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December 28, 2009


Kerry Livgren shares story of his recent stroke

2005 Inductee Kerry Livgren ("Kansas") has finally written down an account of his ordeal with the stroke he suffered a few months ago. You can read it here: http://www.numavox.com/mystroke.html .


Derek Loux dies in auto accident

Kansas City Christian singer Derek Loux died last Wednesday, December 23, on an icy I-80 in Nebraska . Click here: Christian singer killed in I-80 crash in Nebraska | News Updates | Wichita Eagle .


Melissa Etheridge news

The second season of Showtime's critically acclaimed series Nurse Jackie is going into a "new gear of gay" when it premieres in March, complete with a big gay love triangle and a musical contribution from out rocker Melissa Etheridge . Click here: "Nurse Jackie" going into a "new gear of gay" in second season | AfterEllen.com .

Melissa's recent appearance at the Lincoln Center as part of the salute to Bruce Springsteen will be televised on CBS tomorrow night, December 29.


Mike Finnigan and Joe Cocker head to Moscow

Mike Finnigan is flying out of LAX today (Monday, December 28) to join Joe Cocker in Moscow for a concert. If the weather and hijackers cooperate, they'll be home for New Year's Eve.


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As he get closer to the release of his latest album, Freedy Johnston was back in Kansas for a couple of shows over the weekend. Click here: Kansas City Music - With his first album in eight years, Freedy Johnston finds home is where it all begins (again) . Click here: Seven years reappear: Former Lawrencian Freedy Johnston resurfaces with ?Rain on the City' / LJWorld.com.

Kansas City songwriter John Nolan and his wife Camille have hit the road to support the release of John's new album Height. Click here: New album, tour find local songwriter at the peak of his game | KCFreePress.com .

The lineup of KC's Sexy Accident has changed again with the recent addition of Camry Ivory. Click here: Kansas City Music - The Sexy Accident gets some lady in the lineup - page 1 .

Bassist Scott Martinez of Alice Sweet Alice recently spoke with The KC Free Press about the band's plans for the new year. Click here: Alice Sweet Alice prepares for first gig, new year | KCFreePress.com .

Songwriter Brian Frame has been playing around Kansas City for a few years, and he with his band, The Blessed Broke , debuted a new self-titled album Sunday night. Click here: The Blessed Broke | KCFreePress.com .

Among the area bands looking ahead to 2010, KC's Architects are also looking back on a very busy 2009. Click here: The Architects: A year of hard rock, sweat and a little danger - KansasCity.com .

Timothy Finn of the Kansas City Star recently recapped the 2009 local music scene in a couple of articles. Click here: Local music: There was plenty to love in 2009 - KansasCity.com . Click here: A year of firsts for pop music in KC - KansasCity.com

As 2009 is about to end, we have a few suggestions for how to spend New Year's Eve in Kansas City, Wichita or Topeka. Since many of the events listed may be sold out or require reservations, please call ahead. Click here: New Year's Eve events - KansasCity.com ; Click here: WICHITA TO HAVE PLENTY OF PARTIES NEW YEAR'S EVE | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events ; Click here: Nightspots greet new year | CJOnline.com .

According to Randy Raley's Facebook page, Shooting Star will be playing at the upcoming roast of long-time KC radio dj/programmer Max Floyd on January 30. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on January 2.

We mentioned last week that KC's Vedera and Janelle Monde will be performing on the 2010 Lilith Fair. Chanute's Jennifer Knapp will be joining them on the tour.


Reviews ...

Click here: CD Review + Show Tonight: thePhantom, Destroy & Rebuild - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Click here: Photos from Last Night: Destroy & Rebuild party at the Scion Lab - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Click here: Video: Ultimate Fakebook, "Little Apple Girl" (live in Chicago) - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Click here: Concert Review: Vedera at the Beaumont - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Click here: Kansas City Music - The Belated - page 1

Click here: Kansas City Music - American Low Life - page 1



















December 21, 2009


Hall of Fame member Danny Cox will be featured in Christmas Eve service

Celebrate the season Christmas Eve at Pilgrim Chapel in Kansas City at 7:30 pm at a service of communion and candles featuring the music of Danny Cox, Joe Miquelon and Bob Walkenhorst . Pilgrim Chapel, formerly Pilgrim Lutheran Church for the Deaf, is a public chapel open to people of all faiths. The chapel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the Hyde Park Historic District of Kansas City-- east of the Country Club Plaza. The Chapel is located at 3801 Gillham Road , Kansas City , MO. 

Danny Cox was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2009.



Few tickets remain for Kelley Hunt's New Year's Eve benefit gala


A limited number of hotel room and ticket packages are now available for Kelley Hunt 's New Year's Eve concert at Liberty Hall to benefit ECKAN/Just Food.  Kelley and the historic Eldridge House Hotel have teamed up this year, offering two floor reserved seats and a deluxe room at the Eldridge, a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for $210.  The same package with general admission concert tickets is $190.  Call the Eldridge at 785-843-1200 and ask for the "Kelley Hunt New Year's Eve Package" to reserve.  The Eldridge is a recently restored and renovated historic hotel downtown that is listed on the National Historic Register.  It's located just across the intersection of 7th & Massachusetts from Liberty Hall, so it's within walking distance of the show.  Since packages are limited, call today.

Kelley Hunt was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2006.


Melissa Etheridge talks about upcoming new album

Melissa Etheridge will release her new album on March 30, 2010 .  Speaking to Rolling Stone about Fearless Love , Etheridge said, ?I told [producer John Shanks] that I wanted to make a record that's a hundred miles an hour all the time ? unabashedly drawing from my all of my influences,? she says. ?What we've done rocks harder than I've rocked in years. There's a couple of ballads on it, but the majority of it is just really slamming.?

Click here: Melissa Etheridge Returns to Rock on 'Fearless Love' - Spinner .

Melissa Etheridge was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2006.




MIke Finnigan plans new website

Singer and B3 legend Mike Finnigan will be launching his own website soon.

www.mikefinniganmusic.com  will be devoted to selling the music Mike has made over the past forty plus years. A lot of different projects will be available?group records, solo records, unreleased studio material and live concert recordings. Not everything will be immediately available. We'll let you know when the site is up.

Mike Finnigan was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2005.


Chet Nichols tops New Age charts

Chet Nichols' instrumental compositions, "Earth River" and "Serengeti Rain" have held a tight grip on the #1 and #2 slots at Broadjam's New Age Contemporary for 3 months straight, and another composition, "The Night Train" has been locked in the #4 slot for over 2 months.

Some tracks from Chet's newest album Tangled Up In You  are now available at www.broadjam.com/chetnichols

Chet Nichols was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2008.



More music news ...

Danielle Schnebelen from TUF (Trampled Under Foot), Janet Jameson & Dennis Laffoon from Shooting Star and Mike Doss from Broomstick were special guests at Sunday's Christmas Concert for the Animals featuring the Jeff Scheetz Band.

Another KC benefit that drew media attention and a good crowd was the effort to raise funds for Kenny Tuna , a longtime Kansas City singer and guitarist who was seriously injured this fall in a car wreck and was hospitalized for more than two months. The show at RG's Lounge included music from Riverrock, Camp Harlow , Midnight Review, The Dan Doran Band , Loose Change, Nate Dean, Unfinished Business and Carl Butler & Friends.

Five years after the release of the critcally acclaimed Made of Mud, Dana Cooper 's new CD, The Conjurer is ready to deliver new musical magic. If you're already a Dana Cooper fan -- that is, if you're on his e-mail list -- you can listen to or download a free copy of ? A Good Place to Begin .? If you're not already on Dana's mailing list, you can get on board at his website www.danacoopermusic.com .

Yucca Roots , a Lawrence-based reggae act, will be opening for Bunny Wailer on New Year's Eve. Click here: YucaRoots opening for Bunny Wailer on New Year's Eve - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

In February Topeka 's Backlash will be performing Pink Floyd's The Wall live at The Jolly Troll in Holton. The show is scheduled to Sunday, February 28 at 7 pm .

The Lilith Fair returns in 2010, and a couple of Kansas City acts will be a part of the tour. Click here: Vedera, Janelle Monáe perform with this year's Lilith Fair - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The fact that the music industry has been going through major changes lately should come as no surprise. Kansas City duo Biarchy is among the bands that are marketing their own music instead of depending on signing with a major label to find success. Click here: Kansas City Music - Two-man band Biarchy works with filmmakers to show Strength in Numbers - page 1 .

Oriole Post plays the second of two shows in Kansas City tonight, December 21, to promote the band's debut album Silver City . Click here: Kansas City Music - Oriole Post releases debut album of twangy folk, breaks up fights .

Kansas City 's Elders had a great 2009 and are looking forward to 2010.  Here are some of the Celtic rockers highlights of the year past...

  • The Elders released critically acclaimed " Gael Day ." see reviews here
  • The Elders voted Kansas City 's best band by readers of KC Magazine
  • Singer Ian Byrne raised his right hand and became a US citizen
  • The Elders voted the best in the region by readers of Ingram's Magazine for their Best of Business, Kansas City Awards
  • The Elders sing national anthem at Royals vs. Red Sox game - and KC won!
  • Canada's Contemporary Celtic Radio show, "Celt In A Twist" proclaimed " Only Good News " the #1 song of 2009   http://bit.ly/5NMuYD


Reviews ...

Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: Vedera

Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Music Review: Alice Sweet Alice - Moloko and Ultraviolence

Click here: Review: Metal band's album ?Xenophobia' anything but cacophony / LJWorld.com

Click here: Review: "Science is Magic," by The Kinetiks | Lawrence.com

Click here: Blogs | Local album review: Shay Estes & Trio ALL | Ink

Click here: Blogs | Local EP review: Ghosty | Ink

Click here: Kansas City Music - Rondoe - page 1


December 14, 2009


Good news for Kerry Livgren and Kansas

There was great news from Hall of Fame inductee Kerry Livgren last week on Facebook: ?Graduation Day. I have finished the re-hab program at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital .? Kerry continues to recover from a stroke he had earlier this year.

A release date of February 23, 2010 has been announced for the film The Imposter , which features Kerry Livgren. It was made two years ago and has been showing in churches and private screenings. There is a new version of "Carry on Wayward Son" with Kevin Max singing the vocals. There are two Kerry Livgren songs in the movie from his solo work. Kerry is an important part of the movie. Click here: EMI CMG Distribution .

In the US it appears  Kansas ' There's Know Place Like Home  has been released as a single CD, a single DVD, and blue-ray.  In Europe it appears to have been released as a double CD, single DVD, and "Deluxe Edition" with 2 CD's and 1 DVD.


Melissa Etheridge video news

Earlier this year, Universal Music Group (which owns Island Records, Melissa Etheridge 's record label) announced that it was creating a new premium video service called VEVO along with other record companies in partnership with YouTube (see the press release at http://new.umusic.com/News.aspx?NewsId=772 )..
VEVO launched last week with a splashy premiere party in New York City . You can watch videos of the launch at their home page. Here's MLE's page at VEVO: http://tinyurl.com/ygy538w .
All of Etheridge's official videos have been renamed by adding VEVO to her name.  Here's her VEVO channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MelissaEtheridgeVEVO .  You can watch the videos on either VEVO or YouTube. VEVO has a lyrics option which seems to work on the older videos.


Chuck Mead joins Opry Country Classics Cruise

In January, Chuck Mead will be joining country legends Larry Gatlin, Jeannie Seely, Gene Watson and Jim Ed Brown for the 2010 Opry Country Classics Cruise.  The cruise departs from  Miami with stops in Grand Cayman , Isla Roatan , Belize and Cozumel . On board, you will get loads of classic country music, karaoke, guitar pulls, and with Jeannie Seely along, some great Nashville stories.  The cruise takes place from January 24 ? 31 and Chuck will be performing with the fabulous Opry band, singing his favorite classic country songs. For more information or to book a cruise, call 866-653-OPRY or visit www.oprycruise.com .


Kansas City Blues Caravan sets January tour dates

The Kansas City Blues Caravan will showcase top blues artists from the Kansas City area, with shows at venues in Kansas City, Columbia , MO , St. Louis , MO , before finishing as part of the "Blues Weekend" slate of blues events in Chicago , IL , on January 15, featuring sets from the Samantha Fish Band, and Lewis Cordrey.

The schedule of shows :

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill, 625 Northwest Mock Avenue , Chicago , IL , 816-220-1222, $5
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Mojos, 1013 Park Avenue , Columbia , MO , 573-875-0588, $6
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 - BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, 700 S Broadway, Chicago , IL , 314-436-5222, $10
  • Friday, Jan. 15 - Rosa 's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage, Chicago , IL , 773-342-0452, $10
  • Saturday Jan. 16 - Special Guests at venue TBA, Chicago , IL
  • Sunday Jan. 17 - TBA

Blues fans can join in on the caravan by reserving a package that includes transportation and lodging at the official website, http://www.kcbluescaravan.com . Tickets for individual shows are available by contacting the venues. The "Blues Weekend" in Chicago ( www.chicagobluesweekend.com) includes a " Real Guitar Heroes " autograph session at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Saturday, January 16, which will include Caravan artists Lewis Cowdrey and Samantha Fish.

Lewis Cowdrey became a fixture on the Austin , Texas blues circuit where he released a critically-acclaimed CD, "It's Lewis" before migrating to Wichita in 1999. The Samantha Fish Band has built a strong following in Kansas City , with regular gigs at BB's Lawnside BBQ, Longbranch Saloon, and radio play on KKFI 90.1 FM radio station. This will mark the debut appearance in columbia and st. louis for Lewis Cowdrey and Samantha Fish. It will also mark the debut performance in Chicago of Samantha Fish and the reappearance of Lewis Cowdrey in Chicago after a four years absence.


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The former lead singer with Wichita's 60's surf band The Breakers , Charles Comley, passed away last Monday, December 7, in Arizona. Click here: Charles Comley Death Notice: Charles Comley's Obituary by the Wichita Eagle.

Congratulations to Lawrence 's Dead Girls , who won an online contest by KC radio station 101 the Fox to open for Kiss this past Thursday at the Sprint Center . Other bands competing for votes were: The Isaac James Band, Xavier Sun, The Tommy Lee Flood Project and Under the Influence.

KKFI Radio's Holiday Online Auction in underway. Bidding is now open.  Check it out at www.kkfi.cmarket.com .  New items are added daily.  KKFI is Kansas City 's all-volunteer community radio station.

Freedy Johnston will play a Christmas Day show at Wichita 's Blue Lounge promoting his soon-to-be released album. He'll be backed by the Honky Tonk Devils. The show will start around 9:30 pm , and admission is $5.00 at the door.

Freedy's new CD is coming out on Razor and Tie Records on February 23, and he'll be playing a release party on that evening at New York City 's Highline Ballroom. His friend Johnny Dickinson will open the show. This gig will be the beginning of a national tour which should bring him back to Kansas for a few dates.

One of the musical highlights of this past weekend was Mark Lowrey 's tribute to Radiohead at the RecordBar in KC's Westport district. Click here: Tribute Friday gives a new sound to Radiohead - KansasCity.com .

KC's Capybara celebrated the release of their debut album Try Brother by being a part of the Record Machine Holiday Showcase at the Czar Bar last Friday. Click here: Kansas City Music - Capybara lets its ?sunmusic? shine on debut album, Try Brother - page 1 .

Vedera returns to Kansas City to headline at the Beaumont Club on Saturday, December 19. They've been giving away tickets to the show and will continue to do so this week. Click here: Back to Rockville: Tweet some KC love, win Vedera tix .

Another of Kansas City 's ex-patriots has returned for a performance. Jazz singer and composer Carol Duboc celebrated the release of her new album of Burt Bacharach songs with a show at the Folly Theater on Saturday, December 12. Click here: Carol Duboc releases a CD of Burt Bacharach tunes - KansasCity.com .

The opera world has lost a singer, but Kansas City has gained a minister in the process. Mic McClure recently opened Living Water Methodist Church at 300 W. 115 th Street . Click here: Opera singer hears, heeds call / LJWorld.com .


Reviews ...

Click here: Blogs | Local album review: H Stewart | Ink

Click here: Blogs | Local album review: Deep Thinkers | Ink

Click here: "Ad Astra Arkestra" by I Heart Local Music | Lawrence.com

Click here: Kansas City Music - Stik Figa and D/Will - page 1

Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Music Review: Jillian Riscoe - eleven:eleven

Click here: Concert Review: Murder Ballad Ball at Crosstown Station - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog


December 7, 2009


2010 Induction Ceremony update

    So far we have confirmations from The Green River Ordinance, The Moanin' Glories, The Morning Dew, Plain Jane, Vernon Sandusky and Tree Frog that they will perform at the induction ceremony in March. We're still waiting to hear from Oleta Adams and The Pott County Pork and Bean Band.

    TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW.  They can be ordered by phone or in person from the Liberty Hall Box Office at 644 Massachusetts Street or 785-749-1972, or from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com .


Martina McBride tour news

    Marina McBride was back in Kansas recently and spoke with the Wichita Eagle about her latest album and the direction her music is going these days. Click here: McBride still shines | Music | Wichita Eagle .

    Due to a scheduling conflict, Martina McBride's ?Shine All Night Tour? has rescheduled the following three stops:

  • Greensboro , NC on Thursday, December 10, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 30.
  • Columbia , SC on Friday, December 11, has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 2.
  • Duluth , GA on Saturday, December 12, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 1.

The lineup for the new shows will be Martina, Blake Shelton, and a third act to be named later. Tickets already purchased for the December dates will be honored for the re-scheduled dates.


Melissa Etheridge honors Springsteen at Kennedy Center

    Last night Melissa Etheridge was part of the tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the Kennedy Center in Washington , DC . Click here: Melissa Etheridge Covering Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' at Kennedy Center Honors - Spinner

    Click here: Obama salutes jazz great Brubeck at Kennedy Center - Yahoo! News .



More music news ...

    Five Kansas City-area jazz stars were in Topeka yesterday, December 6, to perform the fifth concert of the 2009-10 Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. Concert Series.  Singer Kathleen Holman, who also plays piano and trombone, and sax player Bobby Watson joined the PBT Trio ? pianist Paul Smith, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Tim Cambron ? to perform in the Regency Ballroom of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. Click here: Series brings KC jazz to Topeka | CJOnline.com .

    The 6 th Annual Holiday Hoedown was one of many holiday celebrations in Lawrence over this past weekend. Click here: Ho-Ho-Hoedown: Lawrence old-time and bluegrass bands throw holiday party for the whole family / LJWorld.com

    Kansas City jazz singer Shay Estes is getting a lot of attention for her new CD and her live performances. Click here: Jazz singer Shay Estes' first CD shows she's here to stay - KansasCity.com ; Click here: Articles | Shay Estes and Trio ALL release album | Ink .

    Ever since the band Stella Linda went on hiatus in 2006, its members have become better known for what they've done since then, but they insist the original band never broke up. Click here: KC supergroup Stella Link is making music again - KansasCity.com .

    Kansas City 's Pitch is looking for a music editor. If you have writing experience and an interest in covering the area's music scene full-time, they're taking applications. Click here: Pitch Music Editor: The Search for Rock - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Two local music acts are offering download specials of some stellar new music. The indie-band Ghosty is letting fans name their price for its three-song "O Foolish Pride " EP. And local rappers/producers  D/Will & Stik Figa are offering a free download of the hip-hop project "hellogoodbye." Click here: Free LP: Stik Figa & D/Will's Hellogoodbye - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    An even bigger story about the KC hip hop scene concerns that fact that local rappers are frustrated with the little attention paid to local efforts by ?Hot 103? KPRS Radio. Click here: Kansas City Music - Kansas City's hip-hop wants a piece of Hot 103 - page 1 .

    If you are in the KC area on Dec 12th - Jeff Scheetz will be playing with a Tommy Bolin band reunion show at the Crosstown Station. Tommy's original drummer Bobby Berge who played on "Teaser" and "Private Eyes", along with keyboardist Tommy Stephenson from his first band Zephyr and Tommy's brother Johnnie along with some others will be playing Bolin tunes from his solo days and others including the killer tunes from the Billy Cobham record "Spectrum". This should be a fun show with tons of extended fusion jamming just like Tommy would have liked it! Tommy Bolin passed away in 1976 after a brief but fiery solo career and stints with the James Gang and Deep Purple.

    The Wichita Blues Society's 12th Annual Blues Ball is set for Saturday, January 16. Doors will open at 7:00 pm .  The show starts at 8:00 . Tickets are $12 in advance at Select-a-seat.  The headliner this year is Blues Masters of Wichita featuring Berry Harris, Ray Drew, Henry Walker, Rudy Love, D.D. Dunn and Mr. Lee. Big Clyde Sheedy and Rib Bone are backing them up. The WBS Blues Challenge winners Rachelle Coba and Jimmy Lewin & The Kingtones will also perform.


Reviews ...

Click here: Kansas City Music - Radio City - page 1

Click here: Kansas City Music - Skiem Hiem & Killa Tay - page 1

Click here: CD Review: Fountains of Folly compilation - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog



December 1, 2009


2010 Induction Ceremony update

    So far we have confirmations from The Green River Ordinance, The Moanin' Glories, The Morning Dew, Plain Jane, Vernon Sandusky and Tree Frog that they will perform at the induction ceremony in March. Sandusky has indicated that he'll be doing songs from when he led the Chartbusters. We've also learned that two of the members of Conny & The Bellhops who were thought to have passed away are alive, and we hope they will be able to attend. Conny Conrad's widow Maxine has confirmed that she will be at the show.

    Tickets to the 2010 Kansas Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert go on sale this Thursday, December 3.  They can be ordered by phone or in person from the Liberty Hall Box Office at 644 Massachusetts Street or 785-749-1972, or from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com .


The Morning Dew launch website

    2010 Inductees The Morning Dew have a new website: Click here: Topeka's Own Morning Dew.



Holiday shows by The Wilders, Jeff Scheetz and Kelley Hunt

    There are a lot of special shows this time of year, many benefiting worthy causes. The Wilders will host their 6 th Annual Holiday Hoedown this Friday at Liberty Hall in Lawrence . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Preview: The Wilders 6th Annual Holiday Hoedown .

    KC guitarist Jeff Scheetz hosts his 6 th annual Christmas Concert for the Animals on Monday, December 21at KC' Uptown Theater. Click here: Christmas Concert for the Animals 2009

    Hall of Fame inductee Kelley Hunt will be at Liberty Hall again with a special New Year's Eve show to benefit ECKAN/Just Food. Click here: Kelley Hunt .


Holiday offerings from Danny Cox and Chet Nichols 2008 Inductee Chet Nichols
2009 Inductee Danny Cox     When shopping for gifts this year, there are many musical offerings to choose from. In addition to all of the new releases we've mentioned over the past months, Danny Cox has reissued his first two albums on CD for the first time. His first album Sunny and his second, the self-titled effort he did for ABC/Dunhill in 1971 are available at www.villagerecords.com . Chet Nichols has all of his albums, his book Last Riders on Route 66 and his newest project, Honorary Doctorates of Rock and Roll for sale. Click here: Chet Nichols Flash Intro Page .


More music news ...

    For the holidays, the new eponymous Backlash CD can be bought for a discounted price exclusively at CD Baby for only $5.99.  This included the physical album and/or digital download, with individual tracks priced at 50 cents each!  Go to www.cdbaby.com/backlashrock . This is a limited time offer from the longtime Topeka rockers, and will only last until December 25th!

    Among the younger acts in Kansas and Kansas City with new releases are Danny Pound ( Click here: Pound by Pound: Danny Pound confronts his 'existential angst,' emerges with intimate second solo album / LJWorld.c ), Rooftop Vigilantes ( Click here: Kansas City Music - Lawrence's Rooftop Vigilantes record second album with rock-star producer J. Robbins - page 1 ) and Queens Club ( Click here: Kansas City Music - Queens Club strikes a deal with Tooth & Nail and hammers the social media - page 1 ) .

    Longtime UMKC music teacher Richard Cass has died at the age of 78. Click here: Richard Cass, influential KC musician and teacher, dies at 78 - KansasCity.com .


Reviews ...

Click here: Kansas City Music - The Liquid Kids - page 1

Click here: Kansas City Music - Waiting for Signal - page 1

Click here: Kansas City Music - The Deep Thinkers - page 1

Click here: Blogs | Local EP review: Greg Enemy | Ink

Click here: Blogs | Local EP review: Thieves | Ink

Click here: New Mac Lethal Video: "Speak Low" - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog


November 23, 2009

Pat Metheny is subject of new book

    Hall of Fame inductee Pat Metheny is the subject of a new book by Richard Niles.

    Click here: Book on hometown hero Pat Metheny does it right - KansasCity.com .

     2008 Inductee Pat Metheny

Martina McBride update

    Tune in the week of November 27th to GAC's Top 20 Countdown when Nan Kelly travels to Minneapolis to join Martina McBride  and Trace Adkins on their "Shine All Night" tour.  Also tune in to see who will lay claim to the coveted #1 spot on the countdown! 
Click Here for more info.

    Martina has been nominated for GAC's Top 50 Videos of 2009, and there is still time for fans to vote for their favorite videos between now and November 30th.  Once the votes are in the countdown will premiere on GAC on December 28th at 8PM Eastern.  Click Here to vote.

     2007 KMHOF Inductee Martina McBride

More music news ...

