#689 – July 5, 2017 Playlist

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Roxi Copland & InterUrban Art House +
Kathryn Golden & Porchfest 4

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

2. Schwervon! – “Truth Teller”
from: Courage / Olive Juice Music / September 28, 2012
[Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums and Matt plays guitar and they both sing. They lived in NYC for 15 years and relocated to Kansas City several years ago. The duo makes annual US and European tours. On tour they’ve opened for The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian. They recorded Courage with Memphis-based engineer Doug Easley who has worked with Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Cat Power.]

[Schwervon! play Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, Monday, July 10 at 6:45, with Bookmobile]

[Schwervon! play the patio at Riot Room, Saturday, July 15, with The Sluts and Thunderclaps]

3. Sara Swenson – “Welcome To The Family”
from: Runway Lights / Independent / July 18, 2014
[Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Sara Swenson has released some of our most played and favorite recordings of the last 10 years. Her self titled debut ended up at the top of our list of The 100 Best Recordings of 2009. In 2010 Sara Swenson released her second full length recording, “All Things Big and Small” again working with Don Chaffer in Nashville who added new layers to Sara’s great songs and voice. In November of 2011, Sara released her 5 song EP called “Never Left My Mind,” featuring her band at the time, The Pearl Snaps. In that time frame, she also had picked up two Kansas City Singer-Songwriter of the Year awards, performed with Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and placed a song on the season finale of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Then after the school year ended in 2012, Sara Swenson left her job as a High School English and Journalism Teacher in Platte County High School, and left the Kansas City music scene, and she flew off to the United Kingdom, where she got married. In the Spring of 2014, Sara returned to Kansas City and performed for the Folk Alliance International Conference. Runway Lights is Sara’s fourth studio album that captures snapshots of her 18-month experience of living abroad, moving from dating to marriage and sorting through the accompanying transitions and emotions. Produced by Don Chaffer in Nashville.

[Sara Swenson plays recordBar 1520 Grand, Thursday, July 6 with Calvin Arsenia]

4. Calvin Arsenia – “Constellation”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / 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 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC.]

[Calvin Arsenia plays recordBar Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 PM with Sara Swenson]

5. Golden Groves – “Dinosaurs”
from: Recess / Golden Groves / July 7, 2017
[First single from new EP from KC based 4-piece: Isaac Hodges on vocals & guitar, Dylan Nelson on lead guitar, Max Kmeck on bass, Andrew Lewis on drums. More info at: http://www.goldengrovesmusic.com]

[Golden Groves play an EP Release show on Friday, July 7, at 8:00 PM, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway St, KCMO, with Westside Royal, Shadow Rabbits, and Sleeptalk from L.A.]

6. Dean Monkey & the Dropouts – “If You Leave”
from: Love Is A Hate Machine / Dean Monkey & the Dropouts / July 7, 2017
[Founded in 2011, the current line up includes: Max Yoder on guitar, bass & vocals; Daniel Barkofske on guitar, bass & vocals; Sam Michie on vocals; Havana Mahoney on vocals; Ben Sauder on guitar, keyboards & vocals; Kyle Stringer on guitar & bass; Nicholas Stahl on percussion; Leslie Butsch on saxophone. Former Members: Jamie Lacore, Zachary Clancy, Jake Herman, Amber Hansen, Claire Vowels, Ben Kimball, Spencer Brown]

[Dean Monkey & the Dropouts celebrate the release of their new album, and play a farewell show at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts in Lawrence, KS, on Friday July 7 with Toughies and Fullbloods.]

7. Tread Lightly – “Losing Time”
from: Map Out The Stars / Tread Lightly / March 31, 2017
[Kansas City based 4-piece Pop Punk band made up of: Andrew Hanke on vocals & guitar, Geoff Wall on guitar, Jacob Witt on bass, Trevor Burk on drums. For their new EP the drums were recorded at Awestruck Studios by Larry Gan. The EP was produced and mixed by Josh Barber, and mastered by Jesse Cannon ]

[Tread Lightly play Californo’s, Friday, July 7, w/ Vigil & Thieves, Treading Oceans, and Right Quick]

10:27 – Underwriting

8. Roxi Copland – “Bad Decision”
from: Bad Decision / Roxi Copland / June 16, 2017
[A native of the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Aberdeen, Washington, Roxi Copland studied music at Grinnell college in DeMoines Iowa and relocated to her current city, Milwaukee was warded Jazz artist of the year in 2016 and Best female vocalist by the Milwaukee Sheperd Express in 2015. Constantly touring, Roxi has opened for Esperanza Spaulding, Manhattan Transfer, and Vanessa Calton. Since 2008 Roxi Copland has released two EPs, two singles, a collaborative live album, a solo acoustic LP and two full-band LPs.]

