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December 29, 2008

Tickets on sale for Kansas DVD filming on February 7

    Tickets have gone on sale for the Kansas DVD filming with the 50-member Washburn University Orchestra on February 7 at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka . There are three sections of seats, and all come with a copy of the DVD when it becomes available next fall.

    Golden Triangle seats are $200 each. These are the best seats in the house, and gold ticket holders get to attend the dress rehearsal Friday night and have their picture taken with the band. These ticket holders also get a special Gold Circle shirt and can meet with the band after the rehearsal to get their Kansas items signed.

    Silver section seats are behind and around the Golden Triangle and cost $100 each.

    Bronze section seats are in the second section of White Concert Hall and cost $75 each.

    More information is available at www.kansasband.com .


Dan Hein will reprise Fabulous Flippers in March

    Fabulous Flippers vocalist Dan Hein will be appearing at an Iowa casino in March with a blues band from Fayetteville, AR. They'll be using the Flippers name for this appearance and will do many of the old Flippers hits. We'll have more info on this event as it gets closer.



More music news ...

    Former Topeka singer-songwriter Clayton Senne is back from Florida to appear at Manhattan 's New Year's Eve party and headline a show Saturday in Lawrence . Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Senne to bring his music home .

    Another former Topekan, drummer Aaron Johnston , formerly of the bands Heavy Duty and Code 202 has been nominated for a Grammy with his current New York City-based band The Brazilian Girls.   Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Kansas boy becomes Brazilian Girl .

    Just ?Cuz , the northeast Kansas blues trio that will represent the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis performed this past Saturday night at an early New Year's Eve party. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Memphis-bound blues trio to play .

    Nathan Tysen was very busy yesterday, appearing in the two-person musical ?The Last 5 Years? at the Salina Community Theatre, followed by an appearance by his pop-rock band Joe's Pet Project at benefit concert at The Blue Goat. The band then moved across the street to the Paramount Bar. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal . Here's a link to a follow-up article about the benefit. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    Kansas City actor and singer James Wright has a CD release party on January 3 at the Off Center Theatre at the Crown Center Shops for his new album Songs of Spriit From the Musical Theatre . Click here: James Wright celebrates his CD release Jan. 3 - Kansas City Star . For more information visit his website www.absolutelywright.com .

















December 22, 2008

Melissa Etheridge this week


    HoF inductee Melissa Etheridge appeared with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News show ?On The Record? last Wednesday, December 17. If you missed the show, here's a link to the transcript: Click here: FOXNews.com - Melissa Etheridge's New Jingle Bell Rock - Greta Van Susteren | On The Record With Greta .

    Here's a radio interview with Melissa from the "Your Time with Kim Iverson" show. Head over to the URL and click the play link. It's about 5:56 in length: http://blogs.radiotown.com/timewithkim/2008/12/18/melissa-etheridge/   Kim talks with Melissa Etheridge about her new album "A New Thought For Christmas."

    According to Zap2It.com, it looks like ?Good Morning America? is repeating Melissa's recent appearance on Christmas Day. http://tinyurl. com/83n6ow

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Kelley Hunt moving up the charts

    B.B. King's Bluesville Picks To Click  (For the week of December 18, 2008):

1.  Full Tilt ? Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials ? Alligator Records
2.  Maestro ? Taj Mahal ? Heads Up
3.  The Blues Rolls On ? Elvin Bishop ? Delta Groove
4.  Witness To The Blues ? Joe Louis Walker - Stony Plain
5.  Bad For You Baby ? Gary Moore ? Eagle Records
6.  Blues Walkin' Like A Man - Rory Block - Stony Plain
7.  Visions - Hans Theessink and Terry Evans - Blue Groove
8.  Deep In The Night ? Lil' Dave Thompson ? Electro-Fi
9.  Mercy ? Kelly Hunt ?88 Records
10.  Luck In A Hurry ? Scissorman - Vizztone

    ... previous Kelley Hunt news



More music news ...

    Kansas City 's Mongol Beach Party reunited over the weekend for a show at the RecordBar. Click here: Mongol Beach Party will get its groove on with a weekend reunion - Kansas City Star.

    Friday night saw the end of another KC band, as Pendergast played their final show. Click here: Back to Rockville: Friday night at Davey's | Pendergast's final show.

    Back in 2007, Megan Birdsall thought her singing career might be over. With new jawbones and a rebuilt windpipe, the Kansas City jazz singer has found her voice, and she's singing again. Click here: Megan Birdsall finds her voice and sings again - Kansas City Star.


December 15, 2008

Wakarusa Festival leaving Kansas

The big story out of Lawrence last week was that the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival will be moving to Arkansas . The festival has brought music fans from all over the country to Lawrence , but problems between the promoter and the US Army Corps of Engineers made a move necessary. Efforts to relocate to nearby Jefferson County failed. Click here: LJWorld.com / Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival leaving Lawrence for Arkansas .


Kelley Hunt plays Lawrence on New Year's Eve

    Kelley Hunt will give a special New Year's Eve concert titled ?I Dreamed of Rain ? songs for a New Year, New Time? Wednesday, December 31, at the Lawrence Arts Center in support of hunger relief in Douglas County/Eastern Kansas. Kelley has partnered with the Arts Center and ECKAN/Just Food, and she's calling on all of her friends and fans to help her address the critical shortfall facing food pantries in the area this winter.


    Showtime is 8:30, and tickets are already on sale for $25 at the Lawrence Arts Center . Only 300 tickets are available for the event. Kelley will give those who bring a non-perishable food item or make a monetary donation to ECKAN/Just Food at the show a coupon good for $5 off any of her CDs or other merchandise. Kelley will be playing an acoustic grand piano and guitars, accompanied by New York City based percussionist Diego Voglino and Tucson based accordionist/percussionist Gary Mackender, the leader of the indie roots band Carnivaleros.

    ... previous Kelley Hunt news


Melissa Etheridge news


    Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge will be speaking and performing at the upcoming Biodiesel Conference and Expo in San Francisco .

    Melissa will be making several TV appearances this week. Tuesday, she'll appear on ?Good Morning America? and ?The View? on ABC. Wednesday, she'll visit Martha Stewart's show. On Friday, she'll appear on Bonnie Hunt's syndicated show, followed by an appearance on ?The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? that night.

    Ethridge's new Christmas CD continues to get reviews: http://tinyurl. com/665rdm , http://thecelebrity cafe.com/ cd/full_review/ 13838.html

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Mike Finnigan news

    Taj Mahal's new CD, " Maestro ." just got a Grammy nomination.  The Phantom Blues Band did five tracks with him on the album.

    Mike Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band will be in Salina for the weekend of February 13-15. Friday there will be a special dinner with the band. Tickets are $100 each and go on sale December 22. Saturday Mike and the PBB will perform in concert at the Stiefel Theatre. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. They also go on sale December 22. A special workshop is scheduled for Sunday at the Stiefel. Tickets are only $10, and all proceeds will go to establish a scholarship fund for area music departments.


    ... previous Mike Finnigan news


More music news ...

    Kansas songwriter Andrew Morgan is crusading against music piracy. Click here: Stealing Harvard - Music - The Pitchpage 1 - The Pitch .

    Singer Les Lankhorst returns to Salina to celebrate Christmas in song this week. He'll perform Thursday through Sunday at the Salina Community Theatre. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    It's official! Kansas will be taping a February 7 performance in Topeka for a new DVD. The concert will be at Washburn University 's White Concert Hall. We'll have more info on this as it becomes available.

    The Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA, has announced the first four acts to play the new showroom. In addition to an already sold out Billy Joel concert, upcoming shows include matchbox twenty, Martina McBride (February 14) and Chicago .

    The 11 th Annual Wichita Blues Society Blues Ball is set for Saturday, January 10, at the Cotillion Ballroom. The musical lineup is C Major's Rockin' Blues Review, Ophelia and WBS Blues Challenge winner The Terry Quiett Band.


December 8, 2008

Proto-Kaw has disbanded

    Fans of the band Proto-Kaw have received bad news in the form of an email from Kerry Livgren.  Here's what he had to say:

    " Proto-Kaw has disbanded. What a great and fun band to have played in.
We didn't "break up" as such, things just sort of lapsed for us. No bookings, label troubles, and lots of other personal circumstances contributed. Our unfinished album will eventually surface as a solo project by myself, featuring members of Proto-Kaw and other guest musicians and vocalists."

    Proto-Kaw was not only a wonderful band, but it was a wonderful story of how a group of musicians found their way back together after a thirty year separation.  They reunited to great reviews and a strong fan base, but as Kerry said in his email, there were problems with staying together, and they had to finally give up once more.  If you never got to see the band once known as Kansas (the pre-famous version) back in the old days or after they came back together as Proto-Kaw, check out their CDs or the live performance videos on YouTube.


Martina McBride receives Grammy nomination

    Martina McBride has received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Female Country Vocal Performance for ?For These Times? which was on her Waking Up Laughing album. She's going up against LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack and Trisha Yearwood. Congrats, Martina!

    ... previous Martina McBride news



The Republic Tigers in the news

    The Republic Tigers are the biggest band to come out of Kansas City since Puddle of Mudd. Lawrence.com's Richard Gintowt recently caught up with the band's lead singer Kenn Jankowski. Click here: Lawrence.com | Tiger Beat .


Freedy Johnston playing and recording

    Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston will be playing with a band at the Saxon Pub in Austin every Monday in December at 8:30. With Scrappy Judd Newcomb on guitar, Mark Addison on bass, Jon Greene playing the drums and Seela harmonizing plus a number of special guests, it's going to rock. There's free chili and a round of ?Stump the Band.? Is there a better way to spend a Monday night?

    Recording is finished for Freedy's new album of originals, Rain on the City . It was done with Richard McLauren at the House of David studio in Nashville . With eleven new songs, it'll be out next year. Johnston 's in Austin for the winter, writing songs and recording at Mark Addison's The Aerie studio.


More music news ...

    This year's Guitars for Kids show was held last Saturday, December 6, to raise money to buy guitars for kids in the Wichita area. At least a dozen instruments are purchased each year. Click here: Program provides Guitars for Kids | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com .

    KC's Vedera recorded an album called Stages for Epic Records about nine months ago, but the label has yet to decide on a release date. The band isn't waiting for the CD's release before going back on the road, however. Vedera will record a couple of new songs this month and will be back on the road in January. Click here: Vedera continues writing and touring before its album, ?Stages,' is finally released - Kansas City Star .

    Girard native Shane Duling was the guest last Friday, December 5, at Pittsburg 's Lakeside Elementary School for the school's month Poetry Coffeehouse event. Click here: Local musician advocates writing at Lakeside - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .

    The Dead Girls (formerly Dead Girls Ruin Everything) have two new EPs and an upcoming album, but don't consider themselves part of the Lawrence music scene anymore. Click here: With two new EPs and an upcoming album, Dead Girls Ruin Everything gives itself a second life as just the Dead Girls .

    KC keyboadist John Huff has been keeping busy since leaving Be/Non about a year ago. Click here: He may be stuck in the '70s and out of work, but keyboardist and handyman John Huff is keepin' it real in KCK - Mu .

    KU's KJHK Radio has created a compilation of local artists and will release the CD at the Jackpot Saloon in Lawrence on December 11. Click here: Lawrence.com | ?Fresh Sounds from the Underground? CD release party .

    Former Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst has a ?Christmas Card? for everyone? Click here: Back to Rockville: Merry Christmas from ... Bob Walkenhorst .


December 1, 2008

David Cook featured at Country Club Plaza holiday lighting


    American Idol winner David Cook helped usher in the holiday season at Kansas City 's Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving evening. Thousands lines the street as Cook and his niece flipped a switch, turning on more than 250,000 lights. Cheers erupted from the crowd, and fireworks lit the sky. Cook ws joined onstage by other musicians to sing Christmas music. The Plaza lighting tradition begain in 1925 with a single strand of 18 lights over a doorway. The first actual lighting ceremony took place five years later. About 200,000 people usually turn out to watch the event.

    His "David Cook" album finished third in Billboard its first week, selling 280,000 copies. He finished behind two other artists who issued albums the same day: Beyonce (482K) and Nickelback (326K). However, "David Cook" was the best-selling digital album  (almost 60,000 sold).

    ... previous David Cook news


Mike Finnigan will play in Salina in February

    Salina 's Stiefel Theatre has a special weekend scheduled for February 13-18, 2009, when Mike Finnigan & The Phantom Blues Band return to Kansas . The Phantom Blues Band is a two time Grammy winner and 2001 W.C. Handy Award recipient as Band of the Year with Taj Mahal. A special reception with the band will be held on February 13; there will be a concert February 14; and a workshop February 15. Tickets go on sale to the public December 22. Friends of the Stiefel tickets go on sale this Friday, December 5.



Melissa Etheridge Christmas concert special on HDNet


    A new Christmas concert special starring KMHOF inductee Melissa Etheridge is airing on HDNet. HD Rock Live: Melissa Etheridge -- A New Thought for Christmas Holiday Special premiered Sunday as part of the HDNet Concert Series. The singer performed newly composed Christmas songs such as ?Ring the Bells,??Light a Light? and ?It's Christmas Time? as well as traditional holiday standards ?Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas? and ?Blue Christmas.? The songs also appear on Etheridge's latest album, A New Thought for Christmas.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Blue Riddim Band records new CD

    The Blue Riddim Band has just recorded a new CD. Thy've released a five tune sampler to promoted the album, which will be out soon. All of the tracks were recorded at Kyle Dyk's studio and will be on his label Inate Sounds. The CD is primarily instrumental dub with a few vocals thrown in. Personnel consists of various Blue Riddim players from its many incarnations.



More music news ...

    Bobby Watson 's new composition, the ?Gates Bar-B-Q Suite,? will be performed this evening, December 1, by the UMKC Conservatory Concert Jazz Band at White Concert Hall. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 11/26/2008 | Bobby Watson is cooking on 'cue .

    Also tonight, down in Austin , there's a release party for the T Jarrod Quartet 's new CD, Jazz Offerings to the Schnauzer King , featuring KMHOF inductee Jim Stringer on guitar. Catch the action at Flipnotics Triangle beginning at 8:00.

    The Lawrence duo Truckstop Honeymoon visited Wichita Saturday to celebrate the release of their new CD, Great Big Family . Click here: CD a 'Great Big Family' affair | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com .

