Kansas Music Hall of Fame News


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June 11, 2011



2011 KMHOF inductee Bobby Watson is working on a couple of pieces for the grand opening of Kansas City 's Kauffman Performing Arts Center in September One of the pieces is for the 18 th & Vine Big Band and the Kansas City Symphony. Watson will conduct “The Gates BBQ Suite” on September 28. The other piece Watson is working on with two other composers is for the parking structure. The saxophonist was on site testing the parking garage acoustics on Friday, July 8.

For those of you following the career of KC's American Idol winner David Cook , there is now an official David Cook app for your cell phone. Click here: Official David Cook App Now Available | DavidCookOfficial.com . Cook continues doing interviews about his latest album. Click here: Exclusive Interview with David Cook on FOX | DavidCookOfficial.com

According to Hearne Christopher's last report, KC singer Marilyn Maye was still down and out. Jardine's owner Beena Brdandsgard told him that Maye had lost a lot of her weight and strength. A trio of kidney stones sidelined the singer the night before she was to perform three sold-out shows for Father's Day week in June. Kidney stones are never fun, but their even worse for someone in her eighties. Bransdsgard reports that Marilyn is doing well. She's called her piano players in New York about possible make up dates. Brandsgard will have to rearrange her schedule, but is shooting for early September. People with tickets to the original shows are advised to hold onto the tickets to keep their priority seating.

Chet Nichols ' song “Keys To My Heart,” recorded back in 1976, has gone to #1 on the Broadjam Bluegrass Song Chart. Check it and his new country/bluegrass song “Good Times” out at www.chetnicholsmusic.com . Chet has five songs in Broadjam's Illinois top ten. http://www.broadjam.com/browse/songs/top10/index.php?l0=r&l1=86&l2=90&l3=63

The Terry Quiett Band has scheduled a CD release party for Friday, July 15 at The Orpheum Theater in Wichita . Doors open at 7 pm , with the show starting at 7:30 . General admission tickets are $10.50 in advance at www.terryquiettband.com or $12.50 on the day of the show.

Sunday, July 24, the Wichita Blues Society 's Midsummer Blues Party & Jam will be held at Loft 150 from 4-7 pm. Join the house band Suns Over Blazmo, the father & son combo featuring Donn & Dustin Lentz and John & Ryan Baker. Dustin is the well known keyboard player for Doors tribute band Moonlight Drive , and Ryan is the recent winner of Wichita Guitar Center 's “King of the Blues” competition. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. There will be a raffle for two tickets to the Tedeschi Trucks concert on August 28.

The Wichita Blues Society's 11 th Annual Blues Challenge to determine who will represent the group in Memphis at the 28 th Annual International Blues Challenge will be held on August 14 at The Boulevard. Doors will open at noon , with the competition starting at 1:00 . Cover charge is #3 for members and $5 for non-members. BBQ will be sold by Diakonos with proceeds going to their outreach program.

Bands: Rachelle Coba Band, The Watchers, Made From Scratch, RKO Blues, Captain Carl's Tuesday Nite Blues Band & Mead Street Blues.

Solo/Duo: Two Blue, Craig “Twister” Steward, Slammin' Joe Blues Humorist & Tyree Judie, Jr.

Registration for the 2011 Kansas City Blues Competition to pick who will represent Kansas City in Memphis at the IBC Challenge closes on July 31. Applications are begin accepted for both bands and solo/duo acts. The challenge dats in Memphis are January 31 thru February 4 in 2012. For details and more information, contact Joe Sherrick or Judy Abraham at 913-768-7973 or email info@kcbluessociety.org .

The free concert series in Olathe at Frontier Park will present Kelley Hunt and Keb' Mo' this Friday, July 15. Keb' Mo' is a 6 time WC Handy and a 3 time Grammy award winner. This should be a great show.

Meltdown - Winners of the 2011 Topeka & Midwest Music Scene "Cover Bands Gone Wild" battle series will be bringing their twisted brand of covers to The Dugout, 1545 SW Fairlawn Road , Topeka . They will be spreading their "Special Kind of Sickness" all over songs by Metallica, Slipknot, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Staind, Green Day, Journey, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, David Allen Coe, The Who, Lynryd Skynyrd, Ozzy, Poison and many more. Stop by and see why more people are coming out to have their own "metal meltdown" and lovin' it! Showtime is at 9:00 pm .

Friday, July 29, Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band will be playing at Danny's Big Easy on the corner of the historic 18 th & Vine in KC. Billy has been a professional musicians and songwriters for nearly 30 years and has traveled all over the world. Billy has opened shows for or played with such greats as Buckwheat Zydeco and Taj Mahal. He, along with Dwayne Goldston host one of the oldest Saturday afternoon jams in Kansas City .

There will be a Cigar Box Guitar Festival to benefit the Kansas City Blues Society's Blues in the Schools program from 2-6 pm at BB's Lawnside BBQ on Sunday, July 31. Kevin M. Kraft is the BIS Chairman and builds cigar box guitars and other down home stringed instruments. Performing with Kevin will be KCBS solo/duo challenge winner Jason Vivone, Skaught Patterson, Wichita Sam Woods, Shae Lee and more. There will be open mic opportunities and cigar box giveaways from Thummim Guitars.

Les Izmore & D/Will will have a tape release show Saturday, July 23, at the RecordBar in Kansas City . Joining them for the show will be The Humans and My Brothers & Sisters.

When Chely Wright came out last year, she saw her record sales fall; but the out singer couldn't be more content, as evidenced by the documentary film that chronicles her coming out. EDGE spoke to the singer about the film & her post-out career. Click here: Chely Wright comes out (on film) :: EDGE on the Net .

While Ultimate Fakebook was formed in Manhattan , it spent more of its time in Lawrence . Since breaking up, however, none of the band's reunion shows have been in Lawrence . That will change in October. Click here: Ultimate Fakebook announces another reunion show, at the Bottleneck in Lawrence - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

Winston Apple was interviewed recently by Alyice Edrich for her blog "The Dabbling Mum."  For those of you who want to learn more about Apple and his career, here's the link:  http://thedabblingmum.blogspot.com/2011/07/interview-with-musician-winston-apple.html .

Rich Hill , who has been playing music in the KC area since his days as a founding member of Spider & the Crabs back in the mid-60s, wants everyone to know that he's playing every Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Majestic Restaurant. He plays music from the “Golden Age” (1885-1950) of American songwriters: Irving Berline, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, etc. He can also be counted on to play some ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, South American salon piano, and more.

Airtran Magazine features the Mutual Musicians Foundation in an article about Kansas City 's live music scene. Click here: The Late Show - On the Town - Features :: GO: AirTran Inflight Magazine .

The role of race in today's jazz scene is pondered by KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: Race, on Independence Day .

Wichita 's 3 Ring Circus has regrouped and has its first gig scheduled for Friday, August 5 at the Water Walk for Entercom's KEYN . The 8:00 concert will kick off a fall regional tour. 3RC is lucky to have many of the finest players, singers and entertainers in the area on board. It's a whole new show.

Tim Whitmer invites everyone to The Phoenix this Saturday, July 16, for a special show from 4:30-8:30 with the KC Express and special guest Lori Tucker. Tim's July Jazz Jam to benefit Community Christian Church's music program will be Sunday, July 31 at 8 pm. Performers will include Lonnie McFadden, Danny Cox, Monique Danielle, Rod Fleeman and more. Call the church at 816-561-6531 for tickets.

Karl Berkebile moved to Texas after the Moanin' Glories broke up, where he played for several years in a band called Savannah . Savannah had a reunion in 2007 that was so successful that the band is having another Saturday, August 6 at Poor David's Pub in Dallas . It starts at 7:30 pm .

We're looking forward to the forthcoming Mahoots EP featuring Scott Gribble, Brad Growcock, Jim Piller & Steve Wilson. Recorded at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora.

Mammoth Life is releasing their brand new Rock N' Roll Kids EP on Satisfying Records July 28 at the Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence with area staples Cowboy Indian Bear and Cloud Dog. This show is also the art-pop husband and wife duo's tour kickoff show. They play 30 dates over 45 days hitting such cities as Chicago , Seattle , Los Angeles , Portland , San Francisco and St. Louis . This will be Mammoth Life's final Lawrence show of 2011 as they plan to move to San Francisco following the tour.


July 4, 2011

The Fourth of July plays the Replay Lounge in Lawrence tonight. What could possibly be more appropriate? Click here: Brendan Hangauer of Fourth of July on his band's holiday show at the Replay - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog


When Lionel Richie had to bail on the Boston Pops concert tonight, Martina McBride stepped in. Click here: McBride, Pops prep for surprise collaboration - The Boston Globe

Every Friday in July at Wild Bill's, 843 Village West Parkway in the Legends shopping center, three to four local/regional bands will compete for a cash prize and a chance to play one of the big stages at the KanRocksas festival. DJs will also compete for a spot. Winners based equally on audience reaction and judges vote. Second- through fifth-place finishers will perform at the Camping Stage. Here's the schedule. There is no cover for this event. It's a 21-and-older event. Here's the month-long schedule. Click here: The Kanrocksas local music showcase lineup, out at Wild Bill's - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

Young Hollywood caught up with David Cook on the set of his “Walmart SoundCheck” to chat about his latest album 'This Loud Morning'. Watch Cook reveal the meaning of his single “The Last Goodbye”, what really goes on when he is on tour and one of his favorite fan encounters by clicking this link. Click here: DAVID COOK - YOUNG HOLLYWOOD .

In case you missed it, be sure to check out David's exclusive interview with MSN Music's Melinda Newman, where he discusses the creation of 'This Loud Morning', his late brother's influence upon it, and more. Click here: MSN Music Video .

David Cook rocked the set of Lopez Tonight , performing his single “The Last Goodbye,” off his latest album This Loud Morning . In case you missed it, check out his killer performance. Click here: David Cook Stops By Lopez Tonight! | DavidCookOfficial.com

We've heard from Chris Locke about Larry Jones . Larry is now at Via Christi Rehab at 13 th & Rock in Wichita . After his stroke, Larry wasn't able to move his right side. He's working hard at rehab and was able to walk sixty feet with a brace on his leg. Larry can't move his arm, but the muscles are working so they need to work on getting the brain and muscles working together. He's in better spirits and is working hard. Keep Larry in your thoughts as he has a long road ahead of him. Thanks, Chris, for the update.

Dana Cooper has been invited to play a last minute house concert at Mel and Carol McCrary's home in Shawnee on Friday, July 8 at 8 pm. Mel and Carol invite you to contact them at 913-962-6184 for details and reservations. They have room for 40 people, so call soon to get on the list.

House concerts are as most enjoyable way to hear music in a comfortable setting. There is a sense of community in these gatherings that is rare to find. Dana hopes to see you there.

The Mutual Musicians Foundation at 1823 Highland in Kansas City , MO , is having an open house Saturday, July 23. Enjoy a day of music from 11 am until 5 am the following morning. The event is free and open to the public from 11 am until midnight . There's a $10 admission charge after midnight . There will food and drinks available so all you have to do is take a blanket or lawn chair. This will give you a chance to learn more about what the MMF has to offer.

The American Jazz Museum has created a star-studded promotional video that effectively communicates its mandate. http://youtu.be/OLcxy3X9tqQ

Bent , the new record from former Kansas Citian Cody Cricheloe's sleazy dance/punk project Ssion , is out now, and you can grab it for free at the Ssion website. Scroll all the way down and click “Download.” Click here: SSION - BENT


The Pitch Music Showcase August 4 will have 6 stages with over 29 bands and DJ's playing. Stages will be located at the Riot Room, McCoy's, The Foundry, Record Bar and the Sponsor Lot. Tickets are $6 through July 21, $8 July 22-Aug. 3 and $10 the day of the event. Tickets are available at www.pitch.com/musicshowcase now and all venues after July 7.

Bands and DJs include The Columns, The Grisly Hand, Deadman Flats, The Grand Marquis, Miles Bonny, Nomathmatics, London Transit, Root & Stem, T...he Latenight Callers, Vi Tran Band, Dutch Newman, Making Movies, Soft Reeds, Thee Water Moccasins, Hearts of Darkness, Mark Lowrey, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Hammerlord, Federation of Horsepower, Cowboy Indian Bear, The New Riddim, Bleach Bloodz, The Spook Lights, Them Damned Young Livers, The Phantom, Reach and Sara Swenson! There will also be trolley rides from Record Bar to The Riot Room. VOTE NOW at http://polls.pitch.com/polls/kcp/musicshowcase/vote/ .


Check out Moreland & Arbuckle 's upcoming record Just A Dream . It's due out August 2, but you can download a free copy of the song “Purgatory” now. There is also a video for you to enjoy. Click here: Moreland & Arbuckle | Just A Dream .

Stan Kessler has informed us that the KCJazzLark Blog has a terrific tribute to the 20 th anniversary of Kessler's band The Sons of Brasil . Click here: kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Sons of Brazil 20th Anniversary .

Check out the Jackpot in Lawrence on July 28 for  Mammoth Life 's CD-release show. Show at 10 p.m. Local favorites  Cowboy Indian Bear  and  Cloud Dog  will support.

A song from John Hatton 's CD is going to be on the July 31 episode of TV's True Blood. You'll hear “The Soul of a Man Never Dies” at the roadhouse. It's pretty fitting for a vampire show.

Wish Me Away , the documentary about Chely Wright and her “coming out,” was named the best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 26. Click here: Film about Chely Wright's coming out earns her approval, and her dad's - KansasCity.com .

Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at The Wichita Waterwalk, you can see the Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Rudy Love and his band Much Love in a free all ages show. For those that don't know, Rudy was the band director for Sly and the Family Stone for many years, and then on his own, and with the Love Family, toured the world as a solo act/band. He has worked in some capacity with a large number of big name acts from Motown to today including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Little Richard, Bill Wyman and many more. Jay-Z even recently sampled one of his songs for his American Gangster album. This will be Rudy's first large all ages show in Wichita since his induction into the Hall of Fame so go and enjoy the music of a Wichita musician who has experienced a lot of successes. There will be food and beverage from the following vendors: Monica's Bunt Cake, The Weiner Is,? Bierocks, Brats & BBQ, RKS Snowcones and Din Din Gourmet Carry Out.


June 27, 2011

July 1 Kelley Hunt will “Rock Out for Reading” in Emporia. Doors to the Emporia Granada Theatre will open at 6:30, with the show starting at 7:00. Special guests Martin Dinkus Quartet and Between the Lines will be joining Kelley onstage. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the tornado relief fund in Reading.

Another benefit for Joplin will be held in Lawrence July 2 at the Bottleneck. Join the party and support the cause from 8 to midnight. It’s an all-ages show with a $7 charge at the door. All proceeds will go to people in need through the Heart of Missouri United Way. “Jammin’ for Joplin” will feature Sellout and DJ Approach.

The Annual Riverjam on July 9 at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, NB will feature lots of great music on four stages by several local/regional bands including The Downtown Blues Band, which features KMHOF inductee Conrad Mead. All proceeds will go to various youth music programs and needs. The Riverjam always sells out, so get your tickets early.

Dan Bliss has been confirmed as one of the Sunday performers at this year’s Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships in Lawrence (August 27-28).

Save this date: MACAA presents A tribute to Ahmed Alaadeen July 24; 3-6 pm @ The View Community Center, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, MO. Featuring Najee, Luqman Hamza, group 21 and a reading by acclaimed poet Dan Jaffe. Program includes dinner. Tickets $35. Proceeds to benefit the Alaadeen Fine Arts Foundation. Advanced ticket sales only. Contact Sulaiman Salaam, #816.589.1858.

Alaadeen's memoirs, Dysfunctional / life journeys of a second generation jazz musician, is now available in paperback for purchase at www.Alaadeen.com. Or contact fanny@alaadeen.com.  Ebook will be available soon.  

The Pitch Music Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, August 4, from 8 pm to 3 am in Kansas City’s Westport area. There will be 6 stages & over 25 bands & DJ's will be playing. Stages will be located at the Riot Room, McCoy's, The Foundry, Record Bar and the Sponsor Lot. Tickets are $6 through July 21, $8 July22-Aug. 3 and $10 day of the event.

Bands and DJs include The Columns, The Grisly Hand, Deadman Flats, The Grand Marquis, Miles Bonny, Nomathmatics, London Transit, Root & Stem, The Latenight Callers, Vi Tran Band, Dutch Newman, Making Movies, Soft Reeds, The Water Moccasins, Hearts of Darkness, Mark Lowrey, Cherokee Rock Rifle, Hammerlord, Federation of Horsepower, Cowboy Indian Bear, The New Riddim, Bleach Bloodz, The Spook Lights, Them Damned Young Livers and Sara Swenson. There will be trolley rides from the RecordBar to The Riot Room.

Please help Trampled Under Foot find their stolen trailer. It is a 6' x 12' white Atlas trailer with a side door and fold/drop down back door. The band's PA system and merchandise was in the trailer at the time it was stolen. It was stolen out of the Eclipse Bar & Grill parking lot in Raytown, MO (6512 Raytown Rd). It was stolen between 10:10pm and 10:20pm Wednesday night, June 22. The thieves were seen leaving the parking lot of The Eclipse at a high speed. They were driving a black truck, possibly a Dodge or a Chevy. If you have ANY information on the whereabouts, please contact them immediately. http://www.tufkc.com/contact/.

The contents of the stolen trailer are now listed on TUF’s website. They are in the process of notifying all local music and pawn shops. The theft is being investigated by the Raytown, MO Police Department. If you have information regarding this theft, please report it to the KC Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Raytown PD at 816-737-6020.

Attorney/songwriter Howard Iceberg was the subject of a tribute concert in Kansas City on Sunday night. Click here: KC musicians pay tribute to Howard Iceberg’s titanic talent - KansasCity.com.

The Topeka Opera Society Concert Association gathered Sunday in Marvin Auditorium of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library to present a tribute  to James Seaver, the University of Kansas professor who from 1952 until his death in March was host of the weekly radio program, "Opera is My Hobby," on Kansas Public Radio. Seavers' vast collection of opera recordings allowed him to share many of the great voices of the past with his listeners. The Seaver Opera Collection has been donated to the Archive of Recorded Sound at KU. During TOSCA's 33-year history, Seaver presented many programs for the group and was preparing one at the time of his death. A short film about Seaver's life created by his sons to celebrate the professor's 90th birthday was shown at the tribute, to which the public was invited.

The co-producer of Dana Cooper’s The Conjurer, Thomm Jutz, has gathered an illustrious group of songwriters and artists to write and record a collection of original songs about the Civil War. The just completed CD is called The 1861 Project, and conveys through song how the lives of both civilians and soldiers were effected by the war.  Some of the other artists involved include Marty Stuart, John Anderson and Irene Kelly. The song that Dana co-wrote with Thomm, entitled “Greater Gentlemen,” tells the story of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox -- as it might have been witnessed by an anonymous soldier. The track is available for listening or downloading by following this link. In fact, you can listen to the entire album from that page, or just visit 1861project.com.  There is also a Facebook conversation about the Project that you are welcome to join. 

David Cook's new album This Loud Morning is available everywhere now. This Loud Morning standard and deluxe editions are available at a local retailer near you, iTunes (http://myplay.me/7wk), Amazon(http://myplay.me/7wl) and David's Official Store (http://myplay.me/7wm). Show your support and be sure to pick up your copy today.

There was no way VH1 would be able to call their show 'Best Week Ever' last week unless David had stopped by for a drink...which he did! Watch as David chats about his new album, This Loud Morning, set to hit stores on June 28th over the course of a two-part Happy Hour interview on www.DavidCookOfficial.com. Click here: David Cook Exclusive Interview - MyKmart Community

Tune in tomorrow (Tuesday) to see David perform "The Last Goodbye" on The Today Show at 7-9AM on NBC!

GO Magazine-Class of 2011-100 Women We Love includes Chely Wright. Click here: GO Magazine - 100 Women We Love: Class of 2011

Chely had a great time at the Los Angeles Film Festival world premier of the documentary Wish Me Away. Click here: Chely Wright Enjoys LAFF Coming Out Party - FishbowlLA.  Wish Me Away WINS Best Documentary at LA Film Festival!!!

The film will also play at the New York Film Festival on July 22. Click here: NewFest 2011 : Wish Me Away.

Some celebs have been tweeting about Wish Me Away:

Oh & I barely made it to @chelywright 's premier of Wish Me Away a brave raw honest sincere emotional documentary about her coming out-Linda Perry

Such a gorgeous night! Loving your family and so proud of you for telling your story! Xoxo-Tracy Ryerson

Just saw the documentary "Wish Me Away" at the LA Film Festival. Completely blown away. LOVED-Kristin Chenoweth

Just watched @chelywright docu "Wish Me Away" about her journey to coming out.This film will change lives.Thank u Chely! See it.#Inspiration-Stamie Karakasidis

so sad I'm missing tonight! :(-Clementine Ford

Best movie ever Chely Wright is most intelligent strong as a train beautiful as wheat in sun-Sophie B. Hawkins

You can hear Ssion’s new single “Psy-Chic” on the band’s website. www.ssion.com.

As we reported last week, Linda Smith, wife of Riverrock’s Dan Smith died June 18. Her obituary from the KC Star follows:
Linda (Henderson) Smith, 51, Raytown, Mo., died Saturday, June 18, 2011. A celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at First Christian Church, Olathe, Kan., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Arr.: Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Mo., (816) 380-3268. Published in Kansas City Star on June 22, 2011.

The Elders are excited about their upcoming trip to Europe. Though they’ve played the great Folk im Schlosshof festival in Bonfeld, Germany in 2009, the gigs in France & Spain will be an all together new experience and the Elders are so looking forward to it. Among other fantastic groups, they’ll have the pleasure of sharing the stage once again with their good pals Enter the Haggis & Searson.  Pictures & video of the trip will be posted on the Elders’ facebook page   www.facebook.com/pages/The-Elders/91879628604.

Wandering Life & Times, the new full-length CD by The Elders, is near the finish line. Projected release date is July 22.

Kansas City thrash kings Hammerlord aren't all shredding and screaming. Evidently, they're also merchandising geniuses.  While other bands are content to merely cover your torso or decorate your car's bumper, Hammerlord has figured out a way to make dog clothes metal. Their dog shirt is emblazoned with the words "Part of the Hammerlord Wolf Pack." The only way this could be more metal is if it were knitted from chainmail. You can snag one for your own pooch at the Hammerlord merch store.

“Where the Soul of a Man Never Dies” from John Hatton’s first album will be on TV’s True Blood July 31.

The Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland presents the Kansas City Reunion Jam III Concert August 27, 2011.at the Independence (MO) Events Center. This will be a special musical event with live performances from acclaimed bands from the 60s and 70s. The Classmen will be joined by some of the greatest talent from the Kansas City area. Doug Dimmel is currently working on the lineup and will make updates as he confirms other performers.

Everyone in the Wichita music community knows Larry Jones, he had a stroke today  and needs your prayers and support to get through the tough road ahead.


June 20, 2011

Music news ...

Awful news last week from Jardine's in Kansas City: “We are devastated to have to cancel Marilyn Maye's June 14th through 19th run at Jardine's. Marilyn was hospitalized Monday morning. Our best thoughts are with her and sincere hopes for her speedy recovery. She will reschedule @ Jardine's as soon as possible. In the meantime, with the cooperation of the Kansas City musicians, we have come up with a schedule for the week. Thank you for you understanding. If you had tickets for Marilyn, we encourage you to come up and support these great local musicians. Cover charge for Tuesday and Wednesday will be waived completely if you have dinner with us, and only $3.00 if you come up just for drinks and music. Thank you,” Click here: Back to Rockville: Marilyn Maye hospitalized, Jardine's shows canceled.

Marilyn Maye's legacy captures that moment in time when Kansas City had as much cultural significance as it would ever attain," Tony Botello suggests in an interesting analysis of the vocalist's career.

Dan Smith of Riverrock has lost his wife Linda. She fought a long, hard battle with lung infections at KC’s St. Luke’s Medical ICU and lost the battle on Saturday. We will try to get service info ASAP.

On a positive note, KC singer/dancer Lonnie McFadden (left) is about to start a new chapter in his life. Lonnie is marrying Reverend Myra McNaughton next Sunday, June 26, at the One Community Spiritual Center at 3 pm. He was so excited about the wedding that he’s invited all of his Facebook “friends” to the ceremony.

Melissa Etheridge played the San Diego County Fair on Saturday, June 18. Fans rushed the stage at the beginning of the show, where they remained until the end. Melissa dedicated a song to Clarence Clemons who died earlier that day. She also played a song on her new pink Ovation guitar, which she plans to auction off at the end of the tour as a breast cancer research fundraiser.

Throughout the show, Etheridge mentioned that she turned 50 last month, and that this was her first show as a 50-year-old. She remarked about how Mick Jagger was still going at his age, and that she'd be going forever.  She also mentioned Bruce Springsteen and how he's still bringing it, and that reminded her of Clarence. Apparently, some peeps in the crowd hadn't heard the news yet.  She said some brief words about Clarence and death, and then dedicated "Come To My Window" to him. 

In an amazing show of support for Joplin after it was devastated by a tornado May 22, the Kansas City Music Community united on June 1 to put on a special benefit called MidCoast Cares: A Benefit for Joplin with all proceeds going to Heart to Heart International for Disaster Relief in Joplin, MO.  We're happy to say that over $11,000 was raised! Click here: Midwest Music Foundation Blog | Kansas City Music » Scene Shots, Midcoast Cares: A Benefit for Joplin.

Music lovers....this is the list of what needs to be replaced for the Joplin High School Eagle Pride Band. Please go to Facebook site "Band-ing Together for Joplin High School Band". “Like” the FB page, help by donating a used instrument from the list, or in any way you can.

Instrument and Equipment needs for Joplin Eagle Pride Band

Instrument needs list for Joplin High School this is their inventory list of what was lost   6 Piccolos  10 flutes  5 Oboes  3 Bassoons  3 A Clarinets  1 Eb Clarinet  12 Bb Clarinets  2 Alto  Clarinets  9 Bass Clarinets  2 Contra-alto Clarinet  2 Contra-b...ass Clarinet  2 Soprano Saxes  8 Alto Saxes  8 Tenor Saxes  4 Bari Saxes  12 Coronets  15 Trumpets  2 Flugel Horns  3 Herald Trumpets  14 Mellophones  10 Baritones  7 Tenor trombones  7 Tenor trombones with F attachements  2 Bass Trombones  12 French Horns  8 Concert Tubas  8 Sousaphones  6 Marching Snares with stands  6 Marching Basses with stands  4 Quints (Tenors) with stands  8 sets of crash cymbals  1  marching grand marimba  1 marching baby marimba 1 marching xylophone 2 marching vibes  1 marching bell set  1 marching chimes  1 marching Bass Drum (concert)  1 marching timpani  1 Concert Grand marimba  1 Concert baby marimba  1 Concert xylophone  1 Concert vibes  1 Concert Bells  1 set of crutales  1 Full set of 8 Concert toms  1  concert snare drums  1 Concert Bass Drum  1 set of Concert Timpani  1 full set of latin percussion instruments  4 triangles with beaters  2 sets of congas  2 sets of bongos  2 slap sticks  2 ratchets  2 vibra slaps  2 flex tones  2 brake drums  2 gongs  1 set of temple blocks  1 gock block  1  set of cow bells  4 concert tambourines  2 sets of concert crash cymbals  3 crash cymbals with stands  2 ride cymbals with stands  1 trap set with all hardware and cymbals  1 electric trap set  2 bass guitars and amps  2 electric jazz guitars and amps  4 electric guitars and amps  2 Electric pianos  6 practice room pianos  2 grand pianos  1 yamaha class room piano system with 20 keyboards  1 sound system with 4 mics  1 lone ranger, with stand and 2 wireless head sets  1 mipro rechargeable sound system with built in cd player and 2 wireless head sets  1 small mipro rechargeable sound system with ipod hookup  1 fender multi mic sound system  1 recording system  1 talking dr beat  8 tuners  1 full set of tools  1 full repair kit  66 Silver flag poles with rubber top and bottom weights  22 black flag poles with rubber top and weights  44 swing flag poles  12 king sabers  12 Elite 4 rifles  26 personal guard equipment bags  2 large flag bags  2 Padded rifle and sabre bags  1 guard floor tarp and cart  1 drumline floor tarp and cart  16 panel back drops  1 Banner, holder, stand and case  100 stands and stand racks to hold them  150 chairs See More

By: ?"band-Ing" Together for Joplin High School Band.