    The Kansas song "Point of Know Return" is garnering a lot of attention in a new commercial from State Farm. Click here: YouTube - State Farm® - "Being Cool" Commercial .

    Curtis Prosser and Maggie Robinson perform as the acoustic duo Canyon Zepher . They played the Celtic Fox in Topeka last Friday night. Click here: Catch the Canyon Zephyr | CJOnline.com .

    It was a busy weekend in Wichita , with "Rhythm & Blues for Christmas" featuring music by The Macy Brothers and RKO at Mosley Street Melodrama. This was a benefit for the Maude Carpenter Children's Home and Henlock Price Boys Ranch.

    Nikki Moddelmog had a CD release party for her new album Revolve at Abode Home.

    Generation Bluegrass , a band made up of the Yoder brothers Isaac (age 10 on fiddle), Adam (age14 on fiddle and mandolin) and Chris (age 19 on guitar) played the Artichoke on Friday.

    Richard Gintowt's current band Hidden Pictures played at the KJHK Farmers Ball over the weekend. A part of the area music scene for more than a decade, he writes for the website www.Lawrence.com and Kansas City 's Pitch . Click here: After 10 years, Richard Gintowt still gets a thrill out of the music and perks such as free beer - KansasCity.co .

    One of Gintowt's former bands, Ghosty , released its second digital mini-EP online last week. Click here: Ghosty drops second name-your-price digital EP - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    A variety of jazz numbers will be performed by the Kansas Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m.  tonight, November 23, in Sams Chapel.  The concert is free and open to the public.

    Three jazz bands and some talented soloists will highlight the fall jazz concert tomorrow night, November 24, at Hutchinson Community College . Click here: The Hutchinson News Online Edition .

    Tuesday night will also see the return of 2001 Sterling High School graduate Erin Kruse , who'll present a recital called "Musical Stage" in Culbertson Auditorium on the Sterling College campus. Click here: Sterling native to perform at college .

    Hume Music has closed its Lawrence store, but will still operate stores in Topeka , Lenexa and Overland Park . The company will continue to serve Lawrence schools and will have a road representative. Lawrence customers can call 785-843-2644 for more information about the closing and future assistance. CEO Bill Vance says they can also call the Lenexa store at 816-474-1960.


Reviews ...

Click here: Review | Tech N9ne at the Independence Events Center - KansasCity.com

Click here: Articles | Local EP review: Ghosty | Ink

Click here: Articles | Local album review: Moonshine Romance | Ink

Click here: Kansas City Music - The Runaway Sons - page 1

Click here: Kansas City Music - Capybara - page 1

Click here: Kansas City Music - The Beatbox: Ron Ron - page 1



November 16, 2009

Kerry Livgren offers guitar collection

    Kerry Livgren is selling off his guitar collection, and has provided a link to this eBay auction: http://bit.ly/2N4sEB .  The eBay listing mentions that he is selling it off due to his stroke back in September.

     2005 Inductee Kerry Livgren

David Cook interview

    Kansas City 's American Idol winner David Cook was interviewed recently by the McClatchy Newspaper chain. He continues to tour, while working on songs for his second solo album. Click here: David Cook understands the pressure of winning | Music | Wichita Eagle .

     David Cook

More music news ...

    Aaron Newton returned to Wichita for a performance Saturday at the Riverside Perk to promote his new EP Two Rivers . Click here: Many rivers to cross | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters.

    Jeremy and Kaci Neely came home to Kansas over the weekend, too. The couple from Bennington played songs from their new CD at the Ramada Hotel & Convention Center in Salina . Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    In Kansas City Friday night, The Throttlers played their farewell show at Davey's Uptown. Click here: Tonight: The Throttlers' Farewell Show at Davey's - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    KC's Riot Room was the scene for a release party by hip hoppers Deep Thinkers . Click here: Deep Thinkers release Make It Quake - Kansas City Music Wayward.

    Another Kansas City band, The Grisly Hand , is hard at work on their debut recording, which they hope to have finished by the end of the year. Click here: Kansas City Music - Brand-new KC band the Grisly Hand wants to lead you onto the dance floor - page 1.

    A video by Pittsburg singer/songwriter Dustin Treiber has made it to the third round of CMT's "Music City Madness." Click here: Video by Pittsburg musician in third round of CMT voting - Pittsburg, KS.

    John Elefante 's new record is now available for downloading from the former Kansas lead singer's new and improved website www.JohnElefante.com . The site has a new music player that will allow you to hear the entire record before buying. You'll also find some rare video footage of John with Kansas in 1982

    Karl Berkebile 's new CD Merry Christmas, Baby is now available from his website at www.karlberkebile.com .  It's a blues Christmas solo piano and vocal effort at $10 plus $3 S&H. You can pay through Paypal or send a check.



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November 9, 2009


2010 Inductees are announced

     The results of the recent voting are that the following will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame on March 6, 2010 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence , Kansas :

  • Oleta Adams , Kansas City
  • Conny & The Bellhops, Pittsburg
  • Green River Ordinance, Emporia
  • Moanin' Glories, Wichita
  • Morning Dew, Topeka
  • Plain Jane, Manhattan
  • Pott County Pork & Bean Band, St. Marys
  • Vernon Sandusky , Edna
  • Tree Frog, Lawrence

    Every act that was on the ballot received votes, and one write-in received enough votes to be guaranteed a spot on next year's ballot. For the first time in Hall of Fame history, each inductee is from a different city. We hope most of the inductees will be able to attend the ceremony and will perform. Next week's newsletter will contain the names of the acts that received enough votes to be on the ballot for 2011. The board of directors will announce the Directors Award and Bob Hapgood Award inductees later this month.

    Congratulations to all of the new inductees!


Upcoming TV apearances by Martina McBride


    Martina McBride will perform on The 43 rd Annual CMA Awards on November 11 broadcast live on ABC Television from the Sommet Center in Nashville . For more visit www.cmaawards.com .

    You'll also want to check out Martina in the hour-long special In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights, Big Stars, All Access Nashville airing Tuesday, November 10 on ABC as Good Morning America 's Robin Roberts dons her cowboy boots in Nashville for a peek inside the homes and private lives of country music's hottest stars.


New releases by area musicians

    Kansas City 's Angela Hagenbach has been making waves on the local music scene for 20 years, but now her new album is opening up new possibilities. Click here: Angela Hagenbach's new CD is making waves nationwide - KansasCity.com .

    Several other area musicians have new releases of interest. They include Barclay Martin , Click here: CD and film tell story of KC musician Barclay Martin's trips to Philippines - KansasCity.com ; Spoon , Click here: Incoming + new album: Spoon - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog ; and Topeka native Dave Stuckey. To promote his new EP, Stuckey recently reunited with Deke Dickerson for a set at the Goofin' Records 25 th anniversary party in Helsinki , Finland .

    Tech N9ne 's latest, K.O.D. , has debuted at #1 on Billboard 's Independent Albums chart.

    Area acts getting attention in the local papers include KC's Sons of Great Dane Click here: Kansas City Music - KC's Sons of Great Dane represents a new breed of alt-country rock - page 1 and 2007 KU grad Rusty Scott Click here: Stage Presence: Rusty Scott | Kansan.com .


Join The Elders on Irish Festival Cruise

    Make plans now to join The Elders on the 19 th Annual Irish Festival Cruise, January 23-30. It's a week of Irish music, dance, storytelling, humor and conviviality. From Fort Lauderdale , you'll sail the Caribbean for a week-long hooley, stopping in San Juan , St. Maarten, Tortola and Nassau . Rates are $1099 per person. Get details at www.irishtours.com or 1-800-441-4277.


More music news ...

    The Young Raiders' Chris "Capt" Shafer, had heart surgery in Wichita last Monday, November 2. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

    The competitors for Farmers Ball , KJHK's annual battle of the bands, have been announced. They are: Cloud Dog, Burger Kingdom , Dutch Newman, Katlyn Conroy, Hidden Pictures, The California Craisins, Eagle Us Pets and DJ Avi. This year's competition will differ from the past. Rather than have two nights of competition, whith two finalists from each nigh moving on to a third night of finals, this year will feature "a UFC-style cage match with eight bands in a frentic single night of preliminary competition." Preliminaries are November 20 at the Jackpot in Lawrence , and finals are November 21 at the Bottleneck

    Cicadelic Records of Tucson has a new retrospective album by 2010 inductees The Morning Dew available. This is the same label that put out the double CD set by the Blue Things that is available through the Hall of Fame. www.cicadelic.com .


November 2 , 2009


Apocalypse Meow benefit Nov 6-7

    Apocalypse Meow is an annual event held by the nonprofit organization Midwest Music Foundation to help raise funds for a Musicians Health Care Fund for Artists living and working in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. The MMF aims to create mechanisms where Musicians, Live Sound Engineers, Music Club Employees, and Recording Engineers can gain affordable access to health care. 

     The Apocalypse Meow Fund was created in 2008 when local Musician Abigail Henderson was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her friends and community rallied around her and raised money to help get her over some daunting financial hurdles. The aim of this year's event is to help build a reserve fund and begin looking towards other health care options for the collective music community. 

     For more information about Midwest Music Foundation please visit http://www.midwestmusicfound.org .



First single released from new Puddle of Mudd album

    The first single from Puddle of Mudd 's next album is now available for downloading at iTunes and Amazon. The band has also revealed the album's cover.



More music news ...

    Last week we mentioned that the new Kansas DVD, There's Know Place Like Home , debuted at number five on Billboard 's Top DVDs chart. It's no surprise then, that the DVD has met with good reviews. The DVD was recorded at Washburn University back in February. Click here: Review: Kansas concert DVD rocks | CJOnline.com .

    The Topeka band That Damn Sasquatch had a CD release party for their new album About Damn Time last Friday. Click here: It's 'About Damn Time' | CJOnline.com .

    Friends University in Wichita will present their newly reformed Jazz Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Craig Curry, this Wednesday evening, November 4, in Sebits Auditorium at 7:30 .  Joining the vocalists, will be one song from each of the four jazz combos (directed by Lisa Hittle, David Lord, Beau Jarvis and Jeff Gordon).  Tickets will be available at the door or by calling (316) 295-5537.  Tickets prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, and ALL STUDENTS GET IN FREE! 

    Two Wichita musicians, Craig "Twister" Steward and Rochelle Coba working together in a new group called Bluesette Boogie. Coba will be representing the Wichita Blues Society in Memphis in the Single category at the upcoming competition in Memphis.

    Leslie Mangrum is an assistant professor of music at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina . One of the things that attracted her to the job was the school's opera program. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    Three women from Kansas and one from Oklahoma make up the Sweet Adelines group Zing! The foursome won the title "Queens of Harmony" at the recent championship in Nashville . Click here: Ives crowned singing queen again | CJOnline.com .


October 26, 2009

Wichita Museum features guitar heroes

    The “Guitar Heroes of Wichita” exhibit at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum celebrates electric guitar players in the city where the instrument was first introduced to the world on Halloween 1932. This temporary exhibit, which opened October 17, runs through November 13. Wichita's “guitar heroes” celebrated include Gage Brewer (who introduced the electric guitar to the world), Floyd Dalrymple, Bud Victory, KMHOF inductee Jerry Hahn, Barry Harris, Clif Major, Pat McJimsey, Mark “Shark” Shelton, and the Embarrassment's Bill Goffrier.

    Friday November 6 th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm there will be a musical performance and demonstration with the electric guitar by internationally known guitarist and music historian Deke Dickerson. On Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 pm , at the Historical Museum , there will be a presentation by Dickerson, who will speak on the culture and origin of the electric guitar and guitar heroes.


Mick McTell of the Soulful Seven passes away

    One of the top bands in Hays back in the sixties was the Soulful Seven. The band recorded a single for MGM that is now a highly sought collectable among “Northern Soul” fans. The band's lead guitarist Mick McTell died Monday, October 19, in Rapid City , SD. Click here: Obituaries for Wednesday, October 21, 2009 .


The Get Up Kids schedule November benefit for the Anne Winter fund

    The Get Up Kids  have announced via Twitter that they will donate all the money from their upcoming Record Bar shows on November 20 and 21 to the Anne Winter Fund. Click here: Anne Winter, 1964-2009 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .


New Kansas DVD in Billboard's top five

    The new Kansas DVD There's Know Place Like Home has debuted in the top five on Billboard 's DVD top sales chart. Featuring guest appearances by former members Kerry Livgren and Steve Morse, spectacular lighting, and songs not previously recorded with an orchestra, this High Definition video and Surround Sound audio experience has become the highest charting Kansas DVD. For more information, visit www.starchityrecording.com or www.kansasband.com .


Musician and artist Bob Walkenhorst profiled

    In addition to music, painting is a big part of the life of former Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst . Click here: Painting history: Forsyth House is subject of new downtown mural - Maryville, MO - Maryville Daily Forum


More music news ...

    Former KU student Mandy Patinkin will be guest starring in an episode of the CBS series “Three Rivers.” The network says that the former “Criminal Minds” star will play an aspiring organ donor. Patinkin has personally received corneal implants, donated by the families of a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, to correct a disease that distorts the shape of the cornea and severely impairs vision. The 56-year-old actor, who attended the University of Kansas in the early seventies, asked to be released from his role as FBI profiler Jason Gideon on CBS' “Criminal Minds” in 2007, citing creative differences. “Three Rivers” airs on Sundays.

    Josh Vowell & The Rumble will be representing the Topeka Blues Society at the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis January 20-23. Until then, they'll be making several appearances around their hometown and nearby cities to raise funds for their trip. Click here: Rumbling the blues scene | CJOnline.com .

    Another Kansas act that will be hitting the road in January is Wichita 's Tony Ngo and his band. The band has been working on a seven-song EP that will be released in late November. Click here: Road next step in musical journey | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Wichita Eagle .

    Chris Crisci, frontman for Lawrence's Appleseed Cast and The Old Canes, has been busy of late. In addition to playing at a recent Appleseed Cast reunion, he's been playing with The Old Canes and released a second Canes album Feral Harmonic on October 20. Will all that's he's still found time to build himself a new guitar. Click here: Kansas City Music - Family man Chris Crisci finds time to carve out Old Canes' second album - page 1 .

    Vedera 's second album for Epic Records, Stages, was released this month on the same day they appeared on TV's “The Hills.” Click here: Kansas City Music - Vedera vies for the limelight with major-label debut LP - page 1 .

    BCR (Black Crack Review), a Kansas City afro, nuclear, wavabilly, funk, swing, reggae, turska band, bill perform its unique brand of music at a benefit concert for KKFI Radio October 30 at The R Bar and Restaurant in Kansas City , MO. Admission is $7.00 at the door.

    A Tommy Bolin reunion concert with members of Tommy's legendary bands Energy and Zephyr plus Kansas City guitarists Jeff Scheetz and Fast Johnny Ricker will take place at Crosstown Station on Saturday, December 12. Shannon & The Rhythm Kings will open the night's music. Tickets are $10, and this is a benefit for KC's community radio station KKFI. Among the Energy alums appearing is Kansas Music Hall of Fame nominee Tommy Stephenson from Ottawa , KS .

    Chet Nichols reports that his song “Kilimanjaro Moondance” won the Broadjam September 2009 “Best Exercise Song of the Month” honors. The song can be heard at www.broadjam.com/chetnichols .

    Inductee Martina McBride 's performance at the Texas State Fair aired on “Oprah” Monday, October 26.


October 12, 2009


Melissa Etheridge updates

    The Chicken Soup for the Soul series will visit music in the book due out in November. Among the stories behind the songs, Melissa Etheridge tells about the writing of her hit single, "Come to My Window." Click here: Melissa Etheridge on writing 'Come to My Window': Exclusive 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' excerpt | EW.com .

    Melissa's new album Fearless Love , which is due out in March, and she says it will rock out a lot harder than her last few have. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Returns to "Slamming" Rock on March LP "Fearless Love" : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily .

    Etheridge will be a phone-in guest on two SIRIUS Satellite Radio shows this week: Tune in on Wed, Oct 14 at 1:00pm ET to Dr Radio: Oncology Show. The show is hosted by Dr. Abraham Chachoua, a lung cancer specialist, and Dr. Silvia Formenti whose specialty is breast cancer. Listeners can call in with questions/comments.  Dr. Radio .  Melissa will also be a guest on SIRIUS Satellite's Jane Pratt Radio Show on Oct 16 (6:15pm ET).  Jane Radio


Kelley Hunt news

    Kelley Hunt returns to the Blue Room in KC October 15-16 for three shows. Kelley's Blue Room reprise follows a sold-out first-time November 2008 duet performance. For these  neew shows she'll bring an outstanding trio with herself on acoustic piano and acoustic and electric guitars along with LA. drummer/percussionist Bryan Head and Nashville bassist Kenny Ames. Although some material will be common to all three shows, she plans to give each one it's own unique identity.

    "Last November we learned just how much fun we could have exploring new ideas and formats at The Blue Room. I'm expanding my thinking in these three shows - trying some new material out, looking over all parts of my catalog, new arrangements and hopefully some spontaneous sparks of inspiration with these other two great players. Last year's show was so energizing for me. We're going to take things further, see what we can get away with," said Kelley.

    Expect a new look and new sound at Kelley's live appearances. She is now an artist/endorser of Tree House Custom Drums. This outstanding high-end boutique custom drum maker based in Topeka has made a drum kit to Kelley's custom specs in consultation with her and the drummers who are part of her touring band.

   "We had one of their kits as a backline rental not long ago. I remember Bryan Head cranking up with that kit in sound check the first time - you should have seen all the heads turn that direction. That motivated us to investigate further. They've made us a great custom kit - warm sound, punchy, lot's of personality. Something our drummers can really dig in with and our production people absolutely love. It's a pleasure to make a Tree House kit part of our on-stage sound," said Kelley.


More music news ...

    More women are finding a home in Wichita 's music scene. Click here: Band of sisters | Music | Wichita Eagle .

    KC's Spencer Brown and his San Francisco based acapella group, the Kinsey Sicks, were in town over the weekend for two shows. Click here: Kansas City Music - The Kinsey Report: KC homegirl Daisy Bucket drags all over the country with the Kinsey Sicks - .

    Also back in town Saturday was jazz pianist Eldar , who spent his teen years in Kansas City , learning his craft and getting his career started. He showcased music from his new album, Virtue , his sixth overall and fourth for Sony. LINK

    We've mentioned former Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst and his Wednesday night gigs in Westport before, but he recently shared his thought on them with Tim Finn. Click here: Former Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst's weekly gig gives songs room to grow - Kansas City Star#Comments_Container .

    The trials of two men accused of killing Lawrence rapper Anthony Vital have been delayed until May of next year. Click here: Murder defendants' trial dates coordinated / LJWorld.com .

    A month after the release of their debut album Moon Phases , Everyday/Everynight is enjoying the success of record sales, online merchandise sales and show bookings. Click here: Kansas City Music - Everyday/Everynight launches Moon Phases - page 1 .

    Fans of Celtic rock music have a lot to enjoy from the Elders these days as the Kansas City band is finding success with their latest album Gael Day , their seeming non-top touring, a cruise coming up in January ( www.irishtours.com ) and their annual tour of Ireland next summer. Check it all out at www.eldersmusic.com .

    Topeka 's Bath House Players fundraising Battle of the Bands was supposed to be held Saturday, but weather forced a postponement until October 17 at Gage Park . Tickets will be sold at the gate for $6.00. Bands playing are The Antics, Don't Mention the Massacre, Part Deus, The Pudd'n Poos and Telegram for a Cute Girl.

    KC's Neon Blue continues to get favorable reviews for Stories, Grooves & Melodies . The latest appeared in this week's Pitch . Click here: Kansas City Music - Neon Blue - page 1 .

    The new 5,800 seat Independence Events Center is going to hose more than minor league hockey. It's also signing up concerts, including Tech N9ne on November 23 and Martina McBride and Trace Adkins on January 23. It's nice to have another venue in the KC area with live music.

    On Saturday, October 17, the Delano District of Wichita will be alive with bikes, blues and food. The first "Blues in Delano " music and food crawl in the 500-1700 blocks of West Douglas will take place from 1-10 pm. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to any of the venues. All donations will be given to the Kansas Food Bank.

    Kansas University will be hosting the 18 th annual Heart of America Marching Festival on October 17 at Memorial Stadium. Twenty high school marching bands from Kansas , Missouri and Nebraska will perform starting at 11 am. The top ten scoring bands will move on to the finals at 6:30 pm, which will be followed by the awards ceremony at 9:45. The KU Marching Jayhawks will perform at 9:30. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior. Preschoolers get in free.

    Sunday, November 1 at 7:30 pm, the Lied Center on KU's West Campus will host the first ever indoor concert by the Kansas Marching Jayhawks , conducted by David Clemmer. In addition to "Sunflower Song" and "I'm a Jayhawk," the band will play Saturday morning cartoon favorites, the music of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a Latin jazz tribute. Hank Booth with serve as emcee.

    Time is approaching for the annual KJHK Farmer's Ball , but there is still time for bands to submit entries. Local bands, rappers and musicians need to submit 2-3 songs by October 23. Send submissions by email to the radio station at kjhkliveevents@gmail.com or mail them to:
    KJHK 90.7FM Live Events
    c/o Center for Campus Life
    Kansas Union
    1301 Jayhawk Boulevard , Room 427
    Lawrence , KS 66045
All email submissions should contain a link to the artist's MySpace, and it is preferred that songs are sent via YouSendIt or similar file sharing service.

    Stan Ellman's final Stan's Kansas City Area Record & CD Show of 2009 will be Sunday, October 18 from 9am to 3:30 pm in the Convention Center at The Crowne Plaza (formerly Radisson Hote) at 95 th and I-35 in Lenexa . Admission is $3 at the door. For more info, call Stan at 913-492-1058.


October 5, 2009


Gordon Parks Celebration in Fort Scott this week

    The Gordon Parks Celebration begins this Wednesday, October 7, at Fort Scott Community College and honors the work and creativity of Fort Scott 's most famous native son, the extraordinary photographer, writer, poet, musician and filmmaker who died in 2006 at age 93.


2010 KMHOF Nominees announced

    Voting is currently underway to select the 2010 inductees into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.   Voting by the prior inductees and all dues paying members of the Hall of Fame will continue until midnight October 31.  The induction ceremony will be held on March 6, 2010, in Lawrence at Liberty Hall.  The results of the voting will be announced in early November, and tickets to the show will go on sale in December.  The ballot contains the names of thirty (30) nominated acts, but write-ins are accepted and encouraged.  The names on this year's ballot are:

  •    Oleta Adams , Kansas City
  •     Bloodstone, Kansas City
  •     The Bygones, Kansas City
  •     Conny & The Bellhops, Pittsburg
  •     The Devastating Dinks, Salina
  •     The Embarrassment, Wichita
  •     James Gadson, Kansas City
  •     The Green River Ordinance, Emporia
  •     Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence
  •     Rudy Love, Wichita
  •     Kevin Mahogany, Kansas City
  •     The Moanin' Glories, Wichita
  •     The Morning Dew, Topeka
  •     The Mystic Number National Bank, Kansas City
  •     Plain Jane, Manhattan
  •     The Playmate Blues Band, Hays
  •     The Pott County Pork & Bean Band, St. Mary's
  •     Samuel Ramey, Colby
  •      Vernon Sandusky , Edna
  •     The Scamps, Kansas City
  •     Stanley Sheldon & Tommy Stephenson, Ottawa
  •     Craig "Twister" Steward, Wichita
  •     Tony Teebo, Fort Scott
  •     Tree Frog, Lawrence
  •     Roger Walls, Rose Hill
  •     Bobby Watson, Kansas City
  •     Johnny Western, Wichita
  •      Wichita Linemen, Wichita
  •     The Wizards From Kansas , Lawrence
  •     Chely Wright, Wellsville

    Congratulations to all of the 2010 nominees.


Melissa Etheridge in the news for breast cancer awareness

    Melissa Etheridge is busy this month at the forefront of the annual effort to raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. As a cancer survivor herself, she is making personal appearances and granting numerous interviews.



Kerry Livgren posts after suffering stroke


    Kerry Livgren has posted for something on Facebook for the first time since suffering a stroke last month:  " Well..the unlikely event has happened. On Sept 1st I suffered a stoke. I have partial right side use, partial speech, and various other. I can play a little piano but no guitar. Thanks to all of you for the prayers. His will be done."

    It's great to hear directly from Kerry, and we look forward to his continued recovery.


Martina McBride and Trace Adkins join up for tour

    Martina McBride and Trace Adkins have announced a joint tour. The “Shine All Night Tour” will be sponsored by Sunny D and GAC. It starts November 20, visiting forty cities into the spring of 2010. Martina has newly revamped website  martinamcbride.com  which features a new look as well as many new features. Click here: SHINE ALL NIGHT TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT : Martina McBride .

    To help encourage families to make the most of dinnertime, Martina has teamed up with Barilla and renowned chef Mario Batali to launch "Share the Table: The Barilla Family Dinner Project" and is inviting all of you to make a promise to enhance your dinnertime experiences at www.ShareTheTable.com . Check out Martina's tips here .


