Kansas Music Hall of Fame News


December 17, 2012

2013 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductees


Devastating Dinks, Salina

Exceptions, Topeka

Ray Hildebrand, Prairie Village

Kerry Livgren, Berryton/Topeka

Chuck Mead, Lawrence

Mystic Number National Bank, KC

Playmate Blues Band, Hays

Tempests, Hays

Steve Werner, Kansas City

Wizards from Kansas, Lawrence

Sherman Halsey, Independence (Directors Award)

Clyde Bysom and Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence (Directors Award)

Larry Emmett & Sliders, DeSoto (Bob Hapgood Award)


Congratulations to our new inductees. We look forward to the ceremony and concert at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on March 2, 2013. The Devastating Dinks, Exceptions, Ray Hildebrand, Playmate Blues Band, Tempests and Clyde Bysom & Junkyard Jazz will be performing. Doors will open at 6:30; the show starts at 7:00. Tickets are on sale from the Liberty Hall box office (785-749-1972), Ticketmaster outlets, & www.ticketmaster.com. All tickets are general admission and cost $30 each. Liberty Hall is unable to accept credit card payments.

As in years past, we have a special rate ($75) set up at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 200 McDonald Drive, 200 McDonald Drive, in Lawrence for Friday & Saturday, March 1-2. Call 785-841-7077 before February ?? to make reservations.

            Our annual free "unplugged" show will be Friday, March 1, at Paddy O'Quigley's Pub & Grill in the Holiday Inn & Convention Center. Details about signing up for the guitar pull and jam will be forthcoming from Allen Blasco. It's important that we pack the place, so please spread the word about the show and make plans to attend.

Jada Kimbrough, 16-year-old keyboard prodigy who attends many of the KC area jam sessions, had an operation on her left knee to repair damage inside, she is now resting at home and will have to go through lengthy rehabilitation, she is requesting get well and Christmas cards from the KC Blues Society family and other music fans, please send your love to: Jada Kimbrough P.O. Box 3555, Olathe Ks. 66063


Miss Clever Keys had knee surgery early this morning. We wish her a speedy recovery.


Alice Sweet Alice's new album will be entitled Ribbons & Stone. It's due in March 2013.


Jazz fans in Kansas City saw an outpouring of quality and quantity in 2012. So many exceptional recordings were released by Kansas City based artists that blogger Plastic Sax felt obliged to make two lists of albums this year. These rankings, of course, are a reflection of his own personal tastes. He also put together a list of top live KC performances. Click here: Plastic Sax: Plastic Sax's Top Albums and Concerts of 2012.


The third Blues411 Annual Awards have been chosen. The "Jimis" serve as a vehicle to pay tribute to all the musicians that have come into contact with Blues411 this past year. Mike Finnigan was nominated for best male vocalist, but lost out to Dion. The lone area winner was Drum Counselor (Go-Go Ray) of the Samantha Fish Band In the Drum Thumper Award category.


The fifth annual Goin' Hillbilly for Harvesters event raised more than $10,000 in cash and canned goods to benefit Kansas City's Harvesters Community Food Network, which provides emergency food assistance to more than 66,000 people every week. Event organizers estimate the money and food will provide more than 50,000 meals for hungry Kansas Citians. The event held December 5 at Knuckleheads Saloon featured the KC-area bands Miss Major & Her Minor Mood Swings, Adam Lee and Rex Hobart & the Honky Tonk Standards. All bands donated their time and talents. All live and silent auction items were donated by area merchants. If you want to participate in next year's event, contact KMHOF inductee Craig Lagerman at clagerman1@mac.com or organizer Linda Mock at mock12000@yahoo.com


On December 7, Tech N9ne and Strange Music partnered with the Independence Events Center for the first annual Gift of Rap concert benefiting the Love Fund for Children and Harvesters , the community food network. Check out the photo recap: Click here: Tech N9ne's Gift Of Rap 2012 - Photo Recap | Tech N9ne.


Roger Ortega, Jr. aka RnBPopWrytr has a new Christmas single, "My First Christmas with You," which was released December 12. It's available for purchase on iTunes for 99 cents.


Lawrence's Going to Hell in a Full Metal Jacket was onstage at the Replay Lounge again on Thursday with Sundiver Click here: Going To Hell In A Leather Jacket does metal and electronica right | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


Hot Pockets Billiards, a pool hall in the Oakland neighborhood of Topeka, racked up an evening of bluegrass Friday night. The Top City Grass Fest featured four Lawrence area groups. Click here: Oakland pool hall offers bluegrass showcase | CJOnline.com.


The Pedal Jets' new single "Riverview" b/w "Terra Nove" was released December 15. They'll have a new album out in early 2013. The single can be purchased at Zebedee's in KC and at Kief's & Love Garden in Lawrence.


When Heath Hoadley and Mike Hummell of Barnyard Beer started playing host to shows in the Barnyard Room of The Pool Room, 925 Iowa Street, Lawrence, they were set on creating a venue and bar that reflected their personalities. That means bluegrass, alt-country and beer. Click here: Barnyard Beer and The Pool Room pair up for bluegrass, alt-country, and beer | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com


            The 14th Annual A Home for the Holidays will be broadcast Wednesday, December 19 on the CBS Television Network, and will be hosted by best-selling country vocal group Rascal Flatts. It will include moving performances by Rascal Flatts, Rachel Crow, Melissa Etheridge (pictured upper left), Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips. Wayne Brady, Kevin Frazier and Jillian Michaels are set to present.


Sharp County Records & The Deli KC present The Fallout Series//A House Show Extravaganza Thursday, December 20 at an undisclosed location. $10 gets you in the door, 2 free beers and a digital recording of the show. The show features Elkheart, Hidden Pictures and Betse Ellis. Doors open at 8:30, and the show begins at 9:00. A limited number of tickets will be available and are pre-sale only, first come first served. Email sharpcountyrecords@gmail.com to purchase tickets and receive the location address. If your name is not on the list, you will not be let in the door. Following the show, everyone will head to a local watering hole for some fine, cheap booze/brews and free social interactions. The show is in close proximity to downtown KC.


L.A. Fahy has recorded some songs for a holiday album with Jennifer Bryan aka Vionlinfer. Iwas another opportunity to record at Mike West's Ninth Ward Studio. It was a great experience. Lance and Violinfer will play an Armageddon Christmas show at Gaslight Gardens in Lawrence Friday, December 21 at 8 pm.

Celebrate with Making Movies at their album release show December 21 at the RecordBar in Kansas City. It's been a great journey for the band making A La Deriva with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Tickets are $20 and that includes a copy of the new album. If you have already purchased the album bring it with you so you get in for only $10. Pre-sold tickets are online at www.holdmyticket.com/checkout/event/125043, and the promo code is A Deriva for 50% off your ticket. Special guests: Heartfelt Anarchy (D-Will & Les Izmore of Hearts of Darkness). It's an 18+ show. Click here: With new album, Making Movies runs with its instincts - KansasCity.com.


The Annual Semrad Holiday Jam is Friday, December 28 at the Gathering (former VFW) in Fremont, NE. Special guest: The Original Six Wild Brakmen opening from 7-8 pm. Semrad Family and special guests will play from 8-midnight. No cover with a cash bar on site. This will be a rockin' good time. Doors open at 6 for the best seats. Mike "Pinky" Semrad of the Smoke Ring was a major supporter and guide in the founding of the Kansas Music Hall of Fame


It's been almost ten years sing Trampled Under Foot's first gig together, and they are celebrating it just before their annual NYE show at the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs, MO. Individual night tickets are now on sale. Celebrate their tenth anniversary with TUF or help them ring in 2013.


Wichita's 3 Ring Circus wants everyone to know that friend and one of the band's founding members will be playing with 3 Ring Circus on New Year's Eve at the new Ambassador Hotel. Guitar slinger Jim Hill is performing with the band, too.


Another NYE option in Wichita is Nobody's Business at the 101 Club. If you're looking for a live band in a really nice venue where no alcohol is served, this is for you. Nobody's Business will be doing the loud and boogie parts. There will also be food, fun, and it doesn't cost much. All 12 step and just plain non-drinkers are welcome. Kids are always welcome, too. Celebrate Chris Horn's official second anniversary with the band.


The Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre and Events Center is bringing a stellar show package to end the year: Janet Jameson & Monsters, Inc. will light up Excelsior Springs. Janet and her bandmates are all members of the famed rock band Shooting Star. Each member has been inducted into the KMHOF.

A full buffet by Golden Ox and champagne toast at midnight should top of the NYE package. Vocalist Mike Riley will round out the show. The lobby will open at 5:30 for cocktails; house doors open at 6; the buffet at 6:30; Riley at 7; and Janet takes the stage at 10. Tickets are $45. Seating is limited, so secure your seats by calling 816-630-3333 or visit www.paradiseplayhouse.org.


You can bring in the New Year with Platinum Express at Woodsweather II, 2510 NE Vivion Road, KCMO. Appetizer, dinner, champagne toast and music by Platinum Express. Call 816-452-2606 for reservations and pricing. The show is from 9:30 pm til 1:30 am. Celebrate with JJ Johnson, DeeDee, Penelope, the Full Steam Horns and the Wrong Side of the Track Rhythm Section.


Megan Birdsall's full band MBird haven't played since September, and won't again until April, so you might want to check them out New Year's Eve at the Uptown Arts Bar in KC. Joining them on the bill are the Depth, the Whisper, Heather Thornton and Damon Bailey.


Ken Lovern & OJT (Organ Jazz Trio) will bring their funky vibe to the Big 6 Room in the Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence for NYE. The $20 cover includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Cover is reduced to $10 if you eat dinner at the Eldridge.


KC guitarist Tom DeMasters is donating 25% of his CD sales for the month of December to www.guitars4troops.com in honor of all the soldiers keeping us safe, including Tom's own son-in-law Ethan Stanley. Tom's CD release party was last Tuesday at the Phoenix. The album can be purchased online at www.tomdemasstersmusic.com.


.Australian Kara Granger has been in the studio working on a new recording. She's had two KMHOF inductees helping her out…James Gadson and Mike Finnigan. Joining them in the studio are Kirk Fletcher and Hutchinson.

Mike and the Phantom Blues Band are looking forward to another r&b cruise next month.


Don't miss Max Carl's one-man show at MIM Music Theater in Phoenix on Sunday, January 6. Max will perform a variety of pieces using a number of instruments, including fife, drums, piano, accordion, harmonica, mandolin and guitar. Max has recorded with many major musicians, and has been on the road fronting Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, .38 Special and Grand Funk Railroad. To quote Rusty Russell of Nashville's Music Row magazine, "He is absolutely, without question, among the top handful of blue-eyed soul singers ever."


The final Beatles Tribute concert on June 1 at Knuckleheads is starting to take form. The electric band from this year will be back: Alan Wellman, Darrell Lea, Nate Holt, Dan Mesh, plus Pat Tomek on drums. Also, Lawrence's Dead Girls will perform a Beatles setlist from either 1964, 1965 or 1966 in its entirety. More surprises and surprise guests to come…


            Winston Apple has uploaded a video for "The Wall Street Casino" to YouTube. The music track features Farley Compton (guitar & backing vocals), Robert Leonard (bass), Heather Thornton and Monique Danielle (backing vocals) and Apple. You'll see Winston in an Uncle Sam suit and Rocco Priolo and Compton in suits and pig masks.


Kansas City singer Amy Farrand has done a video shoot for KCUR 89.3. It's for the radio station's website.


Arts on Broadway will host organist and Wichita native Brett Valliant at 7:30 pm Tuesday at Wichita's First United Methodist Church, 3030 N. Broadway. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted and used to maintin and improve the quality of the organ at the church. Valliant, who has played internationally, will perform classic Christmas carols, hymns and more. For more information, visit www.brettvalliant.com.


Dana Cooper is looking to book more house concerts. Holding a concert in your own home surrounded by friends enjoying an evening of music unplugged and up close is pretty exciting. From now through March, Dana has shows booked in TN, MI, KS, MO, AR, TX and MA. There are still open dates in all of these places.

            If you don't live in one of those states, Cooper would still love to play your house. Basically you need to gather 20 or more friends together, suggest a donation of $15 or more, make sure everyone is cozy, sit back and let Dana put on a concert for you.

Anyone interested in embarking on a musical adventure with Dana Cooper, contact his booking agent, Terry Stewart, at stewartmgmt@earthlink.net, and whe will confer with you on dates and details. He has tentative plans to tour Denmark and Ireland in April.


Congratulations to KC's Mary Bridget Davies for her nomination for BMA Best New Debut artist. Click here: .:The Blues Foundation :: News.

Plain and Simple has advanced to the semi-finals in the International Blues Society's competition for Best Self-Produced CD. This is a world-wide competition and everyone in KC is proud of songwriter Rick Gibson and vocalist Tom Hall along with all the others involved with this project. Thanks go out to Joe Sherrick for submitting the CD. 





























The Phantom Blues Band (including Mike Finnigan) has been nominated for W.C. Handy Band of the Year by the Blues Foundation! In addition to their own CD, the PBB played on Curtis Salgado' s Soul Shot album, which was co-produced by PBB drummer Tony Braunagel. Curtis, the album and the title track are also nominated.


Pat Metheny's Unity Band has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album.


Kyle James, the son of KCMO mayor Sly James is no stranger to controversy. Despite run-ins with the law, the 24-year-old seems to have found some solace in music. He's currently performing at area venues with childhood friend Kemet "The Phantom" Coleman. Click here: On My Mind : Rapper Kyle James | Ink.


            Norwegian rapper sTred has done a twist on Bob Walkenhorst's "Stay Ahead of the Wolves." Check it out. Click here: sTred FT. Bob Walkenhorst - Stay Ahead of the Wolves - YouTube.

            Bob's Wednesday evening show December 19 will be opened by John Northern at 6:30. There will be special guests and lots of Christmas songs. Take food items for the homeless program of the KCMO public schools. Cash donations will also be accepted.

            2013 will be spent making a new album, perhaps two! The Rainmakers probably won't be returning to Norway until 2014. They are still looking at the possibility of a friends and fans group tour of Norway (like the Elders do in Ireland) in the summer of 2014. So start saving your money!


The eightieth anniversary of an important recording session by Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra has been noted by blogger KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: Eighty Years Ago This Week.


Opportunities for aspiring musicians abound at the Black House Improvisors' Collective. Click here: Kansas City New Music | Black House Improvisors' Collective: WINTER WORKSHOP.


Here a clip of jazz students at Kansas City Kansas Community College playing a Stan Kessler arrangement of "We Three Kings". Click here: We Three Kings: KCKCC Jazz Combo - YouTube.


We want to remind everyone that the new KCJazz Orchestra/Kevin Mahogany Christmas CD is available for download: Itunes, Muve, Rdio, Deezer, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, Spotify, and Google Play.

Next year is the start of Kevin's 20th anniversary as a recording artist. He is hoping to play colleges, universities, work with jazz vocalists, both amateur and professional, as well as big bands and combos. Kevin will get to sing in front of the Count Basie Orchestra for a performance in February. He'll also spend a week at Birdland in New York City celebrating his anniversary. Five nights, five different bands, five different shows.


