WMM Playlist from April 3, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Brandon Phillips and The Condition & Too Much Rock
+ Victor & Penny + Aaron Rhodes & Shuttlecock Music
+ Sondra Freeman & Midwest Music Foundation

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

2. Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Baby’s In The Void”
from: Panic Bloom / Rad Cult Records / May 4, 2018
[American experimental electronic band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have released 6 albums, 7 EPs, and 4 singles. The project is currently composed of frontman, singer, and songwriter Tobacco whose vocals are altered via a vocoder; keyboardist The Seven Fields of Aphelion, who often performs with a classic monosynth; drummer Iffernaut; guitarist Ryan Graveface; and bassist Pony Driver. Former members include keyboardist Father Hummingbird, who typically recorded with a polysynth, and Power Pill Fist on bass. Black Moth Super Rainbow’s music contains elements of psychedelia, folk, electronica, pop, and rock. Their sound is characterized by analog electronic instruments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano and Novatron.]

[Black Moth Super Rainbow play The Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, on Friday April 5, at 7:00 with with special guests: Steve Hauschildt, and High Tides]

3. Durand Jones and The Indications– “Too Many Tears”
from: American Love Call / Dead Oceans / March 1, 2019
[Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington – and their debut album is now available on Colemine Records.]

[Durand Jones & The Indications play recordBar, 1520 Grand, Sat. April 6, at 7:00 with Ginger Root]

4. Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots – “Shot of Whiskey”
from: Alright, Here We Go… / Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots / September 9, 2014
[Debut recording from the 6-piece band from Norman, Oklahoma who play swing, gypsy jazz, and jazz. The band includes: Kyle Reid on guitar and vocals; John Calvin III on guitar, David Leach on trombone; Kevin Stringfellow on trumpet; Johnny Carlton on bass; Steve Boaz on drums.]

[Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots with Victor & Penny and The Loose Change Orchestra play Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO, on Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 PM]

Victor & Penny

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

[Victor & Penny and The Loose Change Orchestra with Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots play Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO, on Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 PM]

Jeff Freling on the April 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

10:18 – Interview with Jeff Freling

Formed in 2010, Victor & Penny are Erin McGrane on ukulele & vocals and Jeff Freling on guitar, & vocals. Victor & Penny have toured all over country and have performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural New Year’s, the Missouri Governor’s Awards Luncheon, KC Union Station’s Centennial Celebration, KC Mayor, Sly James’ 2015 State of the City Address, representing Kansas City at a New York City press event for America’s Creative Crossroads campaign, “Paris of the Plains Goes to NY.”

Victor & Penny were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are a four-time Official Showcase Artist for Folk Alliance International Conference, and have made over 1,000 personal appearances and traveled more than 200,000 miles in the last seven years. In 2016 Victor & Penny released their 4th album, ‘Electricity.’

Guitar virtuoso and one half of Victor & Penny, Jeff Freling is here in the studio to share details about the upcoming concert on Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 PM, at Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO when Victor & Penny with their full band The Loose Change Orchestra join forces with Oklahoma favorite Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots, for an night of high-energy swing, jazz, gypsy, original tunes, lots of laughs, and room for dancing.

Jeff Freling thank you for being with us on WMM.

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.

Jeff Freling was one of the members of Mongol Beach Party

After Kansas City Jeff moved to Chicago and lived there for 17 years where he played in multiple bands and was part of the critically acclaimed Blue Man Group band.

In 2017 Victor & Penny got married.

On Daisy Buckët/Spencer Brown’s 2018 debut record “Pansy” Jeff Freling not only oversaw making half of the album’s songs happen, {“Stars are Blind,” “Long, Long Time,” “What Makes a Man,” “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time,” “Hot Nuts”) but was also integral in the mixing process and lending his extra ears. Song credits include V&P band members: Jeff Freling on guitar; Brian Steever on drums; Rick Willoughby on bass; Ken Lovern on organ; James Isaac on tenor saxophone, and Erin McGrand on ukulele and background vocals.

Oklahoma favorite Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots have been friends with Victor & Penny and have met up on the road and at multiple Folk Alliance International events

Victor & Penny’s last full length album was the acclaimed, “Electricity” released in March 2016. “Electricity” 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.

“Electricity” was Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Mitch Dane, and recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN.

Electricity features Victor and Penny’s find band, The Loose Change Orchestra (LCO). The LCO’s rich, resonate sound is created by virtuoso reeds player James Isaac on clarinet, soprano saxophone, and melodica; Rick Willoughby on upright bass; and trombonist Kyle Dahlquist. Supplemental instrumentation includes accordion, violin, saw, mandolin, piano, and Hammond B3.

Jeff Freling thank you for being with us on WMM.

Victor & Penny with their full band The Loose Change Orchestra join forces with Oklahoma favorite Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots on Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 PM, at Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO, for an night of high-energy swing, jazz, gypsy, original tunes, lots of laughs, and room for dancing.

More information at: http://www.victorandpenny.com or http://www.kylereidmusic.com

10:31

6. Victor & Penny – “Moon Over Bourbon Street”
from: Electricity / Victor & Penny / November 16, 2016
[Written by Sting, inspired by the Anne Rice novel Interview With The Vampire.]

10:36 – Underwriting

7. The Coathangers – “Step Back”
from: The Devil You Know / Suicide Squeeze Records / March 8, 2019
[All female punk group quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, includes: lead vocalist – Julia Kugel, drummer – Stephanie Luke, keyboardist – Candice Jones and bassist – Meredith Franco.]

[The Coathangers play recordBar, 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, on Sunday, April 7, at 8:00 PM, with Big Bite and Wet Tropics.]

Jeff Freling and Sondra Freeman on the April 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:41 – Interview with Sondra Freeman

Sondra Freeman is Director of Promotions and Artist Relations for Midwest Music Foundation, a nonprofit created to support music and musicians in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, founded in 2008 by a collective of musicians and music lovers. The Midwest Music Foundation (MMF) unites and empowers the greater Kansas City music community by providing programs and resources to area musicians through outreach, support, education, and health care opportunities. Sondra is instrumental in MMF’s annual events: Apocalypse Meow, MidCoast Takeover and the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, as well as many other collaborative musical events and fundraisers.

Sondra Freeman joins us right now to talk about Midwest Music Foundation’s inaugural Strike A Match Donation Drive, that started om Monday, April 1 and runs through Saturday, April 6, helping culminating with a Free Musicians’ Health Care Clinic at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, from noon to 5:00 pm.

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Midwest Music Foundation is in the midst of its inaugural Donation Drive, that started on Monday, April 1. The Strike A Match Donation Drive commences with a goal of $6000 to help local working musicians gain access to health care and valuable career resources.

How To Donate: Venmo: https://venmo.com/midwestmusicfoundation

On Saturday, April 6, the donation drive culminates with a Free Musicians’ Health Care Clinic at The Buffalo Room (817 Westport Road, behind Westport Flea Market), Saturday, April 6, from 12:00pm to 5:00 pm.

The Midwest Music Foundation along with the RockDocs, a collaboration of University of Kansas and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, present a Free Musicians’ Health Care Clinic that will offer information, screenings, wellness/smoking cessation programs, opportunities to discuss heath conditions/concerns and arrange follow up visits.

Colon Cancer screening FIT test kits will be provided to those that qualify (anyone 50-75 years old who are not up to date with colon screening) through a generous grant from the Colon Cancer Coalition. Get Your Rear in Gear – Kansas City will be on site with more information and the infamous #stolencolon will be there!

Truman Medical Center (www.trumed.org) will also be at the clinic from 12-3. Truman Medical Centers is an academic health center providing accessible, state-of-the-art quality healthcare to our community regardless of the ability to pay. They will supply information on health coverage for uninsured patients.

Bill Rogers, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic and Geriatric Clinical Specialist will be available to consult and help triage musculoskeletal problems.

There will also be representatives from Narcotics Anonymous (http://www.kansascityna.org/) on hand with information.

Priority will be given to musicians/music industry personnel, but the clinic is open to anyone.

In addition, the Midwest Music Foundation is providing custom earplugs to the first 20 qualified musicians/music industry personnel to apply. Impressions will be done by AudioGirl Consulting. (These slots are currently filled, but sign up for our waiting list or info on future opportunities).

Contact rhonda@midwestmusicfound.org for more information and to schedule an appointment. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted as time permits. Or, just stop by to check out the event and have lunch with us.

Clinic made possible by funding from Jackson County Outside Agencies. With additional support from KKFI 90.1 FM , 90.9 The Bridge , and Folk Alliance International (all will have free promo materials at the event).

Donations will be accepted and MMF merchandise will be available for sale, as this is our final day of our #strikeamatch Donation Drive.
https://www.facebook.com/events/253964785510021/

Sondra Freeman thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

More info and full list of sponsors at: https://midwestmusicfoundation.org/donationdrive/

10:54

8. Hadiza. – “God is 7”
from: Gone – EP / Hadiza./ December 29, 2018
[Madi Mclaughlin on bass & guitar, JL Bolinger on drums, and Hadiza Sa-Aadu on keyboards & vocals. Recording & Engineering: JL Bolinger & Madi Mclaughlin. Mixing & Mastering: Madi Mclaughlin ]

[Hadiza plays: Experiments in Afrofuturism, at miniBar, 810 Broadway, KCMO, on Fri, April 5 at 9:00 PM with Eems at 10:30 PM, Reverend Doctor at 11:30 PM, and The Black Creatures at 12:30 AM.]

11:00 – Station ID

Sid Sowder and Brandon Phillips on the April 3, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

11:00 – Interview with Brandon Phillips and Sid Sowder

Brandon, Zach, & Adam Phillips come from an artistic family. Their father was a jazz musician, playwright, and actor and their mother an art teacher. The brothers started by playing AC/DC covers, but moved on to original songs and a broader range of influences. In 1991 they formed their first band and a 14-year-old Brandon led his younger brothers Zach & Adam into a seedy bar in KC to play their first gig to the small crowd of locals. In 1997 the brother’s a ska and rock & roll band, The Gadjits, released their debut album, Da Gravy on Yo’ Grits, on their own JoCo Ska label. They went on record five full length albums on Hellcat Records, Thick Records and an unreleased album for RCA Records. They appeared on The Vans Warped Tour, and supported the Skatallites, Rancid, and Let’s Go Bowling on the road.

In 2004 The Gadjits ended and the brothers formed a new band called The Architects who have released six full length albums and two EPs, including The Border Wars graphic novel/EP series, on which they worked with illustrator Mallory Dorn.

In the past three years the brothers have branched of into multiple musical and recording projects including Other Americans with Julie Berndsen (formerly of the Latenight Callers) on lead vocals, Radar State where Adam plays drums, and Brandon Phillips and The Condition with Brandon on vocals, Adam on drums, Zach on bass, former Gadjit member Ehren Starks on keyboard, Rachel Mallin (of Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type) on guitar, and Julie Berndsen on backup vocals. This ensemble changes based on availability of all involved.

Brandon Phillips thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley to share the newest Too Much Rock single from Brandon Phillips & The Condition.

Also joining us is Sid Sowder, founder of the Too Much Rock, a music blog site he created in 1997 to share his photos, videos & comments of live music shows he attends. The Too Much Rock Singles Series is a collection of 45 rpm singles that marry great songs with great bands all for the love of vinyl. Each old-school two-song single features one unique song paired with one cover chosen by Too Much Rock who press 500 limited edition copies and then simply give them to the band. Schwervon!, Rev Gusto, Josh Berwanger Band, The Uncouth, Hipshot Killer, Witch Jail, Red Kate, Heidi Lynne Gluck, have all recorded for the Too Much Rock Single Series. More info at: http://www.toomuchrock.com

Sid Sowder, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Brandon Phillips & The Condition

Kansas City, Missouri bubblegum-soul champions Brandon Phillips and The Condition emerge from a long winters hibernation with a platinum –wrapped pouch of big league power pop that swings for the fences.

The group which is the Costello + Motown Girl Group project of Brandon Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits, Other Americans) features an ensemble cast drawing talent from such notable KC bands as Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Hi Lux and Hipshot Killer has mobbed up with venerable Kansas City website Too Much Rock to fashion this special, vinyl-only release – LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOREVER – for Record Store Day 2019.

Brandon Phillips and The Condition “People Talk” Too Much Rock Single Series 009

On the A-side, “People Talk”– Brandon Phillips and the Condition simply do what they do with understated flex. Take a melody reminiscent of a sixties girl-group, bolt it to a boppy, eighties backbeat and then get to hanging all the accouterments and accessories of power-pop-soul on it like aftermarket chrome on a Lambretta scooter.

11:10

9. Brandon Phillips & The Condition – “People Talk” [Vinyl]
from: People Talk- Single b/w “Angel Say No” / Too Much Rock / April 13, 2019
[The group which is the Costello + Motown Girl Group project of Brandon Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits, Other Americans) features an ensemble cast drawing talent from such notable KC bands as Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Hi Lux and Hipshot Killer has mobbed up with venerable Kansas City website Too Much Rock to fashion this special, vinyl-only release – LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOREVER – for Record Store Day 2019. ]

[Brandon Phillips & The Condition play recordBar at 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, on Friday, April 5, at 9:30 PM with The Sluts, and Dead Voices.]

[Brandon Phillips & The Condition also play Record Store Day at Mills Record Company, Saturday, April 13, at 3:00 PM at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. ]

Sid Sowder, Sondra freeman, and Brandon Phillips on the April 3, 2019 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:14 – Interview with Brandon Phillips and Sid Sowder

We are talking with Brandon Phillips and Sid Sowder about the newest Too Much Rock single from Brandon Phillips & The Condition.

OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY: Record Store Day, Saturday 4/13 at Mills Records, KCMO

Kansas City, Missouri bubblegum-soul champions Brandon Phillips and The Condition emerge from a long winters hibernation with a platinum –wrapped pouch of big league power pop that swings for the fences.

Power pop is like a secret religion” says Brandon Phillips.

“Once you’ve been indoctrinated, you can see its themes and values bubbling up through the best rock and roll of every era.” …Get saved.

Sid’s outlook on upcoming shows:
4/3 Laura Jane Grace @ Riot Room
4/5 BP+TC @ recordBar
4/6 Durand Jones @ recordBar
4/7 Coathangers @ recordBar
4/12 Swervedriver @ Liberty Hall
5/1 Pedro The Lion @ recordBar
5/2 Interpol @ Midland
5/6 Pup @ Granada
5/9 Deertick @ Knuckleheads
5/10 Neko Case @ Uptown
5/10 Psychedelic Furs @ Truman
5/15 Johnny Marr @ Voodoo Lounge
5/25 Taco Cat @ recordBar 6/1 Lion’s Law @ Brick
7/5 Bill Callahan @ LFK Library
7/6 Head and the Heart @ Starlight

Visit Too Much Rock Here: https://toomuchrock.com

Catch BP+C live and follow them here:
FB: @BrandonPhillipsandtheCondition
TW: @brandonpandthec
IG: @brandonphillipsandthecondition
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4A3oyiayWBVo2782jX2VvB

The B-side of this vinyl-only, limited-run record is a hand selected cover of Tommy Tutone’s “Angel Say No”– as near a perfect power-pop deep-cut as one is likely to find in even the dustiest record bin in it’s original version, here re-amplified by a crack rhythm section and wedded to the Ronettes-worshiping vocal style for which BP+C are known.

