WMM Playlist from June 27, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Julia Othmer & Bill Sundahl of KKFI’s 30th Anniversary
+ Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch of Middle of the Map Fest

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

2. Fantastic Negrito – “The Duffler”
from: Please Don’t Be Dead / Blackball Universe / June 15, 2018
[Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, California. Oakland in 1970s was a million miles from Negrito’s conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, and after some difficulties on the streets he packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette. Negrito signed with a million dollar deal at Interscope. The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He got married, he planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. And then his son Kyu was born. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta]

[Fantastic Negrito plays Knuckleheads, Wednesday, July 11, at 8:00 PM, with Levee Town.]

3. Rooftop Vigilantes – “Oracle Cop”
from: Let It Be / High Dive Records / July 22, 2016
[3rd full-length, from Lawrence, danger-pop, 4-piece, formed in 2008. Zach Campbell, Oscar Allen, Hannah Hyde & Seth Wiese released their debut record “Carrot Atlas” in 2009 have toured to non-stop since, and have “slept on every couch, floor, dirty mattress there is in the lower 48.” Twice this band has been signed to record labels that later went out of business. They have now been signed to High Dive Records. For this new album, most of the songs were recorded in the basement of band member Seth Wiese. They finished the album on tour, and some of the parts were done in NYC, as was the mixing.]

[Rooftop Vigilantes are celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a reunion show of their original lineup and a full stack of their classic tunes, at Voltaire, Friday, June 29, at 11:00 with Drugs & Attics.]

4. Sauce – “Black Power Ranger”
from: Summer Sauce / Sauce / July 28, 2017
[Kansas City based Hip-Hop artist Sauce is back with his 3rd original release, “Summer Sauce.” It features Kendrick Lamar and Tech N9NE collaborator, Gee Watts, along with producer/rapper Duncan Burnett. Duncan Burnett produced all the songs except Childhood Crush, produced by M. Fasol. This concept EP sets the tone of love and greatness via future soul, live instruments, and summer vibes. Sauce’s earlier releases charted on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Hip-Hop charts.]

[Sauce plays Middle of The Map for Mills Record Company’s Day Party, Saturday, June 30, at 4:30 pm with Cuee, Sheven, The Black Creatures, and Heartfelt Anarchy.]

5. Hi-Lux – “Don’t Blame Me”
from: Hi-Lux – EP / Hi-Lux / February 1, 2018
[6 song EP contains several new songs with some previously released singles. Julia Haile told us the songs demonstrate the different influences of each member, from reggae, funk, pop, R&B, and dance. HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in KC. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]

[Hi-Lux Trio play Bier Station tonight at 7:00 pm with Oh Dear Oh My]

[Hi-Lux play Kauffman Stadium Wednesday July 4 at 1:00 pm before the game against Cleveland.]

10:17 – Underwriting

10:20 – Artists playing Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 30

Sarah Carpenter & Eve Sheldon at The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary (6/30/18)

6. Eve Sheldon – “My Beautiful Self”
from: Recorded in one-take from a facebook request / Eve Sheldon / May 20, 2018
[Originally recorded by Foolish Sad Robot and 1990s band made up of Tom Livesay and Ike Sheldon – now Eve Sheldon. On Sunday, May 20 early in the evening Eve Sheldon asked asked Facebook humans to request a song of her’s and she would record four of them on the couch and post them. She ended up recording 10 songs in an hour or so, and she write to Tim Finn that it “was a fun freakin snapshot of her singing life.” friends chose songs from Foolish Sad Robot, The Wilders, a Trouble In Mind rap. Eve wrote, that the recordings represent her “mellow vocal stylings of this century, and the VERY FIRST song she ever wrote.” (She was was14.) Eve Sheldon called out other singers to ‘get down with this…imagine some 90s cats layin’ down some of their old tunes…and new cats laying down new tunes. i wanna hear!” Eve called out: Mark Smeltzer, David Regnier, Lauren Krum, Betse Ellis, Howard Iceberg, J Ashley Miller…the list is endless…sing for us, y’all!]

[Eve Sheldon will be playing The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 30]

Una Walkenhorst at The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary (6/30/18)

7. Una Walkenhorst – “To the Sun”
from: SCARS / Una Walkenhorst / July 1, 2014
[Una Walkenhorst is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Following the release of her debut album “Scars” in 2014, Una immediately had “new fans . . . coming out of the proverbial woodwork” (AXS). Loading up her 97 Honda Civic, Una then spent a year traveling across North America promoting her music and connecting with listeners one-on-one. Paired with refreshingly raw vocals, Una’s heartfelt lyrics “will stop you in your tracks (at once beautiful and chilling)” (Gilded Palace Radio) as she weaves stories of genuine human experience. More information at: https://unawalkenhorst.bandcamp.com/%5D

[Una Walkenhorst will be playing The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 30]

Julia Othmer at The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary (6/30/18)

8. Julia Othmer -“Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)”
from: Hungry Days (Make Me Feel) – Single / Julia Othmer & James Lundie / June 30, 2016
[One several new singles released this year from Julia Othmer, as part of her 10-week new song release, leading up to the January 2018 release of “Sound,” her second full-length album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” Julia has just returned from an East Coast Tour.]

[Julia Othmer will be playing The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 30]

[Julia Othmer plays Book Reading & Concert, Sun, July 1, 2PM at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO]

10:30 – Interview with Bill Sundahl & Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer & James Lundie at The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary (6/30/18)

Julia Othmer is getting ready to release her second full-length album, “Sound,” produced with James Lundie, who married Julia in January of 2016 during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School and moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her first full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” Julia Othmer plays The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, June 30. Julia Othmer plays Book Reading & Concert, Sun, July 1, 2PM at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO

Julia Othmer, thanks for being with us on WMM

The Boyd Family with Bill Sundahl and LaDonna Saunders at The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary (6/30/18)

Bill Sundahl, KKFI’s Development Director joins us to talk about 90.1 FM’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Folly Theatre, June 30, at 7:15 pm. The show will demonstrate KKFI’s diverse programming with two all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, and Michelle Bacon, with songs performed by The Elders, Julia Othmer, Sara Morgan, Kemet the Phantom, Kadesh Flow, Una Walkenhorst, Cubanisms, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Jason Vivone, Robert Rodriguez, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, and more. The onstage presentation begins at 7:15 with a KKFI History Presentation and Panel of Founders, followed at 8:00 pm with a showcase of musical artists. More info at: http://www.follytheatre.org

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on WMM.

KKFI 30th Anniversary – Sat, June 30 at 7 PM – The Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St, KCMO

6:00 VIP Reception at Folly Theater. Mingle with KKFI DJs & Hosts, cuisine & libations.

7:00 Doors

7:15 History Presentation & Founders Panel

8:00 Show demonstrates KKFI’s diverse programming with 2 all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, Director of KC Jazz Orchestra, & Michelle Bacon, The Band Who Fell to Earth.
Backing over 20 other Artists Single Performances by:
The Elders
Julia Othmer
Sara Morgan
Ernie Lock of Sopchoppy
Eve Sheldon
Kemet the Phantom
Una Walkenhorst
Cubanisms
Kadesh Flow
Pablo Sanhueza
Ernest James Zydeco
Jo Music
Junebug and The Porch Lights
Jason Vivone
Gerald Trimble & Jambaroque
Robert Rodriguez & Greg Conchola
Robert Suckiel & Diana Suckiel
Rosie’s Bar & Grill
& Many More

KKFI 90.1 FM History Presentation & Founders Panel

KKFI Hosts will be side stage in an old-school radio show format

kkfi.org/events for deeper dive into artists performing

Tickets – Availability: http://www.follytheatre.org

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Reserve your room $149 per night (Normally $299)
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Julia Othmer plays The Folly Theatre for KKFI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, June 30. Julia Othmer plays

Julia Othmer plays at Book Reading & Concert, Sunday, July 1, at 2:00 PM at Prospero’s Books, 1800 W 39th St, KCMO

Book Reading & Concert, Sunday, July 1, at 2:00 PM at Prospero’s celebrating Sieglinde C. Othmer’s new book “Adventure New Zealand: Beneath the Totaras.” A sequel to her first book “Wits, Whims and Whiskers: A California Pet Tale” – the new novel transports the creative troupe of animal artists overseas on a mission to save the kiwis!

Othmer’s book has already received international and local acclaim. Awards include Distinguished Favorite at the international Independent Press Awards and First Prize for Juvenile Fiction by the Missouri Writers Guild.

“This real world–based animal fantasy delivers resonant lessons in character-building and conflict resolution with humor and heart.” – Kirkus Review

“Another beautifully illustrated, carefully crafted fable that I am happy to have read and highly recommend.” – John McDuffie

“Adventure New Zealand is a charming and witty read that will make you smile and laugh, and forget for a time the things that cannot be done and dream of the possibilities that we have yet to create.” – Lauren Bamber

Othmer will be reading excerpts from the book as well as hosting a Q&A session.

The afternoon will include a musical performance by singer-songwriter, Julia Othmer. Her set will include the ‘live’ premiere of two songs she wrote and recorded with producer James T. Lundie to accompany the book – songs performed by characters on their journey.
Julia has lived in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, some gondola in Colorado

Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her first full-length album, “Oasis Motel.”

Mother Sieglinde Othmer from Hamburg, Germany, artist, studied at Sorbonne in Paris.

“Sound,” Julia’s second full-length album, produced with James Lundie, who married Julia in January of 2016 during the completion of the record.

James Lundie is from London, United Kingdon

Julia Othmer thanks for being with us on WMM.

Bill Sundahl thanks for being on WMM.

KKFI – 90.1 FM’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Folly Theatre, June 30, VIP Reception at 6:00 PM. KKFI History Presentation and Panel of Founders, at 7:15 pm. The musical show at 8:00 with two all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, and Michelle Bacon, with songs performed by The Elders, Julia Othmer, Sara Morgan, Kemet the Phantom, Kadesh Flow, Una Walkenhorst, Cubanisms, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Jason Vivone, Robert Rodriguez, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, and more. More info at: http://www.follytheatre.org

10:47 – Bands playing Middle of The Map Fest 2018

9. Olivia Fox – “Easy”
from: Easy – Single / OLIVIA FOX / June 1, 2018
[Lauren Flynn, Aubrey Callahan and Tiffany Smith make up the Kansas City band, OLIVIA FOX who released their self titled debut EP, on June 2, 2017. OLIVIA FOX followed that up with two new singles: “Slow Motion” released December 14, 2017, and “Utah” released February 16, 2018. OLIVIA FOX call their sound Folk/Pop and it’s a unique marriage between classic folk instrumentation, vocals, and harmonies to modern programmed beats and synth pads.]

[Olivia Fox play Middle of The Map on the Tito’s Sound Machine stage at at Crossroads KC, Saturday, June 30 at 6:00, with Mess, Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type , and The Sluts]

10. Other Americans – “Murdering Crows”
from: Other Americans EP / Other Americans / Expected June 29, 2018
[Debut EP from Adam Philips, Zach Phillips, Brandon Phillips and Julie Berndsen. Members of this band are also in the bands The Architects, the Late Night Callers, Brandon Phillips & The Condition, Radar State & The Gadjits.]

[Other Americans play Middle of The Map Saturday, June 30, at 1:30 am, at The Brick, 1727 McGee. Other Americans will be preforming dead last at the Middle Of The Map Festival 2018! Last band standing! The Brick is THEE traditional wrap party for the festival and this year we have been given the honor of closing it all down! Come on out and soak it all in! Ain’t no party like a wrap party!]

11. Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks”
from: Veckatimest / Warp Records / May 26, 2009
[3rd studio album by the American indie rock band Grizzly Bear, named after Veckatimest Island, a small island in Dukes County, Massachusetts. Produced by bassist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor. Grizzly Bear is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band consists of Edward Droste (vocals, guitar, keyboards, omnichord), Daniel Rossen (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards), Chris Taylor (bass, backing vocals, various instruments, producer), and Christopher Bear (drums, backing vocals). The band employs traditional and electronic instruments. Their sound has been categorized as psychedelic pop, folk rock, and experimental, and is dominated by the use of vocal harmonies.]

[Grizzly Bear plays Middle of The Map at Crossroads KC, on the main stage, Friday, June 29 at 10:10, with Spoon, Greta Van Fleet, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.]

11:00 – Station Identification

11:00 – Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

Nathan Reusch and Chris Haghirian in the June 27, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley, on 90.1 FM KKFI. Today in our second hour we play music from artists participating in the 8th Annual Middle of the Map Fest, Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Crossroads KC, behind Grinders at 417 E 18th St, KCMO with Built To Spill, Grizzly Bear, Social Distortion, Spoon, Nikki Lane, and more, with shows in adjacent Crossroads venues at: recordBar, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, and Black Dolphin and Saturday Day Parties at Messenger Coffee, Josey Records, Mills Record Company, Res Downtown, Temple Sounds, and more. The 8th annual festival, features 70+ bands on 10 stages over 2 days in Kansas City, MO. More info at http://www.motmkc.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com

Joining us for the entire show are the founders and organizers of Middle of The Map Fest:

Chris Haghirian has worked for The KC Star for 19 years and helped launch INK in April of 2008 where he puts together music promotions, and organizes music for Boulevardia, The Plaza Art Fair, and Wednesday “Winsday” home game concerts at Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals. Chris is the host, with Sarah Bradshaw, of Eight One Sixty, heard Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm, on 90.9 The Bridge.

Chris Haghirian thanks for being with us on WMM.

Nathan Reusch is co-founder of The Record Machine, and independent area music label he started with friends and has fostered for over 15 years. Nathan is also the co-founder and curator of the Middle of The Map Fest.

Nathan Reusch thanks for being with us on WMM.

Middle of the Map Fest started Started April 8, 2011

Middle of the Map Fest moved from Spring time to Summer time this year: Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Crossroads Kansas City.

http://www.middleofthemapfest.com

Friday, June 29
Crossroads KC – Main Stage
10:10 Grizzly Bear
8:30 Spoon
6:55 Greta Van Fleet
6:10 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Second Stage Lineup – Friday at Crossroads KC
6:35 Y god Y
8:05 Various Blonde
9:40 The Noise FM

Saturday, June 30
10:00 Social Distortion
8:40 Built to Spill
7:30 Nikki Lane
6:30 Becca Mancari
5:30 Aaron Lee Tasjan
4:30 Jade Jackson

Second Stage Lineup – Saturday at Crossroads KC
6:00 Olivia Fox
7:00 Mess
8:10 Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type
9:40 The Sluts

11:07

12. Spoon – “Hot Thoughts”
from: Hot Thoughts / Matador / March 17, 2017
[9th studio album by Spoon. Their first on Matador since their 1996 debut, Telephono. Also the first since 2002’s Kill the Moonlight to not feature multi-instrumentalist Eric Harvey, who left after their world tour in support of 2014’s They Want My Soul. Spoon was formed in 1993 in Austin, Texas by Britt Daniel on vocals & guitar, and Jim Eno on drums. The band is currently comprised of Daniel, Eno, Rob Pope on bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals; and Alex Fischel on keyboards & guitar. Critics have described the band’s musical style as indie rock, indie pop, art rock, and experimental rock. Spoon released their debut studio album, Telephono, in 1996. Their next full-length, A Series of Sneaks, was released in 1998 on Elektra Records. The band subsequently signed with Merge Records, where Spoon achieved greater commercial and critical prominence with the albums Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill the Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), Transference (2010), and They Want My Soul (2014).]

[Spoon plays Middle of The Map at Crossroads KC, on the main stage, Friday, June 29 at 10:10, with Grizzly Bear, Greta Van Fleet, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.]

13. Greta Van Fleet – “Highway Tune”
from: From the Fires / Republic Recordings / November 10, 2017
[2nd EP by rock band Greta Van Fleet, formed in 2012 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It is a double EP consisting of eight songs; four from their debut EP, Black Smoke Rising, and four new tracks. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and a month later the band released their debut studio EP, Black Smoke Rising. Their debut single, “Highway Tune”, topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017 for four weeks in a row. A second EP From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, alongside a second single, “Safari Song”. The band’s heavy rock sound is influenced by the work of Led Zeppelin and many other rock and blues acts, with lead vocalist Josh Kiszka having a voice that has been compared to Robert Plant’s “husky howl.”.]

[Greta Van Fleet plays Middle of The Map at Crossroads KC, on the main stage, Friday, June 29 at 10:10, with Grizzly Bear, Spoon, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.]

11:14 – More of our Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

Middle of the Map Fest, Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Crossroads KC, behind Grinders at 417 E 18th St, KCMO with Built To Spill, Grizzly Bear, Social Distortion, Spoon, Nikki Lane, and more, with shows in adjacent Crossroads venues at: recordBar, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, Black Dolphin and Saturday Day Parties at Messenger Coffee, Josey Records, Mills Record Company, Res Downtown, Temple Sounds, and more. The 8th annual festival, features 70+ bands on 10 stages over 2 days in Kansas City, MO.