Lawrence’s Alferd Packer Memorial String Band played in Carthage, MO, recently. Click here: Music festival brings bands to Square - Carthage, MO - Carthage Press.

It's not often that 26 Wichita bands get the attention they did at the LIV Fest over the weekend. Click here: LIV Fest highlights local bands | Wichita Eagle.

Eleven Topeka music acts gathered at Old Prairie Town Saturday. Click here: Harvest live music at Wheatstock VII | CJOnline.com.

On Saturday, July 2, after Umphrey's McGee and Quixotic throw down at CrossroadsKC, join Mouth just down the street at Crosstown Station for the official after-party, featuring Mouth, The EZ Brothers and special guests, including members of Quixotic! Crosstown Station is located at 1522 McGee Street in Kansas City, Missouri, just a short walk from CrossroadsKC where Umphrey's and Quixotic will be performing.

Joe Cocker has wrapped up his European tour, so Mike Finnigan is on his way home today.

Two legendary Kansas City hard rocking bands, Granmax and the JPT Scare Band, will reunite for a special show at Crosstown Station on July 22. LINK

KC's American Idol winner David Cook is no Anthony Wiener. Click here: David Cook Promises He's Not Pants-less In New Music Video - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.

The annual MUSICIANS SWAP MEET @ Lanham Music in St Joseph MO is coming up on July 16. This is a day when the parking lot is taken over by booths and tents for buying and selling used gear. The booths are free...but must be reserved. Call 816-233-5142.

Ida McBeth sang the national anthem at the inaugural event of Livestrong Sporting Park recently. Kelley Hunt served as the headliner at the Gladstone BluesFest. That's as it should be. Both women have paid decades of dues on the regional jazz and blues scenes.

The KCJazzLark blog scolds The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.

In last Friday's "Faces of Kansas City," KCTV anchor Brad Stephens introduced viewers to a man whose life is filled with music. Click here: Faces Of KC: The Musical World Of Anton Krutz - Kansas City News Story - KCTV Kansas City.

On Wednesday, June 22, Mark Manning will devote his "Wednesday MidDay Medley" show from 10 to noon on KKFI Radio in Kansas City to the music of Howard Iceberg & The Titanics. Mark will welcome special guests Elaine McMilian, Pat Tomek, Scott Easterday, Danny Alexander, Richard Gintowt, Michelle Sanders and Howard Iceberg to talk about the the music written by KC's own Howard Iceberg. They'll also be discussing the big show "Raising the Titanics, An Evening with the Music of Howard Iceberg," to be held Sunday, June 26 at Crosstown Station, 1522 McGee in KCMO. Over 50 of Kansas City's best musicians will perform Iceberg's music. Money collected from the $5 door fee will be donated to KKFI 90.1 FM. Manning will feature music from Howard Iceberg's new 7-CD set of songs to be released for the first time on June 26.

This is a new link for the remastered 2011 KMHOF Riverrock video with Dixieland Delight audio soundtrack. Running time is right at 5 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR7iWHJIBhg&feature=channel_video_title

The Rainmakers' Knuckleheads show from Saturday, May 14 is on Time-Warner KC On Demand Channel 411. For Time Warner Cable digital subscribers in Kansas City, all they have to do is go to Channel 411 and select COMMUNITY, then MUSIC, scroll down to THE RAINMAKERS and hit play. This can be accessed 24/7 and there is no cost.

Mudstomp Records will be presenting one of a series of showcases at Granada Theater on July 2 at 2:00 pm. Acts featured will be Deadman Flats, Ben Miller Band, Whistle Pigs, Mountain Sprout, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Fast Food Junkies and Honky Suckle. Tickets are available online at www.mudstomp.com as well as at the box office. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the gate. Mudstomp Records is a new grassroots Americana label featuring up-and-coming bands. The showcase at the Granada Theater on July 2 will be the second in a series of five showcases throughout the Midwest this summer. The showcase will start at 2pm and will be an all-day event featuring all seven acts. Other showcases in this series will be held at: Crossroads KC, the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, George's Majestic in Fayetteville, AR, and the Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE. For more information about Mudstomp Records, visit mudstomp.com online.

On his latest record, Tech N9ne raps, “Tech will never go mainstream/Mainstream will go Tech.” All 6’s and 7’s, released last week, has debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s also number one on both the Rap chart and the Independent releases chart. In all, he moved 55,806 units of All 6’s and 7’s in seven days, the biggest numbers of his career so far. Congrats to Tech and the Strange Music crew.

From Billboard, regarding the latest release from one of Kansas City's most successful recording artists ever: "Elsewhere in the top 10 this week, rapper Tech N9ne has a banner week, earning not just his first top 10 album but his best sales week yet as 'All 6's & 7's' debuts at No. 4 with 56,000. The set also crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart -- his first leader on that list. His previous best week came when 'Killer'debuted and peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 with 36,000 in 2008." Here's a review of "All 6's & 7's."

If you’re a rockabilly fan in Kansas City, you need to head to Aftershock any Wednesday evening. The club’s rockabilly night’s host DJ Hepkat was interviewed by The Pitch. Click here: DJ Hepkat on KC Jamboree, Aftershock's weekly rockabilly night - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

We’re very happy to announce that the new album from Proto-Kaw titled Forth is complete!!! The release date is supposed to be July 7 according to Lynn Meredith. The album will be on Kerry Livgren’s Numavox label.

Former KC guitarist Larry Knight will be recording a live album and DVD with blues great Shaun Murphy at Callahan’s in Detroit July 22-23.

Deborah Brown, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest jazz vocalists, is a virtual unknown in her hometown of Kansas City. Perhaps recent events will help raise her profile. After playing at the Blue Room, Brown and a Dutch band led by drummer Eric Ineke relocated to the Gem Theater for another performance. According to Joe Klopus' preview of the concert, a new recording is in the works.

The Third Annual  "Killkenny" Concert, a fundraiser for the Americana Music Academy, will be held in Lawrence’s South Park on Saturday, June 25.  There will be 12 bands performing from noon to 10:00 pm. A list of the bands and their playing times will be posted on the AMA website (www.americanamusicacademy.com) as well as on a Facebook event page. Refreshments will be provided by Mass Beverage and the Girl Scouts. Take a lawn chair and enjoy a day of music with the Americana Music Academy.

KC’s River Cow Orchestra, a Zen Jazz, free improvisation ensemble is looking to add a new violinist.

June 13, 2011

Music news ...

Collectors and music lovers will enjoy Stan’s Kansas City Area Record & CD Show at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 95th & I-35 in Lenexa Sunday, June 26 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is $3. For more information, please call Stan Ellman at 913-492-1058. Stan will have two more shows later this year.

The band Kansas played at Denver's Red Rocks with Jethro Tull last Wednesday night before heading off to Europe.Click here: Colorado Music Buzz Magazine: Rich Williams of the Legendary Band Kansas Interview.

If you want to enjoy some music that both touches the spirit and thrills the ear, then don’t miss the fifth annual Kansas City Icons Gospel Show on Sunday, June 19. Five popular, local musicians/musical groups will perform in Pilgrim Chapel at 38th and Gillham in Kansas City. Each will sing or play several gospel or spiritual songs in his or her own unique style, ranging from classical to folk, jazz and the blues. This benefit concert for Pilgrim Center – an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for midtown residents – will offer audiences an outstanding listening experience because the structural nature of the chapel makes it acoustically perfect. The sound of music sung or played there is extraordinary. The live concert will be taped and available for sale at a later date. The event is funded in part by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.

            Icons Performers:

  • Barclay Martin, special guest musician, who brings down the house with his inspiring jazz and folk vocals.
  • Danny Cox, Kansas City’s blues and folk icon, a KMHOF inductee.
  • Una Walkenhorst, a young woman who will bring her haunting vocals to this, her first official solo performance. She’s the daughter of former Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst.
  • Dana & Les Mengel, classical brother musicians known for their exquisite instrumental performances.

Additionally, the Kansas City Drum Tribe will welcome concertgoers with an outdoor hand drum performance. Barclay Martin and Danny Cox will perform later at an after-show backyard reception/concert at 3535 Charlotte. Cost for either show is $10 (or $15 for both concerts).

Proud papa Mike Fitzmorris (of the Sensational Showmen) posted this on Facebook last Monday, June 6 about his son Eric: "WOW! Here's the update on Eric: A film crew from the A&E channel and casting director came to Eric's home today and conducted an interview and videoed him playing and singing several songs. They then told him that A&E was planning to produce a "Talent Road Show" in either Lawrence, KS or Huntington, WV, which one is undecided as yet. Auditions will be held in Huntington next week. The show would center around three performers as they prepare for and perform at a concert in which a winner will be chosen. The director said that it would possibly involve bringing in someone like Justin Bieber to help coach them and give them suggestions on improving. The winner would receive $100,000.00 and a recording contract! Eric said he really liked the crew... they were very nice and made him feel at ease as he performed. Before they left they told Eric that if they decide to produce the show in Lawrence he would definitely be one of the three...awesome! He's on cloud nine!!!"           

Mouth is proud to be a part of this year's Glowing Souls Music Festival in southern Illinois, June 24th through 26th. Mouth is an instrumental trio from Kansas City that plays bass-heavy, futuristic funk grooves. Glowing Souls Music Festival will feature performances by over 50 of the region's best acts, including Zoogma, Mouth, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Goodness Gracious, Afternoon Moon, Holding Space and many more. In addition to an excellent line-up, the festival will feature drum circles, bonfires, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming in a HUGE in-ground swimming pool, and the Forest of the Lost Souls late-night glow-in-the-dark forest hike. Take a tent or rent your own cabin for a very reasonable price. For more information, visit http://www.glowingsoulsfestival.com/.

Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 pm at Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill in Kansas City, songwriter and guitar picker L.A. Fahy will present a high energy acoustic music show. This KC appearance will feature Jason Meier on washboard and James Rose on upright bass. Heavily influenced by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty, they'll have three sets full of surprises. Some original music and some covers, both well known and rare. Fahy is the perfect musical match for half price award winning burgers and adult beverages.

Mike Metheny wants you to know about a new compilation/sampler just out that spans 20 years of recordings and features Metheny (flugelhorn, EVI, cornet, keyboards) along with many of the top musicians in Boston and Kansas City (including his brother Pat on one track). If this arouses your curiosity, please click on over to www.mikemetheny.com for more info.

Pat Metheny took a musical detour recently while serving on a panel at the World Science Festival in New York. Click here: Music and Spontaneity at World Science Festival - NYTimes.com Pat’s new album is his first with no original songs on it. Click here: YouTube - Pat Metheny Introduces What's It All About.

It just keeps getting better for David Cook! Walmart Soundcheck has posted official photos from David's performance. Check out some of the photos of David and his band and keep checking back for more exclusive photos and footage. Click here: New Photos From David's Upcoming Walmart Soundcheck! | DavidCookOfficial.com.

David Cook takes us behind the scenes of his upcoming album This Loud Morning straight from the studio! Check out part one of the four part series of AOL's exclusive studio footage. Be sure to visit AOL each of the next 3 weeks for the next episodes! Click here: David Cook Reveals the Making of His New Album With 'From the Studio' -- Exclusive Video - AOL Music Blog.

David stopped by VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live last Friday morning for a sit down interview. David answers questions that were submitted directly from his fans, watch the full video to see if David answered your question. Click here: "June 10, 2011 - David Cook" | Show Clip | VH1.com

As Dana Cooper continues gathering recollections from way back in 1973, his year on Elektra Records, he keeps unearthing memories long forgotten. A whole cast of colorful characters and events once again step into the light. Looking back Dana is grateful for every experience from the horrifying to the sublime. Most of all he is grateful to still be here with a few brain cells still intact, making music on his own terms for an audience that truly cares. Many folks have responded favorably to these tales and Cooper hopes you enjoy the new installment ("Elektra Tour Part 3"). You can read the entire adventure from his arrival in Los Angeles, through the signing, recording and touring process and beyond. Click here: Dana Cooper – The Conjurer - Hand Crafted Music by Traveling Troubadour Dana Cooper » Elektra Tour Part 3: The Imp.

Last week was an important one for KC rapper Tech N9ne. Click here: Tech N9ne's latest, All 6's and 7's, out today; Tech also playing the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos - Kansas City.

Alaadeen Enterprises Inc. recently announced its collaboration with the Duke Ellington family on an outreach program to aid veterans of the United States military. The project will demonstrate the healing power of music by providing drum pads and drumsticks to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leavenworth. Ahmad Alaadeen, a beloved saxophonist, died Aug. 15, 2010. He is now buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery.Victoria Dunfee, president of Alaadeen Enterprises Inc., said: “Our partnership with the Duke Ellington family on this project is a superb fit, as our founder, Ahmad Alaadeen, was a member of the U.S. 4th Army Band in San Antonio. He knew firsthand the healing powers of music." For 10 years now, the drum pads have been constructed by the wood shop students at William Chrisman High School in Independence. The drumsticks are donated by Pro Mark in Houston. Tom Alexios, director of music outreach programs for the Duke Ellington family, helped start the program 10 years ago.“It’s my simple way of trying to honor Alaadeen’s military history,” he said. “This is a way to remember the past and present sacrifices of our military.”

Lawrence's Ashley Ray will be joining Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour for a few selected dates in the Bluebird Songwriters Tent. http://www.countrythrowdown.com/.

Lauren Krum is from Kansas City, MO. She went to high school at St. Teresa's Academy and sang in choir and theater productions there. She took piano and sang in the children's choir at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral as a youth. Lauren has lived in Lawrence and Chicago. She went to school at Columbia College in Chicago for vocal performance. In January of 2009 Krum’s band, The Grisly Hand, played their firsts show. They released their debut EP, Safe House on CD and vinyl in November of 2010. Lauren is looking forward to some touring this summer as well as recording with some exciting musicians. She has performed with The Columns, From Before, Chad Rex, David Regnier, Dead Voices, Ben Summers, Ad Astra Arkestra, Rural Grit All Stars, Learning Disorer, The Strumpettes, The Hoyle Brothers and Howard Iceberg & The Titanics. Kurm  also performed in “The Donkey Show” (Spice of Life Productions) and “The Tribute to Exile on Main Street” in February.

Kick off the 4th of July weekend with Martina McBride’s hour long pre-race concert at this year’s 53rd Coke Zero 400. Enjoy the fireworks on and off the track as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Daytona International Speedway. The race will be followed by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast.

Help support the tornado victims of Alabama by bidding to hang with Martina at CharityBuzz to support Bama Rising Check it out! Click here: charitybuzz | #271500 - Enjoy a Meet and Greet with Music Icon Martina McBride and 2 Tickets to the Show of Your C

Celebrate Independence Day in true Lawrence style on Monday, July 4, in Watson Park near downtown from 2-10 pm. The Lawrence Originals 4th of July Food Festival & Fireworks will have live music, too. This is the tentative schedule:

  • Konza Swamp Band 2:00-3:30
  • Billy Ebling 4:00-5:30
  • The Brandon Miller Band 6-7:30
  • Soul’d Out 8:00-9:30

There’ll be plenty of food, beverages, ice-cold beer and fun for the whole family.

The Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival is an all-day blues festival at Reynolds Lodge by Lake Shawnee in Topeka on July 4 starting at noon and running until 9:30 pm.. Lineup includes 2011 IBC 2nd place band winner, Mary Bridgett Davies Group, representing KC Blues Society; 2011 IBC finalists, Grand Marquis, representing the Topeka Blues Society; the Bart Walker Band, Mike Farris feat. the McCrary Sisters; and Mike Zito, 2010 BMA winner for Song of the Year for "Pearl River". Following the music festival, stay for the Spirit of Kansas fireworks show.

Jim Reardon has followed up last week’s story about the Cawker City Ledger posters: “Warren Lingg was publisher of the Ledger at the time we had our posters made there. My first order was for the Blue Boys (Later the Bluethings).  Warren did all of our posters when I worked with John Brown at Midcontinent. John gave birth to a large and very successful rock and roll enterprise out of Downs and later Lawrence.  He allowed me to work with him for a couple of years, first out of Beloit, later Manhattan and Lawrence.  I started my own businesses in Hays as a result of his tutoring.  Two of my business partners were from Cawker City.  I used Warren’s services for 10 years and had everything done by Warren’s Cawker City Ledger.  He had a complete shop for offset printing and used the latest in day glow colors.  He was very reliable, could do work on short notice, and he would also extend credit from time to time.  (Very important). He was also a very nice man. I was often in Cawker City and I remember the day he told me he was going to retire and close the shop.”   

A magazine about psychedelic, progressive, blues, jazz, folk and avant-guard music, It's Psychedelic Baby interviews the Wizards From Kansas. Click here: It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine: The Wizards From Kansas Interview.

Bill Collins of the Sensational Showmen says that he has been playing with the band Sober As A Judge out of Lamar, MO, lately. It’s an eight-piece group that plays a wide variety of rock and roll. They were in Nevada, MO, for Bushwacker Days this past weekend, and they’ll be part of the “Rebuild – A Benefit for Joplin” benefit show in Kansas City’s River Market Event Place on Friday, June 17. Fellow KMHOF inductee Bob Golay will be handling the keyboard duties. 

Sara Swenson got some ink in the current issue of InkClick here: Articles | My Essentials: KC singer-songwriter Sara Swenson Ink.

Another area band is reaching out on the Reverberations page online. Kansas City rock and roll from the New Lost Souls. Won't you visit the Reverberations FB page and become a fan? Click here: Reverberations: New Lost Souls - Unwanted Gold (local release).

Here is a link to a great interview with Kai Clark about his father Gene. Kai performed at the KMHOF inductution of Gene. Links to Kai’s band performing are included. Click here: The CLARKOPHILE.

The Wichita Blues Society hosts a free Youth Guitar Workshop every second Saturday at 110 S. Hillside (formerly C Major Guitars) Adults may attend to encourage our upcoming generation of blues players. No alcohol. Sodas available for donation.

It is summertime, so strike up the bands. Evening concerts in two Topeka city parks got started with one last Sunday one by the Topeka Santa Fe Band at the Gage Park Amphitheater, where the Santa Fe Band, Marshall's Civic Band and the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band will present a nine-concert series. The North Topeka Community Band will begin its three-concert summer season at 7:30 pm Monday in Garfield Park.

Second generation rockers The Architects (three of them are nephews of longtime musician Eric Bikales) have spent much of their career on the road. Click here: The Architects put 30,000 miles on their van and passion in their shows - KansasCity.com.

When Dutch Humprey's marriage ended, the KC musician found refuge in music. Click here: Out of grief emerged KC songwriter Dutch Humphrey - KansasCity.com

Kansas City's new soccer stadium will also be a music venue. Click here: Music kicks off new soccer stadium, Livestrong Sporting Park - KansasCity.com.

Topeka’s Gone Country, the Pauline area club at 5910 S.W. Topeka Blvd., has changed its name to Tina’s Bar. Proprietor Bill Allen said the change reflects the wider genre of music the nightspot will offer, including country, blues and classic rock.

Kansas City Local Artists Radio Show is a channel on Loudcaster Radio that plays the best Community, Contemporary Blues, Heavy Metal, Blues, Metal and Talk. Click here: Kansas City Local Artists Radio Show - Loudcaster Radio.

16 local and area bands got exposure as the annual Jam kicked off Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival over the weekend. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.

Leavenworth native Randy Sparks, the man behind the New Christy Minstrels, brings the current version of the folk music group to Salina on June 18. Click here: Salina Journal News: Ensemble returns to an earlier time

The Terry Quiett Band CD Release Party will be Friday, July 15, at The Orpheum Theatre in Wichita at 7pm. Pre-order tickets at www.terryquiettband.com for $10.50 plus service fee; the day of the show, they'll be $12.50. There will be a special free gift for everyone that pre-orders their tickets.

Listen to "Grandfather's Gun," the first single from Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's forthcoming album and its first with Kansas City bassist Jeff Harshbarger, here.

A song from John Hatton's new CD has been chosen for the July 31st air date of the TV show True Blood. Listen to "Where the Soul of a Man Never Dies" in the background somewhere.

Master Sergeant Chris Wright makes a surprise appearance at the 2011 GLSEN Respect Awards by honoring his sister Chely Wright and presenting her the Inspiration Award. Click here: YouTube - GLSEN Respect Awards - New York 2011 - Chris Wright.

Chely is given GLSEN's 2011 Inspiration Award. "Feel Like a Kid Again". Click here: YouTube - GLSEN Respect Awards - New York 2011 - Chely Wright.

A beautiful honor to Chely at this years GLSEN Respect Awards. The Broadway Inspirational Voices including actor Wilson Cruz performing her song Heavenly Days.Click here: YouTube - GLSEN Respect Awards - New York 2011 - The Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Go Magazine names Chely one of "100 Women We Love Class of 2011." Chely will be featured in their Pride issue (June 2011).

We want to let you know about a benefit for Joplin that is being planned for July 23rd, from 11am-5pm in Olathe at Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery. There will be a number of kids/family performers (including Winston Apple as "Pa Apple"), plus balloon art, face painting, kettle corn popped on-site, bouncy houses, wine tasting, a DJ, and probably a caterer. They are looking for volunteers to help with the event. Contact Rockin Rob on Facebook if you are interested or know anyone who might be.

Wellington has a concert series called "Concerts on the Course".  Johnny
Neal Band plays July 2 and Michael Kucour July 23.  Check out their website for more info: www.concertsonthecourse.com.

Summer is the sweet spot for outdoor concerts in Wichita, when music lovers can let their hair down outdoors, often for free. This year the WaterWalk gets in the mix, becoming the new venue for the classic rock concerts that had been held for 10 years at the Old Town Farm & Art Market Plaza on Friday nights in July and August. Staging the concerts in Old Town was going to involve more money for the sponsors, with the city requiring more Port-A-Potties and police, said KMHOF board member Jack Oliver of Entercom. Entercom's radio station KEYN-FM, 103.7, puts on the concerts with Capitol Federal. To freshen up the series, keep the concerts free and expose people to WaterWalk, the concerts will take place on the grassy area to the west of the condos at Waterman and Main streets, said Oliver and Brad Horning of Entercom. "There will be a lot better parking," Oliver said. Bring lawn chairs. Food will be for sale, as will alcoholic beverages; alcohol may not be brought in. For more information, call 316-685-2121.

  • July 8, King Midas
  • July 15, Much Love with Rudy Love
  • July 22, Blue Eyed Soul
  • July 29, Big Fat Fun
  • Aug. 5, Three Ring Circus
  • Aug. 12, Annie Up.


    June 6, 2011

    Music news ...

    Steve Richardson, president of the Cawker City Hesperian Historical Society reports that they recently acquired the Cawker City Ledger newspaper building for restoration as their city museum (to complement the 1884 Public Library building). While cleaning out the Ledger building, they stumbled upon a number of band posters which were printed by "Cawker City Ledger Litho." Unfortunately, most of what they found had been damaged by time and neglect. Steve has scanned the good stuff and has posted it online.

    Most of the posters were printed for MidContinent Entertainment of Lawrence. John Brown and Jim Reardon used Warren Lingg and Cawker City Ledger Litho for nearly all of their printing needs. The collection will be displayed for the public to enjoy. Richardson would like to learn more about the bands, especially the more obscure ones, and he can be reached at the following email address: richardsonpipeorgans@nckcn.com.

    The following is a link to see the posters that were found along with a few of the other related items. http://www.oldmilwaukee.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=99&start=120.

    Wichita’s Moreland & Arbuckle just returned from their first tour of Eastern Europe. They had an incredible experience. Meeting music fans in Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic was uplifting. Crowds were so generous with their enthusiasm. Moreland & Arbuckle  hope to return there soon and garner more fans across that beautiful land. Now the guys are back stateside and eager to play in some of their favorite cities. They are also thrilled about the June shows opening for Buddy Guy and one of their favorites, Jonny Lang

    In May Matt Pryor (left) of the Get Up Kids got in on the Kickstarter craze. He's been soliciting donations to fund his new solo record, which will appropriately be called May Day. Matt set a goal of raising $10,000. Pryor is at $21,692 at the time of this posting -- over double his goal. Congrats to Pryor. We're looking forward to hearing May Day.

    It's nearly time for the 35th annual Smoky Hill River Festival (June 9-12) in Salina. The celebration of the arts begins with a hometown favorite - the Festival Jam, featuring 13 local and regional bands, on Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, with gates opening at 4 pm. Kansas City's Doo Dads will make several appearances on the Children's Stage during the festival. George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic headline the event with a concert in the Bicentennial Center on Saturday, June 11, at 8:30 pm. More information, including an entertainment schedule can be found on the festival website. Click here: Smoky Hill River Festival - A Celebration of the Arts.

    The Soul Preachers gave a preview of the Smoky Hill River Festival with a performance on the Eric Stein Stage in Salina’s Oakdale Park on Friday, June 3. The members of the band have a combined 30 years of experience. Members are Aaron Householter on guitar, Dave Golden on bass guitar and Bill Jones on drums. The Soul Preachers will be among the 13 bands performing at the festival on June 9.

    KMHOF inductee Chet Nichols has posted a new song called "Good Times, Bad Times" on his website. As we've come to expect from Chet, it's an entertaining effort that will make you smile. Click here: Welcome to Chet Nichols' Music Site.

    Dana Cooper and Thomm Jutz have begun assembling Dana's new live CD culled from concerts over the last ten years. It's going to be interesting, and we're looking forward to the album.

    Samantha Fish (left) has spent much of 2011 touring in Europe as part of the group Girls With Guitars, but she came home last week for a series of three CD release parties in Kansas City. These will be her last shows in KC for a while with her own band. The album's nine original songs and pair of covers incorporate "all the sounds I grew up with, with my own spin," says Fish, who seems to have spent her formative years in the Midwest soaking up a vast array of musical styles. Click here: Samantha Fish record release party for 'Runaway,' tonight at Knuckleheads - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog Click here: Samantha Fish; Runaway - album tracklist and release notes :: blues music at Ruf Records.

    When it came time to organize a benefit for KC's community radio station KKFI (90.1 FM), Barry Lee, host of the station’s weekly “Signal to Noise,” turned to a reliable inspiration — the Beatles — and a host of musician friends. Lee organized a Beatles tribute benefit last Friday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. The show included an acoustic set; an Indian set by the Lawrence tribute band Vera, Chuck and Dave; and an electric set. They played more than two dozen songs that touch upon every stage of the Beatles’ catalog, from “This Boy” to “Yer Blues,” plus a sitar version of “Please, Please Me” and an all-for-one finale of “All You Need is Love.” Guest vocalists, who performed with the house band, include Cody Wyoming, Erik Voeks, Kasey Rausch, Elaine McMilian, Scott Easterday, Joey Skidmore and Fast Johnny Ricker.

