WMM Playlist from February 14, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference
+ Victor & Penny + Don Simon & Lost Cowgirl Records Showcase
+ Megan Slankard & Summer Osborne

We spinned songs from musical artists playing Official and Private Showcases at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference, February 14 thru 17 at the Westin Crown Center. More info at http://www.folk.org.

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

2. AHI – “Alive Again”
from: We Made It Through the Wreckage / Ahkinoah H Izarh / January 20, 2017
[Debut album from Brampton, Ontario, Canada indie-soul/alt-folk songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”). From humble beginnings in Brampton, Ontario, AHI independently toured over 100,000 miles, through the vast woodlands of Canada and the neon lights of Nashville, to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and eventually beyond the Atlantic to the brick lanes of London. Along the way, he has recorded with leading acoustic sessions across the UK and Europe, but none has been more viewed than a simple home video of his stunning rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’, filmed in a London alleyway and accompanied by the sweet harmonies of his three-year-old daughter. The video caught the attention of the Marley family who featured it on the official BobMarley.com website and sent AHI a personalized note from Mrs. Rita Marley herself – an unparalleled experience for an artist who cites Bob Marley as his greatest musical inspiration. Soon after, AHI returned to find his Indie Soul EP (2014) was chosen one of CBC Radio One’s top 10 records of the year, and he has since been recognized and awarded by Folk Alliance International, Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Songwriters Association of Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts, among others. For his debut full-length We Made It Through The Wreckage (2017), AHI has collaborated with CMA winning producer Eric Masse (Miranda Lambert) to create what Masse has called an entirely “new genre”, blending folk, soul and rock, and topping it off with a vocal performance to be expected from a seasoned powerhouse rather than an indie debut..]

[AHI plays an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference, Friday, February 16, at 6:00 pm, in Shawnee Mission Room, at Weston Crown Center.]

3. Ruthie Foster – “What Are You Listening To?”
from: Joy Comes Back / Stone Truth Music – Blue Corn Music / March 24, 2017
[Ruthie Cecelia Foster (born February 10, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. She mixes a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul. She has often been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. Foster is from Gause, Texas and comes from a family of gospel singers. At the age of fourteen, Ruthie was a soloist in her hometown choir, and was certain that her future would revolve around music. After high school, Ruthie moved to Waco, Texas to attend community college, where her studies concentrated in music and audio engineering. She began fronting a blues band, learning how to command a stage in the bars of Texas. Hoping to travel and gain a wider world perspective, Foster joined the Navy, and soon her musical talents soon had her singing in the naval band Pride, that played pop and funk hits at recruitment drives in the southeastern United States. Following her tour of duty, Ruthie headed to New York City where she became a regular performer at various local folk venues. Atlantic Records got wind of Foster’s talent and offered her a recording deal, with the intent of cultivating her as a budding pop star, but Foster wasn’t interested in a pop career, preferring instead to explore the various strains of American roots music that had informed her childhood. When her mother fell ill in 1993, Foster left New York and her recording deal and returned to Texas to be with her family. She began working as a camera operator and production assistant at a television station in College Station, Texas while she cared for her mother, who passed in 1996. A year later in 1997, Foster self-released the album Full Circle, the success of which paved the way to a long relationship with the record label Blue Corn Music. Blue Corn released the follow up album Crossover in 1999, Runaway Soul in 2002, and Stages (featuring a series of live tracks) in 2004. Stages marked a turning point in Foster’s career, as the experience of a Ruthie Foster live show was able to be experienced by a wide audience. Foster’s next release was Heal Yourself in 2006, followed by the studio album The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster in 2008 (produced by Papa Mali), and The Truth According to Ruthie Foster (produced by Grammy-winning producer Chris Goldsmith), recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, in 2009, all released by Blue Corn Music. The Truth According to Ruthie Foster earned Ruthie a Grammy Award Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. A second album of Foster’s live performances, Live At Antone’s (CD and DVD), was released in 2011. In 2012, Ruthie and Blue Corn released the studio album Let It Burn, which featured special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, William Bell and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters, and was produced by Grammy-award winner John Chelew. Let It Burn earned Foster a second Grammy Nomination, this time for Best Blues Album, and was the vehicle for numerous Blues Music Awards won by Foster. Her most recent album, Joy Comes Back, was released by Blue Corn Music in 2017.]

[Ruthie Foster hosts the International Folk Music Awards Show, Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 PM, at The Folly Theatre with guest performances and presentations by John Oates, Guy Davis, Giri and Uma Peters, Anais Mitchell, and others.]

[Ruthie Foster plays an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference, Thurs, Feb 15, at 10:00 pm, in Pershing East/West.]

10:11 – Underwriting

4. Victor & Penny – “Wake Up Early” (Vinyl)
from: Wake Up Early – Single / EAT.HEAR.RECORDS / November 15, 2017
[Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling formed Victor & Penny in 2010. The vinyl-only label was started by Steve Tulipana and the team at recordBar. Written by Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling. Recorded mixed and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab. Erin McGrane on ukulele & vocals, Jeff Freling guitar & vocals, featuring James Issac on clarinet & soprano sax, Kyle Dahlquist on trombone, glokenspiel & vocals, Jeff harshbarger on upright bass, and Brian Steever on drums. Sleve design by Marco Pascolini. EAT.HEAR.RECORDS. 1520 Grand Ave. KCMO 64108 http://www.therecordbar.com]

[Victor & Penny play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Saturday, February 17, at 6:45 PM in The Garden Terrace at Weston Crown Center.]

Bill Sundahl, Erin McGrane & Jeff Freling on the February 14, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

10:16 – Interview with Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling

Formed in 2010, Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane are Victor & Penny. The duo were honored to represent Kansas City at a New York City press event as part the America’s Creative Crossroads campaign, “Paris of the Plains Goes to NY.” Victor & Penny have also performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural New Year’s, the Missouri Governor’s 2016 EDC Awards Luncheon, KC Union Station’s Centennial Celebration, and KC Mayor, Sly James’ 2015 State of the City Address.V&P are a four-time Official Showcase Artists for Folk Alliance International Conference, and have made over 1,000 personal appearances and traveled more than 200,000 miles in the last five years. In 2016 V&P released their 4th album, ‘Electricity.’ After recently getting married, Victor & Penny recently released their first ever vinyl 7-inch vinyl single though EAT.HEAR.RECORDS. Last night Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra joined famed composer & musician David Amram for David Amram: A Musical Life, interviewed by Chuck Haddix, at The Olathe Public Library.