[Roxi Copland plays InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton, OP,KS, Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 PM]

Roxi Copland

10:32 – Interview with Roxi Copland, Wolfe Brack & Joy Baker

KKFI’s maria Vasquez Boyd & Bill Sundahl with InterUrban ArtHouse’s Wolfe Brack & Joy Baker

On the phone we have Milwaukee based singer/songwriter Roxi Copland, who plays the Kansas City area on Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, Kansas.

Also joining us is Wolfe Brack Director of Operations at InterUrban ArtHouse, and Joy Baker a multi-media artist and owner of Createful Studios, LLC. Joy is a full time artist who has studio space at InterUrban ArtHouse.

Since 2008 Roxi Copland has released two EPs, two singles, a collaborative live album, a solo acoustic LP and two full-band LPs.

Roxi Copland grew up in Aberdeen Washington, but came to the midwest to go to school at Grinnell college near Des Moines, Iowa. Roxi Copland currently lives in Milwaukee.

InterUrban ArtHouse was founded in 2011 by local artist Nicole Emanuel, with 10 artist studios and a programming space.

Its mission has been to provide affordable work space to artists, as well as arts business classes, while bringing arts and cultural events to the Johnson County area.

InterUrban ArtHouse recently purchased the post office at 8001 Newton St (across from the former church basement they’ve been using) and renovated its 2000 square feet of space to expand their artist studios from 10 to 29, with over 40 artists and create a large gallery. We also have indoor and outdoor performance spaces for musicians and performers.

With their recent expansion, InterUrban ArtHouse now has two locations (across the street form one another at 8001 Newton Street and 8001 Conser Street) in Historic Downtown Overland Park.

InterUrban ArtHouse is looking to work with local & traveling musicians and performers of all sorts and get a live music series up and running. They also have a children’s and teen art camp that started last week, and we’ll also be offering art and writing classes to the public in the near future.

Along with the Tuesday, July 11 show with Roxi Copland, InterUrban ArtHouse is also hosting a grand opening of their newly expanded facility at 8001 Newton St in downtown OPKS on July 21 that will feature artwork from our 40 studio artists! Exhibition, studio tours (both at Newton and Conser Street locations) and live entertainment by local jazz duo A La Mode.

InterUrban ArtHouse Mission: To enrich the cultural and economic vibrancy of the community by creating a place where artists and creative industries can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment.

InterUrban ArtHouse Core Objectives: To offer a place where artists and creative industries can make and support art in a stable and affordable environment.

To promote and facilitate the successful entrepreneurism of the creative industries by sharing resources, building connections and supporting collaborations.

To support growth and sustainability of the arts through education and professional and artistic development.

To fully integrate arts activities within the community by creating an open atmosphere through engagement, inclusivity and diversity.

To leverage Metro Arts Corridor as a unique livable location and vibrant arts region, aligning with regional, state and national initiatives (such as Creative Placemaking, KC Regional Cultural Plan, Suburban Arts Business Plan).

InterUrban ArtHouse operates 5 core programs:

Their ArtSmart program provided after school programming to at risk 5th & 6th graders. They also worked in grades K-6 in six schools. The summer months provided a no cost art opportunity each Wednesday to over 1350 children at the OP Farmer’s Market. In total, InterUrban ArtHouse served over 4,200 children!

Their entrepreneurial program, ArtWorks, hosted over 28 of classes to 277 small creative business owners, helping them advance their businesses.

ArtMatters continues to grow, offering a place for artists to teach as well as learn. The ArtHouse hosted 42 classes that were attended by over 370 seeking advancement in their creative practice.

Bringing art to the community, ArtsConnect reached large audiences through art exhibitions in Johnson County public libraries , stages at Overland Park’s Fall Fest, and each month on Local Life 3rd Fridays in our studios.