It's official! Congratulations are in order for Joe Turzanski of New Jersey as the winner of the 35th Annivrsary "Dust in the Wind" Martin D-28 guitar (being played by Rich Williams at left). He has been notified, confirmed, and the guitar will soon be on its way. Kansas thanks all that entered the contest.


Kerry Livgren has finished a new Kansas documentary. It focuses on the original six members of the band. All six have returned to Kansas to see the result of Kerry's work.


Liam Sumnicht co-host's Homegrown Buzz on 96.5 The Buzz in Kansas City. Ink asked him what he's listening to. Click here: What are you listening to? Liam Sumnicht | Ink.


A Greek blues site interviews KC's Jason Vivone. Click here: An Interview with multitalent Jason Vivone, a rare Kansas City bluesman who taps deep into the roots - Blues.Gr.


2013 inductee Clyde Bysom keeps busy playing with a number of musical groups in Lawrence. One is the River City Reeds quartet. Click here: Timeless sound | Lawrence.com.


 Inspired by Robert Glasper and Sean Jones, Shades of Jade is t the vanguard of the burgeoning youth movement on Kansas City's jazz scene. The quartet has performed at the Brick, the mutual Musicians Foundation, the main stage at the Plaza Art Fair and at a fashionable boutique in recent months. In each instance, the group adeptly tailored its approach to the demands of the setting. Shades of Jade were at Take Five Coffee + Bar last Friday evening.


The Record Machine's holiday party was held at KC's MiniBar Friday evening. Soft Reeds, La Guerre and Palace all performed. There was a contest (with multiple prizes) to find the worst holiday sweater worn at the event. DJ Nartan entertained between and after the bands until 3 am.


Choose your favorite. Click here: Vote For Best Kansas Cover Band.



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December 10, 2012


The 2013 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The induction ceremony and concert will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. A special room rate of $75 has been set up at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center.  The new inductees are:

            Devastating Dinks, Salina

            Exceptions, Topeka

            Ray Hildebrand, Prairie Village

            Kerry Livgren, Berryton/Topeka

            Chuck Mead, Lawrence

            Mystic Number National Bank, KC

            Playmate Blues Band, Hays

            Tempests, Hays

            Steve Werner, Kansas City

            Wizards From Kansas, Lawrence

Sherman Halsey, Independence (Directors Award)

Clyde Bysom and Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence (Directors Award)

Larry Emmett & Sliders, DeSoto (Bob Hapgood Award)


So far the Devastating Dinks, Exceptions, Ray Hildebrand, Playmate Blues Band, Tempests and Clyde Bysom & Junkyard Jazz have indicated that they will perform at Liberty Hall March 2. It's important that we pack the place, so please spread the word about the show and make plans to attend.


            Friends and fans of KC's Miss Clever Keys got together on Sunday, December 2 at Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill to help raise money to get her back playing music after her instruments were stolen. Some of the musicians who showed up were Stovepipe & Knock Kneed Sally, Jeremy Butcher & Bail Jumpers, Rick Hill, Scotty Daniels and Dave Hays. Many more were there to help out a part of the KC blues family. The money raised…Danny's Jam $350; Paypal $1300; Guitar Raffle $280; Trouser Mouse bucket $220; and RockNRick is personally replacing the Keytar.

Stovepipe Perkins, Dan Ross, Greg Canseco & Blake McCleery at Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs.



















RocknRick Patterson with the new Keytar for Miss Clever Keys.


From Dan Jones via the Kansas City Blues Society:

"I met a teenage keyboard prodigy through the All Star competition that Niel C. Henriksen put together. I was so impressed with her talent and especially her positive personality that we had her play with our band. Her name is Jada Kimbrough. She was so excited. It was her first paying gig. Anyway she has had leg problems (her knee cap pops out of place and she has a torn meniscus) that will be operated on very shortly. Since Jada & her mother Kimberly Kenya Kimbrough have no family close by & Jada will most likely be bedridden through Christmas, her mom has a simple request that I wanted to make known to all of you. The KC music community has been so good for, and to, Jada. It would mean so much if she received a Get Well Card or Christmas Card from those of you who wish to show your support for her. Please send them to the following address:

Jada Kimbrough

PO Box 3555

Olathe, KS 66063"


            Greg, Nathan & Kendal Peterson, three central Kansas brothers who became an internet sensation this past summer with their parody song "I'm Farming and I Grow It" have a new tune that has become an overnight hit. Click here: Singin' Assaria brothers add parody on 'Gangnam Style' | CJOnline.com.


KC native Janelle Monae performed with Fun on The Grammy Nominations Concert Live in Nashville on Wednesday, December 5.

Once again multiple Kansas City voices are represented on the long list of Grammy nominations. The nominees include the Kansas City Symphony in performance with Joyce DiDonato, the Kansas City Chorale, which with every recording seems to have a lock on the Grammy nomination process, and jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, who hails from Lee's Summit and is a perennial nominee and frequent winner.

Locals also claim fame by association in a classical music nomination for the chamber music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, which has been in residence this year at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and played in concert this season with the Symphony.


Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats, the 2013 KC IBC band winner, unveiled their Memphis IBC set last Friday at the Coda.

Friday marked the celebration of the release of Tread Lightly, the second album from Kansas City's group We Are Voices (left). The record merges the stadium-sized postrock of groups such as Explosions in the Sky with more Midwestern emo sensibilities. Opening is Noise FM, formerly of Lawrence and currently of Chicago. The Noise boys were also at the Replay in Lawrence on Saturday night for their annual Noise for Toys benefit. 


KJHK knows how to throw a party. Most of the station's party-throwing prowess comes from consistently booking stellar local acts. Friday's Retro Prom at the Bottleneck was no different. Hearts of Darkness headlined the gig, with DJ vs. Drums, and Dean Monkey and the Dropout supporting. Click here: Dean Monkey and the Dropouts on KJHK's Retro Prom this weekend | Wayward Blog.


COPP is an organization that helps out the homeless in Kansas City. At the Hideout on Saturday the group's annual clothing drive and fundraiser featured live music all day and evening stating at 3 pm. Acts included Crosseyed Cat, Stone Cutters Union, Listen Mister, Molly Gene the One Woah-man Band, Kris Bruders, Knock Kneed Sally, Amy Farrand and many more.


Murder Ballad Ball, Vol. 4 was Saturday at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club in Kansas City. Performers included Richard Alwyn, Partners in Glory, Cody Wyoming, Victor & Penny, the Vi Tran Band, Penny Sheets, the Rural Grit All-Stars, Cadillac Flambe, the Silver Maggies, Adam Lee, the Blue Boot Healers along with a screening of Two Sisters. The show was benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation. Click here: How a movie about murder revived a local musician - KansasCity.com .


"Better to be lucky than smart" was a learning experience passed down from his father to Kansas City jazz and blues guitarist Tom DeMasters, as was DeMasters Insurance, LLC in Westport that Tom took over in 1983.  The CD Release Party for Better to Be Lucky will be December 10 from 7-10 pm at the Phoenix, 302 W. 8th Street. in KCMO (no cover). Tom's second CD features some of Kansas City's finest, including internationally-recognized guitarist and KC transplant Jerry Hahn, Tim Whitmer, Wild Women Millie Edwards and Lori Tucker, Rick Huyett, Wayne Hawkins, Ray DeMarchi, Allen Fishell, Andy Hambleton, Bob Jolley, Mike Moreland and Joe Pruessner.


The International Jazz Quartette + 1 (left) featuring Larry Nash, Rickey Woodard, Jacques Lesure, KMHOF inductee James Gadson & James Leary will be at The Foundation in Charleston, SC on Tuesday, December 11.


            Bureman and O'Rourke will be performing on Friday, December 14 at EBT's Restaurant, Carondelet (the first floor of the UMB building in KC). It's a small quiet room, and the food is great. Enjoy a meal and catch a song or two.


            Wild Hayride will perform at 6:30 Friday, December 14, at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware in Leavenworth. Cost: $20, includes dinner and show. Information: 913-682-2122.


The 1st Infantry Division Band Christmas Show will be at 7 pm Friday, December 14, at the C.L.  Opera House,135 West 7th Street in Junction City. It's a free show. For tickets and information, call 785-238-3906.


            The JukeRoots (John Salem, keys; Fred Bonner, drums & vocals; Jim Keefer, bass and Craig "Twister" Steward, harp, guitar & vocals) will be playing at Bite Me BBQ in Wichita on Saturday, December 15. The show starts at 8:30 pm.


            Tallgrass Express will perform at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 15 at the Emma Chase Music Hall 220 ½ Broadway in Cottonwood Falls Cost is $8. Get more info at 620-273-6020.


Amanda Fish plays her first gig at Woodsweather Café and Bottoms Up Lounge, 1414 West 9th Street, Kansas City, MO, Saturday, December 15 at noon. The food is good, and the owner is giving it his all to make the place a great music venue.


            Moreland & Arbuckle will be playing in Sedan on Saturday, December 15, at the Gregg Theater with special guests The Czech Republicans. All proceeds from the show go to benefit the Gregg Theater. Things will get rolling at 7 pm. Take a little road trip and check it out.


            Harmony for the Holidays, featuring the Wamego Dutch Milll Sweet Adelines Chorus and the Manhattan Men's Little Apple Chorus will have two shows, 2 and 7 pm Sunday, December 16, at McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and military personnel, $10 students ($5 when purchased with an adult ticket). More information can be obtained at www.littleapplechorus.com.


Mark Lowrey reinterprets the Republic Tigers' "Buildings and Mountains" on his forthcoming album. Click here: Buildings and Mountains - YouTube.

Here's a look at the cover of Mark's new album which is set to arrive December 20. Click here: View Our 3D Artwork | Disc Makers#.UMFnYb-7frE.facebook

Making Movies (left) has a new LP, the Steve Berlin-produced A La Deriva. It won't be released to the rest of the world until March, but Kansas Citians can grab it already. Just head to La Fonda El Taquito, Vinyl Renaissance, It's a Beautiful Day or Kief's and get yourself a physical copy. You can head over to Making Movies' Bandcamp page and pick up the band's new mixtape, Concentcia Colectiva, for free. It's a nine-song collection that's a little mellower and jazzier than A La Deriva, due in part to local guest spots by Hermon Mehari, Javier Mendoza, Mark Lowrey, Julia Haile, and others. Catch Making Movies live on Friday, December 21, at the RecordBar.


Antennas Up plays KC's RecordBar's third annual New Year's Eve Eve Eve show on December 29, featuring Not a Planet and In Back of a Black Car. Tickets are $10 for this 18 and over show. Click here: Antennas Up is coming in loud and clear | Ink.


The band Pastense (below left) from Topeka is planning a CD release party on December 29at the Classic Bean, 2125 SW Fairlawn, in the Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, Topeka from 8-10:30 pm. The CD was recorded at 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, Lawrence, and features a few original songs by members Jolleen Thorpe, and Joe McElroy. Other band members include Diane Gillenwater, Steve LaForge and Don Anderson. The album is called Danced All Night in a Worn Out Shoe. It is available at CD Baby, I-tunes and all Pastense performances.


The Dan Falley Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the line-up for Jam4Dan6 - Topeka's only Three-Day Event, at The Celtic Fox on January 18-20, 2013. Jam4Dan is an annual benefit concert held every Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend at the Celtic Fox in Topeka. Topeka's top bands and musicians (of all ages) are featured at what has become the signature music event of the year and honors long-time Topeka guitar player and teacher Dan Falley. The primary purpose is to raise money for the Dan Falley Memorial Fund. The secondary purpose is to support and showcase bands and musicians of the Shawnee County music community.


Friday, January 18, 2013

5:00 pm Jarrod Guth / Joey Desch / Rick Brunner

7:20 pm Gypsy Jazz Trio

8:20 pm Monk's Wine

9:20 pm Orphans of Smooth Jazz

10:30 pm Wrong Kata Trio

11:55 pm Evil Twin


Saturday, January 19, 2013

12:00pm LMI Youth Band Showcase

2:00 pm Black Tuxedos Band

3:00 pm Fall Through

4:00 pm Invisible Bike

5:00 pm The Trants

6:00 pm Slow Ya Roll

7:00 pm Borderline

8:00 pm Faces for Radio

9:00 pm KnuckleHead Jones

10:00 pm Sixteen Penny

11:00pm Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition


Sunday, January 20, 2013

12:00 pm Zero Discipline

1:00 pm Engage the Broken

2:00 pm That Damn Blues Band

3:00 pm Jangalang

4:00 pm Back Porch Blues Band

5:00 pm Mike Powers

6:00 pm Ellie Smith & The Commotion

7:00 pm Jeremy Butcher and the Bail Jumpers

8:00 pm Rachelle Coba

8:30 pm Jeff Toda / Nate Dingman

9:15 pm Josh Vowell Band

10:15 pm Jam with host Josh Vowell


(Jam4Dan reserves the right to alter this schedule as needed to accommodate unforeseen or last minute changes, including drafting from an active list of alternates in case of cancellations.)

The Dan Falley Memorial Fund & Scholarship Board Members are Tom Krebs - Trustee & Chairman; Mike Fox - Trustee & Treasurer; Danl Blackwood - Trustee & Webdude/Archivist; Joel Edison - Trustee & Luthier; J.C. Bloomar - Trustee & Volunteer Coordinator; Ed Carmone - Community Outreach Coordinator; Chris Aytes - Music Coordinator.

Rob Scheps reports that he's booked the following dates for a band he'll co-lead with Jerry Dodgion: Thursday April 4- WestChase Grille; Friday April 5- Lucky Brewgrille; Sunday April  7- House Concert; Wednesday, April 10- Ottawa University; Thursday, April 11- 12th St. Jump Recording Session; Thursday April 11- Take Five Coffee Bar; Friday, April 12- Lucky Brewgrille.


KC teen country music artist Josey Milner has a new single, "Not Pretty Enough," that will be released to radio December 11.The single will kick off an anti-bullying campaign by Milner that will include a music video, featuring fan-submitted photos, and a school speaking tour.

            A brief, 30 second preview of the song is available on Josey's Facebook page. "Not Pretty Enough" will be used as the launching pad for Josey's Anti-Bullying Campaign, a cause which hits close to home. "When I started doing rodeo pageants, I received a lot of criticism and backlash from other kids," says Josey. "It was a difficult time, but thanks to the support I had with friends and family, I was able to overcome that time period. If I can help one person feel like they are not along, and that things will get better, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do." A music video for "Not Pretty Enough" is in production and will feature fan-submitted photos of people holding signs with positive messages. A tour of schools, to speak about bullying, is in the planning stages, as is a radio promotional tour. The single is being released on MTS Records.


Winston Apple had another great horn session at Markosa Studio recently, adding horns to five more songs for his current project (a reggae/ska album that is a mix of covers and originals). Stan Kessler, Aaron Simcox and Stephanie Bryan were brilliant, as always. Mark Thies chimed in with great ideas as well as manning the controls. Apple says it's quite enjoyable to work with such talented musicians, who are a fun bunch of people on top of their talent.

