawrence Public Library
    Cover photo taken by Mason Potter
    Guitars/Vocals – Brad Smith
    Bass – Justin Longmeyer
    Drums – Mason Potter

    On Hold, Hold On October 7, 2016
    5-track EP
    Album art by Anna Smith
    Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Justin Longmeyer
    Guitars/Vocals/Keys – Brad Smith
    Bass – Justin Longmeyer
    Drums – Mason Potter

    In A Desert Place March 15, 2018
    10-track album
    Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Justin Longmeyer
    Recorded at 2319
    Guitars/Vocals – Brad Smith
    Bass/Vocals/Guitar solo – Justin Longmeyer
    Drums – Mason Potter

    Mama Pancake November 9, 2018
    10-track album
    Recorded/mixed/mastered by Rodd Fenton
    Recorded May through September of 2018 at 2319
    Artwork by Julie Smith
    Brad Smith – guitars/vocals/keys
    Justin Longmeyer – bass
    Mason Potter – drums/percussion

    It Will Be Like It Was October 4, 2019
    10-track album
    Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Rodd Fenton
    Recorded summer of 2019 at Bread Basket Music Studios
    Guitars/Vocals/Keys – Brad Smith
    Bass – Justin Longmeyer
    Drums – Mason Potter

    Brighter Now June 25, 2021
    7-track EP
    Recorded / mixed / mastered by Rodd Fenton
    Recorded in the fall of 2020 at Solstice Audio
    Cover painting by Jesse Bartmess
    Brad Smith – Vocals, guitar
    Mason Potter – Drums, backing vocals, self-sacrificial tambourine
    Bennie Neselroad – Keys, backing vocals,
    Doug Bybee – Bass, backing vocals

    Brad Smith thanks for being with us on WMM.

    BRIGHTER NOW, was released June 25, 2021.
    http://www.eggsonmars.bandcamp.com

    11:16

    1. Eggs On Mars – “Oil Spill Rainbow”
      from: Brighter Now / Subjangle / June 25, 2021
      [Eggs on Mars, a four-piece soft psych pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. Brad shares details about the new 7-track album, BRIGHTER NOW, released June 25, 2021. Eggs on Mars is: Brad Smith on vocals & guitar, Mason Potter on drums & backing vocals & self-sacrificial tambourine, Bennie Neselroad on keyboards & backing vocals, and Doug Bybee on bass & backing vocals. All songs on the new album were written by Eggs on Mars. Their new album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rodd Fenton. The album was recorded in the fall of 2020 at Solstice Audio. Album cover painting by Jesse Bartmess. Info at: http://www.eggsonmars.bandcamp.com]

    11:19

    1. videodisk – “Last Day”
      from: “Last Day” – Single / videodisk / August 12, 2021
      [videodisk is: Elizabeth Garcia on vocals. Steven Garcia on bass & vocals, Corey Vitt on guitars & drum programming. Recording Engineer, Mixing, and Additional Percussion by Pat Tomek. Mastering by Duane Trower of Weights and Measures Soundlab. Michael Lindau – Cover Artwork. Elizabeth Garcia – Cover Photo. Kansas City shoegaze / dream pop band featuring current and former members of Beautiful Bodies, Hidden Pictures, Rooms Without Windows, Shadow Paint, Is Paris Burning, Deco Auto, Knee Jerk, and Armchair Martian. More info at: http://www.videodisk.bandcamp.com]
    Miki P
    1. Miki P – “Don’t Lose Your Hope” from: Don’t Lose Your Hope – EP / Miki P / June 25, 2021 [Singer, songwriter, dreamer. Miki P makes music sometimes by herself and she leads the band Miki P and the Swallowtails.We first heard a different version of this song on the July 17, 2000 release of Kansas City Syzygy a special compilation of over 25 Kansas City-based musicians who created music during the shutdown of the world in the Spring of 2020. Though COVID-19 may have shut down innumerable business and altered our lives forever, one thing it couldn’t stop is the creative drive and spirit in the world’s artists. Kansas City Syzygy is a glimpse into the music created in the middle of the map in the middle of a pandemic. All proceeds donated to KC Tenants, a local nonprofit organized to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home. // Miki P contributed an earlier version of this track, but had created even more songs. The result is her new EP release, 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 .]
    1. Hotel Leo – “Gaslight” from: Oddity / French Exit Records / August 20, 2021 [Written, recorded, produced, and performed by Stephen Roper. Production assistance by Jess Klein. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. Hotel Leo released the 10-track album, OVERFLOW on May 29, 2020 and the self titled EP Hotel Leo on October 14, 2016. More info at: http://www.hotelleo.bandcamp.com]

    11:28 – Underwriting

    1. Tucker Slough – “No Participation Tropies”
      from: DraculaVision / Tucker Slough / June 16, 2021
      [Tucker Slough is an MC/drummer/actor/ who makes stuff that you may enjoy…. DraculaVision was performed entirely by Tucker Slough with guest appearances by Shante’ Clair of ShinyJets and a cartoon bear. More info at: http://www.tuckerslough.bandcamp.com]
    Tucker Slough

    11:38 – Interview with Tucker Slough

    Kansas City based MC, drummer, and actor, Tucker Slough joins us to share music and details about his latest 16-track album, DraculaVision, released June 16, 2021. A veteran of the Kansas City music community, Tucker has previously released the 23-track album, Sloughterhouse V, in 2007, the 15-track album, The Sloughvinci Code, from 2007-2008, and the 28-track album Neonderthal in 2014. Tucker Slough has also released two vinyl albums: EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4, with Shante’ Clair for their experimental Chicago/Kansas City band, ShinyJets. Info at: http://www.tuckerslough.bandcamp.com or http://www.shinyjets.bandcamp.com

    Tucker Slough Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    We just heard the epic “No Participation Tropies”. On July 16, 2021 Tucker Slough posted a music video for “No Participation Trophies” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt2gbEHJauY

    Tucker Slough is a veteran of the Kansas City Music Community.

    His father is Fred Slough a well know Kansas City Attorney, and part of the progressive law firm Slough Connealy Irwin and Madden who had offices above The Corner Restaurant in Westport, back when Westport was progressive and cool.

    The late Kathleen Connealy was an Attorney for KKFI in our early years. Kay Madden was a regular contributor to KKFI’s The Tenth Voice for over a decade.

    Tucker’s music is incredibly original, theatrical, hilarious, political, making social commentary with song, and the poetry of hip hop.

    Tucker’s home i where he makes his music and where his band ShinyJets practice and make music.

    How did Tucker start making music as a very young kid. All of his life he has loved rap music and has been making hi own home made tapes.

    Tucker is an actor who has been in show at The Coterie Theatre and The Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

    Tucker Slough

    Tucker is a drummer. He has played in many different bands in Kansas City and in Chicago.