Friday, June 29
Crossroads KC – Main Stage
10:10 Grizzly Bear
8:30 Spoon
6:55 Greta Van Fleet
6:10 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Second Stage Lineup – Friday at Crossroads KC
6:35 Y god Y
8:05 Various Blonde
9:40 The Noise FM

Saturday, June 30
10:00 Social Distortion
8:40 Built to Spill
7:30 Nikki Lane
6:30 Becca Mancari
5:30 Aaron Lee Tasjan
4:30 Jade Jackson

Second Stage Lineup – Saturday at Crossroads KC
6:00 Olivia Fox
7:00 Mess
8:10 Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type
9:40 The Sluts

More info at http://www.motmkc.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com

11:21

14. Built To Spill – “The Plan”
from: Keep It Like A Secret / Warner Bros. / February 2, 1999
[Members include: Doug Martsch, Steve Gere, & Jason Albertini based in Boise, Idaho. The band has released 8 full-length albums. Guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch formed Built to Spill in 1992 with Brett Netson and Ralf Youtz as original members. In an interview with Spin, Martsch stated that he intended to change the band’s lineup for every album, himself as the only permanent member. After their first album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, was released in 1993, Netson & Youtz were replaced by Brett Nelson & Andy Capps for 1994’s There’s Nothing Wrong with Love. A compilation album called The Normal Years followed, which included recordings by both lineups. Built to Spill Caustic Resin, an EP that features Martsch with the members of Caustic Resin, was released in 1996. Between recording albums in 1995, the band gained exposure by playing the Lollapalooza tour. Also in 1995, the band collaborated on the song “Still Flat” for the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered, produced by the Red Hot Organization. Martsch signed Built to Spill to Warner Bros. Records in 1995. The deal the band brokered with Warner Bros. allowed it to retain a large degree of creative control over future albums. Built to Spill produced its first major label release in 1997 with Perfect from Now On. By this time, the band consisted of Martsch, Nelson, Netson, and Scott Plouf. Perfect from Now On was met with critical success and caused Built to Spill to become one of the most recognizable indie rock bands. Before releasing another album, Martsch made Nelson and Plouf permanent members of the band. In 1999, the band released Keep It Like a Secret to continued critical success and for the first time, significant commercial success. Live was released in 2000, and the band’s 5th studio album, Ancient Melodies of the Future, was released in 2001. The band’s 8th album Untethered Moon was released on April 18, 2015. The album was recorded as a trio with Martsch, Albertini, and Gere and was co-produced by Martsch and frequent Built to Spill guest keyboardist Sam Coomes. On Sept. 14, 2017 Built to Spill announced on their Facebook page that they were moving on from Warner Brothers and taking over the management of builttospill.com.]

[Built To Spill plays Middle of The Map at Crossroads KC, on the main stage, Saturday, June 30 at 8:40, with Social Distortion, Nikki Lane, Becca Mancari, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Jade Jackson.]

15. Nikki Lane – “Jackpot”
from: Highway Queen / New West Records / February 13, 2017
[Nikki Lane was born October 17, 1983, in Greenville, South Carolina, and dropped out of high school there. She then worked as a fashion designer for a time, before moving to Los Angeles in 2006 and later to New York City. After doing so, she broke up with a country musician, who left her to record an album in Alabama; this experience inspired her to begin writing country music songs. Lane, who now lives in Nashville, also owns and operates a clothing store called “High Class Hillbilly”. Nikki Lane is an American country music singer-songwriter and artist. She has released three albums: Walk of Shame, All or Nothin’, and Highway Queen. Highway Queen was recorded near Dallas, TX at The Echo Lab from February to June 2016 with Nikki’s boyfriend Jonathan Tyler, as well as the other members of her current touring band. Two music videos were released ahead of the album’s release; the title track, Highway Queen, in which Nikki and friends crush cars with a monster truck, and Jackpot, in which Nikki and Jonathan Tyler successfully try their luck in old Sin City, ultimately resulting in a Vegas chapel wedding..]

[Nikki Lane plays Middle of The Map at Crossroads KC, on the main stage, Saturday, June 30 at 8:40, with Social Distortion, Built To Spill, Becca Mancari, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Jade Jackson.]

11:28 – Underwriting

11:31 – More of our Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

More bands playing on Friday, June 29

Kansas City Royal Stage @ recordBar, 1520 Grand
10:00 Kid Computer
11:00 The Brummies
12:00 Brandon Phillips and the Condition

The Brick, 1727 McGee
10:00 Belle & the Vertigo Waves
11:00 The Beholders
12:00 Red Shahan

Black Dolphin, 1813 Grand
9:00 – 12:00 Paul Shinn Trio

More bands playing on Saturday, June 30

Kansas City Royal Stage @ recordBar, 1520 Grand
9:00 Pink Royal
10:00 Lung
11:00 The Fey
12:00 Sports

The Brick, 1727 McGee
9:30 Chase The Horseman
10:30 Wonderfuzz
11:30 Pageant Boys
12:30 Fullbloods
1:30 Other Americans

Black Dolphin, 1813 Grand
5:30 Lonnie McFadden
9:00 Paul Shinn Trio https://goo.gl/hoKWmz

Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand
9:00 – 12:00 The Sextet

11:38

16. Sports – “You Are the Right One”
from: Naked All The Time / Sports / July 24, 2015
[Oklahoma dream pop band Sports began playing together in grade school, cycling through different names until deciding to adopt a cheeky moniker after their self-described lack of athleticism. Bassist Jacob Theriot and guitarist Christian Theriot are brothers, forming the core trio with friend and vocalist Cale Chronister. More info at: http://sportsbandok.com.%5D

[Sports play the Kansas City Royal Stage @ recordBar, 1520 Grand, Saturday, June 30 at 12:00 with The Fey, Lung and Pink Royal.]

17. The Brummies – “Takes Some Time”
from: Eternal Reach / Sandbox / April 6, 2018
[The debut LP from three-piece band formed by vocalists and multi-instrumentalists John Davidson and Jacob Bryant, and drummer Trevor Davis, in Birmingham, Alabama. Their name is U.K. slang for a resident of Birmingham. Eternal Reach is a musician’s album, distinguished by inventive arrangements, lush melodies and straight-to-tape production. Perfectly suited for losing yourself beneath a pair of quality headphones, the record evokes the psych-rock vibe of the Sixties and the soft indie-folk of the Nineties, yet possesses a timeless sound all its own. The band is currently located in Nashville, Tennessee.]

[The Brummies play the Kansas City Royal Stage @ recordBar, 1520 Grand, Friday, June 29 at 11:00 with Brandon Phillips and the Condition and Kid Computer.]

18. Chase The Horseman – “RIPchord”
from: RIPchord – Single / Chase the Horseman / October 24, 2017
[Recorded at Element Recording with Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Coiling, Tutelage nu Joel Nanos , and Fritz Hutchison on C&C Drums, Kustom K Cymbals, Heidi Lynne Gluck on Fender Jazz Bass, Grounding, and Chase Horseman on Prophet 600, Wurlitzer 206, Drumbrute, Arp Explorer, Hagstrom 12-String, Framus 12 String, vox. Chase the Horseman is a band, film composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and producer. He has composed music for over 36 films and as musician has collaborated with Clairaudients, Teri Quinn, Heidi Lynne Gluck, and many more.]

[Chase The Horseman plays Middle of The Map Saturday, June 30, at 9:30, at The Brick, 1727 McGee. with Wonderfuzz, Pageant Boys, Fullbloods, and Other Americans.]

11:47 – More of our Interview with Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch

Middle of the Map Fest, Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Crossroads KC, behind Grinders at 417 E 18th St, KCMO with Built To Spill, Grizzly Bear, Social Distortion, Spoon, Nikki Lane, and more, with shows in adjacent Crossroads venues at: recordBar, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, Black Dolphin and Saturday Day Parties at Messenger Coffee, Josey Records, Mills Record Company, Res Downtown, Temple Sounds, and more. The 8th annual festival, features 70+ bands on 10 stages over 2 days in Kansas City, MO.

Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch thanks for being with us on WMM.

A special thank you to our amazing sponsors: Ink, The Record Machine, Mammoth, Crossroads KC, Lead Bank, Kansas City Royals, Seen Merch, 90.9 The Bridge, Mills Records, Messenger Coffee, Rez Downtown, BikeWalk KC.

Saturday Day Parties

recordBar, 1520 Grand:
1 PM DYLAN GUTHRIE & THE GOOD TIME GUYS
2 PM USE YOUR ATLAS
3 PM ANDREW FOSHEE
4 PM COBY & THE PRISONERS
5 PM DREAMGIRL

The Brick , 1727 McGee:
1 PM Vik G Trio
2 PM Good Saint Nathanael
3 PM Calvin Arsenia
4 PM Fathers
5 PM Emmaline Twist

Black Dolphin, 1813 Grand:
1 PM Vitamin C

Messenger Coffee, 1624 Grand:
1:00 Chloe Jacobsen
2:00 Crystal Rose
3:00 Violent Bear
4:00 Golden Groves
5:00 Listener

Josey Records, 1814 Oak:
1:00 Sorry Mom
2:00 Such Luck
3:00 Hot Suede
4:00 Hipshot Killer

Resurrection Downtown, 1601 Grand:
1:00 Mene Mene
2:00 Sara Morgan
3:00 Keaton Conrad
4:00 Mysterious Clouds
5:00 Layman

Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway:
1:00 Cuee
2:30 Sheven
3:30 The Black Creatures
4:30 Sauce
5:30 Heartfelt Anarchy

Temple Sounds, 1529B Grand:
1:00 X.Wilson
2:00 Rick Maun
3:00 CXPA & Tim Harte
4:00 LION
5:00 Mx Mrs & Btrfly

Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch thanks for being with us on WMM.

the 8th Annual Middle of the Map Fest, Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Crossroads KC, behind Grinders at 417 E 18th St, KCMO with Built To Spill, Grizzly Bear, Social Distortion, Spoon, Nikki Lane, and more, with shows in adjacent Crossroads venues at: recordBar, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, and Black Dolphin and Saturday Day Parties at Messenger Coffee, Josey Records, Mills Record Company, Res Downtown, Temple Sounds, and more. The 8th annual festival, features 70+ bands on 10 stages over 2 days in Kansas City, MO. More info at http://www.motmkc.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com

19. Lion – “Shatterproof”
from: Shatterproof – Single / Motown / December 2, 1976
[LION is electronic musician and composer Brian Rogers who is based in Lawrence Kansas and is part of the Intelligent Sound Collective.]

[LION plays Middle of The Map Fest, Day Party Saturday, June 30, at Temple Sounds, 1529B Grand:, with X.Wilson, Rick Maun, CXPA & Tim Harte, Mx Mrs & Btrfly.]

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

Next week, on July 4 we’ll blow up the playlist and play revolutionary and independent music on Independence Day!

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/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1F

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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents KKFI’s 30th Anniversary + Middle of the Map Fest

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Julia Othmer & Bill Sundahl of KKFI’s 30th Anniversary
+ Chris Haghirian & Nathan Reusch of Middle of the Map Fest

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Other Americans, Hi-Lux, Chase the Horseman, Lion, Julia Othmer, Una Walkenhorst, Sauce, Eve Sheldon, The Rooftop Vigilantes, Olivia Fox, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, Built To Spill, Sports, The Brummies, Nikki Lane, Becca Mancari, and Greta Van Fleet.

At 10:30 Singer Songwriter Julia Othmer and Bill Sundahl, KKFI’s Development Director join us to share information about 90.1 FM’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Folly Theatre, June 30, at 7:00 pm. Two all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, Director of KC Jazz Orchestra, and Michelle Bacon, of The Band Who Fell to Earth will demonstrate KKFI’s diverse programming backing up songs performed by The Elders, Julia Othmer, Sara Morgan, Kemet the Phantom, Kadesh Flow, Una Walkenhorst, Cubanisms, Pablo Sanhueza, Ernest James Zydeco, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Jason Vivone, Junebug, Robert Rodriguez, Greg Conchola, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, and more. The onstage presentation begins at 7:15 with a Panel of Founders, followed at 8:00 pm with the musical showcase. More info at: http://www.follytheatre.org

At 11:00 we talk with Chris Haghirian of Ink & The KC Star, and Eight One Sixty on 90.9 The Bridge, with Nathan Reusch co-founder of The Record Machine. Chris and Nathan are the founders and organizers of the Middle of The Map Fest and they will share music and info about Middle of the Map Fest, Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Crossroads KC, 417 E 18th St, KCMO with Built To Spill, Grizzly Bear, Social Distortion, Spoon, Nikki Lane, and more, with shows in adjacent Crossroads venues at: recordBar, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, and Black Dolphin and Saturday Day Parties at Messenger Coffee, Josey Records, Mills Record Company, Res Downtown, Temple Sounds, and more. The 8th annual festival, features 70+ bands on 10 stages over 2 days in Kansas City, MO. More info at http://www.motmkc.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com

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

Show #740

WMM Playlist from June 20, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bill Sundahl & KKFI’s 30th Anniversary! + Out Here Now – Kansas City LGBT Film Festival
with: Jamie Rich, Austin Williams, Lea Hopkins, Stuart Hinds, Savannah Rodgers, & Philip blue owl Hooser
.

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

2. Sunflower Bean – “I Was a Fool”
from: Twentytwo in Blue / Mom + Pop / March 23, 2018
[3-piece rock band from Glen Head, New York and Brooklyn founded in 2013. The band consists of Nick Kivlen (lead guitar and vocals), Jacob Faber (drums), and Julia Cumming (bass and lead vocals). The group has released two albums, Human Ceremony (Fat Possum Records, 2016) and Twentytwo in Blue (Mom + Pop Music, 2018). The band’s appearance at the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon received good notices from All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen and from The New York Times’s Jon Pareles, who wrote “New York is still home to bands as varied as Sunflower Bean, whose music suggests what might have happened if psychedelia had emerged after punk and the Police rather than before.” They released their first EP, ‘’Show Me Your Seven Secrets’’, initially through their Bandcamp page on January 5, 2015, and later via Fat Possum Records. The EP, which features the singles “Tame Impala” and “2013”, was called “astonishingly good” by the NME. (The band, fans of Tame Impala, had named a song after the Australian combo, noting that Tame Impala itself had named a song “Led Zeppelin”.) Cumming provided a good description of the band’s sound at the time to i-D: “We used to call it ‘neo-psychedelia for the digital age’, and now we’ve just been calling it ‘night music’, however someone may take that. It’s like if Black Sabbath mixed with The Smiths, maybe?” The band – then as now – toured relentlessly, gaining themselves the title of New York City’s “hardest-working band” in 2014); they still tour extensively today, both as headliners and as openers for bands like Pixies, Wolf Alice, DIIV, Foxygen, Best Coast, Cherry Glazerr and Sleigh Bells.]

[Sunflower Bean plays recordBar, Tuesday, June 26, with Public Access T.V., and Instant Karma.]

3. Shy Boys – “Take The Doggie”
from: Bell House / Polyvinyl Record Co. / August 3, 2018
[Shy Boys are an American indie-pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. The line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little and Ross Brown. The group formed shortly after the trio became roommates in 2012. Kyle Rausch and Konnor Ervin were already band mates in the indie-pop band The ACBs and Collin had been playing for years in the Kansas City area in various bands. The three shared a love for 1960s era pop rock and soon started writing their own music. In 2014 they released the self-titled Shy Boys on High Dive Records. The album received generally positive reviews and the single “Bully Fight” was featured on Spin.com. In June 2014 the band recorded and released two more singles and one of them, “Life Is Peachy,” was featured on Stereogum. On April 4th, 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Polyvinyl Record Co. They will be releasing their sophomore album, Bell House on August 3rd, 2018. The first single from the album, “Take the Doggie” and an accompanying lyric video were released on June 5, 2018. In 2011 we started playing songs from The I’ms, a duo made of up Collin and Kyle, who posted 6 of their self recorded songs on their Facebook page. We included this informal release in our Top Ten of The 111 Best Recordings of 2011.]

[Shy Boys plays a Record Release Show, Sat, August 4, at 8:00 PM at recordBar, 1520 Grand, KCMO.]

4. Approach – “The Luv (Clean Edit)”
from: Elegant Knock / Datura Records / January 20, 2017
[Lawrence based Sean Hunt is Approach. Sequenced, Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered By: Aikido Bray at Prosidio Gardens in Lawrence. Sean Hunt writes: “Elegant Knock” started out as a beat album named after a production night I throw in Lawrence. It turned into a 10 track album that pays respect to a sound & vibe that I loved in High School. It isn’t a throwback project, it’s a “why aren’t we still freaking these sounds now” thang. My original concept was flipped when I dug out my old Ensoniq EPS 16+ and started funking around. The next thing I knew I was making an album I wanted to rap on. I did all of the production on the EPS (everything and it’s was headache) and made a few mixing edits on the Ensoniq ASR-10 (mainly stereo pans). I pushed myself to use the tools of yesteryear to capture the feeling I was seeking out (it was a pain in the ass and I lost a ton of beats in the process). I loved every second of it though. I feel like it’s the perfect bridge between my Lincoln Marshall project with Milkdrop and my album “Antique Mall” (coming soon).]