    Last Friday night, Lawrence singer-songwriter Sara Swenson performed a benefit for Camp Encourage at the Czar in KC. Click here: Sara Swenson talks the Camp Encourage Benefit at Czar tonight - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Saturday’s American Catastrophe show at KC’s RecordBar was something of a re-emergence for the band, once a hot local draw. Click here: American Catastophe re-emerges with new project - KansasCity.com.

    In Lawrence Saturday, KC’s Hipshot Killer played an all-ages show at the Granada. Click here: Hipshot Killer's Mike Alexander on their new album, and fronting a band for the first time - Kansas City Music - W.

    Jerry Osterle is a Kansas City photographer who specializes in covering the local live music scene. Jerry has posted many of his photos to his Facebook site. Click here: Jerry Osterle's Albums (97).

    KC's Hearts of Darkness has a new member, guitarist Richard Gumbel. They've thrown him into the deep water with the band's June schedule, but things are going well. Hearts of Darkness offers thanks and owes a debt of gratitude to Mark Vick for his two years of rocking rhythm guitar with the band.

    Hearts of Darkness are part of the big show coming up on Friday, June 24, at KC’s Riot Room. They’ll be on the patio, while Stik Figa x D/Will, Reggie B & The Solution and Barbaric Merits will be performing inside. The music starts at 9 pm.

    The 2011 Tommy Bolin Fan Jam will be held Thursday & Friday July 28th and 29th in the hotel bar at The Rodeway Inn in Sioux City, IA, starting at 9:00 pm until closing. Guests should ask for the $59.99 Bolin Fest rate when making their reservations (712-277-3211). This years players will include Johnnie Bolin, Tommy Stephenson (Tommy has played with Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Poco, and with Tommy Bolin and Energy, he has 15 Gold and Multi Platinum Records to his credit), Michael Reese, Russell Bizzett, Bobby Berge (Tommy Bolin Band, Zephyr, Energy, and the Buddy Miles Band), Dennis Lee Kelly, John Herdt and many, many more. Come jam with your favorite musicians and warm up for this years Bolin Fest. Admission is FREE! The Fan Jam will be hosted by Small Change (Tim Stokes, Matt Miller, and Ryan Baker)

    Bent Wind, the resident saxophone quartet at Cloud County Community College, will perform June 10 for the National Orphan Train Celebration. The free concert will be at 7 pm in Cook Theater on the college campus in Concordia. Patrick Sieben, director of instrumental music at the college, assembled the group three years ago. For this concert, the players will be Irenee Brown, owner of Brown Business Services in Concordia; Cathy Cash, a music teacher and band director at Bennington; Kris Brenzikofer, an elementary school teacher in Clay Center; and Sieben. The program will include a mix of orchestral, transcription, Broadway and popular favorites. For complete listings of the ninth annual Orphan Train Riders Celebration, taking place in Concordia June 10-11, contact curator Muriel Anderson at 785-243-4471 or visit www.orphantraindepot.com.

    Sky Smeed and Simone du Garfunk  will perform at 7:30 pm on June 17 at The District Acoustic Cafe, 119 S. Main St. in Hutchinson. Catch this up-and-coming Kansas musician/singer/songwriter as he plows his way through a national summer tour. Local act Simone du Garfunk opens this "tips only" show. More information is available at www.skysmeed.com or www.simonedugarfunk.com.

    "Rise 2 Fame" is a band competition that is the brainchild of touring musician, producer and actor Jesse Nunn (Jesse Saint) and Cory O'Meara from Stratgazer Entertainment. 50-100 bands from all over the midwest will enter the contest initially. (There is a $100 buy in to join the contest which goes to flying in, lodging, feeding, and paying the celebrities, porn stars, label reps, producers, managers, VJs, etc). All bands will square off over the course of 3 weeks to narrow the field down to the final 5. During all preliminary shows prizes will be raffled from the sponsors. More information is available on the competition’s Facebook page. Click here: "Rise to Fame official page" (97)

    Emmy award-winning director Andrew Goldberg and PBS presented OUT In America on PBS this past Sunday, June 5. The one hour film made its national premiere on PBS in conjunction with National Gay & Lesbian Pride Month. Interviews  in the film include Andy Cohen, Armistead Maupin, Chely Wright, Kate Clinton and many more.

    Atlanta’s LGBT film festival is already locking down movies for this year’s “Out on Film,” including the coming out story of Wright. Click here: Out On Film confirms Chely Wright doc [video] — Project Q Atlanta.

    The Vital Voice caught up with Chely at her NYC home and asked her about her first Pride event and how she’s adjusting to having come out as a lesbian. Click here: UpClose: Pride Headliners.

    Blair Martin is replacing Daryl Batchelor as conductor or the Hutchinson Municipal Band. Click here: New conductor takes the baton for Hutchinson Municipal Band.

    The lineup for the second annual Prairie Village Jazz Festival is truly excellent. Click here: Prairie Village Jazz Festival organizers release lineup for 2011 at Prairie Village Post – Neighborhood news and e.

    Over the years, Kansas City jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, a 2011 KMHOF inductee, has performed with widely diverse musicians, ranging from Lou Rawls to Carlos Santana to Chaka Khan. Now he’s entered the classical realm when he joined the Bach Aria Soloists for a concert of jazz, Brazilian music and, of course, Bach at Saturday at UMKC's White Recital Hall. “Bobby Watson is a wonderful musician who has never done something like this,” said violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, founder and artistic director of Bach Aria Soloists. “When I proposed this concert to him, he said ‘yes’ immediately. I had never worked with Bobby before, but I love his excitement and enthusiasm for this project. He’s been saying things like ‘Oh, so that’s where so-and-so got that. Everybody was stealing from Bach.’ Although Brazilian music and some jazz were on the program, the heart and soul of the concert was music by the group’s namesake, although at times with a jazzy take.

    The Sons of Brasil are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and you can join the party at Jardine’s in Kansas City at 6 and 8 pm June 10 and from 8 to midnight June 23. The band comprises six of the more accomplished jazz musicians in Kansas City: Stan Kessler (trumpet), Danny Embrey (guitar), Roger Wilder (keyboards), Greg Whitfield (electric bass), Doug Auwarter (drums) and Gary Helm (percussion). For more information, call 816-561-6480.

    Doug Auwarter posted this on Facebook the day after the band’s Jardine’s gig on June 2..."Thanks to our wonderful friends who came out to the Sons of Brasil's 20th anniversary party at Jardine's last night. It was a very special night and you made it even more so. As Stan said, "It's really all about you." A band without an audience isn't much, and it's all of you who have made the last 20 years possible. Thanks too, to my band mates for being such a rewarding, important, and FUN part of my last 20 years!"

    We are delighted to announce the first ever "Tim Whitmer presents JULY JAZZ JAM, hosted by Community Christian Church in Kansas City. This amazing night of music and fun will take place on July 31 at 7 pm. The first Annual July Jazz Jam will feature some of Kansas City's finest musicians in concert, with part of the proceeds going to support the music programs of Community Christian Church. Pianist Tim Whitmer will lead an all star ensemble consisting of Everett DeVan on organ, Rod Fleeman on Guitar, Jurgen Welge on Drums, James Albright on bass and Jim Mair on sax. The three featured headliners will be vocal sensation Monique Danielle, multi-faceted Kansas City legend and KMHOF inductee Danny Cox and the award winning tap dancing, trumpeter and vocalist Lonnie McFadden. Tickets can be purchased in the church office between 9:00 and 4:30, Monday-Friday, or via the church website: www.community-christian.org.

    Via Facebook: Hip Hop… Jazz… “Both Sides” to “Blacken” the Blue Room in June! Like-Minded is a collective of musicians and emcees who are quickly becoming the Soulquarians of the Midwest. Over the last 18 months, Diverse and wordsmiths Les Izmore and Reach have been redefining the landscape of live performance in their respective genres. This time around Diverse and Reach will be joined by veteran of the Kansas City music scene, Vertigone, for a tribute to Brooklynite Mos Def’s 1999 masterpiece Black on Both Sides. This is the 2nd in a series of tributes commissioned by the American Jazz Museum (the original tribute was to A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory – January 2011). The tribute is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.

    Here's a link to the official music video for Tech N9ne's "He's a Mental Giant" from his album All 6's and 7's. Album is in stores June 7. Pre-order now at strangemusicinc.net. Click here: YouTube - Tech N9ne "He's a Mental Giant" Official Music Video.

    Soft Reeds and the Latenight Callers team up for a show Friday, June 10, at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at JCCC. It is part of the summer Light Up the Lawn concert series. The concert will begin at dusk (8:15-8:30 pm). It’s a free, all-ages event.

    Mudstomp Records presents The Midwest Mudstomp Takeover at 5:00 pm Friday, July 8, featuring Mountain Sprout, Deadman Flats, Brody Buster Band, Ben Miller Band, Whistle Pigs, Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Honky Suckle. Doors open at 4:00 pm. Tickets on sale for $10.00 at The Cotillion, Select-a-Seat, House of Sight & Sound and the employee clubs. Tickets on the day of the show will be $13.00. For further information and to charge tickets by phone call 316-722-4201 or log on to www.thecotillion.com.   

    Kansas City's Bobby Simkins has been accepted to compete in the preliminary round of the 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where the winner moves on to compete in the Memphis Ultimate Elvis contest during Elvis Week 2011. In the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Bobby was voted Memphis' Images of the King People's Choice award winner. The July 22nd - 23rd, Ultimate Elvis contest will take place in the Hollywood Casino, in Lawrenceburg. The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) Contest is the Official search for the world's best ETA of 2011. The Lawrenceburg contest is conducted in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Preliminary competitions are being held across the globe. Winners from each prelim will go on to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest semi-finals in Memphis during Elvis Week. For additional contest information please go to http://www.brown-productions.com/UETACContests/UETACContests.html. Local Bobby Simkins' Fans may obtain additional information on www.elvistabobbysimkins.com.

    David Cook teams up with Ryan Tedder and Kevin Griffin for what Entertainment Weekly calls one of the "10 Albums We Can't Wait To Hear!" Check out the full article from EW on www.davidcookofficial.com; Click here: David Cook | 10 Summer Albums We Can't Wait to Hear | Photo 7 of 10 | EW.com.

    Brewer & Shipley will be performing in Tarkio, MO. on June 25th at 3:00pm. Check out the front page article from the Tarkio paper. Clickhere:http://www.brewerandshipley.com/PDFs/TarkioPaper2011.pdf

    Ronni Ward has informed us that her new band will be called Wild Hayride. It consists of the six core members of the Annie's Country Jubilee Band. She and Jim Winters will be singing lead, with David George on guitar, Steve Straub on drums, Fred Uzzell on steel, and Ted Ward on bass. They're all really excited about it and have bookings into December of this year. 

    KC's Monique Danielle (below) is looking for a bit of help. She entered a national singing competition, and the voting has begun. This is all being done online and it's now round one. You can vote once a day until Friday, July 15. Monique's song is "And I Am Telling You", from Dreamgirls. Danielle wants to thank everyone in advance for your help on this. Click here: Sing!

                Hospital Ships shows off their Lawrence pride in their latest album. Click here: Hospital Ships' Lonely Twin is a community effort - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch; Click here: Hospital Ships ready 'Lonely Twin' | Lawrence.com.

    The magazine Vice published a review of Hospital Ships’ latest, calling it the “Worst Album of the Month.” Click here: Hospital Ships' Lonely Twin is a community effort - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    Saturday's edition of "The Heard" blog at Lawrence.com is a drummer's experiences at this year's SXSW in March. Click here: The Heard at SXSW - The Appleseed Cast | The Heard | Lawrence.com.

    Sunday, June 26 at 7:00pm at Crosstown Station, Kansas City, MO, will be a very special night. After many years of prolific songwriting and an ongoing recording project with a variety of Kansas City’s finest musicians, Howard Iceberg is ready to release over 100 songs on seven CDs, celebrating with a musical extravaganza. The show includes many former members of his long-time band, The Titanics, plus musicians that worked or recorded with Howard through the years. “Raising the Titanics” promises to be a night of friends, memories and delightful collaborations. Money collected from the $5 door fee will be donated to KKFI 90.1 FM, and attendees will receive a ticket for one free CD. All seven of the CDs will be available for purchase at the show. ***This night only Crosstown Station will open the kitchen; food for sale by Succotash!*** Following is a list of the over 50 musicians scheduled to perform solo or in duos and groups: Micah Boise, Lin Buck, Richard Burgess, Steve DiFranco, Mike Dolembo, Scott Easterday, Betse Ellis, Amy Farrand, Keith Galusha, Nate Gawron, Troy Geoghegan, Richard Gintowt, John Greiner, Abigail Henderson, Tim Higgins, Scott Hrabko, Dutch Humphreys, Howard Iceberg, Mike Ireland, Lauren Krum, Tony Ladesich, Jeff Larison, Vincent Lawhon, Barry Lee, Elaine McMilian, Jerad Meadows, Chris Meck, Dan Mesh, Josh Mobley, Brendan Moreland, John Nichols, Doug Osburn, Gary Paredes, Marco Pascolini, John Parker, Sam Platt, Michelle Sanders, Ike Sheldon, Bill Sundahl, Kasey Rausch, Chad Rex, Matt Richey, Tildon Snow, Dave Stewart, Pat Tomek, Beth Ann Tummons, Emily Tummons, Phil Wade, Cheri Lu Woods, Cody Wyoming. For more info, contact Elaine McMilian, elaine@elainemcmilian.com or Scott Easterday, easterday.scott@yahoo.com.

    Twelve area high school students have been selected by a panel of judges as finalists for this year’s KC SuperStar. Click here: Twelve chosen for KC SuperStar finals - Johnson County Sun Entertainment News Story - Kansas City.

    To investigate Kansas City’s music scene, the Dart, the online student news source for St. Teresa's Academy in KCMO, decided to talk to a few local bands who shared some information about themselves, their music and their hometown. Click here: Local musicians, talent reflect on hometown | DartNewsOnline.


    May 30, 2011

    Music news ...

    Here is a song by Kelley Hunt that seems appropriate at this time for the tornado survivors in Reading and Joplin. This was recorded live at the open air Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. Check out her website at www.kelleyhunt.com. Click here: YouTube - Love Never Dies - Kelley Hunt#at=177.

    Three different genres of music banded together last Friday night in a relief project for the tornado victims of Reading. The show entitled “Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll for Reading” was at the Live Music Institute in Topeka. Click here: Jazz, blues, rock show to aid Reading | CJOnline.com.

    Sunday, June 5, at the 39th Street Bar and Grill in Topeka, they are raising emergency relief funds for the Reading and Joplin disaster victims, to be distributed to them by the Topeka Salvation Army. 10+ local and regional bands coming together to help! Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor show with the Magic Bus Mobile Stage. Take your lawnchairs! The forecast is looking good. They plan on adding an indoor setup also, so there will be no end to the music.AppleJacks Smoke Shack and Party Crowd BBQ are both doing up some fine vittles that will be for sale there, with all proceeds going to the relief fund. Organizers are asking for a $5 minimum donation for the entertainment, but please feel free to support the cause with more! Starting time is noon, and it'll run until it's over.Bands Scheduled to play so far:
    Clint Gilbert (Country Acoustic) *Fredonia, KS"
    Silas Dogan (Country Rockin' Blues) *KCKS*
    Edge of Forever (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute) *Shawnee, KS*
    Joey Skidmore Band (Rock 'n Roll) *KCMO*
    Meltdown (Classic/Newer Rock) *Topeka*
    4 Sight (Classic/Modern Rock) *Topeka*
    Villains Dance (70s/80s Rock/Metal) *KCMO*
    Zero Discipline (Classic/Alt/Hard Rock) *Topeka*
    Johnny Squares (90s Rock) *Topeka*
    Off The List - OTL (Alternative/Hard Rock) *Topeka*

    An already strong lineup for MidCoast Cares: A Benefit for Joplin just got mightier with the addition of Springfield, MO’s Ha Ha Tonka. If you haven't caught their live show, you're missing out. They'll be at MidCoast Cares: A Benefit for Joplin on Wednesday, part of a fund-raising extravaganza for the people of Joplin. For more details, see this post. Click here: Back to Rockville: On the way: Music benefit for Joplin. Click here: Joplin benefit set for next Wednesday at Crosstown Station - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog


    Mike Stover is in an array of Kansas City music projects, none like the others (Mr. Marcos V7, Dead Voices, the People's Liberation Big Band among them), and he plays a wide variety of hard-to-master instruments (theremin, steel guitar, mandolin ...). He's a native of Joplin, and last week he returned to his hometown to help his mother in the aftermath of the May 22 tornado. Click here: Back to Rockville: On Joplin: A eulogy for home.

    This is Jeff Leverenz' account of the recent tornado in Joplin. "Thanks to the Grace of God and much prayer to Jesus Christ our Savior we are all fine physically.. Emotionally we have never, ever in our lives, experienced the mental shock we are in still two days later. I'll try not to ramble on. My family and I were in the tornado and got separated. We were in 3 separate cars traveling through Joplin at that very time.

    "We had been to Springfield, Mo for grandson’s basketball tournament then to Neosho, Mo., for granddaughter’s birthday party. When we left Neosho (20 min. south of Joplin) we were in 3 cars as we all showed up at different times and aware that there were storms we may be driving into. I was in the lead car. Cindi, Lisa, Isaac and 4 yr. old granddaughter were in 2nd car and my son in Chevy SUV in 3rd car. 

    We had turned west on I-44 to Joplin and at some point saw the massive black storm... I got a text from Cindi that they were heading to St. Johns hospital to seek cover.... YES... St. Johns Hospital!!! I heavy footed it down the road to Missouri- Kansas border and went north (behind the storm)I soon heard about the damage to St. Johns on the radio but no cell phones would work.. 

    “I proceeded to try to get to hospital from the North, then west, then south. Again, by the grace of God, Lisa got a phone call to reach me on her cell and said they were all fine but car not fine. Major, MAJOR, relief but adrenaline still running high. She was crying and then I lost it also.. I told her to stay put, I would get there. It took me three hours in car trying to get there and last mile and half on foot (1 hour) in pouring down rain.. no definition of street but could tell where it was by power lines down. 

    "People walking around like zombies and injured on ground. It was like walking across the city dump if you have seen any of the media coverage. I don't believe that bombs could have done much more damage. 4 wheel drive vehicles were only ones able to get around that area. 

    "Anyway, I got almost to the hospital, with a vehicle coming toward us with its headlights blinding me. When it got beside me I heard my grandson holler and they were all in that 4 wheel drive pickup (crew cab). In another act of God, they had received my text about where I was abandoning the car and walking toward them. I never received their text letting me know they were coming toward me.

    "This act of the driver bringing them to me was important as there would have been no way we would have been able to walk out of there at that time as it was dark with electric lines down everywhere and no lights anywhere except at the emergency triage areas....We got to the car, which was the first time we got to hug as I was in the back bed of the P.U., at about 10 pm. and headed slowly home..... We later talked with our son, Jerod, who was in the third car and he was fine after riding it out under an overpass... it moved his SUV but that was all... 

    "Again, by the Grace of God we will be able to look back on this experience with good stories to tell as we all came out without a scratch with so many loosing everything. On a lighter note, ah the mind of a 4 year old. Basia, our 4 yr. old who experienced all this with Cindi at the hospital, got up Mon. and wanted to find another tornado!! Keep in touch and Keep it in the short grass! Jeff"

    Jeff, who lives in Pittsburg, is a double KMHOF inductee for his time in the Common Few? and the Sensational Showmen.


    Jeff Porter recently posted the following on his Facebook page about what it feels like to be a Rainmaker...”Hi everyone, By now I've lost track of how many times I've been asked, "How does it feel to be a Rainmaker." My answers have usually been somewhat vague, because at first, being a Rainmaker was rather abstract for me...same songs I've played for eight years but I'll have to re-learn them like the records that I've never heard. I do remember walking up the drive to Pat's studio the first day thinking, ‘Wow! I'm gonna record with the Rainmakers.’ That feeling disappeared as soon as we started playing music. Then it was just four guys with guitars and drums. But with Norway and the gigs this past weekend in the rear view mirror, ‘being a Rainmaker’ is beginning to soak in. I've seen people in the audience weep from the sheer emotion the music means to them. I've felt people tremble as they posed for pictures with the band. I realize how much this band has impacted not only people's ears, but their hearts and lives. So how does it feel to be a Rainmaker? Well everyday I feel more humbled, proud, privileged, honored and downright lucky to be able to make music with these guys. And I feel grateful. Every gig before we've taken the stage, I've looked at Bob, Pat and Rich and told them thank you. And now I'd like to tell you, the fans, the same thing. Thank you for letting me be a part of this thing that is bigger than just four guys playing rock and roll. I'm beginning to understand it now. Oh and in case wondering, I'm having a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!!!!”


    The Grisly Hand reached 1,000 Facebook fans the other day, and to celebrate, the band gave away its Safe House EP for free through Sunday. We don't know how many of those fans took advantage of the free download.


    It's sad to report the demise of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The state supported hall is a victim of the economy. Click here: Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Closing.


    Kansas City is losing an important downtown music venue with the upcoming sale of Crosstown Station. Click here: Crosstown Station officially calls it quits - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog. Click here: Back to Rockville: Crosstown Station to stop booking shows.

    The Chocolate City Soul Revue featuring James Brown's Original Funky Divas Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson & Martha High with the JB's Allstar Band, legendary Chicago Soul act The Impressions and New York's Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves - All live and all in person on June 4th at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

    Soul fans on the East Coast, brace yourselves for what will be the concert of the year! The Chocolate City Soul Revue is the greatest little Soul revue the nation's capital has seen in the past thirty years. Presented by 4th Cut Productions and Soulpower, their mission is to bring back the legends of Soul and Funk and team them up with new, explosive Soul artists and DJs. The CCSR is an electrifying show honoring the tradition of the great Soul revues of the 1960s and 1970s, showcasing great talent and master musicianship in the most exclusive settings in Washington D.C.

    Marva Whitney: “I thank the Chocolate City Soul Revue for allowing James Brown's Funky Divas to reunite and do their thing. For many years, we have talked about this. Now our prayers have been answered, as we get to honor the legacy of our deceased sister Lyn Collins, our dear friend and Vicki's husband, the late Bobby Byrd and, of course, the Godfather of Soul James Brown, who will be smiling upon us on June 4th.”

    Click here: YouTube - Marva Whitney & the J.B.'S - It's my Thing.Rare Live 1969 Filmed TV Performance.


    Guitarist Donnie Miller and his band Rude Awakening will be in Coffeyville for a show at Caesar’s Dance Hall, the largest club in southeast Kansas on Saturday, June 11. Caesars seats over 700, and Donnie always draws a big crowd in his hometown.

    David Cook says a little hello from the set of his Walmart Soundcheck. Be sure to check back on June 15 for David's exclusive performance and interview brought to you by Walmart Soundcheck. Click here: YouTube - David Cook on Walmart Soundcheck.

    David Cook will be performing and signing at LIVE @ Best Buy Union Square in New York City on June 28th at 6 pm. This event will be streaming live too!


    Mike Finnigan & the Phantom Blues Band are seen here working in the studio on a new album. Click here: https://fbcdn-video-a.akamaihd.net/cfs-ak-snc6/231257/933/2040262254322_33300.mp4?oh=95737672c8d2d2ae750affa1173f2.


    Kansas continues to tour, with recent stops in the quad cities and St. Louis. Guitarist took time to reflect on his 37 years with the band for newspapers at both stops. Click here: Kansas keeps rocking after 37 years; Click here: Kansas on Carrying On and Disappointing Queen Fans - St. Louis Music - A to Z.


    Win a vocal lesson from Karrin Allyson, plus more! Sign up at this link. Click here: Karrin Allyson Giveaway

    The Parallel Universe of Dana Cooper continues with the long awaited second installment of his magnum opus: "From Phil Ochs to The Persuasions" Click here: Dana Cooper – The Conjurer - Hand Crafted Music by Traveling Troubadour Dana Cooper » Elektra Tour Part 2: From Ph

    Wichita's Clif Major will be performing at the Riverfestival on Monday, June 6th at 7pm with Fred James. They have been working on 2-3 of Fred's songs. We all know Clif is worth way more than a Riverfest button.

    The five-show Olathe Free Summer Concert Series starts June 3 with Mingo Fishtrap and Funk Syndicate. The rest of the lineup includes Sam Bush with Brewer & Shipley and Keb' Mo' with Kelley Hunt. All shows are at Frontier Park, 1551 Indian Creek Parkway. For more information, go here.


    Attend the World Music Festival when Jah Lion, Rockin Rick, Linda Shell, Double Exposure,and more get together Saturday June 4 in Kansas City to help put instruments, not guns, in the hands of kids. The show's at 1524 Paseo (behind the BP service station) from 11 am-5 pm.


    How'd you like to live immediately next door to the Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City? It may soon be possible. Steve Penn reports on the looming restoration of the Rochester Hotel. Click here: Conversion of Rochester Hotel and Jazz District houses begins soon - KansasCity.com.


    Although Dennis Fox Higgins "retired" from performing at the first of this year, he promised his good friends Jan and Rob that he would perform one more time at the Haynes Park Summer Music Festival.This performance is scheduled for Sunday, June 19. He will not be alone for this performance. Dennis will be with his good friends Dick Orr and Bill Carter (They have performed many times before - the New
    Mexico State Fair; Haynes Park; Elena Gallegos Open Space Concerts; Southern New Mexico Blues Festival; etc...). Together they are known as Higgins, Orr, Carter or sometimes Carter, Orr, Higgins. With a
    few exceptions, they will perform with acoustic guitars. In addition, they will only perform original music They have nearly 130 years of combined song writing experience. The evening promises to be night of heartfelt, wonderful music from the blues, ballad, jazz, rock and country genres. Fox says that rehearsals have been exceptional, and the trio will pass that quality on during this special evening.

    Kathy Chiavola had successful surgery on her broken hand on Thursday, May 26. She injured the hand in a fall about a week earlier, as we reported last week.

    The documentary film Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus will be broadcast on KCPT Channel 19 in Kansas City at 8 pm on Saturday, June 11. It's pledge week, so they are going to chop it up. But please tune in, we think you will see some old friends.


    Come July, Bob Walkenhorst will be on vacation in Norway, in addition to his wife and kid he'll take his guitar and harmonica. And he'll be playing a few intimate acoustic concerts for his Norwegian fans. First out is Skien with a gig at Kakeslottet July 20. Then it's a set for a garden party in Grimstad July 23.

    Two bands, Soft Reeds and The Latenight Callers, will pperform a free concert at 8 p.m. (dusk) Friday, June 10, on the frfront lawn of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at JJohnson County Community College. The concert is part of ttthe free summer Light Up the Lawn series offered one Friday nnight each month, May-August.


    Assembled in December 2007, New Jazz Order is Kansas City's newest, freshest big band. Comprised of some of the best musicians in Kansas City, the NJO is dedicated to presenting new music and arrangements from local writers, as well as playing music from legends such as Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Maria Schneider and others. The band can be seen weekly at Harling's upstairs from 9-midnight on Tuesday nights.


    27-year-old Janelle Monae has traveled far from her home in Kansas City, chasing her musical goal of breaking down barriers. Click here: Janelle Monae aims to mediate cultures - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.



    May 23, 2011

    Music news ...

    In case you haven't heard: May 29 will be the final Sunday for The Brew at the 75th St. Brewery in Kansas City . This will conclude a run of more than 17 years. We hope you will make it out for of their last Sunday to help Mark Valentine, Terry Swope, Ray DeMarchi and Andy DeWitt celebrate the great times they've had together. It's still 8-11:30 pm .

    The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) presented its highest honors to five trailblazers in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality at its 34th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 21, in San Francisco . The dinner and after party turned out to be a huge success.