    Wichita blues singer Lisa Blake was back onstage Saturday night, too. Click here: She's singing the blues away | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com .

    We mentioned last week that Ben Grimes thought that he was leaving performing behind when he moved to Nashville , but the former Golden Republic leader discovered that was easier said than done. He brought his new band, Soft Reeds, to KC last week for a gig at the RecordBar. Click here: Back to Rockville: Soft Reeds: Something new but familiar .

    The news from Spain is that our old friend Lou Jimenez Mier , formerly of The Flamin' Tempests, The Soul Express and Fyre, and his new band, La Casa del Mar, have a new album coming out later this month. La Casa del Mar plays a fusion of original light pop with Mediterranean percussion and touches of jazz. Lou plays C-melody horn, soprano, alto and tenor saxes and flute, along with had-held percussion with the band. He also provides some back-up vocals. The band will present the CD Mirando hacia el Sur on December 22 at Sala Galileo alilei, one of the oldest and best venues in Madrid . Lou describes it as a Spanish version of the old Red Dog Inn, a converted theater than holds about 200 people. Jimenez Mier has also recorded with a blues group from Madrid called Killing Jazz.

    Manhattan rockers Terror Tractor got a nice write-up in the Manhattan Mercury recently.
Click here: TheMercury.com - Nightlife Article .

    Mojo recently posted one writer's list of the 30 worst band names ever. No. 17 on the list: The band KC loves to hate, Puddle of Mudd.


November 24, 2008


Martina McBride welcomes holidays in Graceland

    Martina McBride welcomed the holiday season to Graceland . She was the headliner in A Blue Christmas event - Elvis Presley style and FOX13's Eric King was there to see it all. Click here: MyFox Memphis | Stars Spread Holiday Cheer at Graceland.



    Only in Naples , FL can you have a party hosted by Grammy-award winning county music superstar Martina McBride or acquire a character role on The Simpsons.. As an alternative, a walk-on role is available on the famed soap opera As the World Turns . There's something enticing and intriguing for everyone partaking in the 2009 Naples Winter Wine Festival, scheduled for Feb. 6 to Feb. 8.

    Click here: Simpsons, soap opera roles top Wine Festival 2009 auction list : Local : Naples Daily News.

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Melissa Etheridge among the all-time greats


    Melissa Etheridge was part of the voting panel who determined the ?100 Greatest Singers of All Time? recently for Rolling Stone( www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/24161972/page/101 ) The latest issue has photos of some of the ballots that the panel turned in. David Crosby ranked Etheridge as the #16 singer of all time.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Chet Nichols song wins honor

    KMHOF inductee Chet Nichols  finished in first place in the Broadjam October '08 Rock Song of the Month with his song "Spinning On The Time Loop (Classic Rock)."  Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones) plays piano, Dave Garabaldi ( Tower Of Power ) plays drums and Pete Sears (New Riders/ The Jefferson Airplane) plays bass and Nick Gavenites produced the recording.  You can revisit this song at www.broadjam.com/chetnichols.

    ... previous Chet Nichols news



Kelley Hunt offers special holiday CD for fans

    Kelley Hunt fans have a chance to pick up gifts for their holiday shopping list. Go to www.kelleyhunt.com and click on ?Merch? link to place an order for any of Kelley's four albums. Hunt will autograph copies of her latest CD ?Mercy? by request. If you order ?Mercy? you'll receive a confirmation email asking if you want Kelley's signature or not. Orders received by December 19 are guaranteed for delivery in the continental US by Christmas.

    ... previous Kelley Hunt news



More music news ...

    Jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson performs tonight (November 24) at Friends University in Wichita . The concert starts at 7:30. For more info: Click here: JAZZ SAXOPHONIST AT FRIENDS | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com.

    Oleta Adams has completed her new secular album, and it will be released by Koch Records on March 24, 2009. The working title is ?Let's Stay Here.?

    The current band reunion fever has reached Kansas City . The Get Up Kids had been defunct for only three years and four months when they stirred up the fans on punk/emo web sites with a show at the RecordBar last week and the announcement of a world tour in 2009.

    Get Up Kid Matt Pryor will join three other emo frontmen for a tour called Where's The Band, which will feature acoustic performances from Pryor, (list others). The tour kicks off January 21 in Dekalb , IL.

    On Dec 19, Mongol Beach Party , an 80s groove/funk band from Kansas City , will play a reunion show at the RecordBar, its first in more than 15 years. And in February, Kristie Stremel is reassembling her first post-Frogpond band, Exit 159, for two shows.

    Former frontman for KC's Golden Republic , Ben Grimes , moved to Tennessee a year ago, thinking he had given up music only to discover that Nashville had other plans for him. Click here: Nashville Cat: When Ben Grimes moved to Tennessee a year ago, he thought he'd given up music. Nashville had other.

    Classic rocker Dave Pickering doesn't need a band, as he proves each weekend at the Dry Dock Tavern near Kanopolis Lake in Ellsworth County . Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.


November 17, 2008


David Cook CD released

    With the release of his new CD, ?American Idol? winner David Cook is suddenly everywhere. From serenading Hillary Clinton with ?The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face? last Monday, November 10, at Glamour Magazine's 2008 Women of the Year Awards and feature articles in magazines ( Click here: David Cook: Inside his new CD | David Cook | Music Spotlight | Music | Entertainment Weekly | 1 ) to TV appearances such as ?Saturday Night Live? and the upcoming hour-long preshow to the ?American Music Awards? Cook will sing two songs live on that show this Saturday, November 23.


Click here: Back to Rockville: 'David Cook': Mission accomplished

Click here: www.kansascity.com | 11/17/2008 | David Cook has a debut that's airwave-ready

    ... previous David Cook news


Melissa Etheridge

    Melissa Etheridge has donated "Bring Me Some Water" to KBCO's 20th Anniversary Studio C 2-CD set. For the complete track listing, head over to the radio station's website: http://www.kbco.com/pages/StudioC_20thAnniversary_att.html

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Martina McBride Christmas video preview

    For a look at the new Elvis Presley/ Martina McBride video of ?Blue Christmas? visit USA Today 's website: Click here: A 'Blue Christmas' with Elvis and Martina McBride - USATODAY.com

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Remembering Tal Schneider

    Drummer Tal Schneider lost his battle with lung cancer on November 11. Tal and his friend Steve Jordan grew up in Goodland and started playing in bands in the 6 th grade. Around 1974 or '75 the two moved to Lawrence and formed Teaser. With Gary ?Igor? Crawford managing the band, they learned the ropes playing all over the Midwest and Canada. Tal later left Kansas for the movie industry. According to Jordan , Schneider wished to be cremated, and his ashes will be spread somewhere in California . R.I.P. Tal.


More music news ...

    Jazz pianist Eldar has returned to Kansas City for a series of shows thru November 20 at Jardine's. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Eldar's Homecoming . Click here: www.kansascity.com | 11/16/2008 | Review: Eldar returns with own compositions .

    This past weekend in Kansas City also saw a CD release party for Fast Johnny Richer. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 11/12/2008 | Fast Johnny Ricker's CD release party is among weekend music highlights .

    The Get Up Kids also reunited for a show Sunday night. Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: The Get Up Kids#more#more#more#more#more#more#more#more#more

    A month after a series of free shows in Wichita , Kansas native Freedy Johnston was to return to Lawrence this Wednesday, November 19, but the show has been cancelled. In the 14 years since his major-label debut, This Perfect World , Johnston has recorded steadily. He is working on a new album in Nashville between visits to Kansas .

    Looking ahead, KC's Pendergast has scheduled its farewell show for Friday, December 19 at Davy's Uptown. Also that night: a reunion of Mongol Beach Party at the RecordBar. Tony Ladesich of Pendergast says he's going to try to coordinate times so fans can attend both shows. If the Mongol Beach Party show sells out, they may add another on Saturday.


November 10, 2008


Kelley Hunt at the Blue Room on November 15

    In a solo show entitled ?Back To Kansas City,? Kelley Hunt returns to the Blue Room in the heart of Kansas City 's historic 18 th & Vine District on Saturday, November 15, to explore the influences that the Kansas City blues and Jazz traditions have had on her identity as an artist. This is a solo show with Kelley on acoustic piano and guitar, with appearances by surprise special guests. This show will focus mostly on Hunt's personal connection with her songs and with Kansas City.

    Kelley says, ?This is as interesting an idea to me as it is compelling. The role of Kansas City music in my makeup is something I couldn't and wouldn't ever deny. But this isn't a show where I intend to cover titles from the Kansas City blues and jazz tradition. I want to go deep to explore how Kansas City roots have contributed to who I am as an artist. I expect there will be some unexpected things revealed both to me and the audience at the Blue Room.?


    Kelley says, ?This is as interesting an idea to me as it is compelling. The role of Kansas City music in my makeup is something I couldn't and wouldn't ever deny. But this isn't a show where I intend to cover titles from the Kansas City blues and jazz tradition. I want to go deep to explore how Kansas City roots have contributed to who I am as an artist. I expect there will be some unexpected things revealed both to me and the audience at the Blue Room.?

    Showtime is 8:30, and you can get tickets now at www.ticketmaster.com , www.americanjazzmuseum.org , or by calling 816-931-3330. Tickets are also available at the Gem Theater/American Jazz Museum boxoffice by calling 816-474-6262.

    ... previous Kelley Hunt news


Martina McBride profiled in Grand Ole Opry stories


    Award-winning music writer Robert K. Oermann delves into the behind-the-scenes stories surrounding some of country music's biggest stars in his latest book Behind The Grand Ole Opry Curtain: Tales of Romance and Tragedy . Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Martina McBride is profiled in the chapter ?Small-Town Gals.? Click here: CMT : News : Book Excerpt: Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain.

    In other news, Martina has been selected as this year's recipient of the Nashville Symphony' s Harmony Award, an honor presented to individuals who have demonstrated continued support of music in Nashville and who have made significant contributions to the development and appreciation of Nashville 's musical culture. McBride will receive the award on Dec. 13 during the annual Symphony Ball at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Zappa drummer Jimmy Carl Black dies at 70

    Jimmy Carl Black, 70, drummer and vocalist for Frank Zappa's band, The Mothers of Invention, has died of cancer in Stegsdorf, Germany.


    Black the self-dubbed ?Indian of the group,? was playing with the Soul Giants in Los Angeles when Zappa joined the group in 1964 and took it over, changing the band's name. Black once said Zappa promised that
?if you guys learn my music, I'll make you rich and famous.?

    ?He took care of half of that promise, because I'm damn sure I didn't get rich,? Black recalled.

    The Mothers disbanded five years later and Black went on to perform in a number of groups including Geronimo Black, The Grandmothers and The Muffin Men.

    Black made his first recording as part of The Keys in Wichita , while he was stationed there while in the U.S. Air Force. Later in life he co-wrote some songs with KMHOF inductee Dawayne Bailey.

    Jimmy Carl Black website


Abigail Henderson fights cancer and rallies musicians for health care

    She's Abigail Henderson of The Gaslights.  The Record Bar hosted a benefit for her last night, Nov 9. She has stage III Inflammatory Breast Cancer and no insurance. The KC Star and The Pitch have both run stories on her plight.
    ... Singer with cancer works to get health-care benefits for fellow musicians
    ... A Picture of Hope: Abigail Henderson fights cancer ? and rallies musicians for health care

    Howard Iceberg is among the many musicians contributing to benefit Kansas City musician Abigail Henderson. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 11/05/2008 | Howard Iceberg is donating a CD's worth of tunes to benefit a fellow musician.


Carl Sipes of "Conny & the Bellhops" dies at 67

    Carl W. Sipes , 67, of South Radley, Kansas , passed away Monday, November 3 at his home. Carl had played bass guitar for the early Pittsburg band Conny & The Bellhops. This leaves only Gene Woods and Russell Pryor as surviving members of the band. Click here: Carl W. Sipes - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .


More music news ...

    NPR's Tom Moon has recently released his 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List in paperback. When asked to name his five most essential recording artists from Kansas City , he didn't hesitate. Click here: Back to Rockville: KC music legends: All that jazz and blues .

    The South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is being started by a group led by Don Fritz of Sioux Falls . Click here: KELOLAND.com Blogs - Hail Hail Rock & Roll

    The Kansas City Blues Society has picked its representative for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis . It'll be the band King King . Now we'll have to see if they can follow Trampled Under Foot to be the second KC band in a row to take the top prize there.

    The Kansas City Star and The Pitch spoke with many who remember Titan Records prior to the power pop label's listening party this past Saturday in KC. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 11/05/2008 | A small label with a big impact will be the pop sound of listening party . Click here: After 30 years in obscurity, Kansas City's Titan Records claims its power-pop throne - Music - The Pitchpage 1 - T

    This Is My Condition + Dan Kozak :: In the beginning, Craig Comstock was freaky to be sure. But things got even freakier when free-jazz saxophonist Dan Kozak entered the picture. They unveil their second album tonight.

    Tree Frog has announced the date of their next reunion show. It'll be next July 25 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.


November 3, 2008

Officials reject plan to move Wakarusa Music Festival

    Plans to move the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival from Clinton Lake on the west side of Lawrence to Jefferson County were rejected this morning (Monday, November 3), creating questions of whether the festival would remain in the Lawrence area at all. Jefferson County commissioners unanimously rejected a proposal to move the three-day camping and music festival to the Circle S Ranch, which is about 12 miles north of Lawrence . In voting no, commissioners cited concerns about roads and other infrastructure in the area, in addition to strong opposition from residents who live near the site. Festival promoter Brett Mosiman said he still plans to have a summer music festival, but said it is now more likely that he'll move the event out of the Lawrence area. He said returning the festival to Clinton State Park ? its home for the last five years ? was not likely, and he said he was ?not optimistic? about finding another area location for the event.

    ... previous Wakarus Music Festival news


Martina McBride will join the Music City Walk of Fame


    Martina McBride , Trace Adkins, Michael McDonald, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Randy Travis and former Country Music Association executive director Jo Walker-Meador will be honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame on Novermber 9. The unveiling will take place in Hall of Fame Park in downtown Nashville , across the street from the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Last Thursday night, Martina was one the performers at the taping of CMT Giants: Alan Jackson at Nashville 's Ryman Auditorium. The music and testimonials also included Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Taylor Swift, who all sang some of Jackson 's best-known songs. His wife Denise Jackson, George Jones and Hank Williams Jr. also Made special appearances. The show will debut on CMT on December 6.

