WMM presents Stephanie Carey + Amy Marcus + Jeff Harshbarger

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2019

New & MidCoastal Releases + Amy Marcus
+ Jeff Harshbarger & Purna Loka Ensemble +
Stephanie Carey of The Pitch KC

Mark plays New & MidCostal Releases from: Una Walkenhorst, BlackStarKids, Jake Wells, Ivory Blue, Brotha Newz, Crystal Rose, Knife Crime, GHOSTY, Rosé Perez, Amy Marcus, DeMaur, Purna Loka Ensemble, The Black Creatures, Claire Adams, and Elevator Division.

Stephanie Carey, Owner & Publisher of The Pitch Kansas City

At 10:30 Stephanie Carey, Owner & Publisher of The Pitch Kansas City talks with us about the alternative news publication’s monthly printed editions, digital content, and three decade history. Stephanie Carey’s career in journalism includes her work as a reporter for newspapers and radio, as well as serving as a sales manager for media software and consulting firm Second Street. Founded in 1980 in the basement of a Westport record shop, The Pitch is Kansas City’s source for progressive, independent, street-level coverage of news, arts, music, and culture. You can find issues at over 1,000 locations across the metro, and online at: http://www.thepitchkc.com

Amy Marcus

At 11:00 Mark welcomes KC based singer-songwriter, Amy Marcus who in January released her new single, “Sweater” and will premiere another new single on the show. Amy Marcus was born and raised in Kansas City. She has been writing songs since she was a child. In 2016 she released her debut 5-song EP “Brave” and followed that up with the single, “I Want More For My Daughters” in 2017. Amy Marcus studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is a mother of three and works as a professional photographer and chef. Amy is currently working on a new EP set for release this year.

Purna Loka Ensemble

At 11:30 Jeff Harshbarger shares music from Purna Loka Ensemble‘s debut “Metaraga” released though Origin Records on January 17, 2020. Along with Purna Loka, Jeff Harshbarger has recorded and performed with: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Forever Tango, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Krystle Warren, Brad Cox, Ghosty, and The People’s Liberation Big Band. Jeff is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in KC. Jeff has received The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship, and the 2015 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award. Jeff hosts “Jazz Afternoon” on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM on 90.1 FM KKFI. More info at http://www.jeffharshbarger.com

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Show #827

WMM Playlist from February 28, 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, February 28, 2018

More New & MidCoastal Releases + The Matchsellers
+ Jen Harris & Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley of “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer”

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

2. U.S. Girls – “Velvet 4 Sale”
from: In a Poem Unlimited / 4AD / February 16, 1979
[6th studio album from U.S. Girls, the recording moniker of American-Canadian musician Meghan Remy. Formed in the United States in 2007 as a noise-pop project, Remy later moved the band to Toronto after marrying Canadian musician Max “Slim Twig” Turnbull. She released music on a variety of independent labels in both the United States and Canada before signing to 4AD in 2015. Her first record for that label, Half Free, was released the same year. Half Free garnered a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2016, and was a shortlisted finalist for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. In a Poem Unlimited is her follow up and second release on 4AD.]

3. Sunny War – “If It Wasn’t Broken”
from: With the Sun / Org Music – Hen House Studios / Feb. 2, 2018
[“Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Sunny War (née Sydney Lyndella Ward) was born to a single mom in Nashville. She had what’s she’s described as a nomadic childhood, moving around from Michigan, Colorado, and living on the streets of San Francisco. Now in her mid-20s, War settled down in Los Angeles as a teenager, and became known for her street playing in Venice Beach. War is a fantastic guitar player. She learned her plucking style by playing “Blackbird” by The Beatles, and by falling in love with the blues. “I feel like I am a blues guitarist, but I don’t think I’m a blues artist,” she says. “I only use the scales and techniques that I know, and the only time I was trained in music was on blues guitar. I really love Elizabeth Cotten and Mississippi John Hurt,” says War.” – from NPR Music]

4. Hembree – “Continents”
from: Kitsuné America 5, the NBA Edition / Kitsuné Musique / February 15. 2018
[Kitsuné is a French record label and clothing designer. Hembree formed in November of 2015, band members include: Isaac Flynn, Garrett Childers, and Eric Davis. Their single “Had It All” was released July 26, 2017. Hembree released their debut EP, Had It All on Ribbon Music on November 3. 2017, engineered by: Isaac Flynn and Hembree. Produced by: Eric Hillman and Hembree. Mixed by: Joe Visciano. Mastered by: TW Walsh. Hembree played several North American cities opening for JR JR.]

[Hembree plays The Granada Theatre in Lawrence on Sat, April 28, with Dream Girl, and Y God Y]

5. Car Seat Headrest – “My Boy (Twin Fantasy)”
from: Twin Fantasy/ Matador / February 16, 2018
[Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) is the eleventh studio album by indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, released on February 16, 2018. It is a complete re-recording and reworking of the band’s sixth studio album, Twin Fantasy, released in 2011. Originally a started as a solo recording project by 26 year old, Will Toledo, in Leesburg, Virginia. Toledo chose the name “Car Seat Headrest” after recording the vocals of his first albums in the back seat of his car, for privacy. Car Seat Headrest released 12 albums on Bandcamp. Toledo’s production has gradually grown less lo-fi, but he still remains an effective example of the DIY ethic. Toledo saw a large influx of new fans with his 2011 release Twin Fantasy, which has become the most popular of his self-released albums. In September 2015, Car Seat Headrest announced on his Facebook page that he had signed an album deal with Matador Records. In October 2015, Car Seat Headrest released the compilation album, Teens of Style under the label. This was his first album that was not self-released via Bandcamp. The new album, Teens of Denial, was created with traditional studio processes. Car Seat Headrest is currently on tour in the Northwest, and after a May 8 show in Brooklyn, the band travels to Europe for dates in May and then will be back touring the state through June and July.]

6. Joy Zimmerman – “Say My Name (For Camille Claudel)”
from: Say My Name / Joy Zimmerman / April 23, 2016
[KC based Joy Zimmerman is singer – songwriter who performs solo, and as a duo with Jimmy Dykes, and also with a full band. Joy began playing violin before walking to kindergarten. She played classical music and sang in choirs her whole life until deciding to try her hand at guitar. Playing a chordal instrument led to the thrill of songwriting and the discovery of her solo voice. Joy has five albums of original music–two recorded and co-produced with Jimmy Dykes in Kansas City at Weights and Measures Soundlab and three recorded and produced by Fett in Nashville at Azalea Studios. Her songwriting awards include American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and five Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase wins. ]

[Joy Zimmerman plays Saturday Storytellers at Ollies Local, 3044 Gillham Rd, March 3, at 5:00 PM with Erin Eades.]

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

[The Roseline play Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Sat, March 3, at 10:00 PM w/ The Grisly Hand and Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type.]

8. Tom Petty – “Yer So Bad”
from: Full Moon Fever / MCA / April 24, 1989
[“Yer So Bad” is a song co-written and recorded by Tom Petty. It was released in 1990 as the fifth single from his first solo album Full Moon Fever, It features contributions from members of his band the Heartbreakers, notably Mike Campbell, as well as Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison (who died prior to its release), and George Harrison, Petty’s bandmates in the Traveling Wilburys.The record shows Petty exploring his musical roots with nods to his influences. The songwriting is mainly collaborations between Petty and Lynne, who was also a producer on the album. The album became a commercial and critical success peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified 5× platinum in the United States and 6× platinum in Canada. Thomas Earl Petty was born Oct 20, 1950 and tragically died on Oct 2, 2017. Tom Petty was a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Tom Petty release 3 solo records, 13 albums with The Heartbreakers, and two albums with The Traveling Wilburys.]

[Friday March 2, at 9:00 at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave The Cody Wyoming Deal present Heartbroken: A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The Deal is a semi revolving lineup of some of the best KC musicians Kansas City who has served as a backing band for Alejandro Escovedo, and thrown an all star tribute to The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street.” This time out, The Deal consists of: Cody Wyoming on guitar & vocals, JB Moreland on guitar & Vocals, Erik Voeks on Bass & vocals, Matt Richey on drums, Lin Buck on keyboards, and Katie Gilchrist on percussion & vocals.]