         Chely Wright and her father Stan received the Voice & Visbility Award. Chely, who attended with her fiance, looked stunning in a simple black evening dress, gave a moving acceptance speech, thanking her father Stan Wright for his support and giving special thanks to NCLR's attorney Shannon Minter , whom she described as a close and good friend.

    This week Chely will be honored in New York City for her work in the LGBT community. Click here: OUTMUSIC awards honoring LGBT community are growing; Chely Wright, Cyndi Lauper among honorees - The Washington Po

    On June 5, Wiright will be visiting her hometown to support Gay Pride! Chely will perform a concert on Sunday night. Please come out to support Chely, 7PM , The Living Room, 14th & Grand, KCMO. Tickets are $10 at the gate.

    Chely recently posted a list of some of her Music Row mentors on Facebook. Click here: Someone asked me if there were any women on Music Row that I consider mentors. (90) .

    David Cook performed at this year's NARM convention in Los Angeles . Check out David stylin' on the runway and see what he has to say about his upcoming album This Loud Morning . David talks about his creative process on the album and how excited he is to share with his fans! Click here: David On The Red Carpet At NARM | DavidCookOfficial.com .

    David will be premiering the new music video for his first single “The Last Goodbye” on iTunes on May 23 and performing "Don't You (Forget About Me) on American Idol May 24. Click here: David Cook To Premiere Video For "The Last Goodbye" on iTunes on May 23rd! | DavidCookOfficial.com . Click here: David Cook to Perform on 'Idol' Finale, Appear at Simon Fuller Star Dedication - Hollywood Reporter

    Bruce Ricker was best known for his film about KC jazz, "The Last of the Blue Devils." Click here: Bruce Ricker, a champion of KC jazz and film, dies at 68 - KansasCity.com .

    Snooky Young died May 11. Longtime observers of Kansas City 's scene remember the trumpeter's association with Count Basie. Classic rock fans might recall Young from his role in Martin Scorsese's film The Last Waltz . (That's him behind Levon Helm at the 2:17 mark.) The rest of the world knew Young through his long association with The Tonight Show band. Click here: Snooky Young, Trumpeter With Doc Severinsen, Dies at 92 - NYTimes.com .

    Sly James , Kansas City 's new Mayor, was the lead singer of a Kansas City band in the late 1960's.  He began with the Amelia Earhart Memorial Flying Band in 1968, which later became the group Manchester Trafficway in 1970. Sly was 16 years old when he began singing with the Flying Band. Sly's guitar player back then, Chris Immele, is currently playing with a KC group called the Full Blast Band. At Sly's Mayoral Induction picnic, he sang “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay” and still has a great voice. Click here: KC's new mayor opts for a mellow inaugural picnic - KansasCity.com .

    There is a new Max Carl song (that he sings) on the new Jack Mack & the Heart Attack  album called "A New Past." It is the last song, and Tim Scott put bass on it. Next came guitars and then horns this week. Lee Thornberg is going to do a New Orleans style horn arrangement. Max also sang on the title song on the new record entitled "Soul Meeting." The band had Max, Mike Finnegan, Tim Scott and Bill Champlin sing it. 

    ABC-TV's Private Practice featured Sara Swenson 's son "Time To Go" on its season finale last Thursday, May 19. The series, a spin-off from Grey's Anatomy , is one of a handful of shows known for its prime music selections. Sara says she was beyond thrilled and hopes that you got to watch and share the excitement with her. If you missed the show and would like to hear the song, here's a link: Download "Time To Go" on iTunes here.   ; Click here: Back to Rockville: 'Private Practice' to feature local music .

    Midwest Music Foundation wants to officially welcome Michael Byars to their team.  He will be posting his weekly music podcast to The Mailbox every Monday. You can listen to his first one here . It features new music from Atlantic Fadeout , Hidden Pictures , Sarah Jarosz , Lynn Miles , Mogwai , and Errors . Please follow MMF on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with what's new in The Mailbox .

    We want to remind everyone of the Musicians Health Care Grant. If you know of any Kansas City area Musician who might need a little assistance due to health care reasons, please direct them here . That's one of the reasons that the MMF is here.

    The Midwest 's most popular Memorial Day weekend event, Bank of America Celebration At The Station , returns for its ninth year to Kansas City 's Union Station on Sunday, May 29. Bank of America Celebration At The Station will feature Music Director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony performing familiar patriotic music against the backdrop of historic Union Station, with a finale of blazing fireworks above Liberty Memorial. (Rain Date: Monday, May 30).

    This year's Rock the Crossroads 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm . It includes a free concert for all participants at Crossroads KC at Grinders, featuring some of  Kansas City 's most popular bands. Click here: Rock the Crossroads


    Former Kansas Citian Kathy Chiavola fell and broke her left hand last Tuesday night (May 17) carrying groceries from her car to the front door. She won't be playing guitar for a while.

    Johnny Western has had to cancel his June 10 date in Wichita due to minor throat problems. Hopefully the show can be rescheduled sometime in the near future.

    The long awaited  Blue Riddim Band and Big Youth collaboration is here! This is the itunes link for downloads, only $.99 .http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/voice-people-nancy-reagan/id438251715 .

    The band also pressed up 200 numbered 7" vinyl copies with the remastered original " Nancy Reagan " on the B side . Link from the record company for that:  http://www.rougherrecords.com/products.html . Click here: Todd "Bebop" Burd -- of Blue Riddim Band -- talks new releases and Rougher Records - Kansas City Music - Wayward B

    The Alash Ensemble had most of their musical instruments and traditional native robes stolen in Albuquerque . Alash is a quartet of the very best Tuvan throat singers. Their Lawrence performances since 2010 have attracted turn-away sized crowds.  Instruments and clothing like this will really stick-out in this country, so the possibility of attracting curiosity if seen is high. Your best wishes, prayers, and support will be welcome. Keep your eyes open. You never know where the stolen property will turn up, including online! http://www.alashensemble.com/

    Mammoth Life (left) is in the midst of releasing their brand new Rock N' Roll Kids EP this summer followed by a 30 date tour of the midwest, west, and west coast on the back of the release. Following that tour will be a cross country band move to San Francisco this fall. ML is hoping to fund the recording, mixing, and mastering of the EP as well as the subsequent tour merchandising (ie ML heart logo t-shirts/ vinyl stickers/ and buttons). The release party and tour kick off for the new release, will be on Thursday, July 28 at The Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence with area staples Cowboy Indian Bear, and Cloud Dog.

    Go to http://www.159ers.com/ to pre-order the new Live CD & DVD from Kristie Stremel & the 159ers , Rattlesnakes and Lullabies . 13 songs & 13 videos for $12.99! (+sh).

    On May 24, a multitude of musicians will gather at Southern New Hampshire 's premier music venue, Tupelo Music Hall , to celebrate Bob Dylan's 70th birthday to benefit the Brad Delp Foundation. Among those scheduled to perform is Woody Giessmann , formerly of the Embarrassment and the Del Fuegos.

    A feature documentary about Kirk's Rundstrom's battle with cancer and his final tour with the legendary "insurgent country" band Split Lip Rayfield is available online. Click here: Split Lip Rayfield: Never Make It Home on Vimeo .

    The Pitch's Elke Mermis says goodbye to KC. Click here: A music editor says goodbye, but the scene rages on - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Last week Eric “Mean” Melin retained his crown as the king of KC's Air Guitar Championships. Click here: Kansas City's air-guitar champion is ... still, Mean Melin - Kansas City News - Plog .

    The RecordBar was the scene Saturday for KC's Ramble on the Rails . A formidable lineup of KC fold and country acts gathered, including Tony Ladesich, Cadillac Flambe and Tinhorn Molly.

    The new video for Secret Cities' has been released by filmmaker Christopher Good. Click here: Christopher Good's new Secret Cities video has +9 charm power - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Whateverforever plans a label launch party n May 26 at the Eighth Street Taproom in Lawrence . The guys are also working a releasing a compilation cassette. Click here: Whateverforever plan tape release party at Eighth Street Taproom on May 26 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Our friends at INK Magazine put together a great promo this season for the KC Royals - Every Wednesday night home game is "Student Night Featuring Local Music Showcase." Hearts of Darkness was one of the first bands asked, and they're thrilled to play for the KC Royals at the beautiful "K" on June 22. They'll have a stage setup back in the "Outfield Experience" section (behind the jumbotron) and the band will play a set before the game. Gates open early at 5:30 , and they have a special "hotdog-and-a-beer" for only $7.00. That's cheaper than Buck Night! Go early and get down, and get loaded with HOD, and then together we'll all watch the Royals win another game. Several of our favorite KC bands are participating in this promotion. Click here: Student Night | royals.com: Tickets

    KMHOF inductee Dennis Fox Higgins is giving a three-hour talk on "What Makes A Great Teacher" for the Golden Apple Foundation's 3-Day Conference this Wednesday morning. Click here: Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico .

    Mudstomp Records presents The Midwest Mudstomp Takeover at 5:00 pm Friday, July 8, featuring Mountain Sprout, Deadman Flats, Brody Buster Band, Ben Miller Band, Whistle Pigs, Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Honky Suckle. Doors open at 4:00 pm. Tickets are on sale for $10 at The Cotillion, Select-a-Seat, House of Sight & Sound and the employee clubs. Tickets on the day of the show will be $13.00. For further information and to charge tickets by phone call 316-722-4201 or log on to www.thecotillion.com .

    Lawrence 's Americana band Quiet Corral is only a year old, but they've built a stron local following and are looking forward to touring this summer. Click here: Quiet Corral is rounding up local fans with its dusty Americana - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

    Uncle Bo's always has some great artists coming through to entertain Topeka . Mark your calendars for Music at the Market, every first Saturday of the month  the Topeka Blues Society and Uncle Bo's features local and national  blues artists. On the 4th of July, the Ramada Convention Centerin Downtown Topeka is offering a special room rate for anyone attending the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival . Book rooms for any dates between Friday July 1 and Monday July 4th for only $74.00. Call 785-234-5400 and mention the Spirit of Kansas room block to reserve your room #6617. Also, ask about the Uncle Bo's package when booking to add tickets to the shows Friday and Saturday night. This is the closest hotel to Lake Shawnee .

    A new blues and BBQ festival is coming to Junction City this fall. September 30 and October 1, the Jammin' in JC Blues and BBQ Festival will feature music in Heritage Park and a day of barbecue competition. Kicking things off on September 30 will be two local bands, Beaten Path and Etcetera. They'll be followed by KC's Doghouse Daddies and The Mary Bridgett Davies Band. Playing on October 1 will be The Supermatics and Levee Town form Kansas City . The the local Red State Blues Band and KC's Trampled Under Foot will play. The evening's headliners are Jimmy Thackery and The Cate Brothers.

    The barbecue contest will be October 1. It's open to the public and will be divided into two divisions - Open and Civic. The entry fee is $60 per team with additional add-on categories $35 each. Payout is 80 percent of the fees collected. Entry forms will be available at a later date. Teh BBQ contest will have four cooking categories: Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket, Chicken and Pulled Pork. Concerts are free to attend. Food and beverages will be for sale during the event. Be sure to take a blanket or chair. Coolers will not be allowed. For general information, contact the Geary County DVB at 785-238-2885. For BBQ info, contact Connie Hall at 785-238-2885. The festival's website is www.jammininJC.com .


    May 16, 2011

    Music news ...

    The Kansas Music Hall of Fame page on Facebook has been upgraded to the new format. This means that those members of the group will receive posts by other group members as they are made. It will make the group much more active than it has been in the past. If you are not already on Facebook, this might be a good time for you to become involved.

    On May 5, a Lawrence bar, the Gaslight caught fire around 6 pm that Friday evening. This little bar is going to need some patching up. Jake Lickteig, the bar’s owner, was quoted as saying, “It’s going to affect me hard. There’s not a lot of financial backing here. It’s just me and my friends.”

    The Jerry Dowell Band is going to play a benefit on the Gaslight patio in Lawrence, 913 N. 2nd Street, on Sunday May 29.

    Singer Connie Dover, guitarist Kevin Hiatt, percussionist Alluadin Ottinger and saxophonist C. Grant Maledy will perform on Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm at the Rime Tibetan Buddhist Center, 700 West Pennway. The show, “An Independent World of Music, will benefit the Rime Center. Donatons will be accepted at the door ($10 suggested).

    KMHOF inductee B. Scott Nelson (Ann Brewer & the Flames) and his current musical brothers, known affectionately as BluesBerry Jam, will be in Lawrence to play at Johnny's West on Saturday, May 21, from 9 to 1. Those who attended this year's GroundHearts Day party at Nelson's house got to hear the band and can attest to how good it is. And, rumor is that Ann Brewer herself will be in attendance...dancing with her  husband Tom.

    Dana Cooper continues to encourage anyone interested in sponsoring a house concert to contact his booking agent, Terri Stewart, at stewartmgmt@earthlink.net to discuss details and possible dates. Over the next few months Dana has shows in TX, MO, and AR, but wherever you live, he will find a way to get to your house if you want him to play for you. House concerts are the most enjoyable way to share live music, up close and personal, in the comfort of your home surrounded by good friends. Cooper also wants to remind you about his new Facebook page, The Parallel Universe of Dana Cooper, where you can listen to and download his 1973 Elektra Records LP for free. Go to http://www.facebook.com/paralleldana and have fun with this flashback to the 70's. 

    It's hard to believe, but KMHOF inductee Mike Willman of Eric & the Norsemen is moving to Tucson, and that means his last performance with his current band Bandit will be on May 21 at Andrew's Bar & Grill in the KCMO Ramada Inn, 1601 N. Universal Avenue from 8-midnight.

    Bandit will continue on with Jason Young as lead. Jason recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and he's a very talented guitarist. For one last gig, Bandit is: John Chevalier on bass, guitar, sax, harmonica and vocals, Mike Frymer on drums, Rick Smith on rhythm guitar and vocals, Gary Turner on vocals, and Mike Willman on lead guitar and vocals. For more information on Bandit, visit www.banditkc.com.

    Jake Livgren of Proto-KawI posted this about Forth on Facebook: “I know you guys are already excited, but I gotta put some extra slobber in your panting. This album is freakin’  amazing. By far my favorite Proto record to date. I've listened to it at least once a day since I got my copy from Kerry. And, I don't ever do that with stuff I performed on. Its just that good.”

    Kerry’s friend and neighbor John Bowes later sent this update: “Chatted with Kerry Sunday...he advised he had just complete the mix for the project, when he discovered a new software ‘plug-in’ that he absolutely loved...and therefore was going back again and remixing with this new piece of software. Typical Kerry....he sets a high standard for himself, never seemingly wanting to put out something thats ‘good’ when he can make it ‘GRAND’...you know once it is ‘out there’ the artist has to live with it for a very very long time...and most quality art out lives the artist so why not?

    I asked him once if there was ever a recording of his that made him winch whenever he heard it etc....and was surprised that he mentioned ‘DUST’....he said he didn't like the line, ‘...nothing lasts forever 'cept the earth and sky...’...because he didn't NOW believe it to be a true statement. I thought that was pretty revealing, given he usually just tells me, ‘John, it's not polite to ask a writer what something means’

    Country Music star, KMHOF inductee, Christian and LGBT activist Chely Wright shares her story of activism and faith at Auburn's Lives of Commitment Breakfast on May 6. The first openly gay female country music star, Wright is a tireless activist for LGBT issues. Click here: YouTube - Religious Leader: Chely Wright.

    Chely will headline the KC Pride show Sunday, June 5, at the Living Room of the Live Block at 14th & Grand. The show will also feature music from Kristie Stremel and Shontelle. Cost is $10 at the door.

    Pat Metheny's new solo acoustic guitar album, What's It All About, will be released June 14. From the artist's site: What's It All About features classic tunes from songwriters like Paul Simon, Lennon & McCartney, Burt Bacharach, and Henry Mancini. Pat describes it like this: "I wanted to record some of the music that was on my radar before I ever wrote a note of my own, or in a few cases, even before I played an instrument.”

    The Mahoots cut a few tracks over the past year or so. Three of them are mixed, done and ready to go. A few more await dubs, mixing. It's good stuff. Brad Growcock (apparently) put this little video together. Click here: YouTube - Eyeteeth.

    We've told you about the fan edition of his new album that features David Cook's exclusive acoustic EP, This Quiet Night, and today you can now view the official cover of the EP. This Quiet Night features never-before-heard acoustic performances of several songs from This Loud Morning and is included in all of the different versions of the This Loud Morning pre-order at David's Official Music Store. Click here: David Reveals This Quiet Night Acoustic EP | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    The Topeka Festival Singers will demonstrate their talent both collectively and individually when at 7:30 pm tonight in Washburn's White Concert Hall they present their traditional season finale featuring both works for the entire chorus and opportunities for members to take a solo turn in the spotlight.Tickets to the concert are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors or $5 for students and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (785) 267-3500 or going to www.topekafestivalsingers.com.

    We have learned that Leon Brady will step down from his role as Musical Director of Kansas City Youth Jazz. Clarence Smith will fill that position as Brady remains active in the organization. Additionally, the highly-respected institution is relocating from Kansas City, KS, to Penn Valley Community College across the state line. Here's a clip of Brady at work.

    Eric “Mean” Melin has persuaded US Air Guitar  return to Kansas City this Thursday, May 19, at Crosstown Station. Click here: Air guitarists get ready to shred the competition - Page 1 - News - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    KC jazz pianist Mark Lowrey has decided to start teaching. He’ll offer half hour slots Thursdays from noon-4:30 in his downtown home. Some experience preferred, but he’ll take beginners who commit to regular practice. He’ll take kids if a parent is present at the lessons. The cost is $20 per half hour. Email mark@marklowreymusic.com to sign up or learn more.

    KCJazzLark documents a jazz education program at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Click here: kcjazzlark: Jazz, the Next Generation

    The Abel Ramirez Big Band's weekly gigs are in a new location. The Kansas City band now appears at Finnigan's Hall (the location that once housed the legendary Gold Buffet.)

    683585_356x237.jpgThe Golden Republic, a former KC band made up of current members of the Republic Tigers and Soft Reeds are reuniting for a show honoring KKFI’s Sonic Specturm’s anniversary on June 25. Also on the bill will be Thee Water Moccasins and Secret Cities. Originally formed in 1999 under the name “the People” by cousins Ben Grimes and Ryan Shank, they were joined by Kenn Jankowski and bassist Harry Anderson. They eventually signed to Astralwerks Records and released one album and completed successful national tours before splitting in 2006. Follow the band on the Facebook page here. 

    KC’s Margo May is best know for making it to TV’s American Idol, but that may change with her upcoming album release. She’s been working on the album in Portland, OR. Click here: Margo May: “Anthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl (BSS Cover)” « The Wounded Jukebox.

    Zona Rosa's popular summer jazz series returns to KC on June 9. Click here: Zona Rosa presents summer jazz concert series | KansasCity.com Press Release Central.  

    Lawrence’s Mouthbreathers have been getting good press for what they’ve already done, but they have a lot more planned for this summer. Click here: Mouthbreathers' Zach Campbell on how they plan to spend their summer vacation - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog. 

    Johnny Western returns to the Wichita area for a show at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon in Benton on June 10. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner. Reservations are required. Call  316-778-2121.

    Gary Bisel, a KMOF inductee from his days with Tide, is in the backup band (The Ramblers) for Topeka’s Jason Colvin. They'll be competing in Lawrence May 19th at the Texaco Country Showdown (the largest competition in the country). The event is at the Bottleneck, and the acts each perform for 20 minutes beginning at 7 pm. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Colvin-the-Ramblers/392126765654.

    The Brody Buster Band's debut album Will Die Young will be available at shows. It is also available on the Mudstomp Records website.

    Everyday/Everynight recently announced a tour (they'll play June 5 at KC’s RecordBar) and their third full-length album, etc. (May 17, pre-orders available now). More information about both can be found at Popwreckoning.

    Mat Shoare of Everyday/Everynight opened for a Caves show last Thursday at the Union. The Caves have been a very busy band since releasing their single “Weekend Blues” earlier this year. They’ve been playing lots of show and have even opened for a few national acts.

     KC musician Matt Beat teaches history, and he's combined his two careers on his latest Electric Needle Room album. Click here: Articles | American history has a musical champion Ink.

    Overland Park's Mr. Fish was singled out in The Pitch for one of its album covers. Click here: Awkward album covers: Mr. Fish (now), Rod McKuen (then) - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Last Friday night, KC supergroup Atlantic Fadeout had a CD release party at Davy’s Uptown Ramblers Club. Click here: Local supergroup Atlantic Fadeout has a run of better luck - KansasCity.com

    Friday and Saturday, the Riot Room hosted its annual Local Artist Overthrow, a two-day mini-festival that highlights some of Kansas City’s best on-the-rise bands. The showcase kicked off Friday with a set from Brainbow and continued through Saturday with sets from more than 20 local bands.

    Heather Thornton and Jen Lawless had an interesting CD release party in the Press Room at Crosstown Station in downtown Kansas City Saturday night. Admission tickets entitled those in attendance to a free CD by one of the two. The CDs are on the Saunders Street Label.

    KC Uncovered returns at Press Bar on Friday, May 27. Click here: KC Uncovered II -- featuring Dollar Fox, Cherokee Rock Rifle and more -- goes down on May 27 at Press - Kansas Cit.

    On June 3, Britt Small of Festival will be doing a solo show at the Eagles Club in Red Oak, Iowa. Dinner at 5:00. Britt at 7:00. After the show, there will be a dance with Britt on bass & vocals, Jerry Forney on guitar, steel, & vocals, & Jim & Kathy Whitmore on guitars & vocals. It will be a great evening! It's a benefit for American Pride Entertainment to keep Festival on the road playing for our veterans. 

    The Patti Smith Tribute at the RecordBar on May 29 is going to be rescheduled. They were having trouble getting it organized in time. Robert Moore will DJ instead. Next installment is the Beach Boys w/ The ACB's, Dead Girls, Ghosty and more on June 26th


    May 9, 2011

    Music news ...

    Yesterday was Mothers Day so the Lawrence Journal-World interviewed some musician mothers to get their perspectives on their special challenges. Click here: Moms who rock! | Lawrence.com.

    Kelley Hunt has been busy promoting her new album Gravity Love You. She was in Wichita last Thursday night. Click here: ‘Gravity’ a new chapter for Hunt | Wichita Eagle.

    When planning its Mothers Day countdown show, GAC chose to feature Martina McBride and her daughters. Click here: On TV : Top 20 Country Countdown : Top 20 Countdown : Great American Country.

    Martina fans are being asked to vote for the CMT Performance of the Year award for her “A Broken Wing” performance with Train.

    A year ago, KMHOF inductee Chely Wright came out as a lesbian, and she’s been busy following up on that while promoting her autobiography and her latest album. Click here: Happy Coming Out-iversary, Chely Wright! | People, Celebrities, Actresses & Profiles Of Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual WoClick here: Country star Chely Wright reaches out to LGBT teens and their allies with scholarships from LIKE ME | San Diego Ga

    According to ACTUPtheMovie on Twitter, Melissa Etheridge has been interviewed for an ACT UP documentary. Info on the project from the IndieWire site: The ACT UP documentary is directed by Ellen Spiro (Body of War) and executive produced by Gus Van Sant, who Scott Robbe brought on board after convincing him that the story of ACT UP is one that needed to be told in order to "reenergize a whole new group of young people to tell them about the people that came before them."

    Robbe hopes the film will inspire a new generation to become involved in direct-action campaigns. "ACT UP speaks about the need to turn anger into action. ACT UP had everything from stock brokers to PR executives to producers and directors, artists like Keith Haring. We took control of a situation that was completely out of hand and the government was doing nothing about it, the health care, at the national level."

    Will Melissa be the next great radio personality? Click here: Melissa Etheridge - The Next Great Radio Personality? | Melissa Etheridge.

    Shay Parker will interview Melissa Etheridge on May 11 on Metaphysical Minds with Shay Parker. http://sky.radio.com/2011/05/02/melissa-etheridge-live-may-11th-on-metaphysical-\

    Etheridge will be a part of the upcoming “Women Who Rock” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland that opens next weekend.  Click here: 'Women Who Rock' exhibit @ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Melissa Etheridge pays tribute to Janis Joplin | cleveland. 

    Mike Brewer reports that Brewer & Shipley are being inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame Labor Day weekend. Michael Brewer has also been nominated for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

    Karrin Allyson has long been one of Kansas City’s favorite vocalists. While she’s moved away from KC, she knew that she’d find an appreciative audience when she returned to promote her new album ‘Round Midnight at the Folly on Saturday night. Click here: Karrin Allyson comes home to promote a CD for late-night listening - KansasCity.com.

    David Cook (left) recently played a special acoustic performance at FRESH 94.7 studios. Check out his performance of "Paper Heart" off his upcoming album This Loud Morning. Click here: David Cook Performs "Paper Heart" Acoustic | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    David recently participated in the Race For Hope in Washington, DC. This organization raises money for those suffering from brain tumors. Check out the picture of David preparing for the race and click here to see how you can help.

    Barclay Martin and Mark Lowrey will play a special intimate duo show at the Marquee Lounge in Kansas City Wednesday, May 11. The goal is to provide the reward of classroom supplies to children in the village of Oullesebougou in Mali. These children have won a competition set into motion by Barclay and Mark's recent trip to West Africa, graciously facilitated by Medical Missions Foundation.

    The kids in these winning classrooms have been the most active in washing their hands on a regular basis with anti-bacterial soap in an area plagued with countless debilitating and often deadly diseases. Help them make the most of a positive incentive to keeping clean hands for kids.

    Both the Barclay Martin Ensemble release Pools That Swell with the Rain and Mark Lowrey's solo CD Live at Jardines will be available, with 100% donated to this effort along with an extra large tip jar that needs to be filled.

    Last Friday night, Mary Fortune had a CD release party at the Midwestern Music Company. The five-piece band didn’t even charge an admission to the show, which also featured a performance by Chosty. Click here: A fortunate union gives birth to the band Mary Fortune - KansasCity.com.

    One of the more interesting shows in Kansas City over the weekend was “The Steel Show” at the Brick. It featured John McKenna and Sara Swenson on lap steel.  Click here: John McKenna and Sara Swenson steel the spotlight - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    KC’s Architects are on the road with My Chemical Romance. Click here: On the road with the Architects: notes from the My Chemical Romance tour - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Paul Draper was a member of Friar Tuck and the Monks back in the sixties and has been inducted into the KMHOF. His son, Brandon Draper, may follow suit someday as one of the top drummers in Kansas City. Click here: Brandon Draper: A drummer in constant motion - KansasCity.com.

    Rapper Kermet “thePhantom” Coleman supported Sly James’ candidacy for mayor of Kansas City, MO, and now the mayor’s son, Kyle James, is rapping with thePhantom. Click here: Mayor Sly James' son raps with Kemet thePhantom* - Kansas City News - Plog.

    Big Scoob has been building a big following in the KC hip-hop scene. Click here: Big Scoob digs deeper on Damn Fool - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    KC rapper Les Izmore has a new project called Beardcrazy, but he’s still a part of Hearts of Darkness. He has a new video online. Click here: Les Izmore, Hermon Marahi and D/Will sound off in What It IZ!?! - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    IN/OUT is playing a reunion gig on Saturday, May 21, at the Kansan Grill in Topeka. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge. Tickets are available from the Kansan Grill, The Kansas Guitar Exchange and Steam Music, and the members of IN/OUT. TICKETS ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 250 SOLD!