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Jim Stringer tunes listed on Grammy ballot

    Several of the tunes from Jim Stringer & the AM Band 's Triskaidekaphilia are on the Grammy ballot which NARAS voters must submit by November 5:

  • ?Come A Little Bit Closer? ? (Country Group w/Vocal)
  • ?We Took the Long Way? ? (Country Collaboration) with Karen Poston
  • ?Rebel Rouser? ? (Country Instrumental)
  • ?Here's the River? ? (Country Song)
  • Triskaidekaphilia ? (Country Album)

    If you haven't heard them yet, visit www.rhapsody.com/jimstringer , where you can hear fhem all free. Stringer points out that ?Rebel Rouser? is not just a bunch of hot solos strung together, but a real band playing a real arrangement with the real objective of honoring 50 years of guitar influence ? in particular, the incredibly influential guitar player Duane Eddy.

    ... previous Jim Stringer news


Sensational Showmen will reunite in Parsons on November 22

    The last lineup of the Parsons/Pittsburg version of the Sensational Showmen will perform in concert as part of the annual ?Parsons Hometown Series Concerts? to be held on Saturday, November 22, at Parsons Municipal Auditorium in Parsons. After the success of the Showmen's 35-year reunion performance in April in Pittsburg , the band was asked to play the upcoming event in Parsons. Parsons was he hometown for the last version of the Sensational Showmen, who began as the Great Awakening. We'll learn next week if this version of the Sensational Showmen will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame next March 7.

    Appearing at the Parsons show will be Tony Teebo, lead vocals; Jeff Crane, lead vocals and trombone; Mike Fitzmorris, lead guitar and vocals; Bob Golay, keyboard and vocals; Tom Broadhurst, bass; Steve Hartman, drums; Chris Cruz, trumpet and guitar; Jerry Cruz, trumpet; and Brian Cruz, trumpet.


Shooting Star announces upcoming appearances

    Van McLain of Shooting Star, another possible 2009 HoF inductee, recently announced that the band will be playing a least three shows in the near future. These shows will be November 26 at the Blue Note in Columbia, MO, November 28 at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, MO (with Liverpool opening), and November 29 at the Buffalo Bar in St. Joseph, MO. Tickets for the Ameristar show are already on sale for $20. These shows are to raise money for Harvesters, and the band will give a free Leap of Faith CD to anyone who brings canned goods for Harvesters. Shooting Star is hoping to make these shows to benefit Harvesters an annual event. Van says the band is working on finalizing shows in Chicago , Milwaukee , Cincinnati and Detroit .


Ring bells for peace with Melissa Etheridge

    KMHOF inductee Melissa Etheridge wants the world to find peace. This hope is a big part of the song ?Ring the Bell ? on her new CD A New Thought For Christmas. Melissa is urging everyone to step outside on December 21 and ring a bell. Click here: Free spirit Melissa Etheridge gets into Yule spirit with 'A New Thought for Christmas'.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news



Wichita's "Rhythm & Blues for Christmas" on November 23

    On Sunday evening, November 23 from 6-10 pm, local musicians, merchants, volunteers and generous donors will come together at the Mosley Street Melodrama Theater in Wichita 's Old Town for the 14th Annual Rhythm & Blues for Christmas . The money raised will benefit the girls of Maude Carpenter's Children's Home and the boys at the recently completed Henlock Price Boys Ranch in Park City . Admission is $8 per person the night of the show. For advance tickets, more information, or to make a contribution contact Danna Davis at 319-264-9660.


"Guitar Showdown" on November 16 in Wichita

    Don't forget another annual event coming up this month in Wichita ?the Wichita Blues Society's 5th Annual Guitar Showdown . Sunday, November 16, at Sam's Place eight musicians will be showcased: Rachelle Coba, Clayton Crawford, Monte Harrison, Ken Kretzchma, Vinnie Mourning, Michael Pelzer, Ron Starkel and Henry Walker. The event is an exhibition, not a competition. Each player will have a 15 minute set. Doors open at 4, with the music starting at 5.


More music news ...

    Eleven times a year, host Tim Whitmer takes a backing role at the monthly "Spirituality and All That Jazz" concerts. But this month is different, as Tim celebrates his 55 th birthday, so he'll be taking the spotlight this Wednesday evening. He's calling it the Double Nickel Birthday Party Post-Election Good Time Revue. He'll be joined by singers Millie Edwards, Monique Danielle and Nicole Collier, guitarist Rod Fleeman, sax player Jim Mair, bassist James Albright and drummer Jurgen Welge for an evening of jazz, gospel, blues and original tunes. It all starts at 7 pm at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City , MO.

    The Gaslight Tavern , 317 N. Second Street in Lawrence , closed this past weekend after seven years. The small venue with a capacity of about 25 was primarily a showcase spot for local and regional bands. Split Lip Rayfield headlined the final show Saturday night.

    NewEar , a Kansas City ensemble that specializes in contemporary chamber music held the second of its four concerts this season last Friday night at Unity on the Plaza. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 10/31/2008 | Narong Prangcharoen has new music debuting for Kansas Citians .


October 27, 2008


Wakarusa Music Festival may relocate next summer

    The Wakarusa Music Festival has been a popular, but controversial event each summer, but it appears the festival may not be held west of Lawrence at Clinton Lake next year. Click here: LJWorld.com / Wakarusa Festival may get clearance to move from Clinton Lake to Jefferson County ranch .


Martina McBride kicks off holidays at Graceland


   Martina McBride will be in Memphis on Nov. 21 to help kick off the holiday season at Graceland , the late Elvis Presley's longtime home. She's scheduled to flip the switch to turn on the traditional blue holiday lights decorating the mansion and its property. Several female vocalists were invited to overdub vocals to create duets from Presley's original holiday recordings, and McBride landed his most famous holiday song -- "Blue Christmas." The Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album also features Presley singing with Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Sara Evans and Wynonna Judd.

    McBride recently said that she doesn't search out controversial songs, but she does tries to balance her albums with a mix of light and shade. ?I've had free rein over what I choose to record,? McBride said. ?Sometimes it's just a fun song on the radio. Sometimes it's much more. I've heard a lot of stories from people about how my music has affected their lives, and I think music does that for everyone.? The most controversial of her recent songs is ?Beautiful Again,? which brings up alcoholism, abandonment and sexual abuse. ?I just loved the character in the story and the fact that she always looks at the positive side of things,? McBride said. ?I love that, because I don't dwell on the negative.?

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Wichita musicians give back with release of "Healing River" CD

    Wichita area musicians Rik Stevenson and Trevor Stewart are holding a CD release party at Harris and Co. Frame Shop, 424 S. Commerce in Wichita on November 14th 2008 from 7 to 10PM. The event includes a live performance featuring compositions from the CD, art work on display by Bryan Reynolds, and photography by Sean Granger. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sales of CD's and art work will be donated in aid of the P.A.T. Fund (Performer's Assistance Trust) which assists Wichita area artists with medical assistance. The P.A.T. Fund was created at the request of Barb Pearce-McJimsey, the wife of late Wichita area blues musician, Pat McJimsey. Admission to the event is free.

   Trevor Stewart performs at popular local venues in Wichita several times a week. His instrument of choice is the unique Chapman Stick, which allows him to play two guitars simultaneously. Stewart's music has been featured on the nationally syndicated Echoes radio program and on the television documentary Flint Hills: Meditation's from a Kansas Prairie. When he asked Rik Stevenson to record an album of duets featuring the Native-American flute and the Chapman Stick, neither knew the kind of journey they would soon share.  In 2006 they'd just begun to work on the new music when Stevenson was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. He underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments all while continuing to work on the album. In 2008 the cancer reoccurred and he had to face a second operation.

    Rik Stevenson is an award winning singer song writer and member in good standing with the Kansas Acoustic Arts Association. He's studied the healing powers of music as used by both Native American and Australian Aboriginal cultures. Two of the flutes featured on the new CD were made from Giant Red Wood that'd been struck by lightning, deeming it sacred to Native Americans. One of the flutes was constructed by Stevenson's son under the direction of a Kiowa flute maker. After completion it was taken to a Lakota Shaman who blessed it, possessing it with the power to heal the hearts of all who would hear the music. Stevenson is the only one allowed to play the sacred flute and his performance adds a meditative power to the new album. "With all my being I wanted to convey a gift to all and when I heard the final cut I felt we had done this." Stevenson said.

    The new CD entitled, ' Healing River ' was completed just one day before Stevenson had to undergo his second surgery. "There is some powerful music here and I hope the listener can experience the freedom and joy we had while creating it." Stewart says who also plays the viola and percussion on the album. While recovering from a successful surgery, Stevenson and Stewart decided to donate proceeds from their upcoming CD release event to the charity that had helped him so much in the past.

    For details about the P.A.T. Fund please visit http://www.wichitablues.org/pat-overview.php . For information and samples from the ' Healing River ' album visit www.myspace.com/trevorstewart .


Moreland and Arbuckle join other artists in Kuwait and Iraq

    Wichita blues group Moreland and Arbuckle left on Sunday, Oct 26 for Kuwait and Iraq for BLUZAPALOOZA-II.   http://www.myspace.com/bluzapalooza . They'll be there for 12 days, performing for the troops and hanging out with them. This star studded event includes some of roots music's most exciting and talented artists; Shemekia Copeland, Deanna Bogart, Tony
Braunagel, Zac Harmon, Michael Burks, and Terry Wilson.

    Once they get home, they have a handful of gigs to round out 2008. http://www.morelandarbuckle.com


More music news ...

   According to this morning's USA Today , David Cook 's new single ?Light On? has led to a novel promotion. Click here: David Cook flicks 'Light On' his new single - USATODAY.com .
     ... previous David Cook news

    On November 4 a 2-CD retrospective of Kansas City 's Titan Records will be released by the Numero Group in Chicago . On Saturday, November 8, a CD release party will be held from 4-7pm at the RecordBar in the Westport area of Kansas City , MO. Musicians that plan to attend include former members of Millionaire at Midnight , Secrets* , and Gary Charlson Band . There will be live music and CDs will be for sale, with part of the proceeds being donated to Apocalypse Meow, a benefit for Abigail of the Gaslights ( www.apocalypsemeow.net ).

    Tonight and tomorrow night (October 27-28) will see the City Light Orchestra reunite in Kansas City to celebrate their ?Raised Spirits? album being reissued on CD. Click here: www.kansascity.com | City Light Orchestra raising spirits with release of album on CD.

    The Kansas City Blues Society 's final round of competition to see who will represent KC in Memphis at the IBC held February 4-7, 2009, will be held November 1 at Knuckehead's Saloon beginning at 2 pm. The finalists are Josh Vowell & the Rumble, King King, Big House with Mo Paul, Scotty Boy Daniels Blues Band, and Koolaide & the Exact Change Band .

    Salina folk duo Mike Mattson and Teresa Weaver have been performing together since 1991. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .


October 20, 2008


FILM NEWS: Electric Revolution at Tallgrass Film Festival

    Saturday, October 25 at 2:15, 20th Century Club Louise C. Murdock Theater

    Sunday, October 26 at 3:30, Orpheum Theater

    Wichita's local history has inspired award-winning documentarist Mark Moormann to produce a short film based on the electric guitar's 1932 world debut in Wichita by local band leader Gage Brewer. Electric Revolution receives a sneak preview at this year's Tallgrass Film Festival on Saturday, October 25th at 2:15 (preceding The Wrecking Crew ) at the 20th Century Club Louise C. Murdock Theater, and Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 at the Orpheum Theater. Much of the material for the film was recently generated at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum in conjunction with its nationally recognized "Campaign for Volts? exhibit which celebrates Brewer and the 75th anniversary of the electric guitar with a focus on the instrument's first decade of existence.   Electric Revolution

    For more information on Electric Revolution visit www.tallgrassfilmfest.com.

    For more information about the Electric Revolution, visit electric guitar.

    The Historical Museum is located downtown at 204 S. Main in the old 1890 City Hall, across from the Wichita Public Library and Century II. Museum events sponsored in part through funding by the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County. For a complete listing of Museum events go to www.wichitahistory.org.


David Cook to appear on SNL on November 1

    David Cook will be the first ?American Idol? winner to appear on Saturday Night Live before releasing an album. The Blue Springs native will be the musical guest on November first, while his album won't be out until the 18 th . The album cover and track listing have been released already. Click here: Back to Rockville: David Cook album cover, track listing released


    According to Entertainment Weekly Cook co-wrote eleven of the twelve songs. After overseeing the mastering in New York , he flew to Los Angeles to film the video for his first single, ?Light On,? directed by Wayne Isham (Bon Jovi, Britney Spears). Cook has assembled a band which includes two members of his former band Midwest Kings. The band will join him on SNL .

    ... previous David Cook news


Martina McBride's label signs CMA winner Rachel Thiodeau

    After winning song of the year honors last Monday night (Oct. 13) at the ASCAP Country Music Awards, Rachel Thibodeau has signed with Little Champion Music, a publishing company owned and operated by Martina McBride and husband John McBride. Click here: CMT : News : ASCAP Winner Rachel Thibodeau Signs With Martina McBride's Company .


Krystle Warren heading to Paris after last Saturday's show in hometown Kansas City

    Since she moved to New York almost five years ago, singer-songwriter Krystle Warren hasn't come home to Kansas City too often, so when the opportunity arises to see her perform, it's best to take advantage of it. Last Saturday night she performed with a small host of local jazz musicians at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road . It'll was her last hometown show in a while. Before October is over, Warren, a 2000 graduate of the Paseo Academy of the Arts, will leave for Paris, where she'll prepare for the release of her first full-length album on Because Records (home to Manu Chao, Jarvis Cocker, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Faithless, among a couple dozen other artists and bands). Click here: www.kansascity.com | 10/17/2008 | Krystle Warren comes home to Kansas City by way of the City of Light


Wichita's Guitar Showdown on November 16

    The Wichita Blues Society's 5th Annual Guitar Showdown will bring eight of the city's best guitartists to Sam's Place on Sunday, November 16th.  This year's showdown features Rachelle Coba, Clayton Crawford, Monte Harrison, Ken Kretzschmar, Vinnie Mourning, Michael Pelzer, Ron Starkel and Henry Walker.   Backing the guitarists up will Eddie Macy, Shawn Kail and Vinnie Mourning.  This event is an exhibition, not a competition.  Each player will have a 15 minute set.  Doors open at 4 pm and the show starts at 5 pm. $3 Members  $5 Non-Members.


