WMM Playlist from February 14, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:11 – Underwriting

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

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

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

10:16 – Interview with Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:23

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

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

10:27 – Interview with Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling

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

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

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

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

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

The Loose Change Orchestra:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:34

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

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

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

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

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

10:42 – Interview with Don Simon

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

Don Simon Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

Room #713 – Schedule: Wednesday 2/14:

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

10:49

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

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

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

10:53 – Inteview with Don Simon

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

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

Room #713 – Schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:26 – Underwriting

11:27 – Interview with Megan Slankard

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

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

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

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

Steve Poltz at Folk Alliance International, February 14, 2018


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

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

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

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

11:37

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

11:41 – Interview with Megan Slankard

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

Megan Slankard, welcome back to Kansas City

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

Megan Slankard is playing Bose demonstration shows:

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

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

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

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

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

11:50

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

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

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

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

Anais Mitchell at Folk Alliance International, February 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

Show #721

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Wednesday MidDay Medley spins music of Folk Alliance International Conference

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

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

Victor & Penny

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

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

Megan Slankard

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

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Show #721

WMM Playlist from August 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Erin Keller + Summer Osborne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:15 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

10:31 – Interview with Erin Keller

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

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

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

Erin Keller thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

Distracted was produced by Chad Meise.

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

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

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

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

10:44

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

10:56

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

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

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

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

11:00 – Station ID

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

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

12. Cris Williamson with Holly Near – “The Tea Leaf Prophecy”
from: Cris & Holly / H & C Records / September 25, 2003
[“The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)” was written by Joni Mitchell and recorded for her 1988 album, Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm. Cris Williamson, a huge fan of Joni Mitchell, brought the song into the recording sessions for Cris & Holly. This album was the very first time Holly Near and Cris Williamson had recorded together after 30 years in the music business, specifically in Women’s Music. Originally undertaken to create a souvenir CD for sale at Near & Williamson’s joint concerts Originally the album was be a greatest hits package, but along the way they created several new songs and new covers with John Bucchino’s accompaniment on piano. Produced by Cris Williamson & Holly Near. Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA. Cris Williamson was born in 1947 in Deadwood, South Dakota. She has released 25 studio albums, 1 reissue, 2 greatest hits collections, and 2 live albums. During a radio interview in Washington, D.C. in 1973, Williamson suggested that a record label aimed at gay women would be a good idea. The independent label Olivia Records was founded the next day. Olivia Records released Williamson’s The Changer and the Changed in 1975, which became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. As William Ruhlmann of AllMusic writes: “The Changer and the Changed was to women’s music what Michael Jackson’s Thriller was to the music industry in general in the mid-’80s, an album that sold far beyond the perceived size of the market, more than 100,000 copies in its first year of release. Eventually, it reportedly sold more than 500,000 copies, which would make it a gold album. Williamson went on to record more than a dozen more albums with Olivia Records, then after its demise formed her own label, Wolf Moon Records. This helped to set the pace for other recording artists who found it difficult to work with the major record labels. Cris Williamson’s 25 studio album, Motherland will be released October 5, on Harvest Moon Records. Holly Near was born June 6, 1949 in Ukiah, California. She is an American singer-songwriter, actress, teacher, and activist. After starting high school in 1963, Holly Near began singing with the Freedom Singers, a folk group modeled on The Weavers. In 1968, she enrolled in the Theatre Arts program at UCLA; that year, she attended her first Vietnam War peace vigil and joined Another Mother for Peace. Holly Near’s professional career began in 1969 with a part on the television show The Mod Squad, which was followed by appearances in other shows, such as Room 222, All in the Family, and The Partridge Family. She also appeared in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and Minnie and Moskowitz, and had a prominent role in the 1991 film Dogfight. In 1970, Near was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, “It Could Have Been Me” (which was released on A Live Album, 1974), was her heartfelt response to the shootings. In 1971, she joined the FTA (Free The Army) Tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays, organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. In 1972, Near founded an independent record label called Redwood Records (now defunct) to produce and promote music by “politically conscious artists from around the world”. During her long career in folk and protest music, Holly Near has worked with Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Meg Christian, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Harry Belafonte. Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, NARAS, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), and the Legends of Women’s Music Award. Near continues an active tour schedule and has a discography of 29 albums.]