October 18 benefit for Mike Roark

    A six-hour benefit is being held at Unity on the Plaza Sunday, October 18 for Mike Roark , the Rain Dog's piano player, who is undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. There will be two stages of entertainment, a silent auction, BBQ meals and a bake sale. Among Mike's friends who will be performing are Kelley Hunt, The Rain Dogs, The Retro Rangers, Fabulous Freddy & The Doo Wops, The Bluegrass Tornados & Uncle Baccey Juice and Graybill, Gruenbaum & McSpadden.

    Click here: Mike Roark Benefit Against Cancer .


More music news ...

    13 bands are set to “Wake the Dead” October 10 at the Bison Arena on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson . The rock and metal music starts at noon and runs until midnight. The headliner will be Seasons After. The five-piece band from Wichita has been on the Warped Tour twice and on the Taste of Chaos tour. Tickets are $10. Visit www.kansasstatefair.tix.com or call (800) 362-3247.

    Jason Harper of The Pitch in Kansas City recently checked out the local singer-songwriter scene, and liked what he heard. Click here: Kansas City Music - Towers of Song: Three new singer-songwriter showcases prove our local bards ain't slouchin' -.


September 28, 2009


Love Garden Sounds relocates

    Lawrence 's Love Garden Sounds , home of records, CDs and cassettes (both new and used) has moved from its longtime location at 936 ½ Massachusetts Street to 822 Massachusetts Street . This means no long climb upstairs lugging a box or armload of records to sell as they're now at ground level. Love Garden has been a treasure trove of music since 1990. Many record collectors consider it the best used music store in Kansas . Since 2008, Love Garden has also been a record label recently with plans to release four 7” vinyl singles by Ad Astra Per Aspera.

    For more about Love Garden visit www.lovegardensounds.com .



Melissa Etheridge on XM satellite radio

    Sirus XM's the Pulse Channel, Sirius channel 12 and XM channel 26, will broadcast a live performance by Melissa Etheridge tomorrow night, September 29, from the Hard Rock Café in New York City. This will be the launch of Hard Rock International's month-long PINKTOBER breast cancer awareness program.


More music news ...

    Shooting Star bassist Ron Verlin has a BBQ team at this year's American Royal. His team is called Do You Mind If I Smoke. The barbecue contest is at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City 's West Bottoms next Saturday. For more information, go to www.americanroyal.com.

    The Kansas City Symphony opened its season over the weekend at the Lyric Theatre. Click here: KC Symphony launches its season this weekend with a program to swoon over - Kansas City Star .

    Another season opener in Kansas City took place Friday night, when The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra presented “Big Band Meets Hollywood” at the Folly Theater. Click here: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra begins its seventh season Friday - Kansas City Star .

    The Wichita Symphony kicks off its new season next Saturday, October 3. This will be Andrew Sewell's last as music director. Click here: Wichita Symphony preview | Music | Wichita Eagle .

    There was an interesting concert in Topeka yesterday afternoon when The Kings of Swing entertained a crowd gathered at Penwell-Gable Cemetery . Click here: Band livens up cemetery | CJOnline.com .

    Another Topeka concert over the weekend was more conventional when six bands competed for a vintage Ford Mustang in a battle of the bands at Gage Park . Click here: Bands battle at Gage Park | CJOnline.com .

    One of the Kansas City area's newer bands, The Slowdown , played at the Riot Room on Saturday night. They are also the subject of a piece in the current issue of The Pitch . Click here: Kansas City Music - Former Elevator Division operators Sam and Joe Hoskins start up the Slowdown - page 1 .

    On Friday, The Michael Powers Three , a Topeka-based blues and rock trio played music from its forthcoming CD Souls on Fire at the Kansas Grill. The band's music, which features lead vocalist Powers on guitar, Dean Fairweather on bass and The Darch on drums, can be previewed at www.myspace.com'michaelpowerskc .

    KC's Life in Jersey has a new CD called Plotted Points and played earlier this month at the Rock the Light music festival at the Starlight Theatre. The next opportunity to catch the band locally will be October 12 at Davey's Uptown. Click here: http://www.pitch.com/2009-09-24/music/with-his-life-in-jersey-bandmates-carson-land-seeks-higher-ground/ .


September 21, 2009


Congratulations to Ian Byrne and The Elders

    New US citizen Ian Byrne and his band The Elders will be singing the National Anthem at tonight's Royals - Red Sox baseball game in Kansas City (Monday, September 21). Byrne was sworn in September 17 at the Truman Library in Independence , MO. Congratulations!


Lee McBee performance dates in October

    Lee McBee is working on reissuing his album 44 . He's also fronting Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets at the upcoming Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival on October 10. He and Funderburgh will be joining Mike Morgan & The Crawl for some dates in Dallas October 23-24.



Melissa Etheridge spotlights women's awareness


    Hard Rock International marks ten years of support for breast cancer awareness and research with the 2009 Pinktober Campaign. Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Etheridge has been named the program's "Artist Ambassador." Click here: Hard Rock International Marks 10 Years Of Support For Breast Cancer Awareness And Research With 2009 PINKTOBER(TM) . Click here: BCRF ::

    Melissa is also featured in a new book, EXPOSED " 10 Years in Hollywood . The book is raising awareness for Womens Domestic Abuse and Suicide Prevention with over 200 photos of celebrities. The book is being released in October and is available for presales on Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com. http://worldofjustin.com/2009/09/14/justin-in-mark-liddel-book/ .


Minnesota benefit features Kelley Hunt

    Kelley Hunt will give a special performance this Thursday, September 24, at Bemidji , MN 's historic Chief Theater to benefit the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. This solo performance will Kelley playing a wide range of material on keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars. She'll be introducing some new material, in the original singer/songwriter format.

    The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is a non-profit organization that hosts theatre and music productions in The Chief. For details, visit www.paulbunyanplayhouse.com .


    Kelley's performance at the 2003 Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival is now available on DVD. Click here: American Music Research Foundation - community weblog - Merchandise


More music news ...

    Mark Selby and his band are currently touring Europe, but will be back soon so that Mark and his wife, Tia Sillers, can play some dates in Kansas this fall. Click here: Welcome to Mark Selby Online: Tia Sillers & Mark .

    Lawrence 's Ghosty has released a new EP called A Mystic's Robe . This is the band's first new material in almost two years. The new release offers three soft-rock tunes and is available online at www.ghosty.bandcamp.com . The songs cost a dollar apiece, but can be streamed for free listening. Does this mean they'll start playing live again"

    Kansas City 's Pet Comfort played at the Crosstown Station over the weekend. Click here: Kansas City Music - Pet Comfort won't poop all over the Kansas City music scene - page 1 .

    Chris Williamson spent his summer shooting a documentary about Kansas City 's underground rap scene. Mics on Fire, when finished, should present a history of the current state of KC's hip-hop scene. Click here: Kansas City Music - With his rap documentary, Chris Williamson hopes to set Mics on Fire - page 1


September 14, 2009


Melissa Etheridge shows on Sept 17 and Oct 1

    Melissa Etheridge (2006 KMHOF Inductee) will participate in the Country Music Hall of Fame benefit on October 1. “All for the Hall” Los Angeles will take place at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. An invitation only event for approximately 350 guests, the evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner (catered by Wolfgang Puck), a silent auction and a guitar pull featuring music and storytelling by some of country music's biggest stars. Other participants include Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam and LeAnn Rimes.

    Melissa will also be joining Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and Cyndi Lauper as a special musical guest on the VH1's Divas live concert lineup this Thursday, September 17. Kathy Griffin, Toni Braxton, Ryan Kwanten, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port and the of the upcoming film Fame will be presenters. Paula Abdul is set to host the event.


Martina McBride nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year

    The aforementioned Martina McBride (2007 KMHOF Inductee) has once again been nominated for the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year honor. She goes up against Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire this time. The winners will be announced on November 11 in Nashville and will be broadcast live on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMA's reigning male and female vocalists of the year winners, will host the show.


Beth Scalet song featured

         2008 KMHOF inductee Beth Scalet has some exciting news about her song “In The Daylight” from her first album It's a Living . It will be used in the third episode of the new season of TV's Ghost Whisperer . The show's new season starts on September 25, so it should air in October. Beth says she doesn't know if they'll use just a few seconds or the whole song.


Dana Cooper tour news

    Dana Cooper is into a month long tour of Oregon and California , which will be followed by some dates in Colorado . After that, he heads to Decatur for a couple of dates with Kim Carnes and Matraca Berg. It's a couple of house concerts in the Washington , DC area, and then he's off to Denmark and Sweden for some solo shows and a few concerts with a band called The Sentimentals.


The Get Up Kids reunion tour

    The Get Up Kids played their farewell show more than four years ago at KC's Uptown Theater, and now they're back on the road to play 43 venues in ten weeks. Click here: The Get Up Kids are at it again — touring, that is - Kansas City Star . Click here: Kansas City Music - As the Get Up Kids prepare for a reunion tour, Matt Pryor struggles with the fact that he's ha . Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Concert Review: The Get Up Kids at the Record Bar, Sunday, November 16, 2008 . Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: the Get Up Kids .


"Beyond the Blues" benefit for mental health on October 24

    “Beyond the Blues” is an annual event that benefits and supports the services and missions of the Mental Health Association of the Heartland and the Kansas City Blues Society. This year's event, which is scheduled for October 24 at the Armacost Musuem . Trampled Under Foot will play, and Ryan Lefebvre (the voice of the KC Royals) will be the Honorary Chair. The Kansas City Lindy Hop Society will also be involved.   More information


"Rhythm & Blues Cruise" DVD set for release on October 6

    Deep Sea Blues , documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge's two-hour portrait of Roger Naber's January 2007 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise to the Caribbean captured many of the seventy performances by fourteen artisits. The festival featured blues performers included Bobby Rush, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tab Benoit, Tommy Sastro, Otis Clay, Taj Mahal, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Commander Cody and the Phantom Blues Band, featuring Mike Finnigan (2005 KMHOF Inductee). The commercial DVD of the film is set for release October 6 on Micro Works, distributed through the Infinity Entertainment Group. List price will be $19.98.


Paxico Blues Festival this Saturday September 19

    The Paxico Blues Festival will be this coming Saturday, September 19 in Paxico (on I-70 west of Topeka ). Playing this year are John Paul's Flying Circus, Connie & the Choir Boys, Tommy Andrews, Levee Town along with Danielle & Trampled Under Foot (with Washboard Jo sitting in).


Marva Whitney returns to New York City on September 26


Marva Whitney will be back in New York City for the first time in 40 years when she sings at Dig Deeper @ Southpaw in Brooklyn on September 26. This appearance will be followed by a European tour with Osaka Monaurall.


Update re Kerry Livgren

    There is an update on Kerry Livgren 's condition posted on the Kansas website: http://kansasband.com/news/

    The new address to send cards and letters is:

Kerry Livgren & Family
P.O. Box 5827
Topeka , KS 66605

    We have news from another stroke surviving KMHOF inductee. Former Dink Bill Hollingworth says he is going back to college to study sociology and Spanish. As he puts it, Schwartzenegger's picking up the tab." Bill's stroke a few years ago cost him the use of his legs and one arm, but he continues to make music with one hand. This means that he's had to switch from guitar to keyboard. What a spirit!


More music news ...

    KC rapper Mac Lethal recently split with his record label, but he sees it as a positive. Click here: http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2009/09/in_the_wake_of_recent_partings.php .

    Former KU trumpet professor Ron McCurty is teaching at the University of Southern California these days, but he made it back to this area this past weekend for a date Saturday at KC's Blue Room. Click here: Trumpeter Ron McCurdy: The teacher's still got it - Kansas City Star .

    The collection of Hall of Famer Jay McShann is now at UMKC. The items have been donated by the jazz pianist and bandleader's daughter Pam McShann, and they are being housed at the Miller Nichols Library. The video-recorded interviews and performances, along with photos, awards and other memorabilia are a major addition to the Kansas City jazz collections. From the late 1960's until his death in 2006, Jay, who was originally from Oklahoma , performed around the world from his home in Kansas City , where he had raised his family.

    According to Freedy Johnston , he had a great time on his recent trip back to his hometown of Kinsley Labor Day weekend. Wichita musicians Ron Smith and Steve Hatfield played the gig with Freedy at the Pink Building . The crowd was full of family, former classmates and old friends. Little kids danced to Cheap Trick covers, and older kids asked the band to turn down the volume. It was a Saturday night dance in Kinsley, 1561 miles from New York and San Francisco .

    This Tuesday, September 15, 2009, Freedy will be singing the traditional shoe cobbler classic “Peg and Awl” at the Song of America PBS taping at 12 th & Potter in Nashville . Joining him on the show are Janis Ian, J.D Souther, Suzy Boggus, Bettye LaVette, Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Mead and several others.


September 7 , 2009


Kerry Livgren suffers stroke at home in Topeka

    Kerry Livgren , best known as a co-founder of the band Kansas and for writing their hits "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust In The Wind," suffered a stroke at his home in the early morning last Tuesday, September 1. After finding Kerry on the bathroom floor, his wife Vicci called 911, and Kerry was rushed to a Topeka hospital, where he remains.     
    Surgery was performed, and two blood clots were removed from his brain. It is hoped that he will finally be transferred from intensive care, as his condition continues to improve. The Livgren family has said that the only authorized updates on Kerry's condition will be reported on the official Kansas website. Any other information that is received is not authorized by his family. He is reportedly improving every day. Click here: Kerry Livgren falls ill | CJOnline.com .

    Kansas will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn this Wednesday, September 9, at 9:30pm CDT. Fans can speak with the band by calling 800-344-ROCK (7825). For a station near you, and for information on how to long into the show on the internet, go to www.RockLineRadio.com . This broadcast will be available online for two weeks beginning Thursday.

    Release date for the new Kansas DVD There's Know Place Like Home is now set for October 13.  Amazon has it available for pre-order.  http://www.amazon.com/Theres-Know-Place-Like-Home/dp/B002MXA7Q0/ref=sr_1_1"ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1252326208&sr=8-1 .


Eric and the Norsemen reunite for farewell performance

     2006 KMHOF Inductees Eric and the Norsemen played to a packed crowd of old and new friends and fans and family at RC's Back Door Bar and Grill on August 29. The band announced that this would likely be their last public performance. The Norsemen played throughout the Midwest from 1965 to 1969 but did not perform again for 37 years until they were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

Eric & The Norsemen at RC's Back Door in Martin City, MO on August 29, 2009
(Back Row: Mike Willman, Forrest "Tree" Cloud, Roger Johnson)
(Front Row: Frank Berrier, Dennis Frans, Jim Kocher, Ernie the sound guy)
More photos from the Norsemen's last performance at RC's
More photos, videos and history of the band at ericandthenorsemen.com


Jazz singer Chris Connor passes away at 81

    Chris Connor , a Kansas City-born jazz singer of the 1940s and 50s, died on Saturday, August 29 at a hospital in Toms River, NJ. She was 81 at the time of her death. Click here: Jazz singer Chris Connor dies - Kansas City Star . Click here: Chris Connor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .


"Wheel of Fortune" is new CD from Lane Tietgen

    Former Serfs member Lane Tietgen reports that his new solo album Wheel of Fortune is available on CD Baby. The CD features Lane's latest songwriting, which is legendary in Kansas , having written songs in the past for both the Serfs and the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood. His songs have also been covered by the Manfred Mann Earth Band and Ringo Starr, and sampled by Xzbit and Ice Cube. Lane says no tour is currently planned, but he is discussing the possiblilty.


More music news ...

    The Get Up Kids are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the release of their best-selling album Something To Write Home About , which has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies over the past decade. Click here: Something to write home about: Get Up Kids celebrate 10-year anniversary reissue of pivotal record / LJWorld.com .

    While continuing her current "Alive and Alone 2009" tour, Melissa Etheridge is also finding time to donate her time and talent to the Hard Rock Café's upcoming Pinktober project. The cancer survivor recently discussed the cause in the September/October 2009 issue of
Just Cause Magazine. Just Cause Magazine publishes their articles digitally using a viewer called Zinio. To read the article, visit: http://www.zinio.com/reader.jsp"issue=416095972&o=ext . The interview is on pp. 44-49.

    It's time again for the annual Audio-Reader " For Your EARS only " benefit sale of LPs, CDs, rare collectables, vintage equipment and other audio items. The sale begins Friday, September 18 from 6-9 pm ($10 at the door), featuring live music, prizes and free food. Advance tickets may be purchased for $7 from Audio-Reader, PO Box 847 , Lawrence , KS 66044 .
    The sale continues on Saturday, September 19 from 9am to 4pam (FREE Admission) at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building #21, 2120 Harper Street in Lawrence . More information is available at www.reader.ku.edu or by calling 785-864-4600.

    Wichita 's Sleepy Truckers played this past Friday and Saturday nights at Jerry's Bar and Grill. This was just the lasted gig for a band that has been at the forefront of Wichita 's music scene for more than ten years. Click here: Back where they started | NL Entertainment | Wichita Eagle .

    Meanwhile, in Kansas City this past Saturday night, drummer Brandon Draper appeared at Jardine's with his band. Click here: Drummer Brandon Draper is his bands' virtuoso centerpiece - Kansas City Star.

    Kansas City hip-hop duo CES Cru has a new album, The Playground , that builds on their debut's success. Click here: Kansas City Music - Kansas City's most dexterous hip-hop duo wants to meet you on The Playground - page 1 .

    Ottawa native Tommy Stephenson has been working with Phil Brown, and their band Phil Brown and the Apaches is about to start playing in the Kansas City area. Tommy's well known for playing with Ice in Ottawa and versions of the Young Raiders and Blue Things in Lawrence before breaking onto the national scene with Tommy Bolin, Joe Walsh, and many more. http://www.myspace.com/tommykeyboards .

    Park City presents Smoke in the Air State Championship BBQ in cooperation with the Wichita Blues Society this coming Friday, September 11 from 5:30-10 pm at Weideman Park (next to the Kansas Coliseum). The free concert will feature a talent show, Made From Scratch, Sharon Rush Band and Little Smoke. Solos and duos performing around the park will be Craig "Twister" Steward, Jenny Detra & Tom Szambecki and Front Porch Blues. Take your lawn chairs and coolers (No alcohol allowed) and enjoy the music and food.

    Sunflower Broadband's The Turnpike presents Local Music Showcase 2009 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Saturday, September 19. Tickets are $7.00 and available through Ticketmaster or from the Liberty Hall boxoffice. The show will feature The Appleseed Cast, Cowboy Indian Bear and Muscle Worship.

    Another upcoming show to mark on your calendar is the Radiohead tribute KC jazz pianist Mark Lowrey has planned for Friday, December 11 at the RecordBar. Mark has already done a Ben Folds tribute show and re-created Pink Floyd's The Wall .
    "It will be from "Pablo Honey' through "In Rainbows,' says Mark. Hopefully at least one selection from every major release. Unlike the Ben Folds tribute (which was an attempt to accurately re-do tunes), this will be an interpretive tribute."

    The KKFI Fall Pledge Drive is coming up (Friday 9/19-Saturday 9/26). As a special premium, you can be a guest DJ on your favorite show for a donation of $100 or more. Go to www.kkfi.org to pledge.

    The guest on the online Mad Dog Radio Show on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm will be Bill Lee, the president of the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. He'll discuss the organization and the upcoming vote to select the inductees for 2010.


August 31 , 2009


Kansas DVD set for October 13 release

    Kansas has announced that their DVD There's Know Place Like Home will be released on October 13. www.KansasBand.com has a trailer for it now. One the disc the band plays with the Washburn University Orchestra. They're joined by former members Kerry Livgren and Steve Morse. The DVD will have the group performing many of their greatest hits, and drummer Phil Ehart promises some great bonus features as well.

    "We've got this one thing, it's awesome. We went down in the afternoon before the symphony came in and just kind of did a jam thing with current guitarist Rich (Williams) on guitar, Morse on guitar, and Kerry Livgren on guitar. And we did this song, there was no audience, there was no orchestra, just us on stage, and it smokes. It's awesome. So there's going to be some footage of that plus the making of, that'll be there with some interviews. So yeah, plus there's never any footage of Kansas with an orchestra so this'll be the first time that we've actually had any."


Melissa Etheridge tour and news updates


    Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Etheridge continues to show that she's more than just a world class musician. The mother of four donated a Melissa Etheridge's Mom, Baby & Toddler Must "Haves Basket to the NYC affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for their City in Pink auction and event on September 9. Click here: Kt Giftings Provides a Melissa Etheridge's Mom, Baby & Toddler Must-Haves Basket for Auction .

    Etheridge continues her Alive and Alone 2009 tour, and the raves keep coming. Click here: Live and alone: Etheridge's solo tour an intimate affair - Taunton, MA - The Taunton Gazette , Click here: Melissa Etheridge to perform at Melody Tent - Cape Cod, MA - Wicked Local - Cape Cod , Click here: Melissa Etheridge makes first visit to Music Circus - Hingham, MA - The Hingham Journal , Click here: Etheridge gives "Piece' of mind, heart - BostonHerald.com , Click here: Etheridge alone but full of life | CapeCodOnline.com .


Nominations solicited for 2010 Governor's Arts Awards

    The Kansas Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2010 Governor's Arts Awards. The commission annually honors artists, organizations, businesses, communities and arts supporters who have made outstanding arts and cultural contributions to the state. Nominations can be made in six categories " artist, arts advocate, arts community, arts-in-education, arts organization and arts patron. After receiving the nominations, a panel will select winners to be recognized at a ceremony in March 2010. To submit a nomination, review the guidelines at http://arts.ks.gov/gaa/guidelines/index.shtml . For questions about the Governor's Arts Awards program, contact Margaret Weisbrod Morris, program manager of arts-in-education at Margaret@arts.ks.gov or 785-368-6545.


In memoriam: Jack Nead, Gene Woods, "Bongo" Barry Berstein


    Longtime Kansas City musician and music retailer/wholesaler Jack Nead passed away last Friday, August 28. Jack played sax in his own group the Jumpin' Jacks, the band that opened for the Beatles at their only KC appearance. He was later a sales rep for Kustom Electronics and then managed a couple of large music retail stores in Kansas City .   Many Kansas City musicians bought their first instruments from Jack at Jenkins Music, Big Dude's or his own store.  At the time of his death he was National Sales Representative for a new microphone company AVLEX Corporation. Click here: Jesse Nead Death Notice: Jesse Nead's Obituary by the Kansas City Star. .

    Gene Woods , the lead guitarist with Pittsburg's legendary Conny & The Bellhops, also passed away last Friday in Arma. After the Bellhops broke up, Gene moved to Nashville for ten years, where he recorded as a solo performer and played in the bands of Roy Acuff and Little Jimmy Dickens. Click here: Eugene M. "Gene" Woods - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .

    Last Wednesday, August 26, "Bongo" Barry Berstein , a children's entertainer and music therapy consultant for the Blue Valley School District , died at his Kansas City home. Click here: 'Bongo' Barry Bernstein, children's entertainer, dies - Kansas City Star .


"No Abandon" is new release from Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter

    Bob Walkenhorst has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember, as long as he's not interrupted. After receiving a BFA from Northwest State University in 1978, he exhibited in national competitions at the Nelson Art Museum in Kansas City , the Albrecht Art Museum in St. Joseph , MO , and in juried exhibitions in Cincinnati and Little Rock .

    His efforts in painting were interrupted in 1983 by a detour into the world of rock and roll. As lead singer and songwriter for the Rainmakers, Bob released five critically acclaimed albums and toured the US , Canada and Europe . After getting that out of his system, he rediscovered his love of painting in 2007. An unapologetic traditionalist, Bob says his watercolors are "a moment, a place, a sharing of an observation that is, hopefully, alson the sharing of a meditation on the beauty around us. Many of Bob's watercolors will be on display during September at the Stiles Gallery in Westwood , KS . Bob still plays music on Wednesday nights at KC's RecordBar and has a new album out with his songwriting and performing partner Jeff Porter called No Abandon


More music news ...

    We mentioned the start of  the jazz season in Topeka in last week's newsletter.  It appears things got off to a great start.  Click here: Review: Jazz season starts strong | CJOnline.com .

    This past weekend was full of music of note. Kansas City enjoyed celebrations of the life and career of sax legend Charlie Parker . Click here: Jazz Town: Twin festivals celebrate the Bird - Kansas City Star .

    The Topeka Opera Society Concert Association brought two Kansas born singers to town. Click here: TOSCA presents Kansas singers | CJOnline.com .

    Lawrence singer and KMHOF inductee Kelley Hunt performed with Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Click here: Poet laureate, R&B singer pair for "Landed' book, CD / LJWorld.com .

    Area hip hop artist Stik Figa was featured on the KCUR radio program "KC Currents" on Sunday. The program will be repeated this evening at 8:00. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Stik Figa to be featured on KCUR's KC Currents this weekend. .

    Martina McBride will appear on the CMA Music Festival Country's Night to Rock! on ABC-TV tonight at 7 CDT.

    Kansas City songwriter Doby Watson is getting a lot of attention for his new album Twenty Two, which he released August 4. Click here: Kansas City Music - Doby Watson emerges from his early life crisis with a resolute new album - page 1 .

    Kansas City 's London Transit also has a new album out. Click here: Articles | Local album review: London Transit | Ink .

    Another act getting noticed in Kansas City is the Howl at the Moon band. Click here: Versatile, talented Howl at the Moon band makes the crowds go wild - Kansas City Star .

