WMM Presents The Black Creatures + The Sexy Accident + Lesley Pories

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, April 20, 2022

WMM presents The Black Creatures + The Sexy Accident + Lesley Pories

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Claire Adams feat. Alyssa Murray, Kye Colors, The Black Creatures, BCCC, The Sexy Accident, The Talking Trees, Jacob E.chord, Daisy Buckêt, plus we’ll also play: Joy Oladokun, Prince, and Cypress Hill

At 10:30 we welcome Jade Green & Xavier Martin of The Black Creatures who began working together in 2013. The Black Creatures blur the boundaries of hip-hop, dance, R&B, soul, and EDM, telling stories of real life, and the struggle for equality. Jade’s incredible vocals reveal her background in opera, and her honest lyrics are both personal and political. Jade can interpret soul, jazz, hiphop, and pop. Xavier Martin started music as a violinist, and has transitioned into a co-songwriter, producer, beat-maker, keyboardist, vocalist, engineer, and style maker. The Black Creatures recently were the recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation 2022 Generative Performing Artist Fellowship Grant and Award. The Black Creatures play recordBar, Sunday, April 24, at 7:00 PM with Saving Miles Lemon, North By North, and Quite Frankly. More info at: http://www.theblackcreatures.com

At 11:00 Mark talks with Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident, about the band’s 15th studio release, NEW ROULETTE. The new EP’s lead track, “I’m Feeling Dancy,” features Sisterbot and includes a cover of “Wind Flirter” by True Lions. New Roulette comprises six tracks. The Sexy Accident play an Album Release Show, Saturday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, Kansas City, MO., with Sisterbot, and Comedy by Briana Van Deusen. The show is for all ages. The Warwick is an historic KC building in the heart of midtown, built in 1912 as a 1,000 seat cinema. Parking is available behind the theatre on Walnut Street, one block east of Main. More informatin at http://www.thesexyaccident.com

At 11:30 AM Lesley Poires (KKFI’s outgoing MidCoast Radio Project – Board President), joins us for one last goodbye before she departs the United States for Stockholm, Sweden for her new job. Lesley moved to Kansas City eight years ago and has been volunteering at 90.1 FM for most of that time. Lesley served on the Board of Directors for six years. A Washington DC native, Lesley has a Masters in Urban Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Lesley has lived and worked in Uzbekistan, India and Guinea. Lesley most recently served on the Board of BikeWalkKC and as a Senior Sector Analyst at water and sanitation non-profit, Water.org.

Daisy Buckët Photo by: Vixen Pin-Up Photography

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

Show #938

WMM Playlist from April 13, 2022

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

WMM presents Rhythm & Seoul Radio with Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty

Mark welcomes Guest Producers: Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty the Hosts of Rhythm & Seoul Radio a new music show airing each month, on the 4th Thursday, at 7:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI. With Rhythm & Seoul Radio, Meighan & Patricia hope that listeners will enjoy the music chosen, and explore the beauty of the lyrics within the music. Patricia and Meighan hope to help aid in spreading the awareness of K-pop to the creative community of Kansas City.

Meighan Peifer is a former Special Education Teacher at US School District #500 for 15 years. She currently works as an AT Facilitator at US School District #512 in Shawnee Mission Schools. Meighan worked in television news production when she attended Drake University where she graduated in 1983. Meighan also operated cameras and was an on-air personality for several shows. Meighan served as Executive Producer of the award winning Kansas City documentary film “The Ordinance Project” Directed by Austin Williams. As a special education teacher, Meighan used a variety of musical genres in her classroom to increase or decrease a particular level of energy with her students. Though all of her experiences with music, two and a half years ago she discovered the depth and beauty of K -Pop music.

Patricia Doherty was born on the East Coast, and as the youngest of 4 children, she was destined to have eclectic musical taste. Patricia carved out her own niche, with a lean towards European 80’s alternative. In college, Patricia auditioned with 100 other applicants and was chosen for one of the 10 coveted DJ trainee spots for her college alternative radio station. She quickly moved up the training program and into having two “drive-time” shows. During her sophomore year, Patricia was elected into the role of Station Manager, and attended conferences in New York City as station representative. Within the last ten years, and while living in Southern California, Patricia’s son and daughter introduced her K-pop music. Upon her recent relocation back to the Kansas City area, she began the journey to become a programmer at KKFI, and joined forces with Meighan to help produce a K-pop radio show.

  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. P1Harmony – “Siren”
    from: DISHARMONY: STAND OUT / FNC Entertainment / 2020
  1. Stray Kids – “Venom”
    from: ODDINARY / JYP / 2022
  1. The Boys – “Echo”
    from: Solo Leveling Original Soundtrack / D&C Webtoon / 2022
  1. Cravity – “Adrenaline”
    from: Liberty in our Cosmos / Starship / 2022
  1. NCT Dream – “Boom”
    from: We Boom 3rd Mini Album / SM Entertainment / 2019
  1. WayV – “Kick Back”
    from: Kick Back : 3rd Mini Album / SM Entertainment / 2021
  1. SuperM – “One (Monster & Infinity)”
    from: “One” – Single / SM Entertainment / 2020

10:31 – Underwriting

  1. Treasure – “JikJin”
    from: The Second Step: Chapter One / YG Entertainment / 2022
  1. Seventeen – “Anyone”
    from: Seventeen 8th Mini Album: Your Choice / Pledis Entertainment / 2021
  1. BTS – “Black Swan”
    from: Map of the Soul: 7 / Big Hit Music / 2020
  1. Ateez – “Don’t Stop”
    from: “Don’t Stop” – Single / KLAP / 2022
  1. BAE173 – “Jaws”
    from: Intersection: Blaze Pocketdol Studio 2022
  1. IVE – “Love Dive”
    from: “Love Dive” – Single / Starship / 2022
  1. Ghost 9 – “X-Ray”
    from: :Don’t Stop” – Single / KLAP / 2022

11:00 – Station ID

  1. SHINee – “Area”
    from: Atlantis the 7th Album Repackage / SM Entertainment / 2021
  1. Taemin – “Advice”
    from: 3rd Mini Album / SM Entertainment / 2021
  1. Key – “One Of Those Nights (Feat. Crush)”
    from: FACE the first Album / SM Entertainment / 2018
  1. Minho – “Heartbreak”
    from: “Heartbreak” – Single / SM Heartbreak / 2021
  1. DAY6 – “You Make Me”
    from: The Book Of US / JYP Entertainment / 2021
  1. WOOSUNG – “Dimples”
    from: “Dimples” – Single / Woolfpack / 2021
  1. Jay B – “Dive Into You”
    from: Crazy Love Original Soundtrack 2022
  1. EXO – “Don’t Go”
    from: The 1st Album XOXO Repackage / SM Entertainment / 2013

11:31 – Underwriting

  1. Jay Park- “IU GANADARA”
    from: “IU GANADARA ” – Single / More Vision / 2022
  1. KAI – “Ride or Die”
    from: KAI the first Mini Album / SM Entertainment / 2022
  1. XG – “Tippy Toes”
    from: “Tippy Toes”- Single / XGALX / 2022
  1. Purple Kiss – “Oh My Gosh”
    from: memeM / RBW Inc / 2022
  1. Epik High – “BRB”
    from: Epik High is Here / Ours Inc / 2022
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Big Thank you to our Guest Producers: Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty

Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty are the Hosts of Rhythm & Seoul Radio a new music show airing each month, on the 4th Thursday, next show is April 28 at 7:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI.

Next week on Wednesday, April 20 we welcome back to the show The Black Creatures, also joining us is Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident, AND Lesley Poires joins us for one last good bye before she departs the United States for Stockholm, Sweden.

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

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Show #937

WMM presents Rhythm & Seoul Radio with Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty

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, April 13, 2022

WMM presents Rhythm & Seoul Radio with Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty

Mark welcomes Guest Producers: Meighan Peifer & Patricia Doherty the Hosts of Rhythm & Seoul Radio a new music show airing each month, on the 4th Thursday, at 7:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI. With Rhythm & Seoul Radio Meighan & Patricia hope that listeners will enjoy the music chosen, and explore the beauty of the lyrics within the music. Patricia and Meighan hope to help aid in spreading the awareness of K-pop to the creative community of Kansas City.

Meighan and Patricia will spin musical tracks from: P1Harmony, Stray Kids, The Boyz, Cravity, NCT Dream, WayV, SuperM, Treasure, Seventeen, BTS, BAE173, IVE, Ghost 9, SHINee, KEY, Crush, MINHO, DAY6, WOOSUNG, Jay B, EXO, Jay Park, IU, BamBam,Seugi, KAI, Purple Kiss, XG, CL, Oneus, and Epik High.

Meighan Peifer is a former Special Education Teacher at US School District #500 for 15 years. She currently works as an AT Facilitator at US School District #512 in Shawnee Mission Schools. Meighan worked in television news production when she attended Drake University where she graduated in 1983. Meighan also operated cameras and was an on-air personality for several shows. Meighan served as Executive Producer of the award winning Kansas City documentary film “The Ordinance Project” Directed by Austin Williams. As a special education teacher, Meighan used a variety of musical genres in her classroom to increase or decrease a particular level of energy with her students. Though all of her experiences with music, two and a half years ago she discovered the depth and beauty of K -Pop music.

Patricia Doherty was born on the East Coast, and as the youngest of 4 children, she was destined to have eclectic musical taste. Patricia carved out her own niche, with a lean towards European 80’s alternative. In college, Patricia auditioned with 100 other applicants and was chosen for one of the 10 coveted DJ trainee spots for her college alternative radio station. She quickly moved up the training program and into having two “drive-time” shows. During her sophomore year, Patricia was elected into the role of Station Manager, and attended conferences in New York City as station representative. Within the last ten years, and while living in Southern California, Patricia’s son and daughter introduced her K-pop music. Upon her recent relocation back to the Kansas City area, she began the journey to become a programmer at KKFI, and joined forces with Meighan to help produce a K-pop radio show.

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

Show #937

WMM Playlist from April 6, 2022

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Fritz Hutchison + Jenna Rae + Kristie Stremel of Prairie Brigade + Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation

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

[The Greeting Committee play The Uptown Theatre Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 PM, with Raffaella. **ALL GUESTS WILL PROVIDE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE FDA-AUTHORIZED COVID-19 TEST THAT IS DATE AND TIME STAMPED WITHIN 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT OR PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION (14 DAYS PAST THE FINAL VACCINATION SHOT) PROOF OF NEGATIVE COVID TEST MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY ADMINISTERED (PHYSICIAN, CLINIC, PHARMACY, ETC.). AT-HOME OR SELF-ADMINISTERED TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.]

Fritz Hutchison photo by Quinn Hernandez
  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”
    from: “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”- Single / Manor Records / February 25, 2022
    [Recently signed by Manor Records Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April.15, 2022 through Manor Records. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]

[Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.]

Fritz Hutchison

11:11 – Interview with Fritz Hutchison

Fritz Hutchison was recently signed by Manor Records. Fritz is a multi-instrumentalist who was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April, 15, 2022 through Manor Records. A life-long resident of KC, since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played with True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com

Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.

Fritz Hutchison, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

For the new record Fritz signed with Manor Records, the same label that released his partner Alison Hawkins band True Lions. Manor Records – Record Store, Bar, Venue, Headquarters are located in Strawberry Hill the same neighborhood where Fritz and Alison Hawkins live and have studios.

“Movie Night” was Written, Performed, and Produced by Fritz Hutchison
Engineered, Mixed, and Produced by Joel Nanos at Element Studios
Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering

“Movie Night” features:
Aryana Nemati – Saxophone
Teddy Krulewich – Trumpet
Trevor Turla – Trombone
BodaciousThang – Vocals on tracks 3, 6, and 10
Zac Jurden – Vocals and Guitar on track 1
Colin Nelson – vocals on track 1
Carmen Dieker – Violin, Backing Vocals tracks 5 and 9
Sascha Groschang – Cello tracks 5 and 9
Kyle Little – Piano on track 8, Organ on tracks 7 and 10
Alison Hawkins – vocals on track 10

Art and Design by Emmett Merrill MY GUY

Fritz Hutchison lists Special Thanks to: his family, Shaun Crowley, Quinn Hernandez, Nik Douglas, Carly Atwood, F.W. Murnau, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush, the Ship, Noah Richmond, Pete Marten, Krewe De Cryptid, and all past attendees of the Project Ya Neck film series.

Performing the bulk of instrumentation himself, this new record mines the eclectic influences of his performance history to produce bold and varied arrangements within a song cycle that contemplates the ever-shifting dynamics of friendships old and new as we age and our lives fray and intertwine in turn.

Fritz Hutchison is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based in Kansas City. He released his debut album Wide Wild Acres in March 2020, receiving positive reviews in the US, Australia, the UK and the Netherlands. Performing nearly all of the instrumentation himself, the album is a warm collection of americana musings and earnest rock and roll, channeling the contemplative spirit of the American Midwest through his many years as a backing musician in genres as varied as Reggae/Ska, Honky Tonk, Jazz Fusion and Indie Rock.

Since Wide Wild Acres, he has released the sweet and sad country single “All the Way From Here (Happy Holidays)” in January 2021 and the unhinged rock rave-up “Zack Attack!” in March.

Fritz Hutchison photo by Quinn Hernandez

Catch Fritz Hutchison on Tour this Spring:

4/15 – Kansas City Album Release @ The Ship
4/16 – Fayetteville, AR @ TBA
4/22 – Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
4/24 – Denver, CO @ Skylark Lounge
5/5 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
5/6 – Chicago, IL @ Sofar Sounds
5/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Breman’s Cafe
5/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
5/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Music Record Shop
5/14 – Springfield, MO @ The Royal
5/15 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma @ TBA

Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, FRIDAY, APRIL 15, AT 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.

Many remember Fritz as a drummer and member of She’s A Keeper. Fritz was still in high school when he first started in that band.

Fritz Hutchison’s debut solo album WIDE WILD ACRES on Center Cut Records was produced by Fritz Hutchison and Joel Nanos, and recorded and mixed in Kansas City by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago.

Fritz Hutchison, thanks or being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.

10:27

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Apologize (To Your Wife)”
    from: “Apologize (To Your Wife)”- Single / Manor Records / March 25, 2022
    [Second single fromFritz Hutchison’s upcoming album. On February 25, 2022 Fritz released the single “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”. Recently signed by Manor Records Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April.15, 2022 through Manor Records. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]

[Fritz Hutchison plays a “Movie Night” Album Release Party, Friday, April 15, at 9:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms with Noah Richmond’s Little Monster from Fayetteville, AR.]

10:31 – Underwriting

  1. Jenna Rae – “Friend in High Places”
    from: “Friend in High Places” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / March 11, 2022
    [Jenna Rae is releasing her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. This is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020. Jenna’s began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson’s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com.]

10:37 – Interview with Jenna Rae

Jenna Rae is the cofounder of Lost Cowgirl Records. Jenna Rae just released her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. Jenna’s musical life began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between classes and studying for her nursing career she also started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana bands and artists. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson‘s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. On January 3, 2020, Lost Cowgirl Records released “Cosmic Western Duets” from Jenna & Martin. The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com

Jenna Rae, thanks for being with us on WMM.

We just heard music from the new Jenna Rae from COUNTRY LO-FI that is available on vinyl!

Unfit Wives just recently participated in I Heart Local Music’s ABBA Tribute show on April 1, 2022 at the Granada.

Jenna’s voice is unique. Her harmonies in recordings with Unfit Wives, Elexa Dawson, Jenna & Martin, rise above in their authentic, beautiful, honest delivery. Her voice has been compared to Iris DeMent.

Jenna Rae and Martin Farrell Jr. met in Winfield, Kansas at Walnut Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. Both were playing banjo in separate bands at the time and bonded through their love of classic country music.

They started learning Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duets and quickly realized their voices nested well together. Determined to recreate classic country sounding music in a new way they started collaborating on a genre they call “Cosmic Western”. This music incorporates bluegrass techniques, gospel harmonies, rock rhythms and experimental classic country sounds.

The duo performs as “Jenna & Martin” wearing coordinated outfits and often times sharing the stage with their standard poodle, Roy Rogers.
Past plays:

We played Deadeye on WMM back on August 2, 2017 and the song “Nothin’ At All” released on July 31, 2016. Produced by Deadeye. Live take studio sessions from Pittsburg, Kansas based band formed by: Meg McCoy on vocals, guitar & violin; Jenna McCarty on vocals & banjo; Jennifer Murphy on saxophone & vocals; and Taylor Rea on percussion, with A. Sheppard on bass. Recorded and mixed by Rob Nold of Rob Nold Audio in Raytown, MO. Deadeye crafts their love of folk, bluegrass, rock, and country into a homemade, heel-stomping musical blend. The group builds their songs with reverence to the Americana music that rings memories of times long-passed in the Midwest. More information at: http://www.deadeyeband.com. Deadeye play the KC Zine Con at Josey Records, Saturday, August 5, 2017 with The New Baboons, Black Market Translation, Gay Girl Cowboy, and Black Creatures.

On September 6, 2017 we played Jenna McCarty and the single, “Love Havin’ Company” an Unreleased track. Kansas City based singer-songwriter who is a guitarist and songwriter for Jenna & Martin with musician Martin Farrell Jr. Back in 2017 jenna was just getting started. She played banjo in the band Deadeye. She also was a guitarist and songwriter for the 6-piece Lawrence based western band Playing For Horses. That year, Jenna & Martin play Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, September 9, at 6:45 at The Living Room Theatre Downstairs, for the Lost Cowgirl Records Showcase.