    Free parking at the Crosby Place parking garage at 8th and Kansas Ave will be available the night of the show!
    The boys have been rehearsing and sound GREAT! If you enjoyed going to places like Quincy MaGoo's and Sneakers and rocking to IN/OUT back in the 80's you will enjoy this show. The doors open at 6pm and the band starts at 8pm. There will be a silent auction with very nice items from Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks. Alll proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society so please take your check book.

    We have all been touched by this hideous disease. All of the people involved with IN/OUT want to honor the memory of our family and friends that have succumbed to this disease or are currently battling cancer with this show. Please plan to attend. It will be a very special night.

    A band of Kansas fans who call themselves the Traveling Wheatheads just put out a new cover recording of "Hopelessly Human." The band's lineup is Drums: Matt Teepe; Bass: John Christopher; Keys and Violin Sequence: Tim Roche; Guitars: Bill Durham; "Robby" Vocals: Mike Goble; "Steve" Vocals: Darrell Woodward. The recording can be heard at http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10555443.

    Fresh from the studio, KC singer-songwriting duo Bureman and O’Rourke, have a new single, “Angels, Heroes, and Her.” It will be available for sale soon, but you can hear it now by visiting www.buremanandorourke.com.

    Johnny Hatton's new (and only solo) CD, called Gospel Bop is available on I-Tunes, Amazon and CD Baby. It features Bernie Dresel on drums, Fino Roverato on guitars, Doug Livingston on steel and keys, vocalists Dave Jackson, Alex Acevedo, Jack Cave, and Mrs Hatton. It's all about old tyme rockin' gospel music. You'll be jumpin' at the beginning and verklempt at the end. Hatton and Cave were both in the Fabulous Morticians. Hatton currently plays with Brian Setzer. E-mail Johnny for an autographed copy at scudbucks@aol.

    New Bloodstone EP is for sale on itunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/somebodys-gotta-do-it-single/id433873339.

    Kansas City guitarist Jay EuDaly has begun teaching one day a week at a new location north of the river.  Guitar Syndicate is at 8115 N. Oak. If you live in that area and want guitar lessons, Jay is now in your neck of the woods.  Click here: Guitar Syndicate | Guitars, Musical Instruments, Guitar Accessories, Amplifiers, Guitar Effects.  

    Morgan Warren and some of her classmates are organizing a band concert – The Leavenworth High School 2011 Ensemble Showcase – on May 13 at Leavenworth High School Auditorium to help raise funds for the band to play at halftime of the Sports Champion Bowl at Orange Bowl Stadium next school year. Click here: Q5: Students organize band concert - Leavenworth, KS - Leavenworth Times

    Spring is here, and summer’s not far off, so its time for Lawrence’s Replay Lounge and Jackpot Music Hall’s annual “Spring Into Summer” mini-fest, an all-day, all-night, cheap-as-hell affair featuring some of Lawrence’s best-known and most-loved musical talents. This year’s lineup includes the Old Canes, the Dactyls, Danny Pound Band, Hospital Ships, Drakkar Sauna, Approach and Jabberjosh, and Mansion, among others. Tickets are priced at just $5 for both venues, all day and night. The musical love affair goes down Saturday, May 21. The event starts at 6 pm on the Replay patio and continues through the night at both venues

    KMHOF inductee Pat Metheny and Larry Grenadier will perform at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on September 29, promoting Pat’s forthcoming album What’s It All About.

    Newly released recordings by KMHOF inductee Big Al Downing are now available for purchase online. Included are a live concert recorded at XM-Radio Washington, DC August 6, 2003, and a live interview recorded at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, TN May 6th, 2005. Click here: Live At XM Radio.



    May 2, 2011

    Music news ...

    Bill Lynch and the Midwestern Icons are playing the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest in Linden, TX on the 17th and 18th of June, in case you're in the mood for a road trip. Joining Bill are Rick Moors on bass and the great James Gadson on drums. You can find all the details & ticket info on the T-Bone Walker Fest website. Should be a great time!!

    Awhile back Michael Brewer entered into a promotion agreement with a company based in Sweden. He's beginning to get some feedback and it looks like 4 or 5 of Mike's songs from his CD It Is What It Is are currently getting airplay in Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, and Portugal. He's also receiving good reviews in various music magazines,  and last week Brewer was the artist of the week in a magazine in Denmark.

    Mike Finnigan's wife, Candy, was a presenter last Thursday, April 29, at the PRISM Awards banquet in Los Angeles. Her show, Intervention, is a past winner of the award. The Annual PRISM Awards honors the creative community for accurate portrayals of substance abuse, addiction and mental health in entertainment programming.

    KMHOF inductee Chuck Harper of Spider & the Crabs has had some unexpected hip replacement surgery, so he won't be in his law office while in recovery. That could be up to six weeks. Get well soon, Chuck.

    If you have 3 minutes, here is a little home video sample of what you can expect from the new Wichita band Stallion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbJGVLjBQMA&feature=related.  

    Dana Cooper continues to blog on his early career. Click here: Dana Cooper – The Conjurer - Hand Crafted Music by Traveling Troubadour Dana Cooper » My Career As A Rock StarPart.

    Cooper's 1973 Elektra Records debut LP is finally available to the digital multitudes. Click here: Dana Cooper: [Dana Cooper] The Wormhole Is Open to The Parallel Universe.

    Kai Clark and his band performed his father Gene Clark's songs, with friends including alums of Gene's band and the Modern Folk Quartet. Members of Arthur Lee's Love performed "Black Beauty" live. The occasion was the launch party for High Moon Records at The Roxy in Los Angeles, on Friday, April 29. The label's first two releases will be the original Black Beauty album, and Gene Clark's Two Sides to Every Story album. Many will remember when Kai came to Lawrence to perform and accept Gene's induction into the KMHOF.

    Check out AOL Music's exclusive interview with David Cook. He talks about his upcoming album The Last Goodbye, his return to the Idol stage and more! Click here: David Cook Says New Album Was Therapy for Brother's Death, Explains Why 'Idol' Doesn't Need Simon Cowell - AOL Mus.;  Click here: David Cook Says New Album Was Therapy for Brother's Death, Explains Why 'Idol' Doesn't Need Simon Cowell - AOL Mus

    David Cook chats with FOX News about his return to the Idol stage. Click here: David Cook On Fox News! | DavidCookOfficial.com

    American Idol catches up with David. Click here: American Idol Catches Up With David | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    Can't get enough of David Cook? Check out Cambio Connect's exclusive video interview with David. He talks about American Idol, his life in music and his love for helping out. Click here: David's Video Interview With Cambio Connect | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    Martina McBride is on the cover of the new Country Weekly. Click here: May 9, 2011 – Martina McBride: “Who I Am” - CountryWeekly.com.

    A recent Kansas City Star editorial sang the praises of UMKC professor Zhou Long, who won a Pulitzer Prize in music. Click here: The Star’s editorial | Pulitzer boosts reputation of KC’s arts community - KansasCity.com.

    NUG Magazine features an interview with Blue Riddim Band drummer Steve “Duck” McLane in the current issue. Click here: Blue Riddim Band « Featured « NUG Magazine – Cannabis Magazine For the Marijuana Community.

    Mean Melin is ready to rock his air guitar again. After a one-year hiatus, the US Air Guitar Championships are returning to Crosstown Station in downtown Kansas City on May 19 to crown a regional champion to sent to nationals. Of course, it wouldn’t be air guitar in KC without local film critic Eric “Mean” Melin.

    The band program at Perry-Lecompton High School is about to receive a 2011 Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award, given in select schools nationwide that are keeping music programs alive and well despite budgets and school politics. Perry-Lecompton will receive $5,500 for winning in the enterprise category, which recognizes efforts in schools that are considered economically underserved. In all, 27 schools nationwide are receiving such awards.“We are excited here, as this award is allowing us to start a new class that will focus on music recording as well as other careers in the music industry,” said Mike Maloun, the school’s band director. Representatives from the Grammy Foundation of Santa Monica, CA will present the award during the school’s spring concert, set for 7 pm. May 4 in Perry.

    According to the April edition of Venues Today Magazine, Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena was the top arena for gross ticket sales in 2010 among venues of its size in the Midwest. Click here: Intrust Arena tops venues its size in ticket sales in 2010 | Wichita Eagle.

    Kansas City’s Golden Republic has resurfaced with a new page on Facebook. The band broke up a few years ago, with some of the members landing in Soft Reeds, Roman Numerals, Be/Non and the Republic Tigers. A post on FB teases that big news is coming soon. Is this a hint at a reunion? Click here: The Golden Republic resurfaces: Do we have a reunion in our future? - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Just a reminder to clear your calendars for Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, for the reunion of Nation at the Independence, MO Side Pockets. If They Only Look Familiar inspire you, Nation will rock your world. In fact two members of TOLF (Craig Young/Hammond B3 Organ & vocals and Bruce Johnson/drums) are also members of Nation, who began around 1970. Add Janet Jameson (now also with Shooting Star and Rock, Paper, Scissors) on killer electric violin & vocals, Michael Murphy/vocals, Bill Roe/bass & vocals, Chuck Boyd/percussion & vocals, and Kevin "The Legend" Davis (now with Albert Flasher) on amazing guitar & vocals, and you have one of the all-time best KC classic rock bands.

    The David George Band finally played the Brick last Friday night, April 29. The gig was part of  the Heaven Help Us project to help Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Click here: David George Band makes its Brick debut with Japan benefit - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Also mark May 21 on your calendar so you can attend the jazz and gospel benefit concert for Topeka musician Danny JacksonClick here: Jazz & Gospel Benefit Concert for Daniel O. Jackson (74).

    Former Wichita musician Rich Horton, who now lives in Oregon, has written an article praising short singles during AM radio’s psychedelic era.  Click here: RICHIE’S REPRISAL: IN PRAISE OF THE 3-MINUTE SINGLE DURING AM RADIO’S PSYCHEDELIC ERA: Notes from the Pallid Pilgr.

    Sometimes we don’t know when opportunity will knock. That was certainly true for Leigh Miller Muñoz.  Click here: Lawrence musician's business making bassoon reeds 'appeared out of nowhere' | Lawrence.com.

    Tom Sorrells is having a gigantic record sale Sunday, May 15, at 10 am. It’s at 432 E. 73rd Terrace in Kansas City, MO.

    The monthly local-music concert series will continue on the front lawn of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College. Each show begins at 8 p.m. The lineup:
    • May 6: Cowboy Indian Bear, headliner;  Sam Billen, opener.
    • June 10: Soft Reeds with the Latenight Callers
    • July 8: Hearts of Darkness
    • Aug. 26: Antennas Up
    Take lawn chairs and blankets for seating. For more information, call 913-469-4450.


    April 25, 2011

    Music news ...

    Not many Lawrence bands get coverage in The New York Times, but the Alferd Packer Band did recently. Click here: At One Post Office, Tax Day Is a Reason to Dance and Sing - NYTimes.com.

    Kerry Livgren completed the mastering of the new Proto-Kaw studio album Forth on Easter Sunday.

    New songs by Bloodstone were released on Easter Sunday. They were produced by Crayge Lindsay for his Exposed Entertainment label and are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Zune, Rapsody and many other online stores.

    Coverage of this year's “Evening with Women” event in Los Angeles includes an interview with Chely Wright and a review of the night's performances. Click here: An Evening With Women 2011: Linda Perry, Chely Wright, Juliette Lewis and more | People, Celebrities, Actresses &.

    Chely has told People that she and her fiancé will both be wearing white at their wedding. Click here: Chely Wright Says Yes to the (Wedding) Dress - Weddings, Chely Wright : People.com.

    "Damn Liar-The Remix" by Wright will be featured on the May 1 episode of the ABC series "Brothers & Sisters". It is played in a scene featuring Gilles Marini, Matthew Rhys and Dave Annable.

    The film about Chely, Wish Me Away, won the coveted Documentary Channel Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival. It's the film's first award. Click here: 2011 Festival Award Winners | Nashville Film Festival.

    Here’s how Wright reacted to the news: "I am beyond thrilled that Wish Me Away won the coveted Documentary Channel Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival! So happy for the filmmakers Beverly & Bobbie and for many of you who have given energy, resources and support to this project for nearly 3 years– it's just remarkable. Thank you for spreading truth and making a better, more compassionate world for young people who walk in our footsteps," Chely.

    Join Martina McBride this Thursday at 4pm CST for a live online chat from Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. She will talk about her new single "Teenage Daughters" and her upcoming album as well as taking questions from you, the fans! Click here to RSVP and spread the word! http://www.livestream.com/martinamcbride?rsvptoeventid=40087.

    Don't forget to download "Teenage Daughters", out now on iTunes..and check out a behind the scenes look at Martina's new video for "Teenage Daughters", exclusively on CMT!

    Check out David Cook's Mix 94.1 radio interview. He chats about his amazing fans and his new single "The Last Goodbye"! Click here: David's Interview With Mix 94.1 Radio! | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    Cook sang “The Last Goodbye” on ABC-TV’s American Idol last Thursday. Click here: YouTube - David Cook - The Last Goodbye 4/21/11.

    He sang “The Last Goodbye” on Ellen, too. Click here: David To Perform On Ellen Today! | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    David has just announced 3 exclusive pre-orders for his new album, This Loud Morning, only available at his Official Music Store. Click here: Exclusive This Loud Morning Offers Now Available At David's Music Store | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    We're happy to announce the 2012 season of "Live at the Hollywood Theater." All events in the prestigious Leavenworth concert series start at 8 pm. Receptions before each event allow guests to meet and mingle with the performers. More information is available at Leavenworth Concert Series.

    LeavenworthConcertSeries.org - is the official website for Live at the Hollywood Theater in Leavenworth. This is a new concert series that features the great artists from our region. The proceeds from ticket sales for each concert in this series raise funds for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department. Click here: Live at the Hollywood Theater | A new concert series presenting the great artists from our area of the country..

    A Kansas City television station covered an American Jazz Museum fundraising initiative today. Click here: Kansas City's American Jazz Museum launches new initiative - NBCActionNews.com - Kansas City

    With a jazz heritage that began decades ago in Leavenworth, has touched nearly 200 movie soundtracks, and added to numerous studio recordings along the way, saxophonist Gary Foster returns to Kansas City on April 29 to join The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in concert. Dubbed "Big Band Summit: The Master Returns," the limited seating performance is set for 8 p.m. at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

    The Kansas City Jazz Summit takes place this week at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Click here: Five-day Kansas City Jazz Summit features students and pros alike - KansasCity.com.

    Some “differences of opinion" resulted in an organizational change within the Prairie Village Jazz Festival. Click here: Prairie Village Jazz Festival organizer steps down at Prairie Village Post – Neighborhood news and events for Prai

    Still on the subject of jazz, former KC pianist Eldar has released his latest album, Three Stories, a collection of solo piano pieces. Click here: Eldar Djangirov: A Young Jazz Star Goes It Alone : NPR.

    The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City celebrates International Workers Day, Sunday May 1, with an 8:00 pm performance at the RecordBar. The band will perform excerpts from its score for Battleship Potemkin (with video screening), selections from Threepenny Opera (arranged by Brad Cox and Jeffrey Ruckman) and present a lively musical debate on the subject of intellectual property and copyright law. Cover price at the door is $5. Here's an amusing PLBB plea for funding at Kickstarter. Click here: 20 Reasons why the PLBB is Awesome « Outside-Inside-Out.

    W.C. Edgar performed Saturday at the Hutchinson VFW. Mr. Edgar's awesome voice  amazed the crowd with songs from the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and many others, as well as selections from his self-penned CD Alcohol of Fame and the soon-to-be-released Old School Survivor..

    Sunday night at the RecordBar in KC the Sonic Spectrum series paid tribute to the Replacements. Click here: Sonic Spectrum series plays tribute to the Replacements - KansasCity.com.

    Topeka’s Backlash will release its fifth and final album Circling the Drain on Friday. It will be available from www.CDBaby.com. The site will have digital downloads and a few “hard copy” discs. The new album will also be available from iTunes, Napster, Spotify and about 25 other download sites. On Saturday, the band will hold a CD release party at the Beag Room inside Francis O’Dooley’s Irish Pub, which is east of Wanamaker on 19th Street behind Party America from 5-8 pm. The band will be on hand to sell and sign CDs. There will not be a live performance. 

    KC rapper The Phantom* will release a new album in July. Between now and then, he has started a marketing campaign that includes releasing a free song every Friday on his Facebook page until the album is released. Click here: ThePhantom* announces album release date, free song marketing promotion - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Two Kansas City rappers, The Popper and Tech N9ne, have teamed up for a video. The local NBC-TV affiliate caught up with the two. Click here: Tech N9ne and the Popper get some heat on NBC Action News - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    On Friday, a new Kansas City band that defies genres plays its debut gig at The Brick. Beardcrazy is Rory (guitar & vocals), Christian (bass), Les Izzy (vocals & percussion), Hermon  Mehari (trumpet), Bad Brad Williams (drums & percussion), Richard Gumbel (guitar) and Pablo Sanhueza (percussion & vocals).

     This coming Saturday, April 30, motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in the first “Blues Cruise 4 a Cure” poker run to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Douglas County. It will begin and end at CPA Park in downtown Eudora. Registration is from 9-11 am, with kickstands up at 11:30. After the ride, the popular blues band Klear Ambition will perform along with other local blues artists.  Whiten Construction is sponsoring the live music. Along with the music, the ride will be followed by a beer garden, dinner, prizes, a live auction, 50/50 drawing & best and worst hands winner announcements.

    Later this year several KC area bands will gather at the Beaumont Club for a benefit organized by the Hope for Aly JDRF walk team. The fundraiser on Friday, August 19, will be raising money to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster for $15. They’ll be $20 at the door. Bands scheduled to play are Cadillac Flambe, Knock Kneed Sally, Heater Thornton, Josey Milner and Kenneth Duncan.

    It seems everyone is trying to raise funds with a Kickstarter page these days. Among the latest is KC’s Margo May, who’s working on her second album. Click here: Kickstart Margo May's second album, space/face - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    The third annual “Salina’s Got Talent” show will be May 19 at the Stiefel Theatre. Entry forms are available at the Stiefel. Auditions are May 9-10 for both children and adults. Tickets are $10 and go on sale this Thursday. Call 785-827-1998 for more information.

    The Salina Symphony Season finale next Sunday, May 1, will feature music from Phantom of the Opera and Pirates of Penzance. The show starts at 4 pm. The boxoffice will open at noon.

    Kelly Finnigan is bringing his band to Kansas for two shows in Wichita this week. Click here: Bringing the funk | Wichita Eagle.

    MerleJam returns to KC’s Knucklehead’s Saloon next weekend. Net proceeds are donated to help heart transplant recipients. Friday is country night and will feature performances by Chuck Mead, Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders, the Prairie Acre, the Bryant Carter Band and LoneJack Band. On Saturday, Devon Allman, the Head Honchos, Stacy Mitchart and the Electirc Rev Jimmie Bratcher will rock the place.

    Posters for this year’s Tree Frog reunion at Lawrence’s Liberty Hall on July 30 are beginning to pop up around town.


    April 18, 2011

    Music news ...

    Tragedy hits the Kansas City music scene again. Young rapper Akeem Matthews has been shot and killed. Click here: Akeem Matthews, gospel rapper, shot and killed in Kansas City, Kansas - Kansas City News - Plog.

    More than any other jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny has given the instrument as prominent a place as a trumpet or saxophone. Click here: 50 great moments in jazz: Pat Metheny | Music | guardian.co.uk.

    Pat Metheny receives lavish praise from The Guardian. The guitarist also announced a tour of "intimate venues" with bassist Larry Grenadier this fall. There's no word on a hometown date in Kansas City. Click here: Pat Metheny Announces US Fall Tour; Includes Six-Night Residency at Blue Note in New York | Nonesuch Records.

    Kansas broke ground with its 2010 Collegiate Symphony Tour. The band will continue to play with orchestras on campuses this fall as they raise funds and increase awareness of the many college and university orchestras and music programs. Click here: Kansas Carries On, Continues with 2011 Collegiate Symphony Tour to Raise Funds for College Music Programs (67).

    ?Forth mixing is now complete. Just some minor tweaking on a few songs followed by the mastering of the album, and the next masterpiece from Kerry Livgren and Proto-Kaw will soon become a long awaited reality.

    Melissa Etheridge will be in Hollywood April 29-30 for the Worldwide Radio Summit International Awards Luncheon. Click here: Melissa Etheridge To Play At Worldwide Radio Summit International Awards Luncheon | ....

    As Chely Wright approached the one year anniversary of her coming out as a lesbian, she decided to write an open letter to the LGBT community.  Click here: Letter From Chely | Chely Wright.

    Chely has made a lot of headlines this year, and this week she’s in Nashville for the debut of the documentary of her life at the Nashville Film Festival. Click here: Chely Wright on the documentary about her | Video Library | The TennesseanClick here: WZTV FOX 17 :: Newsroom - Top Stories - Chely Wright Documentary Premieres at Film Festival.

    Kent Overaker is looking for a new bassist for Wichita's RKO Blues, a basic blue collar blues band. They have two guitarists, a harmonica player, drummer and bassist, and they have numerous shows booked. RKO likes to play as regularly as possible. If you are interested and available, please contact Kent at 316-250-1189 or rkoblues24@yahoo.com

    2011 inductee Jimmy “Sweet Lips” Wilson is putting a band together to play on Saturday, May 14 at Johnny’s West Tavern in Lawrence. The band will be called Sweetlips & Friends. It will feature either Dave Hayes or Bobby Carson on guitar. Curt Rosy will play bass.

    A new post at the blog of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra promotes an April 29 appearance by KU alum Gary Foster. Click here: The KCJO: Gary Foster With the Orchestra.

    A new blog devoted to Kansas City and Lawrence music called I Heart Local Music has quickly become a major player in covering the area’s music scene. Click here: The creator of I Heart Local Music speaks up about Lawrence's house-show past and KC's festival future - Kansas Ci.

    KCJazzLark reports that the Mutual Musicians Foundation continues to pack 'em in. Click here: kcjazzlark: A Portrait of the Foundation Last Saturday Night.

    We're just days away from new, original music from David Cook, but everyone's swooning over his Adele cover at last weekend's Pet-A-Palooza Click here: David Cook Is Still King Of The Cover Songs - Reality Rocks; Click here: David Cook's Sophomore Album To Be Released 6/28 | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    Kansas City rapper The Popper recently put together a mix tape in ten days called Me, Myself & I with help from Tech N9ne and Ron Ron. He then made 30 thousand copies and passed them out. The response has been very positive. Click here: The Popper hooks up with Tech N9ne and Ron Ron for his new mixtape - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.            

    Bands from a three-state area will be descending on Kansas City Kansas Community College for the first Kansas City Jazz Summit April 25-30. For six days – from Monday through Saturday – some of the best young musicians in the Midwest will be performing along with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Quintet and the Kansas City High School Jazz All-Stars. Twenty-four high school and college bands and two jazz choirs from Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas will be adjudicated by members of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and other leading jazz educators from the Kansas City area Thursday through Saturday.

    The unbeatable combination of great jazz and great barbecue will be the order of the night for the annual Jazz Cabaret at Kansas City Kansas Community College Thursday, April 28. One of the highlights of the first ever Jazz Summit to be held on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Avenue, the Cabaret will kick off at 5 p.m. with a “Mocktail Happy Hour” featuring jazz vocalists in the lower level of the Jewell Center. Details are here

    It seems that the number of festivals grows each year, and the new Middle of the Map Fest was a big success in its debut. Click here: Back to Rockville: Middle of the Map Fest a first-year success.

    Last year, DeSoto’s Riverfest Park was filled with over 2000 country music fans as Tracy Lawrence headlined the Great American Bank “Night on the Kaw. This June, Mark Chestnut will headline with opening acts Jason Jones, Matt Snook and Lawrence native Ashley Ray. The finals for 92.9 the Bull’s Texaco Country Showdown will also be held. Gates open June 18 at 1 pm. Take your lawn chairs and enjoy a full day of country music. Tickets are available for $15 in advance at any Great American Bank location, the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce or www.NightontheKaw.com.

    With less than a month to go before KC’s Rockfest 2011, it’s reported that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for the May 11 event. KQRC’s annual festival always draws well, and there are still $35 tickets available. Click here for more information.

    George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic fame will headline Salina’s 35th Smoky Hill River Festival June 9-12. Lots of local and area musicians will appear on the various stages at Oakdale Park. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.

    Daryl Batchelor, director of jazz studies at Hutchinson Community College, is calling it quits after 13 years at the school. Click here: Jazz concert will be director's finale.

    Marc Mourning and Joe Sauer of the Moanin’ Glories have found a new gig with Wichita’s Stallion. Click here: best in show | NakedCity Wichita.

    House shows are a fun, intimate way to enjoy music. Lawrence’s Bobby Sauder has added homemade pizza to the mix with Pizza Power. Click here: Karma Vision's Bobby Sauder on Pizza Power, Lawrence's D.I.Y. venue - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Hearts of Darkness is one of KC’s top bands, and you can see them at a bargain price at Starlight when they open for Huey Lewis & the News in June.  Click here: See Hearts of Darkness at Starlight for a cheap $10 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    You can see Hearts of Darkness on Saturday, April 30, when they headline the inaugural KC Spring Dance at Crossroads KC. The dance has been created to highlight KC’s most incredible live dance bands and give the people a place to have fun. Also on the bill are Making Movies and The Goodfoot. Leo Night Us will spin dance music between sets to keep hips shaking. Tickets are available for $12 in advance from www.crossroadskc.com/tickets/ , or avoid online fees by going to Grinder’s in KCMO or The Bottleneck in Lawrence.

    Three Stories, a new solo piano album by Eldar, was released April 5. Click here: Eldar's New Release "Three Stories" In Stores April 5 | The Official Eldar Site.

    Michael Pagan and Millie Edwards threw a CD release party Thursday, at Jardine's in Kansas City. Click here: Michael Pagán, Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Educator, Conductor | Mike Pagan | Kansas City, Missouri

    Saturday way was Record Store Day, and we have photos from some KC & Lawrence stores. Click here: More Record Store Day shots: the Lawrence scene - Kansas City Music - Wayward BlogClick here: Vinyl Renassiance at 39th street: opening day - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more; Click here: Record Store Day at Zebedee's - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Rod Stewart’s recent Kansas City performance brought a KC native back to town. Drummer Matt O’Connor has been on the road with Stewart since 1999. Click here: Back to Rockville: KC native still keeps the beat for Rod Stewart.

    The Architects are three Kansas City brothers who grew up in a extraordinary family with a mother who directs live theatre in Los Angeles and an uncle (Eric Bikales) with a lengthy musical career. Click here: YouTube - The Architects - Interview

    Two weeks ago we revealed that the Blue Riddim Band and Big Youth are teaming up for a new single, “Nancy Reagan Remix 2011-Voice of the People.” It won’t be out until May 3, but the video is already online. http://youtu.be/Nv4h5RKxH7g.


    April 11, 2011


    Chely Wright announces engagement

    2011 KMHOF inductee Chely Wright is engaged! Less than a year after coming out, she’s engaged to Lauren Blitzer. Wright hid her sexuality up until last May for fear of being shunned by the country music community.

    “Out country singer Chely Wright and her fiancée, Lauren Blitzer, a GLBT Civil Rights activist, have set a date and plan to be married in Connecticut Aug. 20,” Wright’s rep recently told People. “They met through their youth advocacy work, and say that their passion for Scrabble holds them together.”

    The 40-year-old singer, who struggled with depression and even considered suicide, has since become outspoken about her sexuality and penned a memoir, Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer, in which she discussed her journey. Click here: Country Singer Chely Wright Engaged to Girlfriend: "We Want a Family" - E! Online.