    Over in Topeka , music fans are discovering Shawn Ward . Click here: Playing for the tips and love | CJOnline.com .

    KU freshman Shane Reynolds and nine of his friends made a video for the online contest "Best Performance in a Pepsi Rock Band Video" and have made the finals. The winner will be announced September 13 on the MTV VMA award show. Online voting ends tomorrow, September 1. Click here: KU frosh wants his MTV award | CJOnline.com .

    Bassist Steve Pinkston wants to thank everyone who has bought or downloaded tracks from his CD Sometimes Things Work Out . The album has received positive responses from across the country and abroad. Anyone wanting to purchase a copy or download mp3 tracks should visit www.cdbaby.com . It's also available from iTunes and Amazon.com.

    The Salina Arts and Humanities Commission has announced that the fall season of Art a la Carte will begin September 4. The season opener will be a wildlife demonstration from Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. Concerts and events are at Robert Caldwell Plaza between the City-County Building and the Salina Public Library. Half hour performances begin at 12:30 each Friday afternoon through September and October. Art a la Carte concerts feature local and regional talent, both amateur and professional. The schedule inclues folk, jazz, classical, country, vocals, instrumentals and original music.

    The Arts Council of Dickinson County is enrolling fall group violin lessons, which will provide an introduction to music and the instrument for children ages 6 to 12. The twelve week program will be at First United Methodist Church in Abilene beginning September 15. The class is limited to eight students, and the fee is $70 per student. Students may use their own instruments or can rent one during the fall session. Deadline for enrolling is September 4. Call 785-263-1884 for more information or enrollment forms.

    Gordon Mote, a Nashville singer-songwriter and Music Row Magazine 's 2009 Piano Player of the Year, will perform at 7 pm September 16 at the Clay Center Community High School auditorium. Joining Mote will be singer-songwriter Dusty Workman . Admission is a free will offering, and dessert will be served. Workman was the drummer for the country music group Dixie Road . He currently serves as the worship leader at Grace Community Church in Overbrook and uses his music in his ministry.

    The annual Lawrence Community Shelter block party will be from 6-8 pm Wednesday, September 16, on 10 th Street between Kentucky and Vermont streets. The event promotes fellowship and provides refreshments. It's free and ope to anyone. Organizers are seeking three or four bands to provide entertainment. They also need a sound system. To volunteer or for more information, contact Herman Leon at 785-843-0579 or email lleon2409@gmail.com .

    This is a reminder that Patrick Recob will be the featured guest on the Mad Dog Radio Show tomorrow night from 10-midnight. Music from his upcoming CD release and an in depth interview are scheduled. Call in and talk to Pat at 914-338-1626 (long distance charges apply). You can join in the chat or just listen.


August 24 , 2009

Eric and the Norsemen Reunion this Saturday August 29

    2006 KMHOF Inductees Eric and the Norsemen invite everyone to the party. Join Jimmy, Mike, Roger, Tree, Frank, Dennis and special guest Allen Blasco this Saturday August 29 at RC's Back Door Bar and Grill in Martin City, MO.  Admission is free. Showtime is 7:30 to midnight. For more information about the band, visit ericandthenorsemen.com


Fred Lawrence passes away

    Fred Lawrence of the original Spider & the Crabs (2006 KMHOF Inductees) died recently in Burbank , CA . A memorial service was held last week to the long-time musician and talent agent. His family moved to Chanute , KS , while Fred was serving in the US Navy. He attended the local junior college and worked at the radio station there before heading to the east coast, where he played in several bands. In 1966 he came back to Kansas to study in Lawrence , where he played sax in the KU band and Spider & The Crabs. He went back east again to play with The Executives, and in the early 1970's he opened a music store in Miami Beach, FL, and switched from playing to representing talent, eventually moving to California, where he represented Anne Murray, The Manhattan Transfer, Alan Thicke, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Toni Basil, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Everly Brothers, David Foster and Jean Luc Ponty, among others. ICM bought Fred's agency in 1990, and he became the head of their Adult Contemporary Division until 1998 when illness required him to scale back, but he continued to represent Alan Thicke and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Fred Lawrence made many friends in Chanute and Lawrence who remember him fondly. Click here: Agent Fred Lawrence dies at 68 - Entertainment News, Obituary, Media - Variety .


Melissa Etheridge interview and podcast

    Hall of Famer Melissa Etheridge recently told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that she'd hate to be a new artist just starting out right now. Click here: pressconnects.com | Binghamton PluckPersona | Press & Sun-Bulletin . Etheridge also recorded an interview with Star 105 Radio that is available as a podcast download. Click here: STAR1057FM.com - Real Music Variety .


Oh Myra!

    92-year-old Myra Taylor stole the show at the recent Pitch Music Awards show in Kansas City . Her group, the Wild Women of Kansas City, won the award for Best Jazz Ensemble. Click here: Kansas City Music - Beggars' Banquet: Myra Taylor led the charge for people to like Kansas City music at this year . Click here: The 2009 Pitch Music Awards Ceremony - Kansas City - Slideshows .


The Sensational Showmen in Pittsburg this Saturday

    2009 Hall of Fame inductees The Sensational Showmen are playing this coming Saturday from 4-6 pm at the Gorilla Village in Pittsburg as part of the tailgate festivities prior to Pitt State's first home football game. The band has played several shows since reuniting in April of 2008.


Chet Nichols

    Chet Nichols has a couple of songs, “ Lumbering Mountain ” and “I Wish That I Could Heal” in the folk music top ten at www.Broadjam.com . “Lumbering Mountain” is almost 40 years old, and “I Wish That I Could Heal” was written last year.


More music news ...

    Shawn Ames of Topeka 's Backlash has started an internet radio program called the “Mad Dog Radio Show” on blogtalkradio.com. It will feature local bands & artists for the next few weeks. It you'd like your band to appear, contact Shawn at backlash_rock@hotmail.com . He's able to play mp3s of your music and take calls, so it should be an interesting experience. The show debuts tonight, August 24, at 10pm CST and will feature blues bassist Patrick Recob, who has a new solo album and currently plays with KMHOF inductee Lee McBee. Tomorrow night, the program will feature award winning Topeka artist J.D. Nash, who is putting the finishing touches on his second album. These are the only two shows scheduled so far, and you can listen at www.blogtalkradio.com/MadDogRadioShow .

    Jeff Freling has called Chicago home for the past 15 years, but he was back in Kansas City over the weekend for a couple of reunion shows with his old band, the Mongol Beach Party . Click here: Jeff Freling rolls in for a reunion of Mongol Beach Party - Kansas City Star .

    UMKC student Kenet Coleman has made quite a name for himself as “The Phantom” on the Kansas City hip-hop scene. He already has four albums out in only two years. Click here: http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2009/08/qa_mp3_thephantom.php .

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III will interview Charlie Parker , as portrayed by KC actor Walter Coppage, tomorrow evening on KCPT's Meet The Past series. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City - Meet the Past: Charlie Parker .

    The 2009-10 Topeka Jazz Workshop series kicked off yesterday with a performance by the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band with guest artist trombonist Steve Dekker from Kansas City . Click here: Topeka's own big band plays | CJOnline.com .

    Speaking of jazz, the band Diverse , made up of UMKC students, is getting a lot of attention. They'll have a CD release party this Friday at the Blue Room. Click here: Jazz town: Diverse found the beat at UMKC - Kansas City Star .

    Former Serf Carlton McWiliams will be part of the upcoming Sidemen Reunion Show in Atlanta on Friday, September 25, at the Sheraton Downtown. Hosted by The NightShift Band, this will feature some of rock's best sidemen from the 1950s to today. After leaving the Serfs, McWilliams was a founding member of Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers Band, led Arthur Conley's band, and played for more than a decade with Fats Domino. Click here: Atlanta Music Scene - NightShift Band .

    In October a great package of Americana/Country artists will join forces and tour Holland and the UK . Former Lawrence resident Chuck Mead (of BR549 fame) and Dale Watson will be joined by one of the masters of the telecaster, Redd Volkaert.

    Freedy Johnston is currently playing acoustic shows at The Living Room in New York City , and will be playing every Wednesday in September at the 11 th Street Bar. He'll be playing a band show in his hometown of Kinsley , KS , in South Park at the Pink Building on Saturday, September 5. This is a benefit for the Palace Theater and the Allison Memorial. It's also Freedy's high school reunion weekend. The beer garden opens at 7, and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale for $10 at several locations in Kinsley.
    Johnston has a new album coming out in October on BarNone Records. It's called Rain on the City , and was produced byRichard McLaurin. Freedy and Daniel Tashian have recorded five new songs in Nashville for their project band The Charmers. He's also been collaborating with Austin 's Jon Dee Graham.

    Former American Idol contestant Phil Stacey of Wichita has a new album of Christian music, which seems to be the career path that the singer has chosen to follow. Click here: Phil Stacey to launch Christian CD in Wichita | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Wichita Eagl .

    Rachelle Coba recently won the solo/duo competition held by the Wichita Blues Society and will represent the Wichita group at the national finals in Memphis next year. Click here: Rachelle Coba - Wichita Blues Society's MySpace Blog | .

    Coba will be one of the performers at the upcoming tribute jam fundraiser for the late David Keller next Sunday, August 30 from 4-8 at Frida's in Wichita . Also performing will be Mid-Life Crisis, Lander Ballard, Made From Scratch, and others. Interested performers should contact Brad Mosher at 316-734-8441.

    Karl Berkebile of Wichita 's Moanin' Glories is working on a blues Christmas album that he hopes to have finished and for sale by September first.  He says he'll be back in Wichita on November 28 for a gig at the Orpheum with Marc Mourning, Jim Hill, Ron Schauer and a sax player for a benefilt.  3 Ring Circus and another band are also on the bill.


August 17 , 2009

Guitar legend Les Paul leaves legacy

    The Passing of Les Paul last week marked the end of an era. Les loaned his Gibson L7-300 to an exhibit in Wichita last year celebrating electric guitars called “Campaign for Volts” at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum . At the time, he was the only living person depicted on the exhibit's poster (right).

    Tim Finn of The Kansas City Star took the opportunity to contact many of the area's guitarists and ask them about Les Paul's influence on them. Paul gets much of the credit for the invention of the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording, two things that have certainly made impacts on music and the recording industry for more than half a century.

    Click here: Tim Finn: For area guitarists, Les Paul was an inspiration and more - Kansas City Star .



Eric Melin returns from air guitar championships

    As we mentioned in last week's newsletter, Lawrence 's Eric Melin was not successful in his appearance at the US Air Guitar Championships in New York City . Click here: Lawrence air guitarist goes home empty-handed / LJWorld.com .

    Melin appeared at the Pitch Music Awards ceremony in Kansas City last night, Sunday, August 16. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Pitch Music Awards Ceremony Schedule .


More music news ...

    One of Kansas City 's best known nightclubs, Blayney's of Westport , has closed. The basement blues club quietly closed a few weeks ago with too few of us noticing. Click here: Hearne on the Street: Blayney's of Westport Bites the Dust | KC Confidential.com .

    On a more positive note, the Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City has announced the Bird Lives Festival for August 29-30. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Mutual Musicians Foundation announces Bird Lives Festival# . Among those celebrating the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker, will be Alasadeen, who will play Parker's horn at the event. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Song of the Day: Free Man by Alaadeen .

    Six of Kansas ' most popular bands from the 1980s are reuniting to fight cancer next weekend. The Flicker Lounge 80s Band Reunion Bash will reunite original members of Dogs", Room Full of Walters, The Catch, Film @ Eleven, In/Out, and Dear John (w/The Sleepy Truckers) on Saturday, August 22, at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita. Click here: Flicker of recognition | Music | Wichita Eagle .

    Meanwhile in Lawrence next weekend, the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships will take place Saturday and Sunday in South Park . Click here: Fit as a Fiddle: Bluegrass popularity solid among youths / LJWorld.com .

    Labor Day weekend is less than a month away, and KC will celebrate the unofficial end of summer with the annual Kowtown Kustom Greaserama . The bands playing that Saturday and Sunday have been announced. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Kowtown Kustom Greaserama Announces Bands .

    Another upcoming music event is the Real OzFest IV in Circleville featuring Emporia's Black Tuxedos Band, Mutant's Monsters featuring members of Warlok, Hellbent, Backlash and others, and headliners Black Oak Arkansas. Click here: Les Roediger's Home Page .

    As Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Etheridge continues with her “Live and Alone” tour, she continues to receive rave reviews in her wake. Click here: Melissa Etheridge stirring as ever in solo show at Pacific - Soundcheck - OCRegister.com , http://m.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article"AID=/20090816/NEWS01/90815031/-1/WAP&template=wapart .

    Topeka 's Judy Coder performed this past Friday and Saturday with two different bands, her old group Pride of the Prairie and her new group Cowgirl Swing. Click here: Coder fronts two bands | CJOnline.com

    The weekend also saw an Elvis tribute by Dale Kenny Saturday night at Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Ranch new Benton . The show was a benefit for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Click here: Click here: MUSICIAN'S TRIBUTE SHOWS BENEFIT THE SCLERODERMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie.

    On August 2, The Kingtones won the Wichita Blues Challenge in the competition to represent the Wichita Blues Association. Early next year they'll compete with other bands in Memphis for the national title. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    As we've already mentioned, Topeka guitarist Andy McKee is back home to rest and record before a tour of Sweden and Portugal this fall. His new EP will be released on August 25. Click here: Andy McKee .

    Bands from 25 Kansas high schools will converge on Memorial Stadium for KU's football game again Southern Mississippi . Because of the game's 11 am kickoff set by Fox Sports Net, there will be no Band Day parade in downtown Lawrence this year. Bands will gather at 8 am to practice for the halftime show.


August 10 , 2009

KC's Mean Melin makes air guitar national championships

    This past Friday night, August 7, in Washington , DC , Mean Melin from Kansas City battled other regional air guitar winners in the national championships to see if he could represent the US at the world championships August 19-21 in Oulu , Finland . Unfortunately, Melin and the others lost out to NYC's William Ocean .

Click here: Kansas City News - Eric “Mean” Melin is a real musician — but it's air guitar that might make him a star - page 1

Click here: Ultimate fake look: Lawrence's ‘Mean Melin' to showcase imaginary fretboard skills at US Air Guitar Championships.


Topeka Blues Society youth showcase

    There was a lot of live music in the area this past weekend, including the Topeka Blues Society 's youth showcase featuring If All Else Fails from Omaha, Unexpected from Kansas City and Topeka's own Just Cuz. August 16 the society will have their first International Blues Challenge qualifier to pick the band that will represent Topeka at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis . Bands competing will be Just Cuz, Black Jack Blues Band, Josh Vowe & The Rumble and Terry Quiett.


Split Lip Rayfield comes home to Wichita

    In Wichita , Split Lip Rayfield returned home to play a benefit for the Kansas Aviation Museum . Click here: Split Lip Rayfield lands at home | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Wichita Eagle .


Warped tour brings Architects home to KC

    Earlier in the week Kansas City 's Architects were home for a brief appearance at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs as part of this year's Warped Tour. Click here: Back to Rockville: Warped Tour: Music is a biz for the lion-hearted .


Melissa Etheridge begins work on new album

    Melissa Etheridge is scheduled to enter the recording studio today to begin work on her 11 th album. Click here: With fear factor gone, rocker Melissa Etheridge finds performing pure joy | coloradoan.com | The Coloradoan, .


New album release by Backlash

    Topeka 's Backlash has a new album, a new and improved song list, a new lineup and a revised website. The band's new bass guitar player is Chris Nicklay. He'll be with the band as they begin their fall shows at The Lounge in York , NE , September 12. For more on Backlash, check out their website: www.backlashband.net .


Ron Haggerty will perform on August 15

    A different kind of music will be heard August 15 at the Living Room Coffee House with Ron Haggerty promotes his second Christian rap album. Click here: Topeka artist raps for God | CJOnline.com .


Mark Selby tour and album news

    Former Kansas musician Mark Selby has a new DVD and CD coming out this fall. Mark Selby Band: One Night in Bonn – Live at Rockpalast will be out just in time for Mark, Daryl and Chopper to promote it on their next European tour September 18-October 18. They expect to visit Germany , Switzerland , Austria and France .


Best of Topeka's local bands named

    Yesterday, Sunday, August 9, The Topeka Capitol-Journal published the results of this year's “Best of Topeka” in 100 categories. The top local bands for 2009 are: Unmerciful, Pomeroy, Times New Roman, The Exceptions and Schumann's Resonance. Click here: 2009 Best of Topeka | CJOnline.com .


August 3 , 2009

Greg Camp passes away

    Kansas City musician Greg Camp has passed away.  He was an original member of White Eyes, one of the mainstays of the old Cowtown Ballroom, and, more recently, of Camp-Harlow.  Click here: Gregory Dean Camp.  Click here: YouTube - Video Tribute to Greg Camp.


Review of Tree Frog reunion show

     The recent Tree Frog reunion show certainly made an impact on one Lawrence Journal-World columnist.  Click here: Tree Frog resonates in any language / LJWorld.com.


KC's Tech N9ne featured in Billboard

     KC rapper Tech N9ne was the subject of a story in Billboard in July.  Click here: http://504battery.com/tech_billboard_6.29.09.pdf.


Rudy Love makes news in Hutchinson

    Rudy Love sticks pretty close to Wichita these days, unlike when he was playing with Sly & the Famly Stone or touring with the Love Family.  He managed to make it to Hutchinson last week.  Click here: The Hutchinson News Online Edition.


Kerry Livgren surprised at church service

    On a recent Sunday the Praise Band at Topeka Bible Church (where Kerry Livgren attends) was doing a medley of "Your Grace is Enough" and "Victory in Jesus"...both in a hard-driving rock style. The music director, Bryan Nelson is very creative, a bit of an "out of the box" kind of guy (see: http://verticalresonator.blogspot.com/ ). He recently borrowed the synth loop from The Who's Baba O'Riley, which he now use as a musical foundational pad when they play the "New Doxology.”  Bryan was looking for a musical segue to "sew" the two tunes together as the band floated back and forth between them....in what now appears to be a creative moment of sheer genius, he decided we would use the major riff from “Carry On Wayward Son” as a "turn around" to get back and forth between the two. Kerry didn't have a clue what was coming when he wandered into 2nd service and slid into the pew upfront.  His friends glanced over to catch his expression when the band hit the first major power hook for COWs in the middle of worship...the expression on his face was priceless.....it was a bit of a mix between blushing, disbelief and "you guys are a bunch of sick puppies" as he sat there shaking his head back and forth :-) The congregation just loved it!


More music news ...

        The fight against Juvenile Diabetes has some new champions in a former Lawrence couple who plan to use their musical talent to fight the disease.  Click here: New arrangement: Former Lawrence couple dedicate music career to diabetes research / LJWorld.com.

     Cover bands make up a large part any music scene, and Kansas City is no exception.  Among the variations these band take is the tribute band.  Liverpool has been performing as the Beatles for many years, but there’s a new crop of tribute bands in KCClick here: Articles | Under the covers with KC tribute bands | Ink.

     The Warped Tour arrives in Kansas City this weekend with at stop at Bonner Springs’ Sandstone Amphitheater.  Among the bands on the tour this year is the Architects.  Brandon Phillips of the local band has picked up a few survival tips halfway through the 47 date tour.  Click here: Kansas City Music - Warped Formula: Lead Architect Brandon Phillips dispenses wisdom for surviving at Warped Tour.

    The Architects are touring in support of their latest CD, The Hard WayClick here: Kansas City Music - Architects - page 1.

     Last Thursday night at KC’s Riot Room was the scene of a drone music summit, with three of the top local practioners on hand.  Click here: Kansas City Music - With a growing international following, local experimenters Expo ’70, Plante and Sounding the Deep climb atop the drone throne

.     Meanwhile, the Topeka Jazz Workshop has big plans for its new season.  Click here: Jazz series plans 10 shows | CJOnline.com.    

    KC guitar guru has his own YouTube channel.  It features several live band videos, plus many ongoing instructional videos shot in Jeff’s studio.  Subscribe to keep updated as new videos are added.  Click here: YouTube - jeffscheetz's Channel


July 27, 2009

Latest news from Kansas and Native Window

    Last week we announced the upcoming release of a new album from former Kansas lead singer John Elefante, and that Kerry Livgren will appear on it.  Kerry contacted us to point out that we got the title wrong.  Kerry isn’t sure of the name of the new album, but Defying Gravity was the album John released back in 1999.     

    In other Kansas related news, violinist David Ragsdale was interviewed recently about the side project Native Window which is the current Kansas lineup minus Steve Walsh.  The first two-thirds of the interview have been posted online with the third part being posted tomorrow, Tuesday July 28.
Click here: http://www.wewillrockyoublog.com/2009/07/22/interview-with-david-ragsdale-part-one/
Click here: http://www.wewillrockyoublog.com/2009/07/23/interview-with-david-ragsdale-part-two/.

     Limited edition vinyl signed by all Native Window members is being sold with the band’s self-titled CD. It’s available online only for a limited time.  Click here: Native Window Limited Edition Vinyl.


Andy McKee returns from tour of British Isles

    Topeka guitarist Andy McKee has wrapped up his tour of the British Isles and is back home for a well-deserved rest.  It won’t be all rest, though, as Andy will be working on a new album which is due out early next year.  Before that Andy will be releasing a new EP, Common Ground, in August.  McKee’s first album Dreamcatcher and his guitar tabs are now available online.  For more on that and what’s coming up, please visit www.andymckee.com.


72 Musicians documentary film opens in KC

     72 Musicians, the documentary film by Bob Moczydlowsky opened last week at Kansas City ’s Screenland Theater, and many of the film’s local stars were on hand.  Click here: Kansas City Music - Spirit of 72: A new documentary about Kansas City’s music scene is asking for subsistence - pa


Curt Sharkey passes away

     We’ve lost another musician as Curt Sharkey, a bass player/Hammond B3 player originally from Seattle, who played around Hutchinson and Wichita , has died in St. Louis , his home for the past twenty years.  Curt passed away from liver cancer Saturday morning, July 25.

    News of Curt’s passing came from his long-time friend and former band mate Dawayne Bailey.  Dawayne says they first played together in Wichita ’s Jack Black back in 1980.  That fall they moved to Los Angeles where Jack Black became the house band at a gay country bar in Hollywood called The Bunkhouse.  Dawayne and Curt then formed a band called Bones with singer Pat Hawk along with fellow Kansans Mike Lingle and Eric Stein.  This was followed by a band called Hotshot.  Dawayne has a photo of hotshot on his website www.dawaynebailey.com/images/hotshot.htm.  In the photo, Dawayne’s on the left and Curt is on the far right (next to Eric Stein).  Dawayne then released his single “Revenge of the Nurds” with Curt Sharkey playing bass and Wichita ’s Craig Steward on harp.  Shortly after that, Bailey went on tour with Bob Seger.  When he returned to L.A. , he and Sharkey put together a band called Mr. Potato Head.  Next, Dawayne joined Chicago , and Curt joined a band called Q-16 with drummer Matt Sorum (from Guns & Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver).  Curt co-wrote and produced three records for the band, which was nominated for MTV’s independent video award in 1985.

      After moving to St. Louis , Curt Sharkey quickly joined up with Buffalo Bob & the Bedroom Blues Band.  Curt co-wrote and produced the band’s 1993 album Living on the Edge.  He was also voted the area’s number one keyboard player by Spotlight magazine the same year.  He later played in house bands at the Coyote Club and at the Adams Mark Hotel .  In 2007 Curt produced a CD for his daughter Ali Rae called RAW.  Most recently Curt Sharkey played with Mondinband, 4&20 and the Jim Stevens Group. 


The Elders headline KKFI fundraiser

    The Elders headline a fundraiser for community radio station KKFI (90.1 FM) on Thursday, July 30, at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester in Kansas City, which ought to be a great place to see this band. Advance tickets are $20. Visit www.knuckleheadskc.com or www.kkfi.org.

    Ian Byrne, the Elders’ lead singer has passed his citizenship exam and will soon be sworn in as a US citizen.  Congrat’s Ian!  You can send your best wishes to him at ian@eldersmusic.com.

    The Elders have been voted the best in the region in the 2009 Best of Business Kansas City awards competition by the readers of Ingram’s magazine.  KC Magazine readers voted the band into the top five in the best band category.  The final awards ceremony will be held Thursday, August 20 at the Grand Ballroom of the KC Convention Center.


More music news ...

     Melissa Etheridge will appear on this week's episode of Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D List" on Bravo.  Apparently, there's a video preview at http://www.bravotv.com/kathy-griffin-my-life-on-the-d-list/videos/power-lesbians.

     The yearly meeting of the Topeka Blues Society August 9 at Uncle Bo’s will feature performances by Topeka ’s representatives at the 2009 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase Just Cuz, If All Else Fails from Omaha , and Unexpected representing the Kansas City Blues Society.  A week later at Uncle Bo’s, Topeka ’s first International Blues Challenge will select the band to represent Topeka in Memphis next January.

    For more on Just Cuz: Click here: Band making name for itself | CJOnline.com.

     Another Kansas band getting attention is Wichita ’s The Kind: Click here: Songs 'mimic life' for The Kind | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Wichita Eagle.

     Manhattan folksinger Margo May moved to Kansas City , where she and her band the Honeybabes have found success.  Click here: Kansas City Music - Local folkie Margo May finds her niche — and her voice - page 1.