Once upon a time Winston had a video for his song "The Shock Doctors" up on YouTube. It was one of the earlier ones that he did, and as he learned more about shooting and editing video he took it down and reworked it. The new improverd version is not up on YouTube. Click here: The Shock Doctors - Winston Apple - YouTube.


Melissa Etheridge's "It's Christmas Time" Live at the House of Blues airs December 26 on HDNET. Click here: Melissa Etheridge "It's Christmas Time" Live At The House Of Blues - DVD/CD In Stores Now ! - YouTube.

Bob Walkenhorst has been busy with his brushes again, and you can admire 15 of his latest paintings online or go check them out in person at Westwood City Hall, 4700 Rainbow,

Westwood, KS. The new exhibit began on December 3, and the paintings were posted online on the same date. The show runs through December 28. Hours at the City Hall are 8 am - 5 pm Monday thru Friday. Anything purchased as Christmas gifts can be shipped or delivered immediately. The example above, which has already been sold, is called "Nightfrost."





Gary Mackender reports that his Tucson band Carnivaleros is having a bit of a makeover, but it should be up and running sometime in the Spring. Meanwhile, he says we should put the Boondocks on our calendars for Mardi Gras in 2013 as his Tex-Mex-Zydeco band, the Black Skillet Review, will be welting the floor - with Mitzi Dasheya Cowell, Sabra Faulk, Heather Hardy, Marx Loeb and Gary. Also, Mitzi, Sabra and Gary have a new trio legendarily called Spool Tractor (photo at left). Click here: Spool Tractor, Y'all!


            Wichita's Lady & the Tramps have a new Christmas CD on sale at Aspen Boutique, Old Mill Tasty Shop and R Coffee House. It's called A Christmas Collection. Kudos to Lady & Tramps and their friends Bruce, Becca, Chelsie, Dan, Deaqna, Rudy, Sandy, Tanya, Todd and the last John Marion Neal.

The songs are:1) Holiday Shtick-Rudy Love-Words and music by Deana Murray2) Please Come Home For Christmas-Bill Hemmert3) Merry Christmas Darling-Laura Christner 4) Happy Christmas-Darl Christner, Bill Hemmert, Laura Christner, and Friends-John Lennon, Yoko Ono. 5) Silent Night-Tanya White6) Please Come Home For Christmas-John Neal7) Where Ever You Are-Rudy Love-Words and music by Deana Murray


Hearne Christopher provides another extensive recap of the Jardine's saga. Click here: Hearne: Jardine's Last Stand, One Year After the Fireworks | KC Confidential



            Word from the Blue Riddim Band is that their next album will contain all original music.



Click here: Plastic Sax: Review: Kevin Mahogany and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra's The Christmas Album and Michael Pagán's K

Click here: Marilyn Maye and the Heartland Men's Chorus have a hit with 'Cool Yule' - Kansas City Theater | Examiner.com


December 3, 2012


The 2013 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The induction ceremony and concert will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. A special room rate of $75 has been set up at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center.  The new inductees are:

            Devastating Dinks, Salina

            Exceptions, Topeka

            Ray Hildebrand, Prairie Village

            Kerry Livgren, Berryton/Topeka

            Chuck Mead, Lawrence

            Mystic Number National Bank, KC

            Playmate Blues Band, Hays

            Tempests, Hays

            Steve Werner, Kansas City

            Wizards From Kansas, Lawrence

Sherman Halsey, Independence (Directors Award)

Clyde Bysom and Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence (Directors Award)

Larry Emmett & Sliders, DeSoto (Bob Hapgood Award)


So far the Devastating Dinks, Exceptions, Ray Hildebrand, Playmate Blues Band, Tempests and Clyde Bysom & Junkyard Jazz have indicated that they will perform at Liberty Hall March 2. It's important that we pack the place, so please spread the word about the show and make plans to attend.


            Congratulations to KMHOF inductee Chet Nichols on the 50th anniversary of his first song copyright. 50 years ago this month, Chet submitted the song "Lonely Rich Boy," a doo-wop kind of song in December, 1962. According to Chet, it still seems like yesterday.

            Chet currently has four songs in the Top Ten New Age charts at Broadjam. http://www.broadjam.com/browse/songs/top10/index.php?l0=g&l1=8. Amazingly, his instrumental composition "Earthways" has been on this chart for almost two years. Even more amazing is that "Earthways" has been #1 on the Broadjam New Age - Meditative charts for 20 months!


With a country band backing him up, KC area performer Tate Stevens performed "Somebody Like You" on The X Factor last Wednesday night. Click here: Tate Stevens not quite No. 1 on ‘X Factor' - KansasCity.com.


The Columbian Theatre in Wamego returned to its tradition of a musical revue of songs of the season when "The Christmas Spectacular" began a three-weekend run Friday night. Directed by Mindy Thierolf, who teaches at Rossville High School, and with musical direction by Craig Trienen, director of jazz studies at Washburn University, a cast of 25 and a five-member orchestra present a bookless revue of 32 holiday favorites.

"The Christmas Spectacular" will be staged through December 16 at 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm Sundays in the Peddicord Playhouse of the theater in downtown Wamego. Show only tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students and children. Show and dinner buffet tickets are $37.50 for adults, $32 for students or $26 for children. Tickets can be purchased by calling 785-456-2029 or 800-899-1983 or online at www.columbiantheatre.com


            Just as many people might be reluctant to order sushi at an establishment in a landlocked Midwestern town, music lovers may be skeptical about the credibility of a Kansas City-based zydeco band.  Ernest James Zydeco sidesteps the issue by using the style indigenous to Louisiana as a spicy base in an eclectic gumbo of American music.  3 Steps From La La, the band's excellent new album, features gutbucket blues, rollicking roots rock and soulful R&B along with a handful of zydeco selections.   Authenticity be damned- Ernest James Zydeco is one of Kansas City's best party bands. The band was at BB's Lawnside BBQ this past Friday night.

Soul Providers (Les Izmore, Hozey-T, Show and DJ Skeme) with Abnorm and MC Storm (left) were at the Brick in KC Friday, November 30. The Soul Providers are Kansas City's most notable practitioners of high-minded hip-hop.  While socially conscious, members of the collective aren't prudes.Click here: Will 2013 be the year of the Soul Provider? | Interview | The Pitch.


The Doo-Dads shot a live DVD Friday at the RecordBar in Kansas City.


Saturday night at the Brick, the Kansas City band Dream Wolf celebrated the birth of Dream Wolf, the band's first full-length record, which represents the rewards of patience and alchemy. Sometimes finding and waiting for the right mix of personalities and talent is worth the intervening uncertainty. Click here: Dream Wolf, a band born of Meat Loaf and liquor, becomes a reality - KansasCity.com


The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, directed by Brad Cox, performed at the RecordBar Sunday. They play next as part of the upcoming Owen/Cox Dance Group production of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King on December 22 at the Folly Theater. Ink interviews Cox about his musical tastes. Click here: What are you listening to? Brad Cox | Ink


Independence, Inc. presented The Homegrass Hootenanny on Sunday at the Granada in Lawrence. This live concert featured Truckstop Honeymoon, Ashes to Immortality, Tyler Gregory and more. Mr. Bacon BBQ was on hand selling food, and there was a drawing for a Toshiba 32" HD TV. The event will benefit programs for people with disabilities in the area.


            A new album from the Architects is available for downloading on iTunes. It's called Live in Los AngelesClick here: iTunes - Music - Live in Los Angeles by The Architects.


            Big Dipper's new album Crashes On The Platinum Planet has finally been released. This is Bill Goffrier's current band, based in Boston. Bill was formerly one of the members of Wichita's Embarrassment. A review link appears below.


            Alice Sweet Alice has released the first song from their new album. The song is called "January Fire."


Stephen Gunn has uploaded a pre-release version of The Word of Mouth III, Mouth's first official release with their new guitar player. It's two hours and four minutes of new music featuring recordings from the Wakarusa Festival, the Jazzhaus, Mojo's, the Gramophone and more. Most of it is unreleased, and all of it is mastered to perfection. Seriously, Dan has probably mixed and mastered this thing down 10+ times to make sure it's right. 7 out of the 12 tracks are complete improves. Big thanks go out to Andrew Alback from EMT, along with Brandon Draper & Shane Borth from Quixotic for their guest appearances. Mouth is proud of this one! Click here: NEW UNHEARD MOUTH ALBUM! Word Of Mouth Vol. III - SUPER DUPER SECRET PREVIEW PAGE!!! | Get On Board The Mothership

            Neh'mind by Krizz Kaliko is available on iTunes. Click here: iTunes - Music - Neh'mind by Krizz Kaliko.


According to Peter Frampton anyone seeking to find the new FCA 35 DVD and CD set in the US can find them at Best Buy, FYE, Newbury Comics, etc. Online it's at Amazon and iTunes. There are fewer and fewer places to buy physical copies these days.


Katie Euliss is releasing her first solo album, 40 Watt Dreams, this week. You can get the CD from the Truckstop Honeymoon web site (www.TruckstopHoneymoon.com).

Three programs of fine cuisine and exceptional music are planned during December as part of a series of lunch programs being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus Department. The events are called Love in the Afternoon. All programs begin at noon. The first December program will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Colonial Presbyterian Church, 12501 W. 137th St., Overland Park. Another program will take place on Monday, Dec. 10, at Shawnee Town Hall, 22602 W. 57th, Shawnee, and a the third will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park.

The cost for each two-hour program, including lunch and a show, is $12 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Shawnee Heartland Assisted Living at (913) 248-6688.The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com


            KC singer Ron Gutierrez is the guest on the next Spirituality and All That Jazz concert at 7 pm Wednesday at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th Street.

            The incredibly soul-full vocals of Ron Gutierrez, accompanied by Charles Williams and Tim Whitmer & The Consort Band.  For Ron Gutierrez, vocal versatility developed naturally through his exposure to a wide array of music at an early age. His father, saxophonist Tony Gutierrez, was a founding member of the Topeka Jazz Workshop and his mother loved country music. He's toured as vocalist with the world-renowned Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and other top Big Bands in the country.


Buy a raffle ticket at the 5th Annual Goin' Hillbilly for Harvesters, which will be held Wednesday, December 5, and you could win the New Year's Eve Party Package worth $550. Sponsored by Frank Hicks together with Folk Alliance, the winner receives:

2 VIP tickets to see the Rainmakers and Bel Airs at Knuckleheads on Monday, December 31.

$50 food allowance

$75 beverage allowance

Knuckleheads merchandise

$100 in Rainmakers merchandise

$100 voucher

Free hotel room and shuttle service

Bottle of champagne for ringing in the new year

100% of the raffle money goes directly to Harvesters.


The KU School of Music is pleased to present Jazz Vespers at the Lied Center on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 pm. This year's concert will feature the KU Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II, both directed by Dan Gailey, KU Director of Jazz Studies; the KU Jazz Singers, directed by David von Kampen; and the KU Jazz Combo I, directed by Matt Otto. Also featured will be Professor Chuck Berg, saxophone and master of ceremonies; Professor Vince Gnojek, saxophone; Professor John Stephens, voice; and KU School of Music Dean Robert Walzel, clarinet and saxophone. The program will include performances of various holiday favorites, including What Child Is This?; Sleigh Ride; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Four Santas; Bach's Aria; Jingle Bells; Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers; and more. The concert is $7/general admission and $5/students and seniors, and tickets are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 785-864-2787 or at www.lied.ku.edu.


Wichita teen guitarist Brandon Lane will perform at 7 pm Thursday at the Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway. Lane, 16, will perform with the Hired Guns Band. Tickets are available at www.murdocktheatre.com for $10, or $12 at the door. For more information call 316-440-6407.


Jazz by the Lake is Thursday, December 6. Join the Joe Cartwright Trio from noon to 1:00 for the free performance at KCKCC, 7250 State Avenue.


            Tech N9ne invites you to his End of the World Party called "Gift of Rap" at the Independence Events Center, Independence, MO on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. Joining Tech will be Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Rittz and E-40.  Get tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0600495AA1097E4B?artistid=1405093&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=3.


Fado Novato (Shay Estes, vocals; Beau Bledsoe, Portguese guitar; Jordan Shipley, guitar) along with Jeff Harshbarger on bass will be playing at Grunauer, 101 West 22nd Street, one of the most intimate and acoustically beautiful spaces in Kansas City on December 10. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.fadonovato.com/page11/calendar.html.


Coming up on December 16, the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors Christmas Party at Californos of Westport, 5-9 pm, with valet parking available for $6. Members should make their reservations now. This will include the annual meeting, silent auction, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres buffet and entertainment by Bram Wijnands and Friends. Write a check for $12 per person to KCJA and mail it to: Beverly Martin, 10339 Garnett Street, Overland Park, KS 66214. Reservations should be received by Friday, December 7.

Non-members may join when making reservations. Memberships cost $35 for individuals or $55 for families. This is in addition to the $12 for the party.

Area residents are getting another chance to watch Ellie Smith and The Commotion bring down the house with their upbeat blues when they return to Topeka's Celtic Fox on December 22. Click here: Music lovers of all types can enjoy Ellie Smith and The Commotion | CJOnline.com

The RecordBar has gotten a new shipment of tickets in. You can now buy tickets for the following shows at the bar with no fees.

12/16 Stone Foxes

12/21 Making Movies (CD release)

12/22 Members only: 80' Tribute

12/25 Beautiful Bodies

12/28 Godemis of Ces Cru and Steddy P

12/29 Bill Goffrier & Karly Dean

12/31 Golden Republic and Thee Water Moccasins


Check out the American Legion in Independence, KS got New Year's Eve. Salty Dog will be rockin' the house. The band is John "Woody" Hagerty on drums, Bobby Mills on bass, Randall Herron on vocals, harmonica & guitar, Stephanie Ritz on vocals and Doug Toon on lead guitar. It should be a howlin' good time.


            Big John Amaro, Boogie Dave & Steve Rhodes will be performing as The Baroque Pickles on New Year's Eve from *:30-12:30 at Malarey's Pub & Grill, 1165 N. Hwy 5, Camdenton, MO. For info, call 573-346-0005.


In 2010, 19-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny took his musical exploration to a new territory with his Orchestrion, a computer controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on guitar. After releasing the Orchestrion record, Metheny and his "band" hit the road, playing over 100 concerts around the world, culminating with the recording of The Orchestrion Project in Brooklyn, NY. This recording showcases the full evolution of the Orchestrion as documented at the tail end of a sprawling world tour and will be available on Nonesuch on January 29, 2013. The double-disc set features all five sections of Orchestrion—"a soaring five-movement suite featuring some of the most intricate music he's ever created" (Boston Globe)—plus eight additional Metheny compositions reimagined with the Orchestrion. Pre-orders are available now in the webstore and include a limited-edition print signed by Pat plus an instant download of the album track "Sueño con Mexico."  Preorder your copy at the Pat Metheny Webstore!


The Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs will be moving in February. As much as they love the feel of their current building, they have been paying high rent for ten years. They have been praying what they could do to make it through the hard times and an amazing opportunity opened up for them to buy their own building at auction for a fraction of cost w/all problems intact…since they are no strangers to working hard they jumped on it. They will only be ¾ mile up the road and no longer be stuck behind all the buildings.


            Miles Bonny is back from Europe to share some international soul/jazz beats. He suggests hanging out a the new Kill Devil Club in Kansas City, locally owned by Ryan Maybee, who will be at the bar.


Even more live Jay McShann has been made available by KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: More McShann, Part 2.


A Kansas fan has posted a video he shot at this year's Texas State Fair. Click here: KANSAS Dust in the Wind LIVE 10-14-2012 Texas State Fair - YouTube


The Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) will require radio stations in the US to compensate recording artists and copyright owners when they use music, comedy, spoken word, or other recordings to make money, just like they compensate songwriters. Click here: The Performance Rights Act: The Facts Every Artist Needs to Know | The musicFIRST Coalition.  


Tyler Gregory has become a staple in the Lawrence music scene. The 24-year-old busks on Massachusetts Street, hosts Acoustic Open Mic at the Jazzhaus every Wednesday, and plays in bars almost every night, year round. Gregory, who plays guitar, banjo, and stompbox, also busks across the country. Click here: Q&A with Tyler Gregory, a singer-songwriter with stories to tell | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com


Trumpeter Tommy Johnson, Jr. frequently performs at Five Bar and Tables in downtown Lawrence. Other members of the band are Brian Scarborough (trombone), Lucas Parker (guitar), Dave Wasecha (bass) and Max Allsbrooks (drums). Click here: A new generation of jazz | Lawrence.com


The Wichita Blues Society's Blues Ball tickets are now on sale and are $15 in advance or at the door for members, $20 at the door for non-members. You can purchase tickets at the Cotillion box office or at www.thecotillion.com.

The Blues Ball will celebrate 30 years of keeping the blues alive in Wichita from 1983-2013. Blues Challenge winners Kentucky Gentlemen and Kool Kat Daddy will start the show followed by Nick Moss & the Flip Tops. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8. All ages are welcome.



Click here: Big Dipper: Crashes On The Platinum Planet | Music | MusicalWork Review | The A.V. Club

Click here: New tracks: "#fire" and "#16monkies" by Everyday/Everynight

Click here: Album review: Ernest James Zydeco - 3 Steps From La La

Click here: Review: Making Movies, 'A La Deriva' | Ink

Click here: A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed: Crashes On The Platinum Planet: A Review Of The First New Big Dipper Record In

Click here: Album review: The Architects - Live in Los Angeles


November 26, 2012


The 2013 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The induction ceremony and concert will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. A special room rate of $75 has been set up at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center.  The new inductees are:

            Devastating Dinks, Salina

            Exceptions, Topeka

            Ray Hildebrand, Prairie Village

            Kerry Livgren, Berryton/Topeka

            Chuck Mead, Lawrence

            Mystic Number National Bank, KC

            Playmate Blues Band, Hays

            Tempests, Hays

            Steve Werner, Kansas City

            Wizards From Kansas, Lawrence

Sherman Halsey, Independence (Directors Award)

Clyde Bysom and Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence (Directors Award)

Larry Emmett & Sliders, DeSoto (Bob Hapgood Award)

So far the Devastating Dinks, Exceptions, Ray Hildebrand, Playmate Blues Band, Tempests and Clyde Bysom & Junkyard Jazz have indicated that they will perform at Liberty Hall March 2. It's important that we pack the place, so please spread the word about the show and make plans to attend.


Kansas University band members Winston Heilman, Jeff Jasperson, Colin Lohrenz, Will Marsh, Chris Carter and Cody Janousek have been playing in bands together for 10 years, at West Junior High School, Free State High School and then at KU. The six played their final football game together the Jayhawks' game against Iowa State. Click here: Instrumental friendships forged through band / LJWorld.com.


            There is a new radio station in Kansas City, Flood FM, and the night before Thanksgiving, six venues hosted 30 bands to help spread the word about it. Flood FM's aim is to connect local artists with fans by providing digital tours of the service's online radio stations. Money collected at the festival will go to help launch the online music community. Click here: There's a big music festival in midtown on Wednesday night | Wayward Blog.


            Richard Collins says he had a great time performing with King Midas & the Muflers at the McPherson Opera House Saturday night. "47 years of live rock and roll. The band is still working and there are no plans to stop. Dennis, Bob and others are missed, but King Midas and the Muflers is a force of nature. I hope to be around to do a few at the 50th Anniversary performance in 2015. Where's my walker?"


Topekans who were looking for a place to party this past weekend didn't turn down SW 39th Street. The 39th Street Bar & Grill, 555 SW 39th Street, shut down after a final blowout the night before Thanksgiving. The band Steamroller started rocking the house at 7 pm. The place had been a consistent venue for entertainment with live bands, DJs, karaoke, jam sessions and special events, including a number of fundraisers. Prior to operating at the 39th Street Bar & Grill, the club was known as both Heart Attack Jack's and Jax Drinks & Eatery.

Over 600 attended Saturday night's Christmas Express concert in Wichita to see these wonderful performers (left). Thanks to headliner Jay Leach, Musical Director Jim Hill and the other talented and generous musicians. They have all improved the lived of sick children. Proceeds went to Shriners Hospitals fo Children and the Midian Shrine Plane of Mercy Transportation fund.


Saturday's Independence, MO paper had an article on Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats: Click here: The Examiner : Local roots, blues band prepares for international competition


There'll be a slight change in the lineup of Tim Doherty's 9plus1 this Wednesday at Nica's 320:

Saxes: Brad Gregory, Kerry Strayer, Tim Doherty

Brass: Bob Harvey, Ryan Thielman, Jeff Hamer

Rhythm: Rob Whitsitt, Roger Lilder, Tim Brewer, Matt Leifer


            The Crayons will be playing their first official public rock and roll gig in 22 years, give or take a month, at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC on Thursday, November 29 from 7:30-9:30 pm.


            Rick Huyett is movig into the Folly Theatre this week to prepare for the holiday show "Cool Yule" with the Heartland Men's Chorus. The shows are this Friday and Saturday evenings from 8-10 and Sunday afternoon from 4-6. These shows sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon. Marilyn Maye will be there with her crew as well as Lamar Sims on piano, Smilin' Ray DeMarchi on drums and percussion, Al Pearson on trumpet, Jason Goudeau on trombone, Caleb Aldrich on tenor sax and Huyett on bass. Making their appearance for the first time to round out the band will also be members of the Mighty Mo Combo.


It will be Christmas, Americana Music Academy-style November 30, when the Topeka music school presents its annual holiday concert. Admission will be $10 for adults or $5 for children for the 7:30 pm Friday concert at Potwin Presbyterian Church, 400 SW Washburn Avenue. Performers will include local musicians, Americana Music Academy teachers and a few of the academy's best students. Acts will include:

¦ Celtic Groove, a dozen violin, mandolin and guitar players, who will perform holiday music from Scotland.

¦ Thorpe & McElroy, a folk duo formed by mandolin player Jolleen Thorpe and guitarist Joe McElroy, two lead singers from the popular Topeka-based bluegrass band Pastense.

¦ Americana String Band, a new seven-member ensemble formed at the weekly Saturday jam sessions in Topeka.

¦ Pickett, Paul & Jeans, the trio of Jim Jeans, mandocello, Michael Paull, bass, and Joe Pickett, mandolin, which will play holiday jazz.

¦ Diane Gillenwater and Cyril Cook, who both teach violin, performing Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto in D minor.

Some surprise elements will be included in the 90-minute show, the proceeds of which will help operate the academy and to offer students scholarships.


America's Got Talent is coming to Kansas City December 2 in search of the Best of the Best in Animal Acts , Variety Acts, BMX or Skate Teams, Singers, Novelty Bands, Pop Groups, Ice Acts, Water Acts, anything entertaining and unique!! This is an invitation only VIP audition. If you or someone you know fits the bill send the following ASAP to be considered:

Act Name


Contact Info

City you reside

Video of Talent (post & send link or via YouSendit - do not send any attachments larger than 3 MB!)

Send info & link to kat.agtcasting@gmail.com.


Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm the Ms Clever Keys Benefit will be held at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City. Show your love for one of KC's best musical talents. The evening will start with an all-star jam session hosted by Levee Town, followed by Knock Kneed Sally and Ms. Samantha Fish. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Additional donations will be accepted at the event, which is 18+ or w/an adult. 

            Jasminepolusa (Jasmine Booth) Benefit will be held Saturday, December 8 at 4 pm. 5 year old Jasmine Booth from the Kansas City area has been diagnosed with leukemia. Numerous musicians have rallied to take part in this cause for Jasmine and her family. Bands will start playing at 6 pm and will continue until 1 am. There will be raffles for an assortment of items and gift certificates throughout the evening. So far the following bands are scheduled to play: Skooter Trash, Villains Dance and Desert Wine.


            Join RKO Blues Band at Bite Me BBQ in Wichita on Saturday, December 8 at 9 pm for the best blues and the best darn BBQ in town.


            Tom Demasters will have a CD release party for his latest album Monday December 10 at Phoenix Jazz Club in downtown KCMO.


Promoter Jim Kilroy wasn't planning on adding any more shows this year, but December 21 at the VooDoo Lounge just opened up. He's going to put together a show Kilroy's billing as the Mayan Calendar Release Party. If you're available and interested in getting on the bill, contact Jim Kilroy. (913) 709-1367 or jim@jimkilroy.com


            Sunday, December 22, Band Strickland, led by Steve Strickland, will play at Cutter's Smokehouse in Eudora. Show starts at 7:30 pm. This version of the band will include Spencer Strickland-Strickland on drums, Virgil Gumm, Jr.-Strickland on bass and vocals, and Dennis (Slym Slo Slyder) MacMillan-Strickland on pedal steel and anything else he wants to play (and maybe some vocals). Denny Maygers will not make it to this show as he will be at a family gathering out of state.


Pat Metheny's The Orchestrion Project will be released on January 29.  Click here: The Orchestrion Project + Signed Print | Nonesuch Records


Trampled Under Foot has reached their Kickstarter campaign goal of $20,000. As of November 20, they had raised $20,767 from 420 backers with 12 days to go! They're glad to have such supportive fans and are looking forward to self-releasing another project. A lot of work goes into a project like this, but it's worth every hour. When they self-release, they get to choose who they work with, where they record, when they record, and when they release. As artists, these things are all very important to them.

The more pledges TUF gets, the more stuff they'll be able to do around the release of the album. Everything that they raise now will go toward marketing and promotion for the album. They have some great ideas for music videos, art, and various ways to presen and share the music. TUF has heard from several folks asking if it's possible to makea pledge for more than one item. Since Kickstarter doesn't allow for 2+ options to be selected, please pledge the amount of the combined total of the 2+ items you w2ant on the highest cost item and send TUF an email to confirm your selections at tuf@redlightmanagement.com; Click here: New Trampled Under Foot album by Nick Schnebelen — Kickstarter.


            Eric Stein came up with the song title "Big Stick." Later that night his brother Ray Stein (left) had a dream of holding a huge bat in his hand. The Steins new album will be more r&b with vocals, mainstream, crossover, smooth jazz oriented and should be out soon. It will feature legendary musicians. The latest from Ray is that the new album will come out during the first week of 2013. Click here: Big Stick - part 1 by RAY STEIN MEDIA on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free


            Cole Lindbergh, the games manager at Worlds of Fun who was featured on an episode of This American Life earlier this year, recently launched a songwriting service called I Got You a Song. The service basically allows people to buy a song for the low price of $14.99. You submit a zany idea, and Lindbergh will write the song, perform it and post the performance on YouTube. Song lengths range between two and three minutes and are based on a 160 character description that you provide. You can customize things like the song's genre or Lindbergh's appearance in the video on the site. All sales are final, and as Lindbergh states on his website: "(it'll be the) best thing you've ever heard in your life or quite possibly the most horrible thing you've ever heard in your life."  Click here: I Got You A Song - It's definitely something!


            DJ Lottie at Break Thru Radio highlighted Lawrence music for her November episode of Spotlight on the City. Click here: BreakThru Radio features all Lawrence music in new program episode | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


When he was 17, Kevin Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and did what you do if you want to be in a successful indie-rock band: He bought a one-way ticket to Brooklyn. Morby returned to KC for Thanksgiving and a Friday night show at the Riot Room. Click here: With Woods, and now the Babies, JoCo native Kevin Morby is inching toward indie-rock renown | Interview | The Pitc


             The work of the Coda Jazz Fund was recently lauded by The Kansas City Star. Click here: Coda Jazz Fund marks 10 years of fond farewells - KansasCity.com.


Additional live recordings of a band led by Jay McShann are unveiled by KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: More McShann, Part 1.


Click here: Ten Little Hens | Kristie Stremel


AXSLive's exclusive interview with Melissa Etheridge on her tour bus plus a live look into her Atlanta concert: Click here: Melissa Etheridge - YouTube.



Click here: Plastic Sax: Review: UMKC Student Jazz Combos at White Recital Hall

Click here: Album Review: Sam Billen's 'Places' | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com


November 19, 2012


The 2013 Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The induction ceremony and concert will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. A special room rate of $75 has been set up at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center.  The new inductees are:

            Devastating Dinks, Salina

            Exceptions, Topeka

            Ray Hildebrand, Prairie Village

            Kerry Livgren, Berryton/Topeka

            Chuck Mead, Lawrence

            Mystic Number National Bank, Kansas City

            Playmate Blues Band, Hays

            Tempests, Hays

            Steve Werner, Kansas City

            Wizards From Kansas, Lawrence

Sherman Halsey, Independence (Directors Award)

Clyde Bysom and Junkyard Jazz, Lawrence (Directors Award)

            Larry Emmett & Sliders, DeSoto (Bob Hapgood Award)


So far the Devastating Dinks, Ray Hildebrand, Playmate Blues Band, Tempests and Clyde Bysom & Junkyard Jazz have indicated that they will perform at Liberty Hall March 2. It's important that we pack the place, so please spread the word about the show and make plans to attend.


            KC musician Clever Keys (left) has had her keyboard "Lil' Savage" stolen. It's a white Roland Ax-synth with a Roland 550 keyboard amp.


            KC CCM artist Ron Lewerke, formerly of Gray James, Artist, Big Richard and Worship Team, has decided to postpone his hernia surgery from November 19 to December 10.




Wish Me Away is a personal and intimate look at Wellsville's Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as openly gay. The documentary charts her pursuit and rise to fame in Nashville, a hidden network of secrets and lies, her emotional unraveling and eventual rebirth. The film made its TV debut last Thursday, November 15, on Showtime. Many more showings are scheduled through the end of the year.