Victor & Penny play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Saturday, February 17, at 6:45 PM in The Garden Terrace at Weston Crown Center

Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane thank you for being with us on WMM.

Victor & Penny are a four-time Official Showcase Artists for Folk Alliance International Conference.

Formally trained at Berklee School of Music (Boston) and the Conservatory of Music (Kansas City), Mr. Freling participated in the international program, The Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger, and outstanding instrumentalist.

Erin McGrane is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient as well as a fellow of the ArtistINC program for which she currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter. The duo was married in May 2017 and recently returned from an extended overseas honeymoon in Spain and Portugal (Oct. 2017).

Celebrating the simultaneous launch of Victor & Penny were the first release on the new label, EAT. HEAR. RECORDS. The 7” 45rpm vinyl record by Victor & Penny offers a new sonic landscape from the band as they have expanded to include drums with local jazz drummer, Brian Steever. Mr. Steever will join the band for a portion of the special concert.

EAT. HEAR. RECORDS was founded by recordBar and Steve Tulipana.

10:23

6. Victor & Penny – “She Says She Knows”
from: She Says She Knows – Single / EAT.HEAR.RECORDS / November 15, 2017
[Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling formed Victor & Penny in 2010. The vinyl-only label was started by Steve Tulipana and the team at recordBar. Recorded by Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

[Victor & Penny play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Saturday, February 17, at 6:45 PM in The Garden Terrace at Weston Crown Center.]

10:27 – Interview with Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling

Formed in 2010, Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane are Victor & Penny, a Swing-infused folk-jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style, delivered with class, joy, and soaring musical improvisation.. The duo have released four full length albums and most recently a 7″ vinyl single. Kansas City is their home.

Victor & Penny are members of Folk Alliance International Member, and Midwest Music Foundation

Victor & Penny were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artists. V&P and the LCO feature tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar work, red-hot horns and a fiery ukulele. This corset-tight quintet brings a modern Kansas City voice to their original tunes and prohibition era jazz with sterling musicianship. V&P and the LCO impress and delight with charm and hot licks and they are an “absolute rollicking blast.”

The group released a new full-length CD, “Electricity” (March 2016) which debuted on the Folk Radio DJ charts at #12 with the #3 song. “Electricity” crackles and sparks with joy and regret; truths and dares; love and love gone wrong all set to a score of vibrant, rhythmic swing and virtuosic musicianship. Electricity is the culmination of 160,000 miles, 5 years and nearly 1,000 performances and is a testament to the incomparable vivacity of Victor & Penny’s live show, with newly added sophistication and rich instrumentation.

Jeff Freling played for many years in the band for Blue Man Group, in Chicago. Erin McGrane starred on screen with George Clooney in the film “Up in the Air.” She was also in the cabaret troupe Alacartoona. Ms. McGrane is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient as well as a fellow of the ArtistINC program for which she currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter.

The Loose Change Orchestra:

Classically trained reeds virtuoso James Isaac fronts his own highly respected jazz quartet, The James Isaac Group and is a member of the People’s Liberation Big Band.

Bassist Rick Willoughby attended the UMKC Conservatory of Music and is a member of Quixotic, The Snow Globes and the Barclay Martin Ensemble.

Multi-instrumentalists Kyle Dahlquist (The Naughty Pines, Hardship Letters) rounds out the lineup with trombone, accordion and vocals.

For more information, please visit: http://www.victorandpenny.com

Awards: New folk-jazz album “Electricity” debuts on Folk Radio DJ chart as #12 album with #3 song (March 2016)
3-time Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artists (2014, 2015, 2017)
SERFA Official Showcase (2016)
NERFA Official Quad Showcase Artist (2014)
“Best Folk Ensemble 2015” – PITCH (KC)
“Standout Concert of the Year 2014” – Joplin Globe

2014 Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant Recipient (KCMO)
2013 Escape To Create Artist-in-Residence (Seaside, FL)
2009 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant Recipient (Kansas City, MO)
ArtistINC Fellow, Peer Facilitator and Workshop Presenter

Victor & Penny play Visit KC Annual Meeting at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Tues, Feb 27, at 4:30pm

10:34

6. Victor & Penny – “You’re A Revelation”
from: Electricity / Victor & Penny / April 19, 2016
[Jeff Freling on guitar & vocals and Erin McGrane on ukulele & vocals. Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Mitch Dane, at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN, featuring Victor & Penny’s fine band, The Loose Change Orchestra with James Isaac on clarinet, soprano saxophone and melodica; Rick Willoughby on upright bass; and trombonist Kyle Dahlquist.]

[Victor & Penny play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Saturday, February 17, at 6:45 PM in The Garden Terrace at Weston Crown Center.]

7. The Accidentals – “Odyssey”
from: Odyssey / Sony Music Group / August 18, 2017
[The Accidentals are an American musical band, formed in Traverse City, Michigan, in 2012, by Savannah Buist and Katie Larson, joined by percussionist Michael Dause in 2014. The group features an eclectic blend of indie folk, pop, jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical, and other genres, utilizing a wide variety of instruments that reflect the group’s orchestral roots and electronic influences. As of 2017 they had released three full length albums and one EP. In March 2015, they performed at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, which featured some 2,200 acts, and were named as one of the top breakout groups by Billboard staff. In 2015, the group contracted with Marshall Crenshaw and Stewart Lerman to produce four new albums, but upon the contract becoming renegotiable the following year, the band opted to continue releasing music independently. On January 9, 2017, the band announced that they were signed to Sony Masterworks via a feature in Local Spins, the album will feature multiple guest performers, including Jack White bassist Dominic John Davis, Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, Keller Williams, Kaki King, Lily & Madeleine, and Carbon Leaf. Buist described Masterworks as “a family that gets us and our music, and wants to support that authentically”, while Larson added, “We feel like we can be truly who we are and they appreciate the honesty.” Masterworks is primarily a classical and jazz label, having previously signed such names as Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Yanni, though it has recently expanded its reach with its signing of indie folk duo Tall Heights and acknowledgement of bluegrass on The Goat Rodeo Sessions. On August 18, 2017, the Accidentals embarked on tour throughout the United States and Canada to promote the album. The album received positive reviews from critics, including PopMatters, AllMusic, and Local Spins.]

[The Accidentals play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference, Sat, Feb 17, at 7:30 pm, in Shawnee Mission Room.]

[The Accidentals play a Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference, in The Lost Cowgirl Records Room 713, at The Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, Friday, February 16.]