Jenna began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band.

In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye.”

After four years of nursing, Jenna integrated her musical career into her nursing career.

In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana.

In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. On January 3, 2020, Lost Cowgirl Records released “Cosmic Western Duets” from Jenna & Martin. More info at: http://www.thelostcowgirl.com

Jenna Rae, thanks for being with us on WMM.

Jenna Rae just released her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records.

10:52

  1. Jenna Rae – “Dandelions Dancin'”
    from: Coubtry Lo-Fi / Lost Cowgirl Records / April 1, 2022
    [Jenna Rae ‘s second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020. Jenna’s began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson’s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com.]
Ezmerelda
  1. Ezmerelda – “Reverser”
    from: “Reverser” – Single / Ezmerelda / April 1, 2022
    [Ezmerelda is the diy collaboration between indie veterans Kianna Alarid White (Tilly & the Wall, Yes You Are) and Cale Parks (Yeasayer, Aloha). The duo formed in the final months of 2021, drawing on influences like Fever Ray, Budgie-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and early M.I.A. Combining elements of their high intensity live shows with art-rock improvisation, Kianna and Cale took to the basement to self produce their brand of industrial, drum heavy electro-pop in October 2021. The result was a collection of immediately realized dance tracks that will make up the duo’s debut EP. Produced, mixed, and recorded by Kianna White & Cale Parks. Mastered by TJ Lipple. More info at: http://www.ezmerelda.bandcamp.com]

[Ezmerelda plays The Ship 1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, West Bottoms on April 23 with Redder Moon and DJ Apothecary.]

[Ezmerelda will play live on WMM on May 4, 2022]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Prairie Brigade – “Is This How The World Ends?”
    from: “Is This How The World Ends?” – Single / Prairie Brigade / February 22, 2022
    [Debut single from Prairie Brigade a KC band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. Prairie Brigade’s first album will be released April 12, 2022. Info: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com]

11:02 – Interview with Kristie Stremel

Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s love child,” and armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 100 published songs, a few books, multiple videos, singer, songwriter, producer, and rock & roll mom, Kristie Stremel has toured all over the world and shared the stages with so many bands, comedians, performance artists, and rock and rollers. Kristie Stremel grew up in a western Kansas off the beaten track for most. She learned to play her father’s guitar with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings songs that he taught her. In 1986, at age 12, she entertained her family with her first electric guitar. At 15, she caught Joan Jett at the county fair and decided to put together a band; it performed at the local skating rink and school dances. Transplanted to Kansas City the summer before high school, she got serious about writing songs. By 21, Stremel was a crowd favorite in one of Kansas City’s most promising bands, Frogpond, which released a 1996 album produced by Everclear’s Art Alexakis. The next year, her growing stockpile of songs led her to form her own band. She named it after the Interstate 70 off-ramp that led to her hometown, Exit 159. The band release one EP and one full length and toured the West Coast twice and received the Pitch newspaper’s prestigious Kansas City/Lawrence Area Music Award for both Best New Band and Band of the Year. After the band broke up Kristie embarked on her solo career. She won another Pitch Music Award for Best Female Vocalist, and signed with a Springfield, Missouri label Slewfoot Records (and one EP) and released three albums and an EP, produced by the late great Springfield, Missouri legend Lou Whitney. After Lou’s passing Kristie created her own recording studio and her own lable and began producing her own recordings. In 2015 Kristie released, Wildflowers, a children’s book of songs and poems with an accompanying CD recording inspired by her son Charlie. In 2016 Kristie released the single “Orlando (Keep Dancing).” in response to the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightcub in Orlando Florida. Her solo albums and single releases continued including a reunion with Exit 159 and on November 13, 2020, Kristie Stremel released SKY CREW her eleventh full length release. Kristie joins us today to share details about her new band, Prairie Brigade who will release their debut album FAILSAFE on April 12, 2022. Prairie Brigade is a Kansas City band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums.

Kristie Stremel, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

In October, 2013 Kristie and her partner, Lori Isabell, welcomed their adopted baby son, Charlie, into their family. Chris is now in second grade

Stremeltone Records, was first created in her home outside Lawrence, and nw operated in her home outside Eudora, Kansas.

Kristie talked about how thrilled she was to hear about the recent Frogpond reunion, and reformation., and band where she first got her start in the music business.

Prairie Brigade

Prairie Brigade is a super group full of musician Krsitie has worked with in the past with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums.

Chris Meck from Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, Tiny Horse, The Gaslights played on Kristie’s early Slewfoot solo records produced by Lou Whitney.

John Hobson & Ryan McCall played on Kristie’s 2020 solo album SKY CREW.

Info at: http://www.kristiestremel.com or http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com

Kristie Stremel’s Discography

On April 12, 2022 Prairie Brigade release their debut album, FAILSAFE. Prairie Brigade is a Kansas City band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums.

On November 23, 2020 Kristie Stremel released the instrumental single “Fool’s Gold”

On November 23, 2020 Kristie Stremel released the single “Nighty Night Song.”

On November 23, 2020 Kristie Stremel & The 159ers released the single, “Hey”.

On November 13, 2020, Kristie Stremel released SKY CREW her eleventh full length release. Songs were written by Kristie Stremel (Stremeltone Songs ASCAP). Recorded at Stremeltone Studio, Kansas. Mixed by John Hobson. Mastered by Paul Malinowski. Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Lance Gilchrist on drums, Jason Hammond on bass, Ryan McCall on keyboards, and John Hobson on guitar & vocals.

On March 1, 2018 Kristie Stremel released the instrumental single “I Love You.”

On February 14, 2018 Kristie Stremel released the single “Follow Your Freaking Heart.”

On June 16, 2016 Kristie released the single “Orlando (Keep Dancing).” The song was written by Kristie Stremel in response to the Pulse Nightclub massacre on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Pulse was hosting Latin Night and most of the victims were Latino. About 320 people were inside the club, which was serving last call drinks at around 2:00 a.m. After arriving at the club by van, Omar Mateen approached the building on foot, armed with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and bypassed security and began shooting and taking hostages. After a three-hour standoff, he was shot and killed by Orlando Police Department officers. It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the US since the 9 /11 attacks in 2001. “Keep Dancing” was included in the new release SKY CREW. More info at: http://www.kristiestremel.com

On November 28, 2015 Kristie Stremel released the single “Lost In You.”

On November 24, 2015 Kristie Stremel released the single, ”Lover Be Cool.”

On November 3, 2017 Kristie released the single, “Kansas 1893”

On February 14, 2015 Kristie Stremel released the single, “The Shipwreck.”

On November 4, 2014 Kristie released, WILDFLOWERS, her children’s book of song and poems with accompanying CD recording with contributions from Victor & Penny, Kelley Hunt, Ron Megee, Kasey Rausch and more.

On September 6, 2014 Kristie Stremel released the single (and book) “Love Makes A Family”

In April 2014 Kristie released SONGWRITER her 6th solo record, and the 9th full-length release of her musical career of over 20 years. SONGWRITER was released on her own label, Stremeltone, it was Kristie’s first self-produced album. The last track, “It’s Enough” was released early, as a video, featuring photos of couples in partnerships, relationships, marriages, unions, families. The video was Kristie’s response the the KS House of Representatives passing HD 2453 allowing businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT customers

On November 22, 2012 Kristie Stremel released, “Ten Little Hens” with music and illustrations by Kristie Stremel.

On May 30, 2012, Kristie Stremel released the single, “Don’t Do Crazy Anymore” a duet with James Johan

On August 11, 2010, Kristie Stremel & The 159ers released COLOR OF STARS. Kristie she received the Pitch newspaper’s prestigious Kansas City/Lawrence Area Music Award for both Best New Band and Band of the Year. She has also won the “Best Female Vocalist” in Kansas City awarded by The Pitch Weekly. After a decade of playing music, singer/songwriter Kristie Stremel and her former band mates from Exit 159 (drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler), along with lead guitarist Scott Cameron, reunited to form Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. After a year of writing new material, “Color Of Stars” (Stremeltone Records) was released Aug. 31, 2010. This 12 song offering, recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

On June 24, 2010 Kristie Stremel & The 159ers released the single, “Unstoppable.”

On December 18, 2009 Kristie Stremel released the online single “Best Kiss.”

On November 15, 2006 Kristie Stremel released the 14 song album TEN YEARS, Kristie’s own “Greatest Hits” package.

On July 1, 2003 Kristie Stremel released HERE COMES THE LIGHT, a 10 song album recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

On September 25, 2001 Kristie Stremel released ALL I REALLY WANT a 12 song offering, recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

In 1998 Exit 159 (Kristie Stremel with guitarist Byron Huhmann, drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler) released the 12 track album, EXIT 159 on Don’t Touch Me Records.

In 1998 Exit 159 (Kristie Stremel with guitarist Byron Huhmann, drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler) released the 6 track EP, LOST ON EARTH.

In 1996 Frogpond (with Heidi Phillips on vocals & guitar, Justine Volpe on bass, Megan Hamilton on drums, Kristie Stemel on guitar and backing vocals) released, 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,. Art Alexakis (of the band Everclear) served as producer and contributed backing vocals.

Kristie Stremel, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Prairie Brigade will release their first self-titled album will be released April 12, 2022. with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. More info at: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com

11:21

  1. Prairie Brigade – “The Feel Good”
    from: Failsafe / Prairie Brigade / April 12, 2022
    [Debut single from Prairie Brigade a KC band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. Prairie Brigade’s first album will be released April 12, 2022. Info: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com]
The Talking Trees
  1. The Talking Trees – “Total Animation”
    from: “Total Animation” – Single / East of Troost Music, BMI / March 3, 2022
    [This is a follow up to their previous single,”Talking Trees” released on January 7, 2022. The Talking Trees are releasing their new EP, ONCE I WAS BORN on April 22, 2022. The album was recorded and produced by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios, it is the first single from their upcoming EP. The Kansas City based trio made up of: Dirk Liebert on bass, guitar, & vocals; Tommy Capps on keyboards, guitar, & vocals; and Graham Stone on drums & percussion. More info at: http://www.thetalkingtrees.bandcamp.com ]

[The Talking Trees are playing a ONCE I WAS BORN EP Release Show at The Brick April 22, 2022.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. The Black Creatures – “True Friends”
    from: “True Friends” – Single / Center Cut Records / September 17, 2021
    The Black Creatures released their latest single “True Friends” on September 17, 2021.
    [After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. 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 were last on WMM on May 26, 2021 and September 15, 2021.]

[Charlotte Street Foundation announced that the recipients of the 2022 Generative Performing Artist Awards are The Black Creatures and Calvin Arsenia Scott. This year, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Awards were given to Andrew Mcilvaine, Harold Smith Jr., and Johanna Winters. Congratulations!]

[The Black Creatures play Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM featuring: Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. ]

[The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022]

11:34 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions & Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater KC music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, and other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – April 9-16, with a Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. Funds raised from the Donation Drive will expand MMF’s ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care grants through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.More information at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us again on WMM.

SPRING DONATION DRIVE KICKOFF CONCERT

Our Kickoff Concert happens this Saturday, April 9th, at the RINO in North Kansas City! This live music event begins our week-long fundraiser to support mental health for Midwest musicians, running April 9th-16th. The concert features some of KC’s best talent: The Black Creatures, True Lions, Stephonne, and The Way Way Back.

Spring Donation Drive Kickoff Concert
April 9th, Doors at 7pm, Music at 8pm
The RINO in North Kansas City, $12, TICKETS
*Proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test within 24 hours required
*MMF can provide free rapid tests at the door if needed

Representatives from University Health (formerly Truman Medical Center), and NAMI will be at our Kickoff Concert providing information and support. NAMI, or The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a nonprofit organization that provides free mental health support services to individuals living with any form of mental illness & their families.

11:42

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

[True Lions play Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM featuring: Stephonne, The Black Creatures and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City.]

11:45

MENTAL HEALTH IS HEALTH

Funds raised during our 4th annual Spring Donation Drive, April 9th-16th, will expand our ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources, offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care assistance through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care. Along with your donations, and our corporate sponsorships, we have a very exciting $10,000 matching donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

At Midwest Music Foundation, we believe that a healthy, thriving community of artists contributes to the strength and character of our city. Help us keep the hardworking music community of Kansas City strong and donate through our Facebook Fundraiser running April 9th-16th, and through these sources:

VENMO PAYPAL BECOME A SPONSOR SHOP MERCH links at http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH ABBY’S FUND

If you or a family member needs healthcare assistance, please apply for an Abby’s Fund grant. This resource is available to active KC area musicians and music personnel. LEARN MORE AND APPLY at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundatiom.org

Please email our Executive Director, Rhonda Lyne, for more information. rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org

Midwest Music Foundation offers the following services:

-Mental Health Grants to assist with counseling and treatment

-Free Dental Screenings at the UMKC School of Dentistry

-Free COVID-19 Tests

-Mammogram Grants

April 9th at the Rino for our Kickoff Concert!

For more info and full list of sponsors visit: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Midwest Music Foundation Staff

Rhonda Lyne, Executive Director
Sondra Freeman, Director of Promotions and Artist Relations
Canyon McClung, Production Specialist
Scott Easterday, Website Administrator, Musician
Christopher Tate, Technical Officer, Website Specialist Danielle Anderson, Media Manager

Midwest Music Foundation Board

Chris Meck, Founder
Amber Hulet, President
Eric Barton, Treasurer, General Counsel
Julia Haile, Secretary
Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
Dr. Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH, Co-Chair Mental Health for Musicians
Michelle Bacon, Co-Chair Mental Health for Musicians, Diversity Chair
Erin McGrane
Molly Gotobed
Jerry Jones, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Eddie Moore
Sonia Hall
Skeet Hanks, Marketing Chair

Rhonda Lyne is Executive Director of Midwest Music Foundation. She is a scientist by day and avid supporter of the arts by night. Rhonda has had an active role with the MMF since the inaugural fundraiser, Apocalypse Meow, in 2008. Inspired by MMF founder, Abigail Henderson, Rhonda is dedicated to the mission of the MMF a nonprofit created to support music & musicians in KC and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians & music lovers. Rhonda is instrumental in MMF’s fundraising, volunteer and event coordination, overseeing the health care fund, and other day to day activities of the organization..

Sondra Freeman, thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – April 9-16, with a Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. Funds raised from the Donation Drive will expand MMF’s ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care grants through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.More information at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

11:54

Stephonne
  1. Stephonne Singleton – “Want Me”
    from: SIS: Side A / Stephonne Singleton / August 7, 2020
    [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 Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City.]

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

Next week on Wednesday, April 13 we present “Rhythm and Seoul Radio’ with guest producers: Meighan Peiffer and Patricia Doherty.

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Show #936

WMM presents Fritz Hutchison + Jenna Rae + Kristie Stremel of Prairie Brigade + Sondra Freeman

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, April 6, 2022

Fritz Hutchison + Jenna Rae + Kristie Stremel of Prairie Brigade + Sondra Freeman of Midwest Music Foundation

Esmerelda

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Jenna Rae, The Talking Trees, Ezmerelda, Fritz Hutchison, Prairie Brigade, The Greeting Committee, The Black Creatures, True Lions, and Stephonne.

Photo byQuin ernadep

At 10:10 we talk with Fritz Hutchison who was recently signed by Manor Records. Fritz is a multi-instrumentalist born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April, 15, 2022 through Manor Records. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com

At 10:30 we’ll talk with Jenna Rae who is releasing her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. This is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com.

\we talk with Kristie Stremel about her new band Prairie Brigade who will release their first self-titled album will be released April 12, 2022. Prairie Brigade is a Kansas City band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. More information at: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com

At 11:30 Sondra Freeman shares details about Midwest Music Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Donation Drive – April 9-16, with a Kickoff Concert Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 PM featuring: The Black Creatures, Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. Funds raised from the Donation Drive will expand MMF’s ability to connect musicians with vital mental health resources offering mental health care grants, education and support, while continuing to provide urgent health care grants through Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.More information at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

Kristie Stremel Photography by Dana Dole

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Show #936

WMM Playlist from March 30, 2022

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Isaac Flynn of Hembree + D Rashaan Gilmore + Luke M. Harbur aka Music By Skippy

  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. Scruffy & The Janitors – “Post Meridian”
    from: “Post Meridian” – Single / Scruffy & The Janitors / March 2, 2022
    [Saint Joseph, MO based trio formed by Steven Foster on vocals & bass, Teriq Newton on guitar & vocals, and Trevin Newton on drums. Scruffy & The Janitors have been described as creating working-class punk and catchy alt-rock. Scruffy & The Janitors have played at: SXSW, Middle Of the Map Fest, NXNE, and Lawrence Field Day Fest. They have also opened for: KONGOS, Kitten, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Brick + Mortar, Radkey, Cheap Girls, Skaters, Bass Drum Of Death, Your Friend, Rev Gusto, and Dreamgirl.]

[Scruffy & The Janitors play recordBar, 1520 Grand, Blvd. KCMO, Fri, April 8, doors at 6:00 PM for the ANY/ALL DROP hosted by DFITD and recordBar, with A’Sean, Indiglow, DFITD, DJ Grvndpa.]