[Approach plays the I Heart Local Music – The Magazine Launch Party, Friday, June 22 at 7:00 PM at Jackpot Music Hall, with The Bad Ideas and CS Luxem.]

5. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Breathe in, Breathe Out”
from: Bon Voyage / Fat Possum Records / June 15, 2018
[Melody’s Echo Chamber is the main project of French musician Melody Prochet. When Prochet’s previous project My Bee’s Garden supported Tame Impala on their European tour in 2010, Prochet collaborated with Kevin Parker to produce her new solo material as Melody’s Echo Chamber. The material was recorded in Parker’s makeshift studio in Perth, Australia and Prochet’s grandmother’s seaside home in the south of France. The self-titled debut album was released on Fat Possum Records in the Fall of 2012. In 2013, the debut album peaked at 61 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Q Magazine gave the album 8/10 calling it an “intoxicating listen that’s well worth experiencing for yourself.” Drowned in Sound’s Dom Gourlay awarded the album 9/10 and stated: “Whatever happens next, she can rest assured safe in the knowledge that together with her beau they’ve conjured up one of 2012’s–or any other year in recent memory–finest debuts.” In October 2014, Melody’s Echo Chamber released “Shirim”, the first single from her upcoming second album. In December 2014, it was announced that Melody’s Echo Chamber would play at Levitation, the 2015 Austin Psych Fest in Austin, Texas but her appearance was later cancelled due to visa issues. In April 2017 Melody Prochet released a new track on YouTube called Cross My Heart and announced a new album called Bon Voyage which she is producing independently. Bon Voyage was set to release in spring of 2017. On Tuesday 27 June 2017, in a statement released by the family of Melody Prochet, it was revealed that Melody had suffered a “serious accident” earlier in June, adding that her upcoming tour would be cancelled. On 3 April 2018, Prochet released the single “Breathe in, Breathe out” accompanied by a music video. She announced via Instagram that Bon Voyage was scheduled to release on June 15, 2018.]

6. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – “Everybody’s Got Problems”
from: The Radio Winners – EP / Glassnote Records / July 27, 2018
[Second single from their upcoming EP. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have garnered international acclaim, and new fans from all over the world. They signed with Glassnote Records and recorded their debut full length album in Nashville with acclaimed producer Jim Abiss. They performed their debut single “Silent Movies” on The Late Show with David Letterman, they’ve toured across the United States, and Europe, more than once. They were featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and “Later With Jools Holland and played Bonnaroo, Pilgramage, and the Newport Folk Festival, and the Ryman Theatre, in Nashville. Ruth Ward has continually performed throughout her life, mostly in coffee shops and open mics, for over 30 years, even recording a solo record. In the midst of this she got married and became a mom, and was busy raising a family. Madisen Ward was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen’s journey to become a musician, was “melodically passed down” through the songs of his mother, where Madisen grew up watching his mom perform at local coffee shops. Eventually he began to learn to play the guitar, and poured his talent for writing into the music to create original songs. They began playing Madisen’s original songs along with the occasional cover of a classic track, reinterpreted in their own incredibly beautiful performance of two voices and two guitars in harmony and orchestration. Their debut, The Skeleton Crew, was released May 9, 2015 and was our most played record that year and was #1 on WMM’s The 115 Best Recordings of 2015.]

[Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear play Royal Oak Music Theatre in Detroit, Michigan opening for Lake Street Dive, Tuesday June 26, at 7:00 PM.]

7. Jessica Paige – “Night Train”
from: Night Train – Single / Independent / June 1, 2018
[29 year old Jessica Paige moved to Kansas City from Manhattan, Kansas, after caring for her ailing grandmother for several years. She told CJ Janovy of KCUR News. “After she passed away, I started doing music full time, recorded my album and started touring.” Jessica self-produced my first album “Sweet Nothings” with Nashville-based artists and producers. The album is a reflection of the life-cycle of a relationship; the exciting and insecure beginnings to the lamenting demise of something that was once beautiful. The single released from the album, “Beautiful Life,” is a soul-pop reflection of someone trying to reconcile the conflicting emotions of trying to rescue or walk away from a relationship, while still appreciating how beautiful it is to love, regardless of how things turnout. While working on “Sweet Nothings,” Jessica settled in to Kansas City to start working with a full band and laying the groundwork for her next album.]

[Jessica Paige plays a matinee show at Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Sunday, June 24, at 5:00 pm with Carswell and Hope.]

8. Dicta – “Ice Cream and Muscle Relaxers”
from: Lucrative Talent Showcase / Dicta / February 14, 2018
[Kyle Anthony on bass, Neil Hebrank on drums, Mark Lewis on guitar, Joel Shields on guitar & vocals. All music by Dicta. All words by Dicta, except “Damn You Jim, You Woke Me Up,” adapted from John Berryman’s poem of the same name. Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Nick Freeman in Leavenworth, KS at various points between April and December 2017. Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE. Cover photo by Hillary Watts. Band photo by Rachel Monahan. ]

[Dicta plays The Hillary Watts Riot Album Release at The Rino, Friday, June 22, at 7:00 PM with The Black Creatures.]

10:26 – Underwriting

9. The Elders – “Show Me a Soul”
from: True / The Elders / November 23, 2017
[The 8th studio album from the KC based band formed in 1998 who’ve won acclaim from PASTE Magazine, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, Music Row Magazine, Goldmine Magazine, TRAD Magazine (France), Chicago Sun-Times, Kansas City Star and more. The Elders have headlined major Celtic Festivals in North America and Europe. For the past 14 years they have sponsored a tour of Ireland in which fans are invited to join in on an extraordinary 12 day excursion visiting historical and geographical sights during the day and gathering at a local pub or ballroom at night for pints and performances by the band. The Elders are: Ian Byrne on vocals, drums, percussion, whistle; Steve Phillips on vocals, guitar, mandolin; Diana Ladio on fiddle; Brent Hoad on vocals, keyboards, fiddle, guitar; Norm Dahlor on vocals, bass, guitar, banjo; and Kian Byrne on vocals, drums, bass, mandolin.]

10:32 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

Bill Sundahl, KKFI’s Development Director joins us to talk about 90.1 FM’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Folly Theatre, June 30, at 7:00 pm. The show will demonstrate KKFI’s diverse programming with two all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, and Michelle Bacon, with songs performed by The Elders, Julia Othmer, Sara Morgan, Kemet the Phantom, Kadesh Flow, Una Walkenhorst, Cubanisms, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Jason Vivone, Robert Rodriguez, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, and more. The onstage presentation begins at 7:15 with a KKFI History Presentation and Panel of Founders, followed at 8:00 pm with a showcase of musical artists. More info at: http://www.follytheatre.org

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on WMM.

KKFI 30th Anniversary at Folly Theater – Saturday, June 30 at 7 PM – 10:30 PM
The Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Tickets: http://www.follytheater.org

6:00 VIP Reception at Folly Theater.
Mingle with KKFI DJs & Hosts, enjoy complementary cuisine & libations. Please join in KKFI’s History.

7:00 Doors

7:15 History Presentation & Founders Panel

8:00 Musical Show
This show will demonstrate KKFI’s diverse programming with 2 all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, Director of KC Jazz Orchestra, & Michelle Bacon, The Band Who Fell to Earth.
Backing over 20 other Artists Single Performances by:
The Elders
Julia Othmer
Sara Morgan
Ernie Lock of Sopchoppy
Eve Sheldon
Kemet the Phantom
Una Walkenhorst
Cubanisms
Kadesh Flow
Pablo Sanhueza
Ernest James Zydeco
Jo Music
Junebug and The Porch Lights
Jason Vivone
Gerald Trimble & Jambaroque
Robert Rodriguez & Greg Conchola
Robert Suckiel & Diana Suckiel
Rosie’s Bar & Grill
& Many More

KKFI Hosts will be side stage in an old-school radio show format

kkfi.org/events for deeper dive into artists performing

Tickets – Availability info at: http://www.follytheatre.org

Hotel Rooms- Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Reserve your room $149 per night (Normally $299)
MUST Present tickets at check in / Available while they last / Rate for June 30th Only

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on WMM.

KKFI – 90.1 FM’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Folly Theatre, June 30, VIP Reception at 6:00 PM. KKFI History Presentation and Panel of Founders, at 7:15 pm. The musical show at 8:00 with two all-star bands led by Clint Ashlock, and Michelle Bacon, with songs performed by The Elders, Julia Othmer, Sara Morgan, Kemet the Phantom, Kadesh Flow, Una Walkenhorst, Cubanisms, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Jason Vivone, Robert Rodriguez, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, and more. More info at: http://www.follytheatre.org

10:42

10. Parquet Courts – “Almost Had to Start a Fight / In and Out of Patience”
from: Wide Awake / Rough Trade / May 18, 2018
[6th studio album from Parquet Courts, of Denton, Texas, currently residing in New York City, New York. The band consists of Andrew Savage on vocals & guitar, Austin Brown on vocals & guitar, Sean Yeaton on bass, and Max Savage on drums. The band released their debut album, American Specialties, as a limited cassette release, in 2011. The band’s second studio album, Light Up Gold (2012), was initially released on Savage’s Dull Tools label and later reissued on What’s Your Rupture? in 2013.[1] Light Up Gold received widespread critical acclaim in both the DIY underground and mainstream rock press. In 2014, the band reached #55 on the Billboard albums chart with its third studio album, Sunbathing Animal. Later in 2014, the band released “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth” as a single under an alternative name, Parkay Quarts. Soon after they released their fourth studio album, Content Nausea, on which Sean and Max were absent, due to other commitments.The following year, the band released a mostly instrumental, experimental EP, entitled Monastic Living. On February 4, 2016, the band announced their fifth studio album, entitled Human Performance. The album was released on April 8 through Rough Trade. On October 13, 2017, the band’s co-frontman A. Savage released his first solo album, Thawing Dawn, through Dull Tools.]

11. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Talking Straight”
from: Hope Downs / Sub Pop / June 15, 2018
[Debut full-length album from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, an Australian indie rock band formed in Melbourne in 2013 by singer-guitarists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo & Joe White. The band’s five members are Keaney, his cousin Joe White, Tom Russo, his brother Joe Russo on bass guitar, and Marcel Tussie on drums. Their debut EP, Talk Tight, was released in 2016 on Ivy League Records. It was followed by their second EP, the French Press, which was mixed by Doug Boehm and released in 2017 on Sub Pop Records. Robert Christgau gave Talk Tight an A grade, writing that “If you like the [guitar] effect—and why not, it’s beautiful—you’ll gravitate to it on sound alone. But what I’m loving at least as much is lyrics that suit the bright white male culture the sound implies.” He also compared the band’s sound to that of the Go-Betweens, a comparison that has also been made by critics like Stephen Deusner.]

12. Laura Veirs – “Seven Falls”
from: The Lookout / Raven Marching Band / April 13, 2018
[Laura Pauline Veirs was born October 24, 1973. She was raised in Colorado. She studied geology and Mandarin Chinese at Carleton College, and worked as a translator for a geological expedition in China. While growing up, she heard folk-country, classical, and pop music at home. However, she didn’t “listen seriously,” she says, until her 20s. At Carleton, she joined an all-girl punk band called Rair Kx!. After graduation, her taste moved to older country and folk, and during her time in China she began writing lyrics. In 1999, Veirs released a self-titled album, which was recorded live and featuring just herself and guitar. 2003 saw the release of Troubled by the Fire, accompanied by veteran musicians such as Bill Frisell. She then signed to Nonesuch and released Carbon Glacier. She also signed to Bella Union for European distribution. Year of Meteors followed in August 2005, and was selected by the New York Times as a “critic’s choice”. Veirs released her last full-length for Nonesuch, Saltbreakers, in 2007. July Flame appeared in January 2010 on her own Raven Marching Band Records. The Washington Post praised it. In November 2011, Veirs released the album Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children. The album presents mostly traditional songs, and features an array of guest musicians, including Colin Meloy, Jim James and Bela Fleck. Tumble Bee won a Parents’ Choice Award in 2012. In September 2012, her first feature film soundtrack was released: Hello I Must Be Going. The exclusive soundtrack features eight instrumental versions of previously released songs, five catalog favorites and one new vocal track, “Spring Song”. In August 2013, she released Warp and Weft. In 2015, she worked on the album Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens. Veirs husband and long term collaborator Tucker Martine engineered some of the album. Veirs was lead songwriter for the 2016 album case/lang/veirs, a collaborative project between Veirs, k.d. lang and Neko Case. The album received positive reviews. Veirs currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Her husband, Portland-based producer Tucker Martine, has produced her last nine albums, and plays many instruments on the records as well. Their first son, Tennessee Veirs Martine, was born in April 2010. In May 2013 they had a second son, Oz Rhodes Martine. Veirs runs a record label, Raven Marching Band Records, that has released her own and other artists’ music. In 2016, the label released Introducing Karl Blau, which was crowdfunded. In 2007, Veirs said about her lyrics, “I like to be personal in my writing, but not overly confessional.”]

13. The Hillary Watts Riot – “Disco Love Ball Heart”
from: Freakout / Money Wolf Music / June 22, 2018
[Follow up to their June 22, 2012 debut EP release: A/S/L from Money Wolf Music . THWR include: Hillary Watts Bird om vocals, Christian Hankel on bass, Tommy Donoho on guitar, and Logan Compton on drums. They describe their music as “freak pop.” This band is so fun to see live.]

[The Hillary Watts Riot play an Album Release Show for Freakout, at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, on Friday, June 22, at 7:00 PM with Dicta, and The Black Creatures.]

11:00 – Station Identification

11:00 – Interview with Jamie Rich, Austin Williams, Lea Hopkins, Stuart Hinds

Jamie Rich, Philip Hooser, Lea Hopkins, Austin Williams, and Stuart Hinds on the June 20, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI/

The annual Out Here Now: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, begins tomorrow June 21 and runs through June 28 at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport.

For the past nineteen years, Jamie Rich has served as the festival director for the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, the city’s oldest and best-attended community film program. He coordinates the marketing and special screenings at the Tivoli Cinema in Westport, including the popular Open Circle Spiritual Cinema Series. Jamie Rich, joins us as guest co-host for our second hour.

Jamie Rich, thanks for being with us today on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Our very special guests include: Austin Williams, UMKC doctoral candidate, seeking an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in American History and Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations. Austin has been collaborating with UMKC’s Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid America (GLAMA) and the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, to create his first documentary feature, THE ORDINANCE PROJECT making it’s world premiere at the OUT HERE NOW KC LGBT Film Fest, Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 PM.

Austin Williams, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Also joining us is Stuart Hinds, Curator of the Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) of UMKC shares how GLAMA offered source material and collaborated with Austin Williams on The Ordinance Project.

Stuart Hinds, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

We also welcome Lea Hopkins who is featured in The Ordinance Project and is one of Kansas City’s earliest LGBT Activists forming Christopher Street Association helping to organize Kansas City’s first Gay Pride Parade and a protest of Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign, when Anita made a stop in Kansas City.

Hello Lea Hopkins!

We also welcome, Philip blue owl Hooser, actor, playwright, director, teacher, and dramaturg. He has been on stage at The Rep, The Unicorn, the Coterie, Late Night Theater, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, Just Off Broadway, The Fishtank, Musical Theatre Hertitage. His plays have been produced at The Unicorn, The Coterie, Gorilla Theatre, Late Night Theatre to name a few. Philip recent;ly participated in a live performance for Risk! Philip gives the preshow lectures at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and is also the creative genius behind “Eat Their Words,” a live performance and reading of celebrity biographies in Kansas City. Philip does film pieces with Michael McQuary for KIFF and OM Film Fest. Philip Blue Owl Hooser is the co-host of The Tenth Voice on 90.1 FM – KKFI. Philip is also part of the team that produces the Out Here Now Film Festival.

Hello Philip blue owl Hooser

And later we will talk with Savannah Rodgers, KC based filmmaker and artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation. Savannah’s short documentary debut DRAGTIVISTS will screen Out Here Now, on Saturday, June 23, at 1:30 PM. More info on all the films in the festival at: http://www.outherenow.com.

Jamie Rich this is the 19th year of the Festival

2018 Celebration of Courage Award – Documentary
THE ORDINANCE PROJECT
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING THUR JUNE 21 | 7:00PM

Be here for the world premiere of a powerful, locally-produced new documentary about the most contested piece of legislation in Kansas City history.

Directed by historian and UMKC Doctoral Candidate, Austin Williams, THE ORDINANCE PROJECT commemorates the 25th anniversary of this landmark event through the voices and personal stories of those who were there. With insightful perspectives on the root of the local gay and lesbian civil rights movement, the film transports you back to the front lines of a life or death struggle within the context of the AIDS epidemic which fanned the flames of homophobia and forced issues of LGBT discrimination to the forefront.

On June 3, 1993, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri added “sexual orientation” to its civil rights ordinance, capping an epic, three-year civic and political battle. While activists, organizers, politicians, and opponents spent years debating this particular issue, the fight for LGBT civil rights has a much deeper past in KC which continues today.

Austin Williams will offer an Audience Q&A following the screening. Keith Spare, one of the founding members of the KC Human Rights Commission, will also be honored with a Celebration of Courage Award for his many years of service to the LGBT community.

