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December 27, 2010

 

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The family of Kansas City music icon Tony DiPardo has said he is on the mend after being hospitalized with a brain aneurysm. DiPardo's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. Family members said DiPardo is awake, alert and talking and he shows few side effects from the aneurysm. DiPardo, known as "Mr. Music" to Chiefs fans, went into the hospital on Dec. 16. He suffered a fractured pelvis in July.

2010 turned out to be quite a year for KC native Janelle MonaeThe ArchAndroid was named Entertainment Weekly's #8 Album of the Year and the Associated Press's Best Album of 2010. Spinner.com ranked the single "Tightrope" as the #39 song of 2010, while Monae was featured in People's Top 10 of 2010. Click here: Janelle Monáe | Official Website: Photos, Blog, Videos, Interactive, Chat and more. - JMonae.com.

Kansas City pianist Mark Lowrey continues to draw kudos. Click here: Tony's Kansas City: TKC MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: MARK LOWREY.  

Dana Cooper's The Conjurer is one of the best Americana CD's of 2010 according to Lava Magazine, alongside Robert Plant, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kasey Chambers,Tom Petty and many other illustrious artists. Click here: Lava Magazine - The Latest.

Tim Finn of the Kansas City Star has revealed his top albums and shows of 2010. Click here: 2010 was the year of big sound for small bucks - KansasCity.com.  

The Pitch asked its readers to list their favorite KC/Lawrence albums of 2010. Click here: What are your favorite local albums of 2010? - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

KC jazz albums and shows of 2010 were ranked by the Plastic Sax blog.  Click here: Plastic Sax: Plastic Sax's Top Ten Concerts and Albums of 2010.

Bill Brownlee of the Plastic Sax also write for the Kansas City Star, where he took a look back at 2010. Click here: Kansas City's jazz scene keeps renewing itself - KansasCity.com.

The New Jazz Order holds forth at Harling’s in Kansas every Tuesday evening, and last week they were joined by some special guests. Click here: Plastic Sax: Now's the Time: New Jazz Order.

The Record Machine had a big 2010 with releases by Cowboy Indian Bear, Continents, Motorboater, State Bird, Soft Reeds, It’s True and Saharan Gazelle Boy. The label held a Holiday Showcase at the Riot Room in Kansas City last Wednesday, December 22. Click here: Cop a feel for new local music at the Record Machine's Xmas showcase tonight - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.  

Last Thursday, December 23, Ultimate Fakebook reunited at KC’s RecordBar. Click here: Catch Ultimate Fakebook's reunion show at the RecordBar tomorrow night - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more.  

Thursday was also the evening that the KKFI Live Music Holiday Party was held in the radio station’s sudios in KC. Music was provided for the four hour show by Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter, the Billy Bats, Riverrock, Shannon & Allen of the SRK Band, Fabulous Freddy & the Doo Wops and the Blue Moon Trio. 

Sunday, December 26, Ryan McCall was back in his hometown of Salina for a benefit concert, headlining with Ben Romans. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.  

Chely Wright will be the guest on the "Nate Berkus Show" on Wednesday, December 29. The "Nate Berkus Show" is a syndicated TV show so check your local listings for air times and stations. In Kansas City, it’s on KMBC, Channel 9, at 10 am. It’s on KSAS, Channel 24, in Wichita at 10. Here's a full list of the stations Nate airs on: http://www.thenateshow.com//station-finder.

2008 American Idol winner David Cook is part of a new video in which he gives KC a plug. Click here: David Cook plugs the Riot Room on American Idol - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

Winston Apple is in the process of procuring the rights to use some images of Bob Dylan for some videos. In the meantime, he is working on a set of lyric-focused videos of the songs from his album Alias: Zimmerman. Here's a link if you would like to check out his first in the series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p8v-d6CKbY. 

Gary West’s son Wesley has produced a new track by Shooting Star titled "I Want You to Take Me There." Featuring Van and Ronnie, it’s available at www.CDBaby.com as a .99 cent down load. It's part of the new Tommy Bolin tribute album titled Mister Bolin's Late Night Revival. Check it out; it rocks!

The CW-TV series Supernatural maintains a constant link to 70's music whether by background music, the two main characters assuming different names while masquerading as FBI agents (in one episode, they were agents Tyler and Perry, and in another Bachman and Turner), or something internal to the episode storyline.

In the most recent episode, one of the main characters had to assume the role of The Reaper for 24 hours. After a fat guy died while eating a piece of pepperoni pizza with extra cheese, the spirit of the fat guy asked the main character, "What does it mean?" The response was "We are all dust in the wind." The dead fat guy yelled, "What? That's it? A Kansas song?"

If you’re in Southeast Kansas and like to polka, you might want to make it to Johnnie Ziibert’s New Year’s Eve dance at the Franklin Community Center and Heritage Museum in Pittsburg. Click here: POLKA LEGEND - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun.

Lawrence’s sister-city Eutin, Germany, will be entertained by seven musicians from KU’s School of Music next month. Click here: KU musicians heading to Eutin / LJWorld.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
December 20 , 2010

 

Holiday Message from KC's American Idol David Cook

Here's a holiday message from Kansas City 's American Idol winner David Cook :

"What a year 2010 has been! I want to thank everyone for your love, support, and loyalty this year. I'm definitely excited to see what 2011 has to offer, what with a new record and tour on the horizon, and I can't wait to experience all of that with all of you! So, from me and mine, to you and yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! (note: If I could train Dublin to don a santa hat and sit still, as opposed to spazzing out and invariably eating the hat, I would have posted a picture of him with the title "HAPPY HOWLIDAYS". Oh well... maybe next year...) "

 

Melissa Etheridge "Cupcake Wars!"

Some Melissa Etheridge fans heard about this from security when they were waiting in line. Apparently, the Hard Rock Cafe did a tie-in with the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars" during Melissa's Pinktober event. Here's the show information. Please check your local listings for when this show will air in your area.

"Hard Rock" Episode WS0208
Four gifted cupcake bakers battle for the chance to have their tasty treats on display at the Hard Rock Cafe's Pinktober concert event, featuring music legend and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge. Tune In:
     Dec 28, 2010 9:00 PM ET/PT
     Dec 29, 2010 12:00 AM ET /PT
     Jan 02, 2011 5:00 PM ET /PT
http://www.foodnetwork.com/cupcake-wars/hard-rock/index.html

On Saturday, March 12, Canadian Music Week will play host to Etheridge as she kicks off her tour of that country in support of her most recent album, Fearless Love . Click here: New (free!) Queens Club EP, Friendly - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

 

Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter benefit concert on January 22

Join Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter on guitar and piano January 22 at 7:00 at the beautiful Simpson House (across from All Souls Church ) 4501 Walnut for a benefit concert followed by a scrumptious reception and drinks. $25.00 per person. Mail Checks to All Souls 4501 Kansas City MO 64111 . Mark Memo: Bob and Jeff. Questions? Call 816 9316044. This is a fundraiser for a small corrugated tin school house in Xecotoj , Guatemala . Escuela Xecotoj (say-co-tah) It is a poor village in the Highlands of Guatemala. Maybe 100 families live there. There are 5 teachers. There are 90+ students pre-6 th grade. They get 12 cents from the government a day per child for food. They get no books or paper from the government. They have running water (for the toilets) for one hour a day.

 

Christopher Tolle releases new Christmas song

Each year, new Christmas songs appear on the scene. The Belles' Chris Tolle has written one called “Merry Xmas Eve, Goodnight.” Click here: Christopher Tolle (of the Belles) has written a very catchy Christmas song - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

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KKFI Holiday Party on December 23

The KKFI Holiday Party on Thursday, December 23 will feature live, local music, food and fun. Space is limited, so be sure to get your ticket before they're all gone. Click here: KKFI Live Music Holiday Party .

 

Kansas Arts On Tour adds River Cow Orchestra

The Kansas Arts Commission has announced that River Cow Orchestra and David Basse have been added to their Arts On Tour Roster. Click here: Artists' News from the Kansas Arts Commission .

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There's sad news for Kansas City area record collectors and music buyers as Westport 's Streetside Records is closing. Click here: Streetside Records in Westport closing? (Update: Yes, it's closing) - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Josh Vowell & the Rumble represented Topeka at last year's International Blue Conference in Memphis . This year's they're representing the Wichita Blues Society. Topeka 's WIBW-TV recently spotlighted the band. Click here: #!/video/video.php?v=167769326591971 .

Dave Damm (aka Dave Diamond) is a Neil Diamond impersonator who brought “The Neil

Diamond Experience” to The Boulevard in Wichita last Friday. Damm, a University of Kansas graduate, says his Neil Diamond obsession began in childhood when his mother used to drive around with a Neil Diamond cassette playing in the car. His motto: “Feel the Neil.” 

The title of Jenny Carr 's new album, “Maybe Definitely Really for Sure,” is laden with uncertainty. Yet there's nothing tentative about the best moments of the Kansas City-based artist's new album. Eclectic and occasionally profane, it evokes the emotive musings of Conor Oberst. Many picked it up at the CD release party that immediately followed Elaine McMilian's weekly songwriters showcase last Thursday at Czar Bar.

Last Thursday, December 16, Snake Bite made its Lawrence debut at the Replay Lounge. The local power trio is made up of Eric Mardis from Split Lip Rayfield and Calvin Bennett & Ryan Johnson, both from Grain & Demise. Snake Bite is currently recording a debutalbum.

The eighth annual Holiday Hoedown at Lawrence 's Liberty Hall drew a good crowd as the members of the Midday Ramblers and the Wilders entertained with music of the season. Click here: Holiday Hoedown celebrates some welcome firsts / LJWorld.com .

KC's Red Line Chemistry was part of the annual KQRC Twisted Christmas show at the Midland Theater. Click here: KC's Red Line Chemistry says thanks for a full year of music - KansasCity.com .

It's far from unusual to encounter Salvation Army bell ringers this time of year while shopping. What is rare is to find sax player with a red bucket. Norman Burke-Yale of Independence , MO definitely stands out from the crowd. Norm plays in Winston Apple's band, and he had this to say, “ Norm is a great guy and the quotes attributed to him reflect that. Norm truly embodies the spirit of the season.” Click here: The Salvation Army's bell ringers help themselves while helping others - KansasCity.com .

If you buy a Sexy Accident band T-shirt between now and December 24, the band will give the money to Operation Breakthrough. Click here: Buy a shirt; give kids in KC a lil' holiday cheer. Everybody wins! - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Kelley Hunt and her and will be back at Liberty Hall New Year's Eve for her annual benefit for the east-central Kansas food bank ECKAN/JUST FOOD. The nearby Marriott Spring Hill Suites will have a special ticket/hotel room package, the this year's show will also be a CD release party for Kelley's new Gravity Love You album. Click here: Kelley Hunt

The Pitch recently published ten suggestions for what to do this New Year's Eve in Kansas City and Lawrence . Click here: Ten best things to do on New Years' Eve in Kansas City (and Lawrence) - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Reggae fans will find RasNeville & the Kingstonians playing a Fatso's in downtown Lawrence on New Year's Eve. This band has been on the local scene for 29 years with no sign of letting up.

2010 has seen the return of Ultimate Fake Book , and the band's Eric Melin was recently interviewed for St. Louis ' KDHX blog. Click here: Interview with Eric Melin of Ultimate Fakebook : KDHX Blog .

KC's Capybara was rumored to have broken up this year, but it looks like they'll be back soon with their second album. Click here: Kickstart Capybara's second album - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

There's always a lot of free music available during the holidays. Queens Club has a new EP available for downloading on the Kansas City band's Facebook page. Click here: New (free!) Queens Club EP, Friendly - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

A new Lawrence band called Latenight Callers has yet to play a local show, but plans to remedy that next month at Liberty Hall. Click here: Latenight Callers are seducing Kansas City music lovers - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

There's a lot happening on Kansas City 's jazz scene, and the People's Liberation Big Band plays at the RecordBar each month. Click here: kcjazzlark .

The Plastic Sax blog has named pianist Mark Lowrey its “Person of the Year.” Click here: Plastic Sax: Mark Lowrey: The Plastic Sax Person of the Year .

An unexpected live CD by Interstring reminds us how missed they have been. Click here: CD, concert re-introduces Interstring - KansasCity.com .

One of the jazz highlights of 2010 was the inaugural Prairie Village Jazz Fest . With plans for another in 2011, supporters have scheduled a fund raising 5K run May 15. Click here: Prairie Village Jazz Fest organizers plan 5K fundraiser at Prairie Village Post – Neighborhood news and events for .

On January 26former Kansas City, now Nashville, singer-songwriter Jeff Black  will be performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN with friends Sam Bush and John Oates for Alive at the Bluebird at 9:00 PM. This benefit for the Alive Hospice will be a great night of music for only $20, so make your reservations here or call the Bluebird Box Office at 615-383-1461.

December 13 , 2010

 

    

Martina McBride joins Dave Stewart for duet

Martina McBride is one of the artists dueting with Dave Stewart on his newest album. Click here: Dave Stewart Featuring Martina McBride, 'All Messed Up' -- Exclusive Song Premiere - The Boot .

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As we've already revealed, Proto-Kaw has been hard at work on a new album. We can now reveal the name, which is pretty simple...straight forward...a play on words...fits the numerical progression of the albums...all the things Kerry Livgren likes. It will be called Proto-Kaw FORTH .

A new category has been added to the 18th Annual Billboard Starmaker 360 Worldwide Song Contest . This competition organized by KMHOF inductee Jim Halsey is open until December 31. The new category is "Best Undiscovered Christmas Song." Click here: Billboard Starmaker 360 WorldWide Song and Video Contest

KC's David Cook returns for his third year to the Annual Race for Hope on May 1, 2011 , in Washington , DC . Click here: David Cook's 2011 Race for Hope Team for a Cure | DavidCookOfficial.com .

Rudy Love and the Love Family  were featured in a show Friday night called "Christmas the Way It Was." The popular local singers performed their own songs plus several Christmas songs. The show was at All Occasions Event Center in Wichita and included a buffet dinner.

Mary Bridget Davies played Saturday night, and she'll be at the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs , MO , on the 15 th before heading to Memphis to represent Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge. Click here: Mary Bridget Davies' band is headed to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge - Page 1 - Music - Kansas Cit .

Swing singer Les Lankhorst returns to Salina on December 17 for his ?Merry Swingin' Christmas? show at the Salina Community Theater. The Salina native lives in Branson , MO , where he plays the part of Frank Sinatra in a Rat Pack tribute show. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journa.l

Speaking of coming home, the Noise FM was back in KC over the weekend. Click here: The Noise FM comes home for a good cause - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

Lawrence 's Deadman Flats was back home Friday night to record a DVD. We hope we see you in the crowd when it's released. Click here: Deadman Flats records its Mudstomp romps - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

KC indie rock band Everyday/Everynight premiered a music video Friday night at Crosstown Station directed by Zac Eubank. Both of the band's songwriters, Jerad Tomasino and Mat Shoare, have recently released solo debuts, but they were back together for Friday's show.

The 7th annual Jeff Scheetz Band Christmas Concert for the Animals is Dec 19, 7pm at the Mission Theater at 5909 Johnson Drive in Mission This is an all ages show, where ALL the money raised goes directly to local animal shelters. Over the years they have raised thousands of dollars for shelters and animal organizations that take care of our four legged friends that are not fortunate enough to have found their forever homes yet. The show consists of rockin' versions of your Christmas favorites from Jeff's Christmas?at Last CD, along with some JSB tunes, and lots of special guests! Special guests this year include Dennis Laffoon and Janet Jameson from Shooting Star and Brett Johnson from Starlit Platoon, as well as other ?special? friends dropping by. There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes that have been donated for the event, all being organized by one of the event sponsors, Paw Prints the Magazine !

The Get Up Kids have reunion tour across the country and a new album coming out in January before they come back to Lawrence March 13 for a gig at the Bottleneck. Click here: Get Up Kids to Lawrence in March - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

 

December 6 , 2010

 

A note from Kerry Livgren

Kerry Livgren     

“Well everyone, I have decided to give you all a Christmas present this year. I have written a Christmas song, titled "A Kansas Christmas", and posted it as a free download.

Just go to numavox.com, and on the News page you will find the download. Incidentally, Topeka Bible Church is performing the piece live this weekend in their Light Show. Fröhliche Weihnachten!”

DOWNLOAD "A Kansas Christmas"

 

Kelley Hunt releases new CD

This month Kelley Hunt was invited to collaborate in Bay Area recording sessions on Sista Monica Parker's upcoming gospel album. As a result, Kelley is a special guest on Monica's Christmas Gospel concert Sunday, December 12, at the First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz . Kelley has other shows this month in Ft. Smith , AR , Lincoln , NE , and Lawrence , KS .

Sometimes little unexpected suprises can be a good thing. This appears to be one of those times.  88 Records has learned that the first shipment of Kelley's terrific new CD Gravity Loves You will arrive way ahead of schedule. As a special thanks to all of Kelley's great fans, the CD is available online now. The official national street date is January 18, but you can go to the link below to order your copy right now .   All orders including the new disc begin shipping today, Monday, December 7. Go here to listen to some sneak preview tracks from Gravity Loves You .

Happy holidays from Kelley, 88 Records
and Kelley Hunt Merchandise.

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Stan Sheldon will rejoin Peter Frampton

Bassist Stan Sheldon has informed us that he'll be rejoining Peter Frampton's band in early 2011. Stan played on Frampton Comes Alive , the biggest selling live album of all time. Stan's spending most of this month learning Frampton's new material.

    

 

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Oleta Adams was in Wichita for a show over the weekend. Click here: Following her heart | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita Eagle .

Willie Nelson's son Lukas played at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina on Saturday, December 4. His opening act was a new band led by Salina firefighter Rob Northcutt, formerly of the band Northcutt. Shot Gun Sons features a more traditional county music sound that fans are used to hearing from Northcutt. LINK

KC native Janelle Monae has been nominated again for a Grammy. Click here: Janelle Monae is nominated for a Grammy -- again - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog ; Click here: KC musicians among Grammy nominees - KansasCity.com .

Topeka 's “Big Woody” Davis was killed fleeing from police last week. Click here: Musician ID'd as driver in chase | CJOnline.com ; Click here: Elbert 'Big Woody' Davis Jr., blues musician, killed in high-speed chase with police - Kansas City Music - Wayward .

We've received word that KC sax player Steve Herald has passed away. He was also a writer and arranger who played with several area big bands. He was in Full Blast when they had a regular Friday night gig at Plaza III in the late 80s.

Three years ago Tuesday, local saxophonist Chris Burnett helped found the Artists Recording Collective, a platform to promote and release recordings by professional artists and composers. It started with three artists. Today, the independent label and established market brand name boasts 50 artists. “In three years, we've grown so much,” Burnett said. “We're going to cut the line at 50 artists. If you get more than 50 artists, they get lost in the shuffle. So we want to make sure that doesn't happen. The good thing about being a member is its constant promotion.” Artists pay a monthly membership fee. The website is at www.artistsrecordingcollective.info. “The purpose isn't to make a profit,” Burnett said. “That's where we have every label out there beat. It is not dependent on the artist selling a certain amount. To run our platform, we are self-sufficient through our membership dues.” Burnett has worked in online music distribution since 1994. You won't find any better music anywhere,” Burnett said. Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/12/03/2496187/shawnee-community-services-eyes.html#ixzz17AKz9KBo

A ten year old documentary film about the Lawrence hip hop scene called Looking for Today is now available for viewing online. Click here: Looking for Today, a documentary about the Lawrence hip hop scene circa 2000 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Lawrence 's Fourth of July has incorporated some old film into their new video. Click here: Fourth of July's early-'90s home-movie video for 'Friend of a Friend' - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

Every year new Christmas recordings appear like gifts under the tree. One that's getting a lot of plays this year comes from Lawrence 's Sam Billen & Josh Atkinson . Click here: Local musicians offer 'A Word of Encouragement' | Lawrence.com .

Many albums are recorded earlier in the year for release at this time of the year, when people are looking for presents or stocking stuffers. Jarad Tomasino recorded his new CD in August, but the release party had to wait until December 4. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Monday Afternoon 3 PM .

Christmas music crosses all genres, and KC rapper The Phantom proves that with his latest release. Click here: 'The Night thePhantom* Stole Christmas,' a special holiday album from...thePhantom* - Kansas City Music - Wayward

The Sexy Accident have two shows scheduled for Saturday, December 11, and both will surely include a version of their song “A Merry Christmas to You.” Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - The Sexy Accident - A Merry Christmas to You

On December 17, Billy Belzer has a special show scheduled at KC's RecordBar. It will be a benefit for the KC Free Health Clinic. Click here: Laugh at Bill Belzer -- for a good cause - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

London Transit has a new EP coming out January 1 called Fake Figures . The Kansas City band has posted a preview online. Click here: London Transit's new forthcoming EP, Fake Figures - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

With all of the recent and announced band reunions going on, it's no surprise that Zoom has joined the crowd. They'll be at the RecordBar January 29, along with Namelessnumberheadman. Click here: Zoom and Namelessnumberheadman are playing the RecordBar in January - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more

 

November 29, 2010

 

Fortnight at Lawrence Arts Center on November 30

Fortnight will perform at the Lawrence Arts Center Tuesday, November 30. The group does music by Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, Radiohead, Genesis and Big Star, as well as traditional and original material. The band is Sebastian Alfie (electric & acoustic guitar), Maria Anthony (Acoustic guitar, flute, theramin), Bryan Foster (electric bass), Clark Jamison (percussion) and Darrell Lea (acoustic guitar).

 

Zona Rosa at Stone Canyon Pizza on December 2 (KC)

The Thursday Night Music Series kickoff at Stone Canyon Pizza in Zona Rosa is coming soon (December 2 at 8pm ). Two of Kansas City's talented songwriters and musicians, Nate Gawron from The Wilders and Garrett White from Konza Swamp Band will perform American country standards, old time, bluegrass and honky tonk tunes. Plus, you can enjoy $2 domestic bottles and draws all evening.

 

Jeff Scheetz Band Christmas Concert on December 19 (Mission)

Sunday, December 19 at 7pm at The Mission Theater the 7th annual Jeff Scheetz Band Christmas Concert for the animals will raise money for local animal shelters. This year they are at the historic Mission Theater on Johnson Drive in Mission , KS .  This is an all ages show so go out and hear rocking versions of your favorite Christmas songs. Dennis Laffoon and Janet Jameson from Shooting Star will be playing with the band, along with other special guests. Tickets will be available at the door (doors open at 6:30 ). Please help the animals and post this everywhere. You can download a poster of the event and get more information at http://www.jeffscheetz.com/christmasconcert.htm

 

KC's Hispanic neighborhoods are setting for new documentary

?Making Movies has released its video for "Tormenta." It's a chillingly beautiful video shot in crisp black and white that documents slivers of life in Kansas City 's poor, Hispanic neighborhoods. It's a statement about immigration and racism in this city, and in America as a whole; and the beauty and hope that survives in urban ruin. Well done, guys. Click here to see the video.

 

Kelley Hunt reprises New Year's Eve food benefit

Tickets are going fast for Kelley Hunt 's New Year's Eve show at Lawrence 's Liberty Hall. Not only is this the official KC/Lawrence/Topeka release concert for Kelley's new album Gravity Loves You , but all proceeds from the show will once again benefit the east-central Kansas food bank of ECKAN/JUST FOOD.

Last year's show provided over $4000 and additional food donations, over 5500 meals, for families, children, seniors and individuals. Food and monetary donations usually drop off after the holidays, so this is an important time to help. This year food demands are up 90% over last year.

In exchange for a non-perishable food item, Hunt will give a $5 discount on any of her albums purchased at the show. This includes Gravity Loves You .

Floor reserved tables are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Balcony reserved seats are $20 now and $25 at the door. Get tickets at Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com . Charge by phone at 816-931-3330 and at the Liberty Hall box office, 644 Massachusetts Street or call 785-749-1972 to make reservations

    

 

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Another New Year's Eve show, featuring Hearts of Darkness at Crosstown Station in Kansas City might be more to your liking. This will be one of the most lavish and spectacular parties in town.

Noise FM left Lawrence for Chicago this summer, but they'll be back in town December 11 for a show at the Bottleneck. They'll be part of the second ?Noise for Toys? show with Cowboy Indian Bear, the ACBs, Quiet Corral and Hawley Shoffner. Click here: Noise FM returns to Lawrence seeking money, toys - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

KC's ACBs had a release party for their second album Stona Rosa last Saturday, November 27 at the RecordBar. Click here: The ACBs walk a rocky road to Stona Rosa - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch ; Click here: ?Kind of crazy' new record from the ACBs - KansasCity.com .

It's been seven years since the last Get Up Kids album. The band's next album There Are Rules will be released on January 25. Click here: Progress Report: The Get Up Kids - Stereogum .

The band's frontman Matt Pryor is part of a three-way split release from Japan 's Inyaface Records, along with Saves the Day's Chris Conley and Husking Bee's Masafumi Isobe. They'll each contribute an original song and a cover song by each of the others.

Pryor's original is ?Pictures, Records & Ring,? and he covers Save the Day's ?Freakish,? and Husking Bee's ?Walk.? The album is due out on December 22.

Lazy has a new 7? vinyl EP coming out in January, but you can get an early mp3 version now, while you wait for the ?official? release. Click here: The new Lazy 7" EP is out now, sort of - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The Plastic Sax had a short piece on KC jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman recently. Click here: Plastic Sax: Now's the Time: Rod Fleeman .

