Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: That’s So Fabulous! + KC Pride Fest + GLAMA + Cuee & Shah & Pride For The Masses

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, May 29, 2019

That’s So Fabulous! + KC Pride Fest
+ Stuart Hinds & Austin Williams of GLAMA +
Cuee & Shah of Pride For The Masses

Charles Nelson Reilly

We celebrate LGBTQIA Pride Season with our annual show, “That’s So Fabulous!” with music from: Cuee, Stephonne Singleton, Wick & The Tricks, SHAH, Cris Williamson, Mýa, Daya, MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter & Our Lady J (from Pose), Liberace, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde, Jim Nabors, Noel Coward, RuPaul, Grace Jones, Dos Fallopia, Judy Garland, Al Franken, Lily Tomlin, David Bowie, Lou Reed, John Cale, and the Broadway casts of “A Chorus Line,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and ”How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” plus the film soundtracks to “Bambi,” ”Hedwig & The Angry Inch,” “Stuart Save His Family,” and “Sordid Lives.”

At 10:30 we talk with Bill Svoboda of The Kansas City Pride Fest, Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1st, and Sunday, June 2nd, at Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO, featuring MYA, Josh Zuckerman, Daya, Steve Grand, Material Girl, Radial Red, Heartland Men’s Chorus and more. For information on schedules, vendors, activities, and events you can visit: http://www.gaypridekc.org.

Austin Williams & Stuart Hinds

At 11:00 Mark interviews Stuart Hinds, Curator of Special Collections & Archives at UMKC with Austin Williams, PhD Candidate, UMKC Professor, and Director of the documentary film “The Ordinance Project.” Stuart and Austin share news about the 10th Anniversary of the Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA). Housed the Miller Nichols Library at the UMKC, GLAMA is a collection of artifacts and documents archived from KC’s LGBT communities. GLAMA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible such materials that reflect the histories of the LGBT communities in the region. More info at: http://www.umkc.edu/glama

Cuee

At 11:30 Lawrence based hip hop artists, Cuee and Shah join us to share new music and details about Pride for the Masses, presented by I Heart Local Music, June 8 at The Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS featuring: Cuee with Glass Bandit and SHAH, Wick & The Tricks, Drag Performances, and more! For more info visit: http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

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WMM Playlist from May 22, 2019

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, May 22, 2019

Jason Buice & David George
+ Helen Proctor & Shawn Stewart +
Cris Williamson, Teresa Trull & Barbara Higbie

Jason Buice, David George, Shawn Stewart, and Helen Proctor on the May 22, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

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

2. The National – “You Had Your Soul with You [feat. Gail Ann Dorsey]”
from: I Am Easy to Find / 4AD / May 17, 2019
[The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003). Leaving behind their day jobs, the National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator (2005), to widespread critical acclaim. The band’s fourth and fifth studio albums, Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010), increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2017 the band released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Their eighth studio album, I Am Easy to Find, was released on May 17, 2019. Four of the band’s albums were included on NME’s 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork writes: “On nearly every song Berninger is accompanied and sometimes silenced by a rotation of featured female vocalists who step in to offer perspective, commentary, and dissent. The National have recruited some of the best singers out, among them Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables, Sharon Van Etten, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, whose spotlight “Dust Swirls in Strange Light” benches Berninger all together. Most revelatory of all is Gail Ann Dorsey, David Bowie’s longtime bassist and backing singer, who heralds the album’s new direction midway through opener “You Had Your Soul With You.” Her extraordinary voice of saffron arrives like a divine intervention, instantly parting a track that had previously been National-by-numbers.]

3. Big Thief – “UFOF”
from: U.F.O.F. / 4AD / May 3, 2019
[Third album from Brooklyn, NYC, based Big Thief iwith Adrianne Lenker on vocals & guitar, Buck Meek on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums. The “F” stands for Friend. The band’s forst two albums were releasd on Sadle Creek. This is their first on 4AD Redords.]

4. Sinkane – “Ya Sudan”
from: Dépaysé / City Slang / Expected May 31, 2019
[7th Album from Sinkane (born Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab in London, England in 1983. He is a Sudanese-American musician who blends krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop. Born to college professors in London, he lived in Sudan, then moved to the US when he was five, and lived for some time in Ohio. Prior to embarking on his solo career, he worked with Eleanor Friedberger, Caribou, of Montreal, Born Ruffians, and Yeasayer as a session musician. Ahmed Gallab is the vocalist and music director of the Atomic Bomb! Band which plays the music of Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor. The group includes David Byrne (of Talking Heads), Money Mark (of the Beastie Boys), Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion), Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Charles Lloyd, Amadou and Mariam, Jamie Lidell, Pharoah Sanders, Joshua Redman, among many many others.]

5. Jamila Woods – “FRIDA”
from: LEGACY! LEGACY! / Jagjaguwar / May 10, 2019
[Second album from Jamila Woods who was born October 6, 1989, and is a Chicago-based American singer, songwriter and poet. Woods is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep and Brown University, where she received a BA in Africana Studies and Theater & Performance Studies. Her work focuses on themes of Black ancestry, Black feminism, and Black identity, with recurring emphases on self-love and the City of Chicago. In 2012, Jamila Woods published her first chapbook, entitled The Truth About Dolls. Her work can be found in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013). Her influences include Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, and Frida Kahlo. Woods was also one of three editors of The Breakbeat Poets Volume II, entitled Black Girl Magic. The 2018 publication is an anthology of poetry by contemporary Black women, “exploring themes of beauty, unapologetic blackness, intersectionality, self-definition, and more.” Woods is the Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors (YCA), an organization in the Chicago dedicated to uplifting youth voices through arts education and mentorship. Through YCA, Woods helps to organize Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry slam festival. She also facilitates poetry workshops and creates curriculum for Chicago Public Schools. She is widely known for her collaborative works with Chance the Rapper on the hit song “Sunday Candy” from the album Surf as well as “Blessings” from Coloring Book. Woods is also featured on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song “White Privilege II”. In January 2016, Woods signed to Chicago’s independent hip-hop label, Closed Sessions. Jamila released her debut album HEAVN on her SoundCloud page on July 11, 2016 to critical acclaim. The album features collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Noname, Saba, Lorine Chia, Kweku Collins and Donnie Trumpet.]

6. The Creepy Jingles – “Microchip On Your Shoulder”
from: The Creepy Jingles EP / High Dive Records / May 3, 2019
[Debut EP Release from The Creepy Jingles: Jocelyn Olivia Nixon on lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar, & Keyboards; Travis McKenzie on lead guitars, Nick Robertson on drums; and Adam York on bass. From His Dive Records website: “The brainchild of singer/ songwriter, Jocelyn Olivia Nixon acts to guide the listener thru a self-actualized Mono-myth of forging identity thru Bizarre arcane cosmic poetry coupled with the wordplay of a wry smile and eccentric wit. Drummer Nick Robertson charges the group forward with a fiery fueled obsidian backbeat. Adam York delivers pulsing Bass lines that the compliment the songs and his partner in the rhythm section. Rounding out the band is Guitarist Travis McKenzie who generously spins a holographic spectrum of color that lift the catchy Brit pop melodies that effortlessly dance about the rapidly changing landscapes of New York Garage Rock and 60s/70s folk music. Beware The Creepy Jingles, their siren call is coming from inside the house.”]

[The Creepy Jingles plays Harrison Street DIY 401 Harrison St, KCMO Wednesday, May 22, at 8:00 PM with HelKat and Scammers.]