     Of course the big news in Manhattan these days is the Country Stampede will be back!  Click here: Country Stampede music festival to be in Manhattan for 3 more years - Kansas City Star.

     There’s more good news on the Kansas festival scene.  Click here: The Winfield Daily Courier > News > News.

     Kansas City Star jazz columnist Joe Klopus announced the upcoming shows at the Folly and Gem theaters last Wednesday, and it looks like a lot of good shows are coming, including a rare appearance by KC’s hometown chanteuse Oleta Adams next March and one by local sax legend Bobby Watson conducting the 18th & Vine Big Band in May.  Click here: Jazz seasons are shaping up at the Folly and Gem theaters - Kansas City Star.

     Tomorrow night the Salt City Big Band and vocalist Donna Tucker will appear at the Reno County Farmers Market in Hutchinson .  Click here: The Hutchinson News Online Edition

     The Jeff Scheetz Band’s Behind The Mask has been nominated for Rock Album of the Year.   The Just Plain Folks music awards is the largest music awards in the world - this year they had 42,000 CDs submitted!!! They went through many, many rounds of listening and narrowing down, for 95 categories. Some small with just a few entrants like "Classical chamber music album" - and some huge like ROCK!  Behind the Mask was nominated for "Rock album of the year"!!! That means out of thousands and thousands of rock CDs - once it was narrowed down to the top 10 that would be the nominees, there they were!          

    The Chet Nichols composition “Serengeti Rain” is currently #1 on the Broadjam.com “New Age – Contemporary” song charts. And the composition “Night Train” just moved up to #5.

    We have good news for Jim Stringer fans.  He’ll be playing at the new Café Augusta in Kansas City August 22 with bassist Paul Miller.  They expect to play mostly jazz tunes from 7-10 pm. 

    The Bands for Bostyn Benefit Concert will be Saturday, August 1, at 14661 in Carbondale .  Jen Beck was a waitress at a bar in Scranton .  She was killed in a car accident in mid-June.  The Benefit is to raise education funds for her 18-month-old son Bostyn.  All proceeds will go to Learning Quest, which will pay for his education after high school.  Support Bostyn’s education, and enjoy some music and BBQ.  BYOB and take a lawn chair.  Local bands performing confirmed so far are Your Sweetest Alibi, Peacemaker, Cleveland Blue, Steamroller and Josh Vowell & The Rumble.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Food sales begin at 8 pm.  There’s more info at www.facebook.com/event.php"eid=103478664211.


July 20, 2009

Neon Blue CD release on July 24

    The long awaited release on the Neon Blue CD Stories, Grooves & Melodies is just around the corner! The release party will be held this Friday, July 24, at RC's Back Door, 330 E. 135 th Street in Martin City, MO, on KC's south side. The band will play from 8:30 to midnight.

    The official release date for the CD is Tuesday, July 28, when it will be in local retail stores. However, anyone at RC's on Friday will be able to purchase the album that night. It's a way for Neon Blue to say “Thank you” to the band's many fans.


John Elefante prepares new album

    Former Kansas lead singer John Elefante has finished work on his new album called Defying Gravity. It's in a contemporary vein reminiscent of the best of his work with his band Mastedon, his Kansas work and John's solo albums. Downloads are available online: Click here: John Elefante :: Music Store

    John also teamed up with former Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren for the first time since the mid-80s. They collaborated on an eleven minute piece of music that Kansas fans will surely love.

    “What a great and pleasant surprise it was when John invited me to be a part of his latest album. Great songs! I felt right at home with them, as if I had always known them,” says Livgren.


Martina McBride tour opens in London on July 31

    Martina McBride has been tweeting a lot lately. The latest news is that she and John have arrived safely in the UK in preparation fro the upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates. The tour will open July 31 in London . Martina posted several tweets on Twitter while attending a Paul McCartney concert in New York last week. You can check out Martina's Twitter page for more: Click here: Martina McBride (martinamcbride) on Twitter .


More music news ...

    A couple of years ago, Bob Moczydlowsky interviewed and filmed Kansas City musicians during the Oxblood Records music showcase for the CD release of First Blood . 72 Musicians is the result of his documentation of the challenges and rewards of being a working musician, one that performs, tours, deals with record labels, and frets over money. Members of The Architects, Ad Astra Per Aspera, Olympic Size, White Whale and The Life and Times share their experiences in the film. 72 Musicians was screened in Kansas City yesterday, July 19. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - 72 Musicians: An Interview with Director Bob Moczydlowsky .

    Last week we mentioned that Ssion was looking for extras for the shooting of a video in Kansas City . KC's Ink reports there was a good turnout at the Masonic Temple on Tuesday. Click here: Articles | Ssion video shoot: colorful, sexy, weird | Ink .

    Kansas City 's Present Magazine has a new podcast called “Loud Lives.” The first episode features the Republic Tigers . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Loud Lives Podcast: Republic Tigers .

    Canadians loved rocking out to Topeka 's death metal band Origin last week. Origin played the Summer Slaughter Tour and got great reviews. Click here: Grouper -

    Origin continues to tour, but will be back in Kansas later this month for a show July 25 at the Jackpot in Lawrence . Check out the band's music and schedule at www.myspace.com/origin666 .

    Jon Yeager moved from Kansas City to Nashville a few years ago to work on a project with Ben Grimes, formerly of KC's the People and Golden Republic . Yeager recently visited with the Kansas City Star 's Tim Finn. Click here: KC's Jon Yeager finds 'Magic' in Nashville - Kansas City Star .

    The 9 th annual Wichita Blues Society Blues Challenge will choose the society's representatives at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis next January. The WBS will send representatives in two categories this year: Bands and Solo/Duo. Bands will compete on August 2 at The Loft 150, and solo/duo acts will compete on August 16 at Rock Island Live.

    Hutchinson 's Bob Colladay may be the busiest man in town as he acts and directs plays for the Hutchinson Theatre Guild, performs in the bluegrass group Tammy Colladay & Gazaway Mountain Boys, plays in the new Minestrone Dixieland Band, plays duets around tow with his wife Tammy, and wants to start a Reno County Ukulele Orchestra. Click here: The Hutchinson News Online Edition .

    KC rapper Stk Figa has a new release, but only half of the material is new. Click here: Kansas City Music - The Beatbox: Stik Figa - page 1 .

    Joshua Kyle Barnett , 21, son of soundman Bill Barnett, died Monday, June 29, following a vehicle accident in Cassville. A memorial service was held in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Contributions in Joshua's memory may be made to the family in care of Meritrust in Wichita .

    Reminder - six of Kansas ' most popular 80's bands will reunite at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Cotillion in Wichita . Original members of Dogs", Room Full of Walters, The Catch, Film at Eleven, In/Out and Dear John (with the Sleepy Truckers) will perform a show that will benefit the American Cancer Society. Advance tickets are $17.50, which may be purchased at Dillons stores, plant employee clubs, The Cotillion box office and www.selectaseat.com . Tickets are $22.50 on the day of the show. For more information, visit www.flickerbash.com .



July 13, 2009


Mike Finnigan tour news

    Mike Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band will be on tour with Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt beginning in August. They will also be on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Pacific Cruise October 17-24 featuring special guest Dave Mason. The guys will also be on the winter Caribbean cruise with Taj Mahal January 23-30, 2010. It looks like a busy schedule for one of our favorite bands.


Kelley Hunt song remembers Kelsey Smith

    KMHOF inductee Kelley Hunt was contacted recently by the Kelsey Smith Foundation about writing a song commemorating the life of the 18-year-old who was abducted last year from a Target parking lot in Overland Park . Kelsey was found murdered a short time later.

    The song "Forever Love" was written, produced and recorded by Kelley after meeting with the Smith family, through which she became personally acquainted with their perspectives on the tragedy and through which Kelley got to know Kelsey.

    "Forever Love" is now available for purchase and download at www.kelseysarmy.com . All proceeds go directily to support the important work of the Kelsey Smith Foundation.


Freedy Johnson plans October release

    Freedy Johnston reports that he will have a new record coming out this October on BarNone Records. It's called Rain on the City and was produced by Richard McLaurin at Nashville 's House of David studio. Freedy has uploaded three songs to his MySpace page for you to check out. www.myspace.com/freedyjohnston .

    Johnston spent last winter in Austin , writing and recording at The Aerie studio. He'll be back in Austin for a couple of dates at the Continental Club this month with his band (Jon Dee Graham, Mark Addison, Dony Wynn & Jon Sanchez), but right now he's doing solo dates, just a guy and a guitar.

    Freedy's gig in Nashville on July 15 is a co-bill event with his friend Daniel Tashian and his band The Silver Seas. He and Daniel are working on a project together, and so they thought they'd do a show together. Daniel and his band will back Johnston on his songs, and he'll sit in on theirs.


The Get Up Kids kick off reunion tour on September 11

    The Get Up Kids have announced that their national reunion tour will kick off on September 11 at Harrah's Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City . This follows recent shows at New York 's Grammercy Theater , LA 's Troubadour and San Francisco 's Great American Music Hall .

    The 10 th anniversary re-release of the band's second album, Something To Write Home About , comes out on September 8 on Vagrant Records. This deluxe version will contain a DVD, photo book and more. Presale began July 9.


Republic Tigers join Sinatra tribute

    Kansas City 's Republic Tigers have taken part in a Frank Sinatra tribute on iTunes. Sinatra: His Way, Our Way was released online July 7. It's a compilation of contemporary artists doing songs Sinatra made famous.

    The Tigers' contribution is an epic, trance-inducing, acoustic-layered, electronic lathered version of "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" from the Chairman's 1966 album That's Life . http://www.apple.com/itunes/whatsnew/


More music news ...

    Cody Chritchelow of SSION needs some extras for a move he and his band are shooting in KC tomorrow. Click here: Artist Cody Critcheloe needs extras for Grand Arts film - Kansas City Star .

    A new review of old music called Jukebox: The One-Hit Wonders has opened at Cabaret Oldtown in Wichita . Featuring familiar hits of the past, the show runs Thursday-Saturday through August 22. Click here: Cabaret Oldtown's 'One-hit Wonders' is energetic but formulaic | Music | Wichita Eagle .

    Speaking of downtown Wichita , the new music crawl continues to grow, with more acts and more venues. Click here: Crawl speeds up | Music | Wichita Eagle .


July 6, 2009

Eric and the Norsemen announce details for August 29 show

   Eric and The Norsemen have announced more details for their "Norsemen Reunion and Fan Appreciation Night" on August 29. The show will be from 7:30 p.m. until 12:00 midnight at RC's Backdoor Bar and Grill, 330 E. 135th, Kansas City, MO. Admission will be free. Seating will be limited, so plan to arrive early.

    Not only is this a rare opportunity to see the group - this is only their third performance in the last 40 years - but it a chance for fans to see six of the seven original Norsemen together for the first time.

    Join original band members Roger Johnson, Frank Berrier, Mitch Bible, Forrest "Tree" Cloud, Jim Kocher, Mike Willman and special guest Dennis Frans of King Midas and the Muflers for a evening filled with memories and great 60s music.

    For more information, visit ericandthenorsemen.com or RCs Restaurant and Lounge.

Norsemen release new video of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
    In anticipation of their August 29 reunion show, Eric and the Norsemen have released a new video of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "With a Little Help from My Friends."

    The music was recorded live at the Red Dog Inn in 1968 and is accompanied by videos from the band's 1965-1968 home movies. The lead vocals are by Roger Johnson (Sgt. Pepper's) and Frank Berrier (Little Help).

    The video is available in large-format on the Norsemen website and on the Norsemen YouTube page for slow internet connections.


Moreland & Arbuckle tour news

    Wichita blues band Moreland & Arbuckle are heading to Ontario for some upcoming shows before ending the month in St. Louis , where they’ll rock Beale on Broadway.  The guys have posted some new videos on their website.  They were done by Lonny Quattlebaum and his team for the upcoming Wichita Sessions television show which will be on PBS.  Check ‘em out:  Click here: Moreland & Arbuckle - Roots Music From The Heartland - HOME


More music news ...

    Atchison native Rory Feek returned to Kansas over the weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July headlining the Holton/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce July Jubilee with his wife Joey Martin.  The singer-songwriters finished third on the first season of CMT’s popular series Can You Duet. Click here: Duet offers musical fireworks | CJOnline.com.

    Along with all of the other celebrating that went on over the weekend, KC’s London Transit held a CD release party at the Czar Bar Friday night.  Click here: Kansas City Music - Electro-poppers London Transit aim to sell high with their Digital Kid - page 1.

    Kansas off-shoot Native Window continues to draw attention as they promote their debut album by opening for Kansas .  Drummer and bandleader Phil Ehart discussed the new band with Goldmine recently. Click here: http://www.goldminemag.com/article/backstage_pass_kansas_drummer_phil_ehart_on_native_window/.

    Young jazz musicians and spoken-word artists from Kansas City and the nation get their turn to listen, learn and play live at the Next Generation Jazz Summit.  The American Jazz Museum is host for the two day event beginning this afternoon, July 6, which will include roundtables, master classes and live performances in the Blue Room.  Special guests include saxophonist Bobby Watson and poet Glenn North.

    In other jazz news from KC, a new radio show made its debut on KCUR Saturday night.  “12 O’Clock Jump” will be broadcast live each week from the historic Mutual Musicians Foundation. Click here: KCUR is getting a 'Jump' on jazz - Kansas City Star.

    Ryan Pope and Ed Rose of Black Lodge Recording in Eudora continue their effort to sell the facility, due in part to recent changes in the music industry. Click here: Black market: Area's premier recording studio deals with collapse of music industry / LJWorld.com.

    Another victim of changes in the music industry is Needmore Discs in Shawnee .  The record store will be shutting down on August 2.  Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Needmore Discs is closing.

    Buhler’s David Lara is in his second year with the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico , hoping he can find some of the success Colby’s Samuel Ramey has.  Ramey was an apprentice in Santa Fe back in the mid-sixties.  Click here: The Hutchinson News Online Edition

    The Kansas City Star recently asked for viewers of its website to list their favorite local “cover” bands.  An idea that should have prompted even more responses…  Click here: Back to Rockville: KC's Cover Bands: Pick 'Em.


June 29, 2009

2009 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Danny Cox at this year's KCK Street Blues Festival

    After a year off, the Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival returned to large crowds this past weekend. Festival organizer Dawayne Gilley worked his butt off to make it a success. Click here: KCK Street Blues Festival presents 20 hours of music, all for free - Kansas City Star .


Acoustic Arts in the Park summer concerts in Wichita

    Kansas Acoustic Arts Association is presenting the fourth season of its Acoustic Arts in the Park summer concert series. The series consists of six concerts, each featuring three acts, in a beautiful, serene setting under the trees of Central Riverside Park in Wichita. The musical offerings cover a broad stylistic range, from bluegrass to tango, jazz to songwriting. Concerts are family-friendly and free to the public. The remaining dates are the second and fourth Saturdays of July and August. That's 11:00 am to 2:00 pm July 11 th , July 25 th , August 8 th , and August 22 nd , weather permitting. Scheduled performers for the remaining shows are:

  • July 11 - Melodivas, Tom Page w/Dustin Arbuckle, Ragman's Wagon (followed by the annual membership picnic)
  • July 25 - Uche, Robin Roberts, Clifton Street Bluegrass Band
  • August 8 - Joe Stumpe, Tangoesque, Flatland String Band
  • August 22 - Backporch Buddha, John Jenkinson, Stitch Miller

    For more information on KAAA, go to http://www.myspace.com/kansasacoustic or http://kansasacoustic.com .


More music news ...

    Her “Live and Alone” tour is going well for Melissa Etheridge , but she's about to take a break so she can return to the studio to work on her next album. Click here: Melissa Etheridge rocks solo performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center - NJ.com . Click here: Casino Scene: Etheridge prepares for return to rock and roll : News : GoMemphis.com .

    2008's American Idol winner David Cook was back home last week, with shows in Wichita and Kansas City . Click here: 'Idol' winner, KC native a hit at Cotillion | Music | Wichita Eagle .

    Former Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst and his musical partner Jeff Porter have a new album called No Abandon which has been selling well at their Wednesday shows and KC's Village Records. Now they've posted a very nice video online for the song “ Silver Lake .” Click here: Silver Lake Video by Walkenhorst and Porter - MySpace Video .
    To hear more of the album, visit their MySpace site. Click here: Walkenhorst and Porter on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads .

    It appears that the Wichita band Outerboundary is trying to change the image of hip-hop in their hometown. Click here: Hope, healing and hip-hop | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Wichita Eagle .

    Salina Journal writer Gary Demuth decided to ask some Salina musicians recently what they considered some of rock's indispensable albums. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    Weather forced the City of Lawrence Summer Band Concert inside last week. The concert was moved to KU's Murphy Hall. While the heat and humidity was a concern, it was a line of thunderstorms moving it that prompted the change of venue. Click here: The band plays on: Diverse group of musicians returns to perform for another summer of Lawrence entertainment / LJ .


June 22, 2009

Martina McBride helps successful YWCA auction

    Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Martina McBride helped raise over $72,000 recently with the annual YWCA auction in Nashville . McBride, Chris Young, Jason Michael Carroll, Bo Bice, Erika Dunlap, among others participated in the auction. High ticket items included a signed Dolly Parton guitar that sold for $4,000, an one-of-a-kind Martina McBride signed quilt (made of rare tour shirts) sold for $3,600, two VIP tickets to any Keith Urban show sold for $2,600 and a framed Martina McBride keepsake that includes a copy of the album Shine, album insert and handwritten "Ride" lyrics from songwriter, Andrew Dorff, sold for $3,500. McBride enhanced the auction with personal items, including the dress she wore while performing for Stevie Wonder earlier this year at the White House, and applauded fans for their support.

    "Thank you for coming out and supporting the YWCA. It really helps rebuild lives. Thank you again for supporting," praised Martina.

    Martina McBride MySpace Blog


    Martina has unveiled her bikini body on the cover of the July issue of Shape magazine, which is now on newsstands nationwide.


Melissa Etheridge joins Board of cancer foundation

    2006 inductee Melissa Etheridge has joined the board of directors of the Noreen Fraser Foundation, which raises funds to develop new prevention methods and non-toxic therapies to defeat cancers in women. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Backs Cancer Foundation - Good Deeds, Melissa Etheridge : People.com .

    In other Melissa Etheridge news:

  • She's starting recording on July 10th.
  • John Shanks is producing the album.
  • Because Fritz isn't available due to touring with Jackson Browne, Shanks is bringing in other musicians he's used to playing with. however, MLE is bringing Philip in to do "his thing."
  • She's not calling the album, "Fearless," because Taylor Swift has an album out with that name.
  • She might call the album, "Songs of Fear and Love".
  • She has mentioned that she was touring next year.


David Cook wraps up shows in Kansas

    2008 American Idol winner David Cook came back home over the weekend for shows in Bonner Springs and Wichita . Click here: Return of the Idol: 'American Idol' winner David Cook comes home to Kansas City / LJWorld.com .


Karrin Allyson in KC last week

    Great Bend native and long-time Kansas City resident Karrin Allyson was also back for two shows in KC last week. Click here: Jazz singer Karrin Allyson at her enchanting best in KC homecoming - Kansas City Star .


New release by The Blue Riddim Band

The Blue Riddim Band is getting good reviews for its new release Ska Inferno . Click here: Kansas City Music - Blue Riddim Band - page 1 .


Neon Blue reschedules release party for July 24

    Neon Blue had planned a release party at BB's Lawnside Bar-B-Que in KC for their appearance this Saturday. A mistake in the graphics for the CD has prompted a change of date and venue for the release party. The debut for Stories, Grooves & Melodies will now be downtown in the Crossroads district of Kansas City, MO, on Friday, July 24, at Bell Ringers.


Last week for Cowtown Ballroom documentary

    This is the last week for Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus at the Armour Screenland Theater in Kansas City .  < http://www.screenland.com/showtimes1.html >

Saturday June 20 at 7 and 10 pm.
Sunday June 21 at 7 pm
Monday June 22 at 7:45 pm
Tuesday June 23 at 7:45 pm

And a very special finale--

Wednesday June 24 The Kansas City Film Commission is meeting at the Armour at 5:45 pm There will be free food and a cash bar.  There will be a short business meeting at 6:15.  The final screening of the film will have a reduced admission of only $5.  This meeting is open to the public.  


Red, White and Blues fundraiser in Wichita on July 10

    A new event in Wichita will help kids in need of mentors. On Friday, July 10 th , Big Brothers Big Sisters will host Red, White and Blues . This fundraising event will include a note worthy selection of red and white wines paired with a delectable menu of hors d'oeuvres as well as entertainment provided by some of Wichita 's finest Blues musicians. Performers include: Prerequisite, RKO Blues Band, Craig Stewart, Rachelle Coba, AJ McCausland, Brendan O'Bryhim and more!

    The event's premier sponsor is SKT. Other sponsors include The Shadow, ROKict and the Wichita Business Journal. The Shadow has donated their space for this evening for ticket holders only.  Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds will go toward matching children in Sedgwick County with Big Brothers and Big Sister mentors. Get a group of 10 friends together to attend and help take one c hild off the waiting list!

    For more information and tickets, contact Stacie Longwell at 263-3300 or www.slongwell@ksbbbs.org .


More music news ...

    While many area acts have been returning to perform for their long-time fans, KC rapper James Christos and his crew have hit the road. Click here: Kansas City Music - Highway to Hip-Hop: Kansas City rapper James Christos and crew pack up the van and hit the road .

    The Architects had a CD release party in KC this past Saturday, June 20. Click here: Kansas City Music - The Architects prepare to work their fourth release, The Hard Way, all summer on Warped Tour - .

    Winfield in internationally known for the Walnut Valley Music Festival each fall, but they're hoping their other music festival, The Winfield County Roundup , which was held this past weekend, becomes as successful. Click here: Winfield's other music festival | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Wichita Eagle .

    The Wichita Symphony Orchestra has named a new conductor and music director for the 2010-11 season. Daniel Hege has been chosen to replace Andrew Sewell, who has announced his intention to step aside after conducting this year's season. The 43-year-old Hege is currently music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York . Hege is a 1987 graduate of Bethel College in North Newton , and he conducted the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 1993 until 2003. He has been a guest conductor in Wichita . His initial contract is for three season.

    Lawrence has a new music venue. Click here: Musicians to liven up overnight layovers at Santa Fe Depot / LJWorld.com

    Lawrence 's Harry Miller has opened Harry Miller Piano Serivice, a piano tuning and repair business, out of his home. Miller has played jazz piano at many Kansas City and Lawrence venues.


June 15, 2009


Upcoming Special Event!!
Hot Summer Night Fundraiser!!

June 18, 6 p.m. at The Barn Players Theatre, 6219 Martway, Mission , KS

    Featuring food, wine, a silent auction and great entertainment with multi-talented Kansas City native Eric Bikales, followed by a special performance of the musical farce LUCKY STIFF

Eric Bikales

    Have you ever wanted to take a private voice lesson" Or felt with just a little coaching, you could be a great actor" Well you can cross them off your wish list because we will have these auction items as well as art work, tickets to plays and other events around the city and much, much more at the Barn's Hot Summer Night Fund Raiser on Thursday, June 18th. The fun begins with wine and light food at 6:00 p.m. preceding the silent auction.

    Next is a private piano concert by Kansas City native, Eric Bikales. Eric has played with The Pointer Sisters, Tom Wopat and Neil Sedaka. His experience ranges from studio work to TV, composition to producing. And as if THAT wasn't enough, you may then watch a performance of the family musical LUCKY STIFF . A full evening for only $20 a person. There are only 150 seats available so reservations are recommended.

    Make your reservations now by calling 913/432-9100 or by visiting www.thebarnplayers.org


KMHOF Inductee Tim Ballard has passed away

    The Kansas Music Hall of Fame has lost an inductee with the recent passing of Tim Ballard , who was inducted with Garry Mac & The Mac Truque in 2008. Dallas Morning news Obituary


Memorial for Wichita guitarist David Keller on Wednesday

    David Keller, guitarist for the Benders, was killed in a wreck Saturday, June 13, while they were on their way to a gig.   His memorial will be held at 2pm Wednesday at the Northwest Free Methodist Church at 3224 N. Tyler Road in Wichita.


Cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge talks about medical marijuana

    Is there a case for medical marijuana" CNN's Anderson Cooper tackles the topic tonight, June 15, on his AC360 special America 's High: The Case For and Against Pot . Among those to be interviewed on the subject is KMHOF inductee Melissa Etheridge , who says medical marijuana helped tremendously during her battle with cancer. Click here: Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive - America's High: The case for and against pot « - Blogs from CNN.com .


Martina McBride's has new single and video

    Martina McBride 's current single “I Just Call You Mine” is doing well on the charts, and Martina has shot a video for the song.

    According to Martina, “It turned out amazing! So pretty. I think you are really gonna love it. I think it comes out next week. I love this song. Keep requesting it when you get a chance.”


