#679 – April 26, 2017 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

IVØRY BLACK + Spencer Brown of The Kinsey Sicks
+ Music of Wednesday MidDay Medley’s – MOTM Day Party!

Spencer Brown and IVØRY BLACK on the April 26, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980
[WMM’s theme song]

2. The New Pornographers – “High Ticket Attractions”
from: Whiteout Conditions / New P’s LLC – Concord Music / January 27, 2017
[Seventh album from Canadian indie rock band formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Presented as a musical collective of singer-songwriters and musicians from multiple projects, the band’s seven studio albums have all received critical acclaim for their use of multiple vocalists and elements of power pop incorporated into their music. The album features: Carl Newman on vocals & guitar, Neko Case on vocals, John Collins –on bass, Blaine Thurier on keyboards & synthesizer, Todd Fancey on lead guitar, Kathryn Calder on vocals, keyboards & guitar, and Joe Seiders on drums & vocals. This is the first album not to feature either longtime drummer Kurt Dahle or singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. ]

10:07 – Bands Playing WMM/90.1 FM Day Party at MOTM

3. Calvin Arsenia – “Experience”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / Expected: February 14, 2017
[Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordbar last November. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts. Standing at 6 foot 6 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, bango, guitar and harp Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 6:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

4. Use Your Atlas – “Do You Know Me”
from: 30 / Independent / November 23, 2016
[Kansas City based five-piece band formed in 2007 by Jeremy Chugg on lead vocals & guitar, Jonny Wooddell on steel guitar, Josh Orwig on guitar, Dave Dalbey on drums, and Nick Welsch on bass. This group of friends and roommates were all single when the band began, but now ten years later, in 2017 the band are in their late 20s and early 30s, and they’ve all gotten married, and babies are being born, and they are becoming rock and roll daddies. Use Your Atlas describes themselves as “a rock band with (mid)western roots who are inspired more by their family than anything else.” The band’s critically acclaimed third album, “30” was released at the end of 2016. More information at: http://www.useyouratlas.com]

[Use Your Atlas plays the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 5:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

10:15 – Underwriting

5. Julian Davis And The Hay-Burners – “Kansas Plains”
from: Make Americana Great Again / Little Class Records / May 28, 2016
[17-year-old, Julian Davis grew up in Pittsburg Kansas. He is a flatpicking phenomenon, singer and songwriter who walks, talks, and sings like he’s time-traveled here from the 1940s or early 1950s. Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners, are a 3-piece band formed with Julian Davis on guitar, & vocals, Seth Campbell on upright bass, and Shannon O’Shea on fiddle. The band was featured on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, and they flew to LA a few times for the production. Julian himself left home at an early age to play music on the road, traveling to cities all over the country. He currently calls the Lawrence and KC area home. At 16 years old, Julian won first place in the Kansas State Flatpicking Championship and Mandolin Championship. Julian also won first place in the Hillberry Arkansas 2016 flatpicking and mandolin competitions. Julian has also released, “Who Walks In When I Walk Out” and “Make Americana Great Again.” More info at: http://www.juliandavismusic.com]

[Julian Davis and The Hay-Burners play the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 4:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

6. The Good Hearts – “Till I Met You”
from: Till I Met You – Single Track / The Good Hearts / unreleased 2017
[Single track from upcoming record release. The Good Hearts are a 4-piece soulful folk-pop group with an emphasis on strings and warming hearts. Their unique brand of folk music is led by singer songwriter, Nicole Springer with powerful vocals & acoustic guitar, Shannon O’Shea on violin & background vocals, Anna Cook on cello & background vocals, and Aaron Derington on percussion. This Kansas City based group are described as “folk pop with touches of old country and soul thrown in.” The Good Hearts have played the Plaza Art Fair, The Folk Music Festival, and Boulevardia. They are currently working on new recordings. More info at: http://www.thegoodheartsmusic.bandcamp.com]

[The Good Hearts play the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 3:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