  1. Belle & The Vertigo Waves – “Love In Remission”
    from: “Love In Remission” – Single / Drop Out Records / March 25, 2022
    [Belle & The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in KCMO, and is slowly attempting world domination. Members include Belle Loux on lead vocals, John Loux on guitar. This new single is a follow up to “Stand Down” released Jan. 21, 2022. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their debut album, ALIGNED on Drop Out Records on Oct. 6, 2017. “About the album, Belle told Michelle Bacon at The Bridge, “Many of the tunes had been written around five years prior, when I was just 15 or 16.” Belle had only played them as a solo artist with occasional accompaniment from her dad, guitarist John Loux, & keyboardist Charlie Hibberd. In 2017, she hired the two musicians and a couple other friends to track “Aligned,” dubbing the project Belle and the Vertigo Waves, in the hopes that she’d eventually assemble a live band. “Recording was a surreal and emotional experience. Playing the songs with a band was like seeing them come to life,” she said. “I knew there was no way I could be a solo artist anymore, because I fell in love with the full band sound so much.” The music of Belle & The Vertigo Waves have been described as having an “1980s pop-laden sound.” which drew local attention in 2018. Belle has said that in the past 4 years the band has grown to have more of a darker, glam rock sound, grittier and grungier. Their sound is influenced by three generations of musicians in the band, Belle’s growth as a songwriter and singer, and through the band’s work with engineer and producer Paul Malinowski. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Fear or Faith” on June 7, 2019 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Pulse” on April 17, 2020 on Drop Out Records. Belle & The Vertigo Waves released their single, “Beat Me To The Punch” on Drop Out Records on Oct. 29, 2021. Belle & The Vertigo Waves joined us on WMM on Feb 5, 2020 and June 26, 2019. More info at: http://www.thevertigowaves.com]
  1. Jenna Rae – “Friend in High Places”
    from: “Friend in High Places” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / March 11, 2022
    [Jenna Rae is releasing her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. This is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020. Jenna’s began playing tenor saxophone in the Pittsburg State University marching band. In between studying for nursing she started playing banjo and formed the folk band “Deadeye”. After four years of nursing, Jenna cut back on her hours to pursue music. In 2018 she founded Lost Cowgirl Records with partner Martin Farrell Jr., to provide a platform for female fronted Americana. With Lost Cowgirl she released her debut solo album “Workin’ Woman,” in 2018, and Julie Bennett Hume’s album, “Vinegar,” and Elexa Dawson’s album, “Music is Medicine.” In 2019, Jenna Rae on acoustic guitar, Kahlen Mitchell on upright bass, Shannon O’Shea on fiddle, and Monica Greenwood on Mandolin formed the bluegrass group Unfit Wives. More info at: http://www.jennaraemusic.com or http://www.thelostcowgirl.com.]

[Jenna Rae will be with us LIVE on WMM Nest week on April 6, 2022]

  1. Kid Computer – “Arizona”
    from: CAFE VERTICLE GARDEN / Kid Computer / March 21, 2022
    [Kansas City based 4-piece band with Matt Gore, Christian Sanchez, Dalton Grenier, and George McMillian. Kid Computer released the single, “Romantic Overdrive” on February 21, 2022. The new album is a follow up to the band’s EP The Darnedest Things, released April 26, 2019. More information at: http://www.instagram.com/kidcomputer%5D

[Kid Computer play an EP Release Show, Saturday, May 25, at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence KS., with The Sluts and Vehicles.]

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

[The Salvation Choir play Boulevardia Festival 2022, Saturday, June 18]

10:30 – Underwriting

  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. Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pullian were guests on WMM, Aug. 11, 2021. The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged was #9 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. Info at: http://www.flaretharebel.com]

[Flare Tha Rebel plays recordBar, at 1520 Grand Blvd. on Thursday, March 31, with Ubi of CES Cru and a full live band, with opening acts: Oboi Kong, Aaron Alexander and The Belief Cycle. Hosted by Steddy P. in a fundraiser & awareness raiser for Change The Ref and a local nonprofit founded by Manuel & Patricia Oliver in memory of their son Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 victims of the MSD High School shooting in Parkland, FL. More info atL http://www.FlareThaRebel.com]

10:35 – Interview with D Rashaan Gilmore

D Rashaan Gilmore is host of the Kansas City PBS program Flatland KC. D. Rashaan is a Newsweek contributing writer and the former host & producer of “Unbossed and Unbothered” that aired from 2021-2022, on 90.1 FM KKFI. D. Rashaan was previously a host & producer of The Tenth Voice for nearly 4 years 2018 – 2021. Gilmore is also the founder of BlaqOut, a Kansas City nonprofit working to serve the Black queer community and help end the HIV/AIDS crisis. He is the recipient of the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–AIDS United Award for Health Equity. D Rashaan is also President/CEO at Purple Cow Omnimedia, LLC. Gilmore has previously managed multiple significant HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention grants for the Kansas City CARE Clinic. D Rashaan has also served as the Senior Field Organizer for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT equality and advocacy organization. More info at: http://BlaqOut.org/

D Rashaan Gilmore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Last time we interviewed D Rashaan on the radio was February 3, 2021 and we were congratulating him on his new radio show, ”Unbossed & Unbothered” as he had just completed 5 weeks of the new show. And now we have D Rashaan back, a little over a year later.

We congratulate D. Rashaan Gilmore on his television show, Flatland KC on Kansas City PBS, a monthly current affairs program that takes a deep dive into a single local issue that is raising questions, causing tensions, or is curiously unexplored. Hosted by local writer, radio personality and activist D. Rashaan Gilmore, Flatland features an in-depth video report followed by a diverse panel of voices with different takes on the topic.

After nearly four years The Tenth Voice, and a year of “Unbossed & Unbothered” D Rashaan made the jump to television and be a part of a bigger production team.

On “Unbossed & Unbothered” one of the features D Rashaan started each show with was a segment called “Reclaiming My Time” inspired by the legendary U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd Congressional District, Maxine Waters.

D Rashaan covered COVID-19, The Vaccine, The Georgia Senate Races, The Presidential Election, Healthcare, The Articles of Impeachment, The New Administration.

We asked D Rashaan about how he was feeling about the current headlines and news:

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination, and the racist opposition of Sen. John Thune (S.D.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz, etc,

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law this week.

(The bill bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender ID in K – 3rd grade and states that any instruction on those topics cannot occur “in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” according to the legislation, HB 1557.)

The Oscar Slap

HIV and AIDS Statistics, The LGBTQIA Struggle, and Kansas City Gay Pride

We talked with D Rashaan about how he has been invited to be a contributing writer to Newsweek

D Rashaan Gilmore is a life-long resident of Kansas City. He is community connector, organizer, collaborator, and AIDS activist, who serves as Founder and President/CEO at BlaqOut KC, which seeks to organize and mobilize the black, gay community in KC and develop a leadership core. More info at: http://BlaqOut.org/

Recipient of 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–AIDS United Award for Health Equity.

Gilmore has previously managed multiple significant HIV/ AIDS awareness & prevention grants for the KC CARE Clinic. D Rashaan has also served as the Senior Field Organizer for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT equality and advocacy organization.

D Rashaan is also President/CEO at Purple Cow Omnimedia, LLC.

D Rashaan Gilmore, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Flatland on Kansas City PBS, a monthly current affairs program that takes a deep dive into a single local issue that is raising questions, causing tensions, or is curiously unexplored. http://Www.flatlandkc.org Gilmore is also the founder of BlaqOut, a Kansas City nonprofit working to serve the Black queer community and help end the HIV/AIDS crisis. He is the recipient of the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–AIDS United Award for Health Equity. More info at: http://BlaqOut.org/

11:00 – Station ID

  1. MusicbySkippy – “Bi Bi”
    from: MY DYING WISH / Luke Harbur / February 18, 2022
    [musicbyskippy is Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. The Overland Park, Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. His debut album, my dying wish, is now on all music streaming and purchasing platforms. He hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com]

[Music By Skippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater.]

[Musicbyskippy will play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.]

11:03 – Interview with Luke Harbur

Luke M. Harbur records and performs as MusicBySkippy. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. The Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, and keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences in clubs, theaters, festivals and with Kansas City performance collective: Quixotic. The passion in his music has roots in his experience of receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. MusicBySkippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

Luke M. Harbur Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

We just heard “Bi Bi” one of the songs from MY DYING WISH that represents just how personal and autobiographical this album is in the storytelling of Luke’s life.

Luke shared with me his ability to “Come Out” in a place of priveledge, and finding acceptance from all of his family and the community to support him.

MY DYING WISH – The album contains many different genres of music and demonstrates your beatboxing, singing, and piano playing. Like started learning piano at the age of 5.

MY DYING WISH Album Release Show is next week on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater. With the support of Mica Thomas Executive Director.

Luke was born and raised in Overland Park Kansas and went to Olathe East High School but let Olathe East to go to school in Winston Salem, North Carolina, at a Performing Arts School where you studied Acting and Theatre.

Luke then went to Ithica College to study Journalism and eventually got a job as a Production Assistant at the Kansas City Star,

Luke talked with Mark about the importance of collaboration in midsize market like Kansas City and how others can benefit from these collaborations.

Luke performs regularly with Quixotic and is also is a frequent performer at Missy B’s

Luke will be doing a 3 month contract with Stray Cat Film Center.

On MY DYING WISH the song, “I Forget” shows off some of Luke’s beatboxing talents

11:15

  1. MusicbySkippy – “I Forget”
    from: MY DYING WISH / Luke Harbur / February 18, 2022
    [musicbyskippy is Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. The Overland Park, Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. His debut album, my dying wish, is now on all music streaming and purchasing platforms. He hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com]

[Music By Skippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater.]

[Musicbyskippy will play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.]

11:18 – Interview with Luke Harbur (continued)

Luke M. Harbur records as MusicBySkippy. The Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, and keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences in clubs, theaters, festivals and with Kansas City performance collective: Quixotic. MusicBySkippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

Luke M. Harbur Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

We just heard “I Forget” one of the songs from MY DYING WISH that represents just Luke’s life.

The first time Mark saw Luke perform was in 2019 at the “L.A. Sessions” concert by Calvin Arsenia at recordBar.

Luke is currently working on a play-cabaret project.

Luke M. Harbur works in Music Videography, Social Media Management, and graphic Design.

From http://www.musicbyskippy.com – The story in 100 words

musicbyskippy is Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s entertainment project. The Overland Park, Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups.

His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. His debut album, my dying wish, is now on all music streaming and purchasing platforms. He hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.

Luke “Skippy” Harbur’s CV/Resume – Organizations & artists featuring musicbyskippy

Boulevardia (2022) | Kansas City, Missouri
Missie B’s (2021 & 2022) | Kansas City, Missouri
Cafe Cà Phê (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri & North Kansas City, Missouri
No Divide KC (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Jukeboxx Media, gig for T-Mobile (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Paradise Garden Club (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Fishtank Theatre (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Jesse Powers (2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Calvin Arsenia (2019, 2020, & 2021) | Kansas City, Missouri
Quixotic (2019, 2020, & 2021, 2022) | Kansas City, Missouri
Ithaca College Choral Program (2018) | Ithaca, New York
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2018) | Winston-Salem, North Carolina
NATS Mid-Atlantic Region (2018) | Lynchburg, Virginia
The Heartland Men’s Chorus (2017) | Kansas City, Missouri
Ithacappella (2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018) | Ithaca, New York

musicbyskippy is the entertainment project of Overland Park, Kansas native Luke “Skippy” Harbur. He’s developed skills in beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing in hopes to express his core vision: everyone has an inner artist and should be able to express their full, authentic self.

His parent’s and grandparent’s own journeys in music fostered his artistic upbringing. His involvement in music programs since age 5 eventually lead him to move to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and finish high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ High School Drama Program. Although he was offered Acting scholarships to SUNY Purchase and Webster University, he attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York on academic scholarship and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Outside collegiate academics he served as a vocal percussionist, ensemble member, and soloist for Ithacappella, Ithaca College’s all-male a cappella group. Once a year the group traveled across America’s northeastern coast for a winter singing tour, creating collabor-ations with the PS 22 Chorus in Staten Island, New York and singing the national anthem for NHL’s New York Rangers and NBA’s New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Since moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 2019, he’s started finding his audience: Quixotic, Missie B’s, and Cafe Cà Phê have become some of his core, consistent collaborators, and in 2021 he started releasing his first batch of public music projects. His first was SKIPPY Sessions Volume 1, a collection of 8 short music compositions combining his beatboxing skills with other artistic disciplines practiced by other Kansas City-based artists. The second music project was “Rant,” his debut single from his debut album, my dying wish, which released on all music streaming and purchasing platforms on February 18th, 2022.

Each opportunity to perform and collaborate with others is rooted in a deeper story. In 1996, at 5 months old, he was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease. 6 months later he received a life-saving liver transplant from an 8-year-old boy named Aaron Drake, who passed away while on a camping trip at The Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. But through this tragedy came hope, giving Luke “Skippy” Harbur a second chance to inspire others. From his music, he hopes you learn something new and experience songs you love.

Luke has been doing public speaking for 15 years.

Luke received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old.

Music By Skippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com or http://www.lukeharbur.com

Luke Harbur, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:26

  1. MusicbySkippy – “Aaron Drake”
    from: MY DYING WISH / Luke Harbur / February 18, 2022
    [musicbyskippy is the music project of Luke Harbur. The Overland Park, KS native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, & keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to KCMO, becoming a featured performer for musicians, festivals, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. His music passion roots in receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. .More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com]

[Music By Skippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO at their Blackbox Theater.]

[Musicbyskippy will play Boulevardia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.]

11:29 – Underwriting

  1. Hembree – “Close To Me”
    from: IT’S A DREAM! / Oread Records / February 4, 2022
    [This was the 4th single from the band’s 15-track album, IT’S A DREAM! Hembree is a KC born band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN. The band was founded by original members Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Brothers Alex and Austin Ward later joined in 2018. Hembree quickly garnered national attention after their single “Holy Water” was placed in an Apple commercial that aired during Super Bowl LII. The band’s music has been featured in a variety of other national placements, including Monday Night Football (NFL) and Bose. Hembree has notably supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in Fall 2018. In 2018, Hembree signed with Thirty Tigers to release their first full-length album House on Fire, released 4/26/2019. In 2019, Hembree performed at Hangout Music Festival. They will also appear on the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 with the song “Culture”. Hembree was named one of NPR’s Slingshot 2018 Artists to Watch. Rolling Stone named Hembree as one of the thirty best artists at SXSW 2018. “Had It All” debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on January 19, 2017. Lowe described the song as “absolutely fantastic.” “Holy Water” was featured in Apple’s HomePod “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hembree released the single, “Reach Out” on July 20, 2021 and “Operators (feat. Bodye)” on Sept. 21, 2021on Oread Records. Info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com]

11:34 – Interview with Isaac Flynn

Isaac Flynn is lead singer of Hembree who released their 15-track album, IT’S A DREAM! on February 4, 2022, on Oread Records. The KC born band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN and were featured in Apple‘s “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hembree has supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in 2018. Hembree will play Boulevardia on June 17, 2022. More info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com

Isaac Flynn thanks for being on WMM.

Congratulations on the new record and all the great the single releases including the LIVE cover of Talking Head’s “Girlfriend is Better.” The band went out to Joshua Tree and filmed/tracked their live version of this classic.

The sound of Hembree is evolving with each new album.

Isaac wrote that, “It’s a Dream! is hands down my favorite piece of music I’ve ever been a part of. This record feels like a big level up as a songwriter and for us as a band. We pushed the creativity further than ever before, and I’m so thankful for everyone who contributed their time and talents to make this album happen in the strangest of times. If you find the time, it would mean the world to the guys and me if you took this thing for a spin front to back.”

Hembree was formed from the ashes of the band Quiet Corral, an indie folk band from Lawrence, KS. Most of the group went on to form Hembree. Members: Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, Jim Barnes, Matt Green, Jesse Braswell Roberts, Zach Mehl, Released: Quiet Corral (2010), Art House Acoustic Sessions (2011), and Ancestors (2013)

Hembree is an indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Hembree consists of Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, Eric Davis, Alex Ward, and Austin Ward. The band began releasing songs independently in 2015. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN. Their debut studio album, House on Fire, was released in April 2019.

The band was founded in 2013 by original members Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Brothers Alex and Austin Ward (of The Noise FM) later joined in 2018.

Hembree garnered national attention when their single “Holy Water” was placed in an Apple commercial aired during Super Bowl LII. The band’s music has been featured in a variety of other national placements, including Monday Night Football (NFL) and Bose.

Hembree has notably supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in Fall 2018.

In 2018, Hembree signed with Thirty Tigers (The Avett Brothers, Lupe Fiasco) to release their first full-length album House on Fire, released 4/26/2019.

In 2019, Hembree performed at Hangout Music Festival in May and Music Midtown in September. During June 2019, they were featured on Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour alongside bands Bloxx and Warbly Jets.[6] In October 2019, they supported Mating Ritual. In December 2019, they supported The Get Up Kids for 11 shows.

They also appear on the soundtrack of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 with the song “Culture”, and Outer Banks with the song “Continents”.

Hembree was named one of NPR’s Slingshot 2018 Artists to Watch.

Rolling Stone named Hembree as one of the thirty best artists at SXSW 2018.

“Had It All” debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on January 19, 2017. Lowe described the song as “absolutely fantastic.”

“Holy Water” was featured in Apple’s HomePod “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“Continents” (single) was featured on Kitsuné America 5: The NBA Edition.