10:42 – Interview with Don Simon

With over 40 live musical acts being presented during four nights, February 14 – 17, in Room 713 at The Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, in the Lost Cowgirl Records Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference our next guest will be keeping some late hours starting tonight. Lost Cowgirl Records is based in Kansas City, Missouri and was formed on March 12, 2017 by musician and songwriter Jenna McCarty and Don Simon. Don Simon is an attorney, business advisor, father, educator, musician, and arts advocate. He serves on the Board of Directors at Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), KC Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and, Midwest Music Foundation. He works as an Adjunct Instructor at UMKC, Northwest Missouri State University – Kansas City, and Avila University.

Don Simon Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Lost Cowgirl Records is based in Kansas City, Missouri and was formed on March 12, 2017 by musician and songwriter Jenna McCarty and Don Simon.

The Lost Cowgirl Records Room – Feb 14 at 10:30 PM to Feb 18 at 3 AM
Westin Crown Center, 1 E. Pershing, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Room #713 – Schedule: Wednesday 2/14:

Shawna Caspi (Ontario, Canada)
Beth Marlin (San Francisco, CA)
Julia Othmer (Los Angeles, CA)
Eddie Crane (KC)
Hope Dunbar (Utica, NE)
Bob and Una Walkenhorst (KC)
Erin O’Dowd (Tulsa, OK)
Bill Scorzari (Huntington, NY)
The Summer Storms (KC)
MisterScotty – Music from Scott Stuewe (KC)
Luther Vincent (KC)

10:49

8. Hope Dunbar – “She Keeps Going”
from: Three Black Crows / Hope Dunbar / October 6, 2017
[Hope Dunbar’s music is rooted where and with whom she lives: in small town Utica, NE (population 800) with her husband and three kids. Between basketball games and PTA meetings, she finds time to write about women like her: complicated. Sometimes stretched thin and wanting more; sometimes singing liberation anthems and cracking jokes; always believing love is never too far out of reach. Hope’s debut EP “A Woman like Me” showcases her powerhouse vocals and her ukulele and guitar prowess with songs and style influenced by traditional country and folk.]

[Hope Dunbar plays a Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference, in The Lost Cowgirl Records Room 713, at The Weston Kansas City at Crown Center, Tonight, Wednesday, Feb 14. ]

Don Simon Introduces Hope Dunbar, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Folk Alliance International.

10:53 – Inteview with Don Simon

We are talking with Don Simon the Lost Cowgirl Records Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference presenting over 40 live musical acts during four nights, February 14 – 17, in Room 713 at The Weston Kansas City at Crown Center.

40 musical acts will be presented during four nights, February 14 – 17, in Room 713 at The Weston Kansas City at Crown Center.

Room #713 – Schedule:

2/15:
Jeff Brown (Chicago, IL)
The Nite Owls: Wyatt Brewer & Sarah Lynn (KC)
Jason Lee McKinney (Memphis, TN)
Run With It (KC)
Caroline Cotter (Portland, ME)
summerland (Stillwater, OK)
Jenna & Martin (KC)
Betsey Mae (Springfield, MO)
The Matchsellers (KC)
Rabble in Arms (KC)
Jacob Stanton (KC)

2/16:
Julie Bennett Hume (Lee’s Summit, MO)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Ft. Collins, CO)
The Accidentals (Traverse City, MI)
The Roseline (Lawrence, KS)
Danny Burns (Nashville, TN)
The Hardship Letters (KC)
Jessica Paige (KC)
Heather Styka (Chicago, IL)
Freight Train Rabbit Killer (KC)
Joy Zimmerman (KC)
Teri Quinn (KC)

2/17:
Chris Stephens – World Musician (Columbia, MO)
Alex Winters (Austin, TX)
The Vogts Sisters (Erie, KS)
Kelly Hunt (KC)
Under The Big Oak Tree (St. Joseph, MO)
Of Tree (KC)
Jenna Rae (KC)
Kyshona Music (Nashville, TN)
Mary Bragg (Nashville, TN)
Ladies’ Jam

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

Lost Cowgirl Records Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference presenting over 40 live musical acts during four nights, February 14 – 17, in Room 713 at The Weston Kansas City at Crown Center. More information at: http://www.lostcowgirlrecords.com

11:00 – Station ID

9. Yirrmal – “Blackfella Whitefella”
from: Deadly Hearts / Austrailian Broadcasting Corporation / June 30, 2017
[New gen Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal Marika, from North-East Arnhem Land, has made a refreshing entrance into the music scene. Inspired by his Grandfather, Dr Yunupingu, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, he fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion. Yirrmal is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. Yirrmal is related to Dr G Yunupingu on his mother’s side, and his father, Witiyana Marika, was a singer and dancer in Yothu Yindi. He has extensive knowledge of traditional Yolngu “Manikay” songs, and he is also an excellent dancer and didgeridoo “yidaki” player. He is connecting a newfound sound and engaging the hearts of all who are lucky enough to hear him. Yirrmal has lived in Geelong for the past six years where he has been continuing his education and participating in the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Leadership Program. He aims to set an example for Indigenous youth and to be a strong, positive role-model for the next generation. Over the past 3 years Yirrmal has worked with song-writing mentors Neil Murray, Shane Howard and released his debut EP ‘Youngblood’ in November 2016. The release was followed by a short regional Victorian and interstate tour. Yirrmal is looking forward to working with more mentors in 2017 to write material for his first full-length album recording in 2018. Career highlights include performing at the Northern Territory NAIDOC Week concert and NAIDOC Ball, the National Indigenous Music Awards, Garma Festivals, New Zealand Music Festival and Singapore and Taipei Music Festivals with the Black Arm Band, Nannup Music Festival, BluesFest Touring Shows and Bluesfest Music Festival, Woodford Festival, the Port Fairy Folk Festival and he was the recipient of the 2017 Maton Class Act for Emerging Talent award. Yirrmal also received great reviews for his performance in the concert ‘1967: Songs in the Key of Yes’ marking the 50th anniversary of the Referendum. More information at: http://www.yirrmal.com]

[Yirrmal plays an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Friday, February 16, at 7:30 PM in Pershing North at Weston Crown Center.]

Yirrmal in a Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International, February 14, 2018

10. John Oates – “Arkansas”
from: Arkansas / PS Records / February 2, 2018
[John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. His new album “Arkansas” which blends delta blues, ragtime and roots influences. John Oates was born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s – a move that would change the course of his life. John Oates met Daryl Hall while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The two began collaborating and playing music together, marking the beginning of their historic partnership. Since their formation in the early 70s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 #1 records, over 20 Top-40 hits, and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original Live Aid concert and the groundbreaking We Are The World charity recording have further established them as legendary artists, who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time. in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame. In May of 2008, they were also presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In April 2014, Hall & Oates was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow, (which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, and Jerry Douglas). Arkansas was originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, the project grew to encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. Stylistically diverse and eclectic, the collection features a full band that was put together specially to bring the full range and flavors of classic American musical styles to life. Oates crafted a number of original songs for the Arkansas album; selections actually inspired by the process of digging deep into the sonic soil of authentic roots music. “I really believe this is the most vital and satisfying solo project I’ve ever embarked upon,” Oates says of Arkansas. “Of all the music I have ever made with anyone, for me this album sits right up there.” John resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Aimee.]