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

11:15 – Interview with Summer Osborne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:30

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

Kansas City Shows:

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

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

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

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

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

11:42

Summer Osborne playing live on Wednesday MidDay Medley

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

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

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

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

11:46 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Show #695

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Erin Keller + Summer Osborne

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More New & MidCoastal Releases
+ Erin Keller + Summer Osborne

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: The Roseline, Erin Keller, The Philistines, Krystle Warren, The Architects, Noname, Summer Osborne, Youth Pool, Tennis, The Smiths, Bob & Gene, Cris Williamson & Holly Near, and The Weepies.

Erin Keller

At 10:30 Kansas City based Jazz vocalist Erin Keller joins us to share music from her debut album “Distracted” released March 6, 2017. Erin Keller is also part of Grammy Award winning Kansas City Chorale, and is a voice and piano instructor at the Blues to Bach Music Center, located at 22366 West 66th Street, Shawnee KS. Erin Keller will be singing Jazz standards and some fun covers with Brad Williams on drums, Seth Lee on bass, and Rob Whitsitt on guitar at Repeal 18th, 1825 Buchanan, North Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, August 19 at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Summer Osborne – Photo credit: Maria Carmen Calderon

At 11:15 Mark talks with acclaimed singer-songwriter Summer Osborne who will play live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Since 2005 she has been touring the United States and Canada wowing audiences with her original songs and powerful and charismatic voice. Summer’s eighth album, As I Am, was released in 2013 and her ninth album, Spiritual Revolution, was released in late 2016. Summer Osborne has played at National Women’s Music Festival, SXSW, and Pridefests in St. Louis, Phoenix, Fairbanks, Tacoma, Vancouver, Halifax, Lexington Kentucky, Springfield, Columbia and Memphis. Osborne has shared the stage with Holly Near, The Indigo Girls, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Alix Olson, Andrea Gibson, Patrice Pike, Jen Foster, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Martha Wash, and Jennifer Holliday. Summer Osborne plays InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, KS. on Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 PM with Lizz Ceperley.

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Show #695

WMM Playlist from August 21, 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, August 21, 2013

Red Kate + Wells The Traveler + Sinple

1. 40 Watt Dreams – “40 Watt Dreams”
rom: 40 Watt Dreams / Independent / December 3, 2012
[Katie West (one half of the musical duo, Truckstop Honeymoon) fronts 40 Watt Dreams, a 5 piece band based in Lawrence, Kansas. Also release as Katie Euliss.]

[40 Watt Dreams will open for Wells the Traveler for the CD Release Show of their debut album, “One for the Dreamers” at The Brick, Friday, Aug 23.]

2. Ghosty – “Love U 2”
rom: “Love 2 U” – Single / Hi Dive Records / July 15, 2013
[Recorded June 2013 at Westend Studios, in Kansas City, Kansas. Released July 15, 2013. mike nolte – bass, engineering, mastering; andrew connor – guitar, keys, vocals; bill belzer – drums, percussion. In anticipation of the re-release of their third album “Ghosty” available ontheir new label, KC based Hi Dive Records, the band recorded a new song. Prior to embarking on a short eastern tour July. More info at ghostysounds.com.]