    Record Store Day on April 16

    Independent record stores across the country will celebrate Record Store Day on April 16 with hundreds of RSD exclusive releases, specials and giveaways. Earwax Records in Gladstone will celebrate with live performances by KHMOF inductee Danny Cox, Kenn Jankowshi of the Republic Tigers and the KC psychedelic alternative rock band BE/NON. They’ll also have 4 DJs including DJ Rico and Zsonic. Click here: A few acoustic in-store performances from the Republic Tigers on Record Store Day [Updated] - Kansas City Music -.

    Vinyl Renaissance & Audio on 39th in KCMO will be combining RSD with the location’s grand opening. They’ll feature in-store performances by Hidden Pictures, The Rainmakers and The Dead Girls. The Shawnee Mission Parkway store with have tons of specials, but no live music.

    For information about stores near you that are participating, visit the RSD website. Click here: RECORD STORE DAY - Home.


    More music news ...

    The X Factor, a singing-competition TV series that will air on Fox this fall, has expanded its auditions to cities across the country, including Kansas City. Vocal groups and individuals (ages 12 and up) who can't make it to the cities holding auditions -- the closest metro to Kansas City is Chicago -- will be able to use an HD recording studio. In the studio, auditioning acts record a song a cappella and tell why they believe they have what it takes to become a global sensation. Oak Park Mall will have one of the MyStudio audition booths from Friday, April 15, through Saturday, April 30. It will be located inside the mall near Macy's. The hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Jazz musicians of high school age and older are invited to attend the Jazz Band Camp produced by the Smoky Hill River Festival and taught by a faculty of professional musicians. Camp coordinators are teaching artist/jazz musician Joseph Vincelli and instructor/camp director Ben Rohrer. Vincelli has recruited a teaching staff including Joel McCrae (piano/keyboards), Roberto Bernadinello (bass guitar) and Jay Contrino (drums). Students also will spend time working with the Japanese Taiko drummers of Nagata Shachu, another group of festival performers. Beginning June 7, the band camp will convene at Salina Central High School. A public performance in the Central auditorium will be June 8, and students wishing to participate will perform at the festival June 10. For more information, visit www.riverfestival.com or contact Salina Arts and Humanities at 785-309-5770 or sahc@salina.org.

    One of our favorite blogs, kcjazzlark, takes a new look at one of the most influential of the early KC bands, Walter Page’s Original Blue Devils. Click here: kcjazzlark: The Blue Devils You Don't Know.

    Check out what Kansas City all-star fake air band (real band) The Dead Girls put together recently. On top of a track from their new LP, Out of Earshot (Rocket Heart Records) they slapped together air guitar performances bringing the already auto-erotic practice to new heights. Click here: The US Air Guitar Championships — Music Videos kind of suck most of the time. ....

    I Heart Local Music is a place for music lovers in Lawrence to gather. It was started out of a deep love and appreciation for the local music scene. The goal is to provide information about all music events and local bands. This site promotes a free flow of ideas for the music community. They welcome any and all input from readers. Everyone is welcome to contribute. If you are interested, please e-mail contact@iheartlocalmusic.com. The I Heart Local Music site has some great coverage of this past weekend’s Middle of the Map Fest. Click here: I Heart Local Music | .

    The debut Kansas City Reggae Uprising Festival will be in August, but the work is already underway with the official website launch last week. The site has the video of KMHOF inductees the Blue Riddim Band’s new song “Black Stick Rock” from their upcoming Tribute album. Click here: Patrick Brown on the KCRUF's new website and this summer's reggae happenings - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    The official Kansas City release of Samantha Fish's debut album Runaway has been set for Wednesday, June 1, at Knuckleheads Saloon. Presale for tickets will be available soon at www.knuckleheadskc.com.

    Get a sneak peak at the lyrics to David Cook's new single in his own handwriting. Click here: The Last Goodbye Sneak Peek | DavidCookOfficial.com.

    Mix 94.1 was pleased to invite David Cook to their 12th annual Pet-A-Palooza in Las Vegas this weekend. Watch David's "Rolling In The Deep" Adele cover, his interview and fan forum videos here -- http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/news/david-performs-941-pet-palooza

    Here's a nice new video feature about Pat Metheny's Orchestrion project.
    Click here: Pat Metheny's band of robots - CBS News Video

    Kelley Hunt has started doing a weekly V-blog which is kind of a new thing. The new CD Gravity Loves You is now on the Living Blues charts & is getting good airplay on Satellite, AAA, Blues, & Americana stations. Check out her website for more info:  www.kelleyhunt.com.

    Back in the mid-seventies, Todd Rundgren included a postcard in one of his albums, asking people to fill it out and send it to him with the promise that those who did would find their names on his next album. The next album included a large, folded poster with an image of Todd composed of the names. That was an early example of fan/artist collaborations. These days, with so many albums being released independently by the bands rather by record companies, bands are asking their fans for financial assistance. Click here: Articles | Online donations mean money for artists Ink.

    Riverrock was part of the KKFI Band Auction yesterday, April 10. The high bidder was the Kansas City Riverfest. The band invites everyone to join them at Riverfest on July 3. The annual auction began last Thursday, and will end April 17. Click here: Bid to win your own private performance from some of Kansas City's finest - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    The first official Ponyboy show ever will be in Topeka @ the Boobie Trap on Friday, April 29. This is the newest musical endeavor of Charles McVey and David Zey. It’s 100%, pure, in-your-face rock and roll. Check it out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/ponyboymusicltd.

    The Kansas City Blues Band continues to play and record, but in Nashville now. After good response to their Danger Zone album, the band is working on a new CD that should be out sometime this summer.

    In an earlier newsletter we mentioned that KMHOF inductee Dennis Fox Higgins had gotten involved with the Fretboard Journal. Now, he has become a board member of the new Fretboard Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit extension of the Fretboard Journal with the goal of placing a fretboard (guitar, mandolin, banjo, etc.) in the hands of a child of poverty. Higgins has designed the curriculum, and it has been accepted by the board. They hope to get started later this year, but it may be 2012 before the first instruments are purchased and placed.

    Capybara hit the KC music scene two years ago this week, and the time since then, they have become one of the best know bands in town.  Click here: New band Capybara's momentum is building with fans - KansasCity.com.  Capybara is one of the bands signed with the eight-year-old Record Machine label. Click here: Bands signed with Record Machine label feel the love - KansasCity.com.

    Sunday, May 29, Somerset Animal Hospital and Tomahawk Animal Clinic host "Barks and Blues" featuring live music, food, raffles, games... AND DOG ADOPTIONS. Both LL Dog Rescue and KC Sheltie Rescue will be showcasing adoptable dogs. Join the fun at Franklin Park in Prairie Village and enjoy the music of Josh Vowell & the Rumble.


    April 4, 2011

    Music news ...

    Congratulations to guitarist Jerry Hahn on his marriage to Judy Griffin.

    Melinda R. attended Leavenworth High School with Melissa Etheridge. The Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team interviewed Melinda about Melissa's high school days. You can read the interview on the blog page: http://melissaetheridgestreetteam.blogspot.com/.

    Following overwhelming critical acclaim and sold-out concerts across the globe, Pat Metheny and his Orchestrion were featured yesterday, April 3, on CBS News Sunday Morning. The segment included a behind-the-scenes look at the Orchestrion with Metheny explaining the inner workings of his cutting edge instruments and performance methods. He also discussed his personal inspiration for this inventive project. In case you missed Pat's Orchestrion feature on CBS News Sunday Morning be sure to check it out on www.PatMetheny.com.

    The National Guitar Workshop is proud to announce an exclusive workshop with Pat Metheny and his trio featuring Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez. The special five day event will take place August 22-26 at the Spa of Norwich Inn, located in Norwich, Connecticut. Call 800-234-6479 for more info. 

    Coffeyville native Donnie Miller has been hosting a blues jam in Nashville for years giving players the stage to strut their stuff ... now its his turn... with a great new album coming out this spring that is sure to turn heads and give him the recognition he deserves... we will take a sneak peek at his new CD and talk about his journey from a Kansas superstar to Nashville. Donnie toured the US for many years before signing with Sony for his first album One of the Boys in 1987(with Cyndi Lauper & Tommy Shaw doing guest appearances on backing vocals). He started playing the blues in 1996.  Click here: PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts.


    Dana Cooper has added a couple of posts about his early career in Hollywood to his website. Click here: Dana Cooper – The Conjurer - Hand Crafted Music by Traveling Troubadour Dana Cooper » Dana Cooper: Los Angeles, 19; Click here: Dana Cooper – The Conjurer - Hand Crafted Music by Traveling Troubadour Dana Cooper » A&R Report: Meeting Dana Coo.


    The Janelle Monae/Bruno Mars KC show has been moved from the Uptown Theater to the larger Independence Events Center, which should about double the amount of available tickets. The show is May 28. TIckets are $35 and $43.


    March 29 was a special day for Martina McBride. Click here: MARTINA MCBRIDES’ MANY REASONS TO CELEBRATE “TEENAGE DAUGHTERS” (98). Martina McBride performed her latest hit "Teenage Daughters" on the 46th Annual ACM Awards Show held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3.


    Moreland & Arbuckle are looking forward to a busy Spring and coming back to some of their favorite venues.  They are excited to be opening shows for the Los Lonely Boys and Buddy Guy in April (see calendar below). Their trip scheduled for this month with the Bluzapalooza Afgan Blues Tour to entertain our troops has unfortunately been postponed. We'll keep you posted when it gets rescheduled. M&A just put the finishing touches on their new record. Be looking for a release date in August on the Telarc Record label.

    A half-hour long video has been posted on YouTube featuring Wichita's Berry Harris on playing music. More info on Berry is available at: http://www.kansashistory.us/oconnorblack.html.

    Monday, March 28, there was a wake, memorial and celebration of the life of Jimmy Bond. Many attended and shared their memories and stories. It was held at the RecordBar in Kansas City, MO. A video that was put together by Steve Davis aka George Harrison in Liverpool of Bond’s time in the Beatles tribute band has been posted online for those who were unable to attend the wake. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwTcpoadm8s.

    This week The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum will usher in the new class of honorees, including Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and Larnelle Harris. Presenters confirmed for the ceremony include Crystal Gayle, John Conlee, Eddie Montgomery, Jeff Reid, Noro Wilson, Kyle Macy, Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall. The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame. For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum call 1-877-356-3263 or visit www.KYMusicHallofFame.com.

    Friday night, April 8, at the VooDoo Lounge is the 21st Annual Banzai Award Show. It is the longest running music awards show in the Kansas City area. In addition to awards being handed out to some of the area's outstanding bands and musicians, there will be live performances from Johnny Rokker, Cimino, Drek, 9 Volt Junkie and Canvas. Plus, an unannounced act will open the show. www.banzaimagazine.net.

    Friday, April 22, at the Eighth Street Taproom in Lawrence, two of Lawrence’s most relentless rock bands, Dead Girls and Rooftop Vigilantes ring in the spring season together. www.myspace.com/deadgirlsuineverything; www.myspace.com/rooftopvigilantes.

    May 6 will see KMHOF inductees the Blue Riddim Band will back reggae legend Big Youth at the Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE, for what’s being called “Prairie Vibrations: Reggae on the Plains Festival 2011.” Other acts appearing include RC Dub, the Bishops, Roots Love, DJ Shitty Ranx, and Selector Jah-B.

    This show will coincide with the upcoming joint single release by BRB and Big Youth of “Nancy Reagan Remix 2011-Voice of the People,” which will be out May 3 on vinyl and in digital format. More info can be found at www.facebook,.com/prairievibrations.

    Jordan Geiger’s latest project, Hospital Ships, will release the album Lonely Twin on June 7. Click here: Hospital Ships to release Lonely Twin on June 7 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

    In the effort to continue collaborating with other musicians as well as utilizing the group's musical influences, Diverse will be playing the music of Michael Jackson with a host of Kansas City musicians and dancers at the RecordBar on April 16. The DIVERSE Trio (Hermon Mehari - Trumpet; Ben Leifer - Bass; Ryan Lee - Drums;) will be joined on stage with an expanded lineup that includes:
    Vocalists: Lee Langston, Anthony Saunders, Julia Haile, Nave and Reach (emcee)
    Instrumentalists: Bobby Watson - Saxophone, Tim Braun (The Good Foot) - Guitar, Eddie Moore - Keys, Brad Williams (Hearts of Darkness) - Percussion and Peter Schlamb - Vibraphone
    Dancers: Reggie Simmons and Al Burnes
    Doors open at 9 PM, $10 admission. http://www.diversejazz.com/http://holdmyticket.com/event/21162.

    In an earlier newsletter, we reported that KC’s Tech N9ne had gotten together with Lil Wayne and done some recording. It appears the results will finally be heard. Click here: Articles | Two Tech N9ne/Lil Wayne songs get spring releases Ink.

    Kansas City’s Vinyl Renaissance record store is opening a second location. Click here: Vinyl Renaissance and Audio to open in midtown - KansasCity.com; Click here: Vinyl Renaissance and Audio is moving into the old Boomerang's building on 39th Street - Kansas City Music - Waywa.

    Twitter is a rich source of instantly updated information. It’s easy to stay updated on an incredibly wide variety of topics. KC’s American Idol winner David Cook can be followed on Twitter @thedavidcook.


    March 28, 2011

    R.I.P., Jimmy Bond (1953-2011)

    Tonight, March 28, there will be a wake, memorial & celebration of the life of musician Jimmy Bond . Please attend and share your memories and stories. It will be held at the RecordBar in Kansas City . Jimmy was a founding member or Rain, Plain Jane and Liverpool . Tom Hartnett, who does the photo slideshows for Liverpool and the KMHOF inductions, has prepared a slide show for tonight's tribute to Bond  .OBITUARY Kansas City Star



    Induction Ceremony Slideshows are now online


    David Ragsdale releases David & Goliath


    Kansas violinist David Ragsdale , whose birthday is April 3, has played in the band at two different times.

    Between those stints, he put out an album called David & Goliath, which is now available for purchase on CD at www.davidragsdale.com and also for mp3 download at www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.com . RagsRecords is now offering new autographed copies at www.amazon.com .

    The new cover is on the left.


    Hidden Pictures releases new album

    Hidden Pictures has been playing around Lawrence and Kansas City , for about four years, and they'll be releasing a full-length album on April 1.

    Click here: Hidden Pictures releases its long-awaited full-length release, Synchronized Sleeping - Kansas City Music - Wayward .



    New track by Chely Wright


    To switch things up and have a little fun, Chely Wright 's track “Damn Liar” has been remixed into a dance track. Check it out:

    Click here: Chely Wright "Damn Liar" (youngjared remix) by The Karpel Group on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sound .


    Melissa Etheridge continues Canadian tour

    On her Canadian concert tour in support of her latest album, Endless Love , Melissa Etheridge took time to do a lengthy interview with Sonia Benezra on MUSIMAX in Montreal . Parts of the program are in French, but the interview itself is in English. The show featured backstage footage and historical clips from Melissa's career. Click here: Benezra reçoit | Vidéos | MUSIMAX .


    Blue Riddim Band remix

    The Blue Riddim Band song “Nancy Reagan 2011 Remix - Voice Of The People” remix featuring Big Youth will be available from Rougher Records on May 3. Make sure to pick up a copy! Click here: Marco On The Bass: Big Youth & Blue Riddim Band Set To Release Remix Of The Iconic 80's Track 'Nancy Reagan' .


    More music news ...

    Fifteen scholarships derived from Jam4Dan IV proceeds will be given this year.  They range from $175 to $75.  In total, almost $1600 of scholarships is being funded. Seven of the winners were awarded scholarships last year.  The winners are selected on submissions that included statement of need, teacher recommendation and student reflection. The entries are held to high standards of writing to promote communication skills beyond the musical ones the students are developing. Winners include: Fallyn and Cael O'Malley; Jonathan Ostler; Tre, Elijah and Jamais Stewart; Brandon Clabaugh; Tristen Fulzenloger; Seth May; David Sutherland; Brandon Dekat; Taylor Medina; Chas Gideon; Micheal Brooks and Sean Arndt. Students 18 and under taking guitar and/or bass lessons in Shawnee County are eligible for scholarships.

    Colby native Samuel Ramey lives and teaches in Chicago now, but he was back in Kansas over the weekend to perform with the Wichita Grand Opera. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal .

    Dana Cooper has a new feature on his website. He's telling his life story, and the first part tells of his leaving KC for Los Angeles in the early seventies. Click here: Dana Cooper – The Conjurer - Hand Crafted Music by Traveling Troubadour Dana Cooper » Heading West: The Adventure.

    From guitar store (1979) to Rockin' Daddy's live music venue (2004), Clif Major & Kathy Roush  are once again going "Uptown" with the music. Now their own private residence, the former C Major Guitar Store, is home to the "Uptown Conservatory of Music"(2011). By appointment, Clif and Kathy offer one-on-one or group guitar instruction, workshops, and future house concerts (licensed, of course). As they bid farewell to Rockin' Daddy's as a venue, they welcome a renewed focus on life, and making, teaching, playing and performing music. To book a lesson, email uptownmusic@cox.net .  

    KC jazz blogger recently complained about the lack of jazz being booked into so called jazz clubs. This has resulted in another blogger, kcjazzlark , challenging that assertion. Click here: kcjazzlark: The World is Ending. No Band-Aid Required. .

    A few weeks ago we reported that the Topeka band Backlash was breaking up, but would be releasing it's fifth and final album. Called Circling the Drain , it will be available for purchase online April 29. The CD will be available from www.cdbaby.com , and downloads will be available from cdbaby, i-tunes, napster, spotify and about 25 other digital download sites. A CD release party will be held on Saturday, April 30 at the Beag Room (inside Francis O'Dooley's Irish Pub) in Topeka . The band will be on hand to sell and sign the CD. There will not be a live performance.

    Three founding members of Wichita 's 3 Ring Circus have left to form a new rock act called Stallion . The new band has two gigs lined up in April…the 8 th at the W in Hutchinson and the 30 th at Naked City Gallery in Wichita . 3 Ring Circus is retooling and auditioning folks to build back their roster. According to Stallion's Joe Sauer, since the beginning of 3 Ring Circus in 2001, the band has had 37 members and/or substitute players.

    Kansas City 's Sexy Accident wants you to be a part of their new recording. Stop by the studio, go to a practice, sing on a track, the opportunities are boundless. Click here: The Sexy Accident wants you to make a record with them -- and here's why - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Lawrence based guitarist Brian Baggett played a solo gig in Topeka last week. Click here: Baggett to play solo guitar gig at London's | CJOnline.com .

    Topeka 's Paradize Band started out as La Familia Mexicana 35 years ago, but changed names in 1990. The band had a CD release party last Friday evening. Click here: Paradize Band to release its 'Past Due' CD | CJOnline.com .

    KC's High Diving Ponies has been missing from the live music scene since December, but their roaring back with a new record. Click here: High Diving Ponies on its new 7-inch, CVLTS and how less practice is a good thing - Kansas City Music - Wayward Bl .

    In Lawrence , the weekend was highlighted by Stimpac 6 at the Granada . Click here: Get your music stimulus package this weekend at The Granada for $3 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    KC Café Radio will present a “virtual” house concert online Sunday, April 3 at 5:30 . The show will feature the music of Fran Snyder with KC guitarist/songwriter Gordon Hobbs opening. Click here: KC Internet Radio Station Offers First "Virtual" House Concert | KansasCity.com Press Release Central .

    The complete lineup for the upcoming Middle of the Map Fest has been announced. Click here: Plan your night at Middle of the Map Fest on April 8 and 9 [Updated] - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Karrin Allyson has a new album called ‘Round Midnight coming out in May. She'll be touring in support of the album, with one of her first stops at the Folly in Kansas City . Click here: Karrin Allyson Releases ‘Round Midnight Thru Concord Jazz 5/3 2011/03/17 .

    David Cook is featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Runway Magazine . Check out the American Idol winner's interview in Runway and see the video on Runway TV. Music by David Cook "Don't You (Forget About Me)" written by Simple Minds. The photo shoot was at Cheek Little Devils in LA. Click here: Runway Fashion Magazine presents Runway TV Live - David Cook winner of American Idol Runway Magazine Feature Video

    Ebony Tusks is a hip-hop project from Cowboy Indian Bear's Marty Hillard and Lawrence collective Team Bear Club. Midas , Hillard's “mini concept album” is available for free download. If you haven't caught Hillard rapping live, Ebony Tusks will open for Das Racist on March 30 with DJs Mom$ and Tom Richman (who produced Midas ) and rappers Stik Figa and Greg Enemy at the Granada in Lawrence. Score it here!


    March 21 , 2011

    Jim Seaver dies at age 92

    Jim Seaver , the longtime host of the Kansas Public Radio program, "Opera is My Hobby," has died. He was 92. Kansas Public Radio general manager Janet Campbell said Seaver died Monday, March 14, at a hospital in Lawrence soon after having a pacemaker put in. She said his son called the station with the news of Seaver's death. The retired KU profess or hosted the KPR program in Lawrence for 58 years.

    Beth Meyers wrote us: "I was his show's engineer for 11 years. He was a wonderful man and a lot of fun. The magazine " After Dark, upon hearing that he was appointed head of Western Civilization at KU, wrote, ?We've heard that the University of Kansas has appointed a head of Western Civilization, and boy, do we need one!'"

    Click here: Jim Seaver, KU Western Civilization fixture, volunteer and opera enthusiast, dies / LJWorld.com ; Click here: 'Opera is My Hobby' host, Seaver, dead at 92 | CJOnline.com .


    Memorial for Curt 'The Rocker' Wilson on March 26

    A memorial tribute show for Curt ?The Rocker' Mason will be held at 9 pm , Saturday, March 26, at the RecordBar in Kansas City. The event will honor Curt Mason who tragically passed away October 1, 2010 . The tribute show will include live musical performances by three premier Kansas City bands?The Outta Styles, Rocker Lips, and The Tards?with all proceeds from the evening to benefit Animal Haven and Roisin Dubh Trust.Curt Mason hosted "The Rocker" on KKFI FM for 12 years.  His show was homegrown featuring custom playlists created from his large personal music collection focusing on a heavy rock music format. 

    Raffle prizes, a handcrafted Thin Lizzy quilt, t-shirts, posters, music DVDs and CDs will be available.  All proceeds will benefit the Animal Haven Charity (due to Curt's love for his cat, Jeff) and the Roisin Dubh Trust Charity (as Curt was a fan of Thin Lizzy and Irish Rock/Blues artists).


    Chely Wright returns to Kansas City on June 5


    Chely Wright  is coming home! Chely will be in concert on Sunday, June 5, in Kansas City for Kansas City Pride. More details to come.

    The National Center for Lesbian Rights honors Chely and her father Stan Wright with The Voice and Visibility Award. The Voice and Visibility Award honors an individual who has helped to give voice and visibility to LGBT people. Chely has shown unwavering courage since coming out in 2010, at the height of her career in Nashville , as the first openly LGBT country music star. She became a role model for others by sharing the painful, inspiring, and moving story of the heartache she suffered by trying to live in the closet, and the despair that finally propelled her to choose between taking her own life or coming out. Chely has used her fame to speak out about the terrible shame, pain, and harm that are inflicted on LGBT people?and especially on LGBT youth?by a culture that still views LGBT people as sinful and immoral. Chely's father, Stan Wright, has stood by her side through every step of her journey, showing his unconditional love?an example for LGBT children and adults who may fear losing their family's loving support by living authentically. Chely and Stan continue to stand up and speak out as people of faith, unchanged by the fact that Chely is a lesbian. The 34th Anniversary Celebration is on May 21at the Metreon Cityview in San Francisco .

    The world premiere of Wish Me Away , the poignant story of country music star and 2011 KMHOF inductee  Chely Wright will be at the Nashville Film Festival on April 15. The f eature-length documentary is a personal and intimate look at Wright, the first country music star to come out as gay. After a lifetime of hiding, she shatters cultural and religious stereotypes within Nashville , her conservative heartland family, and most importantly, herself. For tickets go to: http://www.nashvillefilmfestival.org/ . Chely will be attending the premiere in Nashville .

    Chely's book Like Me is being released in paperback on May 15. A paperback exclusive is the new chapter: ?Conversation with Chely?.  In a candid interview, Chely talks about the aftermath of coming out. Like Me is a finalist at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Click here to order: http://bit.ly/hSdPEI


    More music news ...

    Each spring Austin , TX , is invaded by hundreds of bands looking for exposure at the South by Southwest showcase. Bands from Kansas City make their way south for SWSW each year, and this year was no exception. Click here: Kansas City's bands conquer Austin at the MidCoast Takeover - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch .

    The Washington Post tackled the subject of bad band names recently based on the bands at this year's SWSW. The Pitch followed up with a look at Kansas City area bands. Click here: Bad band name trends -- and the KC bands that have 'em - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Kelley Hunt 's latest album Gravity Loves You is now available through your local retailer, ITunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and through Kelley Hunt Merch on kelleyhunt.com.  And you might say it has hit the street running.  Blues, AAA and Americana radio are spinning tracks from Gravity and you can hear selections on XM/Sirius Bluesville channel 74 and Music Choice services on cable systems nationwide.  It has just entered the Living Blues chart - we expect to see it also chart in  Billboard and move up over time.

    Celtic musician and Lawrence native Ashley Davis returned to Lawrence last year with her husband. Now she tours and is preparing to return to Ireland this summer to begin work on her next album. Click here: Interview: Ashley Davis | Lawrence.com .

    David Cook will be performing at the Race For Hope in Washington , DC , on April 29. Tickets are on sale from www.braintumorcommunity.org .

    An article in last Fall's Newsletter of Washburn University's Center for Kansas Studies has come to our attention. Written by Tom Schmiedeler (Washburn Geography Professor and Director of the Center for Kansas Studies), it is on pages 3 - 11.  It was intended to give a feeling for what a band's life on the road was like in Kansas in the late sixties, and it used KMHOF inductees the Green River Ordinance to reflect this.  The link is http://www.washburn.edu/reference/cks/newsltrs/F2010.pdf .

    KMHOF inductee Mike Finnigan has informed us that his son Kelly and Kelly's band Monophonics will be appearing at the Topeka Ramada Inn's club Suki's Place on April 27. Mike will tour Europe with Joe Cocker this summer. He just finished a couple weeks of rehearsal with Bonnie Raitt on tunes they'll record when Finnigan's back stateside at the beginning of July.

    KC's Tech N9ne recently collaborated with B.o.B in Atlanta for his new album All 6s And 7s . You may know B.o.B. from his various radio hits, including ?Nothin' on You,? ?Airplane,? and ?Magic.? He also appeared with Kansas City 's Janelle Monae during a Grammy performance this year. Tech's new album is due for release on June 7. It reportedly will also include guest spots from Snoop Dogg, Nas, Cee-Lo and the Deftones. Tech also hopes to feature both Lil Wayne and T-Pain on his single ?Fuck Food.?.

    Mark Allerheiligen has updated his web site www.bremenman.com . It includes a history of the band Autum and some great old photos. Please let Mark know what you think, and if you have any ideas to make it better. His email address is dan-mar@diodecom.net .

    Kerry Livgren has been busy with various studio related technical work as well as continuing to work on the mixes of the remaining songs from the soon to be released Proto-Kaw  album titled Forth . Look for a late spring release.

    April 7 there will be a live interview with Pig Newton & the Wizards on KC's KKFI 90.1 @ 8:15 pm, or stream it on www.kkfi.org .


    March 14 , 2011

    Jimmy Bond dies at age 57

    We sadly regret having to announce the passing on March 10 of KMHOF inductee Jimmy Bond of Plain Jane. Earlier, he was a member of Rain, and more recently was a founding member of the KC Beatles tribute band Liverpool. As we reported last week, Bond had been admitted to the Shawnee Mission Medical Center and seemed on the way to a recovery.