More showings for Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus

    You still have an opportunity to see Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus on the big screen (or to see it again!).  It opened Friday, June 12, at the Screenland Armour Theater, 408 Armour Rd, North Kansas City . If you haven't seen the newly renovated theater, you really should.  The Screenland Armour was reborn in May of 2008 after a $1.5 million dollar makeover. The theater offers 300 plush, stadium seats, including a section of red leather recliners. The concessions will make you forget that you are in a movie theater.with a full menu including chicken quesadillas, hummus with pita, baked brie, chicken fingers, french fries and more. And they have something that Cowtown could never offer--a full bar!  It is just a few blocks north of downtown KC.  If you can't make it, the DVD of the movie is available at the Cowtown website www.cowbr.com .


John Elefante plans new release

    John Elefante, former lead singer for the band Kansas , and his band Mastedon have a new album coming out in Europe on the Frontiers label. The new release will come out in North America on a different label (as yet to be named), as being by John Elefante “with Mastedon.” It will have a different cover, too, but no additional cuts. John is better known in the USA as a solo artist, which explains the differences in the release plans.


More music news ...

    The U.S. Air Guitar Championships rolled into Kansas City last week. Hall of Famers Bjorn Turoque and Hot Lixx Hulahan were looking for the next generation of air guitarists. They found budding air axe man Mean Melin, who won a spot in the national championships in Washington , DC .

    The Fort Larned Post Band is looking for instrumentalists for ist Summer 2009 season. Any instrumentalist from the Larned/Great Bend area, or who is willing to travel to Fort Larned , is encouraged to apply. There is a need for all brass, clarinet, flute and percussion players. The band rehearses from 7-8:30 Saturday evenings in June and July. Two evening concerts will be held July 4 and August 8. The band is part of the National Park Service's Volunteer-in-the-Parks Program. If you're interested, contact band coordinator Zack Corpus at 620-285-6911.

    The 2009 Pitch Music Awards nominees have been announced. The number of categories has been increased from 16 to 21 this year. The awards show is scheduled for August 8 in Kansas City . For a list of the nominees and to vote, Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - The 2009 Pitch Music Awards Nominees Announced!

    Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal seems to be doing better than most of the locals these days, and he's working on a new album. Click here: Kansas City . Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Mac Lethal on Daytrotter .


June 8, 2009


Eric and the Norsemen reunion set for August 29

    2006 KMHOF inductees Eric and The Norsemen will reunite when they hold a "Norsemen Reunion and Fan Appreciation Night" on August 29. The show will be at RC's in Martin City, on the south side of Kansas City, MO. More details will follow in the next few weeks.

    Not only is this a rare opportunity to see the group - this is only their third performance in the last 40 years - but it a chance for fans to see six of the seven original Norsemen together for the first time.

    Roger Johnson, Mike Willman, Jim Kocher, Tree Cloud, Frank Berrier, and Mitch Bible have all committed to the show and will be joined by 2006 Norseman Dennis Frans on keyboards.

    Prior to the 2006 induction ceremony, the Norsemen had not performed since 1968.

    Visit ericandthenorsemen.com for stories, photos and videos of the band. And start making your plans to be at RC's on August 29 for what promises to be a special night.


Melissa Etheridge joins Hollywood celebrities for enlightenment

    The first meeting of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment was held last Friday night, June 5, in an auditorium on the Fox Lot in Studio City , CA . Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and actor/comedian Jim Carey headlined the more than three hour event, which also featured an address by KMHOF inductee Melissa Etheridge, who received a standing ovation when she finished.

    Click here: Hollywood hippies unite! Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle reveal the power of yawn and plot global betterment --The Live.


Kelley Hunt and Delbert McClinton in KC on July 10

    2006 inductee Kelley Hunt has managed to balance local performances with national touring. Just announced is a show at KC's Uptown Theater July 10 featuring Kelley and Texan Delbert McClinton. Kelley and Delbert sang the duet "Deal With It" on Hunt's New Shade of Blue album in 2004, which was producted by Baldwin native Garth Fundis and Gary Nicholson in Nashville .

    Kelley & Delbert have appeared in concert together several times including a previous show at the Uptown. Their July show should sizzle.


Martina McBride to host Nashville Fan Fest auction on June 13

    The YWCA Celebrity Auction with Martina McBride will once again be a part of Fan Fest week in Nashville! The event takes place on Saturday, June 13 at Hall of Fame Park.  Admission is free and registration starts at 9:00 am. Grab bag sales start at 10:00 am and the Auction will run from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm. 

    We hope you can join Martina and emcee Storme Warren, host of GAC's "Headline Country" for an afternoon of bidding on great one-of-a-kind items donated by some of country music's hottest stars!



Cowtown Ballroom film in theaters and on DVD

    We've mentioned the documentary film Cowtown Ballroom"Sweet Jesus several times, and it now seems that opportunities to see it on "the big screen" are limited as the runs at two Kansas City theaters are scheduled to end on June 11.

    The DVD of the film is supposed to become available today on the website www.cowbr.com .


More music news ...

    Sad news hit the Kansas Music Hall of Fame family last week when we learned of the passing of Pam Loewen of Lawrence from lung cancer. Pam was the wife of Denny, the longtime leader of the Fabulous Flippers. A wonderful wife and mother, she died at her home Tuesday, and services were on Saturday. www2.ljworld.com/obits/2009/jun/04/Pamela-loewen .

    Kansas City jazz vocalist Deborah Brown is one of many area musicians better known overseas than locally. The Kansas City Star published a recent interview with the singer on Saturday. Click here: KC jazz vocalist Deborah Brown reflects on the influence of her hometown - Kansas City Star .

    Another area singer, who had to leave town to achieve success, is Lawrence 's Lisa Donnelly . Lisa was back in town over the weekend to promote her new album. Click here: With solo album, Lawrence's Lisa Donnelly finds success in L.A. - Kansas City Star . Click here: L.A. woman: Lawrence native Lisa Donnelly perfects her music "Thing' in Hollywood / LJWorld.com .

    About two dozen metal bands rocked KC's Beaumont Club this past Saturday, June 6, including a reunited Esoteric . Click here: Kansas City Music - Local hardcore heroes the Esoteric reunite for American Waste and, if all goes well, for good.

    Speaking of KC hard rockers, Jeff Scheetz will be in Florida this week shooting a new video course called the "Ultimate Jam Night Survival Guide." This course will be packed with essential grooves and licks to get anyone up to speed on what it takes to get up and jam with confidence and style. Jeff and his band have several upcoming shows scheduled a special one at the Eclipse Bar in Raytown, MO, which will feature a set of all Jimi Hendrix music.

    One of Wichita 's old blues bands Gravy From the Hip has decided to reunite for a show on Saturday, June 20. It's going to be a benefit for Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue. Made From Scratch, The Sharon Rush Band, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Blazmo and acoustic guitarist Levi Fowler will also be performing.
     For more info visit : www.hopeinthevalley.weebly.com/benefit-concert.html .



June 1, 2009


Kustom Kollectors meet in Chanute on June 27

    There will be a gathering of Vintage Kustom Equipment Kollectors in Chanute on June 27. Activities at the Chanute Country Club (Quarry Stone) will start at 10 am. This will be an opportunity for the collectors to visit the town where Kustom gear was made for years and to visit with former employees. Kustom founder (and KMHOF inductee) Bud Ross and his family will be attending. Collectors attending include Garth Brooks' keyboard player Dave Gant and Don Thompson from Michigan , who ran a music store that sold a lot of Kustom equipment in the 60s & 70s. The all-day event will be capped off by a music jam that starts at 8:00 that evening. For more information about the club and the convention, visit www.vintagekustom.com .


KC Blues Festival set for June 26-27

    The 9 th Annual Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival will be held June 26-27 at 13 th and State Avenue . This free event takes place each year since 2000 on the last Friday & Saturday in June. This year's lineup consists of a mix of down-home urban electric blues, acoustic blues, southern soul, funk, jazz and rhythm & blues. Take your lawn chairs and coolers, and enjoy the music and food. Vendor concessions will be available all day. Check out the lineup and schedule at www.kckstreetbluesfest.com .


KEYN Summer Concerts set in Wichita

    The KEYN Summer Concert Series of free concerts returns to Wichita 's Old Town this summer. Greatful Not To Be Dead kicks things off on July 10, followed by Big Fat Fun (July 17), King Midas & The Muflers (July 24), Blue Eyed Soul (July 31), Three Ring Circus (August 7) and Rain (August 14). The free Friday night concerts start at 8 pm.


Danny Cox returns to Lawrence on June 19

    Danny Cox returns to Lawrence this summer for his second time is less than a year. Cox was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in March, and he returns to Liberty Hall June 19 as the opening act for Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue. This exciting Nashville based performer has been getting great reviews... Click here: Mike Farris, INO Records recording artist | Music, Salvation In Lights audio, Goodnight Sun audio .


Pat Metheny releases new album

    KMHOF inductee Pat Metheny has a new album out that recalls his early days with The Gary Burton Quartet.

    Click here: Pat Metheny relives quartet's glory on new CD - Kansas City Star .


More music news ...

    Band Together , a show featuring three of Wichita 's favorite bands is this Friday, June 5, at the Cotillion. Lotus, The Fabulous Shitheads and Grateful Not To Be Dead will be playing for the benefit of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas.

    Another benefit at the Cotillion this summer will be The Flicker Lounge 80s Band Reunion Bash on Saturday, August 22. The Sleepy Truckers featuring members of Dear John, In/Out, Film @ 11, The Catch & Room Full of Walters, and Dogs" will be playing to benefit the American Cancer Society. Click here: The Flicker Lounge 80's Band Reunion Bash .
    Ticket info for both shows is available at www.thecotillion.com .

    Music, history and summer mix this summer in McPherson. Click here: Hutchinson News Online .

    New York painter Eric Fischl is planning a touring exhibition of art, music, theatre and poetry for next year. Among those already getting involved is KMHOF inductee Melissa Etheridge . Click here: Eric Fischl wants artists involved in shaping American identity | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times .

    Starting this past Sunday, May 31, Winslow's in KC's River Market began a free weekly open blues jam. Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band hosted the first week. Next Sunday will see Millage Gilbert & the Blue Rays will host.

    A former KU choir director has a new group. Click here: Direct hit: Popular former KU choir director readies new professional group for Lawrence debut / LJWorld.com .


May 11, 2009


There's going to be a Flippers dance!

    Danny Hein and his current lineup of Fabulous Flippers will be playing the Municipal Auditorium in Hutchinson , KS , on Friday, June 12. Danny will be joined by Roger Lewis and a band featuring five horns and five rhythm players. There will be several other original members of the band attending or performing. For tickets, contact the Fox Theater in Hutch at 620-663-5861.

    In other Fabulous Flippers news, a second video from the original band has been uploaded to YouTube. “Tell the Truth” joins the previously posted “Harlem Shuffle.” www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyW7bY7DMMU .


May 24 benefit concert for family of late Eric Lira

    A benefit concert for the late Eric Lira 's family will be held on Sunday, May 24, at the Lessman Farm, 4124 NE Briar Road, Topeka, to help defray the many bills left behind that insurance did not cover. So far the following bands have signed up to play: The Bus Company (from Lawrence), Another Day Gone (from Holton), Josh Vowell & The Rumble (from Topeka), The Black Tuxedos (from Emporia), Hellbent (from Topeka) and 12 Years Coming (from Salina). For more information, visit http://topekatonight.smugmug.com/gallery/8164689_NRb3T .


May 16 birthday celebration for Kevin (the Legend) Davis

    Coming this Saturday, May 16, to RC's at 135 th & Oak in Martin City on the south side of Kansas City is a birthday party for Kevin (the Legend) Davis . Kevin has played guitar for many KC bands, including Nation, JT Cooke, The Secrets*, The Janet Jameson Band, and Albert Flasher. Join the fun as They Only Look Familiar and many of Kevin's friends celebrate his turning 72.


Cowtown Ballroom ... Sweet jesus opens May 22

    Joe Heyen's documentary film about Kansas City's Cowtown Ballroom, Cowtown Ballroom…Sweet jesus , opens at the Trivoli Theater in Westport May 22. A couple of reunions will be held this week to celebrate the film's upcoming release.

    Rollout parties begin for a rockin' local doc ...

    Click to visit the website and view the trailer for the film



Beth Scalet selected as finalist for Independent Music Awards

    2008 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Beth Scalet is a finalist in a contest sponsored by the Independent Music Awards. Her version of “St. James Infirmary” has made it to round two, and Beth needs your votes to win. You have until May 16 to cast your votes at www.musiciansatlas.com/imafinalist/default.aspx .



Walterpalooza 2009 in Lawrence on June 7

    Walterpalooza 2009 is coming to Lawrence on June 7 at Liberty Hall from 4-9 pm. John Naramore will host the event which will feature music by the Pete Wyman Allstars & Zydeco Tougeau. There'll also be bingo and a silent auction. This rollicking good time is a fundraiser to create a trust for an Accessible Transportation Vehicle for Kent Smalter, who has ALS. For more info, visit www.walterpalooza.com .


More music news ...

    David Cook returned to the stage Friday night after taking time off to deal with his brother's recent death. Click here: David Cook Returns to Work .

    Kansas City's Ronald White had the same choices facing many of the young people on the city's East Side, and it looked at one point that prison would be in his future, but he reinvented himself as the rapper Ron Ron, and the future looks a whole lot brighter now. Click here: Kansas City Music - After a wild youth on Kansas City's East Side and run-ins with the law, Ronald White reinvents .

    Kansas returned to the Sunflower State for a show in Wichita last Friday night, and a few days before the event, guitarist Rich Williams talked by phone with the Wichita Eagle 's Ed Condran Click here: KANSAS | River Festival | Wichita Eagle .

    Also returning to the area over the weekend was former KC pianist Eldar , who played in KC Friday and Saturday and in Topeka Sunday. He'll be recording a live album in New York this week.


May 4 , 2009


David Cook loses brother to cancer

    American Idol winner David Cook has lost his brother to brain cancer. Adam Cook died early Sunday morning in Indiana . Click here: David Cook's brother Adam dies of brain cancer - Kansas City Star .


Cancer documentary features "I Run For Life" by Melissa Etheridge

    The Melissa Etheridge song "I Run For Life" will be used in Farrah Fawcett's documentary A Wing And A Prayer. A film crew has been chronicling Farrah's fight against cancer for the last two years as she goes between Los Angeles and Germany , where she is undergoing alternative treatment for her cancer. The tentative air date will be on NBC on May 8, but as that might change, you should check local listings for updates I Run For Life


Kansas symphony concert DVD coming in August

    Remember the Kansas Concert and DVD shoot at Washburn University in February? It looks like the DVD release date will be in August. Click here: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - KANSAS To Celebrate 35th Anniversary With Live Symphonic DVD .


More music news ...

    Two years ago Merle Zuel , the doorman at KC's Knuckleheads Saloon, received a liver transplant that saved his life. To celebrate that life, the second annual MerleJam was held over the weekend to benefit others needing transplants. Click here: As thanks for heart transplant, Merle Zuel creates benefit show at Knuckleheads - Kansas City Star .

    As reported earlier, the economy has been rough on area music festivals . Click here: Economy deals a blow to KC festival calendar - Kansas City Star .

    The Midwest Music Foundation , a newly formed Kansas City group dedicated to local music and helping area musicians in need, kicks off its “Stay Tuned” concert series next Friday, May 8, at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club. The MMF is also working on starting a TV show similar to Austin City Limits . For more info visit www.midwestmusicfoundation.org .

    Brad Cox and the People's Liberation Big Band , a fixture on the Kansas City music scene since 2006, took aim at the classic film Battleship Potemkin last Friday night. Click here: Kansas City Music - Brad Cox and the People's Liberation Big Band aim a jazz warhead at classic film Battleship Po . Check out a review here: Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: 'Potemkin' meets Liberation band .

     Lawrence's Martin-Logan , the high end speaker company, is having a benefit concert for one of its employees this Saturday, May 9, at Liberty Hall.  Rick Carr has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer.  The bands playing will be the Midday Ramblers, Doofus and the Kingstonians.  Both bands have M-L employees playing in them.  There will be a raffle with items including Martin Logan speakers, prints by Tim Forcade and memberships in the Lawrence Athletic Club.


April 27, 2009


Mike Finnigan with Joe Cocker in KC on June 27

    As reported here last month, Mike Finnigan & The Zen Blues Quartet had to cancel their dates in Kansas City March 5-7 because of Mike's health. His vocal chords were inflamed, but Mike reports all is well, and he's out on the road again with Joe Cocker. They played before 30,000 fans in New Orleans the other night. Kansas City area fans can catch Joe with Mike on keys June 27 at the Ameristar Hotel & Casino.


Wichita Blues Crawl rescheduled to May 3

    The Wichta Blues Society's Spring Blues Crawl has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 3rd. Same time, same venues, same $5 cover for all of the band; with a few different bands:

  • Henry Walker & the Regents at Suede, 135 N. Rock Island , 6-9pm
  • Clif Major & Meaneyed Cats at Loft 150, 150 N. Mosley, 6-9pm
  • Made From Scratch at Finn's, 131 N. Rock Island , 6-9pm 
  • Little Smoke at America 's Pub, 116 N. Mead, 6-9pm
  • Jimmie Lewin & the Kingtones at Heroe's, 117 N. Mosley, 6-9pm
  • To Go Box at Club Indigo, 126 N, Mosley, 6-9pm 
  • Front Porch Blues at Larkspur, 904 E. Douglas , 6-9pm
  • Magma Bear at The Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island , 6-9pm
  • Nightwatchmen at Mort's, 923 E. 1 st , 6-9pm
  • After Party with The Sharon Rush Band at America 's Pub, 116 N. Mead, 9pm – 12 am


Lawrence music scene featured in new book

    The Anniversary's album Your Majesty caught the attention of writer Leslie Simon while she was working at Alternative Press magazine eight years ago. It not only had a big impact on her life, it turned her on to the Lawrence music scene. Simon has now written a book entitled Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes – From Punk to Indie and Everything in Between. There's a chapter on each of the eleven scenes Simon considers the most influential, including Lawrence , KS . Click here: Scene queen: Author Leslie Simon selects Lawrence as one of nation's most influential music hubs in travel guide / .



Cowtown Ballroom documentary opens on May 22


    The documentary film about KC's Cowtown Ballroom is finally finished, and filmmaker Joe Heyen says it will open at the Trivoli Theater in Westport on May 22. The recently deceased Whizzo the Clown was the emcee for one of the shows at Cowtown, so he's included in the movie. It includes the Whizzo song and shows how Whizzo felt about the crowd at Cowtown.

    Click to visit the website and view the trailer for the film


More music news ...

    American Idol 's 2008 winner David Cook performed in Kansas City twice last year in May during his run on the TV show, drawing about 7000 fans to the Power & Light District, and in August, when he sold out the Sprint Center. Last Wednesday, he was back in his hometown for a more intimate show at the Ameristar Casino. Click here: David Cook comes home to a warm reception - Kansas City Star .

    KC vocalist Oleta Adams released her latest album on April 21, and it's selling well. Let's Stay Here is her first pop and soul album since 2001. The title track is getting a lot of attention, and the CD includes Adams ' cover of Nina Simone's " Feelin' Good," which was used in Buick's 2007-08 ad campaign. She was the headliner last night at Unity Temple on the Plaza at the Kansas City Youth Jazz fundraiser. Check out the other dates of Oleta's current tour on our calendar.

    The Star 's Joe Klopus was excited in his column last Wednesday about the young people who are getting into jazz these days and had a lot of good things to say about KCYJ. Click here: Kansas City Youth Jazz organization molds a new generation of musicians - Kansas City Star .

   The Architects played two nights at KC's Czar Bar over the weekend to celebrate their new album The Hard Way . The band will spend the summer touring as part of the Warped Tour, which kicks off in Pomona , CA , on June 26. The tour stops at Sandstone Amphitheater in KCK on August 4 and finishes 46 shows in 59 days in Los Angeles on August 23.

    Greg Enemy is looking for his old-school hip-hop sound to bring him success. He gave the local crowd in KC a sample last Thursday at the News Room. Click here: Kansas City Music - Newcomer Greg Enemy has 20/20 vision when it comes to KC hip-hop - page 1 .

    Indie-rockers The Cherry Tree Parade were at Crosstown Station on the same night, and will be at the RecordBar this Wednesday, April 29. Click here: Kansas City Music - Wild, young indie-rock band the Cherry Tree Parade blossoms with a digitally enhanced sound -.


April 20, 2009


Martina McBride teams up with Blackbird Vineyards

    In her early days as a county singer, Hall of Fame inductee Martina McBride defied convention with her signature vocals and fresh, evolving sound. Now the Grammy award winner is collaborating with Blackbird Vineyards Napa Valley and announcing the debut of the 2006 Martina McBride "Signature Series" Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine. Each bottle is adorned with Martina's stamped autograph and is being offered exclusively to members of her fan club. This " Signature Series" collaboration between McBride and Blackbird Vineyards includes Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pritchard Hill region and Merlot from Blackbird's Oak Knoll vineyard.



Native Window announces tour dates

    The Kansas offshoot Native Window, in addition to finally releasing their debut album soon, will be opening for some dates on Kansas' current tour: 

Date City State Venue
4/25/09 Patchogue NY Performing Arts Center
6/13/09 Joplin MO Landreth Park
7/24/09 Merced CA Fair
8/23/09 Rochester MN Mayo Civic Center


Danny Cox and Michael Brewer team up for gospel show on April 26

    Local film artist Ben Meade emcee's this year's annual Kansas City Icons Gospel Show at Pilgrim Chapel next Sunday, April 26. Iconic local musical talent are featured performing on gospel song each. The songs are all recorded and a CD is available for purchase. Everyone attending the live show will also receive a CD of the show. This is a must attend concert of great local talent, both seasoned and up and coming artists.

2009 line-up for the show are: Scott McDonald D. J. Sweeney Jon Trozzolo Trio Howard Iceberg and Gary Paredes Miss Major and Her Minor MoodSwings Greg Camp and Jimmy Harlow with Steve Nierman Karma Bob Bowman and Megan Birdsall Michael Johnston with Paul Greenlease Ted Anderson Michael Brewer Danny Cox. Purchase tickets at : ww.brownpapertickets.com/event/60267 .
    2009 KMHOF inductee Danny Cox and 2005 inductee Michael Brewer team up for a house concert that evening (6pm) at 3535 Charlotte in Kansas City.


The Sensational Showmen set for United Way benefit on April 26

    Speaking of inductees, 2009 KMHOF Inductees The Sensational Showmen of Parsons have a performance scheduled for the Saturday as part of a United Way Benefit. For more info, visit www.myspace.com/unitedwaybenefitfest .

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Steve Pinkston releases new CD

    One of the Hall of Fame's earliest members, Steve Pinkston, who now lives in Molalla , OR , has a new CD out called Sometimes Things Work Out. It features ten of Steve's original works and an accomplished mix of talented jazz and classical musicians from Oregon and Kansas . The CD can be purchase from CD Baby ( www.cdbaby.com/cd/pinkstonandfriends ). MP3s of individual tracks can be previewed and downloaded at Amazon.com, Digstation, and other outlets. Just search for Steve by name. Additional information is available at www.fin-de-mundo.com/STWO.shtml .


More music news ...

    This year's Rhythm & Ribs festival in Kansas City has been cancelled for lack of funds. Scheduled for June 19-20 in KC's 18 & Vine Jazz District, organizers hope to be back with a fifth festival in 2010. http://www.kansascity.com/637/story/1152410.html .

    Kansas City 's Sprint Center has proved to be one of the busiest venues in the country. http://www.kansascity.com/business/story/1145005.html .

    The Kansas City Star keeps Timothy Finn busy as Tim recapped in last Wednesday's issue. http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/story/1142615.html .

    On Friday Tim speculated on the success of National Record Store Day . http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/story/1148237.html .

    The Pitch 's Jason Harper 's is always out and about in Kansas City , too. http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2009/04/a_good_night_at_crosstown_star.php# .

    The Billions were together for 13 years, but it came to an end this past Saturday in KC. http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2009/04/interview_after_13_years_the_b.php# .

    One of our favorite places in Kansas City is UMKC's Marr Sound Archives . A short film called Momentum & Marr will be showing this Friday, April 24, at the KC Film Fest. http://blogs.kansascity.com/tvbarn/2009/04/kcs-aural-history-on-kcpt-thursday.html .

    Kansas City singer-songwriter Barclay Martin played over the weekend at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in KC. Martin is also a filmmaker, having made a documentary about putting on a concert in the Philippines . Click here: Kansas City Music - Kansas City singer-songwriter Barclay Martin braved separatist violence and deadly snakes to m .

    Leavenworth native Randy Sparks returns home this week and brings the New Christy Minstrels with him. http://cjonline.com/life/arts_entertainment/2009-04-19/minstrels_coming_to_kansas .

    14-year-old organist Riley Dunn of Lee's Summit , MO , won the youth division of the Roland Atelier Organ Fest in Los Angeles back on March 27 with less than six months of lessons. While he sees music in his future, he doesn't plan to play professionally, as he'd rather be a marine biologist. http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music/story/1145104.html .

    Kansas City area resident and Wichita State University graduate Joyce DiDonato returns to Kansas next weekend to perform the role of Rosina in the Wichita Grand Opera's production of "Barber of Seville." http://www.hutchnews.com/Preview/operasinger2009-04-16T21-06-15 .

    With this being prom season across the state, a lot of schools and administrators are faced with a problem on the dance floors as Gary Demuth reported in yesterday's Salina Journal . http://www.saljournal.com/news/story/Prom-Dancing-4-19 .