More music news ...

    Topeka rapper Stik Figa has been very busy. Click here: Topekaâ??s Stik Figa preps two new releases .

    Manhattan restaurant Coco Bolos celebrated its tenth anniversary last Thursday with a heavy dose of reggae music from local favorites Muziezie . Click here: Kansas State Collegian - Local reggae favorite headlines Coco Bolos' 10th anniversary party .

    Singer Julie Turner and drummer Tommy Ruskin and their quartet give the next free jazz concert at Johnson County Community College , at noon Tuesday, November 22, in the Carlsen Center Recital Hall.

    The organ has been called ?the king of instruments,? and you can find out why when the Wichita chapter of the American Guild of Organists celebrates the International Year of the Organ with a concert Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Click here: Celebrating the 'king of instruments' | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com .


October 13 , 2008

Martina McBride joins other country stars to get out the vote


    Leaving behind their party affiliations, leading female country music stars Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, and Taylor Swift will grace the November cover of REDBOOK and appear in Lifetime Television Public Service Announcements to encourage millions of women to vote. The cover feature and PSAs, called "Vote (For Your) Country" is part of Lifetime's and REDBOOK's nonpartisan, year-long Every Woman Counts campaign to empower and engage women in the political process as voters and future candidates.

    Martina McBride feels incredibly proud to lend her voice to the effort to get women to the polls, "I sang the national anthem at the first Monday Night Football game after 9/11. I will never forget hearing 70,000 Americans who were as hurt, confused, and proud as I was sing the words. The compassion, faith, strength, and determination I saw in that time of fear and uncertainty changed the way I view this country forever." Click here: Lifetime Networks and REDBOOK Magazine Recruit Country Music's Top Stars for 'Every Woman Counts' Campaign to Urge .

    Martina may be the strongest woman in country music, and might also be the smallest. Click here: Martina McBride: She dwells on dark, dramatic songs, but she's never doubted herself .

    Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin have sounded echoes of past political gaffes with the use of the 1994 Martina McBride hit ?Independence Day? to bring Palin onstage at a rally following her debate with Joe Biden. The song, by Nashville veteran songwriter Gretchen Peters, tells the story of the mother of an eight-year-old daughter who escapes an abusive husband by torching the house with him still inside. ?The fact that the McCain-Palin campaign is using a song about an abused woman as a rallying cry for their vice-presidential candidate, a woman who would ban abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, is beyond irony,? said Peters, who will donate royalties from the song to Planned Parenthood in Palin's name.

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Bob Walkenhorst watercolor show in Westwood thru October 31

    Kansas City 's Bob Walkenhorst is not only a musician, but a successful watercolor artist.

Bob Walkenhorst website


More music news ...

    Melissa Etheridge is scheduled to perform at a No on Prop 8 event on Tuesday, October 21st in Beverly Hills . Click here: An Evening to Benefit the No On 8 Campaign .
    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news

    Following some flooding this summer, the popular Walnut Valley Festival, which brings hundreds of musicians to Winfield each year, has been rumored to be considering a move. Click here: Winfield festival to stay at fairgrounds | Kansas.com .

    Miki Masuda is one of Wichita 's busiest bassists, and who knows where her path will take her next? Click here: Her music career just strumming right along | Kansas.com

    Many of us lost a good friend when former Manhattan booking agent Dave Taylor passed away last Tuesday. Click here: CJOnline Obituaries

    Long-time Topeka radio disc-jockey Marlene Adkison was inducted into the Kansas Country Music Hall of Fame over the weekend. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Country voice Marlena Adkison being honored .


October 6 , 2008


Split Lip Rayfield CD release party in Lawrence this weekend

    Kirk Rundstrom, the guitarist for Split Lip Rayfield , passed away in early 2007. When it was discovered that Kirk had cancer, Wayne Gottstine, the former mandolin player, returned to make the band a four-piece again. However, with Kirk's death, there were a lot of questions about the future of the band. After a short hiatus, Wayne, Jeff Eaton (gas tank bass) and Eric Mardis (banjo) are continuing as a trio. Spilit Lip Rayfield has a new album, and there will be a CD release party at the Bottleneck in Lawrence this coming weekend, October 10-11. Moreland and Arbuckle will be joining them on Saturday after a Friday appearance in Arkansas.


New Martina McBride album is still untitled

    Martina McBride has been working steadily on her next album, which doesn't yet have a name. But there is one name that will be featured on it prominently: Dann Huff. Click here: News : Headlines : Martina McBride Asks For Help : Great American Country .

    ... previous Martina McBride news



KC Blues Society competition continues this Saturday

    The Kansas City Blues Society 's first preliminary round to pick the band that will represent KC in Memphis at next February's International Blues Competition is over, and the two bands moving on to the finals are The Scotty Boy Daniels Blues Band and Koolaide & the Exact Change Band.

    The second preliminary round will feature Josh Vowell & the Runmble, King King, Coyote Bill & The Rattlers, Mo Paul & Big House, ZZ Rose with Hardlikker, Motif Jam, and Nobodys Bidness. The competition will begin at 2 pm at BB's Lawnside Bar-B-Que on Saturday, October 11. Bands will play 30 minute sets, and there is no cover charge.

    The local finals will be on November 1 at Knuckleheads Saloon, when the four finalists will compete for $1750 in prize money and the trip to Memphis .

    In other KCBS news, there will be solo/duo competitions November 15 at BB's.


Melissa Etheridge updates

    Melissa Etheridge appears on ?The Doctors?, a new daytime health show, on Wednesday, October 8th. To find our when it airs in your area, click here: Local Listings .

    A new interview with Melissa appears in the latest issue of OK! Click here: OK! Magazine - First for Celebrity News - OK! Interview: Melissa Etheridge# .

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news



More music news ...

    Kansas ' City's Pitch has published their annual Best of Kansas City , including what they see as the best music in town. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Best of 2008: MUSIC .

    Drummer Pat Tomek, who designed our website, reacted to the naming of Howard Iceberg as the best songwriter of 2008 with the following blog: Click here: Forty-Two: hot damn! .

    Speaking of Kansas City 's music scene, the Star 's Hearne Christopher Jr. recently caught up with KC's heavy metal guru for the past two decades, Jim Kilroy . Click here: www.kansascity.com | 10/05/2008 | Heavy metal king Jim Kilroy reflects on changing time .

    Also in Kansas City , Present Magazine talked with bassist Jeff Harshbarger 's alternative jazz. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Presenting: Jeff Harshbarger's Alternative Jazz .

    Meanwhile, down in southeast Kansas, Pittsburg State University will kick off its new jazz season. Click here: Pitt State to kick off jazz season with Monday concert - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .

    And the Topeka Festival Singers open their 25 th season tonight. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Festival singers think globally, sing locally

    Kansas City 's next record show is coming up Sunday, October 26, 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel in Lenexa (95 th & I-35). Admission is only $3, and there'll be lots of new and used records, CDs, tapes, videos and memorabilia for sale. This is the last of three shows this year.

    A lot of recent local releases were reviewed in last week's edition of The Pitch. Click here: Locally Yours: Our critics discuss some recent releases - Music - The Pitchpage 1 - The Pitch


September 29, 2008


2009 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Nominees Announced!

    Ballots have been sent out to over 200 members and inductees to select the 2009 inductees.  If you're not already a member, you can still join and receive a ballot before the voting ends on October 31, 2008. CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION.

    The 2009 induction ceremony will be held at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on March 7.

    The nominees this year are:

  • Bloodstone, Kansas City
  • Conny & Bellhops, Pittsburg
  • Danny Cox, Kansas City
  • Devastating Dinks, Salina
  • Dinks, Beloit
  • Embarrassment, Wichita
  • James Gadson, Kansas City
  • Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence
  • Larry Lingle, McPherson
  • Rudy Love, Wichita
  • Kevin Mahogany , Kansas City
  • Lee McBee , Lawrence
  • Moanin' Glories, Wichita
  • Morning Dew , Topeka
  • Mystic Number National Bank, Kansas City
  • Plain Jane , Manhattan
  • Pott County Pork & Bean Band, St. Mary's
  • Samuel Ramey , Colby
  • Vernon Sandusky, Sedan
  • Sensational Showmen, Parsons/Pittsburg
  • Serfs, Lawrence/Wichita
  • Shooting Star, Kansas City
  • Billy Spears, Lawrence
  • Craig ?Twister? Steward
  • Tree Frog, Lawrence
  • Bobby Watson, Kansas City
  • Wichita Linemen, Wichita
  • Wizards From Kansas, Lawrence
  • Chely Wright , Wellsville
  • Young Raiders, Lawrence

    In addition to the 30 nominees listed, qualified write-ins are encouraged.


"A New Thought for Christmas"
Melissa's first Christmas album arrives Tuesday, September 30th!

For more information please visit www.melissaetheridge.com

    A new song from Melissa Etheridge's new album is currently streaming on Deepak Chopra's website. The song ?Ring The Bells? is written and sung by Melissa and Salmad Ahmad, both of whom will be appearing on Deepak Chopra's radio show this coming Saturday morning at 9 am Central Time. Listen to it at deepakchopra.com.

    2006 KMHOF Inductee Etheridge is certainly in the news this week. In addition to the release of her new album comes word that she and her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels are joining the list of celebrity nuptials in response to California 's legalization of gay marriage. Etheridge announced her intentions at Universal City 's Hard Rock Café last Friday, where she performed to launch the restaurant's monthlong breast cancer awareness program.

    ?We have four children, and we're trying to find the right time now actually to go down and do it, she told the TV show Extra.

    In 2003 the pair held a commitment ceremony with friends and family, hoping that one day their marriage would be recognized legally. Click here: Etheridge Kicks-Off Pinktober | Extra

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


New CD release from James and Julie Rivers of earlier concerts

    James and Julie Rivers have performed together for four decades, but James and Julie Rivers: Duo-Pianists is their first album, which was engineered by Topeka 's Exceptions Studio from master tapes of live performances the couple did between April 1978 and November 1983 at Washburn University 's White Concert Hall as part of the former Topeka Chamber Music Series. The Rivers will be signing copies of their CD at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6130 SW 17 th in Topeka from 2-4 pm this Saturday, October 4.

    Julie Rivers' label Earth Star Recordings is distributing the CD, which is also available at www.earthstarrecordings.com , where samples of the music can be heard.


Mike "Puck" Ramel passes away

   News has reached us of the passing September 19 of KC area drummer Mike ?Puck? Ramel . The 57-year-old was a member of Kansas City 's Iron Road in the early 70s, and he went on the road for a couple of years, playing Florida and South Carolina beach bars. Puck was also the driving force behind Southern Fried, Joplin 's premier southern rock band in the late 70s. His family is trying to organize a fundraiser in the KC area to help defray funeral expenses.


More music news ...

    Ron Bowell was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame this year with his old band Friar Tuck and the Monks . Ron's current congregation is in Salina , where he continues to make music. Click here: Salina.com - an online service of The Salina Journal.

    2007 inductee Martina McBride has opened up about singing a duet with ?The King.? Click here: Technology opens doors for Martina McBride - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
    ... previous Martina McBride news

    Not all musicians are able to hit the road and tour, but that doesn't mean they can't play. Click here: Kansas City - Plog - Careful With That Axe, Eugene: Lansing Inmates Get Guitars.

    Kansas City 's Republic Tigers have had a few problems on the road. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Republic Tigers Detained by UK Immigration.

    A band that got its start at Hallmark Cards is attracting attention in Kansas City : Click here: www.kansascity.com | 09/17/2008 | Hallmark-bred Softee finds fans, favor in KC market.


September 22, 2008


2009 KMHOF Voting and Induction Ceremony Information

Kansas Music Hall of Fame members and prior inductees will be receiving ballots to select next year's inductees on October first. Votes are due no later than October 31, and results will be announced during the first week of November. The 2009 induction ceremony will be held at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on March 7. The unplugged show will be the night before at Paddy O'Quigley's Pub & Grille in the Holiday Inn, where we have arranged a special rate of $63 for the Hall of Fame weekend. Room reservations for Friday and Saturday may be made by calling 785-841-7077.



David Cook album release set for November 18

    The debut album by Kansas City 's American Idol winner David Cook is set for release. Click here: David Cook Album Arriving Nov. 18.

    ... previous David Cook news



Cathedral Brass plays concert at Topeka catherdral

    The Cathedral Brass (Steve Patterson, Neal Purvis, Katie Grose, Will Cooper and Bill Waterman) performed a Great Spaces Music & Arts Series concert Sunday afternoon at Topeka 's Grace Episcopal Cathedral. The hour long concert included brass favorites spanning centuries.


Matt Walsh returns for Midwest concerts starting Thursday in Wichita

    Blues guitarist and singer, Matt Walsh will be returning briefly to the Wichita area ( for one weekend ), where he lived for 5 years, making many fans while spreading his blend of 1950's styled Chicago Blues.

    Matt moved away in Nov 2007 to NC and has since furthered his career as a Blues musician playing with blues legends like Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, and just recently, the 95 year old Pinetop Perkins, who Matt just backed in Connecticut a few weeks ago.

    Matt is looking forward to playing for some old fans and seeing some new faces in Wichita on Thursday Sept 25th, when he will play an acoustic solo at the Artichoke, and again with his former band, the Maddogs ( Kyle Couch and Jesse Major), during the Wichita Blues Society's Fall Blues Crawl on Sunday Sept 28th at Heroes. Matt will also be at Galileo's in Oklahoma City, OK on Friday ( 26th ) and BB's Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City MO on Saturday ( 27th ).


