WMM Playlist from August 21, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil
+ Robert Castillo & The Sextet

1. “It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / Dec 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. Clairo – “Impossible”
from: Immunity / Fader / August 2, 2019
[Claire Cottrill was born August 18, 1998. She is known professionally as Clairo, and is from Carlisle, Massachusetts. Her fame escalated after releasing “Pretty Girl” in 2017, a lo-fi-produced song that attracted over 35 million views on YouTube. She credited her sudden popularity to the website’s algorithm system. Claire was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of marketing executive Geoff Cottrill. According to her, “Pretty Girl” was inspired by 1980s pop music, and that although she was tagged with the “bedroom pop” label, it was not her intention to make that style of music. After the popularity of “Pretty Girl”, Clairo signed a record contract with Fader. Clairo’s father, Geoff Cottrill, formerly held top positions at Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Converse, and MusiCares a philanthropic organization associated with the Grammy Awards. Between 2015 and 2017, he was president of American operations at MullenLowe Lintas Group. Claire began recording covers at the age of 13 and taught herself guitar from Internet tutorials. During this time, MTV contacted her to record a song to be used as background music for one of their shows, but the song was never used. Under the names Clairo and DJ Baby Benz, she began posting music to Bandcamp while in high school before beginning to post covers and songs in addition to DJ mixes of rap music on SoundCloud. She also maintained a YouTube channel where she would post covers and short films. In 2017, she began attending Syracuse University. Clairo’s “Pretty Girl” was recorded for an indie rock compilation benefiting the Transgender Law Center. According to her, she recorded the track “using the resources around me which were pretty shitty. I used like a little keyboard that I had and I was really into ’80s pop music — my mom is obsessed with it — so it kind of inspired me to do something like that.” The video also became popular on vaporwave-centric Facebook groups. Another video that was uploaded to YouTube a month earlier, “Flamin Hot Cheetos”, garnered 3 million views by July 2018. The success of “Pretty Girl” led to interest from major labels such as Capitol, RCA, and Columbia. Clairo signed a 12-song record contract with Fader Label. According to The New York Times, this was made possible by her father’s connection to Jon Cohen, co-founder of The Fader and an executive at the publication’s marketing agency, Cornerstone. He signed Clairo to the magazine’s associated record label. Clairo is managed by Mike Ahern and Jimmy Bui. “The whole ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude is everything that I’m about. […] I think it’s really important to be genuine and authentic with everything you do.” —Claire Cottrill, 2017 interview with Fader. In October 2017, an article about Clairo was published by Fader, in which she stated that she was most inspired by Brockhampton, and cited their “do-it-yourself ‘attitude'” as her ethos. Some online communities criticized her comments as disingenuous, arguing that her professional career was borne from nepotism, and thus she should not be considered a true DIY musician. They accused her of being an “industry plant”, in other words, an artist who has backing from the music industry to advance or kick-start their careers, but are deceptively presented as an independent start-up. Such discussion appeared mostly on Reddit. One of the widely shared posts lamented that, although the user enjoyed her music and thought she was an “inspiring” songwriter, they could not fathom why none of her articles and interviews acknowledged her father’s significant industry connections. Clairo described the “industry plant” accusation as sexist and denied that there was “a man behind my success”. The Ringer contributor Lindsay Zoladz commented that it would have likely been more difficult for Clairo to get a record contract without her father’s connections, and that “it is impossible to imagine Clairo’s success in a Gen X world, so vital is the internet to her appeal.” On May 25, 2018, Fader Label released Clairo’s debut record, titled Diary 001. In her review for Pitchfork, Fader contributor Sasha Geffen wrote that the EP ought to subside the “legions of naysayers who dismissed her as a one-hit fluke or an industry plant.” By then, “Pretty Girl” had amassed more than 15 million views on YouTube. A piece written by Joe Coscarelli of The New York Times said that the work: “bridges both worlds, building on the coy, understated bedroom pop of ‘Pretty Girl’ and ‘Flamin Hot Cheetos’ toward sturdier numbers like ‘4EVER’ and ‘B.O.M.D.'”. That same month, she announced a headlining tour throughout North America, opening for Dua Lipa on multiple dates. Her July performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York was a sold-out show. In October 2018, she performed at Lollapalooza. She is scheduled to perform at Coachella 2019.]

[Clairo plays Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, October. 4 at Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. KCMO with Snail Mail, and others]

3. Sleater-Kinney – “The Future Is Here”
from: The Center Won’t Hold / Mom+Pop Records / August 15, 2019
[9th studio album from Sleater-Kinney, formed in early 1994 in Olympia, Washington, by Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein. The group’s name is derived from Sleater Kinney Road, Interstate 5 exit number 108 in Lacey, Washington, the location of one of their early practice spaces. Tucker was formerly in the influential riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy, while Brownstein was formerly in the queercore band Excuse 17. They often played at gigs together and formed Sleater-Kinney as a side-project from their respective bands. When Heavens to Betsy and Excuse 17 disbanded, Sleater-Kinney became their primary focus. Janet Weiss of Quasi is the band’s longest lasting and final drummer, until after this was released when she announced she was leaving the band. Sleater-Kinney has had other drummers, including Lora Macfarlane, Misty Farrell, and Toni Gogin. Upon Tucker’s graduation from The Evergreen State College (where Brownstein remained a student for three more years), she and then-girlfriend Brownstein took a trip to Australia in early 1994. Their last day there, they stayed up all night recording what would become their self-titled debut album. It was released the following spring. They followed this with Call the Doctor (1996) and Dig Me Out (1997), and became critical darlings. The lineup features: Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (for this record on drums).]