7. Nicholas St. James – “Sewer Service”
from: THEATRES / Independent / February 22, 2016
[Singer-songwriter-vaudeville-folk-troubadour, Nicholas St. James released his critically acclaimed debut album THEATRES in 2016. His music is described as “more of a throwback to Vaudeville than the Dust Bowl.” Music Blogger Brian Clifton wrote, “Nicholas St. James blends together old and new to create a sound as distinct as its stage show. St. James mixes folk, blues, vaudevillian drama, and country together.” Based in Lawrence, Kansas, by way of St. Louis, Missouri, Nicholas is an authentic Midwestern folk musician, and credits Tom Waits as an inspiration. Ed Danger, of American Roots Magazine, wrote, ”If Bob Dylan and Tom Waits were the same person, they’d write songs like Nicholas St. James. This guy can work a room as one man and a guitar better than many full bands. If you’re a fan of performance, soul and genuine subject content, you’ll love his set. You probably won’t be dancing as much as you’ll be captivated.” More information at: http://www.nicholasstjames.com]

[Nicholas St. James plays the Wednesday MidDay Medley 90.1 FM KKFI Day Party at Middle of The Map Fest, Saturday, May 6, at 2:00 PM, at The Brick, 1727 McGee, KCMO Crossroads.]

8. Utah Carol – “The Golden West”
from: Rodeo Queen / Stomping Ground / Jannuary 4, 2007
[The indie rock group Utah Carol, taking their name from a traditional cowboy song, are a duo consisting of husband and wife Grant Birkenbeuel and JinJa Davis. They began writing songs together in 1995 and launched the band in Chicago in 1997. The first Utah Carol album, Wonderwheel, was released by Orchard Records in June 1999. “My Fear,” a song from it, was chosen for inclusion in The Rough Guide to Americana, while another track, “Mabel Custer,” was featured in the film All the Real Girls. Comfort for the Traveler, Utah Carol’s second album, produced by Van Dyke Parks, was released April 22, 2002, on the group’s own Stomping Ground label. Rodeo Queen, their third album, appeared on May 15, 2007, anticipating the release of two more films using the band’s music, Kabluey and Love and Mary.]

10:30 – Interview with IVØRY BLACK

IVØRY BLACK on the April 26, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

IVØRY BLACK plays Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, May 5, at 9:45 PM, at The Westport Saloon. Born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, IVØRY moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 IVØRY moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family. On June 23, 2015, Ivory released the debut EP, “Ready Get Set,” and is now finishing up work on a debut full-length album, to be released this Summer. Along with Middle of The Map, IVØRY BLACK is will play The Westport Roots Festival on May 27; Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch on June 10, for the KCPT screening of a documentary “Real Boy” about a young man’s transition from female to male; and the LIKEME LikeHouse – Teen Prom on May 12. More info at: http://www.ivoryblackmusic.com

IVØRY BLACK, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

IVØRY BLACK is currently recording new songs for a new full length album to be release in late 2017.

Keenan Franklin plays bass with IVØRY.

IVØRY’s upcoming shows:

IVØRY BLACK plays Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, May 5, at 9:45 PM, at The Westport Saloon.

IVØRY BLACK plays the LIKEME LikeHouse Teen Prom, May 12, from 6:30PM till 10:30PM. This is the second year that LIKEME LikeHouse puts together a Teen Prom for the LGBTQA Community. IVØRY BLACK donated her time and talent in support of this event last year and is doing so again this year. If anyone would like to attend, they can do so by getting their tickets at http://www.likemelighthouse.org. The event is free and parents are welcome to attend and meet with other parents.

IVØRY BLACK plays Westport Roots Festival May 27th, at Westport Saloon

IVØRY BLACK plays the June 9th Charity concert to raise funds for Cross-Lines. The concert will be with the Smoke Out Hunger barbeque contest. Cross-Lines is a foundation that offers help to homeless people by providing food, shelter and mental support. The event is from 6pm to 10pm.

IVØRY BLACK plays the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, June 10th at 2:00 PM. IVØRY BLACK will be taking the stage for the KCPT screening of a documentary called “Real Boy” about a young man’s transition from female to male. The subject of the film, 19 year old Bennett Wallace is a talented musician and finds his voice and comfort in music.