Brandon Phillips & Sid Sowder thanks for being with us on WMM

11:23

10. Brandon Phillips & The Condition – “Angel Say No” [Vinyl]
from: “Angel Say No” B Side Single of “People Talk” / Too Much Rock / April 13, 2019
[The group which is the Costello + Motown Girl Group project of Brandon Phillips (The Architects, The Gadjits, Other Americans) features an ensemble cast drawing talent from such notable KC bands as Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Hi Lux and Hipshot Killer has mobbed up with venerable Kansas City website Too Much Rock to fashion this special, vinyl-only release – LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOREVER – for Record Store Day 2019. ]

[Brandon Phillips & The Condition play recordBar at 1520 Grand Boulevard, KCMO, on Friday, April 5, at 9:30 PM with The Sluts, and Dead Voices.]

[Brandon Phillips & The Condition also play Record Store Day at Mills Record Company, Saturday, April 13, at 3:00 PM at 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. ]

11. Dead Voices – “Some Kind Of Fame”
from: Commoners / Dead Voices / February 4, 2019
[The follow up to their 2013 Debut EP. Kansas City Super-Group, formed in September of 2010, by David Regnier on lead vocals, Jason Beers on bass, Matt Richey on drums, Michael Stover on lap steel and other instruments, and Marco Pascolini on guitar.]

[Dead Voices play Westport Saloon, Saturday March 2 from midnight to 2:00 AM]

11:29 – Underwriting

12. DJ Lucas – “Scared The Cook (Radio Edit)”
from: Big Bleep Music Vol. 3 / Dark World Records / February 28, 2019
[DJ Lucas is a rapper from Amherst, Massachusetts. He grew up in a converted mill from the 1700s, where he and his friends – some of whom would later become a part of his Dark World collective – took breaks from practicing in emo bands to play basketball. Even before the time Minor Threat’s frontman (Ian MacKaye) told Lucas what to name his band, Lucas seemed to have a sense that music had a future for him.]

[DJ Lucas plays White Schoolhouse 1510 N. 3rd Street, Lawrence, KS., Friday, April 26 at 7:00 PM, with Ricky Roosevelt & Alccalh, Speed, and Whorxata.]

Aaron Rhodes on the April 3, 2019 edition Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 990.1 FM.

11:33 – Interview with Aaron Rhodes

Aaron Rhodes is a Kansas City music journalist and the owner/editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine. In addition to writing about concerts and local releases, Rhodes also hosts the blog’s flagship podcast. Rhodes is also a frequent contributor to The Pitch, and http://www.Bridge909.org Aaron Rhodes joins us to share music and details for several upcoming Shuttlecock Music Shows.

Aaron Rhodes thanks for being with us on WMM.

Shuttlecock Music Magazine was launched in 2015, and is dedicated to featuring in-depth coverage of new and exciting music emerging from Kansas City and the surrounding areas. In our three years online, they’ve conducted several artists’ first interviews, hosted shows with lineups nobody else can pull off, and posted more concert reviews, photo galleries, videos, and new music write-ups than we can count. They’ve also co-hosted a Middle Of The Map Fest showcase, printed two year-in-review photo zines, and been shit-talked by bar punks, music elitists, and other dorks all across this beautiful town. They’re proud to be the blog where punk rock, hip-hop, and everything in-between lives in Kansas City.

Shuttlecock MusicMagazine and UN/TUCK present:

UN/TUCK is a Queer/ Trans electronic collective. Curators and Founders include: Mazzy Mann, Zoey Shopmaker, and Lorelei Dav

Friday, April 19, at 10:00 PM. at 1819 Vine Street, KCMO featuring Amira Wang, Vice Grip, MX.MRS, Close Qrtrs, and Sister Zo…. Late Nite In The Jazz District – featuring:

Amira Wang (Urging you to use ya back – hip-hop)

Vice Grip (Doing the lord’s work – hardcore punk)
https://vicegrip444.bandcamp.com/album/the-lords-work

MX.MRS (Clowning just for you – electronic/experimental)
https://untuckcollective.bandcamp.com/album/pagliacci

Close Qrtrs (What online presence – electronic)

Sister Zo (Out the cocoon – electronic/hip-hop)

Aaron Rhodes interviewed Amira Wang for Shuttlecock Podcast.

11:40

13. Amira Wang- “Use Ya Back (Clean)”
from: Rap Game Ragu / Amira Wang / October 28, 2018
[Amira Wang is a Kansas City rapper/videographer/podcaster and a self-proclaimed “culture chemist.” After years of rapping in her car and for her friends in private, she’s released her first EP, “Rap Game Ragu.”.]

[Amira Wang plays at 1819 Vine Street, KCMO, Friday, April 19, at 10:00 PM. with Vice Grip, MX.MRS, Close Qrtrs, and Sister Zo.s.]

Aaron Rhodes

11:43 – Interview with Aaron Rhodes

We’re talking with Aaron Rhodes a Kansas City music journalist and the owner/editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine. In addition to writing about concerts and local releases, Rhodes also hosts the blog’s flagship podcast. Rhodes is also a frequent contributor to The Pitch, and http://www.Bridge909.org Aaron Rhodes joins us to share music and details for several upcoming Shuttlecock Music Shows.

Monday, April 15, at 8:00 PM at Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO featuring Show Me The Body (from New York), Spine, Bath Consolidated, and Killus.

Friday, April 19, at 10:00 PM. at 1819 Vine Street, KCMO featuring Amira Wang, Vice Grip, MX.MRS, Close Qrtrs, and Sister Zo.

Friday, April 26 at White Schoolhouse in Lawrence, KS. featuring DJ Lucas with Ricky Roosevelt & Alccalh and Whorxata.

Aaron Rhodes thanks for being with us on WMM.

11:50

14. Show Me the Body – “Madonna Rocket”
from: Dog Whistle / Loma Vista Recordings – Concord Music / March 29, 2019
[Show Me the Body is an American hardcore punk band formed in New York City in 2009. They released “Yellow Kidney” independently in 2015 followed by the “SMTB” EP released via the Letter Racer Collective that same year. After signing with Loma Vista and releasing their debut album “Body War” in 2016, SMTB began touring the US and Europe. Upon returning home the band began a collaborative mixtape project called “Corpus 1” released in 2017. The mixtape featured a broad range of artists and friends who SMTB felt were comrades and innovators, marking the beginning of a community effort spearheaded by SMTB known as Corpus. In the same year, SMTB released a two song Ep called “Challenge Coin”, recorded at Electric Lady Land not far from where the band originated. Between the fall of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 SMTB produced and recorded three projects. All projects; “Grudge 2” by Dreamcrusher, “Machines Smoke” by Tripp Jones, and “Enemy” by Dog Breath, were released via Corpus. In 2019 SMTB presents their sophomore album, “Dog Whistle,” produced by Chris Coady, Show Me The Body, and Gabriel Millman (original drummer and in-house producer). Dog Whistle was written in Long Island City, Queens and recorded in Los Angeles California in the summer of 2018.]

[Show Me the Body plays Farewell Transmission, 6515 Stadium Drive, KCMO, Monday, April 15, at 8:00 PM with Spine, Bath Consolidated, and Killus.]

15. The Wild Reeds – “Telepathic Mail”
from: Cheers / Dualtone Music Group / March 8, 2019
[The Wild Reeds are a 5-piece American indie folk band formed in 2009 in Los Angeles, California by Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe, Sharon Silva, Nick Jones, and Nick Phapiseth. The Wild Reeds released their first full-length album in 2014 titled Blind and Brave. In 2017, The Wild Reeds released their second full-length album titled The World We Built via Dualtone Records. The band released their third album, Cheers, in 2019.]

[The Wild Reeds and Una Walkenhorst play recordBar, 1520 Broadway, TONIGHT, April 3, at 8 PM.]

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

Next week on April 10 we have another Action Packed show with Promise Clutter from Revolution Records talking about Record Store Day, + Nicole Springer debuts her brand new single, Jen Harris, with Teri Quinn and Joy Baker, talk about Curses & Charms at InterUrban ArtHouse on April 14, AND Stephonne Singleton joins us to share his new 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:
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WMM playlist from March 14, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Richard Alan Nichols + Spencer Brown aka Daisy Buckët

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

2. Eels – “Today is the Day”
from: The Deconstruction / E Works / April 6, 2018
[12th studio abum release from American rock band, formed in California in 1995 by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett, known by the stage name E. Band members have changed across the years, both in the studio and on stage, making Everett the only official member for most of the band’s work. Eels’ music is often filled with themes about family, death, and lost love. In 1991, Everett signed a with Polydor and released A Man Called E under the name E. This was followed by Broken Toy Shop in 1993 and marked the beginning of E’s collaboration with drummer Jonathan “Butch” Norton. Eels were officially founded when Butch and E met Tommy Walter. Eels were one of the first to sign with DreamWorks Records, followed by Elliott Smith. In 1996, the band released their breakthrough debut album Beautiful Freak.]

3. The UK’s – “The Poison Squad”
from: The Poison Squad – Single / The UK’s / March 9, 2018
[KCMO based alternative-garage rock, 5-piece band formed in 2010 with Noah Bartelt on vocals & guitar; Scott Combs on guitar & vocals; Nick Brown on bass; and Tarquin Eugene Kellough on keyboards, guitar & vocals; and Kyle Braun on drums. The UK’s have hosted and performed in benefit concerts for Joplin Aid and for Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief, and Camp Quality, an organization to help children with cancer.]

[The UK’s are in Austin, TX for SXSW and play The MidCoast Takeover presented by Midwest Music Foundation, at The Shangri La, 1016 E. 6th Street, Thursday, March 15, at 8:15 pm.]

[The UK’s play The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, Fri, April 6, w/ Kid Computer, Quasar.]

[The UK’s play miniBar, 3810 Broadway, Sat, April 7, with The Sexy Accident, and The Hollow Ends.]

4. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Childhood Goodbye”
from: Childhood Goodbye – Single / Glassnote Records / March 9. 2018
[First single from their upcoming EP. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have garnered international acclaim, and new fans from all over the world. They signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abiss. They performed their debut single “Silent Movies” on The Late Show with David Letterman, they’ve toured across the United States, and Europe, more than once. They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and “Later With Jools Holland and played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and the Ryman Theatre, in Nashville. Ruth Ward has continually performed throughout her life, mostly in coffee shops and open mics, for over 30 years, even recording a solo record. In the midst of this she got married and became a mom, and was busy raising a family. Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform at local coffee shops. Eventually he began to learn to play the guitar, and poured his talent for writing into the music to create original songs. They began playing Madisen’s original songs along with the occassional cover of a classic track, reinterpreted in their own incredibly beautiful performace of two voices and two guitars in harmony and orchestration. Their debut album, The Skeleton Crew, was released May 9, 2015 and was our most played record that year and was #1 on WMM’s The 115 Best Recordings of 2015.]

[Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear play Boulevardia, Friday night, June 15.]

5. Making Movies – “Montána”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / May 26, 2017
[3rd full length release: from KC based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon th erelease of this album Making Movies kicked off a 22-date Immigrants Are Beautiful Tour, a celebration of solidarity in the face of fear-mongering and hate. Frontman Enrique Chi shared, “It’s time to realize we are all part of this continuum, this beautifully flawed human race that has migrated from every continent to bring us all the beauty we enjoy today.” The band’s social statement is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We Are All Immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from the album and tour go to the National Immigration Law Center. Enrique Chi, describes, “since making the album, the tides have shifted and the underbelly of systematic racism has reared its ugly head. It is no longer time to be silent is time for us to raise our voices.” The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.]

[Making Movies play The Uptown Theatre, Friday, March 16, opening for Galactic.]

6. Carswell & Hope – “Seraphine”
from: Exit Plan EP / Silly Goose Records / May 22, 2018
[Music by Carswell & Hope. Lyrics by Nick Carswell. Produced & mixed by Jason Slote & Nick Carswell. Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper @ TurtleTone Studio NYC. Lawrence KS based 5-piece band formed June 25, 2012. The band is: Nick Carswell, Jason Slote, Austin Quick, Chris Handley, and Jordan Tucker. Songwriter Nick Carswell is originally from Ireland and has found a new home on the plains of Kansas.]

[Carswell & Hope play Songs From Ireland Fri, Mar 16, 8 PM at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass St, Lawrence, KS, w/: Kelly Hunt , Katlyn Conroy. Proceeds to support The Willow Domestic Violence Center.]

[Carswell & Hope play St Paddy’s Day Cure! Sun, Mar 18, 3:00pm at Holy Cow Market & Music, 3109 Gillham Rd, KCMO]

7. Joan As Policewoman – “Tell Me”
from: Damned Devotion / Play It Again Sam / February 9, 2018
[Joan As Police Woman, is Joan Wasser, born July 26, 1970), she is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders and played with Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons, and Those Bastard Souls. Since 2004 she has released her solo material as Joan As Police Woman. She has released five regular studio albums, one EP, a number of singles and a collection of covers. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. “Tell Me,” is the first single from the new album. Joan Wasser talked about its plea for openness and intimacy, “I am always wanting more intimate dialogue,” she says. “Fear of being vulnerable, future tripping and feelings of shame, paranoia and jealousy get in the way. You got to separate now what’s real, what’s not real – stop using jealousy (not real) as a way to avoid having to clarify and tell me what you really want (real). Why don’t we try trusting each other enough to be fully transparent? What is there to lose?”]

8. Grand Marquis – “Brighter Days”
from: Brigher Days / King Forward Revords / April 28, 2018
[KC based American Roots, Blues, & Prohibition Jazz band, formed in 1998 have released 7 albums, including a 7” 45 rpm vinyl recorded at legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. The band is: Ben Ruth on upright bass, sousaphone, backing vocals; Chad Boydston on trumpet, backing vocals; Ryan Wurtz on electric and acoustic guitars; Trevor Turla on trombone, backing vocals; Fritz Hutchison on drums, backing vocals; Bryan Redmond on lead vocals, soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones.]

[Grand Marquis play The Brick, Friday March 16, at 9:00 pm with Grand Avenue, and Ruckus.]