Photo by Gordon Parks

4. Mavis Staples – “We Get By (feat. Ben Harper)”
from: We Get By / Anti / May 10, 2019
[14th studio solo album from rhythm & blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist, born in Chicago, Illinois on July 10, 1939. The album’s cover features the photograph “Outside Looking In” by Gordon Parks from his 1956 photo essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden. The album was produced and written by Ben Harper. Staples & Harper had previously collaborated on “Love and Trust”, a song from Staples’ 2016 album, Livin’ on a High Note. In a statement, Staples said, “These songs are delivering such a strong message. We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.” Mavis Staples has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers. She began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches, appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.” With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth.” Staples was briefly married to Spencer Leak in 1964; they divorced when Staples would not end her music career to stay home. She has no children. In the 2015 documentary Mavis! she reveals that Bob Dylan once proposed to her, and she turned him down.]

[The 780’s Series presents A Conversation with Mavis Staples, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS]

10:16 – Underwriting

5. Ensemble Iberica – “Chan Chan”
from: Live Recordings / Tzigane Music / July 19, 2019
[One of two different volumes of live recordings release this Summer from the collective.Kansas City based Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and their former colonies. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish Baroque, Portuguese Fado and Argentine Tango. Ensemble Ibérica features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and urban folk music traditions giving the audience something that is truly unique. Band Members include: Beau Bledsoe, Victoria Botero, Karim Memi, Rich Wheeler, Brandon Draper, Victor Penniman, Jeff Harshbarger, Jordan Shipley, and Michael McClintock. Live Recordings (Vol 1) features highlights from our 2015 and 2016 Concert Series. Ensemble Iberica records every concert, and this collection was edited down from approximately fifty hours of recordings in concert halls, theaters, and intimate clubs. The energy and mutual engagement between musicians and a live audience is an irreplaceable experience for all involved. This spontaneous dynamic allows a musician to embrace an unscripted accident or to extend an improvisation into unimagined territory. A live recording can transmit these aspects of performance much more than a studio recording can ever attain. Performers include: Nathalie Pires on vocals, Mireya Ramos on vocals & violin, Shae Fiol ob vocals, Bruno Bessa on vocals, Victoria Botero on soprano, Fedra Cooper Barrera on vocals, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Michael McClintock on guitar, Jeff Freling on guitar, Jordan Shipley on guitar, Rod Fleeman on guitar, Clarke Wyatt on banjo, Victor Penniman on viola da gamba, Christian Fatu on violin, Betse Ellis on fiddle & vocals, Norma Pacheco O’Neil on castanets, Amado Espinoza on charango, flutes & percussion, Brandon Draper on percussion, John Currey on percussion, Pat Conway on percussion, Zsolt Eder on violin, Rich Wheeler on Saxophone, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, Dominique Sanders on bass, Pedro Pimentel on bass, Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Mark Strozier on flute. More info at: http://www.ensembleiberica.org]

[Ensemble Iberica presents “Taste of Cuba”, Friday, August 23, at 7:00 PM at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, 7920 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS. with members of the band Cubanisms.]

6. Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil – “Believe in the Trees and Bees”
from: Eyein’ Lies / Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil / July 19, 2019
[“Believe in the Trees and Bees” was chosen by Rob Thomas be part of the soundtrack for “Veronica Mars” on Hulu. Rob Thomas is a producer of that show. Formed in Austin, Texas in August 2015, Band Members include: Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Schulze, Travis Garaffa, David Garrett, and Mike McCoy. Kansas native and Austin resident Mike McCoy is a man for all seasons. A gifted singer, composer, songwriter, social commentator and conceptual artist from the heartland, McCoy has been making music for more than 30 years, incorporating a whiplash array of styles and genres from country-roots to punk to performance art and power pop. All overlap in McCoy’s world. Mike founded the KC power-pop band Cher UK (Cargo/FistPuppet) & (Red Decibel/Columbia Records) in the mid 1990s and has fronted other quirky conceptual bands (often, tongue planted firmly in cheek) such as the Black Rabbits of Lawrence, Kansas, and two Austin critics’ darlings, the American People and the Service Industry. Mike is also a prolific solo artist whose latest venture, The Death Bus (digital release only), harkens back to his earliest and perhaps most natural milieu — roots/country/balladeer expanding his solo repertoire and he hopes to wrap up the year with a new record. A religion studies and art-history graduate of TCU, fund-raising researcher at Yale, a carpenter/designer in Austin, an online “word contortionist” and a former museum administrator in KC, McCoy’s truest calling is the crafting of songs. He’s a hayseed intellectual-philosopher whose compositions strike the right balance of plaintive and high-brow, sardonic and humble. McCoy brings a singular, poet’s sensibility to the music equation. He writes about a wonderful waitress in a rundown town who has the power to make or break your stay (“if you treat her well, you might get what you want…”), about an immigrant woman whose dreams of America lead her to a lonesome life as a domestic (“feather duster I believe her, no one sees the way I see her…”), about American apathy and how winter is a submarine (“winter is a submarine — I lay inside and I no longer dream…”). In most of McCoy’s songs, there is something deeply wistful, despite the freighted narratives and their dizzying wordplay. He’s a serious guy and he writes about serious stuff. Yet in the lyrics and in the spaces between words and melody, you can almost hear that lone whistle blow in the dark of a heartlands night; you hear a style of writing that combines political commentary and snarky populism with an inextinguishable belief that somehow, with the right blend of gumption and fortitude, we humans might just pull off something good. He’s equal parts punk-rock-Americana — a strange brew of Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, Ramones and Burl Ives. But no matter in what incarnation you encounter Mike McCoy, you’ll find he’s driven by the same basic themes: ideas and ideals of humanity, principles and hopes, outrage and indignation, absurdism and dadaism, puns and poetry and parody, with a large dose of red-white-and-blue wishful thinking.]

[Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO.]

Mike McCoy

DJ Timmy Tilton

10:33 – Interview with Mike McCoy (with an assist from DJ Timmy Tilton)

Mike McCoy grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. In the early 1990s his band Cher U.K. filled venues in Kansas City playing with popular themes in punk rock music. Mike McCoy, now lives in Austin Texas and plays in his band Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil. Mike has also played in the bands The Service Industry and The American People. Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO.

Mike McCoy thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Mike’s new band is called: Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil Formed in Austin, Texas in August 2015, Band Members include: Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Schulze, Travis Garaffa, David Garrett, and Mike McCoy.

The new album s called Eyein’ Lies from Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil.

Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO. Mike McCoy is best known in Kansas City for his band Cher UK. Mike will be stopping by The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven to play a few songs from the new album and maybe even a few Cher UK songs.

A gifted singer, composer, songwriter, social commentator and conceptual artist from the heartland, McCoy has been making music for more than 30 years, incorporating a whiplash array of styles and genres from country-roots to punk to performance art and power pop. All overlap in McCoy’s world.

Mike founded the KC power-pop band Cher UK (Cargo/FistPuppet) & (Red Decibel/Columbia Records) in the mid 1990s and has fronted other quirky conceptual bands (often, tongue planted firmly in cheek) such as the Black Rabbits of Lawrence, Kansas, and two Austin critics’ darlings, the American People and the Service Industry. Mike is also a prolific solo artist whose latest venture, The Death Bus (digital release only), harkens back to his earliest and perhaps most natural milieu — roots/country/balladeer
expanding his solo repertoire and he hopes to wrap up the year with a new record.

A religion studies and art-history graduate of TCU, fund-raising researcher at Yale, a carpenter/designer in Austin, an online “word contortionist” and a former museum administrator in KC, McCoy’s truest calling is the crafting of songs. He’s a hayseed intellectual-philosopher whose compositions strike the right balance of plaintive and high-brow, sardonic and humble.

McCoy brings a singular, poet’s sensibility to the music equation. He writes about a wonderful waitress in a rundown town who has the power to make or break your stay (“if you treat her well, you might get what you want…”), about an immigrant woman whose dreams of America lead her to a lonesome life as a domestic (“feather duster I believe her, no one sees the way I see her…”), about American apathy and how winter is a submarine (“winter is a submarine — I lay inside and I no longer dream…”). In most of McCoy’s songs, there is something deeply wistful, despite the freighted narratives and their dizzying wordplay. He’s a serious guy and he writes about serious stuff. Yet in the lyrics and in the spaces between words and melody, you can almost hear that lone whistle blow in the dark of a heartlands night; you hear a style of writing that combines political commentary and snarky populism with an inextinguishable belief that somehow, with the right blend of gumption and fortitude, we humans might just pull off something good.

He’s equal parts punk-rock-Americana — a strange brew of Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, Ramones and Burl Ives. But no matter in what incarnation you encounter Mike McCoy, you’ll find he’s driven by the same basic themes: ideas and ideals of humanity, principles and hopes, outrage and indignation, absurdism and dadaism, puns and poetry and parody, with a large dose of red-white-and-blue wishful thinking.

The latest versions of Cher UK in Kansas City consisted of: Mike McCoy Guitar & Vox, Mark Reynolds – Bass, Bernie Dugan – Drums

The band was originally called Cher. First recordings on cassette, the band went through several line-up changes and the band’s name changed to Cher UK and got a record deal with Red Decible Records from Minneapolis.

In 2004 Mike founded the North vs. South Music Festival, as a bi-annual, bi-polar music festival designed to showcase independent rock along the I-35 corridor.

Mike McCoy, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The new album Eyein’ Lies from Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil

10:50

7. Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil – “The Hard Way”
from: Eyein’ Lies / Mike McCoy’s Trompe-l’œil / July 19, 2019
[Formed in Austin, Texas in August 2015, Band Members include: Andrew Duplantis, Jacob Schulze, Travis Garaffa, David Garrett, and Mike McCoy. Kansas native and Austin resident Mike McCoy is a man for all seasons. A gifted singer, composer, songwriter, social commentator and conceptual artist from the heartland, McCoy has been making music for more than 30 years, incorporating a whiplash array of styles and genres from country-roots to punk to performance art and power pop.]