3. Wells The Traveler – “Oh My Love”
from: One For The Dreamers / Independent / August 23, 2013

10:15 – Interview with Danny McGaw, Jason Jones & Dan Hines of Wells the Traveler

Manchester, England born Danny McGaw released one of our favorite recordings of 2012 with his album “Eccles Road.” Since that recording he has been playing with drummer Jason Jones and bassist Dan Hines (of the famed Lawrence band Paw), Chad Brothers on guitar, and musician, producer, and member of the famed duo Truckstop Honeymoon, Mike West, who was initially brought in to produce the group’s debut recording, and ended up becoming the fifth member of the band. The result is: Wells the Traveler, and a debut recording called “One for the Dreamers” to be released in a CD Release Show at The Brick, Friday, August 23, with 40 Watt Dreams. More information at: wellsthetraveler.com

Danny McGaw, was a pro-soccer player, turned street singer, who played the sidewalks of Santa Monica, before landing in Kansas City. Danny’s adventurous spirit was a good match for Mike West. Danny talked about how he met Mike West and they agreed to do this project. It was the muddy campground of the Walnut Valley Bluegrass festival, where Danny met Mike West.

Jason Jones talked about how he came to be in the band with Dan Hines on bass & Chad Brothers on guitar.

Mike West, is a veteran banjo player, respected producer, one half of Trucktop Honeymoon with his wife Katie, who we played at the start of the show with 40 Watt Dreams. We’ve recently featured Mike’s work as producer on the Betse Ellis release, “High Moon Order” and his collaborations with other musicians including Kasey Rausch. Mike West lived in Manchester England in the 1980s, touring with indie rock bands of that time.

Danny Mcgaw talked about the name Wells The Traveler, and how Wells was a lost family name that his father wanted to give him as a middle name.

“One for the Dreamers” was recorded at the 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor in Lawrence. The chemistry between the musicians in the studio was extraordinary. Dynamic arrangements combined with expressive vocal performances to produce an album full of subtlety, power and raw feeling. “After 3 days of recording, we realized we had experienced something exceptional ,” says Danny McGaw, “It was like a meditation, like a kind of church.”

The music of Wells the Traveler ranges from anthemic to bare and intimate, from garage rock to folk, searing electric guitars to mandolin and banjo. It is a rare meeting of British rock and American acoustic traditions in finely crafted songs, sung with honesty and heart.

Wells the Traveler debut “One for the Dreamers” will be released in a CD Release Show at The Brick, Fri, Aug 23, w/ 40 Watt Dreams. More info at: wellsthetraveler.com

4. Wells The Traveler – “Stand Up Straight”
from: One For The Dreamers / Independent / August 23, 2013

10:35

5. Sinple – “Wallpaper”
from: Wallpaper – Single / http://www.sinple.bandcamp.com / April 23, 2013

10:38 – Underwriting

10:39 – Interview / Performance with Sinple

Experimental electronic musical artist, Jesse Bartmess who pefoms under the moniker, Sinple joined us to talk about his recent recordings and to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios.

Jesse talked about how he started making experimental, electronic music.

“Wallpaper” was released in late April, and followed up with “June Demos” a 10 track release that came out in mid june, followed by the EP “Dust.” Jesse and mark talked about how creating music electronically and making the music available digitally seems to allow for a more accelerated production of music.

People think of electronic music as a product of the studio, but Jesse talked about performing live, and described the experience as Bliss.

Jesse Bartmess went to school at Shawnee Mission North, and is a big fan of music and a supporter of the local scene.

10:47

6. Sinple – “a new, original, as yet untitled song” (LIVE)

You can hear all of sinple’s music at http://www.sinple.bandcamp.com

10:55

6. Summer Osborne – “I Love Your Shine”
from: As I Am / Summer Osborne / June 30, 2013
[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 8 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.]

11:00 – Station ID

7. The Dead Girls – “Never Erased”
from: Fade In/Fade Out / Independent / 2013
[The Dead Girls (formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything) were formed in 2004 from the Lawrence and KC power-pop bands: Ultimate Fakebook and Podstar. Guitarists / singers JoJo Longbottom & Cameron Hawk, of Podstar, combine their twin-guitar engines and vocal harmonies with the powerful rhythmic punches of drummer Eric Melin & bassist Nick Colby, of Ultimate Fakebook. Produced by Chris Cosgrove who produced their 2010 album “Out Of Earshot.”]