Martina McBride marks "summer of 42"


    Martina McBride 's hit "This One's For The Girls" carries a verse that's dedicated to "all you girls about 42," currently appropriate since Martina turned 42 in July. For her, the "summer of 42" is one in which she's doing her best to come to terms with the ageing process and to find the silver lining in the advance of time. Click here: "This One's for the Girls"

    "We need to take care of our own," Martina McBride says of a new Nashville development for retired musicians. Click here: Martina McBride Launches Country Retirement Community - Music News, Martina McBride : People.com.

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Topeka Band Brawl information

    High Octane Band Brawl to be held at Topeka 's Heartland Park on October 10th!
6 Bands (any genre)
3 songs must be original (the others can be cover)
Bands will perform based upon a blind order determined the night of the
Will play 6 songs (up to 30 minutes total)
Demo and Bio to:
    25 September
Supersonic Music, Topeka KS
117 SE 6th Street
Topeka, KS 66603
or email to battle@itsTopeka.com
Judged Upon:
Music Quality (as determined by judges)
Stage Presence (as determined by judges)
Crowd Response (as determined by tickets in bucket)(each person coming thru the door will get a ticket to put into one of six buckets representing each band)
Winner - $500 Snare Drum provided by Supersonic, $100 Gift Certificate
Provided by Supersonic, $1000 cash prize.
All 6 Bands who are chosen to perform will have an opportunity to sell
tickets in advance. You will receive $2 for every $5 ticket that is sold.
Check this link: Band Brawl MySpace
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September 15, 2008


Wichita Blues Society's Blues Crawl on September 28

    The Wichita Blues Society's Blues Crawl is approaching, Sunday, September 28 th. in Old Town .  They have a wide assortment of blues from 6-9 pm, American's Pub has The Jeff Corbett Band, Brickyard has The Sharon Rush Band, Heroes has the Matt Walsh & The Mad Dogs, Jimmie Lewin & the Kingtones at Torre's Pizzeria, Arthetta & Wayne Long at the Larkspur, Morts with To Go Box and the Loft 151 with The Terry Quiett Band, the 2009 WBS Challenge winner. The after party is at American Pub with Blues Harvest from 9-12am. It is the best party in Wichita . It is still $5.00


Melissa Etheridge featured on HDTV

    Upcoming concerts by Death Cab For Cutie, O.A.R. and Melissa Etheridge at the House of eBlues in Atlantic City , N.J. , will be the first of many performances through 2009 to be featured on high-definition cable network HDNET. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080910/tv_nm/hdnet_dc_1.

    Melissa recently wrapped up her national tour with a date in Kansas City. Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: Melissa Etheridge.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news



Martina McBride continues tour


    KMHOF Inductee Martina McBride continues to get good press as she continues her current tour. Click here: Martina McBride's anthem is a lucky charm | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Personal experiences affected performers in post-Katrina play

    Real-life losses have influenced the performances of Danny Cox and Merle Moores in the production of ?Rising Water,? which runs through October 5 at the Unicorn Theatre. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 09/13/2008 | Real-life losses influence performances of Danny Cox and Merle Moores, stars of


Two new releases by local artists

    Two female singer songwriters, Sara Swenson and Suzannah Johannes , have new releases:
Click here: Local singer songwriter Sara Swenson debuts her first album
Click here: Four Songs for Suzannah Johannes to Sing | lawrence.com


KC musician Gary Amdahl authors new book

    Former Kansas City musician Gary Amdahl of the 70s band Amdahl-Wolfe has a new book on the market: Click here: www.kansascity.com | 09/13/2008 | Review: Gary Amdahl pens a gripping, funny-as-death novella


Alaadeen receives ArtsKC Inspiration Grant

    Veteran KC jazz saxophonist Ahmed Alaadeen is one of six musicians to receive an ArtsKC Inspiration grant: Click here: www.kansascity.com | 09/13/2008 | Ahmed Alaadeen, artists and groups are given ArtsKC Inspiration grants


Agents of Retro is new classic rock band

    A new classic rock band called Agents of Retro recall the bands of the 70s in a show this Saturday, September 20, at the Shadow. The guys are convinced that they can play classic, classicly inspired rock in a live setting.

    ?We really like to push the limits and show off the musicianship in the project,? keyboardist Tommy Carlyle told the Wichita Eagle recently.

    Most of the band will be familiar to local clubgoers from their other bands. In addition to Carlyle (Gravy), there's John Pryor (Ten Day Wish), Randy Swisher (Rain), Jim Watts ( Theorosas Bridge ) and Peter Christmas.


80s band Alpheus reunites for benefit

    The 1980s Hutchinson-based rock band Alpheus reunited recently to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. The show September 13 at Abe & Jake's Landing in Lawrence raised funds for the nonprofit organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs at-risk children in the community with volunteer adult mentors to encourage a long-term personal relationship.


Wichita Art Museum offers free music on Wednesdays

    The Wichita Art Museum will be offering free music performances at noon Wednesdays this fall. Click here: WAM to offer music with lunch | Kansas.com


September 8, 2008


American Idol David Cook returns to Kansas City

    David Cook returned to Kansas City recently, headlining this year's American Idols Live! tour with two shows at The Sprint Center. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 08/29/2008 | Home cooking: Sprint crowd rains love on ?Idol' champ.   Back to RockvilleBack to Rockville: 'Idol Live': The final finale.

    ... previous David Cook news



Melissa Etheridge wraps up tour in Kansas City


    Returning to Kansas City this week is Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge . She'll be wrapping up her current tour and opening the newly remodeled Midland Theatre on Tuesday. Back to Rockville

        Melissa's forthcoming A New Thought For Christmas albumis set for a September 30 release on Island Records. The album of ten songs features newly composed songs such as ?Ring The Bells,? ?Light A Light,? and ?It's Christmas Time? along with traditional standards such as ?Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas? and ?Blue Christmas.?

    Melissa Etheridge may top the charts with her popular songs, but at home, it's her children
who rule the iTunes. In this week's People , some of singing celebs share their children's top pop picks. Melissa Etheridge's four children, Bailey Jean, 11, Beckett, 9 ½, and twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, 22 months, enjoy "Common Threads" by Bobby McFerrin, "The Rainbow Connection" as performed by Sarah McLachlan, "When It Don't Come Easy" by Patty Griffin, and a song by Mom -- "Message To Myself". "Really, it's their fave!" Melissa says. (the link to the Etheridge kids playlist is http://tinyurl. com/5h772o ).

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Season finale for Kansas City Blues Society set for October 25

    In other music news from KC, the Kansas City Blues Society will be having the final show of the 2008 Summer Concert Series with an awesome Harmonica Blowout at Knucklehad's Saloon on October 25 at 10 pm. Mark Hummel, Kim Wilson, and Magic Dick will follow local harp ace Lee McBee onlstage.

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Get tickets at www.knuckleheadskc.com .


KCBS Acoustic Showcase this Saturday in Lawrence

    Don't forget the KCBS' Acoustic Showcase this coming Saturday night at BB's Lawnside Bar-B-Que and the first preliminary round of the Blues Challenge for the International Blues Competition in Memphis . Five bands will compete September 27 at Marty's Blues Café in Merriam. The second preliminary round will be October 11 at BB's. The finals will be held November 2 at Knucklehead's.


New Jim Stringer CD is featured


    Jim Stringer 's newest CD Triskaidekaphilia will be featured in Dan Forte's ?Check The Action? column in the November 2008 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Co-featured will be a jazz CD Jim produced for the T. Jarrod Quartet. Triskaidekaphilia was #1 in the June Far poll, a chart compiled from the votes of about 200 DJs with ?free form? shows. ( www.tcmnradio.com/far/far107.htm ).

    Jim was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of Tide.


Chet Nichols

    2008 Inductee Chet Nichols ' song ?Food, Food, Food, Food? has been licensed to be a new theme song for the radio show Sauced , heard Sundays at noon on ClearChannel's WLAC 1510 AM in Nashville . The show is streamed live online at www.WLAC.com and is the number one radio show on Sundays. Chet's also landed a new gig as Chief Creative Officer with Simage LLC in Northbrook, IL.

    ... previous Chet Nichols news



Ottawa's Walt Butler has passed away

    Sad news reached us last week from Ottawa, KS . Longtime music store owner and father of KMHOF Inductee Beth Scalet, Walt Butler passed away on Tuesday, September 2 at his home. The family suggests memorials to the Americana Academy of Music in Lawrence sent in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory Street , Ottawa , KS 66067 . Click here: OttawaHerald.com -- Community News. Community Connections. Click here: LJWorld.com / Obituaries.


More music news ...

    ?For Your Ears Only,? the annual benefit for Audio Reader will be held September 19-20 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Building 21, 2120 Harper Street . Audio-Reader is a reading and information service for the blind and visually impaired. This year Audio-Reader has received more audio equipment than ever before (receivers, amps, speakers, stereos, VCR's recorders, CD players and turntables including several rare and vintage pieces. With over 12,000 vinyl records along with CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, Books on CD, musical instruments, TVs, and so much more, there should be something for everyone. Most LP's are only a buck and CDs are only three dollars each.

    Everyone in Southeast Kansas is looking forward to the upcoming reunion of old bands on September 27 at The Cove in Pittsburg. We haven't seen a list of who'll be attending and playing yet, but if you plan to put a band together for the event, sit in and jam with a particular band, jam in a free for all or just plan to drink a lot of beer, please RSVP to levi@bartonmutualgroup.com .

    A related SE Kansas event will be the performance November 22 in Parsons of the last version of the Parsons-Pittsburg version of the Sensational Showmen.

    Throughout its 37 year history, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, has been known for attracting the finest acoustic musicians and performers from all over the world. The talent on the festival stages keeps audiences returning to Winfield year after year. Advance tickets are available for this year's festival September 17-21 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. Advance tickets may be purchased at the 918 Main Street office through September 16. Click here: Walnut Valley Festival - Winfield, Kansas.

    The Blue Room at 18 th Vine in Kansas City presents a double header on September 20, separate shows by Karrin Allyson at 7 pm and Deborah Brown at 8:30 and 10 pm. Allyson is a perennial favorite with a wide range, while Brow, who recently returned to KC after a long stretch in Europe , sings with conviction and style.

    On Saturday, September 6, Kansas City Star writer Steve Paul wrote an interesting piece on the current state of the local jazz scene. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 09/06/2008 | Jazz is alive, healthy and well, from the traditional to the contemporary.

     Yesterday, September 7, Olathe's Fountain City Brass Band, the reigning US Open Brass Band and North American Brass Band chanmpions, performed in Topeka. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Brass band blowing into town.


September 1, 2008


Voting for 2009 Hall of Fame class will start soon

    Ballots to choose next year's inductees will go out to all members whose dues are current and all prior inductees one month from today.  Votes are due by the end of October.

    The 2009 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 7 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.


Tech N9ne album reaches million sales mark

    Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne has passed one million in sales of his latest album Killer . Click here: Back to Rockville: Tech N9ne is a million-selling man.

    ... previous Tech N9ne news



Lawrence's John Weatherwax is remembered

    Lawrence has lost a long-time musician with the death last Friday of John Weatherwax , founder of the Junkyard Jazz Band and member of the Lawrence City Band for many years. Click here: LJWorld.com / Weatherwax remembered as great friend, musician .


Punk legends The Embarrassment reunited for acoustic show

    Wichita 's legendary punk band The Embarrassment reunited for a special this past Saturday. It was their first acoustic show ever and their first without bassist Ron Klause. Click here: Embarrassmentback together | Kansas.com .


American Idol David Cook returns to Kansas City amid controversy

    Kansas City area native David Cook , the reigning American Idol champion returned to KC this past weekend for two shows at the Sprint Center. Several days before the show, he granted an interview to the Kansas City Star. Click here: www.kansascity.com | 08/27/2008 | We ask David Cook about touring, recording and coming home .

   The nonstop cascade of favorable puff pieces about American Idol / KC export David Cook couldn't last forever. Take National Enquirer columnist Mike Walker's harsh assessment of Cook in the August 25 issue.  ?Looking every inch a loser, American Idol winner David Cook refused to close dressing room drapes while trying on jeans at a high-end Hollywood boutique, casually exposing what the Dude apparently thinks is a sex-god bod, clad in nuthin' but tighty-whities! When a salesgirl went to close the curtains so he could undress in private ? hint, hint ? Cook actually refused, saying he doesn't like being, like ? uh ? ?Closed in.' One turned-off shopper shouted ?Geek!' as Cook continued his undie-niably lame striptease, slipping in and out of jeans and shirts like he was home alone as gob-smacked patrons made barf signs.?

    ... previous David Cook news


Melissa Etheridge wraps up tour in Kansas City on September 9

    Fresh from her appearance last Wednesdat at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, KMHOF Inductee Melissa Etheridge was back on the road Friday night in L.A.

    Melissa wraps up her current tour on September 9 in Kansas City . MELISSA ETHERIDGE - ETHERIDGE OPENS UP ABOUT CANCER BATTLE AT CONCERT .

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news



New Martina McBride interview


    Inductee Martina McBride continues her current tour while working on her next album. She told the Naperville Sun recently that she think it's her ordinary life that fuels her popularity. Click here: McBride's ordinary life fuels her popularity :: Naperville Sun :: Entertainment .

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Sherwood Center Benefit Show this weekend

    The 18 th Annual Sherwood Center Benefit Show is this coming Friday and Saturday at BB's Lawnside Bar=B-Que (two blocks east of Holmes on 85 th Street ).

    Friday's music starts at 6pm: Shinetop Jr., Blue Orleans, Frank Ace Blues Band and Platinum Express.

    Saturday thing kick off at 3 pm: McNally-Recob, Bobby Smith, Frank Plas & The Silver Tones, Levee Town , Fast Johnn Ricker, Four Fried Chickens & a Coke and Jonh Paul's Flying Circus.


Wichita Blue Crawl coming up on September 28

    The Wichita Blues Society 's annual Blues Crawl in Sunday, September 28 in Old Town . They'll have a wide variety of blues from 6-9 pm. We'll have a complete lineup of venues and performers in a future newsletter.


Moreland and Arbuckle continue to get notice

    Wichita blues performers Moreland and Arbuckle are featured in the Oct/Nov issue of Blues Review Magazine.

    ... previous Moreland and Arbuckle news


Classic "Hee Haw" featuring Hall of Famer Rodney Lay will air again starting September 7

    Rodney Lay  fans, we've learned that RFD-TV will start running "Hee Haw" on Sunday, September 7 at 7 pm Central time.  They are going to start with the very first show & air them in the order they were originally aired. Click here: RFD-TV - Rural America's Most Important Network

    ... previous Rodney Lay news  



More music news ...