    Tucker is part of the band ShinyJets: Shiny Jets is an experimental rock band formed in Chicago in 2004. The band began when drummer Tucker Slough encountered Singer/Guitarist Shanté Clair performing at a party thrown by a mutual friend in the Rogers Park area. The two struck up a friendship and began trying to incorporate Tucker’s drumming into Shanté’s existing solo project, The Maybe. Soon they began writing new songs and pushing their musical ideas further, incorporating looping pedals and other electronics until they had compiled a number of songs. Some time afterwards, Tucker moved back to his hometown of Kansas City and Shanté left Chicago to live in New York for a number of years. Around 2014, the two began working on new songs together, with Shanté writing songs that Tucker would then add drums parts to and send back via Dropbox. Within a short time the material they were creating began to take shape and discussions began about re-establishing the band. In March of 2015 Shanté packed up and moved to Kansas City to begin work on the project that would assume the moniker Shiny Jets. Incorporating songs written back in Chicago and those songs written long distance between New York and Kansas City, the two began adding layers of sampling and further experimentation with even more complex looping and arrangements. Currently Shiny Jets are currently based in Kansas City where the band rehearse, perform and record. More info at: http://www.shinyjetsmusic.com

    Tucker Slough is a husband and father.

    Tucker Slough Discography

    Sloughterhouse V, released in 2007
    23-track album, Produced by Tucker Slough in Chicago and Kansas City. Featuring the cartoon bear. http://www.neonderthalkcmo.bandcamp.com

    Tucker Slough: The Sloughvinci Code, released 2007-2008
    15-track album, recorded in KCMO 2007, 2008 in a house near Topp Boom’s crib. All production by Tucker Slough. Rhymes by Tucker Slough.

    Sloughchwitz. Released in 2009-ish
    Sloughschwitz is a concept album recorded in and around Kansas City in 2009-ish, at a time when Tucker Slough was obsessively studying the bizarre and fascinating, crypto-right wing extremist Lyndon Larouche cult, and observing in horror the growth of the right-wing extremism in the United States and around the world. All music and rhymes by Tucker Slough except Negro Sco verse on his cameo song. This album has a conspicuous absence of the cartoon bear.

    Neonderthal released in 2014
    28-track album, Produced by Luke Rocha and Tucker Slough, compact disc and digital download available at- http://www.neonderthalkcmo.bandcamp.com. Recorded in Kansas City, 2014. Symbol Heavy Recordings

    (There are other Tucker Slough recordings that Tucker doesn’t really want anyone to hear.)

    Tucker Slough has also released two vinyl albums:
    EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4, with Shante’ Clair for their band, ShinyJets.

    Tucker Slough Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Tucker Slough’s latest 16-track album, DraculaVision, was released June 16, 2021. Info at: http://www.tuckerslough.bandcamp.com

    1. Tucker Slough – “the pretty sweet strawberries”
      from: DraculaVision / Tucker Slough / June 16, 2021
      [Tucker Slough is an MC/drummer/actor/ who makes stuff that you may enjoy…. DraculaVision was performed entirely by Tucker Slough with guest appearances by Shante’ Clair of ShinyJets and a cartoon bear. More info at: http://www.tuckerslough.bandcamp.com]
    1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
      from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

    Next week on WMM, on September 1 we welcome back to the show Julia Othmer. We also welcome William Smith and play music from his new band CompanyNoCompany. Plus, we welcome singer songwriter Whim Grace.

    ZAVA photograph by: @pigeonshellie

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

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    Show #904

    WMM with In The Pines + ZAVA + Eggs On Mars + Tucker Slough

    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 25, 2021

    In The Pines + ZAVA + Eggs On Mars + Tucker Slough

    Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Miki P, Remy Styrk, Tucker Slough, In The Pines, Just Angel, Liam Kazar, Effie, ZAVA, Eggs On Mars, videodisk, and Hotel Leo.

    In The Pines

    At 10:15 Darren Welch and Laurel Morgan Parks of the band In The Pines join us live in our 90.1 FM Studios. In The Pines are back with their first new album since their 2006 self titled debut album, In The Pines. INTERLUDE was released on August 20, 2021, 13 years after the release the debut. Both albums are on the Hamburg Germany label, Arctic Rodeo Records. The KC based six-piece band includes Brad Hodgson on guitar & vocals, Darren Welch on bass, Laurel Morgan on violin & vocals, Matt Wolber on guitar, and Mike Myers on drums. “Made up of two guitars, a bass, a violin, a viola, a pump organ, drums, and five vocals, their music is serene at times, other times brooding.” More info at: http://www.inthepines.com

    ZAVA aka Taylor Avazpour

    At 10:35 Taylor Avazpour joins us to talk about his musical project, Zava and his new single “Wrong” that was released on August 13, 2021 and recently added to the “New Queer Friday Playlist” on Spotify. “Wrong” is the 5th single Zava has released this year, including: “Electric” on June 4, “I Could Get used To This” on May 14, “Attitude” on April 23, and “Lightyears” on February 12. Since 2017 Taylor has been releasing music videos, has worked at Starlight Theatre, lived in New York City and Boston. Zava was a featured performer at this year’s Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival (Aug. 21-22) in Theis Park, KCMO, as presented by KC Pride Community Alliance. Taylor Avazpour is Senior Operations Analyst at Netsmart and Assistant Director at Music Theatre Kansas City. More information at: http://solo.to/thisiszava/

    Eggs On Mars

    At 11:11 Mark talks with musician Brad Smith of the Kansas City band Eggs on Mars, a four-piece soft psych pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. Brad shares details about the new 7-track album, BRIGHTER NOW, released June 25, 2021. Eggs on Mars is: Brad Smith on vocals & guitar, Mason Potter on drums & backing vocals & self-sacrificial tambourine, Bennie Neselroad on keyboards & backing vocals, and Doug Bybee on bass & backing vocals. All songs on the new album were written by Eggs on Mars. Their new album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rodd Fenton. The album was recorded in the fall of 2020 at Solstice Audio. Album cover painting by Jesse Bartmess. Info at: http://www.eggsonmars.bandcamp.com

    Tucker Slough

    At 11:30 Kansas City based MC, drummer, and actor, Tucker Slough joins us to share music and details about his latest 16-track album, DraculaVision, released June 16, 2021. A veteran of the Kansas City music community, Tucker has previously released the 23-track album, Sloughterhouse V, in 2007, the 15-track album, The Sloughvinci Code, from 2007-2008, and the 28-track album Neonderthal in 2014. Tucker Slough has also released two vinyl albums: EPs 1 & 2, and EPs 3 & 4, with Shante’ Clair for their experimental Chicago/Kansas City band, ShinyJets. Info at: http://www.tuckerslough.bandcamp.com or http://www.shinyjets.bandcamp.com