As Austin writes, “it was one of the most highly contested pieces of legislation in Kansas City history. It marked a turning point, after which discrimination against gays and lesbians could no longer be ignored, and it demonstrated how homophobia and the fear of AIDS were not only intertwined — they were inseparable.” More information at http://www.theordinanceproject.com

Austin Williams has been working on an oral history project, Responding to AIDS: Kansas City (1981-1995), and a documentary film, The Ordinance Project. His research focuses on the Kansas City activists and politicians who supported and opposed a series of ordinances introduced in the early 1990s designed to protect gays, lesbians, and people with HIV/AIDS from experiencing discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

Austin has spent the last two and a half years studying Kansas City’s efforts to pass anti-discrimination legislation for members of the LGBT community. With the help of Stuart Hinds and the staff at The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA), Austin has pored through thousands of primary sources and digitized dozens of hours of VHS footage.

Austin writes, “I have been blessed to meet many of the activists and politicians directly involved in Kansas City’s fight for civil rights. People have invited me into their homes and shared their stories over cups of coffee. THE ORDINANCE PROJECT is our collective effort to capture their memories on film.”

Austin collaborated with UMKC’s Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid America (GLAMA) and the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, he is currently working on an oral history project, Responding to AIDS: Kansas City (1981-1995), along with The Ordinance Project.

Austin’s research focuses on the Kansas City activists and politicians who supported and opposed a series of ordinances introduced in the early 1990s designed to protect gays, lesbians, and people with HIV/AIDS from experiencing discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

At the height of the AIDS crisis, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri debated whether or not to amend its Civil Rights Ordinance to prevent discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and people with HIV/AIDS.

It quickly became the most highly contested piece of legislation in KC’s history, galvanizing both supporters and opponents while exposing a social divide that is still felt today.

The Ordinance Project features interviews with civic leaders such as:

Emanuel Cleaver: US Congressman, former Mayor, former Council Member

Katheryn Shields: City Council Member

Joanne Collins: Former Kansas City Council Member

Dan Cofran: Former Kansas City Council Member

Michael Bates: Former Director of the Kansas City Human Relations Department

As well as community activists:

Keith Spare: Longtime LGBT Community Activist

Lea Hopkins: Christopher Street Association

David Weeda: Co-founder of the Human Rights Ordinance Project (HROP).

Linda May: Co-Chair of Mayor Cleaver’s Commission on Lesbian and Gay Concerns

Jon D. Barnett: Co-founder of ACT UP/KC & Human Rights Ordinance Project

Steve Pierce: Gay Talk & Committee Member of The Greater Kansas City AIDS Council

Kay Madden: Co-founder of Pink Triangle Political Coalition

Mark Manning: Co-founder of the Big Bang Buffet

Randy Hite of Heartland Men’s Chorus

Stuart Hinds: Curator of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

Carl Hippensteel: Member of Pink Triangle Political Coalition and ACT UP/KC

Jim Hull: Co-Founder of ACT UP/KC

More info on all the films in the festival at: http://www.outherenow.com.

11:23

14. Romanovsky & Phillips – “Homophobia”
from: Trouble In Paradise / Fresh Fruit Records / 1986
[Romanovsky & Phillips is a gay singing duo named after its members, Ron Romanovsky and Paul Phillips. They are best known for their original recordings and live performances featuring songs combining humor with poignant observations about the lives of gay men (and to a lesser extent, lesbian women) in contemporary American society. Romanovsky & Phillips began their career at San Francisco’s Valencia Rose Cafe in 1982, as the musical break for Gay Comedy Open Mike Night. They mounted their first national tour in the fall of 1983. They toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Australia. Over the years the duo released seven albums under the “Fresh Fruit” label. Sydney Daily Mirror described them as “delightful and entertaining Ambassadors of Homosexuality.” Originally a romantic couple, the two ended that aspect of their relationship in the early 1990s, but continued to record and perform together, describing themselves as “a gay Sonny and Cher” (who had also briefly continued their professional collaboration following their divorce). In 1998 they presented their full-length musical, Jayson, at the 45th Street theatre in New York. A year later the duo decided to take some time off the road. While Phillips put music on hold to pursue other interests, Romanovsky took up a new instrument: the accordion. In 2002 he released a solo album in French, Je m’appelle Dadou. In 2004, Ron was commissioned to write a “circus opera” for Nurses for the Rights of the Child, a group of labor and delivery nurses who are conscientious objectors to male circumcision. After two years of writing and several workshop performances, It’s A Boy! was premiered in August, 2006 at the 9th International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity and Human Rights at the University of Washington in Seattle. The opera featured music written for accordion, violin and five vocalists. A recording was released concurrently. Immediately following up It’s A Boy! came the release of Pittsburgh to Paris, marking Ron’s return to song writing. In December, 2006, Fresh Fruit Records re-released all of R&P’s recordings. In 2007 Ron returned to the concert stage, this time fronting a four-piece band and performing his newest material along with several updated R&P chestnuts. The year culminated in a sold-out show in Taos, New Mexico, where Ron shared the bill with comic Vicki Shaw. His newest recording, Turn Up the Fun!, released in January 2008, is a return to his queer music roots, offering 14 original tracks featuring the characteristic satire, off-beat observations and poignancy that fans have come to expect. Currently, Romanovsky performs frequently in and around his adopted hometown of Santa Fe with his quartet, “Welcome to Bohemia”.]

Romanovsky & Phillips – Discography

I Thought You’d Be Taller – 1984
Trouble In Paradise – 1986
Emotional Rollercoaster – 1988
Be Political, Not Polite – 1991
Hopeful Romantic – (Ron Romanovsky, solo) 1992
Brave Boys – (“best of” collection) 1994
Let’s Flaunt It – (live) 1995
Je m’appelle Dadou – (Ron Romanovsky, solo) 2002
It’s A Boy! – (a circus opera by Ron Romanovsky) 2006
Pittsburgh to Paris – (Ron Romanovsky, solo) 2006
Turn Up the Fun! – (Ron Romanovsky, solo) 2008]

[From the soundtrack of the film The Ordinance Project playing the OUT HERE NOW KC LGBT Film Fest, Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 PM.]

11:27 – More of our Interview with Jamie Rich, Philip blue owl Hooser, Stuart Hinds, and Savannah Rodgers

Schedule – Out Here Now: KC LGBT Film Festival, June 21 – 28

2018 Celebration of Courage Award – Documentary
THE ORDINANCE PROJECT
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING THUR JUNE 21 | 7:00PM
Be here for the world premiere of a powerful, locally-produced new documentary about the most contested piece of legislation in Kansas City history. Directed by historian and UMKC Doctoral Candidate, Austin Williams, THE ORDINANCE PROJECT commemorates the 25th anniversary of this landmark event through the voices and personal stories of those who were there. With insightful perspectives on the root of the local gay and lesbian civil rights movement, the film transports you back to the front lines of a life or death struggle within the context of the AIDS epidemic which fanned the flames of homophobia and forced issues of LGBT discrimination to the forefront.

On June 3, 1993, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri added “sexual orientation” to its civil rights ordinance, capping an epic, three-year civic and political battle. While activists, organizers, politicians, and opponents spent years debating this particular issue, the fight for LGBT civil rights has a much deeper past in KC which continues today.

Featuring interviews with civic leaders such as Emanuel Cleaver, Katheryn Shields, Joanne Collins, and Dan Cofran as well as community activists Keith Spare, Lea Hopkins, David Weeda, Linda May, Jon Barnett, Steve Pierce, Kay Madden, Mark Manning, Randy Hite, Stuart Hinds, Carl Hippensteel, and Jim Hull.

Austin Williams will offer an Audience Q&A following the screening. Keith Spare, one of the founding members of the KC Human Rights Commission, will also be honored with a Celebration of Courage Award for his many years of service to the LGBT community
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2018 Celebration of Courage Award – Short Film
NORTHERN COURAGE
FRI JUNE 22 | 1:30PM
You’re invited to open your mind (and your heart) and help select the winner from this year’s honored finalists. Remarkably, these five powerful and resonant stories from emerging filmmakers all have a Canadian connection. DUST chronicles a young boy’s difficulty accepting his older brother’s transformation, when she returns from university. In PRE-DRINK, an evening spent together destabilizes best friends since forever when both decide to have sex together for the first time. A black male burn-survivor and amputee, on a date with a regularly-abled man, faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident in THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING. A son struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family in SILVIA IN THE WAVES. When MARGUERITE, a diabetic woman in her seventies, discovers that her faithful caretaker is a lesbian, she is moved to open her heart and attempts to make peace with her past.

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
FRI JUNE 22 | 3:30PM
Make it a truly Fabulous Friday with a sextet of films about love, lust and relationships. Short on time? We have just the solution. Go to OutHereNow.com for a revealing preview.

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION
FRI JUNE 22 | 5:45PM
Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen
but between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, a once invisible population became seen and heard, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, critic B. Ruby Rich and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed female identity through film. MIDWEST PREMIERE

IDEAL HOME
FRI JUNE 22 | 7:45PM
Our Opening Weekend kicks off with Kansas City’s own Paul Rudd (totally rockin’ his dad beard) paired with British comedian Steve Coogan in a delightful rom-com with sardonic wit! They co-star as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus’ grandson. Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents, but maybe this little kid has a thing or two to teach them about the value of family. With Jack Gore, Alison Pill and Jake McDoran.
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ORDINANCE PROJECT
Screening & Community Response
SAT JUNE 23 | 10:30AM
Stuart Hinds, the director of the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America, leads a community talkback and discussion following this encore screening of THE ORDINANCE PROJECT. Invited guests and some of those featured in the film will share their responses and participate in an Q&A with the audience. As the fight for LGBT civil rights continues today, hear from local activists and community organizers offering their perspectives and plans as well. Please join us for this timely gathering.

LATINX VOICES
SAT JUNE 23 | 10:45AM
Five vibrant and emerging voices of LGBTQ cinema with illuminating and revealing Latinx stories of diverse sexual and gender experiences. Hosted by poet and community organizer Alex Martinez and co-presented by Brown Pulse/ Brown Voices. 3 SIBLINGS with different gender identities and sexual orientations bring us into their world during São Paulo’s Pride Celebration. On the day famous Mexican singer JUAN GABRIEL dies, best friends Beto and Daniel will redefine their friendship. Manuel is a gay Latino teen searching for a GUARDIAN. In the midst of her family’s rejection, ELENA wants to experience her own sexuality. And, two men fall in love exploring the TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN SAO PAOLO.

(At both of these Saturday morning Coffeehouse Matinee Screenings there will be fresh-brewed coffee from the Broadway Cafe as well as sweet and savory treats to enjoy.)

KC-Q
Hometown Creativity on Film SAT JUNE 23 | 1:30 PM
Enjoy five new films brimming with local ingenuity. The stories, the themes and even the directors themselves have their filmmaking origins from the Kansas City area. David Wayne Reed’s ETERNAL HARVEST follows the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm. Award-winning director Savannah Rodgers’ DRAGTIVISTS finds the intersection of activism and drag performance in Lawrence, KS. Filmmaker Joshua Steven Allred based his film SINNER on his teenage years in Kansas City. In KU grad Hunter Harding’s TAYLOR SWIFT: LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO a homophobic father learns his teenage son is gay, and responds by committing him to a psychotic, gay-conversion surgery. KC native filmmaker/photographer Keegun Selley profiles a local college student who is transitioning from female to male in HUMAN IS HUMAN.

MAN MADE
SAT JUNE 23 | 3:30PM
MAN MADE takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film’s director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). MAN MADE is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally. We follow thier emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. The strength on display in this deeply personal film transcends the physical. For the men of MAN MADE, it’s not about winning—it’s about being seen.

WOMENS COMEDY SHOWCASE with Special Guests
SAT JUNE 23 | 5:45PM
It’s a guaranteed good time as the spotlight shines on comedies by, for and about women. Each of these films is vying for your vote for Best Comedy, so come out and enjoy some on-screen love and laughter. In GETTING STARTED, chemistry ensues immediately on a first date, but will their mutual attraction be enough to overcome some of the challenges presented in their budding relationship. FOXY TROT is a whimsical, romantic comedy about a married lesbian couple who unexpectedly face their relationship issues in a hetero-normative ballroom dance class. HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS who all weigh in when 14 year old Heather’s plan to lose her virginity is discovered. After seeing a dreadful statue dedicated to her comedic idol, Lucille Ball, a risk averse comedienne battling a recent breast cancer diagnosis makes it her mission to destroy SCARY LUCY.

BOYS LIFE
SAT JUNE 23 | 7:45PM
Young gay men on the threshold of adulthood. From first crush to first encounters. From one night stands to what happens next. It’s all here. Including the Midwest Premiere of a film that picks up from where a young man’s gay classic left off. Spanning across 14 years and capturing two turning points in the lives of Ben and Johnny, THE DARE PROJECT is an enticing two part film about sexual attraction and an enduring connection. After a break up, a young man (played by OUT HERE NOW favorite Ben Baur) struggles to open up to a new relationship with awkward/hilarious/ disastrous results in SOMETHING NEW. After being shamed by an online hookup for being too FEMME, Carson must confront his own notions of masculinity and gender roles within the LGBTQ community. When a game of spin the bottle starts, 15 year old Bram decides to twist the fate of the evening, and maybe his whole life in TURN IT AROUND.
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EVERY ACT OF LIFE
SUN JUNE 24 | 1:30PM
The groundbreaking life and work of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally is profiled in this uniquely entertaining and moving tribute. You are guided through his over 5-decade career in the American theatre, the struggle for LGBT rights, his triumph over addiction, finding true love, and the need (now more than ever) for writers and artists to shape society’s value. EVERY ACT OF LIFE is the first cinematic portrait of one of the world’s most honored and risk-taking playwrights. The film weaves together immersive storytelling, rare footage and photos, new performances, film of classic plays, and intimate access to Terrence’s personal life. Featuring Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, and many more luminaries plus the voices of Dan Bucatinsky, Bryan Cranston, and Meryl Streep.

SAY YES
SUN JUNE 24 | 3:30PM
This year’s Centerpiece Sunday includes the Midwest Premiere of a compelling, new film about the too-often overlooked “B” in LGBT cinema. From the writer/director of OUT HERE NOW favorites COFFEE DATE and TRU LOVED comes a touching and tender look at marriage, commitment and the boundaries of love. A young woman (Leah McKendrick) diagnosed with cancer tries to play matchmaker between her soon-to-be widowed husband (Patrick Zeller) and her bisexual twin brother (Matt Pascua). This tender meditation on love, loss, and connections reaches far beyond the traditional confines of sexual orientation. The conflict/resolve with terminal illness, mortality, compassion and sexual fluidity are all touched upon in this poignant and heartfelt film. With Shari Belafonte, Alberto Manquero, Stefanie Estes & Alexandra Paul and featuring music by OUT HERE NOW alum and Warrensburg native Tom Goss.

PORCUPINE LAKE
SUN JUNE 24 | 5:45PM
Two girls dangling on the brink of adulthood enjoy a summertime of fleeting childhood adventures, in this courageous and touching new film by Slovakian- Canadian director Ingrid Veninger. During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), she gets more than she imagined. How will their lives be changed by this daring, new relationship? And, can the bond they forge in the summer sun endure? This beautifully made and remarkably timeless coming of age story features luminous performances by the two talented young lead actresses. Equally funny, real and poignant PORCUPINE LAKE is a story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls.

A MOMENT IN THE REEDS
SUN JUNE 24 | 7:45PM
This year’s final Centerpiece Screening is an intimate and sexually-charged drama about a chance encounter between two men by the Finnish lakeside. Leevi, who has left Finland behind to study abroad, returns for the summer to help his father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a Syrian asylum seeker, has also been hired to help, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, the two young men give into their mutual attraction, spending a few midsummer days discovering one another. Among the first queer-themed feature films made in Finland, this tender and sensual film casts the long-marginalized voices of sexual and ethnic minorities center-stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home. With stirring and compelling performances by the two lead actors, A MOMENT IN THE REEDS is one of the most moving gay romance stories of recent years.
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FEARS FOR QUEERS
MON JUNE 25 | 5:45PM
It’s baaaack…. Our frightfully popular horror/thriller showcase returns with a new set of chillingly fine offerings designed to keep you on the edge of your seat. In THE QUIET ROOM, Michael’s attempt at suicide awakens a psych ward demon. He must stop her before she kills everyone in the hospital he connects with. In HIPPOPOTAMUS, when left alone to caretake a gay nude resort closed for the season, a man finds himself confronted by what he can see and by what he can’t. When nothing is hidden, it’s also about what sees you. In MEET UP with the promise of weed and a “good time,” an emotionally starved gay man decides to give an enigmatic stranger a ride home, completely unaware what the night will unfold. And, in HORROR, SEX AND HAIR CURLERS, a salon owner suspects her husband is cheating on her. And, he is. With a young man as handsome as he is mysterious. She is furious but she has no idea how weird and horrific this day is about to get!

STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS
MON JUNE 25 | 7:45PM
OUT HERE NOW favorite Jeffrey Johns is back with a new musical adventure featuring some very familiar faces including Kansas City’s beloved own, Ed Asner. This tune- filled fable follows the trials and triumphs of actors waiting tables in Times Square. While dreaming of the Broadway stage, the reality of slinging hash under florescent lights mixes sweet aspirations with bitter drama. There’s no people like show people and there’s no telling what can happen when they’re pitted against each other. Nick Adams, Ed Asner, Carole Cook, Lee Meriwether, Patricia Richardson, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Struthers, Bruce Vilanch, and Cindy Williams round out this heartwarming homage to Broadway with some delightful cameos. Star and writer Jeffrey Johns will introduce his film and offer a Q&A following.
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TRUTH UNFOLDING
TUES JUNE 26 | 5:45PM
Compelling and revealing stories from near and far delve into nuances of LGBTQ experiences through memorable and moving performances. The five honored finalists for Best Dramatic Short are presented in this twilight Audience Choice Showcase.

VENUS
TUES JUNE 26 | 7:45PM
At once hilarious and serious, smart and sassy, this articulate, absorbing, and lively gender shifting comedy, is the witty tale of Sid (featuring Debargo Sanyal in a remarkable performance), a transitioning woman whose life takes a surprising turn when a 14-year-old boy arrives at her door with the announcing that he is her son. What follows is a laugh-out-loud slice of life as Sid is forced to entertain the curious and very persistent teen while navigating fraught relationships with her traditional Punjabi parents and her closeted on-again, off-again boyfriend. Heartwarming and an absolute delight to watch—with an infectious bilingual soundtrack, to boot—VENUS presents us with a trans woman seeking to overcome societal, familial, and personal odds to simply assert her freedom and live in her own skin. As genders, generations and cultures collide, this award- winning film proves finding yourself is truly a family affair!
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TRANS YOUTH
WED JUNE 27 | 5:30PM
Young People 21 & Under Admitted Free
This brave new film follows a handful of young trans in Austin, Texas as they forge and fortify their adult identities. In an early scene, Elliot, a youth with choppy green hair, recounts how their father says trans people are ‘destroying the fabric of America.’ In the next scene, holding their phone in a shaking hand, they tell their mother, their father’s voice in the background, that they’re transgender. While trans identity is more visible than ever — the subject of television shows, talked about in the media, and tied up in controversial legislation — films that take us directly into the lives of trans youth are rare. TRANS YOUTH, by closely following seven different subjects as they navigate both the tumult and the ecstasy of growing up, lets us get to know them as individuals rather than stereotypes. Director Rebecca Adler will attend and offer a Q&A following.

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
WED JUNE 27 | 7:45PM
Hermit or sexpot? SNL great Molly Shannon stars as poet and fully lesbian Emily Dickinson in a brilliantly quirky comedy that challenges how history gets recorded. Writer/Director Madeline Olnek restores Dickinson’s true nature as an LGBTQ hero and model for new wave feminism. With the title taken from her raciest poem, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY sheds new light on the life of famously reclusive poet, revealing her hidden romance with her brother’s wife, and the irreverent side of Dickinson that the world at large never saw. Exploring the fierce rivalry between her brother’s wife and his mistress—who published Dickinson’s poems after her death—the film is also about the struggle to bring to life the work of one of history’s most gifted poets.
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SHORTS COMPETITION
THUR JUNE 28 | 5:45PM
Join us for this popular closing night Audience Choice Showcase where your vote helps determine which of the top 11 short films (less than 10 minutes each) will earn this year’s cash prize. Preview the finalists at our website now.

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING
THUR JUNE 28 | 7:45PM
In this merry movie of matrimony, happily engaged Antonio brings his fiancé Paulo to the exquisite old Italian village of his birth to meet his headstrong parents and reveal his sexuality, setting out on a quest to make a city founded on religious tradition understand that love is love. It was love at first sight for our happy couple who now live peacefully in a Berlin apartment with their quirky and musical landlord, Benedetta. On the day of their engagement, their new roommate arrives, the depressed cross-dressing Donato and they all embark on a journey to finally reveal their relationship to their families. Their first stop is the exquisite old Italian village where Antonio’s father is the mayor and his mother is the headstrong matriarch. In a whirl of surreal yet sentimental chaos, Antonio & Paulo are met with stringent conditions related to their wedding ceremony. Can a city founded on religious tradition embrace the new, modern family? Let’s just say…you’ll be delighted to see what enfolds in our closing night romantic comedy.

11:39 – Underwriting

11:41 – More of our Interview with Jamie Rich, Philip blue owl Hooser, Savannah Rodgers, and Stuart Hinds.

Out Here Now: KC LGBT Film Festival, June 21 – 28 at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport. http://www.outherenow.com

Savannah Rodgers and Stuart Hinds on the June 20, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

Savannah Rodgers, KC based filmmaker and artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation. Savannah’s short documentary debut DRAGTIVISTS won awards at the Tallgrass Film Festival and Twister Alley International Film Festival and will screen as part of Out Here Now, on Saturday, June 23, at 1:30 PM.

Savannah Rodgers thanks for being with us on WMM.

Savannah is a Board Member for Film Society KC, and a Programmer at the Slamdance Film Festival.

In 2018, she was recognized with the Dandelion Award for Women in Film at the First City Film Festival and the Indie Spirit Award at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.

More info on all the films in the festival at: http://www.outherenow.com.

We end the show with the classic: DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY sung by Thelma Houston. This huge disco hit for becomes a pivotal part of the new comedy, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING which is the official closing night selection in this year’s OUT HERE NOW Film Festival on Thursday, June 28th at the Tivoli. More info on all the films in the festival at: http://www.outherenow.com.

Savannah Rodgers, Stuart Hinds, Lea Hopkins, Austin Williams, and Jamie Rich on the June 20, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley, Savannah Rodgers, Jamie Rich, Austin Williams, Lea Hopkins, and Stuart Hinds, I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

11:56

15. Thelma Houston – “Don’t Leave Me This Way (Single Version)”
from: Any Way You Like It / Motown / December 2, 1976
[George Benson on guitar. Produced by Hal Davis. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was covered by Motown in 1976. Originally assigned to Diana Ross, it was intended to be the follow-up to her hit “Love Hangover” but was reassigned and given to the upcoming Motown artist Thelma Houston instead.” Written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert. First charting as a hit for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass, an act on Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label in 1975, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was later a huge disco hit for Motown artist Thelma Houston in 1977. The song was also a major hit for British group the Communards in 1986. Thelma Houston was born May 7, 1946. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her recording of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Houston was born in Leland, Mississippi. Her mother was a cotton picker. She and her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, California. After marrying and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. She is not related to Whitney Houston. In 1969, Houston released her debut album, entitled Sunshower, produced, arranged and composed by Jimmy Webb except for one track. In 1971 she signed with Motown Records but her early recordings with them were largely unsuccessful. Her most notable single during that period was “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long” which peaked at #64 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart in 1974. However Houston’s vocal prowess on that track secured her a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In 1973 Motown Productions announced a projected biopic of Dinah Washington which would star Houston; however the project was dropped due to difficulties in getting clearance from Washington’s relatives. In April 1974 Houston joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, playing various characters during the show’s skits. The show was canceled in August and for the next several years her work was limited to demo recordings and performing at small venues. Houston took acting classes and received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream. In that same year Sheffield Lab released “I’ve Got the Music in Me” a Direct to disc recording by Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker that went on to become a benchmark vinyl recording for audiophiles. The following year she recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. In 1975 Houston appeared on the Golden Globe Award broadcast performing the nominated song “On & On” and also was featured in a tribute to Berry Gordy on that year’s American Music Award broadcast singing “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”. That year Houston’s version of “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” was being set for single release when it was pulled and the song given to Diana Ross to serve as the theme song for the movie Mahogany. In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals for Motown label mate Jermaine Jackson on his album My Name Is Jermaine. Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976. The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ 1975 song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U.S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts, then in April 1977 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977. Besides its US success “Don’t Leave Me This Way” became a hit in at least twelve countries, including the UK where it reached Number 13 despite the concurrent single release of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes original, which reached Number 5. Also in 1977 Houston teamed up with Jerry Butler to record the album Thelma & Jerry and that November 1977 she co-starred in the film Game Show Models. It was announced in February 1977 that Houston would star as Bessie Smith in a filmation of the play Me and Bessie, to be produced by Motown; after an announcement that December that Houston was set to portray Bessie Smith in a biopic to be produced in 1978 by Columbia Pictures nothing more was heard of the project.]

[Thelma Houston played KC Pride Fest, Sun, June 3, at 6:00 at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.]

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

Next week, on June 27 Chris Haghirian and Nathan Reusch join us to share music and information about this year’s Middle of The Map Fest.

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/WednesdayMidDayMedleyon90.1F

Show #739

Wednesday MidDay Medley

WMM Playlist from April 18, 2018

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bach Aria Soloists + Amy Farrand
+ Outer Reaches Explores The World + Thee Devotion

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

2. Hi-Lux – “Dance With My Baby”
from: Hi-Lux – EP / Hi-Lux / Februay 1, 2018
[Originally released as a digital single on June 16, 2017. Then released as a 7 inch Vinyl 45 rpm single with b/w “Don’t Blame Me” on Sunflower Soul Records on January 5, 2018. Now included in this 6 song EP released February 1, 2018. This was part of a series of Single releases from the band. Julia Haile told us that each single demonstrates the different influences of individual members of the band, showing their range from reggae, funk, pop, R&B, and dance. HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in KC. More info at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]

[Hi-Lux plays Third Thursday at The Nelson Atkins Musieum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO, Thursday, April 19, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.]

[Hi-Lux plays Day-2 of Mills Record Company’s Record Store Day Celebration, on Sunday, April 22, w/ Instant Karma, & Bad Dreamer, 4:30-6:00 PM. Mills Record Company is at 4045 Broadway.]

[Record Store Day is Saturday, April 21, starting in most stores at 7:00 AM – Mills Record Company, Records With Merritt, Josey Records, and Revolution Records in the East Crossroads, Brothers Music in Mission Kansas, Vinyl Renaissance in Overland Park Kansas, Love Records in Lawrence]

3. Yo La Tengo – “Esportes Casual”
from: There’s a Riot Going On / Matador Records / March 16, 2018
[15th album from band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals). In 2015, original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band and appears on their f14th album, Stuff Like That There. Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics’ band” and maintains a strong cult following. They chose the name “Yo La Tengo” (Spanish for “I have it”; or referring to a female-gender object or person, also “I’ve Got Her”) in an effort to avoid any connotations in English. The name came from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “¡Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions. After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the hell is a Yellow Tango?”]

[On April 28 the band embarks on month-long European Tour, followed by dates in the states, then back to Europe.]

4. Keaton Conrad – “Cinnamon”
from: Waves / Keaton Conrad / January 27, 2017
[Debut full length from 18 year old Kansas native, Keaton Conrad mixes indie rock, house, jazz, and hip-hop. Conrad spent 2 years as the lead singer & keyboardist in the cover band ChangeUp, performing around KC. In 2015 he released a 5-song EP, Panic & Blame.]

[Keaton Conrad plays The Rino, 314 Amour Rd, North Kansas City, Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 PM, with Thames and Luther Vincent Orchestra on April 19th.]

10:11 – Bach Aria Soloists

Bach Aria Soloists – Elizabeth Suh Lane, Beau Bledsoe, and Jeff Harshbarger playing the Tango music of Astor Piazolla on the April 18, 2018 editon of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Live in our 90.1 FM Studios – performing Astor Piazzolla’s “Bordel from Histoire du Tango” it is the Bach Aria Soloists

5. Bach Aria Soloists – “Bordel from Histoire du Tango” (LIVE)
Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, written by Astor Piazzolla

10:17 – Interview with Bach Aria Soloists

Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, is Artistic Director of Bach Aria Soloists, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, and Jeff Harshbarger on bass. These three amazing musicians will be joined by Héctor Del Curto, bandoneónist, 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album; Gustavo Casenave, Latin Grammy-nominated pianist; when Bach Aria Soloists present their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, this Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist (ban-doe-neo-nist).

It has been five years since Bach Aria Soloists last performed their celebrated Night of Tango, named “Best concert of 2013” and “A concert for the ages” by KCMetropolis. Night of Tango will feature the beloved quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and virtuoso bandoneónist who revolutionized Tango and remains a towering figure more than 25 years after his death.

The evening’s ensemble will consist of:
Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin, Artistic Director Bach Aria Soloists
Beau Bledsoe, guitar Bach Aria Soloists
Kansas City bassist Jeff Harshbarger
Héctor Del Curto, bandoneón
Gustavo Casenave, piano

Bach Aria Soloists on stage at The Folly Theater for a Night of Tango with Gustavo Casenave on piano, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, Elizabeth S Lane on violin, Hector Del Curto on bandoneón, and Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Bach Aria Soloists will return to one of its most critically acclaimed programs when it presents – Night of Tango with two world-class masters of the genre, bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto — 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album — and Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Gustavo Casenave.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., KCMO 64105
Ticket and information available at: http://www.follytheater.org

About Bach Aria Soloists – Midway through its 18th season, the critically acclaimed Bach Aria Soloists has already launched four sold-out, artistically vital concerts. Dedicated to presenting the genius and relevance of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and those he inspired, the adventurous ensemble explores chamber music repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary in new ways through innovative, multi-genre collaborations, introducing new audiences to their scintillating vocal and instrumental artistry.

10:23 – Bach Aria Soloists

6. Bach Aria Soloists – “Piazzolla’s Oblivion” (LIVE)
Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Jeff Harshbarger on bass
Written by Astor Piazzolla

10:27 – Interview with Bach Aria Soloists

Bach Aria Soloists present their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, this Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist.

Bach Aria Soloists brings Piazzolla back to KC with Two World-Class Tango Masters

Héctor Del Curto – hectordelcurto.com
Praised by the New York Times as a “splendid player,” Argentinean bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto’s career has spanned more than 25 years and has encompassed traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music.

On Jan. 28, Del Curto just won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album as a member of the Pablo Ziegler Trio, for the album Jazz Tango.

As one of the world’s most sought-after bandoneónists, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres, including the Tango legends Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese; Latin jazz giant Paquito D’Rivera; jazz violinist Regina Carter; saxophonist Joe Lovano; and violinist Cho-Liang Lin. He has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.

Gustavo Casenave – gustavocasenave.com
Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Gustavo Casenave is a pianist, composer, producer & educator. He has been called “one of the best pianists our country has” by Uruguayan newspaper Diario El Pais. He was a Latin Grammy nominee in 2012 and 2014.

He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and United States, performing in the prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout the world. As a composer, Casenave has composed and arranged more than 200 works, including original music for movies. He received the prestigious Organization of American States scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received the Professional Music Achievement award. His composition Fragiltimer for the Past Future was named one of 10 best original compositions from Berklee in the last 30 years.

“KC has proven that they love Jazz and Tango. We believe our community will relish in this concert of Piazzolla’s passionate music expertly combining his singular language of Tango with jazz and classical influences,” says Elizabeth Suh Lane, Artistic Director-Founder-violinist. “We are extremely fortunate to be sharing the stage with Hector and Gustavo. The virtuosity of our musicians and the searing music will sweep our listeners away to Buenos Aires for an experience that will last for much longer than one night!”

BAS is led by Artistic Director-Founder-violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane. The ensemble also includes Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano; Elisa Williams Bickers, harpsichord, organ and piano; and Beau Bledsoe, guitar.

2018 Concert Calendar
Feb. 10: Opus 22 the Organ and BAS
April 21: Night of Tango
June 16: Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Chorale, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Funded in part by a donation from the Estelle S and Robert A Long Ellis Foundation.

Financial assistance provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Jeff Harshbarger has a show Thursday night, April 19, with his Trio, at American Jazz Museum.

Bach Aria Soloists present their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, this Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist.

http://www.follytheatre.org / http://www.bachariasoloists.com

10:32 – Bach Aria Soloists

7. Bach Aria Soloists – “Libertango (Brief version)” (LIVE)
Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Jeff Harshbarger on bass
Written by Astor Piazzolla

10:35 – Underwriting

8. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Scared To Death of Dying (Radio Edit)”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018

10:41 – Interview with Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand sharing new music from her band Amy Farrand and The Like, on the April 18, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Amy Farrand plays over a dozen instruments, bass, drums, lap steel, guitar, she has hosted variety shows, and radio shows and has been a a member of the bands: American Catastrophe, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, Shotgun Idols, Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, Atlantic Fadeout, The Silver Maggies. One reviewer wrote of her, “Amy Farrand is a tough-as-nails vocalist making her an invaluable asset to any live act.”

Amy Farrand joins us to share music from One, the new 11-song debut full length album from her new band, Amy Farrand & The Like.

Amy Farrand & The Like play a special Album Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St., Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 pm, with Pamper The Madman with GAV7D.

Amy Farrand, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on the new record.

The Like includes: Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals.

One was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab.