7. Momma’s Boy – “Sugar”
from: Sugar – Single / Manor Records / May 3, 2019
[Recorded and mixed by Ross Brown of Shy Boys/Fullbloods and mastered by Mike Nolte at Eureka Mastering. The song features Peter Beatty on lead vocals and lyric writing. Momma’s Boy hails from Kansas City, based band with Quinn Hernandez on the drums, Jared Bajkowski on bass, Peter Beatty’ on guitar, Shaun Crowley on guitar. The band also features three singers, as Peter, Shaun and Jared rotate on lead vocals.]

8. Kid Computer – “You”
from: The Darnedest Things – EP / Kid Computer / April 26, 2019
[Kansas City based 4-piece band with Matt Gore, Christian Sanchez, Dalton Grenier, and George McMillian.]

[Kid Computer play an EP Release Show, Saturday, May 25, at 10:00 PM at Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence KS., with The Sluts and Vehicles.]

9. Tiki Brawlers – “Worth The Wait”
from: All Night Riot / Tiki Brawlers / April 29, 2019
[Debut album from Kansas City based, Tiki Brawlers who formed in 2018. The music is a blend of ska, reggae, punk, pop, and rock. Tiki Brawlers are: Ian Griggs on vocals, Brad Buckner on drums, Galen Gould on bass, Mike Burton on guitar & vocals, with Kadesh Flow on trombone, and Ernest Melton on saxophone. Recorded at Markosa Studios, Roeland Park, KS. Engineered and Mastered by Mark Thies. Original Artwork by Anthony and Jessica Olvera.]

[Tiki Brawlers play Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, on Friday May 24, with New Common Ground & Grapple The Sun.]

[Tiki Brawlers play miniBar, 3810 Broadway Rd, KCMO, Saturday, June 15, at 9:00 PM with The Mad Kings, and The Low Down Dirty Dirt Band.]

10:30 – Underwriting

Jason Buice

10. Jason Buice – “Both Sides”
from: Both Sides EP / Jason Buice / June 7, 2019
[Both Sides contains five original songs written by Jason Buice and arranged by David George. Many local artists appear throughout the album including Kristin Hamilton (Under the Big Oak Tree), Mark Verbeck (Scotch Hollow) and touring bluegrass artist Caleb Ryan Martin. The album is best described as Indie Folk/Americana music. Produced by David George. Recorded and Mixed at Largely Studios (KCMO) by Pat Tomek. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Studio (KCMO)]

[Jason Buice hosts a Both Sides Release Party at Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.]

10:32 – Interview with Jason Buice & David George

Jason Buice and David George on the May 22, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

Lawrence based singer songwriter, Jason Buice joins us to talk about his new 5 song EP Both Sides to be released on June 7. Both Sides was produced by David George and recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek (of The Rainmakers and Howard Iceberg & The Titanics). Both Sides contains five original songs written by Jason Buice and arranged by David George.

Also joining us is singer, songwriter, producer, rock and roller, musical theatre creator, David George who will share a new track from the Volker Brothers new EP Wrecking Ball, to be released on June 28. Jason Buice hosts a Both Sides Release Party at Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Jason Buice and David George thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Congratulations on all of the new music.

Jason Buice (pronounced “Bice”) will release his 5 song EP Both Sides on June 7.

Both Sides was Produced by David George and recorded and mixed by Pat Tomek (The Rainmakers) at Largely Studios (KCMO).

David George

Jason approached the multi-talented David George and asked him to produce. David agreed and helped Jason develop the songs to a new height he wouldn’t have discovered on his own.

David has treated each song as his own and helped Jason grow in his expression of songs.

Jason and David were also fortunate enough to record with Pat Tomek (The Rainmakers) at his home studio. Pat is an excellent drummer and did incredible work engineering and mixing each song in addition to lending his powerful drums to the mix.

The cherry on top was having Duane Trower master the album at Weights & Measures.

Jason loved collaborating with other musicians he admires: Caleb Ryan Martin, Kristin Hamilton, Michael Turnbo, Mark Verbeck, Marco Pascolini and Nathan Reeves Nall contribute their talents to the ep.

Both Sides contains five original songs written by Jason Buice and arranged by David George. Many local artists appear throughout the album including Kristin Hamilton (Under the Big Oak Tree), Mark Verbeck (Scotch Hollow) and touring bluegrass artist Caleb Ryan Martin. The album is best described as Indie Folk/Americana music.

JASON BUICE / BOTH SIDES
1. Wait it Out 3:17
2. Cuts Deep 3:12
3. Light On 3:33
4. Omar, He Knows 2:50
5. Both Sides 3:02

http://JasonBuiceMusic.Bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/JasonBuiceMusic
Instagram: @brother_jb
Twitter: Buice_Tweets

10:42

11. Jason Buice – “Omar, He Knows”
from: Both Sides EP / Jason Buice / June 7, 2019
[Both Sides contains five original songs written by Jason Buice and arranged by David George. Many local artists appear throughout the album including Kristin Hamilton (Under the Big Oak Tree), Mark Verbeck (Scotch Hollow) and touring bluegrass artist Caleb Ryan Martin. The album is best described as Indie Folk/Americana music. Produced by David George. Recorded and Mixed at Largely Studios (KCMO) by Pat Tomek. Mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Studio (KCMO)]

[Jason Buice hosts a Both Sides Release Party at Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.]

10:45

Jason Buice and David George on the May 22, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

We are talking with Lawrence based singer songwriter, Jason Buice about his new 5 song EP Both Sides to be released on June 7. Both Sides was produced by David George and contains five original songs written by Jason Buice and arranged by David George.

Also joining us is singer, songwriter, producer, rock and roller, musical theatre creator, David George who will share a new track from The Volker Brothers new EP Wrecking Ball, to be released on June 27 with a show in The Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads.

Jason Buice hosts a Both Sides Release Party at Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Jason Buice and David George thanks for being with us again on WMM.

David George has toured all over the place with John Fogerty, played on national television, had his music played when the Chiefs score a touch down, has written a Christmas Musical about a Drag Queen, has performed at The Missouri Repertory Theatre, and once invited me to sing in the chorus to a single and video he created, you have certainly produced many of your own records what was it like producing for Jason?

Jason has done so many jobs, working in theatre, in the offices of law firms, religious organizations, working as an exterminator, a delivery driver, a photographer, a record label associate, I’ve watched you navigate the Kansas City music landscape and it’s great to see that you’ve found safe harbor and are able to create this new recording.

David, what is the biggest advice you would want to give to musicians and singer songwriters venturing into the music business?

Jason Buice hosts a Both Sides Release Party at Records with Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, KCMO, on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Volker Brothers Play a Wrecking Ball EP Release Show Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 in The Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads.

The new Volker Brothers was recorded at Weights and Measures Sound Lab with engineer Duane Trower, Matt Richey on drums, Lin Buck on keys, and Rick Willoughby on bass!

Jason Buice and David George thanks for being with us again on WMM.

10:56

12. Volker Brothers – “Wrecking Ball”
from: Wrecking Ball / Jason Buice / June 28, 2019
[2nd EP from Erik Voeks and David George, two rock and roll brothers who play guitar and harmonized on their own pop-folk-rock songs influenced by The Everly Brothers to Elvis Costello from XTC to the Finn Brothers.]

[Volker Brothers Play an EP Release Show Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 in The Gospel Lounge at Kunckleheads.]

11:00 – Station ID
11:00 – Interview with Helen Proctor and Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart and Helen Proctor on the May 22, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

On June 5th, Helen Proctor will celebrate her birthday. Why do I mention this, because even though I’m several decades older, I too will celebrate my birthday on June 5. I honestly relate to, and appreciate, the mercurial nature of Helen Proctor, who is many things: a musician, an artist, a model, a community organizer, a college graduate, an activist, a teacher, a ‘zine publisher, a performer, a comedian, a worker, and advocate working to end domestic violence and gender based sexual violence. Her band Helkat is getting set to release their debut single “I Want You.” Helkat plays Harrison Street DIY 401 Harrison St, KCMO Wed, May 22, at 8:00 PM with Creepy Jingles and Scammers.