 The Elders (left) are back from two super fun tours of Ireland with their good pals Searson. A great time was had by all, from late-night jam sessions, ghost hunts at Ashford Castle, Halloween night at Kilronan Castle and dance lessons with the Searson sisters. They even fit in a fundraiser for The Nolan House Alzheimer Society in Arklow. It was mighty fine craic all around. See photos on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Elders/91879628604?ref=ts


            The Monophonics song "Like Yesterday" will be used in episode #602 of Californication on Showtime. The airdate is January 20, 2013. Congrats to Kelly Finnigan and the rest of the band.


Trampled Under Foot (left) wants to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone that has pledged to their Kickstarter campaign so far.  They had a great week of pre-production with their producer Tony last week, and they're planning to fly out to LA later this month to start recording!  They have less than 3 weeks left in the campaign, so please continue to spread the word and help TUF create something amazing.

If they reach their goal and they're able to finish this record, they're planning to have a major celebration and listening party in KC. To those of you that still haven't pledged, for $75 you and a guest can attend that private listening party for the new album followed by a performance. It'll give you the chance to hang with the band, hear the new record before anyone else and see them perform live in an intimate setting.


Fresh off their first European tour, area roots-rockers Ha Ha Tonka will play at the  RecordBar for a homecoming show the night before Thanksgiving. The Pitch recently engaged in a trans-Atlantic correspondence with drummer Lennon Bone in anticipation of the gig. Click here: Ha Ha Tonka roots down in KC after a European jaunt | Interview | The Pitch


            Many of the best musicians in Wichita have participated for the past five years with Christmas Express. They're excited this year to play with Jay Leach, who has played on American Idol over the last six years. Sondra Hacker from the Band of OZ is joining the Christmas Express this year. The show is Saturday, November 24 at the beautiful Wichita Orpheum Theatre. All proceeds go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Midian Transportation Fund. Donation at the door will be $20.


Listen to WFPK Radio Louisville KY's interview with Melissa Etheridge: http://bit.ly/TEZIb1


            Join Miss Major & Her Minor Mood Swings at 6:30 pm Wednesday, December 5, at Knuckleheads in Kansas City for the fifth annual Goin' Hillbilly for Harvesters. Just $10 or ten cans of food gets you live music by Miss Major & Her Minor Mood Swings, Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, and Rex Hobart and the Honky Tonk Standards. There will be a live auction, door raffles, drink & food specials - and 100% of the proceeds go to Harvesters to help feed KC's hungry.


KCJazzLark previews Jazz Winterlude and offers brief reviews of T.J. Martley's new solo album and the debut release of the collaboration between Beau Bledsoe and Stan Kessler. Click here: kcjazzlark: This 'n That 'n Free Winterlude.


The Kansas City High School Jazz All Stars directed by Hermon Mehari performed this past Wednesday, November 14, from 7-8 pm at Planet Sub at 75th and Quivira.  A Jazz Jam session took place immediately following their performance until 9:00pm. The jam session was open to any interested high school students. 20% of all sales will benefit the Kansas City High School All Stars program.

The streets of Kansas City's Crossroads Art District will once again echo with the sounds of jumping blues and hot swinging Jazz this New Year's eve as restaurants Michael Smith and Extra Virgin host another memorable party with The Grand Marquis.

As in years past, there will be two dinner seatings at James Beard award winning chef Michael Smith's namesake restaurant, with a special menu created for the occasion. Next door at Smith's second restaurant, Extra Virgin there will be a prix fixe offering also. The Mediterranean tapas style Extra Virgin and the fine dining experience at Michael Smith will begin New Year's festivities at 6:00pm. Michael Smith's first seating (4 course menu at $75 per person plus tax & tip with a $35 optional wine pairing) begins at 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00pm.The second seating (a 5 course menu at $95 per person plus tax & tip with a $35 optional wine pairing) begins at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30pm - The second seating includes a champagne toast

Extra Virgin will offer an all-you-can-eat ($50 per person) tapas buffet with wine specials, craft cocktails & specially priced bubbly.

The Grand Marquis will be playing from 8:30-12:30am.


Join the Wichita Blues Society's 15th Annual Blues Ball as they celebrate 30 years of keeping the blues alive in Wichita from 1983 - 2013. Blues Challenge winners Kentucky Gentlemen and Kool Kat Daddy will start the show followed by Nick Moss and the Flip tops. Tickets are $15 Advance WBS members/Day of show non-members $20. Doors open at 7 pm. and Show at 8 pm. ALL AGES WELCOME!


Many of them haven't performed together onstage in more than 30 years. Most of them haven't even seen each other in more than 20. As many are coming from far-flung regions of the country, there  will be little to no time for rehearsals. Nation 2.0 and They Only Look Dead perform Wednesday, November 28, at the Mission Theatre in downtown Mission, KS.


In January, the Kansas City Academy, 7933 Main Street, launched the Grassroots Concert Series in its 70-person performing arts theater. This past weekend, the academy threw a three-day Grassroots Music Festival that featured several Kansas City/Lawrence bands and artists performing a variety of music. Click here: Back to Rockville: KC Academy hosting three-day music fest.


The 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Blues Band was celebrated on Saturday afternoon at Dolan's Pub in Fredericton, NB. It featured current and past band members and friends. Then, the Downtown Blues Band took the stage again for an evening show. Former Fabulous Flipper Conrad Mead is a member of the band.


Paul Clark is working on his latest album, The Shorter the Trailer, The Longer the Road, but needs some help financing it, so he's turned to Kickstarter for help. Click here: The Shorter the Trailer, the Longer the Road by Paul Clark — Kickstarter; Click here: (85) WHICH ONE ARE YOU?


Alice Sweet Alice has hired a full-time sound guy who is looking for an apprentice to help him cover some weekend gigs at his permanent place, while he does sound outside, with ASA. If interested, you need to have a musical ear, not just like lights and gear. The band doesn't need a gearhead. Someone is needed who gives a crap about making every band sound great, not just the headliner. Send a PM to Scott Martinez on Facebook with a little info about yourself and your experience.

ASA has six songs written, three songs in the works, and more ideas to build on. The band is excited for the next (yet to be named) album's release.


KC's Ron Gutierrez performed during the halftime show for yesterday's Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. The game was the Chiefs' Military Appreciation Day. As a veteran, Ron found it humbling to pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served this great country.


The International Jazz Quartet featuring KMHOF inductee James Gadson will perform for one night only at the Charlston in Santa Monica, CA on December 11. Due to capacity reservations are remommended.


Bob Walkenhorst sold most of his watercolors on display at Unity Temple on the Plaza over the weekend. He'll be sharing new work at the Shirley Stiles Gallery in Westwood City Hall in December.


The Soul Providers spread cheer and re-up their performance series just in time for the holiday season. The idea of a rap crew is a long tenured one in Hip Hop culture. Few of the artform's constructs have ever been as cherished. The Soul Providers have always been steeped in this tradition. The crew, started in 2003, has been home to some of Kansas City's finest emcees, producers, and DJ's over the years. The current roster includes: Reach, Les Izmore, Milkdrop, Dutch Newman, Hozey T, Show, Headfella, and DJ Skeme. Over the last 5 years the crew has hosted one of the city's most exciting summer attractions, The Soul Providers' Block Party. This fall, Soul Pro will return to the stage with a series of live shows titled Soul Providers Present. The second installment will be hosted on Friday, November 30 at The Brick (1727 McGee, KCMO). The lineup will comprise a trio of Soul Provider acts (Les Izmore, Hozey T, and Show) and supporting acts Abnorm and MC Storm. Admissions for the event will be $5 until 11pm and $7 following. Ladies will be admitted, free of charge, throughout the evening. The show will begin promptly at 10pm with an opening set from DJ Skeme. This special installment will also celebrate the introduction of new supergroup Heartfelt Anarchy (Les Izmore of Hearts of Darkness and D/Will).

The Soul Providers, approaching their tenth-year anniversary, are currently in the process of rebranding the name. Soul Providers Present is an effort to re-introduce such an important part of Kansas City's Hip Hop scene to its constituents. As with all of SP's previous efforts, this new series will meet and most likely exceed the high standard fans have come to expect from the crew. Soul Providers Present will give fans an opportunity to reconnect with the crew and to enjoy the talents of other artists external to "Soul Pro". As the cold weather descends upon the "city of fountains", SP will keep you warm until next spring when they launch a new season of their annual block parties. The soul lives on.

Riverrock is well represented at the entrance to the world premier of the Science of Rock & Roll Exhibit at Kansas City's Union Station. Many great displays, celebrating Rock & Roll history in Kansas City, are featured in the entrance gallery before entering the main echibit. This is a MUST SEE for everyone in KC and all those visiting KC through March, 2013!


Victor & Penny have recorded their second album of antique pop entitled, Side by Side with deft guitar, engaging vocals and a fiery ukulele.

Side By Side (Songs For Kids Of All Ages) is a collection of songs that resonate with people of all ages from children to seniors.  Its themes are joyful and lighthearted.  The recording features stellar production value, engaging vocals and deft, smooth guitar work anchored by a fiery ukulele.

Their Story:  They play and sing music of the early 20th century, music they call "Antique Pop".  They recorded their first album last year and toured throughout the US playing clubs, festivals, art galleries, children's parties, memory care centers, restaurants, theatres, house concerts and more.  They've met thousands of people from all walks of life. They traveled over 40,000 miles last year sharing their songs and their love of the genre. In addition to reworking classics and discovering obscure old gems, they also write original music inspired by the era they love and the experiences they've had together on the road, side by side. 

Their extensive travels have shown them that the songs they play are part of the collective consciousness of several generations. From children's parties in NYC, to rock clubs in LA, to senior centers in the heartland, they've seen this music connect people and bring a sense of joy, despite age or background.

Side By Side is inspired by their experiences on the road and the people they've met. They're making a record that captures the appeal of these songs to people of all ages, and includes original music they've written while on the road.  They recorded the album in October at The Cooler in Kansas City, MO. They used local musicians and engineers on the recording and are now in the final stages of production. They could really use your help to complete the project.

This is your chance to support an independent, creative music project. With your help, Side By Side will be released November 23. The funds raised will help cover the hard costs of producing the CD.  Then, they plan to tour this record to bring their love of this joyful music to people of all ages all over the US. Click here: Victor & Penny "Side By Side" Recording Project by Erin McGrane — Kickstarter.


Coffeyville's gonna rock on Saturday, November 24 when guitarist Donnie Miller makes his annual trip home from Nashville. He says it's his favorite show of the year. "It's wonderful to see all my family & friends in the setting of the largest nightclub in S.E.K."

Join him and his band Rude Awakening at Caesars Dance Hall. Doors open at 9 pm for the reunion starring Kurt Carow, Curtis Dixon & Steve Datson.


KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Medley presents Sam Billen, Victor & Penny and Ernest James Zydeco this week. Streaming at www.kkfi.org Kansas City's Community Radio station KKFI, the 10:00 am to noon show is produced and hosted weekly by Mark Manning.

Mark plays more local and new releases from John Veighe & the Prodigal Sons, Fourth of July, the Caves, Fullbloods, Lazy, David George, the Sleazebeats, Sam Billen, Victor & Penny, and Ernest James Zydeco.



At 10:15 Marks talks with Lawrence singer-songwriter-producer Sam Billen. Sam has been making music since he started piano lessons at the age of eight. Sam fronted the critically acclaimed indie rock group The Billions, signed to the L.A. based Northern Records. In 2004 Sam started recording as a solo artist, and this year he released his tenth solo recording, Places, on his own new music label, Primary Color Collective.

At 10:45 Mark welcomes back to the show Victor & Penny (Erin McGrane & Jeff Freiling) who will discuss their upcoming full-length release, Side by Side. Inspired by their experiences on the road and the people they've met, Victor & Penny recorded the album in October at The Cooler in Kansas City with local musicians and engineers. Side by Side will be released November 23. Victor & Penny play the RecordBar on Saturday, November 24, in an all-ages matinee at 1:00 pm.

At 11:15 Mark talks with KC based band Ernest James Zydeco, made up of Ernest James on accordion, guitar and vocals; Jaisson Taylor on drums and vocals; Barry Barnes on washboard and percussion; Mike Stover on bass; and Tom LaCroix on guitar and vocals. Ernest James Zydeco will discuss their new album Three Steps from La La, to be released November 30. Ernest James Zydeco will play the Lawrence Arts Center Saturday, November 24, at 4:00 pm. They will play their CD release show at BB's Lawnside BBQ on Friday, November 30 at 9:00 pm.


Brian May and Kerri Ellis covered "Dust in the Wind" the other day when they played in London. Brian was talking about Kansas before they started, saying they're a great band, and they used to tour together back in the day, etc. He specifically mentioned Kerry Livgren. We all know now that Brian is a Kansas fan



Click here: Plastic Sax: Review: Deborah Brown- All Too Soon

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November 12, 2012

Voting is finished and it's time to announce the 2013 inductees into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame! Voting closed at midnight, October 31. The induction ceremony and concert will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The new inductees are:

            Devastating Dinks


            Ray Hildebrand

            Kerry Livgren

            Chuck Mead

            Mystic Number National Bank

            Playmate Blues Band


            Steve Werner

            Wizards From Kansas

Sherman Halsey (Directors Award)

Clyde Bysom and Junkyard Jazz (Directors Award)

            Larry Emmett & Sliders (Bob Hapgood Award)


Mike Chamberlain (left), lead singer for KC's early 90s metal band Denov Thieves, passed away Monday morning.


We've learned that Lawrence's Jami Flynn, the wife of Mass Street Music's co-owner John Flynn, is recovering from surgery for breast cancer. Her prognosis is very good. Our thoughts are with her, and we wish her well. Jami usually helps out when MSM goes to Winfield each year.




            Last Thursday Paul Clark (lower left) was relaxing at his daughter's home, and his world started spinning. Paul couldn't get up from the couch, and everything became impaired. His daughter called 911. He was released from the ER later that night, and he's now resting at home. Apparently he is completely exhausted. Paul's body clock decided to pick a fight with his will. He's still spinning, with a fever, achy from head to toe.


Like most weekend nights, last Friday posed several choices for anyone who wanted to get out and hear some live music. Here, we're spotlighting two shows that featured some of the better bands and performers in Kansas City. Click here: Back to Rockville: Friday night spotlight: Two shows for your consideration.


Tech N9ne and Strange Music, in conjunction with the Independence Events Center, are proud to announce the first annual Tech N9ne - The Gift Of Rap 2012 concert, December 7th at the Independence Events Center. Featuring the Kansas City King, Tech N9ne, in his hometown, along with special guests Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Rittz and others, this will be an event not to miss! This concert will benefit the Love Fund For Children and Harvesters Community Food Network. Donations of non-perishable food items, various hygiene/lifestyle items for boys and girls (see the list below for suggestions and ideas), as well as unwrapped, new toys and games, will be accepted at the door. Plus, all qualifying donations will receive a $10 merchandise voucher, redeemable at the Strange Music merchandise booth the night of the show! With additional support from generous sponsors such as CBS Outdoor, Simon Malls, DSS, Inc., Gates BBQ, Colormark Printing, Monster Energy, The Wrap Factory, Mix 93 and KC Trends, this show will be the most talked about event of the season. For more information, check out therealtechn9ne.com or any of our sponsors websites. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or the Silverstein Eye Centers Box Office at the IEC.