10:30 – Underwriting

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

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

10:36 – Interview with The Matchsellers

The Matchsellers

Julie Bates is a classically trained violinist from Kansas City. Andrew Morris is a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana. They met in Leipzig, Germany. During their year of living in the former East Germany, the pair began reanalyzing the songs of their homeland, and developed a tight yet gritty bluegrass style. In the summer of 2013 they left their jobs to hit the road and haven’t looked back. In late 2014 they released their debut full length recording, and followed that up with their second release, “Songs We Made Up” in 2016. Tha Matchsellers are back in our 90.1 FM Studios to share music and information from their newest album, BLUEGRASTRONAUTS. The Matchsellers play a special Bluegrastronauts Release Show on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 PM at Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO.

Julie Bates and Andrew Morris thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The Matchsellers & The Breakfast Sides present a new CD of Interstellar Old-time music entitled “Bluegrastronauts” Bluegrastronauts is old-time in outer space. It’s a far away galaxy as close as your first cousin. It’s a 100,000 mile an hour horse-and-buggy.

Since 2013 Andrew Morris and Julie Bates, better known as the Matchsellers, have traveled the US and Europe developing their brand of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. In 2017 they began collaborating with two of the Midwest’s finest musicians, Chad Graves and Betsey Beymer. Graves is one of the country’s finest dobro players and has been featured in high-profile publications such as Rolling Stone, The Bluegrass Situation and many others. Beymer is a sought after bassist from Lakin, KS.

Together the 4-piece combines absurdity, authenticity and excellent musicianship to create a performance that is representative of the present age. They are pleasantly stuck between the best aspects of bygone years and the best of the future.

10:48

Julie Bates and Andrew Morris of The Matchsellers on the February 28, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10. The Matchsellers – “Until You Came To Mind” (Live)
Also available on: BLUEGRASTRONAUTS / The Matchsellers / March 16, 2018

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

10:57

Julie Bates and Andrew Morris of The Matchsellers on the February 28, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11. The Matchsellers – “Stars in Your Eyes” (Live)
Also available on: BLUEGRASTRONAUTS / The Matchsellers / March 16, 2018

11:00 – Station ID

12. Vigil and Thieves – “heroin & automobiles”
from: heroin & automobiles – Single / Independent / July 25, 2017
[Vigil and Thieves is a Kansas City indie alternative quartet formed in early 2014. Sarah Storm on vocals & guitar & keys, Steph Castor on guitar, Matthew Muckenthaler on bass , Andrew Flaherty on drums. Recorded at Vibe Studios in Bedford Heights, Ohio, engineered by John Burke. Lyrics by Sarah Storm and Music by Vigil and Thieves. Previously described as “grandiose” with a “heartbreaking heaviness,” the band has honed in on dynamic and lyrically-driven song structures that have been compared to live poetry. Neverland embodies every adventure the band has collectively taken part in.]

[Vigil and Thieves play The MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser #3, Saturday, March 3, at The Brick, with The Travel Guide, and The Almighty Trouble Brothers.]

13. Screaming Females – “I’ll Make You Sorry”
from: All At Once / Don Giovanni Records / February 23, 2018
[Screaming Females is an American indie rock band, from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released seven full-length albums. The band comprises Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on bass. Mike and Marissa formed a band in high school under the name Surgery On TV. After several lineup changes they finally decided on the trio and a name change to Screaming Females. The Screaming Females got their start in the basement show scene of New Brunswick, NJ.[citation needed] Shows are held in the houses of various bands, students, and residents, so people under 21 can attend. The band has gone on to achieve success with a wider exposure, having been featured on NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, and MTV. Screaming Females have played with bands such as Garbage, Throwing Muses, Dinosaur Jr., The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, JEFF the Brotherhood, Little Lungs, Cheeky, The Ergs, Shellshag, The Measure.In 2012 Marissa Paternoster was named the 77th greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine.]

11:10 – Underwriting

14. The People’s Liberation Big Band – “The Council of Mice”
from: The People’s Liberation Big Band / Tzigane / November 7, 2010 (play :45 of song)
[Recipient of the 2010 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Award, Brad Cox is founder of The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City.]

[The Brad Cox Octet plays The Ship, Thursday, March 1, at 9:30 PM]

[The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City play recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave. on Sunday, March 4, at 7:00 PM as part of Jeff Harshbarger’s Alternative Jazz Series.]

Julie Bates, Andrew Morris, Jen Harris, Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley, and Rachel Hills, on the February 28, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

11:15 – Interview with Jen Harris and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley

Our next guests include: Poet Jen Harris a professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. Nationally recognized Jen Harris works as an advocate to incorporate spoken word poetry as a form of peer-based mental health therapy.

Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley is the Executive Director for Gilda’s Club Kansas City, an organization providing education and support to anyone with a cancer impact. Siobhan has over two decades of experience in providing marketing communications and development leadership to some of Kansas City’s most successful and visible marketing communications companies, as well as civic and arts organizations. Prior to joining Gilda’s Club Kansas City, Siobhan served as vice president and director of client services at Walz Tetrick Advertising and as president and COO at Valentine Radford.

Jen Harris and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley join us to share information about, Collective: Our Stories of Cancer, a multi-disciplinary production that provides an insightful experience into life with cancer. The performance features original choreography by Jennifer Owen, music by Stacy Busch, and poetry by Jen Harris, inspired by members of Gilda’s Club who shared their stories of cancer. Performances are Friday, and Saturday, March 2 and 3 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 PM, at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th St in KC’s historic Westside. For more info you can visit: http://www.owencoxdance.org.

Jen Harris and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Owen Cox Dance Group, Charlotte Street Foundation, and Gilda’s Club Kansas City present Collective: Our Stories of Cancer.

In 2018, Gilda’s Club Kansas City is hoping to raise awareness of the incidence of cancer in the local community and the positive benefits of education, support and self-advocacy. A new way of raising awareness has been brought to the fold through the multi-disciplinary production Collective: Our Stories of Cancer. Art connects people in a special and intimate way. Collective is a production that seeks to capitalize on that, celebrating those impacted by cancer, serving to unite those who have or are currently experiencing cancer, while embracing diversity and instilling hope.

The overview of Gilda’s Club… created in honor of Gilda Radner

Gilda’s Club is a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends. Local chapters provide meeting places where those living with cancer, their families, and friends can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda’s Club chapters offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting. The club was named in tribute to an original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. In 2009, Gilda’s Club merged with The Wellness Community to form the Cancer Support Community, although local branches generally opted to retain the name Gilda’s Club.

Gilda’s Club was founded by Joanna Bull, Radner’s cancer psychotherapist along with Radner’s widower, Gene Wilder (himself a cancer survivor) and broadcaster Joel Siegel (who died after a long battle with the disease). The first club opened in New York City in 1995, after a long fundraising campaign that included movie trailers featuring Wilder in theaters around the country. The organization took its former name from Radner’s comment that cancer gave her “membership to an elite club I’d rather not belong to.” Radner’s story can be read in her book, It’s Always Something.

In July 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community, another established cancer support organization to create the Cancer Support Community (CSC). As of 2012, there were over 20 active local affiliates of Gilda’s Club. Although some local affiliates of Gilda’s Club and The Wellness Community have retained their names, many affiliates have adopted the name Cancer Support Community following the merger. The proposed name change caused controversy in some communities. The national organization introduced a web-based diagnostic “distress screening” tool which led the Pittsburgh Gilda’s Club to change its name and sever its ties with the national organization because of a disagreement over requirements to offer the screening tool to all patients.

The performance will feature original choreography by Jennifer Owen, music by Stacy Busch, and poetry by Jen Harris, inspired by members of Gilda’s Club who shared their stories of cancer.