[The Dead Girls play The Arts and Crafts Festival at Screenland Armour, Sat. August 24. More info at: http://www.artsandcraftskc.com]

8. Man Bear – “Out of the Cool (Alternative Mix)”
from: You Know (Alternate) b/w Out of the Cool (Alternate) / Independent / April 20, 2013
[Alternate mixes of two tracks off the Infinity Cat EP. The drums no longer sound like they were recorded in a tin can. The band’s EP Infinity Cat was recorded September-December 2012 in Keith and Alex’s basements, and released December 11, 2012. Aaron – Bass, Alex- Vocals, Guitars, Electronics, Keith- Drums.]

[Man Bear play The Arts and Crafts Festival at Screenland Armour, Fri. August 24. More info at: http://www.artsandcraftskc.com]

11:08 – Underwriting

11:09

9. The Quivers – “Hip On Ya”
from: (Single) / Independent / Mar. 5, 2012
[One of 4 single releases from Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums.]

[The Quivers open for Red Kate at Davey’s Uptown, Fri, Aug 23, w/ Steady States, The Bad Ideas. Terra Peal & Todd Grantham of The Quivers join Red Kate on stage, as they did on the recording.]

10. Red Kate – “Union Voice (Radio Edit)”
from: When the troubles come (Vinyl) / Replay Records USA / August 23, 2013
[In the review of the debut EP, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, (aka Shaun Saving) is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.” Andrew Whelan – Drums/Vocals, Brad Huhmann – Guitar]

[Red Kate plays a CD Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday, August 23, with The Quivers, Steady States, and The Bad Ideas. Terra Peal and Todd Grantham of The Quivers join Red Kate on stage, as they did on the recording.]

11:16 – Interview with L. Ron Drunkard & Desmond Poirier of Red Kate

The Kansas City based Punk Rock band Red Kate is a 4-piece group that has been rocking venues since 2007. “When the Troubles Come” is the band’s first full-length album and first on Lawrence, KS based Replay Records. Red Kate plays a CD Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday, August 23, with The Quivers, Steady States, and The Bad Ideas. joining us in the studio are the band’s bass player, and lead guitarist

In the review of Red Kate’s 3-song EP, from a few years back, The Pitch wrote, “Bassist and lead vocalist L. Ron Drunkard, is a socialist activist by day, bellows like an Appalachian Roger Daltrey.”

“Union Voice” is the first track on “When the troubles come.” Mark talked about how in the past year Wednesday MidDay Medley has featured KC based punk bands: The Bad ideas, and members of the bands, Hip Shot Killer, and Smash The State, and surveyed music from the Center of The City Festival. mark and Shawn talked about how the genre of punk music in KC is not afraid to get political, and deal lyrically and musically with the problems of the day including unemployment, war, gay rights.

The new Red Kate LP contains eleven honest, high-energy punk rock and roll numbers handcrafted in hi-fidelity sound to carry you through the work week and into the weekend.

“When the Troubles Come”was Engineered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City.

The band made every attempt to capture the raw power and grit of their live show while adding an extra spark with guest performances from two members of Kansas City R&B garage rockers, The Quivers – organist and pianist Todd Grantham & vocalist Terra Peal.

11:25

11. Red Kate – “Pink Sweater”
From: When the troubles come (Vinyl) / Replay Records USA / August 23, 2013

11:28

“When the Troubles Come”was Pressed on red vinyl with cover art by midwestern muralist and populist agitator, Dave Loewenstein, and hand printed locally by La Cucaracha Press, When the Troubles Come blurs the line between a fine piece of art and a rock and roll record.