Tech is currently on a European tour, so he celebrated his birthday in London November 8. This past year has been huge for Tech N9ne, so he had plenty to celebrate.

Karlee Dean and former Embarrassment member Bill Goffrier (left) started writing together on all available surfaces during 2010. They record their new songs at home and share (most of) the results online on Bandcamp and Facebook. They have recently begun to play out as a duo and with friends. Click here: (79) Karlee Dean and Bill Goffrier.

At this month's KAAA board meeting they voted in one new and three returning officers. They would like to thank Dulcie Guinty for all of her dedication to the KAAA and hope that they can make her proud as Kat Travis attempts to fill her shoes! ALso, thank you Nori Hendrix, Camie Lee Moody, and Tara Carr for joining. Their input is so appreciated. Everyone is looking forward to the new year with many new events and many returning favorites...stay tuned for more news as it becomes available!


Forrest Whitlow had a record release show for his new double album Ghosts from the Old Country at KC's RecordBar and another Saturday at Prospero's Books. Sunday night Whitlow was on Barry Lee's Signal to Noise show on KKFI.

Three bands entertained the RecordBar crowd last Friday evening following Forrest Whitlow's CD release party. Spirit is the Spirit play ramshackle jams that would have been immediately embraced by Grateful Dead fans forty years ago. The Lawrence band's psychedelic material like "Mother Mountain" is downright trippy. Tiny Horse is a country-rock project featuring Abigail Henderson and Chris Meck. The two are beloved veterans of Kansas City's music scene. Wooden Sky was sandwiched between the two area acts. The Canadian band plays hushed folk-rock in the vein of Fleet Foxes.


KC pianist Mark Lowrey has finally finished his second album. After months of writer's block, the day of his last session, he wrote another original piece in about 45 minutes. He thanks all of the kick starter supporters for making the album possible. Lowrey and his Lil' Big Band played the Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District Saturday.


Olassa is an Americana trio with a sweet sound. Click here: Olassa asks: I Love You, Come Back to Me. We say: OK | Interview | The Pitch.


There are almost as many concerts of holiday music in Kansas City as there are twinkling lights on the Country Club Plaza. Click here: From humorous to classical, KC holiday events of note - KansasCity.com


The Elmont Opry at its shows Friday night and Saturday afternoon recognized Ray Jackson and one of his daughters, Verna Jackson,  for the contributions the Jackson family has made over the years to the country music show at Elmont United Methodist Church. Click here: Elmont Opry to honor Jackson family at shows | CJOnline.com


A lengthy essay by KPR's Bob McWilliams praises the efforts of Kansas City's Take Five Coffee + Bar and the Blue Room. Click here: A Tale of Two KC Jazz Clubs.


Pat Metheny was voted "Guitarist of the Year" in the 2012 DownBeat Readers Poll. Click here: DownBeat Magazine.


Bobby Watson is the subject of an interesting interview in a Pennsylvania newspaper. Click here: Watson: Jazz scene is smaller but still driving | TribLIVE.


Van McLain says that the Shooting Star show at the Cricket went so well that he's mixing a CD and DVD of the show.


            The local version of The Deli is an online publication dedicated to covering Kansas City's music scene.  It highlights a broad array of contemporary rock-based artists. The Deli's Wednesday showcase, however, possesses a decidedly retro sensibility. 


From AfterGroove: Some of you may not be aware, but we lost our good friend (& drummer) Quinton McDonnell to cancer in August. We have planned a fund raiser/celebration event on what would have been his 46th birthday at Aftershock Bar & Grill. AfterGroove will be performing with the various great musicians who have had the opportunity to play with Quinton throughout the years. It will be an exciting evening with LOTS of great music. There will be a $5 cover and we will also be selling raffle tickets for $5 each. We have $1000.00 worth of merchandise donated by various businesses. So your odds of winning are extremely good! The lose of Quinton has left his family in a very bad financial position. Please come out and support the cause. (November 18, 5-8 p.m.)


From Jim Mair: A full house stood and applauded the Bram Wijnands Trio long and loud at Kansas City Kansas Community College Thursday.  The second in a "Jazz by the Lake" noon concert jazz series held the first Thursday of the month, the performance drew a standing room only crowd in the College's Conference Center adjacent to the campus lake… The Joe Cartwright Trio will be featured in the third concert of the series from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. The 2013 schedule will feature Diverse Feb. 5, Chris Hazelton and Friends March 7 and Tim Whitmer April 4.


The Elvis Birthday Bash is taking place over the course of a week in 2013. Jim Kilroy is doing 4 events between January 4-11. He's going with the game plan of "2 shows in one night" on 3 of the 4 dates. On January 5 at Knuckleheads, the Banzai Awards XXIII will be the late show.


Pinckney Elementary School parents have partnered with the Old West Lawrence and Pinckney neighborhoods along with Van Go Arts to install a new mural in the Pinckney Tunnel. Truckstop Honeymoon, the Skirts and L.A. Fahy will perform at a benefit concert Sunday, November 18 from 3-5 pm at the White Schoolhouse. A donation of $15 per person will get you in. Children under 5 get in free. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available for $1 each.


            Not only did Tate Stevens not get booted off Fox's The X Factor last Thursday night, he was declared number one in viewer votes. Click here: KC's Tate Stevens top vote-getter on 'X Factor' - KansasCity.com.


A KC Guns N' Roses tribute band called Sweet Band O'Mine put on a show at the Riot Room on Saturday. Click here: Sweet Band O'Mine will riot at the Riot Room Saturday | Wayward Blog.


            "The Marvelous" Marilyn Maye, whose long musical career began as a girl in Topeka, performed a Topeka Jazz Workshop Concert Series show Sunday afternoon at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. Click here: Marilyn Maye to return to scene of her climb | CJOnline.com.

Jim Ralston, a professor of choral music at KU for nearly 30 years, was always dedicated to making music with the human voice, Susan said, and that never changed. Ralston died Wednesday at Pioneer Ridge of complications from pneumonia. He was 81.

Chris Mann's new album, Roads, was released Click here: Longtime choral music leader at KU dies / LJWorld.com. last Tuesday. Click here: ‘Wonderful things happening' for Wichita native Chris Mann | Wichita Eagle.


The WSU Choral Department will present its 50th annual Candlelight Concert on Sunday, December 2, at 4:00pm and 7:30pm and again on Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Wiedemann Recital hall. The concert features the WSU A Cappella Choir, Women's Choir, Concert Chorale, and Madrigal Singers. Admission is $7. Students $3. The Sunday night performance includes a special invitation to past participants in the Candlelight programs to join the choir in singing the traditional closing Beautiful Saviour under the direction of Dr. Harrison "Bud" Boughton who initiated the Candlelight tradition in 1962.


From a Berklee College of Music tribute to Ray Charles, the song "You're in for a Big Surprise," written by Percy Mayfield, sung here by Donna McElroy, arranged by former Lawrence musician Darrell Katz has been posted on YouTube. Click here: You're in for a big surpise - YouTube.


KCOR will be spotlighting independent artists the week of December 1-7. Various KCOR shows will be spotlighting artists, and their links will be posted on the KCOR website. Purchase of indie music is a great Christmas gift idea for the music lover. They truly are the future of the music business. Independent artists should submit their music to the KCOR Music Director Kevin Hardy - kevin@kconlineradio.com and listen at www.kconlineradio.com.


The 15th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival, featuring the Baker Jazz Ensemble, is this week in Baldwin City. A concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and a day-long competition will take place on Friday in Rice Auditorium on the Baker campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Thursday concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Ken Watters, a trumpeter from Huntsville, Ala. J.D. Parr, professor of music, will direct the concert.

On Friday, Watters and four professional jazz musicians from the Kansas City area will adjudicate 18 high school bands, which will receive a rating from the judges and a clinic conducted by one of the jazz artists. Outstanding soloists and one "Exemplary Performer" award winner will be announced after the competition.


            Hidden Pictures needs a new bassist. Contact the band if you're interested. Call Richard Gintowt at 785-766-2596.


About 275 Kansas University School of Music students will play instruments and sing Tuesday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The students are members of KU's Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, and will be performing for the third annual KU School of Music Scholarship Concert. For a full list of KU School of Music recitals and performances, visit music.ku.edu/events.


Nate Harold (left), who grew up in the small town of Weskan, KS, played on Saturday Night Live recently with his band Fun. "This is probably the most exciting thing ever in my life," he tweeted. Harold plays bass for Fun, which is behind the #1 Billboard hit "We Are Young." He's played in several Lawrence bands over the years, including Kelpie and Koufax.


            17th Annual Rhythm and Blues for Christmas show in Wichita is Sunday, November 18. Doors open at 5 pm and the show starts at 5:45. Music is by Kool Kat Daddy & the Macy Brothers.


The fourth annual MidCoast Takeover will be the biggest of the four and no doubt the best. It will feature dozens of Kansas City/Lawrence and midwest bands performing in a great venue, the Shangri-La, in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Conference, March 12-17, 2013. To be eligible for a time slot, you must register by 5 pm January 10. The Takeover is not an official SXSW event, but it draws music fans from all over the globe who either can't get into the official gigs or who want a respite from the madness in downtown Austin. The Shangri-La is about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the heart of the music festival. It draws plenty of foot traffic. Click here: MidCoast Takeover | BAND REGISTRATION.



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November 5, 2012


Voting is finished and we had hoped to be able to announce the 2013 inductees, but the board of directors is going to need additional time to finalize the list, so we expect to reveal the list next week instead of this week. The induction ceremony and concert will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.


            KC drummer Arnie Young is in the hospital and has been unable to work for several weeks. He needs our help to make rent and keep his home. Any support you can give will be appreciated. Contact his friend Mark Lowrey for more information.


Kerry Livgren has been spending more time than usual in the studio…like a chemist disappearing into a laboratory to conduct a lengthy experiment.  This maybe old news to some,  but Kerry's been working on a demo of a song called "One Out of One," which he'll be sending off to John Elefante for John to consider for his next project. John had been asking for a song and Kerry didn't believe he had anything that he thought would be appropriate until he listen to John's last project.

While we have no idea what John will decide to do with the tracks Kerry is submitting, we can confirm that this particular Livgren offering is absolutely butt-kicking stellar. The intro is soft orchestral with some flute…and then BAM! Here comes the guitar army with that Livgren industrial "hammer on the anvil" sound akin to "Live for the King." The guitar solo is tastefully creative, seasoned with some right hand tapping, and his organ solo is blistering hot hot hot! The tune has 4 verses. This song is going to be a wonderful platform for John to showcase his own unique talent! Kerry has many more projects left as he continues to reclaim his physical abilities following his stroke. While he says the recording process takes a bit longer than previously, the chemist in the lab is still mixing up full-strength potions.


The credulous questions posed by prominent Kansas City-based jazz artists dripped with skepticism recently at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Shades of Jade was hosting an event billed as a "Youth Education Program to expose people of ages (15-28) of the relevance of Jazz music in our mainstream society and in their local community." 

A  KC bassist has questioned Shades of Jade's decision to stray from the conventional Kansas City sound. A saxophonist wonders why Shades of Jade favors odd meters. Click here: Plastic Sax: Reaching Out with Shades of Jade and Vijay Iyer .


Midwest Music Foundation was founded in 2009, after the inaugural Apocalypse Meow benefit, to help promote the music scenes in Kansas City and Lawrence. MMF offers health care and promotional help to area musicians. Click here: MMF wants musicians to know ‘we are here for them' - KansasCity.com


Marilyn Maye began a nine-day residency at Quality Hill Playhouse on Friday, October 26. At 84, the indefatigable cabaret artist is arguably better than ever. The lively humor Maye displays will startle anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of seeing Maye perform.  Everyone else will smile knowingly. 


            American Youth shared the Bottleneck stage in Lawrence Saturday night with area acts Approach, Radkey and My Brother, the Vulture. Click here: American Youth to share Bottleneck stage with local acts Approach, Radkey and My Brother, the Vulture | Loud and L.


Shyner welcomes back drummer Dale Spencer. He's decided that he belongs with the Wichita band. Shyner would also like to thank Doc for working his ass off filling some big shoes for a short period. He did a good job, but the music family is complete again. Shyner wishes Doc all the best and quick, speedy recoveries to his family members with whom he needs to be now. Join Dale and Shyner at Betty's Runway Lounge on Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 pm.


An interview with Father Figures, a Lawrence hip-hop duo, appeared in the KU newspaper. Click here: The Beat Hive: Hip-Hop Interview | The University Daily Kansan.


            The Deli recently caught up with the Architects. Click here: Artists on Trial: The Architects.


            Trampled Under Foot has used YouTube to discuss their upcoming album. Click here: NEW ALBUM/TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT - YouTube


Tim Whitmer's Annual Birthday Bash featuring the birthday boy himself, Tim Whitmer, with Special Guests Rod Fleeman, Chico Battaglia and Monique Danielle will be Wednesday, November 7 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Tickets at the door are only $7.00.  Children under 16 will get in free. Whitmer has been the gracious host and resident pianist since the inception of the Spirituality & All That Jazz program in 1994

Southeast Kansas is going to be rockin' November 10 when the Gass Company and the Sebrings get together in Frontenac for the White Grill Rock Reunion. Click here: PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Bands uniting for rock reunion - Pittsburg, KS - Morning Sun


Put it on your calendar. There will be a King Midas 47th anniversary party this year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24. Because the Legion Hall was already booked and rented, it will be held at the McPherson Opera House. It will be a concert/dance and people will be able to dance down front. Concessions for drinks will be available. The price is the same as the last 2 years ($10/person) and the band sure hopes you will plan to attend this annual event. There will be 2 one hour sets with an intermission in between, and possibly more music after that! For those of you who have attended before, you know the fun; and for those who haven't attended you need to come see and meet up with old friends from years ago. (It's kinda like a class reunion party only with music). The former King Midas members are invited to attend but we're not sure yet who can make it and who can't. We will try to keep you updated on that. Starting time will be announced later. Join the party on Saturday, November 24.


Just in time to get a jump on the holidays Kelley Hunt Merch has placed all 5 Kelley Hunt CDs, including the newest release Gravity Loves You, on sale for only $12.50 through December 31. This is a great chance to fill in the missing titles in your Kelley Hunt library and pick up great items for music fans on the holiday gift list.

            So what could possibly make this great sale even better? How about this totally cool perk for stocking up? Buy any five items onlind at the Merch Store on Kelley's website and get a free copy of the limited release single "Heartland" (while supplies last). 

            "Heartland" is a great Americana track recorded during the Gravity Loves You sessions featuring Kelley on vocal and acoustic piano, Grammy-winning mandolin master Sam Bush and eminent acoustic bassist Byron House. The single is in limited release - the only places to get it are at Kelley's live shows, at the shop at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, KS where "Heartland" is featured in the museum's theatrical presentation and through this offer.  About 75 bonus copies of "Heartland" are available for this promotion so get your order in soon.