    ZAVA photograph by: @pigeonshellie

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    Show #904

    WMM Playlist from August 18, 2021

    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 18, 2021

    Monta At Odds + Stephonne + Geraldine Glen + Black Light Animals

    10:00 – “Support for Wednesday MidDay Medley from Blue Fox Productions” (PAL) ( :15)

    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. Bobby Watson & the UMKC Concert Jazz Orchestra –”May I Help You”
      from: The Gate’s BBQ Suite / Lafiya Music / Sept. 14, 2010 / Physical – Nov. 12, 2013
      [A 2021 Limited Edition Vinyl Release (100 Copies) was made available through Diggers Factory. WMM got one!!!! Composed and Directed by Bobby Watson. Bobby Watson on Saxophone. The UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance Concert Jazz Orchestra: Saxophones: Michael Shults, Mario Bennett, William Sanders, Steven Lambert, Justin Bayne. Trombone – Karen Zawacki, Ben Saylor, Eric Chapman, Sarah Braun. Trumpet Aaron Linscheid, Hermon Mehari, John Merlitz, Ryan Sharp. Rhythm: Nick Grinlinton on guitar, Will Crain on piano, Ben Leifer on bass, Ryan Lee on drums. Executive Producer: Bobby Watson. Associate Producer – Michael Carvin. Produced by: Bobby Watson and Bill Crain. Recorded and Mixed by Bill Crain at: BRC Audio Productions, Kansas City, USA. Assistant Engineers: Josh Williams & Bill Pollock. Mastered by Bill Crain at: Studio “C” BRC Audio Productions. All compositions written by Bobby Watson. Design Concept, by Lafiya Watson Ramirez: badchickstudios.com. Photography by Bobby Watson. More info at: http://www.bobbywatson.com // From wikipedia.org: “Bobby Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953. he is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 27 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions. Watson grew up in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and Kansas City, Kansas. He attended the University of Miami with fellow students Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Bruce Hornsby. After graduating in 1975, he moved to NYC and joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He performed with the Messengers from 1977 to 1981. After the Jazz Messengers, Watson work with many notable musicians, including: drummers Max Roach and Louis Hayes, fellow saxophonists George Coleman and Branford Marsalis, multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Watson has served in a supporting role for a number of vocalists including: Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, and Carmen Lundy, and has performed as a sideman with Carlos Santana, George Coleman, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Bob Belden and John Hicks. Later, in association with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, Watson started the first edition of Horizon, an acoustic quintet modeled after the Jazz Messengers but with its own slightly more modern twist. In addition to his work as leader of Horizon, Watson also led a group known as the High court of Swing (a tribute to the music of Johnny Hodges), The Tailor-Made Big Band (16 pieces in all) and is a founding member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, an all-horn, four-piece group with alto saxophonist Ed Jackson, tenor saxophonist Rich Rothenberg, and baritone saxophonist Jim Hartog. Watson also composed an original song for the soundtrack of Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale (1993). A resident of New York for most of his professional life, Watson served as a member of the adjunct faculty and taught private saxophone at William Patterson University from 1985 to 1986 and the Manhattan School of Music from 1996 to 1999. He is currently involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute’s yearly “Jazz in America” high school outreach program. In 2000, he was approached to return to his native midwestern surroundings on the Kansas-Missouri border. Watson was selected as the first William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri, Distinguished Professorship in Jazz Studies. The past seven years he has served as the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music although he still manages to balance live engagements around the world with his teaching responsibilities. Watson’s ensembles at UMKC have garnered several awards and national recognition.]
    1. BLACKSTARKIDS – “Juno”
      from: Puppies Forever / Dirty Hit Records / Expected October 15, 2021
      [“Puppies Forever” is the fourth album released by Kansas City band BLACKSTARKIDS, and their second album under indie record label Dirty Hit. “Juno” is the first single from the upcoming album. Blackstarkids are phenomenon who came out of Kansas City in 2020 became the soundtrack for the summer. Blackstarkids are a pop/R&B/hip-hop trio based in Kansas City, Missouri. Members include: TheBabeGabe, Deiondre, and TyFaizon (of the Drop Dead XX collective). The members have known each other since high school in Raytown, Missouri. Members met at Raytown South High School and formed the band in 2019. The group released its first album, Let’s Play Sports, on August 1, 2019. Blackstarkids then released their second album SURF through their own label Bedroom Records on February 28, 2020. SURF was #3 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020. Blackstarkids was one of the most played bands on WMM in 2020. Blackstarkids caught the attention of The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy and were then signed to The 1975’s management company and UK-based label Dirty Hit Records. They were featured in Clash Magazine. Blackstarkids then released, Surf Basement Demos on Dirty Hit Records on March 5, 2020. On October 29, 2020, Blackstarkids released Whatever, Man on Dirty Hit Records, their third album release of 2020. Gabe, of Blackstarkids recently described the KC Music community to an interviewer, “The music scene here is really nice. There are a lot of bands who are super talented and do all types of genres. The jazz music here is really great as well. Kansas City is honestly a hidden gem when it comes to music. I feel like you can meet an artist anywhere and anyplace in this city.” Deiondre added, “The music scene here is getting cool now, there’s a lot of jazz musicians that go to school for music here too but you can find people from different scenes all over if around the city.” Ty wrote, “The Kansas City scene is great, the community here is so supportive and genuine. This is a really prideful city here and I think they’re finally getting the musicians they deserve.”]
    1. Cheery – “Concept of Love”
      from: “Concept of Love” – Single / Katlyn Conroy / August 3, 2021
      [Cheery is the new “Dream Pop” music project of musician and singer and songwriter Katlyn Conroy, who is based in Lawrence, Kansas. “Concept of Love” was written and performed by Katlyn Conroy, and engineered and mixed by Eric Davis. Katlyn Conroy released SAPPHIRES funder her previous moniker and band, La Guerre through The Record Machine on January 20, 2015. It was #10 on WMM’s 115 Best Recordings of 2015. Katlyn Conroy was also part of the critically acclaimed band, Cowboy Indian Bear. She was the recipient of the 2013 Pitch Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter. More info at: http://www.cheery.bandcamp.com or https://linktr.ee/HearCheery Katlyn Conroy joined us on WMM on March 4, 2015 and August 26, 2015.]
    1. Monta At Odds – “When I’m Gone (feat. Teri Quinn)”
      from: PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT / The Record Machine / July 23, 2021
      [“When I’m Gone” was the band’s second single from the new album. Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life. // Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’ // 2020 finds the addition of acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the band’s lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continues to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/montaatodds%5D

    [Monta At Odds play a Record Release Show for PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, August 20, at 7:00 PM, with Emmaline Twist and a very special New Order Tribute set]

    Deric Moore and Teri Quinn

    10:17 – Interview with Dedric Moore and Teri Quinn

    KCK based musician and producer Dedric Moore and his brother Delaney Moore are the founders of the prolific band Monta At Odds who just released their latest album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, on July 23, 2021. Monta At Odds is brothers Dedric Moore on pulsing melodic bass and Delaney Moore’s artfully unhinged synthesizers in collaboration with acclaimed vocalists and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn, Krystof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist on baritone guitar, Matthew Heinrich of Mysterious Clouds on drums, Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers on synth, and Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth. The record contains Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, with guest vocalist Your Friend on two tracks.