“The Intro/The Tale of Captain Bill Brockway”

Musical composer – Stacy Busch is a multimedia artist and performer. Stacy is the founder and president of No Divide KC, an arts and social justice non-profit that creates artistic events for various social causes. Stacy’s work has been performed throughout the country as well as in France and Iceland.

11:29

15. Jen Harris (Live) w/ Stacy Busch – “Intro/The Tale of Captain Bill Brockway”
from: Collaborations: Our Stories of Cancer / Charlotte Street – Owen Cox Dance / 2018

Jen Harris and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley have joined us to share information about, Collective: Our Stories of Cancer, a multi-disciplinary production that provides an insightful experience into life with cancer.

The performance will feature original choreography by Jennifer Owen, music by Stacy Busch, and poetry by Jen Harris, inspired by members of Gilda’s Club who shared their stories of cancer.

The work will be performed by Jen Harris, Stacy Busch, soprano Liz Pearse, and five dancers of Owen/Cox Dance Group. Dancers include Megan Buckley, Felicia McBride, Emily Mushinski, Logan Pachciarz, and Christopher Page-Sanders.

Siobhan has served on a variety of non-profit boards in the arts and social services sectors. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Kansas City Ballet, Goodwill Industries of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, The Health Care Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee, the Mayor’s Task Force on Progress and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. She is also a trustee of Pembroke Hill School.
Siobhan has her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jen Harris and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley Thank you for being with us on WMM

Collective: Our Stories of Cancer, a multi-disciplinary production featuring original choreography by Jennifer Owen, music by Stacy Busch, and poetry by Jen Harris, inspired by members of Gilda’s Club is being publicly presented this Friday, and Saturday, March 2 and 3 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 PM, at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th St in Kansas City’s historic Westside. For info you can visit: http://www.owencoxdance.org.

11:40 – Best Original Song Nominations of the 90th Annual Oscar Awards

Next up we feature songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 90th Annual Oscar Awards, airing this Sunday Night, March 4. All five of this year’s nominees for Best Original Song will be performed on the Oscars. We’ll play 4 of the 5 nominated songs.

First up we’ll hear from Common, who duets with Andra Day on “Stand Up For Something” from the film “Marshall.” The three-time Grammy champ won an Oscar in 2014 for “Glory” from the film “Selma.” Common co-wrote this new song with nine-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren.

Second we’ll play Sufjan Stevens and his song “Mystery of Love” that he composed for “Call Me by Your Name.”

Third, we’ll hear from, Mary J. Blige, who made Oscar history as the first person to be nominated for both acting and composing in the same year. The nine-time Grammy winner will perform “Mighty River,” which she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson for the film “Mudbound, for which she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Our final Best Original Song nomination is “Remember Me” from the animated film “Coco.” sung by Grammy nominee Natalia LaFourcade and Grammy winner Miguel.

16. Andra Day – “Stand Up for Something (feat. Common)”
from: Marshall (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Marshal Films LLC / Sept 29, 2017
[Marshall is a 2017 American biographical legal drama film directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff. It stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, and focuses on one of the first cases of his career. It also stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell. Cassandra Monique “Andra” Batie known professionally as Andra Day, is an American singer and songwriter from San Diego, California. Her debut album, Cheers to the Fall, was released in 2015 and peaked at number 48 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album and the album’s main single, “Rise Up”, was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known as Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet, and film producer. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint, and, in the past, has released music under various other labels such as Relativity, Geffen and GOOD Music, among others. Common’s first major-label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success. His first Grammy Award was in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life”, with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005’s Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album, at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside” (featuring Kanye West), from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released on November 27, 2007. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common’s acting career also includes starring significant roles in the films Smokin’ Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year’s Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, and John Wick: Chapter 2.]

17. Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”
from: Call Me By Your Name (Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Madison Gate / Nov 3, ’17
[Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. It is the final installment in Guadagnino’s thematic Desire trilogy, following I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015). Set in Northern Italy in 1983, Call Me by Your Name chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The film also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, and Victoire Du Bois. Sufjan Stevens (SOOF-yan) was born July 1, 1975, and is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 2000 on the Asthmatic Kitty label which he cofounded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the single “Chicago” from that album. Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lived there until the age of nine, when his family moved to Petoskey, in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. He was raised by his father Rasjid and his stepmother Pat, only occasionally visiting his mother, Carrie, in Oregon after she married her second husband Lowell Brams. (Brams later became the head of Stevens’ record label Asthmatic Kitty).He attended the Detroit Waldorf School, Petoskey High School and Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Harbor Light Christian School. He then attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts from The New School in New York City. Sufjan is a Persian name meaning “comes with a sword”. It predates Islam and most famously belonged to Abu Sufyan, a figure from early Islamic history. The name was given to Stevens by the founder of Subud, an inter-faith spiritual community to which his parents belonged when he was born. A multi-instrumentalist, Stevens is known for his use of the banjo, but also plays guitar, piano, drums, xylophone, and several other instruments, often playing all of these on his albums through the use of multitrack recording. While in school, he studied the oboe and English horn, which he also plays on his albums. Stevens did not learn to play the guitar until his time at Hope College. Stevens lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, in New York City, where he makes up the Brooklyn staff of Asthmatic Kitty Records.]

18. Mary J. Blige – “Mighty River”
from: Mudbound (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Netflix Studios / Nov 17, 2017
[Mudbound is a 2017 American period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. It stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige. The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way. Mary Jane Blige was born January 11, 1971. She is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She has been honored with numerous accolades and nominations, including winning nine Grammy Awards, and being the recipient of three Golden Globe nominations including one for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Florence Jackson in Mudbound (2017), for which she also became the first woman to receive multiple Academy Award nominations in the same year including for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song. She started her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989. In 1992, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales. Her album My Life is among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Times All-Time 100 Albums. She received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, and the Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP in 2007. As of 2013, Blige has sold 75 million records worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, Billboard magazine also lists her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Moreover, she is ranked number 100 on the list of “100 greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music” list. Blige starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and appeared in the film Rock of Ages (2012). She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her musical contribution to the film The Help. In 2017, she appeared in the period-drama film Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, for which she received nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Best Original Song nods in both award contests for the film’s song “Mighty River”.]

19. Miguel – “Remember Me (Dúo) [feat. Natalia Lafourcade]”
from: Coco (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) / Walt Disney Records / November 10, 2017
[Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is directed by Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living. The concept of the film is based on the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead. The film was scripted by Molina and Matthew Aldrich from a story by Unkrich, Jason Katz, Aldrich and Molina. Pixar began developing the animation in 2016; Unkrich and some of the film’s crew visited Mexico for inspiration. Composer Michael Giacchino, who had worked on prior Pixar animated features, composed the score. The film’s voice cast stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos. It is the first-ever film with a nine-figure budget to feature an all-Latino cast, with a cost of $175–200 million. Miguel Jontel Pimentel (born October 23, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Raised in Los Angeles, he began creating music at age thirteen. After signing to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut studio album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. Although it was underpromoted upon its release, the album became a sleeper hit and helped Miguel garner commercial standing. After Jive’s dissolution in 2011, he moved to RCA Records and released his second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012 to critical acclaim. On June 29, 2015, Miguel released his third studio album, Wildheart, which also received universal critical acclaim. Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles into his music, and has been compared to vocalists Babyface and Prince. Miguel was born and raised in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons of a Mexican American father and an African American mother. María Natalia Lafourcade Silva was born February 26, 1984. She is a Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter who since her debut in 2003 has been one of the most successful singers in the pop rock scene in Latin America. Her band’s name is Natalia y La Forquetina. Lafourcade’s voice has been categorized as a lyric soprano.]

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

Next week on March 7, Timmy Tilton joins us as Guest Producer for our second hour.