[Mike McCoy presents Mike McCoy’s Trompe L’oeil Q & A Jam, on Friday, August 23, at 6:00 PM, at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, 7621 Troost Ave, KCMO.]

8. Olivia Fox – “Blame”
from: Carbon / OLIVIA FOX / August 23, 2019
[Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith make up the KC band, OLIVIA FOX who released their self titled debut EP, June 2, 2017. OLIVIA FOX followed with three singles: “Slow Motion” released Dec 14, 2017, “Utah” released Feb 16, 2018, and “Easy” released June 1, 2018. On November 2, 2018 the band released their EP Renditions, with 4 songs written by The Doors, The Beatles, The Cranberries, and Bon Jovi. OLIVIA FOX call their sound Folk/Pop, a marriage between classic folk vocals & harmonies to modern programmed beats & synth pads.]

[Olivia Fox play an Album Release Show on Saturday, August 24, at 8:00 PM, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester St, KCMO, with Crystal Rose and Nicki White.]

11:00 – Station ID

Robert Castillo and Tim Tilton on the August 21, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

9. The Sextet – “To Be Determined (feat. J.F. Letters, Miki P, & Adee Dancy)”
from: Among Friends / ARC / September 15 , 2019
[First Single (released May 10, 2019) from The Sextet’s upcoming album Among Friends. The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.]

[The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.]

Robert Castillo on the August 21, 2019 edition Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI, 90.1 FM.

11:08 – Interview with Robert Castillo

Musician & band leader Robert Castillo, joins us to share new singles from The Sextet’s upcoming album “Among Friends.” The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.

The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.

Robert Castillo thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley
We just heard the first single, released May 10, “To Be Determined” featuring J.F. Letters.

Later we will play “Moving On (feat. Poet Jen Harris)” released July 19

and also: My Funny Valentine (feat. Calvin Arsenia & Miki P)”

Along with J.F. Letters, Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, and Miki P other collaborators include: Jose Faus, Sean Branagan, Fritz Hutchinson, and Eddie Moore.

Among Friends is being released through are label ARC (Chris Burnett).

More information at: http://www.thesextetjazz.com

Robert Castillo also plays with Miki P and The Swallotails, Calvin Arsenia, SUNU, KCKCC Jazz Choir, North Kansas City OBG.

Robert Castillo has collaborated with Tim Harte, Lauren Krum, Dirty Force Brass Band, and Charles Williams,

Robert Castillo is from Kansas City. He went to Northgate Middle School and North Kansas City High School.

He learned piano in 2nd grade, violin in 4th grade, cello in 6th grade, bass in 7th grade. He played in the high school jazz band,

When he was 18 he moved to Chicago and took classes in Jazz Studies at North Central College.

In the Spring of 2014 Robert Castillo moved to rural Oregon where he enrolled in the Americore program and put himself in “Service to America.” He was placed in Fossil Oregon where he worked as a K- 8 grade Music Teacher, (28 students total).

It was during his free time in Oregon that The Sextet began as a band.

Robert Castillo is married to Kathryn Castillo. They have been married for 4 years, and have been together for 10 years.

Robert Castillo is also a painter and his works have been featured at PT’s Coffee, Mattie Rhodes, and InterUrban ArtHouse. He works in watercolor, oils, and acrylics.

Robert Castillo was a graduate of Artist Inc. He was in the same class as Jen Harris.

11:19

10. The Sextet – “Moving On (feat. Poet Jen Harris)”
from: Among Friends / ARC / September 15 , 2019
[Second Single (released July 19, 2019) from The Sextet’s upcoming Amoung Friends. The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.]

[The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.]

The Sextet’s upcoming album “Among Friends”

11:27 – Interview with Robert Castillo

Musician & band leader Robert Castillo, who shares new singles from The Sextet’s upcoming album “Among Friends.” The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.

The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.

Robert Castillo thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Robert Castillo is assistant director of programming for Art As Mentorship.

Later this week, Robert Castillo (from Aug 23 – Sept 2), can be found at: blob
The Dump, 7:00 @ Center Plaza c/o BRCPO, Burning Man, Gerlach, NV 89412

The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass,

The most recent single from The Sextet and their new album Among Friends is “My Funny Valentine (feat. Calvin Arsenia & Miki P)” with collaborators from Sean Brannigan, Fritz Hutchinson, and Eddie Moore giving the song an Afro-Beat treatment.

Robert Castillo, thanks for being with us on Wednesday Midday Medley.

More information at: http://www.thesextetjazz.com

11. The Sextet –”My Funny Valentine (feat. Calvin Arsenia & Miki P)”
from: Among Friends / ARC / September 15, 2019
[Third Single (released August 16, 2019) from The Sextet’s upcoming Amoung Friends. The title of the band’s third release refers to the collaboration of nine other musicians & artists who joined the six members of The Sextet: Joe Tesoro on soprano sax, Max Levy on tenor sax, Trevor Turla on trombone, Forrest Fowler on guitar, Nik Douglas on drums, and Robert Castillo on bass, in the studio to create this new 15 track release.]