We recently saw Austin Ward on the Oscar Awards working as a “seat-filler.” Life in Los Angeles offers so many opportunities.

HOUSE ON FIRE 10-song album was released on April 26, 2019.

HAD IT ALL – EP was released on November 3, 2017

SHOWS:
May 6 – Grass Valley, CA @ Center for the Arts, supporting MAGIC GIANT!
May 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent, supporting Magic Giant!
May 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident, album release show with Joshoo! Come hang!
June 11 – Indianapolis, Indiana, WonderRoad Festival
June 17 – Kansas City, Boulevardia Fest
July 10 – Cleveland, Ohio, Wonderstruck Festival
August 26 – Columbus, Ohio, Wonderbus Music + Arts Festival

Isaac Flynn told Modern Drummer Magazine “I’ve always been surrounded by music—my parents are musicians so I grew up in a studio and was always playing instruments,” Flynn says. “When my previous band ended I wasn’t ready to stop being a musician / drummer, so I started writing songs and making demos myself. I started to realize how much I could convey in three minutes of music and fell in love with songwriting.”

Calling his new project Hembree, Flynn put himself through what he calls “three years of songwriting boot camp,” working on music from the loft where he lives in Kansas City. Looking to inspiration from masters of the three-minute opus like Tom Petty, John Lennon, and Bruce Springsteen, he started sending his demos around to friends and musical peers in the KC scene—but without telling them who was behind the work. The honest opinions were unanimously positive, and Flynn knew he was on to something. So, he started piecing together his dream lineup—because despite Hembree being his creation, he wanted the project to come to life as a band.

He says, “I assembled a group from people I respect as musicians but also want to spend a lot of time with—people who, like me, have committed their lives to music,” he says. The Hembree lineup now includes Flynn on guitar and lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass and backup vocals, Flynn’s brother-in-law Eric Davis on keys/synth, and brothers Alex and Austin Ward on guitar and drums.
“Operators (fest Bodye)” aka Marty Hillard of Ebony Tusks and Cowboy Indian Bear.

Isaac Flynn thanks for being on WMM.

Hembree will play Boulevardia on June 17, 2022. More info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com

11:47

  1. Hembree – “Operators (fest Bodye)”
    from: IT’S A DREAM! / Oread Records / February 4, 2022
    [This was a single from the band’s 15-track album, IT’S A DREAM! featuring Bodye aka Marty Hillard of Ebony Tusks and Cowboy Indian Bear. KC based band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN. The band was founded by original members Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Brothers Alex and Austin Ward later joined in 2018. Hembree quickly garnered national attention after their single “Holy Water” was placed in an Apple commercial that aired during Super Bowl LII. The band’s music has been featured in a variety of other national placements, including Monday Night Football (NFL) and Bose. Hembree has notably supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in Fall 2018. In 2018, Hembree signed with Thirty Tigers to release their first full-length album House on Fire, released 4/26/2019. In 2019, Hembree performed at Hangout Music Festival. They will also appear on the soundtrack of 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 with the song “Culture”. Hembree was named one of NPR’s Slingshot 2018 Artists to Watch. Rolling Stone named Hembree as one of the thirty best artists at SXSW 2018. “Had It All” debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on January 19, 2017. Lowe described the song as “absolutely fantastic.” “Holy Water” was featured in Apple’s HomePod “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hembree released the single, “Reach Out” on July 20, 2021 and “Operators (feat. Bodye)” on Sept. 21, 2021 on Oread Records. Info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com]
  1. Ivory Blue – “Heavy”
    from: “Compound Love / Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing / February 25, 2022
    [Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA on August 18, 2021. This company is managing Ivory and handling all of their publishing. For COMPOUND LOVE Ivory served as songwriter, producer, vocalist and played all instruments with the exception of: Lester Estelle on drums, Klaartje Van Lue on piano, Craig Kew on bass, Lennon Bone on drums, and Marco Pascolini on pedal steel guitar. Nick Poortman served in mixing, with Kurt Festge who also served in mixing & Mastering. KC based singer songwriter and rock & roller, Ivory Blue is currently in the studio putting together a new full length 10-song album called “Compound Love” for release in 2022. Ivory Blue’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015 and had wide radio airplay on this show and multiple radio and television stations in Kansas City and across the country. In 2017 Ivory was among 1800 bands that competed in neXt2Rock. Ivory won local & regional challenges and advanced to nationals in Los Angeles to win the top prize. Ivory Blue has played Crossroads Music Festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Public Library., and Kauffman Stadium. // Ivory Blue was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, as Devin James Miclettet. Ivory’s birth mother put them up for adoption at the age of four. Ivory speaks about how it was difficult to find trust in people offering their home to someone denied it for so long, Ivory lived with eight different families. before running away at 15. // Ivory has talked with us about how in their life they have turned to music to express pain. Ivory spent most of their childhood looking for a family. In 2010 Klaartje Van Lue saw Ivory performing in a YouTube video and contacted them, flying them Ivory KC, and adopting Ivory into the Van Lue family. During the past 10 years Ivory came out as “Non-Binary Transgender. // As a multi-instrumentalist, Ivory began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band. In 2011, Ivory settled in Kansas City, MO and quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics. // By 2013, IVORY BLUE was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and the first EP ‘Ready Get Set’ was released. in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word and got much attention from regional radio and TV stations, a big break would come in 2017. Ivory entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search with over 1800 artists/bands who applied to find fresh and promising rock artists. The top 5 national bands battled it off for the win in Los Angeles CA at the legendary Viper Room, with judges Scott Borchetta (BMLG), John Varvatos (fashion designer), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols Guitarist and Host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox”), Desmond Child (Musician, producer), Chris Lord-Alge (producer), Ivory Blue won over the judges and became the grand prize winner! Ivory Ivory won the contest and a one-year record deal with BMLG who re-released the song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of ‘Ready Get Set’ undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. For their upcoming album, IVORY BLUE is producing all the tracks with the exception of Drums and Bass. Ivory is currently working with Lester Estelle (Drummer for Kelly Clarkson), Craig Kew (Bass) KC, Kurt Festge (Mastering | Citizen Kane & Vilent Femmes) NC. and Nick Poortman (LA based Los Angeles based Producer, Engineer, Mixer, and Songwriter) Nick has worked alongside producers including Justin Gray, Gil Norton, Big Tank, and Greg Haver on sessions throughout the USA, UK, Europe, and New Zealand. // On August 18th 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing out of Atlanta GA. // Ivory released the singles: “Elite Dreamland,” on Feb. 17, 2021, “Half a Life” on Sept. 20, 2021. Ivory Blue released the video of “Family Table” directed by Mikal Shapiro, on August 21, 2021 and the audio track was released on September 7, 2021. Ivory Blue released the single “Good Changes” on Oct 26, 2021. Ivory Blue released the singles: “Heavy,” “Bad Weather,” “It Must Have Been Me,” “Compound Love,” and “The Start” on December 14, 2021. Ivory Blue joined us on WMM on November 10, September 15, and July 28, in 2021. More info at: https://linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic%5D [IVORY BLUE will play Boulevardia on June 18, 2022.
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, April 6 we talk with Fritz Hutchison will be releasing his new album titled MOVIE NIGHT via Manor Records on April 15th, 2022. More info at http://www.manorrecords.com

We also talk with Jenna Rae who is releasing her second full-length solo album, COUNTRY LO-FI, on April 1, 2022 through Lost Cowgirl Records. This is a follow up to her first full-length solo album WORKIN’ WOMAN, released October 23, 2018. Jenna also records and performs with The Unfit Wives, who released LIVE & UNFIT on Lost Cowgirl Records on September 17, 2021. Jenna also records and performs with her life partner Martin Farrell Jr. as Jenna & Martin who released Cosmic Western Duets on Lost Cowgirl Records on January 3, 2020.

We also talk with Kristie Stremel about her new band Prairie Brigade who will release their first self-titled album will be released April 12, 2022. Prairie Brigade is a Kansas City band born in late 2021 with Kristie Stremel on vocals & guitar, Chris Meck on guitar & vocals, John Hobson on guitar & bass & vocals, Ryan McCall on electric piano & vocals, and Tom Hudson on drums. More information at: http://www.prairiebrigade.bandcamp.com or http://www.prairiebrigademusic.com

And Sondra Freeman joins us to share details about Midwest Music Foundation 2022 Spring Donation Drive and Kick Off Concert featuring The Black Creatures, Stephonne, True Lions, and The Way Way Back, Saturday, April 9, 7:00 Doors, 8:00 PM Show at The Rino 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City. More information at: http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org

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Show #935

WMM presents Isaac Flynn of Hembree + D Rashaan Gilmore + Luke M. Harbur aka Music By Skippy

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, March 30, 2022

Isaac Flynn of Hembree + D Rashaan Gilmore + Luke M. Harbur aka Music By Skippy

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Jenna Rae, Hembree, Scruffy and The Janitors, Kid Computer, Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pulliam, Belle & The Vertigo Waves, musicbyskippy, The Salvation Choir, Ivory Blue, Krystle Warren, Bodye (Marty Hillard), and The Talking Trees.

At 10:30, we talk with D Rashaan Gilmore host of the Kansas City PBS program Flatland KC. D. Rashaan is a Newsweek contributing writer and the former host & producer of “Unbossed and Unbothered” that aired from 2021-2022, on 90.1 FM KKFI. D. Rashaan was previously a host & producer of The Tenth Voice from 2019 – 2021. Gilmore is also the founder of BlaqOut, a Kansas City nonprofit working to serve the Black queer community and help end the HIV/AIDS crisis. He is the recipient of the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–AIDS United Award for Health Equity. D Rashaan is also President/CEO at Purple Cow Omnimedia, LLC. More info at: http://BlaqOut.org/

At 11:00 Mark welcomes Luke M. Harbur who records as Music By Skippy. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2018, he moved near home to Kansas City, Missouri, becoming a featured performer for musicians, corporate & non-profit events, and performance groups. The Kansas native mixes beatboxing, singing, beat production, rapping, and keyboard playing to entertain all-age audiences in clubs, theaters, festivals and with Kansas City performance collective: Quixotic. The passion in his music has roots in his experience of receiving a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 11 months old. Music By Skippy will officially release his debut album, MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, on April 7 & 8, hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com

At 11:30 Mark talks with Isaac Flynn lead singer of Hembree who released their 15-track album, IT’S A DREAM! on February 4, 2022, on Oread Records. The KC born band was formed in November of 2015, with Isaac Flynn on guitar, & lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass & vocals, Eric Davis on keys & synth, Alex Ward on guitar, and Austin Ward on drums. Hembree is signed to Thirty Tigers of Nashville, TN and were featured in Apple’s “Distortion” TV spot, which ran during Super Bowl LII, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hembree has supported Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, JR JR, and Joywave, among others. The band first toured Europe in 2018. Hembree will play Boulevardia on June 17, 2022. More info at: http://www.hembreemusic.com

The Salvation Choir photo by Jeune Premier Silambien Jr.

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Show #935

WMM Playlist from March 23, 2022

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Creepy Jingles + Jennifer Owen of Owen Cox Dance + Nate Holt of Asterales + New & MidCoastal Releases

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
Kansas City, MO – January 13, 2022: STATIC PHANTOMS at the Hotel Kansas City, Library Room
  1. Static Phantoms – “Ghostwalk”
    from: “Ghostwalk” – Single / The Record Machine / March 18, 2022
    [2nd single from The Static Phantoms, from upcoming album BATHED IN BLUE LIGHT. Static Phantoms are: Dedric Moore on synths, drum programming, backing vocals, & production; and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, bass, synths, lead vocals. The Pandemic offered Dedric Moore and Krysztof Nemeth the opportunity to pass the time and get creative in the studio exploring the music and themes of New Wave music of the 1980s. Those who follow the bands: Monta at Odds, The Republic Tigers, Emmaline Twist), you know about the passion Dedric and Krystoff bring th their synths and guitars. As Static Phantoms, the duo is influenced by the 1080s trailblazing bands: The Glove, Tones on Tail, Tears For Fears, and Soft Cell.]

[Monta At Odds will play the Treefort Fest in Boise, Idaho on March 23- 27, 2022]

[Monta At Odds will play the Brick 1727 Mcgee, KCMO. on Friday April 8, with Mensa Deathsquad as a small welcome home party.]

[Monta At Odds will play the official vinyl release party for Peak of Eternal Light on June 25 with The Philistines making a live return.]

[Members of Monta At Odds will join us on WMM on June 22, at 11:00 AM]

  1. Miki P – “Peter Parker!”
    from: “Peter Parker!” – Single / Miki P / March 18, 2022
    [Singer, songwriter, dreamer. Miki P makes music sometimes by herself and she leads the band Miki P and the Swallowtails. For this new single Miki P writes: “I started this song inspired after seeing the Spider-Man: No Way Home. I did a lot of the production on an Instagram live, which is where the end of the song “Sweet Dreams for you, for me” comes in, as I was wishing that for my audience as they were leaving and going to bed for the night. I want to thank Wills Van Doorn for helping me record the drums, and Galen Wallace Clark at Lost River Sound for mastering the track!” In 2021 Miki P released the EP, DON”T LOSE HOPE, 6 songs created in covid isolation, in Miki P’s home office space. Sitting & working from Miki’s computer, she composed and recorded 80% of the EP, working through the music like a journal entry, creating each song from her internal hurricane of emotions. All songs written, recorded, played, & mixed by Miki P. Recorded & Mixed with Emma Klien and Jake Hilger. Mastered by Joel Nanos.// Mikala Petillo, who was born in Kansas City, KS, and performed ‘She Loves You’ at her 7th grade talent show. In 9th grade she joined a teen-band called American Slim as drummer & vocalist, and released a full-length album, Irreplaceable, in 2017, played Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, and The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art before officially ending in 2018. That year, at 21, Miki P began work on her debut solo-record, Dome of Swallows, released August 2, 2018. She then formed Miki P and the Swallowtails who released their first EP, Swallowtail in 2019, with Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, Cade Pool on drums, Robert Castillo on bass, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals. In June they’ll release a follow up. With half of the band’s members having Classical music degrees, and the other half with Jazz degrees, Miki P is a self-taught musician/multi-instrumentalist & songwriter driving the Swallowtails into a creative collaboration like any other. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P started playing guitar in middle school. She taught herself to play the drums, while listening to Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. As a teen she played drums for various groups including American Slim. She wrote songs for their full-length album Irreplaceable released in 2017, followed by a single “Queen of Hearts” released April 11, 2018. Miki P and The Swallowtails –released, Right Where We Are /on August 21, 2020 with Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Adee Dancy on cello & vocals, and Miki P on guitar & lead Vocals. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing, arranging, performing, and collaborating original music for their own groups and several other projects in the metro. “Introspective pop music with lyric-driven folk influences, mixed with collaborative energy & an odd pairing of instruments, Miki P locked in with the Swallowtails create a moment with music written and arranged from the heart.” Miki P also plays ukulele & piano, teaching herself how to play both the instruments, using them frequently in all projects she is involved in. She was a featured vocalist with The Band That Fell to Earth Bowie Tribute. She’s played Boulevardia, Middle of the Map Fest, Royal’s Kaufman Stadium, recordBar, Uptown Theater, Arrowhead Stadium, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Crossroads Music Festival and the SXSW Music Fest. More info at: http://www.mikipmusic.com .]

[Miki P and The Sallowtails play The Creepy Jingles Album Release Party at Replay Lounge on March 26, at 10:00 PM with , LK Ultra, and LYXE].