            If you're looking for a special Christmas gift for your veteran or patriotic family member, you can't beat Britt Small & Festival recordings. A Festival Christmas has Christmas music played and sung the way it should be. The group needs to sell some albums because they're hurting. They have 18 albums and 3 DVDs. Britt's trying to book VAs for Christmas shows. CD sales will help with travel money.

            Britt says that he's been having a great time playing with musicians from the St. Joseph area, who grew up watching Festival. If he can't obtain travel money, he'll continue to play at home, but won't be able to tour anymore. Festival has spent many years trying to change the country and need your help to keep entertaining hospitalized veterans. Check out www.brittsmall.com.


Topekan Arch Ecker gave up on finding the bass guitar stolen from him in Butte, Montana 14 years ago. It turns out he shouldn't have. Click here: Stolen Bass Finds Its Way Home... 14 Years Later


Small Victories is Ross Brown's solid solo debut. Click here: Ross Brown notches a win on Small Victories | Interview | The Pitch


            Abigail Henderson is happy to be back in KC for another Apocalypse Meow. Click here: KC musician Abigail Henderson: Still singing, still swinging - KansasCity.com.


Logan Richardson is a member of the Next Collective, a new group that includes other prominent young musicians like Gerald Clayton and Ben Williams.  Jazz Times reports on the group's recording plans.

Concord Jazz will release Cover Art, a new recording by Next Collective (featuring saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardists Gerald Clayton and Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jamire Williams, and special guest trumpeter Christian Scott). The album features jazz interpretations of contemporary song material by such artists as Bon Iver, Drake, N.E.R.D, Little Dragon, Pearl Jam and Jay Z and Kanye West. The album is produced by Chris Dunn and Next Collective. The release date is February 26 and iTunes is offering a three-song preview


An interview with Chuck Haddix is featured in UMKC's student newspaper. Click here: The real spin master | The University News.


Glenn North takes KMBZ's Joel Nichols on a tour of the American Jazz Museum.  (Via KC Stage Blog.)  Click here: American Jazz Museum - YouTube.


In support of the release of his newest full-length album, Places, Sam Billen is offering his previous full-length album, Headphones and Cellphones, as a free download exclusively through Noisetrade. After years of fronting his previous band, the Billions, Sam journeyed off into a solo music career. His solo work has been called 'undeniably charming' (Pitch Weekly) and 'musical genius' (The Blue Indian). You can keep up with Sam's new music and view episodes of a video series Sam made about spending the summer with his family in Japan at www.sambillen.com.

Billen's CD release party for Places will be arom 7-10 pm November 8 at the Burger Stand at the Casbah in Lawrence.






























Former KC trumpeter Mark Pender (above) is going to the Chicago area for a couple of performance clinics. He's going to play a set and then have everyone jam with him.


November is a big month for Kansas City's Ernest James Zydeco, which releases its third album — Three Steps from La La — on Nov. 30. Ernest James, singer and accordionist, outlined for The Star 10 songs that have captured his attention. Click here: What are you listening to? Ernest James | Ink.


Melissa Etheridge was forthcoming in her AfterEllen interview. Click here: Melissa Etheridge: "I Almost Didn't Put 'Come to My Window' on my album" | AfterEllen.com.


There are only five weeks to go before Gerald Trimble's Beatles Baroque at All Saints Episcopal Church in Kansas City.


Bob Walkenhorst has 20 paintings on display at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City MO, from now through November 30. Please stop in and take a look. Open Monday - Saturday 9 am to 9 pm. Sunday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. You can view them online at:



Quixotic, which performs at KU's Lied Center this Friday, combines a wide range of performance art. The show features live, original music, dancers, acrobats, and animation to create a unique experience for audiences. Click here: Exotic Quixotic | Lawrence.com.


With the holiday season fast approaching, Tech N9ne stopped by the Fox 4 News studio in Kansas City for a live interview to talk about his Gift of Rap 2012 benefit show on December 7 at the Independence Events Center. The huge concert will benefit the Love Fund for Children and Harvesters Community Food Network, and as Tech revealed, will include appearances from Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Rittz, and special guest E-40.

During the interview, Tech also went on to discuss what he's thankful for - his children, and he explained why he believes so many people can connect with his music. Always in high spirits, Tech N9ne looks to spread the good will and bring people together for some good music.


The Pedaljets 7" 45 rpm vinyl record release party this Saturday, December 15 at the RecordBar in KC.



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October 29, 2012

Voting is underway to select next year's Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees. A ballot was emailed shortly after midnight October 1. Paper ballots have been sent to those eligible voters for whom we do not have an email address. Voting will close at midnight, October 31, 2012. Results will be announced in an early November newsletter. The induction ceremony will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The following 30 names appear on this year's ballot, however, write-in votes are not only allowed, but encouraged: Dana Cooper, Devastating Dinks, Embarrassment, Larry Emmett & Sliders, Exceptions, Get Smart, Ray Hildebrand, Freedy Johnston, Junkyard Jazz, Julia Lee, Kerry Livgren, Lotus, Kevin Mahogany, Chuck Mead, Mortal Micronotz, Mystic Number National Bank, Pedaljets, Playmate Blues Band, Samuel Ramey, Scamps, Secrets*, Tony Teebo, Tempests, Thumbs, Roger Walls, Steve Werner, Johnny Western, Marva Whitney, Wichita Linemen and Wizards From Kansas.


            RocknRick Patterson lost his mother on October 18. As her obituary points out music was a driving force in her life. Click here: SHARON HAYDEN PATTERSON Obituary: View SHARON PATTERSON's Obituary by Kansas City Star


            The Embarrassment's friend, teacher, and EP cover artist John Boyd of Wichita died last week in Wichita. R.I.P. John Click here: Obituary For: John David Boyd | Smith Family Mortuaries.

            Pre-Order the upcoming release, Crashes On The Platinum Planet by Big Dipper and get a limited autographed CD Booklet with purchase. Big Dipper includes former Embarrassment member Bill Goffrier. Click here: newburycomics.com - Big Dipper with Limited* Autographed CD Booklet.


            John Paul Greer, son of Kansas bassist Billy Greer, was in bad automobile accident recently. JP is a husband and father to three young children. At first they were concerned that his spleen might have to be removed, but that will not be necessary. The Greer family has expressed appreciation for all the thoughts and prayers from friends and fans of Kansas. We all hope JP continues toward a speedy recovery.


            As we mentioned last week, former long-time KC blues performer Chick Willis has been diagnosed with cancer. If you want to send well wishes, prayers, jokes or anything else you want to send, his address is PO Box 561, Forsyth, GA 31029.


            Eric Elder of Tree Frog says his doctor tells him that he is "cancer free," which is good, but leaves rebuilding a tissue base on his skull (the wound) to adhere to the skin graft. Eric wears a "wound -vac" that keeps suction/cleaning going on in the wound. It's a little machine with tubes to the wound hanging from his shoulder like someone on oxygen. It's the dressing changes that are most painful.


            Kristi Stremel says she has tendonitis in her guitar playing index finger. She blames bar chords. Pain was so bad that she couldn't perform at a breast cancer benefit on Saturday.


Pastense, a Topeka bluegrass band, performed songs from its new CD Danced All Night in a Worn Out Shoe, as well as some older favorites Friday evening at the Classic Bean in the Fairlawn Plaza. Pastense includes Don Anderson on bass, Diane Gillenwater on fiddle, Steve LaForge on banjo, Joe McElroy on mandolin and Jolleen Thorpe on guitar.


Kansas City Singer/Songwriter Laura Lisbeth featured songs from her new album, The Balance, at her release show on Saturday, October 27, at Bentley Guitar Studios in Parkville, Missouri. Joining her was guitarist Gerry Monks. More information is available at www.lauralisbeth.com.

The unassuming melodic rock of Quiet Corral isn't particularly novel. Yet the Lawrence-based band's humble sound is resonating with thousands of listeners around the nation. The band recently performed at the prestigious Austin City Limits festival in Texas. The sextet also shared a bill with the Dave Matthews Band and the Avett Brothers in Washington in September.  Its forthcoming full-length debut album promises to propel Quiet Corral to even greater heights.  Two national acts opened for the local heroes on Friday at the Granada.  Both Minneapolis' Communist Daughter and Omaha's Skypiper specialize in Elliott Smith-inspired folk-rock.


A group of Friends University jazz students (left) is raising money for a December trip to Cuba. A fundraiser featuring dancing, big band music and a silent auction was held Saturday evening at Crown Uptown in Wichita. Click here: Fundraiser to help send Friends jazz students to Cuba | Wichita Eagle



Prominent members of Kansas City's indie rock scene were all revved up and ready to go at Sonic Spectrum's tribute to the Ramones on Sunday. The seminal punk band's classic material like "Blitzkrieg Bop" was featured in four sets. Up-and-coming punk-metal band Radkey were in their element as it interpreted the elemental music of the Ramones.  UFT!, a band that features RecordBar co-owner Steve Tulipana, was faithful to the Ramones' vision.  Two additional sets featured members of Deco Auto, the Latenight Callers, the Quivers, the Rich Boys, Appropriate Grammar and Hobo Zero.


A trio of New York City jazz masters joined a pair of Kansas City musicians to perform at Sunday's show in the 44th season of the Topeka Jazz Workshop Concert Series. Kansas City drummer Tommy Ruskin and bassist Gerald Spaits were joined in the Regency Ballroom of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center by tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, trombonist John Allred and pianist Rossano Sportiello. Admission was by season subscription.  The ticket will be good for six more concerts through April, including the November 11 one by famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye. For more information about the other shows in the TJW Inc. series, go to www.topekajazz.com or contact TJW Inc. executive director Marcene Grimes at mgrimes14@cox.net or (785) 379-5169.


            Take Five Coffee + Bar, 5336 W. 151st Street in Leawood, had a CD release party for the group Passport, the duet collaboration in which guitarist Beau Bledsoe and trumpeter Stan Kessler play music "from just about everywhere," last Friday evening.

Lauren Krum's debut at the Take Five Coffee + Bar on Saturday was a jazz-oriented performance. Krum is the vocalist for alt-country act The Grisly Hand.

"Ballad For an Optimist" is among the new compositions Chris Burnett will perform November 3 at Take Five Coffee + Bar.


Singing wonder Marilyn Maye is beginning a run of shows at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th Street, putting her encyclopedic knowledge of American song on display before a hometown crowd once again. Better get a ticket while you still can.

She's scheduled for a dozen shows through November 4. Call 816-421-1700 for tickets, or visit www.qualityhillplayhouse.com.


Pianist Mike Ning and his trio give the next performance on the jazz series at Johnson County Community College, at noon Tuesday in the Recital Hall in Carlsen Center.


Rock The Earth is an environmental organization that had a booth at Melissa Etheridge's concert in Denver on October 9. The Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team interviewed Marc Ross, the Executive Director for Rock The Earth. Read the interview on the blog page. Click here: Eco-Friendly Street Team: Interview with Marc Ross, Executive Director for Rock The Earth.

            On Thursday, October 25, Melissa talked to Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King about her new album 4th Street Feeling on CBS. Click here: Melissa Etheridge on her new album, "4th Street Feeling" - CBS News Video.


            Coffeyville guitar wizard Donnie Miller is coming home for Thanksgiving. He and his band Rude Awakening will be at Caesar's Dance Hall November 24. There are only 750 seats, so you had better make reservations now.


            Join Phil Neal & the Wornalls Saturday, December 15, at the Czar in KC for the release of their new CD Lonely Tonight with special guest Paul Clark. It starts at 8 pm.


            Kristen May, the former lead singer for KC's Veda/Vedera has embarked on a solo career and is working on a solo album. In the meantime she has been asked to join the Texas band Flyleaf. Click here: Back to Rockville: Kristen May joins Flyleaf.


Ed Ward recounts Joe Turner's career for NPR's Fresh Air. Click here: The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll' : NPR


Susan B. Wilson of KCUR's KC Currents interviewed Deborah Brown recently. Click here: Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD And International Attention | KCUR.


KCJazzLark commends the promotional efforts of the Blue Room, the Majestic and Take Five Coffee + Bar. Click here: kcjazzlark: The Magic Jazz Fairy Is Happy.


Chuck Haddix received an award from the Johnson County Library Foundation. Click here: News : University of Missouri - Kansas City.


Swing jazz at its best is on tap for the second in the "Jazz by the Lake" series at Kansas City Kansas Community College Thursday, November 1.  Featuring the Bram Wijnands Trio, the free concert will be held from noon-1 pm in the Conference Center adjacent to the Campus Lake at the State Avenue end of the College campus at 7250 State Avenue. He will be joined by two other KCKCC adjunct instructors, guitarist Rod Fleeman, a three-time Grammy nominee, and percussionist Jurgen Welge, a native of Germany who came to the US more than 20 years ago.     The "Jazz by the Lake" series is held the first Thursday of each month. The Everette DeVan Quartet featuring Eboni Fondren drew a standing room only crowd in the opening performance. Still ahead in the series are the Joe Cartwright Trio December 6, Diverse February 5, Chris Hazelton and Friends March 7 and Tim Whitmer April 4.


Mark Sutherland returns to KC with Snuff Jazz November 1 at Grunauer, 101 W. 22nd Street. Joining saxman Mark and bassist Jeff Harshbarger will be pianist Thollem McDonas.


Kansas City based jazz vocalist Eboni Fondren is used to singing with big band and jazz ensembles, but November 4 in Salina will be the first time for her to perform in front of a symphony orchestra. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.


Holy Family Catholic School in Topeka invites you to a flash back dance November 10 from 5-11 pm. A $25 dollar ticket gets you food, alcohol and music from the Paradize Band. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, contact Debi Meier at 785-640-4662 or the school office at 785-234-8980. Semi Formal/50s attire is requested.


Apocalypse Meow 5, a benefit Musicians Emergency Health Care Fund will take place November 2-3 in Kansas City.


Jim Halsey is holding a discussion on how to make money with your music at the Tulsa Historical Society November 15 from 6-8 pm. Learn how to build the right team and formulas necessary. A question and answer session will immediately follow Jim's talk. There is no charge to attend.



            The Joplin Globe provided an update on Ken Rosberg's Jazz For Joplin project. Click here: Jazz for Joplin raising funds for Habitat home » Local News » The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO.


Juste avant un concert qui allait enflammer le Nouveau Casino, le 10 octobre dernier, le groupe Monophonics a accepté de parler à www.horsdoeuvre.fr de son album In Your Brain, de ses influences, de son amour du bon son… Une interview « funky to the bones » à déguster avec les photos d'un concert… énorme ! Pas nostalgique pour un sou, Monophonics ressuscite pourtant en live l'énergie et le charisme des plus grands groupes de l'histoire du rock. Click here: The Monophonics - Concert - Interview - Nouveau Casino - Paris | Hors d'oeuvre


            Michelle Bacon spotlighted some new music from Kansas City in The Star last Wednesday. Click here: Singles | Gentleman Savage, The Caves, Cher UK, PVT, Alba Lua - KansasCity.com#storylink=misearch.