    Dedric Moore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Teri Quinn is a KC based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Teri moved to Kansas City in 2009 to study clarinet performance and Music Composition at the UMKC’s Conservatory of Music where she graduated in 2013. Teri released her debut EP, Moons and Meltdowns in 2017. Along with being a touring solo artists Teri has also played with Claire and the Crowded Stage, Abandoned Bells and True Lions.

    Teri Quinn, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Monta At Odds play a special Record Release Show for PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, August 20, at 7:00 PM, with Emmaline Twist and a very special New Order Tribute set.

    MONTA AT ODDS

    Sonic prognosticators Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. 2021 finds the addition of acclaimed vocalists and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the band’s lineup of Krystof Nemeth (Emmaline Twist) on baritone, Matthew Heinrich (Mysterious Clouds) on drums, Kenn Jankowski (The Republic Tigers) on synth, and Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, along with guest Your Friend, Peak of Eternal Light is a cosmic sonic journey stopping off in post-punk and dark synthpop galaxies.

    Monta At Odds continues to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegaze guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind.

    Monta At Odds is now on The Record Machine

    Monta At Odds collaborated with labelmates Republic Tigers:

    Monta At Odds released “When I’m Gone (The Republic Tigers Remix)” through The Record Machine on May 14, 2021. Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers wrote: My band The Republic Tigers released a new remix/reimagined song yesterday. It’s a Monta At Odds song featuring Teri Quinn. I got to sing on it with her.” Teri Quinn’s vocals soar, driven into the air by The Republic Tigers’ full sound explosion without betraying Monta At Odds’ cosmic vibe. The two bands are label mates on The Record Machine. Monta At Odds released their latest single, “When I’m Gone. (feat. Teri Quinn)” on March 5, 2021. Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life.

    Monta At Odds play a special Record Release Show for PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, August 20, at 7:00 PM, with Emmaline Twist and a very special New Order Tribute set.

    Teri was on WMM on March 11, 2020 with Landon Hambright to share her single “Sweet Savannah”

    Dedric Moore is the founder of the bands: Monta At Odds, Mysterious Clouds, and Gemini Revolution.

    Last year Monta At Odds released the EP, ZEN DIAGRAM through their own label, Kosmic City, on May 1, 2020. Conceptual Kansas City art-rock combo Monta At Odds continue their experimentation in sound with an expanded line-up and a new EP, Zen Diagram. Led by Dedric Moore and fueled from 2020’s angst and uncertainty, the band adopts a darker, grittier direction that coincides with a post-punk indulgence. The result is an evocative four-song tableau, showcasing the veteran project’s drive to explore sonic territory as they lay down some mesmerizing jams. The title track opens the EP as a voyage into soundtrack dreams and sonic imagery. It’s a fully-packed production, featuring twin vocals from Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn, Krystof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist on epic baritone guitar, Lucas Behrens on Moog, and Delaney Moore on slide guitar. The song builds and builds over 10 minutes, introducing a bevy of interplaying elements and melodies. There’s a complexity that grooves. Monta At Odds embraces the grayer shades of these sessions with a faithful but otherworldly cover of “Movement of Fear,” the classic cut from Tones On Tail. Mikal leans into the vocals with gentle whispers as Lucas plucks the atmosphere. Meanwhile, Matthew Heinrich merges live drums with the programmed ones until he is one with the machines. The result is multi-textured and dubbed-out, exposing the bloodline of Monta’s aesthetic. “Two Lanes Two Paths” is frenetically powered by the jazzy drum drive of Alexander Thomas. Dedric’s relentless bassline, Delaney’s freeform synthesizer soloing, and Krystof’s expressive guitar tones conspire to form a congealed essence. It’s a spaced-out instrumental that could be from another time, floating defiantly into the present. Zen Diagram ends with “I Count The Steps To A New Sunrise.” The previous cut’s path takes us to a crest on a hill with a view of the damage below. The combo is locked-in, as skittering drums, cosmic synths, spacious noise guitars, and a pensive bass riff promise a way out. Dedric’s vocals are pure 2020, overcome with the zeitgeist of isolation and yearning to reach for something, anything. The diagram becomes a map, and this is how we find an escape.]

    Dedric is also the creator the annual Kansas City Psych Fest, launched in 2012. The idea grew out of the music he was creating with his Brother Delaney Moore at the HQ Artspace in KCK. The KC Psych Fest is now called Outer Reaches Fest and is produced in collaboration with Haymaker Records and recordBar.

    Dedric Moore has produced music for KC bands the Philistines, HMPH, and others.

    Dedric has released several monthly compilations from his music label Kosmic City. More information at: http://www.kosmiccity.com

    Recent Discography:

    Monta At Odds released their 6th full length album ARGENTUM DREAMS on Oct 19, 2018.

    Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP ZEN DIAGRAM last year on May 1, 2020, a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams, with minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegaze guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic dark-wave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind.

    Monta At Odds released A GREAT CONJUNCTION on December 18, 2020 their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 which last occurred in 1226. These tunes form a soundtrack to the planetary event, five songs linked together by the vastness of space and as a meditation on our infinitesimal place in the universe. The EP featured Krystof Nemeth, Teri Quinn, Alexander Thomas, Dedric Moore and Matthew Heinrich.

    Monta At Odd’s seventh full-length album, PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, was released July 23, 2021 on The Record Machine.

    Dedric Moore, & Teri Quinn Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Monta At Odds play a special Record Release Show for PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, August 20, at 7:00 PM, with Emmaline Twist and a very special New Order Tribute set.

    10:30

    1. Monta At Odds – “Other Side of Yesterday (feat. Your Friend)”
      from: PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT / The Record Machine / July 23, 2021
      [This is the third single from Monta At Odds upcoming new album, PEAK OF EYERNAL LIGHT released on July 24, 2021, through The Record Machine. For this song, the Kansas City-based band once again collaborated with Taryn Blake Miller, AKA Domino Record Co. artist Your Friend. Follow up single to the Republic Tigers remix of Monta At Odds’ “When I’m Gone” with Kenn Jankowski joining with Teri Quinn on vocals. The two bands are label mates on The Record Machine. Band leader Dedric Moore tells us that after this album Teri Quinn is leaving the band and Kenn Jankowski is joining the band. Monta At Odds released the single, “When I’m Gone. (feat. Teri Quinn)” on March 5, 2021. Monta At Odds has traced its adventure from its inception to vocalist Teri Quinn’s addition to their sleek, indie-Tronic cascade of the band’s latest recording. An electric drum punch and layers of buzzing synths anchor Quinn’s pleading words, depositing the fact that “we both know you’ll feel better when I’m gone.” It’s the hard choice of ending a relationship and hanging on for dear life.