    Lawrence pop band Koufax is led by Robert Suchen, who splits his time between a home in Lawrence and one in the Czech Republic . This dual influence shows in the band's music. Click here: LJWorld.com / An American in Prague: Koufax frontman takes inspiration from years straddling two continents .

    The memorial service for KC bluegrass musician Michael O'Roark will be held this Thursday, September 4, at 7pm @ Pleasant Valley Church near Liberty , Missouri , at I-35 and Highway 291.

    Have you ever been interested in hosting a house concert? Dana Cooper is about to embark on a tour across the western U.S. and has a few open dates. He's primarily looking for something September 12 or 14 in Arizona or New Mexico; September 26 or 28 around Idaho, Utah, Washington or Oregon; also something October 10 in the Seattle area. Anyone interested in hosting a concert can contact Dana's agent Terri Stewart at 303-989-1764, or email her at stewartmgmt@earthlink.net .

    A profile of conga drummer and band leader Pablo Sanhueza appeared in Joe Klopus' ?Jazztown? column in last Wednesday's Kansas City Star . Click here: www.kansascity.com | 08/27/2008 | JAZZTOWN | Conga drummer keeps up the beat .

    Join The Elders on a 7 day trip to Ireland February 20-27. Guided day tours, live music at night and tons o' fun with the lads!  Get all the info you need at http://eldersmusic.com/ireland2009.doc or call Toll Free: 1-866-486-8772 Email: mhammond@hammondtours.com .


August 25, 2008


Video and results from the 28th Annual Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships

    The 28th Annual Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships were held in Lawrence over the weekend. View the results and video of the event at:  Click here: LJWorld.com / Top fiddlers, pickers named .


Junior Brown at the Bottleneck on September 19

    Junior Brown, once a member of the Billy Spears Band, returns to Lawrence September 19 for a gig at the Bottleneck. Back when he was playing with Spears, he hadn't developed his distinctive guit-steel instrument and was known as Jim until the other bandmembers dubbed him ?Junior.?


Topeka Jazz Workshop Band kicks off 40th edition concert

    The Topeka Jazz Workshop Band kicked off the 40th edition of the Topeka Jazz Workshop Sunday afternoon. Guest artist for the concert was Kansas City trumpeter Jay Sollenberger . Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Workshop jazz band still kickin'.


Andy McKee featured in article

    Topeka guitarist Andy McKee is one of three pickers featured in the current issue of Acoustic Guitar.  Click here: http://acousticguitar.com/article/default.aspx?articleid=23132


Wichita appearance by Martina McBride is off


    A push by WalterWalk developers to lure country music star Martina McBride to the downtown Wichita development appears to have failed. After being courted for months, the singer has pulled the plug on talks according to her publicist.

    ?I was just told by management that this is not happening and there are no more discussions, ? said Kathy Best of Nashville in an email to the Wichita Business Journal . Best says McBride's representatives won't comment further about why talks have stopped.

    McBride is currently on her first amphitheater tour of her career: Click here:  News : Headlines : Martina McBride, Biker Chick : Great American Country .

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Melissa Etheridge joins other stars for "Stand Up To Cancer"

    More than a dozen of the world's most accomplished female recording artists, including KMHOF Inductee Melissa Etheridge , have joined together for ?Just Stand Up,? an unprecedented charity single in support of the Stand Up To Cancer Fundraising Campaign. Funds generated by the single, produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "L.A." Reid, will support cancer research. "Just Stand Up" will be available exclusively on iTunes beginning Sept. 2. Also set to perform on the single are Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, LeAnnRimes and Carrie Underwood.


    The tune will also be performed during the live "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon set to air simultaneously on ABC, CBS and NBC on Sept. 5 (Daily Variety, May 28). Big Three network news anchors Charles Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will appear on the telethon and offer reports on the latest developments in cancer research. Laura Ziskin, a cancer survivor, will produce the telecast.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Paxico Blues Festival on September 20

    The 5 th Annual Paxico Blues Festival promises cool blues, hot barbeque and lots of fun September 20. Performers include Washboard Jo Bruke, Big Woody's Band, Shannon & The Rhythm Kings, Frank Plas of the Silver Tones, and D.C. Bellamy. Tom ?Trash Mouth? Baker will m.c. For more info check out: www.paxicomerchants.com .


Lucky People gets notice

    Wichita party band Lucky People has the crowds dancing. Founded by local music scene veterans Steve Green (King Me) and Alan Austin (Roomful of Walters), they enjoy playing close to home. Click here: Feeling lucky? This band is | Kansas.com .


Rapper S.J. Hazim at the Kansas Black Expo on August 30

    Former marine S.J. Hazim, who performs around Topeka as 7 Grand, will perform with his group Strongtower August 30 as part of the Kansas Black Expo at the Gage Park Amphitheater. A profile of the rapper was published in last Friday's Topeka Capitol-Journal . Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Local rapper performs righteous rhymes .


Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mike O'Roark has passed away

    Kansas City bluegrass musician Mike O'Roark, a Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee, passed away last week. Mike O'Roark and the Freeborn Men recorded several albums and entertained thousands over the years. Click here: www.kansascity.com .


Moreland and Arbuckle head to Iraq with Bluzapalooza

    Wichita blues duo Moreland and Arbuckle will be in Iraq October 26-November 7 as part of the Bluzapalooza tour, entertaining US troops. Created by blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn and presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, this twelve day tour will also feature Shemekia Copeland, Michael Burke, Deanna Bogart, Zac Harmon, and Tony Braunagel and The Bluzapalooza All-Star Band.


Bar Natasha shuts doors on September 20

    Piano cabaret lounge Bar Natasha , 1911 Main Street in Kansas City , MO , is closing after September 20, the day of the downtown venue's last performance.

    ?Business has been a bit slow, but after five years we're ready to try something new,? said co-owner J.D. Mann. The decision will allow his partner Missy Koonce to concentrate more on her singing and acting career. Koonce said the decision to close came down to the economy.


More music news ...

    Danny Blackwood and Ric Barron have reunited to bring back the incredible reggae/rock funk/groove sound of the Scatcatz . With Jeff Spaulding on drums they will be performing around Topeka!  Check 'em out if they're playing near you.

    Emporia DJ S.C. Dixon is back on the scene with a new gig, at The Noose. Dixon has been working the clubs in Emporia since 1977.



August 18, 2008


Martina McBride tour and album info

    Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Martina McBride will host a ceremony recognizing the special honorees and off-camera winners from this year's Academy of Country Music Awards which were held in May in Las Vegas . The ceremony will take place on September 17 in Nashville at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Recipients of the ACM's Special Award include Bill Anderson, Dick Clark, Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys and the late Fred Rose, Conway Twitty and Porter Wagoner. The winners of the musician, producer and audio engineer awards will also be honored.

    Martina continues to work on her next album, which will be released in January or February of 2009. She's written a new song for the album called ?Sunny Side Up? with the Warren Brothers, who also collaborated with her on the hit ?Anyway.? For more on the project,  Click here: News : Headlines : Martina McBride Steps Forward : Great American Country

    Martina continues her current tour: Click here: Entertainment: Martina McBride ready for the spotlight in Irvine | mcbride, one, really, song, feels - OCRegister.

    ... previous Martina McBride news


New Melissa Etheridge interview

    Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Etheridge recently granted a lengthy interview to Portland , Oregon 's Gay & Lesbian News , which delves into many aspects of her life. She is also currently on tour. Click here: www.justout.com .

        As reported earlier, Melissa Etheridge will play the Denver Fillmore during the upcoming Democratic National Convention. The show is a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign. Click here: » Melissa Etheridge to play Fillmore during Democratic National Convention Marquee Magazine - Live for Live Music!

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news



Clif Major puts cancer in the past

    Wichita guitarist Clif Major claims he has beaten the cancer that has dominated his life the past few years. Clif had to close his vintage guitar store a few years ago, but has turned the old store into a music venue to continues to grow in popularity according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle: Click here: 'Humble, real and funky' | Kansas.com


J.D. Andrew profiled in article

    Gypsum, Kansas native J.D. Andrew engineered actor Billy Bob Thornton's 2007 album Beautiful Door . Andrew is a 1992 graduate of Southeast of Saline Jr.-Sr. High School who attended Kansas State University, and won a Grammy award on a path that has brought him back to Kansas as a member of Thornton 's band The Boxmasters. Following a recent appearance in Kansas City , they will be playing in Salina on August 26: Click here: Salina.com - an online service of The Salina Journal


Terry Queitt Band competes in International Blues Challenge

    The Terry Queitt Band will represent the Wichita Blues Society in Memphis for the 2009 International Blues Challenge. First prize includes: $1000 for expenses to Memphis, opening for Bernard Allison at Sam's Place August 21, a slot in the WBS Fall Blues Crawl, a featured slot at the 2009 WBS Blues Ball, and they will play at the 2009 CQ Blues Fest in Sedan, KS.

    Second Place went to Jimmy Lewin and the Kingtones from Salina , Third Place was To Go Box from Wichita . The other bands competing were Made From Scratch, Mead Street Reunion and Willie D. and the Rockteers.

    Topeka has a new blues society. Information about the Topeka Blues Society is available at the organization's website www.topekabluessociety.org . Anyone interested in joining, can also call Suki at 785-234-4317.


More music news ...

    Topeka sixth-grader Alexus Geier posted videos of herself singing on YouTube, which have led to two major record companies negotiating to sign the 11-year-old: Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Two major labels negotiating to sign 11-year-old

   In other Topeka music news, the band Other Brother Darrel celebrated the release of its debut album over the weekend with a show Saturday night at PainKillers: Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Topeka band to debut CD

    If it's Tuesday night, Kansas City 's newest big band, New Jazz Order , can be found at Harling's in Westport : Click here: www.kansascity.com | 08/13/2008 | JAZZTOWN | New jazz Order finds a home at Harling's

    Congratulations to Kansas City 's Celtic-rock band The Elders . It has officially been ten years since they started performing together in 1998. Their first gis was at The Hurricane in Westport of a Tuesday night, playing to a crowd of mostly family and friends. Much has happened since then. The band is in demand all over this country and in Ireland . The band's next trip to Ireland will be February 20-27, 2009.


August 11 , 2008


Fiddling and Picking Championships in Lawrence this weekend

    The 28 th Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships are August 23 and 24 in Lawrence, with the bulk of the competitions beginning at noon Sunday in South Park . More information is available at www.kansasfiddlingandpicking.org .


Wakarusa Festival controversy

    Lawrence 's Wakarusa Festival may not return to the shores of Clinton Lake next year. The annual camping and music festival's promoter has accused the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks of discrimination: Click here: LJWorld.com / Wakarusa Fest may not play on


Republic Tigers will debut in Lebanon

    Kansas City 's Republic Tigers are scheduled to make their international debut at the Big Bang Festival in Lebanon: Click here: Wayward Blog - Republic Tigers Play Festival in Lebanon


Betzer moves to Oregon

    KC musician Bill Belzer recently moved to Oregon after playing in Grumpy, Mongol Beach Party and the New Amsterdams, among others. He was even a member of Wilco very briefly: Click here: Back to Rockville: Local hero joins Wilco (for a song)#more#more#more#more


More details on "Elvis Christmas Duets" album with Martina McBride

    We mentioned last week that Martina McBride will be appearing on an upcoming album of duets with Elvis. We can now reveal that it'll be a Christmas album called Elvis Presley Christmas Duets . The CD will be out October 14 and will also feature Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, Amy Grant, Anne Murray and others singing with the King of Rock and Roll. Sony BMG is releasing the album in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Although Presley recorded only 20 Christmas songs, his holiday albums have sold more than 25 million copies in the US alone.


New releases by local bands

    Area bands are really getting into vinyl these days. The Pines have reissued their self-titled album in a limited edition of 500 12-inchers. This Tuesday the Architects are releasing a white vinyl edition of their album Vice. Look for either or both online or in Kansas City area stores.


Shooting Star updates

    Shooting Star 's lead singer Ronnie Platt gave fans a treat in his hometown of Chicago when he joined his old band onstage: Click here: ARRA :: All Access Magazine :: It's All About The Music

    Janet Jameson reports that she's really enjoying being a part of Shooting Star, but she wants everyone to know that she's still a part of Rock Paper Scissors, and they continue to play every Tuesday on the Plaza in KC at the Intercontinental Hotel. She's also been playing with the recently reunited Nation. While she wasn't a part of the band back in the late 60s and early 70s, she played on a lot of the same bills. Janet was in Morningstar back then. Nation member Chuck Boyd has announced that he's moving to Newfoundland , so the band will be playing out a few more gigs to the end of the year (or until Chuck's house sells).


August 4 , 2008


Martina McBride joins other country stars on "Elvis duets" album

    The first Elvis Presley duets album in history will be launched in October, pairing The King with such women as Martina McBride , Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood and Wynonna. Click here: News : Headlines : Martina, Wynonna Lead Elvis Duets Album : Great American Country .

    ... previous Martina McBride news


Melissa Etheridge concert for Human Rights Campaign during Democratic convention


    As reported earlier, Melissa Etheridge will play the Denver Fillmore during the upcoming Democratic National Convention. The show is a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign. Click here: » Melissa Etheridge to play Fillmore during Democratic National Convention Marquee Magazine - Live for Live Music!

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Wichita Blues Challenge this Saturday August 10

    Don't forget the Wichita Blues Society 's annual Blues Challenge this coming Sunday, August 10, at Sam's Place, 5521 W. Kellogg. The music starts at 4 o'clock, and KEYN Radio has donated an HD2 radio for a fundraising raffle. The WBS is looking for a blues band to represent Wichita at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis early next year. The group's annual blues crawl is also upcoming.


More music news ...

    Kansas City 's Republic Tigers have had their music featured on TV's Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl , but they'd like to do more for TV and films.  Click here: Republic Tigers Yearn to Make Music for Movies, page 1 - Music - Westword - Westword

     Reggie & The Full Effect announced their farewell tour in June, and for some reason the tour does not stop in the band's hometown of Kansas City . Band founder James Dewees has been offered the keyboard job with My Chemical Romance. He's been sitting in with them for the past two years. Click here: Reggie and the Full Effect Map Final Tour | Spin Magazine Online .