10:48

9. Amy Farrand & The Like – “White Girl Wasted (Radio Edit)”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
[Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded w/ Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

Amy Farrand & The Like play a special Album Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St., Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 pm, with Pamper The Madman with GAV7D.

10:58

10. Amy Farrand & The Like – “Dragon Woman”
from: One / Amy Farrand / April 28, 2018
[Amy Farrand & The Like are Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. 11-song debut album was recorded w/ Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab.]

11:01 – Station ID

11. SUNU – “Liberation” (on 7” Vinyl)
from: Food, Inc. – Single b/w “Liberation” / Sunflower Soul Records / December 11, 2015
[Rev. Aaron Morris – Trumpet & Lead Vocals; Dan Pem – Tenor Sax; Chris Leopold – Trombone; Mike Hamm – Guitar; Chris Shaw – Bass; Dylan Bassett – Drums & Percussion; Alex Thiessen – Drums & Percussion; Taylor Babb – Drums & Percussion. Recorded, mixed, & produced by Chris Hazelton. Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio.]

[SUNU plays Outer Reaches Explores The World, at recordBar, 4/20]

11:04 – Interview with Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore

Dedric Moore and Brenton Cook share information about Outer Reaches Explores the World on the April 18, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1FM.

Brenton Cook studied Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, Missouri, where he also had his own college radio show. He formed the Kansas City independent music label, Haymaker Records in January 2014. The label has released multiple full length albums, from Monta At Odds, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Riala, Mysterious Clouds, Sie Lieben Maschinen, Schwervon!, and others. For the last 5 years, Brenton & Haymaker Records has co-sponsored & co-curated of the Outer Reaches Music Fest with Dedric Moore.

Dedric Moore launched this festival in 2012. The idea grew out of the music he was creating with his Brother Delaney Moore at the HQ Artspace in KCK. Dedric is a member of the bands Monta At Odds, Mysterious Clouds, and Gemini Revolution. He has also produced recordings for the Philistines and HMPH, and others.

Brenton Cook and Dedric Moore join us to share information about, Outer Reaches Explores the World, this Friday, 4/20, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. The night includes: SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. More info at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com/

Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Outer Reaches showcases the left-of-center, under-the-radar artists experimenting and pushing boundaries within their respective genres. Regional, national, and international touring acts comprise the annual fest, with previous appearances from Deerhoof, El Ten Eleven, and Magic Castles.

The show celebrates boundary-pushing music while emphasizing a broader geographic appeal, giving prominence to artists inspired by rhythms & traditional world instruments.

The show begins with a lecture and workshop on world percussion from Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari.

Other performers include Smoky Mountain banjo folk artist Teri Quinn;

Harptasia, a multi-harp project featuring Calvin Arsenia;

a solo set from Making Movies’ frontman Enrique Javier Chi;

and Afrobeat, funk, jazz, and soul group SUNU.

Live video projection will be provided by XO Blackwater;

DJ Memo will be play dance-friendly vinyl from around the globe between sets.

Outer Reaches Explores the World is a partnership between the festival and Midwest Music Foundation and has been made possible through a grant from the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

Midwest Music Foundation (MMF), a nonprofit organization founded in 2008, provides health care assistance, education, and resources to the Kansas City music community, and receive proceeds from ticket sales for the April 20 event.

The event is 18 and older, or all ages when accompanied by a parent.

11:11

8. Making Movies – “Brave Enough (feat. Hurray for the Riff Raff & Alaina Moore)”
from: I Am Another You / Making Movies / May 26, 2017
[Enrique Chi on lead vocals, electric guitar, el piano; Alynda Segarra on lead vocal, Alaina Moore on background vocals, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos synth organ; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on congas, timbales, percussion, Diego Chi on bass, d-synth, b3 organ; and Brendan Culp on drums. 3rd full length release: from KC based 4-piece band and made up of two sets of brothers: Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Andres Chaurand on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon their release of this album Making Movies kicked off a 22-date Immigrants Are Beautiful Tour, a celebration of solidarity in the face of fear-mongering and hate. Frontman Enrique Chi shared, “It’s time to realize we are all part of this continuum, this beautifully flawed human race that has migrated from every continent to bring us all the beauty we enjoy today.” The band’s social statement is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We Are All Immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from the album and tour go to the National Immigration Law Center. Enrique Chi, describes, “since making the album, the tides have shifted and the underbelly of systematic racism has reared its ugly head. It is no longer time to be silent is time for us to raise our voices.” The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.]

[Enrique Chi plays Outer Reaches Explores The World, at recordBar, 4/20]

11:15 – More Interview with Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore

Brenton Cook and Dedric Moore organizers of the Outer Reaches Music Festival join us to share information and Music about the night.

Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Funding is from the KC Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Special promotions provided by KKFI 90.1 FM.

Outer Reaches Festival was held during the last weekend of September in 2017. Have you set dates for this year’s fest? Will it be at recordBar again?

Dedric Moore, tell us about the upcoming Mysterious Clouds EP My Head is Going Round. You sent us the EP prior to it’s release and we’ve been playing tracks from it, in fact the two we’ve played have featured the band collaborating with Your Friend. Lawrence musician,Taryn Blake Miller.

Brenton, Haymaker just recently release a new full length from Be/Non and two 7′ singles for Frieght Train Rabbit Killer, what else is happening at Haymaker?

Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Outer Reaches Explores the World, is this Friday, 4/20, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Proceeds benefit the Midwest Music Foundation. The night includes: SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. More info at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com/

10. Teri Quinn – “Moons and Meltdowns”
from: Moons and Meltdowns / Teri Quinn / April 17, 2016
[KC based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Teri Quinn. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Teri Quinn moved to Kansas City in 2009 to study Clarinet Performance and Music Composition at the University Of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music where Teri graduated in 2013. Teri Ann Quinn plays banjo & sings with Abandoned Bells with Tyson Schroeder on drums & vocals, and Krysztof Nemeth on baritone guitar. Teri plays clarinet and guitar for Claire and the Crowded Stage and has also contributed experimental compositions for The Black House Collective.]

[Teri Quinn plays Outer Reaches Explores The World, at recordBar, 4/20]

11:28 – Underwriting

11. Thee Devotion – “Shake It Up”
from: Chapel / Woundup Records / April 7, 2018
[Thee Devotion is a KC based, “chickenshack” & “garage soul” band formed on January 1, 2008 with Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, & vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.]

11:34 – Interview with Davin Watne & Chris Teasley


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Chris Teasley and Davin Watne share new music from their band Thee Devotion on the April 18, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Chris Teasley is an artist and musician. Chris is currently in several bands: The New Lost Souls, Heavy Figgs, Dynamite Defense and Thee Devotion and lends his musical skills to several other bands as well. He is also a painter. He studied at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Davin Watne is also an artist and musician as well as an educator. He is a professor at UMKC where I teaches Painting and Drawing. He is a practicing artist that exhibits nationally, internationally and locally. He studied The Kansas City Art Institute.

Davin Watne plays guitar, keyboards, harmonica & sings in the KC based 4-piece band, Thee Devotions with Chris Teasely who plays keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, and sings. Thee Devotion’s released their new album Chapel on vinyl, on April 7, 2018

Davin Watne & Chris Teasley, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The two other members of Thee Devotion, Bruce Eddy who plays bass and sings; and Keith Patterson who plays drums and sings.

Davin told us the band first started in January 1, 2008, with Davin ad our drummer Keith Patterson. They formed Thee Devotion out of the ashes of our first band together called Emma Feel.

We both love Funk and Soul music and wanted to explore it more. So we brought on some other musicians to help fill out the sound and expand our vision.

The Devotion call their music: “chickenshack” & “garage soul”

Chapel is the band’s second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog.

Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record.

All songs written by Thee Devotion. We have two records out on vinyl and on many digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and YouTube.

11:41

12. Thee Devotion – “Ooooo Weeeee”
from: Chapel / Woundup Records / April 7, 2018
[Thee Devotion is a KC based, “chickenshack” & “garage soul” band formed on January 1, 2008 with Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, & vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.]

11:46 – More Interview with Davin Watne & Chris Teasley

We are talking with Davin Watne & Chris Teasley of the band Thee Devotion their new album Chapel was released on vinyl, on April 7, 2018

Davin Watne & Chris Teasley, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Chris’s wife Sara Teasley plays with him in The Heavy Figs, and The New Lost Souls, and also plays in The Cave Girls.

Chapel is the band’s 2nd record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog.

Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record.

All songs written by Thee Devotion. Thee Devotion have two records out on vinyl and on many digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Paradora and YouTube.

11:55

13. Thee Devotion – “Slinky Tight”
from: Chapel / Woundup Records / April 7, 2018
[Thee Devotion is a KC based, “chickenshack” & “garage soul” band formed on January 1, 2008 with Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica & vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, & vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.]

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

Next week, on April 25, John Keck joins us to share music from his new EP, Out In The Cold – 12th Street Singles, and his show with John Statz Friday, April 27 at Replay Lounge in Lawrence. Also next week, Patrick Alonzo Conway joins us to share music and information about Kansas City’s Gamelan Genta Kasturi and their 15th Anniversary performance at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. Also next week, Joe Athon and friends, drop in to share stories about their 1990’s group, the Purple Skunk Funk Band, and their special reunion show Saturday, April 28, at Knuckleheads. Also next week, members of Grand Marquis join us to share music from their new album, Brighter Days, and share info about their Brighter Days CD Release Party at Knuckleheads, Saturday, April 28, at 8:30 with Victor & Penny, and Brandon Phillips & The Condition. And if that isn’t enough, we will talk with legendary singer-songwriter, Cris Williamson who has just released her 29th album, Motherland, and will be in Kansas City, in concert, for the first time in over 10 years, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 pm.

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

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

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

Show #730

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Bach Aria Soloists + Amy Farrand + Outer Reaches + Thee Devotion

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bach Aria Soloists + Amy Farrand
+ Outer Reaches Explores The World + Thee Devotion

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Making Movies, Thee Devotion, Amy Farrand & The Like, SUNU, Hi-Lux, Teri Quinn, Keaton Conrad and Yo La Tengo.

Bach Aria Soloists

At 10:10 violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, guitarist Beau Bledsoe, & bassist Jeff Harshbarger of Bach Aria Soloists play live Tango music in our 90.1 FM Studios. Bach Aria Soloists are presenting their critically acclaimed, Night of Tango, Saturday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, KCMO, featuring the quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and bandoneónist. The evening’s ensemble includes: Héctor Del Curto, bandoneónist, 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album; Gustavo Casenave, Latin Grammy-nominated pianist; with Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin, Artistic Director Bach Aria Soloists; Beau Bledsoe, guitar, Bach Aria Soloists, and Kansas City bassist Jeff Harshbarger. More info at: http://www.bachariasoloists.com / http://www.follytheater.org

Amy Farrand

At 10:35 Amy Farrand joins us to share music from One, the new 11-song debut full length album from her band, Amy Farrand & The Like. The band includes: Amy Farrand on lead vocals & guitar, Steve Tubbert on bass, Felix Dukes on drums, Kyle Dahlquist on keyboards & backing vocals, Stephan Jean-Francois on trumpet, and Katie Gilchrist on backing vocals. One was recorded with Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Amy Farrand and The Like play a special Album Release Show at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main St., Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 pm, with Pamper The Madman with GAV7D.

At 11:00 Brenton Cook and Dedric Moore organizers of the Outer Reaches Music Festival join us to share information about, Outer Reaches Explores the World, on Friday, April 20, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. Proceeds benefit the Midwest Music Foundation and funding is from the KC Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Special promotions provided by KKFI 90.1 FM. The night includes: SUNU, Enrique Javier Chi, Harptasia feat. Calvin Arsenia, Teri Quinn, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and DJ Memo. This event is $10 with Advance Tickets available at recordBar or $15 Day of Show. More info at: http://www.outerreachesfest.com/

At 11:30 members of the Kansas City band Thee Devotion join us to share music from their new release Chapel. Formed on January 1, 2008, Thee Devotion call their music “chickenshack” and “garage soul.” The band includes: Davin Watne on guitar, keyboards, harmonica and vocal; Chris Teasely on keyboards, organ, harmonica, flute, trumpet, and vocals; Bruce Eddy on bass and vocals; and Keith Patterson on drums and vocals. Chapel is their second record and was produced by Bill Honan who also played piano and moog. Jesus Negron and Sean Branagan played percussion and David Williams played pedal steel on the record. All songs written by Thee Devotion.

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

Show #730

WMM Playlist from June 28, 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, June 28, 2017

KKFI Collaborations at The Folly Theatre
+ Soul Revival + Ivøry Black +
Anna Selle & Bill Dickey of “HearQueer”

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

2. HI-LÜX – “Dance With My Baby”
from: Dance With My Baby – Single / Hi-Lux / June 16, 2017
[HI-LÜX is Julia Haile on vocals, Nick Howell on keyboards & organ, Kian Byrne on drums and vocals, Pete Leibert on bass, Tim Braun on guitar. Hi-Lux is based in Kansas City. The band brings together elements of soul, reggae and funk for a unique and dance inspiring sound. More information at: http://www.hi-lux.bandcamp.com]

[Julia Haile collaborates w/ Barclay Martin at KKFI Collaborations Live!, Fri, June 30 at The Folly Theatre]

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

[Calvin Arsenia plays KKFI Collaborations Live! with Quixotic on June 30, The Folly Theatre.]

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

4. Barclay Martin Ensemble – “Stay With Me a While”
from: Dawn / Independent / June 5, 2008
[Barclay Martin on vocals & guitar, Mark Lowrey on piano, Rick Willoughby on bass, Giuliano Mingucci on drums, Erin McGrane on background vocals & percussion. This was #1 on our Best Recording of 2008.]

[Barclay Martin collaborates w/ Julia Haile at KKFI Collaborations Live!, Fri, June 30 at The Folly Theatre]

10:15 – Interview with Bill Sundahl

Since May of 2014 Bill Sundahl has served as 90.1 FM KKFI’s Special Events, Volunteer, Underwriting Coordinator. Prior to that he was owner of Spice of Life Productions. For more than a decade he has produced the Crossroads Music Fest, the Spring Dance, The Donkey Show, and many more great Kansas City events. He is also a working musician, playing bass and singing in the Starhaven Rounders. Bill was honored with Urban Hero Award from the Kansas City Downtown Council in 2007 and has won two Pitch Music Awards. He’s also on the Advisory Board of the Midwest Music Foundation. Bill joins us today to share details about KKFI Collaborations, Friday June 30, at 8:00 PM at The Folly Theatre.

Plus today is his Birthday!!!

Bill Sundahl thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

KKFI 90.1 FM Presents: Collaborations Live! At Folly Theater – June 30, 2017
A Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM, Kansas City Community Radio

The Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

kkfi.org/events for All Info and Tickets

6:00 pm – VIP Includes:
-Reception w/ Artists performances in the Folly Board Room
-Complementary appetizers and cocktails,
-Preferred Seating Options (Box Seats and First 3 Rows)

7:15pm – Panel on the nature of collaboration in todays world

8:00pm to 10:30pm – Performances

A night of innovative original music, film, and dance. A genuine theatrical experience. Seven sets of arts organizations will perform a series of original, spectacular, and unique collaborative artistic creations, live on the world famous Folly Theater stage. KKFI will also record the performances and for an Audio CD to use in future fundraising efforts.

The night begins with a VIP Reception in the Folly Board Room with appetizers and cocktails between 6pm and 7pm. The On-Stage portion of the night will begin at 7pm with a panel discussion on the nature of collaboration in todays artistic world. Collaborative Artist Performances between 8pm to 10pm with an Intermission at 9pm.

Collaborations

Quixotic – Aerial Arts, Ballet, Musicians & Visually Stunning Effects.
w/ Calvin Arsenia – Harpist, Guitarist, Songwriter

Kelley Hunt – Roots & Blues Artist from Lawrence KS, Tours the world.
w/ Jeff Black – Folk Musician & Songwriter for Allison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, and many more from Nashville TN, but was raised in Liberty MO and cut his teeth in KC.