[Grand Marquis play The Westport Saloon, Saturday, March 17, St. Patty’s Day!at 2:00 pm – 6:00 PM]

[Grand Marquis play an Album Release Show, Saturday, April 28, with Victor and Penny at 8:30 PM, Grand Marquis at 9:45 PM and Brandon Philips and Brandon Phillips and The Condition at 11:30 PM]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Richard Alan Nichols

Richard Alan Nichols, is a Kansas City based professional actor, director, and teacher. As an actor he has worked extensively in New York, St. Louis and Kansas City. He has performed at Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse and Metroplitan Ensembe Theatre. He was the recipient of the 1999 Drama Desk award for best supporting actor for his performance as Candy in Of Mice And Men at The Coterie Theatre. He founded The Actor’s-Craft Studio in 1987 where he has been teaching multiple acting classes for over 30 years. Richard Alan Nichols, studied as a scholarship student for five years with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York. He has just released a new book, To Act Is To Do, (39 West Press) a guide for both actors and teachers. Richard Alan Nichols will read selections from his new book, To Act Is To Do, at a special Book Release & Reception, Sunday, March 18, at 4:00 pm, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Dr., KCMO.

Richard Alan Nichols, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

I first Richard Alan Nichols in June of 1986, at the old Unicorn Theatre space at the building that was the Norman School just east of the SW Trafficway. He were directing a short one piece, from a collection of short pieces in the workshop production of playwright Frank Higgins’ “Heartland.” Richard Alan Nichols was wearing a sports watch around his neck, and was directing Laurie Larson in a piece that took place in a shopping mall. It was my favorite piece in the show.

Richard Alan Nichols was born on a farm in Kensington, Connecticut. At 11 years old his father died, and with his mother he moved away from the farm and into the town of Meriden, Connecticut. His Aunt Gertrude helped introduce him to the theatre. When he was 16 he saw Uta Hagen in the play “St. Joan,” by George Bernard Shaw, in a theatre in New Haven.

1953, when he was 18 years old, he found himself studying theatre at Boston University. He writes in his book about how the 1950s were all about emotion, “method” acting. At Boston University he met Olympia Dukakis. At Boston University he also met his wife Joanna.

In 1957 he and Joanna moved to New York City. In April 1958 his son Peter was born. In 1959 he was accepted into the HB Studios to study with Uta Hagen. The HB Studio was run by Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. In 1962 Uta Hagen won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Martha in Edward Albee’s play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

In 1967 Richard Alan Nichols moved to St. Louis and worked with his wife Joanna teaching Viola Spolin’s Theatre Games and also creating their own performing theatre troupe that even included their 14 year old son.

In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. This came as a relief to Alan, who decided to be open about his sexuality and “come out.” Alan had been hiding his sexual orientation all of his life, living in the closet, he now wanted to be honest about his life.

In 1978 Richard Alan Nichols found himself divorced, and tired of working in improvisation. A friend encouraged him to audition for The Missouri Repertory Theatre, now the KC Rep. This is what brought him to Kansas City. In 1980 he met visual artist and set and costume designer Atif Rome who became his life partner.

In 1985 he started Actors-Craft Studio, at first in the Westport Allen Center, then in a space on West 39th street that was being rented by The Unicorn Theatre that is now a parking lot for Missy B’s. Actor’s Craft then moved into a three story house on Warwick, where he not only held multiple classes but also produced several shows including Connections and Incidents, written by Eric Adler, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me by David Drake, and two original plays he wrote called Land, and Detours with all characters played by students. In 2001 Actors Craft reopened in South Hyde Park. More info at: http://www.actorscraftstudio.com

Richard Alan Nichols is a professional actor, director, and teacher. Some acting credits include: The View From The Bridge, Qed, The Giver, Tuesdays With Morrie, Proof, Rainmaker, Small Craft Warnings, Slight Defect, A Desert Holiday, Light:Damage, Over The River And Through The Woods, Prelude To A Kiss, Desert Holiday, An American Daughter, Keely and Du, The Sum Of Us, A Walk In The Woods, Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune, The Normal Heart, Breaking The Code, A Christmas Carol. Directing credits include: Spring Awakening, The Glass Menagerie, All My Sons, Ti Jean Blues, Excerpts, Al Dente, Kissing Marianne, Three X Romulus Linney, There Are More Things…, Eight Easy Pieces, Rocks Can Float, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Potluck, Land, On The Verge, Reckless, Connections, and Incidents. Richard Alan Nichols understudied at The New Theatre for Joel Rooks in Say Goodnight Gracie; Jack Kllugman in Aspirin & Elephants; Gary Burghoff in Marvin and Mel; and Paul Michael in Over the River and Through the Woods.

To Act Is To Do by Richard Alan Nichols, who studied as a scholarship student for five years with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York, is the ultimate guide for both actors and teachers. In six informative and interactive class sessions, Nichols details twenty exercises designed to solve most acting problems that arise while working on plays. Also included are eighteen evaluations of work (scenes, monologues, and Hagen exercises) presented by Nichols’ students, with each evaluation serving as a model for teachers to follow in order to assist actors in learning how to assess their own work in an honest way. This unique exploration—the personal journey of one actor’s lifelong quest to perfect his craft while in pursuit of becoming a player—will help all actors develop the discipline necessary to fine-tune their acting instruments and discover new behaviors in themselves.

Richard Alan Nichols will read selections from his new book, To Act Is To Do, at a special Book Release & Reception, Sunday, March 18, at 4:00 pm, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Dr., KCMO. http://www.justoffbroadway.org, http://www.actorscraftstudio.com, http://www.39westpress.com

11:00 – Station I.D.

9. Lovergurl – “My Body”
from: The President is a Sex Offender / Lovergurl / May 19, 2017
[The Kansas City based 4-piece band, Lovergurl caught our ear with their synth pop sound and lyrics reflecting social and political messages with hip hop and punk elements. Keyboardist and vocalist, Stephanie Bankston was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She moved abroad in her 20s, and lived in Seoul, Korea, where she played in a mostly female band called BaekMa (“White Horse”). Stephanie returned to Kansas City in the Fall 2015. Brook Worlledge, is 25 years old and is a Kansas City native. She is the band’s drummer and she sings and writes songs for the band. Brook is a defender of the proletariat. Brook’s influences range from Yhe B-52s, The Velvet Underground, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Lovergurl guitarist and vocalist, Heather Andrews is also 25. She was born and raised in Rhode Island, and moved to Kansas City in 2011 and fell in love with the city.]

[Lovergurl plays miniBar, 3810 Brdwy, Tues, Mar 20, 10pm w/Lavender Daughter, The Black Creatures]

10. The Black Creatures – “Element”
from: Elements – Single / The Black Creatures / February 14, 2018
[The Black Creatures are a dark pop hip-hop musical duo from Kansas City, Missouri pulling elements from sci-fi to tell an inter-dimensional story. Xavier Martin and Jade Beomh released their debut album, See No Evil, on December 6, 2017.]

[The Black Creatures plays miniBar, 3810 Brdwy, Tues, Mar 20, 10pm w/Lavender Daughter, Lovergurl.]

11. Chloe Jacobson – “National News”
from: National News – Single / Chloe Jacobson / January 20, 2017
[First single from Kansas City, Missouri based singer songwriter. Her soulful, bluesy vocals are colored with the pop cadence of aughts-era emo. Her first album release, titled “Frozen Fruit” is expected to drop early summer 2018 following with a midwest tour soon to be announced. More info at: http://www.chloejacobson.online]

[Chloe Jacobson plays The Riot Room, Tues, Mar 20 opening for Mt. Joy and Olivia Jean]

11:15 – Interview with Spencer Brown

Daisy Buckët photography by Vixen Pin-Up Photography

Daisy Buckët aka Spencer Brown joined us to talk about Daisy’s new solo album debut, “Pansy,” to be released this spring. The album of 10 tracks include five tracks recorded with Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny with Erin McGrane and the Loose Change Orchestra. There are also two tracks recorded with the KC psychedelic glam rock band The Philistines, and two original songs written for this album. This past year Daisy has performed with the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, shows in Ohio, Connecticut, and New York at the historic Duplex Cabaret, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Spencer Brown is a professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, and has appeared at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Just Off Broadway Theatre. Since 2008 Spencer has toured internationally and recorded several albums as a member of the acclaimed The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Most recently they were seen on Watch What Happens Live! With Andy Cohen and have been on tour with their critically-acclaimed show, Things You Shouldn’t Say.

Spencer Brown Thanks for being with us again on WMM.

“Pansy” Executive Producer: Spencer Brown & Amy Hull. Co-Producer: Michael Woo. Album Concept & Design: Brandon Shelton. Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography. All tracks recorded at Sound 81 Productions, Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing & Engineering: Justin Wilson

11:25

12. Daisy Buckët – “Stars Are Blind”
from: Pansy / Independent / July 25, 2017
[Executive Producer: Spencer Brown & Amy Hull. Co-Producer: Michael Wood. Album Concept & Design: Brandon Shelton. Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography. All tracks recorded at Sound 81 Productions, Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing & Engineering: Justin Wilson. Music/Lyrics: Fernando Garibay, Sheppard Solomon & Ralph McCarthy. Vocals: Daisy Buckët; Guitar: Jeff Freling; Drums: Brian Steever; Bass: Rick Willoughby; Organ: Ken Lovern; Tenor Saxophone: James Isaac.]

“Stars Are Blind” a song written for Paris Hilton that she released in 2004

Spencer writes: “As the title of the album suggests, this is a very gay record and I couldn’t be prouder of that. The songs that found their way to me knew they belonged and deserved to be included in this collection of unapologetically gay gems. So listener, if you find yourself lost in the madness of the world, I hope the music we’ve resuscitated and created here inspires you to pursue a life of fabulousness and fearlessness.”

Pansy CREDITS

1. “Stars are Blind”
Music/Lyrics: Fernando Garibay, Sheppard Solomon & Ralph McCarthy
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Guitar: Jeff Freling
Drums: Brian Steever
Bass: Rick Willoughby
Organ: Ken Lovern
Tenor Saxophone: James Isaac

2. “Balls of Brass”
Lyrics by Spencer Brown
All Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Track Engineer: Grizzly Beats

3. “Long, Long Time”
Music/Lyrics: Ruth Wallis
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Guitar: Jeff Freling
Drums: Brian Steever
Bass: Rick Willoughby
Piano: Ken Lovern
Clarinet: James Isaac

4. “They Don’t Know”
Music/Lyrics: Kirsty MacColl
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Backing Vocals: Kimmie Queen, Cody Wyoming
Guitar: Cody Wyoming
Drums: Steve Gardels
Guitar: Rod Peal
Piano: Josh Mobley
Bass: Barry Kidd

5. “What Makes a Man”
Music/Lyrics: Bradford Craig & Charles Aznavour
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Guitar: Jeff Freling
Drums: Brian Steever
Bass: Rick Willoughby
Piano & Accordion: Ken Lovern
Clarinet: James Isaac

6. “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time”
Music/Lyrics: Albert von Tilzer & Neville Fleeson
Vocal Arrangement: Jeff Manabat
Vocals: Daisy Buckët & Molly Hammer
Guitar: Jeff Freling
Ukulele: Erin McGrane
Drums: Brian Steever
Bass: Rick Willoughby
Organ: Ken Lovern

7. “Hot Nuts”
Music/Lyrics: Lil Johnson
Additional Lyrics: Spencer Brown
Vocals: Daisy Buckët, Jeff Freling, & Erin McGrane
Guitar: Jeff Freling
Ukulele: Erin McGrane
Drums: Brian Steever
Bass: Rick Willoughby
Clarinet: James Isaac

8. “Pansy”
Music & Lyrics: Spencer Brown & Erik Jansen
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Piano: Erik Jansen

9. “Friday Night in the Castro”
Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Additional Lyrics: Spencer Brown
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Track Engineer: Jeff Eubank

10. “Only Women Bleed
“Music & Lyrics: Alice Cooper & Dick Wagner
Vocals: Daisy Buckët
Guitar: Cody Wyoming
Drums: Steve Gardels
Guitar: Rod Peal
Piano: Josh Mobley
Bass: Barry Kidd
Tambourine: Kimmie Queen

The title track: “Pansy” is one of several originals on the album. Music & Lyrics: Spencer Brown & Erik Jansen. Vocals: Daisy Buckët. Piano: Erik Jansen

Daisy Buckët will be on stage tonight for: Hard Candy Kansas City with BeBe Zahara Benet, the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, at Missie B’s on West 39th Street with two shows at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. And on Monday, March 21, Daisy is guest starring in Late Night Theatre Presents: The Kraft, the first show of their 20th Anniversary season also at Missy B’s, 805 West 39th Street, KCMO.

More info at http://www.kinseysicks.com, http://www.missdaisybucket.com

11:40

13. Daisy Buckët – “Pansy”
from: Pansy / Independent / July 25, 2017
[Executive Producer: Spencer Brown & Amy Hull. Co-Producer: Michael Wood. Album Concept & Design: Brandon Shelton. Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography. All tracks recorded at Sound 81 Productions, Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing & Engineering: Justin Wilson. Music & Lyrics: Spencer Brown & Erik Jansen. Vocals: Daisy Buckët, and on Piano: Erik Jansen]

11:44 – Underwriting

14. Nuthatch-47 – “Moscow Mule”
from: Moscow Mule / Nuthatch-47 / January 1, 2018
[Kansas City based 7-piece band fronted by Maksim Kunakhovich who told KCUR FM that, “Russia is my mother and America is my wife.” His distinctive contributions make Nutchatch-47 one of the funniest and most musically unique bands in the Kansas City area.]

[Nuthatch-47 play the Californos 30th Anniversary Party, Saturday, March 17 with Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival, 2 Sonn Green and More.]

[Nuthatch-47 play recordBar 1520 Grand Ave. Friday, March 23, at 10:00 pm with Drop A Grand, and The Golden Web.]

15. The Matchsellers – “Too Late (Everybody Died)”
from: BLUEGRASTRONAUTS / The Matchsellers / March 16, 2018
[3rd full length release from classically trained violinist Julie Bates from Kansas City, and a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana, Andrew Morris. The Matchsellers have traveled the US and Europe developing their brand of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. In 2017 they began collaborating with two of the Midwest’s finest musicians, Chad Graves a dobro player that has been featured in Rolling Stone and The Bluegrass Situation, and Betsey Beymer a much sought after bassist from Lakin, KS.]

[The Matchsellers play a special Bluegrastronauts Release Show on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 PM at Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO.]