April 13, 2009


The Classmen at Vinyl Renaissance on April 18

    2008 inductees The Classmen will make a rare live appearance at the Kansas City record store Vinyl Renaissance at 1:00 on April 18. Everyone attending can pick up a free Classmen 45 while there. At 2:00 Lee Dresser of the Krazy Kats will perform an acoustic show and sign copies of his book. This is all part of a national celebration of vinyl recordings and a great opportunity to add to your collection with thousands of LPs and 45s selling for just a quarter apiece.


Native Window set for May release

    Native Window, the side project of most of the band Kansas , has their debut album almost ready for release. They've been mixing it at Jeff Glixman's studio for a couple of months, and plan a May 2009 release. The band will be doing a Rockline radio show to support it.


Wichita Blues Crawl on April 26

    The Wichita Blues Society's Spring Blues Crawl is coming April 26 in Old Town . The price is just $5.00 for an evening filled with music. From 6-9 pm you can roam around the clubs and restaurants surrounding the Farm and Art Market. Enjoy the following performances:

America 's Pub


Darrell Mansfield



Jimmie Lewin & The Kingtones

Emerson Bigguns


Little Smoke



Front Porch Blues



Magma Bear

Club Indigo


To Go Box

Loft 150


Clif Major & The Mean Eyed Cats



Made From Scratch



Henry Walker & The Regents

  Night Watchman


More music news ...

    After playing for eight years as Distance to Empty, Kansas City rockers have taken on a new name and have a new self-titled CD called Antennas Up . Click here: Kansas City Music - Distance to Empty sheds its cover band and prog personas and comes fresh and funky as Antennas .

    Another Kansas City band, The Doghouse Daddies, take their combination of blues and swing to Lincoln , KS , on April 18. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    Lawrence songwriter Charles S. McVey had a CD release party for his new album Animal last Friday night. Click here: Charles S. McVey CD release show / LJWorld.com .

    KC's Celtic rockers The Elders have been teasing about a cruise for some time, and it's finally starting to become a reality. The 2010 Irish Festival Cruise will be February 6-13. In addition to The Elders, the music lineup will include Ennis, Mary Black, The Black Brothers, Johnny McEvoy, The Matt Cunningham Band, Tommy Sands, Captain Mackey, Karan Casey, David Munnelly and more.

    On Saturday, May 9, Topeka rock group Backlash will perform Pink Floyd's classic album The Wall live in its entirety, including construction of the wall between the band and the audience, animation shown on the wall and two other screens, awesome lasers, lights and sound. This event will take place at Club Nocturnal from 9-11 pm with a cover charge at the door. For more information, visit www.backlashband.net/cool.html .


April 6, 2009


Alfred Packer Memorial String Band carries on annual tax party tradition

    A Lawrence tradition continues this year on April 15 when the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band plays at the main post office for the last minute tax filers.  Click here: Alferd Packer Memorial String Band to play at post office tax party / LJWorld.com.


Sarah Buxton experiences country music highs and lows

    Sarah Buxton didn’t win at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas , but the Lawrence native continues to make inroads in Nashville .  Click here: LJWorld.com / Country living: Lawrence native Sarah Buxton experiences highs and lows of Nashville industry.


Tree Frog reunion in Lawrence on July 25

    Baxter Robertson will be joining Tree Frog again at this year’s Tree Frog reunion show at Lawrence ’s Liberty Hall on July 25th.  Longtime members Eric Elder, Jim Fey, Gary Durrett, Scott Piper and Lynn Piller will also be there.


Wild Women jazz concert

    It appears that the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s show Friday night at KC’s Folly Theater with the Wild Women of Kansas City was a rousing success. Click here: Review | Wild Women featured in jazz concert - Kansas City Star.


Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival starts on Saturday May 23

    The Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival continues to grow.  New this year is a special show at the Gregg Theater in downtown Sedan featuring the Blues Music Awards nominee for “Acoustic Artist of the Year.”  The Memorial Day weekend event begins at three on Saturday May 23 at the Kurtis Arts Plaza featuring acoustic blues.  Independence, KS native Big Jim Adam, who put on a great show last year, returns from his home in Colorado Springs.


Ferocious Mary releases "Here Me Now" CD

    The band Ferocious Mary, who bills itself as a progressive rock band with a female vocalist and a piano-heavy sound, had a CD release party Saturday at Club Liquid in Wichita ’s Old Town .  The band’s debut album called Here Me Now was for sale at the venue.


Flee the Seen plays farewell show

    Another area band called it quits last Friday night, as Kansas City ’s Flee the Seen played a farewell show at the Uptown Theater. Click here: KC band Flee the Seen says farewell in a final show Friday - Kansas City StarClick here: Kansas City.


New Bob Walkenhorst interview

    The current issue of the online magazine Reason features an interview with Kansas City ’s Bob Walkenhorst, who has continued to play regularly since the breakup of the Rainmakers. Click here: Who Moved My Government Cheese:: The second coming of Rainmakers frontman Bob Walkenhorst - Reason Magazine.


New Kerry Livgren CD now available

    Kerry Livgren has completed work on his reworking of his album Seeds of Change.  Now called Decade Vol I, it is available from his website www.numavox.com.  Rather than just reissuing the original, Kerry has rerecorded everything while retaining all of the great performances on the original album.


Changes at KU School of Music

    There’s a new School of Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence following a reorganization of the fine arts programs.  Click here: LJWorld.com / KU names interim dean of new music school.


March 30, 2009


Kelley Hunt update

    The winter storm that moved across the plains this past weekend caused numerous accidents on the roads, power outages in some areas, and many events had to be cancelled or postponed. In Topeka , for example, Kelley Hunt 's Saturday performance "Live at the Downbeat," a tribute to women singers and songwriters in commemoration of Women's History Month, had to be moved to Sunday night.

    Hunt and celebrated poet/writer and incoming Poet Laureate of Kansas Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will again be hosting the Brave Voice Retreat and Workshops May 10-15 in the heart of the Flint Hills. This year Brave Voice will be held at Camp Wood near Elmdale, 630 acres of native prairie grassland near the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. For more information, visit www.bravevoice.com .


Women in Jazz Month celebrated in Kansas City

    In celebration of Women's History Month, the American Jazz Museum declared March Women in Jazz Month. A lot of the women involved in Kansas City 's jazz scene battled the weather to entertain the valiant crowds across town over the weekend. Click here: Jazz Town: Women in Jazz Month puts the spotlight on KC's talented ladies - Kansas City Star .

    The Topeka debut of Judy Coder 's new band, Cowgirl Swing, had to be cancelled because of the weekend storm. Originally set for Saturday night at Seaman Congregational Church in North Topeka , the scheduled fundraiser for the church has been postponed according to Clyde Cochran, the event organizer. Cochran says the church will try to work out a new date with Coder and her band. For more on the band, Click here: Weekend music roundup | CJOnline.com .


Melissa Etheridge adds 2009 tour dates

    Melissa Etheridge keeps adding dates to her 2009 schedule. The latest announcement is of two nights at the Avalon Ballroom in the Niagara Fallsview Casino on the Canadian side of the famous falls. Tickets are already on sale for the June 19-20 shows.


More music news ...

    Kansas City 's Roger Naber will celebrate his 30 th year of promoting the blues with a big party on Saturday, April 25, at Knuckleheads in KC. The party will feature performances by Sugar Blues and Trampled Under Foot. Since selling the Grand Emporium several years ago, Roger has concentrated on his Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises. Naber says his upcoming October Pacific cruise has fewer than 20 cabins remaining, so if you want to join Mike Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band along with many other blues artists, call 888-BLUESIN for availability.

    You can win a spot on the Republic Tigers guest list for their Los Angeles shows on April 10-11 at the Henry Fonda Theater. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Win a spot on the Republic Tigers' list -- in L.A. .

    Among the shows in Kansas City over the weekend, one of the most anticipated was the Blue Riddim Band 's first KC performance in nearly eight years. Click here: Kansas City Music - Kansas City's blue-eyed reggae legends regroup - page 1

    According to Jason Harper of Kansas City's The Pitch , the recent shows by In the Pines went well except for losing an instrument when another band's tour manager stepped on Laurel Morgan's violin, but they borrowed another so the show could go on. The RecordBar crowds were treated to a new look for the band as everyone plays standing now. Until now, four of the members have played sitting down while the two singers stood. Click here: Kansas City Music - Stand up: In the Pines debuts new material - and a new approach to playing live - at its first .

    David Cook is hoping to convince his fans to simmer down with a soothing MySpace post in response to fans' attempts to track him down or deface his tour bus. Cook wrote, "We pride ourselves on being accessible to you as fans, but"we do enjoy what little privacy we can muster"This relations ship only works when it remains healthy for both parties. Click here: Dear Fans, Please Don't Stalk Me... Love, David Cook .


March 23, 2009


2009 Induction slideshows posted on YouTube

    At each year's induction ceremony, we have a slide show on a screen next to the Liberty Hall stage featuring the new inductees. As they were inducted and/or performed this year, Tom Hartnett showed photos of each inductee, and now Tom has made the slide show available for everyone to enjoy with a special YouTube account. Click here to view slideshows


The Sensational Showmen featured in newspaper

    The Pittsburg Morning Sun recently published an article about the induction of the Sensational Showmen into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Click here: Pittsburg band inducted into Kansas Music HOF - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .



Marilyn Maye back at Jardine's


    KMHOF 2007 inductee Marilyn Maye opened a four night stand at Jardine's in Kansas City . It's great to see the 80-year-old songstress entertaining her hometown crowds again.

    Click here: Marilyn Maye, the toast of New York, swings into spring at Jardine's - Kansas City Star .


Performers Assistance Trust benefit was a success

    The fourth annual PAT Bash , a fundraising concert established in honor of the late Wichita bluesman Pat McJimsey, was held a week ago Sunday at Margarita's Cantina. The money raised goes to the Performers Assistance Trust (PAT), a fund that helps local musicians facing financial hardship or help their families cover funeral expenses. This year's event raised over six thousand dollars, which is more than twice the amount raised in 2008. The musicians who performed and the fans who attended all deserve a tremendous "thank you."


"First Friday" showcases music in Wichita

    Another important Wichita music event is the new "First Friday" showcase of regional music. First Friday is a monthly music crawl featuring local Kansas , and regional artists, performing at venues in and around downtown Wichita . This monthly event will be held in an effort to draw locals and visitors into the heart of the Wichita metropolitan area in an experience that exposes local talent, and increases the awareness of Wichita 's arts culture. Click here: http://firstfriday.org/ .


Melissa Etheridge performs for AIDS Assistance Program


    Before taking the stage at The Show  on April 2nd, in her only Southern California appearance, Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will autograph a guitar to be donated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to a local charity.

    Etheridge, who is a champion of charitable causes, will sign an Ovation 6-string guitar that will be donated by the Tribe to the AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs. The private ceremony will be held April 2nd at The Show, the tribe´s new multi-million dollar entertainment venue in Rancho Mirage, California . The Tribe´s 5-member council and representatives from AIDS Assistance Program will be in attendance.  Later that night, the singer will take the stage "Live and Alone" in her only Southern California appearance.

     Since its founding in 1991, the AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing comfort and support to improve the quality of the lives of those surviving HIV/AIDS.


Martina McBride releases "Shine" album

    Martina McBride  has been one of the most successful recording artists in country music over the past 17 years, selling more than 13 million records. On her new album Shine , she works with producer Dann Huff. The first single, "Ride," is already in the Top 20 of the country charts.  Shine will be released tomorrow, March 24.



More music news ...

    On Saturday, March 14, The Elders held their annual Hoolie at KC's Midland Theater. It was also a CD release party for their new Gael Day album. Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: The Elders & Co.

    Kansas City indie rockers In the Pines just returned from a successful tour of Germany and Austria , and celebrated the release of their second album last Saturday night at the RecordBar. Click here: KC indie rockers In the Pines show new growth at a concert back home - Kansas City Star .

    Tim Finn , The Kansas City Star 's pop music writer, was in Austin over the weekend for the 23 rd annual South by Southwest Music Festival. Click here: Back to Rockville: SXSW: KC gets represented#more .

    Musician Bob Walkenhorst was back at KC's Primitivo Garcia World Language School to help the students write and record a song about a local hero. This year's hero is former major league baseball umpire Steve Palermo. Click here: KC pupils sing the praises of an everyday hero - Kansas City Star .

   Topeka 's Backlash has spent much of the past two years working on a new album that will finally be released on Saturday, May 23. A CD release party has been scheduled for that evening at The Boobie Trap. The band plans to have some other acts join them for the celebration.

    Stan's Kansas City Area Record & CD Show will be held Sunday, April 19, from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Raddison Hotel Convention Center , 95th & I-35 in Lenexa . Admission is $3.00.


March 16, 2009


Jazz Festival cancelled

    The economy has caused this year's Coleman Hawkins Legacy Jazz Festival in Topeka to be cancelled according to Bill Leifer, who says the sponsoring non-profit group he heads will revive the festival when the economy picks up again. Click here: Economy claims Hawkfest '09 | CJOnline.com .


Kansas State Fair accepting applications

    The Kansas State Fair is accepting applications for it's Free Stage entertainment. If you or someone you know is interested in performing at the AT&T Arena, Lake Talbott Stage, or at the Gottschalk Park Gazebo, apply at http://www.kansasstatefair.com/application.php .

    Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2009. Applying to appear at a Free Stage is the first step in the selection process. Audition materials, as outlined in the application, along with logistical issues are considered when the Fair selects Free Stage entertainment.

    If you have any questions regarding this process do not hesitate to contact Lori Mulch, 620.669.3600 or lori@kansasstatefair.com.


St. Patrick's Day Parade honors John Weatherwax

    Tuesday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Lawrence will honor the memory of the late John Weatherwax. Weatherwax, who died last August, and his band Junkyard Jazz were a part of every past parade. Click here: LJWorld.com / St. Patrick's Day Parade to honor late musician John Weatherwax .


Kelley Hunt concert on march 28 to honor Women's History Month

    The Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka will celebrate women's history month with a performance by Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Kelley Hunt on Saturday, March 28, at 7 pm. The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by March 25 at 785-235-3939 or by email at brownfound@juno.com .


More music news ...

    Salina Music Teacher Gayle McMillan has been inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame. McMillan taught band and music theory for 27 years in the Salina public school system. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    Longtime Kansas musician Gary Mackender, who now lives in Tucson , Arizona , and his band Carnivaleros have a new CD called Happy Homestead . Click here: You've Reached Carnivaleros Land .


March 9, 2009


Mike Finnigan joins Caribbean Blues Cruise

    In addition to the fall cruise mentioned last week, Mike Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band will be joining Taj Mahal on next January's Caribbean Blues Cruise (January 23-30). Also on board will be KC's Trample Under Foot. Other acts include Keb' Mo', Johnny Winter, Tommy Castro & Tab Benoit. Click here: Legendary Rhythm + Blues Cruise | The World's Only Fully Chartered Blues Cruise, Music Cruise, Theme Cruise, Blues .


More music news ...

    Speaking of newspaper articles, the Kansas City Star's review of Kevin Mahogany 's recent show at the Folly Theater got a mixed review. Click here: Back to Rockville: Review: Kevin Mahogany .

    KU grad Andy Chester has been picked to play tuba in the You Tube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall next month. Click here: YouTube band picks KU grad | CJOnline.com .

    The Elders new CD Gael Day will be officially out on Saint Patrick's Day, but you can order your copy today from their online store .  They'll start sending orders out later this week as the band gets ready for its annual hoolie in Kansas City on the 14th.


March 2, 2009


Tickets on sale for Lancers reunion in Parsons on June 6

    This summer's Lancers reunion is not just about the Lancers. It's the 50 th anniversary of the birth of rock and roll in Parsons. The Lancers were originally known as the Ramrods. They began playing at Ron Fleming's home in 1959 and played their first gig at the local rec center in 1960. The band consisted of Fleming on drums, Larry Smith on vocals & rhythm guitar, John Jarboe on lead guitar, John Lyle on bass guitar, Bill Clary on conga drums and David Lee on sax. Jerry Bolander was the emcee. Tim Henson, who joined when the Ramrods morphed into the Lancers in 1961, will be playing his original bass guitar at the reunion June 6 at the Kitchen Pass, 1711 Main in Parsons. As we mentioned last week, there will be limited seating, so it is best to reserve a table. The phone number 620-421-1907.


Mike Finnigan and The Phantom Blues Band join Rhythm & Blues Cruise

    Mike Finnigan and The Phantom Blues Band have been added to the lineup of acts for this fall's Legendary Pacific Rhythm & Blues Cruise. This band is a collection of session players, producers, arrangers, composers, songwriters and recording artists. The PBB are two time Grammy winners and 2001 W.C. Handy Award recipients as Band of he Year with Taj Mahal. Most recently they've be major contributors to Taj's latest release and Curtis Salgado's Clean Getaway . Their own most recent release is Footprints on the Delta Groove label.

    Joining the band for the cruise is special guest and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason. An acclaimed musician and co-founder of the group Traffic, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has recently released 26 Letters - 12 Notes . The album was six years in the making.


Backlash will perform Pink Floyd's The Wall on May 9

    Topeka 's Backlash will be performing Pink Floyd's The Wall in its entirety at Club Nocturnal in Topeka on Saturday, May 9, and they need three people to assist in the show. The usual "brick layers" the band usually employ for the show cannot attend, so Backlash needs three people willing to help them put on the event.

    Bricklayer duties will include unloading and preparing 150 boxes to be used to build the wall, the building of the waqll in front of the band, securing a perimeter while the wall is up, collecting, dismantling and loading the boxes after the show. The bricklayers won't be paid, but the band does provide a round of drinks and free admission, and they get to be in the show! The bricklayers are needed from 5 pm to midnight. For more info, contact Shawn at backlash_rocks@hotmail.com .


KU Jazz Festival on March 6 and 7

    For more than three decades the KU Jazz Festival has been a focal point fot the style, providing the region with an opportunity to hear world class jazz musicians and educators. This year's two day event, this coming Friday & Saturday, features trombonist John Fedchock with the KU Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band and KU Jazz Combo I on Friday; and The Rolling Stones Project Big Band with the KU Jazz Ensemble I and KU Latin Jazz Combo on Saturday. Both performances begin at 7:30 pm at Free State High School , 4700 Overland Drive in Lawrence .


More music news ...

    KC native Kevin Mahogany is always spreading the word about Kansas City . He was back home this past weekend. Click here: Kevin Mahogany has something to shout about with Big Joe Turner revue - Kansas City Star .

    Rappers Skatterman and Snug Brim have left Tech N9ne's Strange Music label after five years. Click here: 30 Rap: Having parted ways with Tech N9ne's Strange Music, Skatterman and Snug Brim get their grown man on

    This year marks the 20 th anniversary of Season to Risk , and it's also the 22 nd yar of Kyle Frick's battle with Ewing 's sarcoma. This past Saturday, Season To Risk reunited to play a benefit for Frick, who was a doorman at the Hurricane from 1993 until the club's close. The benefit at the RecordBar in Westport included two other area bands, Restless Breed and the Mendoza Lie.

    Chet Nichols ' instrumental composition "Kilimanjaro Moondance" was awarded a Semi-Finalist Award in the International Songwriting Composition (ISC).  Listen this song at: http://www.broadjam.com/chetnichols .


February 23, 2009

Actor/Singer Don Johnson files legal claim

    Actor and former part-time musician Don Johnson has sued a trio of entertainment companies claiming he is owed millions of dollars in profits from the TV series "Nash Bridges." Johnson filed is suit last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. He claims he owns half of the copyright to "Nash Bridges: ans has not been paid his share of a $150 million syndication deal. The series aired for six seasons on CBS. Johnson, also of "Miami Vice" fame, also claims he has been blocked from developing "Nash Bridges" for online platforms. Johnson attended high school in Wichita and the University of Kansas in Lawrence before moving to California, where he released two music albums in addition to his acting.


Kerry Livgren talks about film debut

    Kerry Livgen made his acting debut last year in the film "The Imposter." Kerry gave an interview about "The Imposter" to the Topeak Capital-Journal recently.
Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Kansas co-founder making acting debut

    A video version of the interview is also available online. http://app.cjonline.com/video/?bcpid=1870915534&bclid=1896818471&bctid=13786299001.


Frogpond reunion last weekend

    Last Friday night, two former members of the band Frogpond had reunions of their later bands in Kansas City . Click here: Ex-Frogpond members have two bands and two shows for the weekend - Kansas City Star.


Latest David Cook concert news

    It appears American Idol David Cook has added another area venue to his concert tour, but the details are not set yet. Click here: David Cook to perfom in Warrensburg - Kansas City Star .


Mumblin' Jones isn't just a great band name

    Members of the Wichita cover band Mumblin' Jones have been playing together for almost twenty years. Click here: MUMBLIN' JONES | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com.


"Diva Night" this Thursday, February 25

    The Kansas Acoustic Arts Association will present "Diva Night," the second in its KAAA Winter Concert Series, at 7 pm this Thursday, February 25, at the Louise Murdock Theatre in Wichita . Diva Night, featuring Amanda Lind, the Melodivas and Ophelia, is a fundraising event for the Performers Assistance Trust Fund. The PAT Fund began more than four years ago with monies given in memory of local musician Pat McJimsey. The fund, administered through the Wichita Blues Society and governed by a board of music enthusiasts from several other local not-for-profit organizations,gives financial assistance to area working musicians who have emergency medical needs and no or very limited resources. The PAT Fund has helped more than a dozen musicians since its inception.

  • The evening's opening act is Amanda Lind, a local singer/songwriter who has a zest for life that shows in her sweet voice and jazzy/folk style.
  • The Melodivas, up next, are a rambunctious quartet made up of Charolett Kna pic on autoharp, Nikki Moddelmog on guitar, Shannon Litt lejohn on ukulele and Dulcie Guinty on mandolin. These ladies will delight the audience with an eclectic mix of old favorites, folked-up rock and blues, as well as original tunes.
  • Wrapping up the evening is Ophelia. This powerful group of ladies was formed to play at Wichita 's legendary Blues Ball in January where they stole the show. Jenny Detra, Rachelle Coba, Lisa Fowler, Carol Denning, Roxanne Kellogg, Chris Locke and Patty Johnson will have the audience rockin' in their seats as they deliver the blues with a feminine punch! So come on out and let these ladies knock you out!

    For information, contact Dulcie Guinty at 316-776-2891 or 316-259-2538.


More music news ...

    The Lancers, from Parsons, have a reunion scheduled for June 6 at the Kitchen Pass , 1711 Main , in Parsons from 8:30 to midnight. There will be limited seating so it is best to reserve a table by calling 620-421-1907. The Lancers are best known for their recording "The Moocher," which has been included on many European compilation albums.



February 16, 2009


Kelley Hunt's annual AIDS benefit this Saturday in Lawrence

    Kelley Hunt 's annual concert/dance to benefit the Douglas County Aids Project is at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence this Saturday, February 21. Doors open at 5:30 for an optional Mardi Gras dinner of chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, succotash and bourbon pecan pie from Maceli's Restaurant. Doors for the concert open at 7:30, and showtime is 8 pm. Dinner and concert tickets ($50) and concert only tickets ($25) are available at Liberty Hall's box office at 734 Massachusetts (785-749-1972) and at http://www.ticketmaster.com . Charge tickets by phone at 816-931-3330, all Ticketmaster locations, or through DCAP by calling 785-843-0040.

    "As my fans know, I have committed to support DCAP for years.  The work they do is absolutely essential for the well-being of our entire community and critical to individuals and families stricken by HIV/AIDS.  This event is a serious hoot, but the cause is just plain serious.  I invite all my fans to join me for a great party in support of this amazing organization," says Kelley.

    For those attending the KU-Nebraska basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse the afternoon of the show, look for Kelley singing the National Anthem.  Thanks to the KU Athletic Department for also providing promotional information about the DCAP benefit to the game crowd .


KKFI Band Auction this Friday and Saturday

    How would you like to have 2007 KMHOF inductees Frank Plas & The Silver Tones play at your next birthday party or your daughter's wedding dance? How about one of Kansas City 's other top musical acts? It could happen thanks to KKFI Radio's band auction this coming weekend.

    Nearly 100 talented local entertainers have agreed to donate a two hour concert to be auctioned to the highest bidder.  We schedule each act for 30 minutes during an appropriate music show.  During that 30 minutes, listeners call in and bid.  The high bidder works with the band or solo act to arrange for a two hour gig sometime during the next 12 months. This could be a birthday party, anniversary, block party, class reunion, or just for the heck of it party

    Click here for the line-up of bands and all the details: KKFI Band Auction .


The Fabulous Flippers do "The Harlem Shuffle"

    The Fabulous Flippers and "The Harlem Shuffle" have finally made it to youTube!



    The Fabulous Flippers where inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2005, as members of the Hall's inaugural class. Dan Hein claims he still sings it in the same key as he did back in 1965, but can he still dance like that? Find out when the Fabulous Flippers reunite on March 14.

The Fabulous Flippers will return to Iowa on March 14

    Dan Hein has confirmed that he and The Fabulous Flippers will be playing a show in Iowa March 14, but not with Lafuso, the ten-piece band he sings with in Arkansas. According to Dan, he's playing keyboards and singing with Lafuso over a four state area out of Fayetteville, but he's leaving Lafuso in Arkansas for this show. Hein and Lafuso will be playing in Fayetteville later this month.