    David Cook has told Billboard that he has seven tracks done for his new album, which is due out in November. Click here: David Cook Promises 'Twists, Turns' On Debut CD.
    ... previous David Cook news

    Singer-songwriter Clayton Senne, whose father co-founded Topeka 's Exceptions and whose mother and stepfather are longtime members, returned to the area this past weekend from his home in Florida . Clayton held a CD release party at the Granada in Lawrence .  Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Exceptional offspring makes soulful music .

    Saturday marked the beginning of the end for Topeka 's Judy Coder & Pride of the Prairie as the quartet has decided to disband after upcoming shows in Branson and Oklahoma . The group was honored with Wheatstock's Performer of the Year Award at the capital city's Ramada Inn.  Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Wheatstock offers cowboy group's last Topeka show

    Also calling it quits is Wichita 's Moonlight Drive , a Doors tribute band, who played their final show Saturday night at the Cotillion. Guitarist Phil Martin is moving to Florida to pursue a doctorate in psychology. Keyboardist Dustin Lentz says the rest of the band members are ready to tackle something new after seven years together. According to Lentz, ?We're pursuing some different musical things.


July 28, 2008


2009 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled for March 7

    The 2009 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 7 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.  Current plans are to hold future inductions on the first Saturday in March every year.

    KU has released the 2008-09 Men's Basketball Schedule, and KU will be playing Texas in Lawrence at 3:00 on March 7, so we should have a good crowd at the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that evening at Liberty Hall. The game will be broadcast on CBS-TV.


Chet Nichols song is honored

    Congratulations to 2008 HOF Inductee Chet Nichols, whose song ?Walking In Circles? has won the Broadjam.com Lyric Contest. You can hear the song and read the lyrics at www.broadjam.com/chetnichols . You can also purchase the song as an mp3 download for 99 cents at the site. Chet's CD Walking In Circles is available for purchase from Chet at www.chetnichols.net .



Rising country star Sarah Buxton returns home to Lawrence

    Lawrence native Sarah Buxton returned to her hometown for a live show last Friday night at The Bottleneck. Buxton, who moved to Nashville a decade ago, spoke with the Kansas City Star by phone last week: Click here: Back to Rockville: 'Stupid' us: Local gal is a country hit


Two new albums released by Matt Pryor

    Matt Pryor , former lead singer of the Get Up Kids and leader of the New Amsterdams, released two albums on the Vagrant label last week. For more: Click here: www.kansascity.com | 07/23/2008 | Music is all in the family for Matt Pryor, who has two albums coming out


Melissa Etheridge song inspires local musician

    A Lawrence woman finds strength in a Melissa Etheridge song, "I Run for Life." Lisa Covington is a singer and breast cancer survivor. LJWorld.com / No piece of her soul lost: Survivor of breast cancer shares story at tea.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


July 21, 2008

New CD by Jim McCann

    Former Hall of Fame Board Member Jim McCann of Wichita has a new CD called “Feelin’ Saxy.”  Jim says it’s a smooth jazz collection of original instrumental tunes that are heavy on sax, flute and percussion with a Latin feel.  Several of the songs can be heard on Jim’s MySpace page: www.myspace.com/jimhambonemccann.




Shooting Star adds Janet Jameson


    According to Shooting Star leader Van McCain, Janet Jameson appears to be a permanent addition to the band on violin and vocals.  Van says, “Janet is awesome!  We’ve has so much fun with her.  She is a very good player and singer and has a lot of energy.  We hope she will stay and play with us for years to come.”  Shooting Star is currently touring without bassist Ron Verlin, whose job makes it hard for him to travel with the band.




Topeka Benefit for Danny Tallent this Saturday July 26


    A benefit for Topeka musician Danny Tallent of the band Backlash, who was involved in a car accident May 9 which took the life of his wife Ashley and left Danny with multiple medical expenses, will be held from 4pm to 2am this coming Saturday, July 26, at Spanky’s Bar and Grill, 408 Main, Seneca.  There’ll be music by J.D. Nash, Shot In The Dark, Fates Design, 12 Years Coming and Backlash.  All money donated will go to the Tallent family.  A poker run starts at 11am.  There will also be a raffle.  A $5 cover is being charged.




Workfare Incorporated benefit on August 2


    Blayney’s in Kansas City, MO ( 421 Westport Road ) will be hosting a benefit Saturday, August 2 for Workfare Incorporated from 2-8pm on the deck.  Acts on the bill include Lonesome Hank & The Heartaches, Hall of Fame Board Member Allen Blasco, Shinetop  Jr., Winston Apple, Seedlove and Rivercity Revelators.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  Advance tickets are available at Blayney’s or online at www.workfareinc.org.  For more information about Workfare Incorporated, visit www.workfareinc.org




Last chance to pick up some Music Exchange vinyl


    Your last chance to score cheap vinyl from the Music Exchange inventory is this week as all remaining albums in stock will be sold for a dollar apiece Wednesday, July 23-Saturday, July 26 from 10am to 4pm daily at 1413 West 13th Terrace in the Kansas City Bottoms.


July 14, 2008

Tech N9ne Killer album debuts

    KC rapper Tech N9ne has scored his highest-charting album and best sales week ever as Killer (Strange Music/Fontana) debuted at number 12 with sales of 36,000, beating other Billboard 200 debuts by Los Lonely Boys, Vanessa Hudgens, Jim Jones & Byrd Gang and Reliant K. The Kansas City native has been charting since 2001. His previous high came with the number 49 debut and peak of 2007's Misery Loves Kompany : Click here: www.kansascity.com | 07/10/2008 | Tech N9ne, his label a killer combination.

... previous Tech N9ne news


Marilyn Maye this week at Jardine's

    2007 KMHOF Inductee Marilyn Maye opens a four night stand at KC's Jardine's in KCMO tonight (Monday July 14).  The shows will have a theme - "It's My Party, and I'll Sing Cause I Want To."  Don't expect Maye to sing a medley of Lesley Gore's biggest hits, but she'll be singing classic songs with exquisite taste and swing.  She'll perform two shows nightly at 6 and 9 p.m. through Thursday. For reservations, call Jardine's at 816-561-6480.


This week's Melissa Etheridge update


    According to the Los Angeles Times , Hall of Famer Melissa Etheridge will unveil a new song at the Democratic Party's national convention next month in Denver . Etheridge says she's looking forward to singing in Denver.

    ?We should all become involved in politics,? the singer-songwriter said by phone from the New York City stop on her current tour. ?It's a government of ?us.'?

    In addition to touring this summer, Melissa is working on a Christmas album, A New Thought For Christmas , which will be out this fall.

    ... previous Melissa Etheridge news


Martina McBride on tour

    After taking her Waking Up Laughing Tour to a series of arena in the winter and spring, Martina McBride has returned to the road, beginning a 30-show run that concentrates on outdoor venues. She played Detroit last Friday evening, and will wrap up the tour October 18 at the Treasure Island Resort in Red Wing, Minnesota . Most fo the shows will feature Jack Ingram, with an additional opening act. Chris Young fills that slot in July and August, and Michael Carroll takes over in September and October.


Benefit concert and auction for Cowtown Ballroom documentary film

    Joe Heyen is having a fundraiser for his documentary film on the Cowtown Ballroom (www.cowbr.com) on Friday, July 18. Every penny raised that night will go toward music rights for the film. Joe could use portions of songs under the fair use provisions of the copyright law, but would like to "give something back" to the people who wrote and performed them. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Record Bar, 1020 Westport Rd. ( Westport and SW Trafficway) in Kansas City . Musicians who have generously volunteered their time and talent include:

  • Howard Iceberg 6:30
  • Pendergast 7:15
  • Kasey Rauch and Friends 8:15
  • Chet Nichols 9:15
  • Mad Libby 10:15
  • The Cowtown Allstars hosted by Camp Harlow (a jam of musicians who played there in the day) 11:15

A small sample of items for the auction:       

  • Alvarez guitar autographed by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Brewer and Shipley photo cover of Weeds autographed by Dan Moriairty, Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley
  • Book: Les Paul: In His Own Words numbered autographed by Les Paul and Michael Cochran
  • Original Good Karma handbills 2 each
  • It's A Beautiful Day and Stoneface at Cowtown
  • Procol Harum and Head, Hands and Feet at Music Hall
  • Paul Butterfield and Dr. John at Memorial Auditorium
  • Nitty Gritty Dirtt Band and Peter Yarrow and Lazarus at Cowtown
  • New Riders of the Purple Sage and Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina at Memorial Hall
  • Black Oak Arkansas and White Eyes at Cowtown
  • Charlie Daniels first album on vinyl autographed
  • Framed Copy of Blue Oyster Cult/Charlie Daniels Cowtown poster autographed by both
  • Framed Copy of Foghat Cowtown poster autographed
  • Original Freedom Palace bumper sticker
  • Original Cowtown Ballroom bumper sticker
  • Original Freedom Palace lapel pin
  • Autographed CD's by Kinky Friedman, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, Steve Miller
  • Gale Sayers autographed football
  • Bill Self autographed basketball
  • Restaurant, concert and hotel gift certificates


More music news

    Isy Martin of the Coffeyville Rising Suns will have a new album out in August. It's been four years since his last CD. Unlike his work with the Suns and The Undisputed Truth, the new album will have a county pop sound. He will be playing some live gigs to promote the new album.

    American Idol winner David Cook of Blue Springs will appear in Skechers Footwear campaigns.  www.kansascity.com | 07/09/2008 | American Idol David Cook signs endorsement deal with Skechers   


July 6, 2008

Allen Blasco celebrates special performance this Sat July 12

    Fifty-five years ago this month, an eighteen-year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studios in Memphis and made the first recording of his career.  That song, "My Happiness," was co-written by Betty Peterson Blasco, recipient of the KMHOF Director's Award in 2008.

    Betty's son, Allen Blasco, will be celebrating the event with a live performance at The Corner, 304 W. 85th Street, Kansas City, MO this Saturday, July 12 at 8:30.  A number of well known musicians have promised to join Allen ... with his blessings ... for what promises to be a special night.

    Allen Blasco is a member of the KMHOF Board of Directors.



Gigantic auction of records and music memorabilia Sat July 12

    Greg Pfister of Sunflower Auction says his auction house is working with former Music Exchange employee Steve Franz and the widow of the store's late owner Ron Rooks, Nancy Rooks, to sell off the hundreds of thousands of records plus all of the posters, flyers and memorabilia in the building to which Ron had moved in May of 2006, five months before he died.  The two-story complex at 1412 W. 13th Terrace in Kansas City, MO holds about a quarter million LPs, a hundred thousand 78s and 20-30 thousand 45s, plus CDs and cassettes.

    The auction will be held Saturday, July 12, at 10 am with a preview showing Friday from 1-4 pm. The majority of the records will be on sale for a dollar each on the following days: Wednesday, July 16 - Saturday, July 19; and Wednesday, July 23-Saturday, July 26 (10am to 4 pm daily).

    DIRECTIONS: I-35 to 12th Street Bridge, go across the bridge and turn left on Liberty, go two blocks south, and take a left on W. 13th Terrace.  Signs will be posted on sale days.



Mike Finnigan with Joe Cocker on TV this week

    2005 KMHOF Inductee Mike Finnigan, who is touring with Joe Cocker this summer, will join Joe Cocker for two television appearances this Wednesday, July 9.  They'll be appearing on The View and Conan O'Brien.


Rodney Lay stars in new film

    The movie "Palo Pinto Gold" starring Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Kinky Freidman and Rodney Lay will premier in Tulsa, OK, on July 25 at the Circle Cinema Theater for two showing (4 & 7 pm).  Roy and Rodney, with the dirctor Anthony Henslee will be available for a Q & A session between showings.  Roy Clark will also be honored with a star in the sidewalk in front of the theater at 2nd & Lewis in Tulsa.

    Rodney Lay is a member of the KMHOF Board of Directors and a 2005 inductee into the Hall of Fame with Rodney and the Blazers.


More music news

    In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Leavenworth rocker Melissa Etheridge recalls a meeting with Phil Keaggy.  Her memories of the event are somewhat controversial, and Keaggy has responded: Click here: Mark Joseph: Melissa Etheridge & Phil Keaggy...Round 2 - The Huffington Post

    The Kansas Music Heritage Center's Summer Jam and membership drive will be held at Wichita's Lamplighter, July 12 from 1-8:30 pm.  It'll be eight hours of fun with burgers, brats & the fixings.  Covered dishes or donations will be welcomed but are not required.  Entertainment will be provided all day by Robin Roberts, Robert Stark, Jim McCann, The Rachelle Coba Band, The Derek Bentivegna Band, Julie Sutton, Mauri Rains & others.  It sounds like fun.

    The Friends University Jazz Ensemble will go to Italy and France this summer, leaving this Saturday, July 12.  You can help support them at a Bon Voyage Benefit Concert & Silent Auction on Thursday in Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University Campus in Wichita.

    Topeka band Backlash will perform Pink Floyd's The Wall live at the Boobie Trap this Friday, July 11 at 9 pm.  This is a one time only show for all ages with a special appearance by Shot In The Dark.

    The leader of Wichita's 60s surf band The Breakers, Bob Garvey, has died.  Garvey passed away on Monday, June 30.  A guest book has been posted at www.watsonfuneral.com for sharing memories of Bob.

    A young Topeka musician, Rodney Jennings, was the victim of gang violence recently: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Slaying silences musician

    According to the Kansas City Star, Tech N9ine 's latest album is an important release: Click here: www.kansascity.com | 06/30/2008 | Tech N9ne's newest makes its mark as one of the most important hip-hop albums.

    A donor has given Pittsburg State University ten million dollars for the construction a new fine arts and performing arts center.  The donation is the largest ever for the university.  The new performance center will replace Carney Hall, which was demolished nearly 30 years ago because of structural concerns.


June 30, 2008

Mark your calendars for March 7, 2009 at Liberty Hall! 

    The 2009 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 7 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.  Current plans are to hold future inductions on the first Saturday in March every year.