[John Oates plays an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Thursday, February 15, at 9:15 PM in Pershing East/West at Weston Crown Center.]

11. Black Umfolosi – “Umhlaba”
from: Umhlaba / 10th District Music / July 18, 2015
[From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, this ensemble has been performing and recording music form 30 Years. Known as Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors, performing music inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa. Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa to where their ancestors can be traced. In 2011 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide. Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.]

[Black Umfolosi play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Thursday, February 15, at 8:30 PM, in Century C, at Weston Kansas City Crown Center.]

12. The Mammals – “My Baby Drinks Water”
from: My Baby Drinks Water – Single / The Mammals / May 1, 2017
[Indie-roots trailblazers, The Mammals, bring politically-infused string-band fervor to their re-emergent new album and US tour in 2018. In an era of disconnect, The Mammals enjoy re-connecting generations thru their truth-telling lyrics, off-the-cuff storytelling and euphoric instrumentals, and by organizing a hometown community folk festival (The Hoot) near Woodstock, NY. Founded in 2001 by Seeger’s grandson, Tao, second generation fiddler/singer, Ruth Ungar, and multi-instrumental wordsmith, Mike Merenda, the original trio enjoyed a remarkable 7 year run that brought them to the largest folk festivals across North America, Australia and Denmark, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium New York’s Carnegie Hall as the special guest of folk legend Arlo Guthrie, and to the pages of numerous publications lauding their unique “traditional-music-in-combat-boots-sound” including a feature in The New York Times handpicking them as a leader in a pack of new-wave stringbands “updating that old-time sound.” After a considerable break from the project during which time Merenda and Ungar married and started a family, a bi-annual folk festival, and a musical duo aptly called, Mike + Ruthy, and Seeger pursuing a solo career before retiring from music all together to start a family of his own, The Mammals returned fronted by Merenda and Ungar in 2017 “stronger than ever” (Folk Alley) with a pair of politically charged singles, “Culture War” and “My Baby Drinks Water,” and the announcement of a new album in 2018. The 2017 lineup includes some former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri when they are not touring with Lee Fields and the B-52’s respectively. “It’s a blessing to have a connection to the past and such great new players too,” says Mike. “The alchemy of fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums is magic… and when keys, pedal steel, and horns are in the mix we leap to the next level.”]

[The Mammals play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Saturday, February 17, at 9:45 PM, in Shawnee Mission Room at Weston Kansas City Crown Center.]

13. Radio Free Honduras – “Morena (feat. Steve Eisen)”
from: Radio Free Honduras / Radio Free Honduras / September 6, 2014
[Charlie Baran has lived a life of music. Before moving the the United States he was a founding member of the legendary Honduran musical group Banda Blanca, who’s song “Sopa de Caracol” became the #1 Billboard Top Latin Songs hit in 1992. Now a maintenance man at a Catholic grade school by day, Charlie has kept his musical flame glowing largely through acoustic solo performances around Chicago for the past ten years. Charlie Baran is a true virtuoso. No one sees him perform without recognizing the presence of a true master – an heir to a rich tradition of Honduran music, as well as a guitar slinging showman and a gifted songwriter whose skill transcends all genres. But throughout most of his career he has existed in the shadows – until the formation of Radio Free Honduras. Radio Free Honduras is a diverse collective of Chicago musicians, all united under one goal – supporting the artistry of Charlie Baran and bringing this tremendous talent into the spotlight where it belongs. Founded by Dan Abu-Absi, longtime guitarist for JT and the Clouds and Birds of Chicago, Radio Free Honduras plays mostly Baran originals, but their live shows often feature a wide variety of reimagined cover songs. This band provides Charlie with the wide musical pallet his talent (and songs) deserve. Abu-Absi has gathered a large, revolving collective of some of Chicago’s most talented musicians; lively percussion, eclectic instrumentation, and rich harmonies all provide the backdrop, allowing Charlie to do what he does best – stunning guitar work, tapping into what seems a limitless supply of energy and enthusiasm for music. Charlie Baran has lived a long and storied musical life – but very few are familiar with his side of the story. Radio Free Honduras has made it their mission to change that.]

[Radio Free Honduras play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Friday, February 16, at 7:00 PM, in Liberty Room at Weston Kansas City Crown Center.]

14. Rosie & The Riveters – “Let ‘Em Talk”
from: Ms. Behave / Rosie & the Riveters / April 6, 2018
[Saskatoon, Saskatchewan trio formed by Alexis Normand, Farideh Olsen, and Allyson Reigh. Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. The band wrote most of the album in a cabin nestled in the woods in the dead of the Canadian winter. A quick read through song titles like “Gotta Get Paid”, “Let’em Talk” and “I Wanna Be King” gives an idea of what they have to say. While their single, “Ms. Behave” lays down a Bill-Withers-inspired groove and rejects the policing of women’s behavior, “I Believe You” sprung from the outrage and sorrow they felt after hearing the recent avalanche of stories of sexual assault. Produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Rose Cousins, Great Lake Swimmers), their sophomore album echoes Aretha Franklin’s demand for R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Rosie & the Riveters believe women are the world’s greatest untapped resource which is why they invest 20% of merchandise profits in microfinance initiatives through KIVA.org. They helped women like Alice in Kenya expand her horticulture farm and Maria in Ecuador purchase a sewing machine for her tailoring business. To date, they have contributed more than $8800 to over 175 projects around the world. More info at http://www.rosieandtheriveters.com.]

[Rosie & The Riveters play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Thursday, February 15, at 6:00 PM, in Benton’s 20th Floor, at Weston Kansas City Crown Center.]

11:26 – Underwriting

11:27 – Interview with Megan Slankard

San Francisco indie-alt-rocker Megan Slankard, is in Kansas City to play 10 different Private showcases during the 30th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference. Megan Slankard will also play a public concert, Sunday, February 18, at 6:00 PM, at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, Kansas with Summer Osborne. After Folk Alliance, Megan gets back on the road with 16 more shows taking her to Wichita, Madison, and Chicago.