Helen Proctor thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart started playing music in Kansas City after he moved here from Chicago in 1991. His band, “Tin Roof Echo” played venues around town through 1993 when he retired to the suburbs to raise a family as a “stay at home dad.” In 2014, after his kids were grown, he moved midtown to pick up where he left off. He released four albums under the moniker, “JohnnySuperColossal”. In September he’s taking his trailer to Nashville for three months then on to Los Angeles for three months to pursue music publishers and radio.

Shawn Stewart thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Shawn and Helen were introduced by Poet Jen Harris

Shawn Stewart writes: “In December, I had this crazy idea to form a band that was equal parts WWF and punk pop. It didn’t matter if the band could play, I just wanted flash and image and hopefully a lead singer with a massive personality who wasn’t too flat. The reception to my idea was lukewarm from most people. I decided to run the idea by Jen Harris though before giving up. She loved it and impressed upon me the importance of having each character develop a unique persona. She also told me Helen Proctor was the lead singer I needed.

Helen and I met. I told her we would record Spotify singles and schedule a series of faux shows which would consist of her kicking the crap out of a strategically placed actor each time: unruly sound tech, loud cell-phone talker and sometimes even physical altercations with me, the manager. As Jen had predicted, she loved the idea! She was quite enthusiastic and crafted the role of “hot lesbian lead singer who seduces the crowd and occasionally assaults men.”

We added Laura Fred (the perpetually intoxicated one) on drums and Phia (the broody quiet one) on bass. I gave Helen the song with which I wanted to lead- “I Want You”. We took black and whites of our first “show” a NYE house party at which Helen had beat some guy up for taking unauthorized pics. I received a series of Instant Messages from people disappointed they had not been invited to the house show and imploring me to invite them to see this spectacle of a band’s future outings.

As things progressed, it became clear that there was a lot of actual talent and musical compatibility within the fake band. The meetings organically turned into practices and we were jamming. We were writing new songs, bringing old songs to practice and reworking them together. Helen showed us an acoustic breakup song she’d written a few years back and now it’s a groovy reggae-punk tune. We added Rozz Petrozz on drums, Dylan McGonigle on guitar and with great reluctance, and mostly because Phia was leaving the country, me on bass.

Helkat is releasing the Spotify single of “I Want You” on May 31, and playing shows through August only before we lose Dylan to The Iowa Writers Workshop and Shawn to Nashville. Helkat is a meteor, not a planet.

11:09

HelKat

13. Helkat – “I Want You”
from: I Want You – Single / Helkat / To Be Released: May 31, 2019
[Post apocalyptic lounge punk from Kansas City based Helen Proctor on lead vocals & guitar, Laura Fred on drums, Rozz Petrozz on drums, Dylan McGonigle on guitar and Shawn Stewart on bass.]

[Helkat plays Harrison Street DIY 401 Harrison St, KCMO Wednesday, May 22, at 8:00 PM with Creepy Jingles and Scammers.]

11:12 – More Interview with Helen Proctor & Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart and Helen Proctor on the May 22, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

We are talking with Helen Proctor. Her band Helkat has just released their single “I Want You.” Helkat plays Harrison Street DIY 401 Harrison St, KCMO Wednesday, May 22, at 8:00 PM with Creepy Jingles and Scammers.

Helen Proctor thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Also with us us Shawn Stewart who releases music under the moniker, “JohnnySuperColossal”. In September he’s taking his trailer to Nashville for three months then on to Los Angeles for three months to pursue music publishers and radio.

Shawn Stewart thanks for being with us again on WMM.

Helen Proctor is the founder of Flaccid Femmes

Helen Proctor works for Manifesto and Rose Brooks

Shawn Stewart and Helen Proctor on the May 22, 2019 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM

Poppies and Puppies will be part of Shawn’s new album “Pop.”

Shawn Stewart started playing the Kansas City clubs after he moved here from Chicago in 1991. His band, “Tin Roof Echo” was booked at the clubs around town through 1993 when he retired to the suburbs to raise a family as a stay at home dad.

In 2014, kids are grown, he moved midtown to pick up where he left off. He released four albums under the “JohnnySuperColossal” moniker through 2018. In 2019, in collaboration with “Helkat”, he is trying to get his songs on the radio with a vengeance and toNashville and Los Angeles publishers. In September he’s taking his trailer for three months to Nashville then three months to Los Angeles for that purpose.

Helen Proctor & Shawn Stewart thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Helkat plays Harrison Street DIY 401 Harrison St, KCMO Wednesday, May 22, at 8:00 PM with Creepy Jingles and Scammers.

11:21

14. JohnnySuperColossals – “Poppies and Puppies”
from: Poppies and Puppies – Single / Shawn Stewart / May 17, 2019
[Shawn Stewart started playing music in Kansas City after he moved here from Chicago in 1991. His band, “Tin Roof Echo” played venues around town through 1993 when he retired to the suburbs to raise a family as a “stay at home dad.” In 2014, after his kids were grown, he moved midtown to pick up where he left off. He released four albums under the moniker, “JohnnySuperColossal”. In September he’s taking his trailer to Nashville for three months then to Los Angeles for three months to pursue music publishers and radio..]

15. Bob Mould – “Camp Sunshine”
from: Sunshine Rock / Merge Records / February 8, 2019
[Sunshine Rock is the 13th solo album from American rock musician Bob Mould born Robert Arthur Mould on October 16, 1960. He is principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. Born in Malone, New York Mould lived in several places, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area where he attended Macalester College. There, he formed Hüsker Dü in the late 1970s with drummer/singer Grant Hart and bass guitarist Greg Norton. Mould and Hart were the principal songwriters for Hüsker Dü, with Hart’s higher-pitched vocals and Mould’s baritone taking the lead in alternate songs. Though Mould’s sexual orientation had previously been something of an open secret, he was outed in the early 1990s in an interview in the music magazine Spin; he came to terms with being openly gay, even appearing in the movie Bear Nation, self-identifying as a bear. In April 2004, Mould was a co-organizer of the WEDRock benefit concert for Freedom to Marry. “WedRock” was a play on the word “wedlock”. The event raised an estimated US$30,000. Mould also contributed the song “See a Little Light” to the 2006 album Wed-Rock: A Benefit for Freedom to Marry, an album to support in the legalization of same-sex marriage. In interviews to promote his 2019 album Sunshine Rock, Mould revealed that he had been residing in Berlin, Germany since 2015.

11:28 – Underwriting

16. Cris Williamson – “Motherland”
from: Motherland / Wolf Moon Records / November 14, 2017
[30th release from legendary singer songwriter. Produced by Julie Wolf.]

[Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull play The Center for Spiritual Living – Kansas City, 1014 West 39th Street, KCMO, on Thursday, May 3 ]

11:34 – Interview with Cris Williamson, Teresa Trull, and Barbara Higbie

Teresa Trull, Cris Williamson, & Barbara Higbie

The legendary Cris Williamson recently released her 32nd album, Motherland. Cris Williamson is a brilliant songwriter, poet, pioneer, and renegade who recorded her first album in the 1964 when she was sixteen. Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, from 1975, became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time, selling over 500,000 copies. The sales allowed the independent label Olivia Records the ability to release music from a whole new movement of diverse female artists, all overlooked by mainstream music. Cris Williamson helped to forge a historic movement for women in the male dominated music industry, fostering the creation of completely female owned record labels, touring companies, and music festivals. Cris Williamson recently was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Americana Music Association. One of Cris Williamson’s best friends and longtime collaborator – Grammy Nominated singer songwriter producer Teresa Trull is back in the States momentarily from New Zealand where she now makes her home, Teresa Trull joins forces with Barbara Higbie and Cris Williamson who last played together in Kansas City over 10 years ago are back together for a string of shows in Portland, Berkeley, Seattle and Boulder. The trio play The Center for Spiritual Living – Kansas City, 1014 West 39th Street, KCMO, on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 PM.