Mark your calendars for a four-day jazz festival featuring some of Kansas City 's top jazz musicians. Jazz Winterlude at Johnson County Community College tickets are on sale and can be ordered online. Click here: Jazz Winterlude .

 

November 22, 2010

King Midas & the Muflers celebrate 45 years together

KMHOF 2006 inductees King Midas & the Muflers have been entertaining Kansans for 45 years. The band will celebrate those years with an anniversary concert November 27 at the McPherson American Legion. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

 

Kelley Hunt joins Lawrence children for Winter Holiday Concert

Lawrence's Kelley Hunt joined the Lawrence Children's Choir to perform ?Let's Go Outside? during the choir's annual Winter Holiday Concert yesterday, November 21. The song, which was written by Hunt, promotes the mission of Outside for a Better Inside, a new group in Lawrence that wants children to get away from their computers, video games and TVs and head outside to explore nature.

 

Melissa Etheridge announces 2011 Canadian tour

Melissa Etheridge is set to embark on a Canadian tour in early 2011 in support of her latest album, Fearless Love . The album has found success around the world, including a top ten debut on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Coming off a very successful summer tour in Europe and the U.S. , Melissa will begin her Canadian tour in February. She will be joined on the tour by three time Juno winner Serena Ryder.

 

Winston Apple hosts Dec 4 benefit (KC)

December 4 at Jardine's (4536 Main in Kansas City , MO ), Winston Apple  will be hosting a songwriter's showcase as a benefit for Workfare Incorporated. He will be joined by some of the Midwest 's top songwriters: Sam Billen, Tony Ladesich, Heather Thornton, and Phil Neal. The show runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Jardine's, or on-line at Brown Paper Tickets .

 

Mark Gray benefit on Dec 4 (Independence)

SE Kansas drummer Mark Gray has had some medical issues and has a large hospital bill, so a benefit show has been planned for December 4 at the Independence American Legion. Mark is perhaps best known for his time in the band Bandit. Doug Toon has indicated that he will be among the musicians playing, and he hopes others will attend and join in the jam.

 

Crumpletons set Dec 4 show
(Lawrence)

Lawrence 's Crumpletons have a merry old show set for December 4 at Stan Herd's 9 th Street Studio.

Expect an evening of 60s music and assorted psychedelic melodies. They might even work in a Christmas song or two.

It's a BYOB show with a $5 cover.

    

 

The Cowtown Ballroom is recycled

The Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City is now the Cowtown Mallroom . For three years back in the 1970s, the Cowtown Ballroom hosted some great music. A documentary film about the place was released earlier this year. As of yesterday, Sunday, November 21, it is an antique mall that will be open every Sunday from 11am to 4pm . There'll be lots of vintage collectables, art, furniture and the like. As part of the opening celebration, Howard Iceberg and the Titanics played.

 

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Two Kansas City alto saxophonists will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in March, Charlie Parker and Bobby Watson . The latest KC sax star to take his playing beyond the city is Logan Richardson , was back over the weekend. Click here: Logan Richardson is the next generation of KC sax star - KansasCity.com .

KC music artist and former Lyons resident Karla Bauer has released her first all-original Christmas album titled Hope Is Alive . She was at the Hutchinson Hastings store for a CD release party on Saturday. The KCCM 2010 Best Pop Music Artist is currently getting radio airplay in KC and Nashville . Visit www.KarlaBauer.com for more details on where to buy her CD and tour dates.

Karl Berkebile advises that his schedule is changed this week. Wednesday he'll be at the Penguin in Dallas with Richard Thiesen. Thanksgiving night, November 27, he'll be a Sneaky Pete's in Lake Lewisville . Then he journeys up to Wichita for a Christmas benefit show at the Orpheum Theater with the Santa Cats (Berkebile, Marc Mourning, Jim Hill, Ron Schauf, Matt Koehn & Joe Sauer). Two other groups will be playing as well. The benefit is for the transportation fund of the Shriners' Hospital.

The Barclay Martin Ensemble have a special show at Jardine's in Kansas City coming up on December 14. This will be their last public performance in the area for months as they and Mark Lowrey will be heading to Mali in West Africa in January for a tour of schools over there. At the Jardine's show, they will be collecting crayons to take on their trip. If you attend the show, please take any old or new crayons to donate. You might leave with a free record or T-shirt.

Mark Lowrey's first solo CD "Live at Jardines" will be released November 29. He will play two sets at 6 & 8pm. Call Jardine's at 816.561.6480 for reservations. 

The Topeka jazz duo of John Jaramillo and Orlando Zuniga have begun promoting their new album Dedications & Reflections . Keyboard player Jaramillo and saxophonist Zuniga, accompanied by percussionist Tony Vargas, played a couple of free shows over the weekend. The CD can be purchased at Topeka retailers and online through www.cdbaby.com . To learn more, go to www.jz-jazz.com .

Concord Records will release a new album called Round Midnight by Karrin Allyson on May 2, 2011 .

 

November 15, 2010

Marina McBride signs with new label

After numerous gold and platinum records on RCA, Martina McBride , has left the label for a new contract with Republic Nashville. Click here: REPUBLIC NASHVILLE HITS A HIGH NOTE WITH MARTINA McBRIDE : Martina McBride .

 

Chely Wright updates

In addition to her upcoming KMHOF induction, Chely Wright is keeping busy. December 1 Chely will be at Borders in Manhattan (NYC). She'll be signing, performing and doing a Q&A. A percentage of Borders sales will go to LifeBeat and other AIDS organizations. That evening, Chely will be receiving the Vanguard Award at the OUTmusic Award. Wright will be joining the Indigo Girls Holiday Tour next month. She has January 28 date booked in Sellersville , PA.

Chely says that public reaction to he decision to declare her homosexuality in May has had a chilly reception in Nashville . Click here: Nashville Chilly to Gay Singer Chely Wright | FrontBurner .

Since coming out, Chely has moved to New York City . Click here: Country mouse, out in the city - Gay & Lesbian - Time Out New York .

 

Pat Metheny receives DownBeat album of the year

Pat Metheny's Orchestrion has been named the 2010 album of the year and Pat has been voted Best Guitarist by the DownBeat Readers Poll.  There is also an interview with Pat in the issue which begins " ...With virtually a hundred careers behind him, Pat Metheny has seen and done it all, and he has the Grammy Awards, record sales and global fanbase to prove it.  But to hear him tell it, winning the DownBeat Reader's Poll for the Album of the Year is especially meaningful..." You can read the rest of the article in the December issue of DownBeat Magazine .

Pat has completed shooting the Orchestrion show for a new HD-DVD that will be available on Blu-ray and 3D formats.  The show needs to be mixed and put together, but it should be out early next year.

Pat Metheny is a judge for the Blue Man Group's upcoming instrument contest. BlueMan Group is launching its "Invent an Instrument National Program" in partnership with education leader Scholastic. a unique combination of education, entertainment, and environmentalism, the "Invent an Instrument National Program" is a creative contest that fuses music, arts, and innovationwith math and science, inviting students in grades 5-9 to build instruments out of existing objects. The other celebrity judges for Blue Man Group's "Invent an Instrument National Contest" are: Grammy® award winner, actor, and founder of the Ludacris Foundation Chris? Ludacris? Bridges, record producer, musician, actor, VJ and activist Stevie Van Zandt, legendary pop musicand video game music producer/distributor Nile Rodgers and President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame FoundationJoel Peresman.

 

David Cook brings support to Race for Hope

The 2010 Race for Hope in Washington D.C. was another huge success this year, with over 10,000 attendees and 503 different hard-working teams collectively raising a grand total of $2,348,000 for this amazing charity. And no team worked harder than David Cook 's 421-strong contingent, which convinced nearly 2,000 individual donors to contributed an amazing $152,306.74. We wanted to recognize and thank David's fans for their incredible generosity. Meanwhile, David is working hard on his second album, entertaining kids at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC and playing in a charity tennis tourney in Florida .

 

Free downloads of Melissa Etheridge tour performances

A Melissa Etheridge fan has put together a collection of what she considers the best versions of the songs Melissa did on her tour this year. This collection of 42 performances plus 4 bonus tracks has been posted online as mp3s that can be downloaded for free. https://www.yousendit.com/download/dklyYkJsT00yWGMwTVE9PQ .

 

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In the crazy world of music, many performers are better known and more successful outside of their hometowns than they are at home. Kansas City bebop queen Deborah Brown is a perfect example. Click here: Bebop queen Deborah Brown returns home to KC - KansasCity.com .

Brown and Giacomo Gates were in Topeka yesterday, November 14, to perform for the Topeka Jazz Workshop. Click here: Two jazz vocalists to sing | CJOnline.com .

Apocalypse Meow III at the Riot Room and the Midwest Music Company was a big success, raising funds for the Musician's Health Care Fund for Musicians in and around Kansas City . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Aftermath: Apocalypse Meow 3 .

The Riot Room was the site of Bent Left 's CD/LP release party this past Friday evening, November 12. Click here: Bent Left release an LP of EPs & a new video - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

The Tallgrass Express String Band can be found playing regularly in the Flint Hills, but the Cottonwood Falls quartet made it down to Wichita on Saturday for a CD release event at the Artichoke in Wichita . Click here: Songs of the Flint Hills | Life & Entertainment | Wichita Eagle .

For more than forty years, the Elmont Opry has been a part of the Kansas music scene. A weekend event Friday and Saturday reminded their audience with a country music show. Click here: Elmont Opry plays again | CJOnline.com .


Sons of Brasil onstage in Leavenworth
     In Leavenworth at the Hollywood Theater brought KC jazz to town. Click here: Q5: Hollywood Theater is home to world-class talent pool - Leavenworth, KS - Leavenworth Times .

KC Confidential has recently spotlighted the new looks of some old clubs in Kansas City . Click here: New Jazz Clubs Bring the Music Closer Hearne Christopher, uncensored. | kcconfidential.com .

     KC's Reggie & the Full Effect will be reuniting for a New Year's Eve show in Philadelphia . It'll be their first gig in more than two years. Click here: Reggie and the Full Effect reuniting? - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

With the help of the internet Phil Canty and the Lawrence music collective Team Bear Club to push Midwest hip-hop. Click here: Team Bear Club spins Lawrence a new beat - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

If you don't already have plans for the night before Thanksgiving, you might want to check out the Thanksgiving Eve Reggae Party with KMHOF inductees The Blue Riddim Band, along with RC Dub and DJ Rico. It'll be at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club in Kansas City starting at 8 pm .

Many Kansas City residents will gather on the Country Club Plaza for the traditional lighting ceremony. Entertainment for the 2010 Plaza Lighting Ceremony will be local jazz legend Dave Stephens and his band. They'll be joined by Lonnie McFadden.

Jim Mair has announced his resignation from the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. He told the members of the group of his intention with the following statement:

?Dear KCJO musicians, I wanted to let you know that after the Christmas concerts in December, Mary and I will be resigning from The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. It has been 8 years since we set out to make this project a reality and we feel like the organization needs some fresh ideas and new energy. I'm excited to announce that Kerry Strayer has been asked to serve as the new Artistic Director and Conductor... The Board of Directors is currently interviewing candidates for Executive Director... Although the economy has made obtaining funding over the past two years more difficult, the organization has remained financially sound with over $160,000 currently in the bank... It has been an honor for us to have worked with you, and for me especially to front an ensemble of your caliber and talent. Giving that up is tough, however we feel it is best for our family and best for the organization?.

On Friday, December 3, at 8 pm , at Emmanuel Church in Boston , the 19 piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra will present a program of creative music celebrating the JCA's 25th Anniversary Admission is $12. The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra has been a fixture on Boston 's creative music scene since

its first performance in December 1985 (which split the bill with Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet). Combining dedicated musicianship, innovative programming and fresh compositional ideas, JCA concerts are colorful, adventurous, high-energy events. The JCA has released 8 critically acclaimed CDs. Drawing on influences that span the history of jazz and the world's musical traditions, the JCA composers bring together a huge palette of sounds, structures and concepts. Many of the band's featured soloists are bandleaders and composers in their own right, and are some of New England's most creative musicians, including on flute: Hiro Honshuku; alto sax: Jim Hobbs (of Fully Celebrated Orchestra); trumpet: Mike Peipman and Jerry Sabatini; tenor sax: Phil Scarff (of Natraj); trombones and tuba: David Harris, Bill Lowe and Bob Pilkington and vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton. The JCA Orchestra was a runner up in 2009's Boston Phoenix Best of Boston poll. The group has also presented an illustrious group of guest performers including Oliver Lake , Steve Lacy, Dave Holland, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers and many others.

Of JCA's recent discs critics say:?This is music for mind and soul? ? The Montreal Gazette ?The Same Thing is a bold and impassioned musical statement from a composer who revels in the myriad possibilities afforded by a talented and flexible big band. One cannot help but admire Katz and the JCA for their dedication and commitment to creative music.? ? Jazz Review.com?Crazy, avant-garde, third-stream, god-knows-what big band composition that manages to stay in touch with what Julius Hemphill called "the hard blues." ? Lerterland

?The band plays with drive and vitality, the soloists responding with imaginative fire to the charts and the ensemble. This is contemporary big band music of a very high order, written and played with considerable skill and integrity?- swing2bop.com/reviews .

?It is a remarkable feat to keep a big band such as this one going for as long as it has, and the result is a tightly presented sonance that any lover of the larger aggregates should appreciate?-gapplegate?The versatility of the band is breathtaking, ranging from moody blues to ear splitting bouts of cacophonic climaxes? Borderland

A Wallflower in the Amazon , JCA's most recent recording, was released in August 2010. It features the work of composer/arranger/JCA director Darrell Katz , onetime Lawrence , KS musician. Katz is best remembered in Lawrence for his time in the Penetrations.

For further information on the Jazz Composers Alliance, call the JCA at (781) 899-3130, email info@jazzcomposersalliance.orgemail info@jazzcomposersalliance.org email info@jazzcomposersalliance.org or visit www.jazzcomposersalliance.org .

 

November 8, 2010

Greg Volpert memorial celebration set for November 13

A celebration of Greg Volpert 's life featuring music, memories and musings will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 2:30 pm at the Big Stack Daddy Studio, 901 Pennsylvania in Lawrence .

 

Chely Wright performances and book tour

2011 inductee Chely Wright continues to tour in support of her latest album and her autobiography, while making time to support LGBT equality. Click here: Chely Wright answers the call - Dallas Voice .

 

Melissa Etheridge inspired by John Lennon

Melissa Etheridge was inspired to ?Change the World? by the late Beatle John Lennon. Click here: Melissa Etheridge -- Defining Moments - Spinner .

 

Kelley Hunt New Year's Eve tickets on sale now

Tickets go on sale today, November 8 for Kelley Hunt 's upcoming New Year's Eve show.! Again the venue is Lawrence 's historic Liberty Hall and again this year proceeds from the show will benefit ECKAN/JUST FOOD - the food pantry of record in east central Kansas . This show will also be the official Kansas City/Lawrence CD release event for Kelley's new album Gravity Loves You which hits the streets nationally on January 18. This will be a chance for KC/Lawrence area fans to get signed copies of "Gravity" before it goes into international distribution.

To get tickets go to ticketmaster.com , all Ticketmaster locations or the Liberty Hall box office, 644 Massachusetts in Lawrence (785.749.1972). Floor tables are $30 adv./$35 day-of-show, balcony seats are $20 adv./$25 day-of-show. All seats are reserved.

Again this year those concertgoers who bring food or monetary contributions for JUST FOOD to the show will receive a $5-off coupon redeemable at the show for either a copy of Gravity Loves You or any of Kelley's  previous releases.

 

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Over this past weekend, Kansas City musicians raised funds for the Musicians Health Care Fund at the third annual Apocalypse Meow . Click here: Apocalypse Meow benefits musicians' health fund - KansasCity.com .

KC rapper Tech N9ne visited a jail recently in his search for God. Click here: Articles | Cover story: Tech N9ne's haunted mind | Ink .

Jazz and hip-hop get along well in Kansas City . Mark Lowrey vs. Hip-Hop is a regular source for MC's and jazz players to team up, and Les Izmore and Diverse fused jazz and hip-hop in a tribute to Common's Like Water for Chocolate last year. Black Friday , November 26, will unveil tributes to fallen heroes J Dilla and Biggie and legends like Common, featuring Mark Lowrey, Diverse Duo (Hermon Mehari & Ryan J. Lee), Logan Richardson, Peter Schlamb, Dominique Sanders, Schelli Tolliver, Vance Ashworth and DJ Ataxic. This show at Crosstown Station promises a few new ideas and twists.

Moreland & Arbuckle wrap up 2010 with some great shows. They are looking forward to playing in Wichita on November 19th. Oil Boom will open the show which starts at  9 pm . The band plans on getting back into the studio in December. The enthusiasm for their new material, coupled with great engineering, guest musicians, and the raw energy they summon, will produce another must have album for 2011.

Multi-platinum Flawless/Geffen recording artists, Puddle Of Mudd , release their fourth studio set, Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate , on December 8. The album follows the phenomenal success of POM's third release, 2007's Famous . Famous proved the band's consistency to deliver to not only their fans, but on all business platforms. One single off of Famous, "Psycho," earned Billboard Magazine's highest honors - #1 Mainstream Rock Song of the Year, #4 Hot Modern Rock Song of the Year, as well as Mainstream Rock #2 Artist of 2008. Radio and Records posted "Psycho" as the #1 Rock Song of 2008, #2 Active Rock Song of the Year, and POM earned their Number 3 status for Rock Artist of the Year.

Recording Volume 4 in Vancouver & Los Angeles , Puddle Of Mudd (POM) smartly re-enlisted the talents of Brian Howes, who produced the aforementioned Famous and John Kurzweg, who produced 2001's album, Come Clean . "Even though we hate messing with success, we felt adding newcomer Brain Virtue to the producer mix would be a welcome change," say frontman Wes Scantlin. "What we got is ten tracks of exactly what we were looking for," adds Wes Scantlin.

In addition to KC native singer/guitarist Scantlin, bassist Douglas Ardito, drummer Ryan Yerdon and the return of guitarist Paul Phillips on guitars round out the POM line-up. The band's 2001 debut album Come Clean generated four 1 alternative and rock radio hit singles ("Blurry," "She Hates Me," "Control" and "Drift And Die"), with "Blurry" becoming the most played track on Modern Rock Radio for 2002 and scooping up the ASCAP award for most played song of the year. 2003 saw the release of their follow up Life On Display, which featured the top 5 radio hit "Away From Me" and the top 10 hit "Heel Over Head." The first single from Volume 4, "Spaceship," will be available October 27th on Amazon.com and iTunes.

"It's easy and predictable to say I'm most proud of this record," says band frontman Wes Scantlin, adding, "but I think it's more appropriate to say I'm most proud of what we've accomplished as a band to this point." The music business has gotten nothing but more difficult over the years, since the band's debut. But an unfazed Scantlin is quick to credit not only their ability to write ear-friendly songs, but to credit the fans that react to them. Says Wes, "We've not only navigated the minefield successfully, but we've laid our own on the battlefield that is this business. As self-sufficient as ever, we virtually depend on the fans to come through for us - and because of that, this band is built for the future."

On November 12 Hidden Pictures will be playing song from their new EP, Whitney Houston , at Lawrence 's 8 th Street Taproom. Click here: Hidden Pictures' new EP, Whitney Houston - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The Steve Rigazzi Group is going to be recording live at Jardines on Tuesday, November 9 from 7-11. The Steve Rigazzi Group is: Paul Smith -piano, Danny Embrey- guitar, Rich Wheeler- Sax, Todd Strait- Drums, Steve Rigazzi -Bass.

Winston Apple 's most recent album A Is For Apple (by "Pa Apple") is now up on CD Baby.  You can hear samples of all of the songs on the album by going to the album page on CD Baby .  It's a children's album for kids of all ages. Winston will be performing at a CD release party for the album on Saturday morning, November 13, at the Main Street Coffee House, 107 S. Main Street in Independence , MO.

Jeff Black 's new album is into the final turn, and from what we've been hearing through the grapevine, it will be worth the wait. Meanwhile, Jeff will be performing at Music City Roots on Wednesday, November 10 in Nashville . This show can be heard live online , so be sure to tune in if you aren't in town for the show!

The night's lineup includes good friends Sam Bush, John Oates, Brian McGee and Yarn with special guest host, Kyle Cantrell and Webb Wilder from Sirius XM. Needless to say, it will be a fantastic night of great music... so join Jeff at the Loveless Cafe if you can. The show starts at 7pm. Buy your tickets here , but if you can't make it, tune in online or on Nashville's Lightning 100 - WRLT-FM .

Kansas City jazz legends Count Basie and Charlie Parker will be inducted into the KMHOF next March, and another big name from KC's past, Mary Lou Williams , is the cover story in the current issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine . Click here: Smithsonian Folkways Magazine - Fall 2010 - Mary Lou Williams .

The current Present Magazine features an interview with Sara Teasley , the drummer and vocalist for The New Lost Souls and The Cave Girls. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Presenting Sara Teasley .

96.5 the Buzz has announced the lineup for this year's ?The Night the Buzz Stole Christmas? concert. Click here: Sleigh Bells, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Beautiful Bodies and more lined up for The Night the Buzz Stol .

Wichita's Christmas Express concert rolls into The Orpheum on Saturday, November 27. The Santa Cats featuring Karl Berkebile are in rehearsal already. This group of musicians can really smoke on those bluesy Christmas songs: Karl Berkebile/piano and vocals, Marc Mourning/drums, Jimmy Hill/guitar(WOW!), Matt Koehn/saxophone, Ron Schauf/bass and, Joey Sauer/Hammond organ.

Janet Jameson emailed us recently to say that her friend Phil Rogers has recently set up a Midwest relationship with MusiCares , a program to help professional musicians in need. Rogers has been instrumental in signing MusiCares with two excellent regional facilities to provide drug and alcohol rehab in the KC area.

MusiCares, based in Santa Monica, California, is an affiliate organization of the Recording Academy and the Grammy organization. Over the years, the music industry has evolved into an amazing worldwide network of individuals and multinational conglomerates, yet, disturbingly, these same people have very few places to turn in troubled times. The tragic health and financial hardships faced by too many members of our musical family prompted the Recording Academy's establishment of the MusiCares Foundation in 1989. The "heart and soul" of MusiCares is the Emergency Financial Assistance Program that provides critical funds for music people struggling with financial, medical or personal crises. This program offers financial assistance for medical expenses including doctor, dental and hospital bills, prescriptions, addiction recovery treatment, psychotherapy, and other critical illnesses, as well as basic living expenses such as rent and utilities. This program is available to music people with documented employment in the industry, and who have experienced an unavoidable emergency. Please visit the website at the address below, or call one of the hotline numbers shown, for additional information and details!
http://www2.grammy.com/MusiCares West Coast office: 800.687.4227 Central office: 877.626.2748 Northeast office: 877.303.6962. For substance abuse issues, please contact: Harold Owens, Sr. Director, Musicares/Map Fund, 310.581.1258 p 310.392.2187 f             

On November 21 the R and B for Christmas Benefit  for Carpenter Place and the Henlock Price Boys Ranch takes place at Wichita 's Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley Street . Doors open at 5, the show is from 6-10 with the Macy Brothers Band. There's also a raffle and art auction. Tickets are $8.

Martina McBride has a video in GAC's latest competition. Click here: GAC's Top 50 Videos of 2010: Fan Voted Video Countdown and Sweepstakes : Great American Country .

 

November 1, 2010

 

Greg Volpert loses battle with cancer

We have sad news to report. Graphic artist Greg Volpert died this morning, November 1 in Lawrence after a long battle with cancer. Greg was well known for his many posters, flyers and album covers that he designed for Kansas musicians. He also did three designs for the KMHOF, which are included here. Services are pending. A cremation is planned.

    
        
 

 

Kansas Music Hall of Fame member Larry Church has died

Since our last newsletter, we have received news of the death of trumpeter Larry Church . Larry was inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Young Raiders. He was also a member of Central Standard Time, one of the 2011 finalists. His other bands included Horns of Plenty, the Rural Electric Association and the Wee Three Trio. Click here: Larry Church Obituary: View Larry Church's Obituary by Wichita Eagle ; Click here: Larry Church Guest Book: sign their guest book, share your condolences, or read their obituary at Wichita Eagle .

 

Carol Marcanos has died at age 62

We've also received word of the passing of Carol Marcanos, wife of SE KS musician Marc Marcanos . Carol and Marc returned to Southeast Kansas from Kansas City about two years ago. Marc was a member of the Aardvarks back in 1963. He later formed a band called Man-O-Live with Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Marc still performs with Son Venezuela and Solid Gold. Click here: Carol Lynn Marcano - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .

 

Roger Johnson recovering from heart surgery

Roger Johnson , leader of 2006 inductees Eric & the Norsemen, underwent triple bypass heart surgery on October 18. He came through it very well and is on his way to recovery.

 

    

 

John Amaro undergoes surgery

KC musician John Amaro had stints put in October 26, which was also his wedding anniversary. A Manhattan native, John is best known for his many years leading the 39 th Street Blues Band in Kansas City . He reports that the operation was a success and that he's not enjoying the pain, but hopes that will soon fade away.

 

Marilyn Maye is a hit on the East Coast

Inductee Marilyn Maye made three trips to the east coast last month. She made two stops at the Lincoln Center to pick up awards, and Marilyn put on a show of Johnny Mercer music at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington , NY . Click here: A Conversation with Jazz Great, Marilyn Maye - Port Washington, NY Patch .