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

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Show #723

WMM presents The Matchsellers + Jen Harris & Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley of “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer”

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

More New & MidCoastal Releases + The Matchsellers
+ Jen Harris & Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley of “Collective: Our Stories of Cancer”

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Hembree, Vigil and Thieves, The Roseline, Joy Zimmerman, The People’s Liberation Big Band, Stacy Busch, U.S. Girls, Car Seat Headrest, Sunny War, Screaming Females, and Tom Petty. We will also play from 4 of the 5 songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 90th Annual Oscar Awards, we’ll play: Sufjan Stevens, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day & Common, and Miguel & Natalia Lafourcade.

The Matchsellers

At 10:30 Andrew Morris and Julie Bates, better known as The Matchsellers, join us to share music from their new album “Bluegrastronauts.” The Matchsellers have traveled the US and Europe developing their brand of off the wall bluegrass & old-time music. In 2017 they began collaborating with two of the Midwest’s finest musicians, Chad Graves a dobro player that has been featured in Rolling Stone and The Bluegrass Situation, and Betsey Beymer a much sought after bassist from Lakin, KS. The Matchsellers Bluegrastronauts Release Show is Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 PM at Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO. $10 admission gets you a CD as well. You can make a reservation by emailing thematchsellers@gmail.com

Poet Jen Harris

At 11:15 Mark talks with Poet Jen Harris and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley of Gilda’s Club KC who join us to share information about, Collective: Our Stories of Cancer, a multi-disciplinary production that will provide an insightful experience into life with cancer. The performance features original choreography by Jennifer Owen, music by Stacy Busch, and poetry by Jen Harris, inspired by members of Gilda’s Club who shared their stories of cancer. The work will be performed by Jen Harris, Stacy Busch, soprano Liz Pearse, and five dancers of Owen/Cox Dance Group including: Megan Buckley, Felicia McBride, Emily Mushinski, Logan Pachciarz, and Christopher Page-Sanders. Performances are Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 PM, at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th St in Kansas City’s historic Westside. For more information you can visit: http://www.owencoxdance.org.

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Show #723

WMM Playlist from: August 1, 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 1, 2012

Eleni Mandell + Sterling Witt + Pitch Music Awards

1. Tame Impala – “Apocalypse Dreams”
from: Lonerism / Modular Records / October 9, 2012
[A special track from the upcoming second release from the trio from Perth, Australia.]

2. Eleni Mandell – “Lets Drive Away”
from: Afternoon / Zedtone Records / 2004
[From Eleni’s 5th album. This song was also included in the compilation, Weeds: Music from The Series, Volume 3.]

[Eleni Mandell plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Sat, Aug 4, w/ Mikal Shapiro and Ruddy Swain.]

3. Au – “Get Alive”
from: Both Lights / Hometapes / April 3, 2012
[5th album release from Portland, Oregon based experimental pop group established by multi-instrumentalist Luke Wyland in 2005 while completing a degree at the Massachusetts College of Art. Now a working live band, AU features an ever-changing roster.]

[Au will be in concert at the recordbar next Wednesday Night, Aug. 8, w/ fellow Portland band Tu Fawning and KC’s very own Sinple opening. Sinple will also perform LIVE next week on WMM.]

10:15

4. Radkey – “Little Man”
from: Irrationally Yours – EP / Radkey/ March 29, 2011 [Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. Their influences include The Who and Nirvana.]

[Radkey will be returning to play at the Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn, NY August 25-26, with Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Spank Rock, Das Racist, Toshi Reagon and many others.]

[Radkey is nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Emerging Act and they’ll play at The Pitch Music Showcase, Saturday, at The Riot Room.]

5. Root and Stem – “Ruby”
from: Ruby / Polydor / May 1 2012
[KC based band made up of James Embry – Guitar/Vocals, Baird Williams – Guitar/Vocals, Cody Barrett – Bass, and Joel Shipley – Drums. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Americana/Bluegrass Band.]

[Root and Stem will play The Pitch Music Showcase, Saturday, August 4, at The Union {inside).]

6. Katy & Go Go – “Funny Place”
from: When I Get Away / Independent / 2012
[Katy & Go-Go is vocalist and guitarist Katy Guillen (of The B’Dinas) and drummer extraordinaire Go-Go Ray (of Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Samantha Fish, John Velghe). They hit the KC stages in January of 2011, securing a steady monthly gig at The Brick’s Rhythm, Roots, & Soul Saturday Matinee. Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Blues Band. Band leader, Katy Guillen has told us that Go-Go is on the road for an indefinite amount of time. Before he left to tour the country and Europe he replaced himself with an awesome drummer: Kelsey Cook, and Tim Braun of Good Foot has joined the band on bass, making this a three-piece.]

[The band plays Pitch Music Showcase, in the Backyard of The Beaumont in Westport, Sat, Aug. 4.]

10:29 – Underwriting

10:30 – Interview with Sterling Witt

7. Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / November 2012

Born and raised in the rural countryside of Cass County Acclaimed singer-songwriter and artist, Sterling Witt went to school in Harrisonville. At 15, he picked up the bass guitar, and taught myself how to play a right-handed instrument upside-down, left handed. His progression into music has led to over 8 album releases, multiple tours, the formation of a band. Sterling Witt returns to the Wednesday MidDay Medley to share new songs from his up and coming album: “Sterling Loves U.”

8. Sterling Witt – “Built By Design”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / November 2012

Sterling’s new record company is: Grand River Records.

Ashley Miller co-produced Sterling’s new record.

Day 1 Sterling Witt & drummer Allan Winkler recorded 11 new songs for the up and coming album “Sterling Loves You! at the Infoaming Vertex in Gladstone Missouri.

Day 2 they returned to the studio with Michelle Gormlie. Michelle a featured vocalist on 2 songs “You’re the One & “Every Single Second”. Allan Winkler recorded some exotic percussion including a instrument called a Bell Tree from Bali Indonesia on “Hollow Moon”. Sterling Witt recorded all the bass lines and secondary vocals tracks. The album is virtually finished in 2 days.

Day 3 Sterling & Ashley started mixing the new album “Sterling Loves U!”

Day 4 Allan Winkler joined Sterling & Ashely for the final the second mixing session.

Day 5 Sterling & Ashely mastered 13 tracks for the new album. Five days in the studio and “Sterling Loves U” is finished.

9. Sterling Witt – “Every Single Second”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / November 2012

The Pledge Music Campaign for the new album launches this Friday, August 3, at 8:00 PM, at the Westport Coffee House Theatre, 4010 Pennsylvania, KCMO, w/ the debut performances of The Strange Solution, & John Nichols

Tour:

8.16.12. NASHVILLE TN – NATIONAL UNDERGROUND – 105 BROADWAY #101

8.19.12.9PM ATLANTA GA – SMITHS OLDE BAR – 1578 PIEDMONT AVE

8.22.12. WIMINGTON NC – JUGGLING GYPSY – 1612 CASTLE ST.

8.25.12. RALEIGH NC – THE POUR HOUSE – 224 S. BLOUNT ST.

8.27.12.7PM NORFOLK VA – BORJO COFFEEHOUSE – 4416 MONARCH WAY

8.29.12.9PM MANAYUNK PA – GRAPE ROOM – 105 GRAPE STREET

8.31.12. 8:30PM CHICAGO IL – REGGIES MUSIC JOINT – 2105 SOUTH STATE ST.

9.2.12.9PM MINNEAPOLIS MN – FINE LINE MUSIC CAFE – 318 FIRST AVE NORTH

10. Sterling Witt – “You Are My Sunshine”
from: Sterling Loves U / Grand River Records / November 2012

Sterling Witt’s Pledge Music Campaign for his new album “Sterling Loves U” launches with a special concert, this Friday, August 3, at 8:00 PM, at the Westport Coffee House Theatre, 4010 Pennsylvania, KCMO, with the debut performances of The Strange Solution, and John Nichols. More info at pledgemusic.com/projects/sterlinglovesu

10:54

11. The People’s Liberation Big Band – “…in the rompus 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]

[Nominated for a Pitch Music Award for Best Jazz Ensemble.]

[People’s Liberation Big Band play Jeff Harshbarger’s Alt. Jazz Series at recordBar, Sun, Aug 5, 8PM.]