Cris Williamson thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Congratulations on the the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Americana Music Association.

We loved seeing Cris Williamson in the American Masters PBS film Singing For Our Lives the story of Holly Near.

Cris is currently in rehearsal with friends Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull.

The first show of their tour is this Friday in Portland.

Teresa Trull was brought up in Durham, North Carolina, where she was steeped at an early age in blues, gospel, and rhythm & blues, Teresa Trull began her musical career singing gospel in churches, then served as the lead singer in a rock & roll band for several years before joining the East Coast nightclub circuit. Since the release of her first album, The Ways a Woman Can Be, in 1977, Trull’s gutsy rock & roll vocal style and her songwriting and record production talents have won the fiery-haired singer an ever-widening recognition. In particular, Teresa’s collaboration with Barbara Higbie on their CD’s Unexpected and Playtime as well as her partnership with Cris Williamson on the CD Country Blessed have received wide critical acclaim. Other musicians with whom Trull has performed and recorded include Huey Lewis, Bonnie Hayes, David Sanborn, Andy Narell, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Alex DeGrassi, Joan Baez, Linda Tillery, Holly Near, the Topp Twins, Tami Neilson and Tracy Nelson. A songwriter of considerable note, Trull co-wrote two songs on the Whispers’ gold album Love for Love, including the title track, with Ray Obiedo, and her production talents were recognized by the New York Music Awards and featured in the industry standard Mix Magazine.

In 2011 Teresa moved to New Zealand to pursue her passion for horses and founded New Zealand Horse Help to help horses with their people problems. She has sung on stage at the Rugby World Cup and sung NZ’s national anthem in Maori and English for the World Cup Show Jumping Event.

Blessed with an endless supply of energy, Trull’s live performances have been said to combine the high power of Nona Hendryx with the irreverent wit of Bette Midler.

Barbara Higbie has been a professional musician since age 17, Barbara has played everything from Traditional Jazz, Bluegrass and Irish to New Classical Music, Blues, and African Pop. She is known for her ability to compose in a style that is both genre-bending and accessible. A Grammy-nominated, Grammy award-winning composer, pianist, fiddler, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Barbara Higbie has performed on more than 100 albums, including Carlos Santana’s 2007 release. Her latest solo release, 2014’s Scenes from Life was recorded at Lucas Films Skywalker Sound.

As a solo artist, Barbara’s first solo CD Signs of Life was named a Washington Post Top Ten of the Year. Four other solo releases, I Surrender, Variations on a Happy Ending and Alive in Berkeley and last years Scenes from Life followed to much critical acclaim. In 2011, Higbie was the first ever Artist in Residence at the prestigious west coast Jazz Club, Yoshi’s, where she created two new bands. Roots music, Hills to Hollers with icons Linda Tillery and Laurie Lewis, and the exotic Cello Heaven with cellists Joan Jeanreneau of Kronos Quartet fame and new age star, Jami Sieber.

Higbie has 13 solo and group recordings to her name, as well as contributions to 10 compilations that have sold in the millions. She was the first female instrumentalist to compose and record for Windham Hill Records, 1982’s Tideline, a duet project with violinist, Darol Anger. Tideline’s unique sound became an instant classic, thanks in part to Higbie’s innovative and moving compositions. One of her pieces from Tideline, True Story, was downloaded on Pandora in 2014 more than 850,000 times. In June of 2015, Tideline was re-issued on Adventure Records. 1984 was an important year when Higbie recorded with Anger, Mike Marshall and Andy Narrell, Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival for Windham Hill Records, a landmark genre-defining album. Her composition To Be became Montreux’s radio/VH-1 hit. She toured worldwide with Montreux until 1990.

In addition to her instrumental music, Higbie’s singer-songwriter work, 2 CDs with vocal dynamo, Teresa Trull, on Olivia Records and 2 solo CDs on Slowbaby Records have won her critical acclaim and a large, devoted nationwide following. http://www.barbarahigbie.com

The Changer and the Changed – Changed The Music Business for Women

Cris Williamson’s groundbreaking album, The Changer and the Changed, was released in 1975, and became one of the best-selling independent releases of all time, selling over 500,000 copies. The sales of these records allowed the independent label Olivia Records to release music from a whole new movement of diverse female artists, all overlooked by mainstream music. Cris Williamson helped to forge a historic movement in the male dominated music industry, fostering the creation of completely female owned record labels, touring companies, and music festivals. The movement, (often misclassified as a genre) was about opening the doors, and smashing glass ceilings, for so many women to follow, who had been shut-out of the game, simply because of their gender. Cris seemed to shrug all of that off with an earthy sexy confidence that makes audiences swoon for her. She wrote music for people desiring to find their own identities in modern folk and pop music. No one had ever courageously written and performed so many brilliant full length albums of songs by women, about women, for women. At the same time, these songs are universal to us all. These songs were all impeccably and professionally produced and have stood the test of time and could go up against any of the songs by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, or James Taylor. Only difference is mainstream radio and television has almost completely ignored Cris Williamson. Despite this injustice, through her amazing voice, and spirit, and open heart, Cris has helped make the world a better place for all female and LGBTQIA artists who follow the path she cleared. We owe her for that. Cris Williamson has written and recorded hundreds of beautiful, incredible songs, while remaining one of our most underrated singer songwriters of the last 50 years. If you’ve never seen her in concert, now is your chance!

Cris Williamson, Teresa Trull & Barbara Higbie play The Center for Spiritual Living – Kansas City, 1014 West 39th Street, KCMO, on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 PM.

Congratulations to Cris for being part of NPR Music’s 2017 feature on The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women with The Changer and the Changed: A Record of the Times (Olivia Records, 1975) Ann Powers of NPR Music writes: “Produced by Williamson and featuring dozens of the era’s finest women musicians — including guitarists Meg Christian and June Millington, bass virtuoso Jacqueline Robbins and vocalists Holly Near and Margie Adam — Changer blended pop, country and folk elements in songs that were both cuttingly intimate and generously communal. (A few featured large choruses inspired by the sing-alongs women’s music artists inspired in concert.) Williamson’s own keyboard playing ranged from contemplative to dance-floor funky. The clear and confident lesbian desire behind love songs like “Sweet Woman” and “Dream Child” made Williamson a sex symbol; her philosophical side made Changer a record of spiritual growth, too. Speaking what at the time remained mostly unspoken in pop, this album truly changed lives. ”

The Cris piece from NPR Music’s The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (7/24/2017):
“I’m kind of hand-carried, person to person,” Cris Williamson told the journalist Ben Fong-Torres in 1981, when asked how people discovered her music. “There are secretaries who’ve told me they can’t get through the day without running home during lunch hour and playing it.” Such was the impact of the Wyoming native’s voice, clear as a mountain stream, and her empathetic songwriting, which made this album one of the best-selling independent releases of all time and the cornerstone of the feminist “women’s music” movement. Produced by Williamson and featuring dozens of the era’s finest women musicians — including guitarists Meg Christian and June Millington, bass virtuoso Jacqueline Robbins and vocalists Holly Near and Margie Adam — Changer blended pop, country and folk elements in songs that were both cuttingly intimate and generously communal. (A few featured large choruses inspired by the sing-alongs women’s music artists inspired in concert.) Williamson’s own keyboard playing ranged from contemplative to dance-floor funky. The clear and confident lesbian desire behind love songs like “Sweet Woman” and “Dream Child” made Williamson a sex symbol; her philosophical side made Changer a record of spiritual growth, too. Speaking what at the time remained mostly unspoken in pop, this album truly changed lives. —Ann Powers (NPR Music)

From http://www.smithsonianmag.com – Ginny Berson belonged to the Furies collective, a radical, separatist household that published journals, taught classes, and advocated communal living apart from men. Judy Dlugacz, 20, had postponed law school to pursue lesbian activism and was interested in finding an economically workable means of serving the women’s community. Performing as a folk musician at area clubs and coffeehouses, Meg Christian was eager to meet other women songwriters like Cris Williamson—who had released her first album in 1964 at age 16.