    [Monta At Odds play a PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT – Album Release Concert at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO, on Friday, August. 20, with Emmaline Twist. The evening ends with a New Order Tribute Set. Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM. http://www.therecordbar.com ]

    Dedric Moore, Teri Quinn, and Stephonne Singleton

    1034 – Underwriting

    1. Stephonne – “The King’s Gambit”
      from: “The King’s Gambit” – Single / Stephonne Singleton / July 28, 2020
      [Stephonne loves to push boundaries with his music by blending the genres of Alt-Rock & R&B/Soul. His influences, like Prince, Billie Holiday, and The Alabama Shakes, are apparent in the foundation of his music and his upcoming single “The King’s Gambit”. Stephonne wrote this track about having strong feelings for a man, but due to the fear of rejection, was afraid to share these sentiments aloud. In this track, Stephonne compares the skill of flirtation to a game of chess. In 2020 Ste[phonne released the EP SIS: Side A co-produced by, Justin Mantooth, and recorded at Westend Recording Studios. Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. Stephonne grew up in KCK. He 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. 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.” A video for “Want Me” was just released. “Want Me” is part of a new 4-song EP.]

    [Stephonne plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, on Saturday, August 28, at 7:00 PM with Lee Walter Redding and Nathan Corsi Band. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com]

    Stephonne Singleton

    10:41 – Interview with Stephonne Singleton

    Singer, songwriter, & actor – Stephonne Singleton joins us to talk about his new single,”The King’s Gambit” released on July 28, 2021. 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. His debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard” was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. In 2020, Stephonne released the EP, SIS: Side A. Earlier this year Stephonne collaborated with Lee Walter Redding on the single “Elephant Man.” More info at: http://www.stephonne.com.

    Stephonne plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, on Saturday, August 28, at 7:00 PM with Lee Walter Redding and Nathan Corsi Band. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com

    Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Stephonne loves to push boundaries with his music by blending the genres of Alt-Rock & R&B / Soul. His influences, like Prince, Billie Holiday, The Alabama Shakes, are apparent in the foundation of his music and his single “The King’s Gambit”. Stephonne wrote this track about having strong feelings for a man, but due to the fear of rejection, was afraid to share these sentiments aloud. In this track, Stephonne compares the skill of flirtation to a game of chess.

    Last July 15, 2020, Stephonne Singleton joined us on WMM to talk about his EP, SIS: Side A, released August 7, 2020, and the single “Deep,” released July 14, 2020. Stephonne co-produced his EP with Justin Mantooth who also engineered & mixed, at Westend Studios. Joining Stephonne was Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar, & Adam McKee on drums.

    After 2018’s Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard and the release of two singles, ‘Want Me’ and ‘Dominate’, on 2020 Stephonne released SIS: Side A EP. Stephonne wrote, “I finally found a full confidence and strength in myself again. There were a lot of years that passed, where I really felt that I couldn’t do this independently. I stopped listening to the music and instead listened to rejection, doubt and a lot of self-sabotage.” After a 2018 New York showcase, Singleton laid in A friend’s Philadelphia bed and thought about what was next. He had taken a step he hadn’t before and it was that precise step that woke up a sleeping giant. “It all hit me at once! I got so much closer to my dream than ever before and a dream with steps and goals that I’d written down and prayed aloud for since I was 7.”

    Stephonne’s talked about his single, “‘Want Me’ had been written before his debut was released but was just sitting and, honestly, after I decided I needed to go about this alone I remembered that I was broke,” laughs the singer-songwriter. From jobs in corporate America, local theatre and drag Stephonne put his money where his dreams were. After crowdfunding success, the songs just showed up and demanded attention. SIS, in the case of this EP, actually means Summoning Insatiable Spirits.

    “That is what I do every time I write a song. The spirits are my emotions, thoughts, traumas, fears and joys.” On Side A and, an upcoming, B we find those spirits. “All of these songs came to me in an instant. They are really from some relationship that I have with the ether that I can’t explain. Whole songs in 10-15 minutes that I hear over and over until I get in with the band (Johnny Hamil, Ben Byard and Adam McKee) finish writing with everyone and then record them. They are literal sprits or ghosts that demand to be heard.”

    Side A’s first single, ‘Deep’, came to Stephonne on a return to MCI from SEA. “There I was… crying on the plane like a big ass baby because of some dude I fell in love with and knew it wouldn’t work out with. The melody and lyrics hit me like a brick and after trying to hide my weeping face from the two passengers next to me, I went to that tiny bathroom and got everything on my phone.” Like ‘Want Me’, the pop gem would sit and scream at Stephonne until late 2019. The influence of 90’s and early 00’s radio rock reigns supreme on ‘Deep’ and we find Stephonne in his greatest melodic and lyrical territory yet. “I feel like you are always trying, unsuccessfully, to write a hit and with every single one of these songs there was no trying. I listened to life, wrote it down and got out of my own way.” Each song holds its ground without overproduction and a desperation for chart placement that holds back many industry hopefuls. What is delivered is sincere, raw but refined, pure and honest music that is accessible no matter your love of genre. With that being said, that this is a rock record is undeniable. “The frustrating thing for me about it, is that radio and audiences look at my skin color and automatically label everything as Hip-Hop and R&B. I’d say I did music as a kid and people would ask me if I was a rapper without even a second passing… Music of every genre has BLACK origin and yet where are we on the radio? We continue to carry the industry on our backs and are still having to use the back door!”

    The genre jumper doesn’t deny his R&B, Soul and Jazz influences on SIS. It’s quite the opposite. Rock and R&B collide with the sultry, silky and vocal grit of Stephonne. He is an artist who conjures up the spirits of Prince and Billie Holiday (his biggest influences) but that delivers something inimitable, visceral, strange and beautiful. Even on the sugary and hyper sexuality of ‘Sweet Tooth’ and the dark but hopeful beauty of ‘Middle Man’, there is a triumphant transcendence that was a staple of yesteryears Popular music. A time when saturation wasn’t heavy and when artist development was embraced over carbon copying. “I only have interest in being me. Sis, I’m Black, unapologetically Queer, and very sex positive. I’m at a point in my life where I embrace every single part and won’t spend energy on anything but self-love, my music and the things that I can help with to change this world for the better.” SIS: Side A reflects all of the above exclamations of Stephonne but it also puts him in position to step into the world’s radar and officially begins his legacy as one music’s greatest treasures.

    For more visit www.stephonne.com!