  1. Cuee – “Boss Talk (feat. Kay V)” [Radio Edit]
    from: Gospel / Cuee / March 21, 2022
    [Lawrence based hip-hop artist Cuee is a rapper with a Master’s Degree. Cuee received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Cuee is also a graduate of Artist Inc. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cuee has wowed audiences in Lawrence and KC with exciting live performances. On August 8, 2021 Cueereleased the single, “Silky (feat. Silky Ganache)”. On May 7, 2021 Cuee released the album GOSPEL which was #4 on WMM 120 Best Recordings of 2021. And since 2017 Cue has released two critically acclaimed albums, an EP, multiple singles. We last talked with Cuee on March 3, 2021 and on May 5, 2021 and before that, on August 12, 2020, when he released the single “Who’s Back.” and before that on May 29, 2019. Cuee released the single: “Gravity (Feat: Lindsey Alderman)” on April 29, 2021 and part of GOSPEL the album. In 2020 Cuee’ track, “Shook” landed on an official Spotify playlist dedicated to transgender, non-binary and gender-fluid musicians across the globe including Kim Petras and Lex Allen. Spotify sent out a note said, “Hey Cuee you hit a high note this month.” Cuee said he didn’t even know what that meant, and he looked up to discover he had over 24,000 listener during the month of June on Spotify. I was trying to figure out what happened. I did a little research, I logged onto my instagram account, I was starting to get a flood of followers. I was just tracing it back and I landed on a Spotify playlist, it was an editorial playlist so he couldn’t find out who put him on there. “Someone found me.” Cuee made three trips home to Chicago to record the record. For the new album GOSPEL Cuee explained that this term can have biblical connections but it also means ‘the truth.” The video for “Ain’t Going Back” takes place in a church, and is a declaration of freedom, and identity, while also paying respect. Cuee talked us about how the track was created in the studio and translating the song into a video that was shot in a church. Last time we talked with Cuee he shared his thoughts about ‘”Queerness in a church,” Cuee said, “you know, is very…different, I mean I wanted to bring that into that space, and freedom into that space, allow that space to be seen and heard by other people who traditionally wont take up that space.” Originally from Chicago, Illinois. 27 year old Lawrence based hip-hop artist emcee, and educator. Cuee has gained fans over the last six years in Lawrence and Kansas City for his critically acclaimed musical releases and live performances. Along with getting his Master’s Degree, Cuee has released around 30 different musical tracks, legally changed his name, and has transitioned physically and vocally. The song “Ain’t Going Back” features Cuee’s friend Joel Leoj who is originally from Florida, but after moving to Chicago, became friends with Cuee in school, and recently moved to Lawrence to make music and collaborate on recordings with Cuee. Cuee explained that they have known each other since high school, that they “started a Hip Hop culture club in our high school, to bring music, kinda having a place to chill after school, write music together as a community. That’s how we started.” “I moved out here to Kansas, to go to school, he stayed back in Miami, and then we kind of connected back, maybe about two years ago, and hit it off really strong. We decided we wanted to pursue this music thing together. We decided let’s just do this. So he said he was going to move to Lawrence. I didn’t believe him at first, until he showed up on my doorstep, and I was like, Wow, you are here, let’s do this.” Joel Leoj released the album, JOEY IN WONDERLAND on January 31, 2021. Cuee is a featured guest emcee on the tracks “Eden” and “No Debate.” Cuee was our guest on WMM on March 3, 2021, and May 5, 2021. More info at: http://www.officialcuee.com]
  1. Effie – “Higher”
    from: Curve My Enthusiasm / DISTRKCT / August 13, 2021
    [Curve My Enthusiasm was #5 on WMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. Effie is Stephanie 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!” Effie is one third of Jet Pack Productions a Kansas City based music entertainment company created by Musicians Jo Blaq, Effie Altoro, and Tim Ogutu. Effie Joined us live on WMM on October 20, 2021. More info at: https://smarturl.it/37jrdz%5D

[Effie plays The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO in the West Bottoms, Saturday, March 26 at 9:00 PM with The Black Creatures and DeeJay Proof. Effie is opening the show!]

  1. Fritz Hutchison – “Apologize (To Your Wife)”
    from: “Apologize (To Your Wife)”- Single / Manor Records / March 25, 2022
    [Second single fromFritz Hutchison’s upcoming album. On February 25, 2022 Fritz released the single “Ladder Shake (Feat. Bodacious Thang)”. Recently signed by Manor Records Multi-instrumentalist Fritz Hutchison was born May 27, 1991. His second solo album, MOVIE NIGHT will be is released on April.15, 2022 through Manor Records. A life-long resident of KC Since 2008 he’s been part of multiple bands playing drums with: She’s a Keeper, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, and Grand Marquis. As a guitarist he has played along side True Lions, J Ashley Miller, Lauren Krum, Miki P, Calvin Arsenia. A decade of lending an ear and a hand to other musicians Fritz Hutchison released his debut solo album Wide Wild Acres on Center Cut Records on March 27, 2020. Written & performed by Fritz Hutchison. Produced by Fritz Hutchison & Joel Nanos. Recorded & mixed in KC by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studio. Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago. Fritz was our guest on WMM on March 25, 2020]
  1. Quite Frankly – “Is This Still Even Fun?”
    from: “Is This Still Even Fun?”- Single / Quite Frankly the Band / October 22, 2021
    [Follow up to the bands earlier single, “Blue/Red” =released May 14, 2021. In the dawn of 2016, shy but precocious middle schooler, founding member and bassist Scout Matthew, decided she wanted to try her hand at turning her musical ambition into reality by creating a band that would take her and her friends well beyond their beginning musical education at School of Rock. She began planning rehearsals out of her garage and within a short time, she convinced her supportive family to renovate their home’s basement into a rehearsal space. Ever since, Quite Frankly the Band has been committed to perfecting its sound, writing their own original music and adding amazing covers. // This young band is no longer just a student band, holding its own opening for, The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks and LA Guns! with several yers experience the band members have moved into high school and beyond, Jolson, Carolyn, Scout, Gavin & Eli have built an impressive resume. // The band gained attention by being the youngest winners of the Nelson Atkins Battle of The Bands 2018 and for being nominated as Pitch’s “Best in KC” two years in a row. They’ve played First Fridays in the Crossroads, Starlight Theater, The Rino, recordBar, Lemonade Park, Kauffman Stadium, Sprint Center with Big Slick and Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. More info at: http://www.quitefranklytheband.com]

[Quite Frankly play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO for the “RecordBar Rock Show.” 18+ Show. Friday, March 25, at 6:30 PM with A Side Of Jam, Grindstone, Jolson and The Fear of Snakes, Silhouette Six,Say That Again, and Lukas Allnut]

10:29 – Underwriting

  1. Helen Gillet – “Skin”
    from: Helkiase / Helen Gillet / July 6, 2018
    [Originally from Leuven, Belgium and now based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated her a Rising Star in the 61st Annual Critic’s Poll. She believes music to be an expression of the honest human condition; performing an eclectic mix of French pop, Avant Garde Jazz, North Indian, Folk and Classical styles. Helen Gillet’s 2018 solo album is Inspired by Helkiase, a cure-all medicine invented by the nuns of Notre Dame à la Rose hospital in Lessines, Belgium. (The hospital was one of Europe’s longest continually operating hospitals founded in XIII’s century). Gillet’s latest music deals with the more recent personal layers of complicated grief and finding new strength, sense of humor and inspiration. This recording captures the current spirit of Gillet’s live performance and features her newest original songs “Slow Drag Pavageau” written about legendary dancer and New Orleans bassist Alcide Pavageau, as well as “You Found Me,” “Skin,” and “Vautour,”song inspired by Israeli composer and artist Naama Tsabar. All songs are performed by Helen Gillet using a Boss RC50 Loop station and mainly cello and voice. Tracks 7 “Tonnerre” and 4 “Helkiase” use a Moog Sub Fatty synthesizer and vinyl scratching of a famous 1940 General de Gaulle speech. Live studio sessions and evening concerts recorded by Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist at the House of 1Hz on March 8th and 9th 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Mastered by Bruce Barielle.]

10:37 – Interview with Jennifer Owen

Jennifer Owen is Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group. Jennifer Owen, joins us to talk about “Skin” a world premiere music and dance collaboration with New Orleans-based cellist Helen Gillet. “Skin” features choreography by Jennifer Owen and musician Brad Cox.

Helen Gillet is a singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist exploring synthesized sounds, texture, and rhythm using an acoustic cello. For someone with her varied background, New Orleans, with its mix of cultures and musics, seemed like a natural place to call home. Gillet’s solo performance is known for its enigmatic quality as she fabricates each song with innovative use of the cello and true mastery of live looping technology.

“Skin” performances include: Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 PM, at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 West Pershing Rd, KCMO. Owen/Cox Dance Group is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation. More info at: http://www.owencoxdance.org

Jennifer Owen, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Jennifer Owen has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group, including two commissions by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and works commissioned by Island Moving Co. of Newport, RI, Kansas City Dance Festival, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has also created nine new works for Kansas City Ballet’s In the Wings choreographic workshop, and a winning entry for the 2006 Columbus Choreography Project. Owen is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium. Prior to founding Owen/Cox Dance Group, Owen enjoyed a 13-year international ballet career. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, and the central pas de deux in Todd Bolender’s Arena.

Jen Owen’s husband and partner is Brad Cox, is also the founder of The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City–a musicians’ collective dedicated to the creation and performance of new large ensemble jazz. AND, Brad Cox Octet–an eight-piece ensemble made up of 2 saxophonists, 2 bass players, 2 drummers, and 2 keyboardists.

Owen/Cox Dance Group is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation with a mission is to create new music and dance collaborations, to present high-quality contemporary dance performances with live music, and to engage as wide an audience as possible through affordable live performance, education and outreach programs

Over the last few years Owen/Cox Dance Group’s was working on a U.S. State Diplomacy Tour in Ukraine. COVID-19 local & international protocol, postponing this trip until this year. Jennifer Owen talk with us about how her dance company has been involved in international history, first with COVID-19 and now with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Jennifer Owen is involved with their Board Member Shari Wilson to raise funds for the people of the Ukraine.

Owen/Cox Dance Group is looking forward to their world premiere performance of “Skin” a world premiere music and dance collaboration with New Orleans-based cellist Helen Gillet. Friday, and Saturday April 1 and 2 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 PM, at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO.

Helen Gillet is a singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist exploring synthesized sounds, texture, and rhythm using an acoustic cello. For someone with her varied background, New Orleans, with its mix of cultures and musics, seemed like a natural place to call home. Gillet’s solo performance is known for its enigmatic quality as she fabricates each song with innovative use of the cello and true mastery of live looping technology.

Originally from Leuven, Belgium and now based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated her a Rising Star in the 61st Annual Critic’s Poll. She believes music to be an expression of the honest human condition; performing an eclectic mix of French pop, Avant Garde Jazz, North Indian, Folk and Classical styles.

Helen Gillet’s 2018 solo album is Inspired by Helkiase, a cure-all medicine invented by the nuns of Notre Dame à la Rose hospital in Lessines, Belgium. (The hospital was one of Europe’s longest continually operating hospitals founded in XIII’s century). Gillet’s latest music deals with the more recent personal layers of complicated grief and finding new strength, sense of humor and inspiration. This recording captures the current spirit of Gillet’s live performance and features her newest original songs “Slow Drag Pavageau” written about legendary dancer and New Orleans bassist Alcide Pavageau, as well as “You Found Me,” “Skin,” and “Vautour,”song inspired by Israeli composer and artist Naama Tsabar.

Oh recording all songs are performed by Helen Gillet using a Boss RC50 Loop station and mainly cello and voice. Tracks 7 “Tonnerre” and 4 “Helkiase” use a Moog Sub Fatty synthesizer and vinyl scratching of a famous 1940 General de Gaulle speech. Live studio sessions and evening concerts recorded by Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist at the House of 1Hz on March 8th and 9th 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Mastered by Bruce Barielle.

Jennifer Owen, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Owen/Cox Dance Group is looking forward to their world premiere performance of “Skin” a world premiere music and dance collaboration with New Orleans-based cellist Helen Gillet. “Skin” performances are on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, April 3, at 2:00 PM, at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO. More Info at: http://www.owencoxdance.org

10:53

  1. Helen Gillet – “Vautour”
    from: Helkiase / Helen Gillet / July 6, 2018
    [Originally from Leuven, Belgium and now based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated her a Rising Star in the 61st Annual Critic’s Poll. She believes music to be an expression of the honest human condition; performing an eclectic mix of French pop, Avant Garde Jazz, North Indian, Folk and Classical styles. Helen Gillet’s 2018 solo album is Inspired by Helkiase, a cure-all medicine invented by the nuns of Notre Dame à la Rose hospital in Lessines, Belgium. (The hospital was one of Europe’s longest continually operating hospitals founded in XIII’s century). Gillet’s latest music deals with the more recent personal layers of complicated grief and finding new strength, sense of humor and inspiration. This recording captures the current spirit of Gillet’s live performance and features her newest original songs “Slow Drag Pavageau” written about legendary dancer and New Orleans bassist Alcide Pavageau, as well as “You Found Me,” “Skin,” and “Vautour,”song inspired by Israeili composer and artist Naama Tsabar. All songs are performed by Helen Gillet using a Boss RC50 Loop station and mainly cello and voice. Tracks 7 “Tonnerre” and 4 “Helkiase” use a Moog Sub Fatty synthesizer and vinyl scratching of a famous 1940 General de Gaulle speech. Live studio sessions and evening concerts recorded by Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist at the House of 1Hz on March 8th and 9th 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Mastered by Bruce Barielle.
  1. The Black Creatures – “True Friends”
    from: “True Friends” – Single / Center Cut Records / September 17, 2021
    [After being signed to Center Cut Records the label remastered and reissued their album Wild Echoes and began releasing singles. “Wild Echoes” was #2 in WMM’s 119 Favorite Releases of 2019 (Albums & EPs). Since the release of ”Wild Echoes” the band has released seven entirely new songs, nearly one per month, all posted to their bandcamp page. The Black Creatures fuse dark-pop hip-hop, soul, jazz, and electronic music with elements from science fiction to tell inter-dimensional stories of love, community, life, culture, history. Xavier & Jade have made an impression in the KC music community with their live shows in clubs, galleries, record stores, and area music festivals. The Black Creatures released their debut single “Mouth 2 Mouth” June 5, 2016. 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 were last on WMM on May 26, 2021 and September 15, 2021.]

[The Black Creatures & Calvin Arsenia Scott were named Charlotte St. Foundation 2022 Generative Performing Artist Fellows. Visual Artists were Andrew Mcilvaine, Harold Smith Jr., Johanna Winters.]

[The Black Creatures plays The Ship, 1221 Union Avenue, KCMO in the West Bottoms, Saturday, March 26 at 9:00 PM with Effie and DeeJay Proof. Effie is opening the show!]

[The Black Creatures play Boulevardia on Friday, June 17, 2022]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. The Creepy Jingles – “Nicotine Mom”
    from: “Connundrum and Bass” – Single / High Dive Records / March 11, 2022
    [3rd single from band’s upcoming 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORDPLAY to be released March 25, 2022. “Trojan Horse Girl” was 1st single released Feb. 11, 2022 and followed by “Conundrum and Bass” released February 25, 2022. The Creepy Jingles are a KC based, 4-piece rock & roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. The album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ]

[The Creepy Jingles play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO on March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne.]

[The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE]

11:03 – Interview with The Creepy Jingles

This Friday, March 25, The Creepy Jingles are releasing their debut full-length album: TAKE ME AT MY WORDPLAY on High Dive Records.

The Creepy Jingles play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO this Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne.

The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE.

High Dive Records posts: The Creepy Jingles are led by Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics “centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree.” Nick Robertson, Travis McKenzie, and Andrew Woody bring their first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines, blending Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music.

Joining us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios: Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, (Singer/Songwriter, Guitar, Piano); Travis McKenzie (Lead Guitar), Nick Robertson (Drums); Andrew Woody (Bass) all join us yo share details about their debut full-length, TAKE ME AT MY WORDPLAY.

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, Travis McKenzie, Nick Robertson, Andrew Wood, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Take Me At My Wordplay

Side A

  1. Conundrum & Bass
  2. Trojan Horse Girl*
  3. Nicotine Mom
  4. Working Class Clown
  5. Fall of the Cabal Game

Side B

  1. Breaking the Fourth Walmart
  2. Cardinal Cinnabon
  3. Ennochian Hymn and Her
  4. Gaslight My Fire
  5. Tabooed Out of the Building
  6. Saved by the Bell Jar

All songs words and music written by Jocelyn Olivia Nixon

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin- Singer/ rhythm guitars/ keys
Travis McKenzie- Lead guitars
Nick Robertson- Drums/ Percussion
Andrew Woody – Bass

Zack Hames- Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

Special Thank You to Wayne Hutcherson and Adam York

social Media Links
Twitter @CreepyJingles
Facebook @CreepyJingles
Instagram @thecreepyjingles
http://www.highdivekc.com/bands/the-creepy-jingles

The Creepy Jingles released the stand alone single, “Throwing In The Femme Fatale” on Nov. 18, 2021. As lead singer Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, who is a transgender woman, told 90.9 The Bridge, “This is one of those songs we wanted to make space for and share because it was a favorite little oddball of ours, it’s a bit outside the box of what we normally do.” Nixon continued, “I wrote it to appear vague enough where it could be about a song, idea or a person that gets stuck inside your crawl space,” the song was about her own mindset before transitioning. “…This overwhelming thought about showing the world who I really was, because I couldn’t ignore it anymore.”

The Creepy Jingles, self-titled debut EP, THE CREEPY JINGLES was released on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. Ross Brown of (Shy Boys and Full Bloods) recorded & mixed the EP at Escape Pod Audio. Mike Nolte Mastered the recordings at Eureka Mastering. EP credits give special thanks to: Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch of Shy Boys.

From High Dive Records http://www.highdivekc.com:
“The brainchild of singer/ songwriter, Jocelyn Olivia Nixin acts to guide the listener thru a self-actualized Mono-myth of forging identity thru Bizarre arcane cosmic poetry coupled with the wordplay of a wry smile and eccentric wit.”

“Drummer Nick Robertson charges the group forward with a fiery fueled obsidian backbeat. Adam York (former bass player) delivers pulsing bass lines that compliment the songs and his partner in the rhythm section. Rounding out the band is Guitarist Travis McKenzie who generously spins a holographic spectrum of color that lift the catchy Brit pop melodies that effortlessly dance about the rapidly changing landscapes of New York Garage Rock and 60s/70s folk music. “

From FALLY AFANI, I Heart Local Music.com (JUNE 22, 2019):

“The Creepy Jingles are really throwing us for a loop. Like, we know garage rock is supposed to sound raw and a little loose. But The Creepy Jingles are so on point with their craft, we’re not entirely comfortable with picturing them as some laid back group of rockers. Every. Single. Note. Is. Perfect. When The Creepy Jingles play, it sounds like they practice every single day. They don’t miss a single thing! Every note in every song is spot on, we haven’t heard a group of rockers this tight with their performance in ages. When they hit the Replay for their album release show Thursday night, it was hard to look away. Jocelyn Olivia Nixon runs a tight ship with this group. They began the set with her pounding away at the keys, leaving a throbbing urge for more of their exciting rock noise. Then, when they fully dove into their impeccable guitar work, the audience was also treated to her gnarly-as-hell vocals. The growls, the screams, the RAWNESS of it all brings out our most primal emotions.”