When Williamson came on tour to D.C., Christian and Berson not only arranged to bring other women’s music fans to the concert; in a gesture that changed history, they also scheduled a follow-up interview on Georgetown University’s “Radio Free Women” program. On the show, Berson spoke about how she and other members of the Furies collective were searching for a bigger project to invest in— “something that’s for women, by women, and supported by women’s money”—and Williamson responded with a simple yet provocative suggestion, “Why don’t you start a women’s record company?”

Cris Williamson recorded her first record in 1964 at the age of 16. She has been releasing music for over 50 years.

In the last 17 years Cris has released 11 full length albums ( a few of those were double albums). That works out to being a new album every year and half.

More info at: http://www.criswilliamson.com

Cris Williamson, Teresa Trull & Barbara Higbie thanks for being with us again on WMM

Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull play The Center for Spiritual Living – Kansas City, 1014 West 39th Street, KCMO, on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 PM. More information at https://https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4219504

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17. Barbara Higbie – “Water Lilies”
from: Resonance / Barbara Higbie / April 13, 2019
[Barbara Higbie (born 1958) is a Grammy nominated, Bammy award winning pianist, composer, violinist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has played on over 65 CDs including 3 tunes on the recent Carlos Santana CD. A longtime Windham Hill recording artist, she has also recorded for Olivia/Second Wave records and Slowbaby Records. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She is a folk, jazz, pop, and fusion singer-songwriter, noted for her highly melodic, jazz/folk piano performances. She has toured nationally and internationally since the early 1980s. An early recording artist on the Windham Hill record label, she formed and played with the group Montreux along with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips, and Michael Manring. She recorded a critically acclaimed album titled Unexpected with singer Teresa Trull in 1983, which was included in The Boston Globe’s Guide to Best Albums of 1983. Higbie and Trull teamed up again in 1997 to record an album titled Playtime. Since 1990, Barbara Higbie has released a number of solo albums on the Windham Hill and Slowbaby labels. She is known as a versatile and soulful musician. Born in Michigan and raised in Indiana, she spent several years as a teenager in Ghana with her family. She went to Mills College, attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and collected traditional music in West Africa on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. It was in Paris that she met Darol Anger and began a fruitful musical collaboration. Together they recorded the record Tideline (1982), one of the early successful records of Windham Hill. Two years later they led a group with three other musicians (Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips, and Andy Narrel) for the Montreux Jazz Festival. The concert was considered so successful that a recording made at the concert was released as a Windham Hill record (Live at Montreux–Darol Anger/Barbara Higbie Quintet) and a new group was formed. However, after two studio releases, Sign Language and Let Them Say, the group disbanded. Barbara occasionally collaborates with her Montreux colleagues. She has performed with Bonnie Raitt, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, Jaron Lanier, Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Teresa Trull and Ferron. Barbara Higbie has an active performing schedule. In August 2006, she participated in the Windham Hill 30th Anniversary Concert. She spent 18 months living in Hawaii with her family and moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in June 2009.]

[Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull play The Center for Spiritual Living – Kansas City, 1014 West 39th Street, KCMO, on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 PM ]

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

Next week on May 29 we present our annual LGBTQIA Pride Show, That’s So Fabulous with Bill Svoboda from KC Pride Fest, May 31, June 1, and June 2 at Berkley Riverfront Park. We’ll also talk with Stewart Hinds and Austin Williams about the 10th Anniversary of GLAMA. And Cuee and SHAH join us to share new music and talk about their shows for Pride For The Masses at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, Kansas.

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

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Show #787

WMM Playlist from May 30, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

That’s So Fabulous!
+ KC Pride Fest + Pride for the Masses + Torch Song Trilogy

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

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

3. Cyre – “Holiday (Circuit Mix)”
from: Gay Classics – Outrageous / Hot JWP / 2001

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

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

6. Lily Tomlin – “Obscene Phone Call”
from: This Is a Recording / Universal Records / 1971
[The album consists of comic sketches of Tomlin in her most famous character, Ernestine, the nosy, aggressive, and sharp-tongued telephone operator. The album’s tracks include monologues in which Ernestine tangles over the phone with Joan Crawford, Gore Vidal (“Mr. Veedle”), Martha Mitchell, and J. Edgar Hoover. It was recorded live at the intimate Ice House in Pasadena, California. The album, Tomlin’s first, won her a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording. Tomlin became the first woman to win this award for a solo recording (in 1962 Elaine May won for an album with Mike Nichols; in the years since only Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Griffin among female comedians have won the award.) The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums list, the highest charting solo comedy album by a woman ever on the chart.]

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

8. RuPaul – “I Met Him on the Dance Floor (Interlude)”
from: Realness / RuCo / March 2, 2015 [RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known as simply RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Previously, he was a fixture on the Atlanta and New York City club scenes during the 1980s and early 90s. RuPaul has on occasion performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles. RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both “he” and “she” have been deemed acceptable. “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” He hosted a short-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts reality television shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U.]

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

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

11. Grace Jones – “The Crossing (Ooh The Action…)”
from: Slave To The Rhythm / Island Def Jam Records / 1985

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

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

14. The BTC Orchestra – “The Liberace Fanfare”
from: Behind The Candelabra (Music from the HBO Original Film) / Elektra / May 20, 2013
[2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh about the life of pianist Liberace and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson, based on Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace (1988). It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013. It aired on HBO on May 26, 2013 and won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. It was released theatrically June 7, 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film features Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorsen.]

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

16. Jim Nabors – “It Takes All Kinds To Make The World Go Round”
from: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. / Sony / 1965
[Jan. 29, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that Jim Nabors married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, at Seattle, Washington’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Jan. 15, a month after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington. An urban legend maintains that Nabors married Rock Hudson in the early ’70s, shortly before Nabors began his relationship with Cadwallader. At least publicly, the two were never more than friends. According to Hudson, the legend originated with a group of “middle-aged homosexuals who live in Huntington Beach” who sent out joke invitations for their annual get-together. One year, the group invited its members to witness “the marriage of Rock Hudson & Jim Nabors,” at which Hudson would take the surname of Nabors’ most famous character, Gomer Pyle, becoming “Rock Pyle.” Those who failed to get the joke spread the rumor. Hudson was also gay but closeted, and because of the fear that one or both of them might be outed, Nabors & Hudson never spoke to each other again. Jim Nabors passed away on November 30, 2017 at 87.]

10:22 – The Music for Kansas City Pride

Kansas City Pride Fest is Fri, June 1st, 6:00 PM to Midnight, Sat, June 2, 12:00 PM to Midnight, and Sun, June 3, 12 to 7:00 PM at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.