    Stephonne Singleton Photo by John Brant

    Stephonne slinks and slides into ears with ‘Want Me’. The dark and slickly polished track oozes of sex, confusion and tension. “Those things describe my coming of age as a black gay man. I’ve put my heart and mental health through a lot, trying to find love.” With Stephonne you find a painfully personal style of writing. Here, he delves into the point of view of an ex-lover. “I kept trying to make it work and the outcome was always the same. It was so confusing, that it haunted me. I was with a person who loved me but that didn’t want anything to do with love. I was just a body for sex and a cheerleader when he decided it was game on.” The song was his final straw and a way to make sense of what he’d been through. It also examines the hookup culture of apps like Grindr & Scruff. “The app culture feels like shopping at a butcher shop for meat. It’s a bunch of ghosts, most of the time, who appear and disappear as soon as they cum. Sex can be utility but I suddenly don’t exist after that?!” Being black, becoming fetishized and turned away from members of queer communities has been an often occurrence for the singer-songwriter.

    The writing and production comes solely from the Kansas City native, with a huge helping hand from co-producer, Justin Mantooth. Recorded at Westend Recording Studios the track features Johnny Hamil on bass, Ben Byard on guitar and Adam McKee on drums. Singleton continues to defy genre, but instead of dipping his toe into his alternative rock roots he takes a deep dive in. Still marked by breathy vocals, buttery falsetto, gospel rasp and innate jazz sensibilities, the track and brand new music video lift Stephonne to new heights. 

    Stephonne Singleton

    The video transports us into the center of a horror movie. Surrounded by candles and ancient sigil work, Stephonne is painted in a nod to Grace Jones and Kieth Haring. Artist, Ryan Wilks makes Stephonne and the set a canvas, where he resurrects someone he probably shouldn’t. From a mere snap, we travel through a film noire that is equal parts Nosferatu, The Craft and an inescapable heat and sexuality that emit from both the songwriter and featured dancer, Courtney Germany. “I needed black girl magic in this video and what was most important to me was to have someone who could express every bit of agony and yearning in the song with their body.” Courtney is breathtaking. Choreographed by Ashley Personett of Empire Dance Academy and That’s Entertainment KC, Germany turns into a lovelorn golem who will do anything for the attention of its maker. “There is a magic that BIPOC hold within us that comes from a 24/7, 365 day struggle just to survive. On top of that, we also have to live, love and try to find time to heal. We are worthy of so much more than this world gives us.” In this way, Stephonne becomes a symbol for what’s not given and for what doesn’t wish to be given in the video.

    Stephonne Singleton Photo by John Brant

    The multi-layered and cinematic masterpiece was helmed and directed by Method Media. You may know them from the critically acclaimed and TIME magazine reviewed/featured videos by Kansas City natives, SSION (Inherit, At least The Sky is Blue and Comeback). Every detail is given the utmost attention by director and editor, Jordon Rioux. Every tone, shot and transition contains an edge and sophistication that only heightens this supernatural affair. The video production is an affair of its own. A Kansas City love affair that showcases the talents, locations (filmed at Heidi Van’s Black Box) and savvy of a slept on city that has recently gained new notoriety due to shows like Queer Eye. “We are a city full of so much treasure and promise! Every part of this video was responsible because of Kansas City businesses, costume/jewelry makers, artists and more. I will always rep my city.”

    Joshua Davidson of Lee Walter Redding told Mark Manning that he learned about Stephonne Singleton from listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley on 90.1 FM KKFI and heard Stephonne for the first time. (WMM bringing musical collaborations together since 2004.) Lyrics and music by Lee Walter Redding. Vocals and raw emotion on Elephant Man by Stephonne. Mixing and mastering by Justin Skinner. Lee Walter Redding writes: “Elephant Man” is inspired by young, black men diagnosed with schizophrenia and the issues they face dealing with stigma and difficulty fitting into a society that makes little room for those with severe mental health challenges. This is something that Stephonne felt deeply connected to and was gracious enough to put his full heart on display for the world to hear.

    Stephonne Singleton, Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    Stephonne plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, on Saturday, August 28, at 7:00 PM with Lee Walter Redding and Nathan Corsi Band. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com

    10:54

    1. Lee Walter Redding – “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)”
      from: “Elephant Man (feat. Stephonne)”-Single / Lee Walter Redding & Stephonne /Apr. 9, 2021
      [Lee Walter Redding told Mark that he learned about Stephonne Singleton from listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley and hearing Stephonne for the first time. WMM bringing musical collaborations together since 2004. Lyrics and music by Lee Redding. Vocals and raw emotion on Elephant Man by Stephonne. Mixing and mastering by Justin Skinner. Lee Walter Redding writes: “Elephant Man” is inspired by young, black men diagnosed with schizophrenia and the issues they face dealing with stigma and difficulty fitting into a society that makes little room for those with severe mental health challenges. This is something that Stephonne felt deeply connected to and was gracious enough to put his full heart on display for the world to hear. // Kansas City based Lee Walter Redding was raised on 60s rock, steeped in 90s Britpop ennui, and guided by contemporary neo-soul, Lee Walter Redding weaves dry humor into vibrant sonic textures that sway from wistful to chaotic. Think 2010s Nick Lowe fronting The Velvet Underground. On warped vinyl. // Stephonne grew up in KCK. He 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. 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.” A special video for “Want Me” was released in 2020. Stephonne joined us on WMM on July 15, 2020]
    1. The Grisly Hand – “Why Make Me Cry”
      from: “Why Make Me Cry” – Single / The Grisly Hand / August 20, 2021
      [Since April 2021 the band has been in the studio working on a handful of tracks, with the intention of releasing singles over the summer & fall, and possibly a full-length release at the end of the year. On May 14, 2021 they released the ingle “Now That You Know.”It has been four and a half years since The Grisly Hand has released new music. The band released Hearts & Stars on November 18, 2016, and Flesh & Gold on October 2, 2015. The band had spent a year with Joel Nanos at Element Recording and decided to split the songs between two CD/digital releases: and also release them both together as a double vinyl album release, called The Grisly Hand, released November 18, 2016 with a new reshuffling of songs for the vinyl LP format. Jimmy Fitzner on guitar & vocals, Lauren Krum on vocals & percussion, Kian Byrne on drums, Mike Stover on steel guitar, bass & vocals, Ben Summers on guitar, vocals & mandolin, Dan Loftus on bass, keyboards & vocals. For the double albums the recordings also featured: Rich Wheeler on tenor saxophone, Nick Howell on trumpet, and Mike Walker on trombone. More info at: http://www.thegrislyhand.com]

    [The Grisly Hand play Brew At The Zoo & Wine Too on Saturday, Oct, 9, 6:30 – 11:00 PM Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive in historic Swope Park, w/ Fainthaert, DJ Sybematix. More info at: http://www.kansascityzoo.org]