 

Martina McBride joins with Train

Martina McBride and chart-topping rockers Train will join forces onstage in what promises to be a sensational musical event when CMT Crossroads: Train and Martina McBride premiers Saturday, November 20. The one-hour show will be taped in Nashville . This will mark McBride's second appearance on the hit series. The first time she was paired in Pat Benatar in 2003.

?Performing on CMT Crossroads with Martina McBride is an exciting honor for Train, ? said Pat Monahan, Train's lead vocalist. ?Martina is an icon in the country music world because her voice is amazing and her songs are timeless. We can't wait to share the Crossroads stage with her and her band.?

    

According to Lynn Meredith, lead singer of Proto-Kaw , the band has re-grouped and is working on finishing its untitled album to be released in January. The band doesn't expect to play live, but they are looking for a venue in Kansas City for an album pre-release party/event. The band will be there and will play the album. It will be available to purchase for those in attendance. As reported in an earlier newsletter, this project is an outgrowth of the band gathering at Kerry Livgren's studion near Berryton for Kerry's birthday.

Since September 28, Patrick Brown has been posting to YouTube a collection of clips he gathered while putting together the Kansas City Reggae Uprising Film , a documentary about the local reggae community. (Watch them here .) The film will premier at Davey's Uptown on Friday, November 5.

While Kansas wrapped up its recent shows with a series of college symphonies, lead guitarist took time to reflect on many of the band's more familiar songs. Click here: LV MUSIC: Kansas guitarist tells what's on his mind with band's best songs - Morning Call .

 

Melissa Etheridge PINKTOBER concert available

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Melissa Etheridge 's PINKTOBER concert is now available for viewing! Melissa officially launched Hard Rock's 11th Annual PINKTOBER initiative at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood  on Tuesday, September 28. Joining her on stage for a few songs was Crystal Bowersox. Check out this amazing performance!

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Etheridge has released the version of her song ?I Run For Life? that she and Crystal Bowersox performed at the Hard Rock Café' PINKTOBER concert. The track has been available on iTunes since October 26. Net proceeds from sales of the song will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

AOL recently presented KMHOF inductee Melissa Etheridge performing acoustic versions of six songs as part of their "Sessions" page.  Click here: Indiana (Sessions) Video - Melissa Etheridge - AOL Music

 

Chely Wright will receive Vanguard Award

Chely Wright will receive the Vanguard Award at the annual Outmusic Awards.  The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) announced last Tuesday, October 256, that the biggest night in LGBT entertainment will take place on December 1. This year's honorees include KMHOF inducteee Melissa Etheridge - Lifetime Achievement Award, Sheryl Lee Ralph - Pillar Award, Wayne Besen - Visionary Award, Chely Wright - Vanguard Award.

 

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The late Pete Eye featured on new CD release

From a Johnson County Community College press release: A new CD, Live from JCCC's Yardley Hall, featuring the late Kansas City jazz pianist and band leader Pete Eye along with three other musicians, will be released during a jazz concert and party from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Atrium in the Regnier Center, Johnson County Community College... The CD was recorded at Eye's final major concert on March 3, 2009 , part of the JCCC Jazz Series. Eye died April 8, 2010 .

 

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A KKFI fundraiser in Kansas City this Friday, November 5, appears to be work checking out. Two of the city's top guitarists will play at the Crosstown Station. The Guitar Meltdown will feature Fast Johnny Ricker doing a set of Eric Clapton music and Jeff Sheetz performing the music of Jimi Hendrix.

It's not often that a musician has his show hijacked, but it happened to KC saxman and KMHOF nominee Bobby Watson recently. Click here: Plastic Sax: The Pearl Thuston-Brown Takeover .

Watson and some of his students are currently on tour in Japan . Click here: UMKC jazz to be heard all the way in Japan - KansasCity.com .

Lawrence 's Sam Billen is doing a kickstarter for his new Christmas album. Check out this message he sent:

My friend Josh Atkinson and I are releasing a Christmas album this year and we're raising funds on  kickstarter.com  to produce and press CDs. It's not your standard 'raising money to make CDs to sell' type project - we're actually raising money so we can make these CDs to hand out to people for free. It's a Christmas present!

If you don't know, the way  kickstarter.com  works is, people will pledge an amount of their choosing and will be 'rewarded' based on the reward tiers that Josh and I set (you can see the list on the project site). If we don't reach our goal ($1200) by our set deadline (Nov. 19), we won't get any of the money pledged and, if you have pledged toward the project, you won't be charged anything.

Here's the link to our project on kickstarter:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/857375913/merry- christmas-free-album-a-good-willed-music-pro

I'm including one of the songs from the new album in this e-mail for your listening pleasure. Hope you guys like it! We'll have about 7 more originals and then 8 or so renditions of other Christmas songs (In the Bleak Midwinter [inspired by Andrew Connor's version of the song], God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Still, Still, Still, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, etc.). So the album will have around 15 songs total.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this project - and if you are so inclined, please help us spread the word!

Final note: Sorry about the horrible quality of the video we posted on the project site - we're music people, not video people!!

Download Smile Smile Smile: www.therecordmachine.net/press/sam_billen_smile.mp3 .

Kansas City 's Vedera is putting on an acoustic Christmas show the RecordBar in Westport on Tuesday, December 14. Special guests will include the Blackbird Review. It's an all-ages show that starts at 7 pm . For more information, visit www.huntindusties.com or www.vederamusic.net .

Under the auspices of executive producer Bill Schenk, an all-star cast was put together to interpretet Tommy Bolin's final works and record them. Among those taking part are Van McLain and Ronnie Platt of Shooting Star . The result is an interesting collection of music based on various styles of rock, jazz and blues. Part of the proceeds of the CD's sales will be donated to the Jackson Recovery Center . Help a good cause, keep Bolin's legacy alive and jam out to some tunes by picking up a copy of the album at www.misterbolinslatenightrevival.com .

After years of being out of production, Come Walk With Me  is available once again! Oleta is thrilled to announce she has made the Grammy nominated, fan favorite, faith based CD available through her website.  To order click here www.oletaadams.com

Jazz at the Hollywood Theater is a concert series in Leavenworth  that was developed to present performances in the community by world class talent that is based in the Kansas City metro area. The concerts are recorded for broadcast by Kansas Public Radio. This year's event, to be held on November 13 at 8 p.m. , will feature the Sons of Brasil and the Roger Wilder Quartet. Proceeds will go to benefit the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.

KMHOF inductee Michael Brewer has written a new song called ? Esperanza? about the miners who were trapped in Chile . A video of him performing the song is available on YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJdrDbRYUw .

The Miss Vixen Pin Up Pageant is coming up at Knuckleheads in KC on November 18. Click here: Miss Vixen Pin Up Pageant at Knuckleheads - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The Neon dance nights in Lawrence are coming to an end after nearly a decade. Started by DJ's Konsept and Motley Cruz, the next Neon is Thursday, November 18, and the final night is Thursday, December 9. Click here: R.I.P., NEON - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Dutch Newman , a young Kansas City rapper is fairly new on the scene, but he's already made an impact. Click here: For Dutch Newman, the love is starting to pay off - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

KC rockabilly band Them Damned Young Livers doesn't have a lot in common musically with rapper Tech N9ne, but the aband hopes it won't keep them from being signed to the same label. Click here: Them Damned Young Livers's strange campaign to get Tech N9ne to sign them to Strange Music - Kansas City Music - W .

Kansas City singer-songwriter Margo May was eliminated from TV's American Idol , but that hasn't kept her from working toward her musical goals. Click here: ?Up, Up and Away': Margo May hopes that's the path her career will take - KansasCity.com .

Another of the young musician getting noticed in Kansas City is Amy Farrand . Click here: Amy Farrand has traveled a reckless road to become a top local musician - KansasCity.com .

 

October 18, 2010

Melissa Etheridge news

Her high profile makes Melissa Etheridge a terrific spokesperson for breast cancer survival. This is especially true this month as many organizations are focusing on this issue.

Click here: Breast Cancer Survivor: Melissa Etheridge .

Melissa recently granted a two part interview to her hometown newspaper. Click here: Leavenworth's own Melissa Etheridge lets us .... inside her window - Leavenworth, KS - Leavenworth Times ; Click here: Leavenworth still holds special place in heart of rock star Etheridge - Leavenworth, KS - Leavenworth Times .

 

Big Al Downing DVD released

A DVD chronicling the life and music of KMHOF inductee Big Al Downing has been released. A trailer for the DVD is available. Click here: YouTube - This is Big Al Downing - Official DVD Trailer . Copies of the DVD can be ordered from www.bigaldowning.com .

    

 

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Graphic artist Greg Volpert , well known for his many concert posters and band logos, continues to battle cancer. The following was recently posted in his name on Facebook: " Greg says he wishes that he could get to the computer to tell everyone how he has been doing. He asks that you contact him through his brother's email (jfro.n.bean@gmail.com) He says to tell everyone that he has had long periods of incoherence, falling down and blacking out, but then there are good days." That message was followed by this one: "Slowly coming out of a string of these bad days, sitting up, coherent, and getting around with a cane. I want to keep in touch. Thank god for pear keepers (his words)."

Greg has designed several projects for the Kansas Music Hall of Fame, including the one here.

Word has reached us of the passing of Southeast Kansas drummer Michael Ray , who played with many bands over the years, including KMHOF inductees Conny & the Bellhops. Click here: Michael Joe Ray - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .

This past weekend was a very busy one for music. The Topeka Jazz Workshop presented KMHOF inductee Jerry Hahn and one of his former students, Grant Geissman, in concert yesterday afternoon, October 17. Click here: Guitar greats combine talents | CJOnline.com .

Another event on Sunday was a UMKC “jazz showcase” at Jardine's in Kansas City , with students and faculty showing off their talents. Tonight (Monday, October 18) Bobby Watson and his UMKC Conservatory Concert Jazz Band will be at the Blue Room for a CD release party. The music will be Watson's Gates BBQ Suite , music that comes from Watson's lifelong love of barbeque and honoring Ollie Gates' support of jazz. Watson has pointed out that he could have recorded the suite with New York players, but his students lived with the music, helped it grow and took possession of it. The results are a Kansas City CD that has broken into the top 40 of the JazzWeek charts.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal wrote a fairly extensive piece on Watson. The Journal calls the album “an outstanding new big band album,” saying it “shows that [Watson] is as much a stylistic heir to the great Benny Carter as he is to such Kansas Ci8ty forbears as Charlie Parker.” Click here: A Look at Jazz Events in New York City - WSJ.com .

One of the musical highlights of this past weekend was Saturday's “Rock and Roll Dance Party” at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City . The party was organized by KKFI's Signal to Noise host Barry Lee. The show featured Ricky Dean Sinatra, the Mahoots and Howard Iceberg. Click here: Q&A: Barry Lee on community radio, local bands and KKFI's benefit show Saturday at Knuckleheads - Kansas City Musi .

In Wichita Saturday night local singer-songwriter Uche performed with Scott Allan Knost at the Artichoke. Click here: Melody man | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita Eagle .

Friday night's show at KC's RecordBar featured headliners Outhouse , 1990's trio that got a big-label deal with Mercury Records, made a record called Welcome and then opened a string of shows with Kiss. Outhouse went on extended hiatus in 2001. Currently two of the members are in one of the city's most successful cover bands, the Zeros. Brannock Device opened.

Other highly anticipated shows in KC Friday night included the multiband/multiroom Oktoberfest extravaganza at the Uptown Theater. The 13 band event with headlined by the Architects. Meanwhile, at the Crosstown Station, the ACB's headlined a show that also featured the Pride and Cowboy Indian Bear. The ACBs unveiled a new video.

Prince held a press conference at Harlem 's Apollo Theater October 14 to announce a new tour — dubbed Welcome 2 America — and he was brief in his address to the media, just under two minutes, and sparse on details. "Welcome," Prince said to the crowd, sporting aviator-style sunglasses and a dark, textured sport coat adorned with a gold crest on the front. "We're here in New York to announce a series of events that will begin on a purple day in December 2010." - MTV.com . Prince revealed hardly any details, however he did name a few artists that would perform with him, including Maceo Parker, Mind Condition, Cassandra Wilson and his "favorite new artist" Janelle Monáe ! Check out  JanelleMonae.com for tour dates and more info coming soon.

Congrats to Miss Monae for being nominated for two 2010 Soul Train Awards. Jane's been nominated for the "Centric Award" and the "Best Dance Performance Award" for "Tightrope"! Make sure to tune in to The Soul Train Awards November 28 on Centric to see if she wins. Monae, who has a date in Lawrence coming up soon, will make an appearance on the For Colored Girls soundtrack. Click here: Janelle Monae Featured On The 'For Colored Girls' Soundtrack - Blog Detail - JMonae.com .

Former KC singer-songwriter Jeff Black has a lot on his plate these days. Jeff will be sharing the stage with Kim Richey at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville on October 27. He'll also be playing with the legendary Sam Bush and John Oates on Music City Roots at the Loveless Café in Nashville on November 10. The show can be heard live online.

The Ultimate Fakebook 's Electric Kissing Parties is is being reissued on vinyl, but first the project is part of what's being called a Kickstarter project by Rocket Heart Records. Click here: Ultimate Fakebook - Electric Kissing Parties Vinyl Release by Rocket Heart Records — Kickstarter .

Winston Apple 's next album is a children's album (for kids of all ages). It will be released on November 2. In view of the intended audience, Winston is listed as “Pa Apple” for the album A Is For Apple .

The ever-active KC rapper Tech N9ne is set to play a zombie in the upcoming new film Night of the Living Dead . Click here: Tech N9ne, rapper, cult figure, zombie? - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Among the “Twelve Great Albums For Fall” according to Curve magazine is Kristie Stremel & the 159ers' Color of Stars . Click here: Twelve Great Albums For Fall - Curve Magazine - Web Articles 2010 .             

Holton native Heath Robertson is now playing bass with the alternative rock band Building Rome. The St. Louis based band is currently touring the central parts of the country. Building Rome 's fourth album came out last year, prior to Robertson joining the band.

Bruce Roberts of the 2011 KMHOF nominated band Junkyard Jazz reports that his son, Patrick Cleandenim, is opening for a portion of the Drums' upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Spain November 9.

The hip-hop musical Venice opened in Los Angeles yesterday, October 17, with KC's Brandon Draper on drums. Click here: 'Venice' makes its way out to L.A. with Brandon Draper on drums - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

Hermon Mehari and The Sound are hosting a block party in front of the Mutual Musicians Foundation on Friday, October 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight . Click here: kcjazzlark: Block Party

 

October 11, 2010

 

Melissa Etheridge news

Melissa Etheridge  was on The Stephanie Miller Show to talk about 1 a Minute and other political topics. Head over to http://www.stephaniemiller.com/ and scroll down to the "widget" about halfway down the page. There's a separate link for her podcast in the widget. The link to Melissa's podcast is currently the 3rd one on the list. Her podcast is about 12:38 in length. Noreen Fraser is a breast cancer survivor living with Stage IV breast cancer. She co-created and co-produced the 2008 and 2010 Stand Up To Cancer television specials that have raised over $180 million dollars in donations and pledges for cancer research. Noreen created the Noreen Fraser Foundation to fund translational cancer research in the area of women's cancers. In 2009, Melissa Etheridge became a Board Member of the Noreen Fraser Foundation. The Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team spoke with Noreen about meeting Melissa Etheridge, the Noreen Fraser Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer, and the importance of early cancer detection. To read the interview, visit MEIN's Breast Cancer Awareness page: http://old.melissaetheridge.com/pink/ .

Also available on the Awareness page are videos from Pinktober. Photos from the event are available on the Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/melissaetheridge.streetteam .

There's a photo of Melissa  performing on the Pink Plane (aka Delta Airlines Breast Cancer Flight 1) last year and a photo from the documentary, "1 a Minute" in USA Weekend. Click here: Melissa Etheridge is pretty in pink this month, raising breast cancer awareness with ?1 a Minute' | USA WEEKEND Wh .

In More magazine the rocker reveals why she quit chemo and how being so close
to death changed her life?and her music?forever. Click here: Melissa Etheridge's Battle With Breast Cancer - MORE Magazine .

Also, Melissa's September 28 Pinktober concert at the Hard Rock Hollywood will air on Ustream on October 23. We'll have more details as they become available.

 

Kansas college tour update

2005 KMHOF inductees Kansas continue their college symphony shows. Bandleader and drummer Phil Ehart shared some thoughts in an interview last week, before Saturday's show in St. Charles, MO. Click here: Kansas | School of Rock .

 

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The remaining Backlash shows for October have been canceled due to the untimely death of Backlash drummer Ron Prothe's son Mike on Monday morning, October 4. Please keep the Prothe family in your thoughts and prayers. The Topeka band still plans to spend most of the winter in the recording studio.

In this week's Pitch , you'll find the paper's picks of the best of what Kansas City has to offer. For all you music fans, blurbs on your favorite bands are stowed away in the Arts & Entertainment section of the fabled Best Of Kansas City issue. Check out the Kansas City music scene's Best Happy Accident , Best Album , Best Band to See While Fucked Up , Best Sexy Musician , and more. (You'll also find Best Record Store  in the Shopping & Services section.) They've also got your Readers' Choice version of the Best of Kansas City right here .

Marilyn Maye is not ready to rest on her laurels as she continues to play to full houses. Her upcoming shows at the Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City October 29-November 7 are bound to sell out, too. Tickets are on sale already. Click here: Quality Hill Playhouse | Marilyn Maye: Her Party at the Playhouse .

Guitarist Pat Metheny is back on the road with his one-man Orchestrian Tour. Click here: Pat Metheny Brings Orchestrion Tour to Morristown - Morristown, NJ Patch .

Independence , MO singer-songwriter Dana Cooper was back in KC this past weekend with a couple of shows. Cooper was back not to long ago to open shows for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band in KC and St. Louis . Since then he's played the Copenhagen Songwriters Festival and other European dates. He's also played dates in New Hampshire , Connecticut , Texas , North Carolina and Florida . Dana has been writing and co-writing some new songs as well as revisiting some of his older recordings with plans to make some of that music from the 70s and 80s available soon. Upcoming stops on Cooper's current tour will be in Michigan , Maryland & Texas .

IBMA vocalist of the year Claire Lynch sings a version of Dana Cooper's song ?Great Day in the Mornin'? on her new album Whatcha Gonna Go . The song and the album are currently #2 on the National Bluegrass Survey chart.

Jazz drummer and former KU football player Richie Pratt has been named to the Olathe School District 's Wall of Honor. Click here: Olathe School District - Wall of Honor .

The Marshall (MO) Cultural Council announced on September 30 that they are forming a new arts organization. The group's goal is to promote local visual and performing artists, arts education and the city of Marshall . Click here: Marshall Democrat-News: Local News: Jazz fest idea leads to creation of new arts organization (10/04/10) .

Downtown Topeka is getting a new jazz café. London 's will replace Hillmer's Luggage, Leather & Gifts at 115 SE 6 th Street in November. Click here: Jazz cafe to replace Hillmer's | CJOnline.com .

Recorded August first, KC pianist Mark Lowrey 's first solo CD Live at Jardines should be released Thanksgiving weekend.

Four Topeka bars were a part of the national effort to assist wounded American troops yesterday, October 10. America's Heart Vet Aide events took place at Johnny Poblano's, Joletta's, The Kansas Grill and The Boobie Trap Bar. Click here: Topeka bars to assist veterans | CJOnline.com .

Saturday night at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence , three popular bands from the early 80s reunited for the evening. An enthusiastic crowd was able to enjoy The Gardrails , The Pedaljets , and The Micronotz once again. Click here: Weekend event evokes Lawrence sound of the '80s - KansasCity.com .

In Topeka on Saturday night five bands competed in a Battle of the Bands at Gage Park . Click here: Bands to battle in Gage Park | CJOnline.com .

Tech N9ne and his Independent Grind Tour will be in Wichita for Halloween. Tickets for the show at the Cotillion are on sale now. Click here: The Cotillion - Concerts and Events in Wichita, Kansas - Home .

Former Pembroke Hill and University of Missouri basketball star Kareem Rush is now an R&B singer! With his basketball career behind him the Kansas City native has released ?Hold You Down (Promises).? Click here: Kareem Rush, former Missouri basketball star, has an R&B slow jam called 'Hold You Down (Promises)'? - Kansas City

As musicians continue to look for ways to make a living by playing music and not selling shoes or stocking store shelves, many are turning to playing house concerts. One of the latest to do so is Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids. Click here: Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids will play a gig in your living room - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Nathan Brooks lives in Naples , FL , but he'll be back in his hometown of Kansas City on October 27 for a performance at Community Christian Church to celebrate the release of his first album Dream in Truths , which was released in August. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Preview: Nathan Brooks - Hardship and Hope Shape His Story .

Next March three acclaimed opera singers with ties to Kansas will return to the state for a performance in Wichita . The occasion is the tenth anniversary of the Wichita Grand Opera . The best known of the three is currently on the KMHOF ballot for possible induction next spring, Sam Ramey. Joining him will be mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDenato and bass-baritone Alan Held. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

KSU clarinet professor Tod Kerstetter will play in Lindsborg October 17. Click here: Show with KSU clarinetist to include Brahms music .

If you're a fan of vocal harmonies, you might want to check out the Sweet Adelines show in Hutchinson the evening of October 16. Click here: Tune fest stars Adelines, guests .

Zach Hangauer is moving from Lawrence to Brooklyn , NY , but he's leaving his record label Range Life Records as is, for now. It appears changes are coming that will make it all digital. Click here: Range Life Records head Zach Hangauer leaving Lawrence - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Leaving Los Angeles in his rear-view mirror, producer/engineer Chris Cosgrove landed back home in Kansas City , and he sees a lot of potential in the local music scene. Click here: Chris Cosgrove plans to take sound engineering beyond the studio - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

One of the people working to make KC music bigger and better is Nathan Reusch of the Record Machine. Click here: Nathan Reusch curates his own Kansas City sound - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

 

October 4, 2010


Melissa Etheridge news

This year Melissa Etheridge celebrates 25 years as an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) member. She is featured on the Summer 2010 cover of their Members Only Playback magazine. Read the online article. Some of those in the music industry who work with Melissa were honored to be able to contribute congratulatory messages that were printed in their magazine.

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Mark Pender joins Conan

Last Wednesday, drummer Max Weinberg made it official. He will not be joining Conan O'Brian on Coco's new TV show, but it looks as if KC bred trumpeter Mark Pender will be. Click here: Exclusive: KC’s Mark Pender Staying With Conan | Another Verse.

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The Architects will headline KC's Oktoberfest on October 15

The Architects will headline promoter Jim Kilroy’s Oktoberfest at KC’s Uptown Theater Friday, October 15.

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The MS benefit/concert we reported last week has a new name.  It’s now being called the Musicians Against MS/Beth Scalet Tribute Concert.

The Concert for Workfare Incorporated The Benefit will be at Mike Kellys Westsider, 1515 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO, Saturday, October 9. It will feature The Troy Allen Band, The Winston Apple Band, The Bent Wheatleys, and Christian Morrison. There is no cover charge. Donations are requested, but not required. For more information on Workfare Incorporated, go to http://www.workfareinc.org.

Kerry Livgren reported on Thursday, September 30, that he reached a bit of a milestone.  He recorded the first lead guitar track in over a year. Encouraging news for a stoke patient. 

When Kansas played at Hardin Simmons University, the band invited a freshman violinist to solo with the band. Click here: News Story Details.

2011 Hall of Fame nominee Chely Wright will be one of the guests on CNN’s Larry King Live tonight, October 4. She’ll then be in San Diego for a book and CD signing at Borders Books, 668 Sixth Avenue, on Saturday, October 9 at 2 pm.

Martina McBride will be singing with a symphony in December, appearing with the Nashville Symphony for its annual “Home for the Holidays” concert. Click here: Nashville Symphony : Martina McBride.

Martina will also join Alan Jackson in a duet on the upcoming album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. They’ll sing “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” Click here: Alan Jackson Is Martina McBride's Ideal 'Mississippi Man' - The Boot.

It has just been confirmed that David Cook will join Christina Slater, Martina Navratilova, Gavin Rossdale, Jon Lovitz and many many more for the November 5-7th Chris Evert/Raymond Jamies Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. Have you ever wanted to see David hit the court with other celebrities? Well now's your chance! Head on over to the Chris Evert/Raymond Jamies Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic Website and read up on this fun Charity Event. Then click here to purchase tickets!

KMHOF Inductee Marilyn Maye received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Heartland Films Inc and Kansas City Women in Film & TV earlier this year. Marilyn is featured in Sue Victory's documentary Kansas City Jazz & Blues: Past, Present & Future, which was shown last week at B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Que.  Click here: YouTube - Marilyn Maye - montageClick here: YouTube - Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future

UMKC's archival work on the memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams was noted by Steve Penn in the Kansas City Star last week. Click here: Widow of ‘Fiddler’ Williams pleased UMKC took such care of his memorabilia - KansasCity.com.

A new Wichita group calling themselves The Riverside Supper Club performed last Friday, October first, at the Artichoke. The act consists of members of four bands who like to get together for eating, singing and drinking. They are Alan and Erin Craddock (Monterey Jack and The Mudbugs), Carter Green (The Mudbugs, Smuggling Yo Yos) and Joe Stumpe (Fly By Night).

Wichita cover band Annie Up prepared for some gigs in Las Vegas later this month with a weekend warm-up at Margarita's Cantina. The band, which just added singer Miranda McKellips and keyboardist/singer Emily Deaver, filled in this past weekend for the vacationing house band Lotus. The band will play at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas Oct. 21-23.