10:58

12. Cate Le Bon – “What is Worse”
from: Cyrk II / The Control Group / August 20, 2012
[Based in Cardiff, Wales, she sings in both English and Welsh. Singled out by critics for her dark lyrical content, and “haunting voice.” She released one of our favorite records of 2012 so far Cate Le Bon has announced the new release of a five-song follow-up to the 10-track CYRK. According to her label, CYRK II serves as an “older sister” to the original release, “bearing songs of a more starkly confessional nature.”]

13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti – “Only in My Dreams”
from: Mature Themes / 4AD / August 20, 2012
[2nd album by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. The lead single and closing track from the album is a cover of the Donnie and Joe Emerson song “Baby” that we played a few weeks ago when Marion Merritt was with us on the show. Ariel Pink was born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, June 24, 1978. He is an LA based recording artist. He He started writing songs around age 10 and has recorded over 500 songs on hundreds of cassette tapes since 1996. Pink produced & played almost all of his own music. His home recording technique gave his music a lo-fi sound, to the point and listeners may mistake the era of his music. In 2008, Pink formed Haunted Graffiti.]

14. Purity Ring – “Obedear”
from: Shrines / 4AD / July 20, 2012
[First single from debut album from Canadian indie electronic band based out of Montreal who formed in 2010. The band consists of two members: Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).]

11:12 – Underwriting

11:13

15. Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Our Hearts Are Wrong”
from: Tell Me / Polymer – Nonesuch / February 7, 2011
[At age 15, Mayfield recorded her first EP “White Lies” in her brother’s bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. After an introduction, Mayfield and Auerbach hit the studio, laying the foundation of her debut album With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. This is her second album, she is now 22.]

[Jessica Lea Mayfield will be in concert TONIGHT, Wed, Aug 1, at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.]

We Gave Away Two Pairs of tickets to see Jessica Lee Mayfield at the recordBar, 1020 Westport Rd.

16. Hidden Pictures – “Boyfriend A.D.D.”
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.] [Richard Gintowt was with us on WMM on July 25. ]

17. Mikal Shapiro – “The Reception”
from: For Good / Independent / 2010
[Singer Songwriter, Artist, Curator, Journalist, Sarah Lawrence Graduate Mikal Shapiro has spent the last few years studying in Chicago. Her 2010 recording featured Shane Ogren on keys, and synth and Mikal on voice, and steel string guitar. Mikal Shapiro opens for Eleni Mandell, this Saturday, August 4, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, with Ruddy Swain. More info about Mikal Shapiro is available at: mikalshapiro.com]

18. Eleni Mandell – “I’m Lucky”
from: I Can See The Future / Yep Roc / July 10, 2012

11:27 – Underwriting

11:28 – Interview with Eleni Mandell

Los Angeles, California native, Eleni Mandell, will be in concert in Kansas City this Saturday, August 4, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, with Mikal Shapiro and Ruddy Swain. Eleni Mandell has just released her eighth album: “I Can See The Future,” on Yep Roc Records. The songs chronicle Eleni’s decision to become a single mother and start a family, She was 8 1/2 months pregnant when in the studio recording the new recording.

The songs on “I Can See the Future” chronicle Eleni’s decision to become a single mother and start a family without waiting for Mr. Right, including her search for the right sperm donor. Eleni he chose an “astrophysicist who likes classic rock.” She was 8 1/2 pregnant when she was in the studio recording the album. The record follows Mandell’s decision to break up with her partner, who appeared less than ready for children.

Mark and Eleni talked about the power of a pregnant woman, and Eleni’s twin children.

Paste magazine described Eleni’s music as “a triple-layer torch-song/New Wave/power-pop confection.” The new album lives up to this praise. The album seems timeless, beautiful, lush. Songs that seem to be instant pop standards. Can you tell us about your process of writing these songs for the new release?

Newly signed to Yep Roc Records. – Zedtone

Eleni worked with producer Joe Chiccarelli who had produced records for The Shins, The Strokes, and White Stripes, and you were able to put together a “dream team” musicians.

(variety of instrumental flavors that frame her dreamy, understated pop-noir vocals. )

Nathaniel Walcott of Bright Eyes contributed string and horn arrangements that can be heard on the track “Magic Summertime”

Mandell’s colleagues from vocal trio the Living Sisters Inara George and Becky Stark contribute backing vocals throughout the entie recording.

Pedal steel guitar of Greg Leisz helps paint the Southwestern imagery of “Desert Song.”

Steve Berlin of Los Lobos on Saxophone on “Who You Gonna Dance With.”

Benji Hughes plays Lee Hazlewood to Eleni’s Nancy Sinatra on “Never Have To Fall In Love Again.”

Joey Waronker plays drums throughout, including the brushed snares of “So Easy.”

“Mandell was weaned on artists like Tom Waits and X, and her dark and sexy songs have been compared to those of everyone from Chan Marshall to Patsy Cline. She has a sometimes smoky, sometimes wistful delivery, and, more often than not, her songs take on love from some new perspective.” – The New Yorker

Tom Hardy in Consequence of Sound compared Eleni’s voice to Karen Carpenter.

“a mix of emotional heart and musical command marks a move into the major leagues of American singer/songwriters.” -The Los Angeles Times

ELENI MANDELL TOUR DATES

TU 7/10 – LOS ANGELES, CA @ HOTEL CAFÉ CD RELEASE SHOW

TU 7/17 – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ WORLD CAFÉ LIVE

WE 7/18 – ANNAPOLIS, MD @ METROPOLITAN KITCHEN & LOUNGE

TH 7/19 – ARLINGTON, VA @ IOTA CAFE

FR 7/20 – NYC, NY @ JOE’S PUB

SA 7/21 – CAMBRIDGE, MA @ CLUB PASSIM

TU 7/24 – ASHEVILLE, NC @ GREY EAGLE

WE 7/25 – CHAPEL HILL, NC @ LOCAL 506

TH 7/26 – ATLANTA, GA @ THE EARL

FR 7/27 – NASHVILLE, TN @ THE BASEMENT

SA 7/28 – BLOOMNGTON, IN @ THE BISHOP

SU 7/29 – CHICAGO, IL @ ACE BAR

WE 8/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

FR 8/3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill

SA 8/4 – KANSAS CITY, MO

SU 8/19 – SEATTLE, WA @ TRACTOR TAVERN *

TH 8/23 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ CAFÉ DU NORD *

FR 8/24 – SANTA BARBARA, CA @ MUDDY WATERS *

SA 8/25 – LOS ANGELES, CA @ BOOTLEG THEATER

TH 10/11 – CARRBORO, NC @ CAT’S CRADLE “YEP ROC 15TH ANNIVERSARY”

WE 10/17 – Quebec, Canada @ OCTAVE-CREMAZIE

TH 10/18 – Montreal, Canada @ L’Astral

Eleni Mandell, will be in concert in Kansas City this Saturday, August 4, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, with Mikal Shapiro and Ruddy Swain. You can learn more about her new album: “I Can See The Future,” on Yep Roc Records at: elenimandell.com.

11:47

19. Eleni Mandell – “The Future”
from: I Can See The Future / Yep Roc / July 10, 2012

[Eleni Mandell plays Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Sat, Aug 4, w/ Mikal Shapiro and Ruddy Swain]

20. She’s A Keeper – “Headless King”
from: Live From Midwestern (Musical Co.) / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.] [5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC.]

[She’s A Keeper play a special CD Release show Saturday, August 4, at Czar.]

21. Yellow Ostrich – “Hold On”
from: The Mistress / Barsuk Records / August 16, 2011
[“a bedroom project,” from Alex Schaaf, the individual behind the NYC based Yellow Ostrich, who now tour as a three piece band. ]

[Yellow Ostrich plays The Riot Room in Westport on Tuesday, August 7.]

11:59

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

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Show #432

WMM Playlist from March 28, 2012

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hearts of Darkness & Making Movies

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

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

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

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

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

The current line up for The Hearts of Darkness:

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

Discography

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:35 – Underwriting

10:37 – Interview with Elsa Rae

Elsa Rae

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

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

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

10:44

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

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

Elsa traveled to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival.