[The Sextet play an Album Release Show, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. Joining the band are special guests: Calvin Arsenia, Poet Jen Harris, Jose Faus, Miki P, Eddie Moore, and JF Letters. Jametatone & Blastocyst will open the show.]

10:46 – Underwriting

12. Oso Oso –”dig”
from: basking in the glow / Triple Crown Records / August 16 , 2019
[Oso Oso calls themselves a “music thing from Longbeach, New York. Triple Crown Records offers: Oso Oso is the latest project of Jade Lilitri out of Long Beach, New York. After a couple of early records, the band self-released their first fully realized album The Yunahon Mixtape on Bandcamp in early 2017. Despite this low key release, the album quickly gained traction across the scene, winning over both fans and critics with it’s diverse, recognizable knack for memorable choruses and instantly relatable lyrics.]

[Oso Oso plays The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, NKC, Sunday, September 15, at 7:00 PM with The Sidekicks and Future Teens.]

11:55

One of our favorite area bands is Under The Big Oak Tree, an Acoustic Folk, Country Roots from St Joseph, Missouri band formed by: Kristin Hamilton, Doug “Sluggo” Ward, and Simon Fink. We have played music from all three of their albums. Band member Simon Fink who was on WMM on June 5, sharing music from his beautiful book/CD release LULLABIES TIL DAWN that he recorded with The Wires, writes:

Dear friends of Under the Big Oak Tree,

With some sadness I must report that UBOT is going on hiatus for the foreseeable future. I’m taking a job beginning next month that will have me commuting out of state for the next year.

We have booked a night at Unplugged—Friday, August 23, 8—10pm to celebrate seven amazing years of Under the Big Oak Tree and to get one last chance to be on stage all together before I head out. Please join us!

Thank you for all your love and support over the past several years.

Yours,

Simon Fink

13. Under The Big Oak Tree – “Stars Songs Faces (After Sandburg)”
from: Local Honey / Mudstomp Records / January 22, 2016
[Acoustic Folk, Country Roots from St Joseph, Missouri band formed by: Kristin Hamilton, Doug “Sluggo” Ward, and Simon Fink. More info at: http://www.UnderTheBigOakTree.net/ Under The Big Oak Tree play multiple showcases at this year’s Folk Alliance International, including The MudStomp Records Fri, Feb 19.]

[Under The Big Oak Tree play a farewell (for Now) Show!, Friday, August 23, at 8:00 PM, at Unplugged, 2605 Frederick Avenue, Saint Joseph, Missouri.]

11:59:30

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

Next week on Wednesday, August 28, members of the area band L A Jones join us to share their new single to be released September 4. Also Enrique Chi will be with to talk about Making Movies Carnival, September 7, at Knuckleheads.

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

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WMM Playlist from April 25, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck +
Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi

10:00 – Station ID

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

Caroline Lee & Barry Lee

We lost one of our own at KKFI as Caroline Lee passed away early in the morning on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her family. Caroline was married to Barry Lee. Together they have been a constant presence in the area music scene and on the radio. Caroline was an early volunteer and organizer for 90.1 FM. When the station went the air in 1988 Caroline hosted and produced “Watusi Rodeo,” (one of the first alternative country radio shows). When that program ended its run, she was often a guest-host on, Signal To Noise. Barry Lee will present a radio memorial for Caroline on May 4th at 9:00 pm. There will also be a concert at Knuckleheads Saloon in July in her memory.

In honor of Caroline’s passing I would love to play a song from Cris Williamson’s 2001 release “Ashes,” 12 original songs about transformation, love, and the Phoenix rising. Helping Cris with the vocals is her friend Bonnie Raitt.

10:01

2. Cris Williamson – “Cry Cry Cry”
from: Ashes / Wolf Moon Records / September 18, 2001
[Written by Cris Williamson. Produced by Teresa Trull. Lead vocals – Cris Williamson, piano – Bonnie Hayes, supporting vocals – Bonnie Raitt, string arrangments & keyboard – Frank Martin, violin – Jeremy Cohen.]

[Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. ]

10:07

3. John Keck – “Dear Life”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals; Shannon O’Shea on violin; Chase Horseman on bass, drums, organ, & wurlitzer. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO]

10:11 – Interview with John Keck

John Keck on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Kansas City based singer songwriter John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

John Keck, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th St. in downtown KCMO.

Produced, engineered, & mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording Studios.

John Keck’s mom was a teacher.

Missouri Queen.

John’s words – This is an ode to my single mother and the advice she’s given me. I wanted a short biographical song that allows me to give a frame of reference for where all of my songs come from and this was born. My Grandfather flew a B-29 in WWII called the “Missouri Queen”. There were Japanese fighters with floodlights on their noses that would chase the B-29s and light them up so they could be shot down. She told me that he would say “Don’t get caught in the light”, which is advice that she passed down for me to interrupt My Dad was a pilot and always gone when i was growing up, I would look up at the stars and confuse them with taillights of airplanes. Hence the shooting stars. When my parents separated, my mom returned to the farm where my grandparents lived and it became an integral part of my life. When I pushed my mom for more advice for the song she repeated what she has always told me, which is this story. “A Persian king asked the wisest man of his country for advice that would always be true, and he replied ‘This too shall pass’”

10:20

4. John Keck – “Missouri Queen”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

10:22 – Interview with John Keck

John Keck

We are talking with Kansas City based singer songwriter John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO.