Uche and Scott Alan Knost celebrated the release of "Hometown," their new five-track CD, with a party yesterday, October 3, at the Brickyard in Wichita.

The Matt Otto Quartet will be playing at noon tomorrow in the Recital Hall in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. Click here: Matt Otto surfaces on KC's jazz scene - KansasCity.com.

KU’s KJHK Radio is accepting applications from bands who want to participate in this year’s Farmer’s Ball. Click here: Matt Otto surfaces on KC's jazz scene - KansasCity.com.

Topeka’s Jan 4 Dan IV is continuing to line up bands for the benefit concert in January. Click here: Jam For Dan Falley, January 2011.

Kansas City’s RecordBar just wrapped a four day celebration of the clubs founding.  Last week one of the owners, Steve Tulipana, shared some thoughts on the club, the music and the future with David Hudnall in the Kansas City Star. Click here: Q&A: Steve Tulipana on five years at the RecordBar - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more#more.

It appears that after only a year on the scene, a downtown Kansas City club, the Marquee Bar & Grill, will now be known as the Marquee Lounge. Click here: Hearne: All That Jazz; AMC MainStreet Ups Ante on New Marquee Lounge | KC Confidential.com.

 

September 27, 2010

 

Carl Washington dies from cancer

We’re sad to report that well-known KC musician Carl Washington has lost his battle with cancer. You may remember Carl as Flash from the 60's soul band Flash and The Inmates. He played in several bands over the years, and he was a tremendous talent. He will be missed.

 

Beth Scalet plays benefit for MS

People with MS are more than their disease, and KMHOF inductee Beth Scalet has the music and the chops to prove it! Join Alan White, Heather Thornton, Doc Fuller, 8 Miles Down, Jeanne Jasperse, Elaine McMilian, Dog Tree and more as they pay tribute music of Beth’s at the VAVA Gallery, 5815 Johnson Drive in Mission, KS, on Friday, October 22. The concert benefits The MS Society Midwest chapter (50% of ticket sales will be donated to the Midwest Chapter). So far, Alan White is doing “Blues in Paradise” and “Living Doll.” Doc Fuller is doing “Missing You” and “Blue Blue Song.” Kathryn Lorenzen is performing “Phillipa” and songs from Beth’s upcoming album.

 The art of Jean Van Harlingen, Beth Scalet & Kathryn Lorenzen will be available for sale in the gallery during the month of October. 10% of product sales will also go to the MS Society. Tickets $15 available at www.brownpapertickets.com

 

Chet Nichols honored

Chet Nichols was just named "Artist of the Week" last week by Danish Radio (Skagenexpressen). Chet’s two newest CDs, Walking In Circles and Prairie Harvest (a best of collection from six CDs), have both been doing very well all over Europe according to Chet. He says they like American rootsy singer-songwriters. Reviews have been very positive. The song "Walking In Circles" won the "best lyric" contest at www.broadjam.com. Examples of Chet's music can be found on his website www.chetnicholsmusic.com.

 

Kerry Livgren celebrates birthday

On September 18, Kerry Livgren celebrated his birthday by inviting the other members and crew of Proto-Kaw to join him at his home studio near Berryton. According to reports, Kerry looks great, having lost 45 pounds and looking 30 years younger. He says his physicians say he is years ahead of what is considered typical recovery from a stroke like his. His road ahead is still a long one, but he’s in good spirits and working hard.

After dinner everyone was treated to more than a dozen of Kerry’s songs in various stages of completion. These are the songs that were intended to make up Proto-Kaw’s third studio album. Naturally the discussion turned to completing the material and what to do with it. It’s very premature to speculate at this point, and there are many issues to resolve, but everyone in the room was excited about the music and the prospects of working together in some way again.

The overall sound of the songs is very similar to what Proto-Kaw did on Wait of Glory, but is more structured and commercial sounding. One of the guests called them amazing songs, with vocals by Lynn Meredith and Jake Livgren, amazing work by the band and some killer lyrics and music from Kerry Livgren.

 

Kansas continues college tour

Kansas, meanwhile, has reached the orchestra leg of the band’s current tour. The band is playing with some college and university orchestras to help raise funds for the schools’ music programs.  Click here: Rockers Kansas carry on, play with college groups; Click here: Kansas performs alongside HSU orchestra | The OptimistClick here: Kansas looks to raise funds for universities » Abilene Reporter-News; Click here: HSU orchestra is ready to rock with Kansas » Abilene Reporter-News.

The band’s bassist Billy Greer was recently the subject of a short profile in his hometown newspaper. Click here: Billy Greer brings Kansas to Savannah | savannahnow.com.

 

Glenn Patrik releases new CD on October 12

On the street October 12, 2010, Glenn Patrik's new CD Original Blues will be released on Shakehouse Records!

The little house pictured on the cover is Kansas City, KS's famous H&M BarBQ, or Grace's, as it was known to many, which was a full-on juke joint every Friday and Saturday night from around dark 'til sunrise, from 1968-1994. There had been times when the place just went on 'til noon. Glenn had the privilege to work with the house band for several years in the mid '80s (Leon Estelle, Abb Locke, Jesse Dunn, Harrison Irons & Millage Gilbert).

    

Glenn Patrik

 

Tech N9ne news

Tech N9neKC rapper Tech N9ne will be making an appearance in Danny Trejo’s upcoming indie flick Vengeance alongside fellow rapper 50 Cent. This is Tech’s first acting role. Trejo made a cameo appearance in the Tech N9ne video for “Like Yeah.” Vengeance will be directed by Gil Medina. Click here: 50 Cent, Tech N9ne Appear In Film Alongside Danny Trejo | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sa.

 

 

 

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In an interview with the online magazine Elevated Existence, Melissa Etheridge talks about spirituality and the her current album Fearless Love, which is the second of trilogy looking at her life story and beliefs.  She also gives and indication of the themes of her next album, which will complete the trilogy.  Click here: Melissa Etheridge Talks Spirituality and "Fearless Love" with Elevated Existence Magazine - PR.com.

Kristie Stremel learned to play guitar in Hays, but found musical success and fame in Kansas City with Frogpond and Exit 159. She’s rocking again with a reborn Exit 159, billed these days as Kristie Stremel and the 159ers.  Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Kristie Stremel and the 159ers - Color of Stars.

Look for Kristie Stremel & the 159ers at a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and Topeka Pride at the College Hill Tavern in Topeka on Friday, October 8 at 7 pm.  Katie Schmidt will open with other special appearances to be announced.

On 10/10/10 America will stand up in a grand gesture to show America's heart to our injured troops! Music venues from all over the country, including some in Topeka and Olathe, will participate in various events in an effort to raise the much needed funds to assist our troops in the transition from military life to civilian life. You can find out more about Vet Aide at http://www.vetaide.org/. All funds collected will be sent directly to the 501.c3 Forgotten Heroes organization by the venues. http://usaforgottenheroes.com/

Both the Johnny Poblano's (cover) and the Boobie Trap (original) Vet Aide events will also be the next Topeka and Midwest Music Scene band battles. Check out the bands playing, and get out and vote! Johnny's band schedule is full, but you might still get in the Trap event by contacting Brian Chambers.
Johnny P's event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113045708753804&ref=mf
Boobie Trap event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102899599769385&ref=mf

Congratulations are in order to David Cook and all his fans! "Come Back to Me" just crossed the 500,000 download threshold, making it eligible for certification as a gold single by the Recording Industry Association of America.

When Mike Metheny mentioned to his friend Joseph Vella at Jazz Online that he'd recently played in a big band behind trumpet legend Doc Severinsen, Joe suggested that Mike write something about it for his site. Click here: Doc Severinsen: A Legend, And A Friend | Jazz Online - The Voice of Jazz.

Last Thursday the Chicago-based bluegrass band The Special Consensus played at the Delaware Township Hall in Valley Falls. Joining the band on mandolin was long-time northeast Kansas musician Rick Faris. Click here: Familiar face in bluegrass band | CJOnline.com.

Topeka guitarist Andy McKee is known for a do it yourself attitude that includes schlepping his own gear, driving himself to gigs and ever collecting his own fee at the end of the evening’s performance. He first drew notice through his YouTube videos, which have accumulated more views than most countries have citizens. Acoustic Guitar awarded him its worldwide silver medal for finger style in 2008, and McKee averages 150-200 shows per year throughout the world. Andy attributes Eric Johnson’s “Cliffs of Dover” for inspiring him to pick up the guitar. Johnson was named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine. He’s received five Grammy nominations and is included in Guitar Player’s Gallery of Greats.  McKee and Johnson will be joined by Italian guitarist Peppino D’Agostino, voted Best Acoustic Guitarist in Guitar Player’s 2007 readers’ poll, onstage in Salina Wednesday, October 6. The venue will be the beautifully restored Stiefel Theater.

Kansas City’s Barclay Martin Ensemble has been very visible lately…on radio, TV, magazines and newspapers. This has been prompted by the release of their third recording, Pools That Swell With the Rain and a recent performance at the Folly Theater.  Click here: The Barclay Martin Ensemble has new music and a mission - KansasCity.comClick here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Barclay Martin Ensemble - Pools That Swell With the Rain.

Wichita rock duo Darlin Maudie, featuring brothers Mike and Nick Evancho, played a CD release party this past Saturday at Rock Island Live. The band spent three years making the double album From the Analog Mountains to the Digital Fountains.

This Friday, October 1, KMHOF inductee Mike Willman of Eric & the Norsemen, will play with his new Kansas City classic rock band Bandit at the club inside the Ramada Inn at I-435 and Front Street. Joining Mike in Bandit are Gary Turner on vocals, John Chevalier on bass, Mike Frymyer of drums and Rick Smith on rhythm guitar.

Johnson County Community College’s free fall Jazz Series showcases six weeks of premier Kansas City jazz groups at the Recital Hall of the Carlson Center, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park.  The series kicks off tomorrow night, September 28 with the Jazz Disciples.  Later performances will include the Matt Otto Quartet (October 5), the Steve Rigazzi Trio (October 12), the Ervin Brown Quartet (October 19), the Gerald Spaits Quartet (October 26, Polsky Theatre) and the Megan Birdsall Quartet (November 2).

A UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance alumna has donated a rare cello to the university. Click here: Perspectives Fall 2010.

 

September 20, 2010

Danny Cox benefit this Saturday
Kansas City - Saturday Sept 25

Danny Cox

    KMHOF inductee Danny Cox and his sons have been rebuilding the house they lost to a fire, but need the funds to add a roof, so a benefit concert has been scheduled for Saturday, September 25. Click here: Put a roof over Danny Cox's head -- literally - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more .

 

Chief Little Bear Day performances this Saturday
Neodesha - Saturday Sept 25

    Doug Toon reports that Mark Gray , drummer for 69 South is in the hospital. Meanwhile, Doug, Terry Peck, Megan Krirk Smith (Savannah GA), Scott Stanlick (St. Lous, MO) Bobby Mills and Ray Essington will be performing as The Red Dirt Rockers for Chief Little Bear Day in Neodesha on September 25. The Buddy Ray Band, Old School, Larry Curt and many more will be performing that day. Warner Sound from Bartlesville , OK , will be doing stage, sound and lights.

Chief Little Bear Day

 

Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival returns on October 9

Music, barbecue and October skies will mark the return of Kansas City's Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival in the 18th and Vine District. Headliners for the Oct. 9 event will include trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Sugarfoot and the Ohio Players, plus a tribute to Donny Hathaway featuring Lalah Hathaway and Kirk Whalum. Local artists have yet to be announced. Click here: Rhythm & Ribs festival returns to 18th and Vine - KansasCity.com .

Rhythm and Ribs

 

Melissa Etheridge heads Saturday fund-raiser for California Senator

    Melissa Etheridge will perform at a September 25 fund-raiser for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), with Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito also headlining. The tickets start at $200-per-person and the event will be held at the Hidden Hills home of Syd and Linda Leibovitch. Sheryl Crow is set to sing for Boxer at an event Sunday at the home of Magic Johnson. Click here: Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate - Action .

 

KKFI benefit on Saturday October 16

    KKFI Radio's “Signal to Noise” program will present a benefit show for the KC station on Saturday, October 16, from 8-midnight at Knucklehead's Saloon. The benefit will feature live performances by the Mahoots, Ricky Dean Sinatra and Howard Iceberg & the Titanics. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door.

 

Kansas performs with college orchestras

    Kansas has finally kicked off the college orchestra leg of the band's current tour.

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Click here: Kansas pairs with UTSA Orchestra .

Click here: Texas Public Radio - Rock Band Kansas to Perform With UTSA Orchestra .

Click here: utsa orchestra to carry on with kansas - The Paisano Online - A&E .

Click here: ROCK BAND KANSAS AND WSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO SHARE STAGE | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movie .

 

Electric guitar exhibit opens at Wichita museum on October 1

    The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will have a special, temporary exhibit running from October 1-November 14 called “Launching the Electric Revolution – Wichita Introduces the Electric Guitar . Exhibit features will include:

  •     Gage Brewer's guitar -- acknowledged as the first electric guitar
  •     Guitars built by former Wichitan Lowell Kiesel, founder of Carvin Guitars in Los Angeles
  •     Guitars built by Wichita 's Milo Wiley, the first Fender guitar dealer east of California and a contributor to the company's early designs.
  •     Early Experimental electric guitars and other artifacts of related popular culture
  •     Sound samples of the earliest electric guitar music

 

Wichita Blues Crawl this Sunday Sept 26

    This is another reminder about the Wichita Blues Socitey's Fall Blues Crawl , September 26, 5-11:00 PM at the following venues:

  •     Loft 150…Nobody's Business
  •     Heroes… Berry Harris
  •     Brickyard…Fabulous Fleshtones
  •     Morts...JukesRoots
  •     Rock Island …Josh Vowell & the Rumble
  •     America 's Pub…George Sanders
  •     Club Indigo… Made From Scratch

$5.00 gets you in to all of the venues.

Don't forget the after party with Samantha Fish.

    Fall Blues Crawl

 

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    Norm Dahlor says that KC Celtic rockers The Elders are going to Ireland the last week of May 2011. The Canadian group Searson is going with them and they'll be playing shows together. This time The Elders will be starting in Belfast-Dublin-Arklow-Cork-Kinsale-Limerick. 10 total days. Cost is around 2 grand. Hotels and flights are included for that price. We'll have details in a future newsletter when they become available.

    Hard copies of Bobby Watson 's Gates BBQ Suite are finally available. The director of jazz studies at UMKC took a sabbatical in 2007 to finish the piece, which debuted in 2008, Click here: Digital release for Bobby Watson's joyous ‘BBQ Suite' - KansasCity.com .

    Karrin Allyson was born in Great Bend , and was a long-time fixture on the Kansas City jazz scene. She's returned home yesterday, September 19, to kick off the 42 nd season of the Topeka Jazz Workshop. Click here: Grammy nominee returns home | CJOnline.com .

    Wellsville native Chely Wright made news when she revealed that she is a lesbian in her autobiography Like Me . The country singer sat down last week for an interview with GLADD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Click here: Chely Wright Talks to GLAAD about Coming Out, Country Music and the Road to Equality | GLAADBlog.org .

    The Indigo Girls are set to release their first Christmas album. It will include "It Really Is (A Wonderful Life)" written by Chely. Click here: Indigo Girls to Release First Christmas Album - ARTISTdirect News .

.   Lawrence 's Sara Swenson continues to grow as an artist. Click here: On her new album, Sara Swenson shows she's learned a few things - KansasCity.com .

    The Record Machine  has announced the launch of their new website at: www.therecordmachine.net . Check out the site for new videos from Soft Reeds, Cowboy Indian Bear, Saharan Gazelle Boy, State Bird, Motorboater, and more. They are also streaming new records from Soft Reeds, Cowboy Indian Bear, Saharan Gazelle Boy, Continents, and more.

    The Kansas City band Lazy is anything but. Click here: Lazy is easy like a Sunday morning -- until it comes to music - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

    The song “Game On” about the KU basketball team got a lot of attention for rapper Krizz Kaliko , who has included the song as a bonus track on his new album Shock Treatment . Click here: Articles | My Essentials: Krizz Kaliko | Ink .

    1Year2Go is a celebration of the countdown to the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Last week we mentioned that Vi Tran and Aretha Franklin would be appearing. The full lineup for the event has now been revealed, and a lot of KC favorites are on the list. Click here: Full lineup for the 1YEAR2GO celebration announced - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    The sky is the limit for this native Kansas City blues artist, often called a blues prodigy at only 21. Samantha has been known to share the stage with several influential blues artists such as Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Shirley King, Watermelon Slim, Kenny Neal and Cedric Burnside. Her deceptively mature voice, is sultry and innocent at the same time, while her intense guitar gives her a sound that is a cross between Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi. Backed by Kansas City music veterans Paul Greenlease and Danny Montero, The Samantha Fish Blues Band puts on a versatile show with as much passion as energy. Samantha Fish is setting out to show the world that although she may be young, she can certainly wail the blues.

    The KU Alumni Association has scheduled the 2010 Jayhawk Roundup, a night of food, entertainment, auction and dancing in Wichita on October 2. Entertainment will be provided by 3 Ring Circus , a local show band. For more information contact Lynn Loveland at 316-308-3515 or Loveland@kualumni.org . Click here: KU Alumni Association - Jayhawk Roundup .

    Saturday, October 2, there will be a benefit to battle  Alzheimers at Aftershock in Merriam (Kansas City) with The Slick Brothers, Blue Boot Heelers, Miss Major and Her Minor Mood Swings, Buck Off and The Rhythm Busters with Little Rachel presented by The Kansas City Rockabilly Group. Aftershock is at  5240 Merriam Drive , Merriam , KS (one mile north of Chop Tops Hair Salon). The show starts at 7:00 , and admission is only $6 with all proceeds go to battle Alzheimers.

 

September 13, 2010

 

Bud Ross and Kustom Electronics host collectors and performers
Sept 17 and 18 - Chanute, Kansas

2006 Inductee Bud Ross

    Visit with the founder of Kustom Electronics , KMHOF inductee Bud Ross and 20 of the most avid Kustom amplifier collectors from across the country. They will be displaying and using the original Kustom amps made in Chanute in the 1960's and 1970's. Watch them perform, and listen to the great Kustom amplifiers this Friday and Saturday evenings, September 17 & 18! 

Where: Chanute Pavilion
Friday: 2 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

    Due to time constraints and consideration of the folks who pull trailer loads of Kustom equipment from some very long distances out of state, the evening jams will be limited to the Kustom Kollectors Association members, instead of an open jam like last year. There were over 200 amps, guitars, basses, organs and other Kustom equipment on display, as well as lots of memorabilia. The public and former employees are invited. If you need further info, please contact Bill Collins, Parsons, KS, at cant_dance@swbell.net .

 

Melissa Etheridge teams up with Hard Rock for PINKTOBER

    Hard Rock International's global PINKTOBER campaign launches on Tuesday, September 28, with a special appearance and performance by breast cancer survivor and PINKTOBER "Artist Ambassador" Melissa Etheridge

2006 Inductee Melissa Etheridge 

    

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Kansas kicks off Collegiate Symphony Tour

2005 Inductees Kansas

    2005 Inductees Kansas kicked off their Collegiate Symphony Tour at the University of Alabama on September 9 & 10, 2010. On September 11, 2010 , Kansas was the honored musical guest of The Million Dollar Band at halftime of the Alabama vs. Penn State football game. At a rally prior to the game, and during halftime, the Million Dollar Band performed a medley of KANSAS songs. This is a video of part of the performance at the pre-game rally.

 

Blue Riddim Band plans new release on October 9

    After much toil, sweat and 25 years, 2007 Inductees The Blue Riddim Band has announced the release of the new recording, Tribute , on Rougher Records. There will be a CD release party October 9 in the band's home town, Kansas City , MO , at the RecordBar 6-9 pm . The album will not be available for digital download until November 1, and there will be a limited number of hard copies, so get yours at the show!

 

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    Audio-Reader Network's annual sale of all things audio, " For Your EARS Only ," is right around the corner! They have tons of great records, CDs, DVDs and audio equipment available this year. The sale will take place on Friday, September 17 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence . The Douglas County Fairgrounds is located at 2120 Harper Street . Tickets for Friday night are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets at Audio-Reader Network, 1120 W. 11th street in Lawrence . Admission is free on Saturday.

    Preparations are underway for the 4th Annual Jam4Dan Benefit Concert in Topeka next January. There will be 20 bands selected to play at the Celtic Fox this year. Click here: Jam For Dan Falley, January 2011 .

    Kansas City singer and songwriter Vi Tran has put a band together, and they're opening for Aretha Franklin at the ?1YEAR2GO? countdown celebration for the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is on Sunday, September 26, at the Power & Light District's KC Live! stage, and tickets are $35. Click here: Kauffman Center for the Performing | Event Detail .

    If you've never had a chance to see an Elders show, their recent appearance at the Kansas City Irish Fest is available to enjoy online.  Click here: Justin.tv - Live from Kansas City Irish Fest - The Elders 9-5-10 .

   Lawrence 's  Cowboy Indian Bear  has shot a video for the song "Saline" with Gnarly Enterprises. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1SFflgu20U . The popular band has also expanded its membership by one. Click here: Katlyn Conroy joins Cowboy Indian Bear - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Flavorwire has established a  list of " Famous Rappers and their 20th Century Literary Counterparts ," a list that pontificates on rappers and their 20th century literary counterparts. The Pitch decided to toss out a few comparisons of their own. Who better than  Kansas City 's  Mac Lethal and Tech N9ne ? Click here: Mac and Tech's 20th century literary counterparts - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more#more#more#more#more

    Tech N9ne tweeted on September 8 that he was visiting Lil Wayne in jail. Could a collaboration be in the works? Click here: Blogs | Tech N9ne visits Lil Wayne in jail | Ink .

    Kansas City 's Architects have a new online merchandise store on their homepage. It features T-shirts, music, accessories and merchandise. Click here: The Architects Official Online Store Home Page .

    Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove returns to Topeka on September 18 to kick off the Performing Arts for Children's 41st season of programs at Washburn University . Click here: Stinky Feet to kick off series | CJOnline.com .

    The St. Joseph Music Foundation has officially launched the Missouri Music Hall of Fame. Click here: St. Joseph Music Foundation .

 

September 6, 2010

 

Melissa Etheridge wraps up summer tour with wild show

Melissa Etheridge  wrapped up her Fearless Love Tour with a show September 5 at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln , CA .  It was a wild last show with an enthusiastic audience. At least 3 bras ended up on stage, one of which ended up hanging from Dan Rothchild's bass briefly. There were a couple of last show pranks by the crew. A crew member blew bubbles behind keyboard player Kristopher Pooley as he played a solo to Melissa's delight. Kristopher didn't see them right away but laughed when they finally appeared in his eyesight.

For the encore, "Gently We Row," Etheridge performed sitting on the edge of the stage. A waitress brought Melissa a beer during the song which she raised in toast but did not drink. As Etheridge sang the song, the crew rowed a handmade boat they had dubbed the "SS Wanting" behind her. The boat had a shark as a passenger, and a crew member threw out confetti as it rowed.

Etheridge asked guitarist Peter Thurn, Rothchild & Pooley to join her sitting on the edge of the stage. The same waitress brought them all beers, too. As Melissa reached the "life is only a dream" lyrics, she and the guys raised their beers in toast to the audience. Drummer Blair Sinta remained behind his kit.

 

David Cook on September 12 at U.S. Open

On September 12th, David Cook will perform at the must-see 2010 U.S. Open men's finals . David is set to perform "America The Beautiful" and it's been confirmed that it will be included in CBS' televised coverage of the event. But really, David performing is all we need to pony up the extra cash to be there in person! Click here: EW Exclusive: David Cook set to perform at U.S. Open men's final! | EW.com .

 

Lost Finnigan and Wood album release in the works

Do you have any photos of Finnigan and Wood ? Former KUDL dj and longtime record producer Stephen Barncard is working on releasing the lost Finnigan and Wood album It's Only A Rock and Roll Show , which he produced at Wally Heider's in 1971. This was the predecessor to Crazed Hipsters on Blue Thumb. It includes many songs not on Crazed Hipsters and was shelved when manager Larry Sharp was fired by the band. Steve's in the process of transferring the original 30 ips two tracks and 16 track multi-track and may re-mix a few of the tunes. The problem is that there's no artwork for the project, so if you can help please get in touch with KMHOF president Bill Lee at ksrocker@aol.com . Stories and info about Jerry Wood will also be appreciated.

 

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Drummer Woody Giessmann has found recognition in his career after The Embarrassment . Click here: Right Turn Fall 2010 Newsletter .

Is a Tech N9ne and Lil Wayne collaboration in the works? According to Vibe magazine, Tech was surprised when Lil Wayne dropped his name on a list of possible collaborators in a recent on-air interview from prison with a New York radio station. Tech N9ne told Vibe , “His people have been contacting us already, so I'm anxious to see what he sends me. I'm hearing his camp is all ready to send over some music,” he added. “And I'll be in New York soon so hopefully I can visit him before he gets out.”

Wichita 's Lip Survis started out as an all-girl band, but that's its past. The band still has a female lead singer, but she's the only “girl” in the band now. Click here: WICHITA BAND LIP SURVIS HAS EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, event .