10:50

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

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

Elsa wants to eventually work with a band.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Folly Theatre

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

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

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

The Folly wasn’t always known as the Folly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:18

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

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

11:18 – Underwriting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other theaters converted to movies, but the Folly specialized.

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

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

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

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

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

11:37

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

11:37 – Underwriting

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

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

Damian Blake and Annie Cherry

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

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

Spencer Brown aka Daisy Bucket

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

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

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

The New Century Follies

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

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

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

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

11:57

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

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

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Show #414

WMM Playlist from Dec. 7, 2011 – The 111 Best Recordings of 2011 (Part 1 of 4)

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, December 7, 2011:

The 111 Best Recordings of 2011
(Part 1 of 4)

1. (111.) Raleigh Moncrief – “Lament for Morning”
from: Watered Lawn / Anticon Records / October 25, 2011
[Debut full length recording from Sacramento based, Raleigh Moncrief, who has collaborated with Dirty Projectors for their Bitte Orca recording that is also on our list of 111 Best Recordings of 2011.]

2. (110.) Soley – “Blue Leaves”
from: We Sink / Morr Music / October 3, 2011
[From Iceland comes Soley, an introverted singer-songwriter who was recently featured in “Backyard” a documentary about the influential Iceland music scene.]

3. (109.) Veronica Falls – “Veronica Falls”
from: Veronica Falls / Slumberland Records / Sept. 20, 2011
[self-titled debut record from a UK band that daringly recruited a bass player that didn’t know how to play until joining the group. Their first live performance was opening for Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.]

10:15

4. (108.) Bootsy Collins –“FreeDumb” w/ Dr. Cornel West
from: Tha Funk Capitol of The World / Mascot / April 26, 2011
[23rd studio album by funk musician Bootsy Collins, features an incredible line up of Bootsy’s friends including: Chuck D, Snoop Dogg and Bootsy’s Parliament and P-Funk band-mates: George Clinton & Bernie Worrell.]

5. (107.) The Go! Team – “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.”
from: Rolling Blackouts / Memphis Industries / 2011
[3rd studio album from Brighton, England-based band that combine indie rock & garage rock w/ a mixture of blaxploitation & Bollywood soundtracks, double dutch chants, old school hip hop and distorted guitars. Their songs mix of live instruments and samples from.]

6. (106.) The Middle East – “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”
from: I Want That You Are Always Happy / Spunk Records / April 2011
[Debut studio album by Australian folk band The Middle East, released in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Formed in 2005, the group played locally and completed several East Coast tours of mainly Christian festivals throughout Australia. They played their last show on July 31, 2011.]

7. (105.) Telekinesis – “Car Crash”
from: 12 Desperate Straight Lines / Merge / Feb. 15, 2011
[Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle. This is his 2nd album on Merge.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31

8. (104.) Peter, Bjorn & John – “Breaker Breaker”
from: Gimme Some / Star Time / March 29, 2011
[Our “Best of…” lists always seem to include representatives from Sweden. Gothenburg is a music town that rivals Montreal, Brooklyn, Omaha, and Nashville. Lykke Li appears on our list as we continue the count down. Peter Morén from Dalarna in the North of Sweden and Björn Yttling from Västerbotten – even further to the North – had been playing music together for 8 years when they in 1999 met John – from Norrbotten – which is yet even further to the North! Peter, Bjorn & John are back in our playlists this year with their sixth album.]

9. (103.) The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
from: The King Is Dead / Capitol / Jan. 18, 2011
[Recorded during the spring of 2010 in the Portland area. The album title has been speculated to pay homage to The Smiths The Queen Is Dead, due to front man, Colin Meloy’s long-touted influence from the band. Meloy has cited that a primary musical influence for much of The King Is Dead is R.E.M.,[21] and three songs, feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck including “Down By The water.” The band played Uptown Theatre Monday, February 7.]

10. (102.) Marketa Irglova – “Go Back”
from: Anar / Anti- Records / October 7, 2011
[Solo debut from one-half of the Irish duo The Swell Season and co-star of the motion picture Once. Now at 23, she decided to branch out on her own after relocating to NYC and while The Swell Season were on hiatus.]

11. (101.) Poly Styrene – “Kitsch”
from: Generation Indigo / Future Noise Music / April 26, 2011
[On the verge of the release of her third solo release, singer Poly Styrene, former singer with the X-Ray Spex, died at the age of 53, after suffering from cancer. In February, in an interview published in The Sunday Times magazine, she revealed that she had been treated for breast cancer, and that it had spread to her spine and lungs. She died on April 25. She was one of the first female punk icons. She was very influential, with an unorthodox style. Poly Styrene formed her band the X-Ray Spex after watching the Sex Pistols perform on Hastings Pier on her 18th birthday. The band released just one album, “Germ Free Adolescents,” in 1978, before splitting up. The singer went on to record a solo album, Translucence, in 1980, before retreating from the music industry to join the Hare Krishnas. Singer Billy Bragg told a radio station that, “It’s always hard for women in rock music but it was particularly hard in the 70s,” he said. “I think she cut right through that. The work that she did and the things that she produced always stayed true to that original spirit of punk.”]

10:45

12. (100.) Jen Lawless – “All Goes Down”
from: Running Hot / Saunders Street Records / April 8, 2011
[By day, the 5′ 3″ Kansas City Native, Jen Lawless, drives an ambulance for the KC Fire Department and is responding to emergencies and racing between hospitals. Her occupation is the inspiration for many of the original songs on her Saunders Street Records release. Jen appeared on our May 11th WMM.]

13. (99.) Sterling Witt – “Perfect Girl”
from: Sounds of The Future (EP) / Bright Orange Records / 2011
[Born and raised in the rural countryside of Cass County he went to school in Harrisonville. At 15, he picked up the bass guitar, and taught myself how to play a right-handed instrument upside-down, left handed. Sterling Witt joined us LIVE on April 13 on WMM for the 90.1 FM Band Auction and again on August 31st.]

14. (98.) William Saunders – “Undone”
from: Tales of Weathered Plains / Saunders Street Records / 2011
[Born in L.A. and raised in KC and Raymore, Missouri, he spent eight years in the U.S. Army and served in the first gulf war. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia he first started singing and writing. After the military, he started his business career. In the early 90’s he formed a band called “The Decadent.” After 16 years in the corporate world he discovered that he had written nearly seven hundred songs. In 2010, he left the corporate life to created Saunders Street Records and pursue a career in music, and the development of other musical artists. William Saunders played LIVE on our March 23 WMM ]

15. (97.) Jason Vivone – “Lemme Come Up For Air”
from: My Roaring Twenties / Independent / 2011
[Jason Vivone is the former Kansas City Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge solo winner. His band the Billy Bats were crowned KINGS OF THE ROOTS at the showdown at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. In an annual event held by the Missouri Lottery and the Roots and BBQ fest, the Billy Bats beat out three other bands with their soulful, energetic live show. In January, Jason Vivone’s new solo CD “MY ROARING TWENTIES” was released to acclaim and terrific on-line sales. In March the new line up of the Billy Bats opened for Fishbone and also performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin. Jason Vivone performed LIVE on our Nov. 2 show.]

11:00

16. (96.) They Might Be Giants – “Judy Is Your Vietnam”
from: Join Us / Idlewild Recordings / July 19, 2011
[15th studio album and the first non-children’s album from the band since “The Else” in 2007. They Might Be Giants played Beaumont Club on Oct. 14.]

17. (95.) Brian Eno – “Glitch”
from: Drums Between The Bells / Opal – Warp Records / July 5, 2011
[40 years in music as a glam rocker, Ambient pioneer, producer, multimedia artist, technological translator, world beat drum-beater, and self-described non-musician. In the early years of Roxy Music, he set up a sound table off stage and turn knobs to create textures and echos. ]

18. (94.) Yuck – “Get Away”
from: Yuck / Fat Possum Records / Feb. 15, 2011
[Indie rock from London, England. Critics have compared their self-titled debut album to Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.]