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin is Community Organizer at Bandwaggn Kansas City

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin is Singer/ Songwriter/ Guitar/ Keys at The Creepy Jingles

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin is Singer-songwriter at English Major

Jocelyn Nixin Studied Filming/Directing/Acting/writing at The Art Institute of Austin

Jocelyn Nixin Studied Studied Broadcasting & Film at University of Central Missouri

Jocelyn Nixin Studied Studied Creative Writing in English at Missouri State University

Jocelyn Nixin went to Blue Springs South High School and Jocelyn Nixin lives in Overland Park, Kansas

From The Pitch KC June 19, 2019 Nick Spacek:

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin was part of the band Abracadabras, that was active around Kansas City from 2006 to 2009 or so. Nixon fronted the band, which also included brothers Collin and Kyle Rausch, who now play in the pop act Shy Boys.

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin told Nick Spacek i nan article published in The Pitch KC on June 19, 2019, “That was, like, the first band,” Nixin says. “I’d been writing songs since I was probably about 22, and that was our first band together. So it was like we all grew up together … Once I went to Austin, I felt like it was time for me to stand on my own.”

“I’d left [Kansas City] to work on my marriage,” Nixin continues. “My wife at the time was offered a job and I figured, Yeah, Austin, great music city. I should see what happens. A music city like Austin was the silver lining in moving away from my band.”

The marriage hit the skids a few years in, but Nixin continued writing music. She released a solo project called English Major, a divorce record of sorts. Five years in, though, everything finally seemed to come to a head.

“The traffic, the cost of living — our rent went up $750,” Nixin says. “It was almost impossible to stay. I was like, Why am I killing myself to do this? I was also starting to come to terms with my own personal identity, and it blew into this existential crisis, where I was like, I can’t keep this bottled up anymore.”

Being “bottled up” was Nixon acknowledging her recent transition into life as a woman, a process she’d started early during her time in Austin.

“Tweezing my eyebrows, laser hair removal, therapy, going out more in femme,” she says — but largely abandoned after her marriage fell apart and she stepped into a new relationship. But the desire to transition hadn’t gone away; Nixin was just burying it.

“I was depressed to the point where I kind of — there’s that line in ‘Yer Blues,’ where John Lennon’s like, Feel so suicidal/ Even hate my rock & roll.’ I was like, ‘Oh, I get that line,’”

Nixin says. “I didn’t ever feel like I was going to commit suicide, but I had this fantasy of faking my death and becoming a new person, which was all sort of leading me to transition, but I was just miserable and I just didn’t want to be around it.”

She decided to leave Austin and return to KC, though moving back home as she transitioned wasn’t something Nixon was initially eager to do. “I thought it was scarier to move back,” she says. But then she realized that, as she says, “I needed to do this in front of the people I grew up with, and have those tough conversations, and tell them who I really am and how I really feel. It felt like the most honest way to do things, and it felt like the most authentic way to bridge my past to my present.”

Nixin started hormones and came out as a woman after she moved back home to KC. She says everyone’s been cool about it — tons of support.

“When I came out, I felt stupid, because I was like, ‘I should’ve done this sooner,’” she says. “An immediate weight lifted off of me, just from carrying the weight of that consuming all my mental faculties at all times. It just shot my nervous system.”

Nixin had quit playing music toward the end of her time in Austin, and she gave herself a few years during her transition to “get my head right and heal from a breakup, and also, approaching this new phase in my life,” as she puts it. But she kept writing songs.

She started jamming with Nick Robertson, a drummer. Then they brought in Travis McKenzie, a former Abracadabras guitarist, and the Creepy Jingles were born. They played around for a few years and then, last year, began recording what would become their debut self-titled EP.

“We took it slow, doing it like, once a week, and then once fall rolled around, we were like, ‘Let’s record some things,’” Nixin says. They took the music to Ross Brown, another Shy Boy, who recorded and mixed the EP in his basement. Collin Rausch ended up playing bass on it.

“It was kind of like a little family reunion,” Nixon says of reuniting with old bandmates.

Nick Spacek wrote: The EP was released on High Dive Records at the beginning of May. It’s confident and exuberant, a Kinksy mishmash of Britpop garage rock”.

She says. I felt like I had to adopt a mask or a character to protect myself a little bit onstage. Now it feels very me, and I’m very comfortable.”
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11:15

  1. The Creepy Jingles – “Connundrum and Bass”
    from: “Conundrum and Bass” – Single / High Dive Records / February 25, 2022
    [This is the second single from band’s upcoming 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY scheduled for release in March 25, 2022. “Trojan Horse Girl” was the single released February 11, 2022. [From band’s upcoming 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything and the kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ] The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019.]

[The Creepy Jingles play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO this Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne. ]

[The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE.]

11:18 – Interview with The Creepy Jingles (continued)

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, Travis McKenzie, Nick Robertson, Andrew Wood, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Nixon had quit playing music toward the end of her time in Austin, and she gave herself a few years during her transition to “get my head right and heal from a breakup, and also, approaching this new phase in my life,” as she puts it. But she kept writing songs.

Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics “centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree.” Nick, Travis, and Andrew bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines, blending Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music.

She started jamming with Nick Robertson, a drummer. Then they brought in Travis McKenzie, a former Abracadabras guitarist, and the Creepy Jingles were born. They played around for a few years and then, last year, began recording what would become their debut self-titled EP.

This Friday, March 25, The Creepy Jingles are releasing their debut full-length album: TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY on High Dive Records.

The Creepy Jingles play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO this Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne.

The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE.

The Creepy Jingles play Manor Fest 4 on May 27, at 9th & State.

Jocelyn Olivia Nixin, Travis McKenzie, Nick Robertson, Andrew Wood, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:26

  1. The Creepy Jingles – “Gaslight My Fire”
    from: Take Me At My Wordplay / High Dive Records / March 25, 2022
    [From band’s upcoming 11-track, full-length debut, TAKE ME AT MY WORD PLAY. The Creepy Jingles are a Kansas City based, 4-piece rock and roll band that both honors and defies convention. Led by singer / song-writer Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics. Nick Robertson on drums, Travis McKenzie on guitar, and Andrew Woody on bass guitar bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines. Their new album, “Take Me at My Wordplay” is an eclectic blend of catchy Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. Paired up with lyrics centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree. Everything and the kitchen sink or swim. No stoner left unturned. The Creepy Jingles released their Debut EP on High Dive Records on May 3, 2019. The release was in the top ten of WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. ]

[The Creepy Jingles play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO this Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne. ]

[The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE.]

11:29 – Underwriting

  1. Asterales – “Calling Me (Feat Ghostmind)”
    from: FUTURESPECTIVE / Datura Records / March 25, 2022
    [Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. KC based leftfield, experimental, electronica music maker, also known as Nate Holt. Asterales eleased the 5-track EP, WORK HOURS on Sept. 6, 2016 in collaboration with Aikido Bray, Leo Minor, Katlyn Conroy, and Tanner Walle, with synthesizers, production, recording, engineering & mastering by Etan Tioh for Datura Records. This was followed by the 3-track EP, FRAGMENTS, released Feb. 3, 2017. Asterales released the single A.M. on Feb. 4, 2017. Asterales released the 10-track album, OUTSIDE THE BOX on Oct. 31, 2017. Asterales released the singles: “Brkfst 4 Btlvrs” on Oct. 31, 2017; and “Soft Spheres” on April 21, 2018. Asterales released the 10-track album ORBITAL DEBRIS: VOL. 1 on Aug. 14, 2020 on Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the single “ASTR_40” on Aug. 26, 2020. Asterales released the 4-song EP EXTRA JUNK on Dec. 4, 2020 through Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the singles: “Solstice Song” on Dec. 21, 2020, and “Desire (Tanner Walle) – Asterales Remix” on Jan. 29, 2021. Asterales released the single “Offline” on Feb. 26, 2021. Asterales released the single, “Beauty In The Distance feat. Heidi Gluck)” on March 31, 2021. Produced & mixed by Asterales, vocals by Heidi Gluck. lyrics by Approach, mastered by Royce Diamond. Asterales released the single, “So Easy (feat. Royce Diamond)” on April 30, 2021. Asterales released the single, “Let Go” on May 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales, lyrics by Royce Diamond, vocals by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Paraglider” on June 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Kinugemi” on July 31, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Variable Stars Pt. 1″ on August 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the remix single, “She Left (Asterales Remix)” on Sept. 2, 2021, produced by Asterales. Remix artwork by Gordon Leadfoot & Asterales. Asterales released the single, “P​@​!​omAr​-​1” on September 28, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. More info at: http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com Asterales released the remix single, “Cory Phillips & the Band of Light – Give & the Take (Asterales Remix)” on October 1, 2021. “Give & the Take” was written by Cory Phillips coryphillipsmusic.com “Give & the Take – Asterales Remix” Produced by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Calling Me (feat. Ghostmind)” on October 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Vocals and guitar performed and recorded by Ghostmind. Lyrics by Ghostmind. Artwork by Asterales. Asterales released the single “Your World or Mine (Feat. Approach)” on November 30, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Lyrics and vocals by Approach. Asterales released “Right Here, This Moment (feat. Royce Diamond & Maria Cuevas)” on December 31, 2021, produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Lyrics & vocals by Royce Diamond. Background vocals by Maria Cuevas (of Maria The Mexican). One of 14 singles Asterales released in 2021. More information at http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com]

11:35 – Interview with Nate Holt of Asterales

Musician, producer, writer, Nate Holt records as Astrales. In 2021, Asterales released 12 new singles and two new single remixes. Asterales is getting set to release their new album FUTURESPECTIVE on March 25, 2022 through Datura Records LLC. The album contains all 12 singles together, plus 4 new remix tracks. Nate also plays keyboards in the bands: Cory Phillips & the Light, Maria The Mexican, and Hello Biplane. Nate is also a longtime collaborator with Approach, and he works with Datura Records based in Lawrence, Kansas. Nate is also the co-host and co-creator of The Long Play Listening Party, a podcast about music that he presents with Royce Diamond and Howie Howard. More information at: https://twitter.com/thelongplaylp or https://linktr.ee/asteralesmusic

Nate Holt thanks for being with us on WMM.

KC based leftfield, experimental, electronica music maker, also known as Nate Holt.

Asterales released 14 singles Asterales released in 2021. More information at http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com

Asterales is getting set to release their new album FUTURESPECTIVE on March 25, 2022 through Datura Records LLC. The album contains all 12 singles together, plus 4 new remix tracks.

Musician, producer, writer, Nate Holt who records as Astrales.

Nate also plays keyboards in the bands:
Cory Phillips & the Light,
Maria The Mexican,
and Hello Biplane.

Nate Holt – GIGS

Cory Phillips & the Band of Light April 16, at Bottleneck
Cory Phillips & the Band of Light, April 29, at Jazzhaus
Cory Phillips & the Band of Light May 7, Food Truck Festival LFK
Cory Phillips & the Band of Light, May 21, with Josh Hoyer at Lucia

Maria the Mexican play the ABBA Tribute, April 1, 7:00 PM, at The Bottleneck
I Heart Local Music presents: A Tribute to ABBA, All Ages, FREE SHOW, This tribute to mothers brings your favorite ABBA songs to life with local musicians (who are also mothers), including: Unfit Wives, Maria the Mexican, Party Party with Katlyn Conroy (of Cheery), Suzannah Johannes, Bad Alaskan (Alex Williams), with local drag queens to perform songs from “Mama Mia!” including Miss Gay Kansas United States MsAmanda Love and Rose Champagne! This show will be requiring vaccines/masks.

Maria the Mexican play TPAC on April 8, w/Gary Hobbs
Maria the Mexican play Jazzhaus May 13, June 17, Aug 19
Maria the Mexican play Replay Lounge May 8 matinee
Maria the Mexican playAztec Theater, June 25
Maria the Mexican play NOTO Concert Series, July 15

Heavy Petty play ullivan Square in Baldwin City KS on May 6

Nate also plays with Benjamin Cartel, on May 7. Benjamin Cartel is originally from NYC, the band Benjamin put together is Nate Holt, Kirsten Paludan, Christopher Tolle, Jim Piller (Roseline), and Mario Vlasic (Cory Phillips & Band of Light). Links to Benjamin Cartel: https://music.apple.com/us/album/flickering-light/1360838804 and https://music.apple.com/us/album/march-forth/278853200

Nate also plays with Kirsten Paludan May 21, at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave, KCMO (West Bottoms) with Marah McFadden. https://marahmcfadden.com/resume/

Nate is also a longtime collaborator with Approach, and he works with Datura Records based in Lawrence, Kansas.

Nate is also the co-host and co-creator of The Long Play Listening Party, a podcast about music that he presents with Royce Diamond and Howie Howard.

More information at: https://twitter.com/thelongplaylp or https://linktr.ee/asteralesmusic

Asterales Discography

WORK HOURS, 5-track EP, released on Sept. 6, 2016 in collaboration with Aikido Bray, Leo Minor, Katlyn Conroy, and Tanner Walle, with synthesizers, production, recording, engineering & mastering by Etan Tioh for Datura Records.

FRAGMENTS, 3-track EP, released Feb. 3, 2017.

A.M., Single released Feb. 4, 2017.

OUTSIDE THE BOX 10-track album, released on Oct. 31, 2017.

“Brkfst 4 Btlvrs” Single, Oct. 31, 2017;

“Soft Spheres” – Single released April 21, 2018.

ORBITAL DEBRIS: VOL. 1, 10-Track album, released Aug. 14, 2020 Mr. Furious Records.

Asterales released the single “ASTR_40” Single on Aug. 26, 2020.

EXTRA JUNK EP released on Dec. 4, 2020 through Mr. Furious Records.

“Solstice Song” Single released on Dec. 21, 2020,

“Desire (Tanner Walle) – Asterales Remix” released on Jan. 29, 2021.

“Offline” Single released on Feb. 26, 2021.

“Beauty In The Distance feat. Heidi Gluck” Single released Mar. 31, 2021. Produced & mixed by Asterales, vocals by Heidi Gluck, lyrics by Approach, mastered by Royce Diamond

“So Easy (feat. Royce Diamond)” released on April 30, 2021.

“Let Go” a Single released on May 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales, lyrics by Royce Diamond, vocals by Asterales.

“Paraglider” released on June 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales.

“Kinugemi” released on July 31, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales.

“Variable Stars Pt. 1” released Aug. 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales.

“She Left (Asterales Remix)” remix Single on Sept. 2, 2021, produced by Asterales. Remix artwork by Gordon Leadfoot & Asterales.

“P​@​!​omAr​-​1” Single on September 28, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales.

“Give & the Take” (Asterales Remix)” Oct. 1, 2021.”Cory Phillips & the Band of Light

“Calling Me (feat. Ghostmind)” Single released on October 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Vocals and guitar performed and recorded by Ghostmind. Lyrics by Ghostmind. Artwork by Asterales.

“Your World or Mine (Feat. Approach)” Single released on November 30, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Lyrics and vocals by Approach.

“Right Here, This Moment (feat. Royce Diamond & Maria Cuevas)” Single released on December 31, 2021, produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Lyrics & vocals by Royce Diamond. Background vocals by Maria Cuevas (of Maria The Mexican).

Brand new track: “LET GO vocal redux (Feat. Kirsten Paludan)”

Nate Holt thanks for being on WMM.

Asterales is getting set to release their new album FUTURESPECTIVE on Friday, March 25, 2022 through Datura Records LLC. The album contains all 12 singles together, plus 4 new remix tracks. https://linktr.ee/asteralesmusic

For WMM, I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:53

  1. Asterales – “LET GO vocal redux (Feat. Kirsten Paludan)”
    from: FUTURESPECTIVE / Datura Records / March 25, 2022
    [Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. KC based leftfield, experimental, electronica music maker, also known as Nate Holt. Asterales eleased the 5-track EP, WORK HOURS on Sept. 6, 2016 in collaboration with Aikido Bray, Leo Minor, Katlyn Conroy, and Tanner Walle, with synthesizers, production, recording, engineering & mastering by Etan Tioh for Datura Records. This was followed by the 3-track EP, FRAGMENTS, released Feb. 3, 2017. Asterales released the single A.M. on Feb. 4, 2017. Asterales released the 10-track album, OUTSIDE THE BOX on Oct. 31, 2017. Asterales released the singles: “Brkfst 4 Btlvrs” on Oct. 31, 2017; and “Soft Spheres” on April 21, 2018. Asterales released the 10-track album ORBITAL DEBRIS: VOL. 1 on Aug. 14, 2020 on Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the single “ASTR_40” on Aug. 26, 2020. Asterales released the 4-song EP EXTRA JUNK on Dec. 4, 2020 through Mr. Furious Records. Asterales released the singles: “Solstice Song” on Dec. 21, 2020, and “Desire (Tanner Walle) – Asterales Remix” on Jan. 29, 2021. Asterales released the single “Offline” on Feb. 26, 2021. Asterales released the single, “Beauty In The Distance feat. Heidi Gluck)” on March 31, 2021. Produced & mixed by Asterales, vocals by Heidi Gluck. lyrics by Approach, mastered by Royce Diamond. Asterales released the single, “So Easy (feat. Royce Diamond)” on April 30, 2021. Asterales released the single, “Let Go” on May 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales, lyrics by Royce Diamond, vocals by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Paraglider” on June 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Kinugemi” on July 31, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Variable Stars Pt. 1″ on August 30, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Asterales released the remix single, “She Left (Asterales Remix)” on Sept. 2, 2021, produced by Asterales. Remix artwork by Gordon Leadfoot & Asterales. Asterales released the single, “P​@​!​omAr​-​1” on September 28, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. More info at: http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com Asterales released the remix single, “Cory Phillips & the Band of Light – Give & the Take (Asterales Remix)” on October 1, 2021. “Give & the Take” was written by Cory Phillips coryphillipsmusic.com “Give & the Take – Asterales Remix” Produced by Asterales. Asterales released the single, “Calling Me (feat. Ghostmind)” on October 31, 2021. Produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Vocals and guitar performed and recorded by Ghostmind. Lyrics by Ghostmind. Artwork by Asterales. Asterales released the single “Your World or Mine (Feat. Approach)” on November 30, 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Asterales. Lyrics and vocals by Approach. Asterales released “Right Here, This Moment (feat. Royce Diamond & Maria Cuevas)” on December 31, 2021, produced, mixed & mastered by Asterales. Lyrics & vocals by Royce Diamond. Background vocals by Maria Cuevas (of Maria The Mexican). One of 14 singles Asterales released in 2021. More information at http://www.asterales.bandcamp.com]
  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, March 30 we talk with D Rashaan Gilmore host of the Kansas City PBS program Flatland KC.