You've probably never heard of Bobby and the Chuxx , but they've been churning out music in KC for a lot of years. Click here: Local Band Prolific In Turning Out Tunes - Video - KMBC Kansas City

Indie-rockers The Caves have been together since 2004, but the KC band has just released a debut recording, the EP Five Songs With the Caves . Click here: The Caves call their new EP ‘post-indie' -- whatever that means - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

Many of his friends and fans miss the late Jimmy McAllister , a KMHOF inductee in 2005 with the Chesmann Square . While he may be gone, his music lives on.  After the Chesmann broke up, and a short stint with the New York band The Beckies, Jimmy was in the last version of the Left Banke. Some of that music has been posted on YouTube.

From the Left Banke album Strangers on a Train,  the song “Heartbreaker” was done as a demo. Strangers On A Train was recorded in 1978-79, but was not released until 1986 on Relix Records in the US and Bam Caruso in the UK . The lineup is; Jimmy McAllister-(Lead Gtr) George Cameron-(Drums) Tom Finn-(Acoustic Gtr) Charly Cazalet-(Bass) Steve Martin-Caro-Lead Vocal & Tambourine) Cameron & Finn- Backing Vocals. Check out this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUNLoVN2gIY .

The album Strangers on a Train ( US ) aka Voices Calling ( UK ) can be downloaded free at: http://leftbanke.larryhovis.net/soat.php .

With the return of football season comes the return of band days . First up this year is K-State's. Click here: K-State Hosts Band Day for High School Students from Across the State - Kansas City infoZine News

One of the stops on Kansas ' tour of universities, when they'll be playing with school symphony orchestras is Oklahoma State . Click here: OSU Symphony Orchestra will play two concerts with Kansas » Local News » Stillwater NewsPress .

 

August 30, 2010

Kelley Hunt wraps up Nashville sessions

Kelley Hunt has returned from three weeks of recording sessions in Nashville that have produced 20 new sides being considered for her new release, which has a tentative street date of November 16.  The project is being mastered, and advances will go out to radio and press in about a month.  Among an all-star list of musicians joining Kelley for these sessions were bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), drummer Bryan Owings (Shelby Lynne, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Miller), Sam Bush, B3 master Mark Jordan (Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Buddy Guy, Lee Roy Parnell), bassist Byron House (Sam Bush, Robert Plant's Band of Joy).  Kelley played acoustic piano, Wurli, Fender Rhodes and, of course, wrote or co-wrote everything in the collection being considered.  CD release concerts in various markets around the country are being scheduled beginning in November and will likely include Kelley's annual New Year's Eve benefit concert in the Lawrence/Kansas City area.  Kelley is also scheduled on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise October 17-24 sailing from San Diego for ports of call Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta .

 

Melissa Etheridge heads up new Portland venue

Microsoft hopes to draw more attention to its Bing search engine by sponsoring concerts at a new venue in Portland , OR , called the Bing Lounge. Among the first acts they've lined up is Melissa Etheridge. Click here: Five for Fighting, Melissa Etheridge Among Acts Set For The Bing Lounge .

 

Chely Wright receives recognition

Singer/songwriter Chely Wright will receive the Black Tie Dinner Media Award which is given in recognition of positive, increased awareness of GLBT issues in the media. Wright became the first prominent country music star to declare publicly that she is gay. On the Today Show , The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah and in a People magazine cover story, Wright discussed her decision to live openly as a lesbian entertainer in the mainstream country music world. In the interviews she clarified that it was important to come out - not only for herself - but because she's in a unique position to be able to provide a counter some of the messages young children hear on the issue of sexuality. Wright has recently written a memoir, "Like Me,"

Black Tie Dinner Co-Chair Nan Arnold praised Wright for her courage. “The reaction from her fans and others has been overwhelmingly positive,” Arnold said. “Chely's decision to live openly as a lesbian is creating an opportunity for the voices of acceptance and equality to be heard.”

Olivia Cruises is excited to announce that Chely will be joining them on their Caribbean Sun Cruise from October 30-November 6. For more info go to: http://www.olivia.com/Travel/Trips_caribbean_sun-entertainment.aspx

 

Moreland & Arbuckle conclude summer tour in NYC

The end of summer is near and Wichita 's Moreland & Arbuckle are closing it out with a bang. They will be opening two nights with ZZ Top at the historic Beacon Theater in NYC. M&A are excited to be playing with one of their major musical influences!

    

 

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Strange Music member Krizz Kaliko is about to drop his new album, Shock Treatment , on September 14 -- and it looks like it's already going to have an even bigger fanbase, thanks to the rapper's newest anthem devoted to KU fans, called "Game On."  Kaliko's beats might even be pumping up crowds in Allen Fieldhouse next season. Here are some lyrics from "Game On": On your feet, out your seat, yeah you / rock chalk Jayhawk KU / Opponents scared / man whatchu gon' do? / Kings of the Big 12 comin' through. Click here: KU fans: Meet your new basketball anthem | The Newell Post / LJWorld.com .

Not all of the rappers in KC are taking as positive an approach with their music. Click here: Mac Lethal's secret 'Sun Storm' video reps KC hard - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Kansas City sax legend Charlie Parker was the subject of a recent newspaper column. Click here: Column: What do you mean 'who is Charlie Parker?' | memorable, worker, exchange - Top News - Burlington Times News .

Music, collectors' items and audio equipment will be available at the For Your Ears Only sale to benefit Kansas University 's Audio-Reader Service. The sale takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, September 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 18, in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper Street in Lawrence . Admission on Friday night includes prize giveaways and free food donated by local restaurants. It is $10 at the door and $7 in advance at Audio-Reader, 1120 W.11th Street . Admission is free on Saturday, and prices will be marked down throughout the day.

Last Wednesday, August 25, four bands played at KC's Crosstown Station, the Kansas City Star 's Tim Finn hailed the show as an example of current pop music in Kansas City. Click here: Local bands are creating pop songs that really pop - KansasCity.com

The second annual KC Reggae Uprising Festival was held Sunday, August 22. It was an all-ages, all-day event, and this year it was on the back patio of Californo's in Westport . Acts included KMHOF inductees the Blue Riddim Band. Click here: Kansas City Reggae Uprising Festival is Sunday, lineup updated - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The Elders have a new CD entitled The Best of the Elders, Vol. 1 ,  Featuring selections from the throughout the group's 12-year career, the CD's playlist represents what a listener might have encountered at one of the band's shows over the last year.  Pick up a copy at the KC
Irish Fest Labor Day weekend. The Elders will appear Sunday Night, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. on the Boulevard Stage, and members will be available for a meet and greet and CD signing immediately after the performance.

Multiple KMHOF inductee John Neal is having a CD release party in Wichita for his latest Johnny Neal & Bluesprint album at Rock Island Studios this Friday, September 4.

 

August 23, 2010

Lawrence music scene second only to Nashville

Earlier this year, the Lawrence music scene was named the second most active in the country after Nashville . Any active music scene has its ups and downs. Jake Lerman of the University Daily Kansan has taken a look at Lawrence 's peaks and valleys. Click here: Peaks and valleys | Kansan.com .

KC's Pitch has published a list of local bands you should follow on Twitter . Click here: Local bands you should follow on Twitter - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

 

Tickets going on sale for Kansas concerts with Wichita and Abilene TX symphonies

Many have asked about tickets for the Kansas concerts at Wichita State University and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. Tickets for those concerts will go on sale to the public this week. These concerts are two of many the band is doing with university orchestras. Click here: WSU Symphony to perform 'backup' for rock band Kansas - Wichita State News ; Click here: Kansas will perform at HSU Sept. 25 » Abilene Reporter News .

 

Kerry Livgren recovering

    

We received this update on the heath of Kerry Livgren from his friend and neighbor John Bowes,

"Kerry continues to work in the studio...don't believe he's doing any new writing. Health wise, he's probably in the best physical condition he's been in since the 80s....he works out at the gym on almost a daily basis and has dropped a considerable amount of weight, returning to his "skinny guitar player" roots!.

Musically, he continues to struggle with loss of feeling in his hands...mentioned that it felt like he was trying to play guitar with "rubber gloves" on. But its only been about 12 months since the stroke...he could barely walk and talk a year ago....there's still ample time for more recovery to happen. My theory is that he has worked so long on the "Cantata" and the raising of Lazarus, God wanted to give him a bird's-eye experience of what being raised from the dead was all about!"

 

Doc Severinson and other music greats descend on Clay Center to pay tribute to Pauline Snodgrass

Former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinson was expected to be among several professional musicians flying into northeast Kansas Sunday, August 22, to honor a former music teacher on her 99 th birthday.

The celebration for Pauline Snodgrass was expected to draw 1,200 people to a concert at the Martyn-Snodgrass Auditorium in Clay Center . The Salina Journal reported that others flying in for the party would be Los Angeles session musicians Gary Foster and Bill Booth, as well as many musicians from the Kansas City area. http://www.saljournal.com/news/story/Doc-Severinsen-Band

Snodgrass is a former vocal music and piano teacher in Clay Center . Her husband, Wayne Snodgrass, was a former band director who started music clinics that attracted Severinsen and many others to Clay Center .

 

Ahmad Alaadeen and Dalton Howard remembered

Tributes continue to come in for KC jazz saxophone legend Ahmad Alaadeen and Lawrence musician Dalton Howard . Click here: In memory of Ahmad Alaadeen: Celebrating 'the beauty of it all' - KansasCity.com ; Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Song of the Day: Free Man by Alaadeen ; Click here: Dalton Howard: Everyman in a million / LJWorld.com .

 

Legendary saxman Abb Locke suffers stroke

Kansas City's Abb Locke has had a stroke, and he is reportedly weak, but upbeat. He will begin physical therapy soon. Locke is one of the most legendary saxmen of the blues, and has been playing with Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames. Previous credits include reconding and playing with Buddy Guy, Willie Mabon, Earl Hooker, Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Magic Sam, Eddie Clearwater, Lonnie Brooks, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, the Rolling Stones and many more.

 

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has acquired the “ Savory Collection,” radio broadcasts made in the late 1930s by audio engineer William Savory. The collection includes some jazz greats whose careers began in Kansas City . Click here: National Jazz Museum Acquires Savory Collection - NYTimes.com .

The results are in for the Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships , held Sunday, August 22 in Lawrence 's South Park . Click here: Fiddlers, pickers vie for crowns / LJWorld.com .

As we have mentioned, the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival is returning to Kansas City after a year off. Tracy Allen of The Call recently recounted the saga of reviving the festival. Click here: KC Call .

Scenic Roots , from Concordia, appeared last Friday, August 20, at the Depot in Bennington . Scenic Roots is comprised of Amber Rogers on fiddle, banjo and lead vocals; her sister, Erin Rogers, on mountain dulcimer and vocals; and their father, Doug Rogers, on guitar. The group combines bluegrass, folk, old-time, Celtic and gospel influences. For more information about Scenic Roots, visit www.scenicroots.com .

Two big shows are coming to KC's RecordBar , one in September and one in October. The first is IndyGround's Indy Fest with two days of hip-hop, bands and art. Click here: Announcing IndyGround's IndyFest, two days of hip-hop, bands and art at the Record Bar in September - Kansas City.

The second is the venue's fifth anniversary party. Click here: Record Bar Fifth Anniversary Party with Field Music, Republic Tigers, Valient Thorr, more - Kansas City Music - Wa

Kirsten Paludan , one of Kansas City 's favorite female vocalists, has a new solo EP coming out on September 10. It's called All In , and is sure to invoke memories of her work with Olympic Size. The EP is a long-awaited followup to the singer's 2006 solo debut, Princess in a Tower . If you're in KC August 29, Paludan will be performing with the Wires at Nathan Granner and Spoonbender's “Wee Small Hours” tribute to the Frank Sinatra at Jardine's Jazz Club.

Lawrence 's folk-rockers Fourth of July have a couple of record-release shows this week: Thursday at KC's Crosstown Station and Friday at Lawrence 's Jackpot. Click here: Watch the new Fourth of July video for 'Self Sabotage' - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Chet Nichols has loaded his show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to his MySpace site.  Check it out: http://www.myspace.com .

Betty Meyer, co-owner of Meyer Music in Blue Springs , MO , has been giving free piano lessons to girl scouts from Blue Springs and Grain Valley for almost 40 years. Click here: Music store offers free lessons to Girl Scouts

 

August 16, 2010

In Memoriam

We have three deaths to report as we have lost Ahmad Alaadeen , Dalton Howard and JP (Tha Mex) .

Ahmad Alaadeen, a beloved jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, educator was a mainstay on the late night jazz scene in Kansas City . According to Alaadeen's wife, Fanny Dunfee, he was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer in June. In early July, his kidneys failed and he had to be hospitalized at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Click here: Alaadeen - Jazz Musician Composer Educator ; Click here: Ahmad Alaadeen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia     

Dalton Howard was not only a musician best known for his many years with Lawrence 's Go-Kats and, later, the Lonesome Hobos. He was also a noted graphics artist on the staff of the Spencer Museum of Art at KU. Click here: Obituaries / LJWorld.com ; Click here: The Lonesome Hobos | Lawrence.com

JP (Tha Mex) The Latino Advocacy Taskforce held a prayer service in support of the family of John Paul Garcia -- also known as JP (Tha Mex) -- Wednesday, August 11at the corner of Mercier and Avenida Cesar E Chavez in Kansas City , where the local rapper was murdered in the early hours of Sunday morning, August 8. The rapper was 28 years old. Police continue to look for suspects in the case. Garcia had recently cut a music video for a track from his debut album, In My City . Click here: JP (THA MEX) - LIKE A GAME (FT. RICH THE FACTOR & LIL SCRAPPY) on Vimeo     

 

Rising Suns join Iowa Hall of Fame on September 5

Eleven bands, including the Rising Suns (2007 KMHOF Inductee) from Kansas , five solo performers, three ballrooms, a disc jockey, and a radio station will be honored with induction into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 5, at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park , IA.   On Saturday, September 4, there will be music all day, a car show and lots of collectible music stuff for sale.  All of the Saturday activities are free.  For more information including schedules and tickets for the events, make sure you check out the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association's website.  www.iowarocknroll.com .

 

KKFI birthday party on August 29

Sunday, August 29, at the Uptown Theater's Valentine Room  KKFI will celebrate its 22 1/2 years in Kansas City with a birthday party featuring music and dinner.

    

Deluxe Program:  

4pm-5pm : Jazz Jam with the Jazz Disciple, Jazz Geek, Jazz Insider...and Jeff. 

5pm - 6pm : Barbecue Dinner, with live theater and labor music

General Admission (& Deluxe Continued):

6pm - 7pm : KKFI All Stars, featuring Lurlene the Trailer Trash Queen, Mike Murphy Stand-Up Comedy, Jeanne Jaspearse and Alan White, and more.

7pm - 8pm : Junebug & the Porchlights

8pm - 10pm : Blues Jam hosted by Shannon and the Rhythm King

Advance tickets: $20 Deluxe, includes Jazz Jam and Dinner; $10 General Admission everything except dinner.

Advance tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122111

 

Kansas announces concert with WSU Symphony

In February 2009, the band Kansas (2005 KMHOF Inductee) did a show in Topeka with the Washburn Symphony Orchestra. The show was recorded, resulting in the DVD/CD release There's Know Place Like Home . Kansas will be doing some more shows with university symphonies this fall, including one with the Wichita State University Symphony next month. Click here: Kansas Tour Comes With Strings Attached | Pollstar - The Concert Hotwire ; Click here: University of Alabama School of Music » Blog Archive » August 10, 2010 ? Rock band Kansas to launch 2010 Collegiat ; Click here: Kansas, WSU Symphony to play | CJOnline.com

The band's guitarist Rich Williams has been doing interviews for recent shows. Click here: 5 Questions With ? Rich Williams of the band Kansas | 5 Questions With... | News & Views | Atlantic City Weekly .

 

Melissa Etheridge continues tour

Melissa Etheridge (2006 KMHOF Inductee) and her ?Fearless Love? tour continue to draw crowds and media attention. Click here: Miss California | Culture Magazine ; Click here: Fiery, stage-savvy Melissa Etheridge comes to Meijer Gardens for sold-out show | MLive.com ; Click here: Melissa Etheridge gives quick thoughts on random topics - Dallas Voice ; Click here: Etheridge brings second part of life-work trilogy to Austin stage ; Click here: Interview of the Week: Melissa Etheridge - Nunn on the Run ;

 

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It looks like everybody's digging on the Gates BBQ mixed plate lately. Bobby Watson , KC jazz sax player, is releasing his seven-part suite in September that's centered around the legendary barbeque establishment. It's called The Gates BBQ Suite . Click here: Jazz | AllAboutJazz.com ; Click here: Rapping about KC barbecue ain't nothin' new - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Kansas City native Bob Brookmeyer has certainly made his mark on the world of music. Click here: South County Independent .

Topeka Jazz Workshop has announced its upcoming concert series, which includes a couple of Kansas-born singers of note?Karrin Allyson and Marilyn Maye. Click here: Series books Allyson, Maye, more | CJOnline.com .

Dallas-based jazz singer Glennda Hill will be returning to Hutchinson this month for two performances. The singer attended Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College . Click here: Jazz darling: Singer's voice has taken her big places, but she never forgets home .

The Black House Collective has been part of the KC jazz scene for about a year and will be strutting their stuff at the RecordBar August 22. Click here: Black House collective's jazz sessions winding down; see 'em now - KansasCity.com .

Janelle Monae returns to the area October 23 with a gig at Liberty Hall in Lawrence . Click here: Janelle Monae roundup: 'Cold War' video, cover of Vibe - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Following in the footsteps of their father Johnny, the Nace Brothers have found success not only in the Kansas City area, but nationally as well. For the 13 th year in a row, the band will be in the Budweiser tent at this year's Missouri State Fair. Click here: Nace Brothers find their musical niche close to home | nace, brothers, niche - Mo State Fair - Sedalia Democrat .

The Appleseed Cast has been playing in and around Lawrence for 13 years and recorded seven albums, but they still have a lot that they want to do. Click here: An interview with The Appleseed Cast | KCFreePress.com .

"For Your EARS Only" is a benefit sale of all things audio for the Audio Reader Network.  The sale takes place at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence on Friday, September 17 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, September 18 from 9 am to 4 pm .  Tickets for Friday night are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Admission on Saturday is free. Learn more about "For Your EARS Only" at  http://reader.ku.edu/fyeo.shtml .

Some of the 2010 Pitch Music Award Winners: All Stars-The Architects; Indie Pop-Cowboy Indian Bear; Metal-Hammerlord; Singer/Songwriter-Margo May; Country/Bluegrass-The Last Call Girls; solo jazz-Mark Lowrey; jazz ensemble-Snuff Jazz; Folk/Americana-The Grisly Hand; Experimental-Ad Astra Arkestra; Pop-Audiovox. Click here: Rock Local: the Pitch Music Awards Ceremony - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Kansas City Magazine has its City's Best awards show coming up Thursday, August 19.  Bands in the "Best Local Band/Musician" category include Barclay Martin Ensemble, The Elders, Low Standards and The Zeros. For more information: Click here: City's Best

This year's Crossroads Music Fest will be Saturday, September 11, at Crosstown Station on the south edge of downtown Kansas City , MO. Click here: Crossroads Music Festival 2010 lineup announced - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Music, barbecue and October skies will mark the return of Kansas City's Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival in the 18th and Vine District. Headliners for the Oct. 9 event will include trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Sugarfoot and the Ohio Players, plus a tribute to Donny Hathaway featuring Lalah Hathaway and Kirk Whalum. Local artists have yet to be announced. Click here: Rhythm & Ribs festival returns to 18th and Vine - KansasCity.com .

Gage Brewer was the first musician to perform in public with an electric guitar, which is now housed in the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum . Click here: Episode 57: Gary Shteyngart, Guitars go Electric, and Killer Fries | The Dinner Party Download from American Publi.

The Lawrence indie band Fourth of July has a new album coming out August 31. Click here: Fourth of July 'Before Our Hearts Explode!' out later this month, stream a track now - Kansas City Music - Wayward .

Lawrence 's Trucker recently appeared at the renowned Oshaga Festival in Montreal , QC . The band will be playing at the Nash Dash & Bash fundraiser in Lawrence October 9.

KC's Capybara was mentioned on Pitchfork recently. Click here: Capybara gets a mention on Pitchfork - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The Barclay Martin Ensemble is releasing its album Pools That Swell With Rain September 24 with a concert at the Folly Theater. Click here: Listen to the Barclay Martin Ensemble's first single from its new album - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Kansas City 's Auternus needs to fill an open spot in the band. Click here: Auternus needs a bassist - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

 

August 9, 2010

Tech N9ne tops the charts

     For the third time in a row, Tech N9ne has the number one independent album in the country. Tech N9ne Collabos: The Gates Mixed Plate ranks as the following: on Billboard: #1 Indie Album, #4 Rap Album, #13 on Billboard's Top 200. The nation's taking notice of the  Kansas City  legend -- and so is Lil Wayne, who called into New York 's Hot 97 radio station from Rikers Island , where he's serving an 8 month prison sentence. When asked who Weezy was looking forward to collaborating with upon his release, the rapper said: "I've been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or Tech N9ne." 

 

Country star Chely Wright talks about coming out

City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath presented Chely Wright with a commendation from the city of West Hollywood. @ her Borders Hollywood signing on August 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvx3BQmFNeI

While Wright was in L.A., she was interviewed by L.A. Weekly . Click here: After the Media Storm: Country Singer Chely Wright on What Happened after her Very Public Coming Out as a Lesbian,

    

 

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Topeka emcee Stik Figa  and Kansas City producer/emcee D/Will  collaborated on last year's Hellogoodbye . They're back with their much-anticipated EP,  Alive and Well . Word is D/Will has stepped up the production, incorporating live guitars, keys, and more. It should be hot.  We'll have a review for you in the near future, but in the meantime, you can download it for free right here

Melissa Etheridge 's “Endless Love” was used in a routine on the FOX-TV show So You Think You Can Dance on Tuesday, August 4.

The jazz world is celebrating the centennial of one-time Kansas City pianist Mary Lou Williams ' birth. Last Thursday, August 5, there was a concert honoring Williams in Chicago . Click here: Musicians converge in Chicago to celebrate the centennial of jazz master Mary Lou Williams - chicagotribune.com .

The biggest news on the Kansas City jazz scene might be the fact that Ahmad Alaadeen has stage four bladder cancer. Alaadeen turned 78 on July 24. Click here: Jazz musician Alaadeen has cancer - KansasCity.com .

Next month Prairie Village will have a free jazz festival that will see many KC area musicians strut their stuff. Pianist Eldar no longer calls KC home, but he'll not only be back to play at the festival, he was in town this past weekend helping raise funds to make it a reality. Click here: Prairie Village gets ready for big jazz festival - KansasCity.com .

The Topeka Blues Society focused on the next generation of blues musicians Sunday, August 8, with its International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase at Uncle Bo's. Click here: Young blues musicians to play | CJOnline.com .

Former Kansas City singer-songwriter Jeff Black has been in the studio working on his next album tentatively titled Plow Through the Mystic , which is slated for release this fall. It will be Black's first full release of new songs since 2005.

Topeka 's Backlash is planning to take a six month hiatus to work on the band's fifth album. Before that the Backlash will play four dates beginning with a benefit for the Herrington Municipal Hospital on August 14. That'll be follow by gigs in Ozawkie and Topeka . The fourth and final show before the break will be for Vet Aid, but the venue has not been announced yet.

The guys hope to have the album finished and for sale early in 2011. Backlash leader Shawn Ames says it's a miracle that the band has been able to keep together for 18 years.

KMHOF inductee Chet Nichols has recently relocated from Chicago to Detroit . It didn't take him long to find a place to play his music. Chet's playing every Tuesday and Wednesday at AJ's Music Club in Ferndale , MI .

 

August 2, 2010

 

Reunion Jam II will benefit Parkinson Foundation on August 28 (Independence, MO)

 

The Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland presents the Kansas City Reunion Jam II Concert . This will be a special musical event indeed?listen and dance to live performances of acclaimed music that includes the area's most popular bands from the 60's and 70's,

The Classmen with hits ?Julie? and ?Graduation Goodbye? along with Poppin Fresh , and Lupe' .

Another local singer, Danny Cox , who is know nationally for his 1974 hit album ?Feel So Good? will be on stage too. National acts will include Ray Hildebrand of Paula and Paula and Larry Henley , lead singer of the ?New Beats? who will perform ?Bread and Butter? and ?Wind Beneath My Wings?.  

You also won't want to miss the Brody Buster Band , who has appeared on the Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

 

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For Your Ears Only benefit September 18 (Lawrence)

Mark your calendars for the Midwest 's biggest sale of all things audio. “For Your Ears Only,” a benefit sale for the University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network , will be held Friday, September 17 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, September 18 from 9 am-4 pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence , 2121 Harper Street , Building #21.

This year's sale will feature vintage and modern audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and more at great prices. Tickets for Friday night are $10 at the door and $7 in advance. Friday night's sale will include free food and door prizes. Admission is free on Saturday.

All proceeds from the sale go to benefit Audio-Reader Network, a free reading and information service for the blind and print disabled. For more information, visit www.reader.edu or contact Feloniz Lovato-Winston at 785-864-5336 or fwinston@ku.edu .

 

Chely Wright updates

Chely Wright posted a list of “25 Things About Me” on Facebook recently. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/notes/chely-wright/25-things-about-me/411824427915 .

Chely was interviewed recently by The Pulse . Click here: THE PULSE » Blog Archive » Ful Music Insider: Exclusive Interview With Chely Wright .