Megan Slankard, thanks for joining us again on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

KC Turner Presents at Folk Alliance International – Private Showcase Room # 714
Powered by Bose

~ Wednesday, Feb. 14 ~
10:30-11:10pm: Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz at Folk Alliance International, February 14, 2018


11:25-12:05am: The Mastersons / Matt The Electrician / Megan Slankard
12:20-1:05am: Honeysuckle / Grant Peeples
1:20-2:05am: Korby Lenker / Heather Styka / Tim Easton

~ Thursday, Feb. 15 ~
10:30-11:10pm: Evie Ladin & Keith Terry / Meshach Jackson / Mary Bragg
11:25-12:05am: Nels Andrews / Matt The Electrician / Peter Mulvey
12:20-1:05am: Megan Slankard / The Accidentals / Carrie Elkin
1:20-2:05am: Steve Poltz
2:20-3:05am: Ali Holder / Little Brave / Beth Marlin

~Friday, Feb. 16 ~
10:30-11:10pm – Bob Hillman / Caitlin Jemma / Beth Marlin
11:25-12:05am: Natalia Zukerman / Amber Rubarth / Rebecca Loebe
12:20-1:05am: Stephen Kellogg
1:20-2:05am: – Tim Easton / Ayleen O’Hanlon / Megan Slankard
2:20-3:05am: The Sea The Sea / Ismay / The Mastersons

~ Saturday, Feb. 17 ~
10:30-11:10pm: Jimbo Scott / Peter Mulvey / Danielle Ate The Sandwich
11:25-12:05am: Son of Town Hall / Megan Slankard / Robby Hecht
12:20-1:05am: Joe Purdy
1:20-2:05am: Anna Vogelzang / Julian Muller / Melissa Greener
2:20-3:05am: Anthony da Costa / John Blek / Jaimee Harris

11:37

15. Megan Slankard – “You Got This” (Live)
(a new song)

11:41 – Interview with Megan Slankard

San Francisco indie-alt-rocker Megan Slankard, is in Kansas City to play 10 different showcases during the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference. Megan Slankard will also play a public concert, Sunday, February 18, at 6:00 PM, at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, Kansas with Summer Osborne.

Megan Slankard, welcome back to Kansas City

Megan Slankard is also playing Folk Alliance International Private Showcases in:
Wisconsin Room #543
M Press Records Room #641
Combo Plate booking #652
Momentary Love MGMT #601

Megan Slankard is playing Bose demonstration shows:

Fri 2/16 – 1pm at Guitar Center 3911 Bolger Rd, Independence, Missouri
Fri 2/16 – 4pm at Guitar Center 6700 W 119th St, Overland Park, Kansas

Megan Slankard will also play a public concert, Sunday, February 18, at 6:00 PM, at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, KS with Summer Osborne.

After Folk Alliance, Megan gets back on the road with 16 more shows taking her to Wichita, Madison, and Chicago.

Megan Slankard is playing Steve Poltz 9th Annual 50th B-Day Bash ft. The Rugburns, Saturday, February 24 at 9 PM at Belly Up, 143 S Cedros Ave Ste T, Solana Beach, California

Megan Slankard is in Kansas City to play 10 different showcases during the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference. Megan Slankard will also play a public concert, Sunday, February 18, at 6:00 PM, at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, Kansas with Summer Osborne. More info at: http://www.meganslankard.com

11:50

16. CS Luxem – “Symptoms”
from: Symptoms / Whatever Forever / February 17, 2018
[First full length from ACS Luxem who works as a solo artist as well as a collaborator. CS Luxem has released several EPs and has performed all over the United States and Europe. More information at http://www.csluxem.bandcamp.com]

[CS Luxem plays an Album Release Show with Kawehi and Hush Machine at The Bottleneck! 737 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, February 17, at 8:00 PM]

17. Anais Mitchell – “Flowers” (Eurydice’s Song)
from: Hadestown / Righteous Babe Records / 2010
[born in 1981 Anais Mitchell grew up on a farm in Addison County, Vermont. She began writing songs at 17 and performing them during her school days, where she studied political science and languages. Her 2nd recording, “Hymns for the Exiled,” eventually reached the ears of Ani DiFranco, who signed Mitchell to her label, Righteous Babe Records. Anaïs Mitchell’s latest release comes in the form of a folk opera. Hadestown is the modern day interpretation of the ancient Greek myth of the poet Opheus and his doomed quest to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld. Hadestown began its existence in 2006 as a live “acoustic rock opera” that the Vermont-based singer/songwriter created in collaboration with director Ben t. Matchstick (Bread & Puppet Theater) and arranger / orchestrator Michael Chorney. After loading the sets and the 22-member cast of Vermont performers into a former circus bus and touring New England during “full-on winter,” it was time to rework a few songs. Next, Mitchell called upon a few fellow musicians to lend their voices to a recorded version—not a cast album, but a stand-alone, selcontained song cycle. The result is a veritable Who’s Who of modern indie folk/rock: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays Orpheus; Greg Brown is Hades; and Ani DiFranco plays Persephone. Also on hand in smaller roles are the Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel, and Tanya) as the Fates and Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem as the Hermes, Mitchell herself sings the part of Eurydice.] [Hadestown became a 2016 stage musical adaptation of a 2010 folk opera concept album by the same name, written by Anaïs Mitchell. It premiered off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on May 6, 2016 and ran through July 31. The show was developed for the stage and directed by Rachel Chavkin. Like the original concept album, Hadestown tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue his wife Eurydice. Music by Anaïs Mitchell, Michael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose, Lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell, Book by Anaïs Mitchell.]

[Anais Mitchell play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference at Thursday, February 15, at 9:00 PM, in Washington Park Place, at Weston Kansas City Crown Center.]

Anais Mitchell at Folk Alliance International, February 15, 2018

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

Next week on February 21 Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt returns as our special Guest Producer. Also Next week members of the band Red Kate and Sid Sowder join us to share the new Too Much Rock Single release.

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

Show #721

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Wednesday MidDay Medley spins music of Folk Alliance International Conference

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, February 14, 2018

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference
+ Victor & Penny + Don Simon & Lost Cowgirl Records Showcase + Megan Slankard

Mark spins songs from musical artists playing Official & Private Showcases at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference, February 14, 15, 16, and 17 at the Westin Crown Center. We’ll hear tracks from: AHI, Ruthie Foster, Victor & Penny, The Accidentals, Hope Dunbar, Yirrmal, John Oates, Black Umfolosi, The Mammals, Radio Free Honduras, Rosie & The Riveters, Megan Slankard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Anais Mitchell. More info at http://www.folk.org

Victor & Penny

At 10:15 Kansas City based musical artists: Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane who perform as Victor & Penny join us to talk about the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference and share their latest recorded music released on 7” vinyl, on the EAT.HEAR.RECORDS. Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra will join famed composer and musician David Amram for David Amram: A Musical Life, interviewed by Chuck Haddix, Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM, at The Olathe Public Library, 201 E Park St, Olathe, Kansas. Victor & Penny play an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference, Saturday, Feb 17 at 6:45 PM in the Garden Terrace at the Weston Crown Center. More info at: http://www.victorandpenny.com.