The InterUrban ArtHouse – Art Therapy program continues to provide an important alternative to traditional therapeutic options, in 2016 ArtHeals facilitated 26 events for our community.

InterUrban ArtHouse is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

More information at http://www.InterurbanArtHouse.org.


9. Roxi Copland – “Love Me Out Loud”
from: Bad Decision / Roxi Copland / June 16, 2017
[A native of the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Aberdeen, Washington, Roxi Copland studied music at Grinnell college in DeMoines Iowa and relocated to her current city, Milwaukee was warded Jazz artist of the year in 2016 and Best female vocalist by the Milwaukee Sheperd Express in 2015. Constantly touring, Roxi has opened for Esperanza Spaulding, Manhattan Transfer, and Vanessa Carlton. Since 2008 Roxi Copland has released two EPs, two singles, a collaborative live album, a solo acoustic LP and two full-band LPs.]

[Roxi Copland plays InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton, OP,KS, Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 PM]

10. Fullbloods – “Anima Mundi”
from: Mild West / High Dive Records / February 26, 2016
[2nd full length release from Fullbloods: Ross Brown; Jared Tomasino; David Seume; & Bill Pollock. Recorded at Westend Studios in Kansas City, Kansas by Mike Nolte. Mixed by Fullbloods. Mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. (Starfucker, Of Montreal).]

[Fullbloods play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts in Lawrence, KS, on Friday July 7 for the Dean Monkey & the Dropouts album release and farewell show with Toughies.]

[Fullbloods play recordBar, Sunday, July 9 with Sama Dams]

11. Shortsweather – “Fit Dads”
from: Fit Dads – Single / Parrot Ice Studio / January 13, 2017
[1st single from upcoming record Patio Naps, from the KC based alternative indie dreampop surf punk band formed by Patrick Keizer, Davy Langerak, Bennett Jones, Josiah Hunter. Engineered / Produced / Mixed / Mastered / Loved By Jordan Richardson. Written by Shortsweather with Alie Warman.]

[Shortsweather play Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway, Friday, July 7, at 6:30 PM with Westerners for the Westerners album release party.]

[Shortsweather play The Blind Tiger, 3945 Main St, on Sunday, July 9, at 9:00 PM, with Merge recording artists A Giant Dog, and KC based Salty.]

11:01 – Station ID

12. Michael Franti & Spearhead – “Crazy for You (SF Funk Mix)”
from: Crazy for You (SF Funk Mix) – Single / Boo Boo Wax / May 5, 2017
[This song was originally included on Soulrocker, the ninth studio album by Michael Franti & Spearhead, released June 3, 2016. Michael Franti was born April 21, 1966. Michaek Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti is known for having participated in many musical projects (most of them with a political and social emphasis), including the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. He is the creator and lead vocalist of his current independent project, Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues, and he is especially an advocate for peace in the Middle East.]

[Michael Franti & Spearhead return to KC Crossroads on Tuesday, July 11, with Kawehi.]

13. John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons – “Set It Fire”
from: Organ Donor Blues / Lakeshore Records / June 24, 2014
[John Velghe on vocals, guitar, piano, and Rhodes, with The Prodigal Sons: Mike Alexander on guitars and vocals, Chris Wagner on bass guitar & vocals, Matt Anderson on drums, Michael Walker on trombone, Sam Hughes on saxophones, and Hermon Mehari on trumpet. With Kirsten Paludan on vocals, and Josh Quint on pedal steel. Alejandro Escovedo shares in vocals on 3 tracks and plays guitars on a few others. Produced by John Velghe. Recording & Mastering was Engineered by Duane Trower. Recorded & Mastered at Weights and Measures Soundlab, KCMO. Mixing and additional Recording at Guttersnipe Recording Co. KCMO.]

[John Veghe and the Prodigal Sons play recordBar, Saturday, July 8, with The Suburbs.]

14. Westerners – “Portmanteau”
from: Reoccurring Dream Theme / The Record Machine / July 14, 2017
[First single off upcoming debut full length album from Lawrence / Kansas City that was band formed in August of 2013. The band includes: Mitch Hewlett, Josh Hartranft, Matthew Pesma and Gerardo Rojas. Westerners signed to Kansas City independent label The Record Machine in 2015.]

[Westerners play an album release show at Mills Record Company, Friday, July 7, 6:30 w/ Shortsweather.]