Red Kate has two upcoming shows:

Friday, August 23rd at Davey’s Uptown w/ The Quivers, The bad Ideas, and Steady States (Terra & Todd will be joining Red Kate)

Saturday, Sept 14, Black Label Cycles, w/ The Big Iron, The Uncouth and The Bad Ideas ALL AGES!!!

When the Troubles Come is available at record stores throughout Kansas City and Lawrence, and online at replayrecordsusa.com and redkate.bandcamp.com.

Distributed by Revolver / Midheaven.

Formed out of the remnants of such regional and national acts as Truck Stop Love, Wayback Machine, Squadcar, and the River City Revelator’s, Red Kate’s experience has helped them persevere in an industry that can love you one minute and spit you out the next.

Sonically, the band tips a cap to the beer soaked barroom floors of the short lived early 70’s British Pub-Rock scene and the modern blues-punk sounds that have since taken root in the Midwest’s dive bars and basements. Hard working both on and off the stage, the band’s locale has lent its perspective in sound, lyric, and work ethic. Straight off the factory line, Red Kate hearkens back to a time when musicians played hard, stayed up late, and carried a union card.

11:39

12. Red Kate – “Your Favorite Song”
from: When the troubles come (Vinyl) / Replay Records USA / August 23, 2013

[Red Kate plays a CD Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday, August 23, with The Quivers, Steady States, and The Bad Ideas. Terra Peal and Todd Grantham of The Quivers join Red Kate on stage, as they did on the recording.]

11:43

We gave away 2 pairs of tickets for The New Century Follies: “Ballyhoo Hulabaloo!” The big event is Saturday, August 24, at 7:30pm at The Folly Theatre. More info at: http://www.thenewcenturyfollies.com

13. Clairaudients – “Broken Mend”
from: I’m a Loudmouth, You’re a Puppet / Independent / June 29, 2013
[Music and Lyrics by Clairaudients: Eric Fain – Graphite Neck Electric Bass, Backup Vocals; Brandon Gardner – Electric Guitars; Blaire Geenens – Drumset; Chase Horseman – Grand piano, Backup Vocals, Bigsby Strums; Patrick Robinson – Lead Vocals, Electric Rhythm Guitar; Jordan Thompson – Lead Vocals, Electric Slide Guitar, Backup Vocals. Recorded from January to June, 2013 with Jeff Pickman at Massive Sound Studios. Produced by Jeff Pickman and Clairaudients]

[Ink Magazine Local Music Summer Showcase presents Clairaudients live for a pre game show at Kauffman Stadium on Today, Wednesday August 21st. The band plays at 6:00pm, The Royals vs. White Sox game starts at 7:00pm.]

14. Dead Voices – “Trust A Fool”
from: Dead Voices / Independent / April 20, 2013
[KC Super-Group, was formed in 2010. The band includes: David Regnier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, Marco Pascolini and sometimes Lauren Krum who sings with David on “Pardoning”on the EP. David Regnier was part of critically acclaimed band The Afterparty, that released three full length recordings. He formed Dead Voices with Jason Beers of The Brannock Device, and Mike Stover and Matt Richey of The Grisly Hand, and Marco Pascolini who plays in The Brannock Device with Jason, and his founder of Mr. Marcos V7 and band that also include Mike Stover. Also joining the band on a semi regular basis is Lauren Krum who aside from her lead vocals with The Grisly Hand, also sings with David as the duo Ruddy Swain.]

[The Dead Voices Trio plays with Elaine McMilian in a show Friday, August 23, at CODA]

15. Mikal Shapiro – “For Good”
from: For Good / Independent / 2010
[Featuring David Regnier of The After Party and Dead Voices singing & playing guitar w/ Mikal.]

[Mikal Shapiro plays Davey’s Uptown, Sat, Aug. 24 with Heart’s Anne McCue with Amy Farrand.]

11:59:30

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

Sources for notes on tracks: artist’s websites and wikipedia.org

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Show #487

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.]

11:20

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.

11:23

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

11:26

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

11:30

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.

10:39

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

11:59:30

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

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