16. Josesph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival – “Love The Wander”
from: The Greenwood Demos / Joseph Warren / November 4, 2017
[Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, Joseph Warren & the Wanderlust Revival is a unique caravan of midwestern roamers. Joseph Warren Wheeler on vocals, tenor guitar, guitar, & banjo; Bill Wald on bass, Jake Gronbeck on drums & percussion, Eva Louise Hall on vocals. More info at: http://www.thewanderlustrevival.com]

[Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival play the Californos 30th Anniversary Party, Saturday, March 17 with, 2 Son Green and Nuthatch-47.]

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

Next week on March 21, Brenton Cook joins us as Guest Producer for our first hour, playing musical discoveries from SXSW 2018. Also next week, CS Luxem joins us LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

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

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #725

Richard Alan Nichols photo from Larry F. Levenson Photography
Daisy Buckët photography by Vixen Pin-Up Photography

Wednesday MidDay Medley talks with Richard Alan Nichols + Daisy Buckët

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, March 14, 2018

New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Richard Alan Nichols + Spencer Brown aka Daisy Buckët

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Carswell & Hope, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Grand Marquis, Making Movies, The Black Creatures, Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, Lovergurl, Daisy Buckët, Nuthatch-47, The UK’s, The Matchsellers, Chloe Jacobson, Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival, Joan As Police Woman, and The EELS.

At 10:30 Mark talks with Richard Alan Nichols, KC based professional actor, director, and teacher. He has taught acting for over thirty years. He founded The Actor’s-Craft Studio in 1987. Richard Alan Nichols, studied as a scholarship student for five years with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York. He has just released a new book, To Act Is To Do, (39 West Press) a guide for both actors and teachers. Richard Alan Nichols will read selections from his new book, To Act Is To Do, at a special Book Release & Reception, Sunday, March 18, at 4:00 pm, at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Dr., KCMO. http://www.justoffbroadway.org, http://www.actorscraftstudio.com, http://www.39westpress.com

Daisy Buckët photography by Vixen Pin-Up Photography

At 11:15, Daisy Buckët aka Spencer Brown joins us to talk about Daisy’s solo album debut, “Pansy,” to be released this spring. For the record Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny, jumped in to play with Daisy, with help from Erin McGrane, Ken Lovern, Rick Willouby, and James Issac. Spencer Brown is a professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, and has appeared at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Just Off Broadway Theatre. This past year Daisy has performed with the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, shows in Ohio, Connecticut, and New York at the historic Duplex Cabaret, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since 2008 Spencer has toured nationally and internationally and recorded several albums as a member of the internationally acclaimed The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Most recently they were seen on Watch What Happens Live! With Andy Cohen and have been on tour with their critically-acclaimed show, Things You Shouldn’t Say,. More info at http://www.kinseysicks.com, http://www.missdaisybucket.com

On your local radio dial 90.1 FM or
STREAMING LIVE at: kkfi.org

Show #725

Richard Alan Nichols photo from Larry F. Levenson Photography
Daisy Buckët photography by Vixen Pin-Up Photography

WMM Playlist from April 26, 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, April 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:30 – Interview with IVØRY BLACK

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

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

IVØRY BLACK, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

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

Keenan Franklin plays bass with IVØRY.

IVØRY’s upcoming shows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:41

9. Ivory Black – “Tidal Waves” (Live)

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

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

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

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

10:50

12. Ivory Black – “So Tired” (Live)

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:14 – Underwriting

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

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

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

10:18 – Interview with Spencer Brown

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

Spencer Brown, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina

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

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

11:27

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

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

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

Spencer Brown, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

11:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Show #679

WMM Playlist from May 29, 2013

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, May 29, 2013

That’s Soooo Gay! (Our Annual Gay Pride Show)
+ Jamie Rich & Kansas City LGBT Film Festival – Out Here Now
+ Kristie Stremel & Girls With Guitars

1. Judy Garland – “Intro / Keep Your Sunny Side Up”(outtake)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O/2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

2. RuPaul – “The Beginning”
from: Glamazon / RuCo / April 25, 2011
[RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known as simply RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, andrecording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Previously, he was a fixture on the Atlanta and New York City club scenes during the 1980s and early 90s. RuPaul has on occasion performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles. RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both “he” and “she” have been deemed acceptable. “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” He hosted a short-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts reality television shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U.]

3. Bronski Beat – “Small Town Boy”
from: Age of Consent / London / 1984
[Debut single of English synth-pop group. The song is apopular gay anthem and reached number 3 in the UK, number one in Holland, Italy, top 10 in Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, and number 48 in the U.S.]

4. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Lesbian”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records/ 1994

5. Company – “Opening: I Hope I Get It”
from: A Chorus Line – Original Cast Recording / Columbia /1975

6. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Equal Rights”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records/ 1994

7. Divine – “You Think You’re A Man (7″ Mix)”
from: Essential Divine / RTR / 2006

8. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: ProChoice”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records/ 1994

9. Al Franken and Phil Hartman – “Daily Affirmation Theme”
from: Original Soundtrack to: Stuart Saves His Family /Milan / 1995

10. Hedwig & The Angry Inch – “Tear Me Down”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hedwig & The Angry Inch / Hybrid / 2001

10:13 – That’s Sooo Gay

11. The BTC Orchestra – “The Liberace Fanfare”
from: Behind The Candelabra (Music from the HBO Original Film) / Elektra / May 20, 2013
[2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh about the life of pianist Liberace and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson, based on Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988). It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013. It aired on HBO on May 26, 2013. It will not be released theatrically in the United States. It will be released theatrically June 7, 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film features Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorsen.]

Liberace

Liberace

12. Liberace – “The Impossible Dream” [Vinyl]
from: Liberace Sends You Love [3 record set] / Brookville Records – ABC Records / 1974
[Born in West Allis, Wisconsin, his career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, motion pictures, television, and endorsements, Liberace became world-famous. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world and embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage. He publicly denied being gay during his lifetime, and sued those who said he was. Towards the end of his life his chauffeur, Scott Thorson, sued him for palimony. He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1987.]

13. Jim Nabors -“It Takes All Kinds To Make The World Go Round”
from: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. / Sony / 1965
[Jan. 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Jim Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Jan. 15, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. An urban legend maintains that Nabors married Rock Hudson in the early ’70s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. At least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the legend originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach” who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson & Jim Nabors,” at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle.”Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. Hudson was also gay but closeted, and because of the fear that one or both of them might be outed, Nabors & Hudson never spoke to each other again.]

14. Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, Dick Van Dyke, Bryan Russell – “Kids”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Bye Bye Birdy / RCA – BMG / 1960
[Paul Lynde’s sexual orientation was an open secret in Hollywood, although, in keeping with the prejudices of the time, it was not acknowledged or discussed in public. In a 2013 radio interview, Dick Van Dyke recalled the wrap party for Bye Bye Birdie. A series of men gave short speeches, each one praising Ann-Margret and predicting success and stardom for the young actress. When it was Paul Lynde’s turn to speak, he began, “Well, I guess I’m the only one here who doesn’t want to fuck Ann-Margret.” In 1965, Lynde was involved in an accident in which a young actor, reputed to be his lover, fell to his death from the window of their hotel room in San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The two had been drinking for hours before 24-year-old James “Bing” Davidson slipped and fell eight stories, an event witnessed by two policemen, yet the event was largely kept out of the press, thus saving Lynde’s career. Despite his campy television persona, Lynde never publicly came out as gay and the press generally refrained from commenting about it. In 1976, a People magazine article on Lynde featured him and Stan Finesmith; the latter was dubbed Lynde’s “suite mate” and “chauffeur-bodyguard.” In the 1970s, this was as close as the press would come to hinting at his sexuality.]

15. Noel Coward – “What’s Going To Happen To theTots”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[Born Dec. 16, 1899 / died Mar. 26, 1973. English playwright, composer,director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”. Coward did not publicly acknowledge hishomosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward’s diaries &letters, published posthumously.]

16. Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Company -“Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying /Victor / 1961

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28 – Interview with Jamie Rich

One of the area’s longest-running and best-attended community film events, The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival – Out Here Now, is expanding to eight days for its 14th Annual showcase, held June 20-27, at The Tivoli Cinema in Westport. For more information, or to watch trailers & previews, you can visit: OutHereNow.com.

10:49

18. Lou Reed and John Cale – “Small Town”
from: Songs For Drella / Sire – Warner Bros. / 1990
[Dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol’s crowd. The song cycle focuses on Warhol’s interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol’s first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.]

19. David Bowie -“Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA – (Rycodisk – Virgin – Sony) / 1971
[David Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young. Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home as he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song. Duncan Jones was born May 30, 1971. Tomorrow is his birthday! Duncan Jones has become a successful film director best known for directing the award-winning science fiction films Moon (2009) and Source Code (2011).]

20. Klaus Nomi – “Ding Dong”
from: Simple Man / RCA – BMG / November 1982
[Klaus Sperber in Immenstadt, Bavaria, Germany on Jan 24,1944. In the 1960s, he worked as an usher at the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin where he sang for the other ushers and maintenance crew on stage in front of the fire curtain after performances. Nomi moved to NYC in 1972. In the late 1970s while performing at Club 57, The Mudd Club, The Pyramid Club, and other venues, Nomi assembled a group of up-and-coming models, singers, artists, and musicians to perform live with him, which at times included Joey Arias, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, John Sex and Kenny Scharf. He also appeared on Manhattan Cable’s TV Party. David Bowie heard about Nomi’s performances in New York and soon met him and Joey Arias at the Mudd Club. Bowie hired them as performers and backup singers for his appearance on Saturday Night Live which aired on December 15, 1979. The band performed “TVC 15”, “The Man Who Sold the World”, and “Boys Keep Swinging”. During the performance of “TVC 15”, Nomi and Arias dragged around a large prop pink poodle with a television screen in its mouth. Nomi was so impressed with the plastic quasi-tuxedo suit that Bowie wore during “The Man Who Sold the World” that he commissioned one to be made for himself. Nomi can be seen wearing the suit on the cover of his self-titled album, as well as during anumber of his music videos. Nomi wore his variant of the outfit, in monochromatic black-and-white with spandex and makeup to match, until the last few months of his life. Klaus Nomi released his second album, Simple Man, in November 1982.]

21. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags”(sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away / Hip-O / 2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

11:00 – Station ID

21. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags” (sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away / Hip-O / 2002 [orig. taped June 24, 1963]

22. Sharon Needles – “Call Me On The Ouija Board”
from: PG-13 / Sharon Needles / January 29, 2013
[Sharon Needles was born Aaron Coady on November 28, 1981 in Newton, Iowa. He has been candid in discussing his childhood years growing up in Iowa as a difficult time when he faced anti-gay and anti-“outsider” harassment, which prompted him to drop out of school before he could complete his high school education. In 2004, Needles moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he began working as a professional drag performer in nightclubs and various other venues. Needles rose to prominence on the 4th season of the Logo TV reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race where he was crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar” in April 2012.]

23. The Kinsey Sicks – “Toucha Touch Me – Tsa Security”
from: Electile Dysfunction / The Kinsey Sicks / May 8, 2012
[Based on their hit musical, “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT,” The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”).]

24. The Sleazebeats – “Goosesteppin’ Nazis”
from: The Sleazebeats / Independent / Jan. 1, 2012
[Charlie Colborne – keyboards, guitar, vocals; Bill Belzer -drums; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Recorded at More Famouser Studios w/ Mike Nolte engineer, mixing, mastering the recordings. The Sleazebeats have played Live on the show on several occassions.]

For many Queer Kids growing up in small towns, in rural areas, during the 1970s and 1980s and 1990s, The CBS broadcast of the annual Tony Awards was the biggest night of LGBT programming. One of this year’s most nominated shows, “Kinky Boots” is the recipient of 13 Nominations, including: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical – Harvey Fierstein, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Cyndi Lauper, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Billy Porter, Best Direction of a Musical – Jerry Mitchell, Best Choreography – Jerry Mitchell. The Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Sunday, June 9, at 7:00 on CBS Television!

25. Billy Porter & Stark Sands – “Everybody Say Yeah!”
from: Kinky Boots (Soundtrack) / Sony – Kinky Boots LLC /May 28, 2013

11:15 – Interview with Kristie Stremel and Chynsia Hinesley

26. Kristie Stremel& The 159ers – “Clementine”
from: Color of Stars / Stremeltone Records / August 21,2010
[Rob VanBiber drums, Scott Cameron guitar, James Wheeler bass, Kristie Stremel lead vocals. Produced by Lou Whitney in Springfield, MO. All Songs Written By Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. Kristie Stremel & The 159ers played live on our show on October 13, 2010.]

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Kristie Stremel and Chynsia Hinesley joined us to talk about Kristie’s new recordings, and also to give us all the details about: Girls With Guitars – Acoustic Vibrations, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway, featuring: Kristie Stremel from KC/Lawrence, Jen Foster from Nashville, Summer Osborne from St. Louis, and Corday from Los Angeles. Dirty Dorothy will serve as emcee. The show is produced by DYCON Productions, LLC.

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27. Kristie Stremel & James Johann – “Don’t Do Crazy Anymore”
from: Don’t Do Crazy Anymore – Single / Stremeltone Records/ April, 2013

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Girls With Guitars, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway, The performers include both local and national artists who are iconic in the lesbian scene and in the independent music industry. Dirty Dorothy will serve as emcee.

Girls With Guitars features: KC & Lawrence based Kristie Stremel. Described as “Joan Jett & Tom Petty’s lovechild,” armed with her guitar, fueled by coffee, and over 70 published songs, Stremel continues to tour with a band and as a solo acoustic. Stremel is described as “Aggressive and provocative, the singer/guitarist leans into her material with the passion of a true believer” by Jim Musser of Harp Magazine.

With her band the 159ers she received the Pitch newspaper’s prestigious Kansas City/Lawrence Area Music Award for both Best New Band and Band of the Year. She has also won the “Best Female Vocalist” in Kansas City awarded by The Pitch Weekly.

After a decade of playing music, singer/songwriter Kristie Stremel and her former band mates from Exit 159 (drummer Rob VanBiber and bassist Jamey Wheeler), along with lead guitarist Scott Cameron, reunited to form Kristie Stremel & The 159ers. After a year of writing new material, “Color Of Stars” (Stremeltone Records) was released Aug. 31, 2010. This 12 song offering, recorded in Springfield, MO and Produced by Lou Whitney.”

Recently Stremel has released several singles including “Don’t’ Do Crazy Anymore” a duet with James Johan and “Ten Little Hens” a song she wrote for kids. She is currently working on a new project and “Getting fired up to record a new album! New songs with some old pals!” So far only her dogs have had the privilege of hearing her new songs.

Jen Foster, from Nashville, TN, an award-winning singer/songwriter who regularly sells out shows across the country. Her video for “Closer To Nowhere” went to #1 on the LOGO Channel and stayed in their Top 10 list for 6 months as well as being a featured song on MTV’s “The Hills.” Her voice has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, just released “You Stayed”, an EP recording that is atribute to her loving and loyal fans.