We also talk with Luke M. Harbur who records as MUSIC BY SKIPPY and has release his debut album MY DYING WISH with a live album release show, April 7 & 8, 2022 hosted by Quixotic, 1616 Broadway Blvd, KCMO More info at http://www.musicbyskippy.com

And also next week we talk with Issac Flynn lead singer of Hembree who willshare details about the band’s new album IT’S A DREAM. Hembree will play Boulevardia on June 17, 2022

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

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Show #934

WMM presents The Creepy Jingles + Asterales + Owen / Cox Dance Group

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, March 23, 2022

The Creepy Jingles + Jennifer Owen of Owen Cox Dance + Nate Holt of Asterales + New & MidCoastal Releases

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Static Phantoms, Cuee, Miki P, The Creepy Jingles, Fritz Hutchison, Asterales with Ghostmind, and with Kirsten Paludan, The Black Creatures, Effie, Quite Frankly, and Helen Gillet.

At 10:30, Jennifer Owen, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Owen / Cox Dance Group joins us to talk about “Skin” a world premiere music and dance collaboration with New Orleans-based cellist Helen Gillet. “Skin” features choreography by Jennifer Owen and musician Brad Cox. Helen Gillet is a singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist exploring synthesized sounds, texture, and rhythm using an acoustic cello. For someone with her varied background, New Orleans, with its mix of cultures and musics, seemed like a natural place to call home. Gillet’s solo performance is known for its enigmatic quality as she fabricates each song with innovative use of the cello and true mastery of live looping technology. “Skin” performances include: Friday, and Saturday April 1 and 2 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 PM, at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO. Owen/Cox Dance Group is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation. http://www.owencoxdance.org

At 11:00 Mark welcomes The Creepy Jingles: Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, (Singer/Songwriter, Guitar, Piano); Travis McKenzie (Lead Guitar), Nick Robertson (Drums); and Andrew Woody (Bass) who will share details about their debut full-length album, TAKE ME AT MY WORDPLAY on High Dive Records. The Creepy Jingles are led by Jocelyn Olivia Nixon, a transgender wordsmith who charms with razor wit and dazzles with her lyrical acrobatics “centering on themes of identity, strained relationships, social media madness, meme magic, pandemic paranoia, paid off political pundits, backyard bullies and barking up the wrong tree.” Nick, Travis, and Andrew bring first class musicianship and creativity, helping Nixon paint the perfect picture of colors and sounds that don’t stay in the lines, blending Brit-Pop melodies that dance around the landscape of surf, NY garage rock, psychedelia and folk music. The Creepy Jingles play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO on March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne. The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE. More info at: Instagram @thecreepyjingles

At 11:30 Mark talks with musician, producer, writer, Nate Holt who records as Astrales. In 2021, Asterales released 12 new singles and two new single remixes. Asterales is getting set to release their new album FUTURESPECTIVE on March 25, 2022 through Datura Records LLC. The album contains all 12 singles together, plus 4 new remix tracks. Nate also plays keyboards in the bands: Cory Phillips & the Light, Maria The Mexican, and Hello Biplane. Nate is also a longtime collaborator with Approach, and he works with Datura Records based in Lawrence, Kansas. Nate is also the co-host and co-creator of The Long Play Listening Party, a podcast about music that he presents with Royce Diamond and Howie Howard. More information at: https://twitter.com/thelongplaylp or https://linktr.ee/asteralesmusic

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Static Phantoms photo by: Todd Zimmer

Show #934

WMM Playlist from March 16, 2022

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Matt & Melissa Weinman of Dimension Bill Edwards + Oliver Hall + Jeremiah James Gonzales of Redder Moon + and more New & MidCoastal Releases

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Making Movies – “Calor”
    from: “Calor” – Single / 3/2 Recordings / March 11, 2022.
    [Produced by Ben Yonas, mixed by Tchad Blake, engineered by Scotty McEwen, with cover art by Edwing Mendez. More info at: http://www.makingmovies.world. Making Movies is a Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of : Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Duncan Burnett on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and KC Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies released the 5-song EP, EN VIVO (SIN APLAUSO) on February 4, 2022. Prior to that, Making Movies released the 6-track EP BORING BITS, on May 7, 2021, which includes their single “La Marcha.” On February 5, the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP includes a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), and the love ballad “Una Vida.” The EP was ranked #25 inWMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. The EP also includes: covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available on BandCamp for only three days on February 5 through February 7, 2021. Since then it has been made private, an is not available anywhere. Prior to the EP release Making Movies released their newest single “Could You” on January 12, 2021. In regard to the new song “Could You” Making Movies lead singer Enrique Javier Chi writes, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both Kansas City and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV, but we feel like we needed to share it now. In its initial role, it served as a pacifier for me, something that would help me feel a little better when I felt super anxious, so hopefully, it will feel like that for you.” Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Enrique Chi joined us on WMM on May 19, 2021. ]

[Making Movies play an Official Showcase of Falk Alliance International Conference. May 19, 7:30 PM]

  1. The Elders – “We Are Same”
    from: “We Are Same” – Single / The Elders / January 28, 2022
    [The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock. Ian Byrne, a native of Ireland’s County Wicklow, guitarist Steve Phillips (formerly of The Rainmakers), bassist Norm Dahlor, violinist and keyboardist Brent Hoad (formerly of The Secrets), drummer Kian Byrne, and fiddler Colin Farrell (Creel and Gráda). Steve Phillips, passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on Sept. 29, 2020. In addition to being an integral member of The Elders, he was also a co-founder of Steve, Bob and Rich, which later became The Rainmakers. Both of these groups have cemented international acclaim, due in part to Steve’s musicianship. The band was already working on their 10th studio album, WELL ALRIGHT THEN that will be released on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2022. More information at: The Band writes on their website, http://www.eldersmusic.com, “Steve granted us the most amazing gift by writing recording many of his parts before his passing. He began working diligently as soon as he was given his prognosis in early 2020. We cannot begin to express how special and heartwarming this is, and we know it will be for you too. Steve is as present on this album as he’s ever been. With that in mind, we knew we owed it to him and the songs to make sure they were shared with the world, which meant some touring! We’ll be playing select shows and festivals throughout the year, and will be sure to keep you updated. Our brother Brent has decided to refrain from touring for now, and we support him in his decision. We have welcomed two excellent musicians to join our ranks to help bring our songs to life, and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board. Bill Latas and Dan Loftus are incredibly talented and long-time friends of the band.” The current line up of The Elders are: Ian Byrne on vocals, drums, percussion, whistle Norm Dahlor on vocals, bass, guitar, banjo; Kian Byrne on vocals, drums, bass, mandolin, guitar; Diana Ladio on fiddle, Bill Latas on guitar; and Dan Loftus-vocals, piano, guitar.]

[The Elders return to The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 7:00 PM in Helzberg Hall, 1601 Broadway , KCMO, For more info: http://www.kauffmancenter.org]

[The Elders play Knuckleheads on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 7:00 PM, at Knuckleheads , 2715 Rochester Ave, KCMO, – SOLD OUT – More info at: http://www.knuckleheadsKC.com]

  1. Jo MacKenzie – “Tourist”
    from: Tourist EP / Jordin MacKenzie / March 11, 2022
    [Last year, 18 year old Jo Mackenzie (producer and songwriter) and 19 year old Dia Jane (singer/songwriter) released the EP, BRAINBABY on September 5, 2021. The two 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. In 2020 Kansas City based singer songwriter, Jo MacKenzie released this year now collected together in a 5 -song EP, written, performed and produced by Jo MacKenzie. Mixed by Harper James. Jo MacKenzie released her Debut EP Proud on November 17, 2018. Along with Proud, Jo Mackenzie released the single “Just Like Rain” on August 18, 2018; “I Should Come with a Warning Sign” on September 28, 2019; and “Alaska” on November 23, 2019 and the single “Suicide Season” on February 1, 2020, and the single “Lose My Face” on April 24, 2020. More info at http://www.jomackenzie.com]
  1. clav – “Wrecks in the City”
    from: Moonchaser – EP / Big Reggie Records / February 25, 2022
    [clav’s 6-track EP, MOONCHASER has 6 tracks. clav is the musical project of Calvin Haverkamp from McLouth, Kansas, now living in Tonganoxie, Kansas. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/calvin.haverkamp%5D

6. Jass – “Him”
from: “Him” – Single / JASS / February 23, 2022,
[Jass is Jasmine “Jass” Couch. Jass released At the Close of a Decade on November 26, 2022. It was part of WMM’s 121 Best Recordings of 2021. 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]

7. Back Alley Brass Band – “Pass The Peas (Party People)”
from: Back Alley Brass Band / Back Alley Brass Band / March 25, 2022
[This is the debut full-length studio album by Back Alley Brass Band. The Back Alley Brass Band is a Kansas City take on a funky brass band. The 9-piece band is a hard hitting music power house that starts a party wherever they play. More information at: http://www.backalleybrass.com

[The Back Alley Brass Band play an Album Release Party on March 26, 2022, at 8:00 PM at the Rino in North Kansas City, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO. with Trevor Turla Opening.]

[The Back Alley Brass Band play the Jazzhaus, in Lawrence, KS., 926 Massachusetts St. Lawrence, Kansas, on April 23, 10:00 PM.]

10:30 – Underwriting

  1. Dimension Bill Edwards – “Pillow Head”
    from: SUSTENANCE / Gordophonic Records / February 10, 2022
    [Dimension Bill Edwards released their single,“Surrealberry Hill” on Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The single was inspired by band members move from the West 39th street area to Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas. The spoken word portion of the song is Matt reading from the Egyptian Book of The Dead. The release coincided with an amazing “Float House” that Melissa created for Mardi Gras in Pandemic times. Dimension Bill Edwards is a band that kind of organically formed through live performances at the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and the last set of the festival “Heavy Petting ZO0” held in the Pecan Grove an the band mameber’s association with the band KC Bearfighters. Dimension Bill Edwards is: Matt Weinman on lyrics, vocals & guitar; Melissa Weinman on lyrics, vocals & dance moves; Grant Buell on keyboards & accordion; Mallory Edson on violin; Phil Craven on bass & recording engineer; (John Bersuch on drums for “Surrealberry Hill”) ; Ike Golets on drums for future recordings and live performances. Grant Buell and Melissa Weinman are also in the band Good Time Charley. Phil Craven and Mallory Edson and Ike Goletz are also in the band, Whiskey for the Lady. More info at: http://www.dimensionbilledwards.bandcamp.com]

10:34 – Interview with Matt Weinman and Melissa Weinman

Matt & Melissa Weinman are members of the KCK based band, Dimension Bill Edwards. We talked with them alast April after the band released their incredibly original debut single, “Surrealberry Hill” on February 16, 2021. A year later they released their debut full length album, SUSTENANCE on February 20, 2022 with a giant Mardi Gras party and parade. Dimension Bill Edwards is: Matt Weinman on lyrics, vocals & guitar; Melissa Weinman on lyrics, vocals & dance moves; Grant Buell on keyboards & accordion; Mallory Edson on violin and vocal harmonies; Phil Craven on bass & recording engineer; and Ike Goletz on drums. More info at: http://www.dimensionbilledwards.com

Matt Weinman and Melissa Weinman thanks for being with us on WMM.

Congratulations on your new album. SUSTENANCE

“Rural sci-fi existentialists” asked by the higher powers to establish creative freedom in the most unlikely locations. Embracing a literary compost pile of poetry, history, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, and scriptures; uncoiling songs both fictional and emotional, true to life, and true to life on the astral planes, Bill Edwards clogs it all together into Dimension.

The band released their debut full length album, SUSTENANCE on February 20, 2022 with a giant Mardi Gras party and parade.

How did the band name themselves Dimension Bill Edwards?

Band members found a wooden sign that read “Dimension Bill Edwards” behind Cupini’s on West 43rd Street. No one knows what the sign was from or what it meant, but they decided to use this for the name of their band.

Dimension Bill Edwards is:
Matt Weinman on lyrics, vocals & guitar;
Melissa Weinman on lyrics, vocals & dance moves;
Grant Buell on keyboards & accordion;
Mallory Edson on violin;
Phil Craven on bass & recording engineer;
Ike Goletz on drums.

The 13-track album was recorded at Lotus Lounge Studios

Additional Credits:

Songwriting Contributions- Clayton Smith, Davis Douglas,
Wyatt Bahm (Flying Monkee) Elizabeth and Sebastian Sontheimer (Surrealberry Hill)

J. Bersuch — drums on “Surrealberry Hill”
Paul Andrews– cover photo art on CD case
Brie Kerschen– back cover photo

Paul Andrews did on the photo design for our debut album! Our cover art is a combination of two wooden signs that were found in the wild. The Dimension Bill Edwards sign was found behind Cupinis and the piece below that was found by Matt under the floor boards of a shed in New Mexico. Exact origins are still unknown.

Dimension Bill Edwards released SUSTENANCE on Gordophonic Records

Grant Buell and Melissa Weinman are also in the band Good Time Charley. Phil Craven and Mallory Edson are also in the band, Whiskey for the Lady.

“Surrealberry Hill” was released on Fat Tuesday, and was inspired Matt and Melissa’s move from the West 39th street area to Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas.The Single releaseThe release coincided with an amazing “Float House” that Melissa Created for Mardi Gras in Pandemic times? The spoken word is Matt reading from the Egyptian Book of The Dead

Dimension Bill Edwards is a band that came out of the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and the last set of the festival “Heavy Petting 200” held in the Pecan Grove with the band KC Bearfighters.

https://www.dimensionbilledwards.com/

Bill Edwards’ first novel, MIGHTY BLOOD MASTER, written under their spiritual pseudonym, Toseki. Dive into this 125 page comedic destruction. Part American parody, part heavy metal horror, and all parts Blood. This novel reads as fast as fire on wood with red-popping cover art by Trevor Mott. Sink your teeth into its Feel!!!! More info at: http://www.dimensionbilledwards.bandcamp.com

Matt Weinman and Melissa Weinman thanks for being with us on WMM.

The band released their debut full length album, SUSTENANCE on February 20, 2022 with a giant Mardi Gras party and parade. More info at: http://www.dimensionbilledwards.com

10:54

  1. Dimension Bill Edwards – “Lady Lost Love”
    from: SUSTENANCE / Gordophonic Records / February 10, 2022
    [Dimension Bill Edwards released their single,“Surrealberry Hill” on Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The single was inspired by band members move from the West 39th street area to Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas. The spoken word portion of the song is Matt reading from the Egyptian Book of The Dead. The release coincided with an amazing “Float House” that Melissa created for Mardi Gras in Pandemic times. Dimension Bill Edwards is a band that kind of organically formed through live performances at the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and the last set of the festival “Heavy Petting ZO0” held in the Pecan Grove an the band mameber’s association with the band KC Bearfighters. Dimension Bill Edwards is: Matt Weinman on lyrics, vocals & guitar; Melissa Weinman on lyrics, vocals & dance moves; Grant Buell on keyboards & accordion; Mallory Edson on violin; Phil Craven on bass & recording engineer; (John Bersuch on drums for “Surrealberry Hill”) ; Ike Golets on drums for future recordings and live performances. Grant Buell and Melissa Weinman are also in the band Good Time Charley. Phil Craven and Mallory Edson and Ike Goletz are also in the band, Whiskey for the Lady. More info at: http://www.dimensionbilledwards.bandcamp.com]
  1. Amble Haunt – “Jump Across The Pool”
    from: Empty Lot EP / Amble Haunt / April 1, 2022
    [5-track EP. The Kansas City band includes: Bryce Veazey, Brandon Woodall, Ara Woodall, and Jake Briscoe. More info at: http://www.amblehaunt.bandcamp.com

11:00 – Station ID

11:00– Interview with Ollie Hall

Musician, writer, film director, & photographer, Ollie Hall joins us to talk about his 2-CD album release, SONGS OF THE PLANETS a collection of digital recordings using special instruments designed by N.A.S.A. that record electromagnetic vibrations from the planets and transfers them into sounds that can be heard by the human ear. The music celebrates NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Ollie Hall worked as a photographer and journalist for the KAW VALLEY INDEPENDENT Newspaper. Oliver Hall also has extensive film work include collaborations and work with Academy Award Winners, Spike Lee and Kevin Willmot

Ollie Hall, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Oliver Hall devoted two years to produce, engineer, remix in surround sound this N.A.S.A. approved project, Songs Of The Planets.