“Song For Mother”

John’s words – The last piece began after the shooting in Ferguson, MO. In following weeks I heard an interview with a woman who was protesting, I remember her saying “We’re just trying to keep our sons alive in the streets, don’t you understand, why can’t people understand”. Her voice stayed with me, haunting me as I watched and read about shooting after shooting. Eventually I dreamt a conversation with a mother who has been confronted all of her days with the death of their child. I woke up and sang this song to myself in the middle of the night. At first she is hesitant to say anything, but then can’t stop herself, going through grief, confusion, sadness, anger, frustration and finally feeling hopeless, pointless. The faint piano represents the child voice/spirit and the violin is speaking for the mother.

John’s words – Just before recording I spoke to the violinist, Shannon O’Shea, I told her what the song represented and asked her to play a solo with that represents the physical struggle when you’re sobbing so hard you can’t control your breath.

John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO.

10:30

4. John Keck – “Song For Mother”
from: Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles / John L. Keck / Expected May 2018
[Written by John Keck. Produced/Engineered/Mixed by Chase Horseman at Element Recording & Mastering Studios. Mastered by Ian Dobyns. John Keck on Guitar & vocals; Shannon O’Shea on violin; Chase Horseman on piano & pump organ. This EP represents the first studio release in 5 years and is the first of 3 songs in a planned series of work. “Out in the Cold” a reflection on our society. These 3 songs were written while living on historic 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. More at: http://www.johnlkeck.com]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence.]

[John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO]

10:34 – Underwriting

6. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Sekar Jagat”
from: unreleased track “welcoming dance” / Gamelan Genta Kasturi /
[written by Patrick Alonzo Conway]

10:39 – Interview with Patrick Alonzo Conway

Patrick Alonzo Conway on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Patrick Alonzo Conway is a Kansas City based composer, performer, educator, and independent musician. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He was a founding member of newEar, and he works with Terrestrial Consort, People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Mambo DeLeon, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, Expassionates, and BCR. He is a 2012 recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Fellow Award. Patrick Alonzo Conway is also the Director of Gamelan Genta Kasturi.

Patrick joins us to share details about KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM.

Patrick Alonzo Conway thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Congratulations on KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary!

The performance will feature guest Balinese artists: I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Putu Oka Mardiani, Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika;

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gamelan Students: Putu Tangkas Hiranmayena, Ika Putri and Fedelia Trivianti;

and The Indonesian Community of KC Dancers; plus special guest Shawn Hansen on electronics.

This concert of will demonstrate traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance. This event is free, but requires a ticket to enter.

To reserve tickets: https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

For over 15 years KC’s community Balinese gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, has been presenting community concerts.

The group’s founder and family return in a special concert of Balinese Music & Dance featuring original compositions by Mr. Asnawa and traditional classics.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Gamelan Genta Kasturi with Balinese Guest Artists, under the direction of I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, featuring his wife Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, and two daughters Yunirika Asnawa & Yonitika Asnawa performing several dances with the music.

Mr. Asnawa has been faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in conjunction with the Robert E. Brown Center For World Music since leaving Kansas City in 2006. He and his family maintain an active schedule performing, teaching and promoting Balinese Cultural Arts.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi have been Studio Residents as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation/Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.

Gamelan Genta Kasturi, premiered a large scale collaborative work in 2011 featuring his Patrick Alonzo Conway’s original composition Angels & Demons at Play through Urban Culture Project and ArtSounds.

A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) & gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed & plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture.

The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.

Bali is a province of Indonesia. The province covers a few small neighboring islands as well as the isle of Bali. The main island is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 34 provinces w/ the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the S. of the island.
Patrick Alonzo Conway went to Bali.

Kansas City’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org

https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

10:57

7. Gamelan Genta Kasturi – “Samvartaka”
from: Rehearsal recording / Gamelan Genta Kasturi /
[Original composition written by Patrick Alonzo Conway for 20th aniversary of Charlotte Street Foundation.]

11:00 – Station ID

Grand Marquis

8. Grand Marquis – “Another Lover”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:04 – Interview with Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth

Grand Marquis were founded in 1998, over the last 20 years they have logged well over 2000 performances from Seattle to South Beach Miami playing their very own mix of American Roots, Blues, & Prohibition Jazz. They have now released 8 albums including a 7” 45 rpm vinyl recorded at legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Grand Marquis write powerful original songs and mix classic standards into their sets. Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums.

Grand Marguis are releasing their new album, Brighter Days and play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Grand Marquis are playing the Zoo Bar in Lincoln Nebraska, Friday, April 27.