    11:00 – Station ID

    11:00 – “Support for Wednesday MidDay Medley from Blue Fox Productio

    Whim Grace photo by Tom Boehme / Art by Rachel Rosenkoetter📸
    1. Whim Grace – “Light Leaks””
      from: My Dear Sweet Dystopia EP / Whim Grace / July 4, 2021
      [Now recently based in KCK. Since 2013 Whim Grace has released two albums, two EPs, one live EP, and six singles. She has 41 published songs. Whim Grace is an award winning multi instrumentalist who is best known for her sultry soulful voice and unique sound. Born in the Philippines, Whim has been wandering the world ever since, seeking sound and connection. She is always hoping someone will understand and answer her siren’s call. // About My Dear Sweet Dystopia Whim writes, “This EP means alot to me. The culmination of so much time and effort. Three songs with all the sound of space, time, earth, and hope I could possibly jam into them. Sean Berahmand and I made every single sound you hear. We re-created the Apollo moon landing in the studio to avoid any possible copyright issues. Every beat, static, or melody, we made. I wrote every musical line of this EP, I guess to prove I could, but also to better communicate the world I hear with others. Sharing that impossible fantasy place with you.” // Whim continues: “I often spend alot of time out of my body, somewhere else… Maybe it’s disassociation from years of trauma, maybe it’s meditation, or time travel, or astral projection, or death, but this allows me often to see the world, and even my life, from above, a wonderous bewildering colorful thing. This view of life gives me peace. Everything is so beautiful from above. Earth and us, and all the chaos. Let’s not forget the miracle of our time here. The miracle of each other.” // Whim says, “That’s what sound gives me. The reminder of the connection to all places things people. Let’s try to remember how beautiful the earth is. Protect and honor her, and all the pieces of existence. I feel like that’s our only true purpose floating in space on this small blue imperfect thing. Take care and honor what we have been given. // Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Sean Berahmand. Sound by Whim Grace. Album Art designed by Rachel Rosenkoetter. Photos by Tom Boehme. More information at http://www.whimgrace.bandcamp.com]
    1. Miss Boating – “It’s A Lie”
      from: “It’s A Lie” – Single / Miss Boating / December 31, 2020
      [Miss Boating is: Charlie Colborne on keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer: drums, vocals; Phil Dickey on bass; Aaron Jones on trombone; Tim Gillespie on saxophone. With Pat Conway on samba orchestra. Ross Brown covered engineering & mixing for The Vhargon Sidestep. Mike Nolte handled all of the mastering New single from Miss Boating who released their debut The Vhargon Sidestep on January 1, 2020 and was part of WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2020. From the ashes of their former band The Sleazebeats, Charles Colborne & Bill Belzer faced a difficult 2019 when combined with the death of Charlie’s own beloved mother, their friend & bassist Evan Vhargon died. The band wrote that they “were lost when Evan passed.” Through the tough times Bill & Charlie kept playing and wrote that they “were blown away when Phil Dickey wanted to jam with us. The jamming turned into something more and we were going again. We couldn’t be more thankful and humbled.” Phil is part of the bands Dragon Inn 3, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. . Charles Colborne & Bill Belzer were our guests on WMM on April 1, 2020. More info at: https://missboating.bandcamp.com%5D

    [Miss Boating plays Southside Wood Company, 3001 Merriam Lane, KCK, on Saturday, August 21, at 7:00 PM with The Black Creatures, and Porch And Parlor Music.]

    1. Kelley Hunt – “The Beautiful Bones”
      from: The Beautiful Bones / 88 Records / May 20, 2014
      [Kelley Hunt’s acclaimed albums have reached the top ten of the Billboard Blues Charts, she has toured all over the world, and has performed six times on A Prairie Home Companion. Born in Kansas City and based in Lawrence, Kansas, Kelley Hunt is a 2007 recipient of the State of Kansas Governor’s Award for the Arts, and is a 2006 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee alongside such artists as Mike Finegan, Melissa Etheridge, the Byrds’ Gene Clark and Big Joe Turner. Known as a roots/blues/Americana singer songwriter Kelley Hunt’s latest full length release, The Beautiful Bones, is her 6th full length recording, from 88 Records, and was part of WMM’s 114 Best Recordings of 2014. Kelley Hunt co-produced “Bones” with her husband and manager, Al Berman, at Sixteen Ton Studios in Nashville.]

    [Kelley Hunt plays Light Up The Lawn at Johnson County Community College’s Midwest Trust Center outside on the Nerman Museum Lawn on Friday, August 20, at 8:30 PM.]

    Geraldine Glen

    11:11 – Interview with Geraldine Glen

    Vocalist Geraldine Glen joins us to talk about her debut single, “Interim Love” released July 23, 2021, on Groove King Records with help from Cole Bales and Branden Moser of the bands The Freedom Affair, and Black Light Animals. Geraldine Glen told Michelle Bacon at the http://www.bridge909.org: that “Interim Love” reflects on that feeling of imbalance and negligence through the lens of a past relationship. I recognized that I was being treated as an interim love. At the time, this was not such a big deal to me so long as my autonomy would be respected. It wasn’t,” she says. “So, this is me telling the lazy man eating his cake and ice cream: ‘Don’t get mad when the sugar walks out.’”

    Geraldine Glen thanks for being with us on WMM.

    Cole Bales and Branden Moser of the bands The Freedom Affair, and Black Light Animals helped write, arrange, mix, and produce the new track.

    They also played on the track with The Freedom Affair’s Brett Jackson and Pete Carroll on horns.

    Geraldine Glen move to KC from Wisconsin. She move to the Kansas City area to be closer to her twin sister who recently had a baby. Geraldine Glen moved here to help her sister with the baby.

    The name “Geraldine Glen” was taken from her aunt.

    11:17

    1. Geraldine Glen – “Interim Love”
      from: “Interim Love” – Single / Groove King Records / July 23, 2021
      [Geraldine Glen collaborated with Cole Bales and Branden Moser of the bands The Freedom Affair, and Black Light Animals helped co-write, arrange, mix, and produce the track, with The Freedom Affair’s Brett Jackson and Pete Carroll on horns. More info at: http://www.groovekingrecords.com]

    Geraldine told us she mostly composes her songs on the piano. She brought a couple dozen songs to Cole Bales and Branden Moser, and they ended up choosing “Interim Love” as her first single, the team built the recording around her voice and vocal track.

    Geraldine Glen thanks for being with us on WMM.

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

    11:28 – Underwriting

    Cole Bales, Branden Moser, Geraldine Glen, and Cody Calhoun
    1. Black Light Animals – “Dark Fantasies”
      from: Playboys of The Western World / Groove King Records / July 3, 2020
      [Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. Members include: Cole Bales on vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun on guitar, Branden Moser on bass, and Zach Harris on drums. More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com]

    [Black Light Animals will play a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, Saturday, August 21, at 7:00 PM with The Freedom Affair. They will have vinyl available including a limited edition fire orange swirl colored vinyl. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com]

    Cole Bales and Cody Calhoun

    11:34 – Interview with Cole Bales & Cody Calhoun

    Joining us live in our 90.1 FM Studios are Cole Bales & Cody Calhoun who are here to talk about the Vinyl Release of their band, Black Light Animals debut album, Playboys of The Western World, that was digitally released on July 3, 2020. Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. Cole & Branden also play with The Freedom Affair.