Oliver Hall’s CD Release for SONGS OF THE PLANETS was help on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Josey Records in the Crossroads.

Ollie told us that he uses the recordings to meditate to at night. He writes: “Song of Earth and Voice of Earth are my meditation pieces.” “I have never heard anything like it in my life and I feel so blessed to have been able to do such a one of a kind project.”

11:05

  1. Oliver Hall – “Sun”
    from: Songs Of The Planets / Oliver Hall / July 13, 2019
    [SONGS OF THE PLANETS a collection of digital recordings using special instruments designed by N.A.S.A. that record electromagnetic vibrations from the planets and transfers them into sounds that can be heard by the human ear. The music celebrates NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.]

11:09 – Interview with Ollie Hall (continued)

Musician, writer, film director, & photographer, Ollie Hall joins us to talk about his 2-CD album release, SONGS OF THE PLANETS a collection of digital recordings using special instruments designed by N.A.S.A. that record electromagnetic vibrations from the planets and transfers them into sounds that can be heard by the human ear. The music celebrates NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Ollie Hall worked as a photographer and journalist for the KAW VALLEY INDEPENDENT Newspaper.

Ollie Hall, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

2 years to produce, engineer, remix in surround sound this N.A.S.A. approved project.
Oliver Hall’s CD Release for Songs of the Planets

Oliver Hall is the former Director/Producer/Writer at Global Hall Productions

Oliver Hall was born and raised in Kansas and worked for Herman Hall construction company for 10 years, which was his father’s construction company. iDuring this time Oliver went to College for two years and became a certified medical aide (CMA). He worked as a medical aide for five years. He worked at various nursing homes including a state home for American soldiers.

Oliver Hall Coordinated art festivals for four years in southwestern Kansas that we use to raise money for charities. (100% of the money went to various charities).

Oliver first experience working with photography in 1995, working for the Kaw Valley Independent newspaper as a Graphic Artist and Photographer.

Oliver Hall has photographed:

Former first lady of France, Dainelle Mitterand

Nobel Peace prize winners, Archbishop Tutu, Rigaberta Menchu

Pulitzer Prize winner author Alice Walker

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

Wilma Mankiller, first woman president of the Cherokee Nation

Buck O’Neil, first African-American coach in the major leagues/Chicago Cubs

Jazz Legends: T.S. Monk, Claude (Fiddler) Williams, and Oliver Lake

Tibetan Monk, Palden Gyatso

and Ralph Nader, Robert Kennedy Jr.

Oliver Hall created with his children SUPERCLAY HEROS OF THE UNIVERSE which is the only comic strip created using Nintendo Gameboy and printer.

Oliver Hall created a character called, (Tungston Turtle) also suggested by his kids. The costume cost $50.00 and it was finished in 2 weeks. Not being able to find an actor, Mr. Hall reluctantly became Tungston Turtle. It got sponsorship from Pepsi Cola and Wal-mart. The series ran on the local PBS station.

Ollie Hall Film Resume:

WHIRLING DERVISHES OF RUMI:2022
(Director, Producer, Cinematographer)

DON QUIXOTE:2023 (Director, Producer, Cinematographer)

BARACK OBAMA: PORTRAIT OF A VISIONARY 2008
(producer and editor) – Youtube video: Stan Herd artist

Part 1: A COMMUNITY OF HOPE REBUILDS, GREENSBURG TORNADO DISASTER 2007 (Director, Director of Photography, Producer, Editor) PBS

FLOOD a Darkhorse Novel 2005
(Director, Producer, and Co-writer)

C.S.A.: CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA 2005
(Academy Award Winners, Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott) Associate Producer Still Photographer, Oliver Hall IFC films

DECIDING BROWN
(Screenplay), Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education
(Co-wrote with Academy Award Winner Kevin Willmott) 2004 PBS

TUNGSTON TURTLE: 1996-2000
(Director, Writer, Producer) – children television series: PBS

GODZILLA: DEFENDER OF EARTH 2000
(Producer/Co. Writer) – sci-fi channel screenplay pilot

ULTRAMAN: IMAX 2001 (Co writer screenplay)

SUPER CLAY HEROES OF THE UNIVERSE : 1999
(Producer/Editor/Co-writer) First comic strip created on a Nintendo Gameboy and printer

Oliver Hall’s side gig is Herman’s Place celebrates a year serving food to those in need in Lawrence, in memory of namesake.

11:22

Ollie Hall, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Ollie Hall’s 2-CD album release, SONGS OF THE PLANETS is available at Josey Records.

11:22

  1. Oliver Hall – “Rings of Saturn”
    from: Songs Of The Planets / Oliver Hall / July 13, 2019
    [SONGS OF THE PLANETS a collection of digital recordings using special instruments designed by N.A.S.A. that record electromagnetic vibrations from the planets and transfers them into sounds that can be heard by the human ear. The music celebrates NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.]
  1. Monta At Odds – “When I’m Gone (The Republic Tigers Remix)”
    from: When I’m Gone – Single / The Record Machine / 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 the original version of this single, “When I’m Gone. (feat. Teri Quinn)” on March 5, 2021. Since this remix, Kenn joined the band, and the band plays as The Republic Tigers for Kenn. Coming soon Monta At Odds will bereleasing an album called PEAKED that has remixes and alternative versions of Monta AT Odds’ 2021 album, PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT. The current line up of Monta At Odds is: Dedric Moore on synths & programming, Mikal Shapiro on vocals, Matthew Heinrich on drums, Lucas Behrens on baritone guitar, Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar, and Kenn Jankowski on synths. // Monta At Odds released their 7th album PEAK OF ETERNAL LIGHT on July 23, 2021.. // 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.’ // In 2020 the band added acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continued to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. With Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The nad releaased a remix of their single “When I’m Gone” mixed by The Record Machine label mate Kenn Jankowski, lead singer, co-founder of The Republic Tigers. The remix featured Kenn’s voice singing with Teri’s voice. The collaboration led to Kenn joining Monta At Odds as a voclist and synth player. And when Kenn plays out as The Republic Tigers the members of Monta At Odds become The Republic Tigers. On December 18, 2020 Monta At Odds released A GREAT CONJUNCTION their 5-song EP released just in to coincide with the ‘double-planet’ convergence of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 2020, 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. // In late 2020 Monta At Odds released the single “When Stars Grow Old.” // Monta At Odds released their 4-song EP Zen Diagram on May 1, 2020. The album was a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed 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 released their 6th full length album Argentum Dreams on Oct 19, 2018. Dedric Moore and Teri Quinn joined us on WMM on August 18, 2021 where Teri announced she was leaving the band. More info at: http://www.facebook.com/montaatodds%5D

[Monta At Odds will play the Redder Moon Vinyl Release Show for their album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE on Friday, March 18, 2022 at recordBar with and Meyadi. More info at http://www.therecordbar.com]

[Monta At Odds will play this song at the Treefort Fest in Boise, Idaho on March 23- 27, 2022]

[Monta At Odds will play the Brick 1727 Mcgee, KCMO. on Friday April 8, with Mensa Deathsquad as a small welcome home party.]

[Monta At Odds will play the official vinyl release party for Peak of Eternal Light on June 25 with The Philistines making a live return.]

[Members of Monta At Odds will join us on WMM on June 22, at 11:00 AM]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Redder Moon – “If the Mountain Doesn’t Want You”
    from: Hell Is Other People / GLM Records / Nov. 5, 2021 (Digital Release) March 18, 2022 (Vinyl)
    [Music by Jeremiah James Gonzales and Brody Lowe. Vocals, Lyrics by Jill McKeever (additional/bg vocals: Brody Lowe, Jeremiah James Gonzales) Mixed by Ross Brown. Mastered by Eureka Mastering. The band uses layered synths & production with live bass, drums, guitars, and vocals. Redder Moon tends to skirt the line between traditional electronic act and indie avant garde. With washed out guitars, thick bass grooves, and distant reverb soaked vocals, the songs beam with the almost tactile feel of a sound track to a lost movie but with enough dance-ability to pull you out of your seat. In the last few months of 2020, the band has written and recorded an album’s with of songs, over 20 actually, without playing together, and with each member individually recording their parts at home. This was a welcome channel of creation in a time of restraint. The result is a collection that explores everything from synth pop shoegaze, to dark wave indie sounds More info at http://www.reddermoon.bandcamp.com.]

[Redder Moon plays a Vinyl Release Show for their album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE on Friday, March 18, 2022 in a show at recordBar with Monta At Odds and Meyadi. More info at http://www.therecordbar.com]

11:35 – Interview with Jeremiah James Gonzales

Jeremiah James Gonzales is the founder of the Kansas City based band Redder Moon. The band began as one of Gonzales’ many music projects, although more electronic than his other work with Knife Crime, Be/Non, Rhunes, Elevator Division, Umberto. Brody Lowe moved to KC from Portland, and met Jeremiah in 2019. Just as Gonzales and Lowe began collaborating on new material, Jill McKeever joined as a vocalist/lyricist during 2020. A violinist in her early projects led her to a degree in Electronic Art where she explored video & music recording. McKeever’s perfume brand, For Strange Women induced a 13-year detour from music before she found her way back during the quiet of quarantine. Last year the band released their EP, LAND OF THE BLIND on June 13, followed by an album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE, eleased digitally on November 5, 2021.

Redder Moon is presenting a Vinyl Release Show for their album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE on Friday, March 18, 2022 in a show at recordBar with Monta At Odds and Meyadi. More info at http://www.therecordbar.com

Jeremiah James Gonzales thanks for being with us on WMM.

Jeremiah James Gonzales & Jill McKeever joined us back on July 14, 2021 to talk about Redder Moon. Their first EP, LAND OF THE BLIND, was released June 13, 2021, to be followed by an album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE.

Redder Moon began as one of Jeremiah James Gonzales’ many music projects. A more electronic and obscure sound than much of his other work (including Knife Crime, Be/Non, Rhunes, Elevator Division, Umberto), the sentiment of a melodic post-apocalypse slowly developed for the first seven years, also involving past members Matthew Naquin (original collaborator) Nick Banister (drums) and Jon VanSickle (live drums)

Brody Lowe moved to Kansas City from Portland, in 2019 met Jeremiah and quickly found his place in reviving the layered synths and dance undertones of the moody, mostly instrumental music. Lowe is a quiet presence behind a large scope of music videos, album art, and other creative content, his music ranging from video game scores and band collaborations to his solo project, Loqsa.

Just as Gonzales and Lowe began collaborating on new material ranging from darkwave to shoegaze to synthpop genres, Jill McKeever joined as a vocalist/lyricist during the uncertain year of 2020. A violinist in her early music projects led her to a degree in Electronic Art where she explored video and music recording. McKeever’s perfume brand, For Strange Women induced a 13-year detour from music before she found her way back during the quiet of quarantine.

During Covid -19 and for their EP release Each of this trio recorded their parts from their separate home studios. The result is a constant divergence from a single genre or style while consistently exploring dark themes articulated by a soft and sullen voice. Their first EP, Land of the Blind, will be released on digital and cassette on (date), to be followed by an album release on digital and vinyl in Fall 2021. Their music videos can be found on the Redder Moon YouTube channel.

In the last few months of 2020, and into 2021 the band had written and recorded an album’s worth of songs, over 20 actually, without playing together, and with each member individually recording their parts at home. The result is a collection that explores synth pop shoegaze, to dark wave indie sounds, with dance undertones and haunting lyrics. More info at http://www.reddermoon.bandcamp.com

The current line-up consists of: Jeremiah James Gonzales on guitar, bass and analog drums, and producing, arranging and composing with my two new collaborators; Brody LOWE on synths and Jill McKeever (of the band For Strange Women) on vocals and lyrics. The band uses layered synths and production with live bass,drums, guitars, and vocals the Redder Moon tends to skirt the line between traditional electronic act and indie avant garde. With washed out guitars, thick bass grooves, and distant reverb soaked vocals, the songs beam with the almost tactile feel of a sound track to a lost movie but with enough dance-ability to pull you out of your seat.

Jeremiah wrote that this “was a welcome channel of creation in a time of restraint.”

Jeremiah James Gonzale is originally from in rural Idaho. After a couple years spinning his wheels at community college he discovered an outlet playing top 40 rock tunes with a non-profit organization that led him to spend months touring places like Brazil, India, Poland, as well as in the United States, from 1998 to 2001. Making many friends around the world, Jeremiah kept in touch with a drummer friend from Nigeria who had somehow landed in Kansas City. In March of 2001 Jeremiah James accepted what was supposed to be a 3-month tour of the Midwest playing bass in a hard rock band. One thing led to another and now it’s been 20 years in KC.

The Bands of Jeremiah James Gonzales (* All on guitar unless otherwise noted.)
Elevator Division (2001 – 2006 , Reunited 2020)
Lovers In Transit (Founder, 2006 – 2008)
Monta At Odds (2008 – 2010)
Be/Non (2009 – current)
Mannequin Skywalker (solo project 2009 – 2010)
Umberto (2010 – 2013 *drummer)
Redder Moon (Founder 2013 – current)
RHUNES (Founder 2014 – current)
Knife Crime (2018 – current)

Jeremiah James writes, “My passion is and always has been and will be forever, to create and share music.”

Since 2009 Jill McKeever has been an Alchemist at For Strange Women for more info: http://www.forstrangewomen.com

Jill McKeever grew up in Kansas City and gradated from Oak Park High in 2002. She studied Video, Music/Audio design at Missouri State University where she also studied electronic arts. And graduated in 2006. She also studied at Earthship Biotecture Academy.

Jill McKeever is the author of The Spirit of Botany, Aromatic Recipes and Rituals, Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition (October 13, 2020)

Jill McKeever founded For Strange Women Perfume in 2009. Combining her backgrounds in graphic/web design, video and audio production, photography, and music, she has developed a unique, synesthetic method of perfume construction. A passionate advocate for animals and the environment, Jill loves spending time in her garden with her cat, Onyx, and chickens, Patsy and Edina.

A visually entrancing and esoteric guide to connecting with plants through the senses. In The Spirit of Botany, artist and perfumer Jill McKeever reveals her personal rituals and creative methods of using aromatic botanical materials in incense, perfume, tisanes, ritual baths, and much more.

Jill McKeever joined Redder Moon in August 2020.

Brody Lowe is originally from from Portland, Oregon. He also recently joined the band on synthesizers. Brody Lowe studied Design at Oregon State University. He founded the company Brody Lowe Design. Along with multiple projects in print, video, space, artwork for companies, banks, artists, podcasts, and others, Brody has designed over 100 album covers.

You can learn more about his work in Art Direction and Design at http://www.brodylowe.com

Their first EP, LAND OF THE BLIND, was released June 13, 2021, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE, was released on November 5, 2021, Digitally and March 18, 2022 on Vinyl.

Redder Moon is presenting a Vinyl Release Show for their album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE on Friday, March 18, 2022 in a show at recordBar with Monta At Odds and Meyadi. More info at http://www.therecordbar.com

Jeremiah James Gonzales thanks for being on WMM.

11:53

  1. Redder Moon – “It Should Have Been a Sign”
    from: Hell Is Other People / GLM Records / Nov. 5, 2021 (Digital Release) March 18, 2022 (Vinyl)
    [Music by Jeremiah James Gonzales and Brody Lowe. Vocals, Lyrics by Jill McKeever (additional/bg vocals: Brody Lowe, Jeremiah James Gonzales) Mixed by Ross Brown. Mastered by Eureka Mastering. The band uses layered synths & production with live bass, drums, guitars, and vocals. Redder Moon tends to skirt the line between traditional electronic act and indie avant garde. With washed out guitars, thick bass grooves, and distant reverb soaked vocals, the songs beam with the almost tactile feel of a sound track to a lost movie but with enough dance-ability to pull you out of your seat. In the last few months of 2020, the band has written and recorded an album’s with of songs, over 20 actually, without playing together, and with each member individually recording their parts at home. This was a welcome channel of creation in a time of restraint. The result is a collection that explores everything from synth pop shoegaze, to dark wave indie sounds More info at http://www.reddermoon.bandcamp.com.]

[Redder Moon plays a Vinyl Release Show for their album, HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE on Friday, March 18, 2022 in a show at recordBar with Monta At Odds and Meyadi. More info at http://www.therecordbar.com]

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

Next week on Wednesday, March 23, Jen Owen of Owen Cox Dance Group joins us to talk about “Skin” is a world premiere music and dance collaboration with New Orleans-based cellist Helen Gillet. Featuring choreography by Jennifer Owen and musician Brad Cox. Friday, and Saturday April 1 and 2 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 PM, at City Stage Theatre, Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, KCMO http://www.owencoxdance.org

Also next week Jocelyn Olivia Nixon joins us to share music and information about The Creepy Jingles new album TAKE ME AT MY WORDPLAY on High Dive Records.

The Creepy Jingles Play Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO on March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM, for their Album Release Show with Sisterbot and Stephonne

The Creepy Jingles play Replay Lounge on March 26, 2022 at 10:00 PM with Miki P & The Swallowtails, LK Ultra, and LYXE

And also we talk with musician producer writer Nate Holt who records as Astrales.

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