Daisy Buckët photography by Vixen Pin-Up Photography

17. Daisy Buckët – “Long Long Time”
from: Pansy / Independent / July 25, 2017
[Executive Producer: Spencer Brown & Amy Hull. Co-Producer: Michael Wood. Album Concept & Design: Brandon Shelton. Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography. All tracks recorded at Sound 81 Productions, Kansas City, Missouri. Mixing & Engineering: Justin Wilson. Music/Lyrics: Ruth Wallis; Vocals: Daisy Buckët; Guitar: Jeff Freling; Drums: Brian Steever; Bass: Rick Willoughby; Piano: Ken Lovern; Clarinet: James Isaac.] [The abum of 10 tracks include five tracks recorded with Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny with Erin McGrane and the Loose Change Orchestra. There are also two tracks recorded with the KC psychedelic glam rock band The Philistines, and two original songs written for this album. This past year Daisy has performed with the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, shows in Ohio, Connecticut, and New York at the historic Duplex Cabaret, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Spencer Brown is a professional actor, singer, spokesmodel, super hero, and has appeared at The Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, The KC Fringe, Union Station, The Folly Theatre, Off Center Theatre, Just Off Broadway Theatre. Since 2008 Spencer has toured internationally and recorded several albums as a member of the acclaimed The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. Most recently they were seen on Watch What Happens Live! With Andy Cohen and have been on tour with their critically-acclaimed show, Things You Shouldn’t Say.]

[Daisy Buckët plays KC Pride Fest, Sat, June 2, at 8:05 pm at The Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park.]

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

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

10:30 – Interview with Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan, serves as Festival Chair of The Kansas City Pride Fest, happening this weekend! June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd at Berkley Riverfront Park under the guidance of the KC Diversity Coalition, the not-for-profit service organization that presents KC Gay Pride.
Josh Morgan thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City PrideFest, at Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Dr. KCMO.
Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, and Sunday, June 3rd / More Info: gaypridekc.org

Friday, June 1st 6:00 PM – Midnight
Emcee: Dirty Dorothy – 6 to 11:15 PM
6:00 Rozz Smith – National Anthem
6:01-7:45 DJ Chad Slater
7:45-8:55 Material Girl
9:15-11:15 DJ Roland Belmares

Saturday, June 2nd, 12:00 Noon – Midnight
Trans Awareness Day
Emcee: Widow Von’du – Noon to 5pm / Emcee: Flo and Melinda Ryder – 5pm to 12 AM
12:00 PM Rozz Smith – National Anthem
12:20-12:45 Tucker William
12:50-1:10 JAIE
1:15-1:20 Trans Awareness Day Committee
1:30-2:15 Radial Red
2:35-2:50 Jordan Haase
2:55-3:35 Royalty Court
3:40-3:50 Dove
4:00-4:30 Mid America Freedom Band
4:45-5:05 Sidekicks – Latinos
5:10-5:25 Buttwiser’s Bash
5:30-5:45 Black Pride
5:50-6:05 Kansas City Womens Chorus
6:20-6:50 Heartland Men’s Chorus
6:55-7:15 Presentations
7:25-7:40 KC Sunshine – The Midwest Michaeal
7:45-8:00 Widow Von’Du
8:05-8:45 Daisy Buckët
8:50-9:05 Missie B’s
9:15-9:55 David Hernandez
10:00-10:40 Frenchie Davis
10:45-11:30 Billy Gilman

Sunday, June 3rd: Noon – 7:00 PM
Emcee: Monique Heart – Emceed this stage last year and she returns after her National Television appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Emcee: Sasha Blake – Noon to 4:00 pm / Emcee: Buddy & Budweiser – 4pm to 7pm
12:00 Rozz Smith Solo National Anthem
12:01-1:45 Sidekick’s Talent Show
2:00-2:25 Hamburger Mary’s
2:30-2:45 Transfinity KC
2:55-3:10 SideKicks
3:30-4:30 Mad Libby
4:50-5:05 Nikita Wood-Rowe
5:15-5:45 Monique Heart
6:00-6:45 Thelma Houston
6:50 Volunteer Thank You / Closing Speakers (Event Staff)

ONGOING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

The Commerce Bank Kid’s Zone: Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm (Included with festival ticket) – All ages are welcome. Includes the Ironman obstacle course, Tinker Bell moonwalk, Dual Slide and Triple Lane Fun Run! The zone also features a face painter, balloon artist, and circus performers. Outside of the zone look for Renaissance Fair characters, the LGBTQIA Youth Hangout, and a professional kite flyer!

LGBTQIA Youth Hang Out: Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm (Included with festival ticket) – Games, prizes, music, photo booth and goodie bags!

Food Fair: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Food trucks and other local cuisine

Market Place: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Vendor and Sponsor Booths

Body Shop: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Workshops and Free Health Checkups

Animal Adoption Booths: Sat & Sun, 12 to 6:00 – Dogs, cats, birds available for adoption

KC Gay Volleyball: Sunday (Starting at 1:00pm) – Players will be participating in exhibition games on multiple courts set up on the grass on the west side of the grounds.

Volleyball Tournament: Saturday (10:30am to 5:30pm) partnership between Bistro Brigade and the Kansas City PrideFest. Proceeds benefit AIDS Walk KC. All genders, orientations, and ages 18+ are encouraged to sign up. Festival ticket included.
Register Here: https://goo.gl/o1T435 (Watchers are welcomed!)

Renaissance Festival Characters will be roaming: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Gay Pride Kansas City is a mix of volunteers and board members who represent a wide cross section of the Kansas City LGBTQIA community. What motivates these individuals is their drive to offer the Kansas City LGBTQIA community great informational and educational events which move the community forward.

Presented by: Kansas City Divercity Coalition: PO Box 32413, KCMO 64171
Phone: (816) 960-3400 / Email: pridefestkc@gmail.com

10:43

Josh Morgan thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

KC Pride Fest – June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, at Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO, presented by KC Diversity Coalition, a not-for-profit service oganization. For more information about tickets, vendors, directions, events, or to volunteer, visit: http://www.gaypridekc.org

10:43 – Underwriting

10:45 – “Just say the lines and don’t bump into the furniture.”

I think my parents had a tougher time hearing that I wanted to become a Theatre Major than when I told them I was Gay. Please know, that I believe the theatre is full of all sexual orientations, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender…just like the rest of the world. The theatre, however, is Queer friendly, accepting of LGBTQIA, it has always been a place where so many gay kids found their freedom and identity. The theatre gave gay kids their first glimpse into a world not found in their sheltered, small towns. Here in this next set is a song from Noel Coward from a album I found in my college library my freshman year. The plays of Noel Coward were captivating to me, the lyrics, wit, and diction of Noel Coward in action, is a treat.

After Noel we’ll hear Paul Lynde from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Bye Bye Birdie,” followed by Charles Nelson Reilly talking about his experience in “Bye Bye Birdie” while auditioning for “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Charles Nelson Reilly was playing three parts in Bye Bye Birdie winner of The Tony Award for Best Musical of 1960. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying won the Tony for Best Musical in 1961 and Reilly won The Tony for his portrayal of Bud Frump.

10:47 – Songs about “Tots,” “Kids” and “Coffee”

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

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

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

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

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

11:00 – Station Identification

24. Wick & The Tricks – “Drama Queen”
from: Not Enough 7″ Vinyl EP / Black Site / October 14, 2017
[Wick & the Tricks are a 4-piece band with Wick Trick on vocals & sleaze, Chris Stallion on guitar, Jane Asylum on bass & vocals, and JoJo Tornado on drums. The new EP was recorded and mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios.]

[Wick & The Tricks play I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 & 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass St., Lawrence, w/ Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, & Yanna the supa flowa.]