    Black Light Animals will play a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, Saturday, August 21, at 7:00 PM with The Freedom Affair. They will have vinyl available including a limited edition fire orange swirl colored vinyl. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com

    Cole Bales & Cody Calhoun, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

    More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com

    It was just a little over a year ago that Cole and Cody joined us on July 1, 2020 to talk about the new record.

    Cole Bales – vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun – guitar, Branden Moser – bass.

    Recently Alex Hartmann (of the band Pink Royal) to over on drums replacing longtime friend and band member Zach Harris.

    Instant Karma Discography:
    Make Me a Man – Single – April 7, 2016
    Three Little Flames – Single – May 22, 2016
    Wait On Love – Single – May 22, 2016
    Trying To Find My Mind EP – July 22, 2017
    Give Me Freedom / Shine on – Single – May 11, 2018 (Sunflower Soul/Chris Hazleton)

    The Freedom Affair

    Cole Bales and Branden Moser also play with The Freedom Affair. 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; Branden Moser on guitar; Chris Hazelton on bass guitar, organ, tambourine, Glockenspiel, & Chimes; Dave Brick on drums. 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 was our guest on WMM on Sept. 16, 2020.]

    Colby Bales & Cody Calhoun, thanks for being with us on WMM

    Black Light Animals will play a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, Saturday, August 21, at 7:00 PM with The Freedom Affair. They will have vinyl available including a limited edition fire orange swirl colored vinyl. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com

    Black Light Animals

    11:49

    1. Black Light Animals – “Special FX”
      from: Playboys of The Western World / Groove King Records / July 3, 2020
      [Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. Members include: Cole Bales on vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun on guitar, Branden Moser on bass, and Zach Harris on drums. More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com]

    [Black Light Animals will play a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, Saturday, August 21, at 7:00 PM with The Freedom Affair. They will have vinyl available including a limited edition fire orange swirl colored vinyl. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com]

    1. Black Light Animals – “Halo”
      from: Playboys of The Western World / Groove King Records / July 3, 2020
      [Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. Members include: Cole Bales on vocals & guitar, Cody Calhoun on guitar, Branden Moser on bass, and Zach Harris on drums. More info at: http://www.blacklightanimalsband.bandcamp.com]
    1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
      from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

    Next week on WMM, on August 25 we talk with members of the band, In The Pines who are releasing their 2nd album, INTERLUDE on August 20, 2021, 13 years after the release the debut. Both albums are on Arctic Rodeo Records. More info at: http://www.arcticrodeorecordings.com. We also talk with singer songwriter performer Taylor Avanzpour about his musical project Zava and his new single “Wrong.” We also talk with members of the band Eggs On Mars about their new album, BRIGHTER NOW. AND, we welcome musician songwriter experimental music mastermind Tucker Slough about his new album, Dracula Vision.

    Stephonne Singleton Photo by John Brant

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

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    Show #903

    WMM presents: Monta At Odds + Stephonne + Geraldine Glen + Black Light Animals

    Wednesday MidDay Medley
    Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
    90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
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    Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    Monta At Odds + Stephonne + Geraldine Glen + Black Light Animals

    Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Blackstarkids, Cheery, Monta At Odds, Bobby Watson & The UMKC Concert Jazz Orchestra, The Grisly Hand, Stephonne, Miss Boating, Geraldine Glen, Liam Kazar, Kelley Hunt, Black Light Animals, Lee Walter Redding, and Whim Grace.

    MONTA AT ODDS

    At 10:15 Dedric Moore & Teri Quinn of the band Monta At Odds join us to talk about their new album, PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT, released July 23, 2021. The KCK based, Monta At Odds is brothers Dedric Moore on pulsing melodic bass and Delaney Moore’s artfully unhinged synthesizers in collaboration with acclaimed vocalists and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn, Krystof Nemeth of Emmaline Twist on baritone guitar, Matthew Heinrich of Mysterious Clouds on drums, Kenn Jankowski of The Republic Tigers on synth, and Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth. The record contains Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, with guest vocalist Your Friend on two tracks. PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT is released through The Record Machine. More info at: http://www.therecordmachine.co. Monta At Odds play a special Record Release Show for PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO, Friday, August 20, at 7:00 PM, with Emmaline Twist and a very special New Order Tribute set.

    Stephonne Singleton Photo by John Brant

    At 10:35 Mark talks with singer, songwriter, & actor – Stephonne Singleton about his new single,”The King’s Gambit” released on July 28, 2021. 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. His debut album, “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Beard” was one of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018. In 2020, Stephonne released the EP, SIS: Side A. Earlier this year Stephonne collaborated with Lee Walter Redding on the single “Elephant Man.” More info at: http://www.stephonne.com. Stephonne plays Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, on Saturday, August 28, at 7:00 PM with Lee Walter Redding and Nathan Corsi Band. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com

    At 11:11 Mark talks with vocalist Geraldine Glen about her debut single, “Interim Love” released on Groove King Records with help from Cole Bales and Branden Moser of the bands The Freedom Affair, and Black Light Animals. Cole and Branden helped write, arrange, mix, and produce the new track. They also played on the track with The Freedom Affair’s Brett Jackson and Pete Carroll on horns. Geraldine Glen told Michelle Bacon at the http://www.bridge909.org: that “Interim Love” reflects on that feeling of imbalance and negligence through the lens of a past relationship. I recognized that I was being treated as an interim love. At the time, this was not such a big deal to me so long as my autonomy would be respected. It wasn’t,” she says. “So, this is me telling the lazy man eating his cake and ice cream: ‘Don’t get mad when the sugar walks out.’” More info at: http://www.groovekingrecords.com

    At 11:30 Cole Bales & Cody Calhoun share details about Black Light Animals and their debut album, Playboys of The Western World, released digitally July 3, 2020. Formed from the ashes of their last band, Instant Karma the new record contains lush pop vocals crooned over spaghetti western riffs, psychedelic synth, and hip hop drums. Playboys of the Western World is a sprawling, decadent examination of what it means to be a human being through the lens of horror movie organs, spaghetti western guitars, hip hop grooves, psychedelic sojourns, and ballads crooned to lovers in the night. Colby also plays in the band The Freedom Affair. Black Light Animals will play a special Vinyl Release Show at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming, KCMO, Saturday, August 21, at 7:00 PM with The Freedom Affair. They will have vinyl available including a limited edition fire orange swirl colored vinyl. More info at: http://www.lemonadeparkkc.com

    Stephonne Singleton Photo by John Brant

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    Show #903