    We've been informed of the following for Jimmy Bond's service arrangements:

    • When: Saturday, March 19, 2011
    • Visitation at 12:00 Noon
    • Service at 1:00 P.M.
    • Where: Van Arsdale Funeral Chapel
    • (785) 528-3165
    • 107 N 6th St, Osage City, KS 66523 Get directions
    • Cross Streets: Between KS-31 and Holliday St

    Information: The obituary should be announced soon in the following newspapers:

    Kansas City Star
    The Lawrence Journal World
    The Topeka Capital-Journal

    No official cause of death has been released.

    Click here: R.I.P., Jimmy Bond of Beatles tribute band Liverpool - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog
    Click here: YouTube - Plain Jane - Can We Still Be Friends


    More music news ...

    Kansas City jazz singer Ray Reed is hospitalized with cancer. Click here: Jazz singer Ray Reed is facing a challenge - KansasCity.com.

    The 2011 KMHOF Induction Ceremony and Concert continues to be a topic of conversation, and photos are being posted from the evening. Click here: Eudora News: Jimmy “Sweet Lips” Wilson inducted into Hall of Fame.

    Following their induction, the Rainmakers have released their newest album, 25 On, and are rehearsing for a tour of Norway. Click here: Rainmakers’ most successful album inspires a tour, and a new CD - KansasCity.com.

    Bassist Stanley Sheldon, from Ottawa, is touring Europe right now with Peter Frampton on the Framptom Comes Alive Reunion Tour. It's going to be fairly big, given Frampton's previous popularity and his keeping his hand in the business all these years. Stan deserves credit for his achievements. Click here: Peter Frampton | News; Click here: Peter Frampton | Band. Click here: YouTube - Peter Frampton - Boot it up (Fingerprints album).

    KMHOF inductee Greg “Grog” Ayers has written a book called Stories From The Road that covers what it was like for bands in the 1960s working in the plains states. Click here: Stories From The Road | Book Preview.

    In our last newsletter we mentioned Dixie Lee Jackson’s book Guide to Cookin’ n Kissin’. We noted that her husband Gary Bisel had been a member of the band Tide, but failed to include his time with The Jerms, Rising Suns and Young Raiders. Gary is a multiple KMHOF inductee.

    KMHOF inductee Marilyn Maye will appear with the Heartland Men’s Chorus at KC’s Folly Theater on March 26-27. Tickets are on sale at www.hmckc.org. Click here: HMC’s Jazzy Spring Concert to Feature Marilyn Maye.

    Sparknetworks has reached an agreement to distribute “The Melissa Etheridge Radio Show” in Canada. The adult-contemporary show will be music intensive and listener driven with requests and dedications. The show is scheduled to debut in June. Click here: SparkNetworks To Syndicate New Melissa Etheridge Radio Show | AllAccess.com.

    SXSW in Austin, TX, is an opportunity for unsigned, underground and/or regional bands a chance to perform in front of record label reps in hopes of getting signed to a recording contract. It’s also an opportunity to network and promote a band’s latest recording. Many KC/Lawrence area bands will be there again this year. Click here: A few of Kansas City's Best have SXSW's stamp of approval - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch; Click here: KC area bands will caravan to South by Southwest - KansasCity.com; Click here: Primer: Lawrence bands at South by Southwest 2011 | Lawrence.com; Click here: Republic Tigers track featured on iTunes' free SXSW sampler - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Wyandotte County has a new guitar repair shop. Paul’s Guitar Shop. Click here: Paul’s Guitar Shop launches as Wyandotte County’s first dedicated guitar repair shop | KansasCity.com Press Release.

    Yesterday, March 13, the Topeka Jazz Workshop paid tribute to Horace Silver with a concert by HoraceScope, a quintet led by KC trumpeter Stan Kessler. Click here: Concert to celebrate hard bop pioneer | CJOnline.com.

    The Kansas City jazz blog Plastic Sax recently tackled the question “When is a jazz club no longer a jazz club.” It led to an interesting discussion. Click here: Plastic Sax: A Jazz Checkup.

    Kinsley, KS native Freedy Johnston has joined with two other music veterans in a new Kickstarter project called The Hobart Brothers and Lil’ Sis Hobart. Click here: The Hobart Brothers + Lil' Sis Hobart's Debut Record by The Hobart Brothers and Lil' Sis Hobart — Kickstarter.


    March 7 , 2011

    Music news ...

    Phil Ehart recently did an interview with Iron City Rock to discuss the Kansas show March 4 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA. You can hear the interview in the attached podcast. Episode 096 www.ironcityrocks.com .

    Someday Cher UK may be inducted into the KMHOF, but this past Saturday they were in Kansas City what the local music scene was like in the early 1990s. Click here: Cher UK is back onstage at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club - KansasCity.com .

    Former Pagan Ballet and Plain Jane member  Ray Stein is flying to New York  to do the Dr Oz Show and will be promoting his music & website in front of millions of viewers.  Now Ray has to get his new website up and running...the www.raysteinmedia.com site. The taping of the show which Stein will officially be on should take place on the eve of March 15th. The show's paying to fly out all o f the Stein family members. We will let everyone know the exact air date in a future newsletter.  

    ?Entertainment Tonight? went into the studio recently with 2008 "American Idol" winner David Cook , who previewed what to expect from his much anticipated second album.  Click here: In the Studio With 'American Idol' Alum David Cook! .

    Melissa Etheridge is nearing the end of her Canadian tour, having worked her way across the country from west to east. Click here: Melissa Etheridge .

    KKFI's Artie McDonnell , host of Thursday night's ?Blended? program, invites you to help him celebrate the beginning of his 7th decade on earth with a great live music dance party at Knuckleheads Saloon. This Spring Fling and Dance Party wil feature the inimitable Fast Johnny Ricker with special guests The B'Dinas. 

    Belated congratulations go out to Lawrence's country music singer/songwriter Sarah Buxton , who married Nashville session guitarist Tom Bukovac last November. Their wedding announcement was finally published in Lawrence on Saturday. Click here: Couples announcements / LJWorld.com .

    KU music professor Paul Stevens career has taken him far from academia. Click here: Slice of Life: KU professor's music career took him to Hollywood / LJWorld.com .

    Tech N9ne is in the news again. Click here: Tech N9ne is being sued by Klosed Kustody Records [Updated] - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog .

    Kansas City can claim a lot of great hip-hop performers, and one the best has just been added to the ridiculously awesome Paid Dues independent hip-hop festival. Krizz Kaliko -- henceforth known as Krizzly Bear, Krizz Kringle, or simply the Krizz -- will perform as part of a lineup that includes the reunited Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli), DJ Muggs, Lil B the Based God and my personal favorite, Dead Prez. Unfortunately you're gonna have to start walking now: The festival is in San Bernadino , CA , April 2.


    February 21, 2011


    2010 KMHOF Inductee Jimmy Bond is hospitalized

    Jimmy Bond of Plain Jane and Liverpool is in the ICU @ Shawnee Medical Center in Topeka. He was moved to Room # 461 with visitor hours 11AM to 8PM daily. Phone is 913.676.2000 Option #1. His condition is stable, but it looks like Jimmy will be hospitalized for several weeks. We'll try to keep everyone updated.


    2006 KMHOF Inductee Melissa Etheridge update

    As you've probably heard by now, in anticipation of their upcoming cross-country tour, Serena Ryder recorded a duet with Grammy and Academy Award winning singer, Melissa Etheridge. Request "Broken Heart Sun" by contacting your local radio station today!

    We are excited to be announcing here that Serena and Melissa will be opening the Genie Awards with their new duet. The 31st Annual Genie Awards will be broadcast live from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Thursday, March 10, on CBC.


    2007 KMHOF Inductee Martina McBride update

    Fresh off her stirring rendition of the National Anthem for the season-opening 53rd running of the Daytona 500, KMHOF inductee Martina McBride will return to Daytona International Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its second visit to the “World Center of Racing.” McBride will perform a 60-minute pre-race concert prior to the 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 2. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the Coke Zero 400 in addition to a race ticket will be able to view McBride’s Coke Zero 400 Pre-Race Show as well as the driver introductions from the grass tri-oval area.

    “We’re excited to bring back one of country music’s biggest stars for an encore during the Cock Zero 400.” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Racing under the lights in July is an Independence Day holiday tradition for NASCAR fans and we’re looking forward to having Martina kick off a thrilling night of racing.”

    “I am thrilled to return to the Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race,” McBride said. “It’s an honor to once again entertain our mutual fans with some new music at this exciting race. I’m really looking forward to coupling of the energy on stage, in the stands and on the race track during the Fourth of July weekend celebration.”

    McBride is a four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, three-time American Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 24 top-10 singles, including six that reached No. 1. McBride, whose hits include “Independence Day,” "Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing,” “Blessed,” “Concrete Angel” and “This One’s for the Girls," recently signed with Big Machine Label Group’s Republic Nashville and is currently in the studio recording her 11th studio album that will be released later this year.


    More music news ...

    April 17th, the BLUZAPALOOZA celebrity concert tour will be heading to Afghanistan to entertain our troops. BLUZAPALOOZA veterens Shemekia Copeland and Moreland & Arbuckle will be on a 14 day tour to Krygyzstan, Afghanistan and Qatar with most of the time being spent at forward operating bases within the war zone of Afghanistan. See more... www.morelandarbuckle.com

    Attention, Janelle Monae fans! Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae have announced the "Hooligans in Wondaland" Tour! Plan B will also perform on limited dates. Click here: HELL YEAH: Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars are coming to the Uptown in May - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Trampled Under Foot’s brand new album, The Wrong Side of the Blues, is now available for purchase at the TUF Store! They have 45-second clips of each song on the website as well. http://www.tufkc.com/music/wrong-side-of-the-blues/

    Proto-Kaw’s Kerry Livgren says he's very happy with the final mix of 'Cold and Clear' and continues to forge ahead to the next song mix. This is the fourth song completed The new P-K album Forth is due out next month on Kerry’s Numavox label. Lead singer Lynn Meredith has heard a couple of the new mixes..."Cold and Clear" and "Sleeping Giant." He says that they sound great and that Kerry had done a typically masterful job in adding just the right touches to the sound of the band.

    Dan Torchia recently posted on his popular “Another Verse” blog about the upcoming induction of Garth Fundis. Click here: Producer Garth Fundis to be Inducted Into Kansas Music Hall of Fame | Another Verse.

    According to Mike Finnigan Joe Cocker has wrapped up his tour of Australia, so Mike is on his way home.



    February 14, 2011


    Judge Gary Sebelius departs from KMHOF Board

    Judge Gary Sebelius will be resigning his seat on the KMHOF Board of Directors following this year’s show on March 5. The limitations of his job as a federal magistrate and his frequent trips to Washington, DC to be with his wife, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, have led Gary to feel he can’t participate as much as he would like. The board has not decided if the seat will be filled immediately or at all.


    Garth Fundis and Jesse Stone to be inducted to KMHOF

    The Board of Directors have selected the final two inductees for 2011. The Directors Award inductee will be Record Producer Garth Fundis, and the Bob Hapgood Award inductee will be bandleader/songwriter Jesse Stone. Click here: Garth Fundis;  Click here: Jesse Stone Biography | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


    Join KMHOF inductees Pat McJimsey and Rudy Love in Wichita on Sunday 2/20

    Sunday, February 20, at the Port of Wichita from 4 to 7, music by Pat McJimsey and Rudy Love will be played to celebrate their inductions into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame! Bring photos and stories to share. Bring an instrument and join the jam. (Wichita Blues Society Election Party and jam session follow the celebration.)


    Dennis Fox Higgins in concert next Monday 2/21
    Rio Rancho NM

    KMHOF inductee Dennis Fox Higgins will be in concert at the Loma Colorado Main Library in Rio Rancho, NM on February 21 from 6:30 to 7:45. He will present his "Songs You Can See" program. "Songs You Can See" is a program offering songs that are accompanied by high resolution graphics and are projected on a large screen as Dennis performs the songs. It's a great auditory and visual display. For this show, Higgins will perform a selection of all original songs from his 5 CDs. Dennis will also have several of his classic guitars with him - a Martin OM42, a Taylor T-5, and a vintage 1939 Gibson L-37. We hope you can attend this free concert brought to you by the city of Rio Rancho, NM. Click here: The Official Site of Rio Rancho, NM - Adult Programs


    Rainmakers release new album and website revamp

    The release date for the new Rainmakers album 25 On is March 14. It will be available at Village Records in Kansas City. Norwegian fans can pick it up through the distributor Big Dipper in Oslo (they have an online shop as well), at Platekompaniet, Musikkverket and CDON, or for those digitally inclined Spotify, Wimp and iTunes will have all the files you want.

    Drummer Pat Tomek has redone the Rainmakers website. It has a cleaner interface and includes a link to the old site. Click here: Welcome to The Rainmakers Official Site.


    Big Joe Turner remembered with new DVD

    To celebrate the centenary of Big Joe Turner, born May 18, 1911, The Last of the Blue Devils DVD is on sale for $7.00. Featuring audio commentary by producer/director Bruce Ricker and 19 minutes of outtakes including performances of “Honey Hush,” “Rose Garden,” “Chains of Love” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” by Big Joe Turner and Jay McShann.  Click here: Rhapsody Productions Inc.


    Melissa Etheridge DVD to benefit medical marijuana

    The 1 a Minute docudrama DVD featuring Melissa Etheridge is available to order now. If you go to the 1 a Minute website http://www.1aminute.com/ and click on the "Partners" tab, you can order the DVD under Melissa Etheridge's name and 10% will go to the charity of her choice, Americans For Safe Access. Americans For Safe Access focuses on advancing legal medical marijuana therapeutics and research.


    More music news ...

    A bio of Tony Teebo's second 60's band, The New Survivors, has once again been included in Englishman Vernon Joynson's massive book, Fuzz, Acid & Flowers. This is the 6th edition. The book covers bands that recorded & released records from 1963 to 1977. Any of you who meet these requirements should contact Max Myndblown in Uxbridge, England to see if you are included. Max can be contacted on FaceBook.

    Saturday, March 12, The Final of the Topeka and Midwest Music Scene Original Band Battle Series, 2010 will be presented by The Kansan, Rundown Studios, and Bloodline Productions. Up for the final winner is $500 cash, a $200 scholarship to Vernon White's Live Sound School and a $300 recording session at Rundown Studios. That's a $1000 prize for the winner! These bands are going to be giving you their best shot: Halfway There, The Black Tuxedos, Invictus, Vagus, and Sixteen Penny. This will be an all ages event. $5 cover. You must buy a ticket to vote.
         6:30 - 7:15 ......... Halfway There
         7:45 - 8:30 ......... The Black Tuxedos
         9:00 - 9:45 ......... Vagus
         10:15 - 11:00 ..... Sixteen Penny
         11:30 - 12:15 ..... Invictus
    More info on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124260864314134.

    Middle of the Map Fest is a new festival that aims to bring world class entertainment to Kansas City. The festival will showcase 25 - 30 emerging, local and national bands. It will be held in April 8 and 9 in a few select venues across the Midtown Area of Kansas City, Missouri. The festival is brought to you by Ink Magazine and The Record Machine. Ink Magazine is one of Kansas City’s largest publications. In addition to their weekly newspaper publication, it is also owned by the same parent company as The Kansas City Star. Ink Magazine is very supportive of local musicians and events to support the culture and industry. The Record Machine is an independent record company based in Kansas City and has been in business since 2003. They have been creating a community of emerging musical acts from places near and far. Tim Finn of The Kansas City Star remarked about The Record Machine’s output “[They] have assembled a stable of diverse artists who are making music that deserves national attention.” The goal of this festival is to promote Kansas City culture and put it to the test against national and emerging culture. Ink Magazine and The Record Machine wish to further establish Kansas City as a musical and cultural center and bring together a sense of community for local residents


    February 7, 2011


     Kansas performs with KSU Symphony

    KansasKerry Livgren surprised the audience Friday night, January 28, when he appeared as the guest conductor for his composition "Dust in the Wind" as the first 2011 concert of the Kansas Collegiate Symphony Tour held at Kansas State University featuring the KSU Orchestra. McCain Auditorium was sold out for the event.

    Kerry Livgren has 4 of 12 songs mixed and moving along nicely toward completing the next Proto-Kaw album, Forth, which is still on track for a release this Spring.

    Kansas continues to tour almost constantly, with the College Symphony Tour, part of a larger whole. Guitarist Rich Williams was recently interviewed about what the band is doing. http://www.officialfanclub.net/fan-club-news-flash/549-interview-with-rich-williams-of-kansas.


    In Memoriam: Bobby Poe

    As we mentioned in our last newsletter, KMHOF inductee Bobby Poe has passed away. Here is some info on his life and career.

    Click here: Music man Bobby Poe dies at 77 - Entertainment News, Music News, Media - Variety

    Click here: The Legendary Bobby Poe Passes On | AllAccess.com.



    Kelley Hunt returning to Lawrence for Valentine's show 2/12

    Kelley Hunt's winter tour (with sellouts in Buffalo, NY, two nights in Minneapolis plus Lincoln, Denver and Lawrence) comes back to Lawrence as Kelley has accepted an invitation to do a special Valentine's show at Abe & Jake's Landing Satudday, February 12. Doors open at 7 pm, The Crumpletons play at 8 pm, Kelley and her all-star touring band are on at 9:00. This is an all-ages show.

    Kelley celebrates the imminent national release of her new CD Gravity Loves You" with her venerable hometown indie retailer Kief's Records, 2429 Iowa, at noon that day.  She'll do a couple of songs and sign copies of Gravity for fans. If you're in the Lawrence area don't miss this chance to meet Kelley in person and get a personally signed copy of Gravity Loves You.  The new disc is available everywhere February 15.


    Samantha Fish continues European tour

    Kansas City blues singer Samantha Fish continues to tour Europe, and while there she’s signed a record deal. Click here: Samantha Fish signs with Germany's RUF Records - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.


    Tree Frog planning summer reunion show

    Tree Frog will reunite again this summer at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. While waiting for that, you might want to check out Eric Elder’s book, the Second Edition of Sometimes You Eat The Bear, his manic-depressive memoir, a deluxe, illustrated version. It is out with several more photos of Tree Frog’s early days and beyond (along with 30 more pages of photos, including early Lawrence). If you want one they are $30.00, including shipping, from Eric Elder, 311 Plainview Place, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.


    More music news ...

    The area music scene has lost another long-time favorite with the passing of Tony DiPardo. Click here: Bandleader, KC icon Tony DiPardo dies at 98 - KansasCity.com.

    A brief Charlie Parker interview has been posted on YouTube. Click here: YouTube - Charlie Parker Interview.

    It's a painful reality that not 'American Idols' go on to do, well, anything. But David Cook's far from a reality TV show statistic. Click here: David Cook Becomes a More 'Confident' Songwriter for Second Album -- Exclusive Video | PopEater.com.

    It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from KC’s Republic Tigers, but that’s about to change.  Click here: Republic Tigers come back from no man's land - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

    The Pitch recently published links to videos of Tech N9ne's "Puh Wah Wah" and four other great songs with gibberish lyrics. Click here: Tech N9ne's "Puh Wah Wah," and four other great songs with gibberish lyrics - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    The Jazzhaus in Lawrence has asked The Crumpletons to try something new...an early show on the first Saturday of each month, from 7-9 pm. They will do two sets starting a 7, so don't be late. The first show was Saturday, February 5. There's a $5 cover. http://www.jazzhaus.com/.

    The Kansas Public Radio (KPR) program, Retro Cocktail Hour presents another night of live music on Saturday, February 19 at Pachamama’s in Lawrence, when Stan Kessler (trumpet, composer, educator) and a band projects named “Television” take you on a jazzy musical tribute into TV Land. Click here: KPR Live Broadcast | ARTISTS RECORDING COLLECTIVE

    Camp Harlow will be celebrating the band's 17th anniversary of playing at the Levee on Saturday, February 12 from 5:30-8:00, 16 W. 43rd Street in KCMO.

    KC saxophonist Chris Burnett has updated his website, and it looks great. If you have even a passing interest in jazz, we suggest you check it out. Click here: BurnettMusic.com | Chris Burnett | alto saxophonist and composer.

    On February 5, Workfare Incorporated closed out its "New Era's Eve" series of benefit concerts with a great show at Record Bar. Click here: Benefit Concert for Workfare Inc. @ recordBar - February 5th 2011 8:00 pm.

    We recently received the following from KMHOF inductee Dennis Fox Higgins:

    “As you know, I have semi-retired from performing. It was a very hard decision to make but the right decision for me. I am able to write and record as much as I want now. But more importantly, I am spending more time with my family. It's wonderful!!!

    However, I do have a special concert coming up that I want you to know about. I have "cut and paste" a Press Release from the Rio Rancho Public Library. I will be offering my "Songs You Can See" program on February 21, 2011 at the Loma Colorado Main Library from 6:30 to 7:45. I am very excited about this concert and certainly hope you can attend. I will have several classic guitars with me including Golden Rod and T5.”

    concertThe Kansas Bluegrass Association Winter Bluegrass Festival will be held February 18-19 at the Wichita Marriott. Click here: Kansas Bluegrass Association.

    Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton comes to Wichita 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 30, with special guests Wichita's Moreland and Arbuckle. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Advance tickets went on sale February 4 for $20.00 at Select-a-Seat, The Cotillion, House of Sight & Sound and the employee clubs. Tickets on the day of the show will be $23.00. For further infomation and to charge tickets by phone call 316-722-4201.

    The Audio House by James McCarthy, Born A Loser (AH 3171) from 1971 sold on eBay Sunday, January 30, for $832. This is the same price range the LP album on blue vinyl usually gets. Does anyone know anything about McCarthy? We’d like to share his story in a future newsletter.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum says it will open the world's first exhibit devoted to rock's most influential female artists. The show opening May 13 at the museum in Cleveland will feature women ranging from Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin to Melissa Etheridge and Lady Gaga.

    "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" will spotlight more than 50 female artists and fill two floors of the hall with artifacts and video telling the story of how women have shaped the history of popular music. Throughout the year, the museum will offer educational programming on the role women have played in rock and roll. The exhibit will be kicked off with a May 14 benefit concert. Performers will include Cyndi Lauper and Wanda Jackson. Click here: Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

    OSCAR® and GRAMMY® Award winning rock star Melissa Etheridge will play the role of "St. Jimmy" for a one-week engagement in AMERICAN IDIOT, February 1 - 6, 2011. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture her debut curtain call performance! . Click here: YouTube - Good Riddance Encore - Melissa Etheridge's 1st Performance.

    Just got this confirmed. May 28 at the Lawrence Arts Center; a first-time Lawrence showing of the documentary film Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus! with a special appearance by the filmmaker, Joe Heyen. This will be a benefit for KAWR. There may also be a live music performance with the film. More news as it develops, but circle this date on your calendar. it's a Saturday night.

    As Kansas celebrates its 150th year of statehood, it seems appropriate to look back on the history of our state song, “Home on the Range”. Click here: Historic Kansas cabin an elemental part of folk-song history. 

    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has replaced the Kansas Arts Commission with a private group. One of the leaders of the new group is former Kansas member Kerry Livgren. Click here: Brownback abolishes Arts Commission, Prime Buzz | Midwest Democracy Project.



    January 24, 2011


    KMHOF Inductee Bobby Poe dies at 77

    We've just received the news that KMHOF inductee Bobby Poe passed away over the weekend.


    Martina McBride is Steelers' good luck charm?

    KMHOF inductee Martina McBride sang the National Anthem at Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets. McBride has been a good luck charm for the Steelers thus far and the Steelers wanted her luck again.McBride doesn’t mind being a good luck charm and she was honored to be a part of the excitement.

    “Singing our National Anthem is always an honor. I will always remember singing the anthem in Pittsburgh 2 years ago for the playoff game,” exclaims McBride. “It's amazing to be there in the middle of all those football fans and all that excitement!”

    The luck held, as the Steelers will be playing in this year’s Super Bowl.


    Melissa Etheridge returning to Broadway in February

    Melissa Etheridge returns to Broadway in February. Click here: Melissa in Green Day's 'American Idiot' on Broadway (Feb 1-6) | Melissa Etheridge.




    Mike Willman performs with his new band Bandit on 2/5

    We also had a story on Mike Willman’s new band Bandit. You can catch Bandit at Animal Haven’s “Tropical Tails” Martinis Gala 2011 on Saturday, February 5 at the Overland Park Convention Center. All proceeds will help Animal Haven to continue their objective to place pets into lifelong, caring homes and to provide a higher quality of life for homeless pet through collaboration with their animal welfare community. For complete details, click on or visit: http://animalhavenkc.org/events/martinis-gala-2011/


    More music news ...

    Last week we had a story about Winston Apple and his Workfare Incorporated. Berry Anderson of The Pitch has followed up on that original story. Click here: Updated: Music for your bleeding progressive heart - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more#more.

    Before last week's Kansas concert in West Palm Beach, guitarist Richard Williams granted a lengthy interview about what the band is doing still out on the road after all these years. Click here: Interview with Rich Williams of Kansas.

    If you’re in SE Kansas you can hear the debut of one of the best classic rock and blues bands in the area. Salty Dog is Randall Herron (vocals, guitar & harmonica); Bobby Mills (bass, vocals); John “Woody” Haggarty (drums); Doug Toon (lead guitar, vocals). They’ll be at the Independence, KS Community Center (aka Memorial Hall) a 1 pm on February 13.

    Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual Elders Hoolie at KC’s Uptown Theater on March 12. Special guests for the evening are the Wires and the O’Riada School of Irish Dance. Tickets are available at the Uptown box office and through Ticketmaster. You can also purchase tickets at www.TheElders.com. Table seats are $45 & $35. General admission tickets are $30.

    In addition to their annual Ireland Tour in May, the KC Celtic rockers will tour Germany, France and Spain in July.

    Lawrence’s RasNeville & The Kingstonians invite you to join them February 5 at Fatso’s to celebrate reggae legend Bob Marley’s birthday.

    Kansas City drummer Doug Auwarter gets a lot of well deserved attention for his musical chops, but he recently was spotlighted for his cuisine. Click here: Brazilian culture inspires his music and cooking - KansasCity.com.

    The Get Up Kids are now self-releasing their music, which they says frees them up to do more adventurous things than they could do on their long-time label Vagrant Records. Click here: A break from the Get Up Kids' longtime label offers new freedom - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    With bands looking forward to the march south to Austin’s SXSW March 18-19, this year’s KC/Lawrence showcases have been lined up. Click here: SXSW benefit shows scheduled as the countdown to Austin begins - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    “A David Bowie Tribute” at the RecordBar in Kansas City last night was the first installment of the new monthly Sonic Spectrum tribute series, sponsored by the weekly radio show on KKFI and podcast hosted by Robert Moore, who will select the tribute artists and the performers. Coming installments include tributes to the Pretenders, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, the Cars, Lee Hazlewood and AC/DC. Admission is $7. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Midwest Music Foundation. Click here: Soft Reeds will put the Bowie in tribute at RecordBar - KansasCity.comClick here: Back to Rockville: They will be heroes, just for one night.

    Prior to last week’s Jazz Winterlude at Johnson County Community College, the kcjazzlark blog posted The KC Jazz Musician Quiz. Even though the Winterlude is over, we thought you might enjoy taking the quiz. Click here: kcjazzlark: The KC Jazz Musician Quiz (and a Plug).

    The Doug Talley Quartet made a trip to Minot, ND recently to spread the sound of Kansas City jazz to students at Erik Ramstad Middle School and Memorial Middle School. Click here: Jazz quartet from Kansas City to perform - MinotDailyNews.com | News, sports, business, jobs - Minot Daily News.