11:02 – Interview with Wick Thomas

Wick Thomas of Wick & The Tricks
(Photo by Dave Michael / aka Aardvark Foto)

Wick Thomas, was voted Best Activist by The Pitch Magazine. Wick has help organize LGBTQIA youth groups on college campuses and in High Schools, he served as President of EQUAL and won an award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Wick spent many years working for the Kansas City Public Library and now works for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Wick is also a gardener, a student, and a he grew up in Drexel Missouri. Wick is also lead singer of Wick & The Tricks, who last fall released a, 7-inch vinyl, 4-song EP debut, “Not Enough,” on Black Site Records. Wick & The Tricks play The I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 and June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS with Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, and Yanna the supa flowa. More information at http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

Wick Thomas, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wick & the Tricks a 4-piece band with Wick Trick on vocals & sleaze, Chris Stallion on guitar, Jane Asylum on bass & vocals, and Andrew Perry aka Drouche Bag on drums.

I Heart Local Music Presents:
PRIDE FOR THE MASSES

Friday June 8 at 9:00 pm & Saturday June 9 at 9:00 pm

Jackpot Music Hall
943 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

I heart Local Music is throwing an event during PRIDE month to celebrate the queer musicians in our community. This is open to ALL AGES.

FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM:

Vibralux
Wick & The Tricks
Calvin Arsenia
Cuee
Yanna the supa flowa

There will be performances from drag queens (including MsAmanda Love!) & queer DJs.

I Heart Local Music notes: “As a straight entity, WE WILL NOT BE PROFITING FROM THIS EVENT. The only people who will be making money are the QUEER PERFORMERS and QUEER STAFF (The Jackpot will hire queer audio engineers and bar staff). This event is FOR queer members of our community, and they will be the only ones who turn a profit as a result. We feel this is an important aspect to maintain in Pride events, as many queer readers have messaged us and expressed concern that too many straight entities turn a profit from queer-targeted events. So we curated this festival to rectify that. Because we love you.”

Many thanks to Ladybird Diner, Salon Blush, and Jackpot Music Hall for helping sponsor this event to make sure our queer performers are paid.

Wick Thomas on the May 30, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Wick Thomas on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Wick & The Tricks EP was recorded and mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios. and mastered by Chris Muth at Taloowa Corp. More info at: http://www.wickandthetricks.com

KC’s sassiest, trashiest and glammiest lovelies, Wick and the Tricks, released their debut 7” EP, Not Enough, on Black Site Saturday, October 14, with a premiere the video for “Tough as Nails”, the closing track on the new record.

With artwork from the band’s newest member, guitarist Chris Stallion, and packaging from the union printers at Callender Printing in Kansas City, KS.

In the spirit of the New York Dolls, The Stooges, and Jim Carroll, Wick and The Tricks proudly carry the Riot Grrrl, Queercore torch for the next generation.

wickandthetricks.bandcamp.com

Wick Thomas, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Wick & The Tricks play The I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 and June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS with Vibralux, Calvin Arsenia, Cuee, and Yanna the supa flowa. More information at http://www.iheartlocalmusic.com

11:14

25. Supa Flowa – “Supa Flowa”
from: The Supa Flowa EP / R.I.O.T. LLC / May 4, 2018
[Supa Flowa, also known as Yanna, is a multi-media artist and rapper currently based out of Kansas City. The Supa Flowa Ep is a very vulnerable, yet an uplifting play on Yanna’s experience in dealing with anxiety, self doubt, and becoming comfortable with the androgynous, “sunflower dyke” that she is. Her goal is to reach out to queer and LGBTQIA youth; who have endured similar experiences to hers, in finding and cultivating self love and peace of mind.]

[Yanna the supa flowa plays the I Heart Local Music Presents: Pride for the Masses, June 8 & June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass St., Lawrence, w/ Vibralux, Wick & The Tricks Calvin Arsenia, & Cuee.]

26. Cuee – “Honey feat. Mich Anne (Clean)”
from: “Honey”- Single / Cuee / November 27, 2017
[Cuee is a Chicago rap artist currently in Lawrence. Fally Afani writes in I Heart Local Music: Your 2017 local queer anthem is here, and we are screaming. Cuee’s “Honey” features local trans songstress Micha Anne, and it’s blasting confidence all over our speakers. LISTEN TO US. This is the track you put on when you’re gussying up for a night of raging on the Replay dance floor. In the song, Micha encourages us to “work it out,” “get sexy now,” and just “slay.” Then, Cuee (always the charmer) pops in, proudly proclaims “I’m brown skinned, I like action” and that she could “pull your girl without askin’.” We’re already a hot mess. 2017 has been such a shit year and we need this unapologetic happiness right now. Together, Cuee and Micha Anne are looking good and slaying. They are our guiding lights in dark times, and we are going to sissy that walk when we follow them into the new frontier. If this is the future of music, sign us up. We are here for it.]

[Cuee plays I Heart Local Music’s: Pride for the Masses, June 8 & June 9, at Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass St., Lawrence, w/ Vibralux, Wick & The Tricks Calvin Arsenia, & Yanna the supa flowa.]

11:20 – Underwriting

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

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

Cody Critcheloe form the music video “Comeback.”

28. SSION – “Comeback”
from: O / Dero Arcade / May 11, 2018
[“Comeback” is the first single from SSION’s forthcoming LP, O. SSION (pronounced “shun”) is a multifaceted creative project spearheaded by Cody Critcheloe. An art-punk act fronted by flamboyant vocalist/artist Cody Critcheloe, Ssion recorded a series of underground releases during the 2000s, yet were perhaps best recognized for their extravagant live show. Ssion (pronounced “shun”) were founded in Kansas City, MO, by Critcheloe, who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, and draw from a range of influences, including the punk spectacle of Iggy Pop and the dance-party new wave of the B-52’s as well as performance art and gay culture. Critcheloe’s artwork graces the cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell (2003) and the video for Liars’ “There’s Always Room on the Broom” (2004). Besides Critcheloe, Ssion’s membership includes, among others, backup vocalists Taylor Painter-Wolfe and Shannon Michaels, who respectively create costumes and stage props for the act’s live shows. Critcheloe made his recording debut as Ssion in 1999 with Fucked into Oblivion, a self-released cassette/CD-R. I Don’t Want New Wave & I Don’t Want the Truth, another self-released CD-R, followed in 2001. In 2003 Ssion made their label debut, releasing the Minor Treat EP and the Opportunity Bless My Soul album on Version City Records. Next, following a self-released album, Glory Hound (2005), and EP, Street Jizz (2006), Ssion signed to Sleazetone Records. In 2008 the label released the Fools Gold album and the accompanying Clown remix EP. ~ Jason Birchmeier]

11:30 – Interview with Philip blue owl Hooser and Chris McCoy

Chris McCoy and Philip Hooser on Wednesday MidDay Medley on May 30, 2018, talking about Torch Song Trilogy

Philip blue owl Hooser is an actor, playwright, director, teacher, and dramaturg. He has been on stage at The Rep, The Unicorn, the Coterie, Late Night Theater, Gorilla Theatre, Mystery Train Theatre, Just Off Broadway, The Fishtank, Musical Theatre Hertitage. His plays have been produced at The Unicorn, The Coterie, Gorilla Theatre, Late Night Theatre to name a few. Philip recent;ly participated in a live performance for Risk! Philip gives the preshow lectures at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and is also the creative genius behind “Eat Their Words,” a live performance and reading of celebrity biographies in Kansas City. Philip is a part of the volunteer team of the Out Here Now Film Festival, and he does film pieces with Michael McQuary for KIFF and OM Film Fest. Philip Blue Owl Hooser is the co-host of The Tenth Voice on 90.1 FM – KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, broadcast Saturdys at 1:00 PM.