 

Boobs Rock to support breast cancer research

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than combining two awesome things: rock and boobs? The Boobs Rock: A Fest for Breasts  fundraiser was yesterday, August 1, at the Brick in Kansas City .  All proceeds raised will go directly to breast cancer research.  The bands -- referred to as Rockers for Knockers -- were the Night Owls, the B-Dinas, Heather Thornton & Friends and the Jen Lawless Project, with Dirty Dorothy as the MC. As the women who put on this event say, "all good boobs need support." We couldn't agree more.

 

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge keeps movin' on with her summer tour in support of her latest album, Fearless Love . Click here: Stargazing | Music keeps Melissa Etheridge moving on - KansasCity.com ; Click here: Letting the music speak - Dallas Voice

There are two new interviews with Etheridge on the Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team web page. In the first interview, read how Steven Girmant designed the Fearless Love Tour stage set with influences from the Shipibo Tribes of Peru. Also, Melissa discusses her spiritual path, what she thinks are the most powerful lyrics on the Fearless Love album, and what it was like to play in Amsterdam again. The interviews are available at www.melissaetheridgestreetteam.com

 

Gathering of the Juggalos on August 14

Juggalos and Juggalettes, it's that time of year again! The 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos is right around the corner. If you thought that Tech N9ne and Strange Music weren't gonna take part... well, you were wrong. On Saturday August 14th, not only will Tech be performing, but labelmate and Sacramento "Ripgutt" legend, Brotha Lynch Hung, will also be gracing the Gathering main stage. Don't miss out Juggalos, cause Saturday at Cave-In-Rock , IL  is gonna be Strange!

 

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Lawrence 's Robert Foster has devoted his life to music, conducting bands across the country. Click here: Code of conduct: Band director invests life in music community / LJWorld.com .

Martina McBride wants you to be heart healthy, and has teamed up with Cheerios to help you reach that goal. Click here: Martina McBride Wants You…To Be Heart Healthy! | The Ladies' Lounge .

With a Hip Hop Academy and Tech N9ne appearing on national music charts, the Kansas City hip-hop scene is more active than most realize. Click here: The local hip hop scene in Kansas City .

Popular singer-songwriter Julia Peterson lived in Lawrence for 13 years, but moved to Kansas City in April. She's busy promoting her new album There, Beneath the Sky , her first in five years. Click here: Julia Peterson's songs have a barroom punch - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

It almost sounds too good to be true. Ten dollars buys a ticket to see Kevin Mahogany , Fourplay and three local openers at the 40 Acres & a Mule campus on Saturday, August 7. Details are here . Steve Penn previewed the event in the Kansas City Star .  Click here: KC festival aims to draw families back to town - KansasCity.com .

One of the busiest musicians in Kansas City is drummer Pat Tomek , best known for his days with the Rainmakers. Pat recently post an amusing blog about the struggles involved in playing two gigs on the same night. Click here: Forty-Two: It happened one night .

July 25 saw Bloodstone return to Kansas City for a live show in the Power & Light District. Click here: BLOODSTONE PERFORMS LIVE AT THE POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT THIS SUNDAY! | KansasCity.com Press Release Central

Topeka yodeler Judy Coder keeps busy with two bands and solo gigs. She had a street dance in Cottonwood Falls Saturday and a performance in North Topeka yesterday. August 7 Judy and Pride of the Prairie will be playing in Valley Falls . Click here: Judy Coder-led bands to play | CJOnline.com .

Former Kansas City jazz singer Karrin Allyson , who now lives in New York City , was part of the “Jazz for the Gulf” benefit in New Orleans over the weekend. Click here: 'Jazz for the Gulf' to assist victims of spill | hattiesburgamerican.com | Hattiesburg American .

The KC band Lazy is on tour until August 12, but have found the time to sign a deal with The Record Machine. Click here: The Record Machine signs Lazy - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Lawrence 's Say My Name has his debut album out, available for downloads on iTunes, and soon to be in stores on vinyl. Click here: Say My Name: The Wayward Q&A - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The men of Season to Risk have stepped away from their many side projects (Roman Numerals, Thee Water Moccasins, Olympic Size) to put together a short summer tour that started in their hometown of Kansas City . Season to Risk headlined a show at the Riot Room on Saturday night. If you didn't make this show, the band will be at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence  this coming Friday, August 6.

In last week's newsletter, we reported on the upcoming gathering of old SE Kansas musicians in Parsons on August 15. A major change has been made in the plans. Instead of the previously announced liar contest, there will be an unbelievable incredible musician true story competition instead. This change is the result of several musicians indicating that no lie could top their true experiences. Trophies will still be awarded for the top three stories.

Scott McDonald and his jazz quartet play at Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living, 16207 Midland Drive in Shawnee on August 22. Joining Scott for this free concert will be Doug Talley, Rod Lincoln and Greg Whitfield. Click here: Scott McDonald Jazz Quartet to be featured during free concert Aug. 22 | KansasCity.com Press Release Central .

F5 , a Wichita classic rock band, is now auditioning lead guitar players. The band is looking for someone with great tone and a professional attitude. F5 is booked a year out with higher paying gigs coming. If you're interested, contact Tommy Carlyle at tommy@f5rock.com .

Last Friday, July 30, KMHOF inductee Dennis Higgins (Soul Express, Red Dogs, Spider & the Crabs) was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Association for Gifted Children.

On Monday, July 26, Pat Metheny surpassed 100,000 Facebook fans. Congratulations!

 

July 26, 2010

American Jazz Museum welcomes NAACP convention

The NAACP National Convention in Kansas City saw the American Jazz Museum get a lot of traffic from the out-of-towners.  The local NBC affiliate covered the story.  Click here: YouTube - NAACP brings traffic to KC Jazz District .

 

Chely Wright continues book and CD tour

Wellsville's Chely Wright continues he book and CD signing tour with her next stop scheduled for August 5 in Los Angeles . She'll be reading from her book and performing songs from her alblum. She's also set up a new Facebook blog. http://www.facebook.com/chelyw?v=app_2347471856&ref=ts

Out & Equal has announced that Chely will be one of the speakers at the 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, set for October 5-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center .

If you missed Chely's appearance on The Ellen Show , it's being repeated this Wednesday, July 28.

 

Paul McCartney visits KC

Sir Paul McCartney was in Kansas City over the weekend, so the Star 's Tim Finn asked some Kansas City musicians last week to share their memories of the Beatles . Click here: 'Yesterday': Local musicians share their Beatles memories - KansasCity.com .

 

Martina McBride interview

The new issue of US Weekly has an interview with Martina McBride . There not very much new, but it's always good to see her get some national attention. Click here: News - Martina McBride: "Kid Rock Is Quite a Character!" - Movies, TV & Music - UsMagazine.com .

Martina also appeared on CNN. Click here: Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com - McBride talks about life on the road .

 

Melissa Etheridge tour update

Melissa Etheridge will be at the Durham (NC) Performing Arts Center tonight, following her recent stop in Atlantic City , where weather forced a venue change. The next stop is Tampa . Click here: She's got love on her mind - Music - NewsObserver.com ; Click here: She's got love on her mind - Music - NewsObserver.com .

 

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July has been a busy month for KC rapper Tech N9ne . After being arrested, rapping about Gates BBQ, being featured in XXL magazine and having one of his raps used to promote a pro wrestling event, he's written a song about the drink he and his crew wrote called ?KC Tea.? A video of the song is available online. Click here: Tech N9ne's "KC Tea" video, here at last - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Judy Coder and Cowgirl Swing return to the Broadway Stage in downtown Cottonwood Falls on Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. The Emma Chase Cafe will offer a special Concert Menu from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Please bring lawn chairs for seating, and your dancing shoes!!!! As always, all events produced by the Emma Chase Cafe are smoke and alcohol-free. Suggested $8.00 gratuity to musicians. Read more: http://pd.kansas.com/sp?aff=1002&eventId=3651#ixzz0uRrB2SPz .

We've already mentioned that jazz pianist Mark Lowrey will be recording a live solo album at Jardine's in Kansas City on Sunday, August 1. The Pitch 's ?Wayward Blog? recently asked mark how he pays his bills. Click here: Hey, Mark Lowrey: Where does your money come from? - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

The Salt City Big Band will be playing at the Farmers Market Pavilion in Hutchinson tomorrow evening. Click here: Big Band show will feature vocalist .

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance has announced that the Conservatory Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of Bobby Watson has been invited by the city of Kurashiki , Japan , via the Heart of America Japan-America Society to perform in Kurashiki , Japan in October during Japan 's 25th National Cultural Festival in Okayama prefecture.  The all-expenses paid trip will allow the students to perform for this prestigious festival while experiencing and learning about Japanese culture through Kurashiki , a sister city to Kansas City , Missouri .  The group will travel to Japan October 30-November 8 to perform at the festival.  During the festival, the Concert Jazz Band will perform for and interact with students from several schools, perform in a joint concert with Sakuyo University , and also as part of the final main stage concert at the Jazz Festival.  The trip is underwritten by the city of Kurashiki , Japan , with special coordination from Kansas City 's Heart of America Japan-America Society.

The Topeka Festival Singers will conduct auditions this Monday and Wednesday evenings at the First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, for singers to perform with the mixed chorus during its four-concert 2010-11 season. Those seeking a spot in the group are asked to prepare two songs of contrasting style. An accompanist will be provided. In addition, there will be a short sight-singing exercise to perform. Positions are available in all sections of the ensemble. For more information and to arrange an audition time, call the group's music director, Kevin Kellim, at 670-1513 or e-mail him at kevin.kellim@washburn.edu .

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has announced its 2010-2011 Concert Season. Click here: KCJAZZORCHESTRA.ORG .

Kansas Heart played at the 11 th Annual Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival at Milford State Park . If you missed them, they'll be in Topeka 's Ward Meade Park October 3. Click here: Chris Biggs ? with Kansas Heart .

There was a video shoot in Kansas City 's West Bottoms yesterday for a new single by The Good Foot . We hope it all went well. Click here: The Good Foot, with clowns and fire - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

One of the more interesting bands in Kansas City is Root and Stem . The band issued a self-titled EP in April, and now the band's cellist is leading the orchestra for a local production of the musical ?Guys and Dolls.? Click here: Root and Stem's folk rock is flourishing - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

We reported earlier this year that the University of Kansas has a new School of Music . The dean of the new school, Robert Walzel , has arrived on campus. He's no stranger to KU, though, having attended the Midwest Music and Art Camp while he was in junior high school. Click here: Meet the dean: Head of KU's School of Music tackles challenges of reorganization / LJWorld.com .

Jason Beers played live in KC twice in the past week. Wednesday, he and his band Brannock Device, were at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club, and Saturday he was part of the show at the Czar Bar, playing songs from his newest banjo CD Banjoism?Da . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Jason Beers, Brannock Device, Bass, and Banjo .

Put August 15 on you calendar, and find your way to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Main Street in Parsons that afternoon. A bunch of long-time SE Kansas musicians will be gathering to jam, drink, eat and swap stories. Expected to show up are Ronnie Fleming, Tim Henson, John Jarboe, Jack Ellson, Larry Blagg, Marc Marcano and several other musicians, along with fans and friends. A major feature of the event will be a ?Liar Contest? to see who can tell the tallest tale about his music career. Lies have to be reasonably credible, yet outlandish at the same time. Trophies will be presented for the top three lies. Oh, yes, it's BYOB. Click here: sekrocks : SEK Rocks .

Be at Stan Herd's Studio Saturday night, July 31, for a dance/party with the Crumpletons .   As usual you can BYOB....... 8pm   $5 Cover.  The address is 512 E. 9th Street (Ninth and New Jersey ).  The road is closed in front of Stan's so take 8th or 11th street to New Jersey .

When we make up the KMHOF ballot each year, we look for ideas from a variety of sources. Lists we've put together over the years of potential nominees, suggestions from Hall of Fame members and inductees, and articles we read. The following article was in The Wichita Eagle July 19, and gave us another person to consider. Click here: Singer-actress, KU grad was role model | Top Stories | Wichita Eagle

If you have an act you want considered, either email us or post it on our Facebook group. The two requirements are that the act has to have begun performing in public at least 25 years ago, and must have contributed to the musical history of Kansas or the greater KC metro area.

 

July 19, 2010

Mike Finnigan joins Lilith Fair in Bonner Springs

The Lilith Fair stopped at Capital Federal Park in Bonner Springs recently, and several area performers were part of the show. Click here: Lilith's fare: Three Kansas City artists earn the opportunity to take the stage at female-powered festival / LJWor .

Sara Swenson won her spot on the bill in an online contest. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Sara Swenson

Chanute's Jennifer Knapp was the Fair's opening act, but the biggest surprise of the night was 2005 KMHOF inductee Mike Finnigan playing keyboards for the Court Yard Hounds (Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks). It seems their regular guy couldn't make the KC, St. Louis and Chicago shows, so Mike filled in since he had played on their album.

 

Riverrock announces new website, CD reissue and tour dates

Kansas City 's Riverrock has a new website so you can check out the band's history and get updated on current events. The last time we checked, a few of the pages were still under construction. The band's Midwest Man album is being reissued in a special 30 th Anniversary Edition on July 21. You will be able to purchase the CD directly from the website, many other online locations and at live shows. www.riverrockkc.com .

     July 21 & 23, Lenexa , KS – Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon (CD release party on 23 rd )
     July 26, Hugoton , KS – Stevens County Fair
     July 31, Kansas City , MO – Isle of Capri
     August 4, Lenexa , KS – Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon
     August 6, Kansas City , MO – Walsh's Corner Cocktails (Riverrock's Hot August Night)
     August 12, Chappell, NE – Deuel County Fair
     August 13, Bassett, NE – Rock County Fair
     August 14, Seward, NE – Seward County Fair
     August 18, Lenexa , KS – Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon
     August 28, Holden , MO – Holden Street Fair
     September 8 & 10, Lenexa , KS – Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon
     October 9, Centralia , MO – Saddle Saloon

Riverrock

 

Friends and fans join in support for Alaadeen

From Alaadeen 's (public) Facebook account on July 11:

Greetings to all of our friends and loved ones. Some of you may know that Alaadeen has been engaged in a major battle with cancer for the last few months. We are asking you to join in thru prayer and and by sending all of the positive energy and love you have to help honor his fight. Alaadeen has shared that he still has work to do! We will keep you posted. Peace .

 

Melissa Etheridge on tour, partners with Cousteau

 

At her recent New York City show,  2006 KMHOF Inductee Melissa Etheridge rocked the United Palace Theater and included in the performance an environmental message. The Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee announced her support for Alexandra Cousteau's 14,500-mile, five-month tour dedicated to documenting water stories from around North America . Click here: Melissa Etheridge Announces Partnership With Alexandra Cousteau and Water Expedition - NatGeo News Watch

Etheridge is on the road supporting her latest album and getting media coverage at every stop along the way. Click here: Melissa Etheridge draws out the rock and reminiscences at Citi Wang Theatre - The Boston Globe ; Click here: Melissa Etheridge Returns with New Album, Tour  | accessAtlanta .

In addition to coverage of her tour and reviews of Melissa's album, she's also in the news for what's going on in her personal life. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Was Expecting a Call From the Kids, Got Served Instead - E! Online .

 

Martina McBride talks career and family

2007 KMHOF Inductee Martina McBride recently answered ten questions for USA Today readers.

Click here: Martina McBride answers your questions - USATODAY.com .

 

 

More music news ...

KC's Takedown reunited for a show last Friday night in Brookfield 's City Park . The trio is working on recording an new EP, but doesn't' plan anymore live shows at this point. Click here: Takedown reunites for one-off show Friday night - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Kansas City musician Kiernan McMullan played the Czar Bar Friday with Nicole Berke and Nicolette Paige. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Preview: The Best Part of Kiernan McMullan .

Jardine's hosted “Underground Sounds” Friday night, featuring KC bands Mixed Method and Hominid. Click here: Blogs | Emily's take on ... Mixed Method | Ink .

Wichita got an musical infusion of the band Infusion Friday and Saturday. Click here: Out of the garage | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita Eagle .

Kansas City 's Hip Hop Academy works to engage local youth in the positive elements of hip-hop culture at the Northeast Branch of the Kansas City (MO) Public Library. Click here: Local MCs reach out through the Hip Hop Academy - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

TNA Wrestling has a pay-per-view event coming up on August 8 called “Hard Justice.” To help pump up fans for the event, the league is using KC rapper Tech N9ne 's song “Riot Maker” in a prom video airing on Spike TV.

Tech and his record label are the subjects of a feature article in XXL . Click here: Tech N9ne and Strange Music featured in this month's XXL magazine - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

The new National Debonaires ' second release Words Are Like Bullets with Steve Gerard & Dave Elmo Bailey has a scheduled release date of August 2010 featuring Steve, Elmo, Dwight Ross, Mike Sedovic & Patrick Recob. It features 2 original songs by Patrick Recob and guest performances by Preston Hubbard, Lee McBee, Greg Demchuk, Mike Clark, Sean Carney, Trampled Under Foot and Gene Walker. Pre-release information will follow soon.

It appears that the Kansas City Argosy Casino, 777 NW Argosy Parkway in Riverside , is dropping live music in its Crazy Olive's restaurant after two years.  The Argosy will, however, continue to have live music on the casino's main stage. 

The Record Machine has released the debut album from Soft Reeds . Click here: http://view.email.topspin.net/... ; Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Soft Reeds - This Affair .

KC jazz pianist Mark Lowrey has decided that it's time he released a solo piano album, so he'd decided to record two live shows Sunday, August 1 at Jardines, 4536 Main, in KCMO. All ticket buyers for the event become co-executive producers and will be mentioned by name in the liner notes of the CD. Shows are at 6:00 and 8:30 , and tickets are $20. They can be purchased at Jardine's or from Mark.

Open Road , a California band featuring former Fabulous Flipper Ken Rice, has a new album called On The Verge .  It's available for downloading from emusic.com.  Click here: On the Verge mp3s, On the Verge music downloads, On the Verge songs from eMusic.com

Chet Nichol 's song “The Love I Want To Show” just won the Best Philosophical Song Contest at Broadjam. You can hear the song at www.chetnicholsmusic.com .

Ultimate Fakebook broke up in 2003, but the power pop punk powerhouse has just put a song up at www.ufbrocks.com for a free download and announced a record called Daydream Radio Is Smiling Static that will be released July 27.

The Hutchinson News has a new monthly feature spotlighting local musicians. Click here: What's Up Hutch? | Welcome Home Hutchinson, KS - Spotlight on local musicians Conscious Creatures and Scott Allan.

A second annual Kansas City Reggae Uprising Festival will be held August 29. Among the bands playing will be KMHOF inductees the Blue Riddim Band. Click here: Kansas City Reggae Uprising Festival returning next month - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Members of the Young Raiders are joining forces with Texas Blue Dawg to play at the first annual BBQ Rib ad Hot Wing Festival in Hastings , NE , on July 31. The outdoor event includes a hot wing eating contest at 6:30 , with the music starting at 8:00 . For information call 402-469-5507 or email Tom Taylor at cttaylor46@hotmail.com .

KC Free Press caught up with Lawrence 's Cowboy Indian Bear recently. Click here: Cowboy Indian Bear | KCFreePress.com .

Ruth Rhoden, co-host of KCUR's Just Jazz show for 23 years, has died. Click here: Maple Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery

 

July 12, 2010

 

Sarah Buxton hospital fundraiser on July 22

Lawrence native Sarah Buxton will return home with her musical partner Jedd Hughes for a fundraiser for Lawrence Memorial Hospital on July 22. Click here: Singer to return to Lawrence for LMH fundraiser / LJWorld.com .

 

Melissa Etheridge on tour and in the news

Melissa Etheridge continues to tour in support of her album Fearless Love . Her first stops on the US leg of the tour were in New England . Click here: MELISSA ETHERIDGE @ THE PALACE THEATRE, 7/7/10 - You Review - Capital Region concert and performance reviews - tim ; Click here: Melissa Etheridge returns to rock roots | CapeCodOnline.com . Click here: Melody Tent is Etheridge's favorite venue - Sandwich, MA - Sandwich Broadsider .

Expedition Blue Planet: Blue Planet will join Etheridge at her stops in New York , Atlanta , San Francisco and Los Angeles . Click here: Facebook | Melissa Etheridge: Expedition Blue Planet: North America to join Melissa in New York, Atlanta, San Fran .

    

While all is going great on her tour, Melissa's personal life seem to be anything but great. Her former partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, has filed legal documents asking for full custody of their twin children. Etheridge filed for dissolution of their domestic partnership first, asking for joint custody. Both women cite irreconcilable differences as the reason to end their partnership. Tammy is also seeking spousal support, claiming to have a total of four dollars to her name. Meanwhile, Melissa's lawyer claims, ?Melissa is paying all of Tammy's expenses, which totals tens of thousands of dollars per month.? This story will obviously continue.

 

Mark Lowrey pays tribute to Radiohead

Mark Lowrey presented a second tribute to Radiohead over the weekend. Featuring singer Shay Estes performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the RecordBar in Kansas City .

Click here: Mark Lowrey Presents a Radiohead Tribute - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch

 

Embarassment update

We reported last week that Bill Goffrier of the Embarrassment had to cancel his show at KC's RecordBar because of a family emergency. Now the band's Brent ?Woody? Geissmann is in the news with a new radio show that began on Boston 's 96.9 FM yesterday, July 11. Click here: 96.9 Boston Talks .

 

Tony Teebo continues tour

Tony Teebo contacted us to say the Sensational Showmen gig in Ft. Scott June 25 sold out. Tony's in Spokane , WA , until the end of July. He did a five day stand in Chicago in March and has played in eleven states since then. After Spokane , he heads to Yellowstone National Park . Teebo has been performing almost full-time since 1963, when he fronted Pittsburg 's New Survivors. He's played in 36 states and 8 countries. He's also done numerous national and regional commercials and released nearly a dozen recordings over the years.

 

Clif Major recovering from recent illness

Wichita guitar legend Clif Major was hospitalized recently with pneumonia. Tommy Crabb got a lot of Clif's friends together at Rockin' Daddy's for two nights of music to raise funds to help pay Major's medical bills.

 

Tech N9ne profiled

Fox 4's Tess Koppelman did a feature recently about Kansas City 's hip-hop artist Tech N9neClick here: KC Stage: Tech N9ne interview by Tess Koppelman .

 

Hearts of Darkness releases debut album

Hearts of Darkness has its debut album out now, and the future looks bright for the Kansas City band. As the band's music continues to evolve, so do their critical success. Click here: Hearts of Darkness - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch ; Click here: KC's Hearts of Darkness creates its own sound with old-school analog - KansasCity.com ; Click here: kcur: : Hearts of Darkness Brings Afrobeat to KC (2010-07-06) .

 

Piano-Thon on July 15-16

The Mutual Musicians Foundation is hosting a "Piano-Thon fundraiser" July 15-16.

Chris Clarke, Roger Wilder, Charles Williams, Everette Freeman, Rich Hill, Luqman Hamza, Murray Fields, Don Cox, James Hathaway, Karriem Sayles, TJ Martley and Michael Pagan are among the participants.

 

Prairie Village Jazz Festival on August 7

Eldar performs at a fundraiser for the Prairie Village Jazz Festival at Indian Hills Country Club on August 7. From the festival's site: Ticket reservations are $50 for individuals and only $85 for couples. VIP reservations are also available which include premium seating, dinner with wine, and a cocktail hour. VIP reservations are $125 for indviduals and $225 for couples.

 

Ashley Ray of Lawrence finds country music success

Another Lawrence native now making her home in Nashville , Ashley Ray , will be joining seven other acts on the new album Sweet Home Alabama ? The Country Music Tribute to Lynyrd Sknyrd , which will available July 20 exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Click here: Sweet Home Kansas: Lawrence native Ashley Ray embraces her rock roots to find success in the country music industr .

 

Ben Grimes returns with new Soft Reeds band

When Ben Grimes left Kansas City and his band Golden Republic in his rear view mirror and headed to Nashville , we didn't know if we'd ever see him again. Well, he's back in town with a new band called Soft Reeds and a new album called Bastards. Click here: Get the new album from Soft Reeds now! | The Record Machine ; Click here: The Soft Reeds debut was a long time coming - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

 

Dogs? have reunited for first time since 1986

Together for the first time since 1986, Dogs? Have reunited and are hard at work on a new album. Original members Jerry Sumner, Barry Dirks, Stan Hartman and Conrad Stolze have returned with the addition of Randy Grohs on keyboards. Dogs? performed for the first time since 1986 as part of the Flicker Lounge 80s Band Reunion Bash at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita last August. The success of that benefit for the American Cancer Society inspired the guys to put the band back together. Click here: DogsTunes - The official site for the band Dogs?

 

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Kansas City based singer Dino O'Dell performed at Topeka 's public library last week. His appearance was part of the library's Blockbuster Wednesday concerts for children. Click here: Dino O'Dell to sing at library | CJOnline.com .

Will Rockfest return to KC's Penn Valley Park next year? That's a question being debated on several fronts following complaints raised by this year's event. Click here: Rock 'n' roll's future in Penn Valley Park isn't certain | KCFreePress.com .

Voting has begun for the 2010 Pitch Music Awards as the Kansas City publication tries once again to salute the best in a variety of categories. Click here: Pitch Music Awards voting season has begun - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Long-time KC favorites, The Clique , is playing only once in Overland Park this summer: next Saturday, July 17 at the Roxy, 75 th and Metcalf. They'll be saying goodbye to an old friend and introducing Jim of the Stolen Winnebagos as a new member of the band.