Marilyn Maye honored at Governor's Arts Awards

    2007 inductee Marilyn Maye was honored at the 2008 Governor's Arts Awards banquet last Thursday night in Topeka.  For more on the ceremony and Marilyn, check out this article from The Topeka Capitol-Journal:
CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - State to honor jazz chanteuse


80's bands reunite on July 5 in Lawrence

    The Lawrence 80's Music People Reunion is happening on Sat. July 5th at  Burcham Park in Lawrence. Starting around 1pm and going to whenever.  It is BYO-Everything.  Later on, there will be an assortment  of people from old 80's bands either reuniting or just  playing in a big jam band setup.  People expected include:  Steve Buren (Brompton's Coctails) and Steve Eddy & John  Harper (Micronotz). The Pedaljets are  tentative, but  Marc Koch (Get Smart), Frank Morris (Gardrails), Lori  Wray, and Rob Fitzgerald and  others will make it.  NYC club DJ Ray "DJ Ray" Velazquez will also make an appearance.  


Wichita Blues Challenge on August 10

    The Wichita Blues Society Blues Challenge is coming Sunday, August 10 th at Sam's Place, 5521 W. Kellogg, in Wichita. The event will be starting at 4 pm. The WBS is looking for Blues Bands to compete for the honor of representing Wichita at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis early next year. First prize will be a $1,000 for expenses, open for Bernard Allison at Sam's Place, August 21 st , A slot in the Fall Blues Crawl, be featured at the Blues Ball, play at the CQ Blues fest. You can register your band or find out more by sending an email to Randy Crump at: Rcrump7744@aol.com .


Melissa Etheridge in the news

    Melissa Etheridge took a break from her current tour for a tour of a different kind according to The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: Etheridge Tours Capitol with Kucinich @ 3:13 pm by Walter Alarkton:

Rock singer Melissa Etheridge and her son Beckett sat outside the House floor Thursday virtually unrecognized while waiting for Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to give them their first-ever tour of the Capitol.  Etheridge, in a baggy yellow button-down shirt and khaki pants, patiently waited with her son for Kucinich to finish voting while other lawmakers and staffers hurried by without giving her so much as a glance.

 "I'm visiting my friend Mr. Kucinich," Etheridge said when asked what brought her to the Hill.  She said     it was her first time in the Capitol, and she was impressed.  "I'm very thrilled to feel the power, she said. She didn't go unnoticed by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), who stopped to chat with the star and pose with her for a picture.  "My wife and I are big fans," he told The Hill. "She's a great rocker."

As Kucinich rushed from the Speaker's Lobby to greet his guests, he explained that he and Etheridge "have a mutual interest in human rights." Upon seeing Kucinich, Etheridge exlaimed, "There he is!" and gave him a long hug. "I want you to meet my son," she said before the group walked off for a tour of the Capitol.     - Kris Kitto     

    In other Melissa Etheridge news: She's interviewed in the next issue of Rolling Stone. Head over to: http://www.melissae theridge. com/home/ images/merolling stones062008. jpg...to read the interview.  The interview will be in July 10-14, 2008 issue. At her Danbury, CT concert on Sunday, June 29, Melissa Etheridge took a cell phone from an audience member and spoke with a fan as part of the show.  The event was captured by another fan who has posted it online at: http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/s ... nphone.flv . Looking way ahead, Etheridge was just announced as a headliner at the Sugarbush Music Festival & Women's Cultural Fair in Indian Wells, CA, April 4, 2009.


McBride joins others on Country Sings Disney

    According to CMT, a new compilation album, Country Sings Disney , will feature Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Trisha Yearwood and will be released on July 8. The collection features country artists singing songs from films  like Bambi II (Alison Krauss, Martina McBride) and Cars (Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts). Other artists  include Bucky Covington, Josh Gracin, Little Big Town, Bonnie Raitt, SHeDAISY and Phil Stacey, as well  as the Billy Ray Cyrus-Miley Cyrus duet, "Ready, Set, Don't Go."


June 23, 2008

Kansas City smoking ban takes effect

    A Jackson County, MO, judge lifted his restraining order on Kansas City's smoking ban last Friday, and the voter-approved ordinance took effect on Saturday, June 21.  That means smoking is banned in all bars and restaurants but is still allowed on gaming floors in Kansas City's two casinos.  This will make going out to hear live music in KC a more pleasant experience.

Click here: Kansas City, Mo., Smoking Ordinance


King Midas & the Muflers featured in article

    The McPherson newspaper had a nice article about 2006 KMHOF Inductee King Midas & the Muflers recently:

King Midas Returns, with son inheriting his father's position as drummer

King Midas website


Moreland & Arbuckle heat up the blues scene

   Wichita blues duo Moreland & Arbuckle recently announced that Piedmont Talent has them effective immediately.  The group's mix of Mississippi Hill Country, Delta and rural blues, laced with rock has made them local favorites, but bigger things are on the horizon.  Reaching the finals of the 2005 International Blues Competition in Memphis has allowed them to take their music around the world.  Their new album "1861" was released last March on NorthernBlues Music and has been getting good reviews and airplay.

    Among the good things that have happened to the duo recently:

  • Guitar Edge in its May/June issue cited Aaron Moreland as one of the ten blues legends in the making.
  • Recently added to XM Radio's Bluesville as a "Pick to Click" with three songs from "1861."
  • Charted at #3 on the Roots Blues chart of Roots Music Report.
  • On the Living Blues chart for the months of March (#13) and April (#12).
  • Charted at #2 on the May 2008 French Collectif des Radios blues chart.
  • Cover and feature article in the June issue of Bluegrass Special


Beth Scalet live in Westport on June 25

    This Wednesday evening, June 25, 2008 KMHOF inductee Beth Scalet will be making a rare live appearance at Blayney's Upstairs in the heart of Westport. 

    It's a songwriter's showcase, so there will also be performances by Chris Stout and Nate Bowman following Beth's 7:00 set.  Beth will have her CDs there, so pick up her new one Body of Work or last year's double live set Roadwork .  If you can't make it to the show the CDs are also available through CDBaby or Amazon.


Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival June 27-29

   This coming weekend, the Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival returns to its original location in KCK.  The whole thing is free, so take your lawn chairs and coolers, and have a great time enjoying two days of music.  On Friday, the lineup includes Cadillac Flambe, Kool-Aide & Exact Change Band, Dan Bliss, Blue River Ordinance, Phil Sanders, Ernie Johnson, Tommy Soul, and Millage Gilbert.  Following a panel discussion on "Kansas City Blues - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" featuring Jim O'Neal, Lindsay Shannon, Chuck Haddix, Groovy Grant and White Hat Mike Rose, there will be music from Trampled Under Foot, Lonesome Hank & the Heartaches, Lazy Lester, Myra Taylor (the year's queen), Blue 88, Shannon Basham, Turkey Bone & Stix, Shinetop Jr, Marquise Knox, and Linda Shell's Blues Thang. This is a great place to show your support to the local musicians who will be donating their time and talent.


More music news

   A documentary is being made about the old KC music venue The Cowtown Ballroom .  Any project like this is largely an effort of love, but funds are required to make it a reality.  For that reason a benefit will be held next month:  Click here: www.kansascity.com | 06/17/2008 | Benefit concert for Cowtown Ballroom documentary is July 18

   A reminder that LA's Jack Mack & the Heart Attack featuring KC native Bill Bergman will be playing in Wichita this Thursday as part of the Capitol Federal Summer Concert Series at the Zoo. Gates open at 6:30, and the concert begins at 7:30.  This exciting ten-piece band knows how to get you out of your seats, so plan to have a great time partying will Bill and the guys.

   Sunday June 29 Kansas City blues legend Millage Gilbert will be enjoying his 70th birthday onstage at Knuckleheads.  A lot of old friends will be there to play and join the celebration.  

   Some of the old SE Kansas musicians are gathering in Pittsburg this fall for a reunion at the Cove.  The date has been changed from September 13 to September 27.  If it goes as well as last year's did, it should be a lot of fun.


June 16, 2008

Bands lose equipment in Manhattan tornado

    A large number of musicians in the Manhattan area lost most of their equipment and merchandise following the tornado that hit Manhattan last Wednesday night (June 11).

    Amherst Self Storage, one of the hardest hit areas, is where many of the local bands store their gear and rehearse.  The Manhattan Music Coalition is coordinating efforts to replace everything.  They are compiling a list of who lost what so they can get a definite dollar amount.

     Info and Photos

    A fund has been started, and so far the band Lucia Drive has donated their earnings from the door at Auntie Mae's last Thursday night.  The owner of the establishment matched the earnings, for a total of $800.  The MMC will donate $1000.  Mr. David Brown, of Brown Bear Sound, has generously donated his time, labor and equipment use to the bands that lost their gear for the next 2 months. 

    Many local musicians are approaching local venues to set up benefit shows.  T-shirts are in the works.  A donation jar is set up at SOS Music, MMC Headquarters.  Checks can be made payable to MMC, Tornado Relief as the memo.  Every little bit helps.  Donate your time, money, guitar strings, drum sticks, etc.  100% of your donation will go directly to the affected bands.  Any extra funds will go straight to the local Red Cross.  Stop by the record store, or send your donation to The Manhattan Music Coalition, 1214 C Moro, Manhattan, KS 66502.  For more information, please call (785) 320-7151.  Leave a message, your call will be returned.

     The MMC needs your name/band, list of gear lost, and estimated value.  Contact the MMC in the record store with this info or call (785) 320-7151.


Melissa Etheridge will open new MIdland Theater in September

Melissa Etheridge          Leavenworth, Kansas native Melissa Etheridge (2006 KMHOF Inductee) will be in Kansas City to open up the newly renovated Midland Theater. Her concert is September 9 at the Power and Light District theater. It's part of a kickoff event at the 80-year-old theater that underwent a $28 million renovation. Tickets for the show are on sale now as well as a tour that includes a stop at her childhood home and an autographed item.


Proto-Kaw album nears release

    Proto-Kaw lead singer Lynn Meredith has recently reported on the band's progress on their forthcoming album: "Fall release for the cd.... we are to be finished recording by August 1st...mix Aug/Sept and release Oct is the plan. Mike and Craig are nearly 100% complete... John is 80 to 90%... don't know exactly where Dan is completion wise... I am about 60%.. but am doing 2 more on Thursday... so I am catching up... starting to get excited about having it finished!"


Lawrence music reputation confirmed

    Lawrence has long had a reputation as a "music town."  This was recently confirmed by a recent news release:

Nashville leads the nation in percentage of musicians in the work force.*
1. Nashville, 0.65
2. Lawrence, Kan., 0.31
3. Los Angeles-Long Beach (PMSA)**, 0.29
4. Bloomington, Ind., 0.29
5. New York (PMSA), 0.27
* People who identified musician as their primary occupation
** Primary metropolitan statistical area


June 9, 2008

Kelley Hunt show on June 14

    Kelley Hunt's much-anticipated new project "Mercy" is making its way into the world - a new generation of her music - a juxtaposition of her righteous roots influences and contemporary overlays with rich veins of political and social commentary woven throughout.  Kelley brings this stunning new project back to her home fans in the Kansas City/Lawrence area SAT. JUNE 14 at CROSSROADS, a great new outdoor venue in Kansas City's new Arts District downtown near the Sprint Center.  Doors open at 7 pm, The Garrett Nordstrom Situation opens, Kelley hits at 8:30.  Advance tickets are available in Lawrence at The Bottleneck 737 New Hampshire, in KC at Grinders 417 E. 18th - no service charge - and online at the ticket link on the right.     


New album released by Chicago

Dawayne Bailey          The new Chicago album is called "Chicago 32: Stone Of Sisyphus" - the title track is written and sung by KMHOF inductee Dawayne Bailey (co-sung with Robert Lamm).  Rhino/Warner Brothers is offering a free audio stream of a half hour version of the record here - 7 out of the 15 tracks:

    http://snipurl. com/2ej6r

    1 Stone Of Sisyphus - Dawayne Bailey
    2 Bigger Than Elvis - Peter Wolf-Ina Wolf
    3 All The Years - Robert Lamm
    4 Mah Jong - Jason Scheff
    5 Sleeping In The Middle Of The Bed - Robert Lamm
    6 Let's Take A Lifetime - Jason Scheff
    7 The Pull - Robert Lamm-Peter Wolf 


Winston Apple remembers

    The current issue of Kansas City's "The Pitch" has a nice piece on Winston Apple's show this past Saturday and his career.  You might remember him as "Gary Apple" if you were around KC in the 1970s.  Here's a link to the article: Click here: Winston Apple looks back on 40 years of songwriting, page 1 - Music - The Pitch - The Pitch


Karla Burns recovering from surgery

    Wichita native and Broadway star Karla Burns has been undergoing speech therapy at Wesley Medical Center. She is recovering from surgery to remove a nearly 10-pound goiter from her neck and chest. Doctors have told her she may not be able to sing again. Click here: The Voice is gone, but the song remains | Kansas.com


2008 Blues Benefest for Challenge Aspen

    Each winter, disabled Kansans travel to Aspen for the chance to do something they thought impossible - ski down a mountain.  A blues concert in Wichita on June 12 will benefit Challenge Aspen, the organization that makes this possible.  Challenge Aspen is a non-profit organization that provides mentally and physically disabled people the opportunity to enjoy recreational and cultural experiences in the Colorado Rockies.

    The 2008 Blues Benefest for Challenge Aspen will be held at Sam’s Place, located at 5521 W. Kellogg.  The concert will feature the Sharon Rush Band and local band Fuzzy Logic will open the evening’s program at 7:00.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door or purchased online at www.tftvideo.com.

    2008 Blues Benefest sponsors include 107.3 The Road; The Slope, House of Schwan; It's All Good with Sierra Scott, Sam's Place; TFT Productions; and GearConnexion.

    For more information on Challenge Aspen, visit www.challengeaspen.com.


KEYN Capitol Federal Summer Concert Series

     Wichita's KEYN Radio has announced the lineup for this year's Capitol Federal Summer Concert Series.  Every Friday night, join KEYN at 8 pm for a free concert in Old Town.  Here's this summer's lineup:    

  • 7/11  King Midas & The Muflers    
  • 7/18  Rain    
  • 7/25  Blue Eyed Soul    
  • 8/1  Grateful Not To Be Dead    
  • 8/8  Harry & The Cats    
  • 8/15  3 Ring Circus


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