Enrique Dante Chi (of Making Movies) w/ students of Art as Mentorship
w/ UMKC Composition & Performance Students

Amado Espinoza – Bolivian Folk Musician & Composer / Arranger
w/ Hot Club KC – Qypsy Jazz in the Style of Reinhardt & Grappelli

Films of Ensemble Ibérica – Outstanding live performances captured on film
Ensemble Ibérica – performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal)
Elk’s Pride Pictures, LLC – Film Maker/Artist – Matthew Dunehoo

Barclay Martin – Songwriter of Barclay Martin Ensemble & The Snow Globes
w/ Julia Haile – Vocalist w/ The Buhs & Hilux, Former lead vocalist for The Goodfoot

A La Mode – Jazz Ensemble
w/ Burlesque Downtown Underground – Burlesque Troupe

The Topeka Freedom Singers – Short Documentary
Rita Chiarelli – Folk Alliance International Artist in Residence and Canadian Blues & Folk Artist builds choir in Topeka Womens Prison
w/ State City Films – Film Maker/Artist – Mikal Shapiro

Tickets at http://www.kkfi.org/events or http://www.FollyTheatre.org – 816-474-4444

VIP Box Seats = $120.00
VIP Floor Seats A-C = $90.00
Floor Seats D-K / Balcony Seats A-D = $40.00
Floor Seats L-W / Balcony Seats E-H = $30.00
Upper Balcony Seats K-Q = $20.00

Sponsors:
Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
Metzler/Copaken Initiative
Kissick Construction Company, Inc.
Stockyards Brewing Co.
Folk Alliance International
Mattie Rhodes Center
Californos
Cupini’s

KKFI 90.1 FM Presents: Collaborations Live! At Folly Theater – June 30, 2017
A Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM, Kansas City Community Radio

10:30 – Underwriting

5. Soul Revival – “Comeback”
from: Back to Love – EP / Soul Revival / June 2, 2017
[Soul Revival is a R&B/Soul duo based in Kansas City featuring singer and songwriter Derick “Derick Pierre” Cunigan and producer Desmond “D. Professor” Mason. More information at http://www.soulrevivalmusic.com]

10:36 – Interview with Desmond Mason and Derick Cunigan

Desmond Mason and Derick Cunigan of Soul Revival on the June 28, 2017 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City based producer, and musician and keyboard player, Desmond Mason is originally from Los Angeles. He went to Southeast High school and studied History and Higher Education at UMKC. Desmond has worked at Park University, and the American Jazz Museum. Desmond is a versatile performer and composer, who desribes his music as “firmly rooted in KC Kazz, R & B, gospel, and hip-hop music and strives to be something that the audience can feel in their spirit.”

Derick Cunigan is a singer, songwriter who is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He studied broadcasting at Northwest Missouri State University. He has worked for KMBC Channel 9, Steel City Media and KBEQ, KFKF, and KCTV Channel 5.

Together Desmond and Derick are Soul Revival an R&B/Soul duo based in Kansas City. Their debut EP, Back To Love was just released on June 2, 2017. More information at http://www.soulrevivalmusic.com

Desmond Mason and Derick Cunigan, welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Soul Revival won round one of the The Hot 103 Music Showcase competition in May.

‘Fall In Love” has been on the indie soul charts for 14 consecutive weeks with 2 of those ranking #1.

10:44

6. Soul Revival – “Fall in Love (feat. Paula Saunders & Jeff Stocks)”
from: Back to Love – EP / Soul Revival / June 2, 2017

Soul Revival is a R&B/Soul duo based in Kansas City featuring singer and songwriter Derick “Derick Pierre” Cunigan and producer Desmond “D. Professor” Mason.

11:56

7. Soul Revival – “Out of Time”
from: Back to Love – EP / Soul Revival / June 2, 2017

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Interview with Ivøry Black

Singer songwriter Ivøry Black has been busy this year playing Crossroads Music festival, The Middle of the Map Festival, The Westport Roots Festival, the KCPT Screening of “Real Boy” at The Kansas City Publlic Library. Ivøry Black plays the Kauffman Stadium, July 1, before the 1:15pm Royals home game. Born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois, and given up for adoption at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families. Running away at 15, Ivøry moved from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ended up in Seattle. In 2011 Ivøry moved to Kansas City, and has became a part of new family. On June 23, 2015, Ivory released the debut EP, “Ready Get Set.” Ivøry is now currently in the process of writng and recording a debut full-length album, to be released in early 2018. Ivøry Black joins us to share new songs including, “Family Tables” that will be released as a single in August. Ivøry Black plays Revolution Records, on Friday July 7. Ivøry Black will be featured in, Revolutions Per Month. RPM is a dinner show hosted by Record Machine at Ollie’s Local on Saturday, July 8. More information at http://www.ivoryblackmusic.com

Keenan Franklin plays bass in Ivøry’s band.

Since we last talked on the radio Ivøry Black has been very busy.

Ivøry Black played Middle of The Map Fest, Friday, May 5, at The Westport Saloon.

Ivøry Black played LIKEME LikeHouse / KC Center for Inclusion – Teen Prom, May 12.
Note: LikeMe Lighthouse is now The Kansas City Center For Inclusion http://www.inclusivekc.org

Ivøry Black played Westport Roots Festival May 27th, at Westport Saloon

Ivøry Black played the June 9th Charity concert to raise funds for Cross-Lines.

Ivøry Black played the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, on June 10th taking the stage for the KCPT screening of a documentary called “Real Boy” about a young man’s transition from female to male. The subject of the film, 19 year old Bennett Wallace is a talented musician and finds his voice and comfort in music.

11:06

8. Ivory Black – “Family Tables” (Live)

More information at http://www.ivoryblackmusic.com or Facebook/ivoryblackmusic

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

The new album is being recorded in Ivøry’s home studio, a dream made possible by the management skills of Klaartje Van Lue, who took the opportunity to guide Ivory’s career.

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

11:15

9. Ivory Black – “Tidal Waves” (Live)

11:25

10. Ivory Black – “Compound Love” (Live)

[Ivøry Black plays the Kauffman Stadium, July 1, just before the Royals home game.]

[Ivøry Black plays Revolution Records, on Friday July 7.]

[Ivøry Black will be featured in Revolutions Per Month. RPM is a dinner show hosted by Record Machine at Ollie’s Local on Saturday, July 8.]

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

11:30 – Underwriting

11. Rachel Mallin – “Noise of The Night”
from: The Persistence of Vision EP / Independence / September 12, 2014
[Rachel Mallin is from Kansas City, MO. At the age of 19 she released her self produced 4-song, EP The Persistence of Vision. The songs were written and created by Rachel in her mother’s basement during the summer of 2014, and recorded, mixed, and produced by Rachel Mallin in September. “Listener’s are immersed into Rachel’s writing and production as each song musically transcends the discord of human emotion into a harmonious wave of expression.” Co-mixed by Michael Kessler. Mastered by William Reeves at Centro Cellar Studio. In less than a year following her four-track EP’s release, her songs “Razorback” and “Noise of the Night” were broadcast on radio stations in Kansas City and nationally. In 2015 Rachel formed a band called The Wild Type. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type also revealed a new song: “Something Wicked” on the on the new compilation series How To Keep Dreaming from The Record Machine released September 10, 2015.: http://www.HowToKeepDreaming.com. On JUly 30m 2016 Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type – released their debut EP as a band, Degenerate Matters with: Rachel Mallin on lead vocals & guitar, Justin Walker on bass, Austin Edmisten on drums & back-up vocals, Jesse Bartmess on synthesizers & keyboards, Matt Kosinski on lead guitar. Degenerate Matters was recorded, produced, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios. Musical Arrangements written and performed by Rachel Mallin, Justin Walker, Austin Edmisten, Jesse Bartmess, & Matt Kosinski. Lyrics by Rachel Mallin.]

[Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type paly the HearQueer launch party, Friday, June 30, at Mills Record Company with Erica Joy]

11:35 – Interview with Anna Selle and Bill Dickey

Bill Dickey and Anna Selle of HearQueer and Ivøry Black.

Anna Selle is a very busy person. She is staff Photographer at Playlistplay, she works for for The Record Machine, and currently serves as Program Associate at The Literacy Lab. She has worked for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in the educational department and volunteered with Americorps, Anna Selle grew up in Kansas City and studied English at Truman State University. Anna Selle is the co-founder Editor at HearQueer, a new print + digital publication featuring interviews, reviews, stories about queer identifying musicians with portions of proceeds going to local organizations working to protect and advocate for the queer community.

Anna has brought along her friend and co-founder of HearQueer, Bill Dickey who serves as Managing Editor of Hear Queer. HearQueer launches on June 30, at Mills Record Company featuring Erica Joy and Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type.

Anna Selle (editor-in-chief), Kevin Briody (art director), and Bill Dickey (managing editor). wanted to have the first issue of Hear Queer launched during “Pride Month.”

Kevin Briody, is the guitarist for emo-rock band Mess.

The first issue will benefit KC Anti Violence Project

HearQueer is named in the spirit of the LGBTQIA protest chant: “We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used to It.”

HearQueer Issue 001 Launch, Friday at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at Mills Record Company, 4045 Broadway Blvd, KCMO. Help celebrate the launch of HearQueer, a print and online publication amplifying queer voices in music! People can get a copy of Issue 001: Pride and take in some tunes. Featuring performances by Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type and Erica Joy.

More information at http://www.hear-queer.com

From Mark: “I’ve been doing a radio show that focuses in on area bands and musical artists for 13 years, and I’ve watched Queer artists, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and and growing number of trans artists joining the Kansas City-Lawrence-Columbia area music community. My friend Amy Farrand, who is the leader of the band Amy Farrand and The Like, and also plays drums for Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, and I have talked on this radio show about how, as LGBT people, we feel more accepted in the Kansas City Music Community than in the Kansas City Gay Community. Kansas City has an incredible diverse LGBTQIA Community, that lives all over the metro region, and is served by a fairly Gay friendly community, of gay bars, welcoming churches, and music and arts and theatre scene, with openly gay people being elected to our State Senate and House of Representatives and City Council.”

HearQueer launches on June 30, at Mills Record Company featuring Erica Joy and Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type. More information at http://www.hear-queer.com

11:51

12. Katy Guillen & The Girls – “Humbucker”
from: Heavy Days / VizzTone Label Group | KG&G Records / June 24, 2016
[Katy Guillen on guitar & vocals, Claire Adams on bass & vocals, & Stephanie Williams on drums. Recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab with their longtime engineer Duane Trower, the band supplemented guitar, vocal and percussive layers; auxiliary instrumentation from blues pianist Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic (Danielle Nicole Band) and jazz trombonist Ryan Heinlein (The Project H); production from Paul Malinowski; and mastering at Black Lab Mastering in Louisville, Kentucky. Katy Guillen & the Girls hometown release of “Heavy Days” on May 21 at Knuckleheads.]

[Katy Guillen & The Girls play The Bottleneck in Lawrence, on Friday, June 30, with Eric Tessmer]

13. Big Thief – “Black Diamonds”
from: Capacity / Saddle Creek Records / June 9, 2017
[Debut album from Brooklyn, NYC, based Big Thief is lead vocalist and songwriter Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums.]

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

Next week, on July 5, we’ll talk with Singer Songwriter Roxi Copeland currently on tour and Wolfe Brack and Joy Baker of InterUrban ArtHouse. Roxi Copland will be one of the first musical artists to play the new space for InterUrban ArtHouse at 8001 Newton Street Overland Park, KS. on Tuesday, July 11, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Also next week, Kathryn Golden joins us to talk about Porchfest 4 and how registration is now open for bands to get involves. More info at http://www.porchfestkc.com

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

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Show #688

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

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, December 5, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:12 – Interview with Spencer Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:20

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

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

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

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

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

10:36 – Underwriting
10:37

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

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

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

10:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:36 – Underwriting
11:37

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

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

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

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

11:50

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

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

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

11:59:30

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

For a complete list of The 112 Best Recordings of 2012, (with notes), visit: WednesdayMidDayMedley.org

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Show #450

WMM Playlist from: August 29, 2012

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guest DJ – Mark Titus Returns! + Clover Noir Live!

1. Don Richard & Cast of The Rocky Horror Show – “Time Warp”
from: Live At The Unicorn / Mark Titus Field Recordings / June, 1990

In our first hour, Mark Titus returned to Wednesday MidDay Medley for part two of his Guest DJ Special! Last May, Mark joined us to share music from the Pembroke Hill Glee Club from 1968, music from DMZ, the Boston based punk band, and music from the KC Chorale in Kirkwood Hall. Mark Titus joined us to share stories for his journeys, and musical performances from the past 25 years.

Mark Titus has been involved in the video industry for more than 20 years. What started as videotaping family events led to the creation of Titus Video in 1985. Gradually Mark has expanded his focus to include performance art archiving, training videos, coach and highlight DVDs for high school, college, and professional sports. For more information you can visit: marktitus.com.

2. Karen Errington – “Gorgeous”
from: Live at Bar Natasha / Mark Titus Field Recordings / May 3, 2008

Sandra K. Davies and Karen Errington

3. Stephanie Roberts with Vi Tran & The Cast of BOOM! – “Like A Prayer”
from: Live At The Polsky Theatre – Charlotte Street Generative Performing Fellowship Awards / Mark Titus Field Recordings / Oct. 2010

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31

4. Gamelan Genta Kasturi with Dwight Frizzell – “Angels and Demons at Play”
from: Live At La Esquina “Angels & Demons at Play” / Mark Titus Field Recordings / Feb. 25, 2011

5. Erin Bates Preston & Band – Music from “Titus Andronicus”
from: Live At The Living Room Theatre / Mark Titus Field Recordings / June 2012

6. Iris DeMent & Greg Brown – “Honky Tonkin’”
from: Live At The Folly Theatre – Benefit for Inner City Services / Mark Titus Field Recordings / 11-11-11

7. Karen Errington – “Two and Four” & “Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce”
from: Live at Bar Natasha / Mark Titus Field Recordings / May 3, 2008

11:00

8. The Clementines – “Bayou”
from: The Clementines / Independent / August, 2012
[Single from upcoming full-length release]
[We first met The Clementines as a duo Tim Jenkins & Nicole Springer when they played LIVE on our April 25 show. Since then they’ve added Stephanie Williams on Drums, and Travis Earndshaw on Bass. Nicole Springer grew up in Oak Grove, MO, and graduated H.S. in 2004. She studied Music-Vocal/Choral at Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO, and studied Special Education with Music at Metropolitan MO CC, in KCMO. Nicole told The Pitch (Jan. 10, 2012 article): “I grew up singing in gospel choirs,” she says. “And I still love gospel music, though I’m not religious or anything. I did musicals throughout high school, and I went to school for a year at Missouri State for music education. But I’ve never been in a committed band before this one.” Nicole told David Hudnall of The Pitch: that her vision for the Clementines was initially inspired by the Irish folk duo the Swell Season. “I had just seen them in concert before I put up that ad,” Springer says. “They’re just so passionate, and I wanted to do something that had that much soul in it. It’s the same reason I like Aretha or the Gossip.” Tim Jenkins grew up in KC. Studied at UMKC. He has been playing music for over 10 years. He is a fan of “geek rock, like ’70s prog stuff.” “I usually bring in a song,” Springer says, “and Tim will tweak it and add solos and sometimes a riff — he helps complete it.” More info at: reverbnation.com/theclementinesnicoleandtim]

[The Clementines play The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway, KCMO, TONIGHT, with One Headlight High, The Strive, Le Grand, and Calling Home.]

9. Making Movies – “Twenty Years”
from: Aguardiente [EP] / The Record Machine / June 2012
[The Record Machine pressed a limited number of 7-inch vinyl, 4 song EP. The digital release was June 5. More info at: makingmoviesband.com. Today is the birthday of Juan Carlos ]

[Making Movies play in concert at The Royals Local Music Showcase by Ink Magazine Today at 6:00pm at Kauffman Stadium before The Royals take on the Detroit Tigers. Game starts at 7:10pm.]

10. TEEN – “Come Back”
from: In Limbo / Carpark Records / August 28, 2012
[from Aaron Johnson’s review on joonbug.com: Former keyboardist for Brooklyn based Here We Go Magic, Teeny Lieberson teams up with two of her sisters and two of her favorite gal pals to create TEEN. An array of floaty textures and chanty vocal harmonies combine with a set of elctronic inspired tribal percussion, to create a synth driven psychadelic soudscape written with pop sensability. Their debut LP ‘In Limbo’ (set for release Aug 28 on Carpark Records) was mixed/produced by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and recorded in Teeny’s childhood friend/former bandmate Maia Ibar’s family barn in rural Connecticut.]

11:15

11. Clover Noir – “Scent”
from: Single Use Muse / Independent / September 2012
[from their upcoming full length release.]

11:19 – Interview with Clover Noir

The KC acoustic indie rock trio, Clover Noir are the second band we’ve presented this year that was formed with the help of Craigslist. Ben who writes the bands songs decided to post an ad for collaborating musicians on Craiglist where he met Shylette who brought her improvisational violin playing to compliment Ben’s tunes. With Ben’s encouragement, Shylette brought in a Natasha and the trio was formed. Clover Noir join us to play LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios. Fresh from their KC Fringe Theatre performances the band is currently getting ready to release their debut full length recording. Clover Noir includes: Ben Rekittke on guitar and lead vocal; Shylette Carson on violin and backup vocals; and Natasha Derakhshanian on violin and backup vocals.

11:24

12. Clover Noir – “Push” (LIVE)
also available on: Single Use Muse / Independent / September 2012
[from their upcoming full length release.]

11:27

Ben had a whole different musical life before Clover Noir, he was signed with Island Records, working with a band.

Clover Noir recently participated in The KC Fringe Festival doing seven shows, in a rotating schedule, in the same venue, all in 10 days.

11:32

13. Clover Noir – “Sly The Nimble Mind” (LIVE)
also available on: Single Use Muse / Independent / September 2012
[from their upcoming full length release.]