At 10:40 Mark talks with Don Simon about the Lost Cowgirl Records Private Showcase at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference. Over 40 musical acts will be presented during four nights, February 14 – 17, in Room 713 at The Weston Crown Center. Don Simon is an attorney, business advisor, father, educator, musician, and arts advocate. He serves on the Board of Directors at Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), KC Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and, Midwest Music Foundation. He works as an Adjunct Instructor at UMKC, Northwest Missouri State University – Kansas City, and Avila University. Lost Cowgirl Records is based in Kansas City, Missouri and was formed on March 12, 2017 by Jenna McCarty and Don Simon. More information at: http://www.lostcowgirlrecords.com

Megan Slankard

At 11:30 native Californian Indie Rocker – Megan Slankard from San Francisco joins us live in our 90.1 FM Studios! Megan will be playing ten Private Showcases at Folk Alliance International Conference. Megan Slankard will also play a public concert, Sunday, February 18, at 6:00 PM, at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, Kansas with Summer Osborne. More information at http://www.MeganSlankard.com

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Show #721

WMM Playlist from August 16, 2017

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 16, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Erin Keller + Summer Osborne

Erin Keller / Summer Osborne (S. Osborne Photo by Maria Carmen Calderon)

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

2.The Smiths – “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1)”
from: The Queen Is Dead (Deluxe Edition) / Warner Music UK / October 20, 2017
[New double-disc set super deluxe edition reissue of the band’s classic 1986 album The Queen is Dead that includes B-sides, demos, and the bands first take of “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” as well a previously unreleased live album recorded at Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts on August 5, 1986 and Derek Jarman’s The Queen Is Dead film. Originally released in June of 1986, The Queen is Daed was the band’s 3rd studio album for Rough Trade Records in the UK, and Sire in the US. The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.]

3. The Roseline – “How To Be Kind”
from: Blood / King Forward Revords / September 29, 2017
[From the 5th album of the Lawrence, Kansas, based alt-country, Americana, rock band, formed by Colin Halliburton with friends in 2005. The Roseline has been through dozens of lineup changes. The current lineup includes: Colin Halliburton on guitar & vocals; Heidi Gluck on bass & vocals, Ehren Starks on keyboards, Kris Losure on guitar, Jeff Jackson on pedal steel & guitar, and Jim Piller on drums. Roseline released their last album, Townie, on June 19, 2015. More info at: http://www.roselinemusic.com]

[The Roseline play Knuckleheads, Wed, Aug 19, at 7:00 PM for the Local Music Showcase w/ Wade D. Brown and Carl Worden.]

[The Roseline play Barley Street Tavern in Omaha Nebraska, Friday, August 25 at 9:00 PM with Travelling Mercies, and Samuel Scott McCumber.]

[The Roseline play Jackpot Music Hall on Sat, Sept 2, at 10:00 PM, w/ The Last Tycoon (from Atlanta).]

[The Roseline play an Album Release Show, Friday, October 6 at 10:00 PM , at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas, with Toughies, and Jasper.]

4. The Philistines – “1971”
from: The Backbone of Night / The Record Machine / June 4, 2016
[KC based rock band with a psychedelic bent, made up of: Kimmie Queen on lead vocals; Cody Wyoming on lead guitar & vocals; Rod Peal on guitar; Michelle Bacon on bass & vocals, Josh Mobley on keyboard, Steve Gardels on drums. Recorded & mixed with Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studios and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering.]

[The Philistines play Live at The Total Eclipse of The Sun 2017, Monday, August 21 at 12:49 to 1:46 PM, at the top the Indian Mound on the West End of Gladstone Blvd, in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast, during the total eclipse of the sun. The Indian Mound is a geological feature located at Belmont Avenue and Gladstone Boulevard, at the east end of Kessler Park and Cliff Drive.]

10:15 – Underwriting

5. Bob & Gene – “It’s Not What You Know (It’s Who You Know)”
from: If This World Were Mine / Daptone Records / August 11, 2017
[In 1967, two teenage friends, Bobby Nunn and Eugene Copland, were the stars of Mo Do Records, a Buffalo, New York, independent record label run by Bobby’s dad, William Nunn. As BOB & GENE they recorded several sides for the label along with other local gospel and soul artists and the dozen or so 45s on Mo Do. William Nunn’s dream of a Bob & Gene album would never be realized in his lifetime. 40 years later, Daptone Records pulled together these recordings into an album called BOB & GENE’S IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE, released in February 2007 on vinyl, and sold out quickly and has remained out-of-print ever since. It’s stature has grown over the years and is, these days, a desirable but hard-to-find record for fans of sweet soul. A decade later Daptone records is reissuing this record on vinyl, this time with TWO bonus cuts.]

6. Noname – “Casket Pretty”
from: Telefone / Noname / July 31, 2016
[Noname was born Fatimah Warner on September 18, 1991. She is a poet and hip hop recording artist from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. She has been rapping and performing slam poetry in Chicago since 2010. In 2013 she gained wider recognition and acclaim following her appearance on the track “Lost” from Chance the Rapper’s mixtape Acid Rap. Telefone is centered around important telephone conversations that Noname has had over the years. Her rap speaks of black women’s pain and also highlights the struggles of growing up in Chicago. On December 18, she appeared with Chance the Rapper on Saturday Night Live.Chicago based Noname was recently featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series.

[Noname is currently on tour and plays St. Louis, Missouri, for Loufest, Sunday, Sept 10.]