Corday will be flying in from Long Beach, CA. Corday has performed at events including Dinah Shore in Palm Springs, Womenfest in Key West, L.A., Sweet Lesbian Cruises, and numerous Gay Pride Festivals. Corday’s latest full-length studio album, Weekend Warrior, is available now on iTunes. The title track snagged Best DIY Video at the RightOutTV Awards. The new album includes the song “Coming Undone,” as heard in the lesbian film “Elena Undone”. Recently Corday just penned “Second Shot” for placement as the theme song in the new lesbian series Second Shot, starring Jill Bennett. Corday is the rock and roll front-woman of her all girl band Kiss Me Deadly, but also has a softer side, as winner of Best Female Acoustic Act and Best Live Band at the Orange County Music Awards.

St. Louis based singer songwriter Summer Osborne has been performing on stage since the age of four. She has been performing her original music since 2005, releasing 7 full-length albums and an EP. Since 2009, Summer has been constantly on tour playing Pridefests in St. Louis, Vancouver, Columbia, Memphis, Springfield, Lexington, Belleville. Summer is a champion of the KC HRC Battle of The Babes – Acoustic Stage. Summer has shared the stage with The Indigo Girls, God-Des and She, Tiffany, Jen Foster, Sugarbeach, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Betty, Martha Wash, RJ Helton, Jennifer Holliday, Kimberley Locke, Tret Fure, and Shannon Curtis. Her new album “As I Am” will be out soon.

Girls With Guitars, is Saturday, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Uptown Theatre, 3700 Broadway, featuring: Kristie Stremel from KC/Lawrence, Jen Foster from Nashville, Summer Osborne from St. Louis, and Corday from Los Angeles. Dirty Dorothy will emcee. The show is produced by DYCON Productions, LLC.Tickets available through Ticketmaster, Uptown Theatre. Info at: dyconproductions.com, or uptowntheatre.com

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28. Summer Osborne –“I Love Your Shine”
from: The Scenic Route / Summer Osborne / June 23, 2012

11:35 – Underwriting

10:36 – Tribute to Larry Kramer

The day Larry Kramer hugged me. The day before the National March on Washington, 1993. It was outside the Capitol Building where Larry Kramer had just passionately delivered a speech to a crowd of LGBT Activists. ACT UP had just organized us in wrapping a giant red ribbon around the Capitol Building. After the building was wrapped, the ribbon broke into hundreds of little pieces. I attached my piece to my ACT UP KC button.

The day Larry Kramer hugged me. The day before the National March on Washington, 1993. It was outside the Capitol Building where Larry Kramer had just passionately delivered a speech to a crowd of LGBT Activists. ACT UP had just organized us in wrapping a giant red ribbon around the Capitol Building. After the building was wrapped, the ribbon broke into hundreds of little pieces. I attached my piece to my ACT UP KC button.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards, will present the Isabelle Stevenson Award to Larry Kramer.

If you believe theatre can change the world, it may be because you know of Larry Kramer.

American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist, Larry Kramer was born June 25, 1935. He began his career rewriting scripts for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists and earned an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of “Women in Love” in 1969.

In 1980 and 1981 Larry Kramer began to witness many his friends becoming sick and dying from the spread of an unknown disease, that became known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which has become the largest private organization to assist people living with AIDS in the world.

Larry Kramer co-founded the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987, a direct action, multi-faceted, protest organization credited with changing public health policy and perception of people living with AIDS, HIV and AIDS-related diseases.

Based on his own struggles, in the early years of the AIDS crisis, Larry Kramer wrote about his frustrations with our government’s lethargic response, to do anything to help. Larry Kramer was also frustrated by the gay community itself, criticizing gay men who he felt were in denial of what was killing them. From all of this came Larry Kramer’s nearly auto-biographical play, “The Normal Heart” that focused on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, a gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned was known and disliked for his loud, angry, public confrontations, in contrast to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner.

The Normal Heart was produced by Joesph Papp at The PublicTheater in NYC in 1985, in a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run that starred Brad Davis in the role of Ned Weeks.

In Kansas City, no professional theatre would do this show. The Normal Heart was produced independently in the Summer of 1991, as the very first production of Actors & Artists Against AIDS, Directed by John McCrite, staged with a cast of professional actors, in the basement of Unity Temple on The Plaza, the production earned critical acclaim and $10,000.00 in ticket sales from 8 performances, all to benefit The Good Samaritan Project.

Later, the play was revived in Los Angeles and London and again Off-Broadway in 2004. The Normal Heart made it’s Broadway debut, in April 2011, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. This year The Normal Heart will launch a national tour. Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Alec Baldwin are joining Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming film of THE NORMAL HEART. Larry Kramer will adapt his script for the movie, and Ryan Murphy, best known for creating GLEE, is set to direct the film.

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29. The Cast – “Scene 16: Felix’s Hospital Room”
from: The Normal Heart a play by Larry Kramer – The Broadway Benefit Reading / Broadway Cares – Equity Fights AIDS / 1994
[The Cast is: Jonathan Hadary reading stage directions, Eric Bogosian as Ned Weeks, D.W. Moffett as Felix Turner, Stockard Channing as Dr. Emma Brookner, and Tony Roberts as Ben Weeks. The Broadway Benefit Reading was directed by Jerry Zaks with an inroduction by Barbara Striesand. Performed live, as a staged reading on April 18, 1993.]

30. Michael Callen – “Love Don’t Need a Reason”
from: Purple Heart / Significant Other / 1988
[In partnership with Oscar winner Peter Allen and Marsha Melamet, Michael Callen wrote his most famous song, “Love Don’t Need a Reason”, which he sang frequently at gay pride and AIDS-related events around the country. Michael Callen (b. April 11, 1955) was a singer, songwriter, composer, author, and AIDS activist. He was a significant architect of the response to the AIDS crisis in the United States. First diagnosed with “Gay related immune deficiency” (GRID) in 1982, Callen quickly became a leader in the response to the epidemic. He was a founding member of the People With AIDS Self-Empowerment Movement among other organizations, and he testified before the President’s Commission on AIDS and both houses of the United States Congress. He was a founding member of the gay male a cappella singing group The Flirtations, with whom he recorded two albums. He also had a solo album, Purple Heart, which a review in The Advocate called “the most remarkable gay independent release of the past decade.” During the last year of his life, Callen recorded over 40 songs. On December 27, 1993, Michael Callen died of AIDS-related complications in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 38.]

31. The Magnetic Fields – “I Think I Need A New Heart”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge Records / June 8, 1999

32. Harvey Fierstein – “I Am What I Am”
from: Being Out Rocks / Centaur Entertainment /Oct. 9, 2007
[La Cage Aux Folles music & lyrics by Jerry Herman]

33. Patti LaBelle – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
from: Live: One Night Only / Columbia / 1996

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

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Show #475

WMM Playlist from: Dec. 5, 2012 – The 112 Best Recordings of 2012 (Part 1)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The 112 Best Recordings of 2012
(Part 1 of 4)

Part-1, of our 4-week special: The 112 Best Recordings of 2012. Based on the playlists of Wednesday MidDay Medley. In 2012 we’ve played over 700 of New & Local Releases, we’ve presented dozens of LIVE in-studio performances from area performers, and we’ve interviewed over 150 local and national guests. 70% of the recordings on our list were locally produced. It’s all good! Tune into 90.1 FM, Wednesdays in December, on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, we’ll play nearly 8-hours of music that represents: The 112 of Best Recordings of 2012!

1. (112.) Eternal Summers – “Millions”
from: Correct Behavior / Kanine Records / July 24, 2012
[This is the second proper full length from Virginia based Eternal Summers who have previously released a handful of 7 inches, EP’s and one debut as a duo. Now a power trio.]

2. (111.) The Bad Ideas – “What You Got”
from: Worse Thoughts [EP] / Independent /January 22, 2012
[Britt or Dare (guitar), Break-A-Dawn (vocals), the Caitlin Curry Implosion (bass), and Brittain Lawlessness (drums) joined us live on Wednesday MidDay Medley, July 11.]

3. (110.) Flying Lotus – “See Thru You (feat. Erykah Badu)”
from: Until The Quiet Comes / Warp Records / October 1, 2012
[Flying Lotus is Steven Ellison the great-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophonist John Coltrane and cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane. Flying Lotus has released 4 studio albums and has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd.]

4. (109.) SoundsGood – “Ice Cream”
from: Goodbye / Innate Sounds / March 1, 2012
[Vocals – Joe Good, Beats – Miles Bonny. The third and final album from this legendary KC Hip Hop band. Miles Bonny and Brenk Sinatra released S3 “Supa Soul Sh*t” in Nov.]

10:12 – Interview with Spencer Brown

“Considered America’s favorite “Dragapella,” The Kinsey Sicks present, “Oy Vey in a Manger” 8:00 PM Thursday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Proceeds Benefit AIDS Walk KC. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling The Folly Theater Box Office at (816) 474-4444.

Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina try to sell off their manger before it’s foreclosed upon. Look forward to songs like “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas” and “Don’t Be Happy, Worry.”

Kansas City’s own Spencer Brown is Trampolina Kinsey Sicks. His local ties bring the group here, and the show benefits AIDS Walk Kansas City. Spencer is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and currently lives in Kansas City where he is known for his other drag alter ego, Daisy Buckët (pronounced ‘bouquet’). Daisy is a current member of the Kansas City Society of Burlesque. Favorite credits include writing and starring in a stage adaptation of the 1979 film The Rose, Riff Raff (The Rocky Horror Show), Chicklet (Psycho Beach Party), and Sue Snell (A Scarrie Carrie Christmas Carol). His work for AIDS organizations in Kansas City has raised over $33,000 in the past several years. He has been singing and mugging shamelessly with the Kinsey Sicks since October 2008.

The “Oy Vey in a Manger” Tour: Dec 6: Kansas City, MO / Dec 7: St. Louis, MO
Dec 20: Chicago, IL / Dec 22: San Francisco, CA / Jan 4-6: Ajijic, Mexico
Jan 8-9: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Kinsey Sicks: P.M.B. 387, 584 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA (kinseysicks.com)

Spencer Brown also performs as Daisy Buckët for Hamburger Mary’s Annual Holiday Show, Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 6:00pm until 11:00pm.Ticket proceeds will go to benefit the LIKEME Lighthouse and the AIDSWalk Kansas City.

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5. (108.) The Kinsey Sicks – “T’aint it Love?”
fdddrom: from: Electile Dysfunction / The Kinsey Sicks / May 8, 2012
[Based on their hit musical, “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT,” The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”).]

[The Kinsey Sicks will be in Kansas City, presenting their holiday show, “Oy Vey in a Manger” Thursday Night, December 6, at 8:00 PM, at The Folly Theater 300 W. 12th St, Kansas City, as a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. Oy Vey boasts The Kinsey Sicks reinterpretations of holiday classics, such as “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “Satan Baby”, and “I’m Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas”, plus hilarious Jewish satiric fare, including “Don’t Be Happy, Worry,” the Chanukah spa classic “I Had a Little Facial” and, of course, the requisite and new Christmas cuisine standard, “Soylent Night.”]

6. (107.) Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats–”The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012
[Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano) ; Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar) ; Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion); Jeremy Clark (bass); Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums); Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar). Jason Vivone joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 2.]

7. (106.) Daughn Gibson – “A Young Girl’s World”
from: All Hell / White Denim / March 26, 2012
[Carlisle, Pennsylvania based singer/songwriter, was formerly the drummer for the band Pearls and Brass. His debut solo album “All Hell” has received critical acclaim. Sub Pop records has signed Gibson \where is working on a full-length Sub Pop debut to be released next year. Gibson has recorded a new song called “Reach Into the Fire” that samples his new label mates Shabazz Palaces and Tiny Vipers (above).]

8. (105.) Caul – “A Clear Eye Loves The Shadows As Well”
from: Let The Stars Assume The Whole of The Night / Hypnos / March 29 2012
[12th full length album from Caul aka Brett Smith, a prolific musician based in Baldwin City, Kansas, who has been releasing music since 1996 on various electronica labels. Caul began in 1993, while he was playing guitar in John Bergin’s band Trust Obey.]

10:36 – Underwriting
10:37

9. (104.) Ruthie Foster – “Welcome Home”
from: Let It Burn / Blue Corn Music / Jan 31, 2012
[Texas born Ruthie Foster’s new album features special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters (bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste). Recorded in New Orleans with producer John Chelew (The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson), Let It Burn also includes New Orleans-bred guitarist Dave Easley, renowned saxophonist James Rivers and Ike Stubblefield (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Eric Clapton) on organ. Ruthie Foster played Kansas City with Paul Thorn, March 28, at Knuckleheads.]

10. (103.) Gentleman Savage – “Overlord”
from: Gentleman Savage [EP] / Independent / Oct. 12, 2012
[Psychedelic-pop band from Kansas City with: Holden Simpson on Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Kyle Anthony on Bass, and Nick Talley on Drums/Percussion.]

11. (102.) Dirty Projectors – “Swing Lo Magellan”
from: Swing Low Magellan / Domino Recording Co. / July 10, 2012
[6th studio album by American experimental rock. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth in Delaware County, New York.]

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12. (101.) Himanshu – “Coca Cola Freestyle”
from: Nehru Jackets / Greedhead / January 23, 2012
[Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, from Queens Hip Hop band Das Racist, releases his own solo album-mix tape.]

13. (100.) Sneaky Creeps – “Flat”
from: The Thin Man Wigs Out [EP] / Independent / Jan. 8, 2012
[The 2nd EP from band formed by, Max Crutcher, Andy Davis, Andy Erdrich who all met while going to KCAI. Andy Davis moved away, making the Sneaky Creeps a duo of Max Crutcher on Drums and Yell/Talk, and Andrew Erdrich on Guitar and Yell/Talk. Recorded by Ashley at Infoaming Vortex. All songs were written by Sneaky Creeps. Andy Erdrich, who is also a co-founder of BREAD KC! Was happy to report that we were the very first to download their new, release, “The Thin Man Wigs Out,” through bandcamp. The Smeaky Creeps joined us several times throughout the year as our guest producers.]

14. (99.) The Casket Lottery – “Radiation Bells”
from: REAL FEAR / No Sleep Records / Nov. 3, 2012
[KC based band was formed by Nathan Ellis (guitar/vocals) and Stacy Hilt (bass) in July of 1997 while Nathan was in the band COALESCE. Nathan “Junior” Richardson joined in on drums. They toured with other late 1990s bands: GIANTS CHAIR, BOYS LIFE, and SHUDDER TO THINK. In the band’s initial 5 years they created over 50 songs, including three full length albums, three EPs, numerous 7″, split 7″, and compilation appearances. After one last tour to the West Coast in support of their 2006 release “Smoke and Mirrors,” the band called it quits. Now a 5-piece band, the group has returned like a phoenix with new music that was recorded with Ed Rose, at Black Lodge Recordings, in Eudora, KS, during the fall and winter of 2011/2012.]