    Soloist Cleveland Blue and Josh Vowell & the Rumble performed at the 13th Annual Wichita Blues Ball Saturday night. Click here: Bring on the blues | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita Eagle.

    Longtime Topeka bar owner Lee Keeter says he will turn over the keys of his current establishment, Jax Drinks & Eatery, 555 S.W. 29th, to a new owner today, Monday, January 24. He said goodbye to patrons  with a party Saturday night featuring live music. Sixteen Penny played at the club, which is a block east of the landmark water tower at Interstate 470 and S.W. Topeka Boulevard. The club featured an open jukebox Friday. Keeter said he didn't know whether the new owners, whom he didn't identify, will keep offering live music on weekends or maintain the Jax name.

    Jared Loughner has been in the news lately following a shooting in Tucson, AZ, but the stories haven’t mentioned that he played sax in two high school bands and was a big fan of Charlie Parker, who will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame this March, and John Coltrane. Click here: Jazz, Rage and the Rampage - JazzWax.

    Topekan http://click.antiquesandcollectibles-hub.com/?qs=88f6e7c9889e4894f717c5a2e23dc8f7e392c2acff0892da236464af71c40cd1Andy McKee is considered one of the world's finest acoustic guitar soloists. McKee's unique skill allows him to transform the guitar from a simple stringed instrument to a dynamic calliope of sound. Andy's deft talents give his music life through altered tunings, syncopated rhythm guitar taps, and his textural use of polyphonic tones and drones. All of these are played on both standard-sized acoustic guitars and a hand-built, 12-string harp-guitar.

    McKee's latest album is titled Joyland. The song "Hunter's Moon" is taken from Joyland and is Goldmine Magazine's Download of the Week. DOWNLOAD NOW!

    Chely Wright has been nominated for “Outstanding Music Artist” at the upcoming 2011 GLAAD Media Awards. Also, “Outstanding Talk Show Episode-The Nate Berkus Show "Rebuilding Home After Tragedy: The Seth Walsh Story” featuring Chely is among the other nominees.

    Opera singer Joyce Castle has seen her lengthy career take her far from her roots in Baldwin City, Kansas. Click here: Queen's Castle: Singer Joyce Castle celebrates her ruby anniversary / LJWorld.com.

    Early his career, Little Jimmy Dickens was a regular live performer on WIBW Radio in Topeka. Click here: LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS IMMORTALIZED AT "THE PALM".

    It appears that the KC Symphony’s baton will remain in the same hands for awhile. Click here: Michael Stern extends contract with Kansas City Symphony | KansasCity.com Press Release Central

    Kyle Koch has been writing about hip-hop in Kansas City, but he’s decided it’s time to leave his hometown for Los Angeles. We wish him well. Click here: Why I still love H.E.R.: Kyle Koch bids Kansas City's hip-hop farewell - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more.

    We heard from KMHOF inductee Beth Scalet. She had some good news to share: “Currently, my song ‘Going Over Jordan’ is #2 on the Broadjam blues chart, and ‘Falling’ co-written by myself and Kathryn Lorenzen (and performed by her) is charting at #4 on the Pop chart. It's on her upcoming CD Falling, which is due to go to mastering in the next month. Last week both ‘Jordan’ and ‘I Know You're Right’ were on the Blues chart. Congratulations to both Beth and Kathryn.


    January 17, 2011


    Community radio station KAWR debuts in Lawrence

    A new radio station is coming to Lawrence, which will surely play local and area music as part of its programming. KAWR hopes to be as big a part of the Lawrence community as KKFI is in Kansas City. A fund raising concert for the station will be held next Saturday, January 22, at Liberty Hall. Click here: KAWR hopes to make a local noise in Lawrence - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.



    Dennis Fox Higgins retirement news

    2006 Inductee Dennis Fox Higgins      Congratulations to Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Fox Higgins who retired at the end of the school year in 2010, but he has a busy four months ahead of him. He and his wife Elizabeth will keynote the annual induction of the Colorado Academy of Educators this month, perform at the Rio Rancho, NM, library concert series in February, attend the KMHOF induction ceremony March 5, and then he’ll move from Albuquerque to “LaHerencia,” his land in northern New Mexico in April. We’re sure his retirement will leave him time to write and record music.


    Kelley Hunt in Lincoln, NE on January 27

    Tickets have gone on sale for Kelley Hunt’s January 27 show in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the five pre-street dates for her new album, Gravity Loves You. The others were KC/Lawrence, Buffalo/Rochester, NY, Minneapolis and Denver. Lincoln was chosen because of Hunt’s close connection with her fans there. The national street date for the album is February 15.

         2006 Inductee Kelley Hunt


    Mike Finnigan heads to Australia and New Zealand with Joe Cocker

    2005 Inductee Mike Finnigan
         Mike Finnigan is leaving Tuesday, January 18, with Joe Cocker and his band for a month of touring New Zealand and Australia.


    Melissa Etheridge set for Canadian Music Week on March 12

    Melissa Etheridge will be participating in Canadian Music Week as a keynote speaker in a rare singer/songwriter music seminar on March 12 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Melissa will be speaking from 1:30 - 2:30 pm and registration is $50 per person. Register Now! Click here: Online Registration | 2011 Canadian Music Week

         2006 Inductee Melissa Etheridge



    Shawn Ames leaves Backlash

    The following message arrived from Topeka’s Shawn Ames last Friday, January 14.

    “Greetings, fans, friends, and family of Backlash;

    After 19 years of playing in Backlash the time has come for me to retire from the band.

    Tomorrow night (Saturday January 15, 2011) at the Celtic Fox/Jam 4 Dan benefit from 5-6pm will be the final time that Backlash performs live in front of an audience. We'll be playing some new music and some from our other CD releases.

    No one is to blame for my decision, for awhile now I've been looking at the options of still continuing to be a part of this band but the cons outnumber the pros and it's just time to let the band go and finish on a high note.

    This also means that we won't be releasing an album of new material this year.
    It can be said that I've never been involved in a band that has had such extremes in massive highs and tear jerking lows as this band has, and with the exception of losing close friends and family, I enjoyed a majority of my time performing and being in Backlash. The highs, of course, were playing the Kansas Expocenter opening for Cheap Trick and Alice Cooper and also many touring acts we've opened for and bands from across the world that we've met along the way. I also enjoyed staging our version of "The Wall" for 2 years, even though the entire process to get it up and moving made me gray prematurely. I'm proud of the majority of work I've done in this band in the almost 2 decades it has existed.
    I'm not sure what my immediate future is for myself, I don't have any plans of starting another band or joining another, I will still be writing and recording in my home studio just to keep myself sane.

    Of course, I couldn't have done any of this without the help of a long line of former band mates, but in particular I'd like to thank our bassist Chris Nicklay, who has been the most studious and gracious musician I've ever worked with, drummer Ron Prothe, who has been a sturdy anchor for the last 5 years and an all around great human being, and my musical partner in crime of 10 years, Brian McGuire, who has been a great friend, musician, songwriter, and showman in his own right. I wish all of these close friends of mine the best of success and good cheer.
    I'd also like to thank Julie Ames, Kim Prothe, Lisa McGuire, and Jada Baker, who have devoted their love and support through all of these times. Last, but certainly not least, J.D. Nash and the Backlash alter ego Red Circle.
    The official Backlash web page will remain online for a few weeks but will be gone forever after that, so if you'd like any photos or info get it soon.The digital downloads for "Dressed For Success", "No Quarter No Mercy", "Tattooed Nation", and "Backlash" will still remain online forever.

    I can't thank all of our loyal fans enough for the joy and applause you've given myself and my band mates for all these years, you were always the inspiration for the band to explore and discover new levels of music and musicianship. I'll remember all of those great gigs we were lucky enough to do, meeting life long friends and fans along the way, and your support all these years that helped my dreams happen.

    So this is your last chance to see us together live, we hope to see you there.

    Best wishes and regards to all,
    Shawn Ames”


    More music news ...

    Former Wichita musician Rich Horton aka Rich Arithmetic was in a car wreck last Wednesday, January 12, on his way to work in Seattle. The bad news is that he’s got some messed up ribs, a dislocated collarbone, and is generally banged up in general. The good news is that it wasn’t worse and that he’s out of the hospital and back home to recover.

    Another former Wichita musician, Mike Coykendall, returned home last week to perform a couple of shows this past Saturday and Sunday.  Click here: Musician living his dream | Wichita and Kansas entertainment | Restaurants, movies, events, recipes | Wichita Eagl.

    The Embarassment’s Woody Giessmann has lived in Boston for many years, where he played in the Del Fuegos. 2010 was a busy year for him, as he was recognized nationally for his addiction recovery work, released a new CD and began hosting a radio talk show. Click here: Woody Giessmann ends 2010 on sweet note - - The Arlington Advocate.

     Kansas City hip-hop king Tech N9ne welcomed Hammerlord, Dutch Newman, CES Cru and FSTZ into the Strange Music fold over the weekend with a show Saturday night at the Beaumont Club. Newman recently released his debut album, The Lonely Hearts Club.

    Barry Anderson of The Pitch wrote a nice article about Workfare Incorporated last week. He failed to mention the benefit Saturday at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club in Kansas City. The Winston Apple Band, Hipshot Killers and The Paperclips rocked the joint. This will be Apple’s last show for a few months as he will be working on a new album and editing videos. Click here: Music for your bleeding progressive heart - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog#more.

    The Topeka Jazz Workshop paid tribute to the late Kansas City pianist Russ Long yesterday. Click here: Jazz concert to honor late KC pianist | CJOnline.com.

    Flee the Seen was a post-hardcore rock band based in Kansas City that broke up in 2009. Two of the former members, singer Kim Anderson and drummer Aaron Crawford, have a new project called the Exception.  Click here: Kim Anderson returns to make music in the Exception - KansasCity.com.

    KC’s Capybara is working on a new album that the band plans on releasing an album later this year.  Click here: Capybara is making music in 2011. We want you to have it. by CAPYBARA — Kickstarter.

    Glam-rockers My Chemical Romance uses the Get Up Kids’ James Dewees as a keyboard player on tour, and now they’ve asked Neon Trees and KC’s Architects to open for them on the North American leg of the band’s upcoming “World Contamination Tour.” So far, Kansas City isn’t on the list of tour dates, however.

    Casey Burge, the former lead singer of Lawrence’s Kelpie has a new project called Pioneer. The new band includes guitarist James Taylor, bassist Evan Houston and drummer Ryan Johnson. Pioneer will debut on January 29 at Crosstown Station with Soft Reeds and Be/Non. Burge describes the new band’s music as classic indie pop, with smooth vocals over driving guitar lines and bouncing bass riffs.


    January 10, 2011


    Streetside Records will reopen

    It has been confirmed: Good news is on the way regarding Streetside Records in KC's Westport area. It will come back. The store is set to close in less than two weeks but will reopen in February. Click here: Streetside Records might not close forever, after all - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.


    Blues News - Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City

    The Topeka Blues Society is having an International Blues Competition send off party and fundraiser Saturday, January 15, at Uncle Bo’s. The Grand Marquis will represent Topeka in Memphis; the father/daughter team of Dave & Molly Bostwick represent Topeka in the solo/duo category; in the youth category the TBS will send Nick & Mike Hern. There will be raffles and a silent auction to help raise funds for travel expenses.

    The Wichita Blue Society's 13th Annual Blues Ball will be held Saturday, January 22 at The Cotillion. The ball will feature the local Blues Challenge winners: Josh Vowell & the Rumble (band) and Cleveland Blue (solo/duo). The ball has become the official “send off” to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. Headlining the ball will be Delta Groove recording artists The Insomniacs from Portland, OR. Doors open at 7; show is at 8. Tickets - WBS Members - $12.00; Advanced tickets $12 at Select-a-Seat, The Cotillion, House of Sight & Sound (Salina) and the employee clubs. Tickets on the day of the show will be $15.00 for non-members. For further information and to charge tickets by phone call 316-722-4201 or visit: www.theCotillion.com

    Knuckleheads will host the Kansas City Blues Society reps on Friday, January 28. You can hear Mary Bridget Davis, Jason Vivone and The Grand Marquis before they go to Memphis.


    Proto-Kaw update

    According to Lynn Meredith Proto-Kaw has a new Facebook page where the band will be updating progress on their forthcoming album. Proto-Kaw is also planning a CD release/listening party at the Westport Coffee House in early March.

    Almost all of the recording is done. Meredith says that he and Jake Livgren each have a verse to do. Kerry Livgren has rough mixed most of the eleven tunes. Three or four of them are nearly completed. Kerry’s working in the studio every day as he wants to get the album finished as soon as possible.

    Lynn says that he and John Bolton listened to all eleven songs with Kerry recently and says the songs are more upbeat, interesting and diverse than what they’ve done in the past. The album will contain three re-makes…”On the Air,” which Kerry and Jake did on a solo album years ago, “Skont,” on which Dan has done an excellent solo more like how the band has done it live than the original recording, and “Greek Structure Sunbeam” which Meredith says has a totally different feel than the original version. The album also features a guitar solo from one-time Kansas member Steve Morse.


    Martina McBride update

    Martina McBride is excited about the recent changes she’s made in her career.  She’s started rehearsals for her new album. According to Martina, “I have found some of the best songs of my career, I believe, and I can’t wait to get in and make this record.”

    McBride made changes in the past year with management and record label. Many things contributed to her decisions, which she says were a long time coming. We expect updates from Martina as she works on the new album.


    Chely Wright documentary in the works

    The new documentary Wish Me Away looks at the past year in the life of 2011 KMHOF inductee Chely Wright. Click here: A first look at the Chely Wright documentary "Wish Me Away" | Movie Reviews, Celebrity Interviews & Film News Abou.

    Chely has done a lengthly interview with The Autostraddle. Click here: Autostraddle — Chely Wright, Country Music’s First Out Lesbian Star: The Autostraddle Interview.


    Hearts of Darkness and Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys at Davey's (KC) on January 29

    The stuff of legend! For one night only, KC's biggest, hardest-grooving dance band, The Hearts of Darkness, teams up with KC's oldest, honky-tonkiest country band, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, to make an incredible night of music and cross-cultural camaraderie. What kind of music will we get? We'll get Afrobeat, Funk, Soul, Hip-hop, Honky Tonk, Country AND Western. All served up in Midtown's best-sounding, fastest-pouring dive bar. They might even have to put up some chicken wire! This is going to be one of the best entertainment deals of 2011. Tickets are $10 in advance / $12 at the door. Pick up advance tickets at ticketmaster.com or drop by Davey's Uptown and get them at the bar.



    KC Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball set for February 26

    On February 26 KC’s Crosstown Station will host a Midwinter’s Evening Tea Party: Top of the Bottoms Masquerade Ball, hosted by the Top of the Bottoms Social Aid/Pleasure Club/Benevolent Society, the oldest of the many “krewes” that celebrate Mardi Gras in Kansas City. Most of those events are private, but this one is open to the public.

    Bob Asher of the Hearts of Darkness says, “This year, we will feature two floors of entertainment including Hearts of Darkness and Pope of Dope on the main floor and Snuff Jazz and DJ Fat Sal upstairs in the ‘Krewe Lounge.’

    Pope of Dope is a relatively unknown group made up of local stars including Paul Roberts (piano), Hermon Mehari (trumpet), Steve Lambert (tenor sax), Brandon Draper and Arnie Young (drums), Mat Hopper (guitar) among others. Pope of Dope is also bringing up New Orleans vocal legend Little Queenie for a tribute to pianist-extraordinaire James Booker.”


    More music news ...

    Cover Bands Gone Wild – Final Battle is going to be next Saturday, January 15, at the Kansan Grill (formerly Por’e Richards). These six bands will give you their best shot: Bloodshed, The Black Tuxedos, Meltdown, Swift Kick, Simply Driven and Revolver. The winning band will take home $500 and will get a 6 hour recording session at Rundown Studios.

    Jam 4 DanJam4Dan IV, a 2-day concert/benefit for the Dan Falley Memorial and Scholarship Fund is coming up in Topeka.,  go to http://www.jam4dan.com/jam4.html for all the details

    Word has reached us of the death of trumpeter Gary Vajgrt, a member of the Fabulous Flippers in the early 70s, he also played with Delbert McClinton and the Jailbreakers in addition to several other bands. Click here: Vajgrt, Gary Wayne.

    Former Wichita keyboard player/singer Jerry Powell has had his leg amputated. Powell has many health issues. He now lives in Oklahoma City. Many recall his work in his Wichita days (Hard Road, the Camelot Club, etc.). He has no insurance. His friends are not sure where prosthesis funding is coming from yet. Powell has had a tough life after many surgeries. Jerry is a heart and liver transplant survivor over 15 years ago, but is now weak from so many issues. He’s in Room 218, Oklahoma University Medical Center and can be reached by calling 405-420-1082, emailing him at J405p@aol.com or through his Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000173376308

    Lawrence pop-punk legends The Get Up Kids have a new album coming out January 25, the band’s first after a four-year hiatus (2005-2009). It’s called There Are Rules. They’re also playing a hometown show at the Bottleneck on Sunday, March 13. You can download a new single. Click here: Download a new Get Up Kids song, 'Shatter Your Lungs' - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog

    Lawrence drummer Kliph Spurlock is a member of the Flaming Lips, who have a new album coming out later this month. Click here: Exclusive: New Flaming Lips Material Coming 'Late January' | Rolling Stone Music.

    As we reported in an earlier newsletter, the Kansas City Star decided to search for a song about Kansas City, and they’ve found a winner. Click here: ‘When You Come to Kansas City’ is our winning tune - KansasCity.com.

    Kansas City’s Examiner reports that the local blues scene will still be active in 2011. Click here: 2011 and Kanas City’s still got the blues - Kansas City Blues & Jazz Music | Examiner.com.

    Los Angeles studio musician and KU grad Gary Foster returns to Kansas City to perform in concert with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra conducted by Kerry Strayer. The April 29 concert will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 Wst 47th Street. Tickets are available at 816-235-6222.

    The Brick, 1727 McGee in Kansas City, will launch its weekly Root, Rhythm & Soul Saturdays on January 15. The event will run from 6-8 pm with a $3 cover. It will kick off with local guitarist Dan Bliss. Also booked so far are the Grand Marquis, Katy Guillen with Go-G-Ray, Los Dos Borrachos and Frederic Sims. Click here: Saturday matinees at the Brick: hot and greasy for only $3 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Kansas City’s Margo May is moving to Portland, OR, but didn’t want to leave town without playing a few final shows in KC. The singer-songwriter (and Pitch Best Emerging Act winner) posted this to her Facebook page last week:

    “I am going to live in Portland, Oregon until I finish my next album. I do not know how long it will take, but I am determined to finish it and work in film and little surprises along the way. I will miss Kansas City and all its beautiful souls, I leave January 17th, so lets play until thin, I will return sometime.”

    Since forming in March of last year, KC’s Maps for Travelers has released a 5-song EP and two singles, but that’s just the beginning for this young band. Click here: Maps for Travelers plots its own route - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    After spending last Friday and Saturday nights in a keyboard duel with Johnny Fritts at The Office Dueling Piano Bar & Lounge in downtown Topeka, pianist Steve Mancusco headed south to appear as “That Piano Guy” at the Gone Country saloon and dance hall in Pauline.

    Salina middle school teacher Matt Gerry spent this past weekend in Chicago with the band Weezer. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.

    The American Jazz Museum is trying to build individual supporters of its programs with a new series of free events called “Take Five Tours.” Potential supporters will learn more about the mission , facility and future direction of the operation. Each tour is 60 minutes long and starts promptly at 6 pm. Museum operations and nonprofits rely on individuals for a base of support. Upcoming tours will be January 181, February 15, March 3 and March 15. Call 816-474-VINE (8463), ext. 238 to make reservations.

    Samantha Fish has told us that the official release date for the upcoming CD Kansas City – Girls With Guitars will be February 24 at Knucklehead’s Saloon with Mike Zito. It’s also a welcome home party from the first leg of the group’s tour.

    Les Izmore, Reach and Diverse will pay tribute to A Tribe Called Quest at the Blue Room on January 26. Click here: Les Izmore, Reach and Diverse pay tribute to A Tribe Called Quest - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.


    January 3, 2011


    In Memoriam

    We lost many Kansas musicians in 2010. Here’s a list of the ones we know about:

    • March 3            Theodore Jan Wilson, KC jazz bassist
    • March 27          Oscar “Lucky” Wsley, leader & bassist for the Scamps
    • April 8               Pete Eye, KC jazz pianist
    • April 30             Mo Kash (Bernard Jackson), KC rapper
    • May 6                Ken “Rat” Weidenbach of the Rising Suns & Young Raiders
    • May 29              Jim LaForte, KC blues singer
    • June 17             Tommy Johnson, trumpeter
    • July 26               Josh Broadhead, vocalist with KC metal band Saved By Grace
    • August 8            John Paul Garcia aks JP (tha Max), KC rapper
    • August 10          Dalton Howard of Lawrence’s Go-Cats & Lonesome Hobos
    • August 15          Ahmad Alaadeen, KC jazz tenor saxophonist
    • September 22  Carl Washington of the KC 60’s band Flash & the Inmates and many later bands
    • October 5           Larry Church of the Young Raiders and Central Standard Time
    • October 15         Michael Ray, SE KS drummer
    • November 1       Greg Volpert, poster artist
    • November 30     Elbert “Big Woody” Davis, Topeka blues musician
    • December 6       Steve Herold, KC saxophonist w/Full Blast


    Iris DeMent featured on KKFI

    KKFI's "Wednesday MidDay Medley," produced and hosted by Mark Manning, will celebrate the 50th birthday of former Kansas City folksinger-songwriter Iris DeMent from ten to noon this Wednesday, January 5. The program will stream at KKFI.org.

    Iris DeMent was born on January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, AR. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenaged years Iris was exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. After a series of jobs as a waitress and typist Dement wrote her first song at the age of 25. She played open-mic nights in Kansas City, where she met Jeff Black who helped motivate Iris to move to Nashville, in 1988, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract.

    Dement made her recording debut in 1992, when her independent label offering, Infamous Angel won critical acclaim. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record's word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Brothers Records, which reissued Infamous Angel in 1993. 

    The radio show will feature music from her debut as well as 1994's My Life and her third Warner Brother's release, 1996's The Way I Should.  Mark will also play music from her most recent recording for the soundtrack to the new Coen Brothers film True Grit.

    Along with the music from Iris DeMent's solo recordings, Manning will play from her additional work with artists such as husband - Greg Brown, John Prine, John McCutcheon, Emmylou Harris, Tom Russell, Nancy Griffith, Steve Earle, Gary Kirkland and songs from various compilations. He'll also play music from Iris DeMent's inspirations Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, and others.

    Click here: Iris DeMent -- former Kansas City folk hero -- is featured in True Grit - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.


    Music news ...

    On December 24 Wichita mandolinst/guitarist Gary Palsmeier passed away. He once worked at Mossman Guitars, where he made his first mandolin. He was in many musical groups, including Grand River Township, Foundry, the Riverside Mandolin Quartet and the Gary Palsmeier Trio. Click here: Gary J. Palsmeier Obituary: View Gary Palsmeier's Obituary by Wichita Eagle. Click here: Music infused life of mandolin player, builder | Obituaries | Wichita Eagle.

    The Red Dogs are playing in South Dakota on February 4 at the Sioux Falls Shrine Temple (formerly the Arkota Ballroom) for a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. They will also be playing at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on March 14 for a private party.

    Former Blue Things lead guitarist Mike Chapman has a new artistic endeavor, building custom guitars. These are not for ordinary players, but highly decorated works of art. Mike sent us photos of one, a custom made telecaster type guitar with a Celtic artwork theme. He’ll begin selling these this year. Mike can only make about three a year, so they’re fairly pricy (starting at around $10,000), If you or someone you know are interested, contact the KMHOF, and we’ll put you in touch with Chapman.

    What many of us need after the long, stressful holiday season is a heavy dose of classic rock and roll. Kansas City’s Bandit is gearing up to provide just that with the band’s first Happy Hour gig of the new year. Featuring KMHOF inductee Mike Willman (of Eric & the Norsemen), the band also includes John Chevalier (bass & vocals), Mike Frymyer (drums), Rick Smith (rhythm guitar & vocals) and Gary Turner (lead vocals). Join them Friday, January 21, at the bar inside the Ramada Inn (formerly Park Place), just off Front Street at I-435 in Kansas City, MO.

    KMHOF member and Topeka musician Danl Blackwood has sent us the following note: "I am taking an unannounced indefinite hiatus from The Catz. It actually has nothing to do with the incredible sounds we have created, rather it's an issue of volume. With the advent of my hearing issues (see Facebook Note from Sept 30th), I am moving to a more acoustic/praise direction.

    It's live! The LA 411 Music Bloodstone Collector's Edition. A live interview with Bloodstone in conjunction with this publication by LA 411 Music to be posted very soon! Enjoy!  Click here: LA MUSIC411 Magazine VOL. 2 NO. 1.

    In February Kansas City musicians and singers with mount a Rolling Stones tribute at Crosstown Station. Click here: There's a killer Rolling Stones tribute coming in February - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Another highlight of the new year will be the Kansas City Jazz Summit April 28-30 at Kansas City Kansas Community College. It’s an educational jazz festival with both competitive performance opportunities for middle school and high school jazz bands, jazz combos and jazz choirs.

    The Pitch recently published its list of the Top ten local albums and EPs of 2010. Click here: Top ten local albums and EPs of 2010 - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Kansas City Star columnist provided a list of albums that showed that 2010 was a great year for KC jazz. Click here: Here’s proof of a great year for KC jazz - KansasCity.com.

    Lawrence will have a new community radio station in 2011. Click here: Lawrence's new radio station, KAWR - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Matthew Dunchoo, formerly of the Kansas City band Doris Henson, Has a new album coming out with a new band. Click here: Back to Rockville: Catching up with Matthew Dunehoo.

    81-year-old Wichita singer Jo Brown says that it’s finally time to retire. Click here: Spirituals shaped singer's life | Featured Story | Wichita Eagle.

    Kansas City’s leading rapper Tech N9ne has opened up about his first ever mixtape, his upcoming collaboration with Lil Wayne and many other topics. Click here: Tech N9ne Talks "Bad Season," Fat Joe, Upcoming Lil Wayne Collaboration | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News &.

    Will Tech N9ne and Mac Lethal be collaborating soon? Click here: Mac Lethal will guest on Tech N9ne's next full-length, according to Twitter - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Tech N9ne’s label, The Record Machine, has let us know that Capybara is working on some new music. They aren’t sure of the format, but promise, “it will be awesome.”

    KC rapper Reach has a release party for his Pen Pusha mixtape coming up January 15 at the Riot Room. He’ll be joined that evening by Deep Thinkers and the jazz ensemble Diverse.

    Versus: A Hip-Hop Battle is back for a fourth edition at KC’s RecordBar on January 22. Click here: MCs, sign up for Versus 4, KC's annual hip-hop battle - Kansas City Music - Wayward Blog.

    Darin Seal of KC’s Shaharan Gazelle Boy sat down recently with The Pitch. Click here: Saharan Gazelle Boy is still evolving - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    Antennas Up took a break from working on the band’s second album to play last Thursday, December 30, at the RecordBar. Click here: Antennas Up - Page 1 - Music - Kansas City - The Pitch.

    Kansas City Chiefs fans were unhappy after yesterday’s loss at Arrowhead Stadium, but KC music fans were able to enjoy Black Oxygen sings the National Anthem.  Click here: Black Oxygen reforms and readies to sing the National Anthem at Arrowhead - KansasCity.com.


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