IVØRY BLACK takes the stage at the Royals Stadium prior to the game. on July 1st.

Events can be seen on ivoryblackmusic.com or Facebook/ivoryblackmusic


9. Ivory Black – “Tidal Waves” (Live)

IVØRY BLACK’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released in June 2015, recorded and mastered by Larry Gann of Awestruck studios. Micah Burdick on guitar, Craig Kew on bass, and Lester Estelle, drummer for Kelly Clarkson, on drums.

Klaartje Van Lue is Ivory’s manager and she was the one who helped IVØRY find her way to KC. IVØRY has said that she saved her life.

Born in Peoria Illinois, in 1986, IVØRY BLACK, was Devin James Miclette, and has lived through many experiences in a journey that finds it’s way into the lyrics of IVØRY’s songs.

From IVØRY’s press materials: Growing up in a world where music was a way of self expressing oneself and turning to in times of trouble, it was inevitable that IVØRY would turn to it when waters were the roughest. “My parents listened to a lot of classics such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty just to name a few”, Ivory has said. One of which, when a child, Ivory almost burned out a Robbie Dupree single “Steal Away’’ due to the catchy rhythms and melody of the song. “I wasn’t really allowed to listen to newer things, ultimately cause of how conventional my parents really were.”


12. Ivory Black – “So Tired” (Live)

11:00 – Station ID

9. David George – “Can’t Fight Love”
from: “Can’t Fight Love” – Single / David George / April 7 2017
[ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO BENEFIT THE ACLU. Can’t Fight Love was written and recorded live at Weights & Measures Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Duane Trower, featuring Kansas City Singer Songwriters & Musicians on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Produced by David George. Written by David George, Jen Appell, & Nathan Corsi ©2017 Moozer Music FEATURING… David George on guitar & vocals (Verse 1 & 5), David Luther on vocals (Verse 2), Jen Appell on guitar & vocals (verse 3), Nathan Corsi on guitar & vocals (Verse 4) , Erin McGrane on ukelele & vocals, Jeff Freling on guitar & vocals , Gordon gilges on dulcimer & vocals , Kristina Ning on upright bass & vocals , Matt Cathlina on upright bass & vocals, Nathan Showalter n piano & vocals, Daniel Starling on piano & vocals, Liam Summicht on cajón & vocals, Phil Jaggard on Vocals, Mark Manning on vocals, John Keck on guitar & vocals, Nate Nall on guitar & vocals, Jessica Paige on vocals Dave Tanner on vocals. David George also has a new EP release called Here I Go Again, released April 14.]

[David George plays an EP Record Release Show, Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM, at recordBar with The Country Duo]

10. Via Luna – “Mirror House”
from: Wilt / Violent Bear / April 28, 2016
[3rd EP release in 3 years form the KC based Instrumental Post Rock / Math Rock band, with Gregory Baker on guitar, Christopher Gordon on guitar, Mike McDonough on drums, and Blain Bridges on bass.]

[Via Luna play ab EP Release Show for Wilt, Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM at Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO, with Le Grand, Riala, and Parents.]

11. Salty – “Hello Paradise”
from: Preservation Blues / Independent / February 8, 2017
[Salty is formerly know as Lil Toughies. Formed in early 2016 with Jonathan “JB” Brokaw on guitar & vocals, Zach Turner on synthesizers & sound terror, Andy Erdrich on bass, Ethan “macho man” Savage on drums. Recorded by Jonathan Brokaw. Mixed by Tim Harte and Jonathan Brokaw. Mastered by Tim Harte. all lyrics by Jonathan Brokaw. The current line up includes: Jonathan “JB” Brokaw on guitar & vocals, Zach Turner on synth & sound terror, Ethan “macho man” Savage on drums, Jesslay Huh on bass & texture. More info at http://www.saltykcmo.bandcamp.com ]

[Salty play two Preservation Blues, Album Release Shows: Friday, April 28, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd. The second release show is Saturdaym April 29, at Blind Tiger 3945 Main Street.]