[The Casket Lottery play The Riot Room, on Broadway, in Westport, Friday, Dec. 21, w/ Simple Lines.]

15. (98.) Sons of Great Dane – “To A City I Have Known”
from: You Can’t Lose It All, All At Once [EP] / Sharp County Records / September 4, 2012
[Brent Windler: Guitar/Vocals, Nolle Bond: Bass, Evanjohn: Guitar, and Brendan Culp: Drums. Recorded and Mixed by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound. Mastered by Mike Nolte at West End Studios. ]

[Sons of Great Dane play The Riot Room, Sat., Dec. 8, with The Slowdown and Animal Empty.]

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16. (97.) The Ned Ludd Band– “In A Duel”
from: Spacebar / Independent / November 17, 2012
[Recorded by DEERWOLFANIMALBEAR. The Ned Ludd Band includes: Clint Hoffmeier, Jordan Carver, Aaron Fuhr. Produced by Brent Jamison who now plays drums w/ the band. Clint Hoffmeir joined us on Wednesday MidDay Medley on September 12.]

17. (96.) The John McKenna Band –“Paz Contigo and the World is Mean”
from: Beautuful Dangerous [EP] / Independent / Jan. 25, 2012
[Born out of a conversation between McKenna and Jeff Larison (Blackbird Revue, Oriole Post, Sara Swenson, Red Guitar). Ryan Green (Satellite Soul) was quickly brought into the discussion and the three eventually started working on old and new McKenna tunes. Todd Way (Beggar’s Table, Satellite Soul) was brought in to play bass, but it wasn’t long before he was playing other instruments as well, namely piano and some guitar from time to time. Eventually, the sound was rounded-out by an old friend of everyone in the band, Allison Cloud. Current line-up: John McKenna- guitars & vocals; Jeff Larison- lap & pedal steel, guitars; Ryan Green- drums; Todd Way- bass, keys, & vocals; Allison Cloud- vocals; Nick “Pick” Pickrell – bass.]

18. (95.) Tina And Her Pony – “Far Away”
from: Tina And Her Pony / Independent / March 9, 2012
[Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan perform as Tina And Her Pony, a critically acclaimed, alt Americana band. We interviewed them LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on August 22. Tina And Her Pony joined Victor and Penny in concert, Aug 25, at The Kansas City Academy, Grassroots Concert Series.]

19. (94.) Jason Beers – “Roving Gambler”
from: No Banjo is An Island / Independent / April 11, 2012
[Jason Beers is almost everywhere these days. Playing the saw on the big stage at The Folly Theatre with The New Century Follies, and on the small stage at The Fishtank for Mel Neet’s annual anti-Valentine’s Day Show. Jason was seen playing on top of a downtown building, in a train car, with Betse Ellis, for the Prairie Logic Opening. Jason played in the Dead Voices band with Tiny Horse and Betse Ellis for Wednesday MidDay Medley’s LIVE show “A Story In A Song” in July at the recordBar. Jason also plays with his own band The Brannock Device who released their own new album this year too. That’s Elaine McMilian singing w/ Jason]

[Elaine McMilian will be in concert Saturday, December 15, at 7:00, at the recordBar with Troy Meiss.]

[Many of Elaine and Jason’s friends will be a part of, The Murder Ballad Ball Vol. 4 – Two Sisters, this Saturday, December 8, 2012, starting at 6:00pm at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main Street, KCMO includes a special showing of the short film Two Sisters by Mile Deep Films, and featuring: The Silver Maggies, Cadillac Flambe’, Rural Grit Allstars, The Pennysheets, Adam Lee, Anthony Ladesich and the Secret Liquor Cure, Blue Boot Healers, Victor and Penny, Partners In Glory, Vi Tran Band, Cody Wyoming, and Richard Alwyn. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the Midwest Music Foundation, who will be hosting a raffle and auction!]

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20. (93.) La Guerre – “23”
from: Secret Handshakes / Golden Sound Records + The Record Machine (12″ Split Release) / Apr. 21, 2012
[Nathan Reush from The Record Machine, and Jerad Tomasina and Ross Brown from Golden Sound Records joined us LIVE on Wednesday MidDay Medley on April 11, to discuss Record Store Day and their special vinyl release that combined 6 special new tracks from each of their KC based labels.]

[La Guerre is the solo project for Katlyn Conroy, member of the acclaimed Lawrence band, Cowboy Indian Bear. La Guerre often involves a revolving group of musicians. Her EP, Savannah>Jacksonville was released, July 17, at The Record Machine, and I-Tunes. You can learn more at: laguerremusic.tumblr.com or katlynconroy.bandcamp.com]

[La Guerre plays The Record Machine Holiday Party with Soft Reeds, and Palace, Friday, December 14, at 10:00pm, at miniBar, 3810 Broadway, KCMO. There’s a Piñata smash at Midnight! Those who wear, their worst holiday sweater, could have a chance to win special The Record Machine gifts.]

[La Guerre plays Replay Lounge in Lawrence, KS. Saturday, Dec. 15, w/ Palace, and Hospital Ships.]

21. (92.) Shearwater – “You As You Were”
from: Animal Joy / Sub Pop / Feb. 15, 2012
[7th studio album from American indie rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1999 by Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff, although Sheff is no longer with the band.]

22. (91.) Rumblejetts – “Truck Stop Waitress”
from: Motor Honey / Spinjet – Money Wolf Music Records / September 12, 2012
[Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Penney at Money Wolf Music. Rumblejetts include: Jim Holopter- Guitar, vocals; Jud Kite- Drums, vocals; Chad Hasty – Bass and Vocals. Rumblejetts were nominated this year for a Pitch Music Award for Best Country/Rockabilly Band.]

[Rumblejetts play TROUSER MOUSE in Blue Springs, Fri, Dec. 7, at 9:00 w/ King Devilles.]

[Rumblejetts play Knuckleheads at 2715 Rochester, Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 with Blue Boot Heelers and King DeVilles the 14th Annual Toys for Tots Show sponsored by Chop Tops Salon on West 39th St.]

23. (90.) O, Giant Man – “Five Card Hand”
from: Our Friend Goes West [EP] / Independent / January 4, 2012
[Christopher Robbins – Lead Vocals, Guitars; Jake Schulenberg – Bass Guitar, Vocals; Andy Wendling – Percussion, Vocals; Rick Schulenberg – Keys, Vocals, Percussion.]

11:36 – Underwriting
11:37

24. (89.) Dent May – “Fun”
from: Do Things / Paw Tracks / June 12, 2012
[Based in Oxford, Mississippi. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion. Dent May played every part on “Do Things” and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. A NYU film-school drop out, this is his follow up to the critically acclaimed, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele.]

25. (88.) Sarah Jaffe – “Mannequin Woman”
from: The Body Wins / Kirtland Records / April 24, 2012
[2nd full-length release. Produced by John Congleton, showing another side of the amazing, 26 year old singer-songwriter from Denton, Texas. Very different from last year’s “Suburban Nature,” the new release shows the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. “Glorified High.” Sarah Jaffe been on tour with Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper in June and July.]

26. (87.) The Hillary Watts Riot – “Tube Top”
from: A/S/L / Money Wolf Music / April 20, 2012
[First single from their debut album, THWR include: Hillary Watts Bird, Christian Hankel, Tommy Donoho, Sergio Moreno, Justin Penney. They describe their music as “freak pop.” This band is so fun to see live.]

[The Hillary Watts Riot will play The Jackpot in Lawrence, Friday, December 7, with Dream Wolf.]

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27. (86.) Grimes – “Genesis”
from: Visions / 4AD / February 21, 2012
[3rd album from Grimes aka Claire Boucher who was born March 17, 1988 and was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. After Secondary School she moved to Montreal, Quebec to attend Montreal’s McGill University. It was during her studies that she began to record and perform under the name Grimes.]

28. (85.) Danny McGaw – “Lovers On The Mend”
from: Eccles Road / Zoe Records / October 27, 2012
[Born and raised in Northern England, Danny wrote his first song when he was 12 years old. He spent his childhood pursuing a professional football (with the feet) career. Danny left Manchester to travel at 18. His unique journey led him to Los Angeles where he recorded with the late Terry Melcher (producer of The Byrds, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder).]

[Danny McGaw, will open for Truck Stop Honeymoon, Fri., Dec, 14, at The Brick, 1727 McGee in KC.]

11:59:30

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

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Show #450

WMM Playlist from June 6, 2012 “That’s Soooo Gay”

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, June 6, 2012

That’s Soooo Gay! (Our Annual Gay Pride Show)
+ The Heartland Men’s Chorus + Barry Lee’s Beatles Tribute
+ Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Opening collage:

1. Judy Garland – “Intro / Keep Your Sunny Side Up”(outtake)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002
[orig. taped June 24, 1963]

2. Bronski Beat – “Small Town Boy”
from: Age of Consent / London / 1984
[Debut single of English synthpop group. The song is a popular gay anthem and reached number 3 in the UK, number one in Holland, Italy, top 10 in Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, and number 48 in the U.S.]

3. Company – “Opening: I Hope I Get It”
from: A Chorus Line – Original Cast Recording / Columbia / 1975

4. Divine – “You Think You’re A Man (7″ Mix)”
from: Essential Divine / RTR / 2006

5. Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”
from: Bambi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Buena Vista Pictures / 1996
[1942 Disney animated film classic]

6. Ken Jeong – “Hold On Gay Boys”
from: The Hangover Part II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Water Tower Music / May 23, 2011

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

7. Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch) – “Definition: Lesbian”
from: My Breasts Are Out Of Control / Tongueincheek Records / 1994

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

8. Alan T & His Entourage – “Spoken Intro”
from: Gay Classics – Outrageous / Hot JWP Music / 2001

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

9. Sharron Alexis – “Please Don’t Be Gay”
from: Sordid Lives (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Varese Sarabande / 2001

(Resume) Bambi – “Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song”

10. Al Franken and Phil Hartman – “Daily Affirmation Theme”
from: Original Soundtrack to: Stuart Saves His Family / Milan / 1995

11. Hedwig & The Angry Inch – “Tear Me Down”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hedwig & The Angry Inch / Hybrid / 2001

10:13 – That’s Soooo Gay

12. Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, Dick Van Dyke, Bryan Russell -“Kids”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Bye Bye Birdy / RCA – BMG / 1960

13. Noel Coward – “What’s Going To Happen To the Tots”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003
[orig. 1957]

14. David Bowie – “Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA – (Rycodisk – Virgin – Sony) / 1971

15. Liberace – “The Impossible Dream” [Vinyl]
from: Liberace Sends You Love [3 record set] / Brookville Records – ABC Records / 1974

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28 – Interview with Brent Husher and Jamie Rich

One of the area’s longest-running and best-attended community film events, the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, is expanding to seven days for its 13th Annual showcase, June 21-28, being presented at Tivoli Cinemas, in Westport. Brent Husher, is Project Development Coordinator for the festival, and Jamie Rich, is Festival Director, joined us to discuss this year’s festival.

This year’s festival features over twenty-five new and emergent films will be featured including the heartland premiere of the biography of legendary civil rights activist Vito Russo (author of THE CELLULOID CLOSET), a fresh take on the screen classic HAROLD & MAUDE with a gay twist, and a road-trip comedy starring Oscar® winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.

Two KC raised filmmakers return this year to present their latest projects. Lexington, MO native Nick Corporon is back to share his 2011 love story, EMPIRE, and offer a hometown preview of his latest short, BARBIE BOY. He’ll join Jackson Country raised Steven Tylor O’Connor who will present his just-completed comedy, WELCOME TO NEW YORK, in the LOCAL HEROES showcase on Monday, June 25.

• A record six films the 2012 were funded via KickStarter.com including this year’s Directors Showcase honoree ELLIOT LOVES. The film’s Latino director, Terracino, will be in attendance to introduce his film and be honored at the festival’s KickStarter reception before the screening.

• The national AIDS Story Project film, STILL AROUND will have its Midwest premiere on Wednesday, June 27. This cinematic survivors quilt is co-presented by the Good Samaritan Project, the KC Free Health Clinic, Hope Care Center and SAVE, Inc

• To uncover even more past and presents stories from the community, the newly-formed Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America ( a joint initiative of the Kansas City Museum and UMKC) will be welcoming public donations of artifacts and documents to become part of the archives. Items can be brought to the Tivoli throughout the festival.

Sordid Lives – Preview Night Party & Benefit Screening
THUR JUNE 21 | SHOWTIME 7:00PM
Get ready for laughs the size of Texas when Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Leslie Jordan and Delta Burke lead an all-star cast in this twisted, white-trash tale that puts the fun in dysfunctional. Don’t miss seeing this classic on the big-screen at a special anniversary party and screening celebrating 13 years of the KCGayFilmFest, 3 years of Castro Movie Nights, and 10 years since we first brought you Del Shores’ hilarious, all-time favorite, SORDID LIVES. Tonight’s proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Project, so come laugh your socks off for a great cause.
Opening Night of Courage:

Wish Me Away
FRI JUNE 22 | 8:30PM
Kansas City’s LikeMe Lighthouse joins us for an encore screening of the poignant story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as openly gay. One very brave Kansas native and Nashville musician reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. Emerging from a life of hiding, she exposes her truth. Don’t miss this chance to see her powerful story with a like-minded audience. Early ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Vito – 2012 Opening Night Selection
FRI JUNE 22 | 6:30PM
Be here for the Heartland premiere of an inspiring and empowering film about Vito Russo, one of the most articulate, charismatic voices for gay rights and the founding father of the modern gay liberation movement. Best known for THE CELLULOID CLOSET, this moving film tells Russo’s story through the voices of many of his friends – such as Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin and Larry Kramer. GLAMA (the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America) will be welcoming donations of documents and artifacts for inclusion in their collection. Learn more at our website.

10:33

16. Vito Russo – a clip from an “In The Life” Tribute to Vito Russo

17. The Flirtations – “Something So Strong”
from: Live Out On The Road / Flirt Records / 1994
[Originally on their 1990 album “The Flirtations]
[LGBT a cappella musical group active from 1988 to 1997. Their music provided an opportunity for both a celebration of gay culture and a call to arms in the battle against AIDS and homophobia. They performed at a number of prominent national venues, and performed a song in the film Philadelphia. Past members include: Jon Arterton, Michael Callen, Aurelio Font, TJ Myers, Eliot Pilshaw, Jimmy Rutland, Suede, Cliff Townsend]

10:38 – Interview with Brent Husher and Jamie Rich (cont.)

KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival

Entry Denied – SCREENING & DISCUSSION
SAT JUNE 23 | 1:00PM
The first of four films showing as part of KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival is a powerful, new documentary that brings you up-close and personal to the immigration struggles faced by gay and lesbian Americans in relationships with foreign citizens. What would you do if you had to choose between the person you love and your country? (after-screen discussion)

Trans
SAT JUNE 23 | 2:30PM
An extraordinary feature documentary about the transgender community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, TRANS provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. Hosted by TransTalk program on KKFI’s The Tenth Voice.

The Tenth Voice Shorts Showcase
SAT JUNE 23 | 4:45PM
Three fresh and uniquely original short films are brought to you by the equally fresh and uniquely original folks behind The Tenth Voice, the Kansas City area’s only weekly radio created by and for the LGBTQIA community. Learn more about the featured films online. Meet The Tenth Voice hosts and co-hosts as well as Chad Darnell (Director/Star of GROOM’S CAKE) who will be here in person to introduce his film.

A Perfect Relationship
SAT JUNE 23 | 6:45PM
KKFI-FM 90.1 Day at the Festival concludes with acclaimed director Nicole Conn’s (ELENA UNDONE, CLAIRE OF THE MOON) passionate and provocative contemporary romance. A repressed, uptight socialite has an unusual secret that not even her best friends know about. What begins as a comedy of errors ends up as a uniquely erotic journey. A Midwest premiere hosted by KKFI’s WomanSong.

Out Here Now Short Film Competition
THURS JUNE 28 | 6:00PM
NO ADMISSION CHARGE – Donations Welcomed at the Door
Back for its fourth year, at this very popular closing night event, you will have the opportunity to watch this year’s finalists and pick the winner. Each film is less than 15 minutes. The audience will rate each film, and the filmmaker whose film has the highest overall ranking will be awarded a $100 cash prize. (May I have the envelope, please?) Look for the names of the finalists selected for this year’s competition at our website on June 15.

This year, the KCGayFilmFest is also marking the launch of its OUT HERE NOW Short Film Project which will produce and distribute films gathered from the LGBT stories of Kansas City. Funds are being raised via KickStarter.com to select the filmmaker and subject matter for the project’s first film slated to debut in the 2013 festival.

Cloudburst – 2012 Closing Night Selection
THUR JUNE 28 | 7:45PM
Our closing night film has it all: Oscar-winners, a beautiful love story, a daring road trip, laugh out loud humor, and an unforgettable journey of the heart. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) star as an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Canada on a quest to be legally married. Along the way, they pick up a young pseudo-hustler hitchhiking to Nova Scotia to deal with his troubled home life. As they share past troubles — and create new ones— this improbable trio forms an unlikely kinship on a rollicking, life-changing road trip.

10:45

Brent Husher and Jamie Rich, thanks for being w/ us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

For ticket information, to watch previews and order festival passes you can visit: KCGayFilmFest.com.

10:45

18. The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew in Drag”
from: Love at The Bottom of The Sea / Merge Records / March 6, 2012
[The band’s 10th full-length album is their first release of new material with Merge since 1999’s highly acclaimed 69 Love Songs. After putting out their “synth-free trilogy,” The Magnetic Fields are returning to their signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds. More info at houseoftomorrow.com]

19. The Magnetic Fields – “Papa Was A Rodeo”
from: 69 Love Songs / Merge Records / June 8, 1999

20. Patti LaBelle – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
from: Live: One Night Only / Columbia / 1996

11:00 – Station ID

21. Judy Garland – “Half – Time Tags”(sponsor announcement)
from: The Judy Garland Show – the show that got away /Hip-O /2002
[orig. taped June 24, 1963]

22. Scissor Sisters – “Only The Horses”
from: Magic Hour / Casablanca Records / May 29, 2012
[Playing KC Crossroads at Grinders, Mon, June 25 w/ Rye Rye. For info you can visit: crossroadskc.com]

23. The Kinsey Sicks – “Peoria”
from: Electile Dysfunction / The Kinsey Sicks / May 8, 2012
[Based on their hit musical, “ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT,” The Kinsey Sicks were formed in 1993, by original members: Ben Schatz (“Rachel”) is a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer, former Director of the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and one-time presidential advisor on HIV issues, who created the first national AIDS legal project and authored Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign, and Irwin Keller (“Winnie”) is a University of Chicago-trained lawyer and linguist and former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area, who authored Chicago’s gay rights ordinance, passed into law in 1989. In 2004, the Kinsey Sicks were joined by actor/singer/designer Jeff Manabat, who is responsible for Trixie’s inordinate glamour and soaring counter-tenor, as well as the entire group’s hot couture. Beginning in October of 2008, the Kinsey Sicks are joined by the hilarious and talented Spencer Brown (“Trampolina”), a Kansas City-based actor and singer, already known for his drag character Daisy Buckët (pronounced, of course, “bouquet”).]

24. Lady Bunny – “Speaks Out”
from: Wigstock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Wea – Elektra / 1995

25. Lou Reed and John Cale – “Small Town”
from: Songs For Drella / Sire – Warner Bros. / 1990

26. The Beatles – “That Boy (Mono)”
from: Meet The Beatles / Capitol-EMI / Nov 23,1963

11:14 – Interview with Barry Lee

Barry Lee is host of 90.1 FM’s long running radio program Signal to Noise, which has presented many of KC best local bands live on the radio, Barry and Signal to Noise present, “Another Evening With The Music of The Beatles,” this Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 pm, at All Souls Church, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO, featuring over 20 Kansas City and Lawrence area musicians coming together to play the music they love in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI. Tickets are $10 at the door.

This is another evening with the Beatles, because last year’s event was so very well attended with amazing Live performances

“Another Evening With The Music of The Beatles,” features over 20 Kansas City and Lawrence area musicians coming together to play the music they love in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI.

The evening features a core band for the Act Two Electric set:
Alan Wellman, Darrell Lea, Dan Mesh, Nate Holt

The night also features:

Vera Chuck & Dave with Lovely Rita,

Eric Melin, Chad Rex, Cody Wyoming

Kasey Rausch, Kim Rausch McLaws,

Mark Smeltzer, Jason Beers, Elaine McMilian,

Steve Wilson, Joey Skidmore, Jojo Longbottom,

Fast Johnny Ricker, and Kirk Scott.

“Another Evening With The Music of The Beatles,” this Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 pm, at All Souls Church, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO, featuring over 20 Kansas City and Lawrence area musicians coming together to play the music they love in a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI. Tickets are $10 at the door. More info at kkfi.org.

11:24

27. Scott Easterday – “Dig A Pony”
from: Barry Lee’s Tribute to The Beatles at All Souls / June 2011
[Original version released by The Beatles on “Let It Be” / May 8, 1970]

28. The Beatles – “Her Magesty”
from: Abbey Road / Capitol-EMI / Sept. 26,1969

10:28 – Underwriting

29. The Beatles – “All You Need is Love”
from: Magical Mystery Tour / Capitol-EMI / Nov 27, 1967

11:32 – Interview with Dr. Joseph Nadeau

Dr. Joseph P. Nadeau, has directed vocal ensembles on tours of New England, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Education Association, and he serves as Artistic Director for Heartland Men’s Chorus, presenting “All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles,” June 16, at 7:30 pm and June 17, at 4:00 pm, at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO.

The Heartland Men’s Chorus is Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, singing out in Kansas City since 1986. This season marks Dr. Nadeau’s 14th year with Heartland Men’s Chorus.

This is the Chorus’ first full concert presentation at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

This exciting new venue means even more great seats are still available, with especially good availability for our Sunday performance!

The Chorus will be performing these songs:

A Hard Day’s Night | Across the Universe | Back in the USSR | Because | Blackbird | Can’t Buy Me Love | Come Together | Eleanor Rigby | Get Back | Hey Jude | I Want to Hold Your Hand | I Will | In My Life | Let It Be | Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds | Michelle | Norwegian Wood | Nowhere Man | Revolution | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band | The Long and Winding Road | This Boy | We Can Work It Out | When I’m Sixty-Four | W/ a Little Help from My Friends | Yellow Submarine | You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Awa

The Atlanta Gay Chorus originally created this show.

Heartland Men’s Chorus, presents “All You Need is Love: The Music of the Beatles,” June 16, at 7:30 pm and June 17, at 4:00 pm, at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO For more info you can visit: hmckc.org or call (816) 931-3338.

11:46

For many Queer Kids growing up in small towns, in rural areas, during the 1970s, The CBS broadcast of the annual Tony Awards was the biggest night of LGBT programming. The Tony Awards, this year on Sunday, June 10, at 7:00 on CBS Television! Charles Nelson Reilly played Bud Frump, in the 1961 original cast of the Tony winning musical “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

30. Charles Nelson Reilly -“The Audition”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

31. Charles Nelson Reilly -“Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

32. Charles Nelson Reilly, Claudette Sutherland, Company -“Coffee Break”
from: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying / Victor / 1961

33. Harvey Fierstein – “I Am What I Am”
from: Being Out Rocks /Centaur Entertainment/Oct. 9, 2007
[La Cage Aux Folles Music & Lyrics – Jerry Herman, Book – Harvey Fierstein]

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

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facebook.com/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1FM and
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Show #424

WMM Playlist from March 28, 2012

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, March 28, 2012

Bobby Asher of Hearts of Darkness + Elsa Rae
+ Guest Host Philip Hooser & The New Century Follies

1. Seun Kuti – “African Soldier”
from: From Africa with Fury: Rise / Knitting Factory Records / June 21, 2011
[Nigerian musician, and the youngest son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. After Fela’s death of AIDS in 1997 Seun, then only 14 years old, became the lead singer of Egypt 80. While in school Seun had to choose between a career in music and one in American Football for which he has an outstanding talent. About three-fourths of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Live sets consist of both new material and originals from Seun’s father. During his lifetime Fela Kuti never performed songs he had recorded, so for many fans this is their first chance to hear many Kuti classics.]

[Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, will be in concert this Friday night, March 30, at The Granada in Lawrence, Kansas. The Hearts of Darkness will open the show.]

Making Movies last full length recording, “In Deo Speramus” was part of our 100 Best Recordings of 2010. The band re-mastered and re-released the album in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Self identified as an afro-cuban indie latin alternative rock band, Making Movies have been currently recording their new album with Steve Berlin of the Grammy Award winning Los Lobos serving as producer. According to their Facebook page, they have spent the last three days of tracking the new album and are headed home to KC, for their shows Saturday night at the recordBar with the Hearts of Darkness. There are two sets, an early All Ages set starting at 9:00 with Hearts of Darkness opening for Making Movies and a late 21+ show starting at 9:00 with Making Movies opening for Hearts of Darkness more information at therecordbar.com.

2. Making Movies – “Sirena”
from: Single / Appeal Latino / Feb 2011
[More info at makingmoviesband.com]

3. The Hearts of Darkness – “Numeration”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012
[The Hearts of Darkness will play this year’s Wakaursa Festival. The 15 piece ensemble includes: Les Izmore – Vox, Percussion; Brandy Gordon – Vox; Erica Townsend – Vox; Rachel Christia – Vox; Brad Williams – Drum Kit, Percussion; Sean Branagan – Kit, Percussion; Miko Spears – Congas; Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar; Richard Gumbel – Rhythm Guitar; Jolan Smith – Tenor Sax; Shawn Hansen – Alto Sax, Sam Hughes – Baritone Sax; Andrew Ford – Slide Trombone; Ken Walker – Valve Trombone; Bob Asher – Trumpet. The band blends American funk & soul, hip-hop & KC jazz big-band traditions into an afrobeat-based foundation to create a huge sound. Bobby Asher tells us that the band expects to release the 2nd full length vinyl later in the Spring.]

10:17 – Interview with Bob Asher of The Hearts of Darkness

Hearts of Darkness is an 15-piece afrobeat, hip-hop, funk, soul collective formed in 2007 in KCMO. They describe their sound as “a hybrid from the roots of ’70s afro beat & building off of the traditions of KC big-band jazz as well as American funk & rock w/ hip-hop on top.” The band produces an incredible live show that brings out diverse audiences who want to dance. Their debut album, “Hearts of Darkness,” released on July 10, 2010 on Shipshape Music was #1 on our list of the 100 Best Recordings of 2010. In 2011, the band opened for Huey Lewis and Snoop Dogg, played w/ Willie Nelson & Neil Young at Farm Aid and performed at the Kanrocksas Music Festival. They won “Best Jazz Ensemble” in 2011 by the Pitch Music Awards. This year they are back with a new single, and are getting ready to release a new full length album, and after just returning from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the band will share the stage w/ Seun Kuti & the legendary Egypt 80, this March 30, at The Granada in Lawrence, Kansas. On Saturday, March 31, the band is part of the Super Duper Double Feature concerts with Making Movies at the recordBar. Here to fill us in on all the details is Bobby Asher, one of the driving forces behind The Hearts of Darkness.

Bob Asher talked about The Hearts of Darkness participating in this year’s MidCoast Takeover at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas and what it was like traveling to Texas with the 15 member tribe.

Bob also talked about the band’s big weekend of shows: This Friday, the band shares the stage with Seun Kuti & the legendary Egypt 80, at The Granada in Lawrence, Kansas.

Hearts of Darkness & Making Movies

This Saturday: Super Duper Double Feature:
1. (all ages dinner show) Hearts of Darkness at 6:15 PM and Making Movies at 7:30 PM.

2. (21+) Show w/ Making Movies, at 9:30 PM & Hearts of Darkness at 11:15 PM.

The Hearts of Darkness expect to release the 2nd full length vinyl later in the year.

The Hearts of Darkness will play Bill Sundahl’s 2nd annual Spring Dance, May 5, at the KC Crossroads with The Grisly Hand and The Good Foot. last year’s dance was attended by over 1000 people.

The Hearts of Darkness will play this year’s Wakaursa Festival.

The current line up for The Hearts of Darkness:

Bob Asher – Trumpet
Sean Branagan – drums and percussion
Rachel Christia – Vocals
Andrew Ford – Trombone
Brandy Gordon – Vocals
Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophone
Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone
Les Izmore – Vocals
Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar
Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals
Miko Spears – Congas
Erica Townsend – Vocals
Ken Walker – Valve Trombone
Brad Williams – drums and percussion

Discography

Currently working on the second album, to be released in early 2012

Numeration / Bad Way – Split single released Feb. 2012 w/ KC soul band The Good Foot

Debut album, “Hearts of Darkness” released on July 10, 2010 on Shipshape Music.