11:36

Natasha is also are involved with the Kansas City Kansas Community Orchestra a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization where this year, she was elected President of their Board of Directors. Natasha discussed the orchestra and the new scholarship/mentoring program she has created that will give instruments to students who actively participate in the orchestra. More information at: kckorchestra.org

Clover Noir plays Czar Bar, September 12 at 7:00 PM

Clover Noir also plays The News Room, September 22, at 9:00 PM

Clover Noir is making plans for their debut recording CD Release show. For more information at: reverbnation.com/clovernoir

11:42 – Underwriting

11:43

14. Prince Rama (Rage Peace)– “So Destroyed”
from: Top Ten Hits Of The End of The World / Paw Tracks / November 6, 2012
[5th release from the Brooklyn-based group as they channel the ghosts of ten different pop bands that died during the apocalypse. Produced by Tim Koh in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s studio, mixed by Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire), etc. That’s the album cover above, with Prince Rama all dressed up like Motel Memory, one of the highly popular bands we lost during the apocalypse.]

15. Nick Bartlett – “Cursed”
from: from Nick’s demo recordings / Independent / 2012
[Grand Island, Nebraska, singer/songwriter, first started playing guitar at 13. He is a self-taught musician who was influenced by bands like Skid Row, Ratt, Guns N’ Roses, and guitarist Steve Vai. Working like a lone wolf in Nebraska, Nick doesn’t play in a band, and in the recording process he creates all of the sounds by himself.]

11:51

(L-R) Singer/Songwriter – Elaine McMilian, Writer – Mel Neet, and Writer – Tom Ryan at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, in June of 2012.

On Monday, August 27, we lost a good friend, and writer, Tom Ryan, who reached out to so many of us through his kind and thoughtful words, and keen observations. Tom was one of those special people who took the time to connect with so many and offer collaboration and guidance. A veteran of the US Military, Tom lived all over the United States and all over the world, including: Australia, Japan, Nigeria, Ireland.

In Kansas City Tom was the creator o Words For Art, where he wrote about artists and art. Tom also wrote two other blogs, he was working on a play, he was a poet, essayist, he wrote screenplays, columns, and stories. Tom was full of ideas and through the last three years, he identified with so many with his amazing brain and sensitive demeanor.

We closed the show with a new song that musician Jason Beers was saving for his new banjo CD. Jason wrote that it was, “Kind of a dream to have Tom Ryan and Betse Ellis record with me.”

We also played a track from Elaine McMilian’s 2011 release, “The Messenger” which includes a song she co-wrote with Tom Ryan called “Lullaby (For Girls).”

Tom always took the time to connect, and we feel his absence, and we will give extra love and attention to our dear friend Elaine McMilian, who we hold in our hearts at this difficult time. Love and peace to you all.

11:55

16. Jason Beers with Tom Ryan and Betse Ellis – “Heuristics”
from: Jason Beer’s Recordings / Independent / 2012

17. Elaine McMilian – “Lullaby (For Girls)”
from: The Messenger / Independent / July 22, 2011

11:59:30

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

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Show #436

WMM Playlist from: August 15, 2012

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Marideth Sisco of Blackberry Winter Band + The Quivers
+ The New Single Release from Dream Wolf!

1. Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”
from: Putrifiers II / In The Red Records / September 11, 2012
[14th album from San Francisco based band that began as a way for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums it evolved into a full band.]

2. Cat Power – “Cherokee”
from: Sun / Matador / September 4, 2012
[Forthcoming 9th studio album by Chan Marshall, also known by her stage name, Cat Power. Her first album of all-original material since 2006’s The Greatest. The album will be issued in a variety of formats, including a limited edition deluxe LP containing a 7″ vinyl of bonus tracks.]

3. Hidden Pictures – “Let’s Get On With It Already”
from: Rainbow Records / Golden Sound Records / July, 2012
[Richard Gintowt – vocals/guitar, Michelle Sanders – vocals /glockenspiel, Cameron Hawk – drums, Erik Voeks – bass, Nate Holt – piano/keys.]

[Hidden Pictures play The Sandbox at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street near Wyoming in KCMO, on Friday, August 17. ]

10:15

4. The Hearts of Darkness – “Got To Hustle”
from: Shelf Life / Shipshape Records / August 25, 2012
[Hearts of Darkness is a multivalent big band whose original material absorbs influences from 70s afrobeat to modern hip-hop, 60s and 70s soul and funk, as well as reaching back to 1920s big band jazz. Winner of the 2012 Pitch Music Award for Best Live Act. The 15 piece ensemble welcomed 6 additional musicians to record “Shelf Life” their 2nd full-length release, 2 years in the making. Recorded live at the Cooler Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, with Chad Meise, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, using both vintage analog and modern digital technologies. The album will be released on CD and as a limited edition collectible vinyl LP at local music stores, and also available on iTunes. Contributing musicians to “Shelf Life” include: Bob Asher – Trumpet, Sean Branagan – drums and percussion, Rachel Christia – Vocals , Andrew Ford – Trombone, Brandy Gordon – Vocals, Richard Gumbel – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Sam Hughes – Baritone Saxophone, Les Izmore – Vocals, Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar, Jolan Smith – Tenor Saxophone and Vocals, Miko Spears – Congas, Erica Townsend – Vocals, Ken Walker – Valve Trombone, Brad Williams – drums and percussion, Hermon Mehari – Trumpet, Shawn Hansen – Alto Saxophon, Phil Keegan – Bass Guita, Chris Meck – Rhythm Guita, Josh Mobley – Keyboards, Guitar, Alex Smith – Tenor Saxophone, Mark Vick – Rhythm Guitar. Bobby Asher of Hearts of darkeness will be with us next week on WMM.]

[The Hearts of Darkness “Shelf Life” album release is Saturday, August 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2700 Rochester, KCMO w/ an early set at 8:30 and a late set at 10:30 w/ special guests, The Good Foot.]

5. Antony & The Johnsons – “Cut The World”
from: Cut The World / Secretly Canadian / August 7, 2012
[A collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band’s 4 full length albums. Recorded in Copenhagen, with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. “Cut The World” is featured for the first time. One of Antony’s new songs for “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi?” directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi? and Willem Dafoe. Formed by Antony in 1998. Antony’s first record, “Antony and the Johnsons” was released in 2000. “I Am A Bird Now” was released in 2005. The album featured guest appearances by Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Boy George and Devendra Banhart and received the Mercury Award for the best UK album of 2005. “The Crying Light” was released in January 2009 and peaked at number 1 on the European Billboard charts. “Swanlights” was released in October of 2010. The album featured a duet with Björk called Flétta.]

10:27 – Underwriting

10:28

7. Blackberry Winter Band (w/Marideth Sisco) – “June Carter”
from: In These Ozark Hills / Light In The Attic Records / June 20, 2011

11:15 – Interview with Marideth Sisco

West Plains, Missouri native, Marideth Sisco is a journalist, teacher, author, musician, and creator of Elder Mountain Press, publishing stories of Ozarks culture. You can hear her essays “These Ozarks Hills” on public radio, ksmu.org. Discovered by producers of the Academy Award Nominated film, “Winter’s Bone” who asked her to be a part of the film and to serve as music consultant. “Winter’s Bone,” ended up winning best picture and best screenplay at Sundance Film Festival, it was honored at the Berlin Film Festival.

After the film festivals, the band that created the music for the film, completed a 27-city, “Amazing Geriatric Hillbilly U.S. World Tour” to promote the Winter’s Bone soundtrack, and then almost as quickly released their own critically acclaimed full length recording,”In These Ozark Hills,” from Light in The Attic Records.

Marideth Sisco and The Blackberry Winter Band return to KC to perform this Saturday, August 18, at 8:00 PM, at The Historic Folly Theatre, in benefit for the Bright Futures Fund.

“June Carter,” is from Blackberry Winter’s “In These Ozark Hills.” June Carter Cash was such a force of talent and spirit. Marideth talked about seeing June Carter and her sisters perform, when she was a young girl.

Even if Marideth had never met the producers of “Winter’s Bone,” I would still be impressed by her work as a writer, publisher, radio contributor, musician, storyteller. The film and the soundtrack received so much critical acclaim that they given her another platform to share these Ozark Stories. Marideth talked about being in a band and traveling around the world performing her songs.

The Blackberry Winter Band debut solo release: “In These Ozark Hills” contains several traditional songs one would expect from this band, along with several beautiful original songs, but the recording also includes several re-interpretations of songs by Tom Waits, Natalie Merchant, and a fantastic version of Buffy St. Marie’s “Cod’ine.” The reinterpretations seem like original songs when Marideth sings them, especially, “Who Will Watch The Home Place?”

The Blackberry Winter Band includes: Marideth Sisco and Linda Stoffel – Vocals, Dennis Crider – Guitar, Van Colbert – Banjo, Tedi May – Upright Bass, Bo Brown – Mandolin & Dobro. Tell us how The Blackberry Winter Band was originally formed?

The harmonies, banjo, fiddle, bass, dobro, mandolin, & guitar all are anchored by Marideth’s honest, clear vocals. One could say, “clear as gin,” as she sings in the opening track,”In These Hills.”

When she was 19, singing allowed Marideth enough money to pay her way through a year at Missouri State University, (then known as Southwest Missouri State College) majoring in music, but she was told that she “would never make it in performance, composition or orchestration, because she was a woman and would never make a living at any of those jobs.

Marideth left college and went West, landing in San Francisco, then Santa Cruz, then Los Angeles, playing plenty of music but always trying to maintain a day job, with limited success. Marideth came to Missouri to help her Aunt Juanita and Uncle Leonard move home, and somehow just never went back. She returned to school instead attending Southwest Mo. State University, and got a BFA in photography and minor in writing, and took a job as a journalist, finishing a 20-year career in that field in 2005. After heart surgery, she retired.

“Winter’s Bone” gave new found recognition to her voice and allowed Marideth to continue her passion of music.

Missouri is a big state, that many consider and smaller version of the entire country, with border coasts on the east and west, a north that is very different than it’s south. West Plains, Missouri, the county seat of Howell County, sits in the middle of Missouri’s southern border with Arkansas. West Plains is the birth place of Porter Waggoner and Dick Van Dyke, and the home of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Marideth talked about what she loved best about the Ozarks, the smells, the feeling of the air.

Marideth Sisco and The Blackberry Winter Band return to KC to perform this Saturday, August 18, at 8:00 PM, at The Historic Folly Theatre, in benefit for the Bright Futures Fund.

(Thank you to former KKFI Programmer Suzanne Myra Colbert for her help with this interview. Suzi is the sister-in-law to Blackberry Winter banjoist Van Colbert.)

10:45

8. Blackberry Winter Band (w/Marideth Sisco) – “These Ozark Hills”
from: In These Ozark Hills / Light In The Attic Records / June 20, 2011
10:48

8. Leonard Cohen – “Crazy To Love You”
from: Old Ideas / Columbia-Sony / January 31, 2012
[Born in Montreal in 1934, this is the 12th studio album from the famed Canadian singer-songwriter. It is Cohen’s highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album. The album topped the charts in nine countries, including Finland, where Cohen became, at the age of 77, the oldest chart-topper, during the album’s debut week.]

9. Spirit is the Spirit – “Oh, Speckled Bird”
from: Mother Mountain / Independent / February 26, 2011
[Folk-psychedelic-rock from Lawrence, Kansas. Austen Malone, Noah Compo, Wayne Zimmerman, Josh Landau, Brook Partain, Danny Bowersox. “a Lawrence band with a cosmic hippie vibe plus horns (trumpet, trombone), lots of percussion and supernal vocal harmonies”- Tim Finn]

[Spirit is The Spirit plays recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd., Thursday, Aug. 16 w/ Secret Cities & Howth]

11:00

10. Sharon van Etten – “Serpents”
from: Tramp / Jagjaguar Records / February 6, 2012
[3rd studio album, produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his studio over the period of several months. Sharon van Etten was born & raised in New Jersey. She moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she discovered a variety of influential music. After moving back to New Jersey, Van Etten was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music.]

[Sharon Van Etten plays The Riot Room, Monday, August 20, with Hospital Ships, and Ruddy Swain]

11. Dent May – “Fun”
from: Do Things / Paw Tracks / June 12, 1972
[Based in Oxford, Mississippi. Signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label while the group was in Oxford recording Merriweather Post Pavilion. Dent May played every part on “Do Things” and recorded it at his home, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. An NYU film school drop-out, this is his follow up to the critically acclaimed, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele.]

12. 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.]

13. The Quivers – “I Sleep Here”
from: I Gots To Have It! / Independent / August, 2012

[The Quivers & The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.]

11:15 – Interview with Terra Skaggs Peal and Bernie Dugan

Terra Skaggs Peal and Bernie Dugan of The Quivers joined us LIVE in the studios to discuss their brand new release: “I Gots To Have It!”

The Quivers and The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.

The Band is: Terra Peal- Vocals & Bass, Todd Grantham- Keys & Vocals, Abe Haddad- Guitar & Vocals, Bernie Dugan- Drums.

This band has a lot of different sounds, all based in Rock and Roll.

14. The Quivers – “I Gots To Have It!”
from: I Gots To Have It! / Independent / August, 2012

Terra started playing bass 12 years ago. Originally the band had different bass players, Terra was going to just sing and play tambourine, but it just worked out best for Terra to play bass and sing lead. She now finds it natural to play and sing together.

Bernie plays with The Brannock Device, and recently recorded a new CD with Cher UK.

The Quivers & The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Dr, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.

Bernie, talked about the songwriting of Terra and Todd. Two lead singers and songwriters with different influences.

The Quivers & The Cave Girls play the KC Wednesday Night Jamboree at Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Drive, Shawnee, Kansas, starting at 7:00 PM.

11:30 – Underwriting

11:31

15. Slowdance – “Boyfriend”
from: 7″ Single / White Iris Records / 2012
[Slowdance was formed in 2009 with friends: Thomas Quigley playing bass guitar, Luke Fox playing keyboards, Kyle McKeveny on guitar, and Quay Quinn-Settel as lead singer, the band was rounded out in 2010 with the addition of friend and drummer Sam Koppelman.]

16. In Back of a Black Car – “Lips”
from: Single release / Silver Tongue Records / 2012
[Made up of former members of: Lovers in Transit, Five Star Crush, and Monta At Odds. This KC based, 4-piece includes: Matt Pluff on Drums, Backing Vocals and iPod; Zachary Bozich on Keyboards, Backing Vocals, and Hand Claps; Mychael Scott Reed on Bass, Programming, Keyboards, Theremin, and Backing Vocals; and Joel Hines on Lead Vocals, Guitar, and Bass.]

[In Back of A Black Car play recordBar, Friday, Aug. 17, w/London Transit, Vehicles and Dream Wolf.]

17. Folkicide – “Black Metal”
from: The Genocide is Mean EP / Independent / 2012
[Follow up to “Devotional Hymns From the Church of the Darwinian Snuff Film.” Folkicide is the outlet for Kansas City songwriter Burnie Booth’s vision of constructive pessimism that he hopes in time will be recognized as a new acoustical genre fully devoted to the documentation of the delightful futility of existence. Folkicide continues their pessimistic exploration into the decaying frame of Western Civilization.]

11:42 – World Broadcast Premiere!!!

18. Dream Wolf – “Astro Wolf”
from: 1st single from our upcoming as-of-yet-unnamed album / Independent /November, 2012
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass. Dream Wolf plays the recordBar, Saturday night, February 18. Dream Wolf’s sister band The B’Dinas will be LIVE on our show next week.]

[Dream Wolf plays recordBar, Friday, Aug. 17, with London Transit, Vehicles and In Back of A Black Car.]

11:45

19. The Blackbird Review – “Daniel Johnston’s Piano”
from: The Whaler & Other Stories / Independent / November 13, 2010
[Indie Americana from husband and wife Jacob & Danielle Prestidge’s with Jeff Larison. The band has shared the stage with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Over the Rhine, and Vedera.]

[The Blackbird Revue plays The Brick, Sat, Aug. 18 with David Burchfield, and John McKenna Band.]

20. David Burchfield – “The Beginning”
from: The Beginning / Independent / 2011
[Produced, engineered, mixed and master by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box in Kansas City, with David Burchfield on vocals & guitar; Leslie Hammer on banjo, fiddle and viola; Seth Jenkins on upright bass, Jeff Larison on pedal steel and dobro; Andy Michael on piano and accordion; and Devon Russell on vocals, choir.]

[David Burchfield plays The Brick, Sat, Aug. 18 with, The Blackbird Revue and John McKenna Band.]

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

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WMM Playlist from March 28, 2012

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hearts of Darkness & Making Movies

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

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

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

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

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

The current line up for The Hearts of Darkness:

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

Discography

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:35 – Underwriting

10:37 – Interview with Elsa Rae

Elsa Rae

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

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

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

10:44

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

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

Elsa traveled to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival.

10:50

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

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

Elsa wants to eventually work with a band.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Folly Theatre

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

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

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

The Folly wasn’t always known as the Folly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:18

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

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

11:18 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other theaters converted to movies, but the Folly specialized.

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

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

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

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

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

11:37

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

11:37 – Underwriting

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

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

Damian Blake and Annie Cherry

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

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

Spencer Brown aka Daisy Bucket

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

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

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

The New Century Follies

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

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

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

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

11:57

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

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

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