“This band plays as if the joint was literally on fire.” Billtown Blues Association

“Completely infectious…it begs to be played loud, it begs to be danced to!” Boston Blues Review

“…moving the genre forward into the next century.” Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

“Few bands have more fun or produce more joy in an audience while onstage.” Jason Harper, The Pitch

Accolades:

2013 International Blues Challenge Finalists: “Best Self-Produced CD”
2011 International Blues Challenge Finalists (The Blues Foundation)
2011 Best Blues Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2010 Topeka Blues Society International Blues Challenge Champions
2007 Best Jazz Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2006 Best Jazz Band – The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)
2006 Best Local Band – The X Entertainment Magazine (Kansas City metro area)

11:12

9. Grand Marquis – “Brighter Days”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:16 – More Interview with Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth

Bryan Redmon and Ben Ruth of Grand Marquis on the April 25, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Grand Marquis Discography:

“Brighter Days”2018
“Blues and Trouble” 2013
“The Sun Session” 2011
“Hold On To Me” 2010
“One More Day” 2007
“Grand Marquis” 2004
“Le Chant Du Diable Bleu” 2002
“Burlesk” 2000

The band has grown and evolved over the years.

Grand Marquis are Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums. Brighter Days is the band’s 8th release. Grand Marquis play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

Bryan Redmond and Ben Ruth have kept this band alive and made all of this music while also growing families and raising kids.

Ben Ruth also plays in the bands: The Hardship Letters, Be/Non.

http://www.grandmarquis.net

Grand Marguis are releasing their new album, Brighter Days and play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition.

11:23

10. Grand Marquis – “Many Rivers to Cross”
from: Brighter Days / King Forward Records / April 28, 2018

11:28 – Underwriting

11. Cris Williamson – “Motherland”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

11:34 – Interview with Cris Williamson

Cris Williamson

Legendary singer songwriter Cris Williamson recently released her 32nd album, Motherland. Cris Williamson is a brilliant songwriter, poet, pioneer, and renegade who recorded her first album in the 1964 when she was sixteen. Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, was released in 1975, and became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time, selling over 500,000 copies. The sales of these records allowed the independent label Olivia Records to release music from a whole new movement of diverse female artists, all overlooked by mainstream music. Cris Williamson helped to forge a historic movement in the male dominated music industry, fostering the creation of completely female owned record labels, touring companies, and music festivals. The movement, (often misclassified as a genre) was about opening the doors, and smashing glass ceilings, for so many women to follow, who had been shut-out of the game, simply because of their gender. Cris seemed to shrug all of that off with an earthy sexy confidence that makes audiences swoon for her. She wrote music for people desiring to find their own identities in modern folk and pop music. No one had ever courageously written and performed so many brilliant full length albums of songs by women, about women, for women. At the same time, these songs are universal to us all. These songs were all impeccably and professionally produced and have stood the test of time and could go up against any of the songs by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, or James Taylor. Only difference is mainstream radio and television has almost completely ignored Cris Williamson. Despite this injustice, through her amazing voice, and spirit, and open heart, Cris has helped make the world a better place for all female and LGBTQIA artists who follow the path she cleared. We owe her for that. Cris Williamson has written and recorded hundreds of beautiful, incredible songs, while remaining one of our most underrated singer songwriters of the last 50 years. If you’ve never seen her in concert, now is your chance! Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church , 4501 Walnut, on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

Cris Williamson thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

On Motherland we just heard the title track, a song Cris wrote. All of the other songs on the new record are written by her musical contemporaries of the past 50 years: Joni Mitchell, Eliza Gilkyson, Laura Nyro, Patty Griffin, Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes. We’ve heard you cover songs from Joni Mitchell & James Taylor on earlier releases.

Cris Williamson was part of NPR Music’s 2017 feature on The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women with her record – The Changer and the Changed: A Record of the Times (Olivia Records, 1975)

Cris Williamson

From NPR Music’s The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (7/24/2017):
“I’m kind of hand-carried, person to person,” Cris Williamson told the journalist Ben Fong-Torres in 1981, when asked how people discovered her music. “There are secretaries who’ve told me they can’t get through the day without running home during lunch hour and playing it.” Such was the impact of the Wyoming native’s voice, clear as a mountain stream, and her empathetic songwriting, which made this album one of the best-selling independent releases of all time and the cornerstone of the feminist “women’s music” movement. Produced by Williamson and featuring dozens of the era’s finest women musicians — including guitarists Meg Christian and June Millington, bass virtuoso Jacqueline Robbins and vocalists Holly Near and Margie Adam — Changer blended pop, country and folk elements in songs that were both cuttingly intimate and generously communal. (A few featured large choruses inspired by the sing-alongs women’s music artists inspired in concert.) Williamson’s own keyboard playing ranged from contemplative to dance-floor funky. The clear and confident lesbian desire behind love songs like “Sweet Woman” and “Dream Child” made Williamson a sex symbol; her philosophical side made Changer a record of spiritual growth, too. Speaking what at the time remained mostly unspoken in pop, this album truly changed lives. —Ann Powers (NPR Music)

Cris Williamson

From http://www.smithsonianmag.com:
Ginny Berson belonged to the Furies collective, a radical, separatist household that published journals, taught classes, and advocated communal living apart from men. Judy Dlugacz, 20, had postponed law school to pursue lesbian activism and was interested in finding an economically workable means of serving the women’s community. Performing as a folk musician at area clubs and coffeehouses, Meg Christian was eager to meet other women songwriters like Cris Williamson—who had released her first album in 1964 at age 16.