Single release, “Danse Fambeaux” from”I Heard it on 18th St. II” released Feb 2010. 10:34

The Hearts of Darkness share the stage with Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, this Friday, March 30, at The Granada in Lawrence. On Saturday The Hearts of Darkness participate in the Super Duper Double Feature with Making Movies at the recordBar, Saturday, March 31, with shows at 6:00 and 9:00 PM. More information at heartsofdarkness.net

Music writer Bill Brownlee, a contributing reviewer to The Kansas City Star wrote on his blog “Plastic Sax”: “Far from a musty academic exercise, the Hearts of Darkness convey the spirit, if not the sound, of Kansas City’s heyday. The Hearts of Darkness deserve recognition from the jazz audience because their visceral big band power is the soundtrack to the same exuberant scenes that undoubtedly accompanied the bands of Benny Moten, Harlan Leonard and Count Basie.”

10:35 – Underwriting

10:37 – Interview with Elsa Rae

Elsa Rae

20 year old Elsa Rae has lived in KC for only eight months, but has already participated in the Human Rights Campaign’s Battle of the Bands, in January, and she recently played shows in Austin during the SXSW Music Festival. Elsa Rae grew up in Souix Falls, South Dakota, where she recorded her debut recording “Elsa Rae Plays Tiny Instruments” just days before moving to Kansas City. Elsa plays her original songs with Vincent her Ukulele, Mozart the Toy Piano, and Sebastian F. Schwartz the Kazoo. Elsa Rae joins us today to talk about her new recordings, her performances at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, and she will perform a few of her songs live in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Elsa Rae has been playing the Ukulele for 3 years now.

After she graduated from High School she moved to Minnesota to go to college. Before moving to KC she spent some time in Fairfax, Virginia.

10:44

4. Elsa Rae– “Don’t Move To Minnesota” (LIVE)
also available on: Plays Tiny Instruments / Independent / August 16, 2011
[Recorded at Cathouse Studios in August, 2011. All songs recorded and mixed by Mike Dresch. All songs written and performed by Elsa Rae. ]

Elsa Rae has been re-recording her songs with William Saunders at Saunders Street Records.

Elsa traveled to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival.

10:50

5. Elsa Rae– “For You I’ll Pretend to Be A Woman” (LIVE)
also available on: Plays Tiny Instruments / Independent / August 16, 2011
[Recorded at Cathouse Studios in August, 2011. All songs recorded and mixed by Mike Dresch. All songs written and performed by Elsa Rae. ]

Elsa will eventually release her newly recorded album with Saunders Street Records.

Elsa wants to eventually work with a band.

You can learn more at: elsarae.bandcamp.com and reverbnation.com/elsarae

11:00 – Guest Host & Producer Philip blue owl Hooser

6. Hugh Jackman – “Everything Old Is New Again”
from: The Boy From Oz Original Cast Recording / Decca / 2003

Philip explained that he intended to be like a stripper for our listening audience. Peeling away layers so we can see all that can legally be seen… over the radio. Philip is involved in a project called “The New Century Follies,” which will premiere April 6th in this still-new Century… at the Folly Theatre. When Philip first moved to Kansas City, there was a large-scale effort to restore and reopen the Folly. The Folly become a kind of symbol of Kansas City for him, in a way, his mental folly.

BUT WHAT IS this word “Folly”? It can mean the state or quality of being foolish, of lacking understanding or sense. It can be a costly undertaking, or a whimsical building. In the world of the theatre, it is also a theatrical revue. For those of us in Kansas City, of course, it is all those things in a different order– a theatrical building that proved a costly undertaking to restore in order to bring some very foolish goings-on to the stage.

But it wasn’t always that way. I mean, of course, it wasn’t always known as The Folly. It used to be something … more Standard. Maestro, a little traveling music, if you please….

7. Scott Joplin – “The Entertainer”
from: The Entertainer / Shout Factory Records / Jan. 10, 2003

The Folly Theatre

Philip talked about the Architect, of the Folly Theatre, Louis Curtiss, who was described as “the Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas City” who was born in Canada, studied architecture at the University of Toronto and in Paris before coming to Kansas City. There are still about 30 buildings he designed in the area, including the Boley Building, at the corner of 12th and Grand — “one of the first glass curtain-wall structures in the world.”

Philip welcomed special guests: Felicia Hardison Londre of UMKC, Gale Tallis the Executive Director of the Folly, and Steve Irwin the Folly’s Development Director.

Felicia Hardison Londre is the Curators’ Professor of Theatre at the UMKC and Honorary Co-Founder of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Londré has taught at UMKC since 1978, with visiting professorships at Hosei University, Tokyo; Marquette University, Milwaukee; and lecture tours to universities in Hungary and France, including the Sorbonne. She often lectures on the Shakespeare authorship question and on Kansas City theatre history, and can be seen this summer at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Among Felicia Londré’s fourteen books are Words at Play: Creative Writing and Dramaturgy, as well as books on playwrights: Tennessee Williams and Tom Stoppard. Her most important book is “The Enchanted Years of the Stage: Kansas City at the Crossroads of American Theater,” 1870-1929 (University of Missouri Press, 2007, 83 illustrations), which every Kansas Citian needs to read. It was awarded the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award at Lincoln Center in New York and Jackson County Historical Society’s Education Award.

The Folly wasn’t always known as the Folly.

Throughout the years (1900-1932) The Folly was known as: The Standard, The Century, The Lyric, The Century again, and Shubert’s Missouri.

The Folly offered, “Refined Musical Extravaganza, Musical Novelties, and Polite Farce,” and also… boxing. But no smoking, originally.

Colonel Edward Butler of St. Louis, MO built The Folly at a cost of $250,000 for his son to present shows on the Empire vaudeville circuit.

A 1901 fire at the nearby Coates Opera House caused opera and comic opera performances to be moved to the Standard, featuring such performers as Sarah Bernhardt, Richard Mansfield and Maude Adams.

The theater’s name changed to the “Century” in 1902. The Century featured acts from the Empire burlesque circuit, including Al Jolson, Fannie Brice and Eddie Foy. In addition to theater acts, the Century featured prizefighting and wrestling, with appearances by Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey.

Felicia discussed Kansas City’s place in US entertainment during this period.

Philip and guests talked about vaudeville, where each performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Types of acts included popular and classical musicians, dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, female and male impersonators, acrobats, illustrated songs, jugglers, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and movies.

Philip and guests talked about vaudeville fading, legit theatre and light opera, and the Depression.

The Shubert brothers bought the Century in 1923 and renamed it “Shubert’s Missouri” after extensive renovations by Shubert architect Herbert J. Krapp. The Shuberts booked dramatic productions including Shakespeare and O’Neill plays.

The Marx Brothers performed “I’ll Say She Is” for three weeks in 1923-24, the long run convinced the Shuberts to continue operating the theater. “I’ll Say She Is” led to the Marx Brothers’ rise out of vaudeville into stardom in the Broadway theatre and later in motion pictures, and came at a time when they had gotten themselves effectively banned from the major vaudeville circuits.

After 1928 business fell off and the theater was used for touring shows on an intermittent basis until it closed in 1932.

11:18

8. Fanny Brice – “Second Hand Rose”
from: The Original Funny Girl – Sings The Songs That Made Her Famous / Charly / 2010

9. Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra – “Moten’s Stomp”
from: Roaring 20s Review Volume 1/ Van Up Records / 2009

11:18 – Underwriting

10. Andrews Sisters – “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
from: The Andrews Sisters Collection / TMS / 2009

11:21 – Part two of Philip’s interview with Felicia Londre, Gale Tallis, and Steve Irwin

Philip and guests talked about how The Folly was reborn as the Folly!

Philip and guests talked about the theatrical definition of “burlesque” and its relationship to burlesque dance. Felicia discussed how burlesque was originally a parody or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work. Burlesque overlaps in meaning with caricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, with extravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era.

While burlesque went out of fashion in England towards the end of the 19th century, to be replaced by Edwardian musical comedy, the American style of burlesque flourished, but with increasing focus on female nudity. Exotic “cooch” dances were brought in, ostensibly Syrian in origin. The entertainments were given in clubs and cabarets, as well as music halls and theatres. By the early 20th century, there were two national circuits of burlesque shows competing with the vaudeville circuit, as well as resident companies in NYC, such as Minsky’s at Winter Garden.

Philip and guests talked about how burlesque was a sensation and brought to America from Britain in the late 1860s by Lydia Thompson and her British Blondes, a troupe who spoofed traditional theatrical productions and featured ladies performing men’s roles, in costumes considered revealing for the time period.

American burlesque soon assimilated music hall, minstrel shows, striptease, comedy and cabaret style to evolve from the follies of the twenties and thirties to the girlie shows of the 40s and 50s, which eventually gave way to the modern strip club. The striptease element of burlesque became subject to extensive local legislation, leading to a theatrical form that titillated without falling foul of censors.

By the late 1930s, a social crackdown on burlesque shows began their gradual decline. The shows had slowly changed from ensemble ribald variety performances, to simple performances focusing mostly on the striptease.

In New York, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia clamped down on burlesque, effectively putting it out of business by the early 1940s. Burlesque lingered on elsewhere in the U.S., increasingly neglected, and by the 1970s, with nudity commonplace in theatres, American burlesque reached “its final shabby demise.”

Philip and guests talked about how audiences generally preferred their local talent, including: the World’s Tallest Exotic, Miss Perpetual Motion, Marie Antoinette, Russian Girl Cossack

Other theaters converted to movies, but the Folly specialized.

Gale talked about the Ghosts that haunt the Folly. After the theatre was restored to it’s original state, employees and visitors alike report strange happenings in and around the theater. Many have seen a mysterious male figure in a bowler hat, who is believed to be the ghost of Joe Donegan. Others have also seen a woman in a long, flowing gown rushing toward the stage.

Philip and guests talked about the decline of downtown and once again, the Folly was forced to close.

Following the Folly’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, a “Strip the Folly” fundraiser was held featuring Sally Rand, who had performed at the Folly. After seven years a full renovation was completed in 1981, including the construction of an annex on the site of the former Edward Hotel.

A new lobby, restrooms and second-floor Shareholders’ Room were added. The auditorium’s original color scheme was restored. Plans are now under way, and approval has been granted by the Kansas City Landmarks Commission, to install a marquee sign that closely mimics the original Folly signage.

The Folly Theater is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is “to preserve Kansas City’s oldest historic theater as a premier performance venue by presenting, producing and hosting a wide range of quality events for the community”. The Folly produces a Jazz Series, a Kids Series, and Cyprus Avenue Live! performances by artists ranging from blues to rock and country. It hosts the Harriman-Jewell Series of classical performers, the Friends of Chamber Music series, and the Heartland Men’s Chorus.

11:37

11. Grand Marquis – “After You’ve Gone”
from: Hold On To Me / Grand Marquis Music / 2010
[The 5th CD from Bryan Redmond – saxophones, vocals / Chad Boydston – trumpet / Ryan Wurtz – guitar / Ben Ruth – upright bass, sousaphone / Lisa McKenzie – drums, washboard, marimba. More info at grandmarquis.net or extravirginkc.com]

11:37 – Underwriting

12. The People’s Liberation Big Band – “…in the rumpus room…”
from: The People’s Liberation Big Band / Tzigane / November 7, 2010
[Recipient of the 2010 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Award, Brad Cox is founder of The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City.]

11:38 – Interview with Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, Daisy Bucket

Damian Blake and Annie Cherry

At the age of six, Annie Cherry mortified her mother in a high-end department store by belting, at the top of her lungs, Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” That’s surely the kind of chutzpah that got Annie Cherry into the Kansas City Middle School of the Arts and high school at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. She is an actress, vocalist, burlesque and belly dancer, vaudeville performer, and pin-up vixen. Annie can most often be seen performing with the Kansas City Society of Burlesque.

Damian Blake, is a man of a thousand faces… or at least a good dozen. At the tender age of three, his fate was set when he saw the Charlie Chaplin movie “The Gold Rush” and became obsessed with clowning and silent film, and most importantly, Chaplin himself. Using the skills he honed as a sideshow/variety performer, Damian has appeared on stage, in print, on film, as a variety entertain, a character actor, and celebrity impersonator. He also appears regularly and quite successfully at the Fishtank Performance Space with Arty Vulgaris.

Spencer Brown aka Daisy Bucket

Daisy Buckët aka Spencer Brown took to the spotlight in The Girly Show at Bar Natasha in 2006. Since then, she has been a force to be reckoned wit, with awards including the Pitch’s “Best Cabaret Show 2007”, “Best Vocalist 2008” Zoey Award), she was crowned Queen of Kansas City Gay Pride 2008, and ran a year-long drag variety show at Sidekicks Saloon known as Daisy’s Twilight Madness. When she’s not supporting local charities like the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Passages LGBT Youth Center, she is touring the country disguised as Trampolina in the Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Spencer brown also wrote and starred in the “The Rose: A Rock Tragedy” produced at La Esquina here in Kansas City.

Philip and guests talked about how like the Folly, Burlesque has re-invented itself. The “New Burlesque” movement, is the revival and updating of the traditional burlesque performance. Though based on the traditional Burlesque art, the new form encompasses a wider range of performance styles; anything from classic striptease to modern dance to theatrical mini-dramas to comedic mayhem. As with the earlier burlesque, neo-burlesque is more focused on the “tease” in “striptease” than the “strip”. Audiences for neo-burlesque shows tend to be mixed gender, age, race, and class.

Modern burlesque has taken many on forms, but it has the common trait of honoring one or more of burlesque’s previous incarnations. The acts tend to put emphasis on style and are sexy rather than sexual. A typical burlesque act may include striptease, expensive or garish costumes, bawdy humor, cabaret and more. Unlike strippers who dance in strip clubs to make a living, burlesque performers often perform for fun and spend more money on costumes, rehearsal, and props than they are compensated.

The New Century Follies

The New Century Follies begins April 6th and continues every month. Bandleader Brad Cox provides the soundtrack with The People’s Liberation Big Band, with a FULL BAR, and the rotating lineup includes performers such as Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, Alex Espy, Jason Divad, Violet Vendetta, Opal Malone, Phillip Hoosier, Voler Aerial Acrobats, Sweet Louise, Daisy Bucket, Ruby von Blush, Vlad Fortuna, and many, many more!

Expect jugglers, hoopers, aerial acrobats, burlesque gals and guys, big musical numbers, authentic vaudeville style skits, comics, special out-of-town guests, magic, and other bits of business!

No advance tickets, no fuss, just come as you are, pay a modest cover charge, and enjoy with your friends. Celebrate the New Century!

The New Century Follies at the Folly Theater, Friday, April 6, 2012, at 9:30pm.

11:57

13. Hugh Jackman – “Everything Old Is New Again”
from: The Boy From Oz Original Cast Recording / Decca / 2003

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

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