LCD , another KC band will be reuniting for a show at the RecordBar Tuesday, July 27.

CD Tradepost has designated September as "Local Music Month" and is encouraging instore performances, as well as promoting the local music selection in their stores during that month. Combining these with a CD release party, etc is something they encourage. Any local bands that want to have some retail presence can contact the area manager for the four Topeka stores, Jon Hetheriton. His email is jhetheriton@cdtradepost.com . http://www.facebook.com/pages/Topeka-CD-Tradepost/133212894533

 

July 5, 2010

Tommy Johnson Memorial Concert on July 11 in Lawrence

His friends have succeeded in putting together a Tommy Johnson Memorial Concert and Remembrance. It will take place at The Jazzhaus in Lawrence next Sunday, July 11 from 4:00 - 10:00pm . The plan is to have the Jazzhaus Big Band play from 4:00-6:00 . Then everyone will take turns telling "Tommy Stories," because there are a million of them, after which there will be a giant jam session. Feel free to drop by at any time, and do not feel obligated to stay any longer than you are able too. This will be the kind of party Tommy would have loved. 

 

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridae has filed papers in California to formally end her relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Files to End Relationship | TMZ.com ; Click here: Tammy Lynn Michaels 'Blindsided' by Split With Melissa Etheridge | PopEater.com

A fan creates desktop Melissa Etheridge wallpapers that are downloadable at no charge. The most recent is called "iheartradio."  Here's is a link to the site if you're interested in checking them out or downloading them for use on your computer: http://www.4shared.com/u/pzgqtrsz/e983aa64/Kay_and_Les.html?sId=0KzBigiDqW6tj5uk

 

Chely Wright

Chely Wright has written a blog about her recent visit to the White House. http://www.facebook.com/chelyw?v=app_2347471856&ref=ts

Olivia Cruises is excited to announce that Chely will be joining them on their Caribbean Sun Cruise from October 30-November 6.  For more info to to: http://www.olivialcom/Travel/Trips_caribbean_sun-entertainment.aspx .

 

YouTube videos from Winston Apple and White Clover

It took Winston Apple about nine years to post his first video on YouTube, but only a month to post his second.  You can view his version of "All Along the Watchtower/Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands " at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhgYmF4mWo .

Another new video on YouTube is of much older vintage. It's a second chance to hear the 1970 version of Topeka band White Clover. This band was led by drummer Phil Ehart, who now leads 2005 KMHOF inductees Kansas . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCijdIxTaI .

 

KU's Midwest Music and Art Camp marks 75th anniversary

Many Hall of Fame inductees have recounted stories of first visiting Lawrence as high school students attending KU's Midwest Music and Art Camp . The lastest version of the camp is the 75th edition. Click here: Thriving at 75: Music academy at KU marks anniversary with new programming / LJWorld.com .

 

Stiefel Rocks and Blues on July 9 in Salina

The Stiefel Theater in  Salina will present  “Stiefel Rocks and Blues” on Friday evening, July 9 from 7 to 11. Doors and bar open at 6.  Proceeds from the concert will help to establish a Salina Musician's Scholarship Fund.  Applications for the funds are available at the Stiefel Theater.  The Stiefel will present these local and regional bands:

  • Middle Ground
  • Jimmy Lewin and the Kingtones
  • Sons of Truckers
  • Troubled Times
  • Kenny McCullick's Guitar Band

A raffle will be held with the following donated instruments as prizes:

  • An electric guitar donated by Jason at Salina Pawn and Jewelry,
  • a ukulele donated by Hanson Music,
  • and a bass guitar donated by Bob's Pawn Shop. 

Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the drawing will be held on the 9 th . Winner must be present to win. Suggested admission/donation is $10 at the door. Concessions and bar will be available.

 

KC Music and Arts Fest on July 16

Two of the Kansas City area's finest champions of the arts, the Midwest Music Foundation and Review Publishing , are teaming up in a few weeks for a special evening that'll pair local music and local visual arts. Called "We Are Synaesthetic," the event will feature sixteen local-ish artists displaying work inspired by, interpretive of, or representational of music. Original works will be for sale, and all proceeds go to the two organizations. Dead Voices , Atlantic Fadeout , and the Wires will all play sets. There will be refreshments. It's happening Friday, July 16, at the Living Room (2nd floor, 1818 McGee), which is the art space that used to house the Pearl Gallery.

 

Topeka's Rock Cover Band Expo on July 17 / Original Band Music Battle on July 31

The Facebook group Topeka and Midwest Music Scene is holding its Rock Cover Band Expo at the Kansan (formerly Por'e Richards) July 17. Click here: Facebook | TMMS Cover Bands Gone Wild! Part 2. ALL AGES!

The group's Original Band Battle Series continues with part two at the Boobie Trap July 31. Click here: Facebook | TMMS Original Band Music Battle, Part 2 ALL AGES

 

Rock the Crossroads 5K on July 17

The upcoming Rock the Crossroads 5K Run July 17 will be different from most similar events. Instead of running during the heat of the day, runners will begin at 7 pm . The race starts and ends in front of Grinders and loops thru the Crossroads area of Kansas City . Following the run, they'll be greeted by two free beer and music from Roman Numerals and the Belated. Non-runners will be charged $5 for the show. Click here: Rock the Crossroads.

 

Blue-Jean Fest on September 3 & 4

Tickets are now on sale for the Blue-Jean Fest September 3 & 4 at Hoot Owl Farm near Luray. 

It's a benefit for a local farm protecting the livelihood of independent artists and restoring the health of our land and food.

Musical performances will be by Kansas natives Bubby, Nathan Meckel and Kristie Stremel

Click here: Blue-Jean Fest .

    

 

Allen Blasco

On Friday, July 9th, KMHOF board member Allen Blasco will be doing an acoustic gig with Tom "Trashmouth" Baker, former frontman of The Blues Notions. Also, in town from Tulsa will be Allen's songwriting partner, Bob Martin, who will sit in towards the end of the evening. All of this happens at Walsh's Corner Cocktails, 304 W. 85th St. , Kansas City , MO. Showtimes are 8:30 to 11:30 pm .

 

More music news ...

Bill Goffrier of the Embarrassment had a solo gig scheduled for July 8 at Kansas City 's RecordBar, but has had to cancel because of illness in his family. We hope it's not too serious and that he'll reschedule sometime soon.

KMHOF inductee Jerry Hahn played in Lincoln , NE , last week. Before the gig, he talked with The Lincoln Journal Star . Click here: Hahn to close Jazz in June season .

Lawrence bands recently told the Lawrence Journal-World how they use the internet to promote their music. Click here: From posters to posting: Lawrence bands offer best ways of utilizing Internet to promote their music / LJWorld.com .

Aaron Moreland of Wichita 's Moreland & Arbuckle was the subject of the Riffs section of the August 2010 issue of Guitar Player Magazine . He described how to play, “fat-ass riffs, runs and slide assaults sans bass.” Be looking for the August issue of Blues Review . Moreland & Arbuckle will be one of the featured artists. Click here: Blues Revue Magazine: 7/4/2010 .

Wichita musician Scott Allan Knost has now played more that 700 gigs over the past five years. Click here: Musician joins '700 Club' | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita Eagl .

Kansas City-based preacher Jimmie Bratcher left his church ten years ago to spread his message through music. His latest stop was in Lawrence . Click here: Soul music: Christian performers unify R&B: religion and blues / LJWorld.com .

Musicians Chris Tolle and Jake Cardwell work together as The Belles , but they don't like calling the duo a band. Click here: Time flies, but the Belles are not worried - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

The Sexy Accident formed in 2005, and has gone through personnel changes since then, as evidenced on the band's new EP Now That She's Gone . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - The Sexy Accident - Change and Consistency .

Kansas City 's My New TV Set has a shot at someday appearing on your new TV set. Click here: My New TV Set in a Michael Cera movie? - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

 

June 14, 2010

Rodney Lay departs from KMHOF Board of Directors

2005 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the board of directors Rodney Lay has resigned his seat on the board. The remaining members of the board will be meeting soon to decide what to do about this vacancy.

 

    
Rodney Lay (Rodney & the Blazers)
at the 2005 Induction Ceremony

 

More from the 2010 KMHOF Induction Ceremony

The 2010 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert, on March 6, was a big success with a sell-out crowd and outstanding performances from seven of this year's inductees. The only inductee unable to attend was Oleta Adams, who left earlier in the week for a date in Italy. Conny & The Bellhops did not perform, but Conny's sons accepted his award and many of the Bellhops were in attendance.

After half of the inductions, Plain Jane kicked off the evening's music. For health reasons Jimmy Bond sat for the performance, but was in good voice and the set got the show off to a good start. Jimmy was spotted chatting with his many friends in the crowd later.

Next up was Wichita 's Moanin' Glories, who upped the tempo and the volume with a set of oldies covers. A few people were disappointed that they didn't do either side of their single, but the band said they hadn't played either song in a long time and weren't able to practice it before the show.

Topeka 's Morning Dew then did a set of almost all originals to an appreciative crowd. Mal Robinson says they enjoyed the experience so much that they hope to have annual reunions in the future.

Wrapping up the first half of the show was Emporia 's Green River Ordinance, who had a large contingent of fans on hand. They sounded as if they hadn't ever quit playing instead of taking a break of about thirty years.

Following the intermission, the rest of the acts were inducted, and KMHOF President Bill Lee was surprised by the Board of Directors, who joined him onstage to announce to the crowd that Bill was being inducted for all of his contributions to Kansas music.

The music continued with the shortest set and one of the best received when Vernon Sandusky played for about 14 minutes, with another of The Chartbusters and two members of Rodney & the Blazers playing with him. His guitar solo during ?She's The One,? had many in the crowd talking later.

The Pott County Pork & Bean Band had people dancing in the aisles and in the lobby. They also cleaned up on the sale of T-shirts and CDs at their merchandise table.

The evening ended with Tree Frog turning in the kind of performance they're known for with tight playing and some of the best vocal harmonies ever heard around here. They'll be back at Liberty Hall in 2011 for another of their semi-annual reunion shows.

A lot of prior inductees were in the house as most of the Red Dogs and Rising Suns were on hand. Kansas' Kerry Livgren joined The Morning Dew at their table.

The 2009 DVD was finally available after a long wait, but it appears the 2010 will be done this summer. Photos and video from this year's show will be posted on the KMHOF website.

Three of the inducted acts were profiled in their local newspapers. The Osage County Herald-Chronicle wrote about Plain Jane . Click here: Osage County Herald-Chronicle | Local musicians honored .

Pittsburg 's Morning Sun traced the history of Conny & The Bellhops. Click here: Timeless music - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun .

The Pott County Pork and Bean Band was the subject of two articles, but we are unable to provide links to them.

Oleta Adams , following her trip to Italy , performed in Kansas City on Saturday, March 20, at the Gem Theater. She was part of an evening celebrating a month of women-in-jazz events at the American Jazz Museum. Click here: Review | Oleta Adams at the Gem Theater - KansasCity.com

 

South Dakota Hall of Fame inducts The Fabulous Flippers and The Red Dogs

On April 24, The Fabulous Flippers and The Red Dogs were inducted into the South Dakota Rock & Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame. Click here: Bands reunite for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony | argusleader.com | Argus Leader.

    

 

Iowa Hall of Fame inducts The Rising Suns

Over Labor Day weekend, The Rising Suns will be inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Fame. Click here: The Rising Sons - 2010 IRRMA Hall of Fame Inductee.

    

 

Dennis "Fox" Higgins honored for teaching career

Dennis      After thirty years in the classroom, Dennis "Fox" Higgins has retired from the Albuquerque school system. He will expand his University of New Mexico teaching and continue to develop further his educational philosophy classes and the Nielsen Higgns, Betts Model of Transformational Leadership. Higgins has been invited to serve on the board of directors for the Fretboard Journal Foundation. The FBJF has been incorporated to foster the making of music for children. He'll also be building a house and recording studio on his land in northern New Mexico .

According to the Albuquerque Journal , “Dennis Higgins not only rocks, he ‘educates.' This Kansas Music Hall of Fame multiple inductee is also a nationally recognized educator, an award-winning New Mexico teacher, and an instructor for the University of New Mexico . Known best for his children's music, he plays for all audiences selecting and writing music thaqt inspires. His published music can be thought of as ‘children's music for adults and children alike.' Dr. Higgins plays locally and travels extensively, sharing his music on a personal level from Albuquerque to Boston to Chicago to Kansas City . His sound is flawless, his performances are a ‘must see' and his CDs are a ‘must have.'”

Following his retirement, The Governor's School in Alexandria , Louisiana contacted Dennis and asked him if he would join them this summer to work with a special needs group of children. He's now in Louisiana working on this.

 

Oscar "Lucky" Wesley of the Scamps is remembered

Since our last newsletter, Lucky Wesley of the Scamps passed away on March 27. Click here: KC was lucky to have its ‘Lucky' - KansasCity.com . A celebration of his life was held on April 3 at the Phoenix Jazz Club. The surviving Scamps performed in honor of their leader for many years. Click here: Oscar Wesley Death Notice: Oscar Wesley's Obituary by the Kansas City Star.

Visiting the Vocal Group Harmony website and performing a search for “Scamps” will yield photos of the band and record labels, along with downloads of many Scamps recordings. Click here: THE VOCAL GROUP HARMONY WEB SITE .

     Lucky Wesley

 

 

Pianist Pete Eye has passed away

KC jazz pianist Pete Eye died on April 8. Click here: Tribute | Pete Eye was a pianist with a passion for jazz - KansasCity.com .

     Pete Eye

 

Ken Weidenbach     

Ken "Rat" Weidenbach dies following long illness

Ken “Rat” Weidenbach of the Rising Suns and Young Raiders died in Tulsa, OK, on May 6 following a long illness. After leading a version of the Young Raiders for several years, he played with the Smoke Ring in Nebraska before heading to the west coast. In Los Angeles he married Cathy Carson of the trio Hot (“Angel in Your Arms”). The couple moved to Tulsa in about 1989 and divorced in 1996. Rat is survived by two daughters, both KU grads. Alex is married and lives in Olathe , while Jessica is attending the School of Dental Hygiene at WSU while living with her mother.

 

Blues singer JIm LaForte dies

Jim LaForte      Kansas City blues singer Jim LaForte passed away May 29. He was the original singer and bandleader along with Rich VanZant at the Saturday afternoon Harling's in 1984. The guitarist with that band, Jay EuDaly, has said, “In his prime, LaForte had a voice, an authentic voice, that was unmistakable and no one could touch him when he sang in that classic R&B style.” LaForte's most recent album, Catfish Pizza Breakfast , is available for purchase at several sites online. A memorial jam was held at BB's Lawnside Bar-B-Que on June 12.
Click here: LEONARD JAMES (JIMMY) LaFORTE Obituary: View LEONARD LaFORTE's Obituary by Kansas City Star .

 

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Greg Volpert has done album covers and posters for many Kansas bands, and some of them gathered along with some of Greg's favorite musicians to raise money to help pay his medical bills. Click here: ‘What a difference a day has made' / LJWorld.com .

A benefit concert for Pat Audley, the owner of Wichita 's Atichoke and Golden Apple Award teacher, was held June 5. Audley was diagnosed with cancer in February 2009. As his medical bills have mounted, many of his friends decided to put on a daylong event called “ Patapalooza ,” featuring a silent auction, an open mic and performances by Uche, Good Question, Bryan Masters, Kansas Heart, Raging Sea, Mark Horton and many more area bands. Click here: Artichoke's Pat Audley fighting cancer | Featured Story | Wichita Eagle .

Currently topping the news is the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico . As the government and BP struggle to find a solution to the problem, others have looked to what they might do to help. KMHOF inductee Michael Brewer (of Brewer & Shipley) has written a song that he's posted to YouTube. Click here: YouTube - "The Gulf of Mexico" / Michael Brewer

Three Kansas women have been all over the news recently as Melissa Etheridge 's longtime relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels has ended, and she's touring in support of her new album; Chanute Christian singer Jennifer Knapp came out of the closet on CNN's Larry King Live ; and Wellsville's Chely Wright has also revealed her homosexuality while releasing a new album and autobiography.

“Million Dollar Quartet,” Broadway's new hit musical, has announced that Academy Award winner and two-time Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge will join the cast of the Tony nominated Best Musical for a special performance during the finale of the Wednesday evening, June 23 performance. Click here: Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet Musical Welcomes Melissa! | Melissa Etheridge . According to tvguide.com, Melissa is guest-hosting The View on Wednesday, June 23rd.

Musical arrangements and supervision of “Million Dollar Quartet” are by Lawrence 's Chuck Mead who, best known for his success with BR549, never envisioned making it to Broadway. Click here: Broadway Honky Tonk: Former Lawrencian and BR549 frontman Chuck Mead hits Broadway with 'Million Dollar Quartet' / .  Chuck, who released his first solo album this year, had a European tour scheduled, but had to postpone it after the recent flooding in Nashville

Jennifer Knapp spent most of the past eight years living in Australia . In September 2002, she walked away from her career as a million-record-selling, multiple-Dove-award winning Christian singer-songwriter. On the lineup of the first Lilith Fair, with crossover appeal, she is best known to fans of “Jesus music.” Click here: Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp Comes Out | Entertainment News | Advocate.com .

Chely Wright was in Washington DC for the Capital Pride Festival, where she was interviewed by MetroWeekly. Click here: Chely Wright: Her journey from the country closet to the Pride Festival stage: Feature Story section: Metro Weekly.

Martina McBride is collaborating with Kid Rock and rapper T. I. on a new project. Click here: Country's Martina McBride Collaborates With Rapper T.I., Kid Rock | Billboard.com#/news/country-singer-martina-mcb .

Martina recently invited her fans into her recording studio. Click here: Martina McBride Invites Fans To Recording Studio - Video - WSMV Nashville .

At the age of 82, Marilyn Maye is still going strong, as she's currently proving at Jardine's in Kansas City . Click here: All that jazz: Marilyn Maye leads one swinging week - KansasCity.com

Bassist Jeff Harshbarger is an adjunct professor of music at the University of Kansas . He's also a musician in demand. Click here: Jeff Harshbarger taps his bass instincts and others tap his talents - KansasCity.com ; Click here: Back to Rockville: Bass master: Local musician lands Jacob Fred gig ; Click here: Jeff Harshbarger explains 'Game Pieces' | KCFreePress.com .

Mike Metheny has released his ninth album as a leader. 60.1 covers styles ranging from evocative ballads and straightahead jazz to the raucous title track and a novel nod to marching bands. The album features some of KC's best musicians, including Roger Wilder and Paul Smith (keyboards), Bob Bowman (acoustic bass) and Brandon Branden Draper (drums). Seven of the ten tracks are originals by Metheny. Click here: The other Metheny melds many sounds on ‘60.1' CD - Ovation | ColumbiaTribune.com

KMHOF inductee Pat Metheny has been touring with a machine that has turned the jazz guitarist into a one-man band. Click here: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion Project | By Ashley Kahn - WSJ.com ; Click here: 05/02/2010 - Giant gizmo makes Metheny a one-man band - STLtoday.com .

Legendary country music performer and radio announcer Johnny Western has retired. The 75-year-old took his final on-air bow on Wichita 's KFTI in April. He began working at the station (then KFDI) in 1988. Johnny began hosting his own full-time radio show as a teenager in the 1940s. He wrote and performed “The Ballad of Paladin,” the theme song for TV's Have Gun, Will Travel , which ran on CBS from 1957-63. Western was named the 2008 Disc Jockey of the Year by the Western Music Association. He has been inducted into several hall of fame and will be back on our ballot in October. Following his retirement, Western moved to Arizona . Click here: Radio and music legend Johnny Western is moving to Arizona | Local | Wichita Eagle.

David Cook has been working on his second album while making a few appearances around the country. Click here: David Cook on his sophomore CD: Massive choruses, mile-long catwalks, and...Dolly Parton? | EW.com .

Kansas City 's kings of reggae The Blue Riddim Band are releasing their first album in 25 years. It's called Tribute and will come out on the band's own Riddim Records label. The band also plans to re-release their old material. Hear the new material live at KC's RecordBar on Friday, June 18.

For more than 20 years, Kansas City attorney Howard Eisberg has moonlighted as Howard Iceberg with his band The Titanics . Click here: Howard Iceberg is Kansas City's rock shaman - Page 1 - News - Kansas City - The Pitch .

Van McLain and some other members of Shooting Star have been doing a few gigs around Kansas City as the Star Blues Band. Van says he has some new songs that they've been doing along with some old standards. He also recently announced some Shooting Star dates beginning in late June. Check our calendar for details.

The Pedaljets have been pretty busy over the past year, and they reflected on that and their early days with Tim Finn of the Kansas City Star prior to their appearance at Kansas City 's RecordBar. Click here: The Pedaljets are back and doing it right - KansasCity.com .

While the Walkenhorst and Porter tour of Norway was back in March, an interview Bob did over there at the beginning of the tour is available online. It offers some good insights into Bob Walkenhorst and his post-Rainmakers music and career. Click here: ETERNAL TERROR .

A more recent interview also yields some interesting info. Click here: Songwriters Walkenhorst and Porter get serious | sctimes.com | St Cloud Times .

Guitarist Jeff Scheetz has released a new course on DVD called “Blues Jam Survival Guide. It features Jeff in the studio showing various blues grooves and licks. There is also footage of Jeff's band playing live at a local jam night. Click here: Blues Guitar Lessons - Jam Survival Guide - Jeff Scheetz .

Kansas City area native Dana Cooper lives in Nashville now, but spends most of his time on the road. Last month he took time to reflect on his forty years of performing with two reporters. Click here: Dana Cooper finds happiness in community, not commercial success at tennessean.com | Tune In Music City ; Click here: Postbulletin.com: Rochester, MN .

Kansas City legendary cover band The 4Sknns held what was billed as their “Last Chance for a Million Years” reunion on May 28 at The Brooksider. It was well attended, and the reviews by those there were ecstatic.

A documentary film by Sue Vicory detailing the history of Kansas City jazz made its debut in early May. Kansas City Jazz & Blues, Past, Present & Future will now hit the road, with showings at various film festivals. Eventually, a DVD will be released. Click here: http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2010/05/a_celebration_of_kc_jazz_great.php ; Click here: KC's jazz story told in documentary premiering Thursday - KansasCity.com

In May while Kerry Livgren and his wife were at church, their house was burgled. The perps broke in the bedroom window to gain entry. Items worth over $40,000 were taken.

The city of Lawrence released the bands that will play this summer's Brown Bag Concert series. Every Thursday through July 29, there will be a free concert from noon-1:00 p.m. in front of U.S. Bank at the corner of 9th and Massachusetts . Click here: Archived Subscriptions | City of Lawrence, KS .

Zona Rosa in Kansas City has up a list of their summer concerts. Every Thursday night, running all the way through the end of September -- there will be free jazz on Town Square from 7-9:00 p.m. And, every Friday and Saturday, there will be more free concerts. Click here: Zona Rosa :: Events Calendar, Things to Do in Kansas City, Missouri .

It's been thirty years since the first Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships were held in Lawrence 's South Park . This year's event, August 20-22, will feature some children and grandchildren of those first musicians.

The 30 th annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships will be held in Lawrence 's South Park and will feature workshops, dancing, jam sessions and competitions in nine categories. Click here: Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, Lawrence, KS .

Among the bad news stories of the past few months, the most disappointing may be the fact that the 2010 Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival has been cancelled. Originally set for the last weekend in June, a new Kansas statute and a Wyandotte County ordinance that would have forced the festival to eliminate attendees from bringing their own BYOB coolers to the event, the decision was made to cancel. Click here: It was one of the city's best parties, but Dawayne Gilley's KCK Street Blues Festival has now been canned - Page 1 .

 

March 8 , 2010

Class of 2010 inducted into Kansas Music Hall of Fame

    The 2010 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert was held on March 6, 2010 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. This was the sixth class inducted into the Hall.

    The Ceremony featured performances by 2010 Inductees Plain Jane, The Moanin' Glories, Morning Dew, Green River Ordinance, Vernon Sandusky, Pott County Pork & Bean Band, and Tree Frog.

    Also inducted were Oleta Adams and Conny & the Bellhops. The late Gary "Igor" Crawford received the Directors' Award, and The Comancheros received the Bob Hapgood Award. And in a surprise announcement, the Board of Directors announced the special directors induction of KMHOF founder and president Bill Lee.


Vernon Sandusky performing at the 2010 Induction Ceremony
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KMHOF President Bill Lee honored by surprise induction


KMHOF President and 2010 Inductee Bill Lee
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Kansas Music Hall of Fame founder and president, Bill Lee, was surprised at this year's induction show when his fellow board members joined him onstage and announced that he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame for all of his efforts on behalf of Kansas music over the years.  Lee spent 25 years as a radio disc jockey and program director; wrote a book about Kansas music in 1999 called Kansas Rockers...the First Generation ; moderates a Yahoo group devoted to discussing old  Kansas and Kansas City music ; and for all he has done with the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Bill.
  

More News, Photos and Videos from the 2010 Induction Ceremony

 

February 15, 2010

 

KC's Mutual Musicians Foundation featured in news

Recent events at the Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City have been getting a lot of attention. David Martin has been on top of the story. His excellent coverage  has appeared in The Pitch .  Martin's accompanying editorial provides invaluable context.

 

The Architects updates

One of the top young bands in Kansas City is the Architects , and some photos of their show at Aftershock in Merriam on January 29 have been released by Present magazine. Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - In Focus: Architects/Federation of Horsepower .