19. (93.) Jenny Carr – “tease”
from: Maybe Definitely Really For Sure / Independent / Dec, 2010
[Missouri native, Jenny Carr has fronted the KC band the Waiting List and played bass for indie-rock bands: Anvil Chorus and Lights & Siren. She lists her influences as: The Beatles, The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith and The Cranberries.]

11:15

20. (92.) St. Vincent – “Cruel”
from: Strange Mercy / 4AD / September 13 , 2011
[Manhattan based Annie Clark’s 11-song follow up to her critically acclaimed release “Actor” from 2009. Strange Mercy was recorded in Dallas, TX. St. Vincent played Lawrence, KS on October 7.]

21. (91.) Robert Ellis – “Comin’ Home”
from: Photographs / New West / July 5, 2011
[The New York Times writes that Robert Ellis is “Equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones.” Based in Houston, Texas, the 22-year old, singer songwriter was first brought our attention by our Artist Joey Grimm, KCAI graduate from 2010, (now doing graduate work in Delaware) who played him on WMM back on August 10. Joey had just seen him live in Texas.]

22. (90.) Tom Russell – “Furious Love (For Liz)”
from: Mesabi / Shout! Factory Records / September 5, 2011
[Identified with the Texas Country music tradition, his music also includes elements of folk, Tex-Mex, and cowboy music of the American West. Mesabi includes songs about Bob Dylan, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Jimmy Driscoll and Sterling Hayden. Furious Love (For Liz)” was the last song written for Mesabi. Following the recent death of Elizabeth Taylor, Russell says, “I married a Swiss lady and we have a place in Switzerland in the Alps, and Liz Taylor had a chalet right down the street. Then I found out she lived for a short while in a penthouse in El Paso, with her first husband, Nicky Hilton. That overlooks Juarez, Mexico, and I thought, I’d write a waltz about Liz looking out on Juarez.” Tom Russell played Knuckleheads on October 6, 2011.]

11:27 – Underwriting

11:28

23. (89.) Stephin Merritt – “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky”
from: Obscurities / Merge Records / August 30, 2011
[In 1999, The Magnetic Fields’ three-CD collection 69 Love Songs established Stephin Merritt as one of this generation’s most talented songwriters. The LA Times called Merritt, “one of indie-rock’s most acclaimed figures.” “The Sun and the Sea and the Sky,” could be considered the 70th love song. Stephin Merritt writes that “this song didn’t go on 69 Love Songs because it wasn’t actually about romantic love. Now it sounds like a Germanic hymn to nature, as directed by Leni Riefenstahl.” This previously unreleased track is part of Stephin Merritt’s latest release, Obscurities, in his return to Merge Records, a collection of Merritt’s hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge (1994 1999) and prior, as well as 5 previously unreleased tracks. Pitchfork reports The Magnetic Fields will be releasing a new album on Merge in early 2012.]

24. (88.) Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin’”
from: Stone Rollin’ / Sony / May 10, 2011
[born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California on May 14, 1966, Saadiq has been representing “old school” R&B since his early days as a member of the group Tony! Toni! Toné! He’s produced songs for TLC, Joss Stone, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend. For his 4th studio album he pushed beyond the “classic soul revival” with more rock-inspiring funk, Chess Records-blues, and the more expansive orchestral sound of post-Detroit Motown and 1970s Philadelphia sound.]

25. (87.) Cadillac Fambe’ – “Devil’s Branch”
from: Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues. The band will be featured at Murder Ballad Ball of 2011, a Benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation, Fri, Dec 9, 6 to 2:00 AM, at The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, KCMO also appearing: American Catastrophe, Rural Grit All Stars, Tommy Donoho, Bob & Diana Suckiel, Sons of Great Dane, Cody Wyoming, Tony Ladesich, The Delighted, and others.]

26. (86.) Mountain Man – “Animal Tracks”
from: Live At The Wiltern / Partisan Records / July 5, 2011
[Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath met at Bennington College, in the small town of Bennington, Vermont. This fall the trio toured with Feist.]

11:45

27. (85.) Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
from: Era Extrana / Mom + Pop / September 13, 2011
[Recorded in Helsinki, Finland during the winter of 2010, Era Extraña translates: “Strange Era.” Neon Indian is an indie electronic band from Denton, Texas from Mexican-born composer by Alan Palomo who was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1988 and moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 5, relocating to Denton, Texas for college. Neon Indian played The Record Bar on October 11 tour with Com Truise and Purity Ring.]

28. (84.) Com Truise – “Futureworld”
from: Galactic Melt / Ghostly / July 2011
[Com Truise, is New Jersey based designer and musician named Seth Haley, who said he envisioned this record as a “sort of film score…from the mind,” chronicling the life and death of Com Truise, the world’s first robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on Earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called “Wave 1.”]

29. (83.) Prefuse 73 – “The Only Recycled Intro”
from: The Only She Chapters / Warp Records / April 25, 2011
[Guillermo Scott Herren was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is Catalan and his mother is Irish and Cuban. At an early age his parents encouraged him to play piano and other instruments; his mother “forced” Herren to play a wide variety of instruments, even going so far as to teach him the Suzuki Method in order to “keep him out of trouble”. Growing up, Herren’s musical tastes branched out and he became interested in hip-hop, punk rock, and electronic music]

30. (82.) Molly Picture Club – “Satellites”
from: four on the floor [EP] / Independent / late 2010
[Kansas City Based band featuring: Aniko Adany- vocals, synths, keys, omnichord, Matthew Hayden- drums, drum sequencing, and Michael Tipton- vocals, guitar, bass.]

31. Owen/Cox Dance Group & The People’s Liberation Big Band – “Spanish Dance”
from: The Nutcracker & The Mouse King / TZIGANE / December 2011
[Owen/Cox Dance Group Presents: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King featuring: Fifteen musicians of the People’s Liberation Big Band, horn sculptor Mark Southerland, artist Peregrine Honig, and students from the Paseo Academy of the Performing Arts as well as the award-winning choreography of Jennifer Owen. Performances: Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 at 8:00 PM, Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 PM. Friday & Saturday December 16 & 17, at 8:00 PM, Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 PM at The City Stage in Union Station, 30 West Pershing Rd Kansas City, MO. Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for students, seniors, and groups of 15 or more, $10 for children, ages 12 and under. Tickets & Information: http://www.unionstation.org/Nutcracker%5D

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

Sources for notes: artist’s websites, wikipedia.org

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Wednesday, December 14 we continue with part-2, of our 4-week special: The 111 Best Recordings of 2011

Show # 398

WMM Playlist from Sept. 14, 2011

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, September 14, 2011
New Jazz & Afro Beat! + Christel Highland 

+ Jeff Harshbarger & Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s “Race Riot Suite”

1. Femi Kuti – “Dem Bobo”

from: Africa For Africa / Knitting Factory Records / Apil 12, 2011

[In a career spanning over twenty years, Femi Kuti has been performing for 20 years, preserving the legacy of his father, Fela Kuti and revealing his own voice. He recorded this new album in the same studio where he produced his first recordings with his father and his breakthrough solo album, Shoki Shoki. He wanted to present Afrobeat in its rough, purest form. One music critic noted that his music is, “inspired as much by Miles Davis as James Brown.”]

2. Hearts of Darkness – “Terror Flu”

from: Hearts of Darkness / Shipshape Music / July 10, 2010

[KC’s very own: funk/soul/rock/hip-hop ensemble featuring: Les Izmore: Vox & Perc, Brandy Gordon, Rachel Robinson & Erica Townsend: Voices / Sean P Branagan: Drum Kit, Mikael Spears: Congas, Perc, Phil Keegan: Shakere, Aux Perc, Brad “Bad Brad” Williams: Percussion, Kit / Pete Leibert: Bass Guitar, Josh Mobley: Rhodes, Hammond, Clavinet, Mark Vick: Guitar 1, Jeff Harshbarger: Guitar 2 / Jolan Smith: Tenor Sax, Vox, Perc, Shawn Hansen: Alto Sax, Vox, Perc, Alex Smith: Alto Sax, Vox, Perc, Sam Hughes: Baritone Sax, Vox, Perc / Andrew Ford: Slide Trombone, Vox, Perc, Ken Walker: Valve Trombone, Vox, Perc, Bob Asher: Trumpet, Vox, Claves, High Kicks.]

[Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will be in concert at Crosstown Station, 1522 McGee, on Friday, Sept. 16, with The Hearts of Darkness.]

10:15

3. Loose Cannon Brass Band – “Funkin’ at YJs”

from: I Heard It On 18th Street II: No Foolin’ We Schoolin’ / Independent (David Ford) / 2009

4. The Creighton Organization featuring: Jimmy Dykes -“Goin To New Orleans”

from: I Heard It On 18th Street II: No Foolin’ We Schoolin’ / Independent (David Ford) / 2009

5. Mike Dillon’s Gogo Jungle – “Stupid Americans”

from: Battery Milk / Hyena Records / Jan. 30, 2007

[Born and raised in Houston, TX, Mike Dillon was a member of the pivotal bands Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, and The Malachy Papers and has collaborated with MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Secret Chiefs 3, Polyphonic Spree and Sex Mob.]

6. Malachy Papers with Earl Harvin – “Four Titter Puppet”

from:  Malachy Papers with Earl Harvin / Reap and Sow / 2005

[a track written by Mike Dillon featuring Mark Southerland on horns, Mike Dillon on vibraphone, Johnny Hamil on Bass, and Earl Harvin on Drum Kit and Tiympani.  Recorded in December of 2004.]

10:30 –  Interview with Christel Highland 

Christel Highland is an Artist and Designer who has created her own line of fashion line of clothes and wearable art called Pistol Threads.  Through Christel’s work she is devolping new trade between artists and products in Morocco and Kansas City with Argon Naturals and Atlas Weavers. Christel is also an artist and Mother and she will be featured in “Paint The Town” at The Intercontinental on September 24 during the weekend of The Plaza Art Fair.

We talked with Christel about her fashion line of clothes and wearable art called Pistol Threads, being an independent artist, the Journey.

Christel will be featured at: Paint The Town 2011, Celebrating Saint Luke’s Nurses, Above the Plaza Art Fair, September 24, 2011, from 6-11 PM. Poolside at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, 401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112, More info at:  PaintTheTownKC.org

Christel is working with two new ventures including: Argon Naturals and Atlas Weavers.

You can learn more about Christel’s work at PistolThreads.com or ChristelHighland.com.

10:45

7. Snuff Jazz featuring Brian Haas – “Trailer Ride”

from: I Heard It On 18th Street II: No Foolin’ We Schoolin’ / Independent (David Ford) / 2009

8. Diverse – “Sojourner”

from: Diverse / Origin Records / July 21, 2009

[Mentored by the great Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, saxophonist William Sanders, pianist John Brewer, bassist Ben Leifer, and drummer Ryan Lee were the winners of the 2008 Origin Records / Gene Harris Jazz Festival Competition, beating out 10 other very original groups from across the country, the quintet opened for Roy Haynes’ ‘Birds of a Feather’ band at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and were awarded a deal to record this album of original music.]

[Jeff Harshbarger Presents: DIVERSE Trio @ Record Bar, Sunday, September 18, 8:00pm – 11:00pm, The DIVERSE Trio will be celebrating Ben Leifer’s return to Kansas City.  The trio consists of Hermon Mehari (trumpet), Ryan Lee (drums), and Ben Leifer (bass). Diverse Trio will be playing a mix of original music and standards, as well as other types of music that have inspired us in the past year. More info at: diversejazz.com.]

11:00

9. The People’s Liberation Big Band  – “The Council of Mice”

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, Brad was out guest olast year in December.  The Owen/Cox Dance Group with The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City presenting annually “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” at the H&R Block City Stage Theater at Union Station.  More information at owencoxdance.org. The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City appears the first Sunday of each month at the Record Bar as part of Harshbarger’s Alternative Jazz Series. ]

10. Hearts of Darkness – “Come Forward”

from: Studio Dailies / unreleased recording from sessions for new album / April 6, 2011

[Thank you Bobby Asher.]

11.   Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – “Black Wall Street”

from: Race Riot Suite / Kinnara Records – The Royal Family / August 30, 2011

[from Tulsa, Oklahoma, their 20th album, Race Riot Suite,  written by Chris Combs for the current quartet of Brian Haas on piano & keyboards, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass.  For this recording the band is accompanied by a horn section consisting of Sex Mob’s Steven Bernstein, Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck fame), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz, Malachy Papers), Peter Apfelbaum, and former JFJO member Matt Leland. The album is dedicated to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, the largest race riot in United States history.  Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will be in concert at Crosstown Station, 1522 McGee, Friday, Sept. 16, w/ The Hearts of Darkness, in one of the final shows at Crosstown Station.]

11:15 – Interview with Jeff Harshbarger

Jeff Harshbarger was voted Kansas City’s Best Bassist by The Pitch Magazine in 2007.  A Composer, bandleader, and collaborator, Jeff has recorded and performed with Bobby Watson, Forever Tango, Krystle Warren, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Snuff Jazz, Ghosty, Forrest Whitlow, and The People’s Liberation Big Band.  Jeff is curator pf Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City.  Jeff has received numerous grants and awards, including The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute fellowship, and the professional Development Grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.  Jeff also host the Wednesday edition of Jazz Afternoon, 1:00 to 3:00, on 90.1 FM.  Jeff joins us to talk about Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s newest release, “Race Riot Suite.”

While this is Jacob Fred’s 20th album release, this is actually Jeff’s first recording with the band, as he joined just a year ago.

Written by Chris Combs for the current quartet of Brian Haas on piano & keyboards, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass.

For this recording the band is accompanied by a horn section consisting of Sex Mob’s Steven Bernstein, Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck fame), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz, Malachy Papers), Peter Apfelbaum, and former JFJO member Matt Leland.

The album is dedicated to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the largest race riot in United States history.

12.   Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – “Second Prayer”

from: Race Riot Suite / Kinnara Records – The Royal Family / August 30, 2011

Jeff Harshbarger has played on the recordings from many of our featured artists toddy including: The Hearts of Darkness, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Snuff Jazz, The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, Shay Estes & Trio All.

The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

Jeff Harshbarger hosts Jazz Afternoon, Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 PM on 90.1 FM

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will be in concert at Crosstown Station, 1522 McGee, Friday, Sept. 16, w/ The Hearts of Darkness, in one of the final shows at Crosstown Station.

11:30

13.  Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – “Lost in The Battle For Greenwood”

from: The Race Riot Suite / Kinnara Records – The Royal Family / August 30, 2011

14. Sex Mob – “Roswell”

from: Din of Inequity / Sony / May 7, 1998

15.  Shay Estes & Trio All – “Where You At?”

from: Despite Your Destination / Independent / 2009

16.  Mark Lowrey – “Roman Candle”

from: Live At Jardines / MarkLowreyMusic.com / 2010

[Recorded Live at Jardine’s, 4536 Main street]

11:45

17.  Barclay Martin Ensemble – “Wishing Well”

from: Pools That Swell With The Rain / Independent  / September 24, 2010

[Barclay Martin Ensemble will be featured at SHINE A LIGHT, A CFCA benefit concert, on Sunday, September 25, 2011, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., rain or shine, at The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park, 7710 Renner Road , Shawnee, Kansas. Parking Opens at 2:00 p.m., The Box Office Open at 2:30 p.m.  The Doors Open at 3 p.m.  More info at: shinealightconcert.com or BarclayMartin.com.]

18.  Seun Kuti – “Mr. Big Thief”

from: From Africa With Fury: Rise / Knitting Factory Records / June 21, 2011

19. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”

from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Sources for Notes: Artist’s websites noted above and wikipedia.org

Show #386