11:14 – Underwriting

14. The Kinsey Sicks – “Get A Gun“
from: Eight Is Enough / The Kinsey Sicks / May 1, 2016

[The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com // More info at: http://www.kinseysicks.com]

The Kinsey Sicks LIVE at the Arts Asylum (4/28/17)

10:18 – Interview with Spencer Brown

After graduating from Shawnee Mission North, Spencer Brown, moved to New York City where he studied Musical Theatre, Voice, Dance, and Acting at American Musical & Dramatic Academy. A professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, Spencer has appeared on stage at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Broadway Jazz Club, and and for over 10 years has also performed as Daisy Buckët, voted Kansas City’s Best Drag Performer by the Pitch Kansas City. For the past nine years Spencer has toured nationally and internationally and recorded several albums and single recordings as a member of The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet where Spencer plays Trampolina. The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street.

Spencer Brown, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina

From The Kinsey Sicks press materials: Humble Beginnings. The Kinsey Sicks began in 1993 as a group of friends who went to a Bette Midler concert in San Francisco dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Assuming they’d be among many drag queens, they found themselves to be the only ones (other than Bette, of course). They were approached that night to perform at an upcoming event. Their reply – “we don’t sing” – was quickly disproved when they realized that all of them had musical backgrounds. They began singing and harmonizing that night, and the seed for the Kinsey Sicks was planted.

It has been nearly 11 years since Spencer Brown first premiered his alter ego Daisy Buckët at Bar Natasha. Since then Daisy Buckët has helped to usher in a new generation of drag in Kansas City.


15. The Kinsey Sicks – “Trampy’s Meltdown”/ “No Small Feat”
from: Eight Is Enough / The Kinsey Sicks / May 1, 2016

[The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com // Moreinfo at: http://www.kinseysicks.com]

The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”)

Spencer Brown, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Kinsey Sicks will be returning to KC to perform the U.S. premiere of their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” Friday, April 28, at 8:00 PM, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com
More info at: http://www.kinseysicks.com


16. The Kinsey Sicks – “Girls Like”
from: Eight Is Enough / The Kinsey Sicks / May 1, 2016

17. Nick Siegel – “Santa Monica Pier”
from: “Santa Monica Pier” – Single / Nick Siegel / April 28, 2017
[Nick Siegel writes: “I write aggressive piano rock music. I strike the 88 keys because one of them must be the key to your heart (oh the charm!). I grew up playing music in Chicago and moved to Kansas City in 2010 when I joined The Casket Lottery. Now venturing on my own, I’m excited to release a new record that will knock your clothes off. Book me, like me, come out and see me and I’ll introduce you to a fine mix of fast fingers, great hair and awkward banter. I’m Nick Siegel. I’m the piano rock you need in your life.”.]

18. Nature Boys – “Grave”
from: 3LP / Mandible Records / April 28, 2017
[Danny Fischer on guitar & vocals, Suzanne Hogan on bass & vocals, Evan Malone on drums. Nature Boys started playing together in Kansas City, MO in September of 2009. They had their first show at Dave’s Stagecoach Inn and then left for our first tour in January of 2010. Nature Boys are getting set for a big Summer European tour..]

[Nature Boys will play a 3Lp Record Release Show, Friday, April 28, at 9:00 PM, at Revolution Records, 1830 Locust St. KCMO, with HighWesthus.]

19. The Way Back – “We all started out together”
from: “We all started out together” – Single / The Way Back / April 14, 2017
[The Way Back is Alex Ellis and Jeff Kinney. Kansas City, Kansas based Alternative Rock. Electro indie band that fuse electronic music with rock elements and pop song structures.rock elements and pop song structures]

20. The Black Angels – “Half Believing”
from: Death Song / Partisan Records / April 21, 2017
[American psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released four studio albums and one compilation album. Their name is derived from the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song”Current members include: Stephanie Bailey on drums, percussion, bass; Christian Bland – guitar, vocals, bass, drums; Alex Maas – vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards; Kyle Hunt on keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar; Jake Garcia on guitar, bass, vocals.]

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

Next week on May 3, Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch join us for the entire show to play Music from The Middle of The Map Fest.

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

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