7. Krystle Warren – “Get A Load”
from: Three The Hardway / Parlour Door Music / August 18, 2017
[Produced by Krystle Warren and Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton). Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Kane. Written & performed by Krystle Warre. Mixed at The Garden, Brooklyn. Mastered & cut by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk. Last year in Krystle Warren premiered this song and her other new songs from this album at the Middle of the Map Fest in a packed room at Californos in Westport and later at The Polsky Theatre for the Performing Arts Series of Johnsons County Community College. For this record Krystle decided to play every instrument and vocals & back up vocals, “playing bass, drums, lap steel, piano, guitar, and vocals directly to analog tape. She and Ben Kane recorded in Villetaneuse, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris in a vintage 70s era studio that offered just the right, rich sound to suggest the musical foundation for the record, and to do justice to the duo’s carefully balanced arrangements.” On the radio show last year Krystle shared inspirations for this record, early gospel recordings, that crossed over into Jazz from Pharoah Sanders, Edwin Hawkins, and The Swan Silvertones. Originally from KC, Krystle learned to play the guitar by listening to Rubber Soul & Revolver from The Beatles. Krystle graduated from Paseo Arts Academy in 2001 and began her musical career in collaborating with area jazz and pop musicians. After living in San Francisco and NYC, Krystle was signed to a French label, Because Music, and moved to Paris to release “Circles” in 2009. Krystle played French and British television programs, including Later with Jools Holland, garnering critical acclaim and traveling all over the world with Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Norah Jones, and Joan As Police Woman. Krystle created, Parlour Door Music, to release “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” a recording from a 13-day session in Brooklyn, where she recorded 24 songs live with 28 musicians including her band, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections.]

8. Erin Keller – “Distracted”
from: Distracted / Erin Keller / May 9, 2016

10:31 – Interview with Erin Keller

Tim J. Harte, Erin keller, Summer Osborne, and joy Baker on Wednesday MidDay Medley, (8/16/17)

Kansas City based vocalist Erin Keller is originally from Waukee, Iowa. She was born in August, in 1980. Erin has been singing on a professional level for 25 years. Erin sang with the internationally competitive Des Moines Children’s Choir for 5 years, and 3 years in All-State choir in high school, which helped her earn a voice performance degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, in 2002. Erin peforms with the Grammy-Award winning Kansas City Chorale. Erin has also worked as a featured soloist with Owen Cox Dance Ensemble, New Ear, KC jazz musicians, the big band at University of Colorado, a West African Highlife Ensemble, the Balkan brass band Gora Gora Orkestar. Erin also has experience writing her own music, singing in rock, folk, and free improv settings and she more recently earned a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In Colorado she worked for two years in public schools teaching music and moved back to KC to continue her career as musician and educator. In April Erin released her new album, “Distracted,” and has been playing live shows while also being upfront and honest about her recent cancer diagnosis where she has received multiple rounds of chemo treatments.

Erin Keller sings Jazz standards & covers w/ Brad Williams on drums, Seth Lee on bass, & Rob Whitsitt on guitar at Repeal 18th, 1825 Buchanan, North KC, Sat, Aug 19, at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Erin Keller thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We just heard Distracted the title track of Erin’s debut solo album that came out this Spring. The song “Distracted” was written by Erin Keller.

Distracted was produced by Chad Meise.

After the album was released Erin was diagnosed with cancer and began treatments.

UMKC Conservatory of Music brought Erin to Kansas City, where she made friends and built collaborations with KC Civic Opera, KC Choral, New Ear, Own Cox Dance Ensemble.

Erin decided to get her Masters Degree and left KC for The University of Colorado at Boulder, and then later Denver, where she worked in public schools.

While in Colorado Erin studied Ethno musicology and sang with a High Life Ensemble, and also with the Balkan brass band Gora Gora Orkestar.

10:44

9. Erin Keller – “Bye Bye Blackbird”
from: Distracted / Erin Keller / May 9, 2016

10:56

10. Erin Keller – “Moonlight In Vermont”
from: Distracted / Erin Keller / May 9, 2016

[Erin Keller sings Jazz standards & covers w/ Brad Williams on drums, Seth Lee on bass, & Rob Whitsitt on guitar at Repeal 18th, 1825 Buchanan, North KC, Sat, Aug 19, at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.]

for more information you can visit: http://www.erinkellersings.com

Erin Keller and Summer Osborne on Wednesday MidDay Medley, (8/16/17)

11:00 – Station ID

11. The Weepies – “Ever Said Goodbye”
from: Sirens / The Weepies – Nettwerk Productions / April 28, 2015
[5th album from indie pop-folk duo of married singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen.]

[The Weepies play an all-acoustic pre-eclipse show at Knuckleheads on Sunday, August 20, at 8:30 PM.]

12. Cris Williamson with Holly Near – “The Tea Leaf Prophecy”
from: Cris & Holly / H & C Records / September 25, 2003
[“The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)” was written by Joni Mitchell and recorded for her 1988 album, Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm. Cris Williamson, a huge fan of Joni Mitchell, brought the song into the recording sessions for Cris & Holly. This album was the very first time Holly Near and Cris Williamson had recorded together after 30 years in the music business, specifically in Women’s Music. Originally undertaken to create a souvenir CD for sale at Near & Williamson’s joint concerts Originally the album was be a greatest hits package, but along the way they created several new songs and new covers with John Bucchino’s accompaniment on piano. Produced by Cris Williamson & Holly Near. Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA. Cris Williamson was born in 1947 in Deadwood, South Dakota. She has released 25 studio albums, 1 reissue, 2 greatest hits collections, and 2 live albums. During a radio interview in Washington, D.C. in 1973, Williamson suggested that a record label aimed at gay women would be a good idea. The independent label Olivia Records was founded the next day. Olivia Records released Williamson’s The Changer and the Changed in 1975, which 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, which would make it a gold album. Williamson went on to record more than a dozen more albums with Olivia Records, then after its demise formed her own label, Wolf Moon Records. This helped to set the pace for other recording artists who found it difficult to work with the major record labels. Cris Williamson’s 25 studio album, Motherland will be released October 5, on Harvest Moon Records. Holly Near was born June 6, 1949 in Ukiah, California. She is an American singer-songwriter, actress, teacher, and activist. After starting high school in 1963, Holly Near began singing with the Freedom Singers, a folk group modeled on The Weavers. In 1968, she enrolled in the Theatre Arts program at UCLA; that year, she attended her first Vietnam War peace vigil and joined Another Mother for Peace. Holly Near’s professional career began in 1969 with a part on the television show The Mod Squad, which was followed by appearances in other shows, such as Room 222, All in the Family, and The Partridge Family. She also appeared in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and Minnie and Moskowitz, and had a prominent role in the 1991 film Dogfight. In 1970, Near was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, “It Could Have Been Me” (which was released on A Live Album, 1974), was her heartfelt response to the shootings. In 1971, she joined the FTA (Free The Army) Tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays, organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. In 1972, Near founded an independent record label called Redwood Records (now defunct) to produce and promote music by “politically conscious artists from around the world”. During her long career in folk and protest music, Holly Near has worked with Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Meg Christian, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Harry Belafonte. Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women’s Music Award. Near continues an active tour schedule and has a discography of 29 albums.]