    When he was contacted by the Riverside Casino in Riverside, Iowa, about the gig some of the original members of the Flippers were not available, so he decided to use the Wichita musicians who played on the Fabulous Flippers:Then and Now project a few years ago. Roger Lewis of the original band will be co-producing as well as arranging and playing lead trumpet.

    Hein is also excited to announce that he has a new album called Danny Hein - Soul Man coming out in March. He and the Flippers will play some of the songs from it at the March 14 show. Be sure to check out www.DannyHein.com!


Get the scoop on this year's KMHOF Induction Ceremony

    Chris Cruz, Evan Johnson, Jim Reardon and Bill Lee were on Jim Cates' cjonline radio show this morning (February 16) discussing the upcoming induction ceremony and the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. The show is archived at www.cjonline.com and can be downloaded or streamed. The discussion is in the second hour of the show.


More music news ...

    The Kansas show went well last Saturday night in Topeka according to reports from those in attendance. Click here: Kansas comes to White Concert Hall - News.

    This Tuesday is Billy Snow 's birthday. If you're in the Tulsa area, stop by the party at Scotty's for free food (as long as it lasts) and music from 7-11. Feel free to point out to the former Rising Sun that he looks more like a setting sun these days.

    A couple of Lawrence musicians haven't let being mothers stand in the way of their playing in a band with their husbands. Click here: LJWorld.com / Oh, baby!: Lawrence moms combine parenting, music skills on stage.

    Martina McBride has a new album called Shine coming out March 24 on RCA. The first single off the album, "Ride," is already getting lots of airplay. Click here: Martina McBride - The Official Web Site - Shine In Stores March 24th!

    After 35 years, Blayney's in Wesport could be closing soon. The Kansas City club's landlord has filed an eviction order saying the club's owner, Dick Schulte, is $18,000 behind in rent. Schulte says the down economy, the smoking ordinance and the new Power & Light district downtown are all hurting his business. According to Schulte, he's been having trouble paying his rent since last June because sales are down 40 percent. Landlord Brent Lambi says he's tried working with Schulte for the past two years on an ongoing problem that he can't let continue.

    Levee Town , Motif Jam, the Unusual Suspects, Connie and the Choirboys, Rockin'Rick and Trampled Under Foot are getting together at Blayney's February 28 for a benefit concert for Penelope, a member of the Unusual Suspects, who is undergoing treatment for malignant melanoma. Dance the day away and help with her medical expenses.

    Ben Markley , formerly of Chapman, is releasing his second jazz album, Second Introduction . A release party has been scheduled for 7 pm at the Westport Coffeehouse in Kansas City , MO. Markley is a doctoral student in jazz at Colorado University in Boulder . For more information visit www.benmarkleymusic.com.

    The 16 th annual Friends University Jazz Festival is coming February 20-21 in Wichita . 40 high school and middle school students from three states will be playing all day, both days, in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends campus. All daytime events are free and open to the public. Times are 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday and 10:45 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday.

    Lawrence native Sarah Buxton is a nominee for New Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2009 Academy of County Music Awards . Winners will be announced April 5 in Las Vegas at the academy's 44 th annual awards show. Fans can vote for Sarah, Ashton Shepherd or Julianne Hough online at GACTV.com from now through March 5.

    Bob Brookmeyer was born in Kansas City , but jazz has taken him all over the world in a career that has had him play with Stan Getz, Bill Evans, and many more of the genre's greats. Click here: For Bob Brookmeyer, writing major jazz pieces is as easy as ABC - Kansas City Star.

    Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance returns to Urban Culture Project's La Esquina at 7:30 Tuesday evening, February 17. For more info visit www.myspace.com/kcema.

    KC's 75 th Street Brewery was in its first year of operation in 1994 when the weekly Brew Jam began on Sunday nights. Sunday, February 15, marked the 15 year anniversary with the Brew releasing its 9 th CD Stewed Tunes . The show always starts at 8 pm, and there's never a cover charge.

    The new Lawrence band Cowboy Indian Bear released its debut recording, a three song EP, last Friday night at the Jackpot Music Hall and Saturday at KC's The Brick. The band has drawn packed houses without going the traditional path of posting songs online and posting flyers all over town. It'll be fun watching the to see it their strategy for success works. LINK

    Tech N9ne has paid his dues over the years, and so he's been invited to the Fourth Annual Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival Saturday, March 28 at the Nos Events Center in San Bernadino , CA . To get info on who else will be appearing and how you can get tickets, click on www.guerillaunion.com/paiddues.


February 9, 2009


All-star line-up joins Kelley Hunt to support hunger relief

February 13 concert at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita

    Don't miss Kelley Hunt / Hearts and Minds - a very special Valentine's concert event at Wichita's Cotillion Ballroom next Friday, Feb. 13 .  Kelley brings an all-star expanded band to the Cotillion stage for a Valentine's celebration in support of hunger relief in Wichita .  

    The Italian Garden Restaurant will cater a special optional Valentine's Day Buffet beginning at 6:30. Dinner + show packages are $50.  Concert-only seats are $20 adv. / $23 day of show available at Select-A-Seat and at the Cotillion box office. Charge tix by phone at 316.722.4201.

    As many of Kelley's fans know, she has become an advocate for food banks in communities where she has always had a special connection.  Wichita's food bank of record Kansas Food Bank faces the same dilemma daunting food banks all across the country - how to keep up with the explosion of demand in the winter of unprecedented economic distress.  Many, many more children and families are relying on these organizations this winter than ever before and food banks are actually closing because they have no food.   You can team up with Kelley to make a difference in Wichita by attending this concert and supporting Kansas Food Bank at the show with a non-perishable food item or monetary contribution .   Bring food or a check and receive a $5 discount coupon redeemable at the show on any of Kelley's CDs and other merchandise.  She's donating an additional percentage of merchandise sales and will make an additional personal contribution as well.  Kansas Food Bank representatives will be on hand to receive food items and checks.

    This promises to be a special evening - Kelley at the Cotillion as never before.  She's bringing in an all-star cast for this show - Hammond B3 master Mark Jordan (Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy and a long list of others + a major role on Kelley's acclaimed MERCY release), L.A. Blues guitar heavyweight Kirk Fletcher (Fabulous Thunderbirds), NYC drummer Diego Voglino (Marshall Crenshaw, Norah Jones, Walter Becker, David Hidalgo, Natalie Merchant and a regular with Kelley), Nashville based Kelley Hunt touring veterans tenor saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Mitch Reilly and bassist Kenny Ames (Jason and the Scorchers).  Hear music from MERCY and all of Kelley's commercial releases and some very special, unique material and collaborations planned just for this show.  Enjoy Kelley on keys and guitars for this is a no-miss show.


Melissa Etheridge update

    Melissa Etheridge will be participating in the opening of the Academy Awards ceremony. The opening of the show will begin with taped messages from various people (presumably past winners) including one from Melissa. The Academy Awards show will air on Sunday, February 22 on ABC-TV. Visit The Oscars® for a list of the nominees, to watch movie trailers and to get all the details on Hollywood 's biggest movie event .

    Etheridge spoke last week at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in San Francisco . She told the attendees about how and why she has used biodiesel in her last three concert tour as well as in her personal vehicle, "It's easier than you think. Any diesel engine can run on biodiesel, said Etheridge, whl received a standing ovation after her performance of "I Need to Wake Up", which she wrote for the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. The song won last year's Oscar for Best Song.


Riverrock returns for February 14 concert in Kansas City

    The legendary KC band Riverrock made an appearance at an Allen Blasco solo gig last month. Now, after twenty plus years, Riverrock is back. The band's first official gig in decades is on Valentine's Day, February 14, at The Corner, 304W. 85 th Street in Kansas City , MO. Shows are at 8:30 and 11:30 pm. The current lineup is Dan Smith, John & Paul Mumma, and newcomer Allen Blasco, a Kansas Music Hall of Fame board member. The band also has a weekend gig scheduled for February 27-28 at the Saddle Saloon in Fulton, MO.


Danny Cox and Brewer & Shipley set for March 6 benefit
    As mentioned here last week, Brewer & Shipley , along with 2009 KMHOF inductee Danny Cox , will be putting on a show to benefit KKFI Radio on March 6 in Kansas City . Details are now available. The show will be at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street , Kansas City , MO. Click here for tickets. Tom Shipley's son Marc will be opening the evening.


More music news ...

    Fans attending the Kansas concert/DVD taping in Topeka Saturday night had a great time. A newspaper article Saturday morning had a photo of Phil Ehart playing drums at Friday's rehearsal and a link to a short video of Kerry Livgren playing the White Concert Hall pipe organ. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - White Concert Hall ready for DVD shoot .

    Kansas City 's contemporary chamber ensemble NewEar has picked up the top prize for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP & Chamber Music America. The ceremony was held recently in New York City . Click here: Adventurous NewEar gets national notice - Kansas City Star .

    A couple of former Kansas City trumpet players were part of this year's Super Bowl. Tom Pende r and Curt Ramm were playing with Bruce Springsteen at halftime. Click here: Back to Rockville: Bruce, Super Bowl and KC connections .

    The Elders have a new CD called Gael Day which should be ready in time for the band's upcoming hoolie on March 14. The 7 th Annual Elders Hoolie will be at the Midland Theater in Kansas City . VIP tickets for the CD release party prior to the hoolie are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Midland 's box office and through Ticketmaster. To purchase by phone, call 816-931-3330.

    Kansas Music Hall of Fame member Andy Curry has been playing music for a lot of years, and he's put together a wonderful website that tells the story, with band bios, photos and musical recordings. Andy played with Billy Spears back in the 1970s and will be playing with Billy again on March 7 when Billy is inducted into the Hall of Fame. He also played with 2009 inductee Lee McBee in the Lawrence band Used Parts. Our mp3 attachment this week is a Lee McBee song from Andy's website. To check out Andy's website, Click here: index.htm .

    Wax meets sax on February 10 in the Blue Room, where jazz icon Bobby Watson and DJ Miles Bonny host a Blue Note Records listening party at the American Jazz Museum (1600 East 18th Street). Bonny will take requests from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite Blue Note recordings from the past 70 years. Local Blue Note Records aficionado Elmer Jackson will add to the experience by sharing his wealth of knowledge about the great jazz label. The event is free, but please RSVP to Dennis Winslett at 816-474-8463, x241 or dwinslett@kcjazz.org .

    Lawrence 's Appleseed Cast has a new album called Sagarmatha coming out February 17. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - New Appleseed Cast Album On the Way .



February 2 , 2009

David Cook returns on April 22


    Last season's American Idol winner David Cook will return to his hometown of Kansas City and perform in concert April 22 at the Ameristar Casino. Cook recently announced plans for his first solo tour to promote his debut album that was released in November. The 41 date tour kicks off February 13 in Tallahassee , FL , and wraps up April 25 in Tulsa , OK . For the entire tour itinerary, go here.


Crossroad's Gallery opens new exhibit by Jimmy Bond

    You are invited to attend a Crossroad's First Friday exhibit featuring a selection of drawings by former Plain Jane & Liverpool bassist Jimmy Bond ( a.k.a. "Jimmy Yahoo" ) this Friday, February 6, 2009.  The exhibit is located at The B Gallery - 2016 Main Street . Kansas City , MO.   Doors open at 5:30 PM and the show last until approximately 10 PM.  Their website is http://www.photostudiob.com . If you are unable to attend this showing, you may schedule a private showing by appointment through the rest of this month by contacting The B Gallery at 816-994-8995.


More music news ...

    As we mentioned last week, the Mountain Music Shoppe is no longer in business. Its inventory was seized by the Kansas Department of Revenue. An auction is being held in Manhattan on Thursday, February 5, at 5:00 pm. All sales go toward Jim Curley's indebtedness to the state. Bids are already being taken for some items online at www.purplewave.com .

    Kansas City 's Lyric Opera celebrated its 50 th anniversary last year. To kick off the 51 st year, the Lyric Opera Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Cener on Saturday, April 4 at 6:00 pm. The evening begins with a silent auction and cocktails, followed by dinner and dancing to the Steve Miller Orchestra. There will be raffle for a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 from Aristocrat Motors A benefactors party for those giving $1000 or more to the Lyric Opera will be held on Friday, March 27 at the opera's new warehouse location. For ticket, auction or car raffle information, visit www.kcopera.org .

    The Wichita Eagle has announced its latest "Best of" list. The Brickyard received the nod as the best live music venue in town, and this year's best cover band is Lucky People. For the complete list, check out this article: Click here: Best live music venue | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com

    KC's Versus 2 , a freestyle hip-hop battle pitting Stik Figa against Info Gates, was held recently at the RecordBar in Westport . Click here: Kansas City Music - Lyrics Scorn: Talkin' smack is de rigueur at the local freestyle battle Versus 2 - page 1 - Th .


January 26 , 2009

Kansas in concert with Washburn Symphony Orchestra on February 7


    There are still tickets available for the Kansas/Washburn Symphony Orchestra show at White Concert Hall in Topeak in February. The legendary rock band (2005 KMHOF inductees) will be shooting a DVD February 7 to celebrate the band's 35 th anniversary. Two former members, Steve Morse and Kerry Livgren will be joining them for the event.

    Details are available at www.kansasband.com .


Blue Riddim Band returns to KC after 8 years on March 27

    The Blue Riddim Band hasn't played in Kansas City in eight years, but the 2007 KMHOF inductees are celebrating the release of a new CD with an evening of reggae, ska and rock-steady with the Sex Police at KC's Beaumont Club on March 27. This will be the band's first appearance anywhere since the loss of lead singer and frontman Scotty Korchak to liver disease in November 2007. Keep up with the band at www.myspace.com/blueriddim . .



KMHOF legend Melissa Etheridge keeps making news


    Academy Award winner, two-time Grammy winner and 2006 KMHOF Inductee Melissa Etheridge will, along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, keynote the 2009 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo at Moscone Center West beginning February first. Etheridege will address the general session of the San Francisco conference on Tuesday, February 3.

    Etheridge was onstage at President Barak Obama's inauguration, played at the Green Ball, and has a song on the Obama Soundtrack compilation CD that was released by Hidden Beach Records on January 20.

    It's also been announced that Melissa will take the stage ?Live and Alone? at 8 pm April 2 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. Tickets are $50, $80 and $125. They go on sale February 9 at StarTicketsPlus.com or 800-585-3737.


Morning Dew CD release on January 30

    For a musical trip back to the 1960, check out the new CD from Topeka 's Morning Dew on Cicadelic Records. Featuring remastered material form the band's early days, the album will be released on January 30. For mor info, go to www.cicadelic.com , where you'll also find an updated Blue Things page with items recently acquired from Val Stecklein's sister Marti Herring.


Martina McBride album release on March 24

    Martina McBride's new album "Shine" is scheduled for release on March 24. Click here: CMT : Videos : Martina McBride : CMT Insider News Now 1.22.09 - Martina McBride .


More music news ...

    Another generation of KC reggae was on display last Friday in Lawrence when SeedLove has a CD release party at the Jackpot Music Hall . Co-headlining the ?Midwest Reggae Showcase? was the Irietions. Both bands are planning a celebration of Bob Marley's birthday next month. Click here: Kansas City Music - In the Kansas City reggae scene, SeedLove picks up where the Blue Riddim left off. - page 1 -.

    A new Kansas City soul cover band called The Good Foot has been attracting a lot of attention since their founding last summer. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - The Good Foot: Kansas City's Young Soul Rebels .

    The Newton Opry has opened in Newton at the Fox Theatre, an old theater at the group is restoring downtown. The first show, featurning The Bucky Fowler band was this past Saturday, with shows scheduled for February 14 and March 14. Local and regional acts will join the band for future shows. Click here: Grand new Opry in Newton | Wichita Entertainment - Restaurants, Movie Theaters | Kansas.com .

    Chuck Chapman has decided to move his recording studio from downtown Kansas City to the ?burbs. Chapman Studios will be taking over the former Airborne Audio Production facility in Lenexa . Click here: Recording studio leaves its downtown setting - Kansas City Star .

    On a sadder note, Jim Curley has closed the Mountain Music Shoppe after financial problems. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Mountain Music Shoppe Seized by State .

    The South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially changed its name to The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association to avoid any confusion between itself and an organization in Cleveland , OH . The South Dakota group's website is at www.southdakotarockandrollmusicassociation.com .

    Six violins painted by area artists will be displayed through February 18 at SouthWind Gallery at Framewoods of Topeka, 3074 SW 29 th Street , before they are sold at auction as part of the 20 th annual Topeka Symphony League Ball. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Orchestra fundraiser includes mix of art and music .

    Iain Ellis, a KU lecturer in the English Department, has a new book out exploring the link between rock music and subversive humor. Rebels Wit Attitude is published by Soft Skull Press in conjunction with the onling journal Popmatters . Click here: LJWorld.com / Attitude adjustment: Lawrence author explores link between rock music and subversive humor .

    Lawrence 's Get Up Kids have a reunion show planned for March 13 at Liberty Hall. If it sells out, there are rumors of a second show on Saturday. Tickets are on sale now.

    Former BR549 frontman Chuck Mead 's new Journeyman's Wager album will be out on the Thirty Tigers label March 17.


January 12 , 2009

Lawrence recognized for its musicians

    As mentioned here previously, Lawrence ranks second to Nashville as the city with the most musicians per capita. This is according to a statistical report released by the National Endowment for the Arts . Click here: LJWorld.com / Sound profession: Lawrence's career musicians rank high in challenging field .


KC event honors the late Jay McShann

    Had he not died two years ago, 2007 inductee Jay McShann would have turned 92 today. An event acknowledging the date will take place at the Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City from 5:30-10:00 pm. Musicians planning to performing include Ahmad Alaadeen, Pearl Thurston Brown, Chris Clarke, Tyrone Clark, Everett DeVan, Gerald Dunn, Lugman Hamza, Al Pearson, Ray Reed, Greg Richter, Tommy Ruskin, Gerald Spaits, Mike Warren, Bobby Watson, Charles Williams, Bram Wijnands and Dennis Winslett.


Steve DiFranco joins Bad Manners tour

    Drummer Steve DiFranco was sitting in an office cubicle in suburban Kansas City a couple of weeks ago when he received an email asking him to join the UK ska group Bad Manners on their upcoming US tour. Steve had played with the band back in the 80s, but he never expected to hit the road with them again. Click here: Band draws drummer out of the suburbs - Kansas City Star .


Riverrock returns


    Kansas City country rock and bluegrass legends Riverrock are back. Joining Dan Smith, John Mumma and Paul Mumma in the new version of the band will be Hall of Fame board member and guitarist Allen Blasco. Allen is already pretty busy with two full-time bands (Neon Blue and Shag Mahoney) and solo gigs around town. It's at one of these on January 16 when the new Riverrock will debut. Bruce Bureman and Tim O'Rourke will be joining Allen onstage earlier in the evening at Walsh's Corner Cocktails, 304 W. 85 th Street . The show's expected to run from 8:30 to 11:30.


Kansas/KC artists on the charts

    The Billboard 2008 year-end music charts are out and a few Kansas and Kansas City performers made the cut:

Hot Adult Contemporary
     8. ?The Time of My Life? by David Cook

Hot Mainstream Rock Songs
     1. ?Psycho? by Puddle of Mudd

Hot Modern Rock Songs
     4. ?Psycho? by Puddle of Mudd

Top Contemporary Jazz Albums
     10. ?Day Trip? by Pat Metheny with Christian Mcbride & Antonio Sanchez


Kelly Hunt's Mercy moves to #4

    B.B. King's Bluesville Picks To Click:  (For the week of January 1, 2009)

  1. Blues Walkin' Like A Man ? Rory Block - Stony Plain
  2. Visions ? Hans Theessink and Terry Evans - Blue Groove
  3. Deep In The Night ? Lil' Dave Thompson ? Electro-Fi
  4. Mercy ? Kelly Hunt ?88 Records
  5. Shot In The Kill Zone ? Zac Harmon ? Isobel Records
  6. Back To The River - Susan Tedeschi - Verve
  7. Sugar Bird - Paul Reddick - Northern Blues
  8. Always ? Terry Hanck ? Vizztone
  9. Thunder's Mouth ? Scott Ainslie ? Cattail Music
  10. All Odds Against Me ? John Lee Hooker Jr. - Steppin' Stone Records

More music news ...

    Perry songwriter Laurel Fisher has spent much of the last three and half years working on her debut album Start Small, Hope Big , and the CD is finished and for sale on her website www.laurelfisher.com and Signs of Life in Lawrence. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Perry songwriter reaching for the essence .

    Daniel Millican, director of The Imposter , has blogged about Kerry Livgren and the film version of ?Carry On Wayward Son.? Some pretty interesting stuff: http://killinghimself.blogspot.com/2009/01/carry-on-wayward-son.html


January 5 , 2009

"2009 KMHOF Unplugged" details released

The 2009 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Unplugged Show will be Friday evening, March 6 beginning at 7:99 pm at Paddy O'Quigley's Pub & Grille in the Holiday Inn at 200 McDonald Drive in Lawrence . Scheduled performances will be from 7-9, followed by a general jam from 9 until we finish or they throw us out so they can close at 2 am. This is a free show.

Starting February first acoustic acts (an individual, duo or trio) will be signed up on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing Dennis Fox Higgins at dhiggins@unm.edu . Only eight acts will be accepted in advance. Another four will be accepted the day of the show so those without email may participate. To sign up in person, meet with Dennis at 6 pm in the bar. The names of the acts signing up in advance will appear in the March 2 KMHOF newsletter.

Dennis says this will be his last year hosting this event, so we'll be looking for a new host. If you're interested in taking over beginning in 2010, please contact the Board of Directors about your interest.


The Fabulous Flippers will return to Iowa on March 14

    Dan Hein has confirmed that he and The Fabulous Flippers will be playing a show in Iowa March 14, but not with Lafuso, the ten-piece band he sings with in Arkansas. According to Dan, he's playing keyboards and singing with Lafuso over a four state area out of Fayetteville, but he's leaving Lafuso in Arkansas for this show. Hein and Lafuso will be playing in Fayetteville later this month.


    When he was contacted by the Riverside Casino in Riverside, Iowa, about the gig some of the original members of the Flippers were not available, so he decided to use the Wichita musicians who played on the Fabulous Flippers?Then and Now project a few years ago. Roger Lewis of the original band will be co-producing as well as arranging and playing lead trumpet.

    Hein is also excited to announce that he has a new album called Danny Hein ? Soul Man coming out in March. He and the Flippers will play some of the songs from it at the March 14 show.


Best of 2008 local albums and songs

    Kansas City 's Pitch newspaper recently published lists of their choices for the best local albums and songs of 2008. Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - The Wayward Son's Local Albums of 2008 'n Stuff . Click here: Kansas City - Wayward Blog - Buckle Bunny Picks: 10 Best Local Songs of 2008 .


Kansas City jazz scene news

    The Star 's Joe Klopus lamented in his column last week about the recent state of the Kansas City jazz scene. Click here: Jazz scene had the ?where are you' blues in 2008 - Kansas City Star.

    Meanwhile, Steve Paul listed ten KC jazz shows you won't want to miss the first half of this year. Click here: The Year Ahead: 10 jazz shows you won't want to miss - Kansas City Star . Two of them feature KC natives who have moved on to the world stage, singers Kevin Mahogany and Karrin Allyson. Mahogany will be back at the Folly February 28, while Allyson returns for four shows in June.


Andy McKee continues world tour

    Topeka guitarist Andy McKee spent much of last year touring the world, playing a total of 151 shows. He already has more shows on his schedule for this year beginning with a gig this month in New York City and the NAMM Show in Anaheim . He'll be playing across the US in February and March, Portugal and France in April and the UK in May. The summer will be devoted to music festivals around the world, and his new album should be released in September. Andy picked up two new guitars in December from his favorite luthier, Michael Greenfield from Montreal ( www.greenfieldguitars.com ).


Martina McBride surprises at Jonas Brothers concert

    Brad Paisley and Martina McBride were among the surprise performers at the Jonas Brothers concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday night (January 4). Paisley joined the pop trio to sing "Waitin' on a Woman" and "Easy Money," while McBride stepped on stage to perform "Independence Day," as well as one of the Jonas Brothers songs, "When You Look Me in the Eyes."

Joe Jonas and Martina McBride at Ryman Auditorium


More music news ...

    Carlos Martinez , who moved to Topeka following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, played with his band The Tropicalia Rhythm Band yesterday as part of the Topeka Jazz Workshop Concert Series. Click here: CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal - Resilient Topekan leads Tropicalia Rhythm Band .

    DeSoto high school student Katie McKeirnan has been selected as one of four high school musicians to compete for a chance to play with the U.S. Air Force Band. Click here: LJWorld.com / Student tapped as finalist for Air Force band seat .

    Rundown Studios, owned by Paul Schneider and Larry Perez from Topeka opened its doors to artists on January 1 st . Located @ 2515 SW 6th Street . The studio features a four room pro tools recording studio and also a photography studio. Drop by and check them out. www.myspace.com/rundownproduction

    Updating our earlier announcement of the new South Dakota R & R HOF, their website (which is a work in progress) is up and running.  Check it out at www.southdakotarockandrollhalloffame.com .



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