Chris McCoy, PH.D. is an Assistant Professor of Theatre; at William Jewell College where he teaches Acting/Directing Fundamentals, Movement and Voice, Authors and Performers, Activism and Performance Studies and serves as the stage director for Jewell Theatre Company. He has worked as an educator and arts administrator for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, the Denver Center Theatre Company, OPERA America, Saint Louis Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center and Kansas City’s Theater League. Recent production experience includes assistant directing the Broadway premiere of “Soul Doctor,” a Sacramento Regional Theatre Award in choreography for “Spring Awakening,” and developing an original documentary theatre piece on hate crimes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities called “(Un)Civil (Dis)Obedience

Actor Philip blue owl Hooser and director Chris McCoy join us to discuss the award winning play they are working on, that opens tomorrow night – Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein, and presented by The Barn Players, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10. More info at http://www.thebarnplayers.org

Philip Blue owl Hooser and Chris McCoy Thanks for being with us on WMM.

Torch Song Trilogy — Written by Harvey Fierstein — Presented by The Barn Players,
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10.

Torch Song Trilogy is constructed of three moving plays told over three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, through Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, disease, and the challenges of child-rearing. In the tradition of The Normal Heart and The Pride, and one of the pre-cursors for the seminal Angels in America, this award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.”

Philip Hooser in the play TORCH SONG TRILOGY

CAST
Arnold – Philip blue own Hooser
Ed – Derrick Freeman
Laurel – Jennifer Loumiet
Alan – Brent Custer
Ma – Elle DeShon
David – Alex Leondedis
Lady Blues – Shelby Bessette & Lynn McCutchen
Ensemble – Sam Hoffman

The award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.”

The first act derives its name (International Stud) from an actual gay bar of the same name at 117 Perry Street in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and 1970s. The bar had a backroom where men engaged in anonymous sex. The backroom plays a central role in the act.

Plot 1971: Arnold (Harvey Fierstein), a New York City female impersonator, meets Ed (Brian Kerwin), a bisexual schoolteacher, and they fall in love. Ed, however, is uncomfortable with his sexuality and he leaves Arnold for a girlfriend, Laurel.

1973-79: During Christmas, Arnold meets the love of his life, a male model named Alan. They settle down together, later spending a weekend with Ed and Laurel in the country, where their relationship is tested but endures. Eventually, they apply to foster a child together with a view to adoption, and their application is eventually successful and so they move to a bigger apartment. However, on their first night at their new home, Alan is killed in a homophobic attack.

1980: Months later, in the spring of 1980, Arnold’s mother comes to visit from Florida, but her visit leads to a long-overdue confrontation. Arnold’s mother disapproves of Arnold’s homosexuality and his planned adoption of a gay teenage son, David (Eddie Castrodad), as well as Arnold’s use of their family burial plot for Alan. They have a series of arguments where Arnold demands that she accept him for who he is, insisting that if she can’t then she has no place in his life. The following morning, before she returns to Florida, they have a conversation where, for the first time, they seem to understand each other. With both David and Ed (who is now more mature and settled) in his life, and a successful new career creating his own stage revue, Arnold’s life is finally complete.

Date premiered – January 15, 1982

1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play
1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (Harvey Fierstein)
1983 Tony Award for Best Play (Harvey Fierstein)
1983 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Harvey Fierstein)

The central character of this play, Arnold, is a sharp-tongued, nurturing, compassionate, vulnerable, and he is someone who is unable to act normal around his mother, his lovers, and his adopted son because he loves each so dearly. This play allows readers to look beyond the invisible cultural assumptions and make it a comfortable experience. A teacher from a high school in Texas decided to add Torch Song Trilogy in his curriculum. This play was particularly important to teach due to the comfort that society feels in being silent about subjects relating to sexuality. The teacher is convinced that silence can only hurt chances of young adults who are emerging whole during their school years. This play was chosen to educate the students that love comes in all forms. Not only did this play help expand conservative minds, but the play is magically structured so that the audience is invited to build a dialogue with the onstage characters. The writing of this play is innovative and the structure of the play itself is unique that it offers ideas for students to explore and expand their ideas on how to creatively write.

The theme of this play is love, which is a universal language. Although the teacher in Houston, thought that conventional parents would be opposed to the idea that their children are learning about homosexuality, most were open to the idea and spoke about real-life experiences their friends have lived through or they have seen. The student’s parents helped their children to try to understand a world where the heterosexuals were the ones being treated the way the homosexuals were. Some students spoke about their friend’s experiences about various sexual preferences and how this play helped them understand that homosexuality is not something to be afraid of. The risk of teaching this type of story was much less than expected. This play provides a forum to explore the differences between the taboo topics of sexual orientation and gender. The difference between sexism and homophobia is distinguished as well as identifying gender roles and the society’s preconceived notion of what a “drag”, “trans”, “gay”, “lesbian” “questioning”, “a-sexual” might be. Most of these students were a group of twenty-one-year-olds, who are politically correct, but there was concern that arose about teaching this type of literature in a public high school setting.

Fierstein adapted his play for a feature film, released in 1988. It was directed by Paul Bogart and starred Fierstein (Arnold), Anne Bancroft (Ma Beckoff), Matthew Broderick (Alan), Brian Kerwin (Ed), and Eddie Castrodad (David).

Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein, and presented by The Barn Players, at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, KCMO, May 31 through June 10. More info at http://www.thebarnplayers.org

11:48

29. David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
from: A Reality Tour / ISO – Columbia – Legacy / January 25, 2010
[Recorded November 22-23, 2003, Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. Originally written for a mooted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, “Rebel Rebel” was Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. The song is notable for its gender-bending lyrics (“You got your mother in a whirl / She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”) as well as its distinctive riff, which rock journalist Kris Needs has described as “a classic stick-in-the-head like the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction'”.Transsexual rock artist and former Bowie associate Jayne County claims that “Rebel Rebel” was based in part on County’s own song “Queenage Baby”, which was recorded in January 1974 by Bowie’s Mainman Records, but not released at the time. The song later surfaced on the independent 2006 release Wayne County at the Trucks, and some critics, upon hearing the track, echoed County’s claims. The 2004, live version features David Bowie – vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica; Earl Slick – guitar; Gerry Leonard – guitar; Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Under Pressure”; Sterling Campbell – drums; Mike Garson – keyboards, piano; Catherine Russell – keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals. A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 7, 2003 at the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour. The tour grossed $46,000,000, making it the ninth-highest grossing tour of 2004. At over 110 shows, the tour was the longest tour of Bowie’s career. Bowie played Kansas City, May 10, 2004, at Starlight Theatre. I was there, seven rows from the stage.]

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

31. The Smiths – “These Things Take Time”
from: The Sound Of The Smiths [Disc 2] / Rhino UK / November 10, 2008
[“These Things Take Time” (12 “b-side of “What Difference Does It Make?”)Included in Hatful of Hollow. The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. NME named the Smiths the “most influential artist ever” in a 2002 poll. In 2003, four of the band’s albums appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums: The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-album singles. They had several singles reach the top twenty of the UK Singles Chart and all four of their studio albums reached the top five of the UK Albums Chart, including Meat Is Murder which hit number one. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites. The band broke up in 1987 due to internal tensions and have turned down several offers to reunite.The band’s focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a rejection of the then-popular, synthesiser-based dance-pop. Marr’s guitar work, using a Rickenbacker, had a jangle pop sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. Morrissey’s complex, literate lyrics combined themes about ordinary people with mordant humour.]

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

Next week, on June 6, we present The Best of MidCoastal Releases of 2018 …So Far, with special co-hosts Marion Merritt & Nico Gray, plus special guests Joe Stanziola who records his music as Second Hand King, has a new album coming called FRANKIE coming on June 8. Also, Nadia Piotrowsky who records as Summerland and brings along her friend Belle Plaine, to share details about their show June 8, at SqueezeBox Theatre with Blake Berglund.

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

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Wick Thomas photo by Dave Michael / aka Aardvark Foto

Wednesday MidDay Medley