The Architects are currently on the road opening for Flogging Molly, and KC's Pitch has posted a link to video of the band performing at the House of Blues in Dallas last week. Click here: Video: the Architects, "New Boots & Truncheons" (live at the House of Blues Dallas) - Kansas City Music ? Wayward.

 

Abandon Kansas returns to Wichita

Wichita 's Abandon Kansas abandoned the road last Friday and returned to play in their hometown. Click here: Abandon Kansas back from road | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita.

 

The Brew marks 18th year anniversary

Sunday was a big day for Kansas City 's longest running music show as The Brew marked 16 years at the 75 th Street Brewery with a CD release.

KANSAS CITY , MO ? Live music is hard wired into the DNA. It is the most recognizable part of K.C. history. Does the world most associate the president Harry Truman or the sax player Charlie Parker with Kansas City ? You know. The music is the flow of life. There are so many restaurants and bars that have live music. It is how business is done in Kansas City .

75th Street Brewery was opened in 1994 by K.C.HOPPS . It was Kansas City 's first brew pub. They made the beer and cooked the food on site. They added a live music show on Sunday that same year. 16 years later, the show is still filling the house every Sunday.

The band is called The Brew. The members, Mark Valentine, Andy DeWitt, Ray DiMarchi and Terry Swope are some of the busiest musicians in the scene. Presidents Day weekend will be the release of their 10th CD. Mark Valentine, founding member says, "We all play in different bands and venues. I always look forward to having a musical conversation with these cats every Sunday. Somebody will always surprise me."

 

Riverrock celebrates one year since reunion

Another Kansas City band celebrated over the weekend as the reformed Riverrock has been back together for a year. The band marked the occasion with a two-night stand Friday and Saturday at the Longbranch Saloon.

 

The Fabulous Flippers and the Red Dogs to be inducted into South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Congratulations to three of our inductees as The Fabulous Flippers and The Red Dogs will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame on April 24 in Sioux Falls . Click here: Welcome to the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association .

 

The Rising Suns to be inducted into Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rising Suns are being inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame Labor Day Weekend. Click here: Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association - www.iowarocknroll.com .

 

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Kansas City educator and her sister, New York author Maryann Macdonald, have written a children's book about jazz legend Mary Lou Williams . Click here: Sisters tell the true story of ?The Little Piano Girl,' jazz great Mary Lou Williams - KansasCity.com .

Present has been posting essays by Ahmad Alaadeen 's upcoming autobiography Memoir of a Life in Jazz . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Alaadeen: Don't Leave the Porch . Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Alaadeen: The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost .

Kirsten Paludan is very busy these days. Click here: Sing sing sing: Kirsten Paludan juggles solo project with supporting role in Olympic Size and wedding singer 'day.

A Melissa Etheridge fan has created a wallpaper for your computer's desktop based on the singer's new single. It's available for downloading here: Click here: 4shared.com - photo sharing - download image FearlessLove1024x768.bmp .

Singer-songwriter Dana Cooper is pleased with 2010 so far. He met the goal of having a new album in hand by mid-January. The Conjurer is only available at Cooper's gigs. An official release date is set for March 25 at Cactus Café in Austin , TX . The venue is fighting to keep the doors open beyond August. The KC area native, who now makes his home in Nashville , tours extensively and is working on co-writing some songs with Kim Carnes, Michael Hartmann & Dorthe Gerlach from the Copenhagen band Hush, and producer/performer John Mcvey. He's also writing a lot of songs by himself.

Puddle of Mudd began in Kansas City , but have only one original member in the band now. The band has a song on the new Olympic soundtrack. ?Shook Up the World? will be available only via the iTunes Store and via AT&T wireless devices. All proceeds from the purchase of songs, participating ringtones and answer tones through March 1 will be donated to Team USA .

Kansas City music promoter Jacki Becker spoke with The Pitch recently about the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Click here: Q&A: Jacki Becker on the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

We're looking forward to some upcoming shows.

February 19: Spencer Consort , Topeka 's Grace Cathedral. LINK

February 20: North Texas Faculty Jazz Quintet (featuring KMHOF inductee Mike Steinel on trumpet) , Friends University Jazz Festival in Wichita .

February 28, Backlash , Holton's Jolly Troll. Band is auctioning tickets at gigs on 20 th and 27 th . Also, CD Tradepost has bought tickets and will be doing in-store contests and giveaways.

March 5: Popwreckoning Pre-SXSW Showcase , Kansas City 's Beaumont Club. Click here: Popwreckoning Pre-SXSW Showcase bands announced - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

March 14: PAT Bash , Margarita's Cantina in Wichita . Details in next newsletter.

 

January 25, 2010

 

The stars shine at emotional Haiti benefit

Last Wednesday night's Haiti benefit show in Kansas City was truly something special. The Record Bar was packed with standing room only. Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter sounded great as always, but two songs really stood out to one fan. "I was blown away by the emotion in the songs 'Spend it on Love' and 'Stay ahead of the Wolves'." Truly amazing job guys.

Danny Cox was up next. He started and ended his set with "his personal anthem" - "If I Had a Hammer". In between he kept things rocking with some really nice songs from a show he has been working on about the KC Monarchs. At the end of Danny's set, Walkenhosrst announced that he had helped remaster Danny's first two albums to CD, which were available for sale at the show.

After Danny, was Sara Swenson. Her music wasn't as fast as the other performers so there wasn't a crowded dance floor. Many found theselves just relaxing and thinking while she sang. At the end of her set, she announced that she was donating all the proceeds from her CD sales at the show.

The Elders finished the night and their set was as high energy and entertaining as you could imagine. It felt like they were putting the energy from a two hour show into the 45 minutes they had to play. It was truly amazing. Listening to the bar sing "Men of Erin" was as moving and emotional as you would expect under these circumstances.  The first two sets are available for streaming online.  Walkenhorst & Porter Click here: Bob, Norm, & Jeff 01/20/10 05:09PM, Bob, Norm, & Jeff 01/20/10 05:09PM jayinkc on USTREAM. Folk .

For a local KCTV story on the benefit: Click below

Concert Benefits Haiti Relief Effort

After the show Wednesday, Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter played Saturday night in Maryville , MO. Click here: Back where it all began - Maryville, MO - Maryville Daily Forum .

 

Benefit next weekend for Rockin' Daddy's in Wichita

We've just learned that Kent Overaker is organizing a two-day benefit at Rockin' Daddy's in Wichita next Friday & Saturday starting at 8 pm both nights.  All interested musicians contact Kent .  This is a benefit to raise money to keep Rockin' Daddy's open.  It is being held in the memory of Constance Both, Clif Major's girlfriend and helper in running Rockin' Daddy's, who died over the weekend.  She was loved by many.  We need to spread the word.  RD's is a BYOB establishmente with a $5 cover charge for the music.  Again, we want to stress the fact that the purpose of this is to raise money, so come out even of you can only stay long enough to make a donation. And be generous. Put in some extra dough with your $5 cover, or add it to the big red donation barrel.  We need to be especially supportive of Clif during this time. Thank you very much for your support."

 

Performance of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" on February 28 in Holton

Shawn Ames of Topeka 's Backlash hopes everyone can make it to their next performance of Pink Floyd's The Wall February 28 at the Jolly Troll in Holton.

?We still hope that you're all planning to attend THE WALL show in Holton, Ks at The Jolly Troll on February 28. I'd like to share a few details with everyone.

As some of you may or may not know we're playing a "regular" rock show the night before (Saturday February 27) from 9-1 at The Jolly Troll. The next day (Sunday February 28) we'll perform THE WALL in its entirety.

There have been some people who have inquired about attending both shows and if there was somewhere to stay overnight. Good news...Holton has two hotels, each across the highway from each other. The first is the Super 8. Their rooms start at around $70, but through a discount I've set up with them I can get people attending the weekend a rate at around $62 but the reservation has to be set up by me before February 20. Please contact me if you want the discounted rate for this hotel ( backlash_rocks@hotmail.com ) The second hotel is The Red Roof Inn. A regular rate for that hotel is around $50 (with tax around $55). That rate is without a discount through me and you can call or go online to make your reservation.

On the 28th Shawn and Ron are celebrating their b irthdays, so the weekend will be festive for sure!?

 

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Martina McBride was back in the area over the weekend. Click here: Country singer Martina McBride keeps shining - KansasCity.com .

The Kansas City Star'sTimothy Finn discussed songs about drinking in his ?Back to Rockville ? blog last week. He asked some area musicians, including Martina McBride, about their favorites. Click here: Back to Rockville: Singin' about drinkin' .

The Max Floyd Celebrity Roast at KC's Uptown is this coming Saturday night, January 30. 2009 inductees Shooting Star will provide the music for the event. Click here: Incoming: The Max Floyd Celebrity Roast at the Uptown, January 30 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Jazz drummer Richie Pratt has released a new album called Olathe , after his hometown. Pratt was a starting lineman on the KU football team back in the sixties, blocking for Gayle Sayers. In his spare time, he played music both on campus and off. In the new album's liner notes, he talks about the KU groups he played with, but fails to mention The Furys, al Lawrence rock band with whom he recorded a single. After living and playing in New York City , Pratt moved to Hawaii , where he still makes his home. Click here: Richie Pratt | Olathe | CD Baby .

Pat Metheny continues to get attention for his Orchestrion album and upcoming tour. Click here: One-man band scores one for jazz guitarist Pat Metheny - KansasCity.com .

Multiple Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Fox Higgins (Soul Express, Spider & The Crabs, The Red Dogs) is busy with a new project. He's written a new song that he is recording with the help of other Hall of Fame inductees, who are recording their parts separately. Dennis will put them together in Albuquerque later this year. Among those contributing are: Don Wierman, Mike Schmidt, Jake Jacoby, Mike Finnigan, Terry Moore, Chris Cruz, Jon Hischke, Beth Scalet and a lead singer to be named later.

Drummer Mike Schmidt (Soul Express & Dinks) recenty retired from working for the state of Kansas , and is getting married! Congratulations, Mike.

Long-time Lawrence and Kansas City musician Andy Curry moved to St. Louis a few years ago. Andy has let us know that one of his original songs was chosen for inclusion on a compilation CD called Havdalah Under The Stars , which will be released next month in St. Louis . Curry notes that he is now the leader of a worship band at his synagogue, where they perform once a month. The band features guitar, bass, trumpet, two violins and four singers. The members include a rabbi and a cantor. They play some of Andy's original material and arrangements.

KC's Riverrock played for the Kansas and Nebraska Fairs Convention showcases. Dan Smith reports that they've already picked up some bookings and hope to get more as a result.

Singer Dillon Devoe played KC's RecordBar with two bands last Saturday night. It was his last appearance with his old band, The Josephine Collective, and his first with his new band, Black Oxygen. Click here: Singer Dillon Devoe rides Josephine Collective into the sunset as he joins Black Oxygen - KansasCity.com .

Friday night Wichita 's singer-songwriter Michelle Monger had a release party for her new CD Ghost Demand at the Artichoke Sandwich Bar. Click here: SINGER-SONGWRITER MONGER PURSUES HER OWN AGENDA | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events,.

The list of stops on this year's Lilith Fair is long and the closest is St. Louis , but three Kansas City artists are on the tour: Janelle Monae, Julia Othmer and Vedera. This fact might lead to a stop in Kansas City .

Martinez Hilliard is determined to build up Kansas City 's music scene. Click here: Kansas City Music - Martinez Hillard is building Kansas City's music community, one show at a time - page 1 .

Wichita State University's Music Department has received ten new Yamaha pianos with more on the way. Click here: Gift of 21 new pianos to WSU benefits music majors | Top Stories | Wichita Eagle .

 

Reviews ...

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Click here: Blogs | Local album review: Stik Figa & D/Will | Ink

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January 18, 2010

 

Walkenhort & Porter release new album in Norway

A new version of Walkenhorst & Porter 's album No Abandon will be released in Norway on February first. It should be available everywhere in the country, including the major record store chain Platskompaniet, both online and in their shops. Universal Norway will distribute. According to Walkenhorst, the biggest difference is that they've changed the order of the songs. Bob says that they were in kind of a hurry when they finished the American album, and after living with it for seven months, decided to switch a couple of songs around. They also did some very slight remixing on four songs to tighten up the EQ a little bit. To promote the release, Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter will tour Norway for ten days beginning March 10.

Walkenhorst & Porter have been booked onto a national radio show in Norway called ?Herreavdelingen (The Gentlemen's Department)? on March 9, where they will play songs and be interviewed. The show will air at 10pm local time and is supposed to be streamed online.

Bob's old band, the Rainmakers, remain one of the biggest bands of all time in Norway . There are even Rainmakers cover bands there.

 

Haiti benefit in KC on January 20

A concert to benefit Haiti will be held this Wednesday, January 20, in Kansas City at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road . Admission is $10, but feel free to donate more. Music will be provided by Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter, KMHOF inductee Danny Cox, Sara Swenson and local Celtic rockers The Elders. The music starts at 6:30 , but if you want to sit down, arrive early as seats are limited and will fill quickly.

 

January 23 benefit for Buhler music teacher Debra Spencer

A chili supper and local talent show will be held January 23 to benefit Buhler Grade School teacher Debra Spencer , who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Money raised will go help pay her medical bills. The event is sponsored by The Old Mill Theater, 111 Old Mill Lane , with doors opening at 5, with chili served from 5-7:30 pm . Local talent will perform during the evening. Donations are also being accepted and can be sent to Farmer's National Bank, Buhler, KS 67522. Many Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees were first inspired by teachers like Ms. Spencer, and some have gone on to become music teachers themselves.

 

Tickets on sale for this October's Legendary Pacific Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Tickets have gone on sale for the October 17-24 Legendary Pacific Rhythm & Blues Cruise sailing from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta , Cabo San Lucas, and more stops aboard Holland America 's ms. Zaandam . Artists performing on the cruise will include Irma Thomas, Los Lobos, Elvin Bishop, Kim Wilson, Marcia Ball, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro and KMHOF inductee Kelley Hunt. More information about booking a cabin can be found at www.bluescruise.com .

 

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The House of Sight and Sound , a Salina music store serving the area since 1971, is struggling financially so a benefit concert was held last Friday. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

Another longtime Kansas institution is moving. KJHK Radio is leaving its home in KU's Sudler House for new digs in the Kansas Union. Click here: Long live the Shack | Kansan.com . Over the years, KJHK Radio has had a big impact on the region's music scene.

This past Friday, January 15, a battle of the bands was held at Kansas City 's Crosstown Station. What made this one different from most is that the bands were all female. The Bliss Battle of the Babes celebrated women while raising funds for the Human Rights Campaign. LINK Click here: Battle of the babe bands celebrates women, raises money for Human Rights Campaign - KansasCity.com .

Over in Topeka on Saturday, the two bands representing the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge this year performed. Josh Vowell & The Rumble and The Nick Hern Band played at Uncle Bo's, the blues club on the lower level of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.

In Memphis , the Nick Hern Band will be participating in the IBC's youth showcase. Josh Vowell & The Rumble will compete against blues acts from around the world.

The Pat Metheny media blitz is in full swing. The BBC offers a podcast . Metheny's segment begins at the 6:05 mark and ends at 12:45 . An Australian publication marvels at Metheny's new project. Further evidence that the Orchestrion mania is real is the fact that this YouTube preview was viewed over 30,000 times in six days.

There's a young sax player getting a lot of attention in Kansas City , and his name is Matt Chalk. Click here: Plastic Sax: Matt Chalk: The Plastic Sax Interview .

Martina McBride is GAC's Artist of the Month! Click here: Martina McBride Artist Page: Bio, Photo Gallery, Downloads, News, Tours and More . Sharon , KS , musician Darryl Schiff and his daughter Martina on YouTube. Click here: YouTube - MARTINA MCBRIDE SINGING WITH HER DAD

Dana Cooper has a new album, his first since Made of Mud was released four years ago. The new one is called The Conjurer . The official release date will be in late March, but Cooper has made a few songs available on his website, and he'll have copies for sale at his upcoming dates starting this week. A free download is available of the song ? Good Place to Begin? is available at www.danacoopermusic.com . In addition to this track, which Dana made available at Christmastime, he's also posted a live, acoustic version of ?Leave a Little Mark,? another song from the new CD. The only thing he asks is that you join his mailing list.

Michael Brewer , half of Brewer & Shipley, has a new CD called It Is What It Is . It can be purchased at www.villagerecords.com .

The release date for Melissa Etheridge's new single "Fearless Love" has been pushed back from January 26th to February 2nd.  The single will now be available for purchase on the new release date.  http://tinyurl.com/y9mdbq4

The Dead Girls have dropped off Radio City 's Kansas City release show at the RecordBar on February 12. They're being replaced by the Hot Dog Skeletons. The Dead Girls will be across town at the Uptown instead as part of the 5 th Annual Jayrock benefit concert, which also features Thieves and Generationals. Jayrock is a benefit to raise funds for the Jay Doe Free Clinic. Run by students at the KU Medical Center, the clinic is open Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-9:30 pm .

A couple of the more anticipated releases this month include musicians with connections to Lawrence . Click here: New releases include musicians with connections to Lawrence - KansasCity.com .

Lawrence 's Mahoots have made their albums Resurrection Lilly , Sweet Suburban Mothers, and Between the Gluttons available on iTunes, as well as other online music retailers, including Aimee Street , MySpaceMusic, Rhapsody, Limewire, etc. Click here: The Mahoots - Download The Mahoots Music on iTunes .

Spencer Goertz-Giffen teaches guitar at Richard's Music in Lawrence . She and her band The Kinetiks recently released their second album, and they have big plans for the future. LINK Click here: Kinetik Energy: Lawrence's The Kinetiks up the ante and the tempo on second album ?Science Is Magic? / LJWorld.com .

 

Reviews ...

Click here: Present Magazine Kansas City Music - Music Review: The Belated - Belief in the Process

Click here: Blogs | Local album review: thePhantom | Ink

Click here: Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Freedy Johnston: Rain on the City

 

January 11, 2010

 

Marva Whitney suffers stroke in Australia

?Soul Sister #1,? Kansas City r&b singer Marva Whitney , suffered a stroke on December 28 while on tour in Australia . She has returned to her home in Kansas City and has issued a statement to her fans. Click here: Back to Rockville: Marva Whitney: 'I am so thankful' .

 

Kerry Livgren continues recovery

The latest report on Kerry Livgren 's recovery from his stroke is that he's started playing guitar again. He's using a pick and can't play complex riffs, but he's making obvious progress.

 

Kenny Tuna injured in auto acident

Kansas City musician Kenny Tuna , who's known for playing in The Dixie Cadillacs, The Bourbon Cowboys and the Tuna Boat Band, was in a terrible automobile accident in October. He suffered major injuries, spent more than seventy days in the hospital, and, like most musicians, has no health insurance. A benefit concert was held for Kenny in December.

A Kenny Tuna update from Dan Smith's Facebook post: Kenny has suffered a set-back. He had to go back into the hospital. Kenny lost his right leg below the knee and may have to lose more if his infection can't get under control.

 

David Cook teams up for "Extreme Makeover"

David Cook helped out on "Extreme Makeover" recently.  The "American Idol" winner teamed up with rapper Xzbit to auction off pillows and help raise money for a cause close to Cook's heart.  He had emotional words about late brother. Click here: Cancer Fund - 'Extreme Makeover' Video | AOL Television .

 

Lee McBee plans album reissue and special shows

2010 is shaping up to be a big one for Lawrence 's Lee McBee . The KMHOF inductee is planning to reissue his long out-of-print album 44 . Lee's planning on a series of "15 th Anniversary Performances of 44 ," which will feature Lee and his band the Confessors playing the album in its entirety. Some special shows are in the works that will include some special guests. This will be the first stateside release of the CD in over ten years.

There is a potential European tour in the works for McBee this summer, and possible dates are being discussed for shows with Mike Morgan & the Crawl and some shows with Anson Funderburgh after the positive feedback from the shows Lee did with both bands last year. Don't forget Lee & the Confessors continue to play every Sunday from 6-9 pm at BB's Lawnside Bar-B-Que in Kansas City .

 

MIke Finigan recording with Curtis Salgado

Mike Finnigan has been recording with blues singer/harp player Curtis Salgado before heading off to join Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band on the latest Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise later this month. Curtis Salgado Official Web Site

 

More music news ...

?Big? John Amaro has let us know that he won't be playing in Kansas City anytime soon, but has a new jam over in Jefferson City , MO. Beginning January 14, he'll be at a new club called The Mission every other Thursday. The jams begin at 8 o'clock .

The Architects will be opening every date of Flogging Molly's Green 17 tour this year. Every year, Flogging Molly plays a series of dates leading up to a big St. Patrick's Day blowout. The dates start in Dallas on February 9, and run thru March 15 in Tulsa . They'll be in Kansas City at the Uptown on March 14. Folk-punker Frank Turner will also be a part of the tour.

Melissa Etheridge 's new single "Fearless Love" will be available from her website January 26.  http://www.melissaetheridge.com/melissa/

 

January 4, 2010

 

2010 Inductee Tom Foltz loses battle to cancer

Tom Foltz of the Pott County Pork & Bean Band passed away the day after Christmas after a battle with cancer. He had hoped to make an appearance at the upcoming Kansas Music Hall of Fame show March 6, when Tom and the rest of the band will be inducted. He will be missed. Click here: Thomas Foltz Obituary: Thomas Foltz's Obituary by the Topeka Capital-Journal. .

 

Mike Finnigan plays the Kremlin

2005 Inductee Mike Finnigan made a whirlwind trip to Moscow last week to play with Joe Cocker at the Kremlin. According to Mike, both President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin were in attendance at the black tie affair. Mike played a rented organ that a guy had built from parts. It supposedly sounded pretty good.

Finnigan has finally opened his online music store. There are a limited number of items available so far, but Mike promises there will be more in the near future Click here: Mike Finnigan Online Store .

 

Pat Metheny on the charts

2008 Inductee Pat Metheny ranks #21 on Billboard 's chart of the 25 best-selling jazz artists of the decade. A Swingin' Christmas, by Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra, ranks #40 on Billboard 's chart of the best-selling jazz albums of the decade. And Ray Sings, Basie Swings comes in at #47 on the same chart. No other artists with Kansas City ties are listed. It's telling that not a single living purely acoustic jazz instrumentalist made either list.

 

More music news ...

Former Kansas lead singer John Elefante posted the following on Facebook recently: ?Hey guys, I really need your prayer!! I have a pinched nerve in my neck. Very sharp pain down my left arm and and numb fingers. I would so much appreciate a petition to the Lord to remove this nasty distraction. A happy, healthy 2010 to all. John...?

Jam4Dan III , the annual celebration and fund raiser for the late Topeka guitarist and teacher Dan Falley will be held at the Celtic Fox January 16-17. All proceeds go to the Dan Falley Memorial Musician Scholarship Fund. Click here: Jam 4 Dan .

On Wednesday KKFI's ?Wednesday MidDay Medley? will celebrate the birthday of Iris DeMent , who was born on January 5, 1961, in Arkansas. After living briefly in Topeka, she settled in Kansas City, where she played open mike nights. DeMent made her recording debut in 1992 with her album Infamous Angel, which was picked up a year later by Warner Brothers. She did three albums for the label. Her most recent album, 2004's Lifeline , was released independently. The radio show will feature music from all four albums, plus her work with other artists and songs from compilations. The show airs from 10-Noon CST on 90.1 FM in Kansas City or streams online at www.kkfi.org .

Kansas City jazz great Bobby Watson celebrated the new year with a reunion of his band Horizon. The Lawrence native is director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City . Click here: Plastic Sax: Bobby Watson & Horizon Thrill at the Blue Room .

The Count Basie Orchestra is under new management. Here's the press release . There's a vastly superior new site as well.

Another KC jazz legend, Bob Brookmeyer , turned 80 in December. Click here: Secret Society: Spirit Music: Bob Brookmeyer at 80 .

The Plastic Sax, an online guide to jazz in Kansas City , has named trumpeter Herman Mehari its 2009 Person of the Year. Click here: Plastic Sax: Hermon Mehari: The Plastic Sax Person of the Year .

Details continue to come in about the upcoming celebrity roast of former KY-102 disc jockey and program director Max Floyd on Saturday, January 30, at Kansas City 's Uptown Theater. Click here: Max Floyd | KC Confidential.com .

The Pitch , on the other hand, has looked forward by naming five acts to watch in 2010. Click here: Kansas City Music - Five Kansas City acts to watch in 2010 - page 1 .

Topeka 's J.D. Nash & Red Circle had a CD release party at the Jolly Troll in Holton this past Saturday night for the album Get Off My Lawn .

Wichita 's Moreland & Arbuckle have a new album called Flood coming out on Telarc on February 23. The release party will be Saturday, February 27 at the Abode in Wichita . The guys will hit the road by the end of January, and will be touring with Robert Cray and George Thorogood.     

Strange Music and Tech N9ne are bringing some heat to the frigid North this winter. Beginning late January 2010, they kick off their winter tour schedule, starting in Kansas City and then hitting Colorado with a vengeance. This winter tour features Tech, Krizz, Kutt and Scoob in a bit more intimate club atmosphere. All you Colorado Technicians and Strange Music fanatics have seen Tech rock Red Rocks and the Fillmore, now see what it's like to get up close and personal with the King Of Darkness... Get even closer than that when you meet Tech N9ne with your VIP ticket, available as part of your Winter Shows VIP Package !

 

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