#956 – August 24, 2022 Playlist

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2021

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

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

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

10:09

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

Julia, Bil, and Marial

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:16

Community Lending of America Stage at Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:27 – Underwriting

Maria and Bill

10:29 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

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

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

10:36

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

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

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

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

10:40 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

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

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

10:47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:54 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

Bill Sundahl

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:03 – Station ID

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:10 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:27 – Underwriting

11:29 – More Interview with Bill Sundahl

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

11:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:51 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

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

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

WWW.CMFKC.COM has all the details.

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

11:54

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

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

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

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

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

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