[Westerners play an album release show at Love Garden Records, 822 Mass, Lawrence, KS, Saturday, July 8. at 6:00 with: No Magic, and CS Luxem.]

11:15 – Underwriting

15. Keaton Conrad – “What Am I Supposed to Do?”
from: What Am I Supposed to Do? – Single / Keaton Conrad / May 26, 2017
[18 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad mixes indie rock, house, jazz, and hip-hop. Conrad spent two years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC. In 2015 he released an original 5-song EP, Panic & Blame. In 2016 he recorded his first full-length LP entitled “Waves” released on January 27, 2017.]

[Keaton Conrad plays RPM (Revolutions Per Month) at Ollie’s Local, 3044 Gilliham Rd, on Saturday, July 8, at 5-7:00 PM, w/ Ivøry Black. RPM is an all- ages, montly show hosted by The Record Machine.]

[Keaton Conrad also plays the 4th annual PorchFest KC.]

11:21 – Interview with Kathryn Golden of Porchfest KC

The 4th Annual PorchFest KC, is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, in Midtown, KCMO, from Noon to 5:00 PM. Today on the show we’re playing music from three participating musical artists in this year’s festival, and we just heard KC based Keaton Conrad, who is signed up to play this year’s PorchFest. Registration is now open for bands wanting to apply. All genre welcomed.

Joining us to share details of Porchfest KC is Kathryn Golden who grew up in rural north-central Missouri. After college, she moved to the east coast on a whim to be an au paire. She spent her off days wandering the streets of New York City, plotting how she might permanently live in an urban area without it being in a cardboard box or having twenty roommates. When her job in NYC ended, she moved to Kansas City, where she landed her first and only truly corporate job — she taught a 30-day mutual fund program to customer service and tech workers. Eventually she moved to St Louis, where she was introduced to non-technical opportunities in tech companies. After a business trip to San Francisco, she decided she needed to live there. Over the next 14 years, she worked for a number of tech startups in project management, as well as a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. In addition, she co-founded a non-profit, all-ages jazz performance space in Berkeley, where kids could jam with, and open for, adult acts. She also owned a neighborhood grocery market. and her final role before returning to Kansas City was in helping develop demonstratives (graphics) for large white-collar crime trials. While there, she also partnered with the Oakland School District to create a dozen libraries in Oakland’s elementary schools. Since returning to Kansas City, Kathryn has launched a wintertime storytelling series at the Pilgrim Chapel, and most notably launched a unique music festival in Midtown. She is the founder of PorchFestKC, a community music festival that takes place from front porches. This October 14th will mark the fourth year for the event.

For PorchFest KC – All performances are 60 minute sets. Performances are acoustic or near-acoustic. The goal is to be heard to the sidewalk, not down the street. This is an all-ages, alcohol free event. Registration is now open at http://www.porchfestkc.com.


16. The Host Country – “Deep Down”
from: Walk Away / The Host Country / June 10, 2014
[The Host Country was born while Ty Wistrand on guitar & vocals and Diana Weishaar on keyboards & vocals were both attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. They shared a passion for similar artists and styles of writing that led them to begin collaborating together . They officially began playing under the name ‘The Host Country’ shortly after Ty moved to Des Moines in early 2011 and started playing proper venues both there and in Cedar Falls shortly thereafter. In May 2011 they recorded an EP at the Sonic Factory Studios in Des Moines which displays the folk and rock roots they built their sound on, then in 2014 they released a full length album recorded at Midday Studios in Des Moines, Iowa from February 2013 through March 2014, with bass, drums, strings, organ, and an overall bigger sound. Tom Rue on bass) and Ethan Weishaar on drums are now permanent and essential members of the evolving Host Country music where you can now hear a bit of everything, from folk to rock, Americana, blues, and beyond.]

[The Host Country play the 4th annual PorchFest KC.]

11:33 – Interview with Kathryn Golden of Porchfest KC

This year’s Porchfest will again be in the Valentine neighborhood, but also in the Old Hyde Park and Roanoke neighborhoods.

All genre welcomed. All performances are 60 minute sets. Performances are acoustic or near-acoustic. The goal is to be heard to the sidewalk, not down the street. This is an all-ages, alcohol free event.