When Williamson came on tour to D.C., Christian and Berson not only arranged to bring other women’s music fans to the concert; in a gesture that changed history, they also scheduled a follow-up interview on Georgetown University’s “Radio Free Women” program. On the show, Berson spoke about how she and other members of the Furies collective were searching for a bigger project to invest in— “something that’s for women, by women, and supported by women’s money”—and Williamson responded with a simple yet provocative suggestion, “Why don’t you start a women’s record company?”

It has been over 10 years since Cris Williamson has been back to Kansas City.
Cris will be playing at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

Cris is also doing a show in St. Louis on April 28, at MCC of St. Louis

http://www.criswilliamson.com

Never one to rest on her laurels, to which Cris replied laughing, “What Laurels?” In the last 17 years Cris have released 11 full length albums (a few of those were double albums). That works out to be a new album every year and half. Considering the process of writing, recording, mastering, raising the funds to produce and launch a new record, we asked Cris to share what she might be currently working on for the next release. She told us that she has a back log of new songs she has written and collected and from those songs she is working through what she may release next. She has been playing with the idea of releasing an album of American standards, but held back because so many other musicians have been doing this.

(Note: The laurels that are being referred to when someone is said to ‘rest on his laurels’ are the aromatically scented Laurus Nobilis trees or, more specifically, their leaves. The trees are known colloquially as Sweet Bay and are commonly grown as culinary or ornamental plants. Rest on his laurels. The origins of the phrase lie in ancient Greece, where laurel wreaths were symbols of victory and status.)

Throughout the last 15 years Cris Williamson has also conducted Songwriting Workshops.

This summer Cris will be traveling to Norway with Olivia Cruises, and returning to National Women’s Music Festival, and in the fall, attending Women’s Week in Provincetown.

11:55

12. Cris Williamson – “Woman”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

[Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, Missouri, 4501 Walnut, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. ]

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

Next week, on May 2, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, returns as our Guest Producer sharing musical discoveries and information from her encyclopedic brain. Also next week, Barry Lee joins us to share information about, An Evening With the Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM, at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS where Signal to Noise’s Barry Lee hosts an All-Star group of KC & Lawrence musicians in a benefit for KPR’s Audio Reader Network. The evening will highlight the quieter side of the Beatles’ music. Special guests The Volker Brothers (David George & Eric Voeks) will open the show with a set of acoustic Beatles songs.

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

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http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
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Show #731

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck + Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi + Purple Skunk Funk Band

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, April 25, 2018

Grand Marquis + Cris Williamson + John Keck +
Patrick Alonzo Conway & Gamelan Genta Kasturi
+ Purple Skunk Funk Band

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Grand Marquis, John Keck, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Cris Williamson, and Yuno.

John Keck

At 10:05 John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles. This is John’s first release since his 2013 Jack Moon Sessions, which was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz on Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. John Keck will be in concert with John Statz, and Kelly Hunt, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gilliam Rd, KCMO. More info at: http://www.johnlkeck.com

Gamelan Genta Kasturi

At 10:25 Patrick Alonzo Conway shares information about KC’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi – 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. The performance will feature guest Balinese artists: I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Putu Oka Mardiani, Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gamelan Students: Putu Tangkas Hiranmayena, Ika Putri and Fedelia Trivianti; and The Indonesian Community of KC Dancers; plus special guest Shawn Hansen on electronics. This concert of will demonstrate traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance. This event is free, but requires a ticket to enter. To reserve tickets: https://nelson-atkins.org/events/performance-gamelan-genta-kasturi-15th-anniversary-concert/

Purple Skunk Funk Band

At 10:45 Joe Athon and friends share stories about their 1990’s group, the Purple Skunk Funk Band who had their official last show on March 15, 1997 at Bodies Flip City. The band got back together 22 years later in 2016 and had so much fun that they’ve decided to have another special reunion show this Saturday, April 28, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO, with Beam & Eads.

Grand Marquis

At 11:00 members of Grand Marquis join us to share music from their new album, Brighter Days. Grand Marquis are Bryan Redmond on lead vocals & saxophones, Chad Boydston on trumpet, Trevor Turla on trombone, Ryan Wurtz on guitar, Ben Ruth on upright bass & sousaphone, and Fritz Hutchison on drums. Brighter days is the band’s 7th release. Grand Marquis play a Brighter Days – Release Party on Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Street, KCMO, on with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition. More info at: http://www.grandmarquis.net

Cris Williamson

At 11:30 Mark talks with legendary singer songwriter Cris Williamson who has just released her 31st album, Motherland. Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, released in 1975, became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. As William Ruhlmann of AllMusic writes: “The Changer and the Changed was to women’s music what Michael Jackson’s Thriller was to the music industry in general in the mid-’80s, an album that sold far beyond the perceived size of the market, more than 100,000 copies in its first year of release. Eventually, it reportedly sold more than 500,000 copies. Cris Williamson will be in KC for the first time in 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO, Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 pm. More information at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3368089

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Show #731