13. Summer Osborne – “Take It Easy”
from: Spiritual Revolution / Summer Osborne / July 11, 2015

11:15 – Interview with Summer Osborne

Tim J. Harte, Erin Keller, Summer Osborne, and Joy Baker on Wednesday MidDay Medley, (8/16/17)

Vandalia, Illinois, based acclaimed singer-songwriter Summer Osborne has been touring the United States and Canada wowing audiences with her original songs and powerful and charismatic voice. Summer’s eighth album, As I Am, was released in 2013 and her ninth album, Spiritual Revolution, was released in late 2016. Summer Osborne has played at National Women’s Music Festival, SXSW, and Pridefests in St. Louis, Phoenix, Fairbanks, Tacoma, Vancouver, Halifax, Lexington Kentucky, Springfield, Columbia and Memphis. Osborne has shared the stage with Holly Near, The Indigo Girls, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Alix Olson, Andrea Gibson, Patrice Pike, Jen Foster, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Martha Wash, and Jennifer Holliday.

Summer Osborne plays InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, KS. on Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 PM with Lizz Ceperley.

Summer Osborne, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Summer first joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on October 2, 2013. Since then she has been touring all over, including the National Women’s Music Festival.

Mark first met Summer at the HRC Battle of the bands in 2011 where she blew away the judges & the crowd with her powerful stage presence and performance.

Summer started singing at the age of 4 when her mom, a teacher, encouraged her onto the stage. Summer Osborne lists her Mother, Carol Osborne as her biggest influence.

Summer plays guitar, and piano and keyboards, among other instruments, and has released a nine full length albums.

Summer Osborne used to work in education with middle school students.

Since deciding to focus on her musical career (performing and writing) full time in 2009, Summer has remained on tour, doing shows at venues and festivals far and wide. Summer played at National Women’s Music Festival in 2012 and 2014, and SXSW in 2012 and 2013. She has played music at Pridefests all over the Mid-West US & Canada, including: Pridefest St. Louis; Phoenix Pride – Phoenix, AZ; Fairbanks Pride – Fairbanks, AL; Tacoma Pride – Tacoma, WA; Vancouver Pride – British Columbia, Canada; Mid-MO Pride – Columbia, MO; Halifax Pride – Nova Scotia, Canada; Mid-South Pride – Memphis, TN; Springfield Pride – Springfield, MO; Kentuckiana Pride – Lexington, KY; and Metro East Pride – Belleville, IL.

Osborne has shared the stage with The Indigo Girls, Tret Fure, Melissa Ferrick, Melanie DeMore, Suzanne Westenhoefer, God-Des and She, Alix Olson, Andrea Gibson, Julie Goldman, Dana Goldberg, Big Bad Gina, Patrice Pike, The Dollyrots, Jen Foster, Sugarbeach, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Martha Wash, RJ Helton, Jennifer Holliday, and Kimberley Locke.

11:30

14. Summer Osborne – “You Cannot Fight For Peace” (Live)
also available on: Spiritual Revolution / Summer Osborne / July 11, 2015

Kansas City Shows:

August 19th at 11:00 am – KKFI 90.1 FM WomanSong with Linda Wilson

August 20 at 11:00am – KC Oasis, 2050 W Pennway St., Kansas City, MO 64108
http://www.KCOasis.org

August 23rd at 12:00pm – KKFI 90.1 FM Art Speak Radio with Maria Vasquez Boyd

August 24th, at 6:30pm – InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton, Overland Park, KS 66223

August 26th, at 6:30pm – Kansas City House Concert (Address given with ticket purchase)

11:42

Summer Osborne playing live on Wednesday MidDay Medley

15. Summer Osborne – “You Are” (LIVE)
this is a new song, not yet recorded.

Summer Osborne’s only goal: to change the world by changing people’s minds about themselves… she needs LOVE, MUSIC, and YOU.

Summer Osborne plays InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, KS. on Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 PM with Lizz Ceperley.

For more information you can visit: http://www.summerosborne.com

11:46 – Underwriting

16. The Architects – “Wait Don’t Wait”
from: Border Wars Episode III / Independent / September 18, 2015
[Digitally released early to supporters of their crowd sourcing. 8th release from KC band: Adam Phillips on drums, Zachary Phillips on bass, Brandon Phillips on guitar & voice, Christopher Meck on guitar. After this recording Mike Alexander replaced Chris on guitar. The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ended and Architects, was formed. Mixing traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, the band is influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, The Replacements, The Jam and The Kinks. Border Wars is a a five-part concept album and graphic novel series funded by the band’s loyal fans through crowd sourcing. More info at: http://thearchitectsrock.com/ ]

[The Architects play a Border War Vinyl Release at Sat, Aug. 19, at 4:00 pm at Mills Record Company.]

17. Tennis – “In The Morning I’ll Be Better”
from: Yours Conditionally / Mutually Detrimental / March 10, 2017
[4th full length released of the Denver based band formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore on vocals, keyboards, & guitar and Patrick Riley on guitar & bass. They self-released this record. The couple met each other while studying philosophy in college, and started the band after they got back from a seven-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard.]

[Tennis play KC Crossroads, Sunday, August 20, opening for Father. John Misty.]

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

Next week, on August 23 we will be joined by the bands: Shortsweather, Johnny Hammil’s GAV7D, and Schwervon!

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

Show #695

WMM Playlist from July 5, 2017

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, July 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Calvin Arsenia – “Constellation”
from: Catastrophe / Calvin Arsenia / February 14, 2017
[Calvin Arsenia premiered these songs in a live show at recordBar last November. Since Calvin Arsenia came home to KC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland, he has released his EP, Moments, in 2014, and his EP Prose in 2015, and his Folk Alliance exclusive EP Catastrophe in 2016. He has played Folk Alliance International, Kansas City Fringe Fest, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches, Arsenia’s powerful vocals span a 3.5 octave range, while playing piano, banjo, guitar and harp Calvin teaches music to elementary students. Calvin is also a graduate of Artist INC.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:27 – Underwriting

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

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

Roxi Copland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

InterUrban ArtHouse operates 5 core programs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:01 – Station ID

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:15 – Underwriting

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

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

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

11:21 – Interview with Kathryn Golden of Porchfest KC

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

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

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

11:30

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

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

11:33 – Interview with Kathryn Golden of Porchfest KC

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:42

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

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

11:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday MidDay Medley in on the web:
http://www.kkfi.org,
http://www.WednesdayMidDayMedley.org,
http://www.facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM

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