This is open to ALL genres, as long as their volume is appropriate. Kathryn would love to get more world music from a wide mix of communities, She would love more chamber and classical music

Kathryn wants people to not wait to be asked to sign up — come all! If anyone has a favorite band — ask them to sign up.

The 4th Annual PorchFest KC, is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, in Midtown, KCMO, from Noon to 5:00 PM.

Registration is now open at http://www.porchfestkc.com.


17. Cameron Johnson – “On My Own”
from: Stack Your Stones EP / Ten ’til Two Music / May 5, 2016
[Rogers, Arkansas based singer songwriter and Ten ’til Two Music artist, Cameron Johnson, released his debut single, Crooked Bangs, in November of 2015. After the success of the single he went back into the studio with producer, Brad Benge, to record his debut EP. Stack Your Stones features five new songs and a re-mastered version of Crooked Bangs. All six songs were written by Cameron and his father, veteran songwriter, Bruce Johnson.]

[Cameron Johnson plays the 4th annual PorchFest KC.]


18. Betse & Clarke – “Stepping On Ghosts”
from: River Still Rise / Independent / July 1, 2016
[Full-length debut album, from traditional and future folk duo, Betse & Clarke Betse Ellis on fiddles, violins, viola & vocals and Clarke Wyatt on banjos and cello. Recorded during the Winter-Spring of 2016. Produced by Clarke Wyatt and Betse Ellis. Recorded and mixed by Clarke Wyatt/ Final mix assistance from Chad Meise at Massive Sound. Traditional & future folk inspired by explorers Lewis & Clark showing how Betse & Clarke are trailblazers of sound & vision. “River Still Rise,” is a collection of originals and reworked traditional compositions that are presented “to be enjoyed as a musical adventure, much like the river exploration of the famous duo Lewis & Clark, an inspiration for the band’s name.” Betse Ellis writes in the extended liner notes: “The phrase River Still Rise appears in the journals of Meriwether Lewis, and to me, most notably when the Corps of Discovery readied their boats and supplies for the beginning of their river journey. Documenting all the details of the excursion included aspects of the weather, the general demeanor or specific behavior of the crew, and most certainly the level of the river. The river needed to be high enough to be navigable, and in that way, Clarke and I have been putting together our gear and supplies, building our boat, and watching the weather signs for about a year and a half at this point. The process of recording RSR took several months, beginning in early 2016. We made this recording at home with the best gear we could acquire at this point, and with Clarke’s long-built engineering and producing knowledge.”]

[Betse & Clarke play Westport Saloon, Sat, July 8, w/ Les Gruff and The Billy Goat, and Kelly Hunt]

19. Run With It – “Don’t Waste My Time”
from: How To Start A Fire / Run With It / March 24, 2016
[The Kansas City based band Run With it includes Miguel Caraballo on lead vocals & guitar, Ben Byard on bass & vocals, and Daniel Cole on drums, The power trio are known for their energetic live shows, leaving it all on the stage, and working their musical assets to make their audiences happy. The band stays very busy touring, and recording. How To Start A Fire, recorded with producer Josh Gleave.]

[Run With It play The Bottleneck, on Saturday, July 8 with Ghost Lit Kingdom.]

20. Jill Scott – “Closure”
from: Woman / Blues Babe Records / July 24, 2015
[5th studio album by American singer, model and actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4, 1972. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum.]

[Jill Scott plays The Midland Theatre, Thursday, July 7, at 8:00 PM]

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

Next week, on July 12, we celebrate the 6th Annual Lawrence Field Day Fest, July 13-15 in Downtown Lawrence. At 10:15 members of the band Instant Karma join us to share music from their new EP, Trying to Find My Mind, to be released July 22. Instant Karma play Lawrence Field Day Fest, Thursday July 13, at 8:45 PM at Jackpot Lounge. Also joining us is the new KC based, 4-piece band, She Said, made up of Jennie Ferguson on vocals & guitar, Scott Mize on guitar, Doug Hitchcock on drums, and Matt Kesler on bass & vocals. She Said play Lawrence Field Day Fest, Friday, July 14, at 8:00 PM at The Granada Theatre Outdoor Stage. In our second hour, Fally Afani, the founder of I Heart Local Music, joins us to take over the show and play music from artists playing Lawrence Field Day Fest, July 13-15 all over downtown Lawrence with nearly 100 bands, at 8 venues.

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

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