In May, Kelley Hunt collaborated with playwright Marcia Cebulska on Rooted, an intense work of theatre telling the story of the destruction and resurrection of the small Kansas town of Greensburg, which was essentially wiped off the face of the earth by a tornado in 2007.  In May a public reading of the play was given in Greensburg with a cast comprising professional actors and local townspeople.  Kelley wrote and directed the music for this first public reading and will continue in that role when the play goes into full production.  The public reading was featured on last Thursday's installment of Sunflower Journeys on KTWU / PBS. Go to the Sunflower Journeys website to view the show if you missed the live broadcast.  The public reading in May was an intense, emotional, moving experience. Click here: Sunflower Journeys


Paul Clark has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance his upcoming album, The Shorter the Trailer, the Longer the Road. The project runs until November 25. He's posted a fun invitation video and some really great pledge rewards that you can view, as well as read about, at the following link:




Click here: Plastic Sax: Review: The Brian Baggett Trio- 2012

Click here: Review: Allen and Allred prove power of positive swing at Topeka Jazz Workshop | CJOnline.com



October 22, 2012

Voting is underway to select next year's Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees. A ballot was emailed shortly after midnight October 1. Paper ballots have been sent to those eligible voters for whom we do not have an email address. Voting will close at midnight, October 31, 2012. Results will be announced in an early November newsletter. The induction ceremony will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The following 30 names appear on this year's ballot, however, write-in votes are not only allowed, but encouraged: Dana Cooper, Devastating Dinks, Embarrassment, Larry Emmett & Sliders, Exceptions, Get Smart, Ray Hildebrand, Freedy Johnston, Junkyard Jazz, Julia Lee, Kerry Livgren, Lotus, Kevin Mahogany, Chuck Mead, Mortal Micronotz, Mystic Number National Bank, Pedaljets, Playmate Blues Band, Samuel Ramey, Scamps, Secrets*, Tony Teebo, Tempests, Thumbs, Roger Walls, Steve Werner, Johnny Western, Marva Whitney, Wichita Linemen and Wizards From Kansas.


            Former Kansas City blues man Chick Willis, the "Stoop Down Man," who moved back to his hometown of Atlanta a few years ago, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Remember all of those smoky bars of the past? Keep Chick in your thoughts, and hope for a full recovery.


            Condolences go out to KC's RocknRick Patterson and his brother Christopher over the passing of their mother Sharon Patterson who entered a hospice last Tuesday and died on Thursday, October 18. May she rest in peace.


ARC recording artist and legendary drummer Richie Pratt (left) has relocated from Honolulu back home to the Kansas City area as of October 1. Richie played football at KU and was a member of the Lawrence band the Furys. Please stay tuned for further news and updates regarding this career transition from Pratt. Click here: Mi2N.com - Drummer Richie Pratt Returns Home To Kansas City.


The Department of Music and Webster's Jazz Faculty present the "Mike Metheny and Friends" jazz concert Monday, October 22, at 7 pm in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.  Performers include: visiting artist Mike Metheny on trumpet, flugelhorn and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument); Steve Schenkel on guitar, Kim Portnoy on piano, Willem von Hombracht on bass, and Webster Jazz Studies major Nick Savage on drums.

Kansas City native Mike Metheny was based in Boston for many years where he was actively engaged in that city's jazz scene and was also a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music. He has released ten albums as a leader (most recently the 2011 release Old Wine/New Bossa: Selected Tracks and has appeared on numerous jazz recordings as a sideman. In more recent decades he has been a performer, educator and music journalist in the Kansas City area.


Composer and pianist Brad Cox presented a night of music written for his nine-piece ensemble on Sunday, October 21 as part of Jeff Harshbarger's twice-monthly jazz series.  The Brad Cox Nonet consists of a "double trio" configuration (two drum sets, two basses, and two tenor saxophones) augmented by three additional musicians playing percussion and keyboards. The musicians involved include saxophonists Rich Wheeler and Matt Otto, bassists Jeff Harshbarger and Ben Leifer, drummers Scotty McBee and Kent Burnham, percussionists Sam Wisman and Patrick Alonzo Conway, and Brad Cox on Rhodes electric piano.  Much of the music that was performed on the October 21 RecordBar date was written for Owen/Cox Dance Group's upcoming fall performance, which will take place on October 26, 27 & 28 at the H&R Block City Stage Theater.


Over the years, the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Old Time Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers has met in Topeka, Holton, Tecumseh and Rossville and now gathers from noon to 4 pm the first Sunday of each month at the Hoyt Community Center. Click here: Hoedown in Hoyt | CJOnline.com


The Midwest Music Foundation is set to host its yearly Apocalypse Meow fundraiser on Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3. The two-day event will raise cash for the Musician's Emergency Health Care Fund. Hit the jump for the schedule. Click here: Apocalypse Meow 5 planned for November 2-3 | Wayward Blog.


Kansas, best known for their 1977 song "Dust in the Wind," and Martin Guitar — which created the guitar used on the original track — have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind 35th Anniversary "Dust in the Wind" Martin D-28 guitar (left: Rich Williams playing the guitar). They've also announced the "Dust in the Wind" 35th Anniversary Martin Guitar Sweepstakes, during which they'll give away the new D-28 to a lucky fan. Click here: Kansas Announce "Dust In the Wind" Martin Guitar Sweepstakes | Guitar World.


Kirsten Paludan is pleased to announce that her full length album is almost done. 8 of the 9 songs are mixed and ready to be mastered. There is one more song to go until she can share it. She says this is the best work she has ever done. Thanks go out to the many amazing musicians who helped Kirsten get to this place...David Gaumé, Jessica Gomez, Wade Allen Williamson, John Anderson, William Smith,   Christopher Tolle, Hermon Mehari, Adam Stafford, Katie Benyo, John Bersuch and many more. She goes on to say that she is beyond lucky have such an incredible group of friends who also happen to be damn fine musicians.


The Queen of Rock, Melissa Etheridge, gives Bound more than a 4th Street Feeling in this exclusive interview. Click here: Melissa Etheridge.  


Former KC keyboard player Larry van Loon now lives in Nashville, but he'll soon be on the road with Taj Mahal. They'll hit Hot Springs, Austin, Phoenix and about a dozen other cities.


Sue Vicory made an appearance on Fox 4 News to promote her Kansas City jazz and blues documentary.  Vicory was also interviewed by KCUR's Steve Kraske. Click here: Filmmaker Highlights 18th & Vine Jazz, Blues Documentary | fox4kc.com - Kansas City news & weather from WDAF TV -; Click here: KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort | KCUR.


The ACBs are set to release a new LP, Little Leaves, in a few months. Click here: The ACBs, 'Ocean' (video and download) | Wayward Blog.


A nice profile of KCKCC's Marlin Cooper was published recently by the Wyandotte Daily News. Click here: Hall of Fame inductee Marlin Cooper more than a teacher


Saturday evening, October 20, Rrenowned jazz guitarist and KMHOF inductee Jerry Hahn graced Take Five in KC with his trio, featuring Everette DeVan on the organ and Mike Warren on drums. If you haven't seen him yet, do so. You'll hear stories spun on guitar strings in a way few others can do.

Cher UK, with Pedaljets and Hot Dog Skeletons played Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club in KC on Saturday. Click here: Cher UK soldiers on with a twangy new EP | Interview | The Pitch; Click here: An EP just for Kansas City folk - KansasCity.com .


Singer Justina Claire debuted with Wichita country music band Turnback Creek on Saturday at Valley Center's Spirits Pub. Click here: Turnback Creek to debut new singer | Wichita Eagle.


Singer Angela Hagenbach and her excellent band were guests with the Heritage Philharmonic as it begins its 68th season with a concert Saturday evening at the John Knox Village Pavilion in Lee's Summit, MO.


King Midas played in Wichita Saturday night at the WaterWalk park. This was actually a fund-raiser for the Honor Flight veterans and also dedication of the new fountains. The fountains are beautiful, and the people & businesses support the Honor Flights -- well over $33,000 was raised! KEYN really knows how to throw a party!

Here's a link to a special interview The Deli Magazine did with Abigail Henderson, who helped found Midwest Music Foundation and Apocalypse Meow. Please read and find out why fostering the KC music community is so important to her. Click here: Spotlight on Midwest Music Foundation and Apocalypse Meow with Abigail Henderson.


            Wichita's annual Halloween party at the Hotel Eaton has existed for many years and is always a spooktacular event with cleverly designed haunted room, grave site pathways and goblins galore…and of course the Divekings. This year they're joined by Rudy Love and the Weasels.


Alice Sweet Alice is playing their last show on October 27 at the ASA Masquerade/Halloween at the All Star Rock Bar in North Kansas City before they take the winter off to work on a 4th studio album. They will resume playing live dates in the spring.


Bonnie Raitt has released her schedule of upcoming TV appearances, which should feature Mike Finnigan playing keyboards:

Austin City Limits (PBS) October 20-26. Check your local listings

Americana Music Honors & Awards (PBS) November 10-16. Check your local listings.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) December 4.

The View (ABC) December 5.


Friday October 26 from 6 to 10pm in downtown Parkville, MO, the first Annual Boos & Brews Benefit will take place just south on Main Street. This is a Final Friday Halloween Party for the grownups! Sample wicked beers and bewitched wines served up to the live tunes of Knock Kneed Sally. Prizes for the best costumes, grownup trick or treat at downtown businesses. Admission is $20.00 per person, all you can drink! Check the web site for advance ticket info: www.parkvillemo.org.


Bands in Kansas City are making some really good music and some slick videos, too. Here are three fresh ones from the ACBs, Making Movies and Super Black Market. Click here: Back to Rockville: Local bands make major-league videos.


Earwaxx Records, one of the last brick-and-mortar record shops in Kansas City, is closing. From the Facebook page:

"It is a sad day indeed :( After hours upon hours of painstaking pondering, I have come to the conclusion that it is best for my personal situation if I close the shop. This means that the Roctober Spooktacular Sale has become a GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE! Please come support us in our last days and help us deplete our massive inventory at Phenomenal Prices! Please, no pity. Just show up and get some great deals as the whole idea behind Earwaxx was to make people happy. Thanks"

No word yet on when the last day of business is. Get your butt out there, buy some records, and at least help them move their inventory before closing things down.



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Click here: Pat Metheny and His Quartet at Town Hall - NYTimes.com


October 15, 2012


Voting is underway to select next year's Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees. A ballot was emailed shortly after midnight October 1. Paper ballots have been sent to those eligible voters for whom we do not have an email address. They should be arriving soon if they haven't already. Voting will close at midnight, October 31, 2012. Results will be announced in an early November newsletter. The induction ceremony will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The following 30 names appear on this year's ballot, however, write-in votes are not only allowed, but encouraged: Dana Cooper, Devastating Dinks, Embarrassment, Larry Emmett & Sliders, Exceptions, Get Smart, Ray Hildebrand, Freedy Johnston, Junkyard Jazz, Julia Lee, Kerry Livgren, Lotus, Kevin Mahogany, Chuck Mead, Mortal Micronotz, Mystic Number National Bank, Pedaljets, Playmate Blues Band, Samuel Ramey, Scamps, Secrets*, Tony Teebo, Tempests, Thumbs, Roger Walls, Steve Werner, Johnny Western, Marva Whitney, Wichita Linemen and Wizards From Kansas.

Jimmy "Sweet Lips" Wilson went to the doctor last Thursday and passed out. He was sent by ambulance to the hospital with pneumonia and sepsis, which is a blood infection. Doctors said he would be in the hospital until Monday, but he was able to go home on Friday. He is staying home, though, so don't look for him to sit in with anyone for awhile.


Ray Ayala, trumpet player for Topeka's Paradize Band was admitted to Stormont Vail Medical Center on Saturday for tests because of chest pains. He was allowed to go home on Sunday. Everyone's hoping Ray has a speedy recovery. Ray will spend this week resting. He'll probably be at the band's gig this Friday at Joletta's.


            After much thought, Kent Downing has decided that he will pass the 9-11pm timeslot on KKFI Radio in Kansas City to another show/host. Kent is too busy with work, family and other projects that he can't devote the time he thinks is required to prepare and produce a top notch radio program. He's done that for the past eleven years, and he will be missed by listeners and the many bands he has featured on his show.


            This Wednesday Kathy Chiavola, formerly of Kansas City, will sing our national anthem and the French national anthem at a ceremony with the new Atlanta French Consul General Denis Barbet honoring four World War II veterans with the Legion of Honor at Nashville's Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel.

            This past Saturday Kathy judged the Pooch Parade for the Germantown (Nashville) Octoberfest.


            Jim Kilroy's Club Wars "Fall Free-For-All" will be at the Aftershock in Kansas City on November 9. Few KC promoters do as much to expose KC music as Kilroy.


            Former Johnson County resident and guitar legend Phil Keaggy is coming to Topeka in January 2013. He'll perform on Saturday, January 19 at Topeka Bible Church, 11th and Mulvane.


Alaadeen Enterprises Inc. announces two recipients of this year's annual Alaadeen Awards of Excellence. The outstanding achievements of these individuals were acknowledged at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City on September 14. Kerry Strayer, artistic director for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, presented the awards during the band's Tribute to the Count Basie Orchestra. The Alaadeen Awards Of Excellence include Jazz awards in two categories: The Alaadeen Achievement of Excellence Award and The Alaadeen Educator of Excellence Award. The recipients are recognized for their creative approach, originality and their ability to reach beyond technical excellence in Jazz music.

The Alaadeen Achievement of Excellence Award recognizing artistic excellence in Jazz performance was presented to Dennis Winslett. Winslett began his study of the saxophone at the age of 9 in the historic jazz town of Kansas City. Upon moving to Chicago, his full intense sound and high energy free swinging style of improvisation quickly earned him a reputation as an exciting young player to watch. Returning to Kansas City he served as director of education at the American Jazz Museum.

The Alaadeen Educator of Excellence Award recognizing excellence in Jazz education was presented to Kevin Mahogany for his role as a teacher in developing each student's uniqueness. Mahogany began his study of music as a child with piano and later learned to play the clarinet and baritone saxophone, performing with jazz bands and teaching music while still in high school.

A former student of Alaadeen's at The Charlie Parker Foundation, Mahogany exemplifies Alaadeen's belief that the role of the teacher should help the student gain the ability, technique and knowledge to put together a convincing story to tell. With eleven CD's as a leader, and quite a few as a sideman, he has proved to be the quintessential jazz vocalist. Newsweek describes him as " the standout jazz vocalist of his generation." New Yorker magazine writer Whitney Balliet writes, "There is little Mahogany cannot do." Says the LA TIMES, " Mahogany is one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years." As a jazz educator, Mahogany has taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Miami.

On presenting the awards, Kerry Strayer the Artistic Director for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, commented: "The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra was honored to present the Alaadeen Awards of Excellence at our concert. Alaadeen was a vital part of the Kansas City jazz scene for many decades. His legacy will live on in the works and deeds of his many students and colleagues as they follow his example of passing this music on by sharing it freely with others. Congratulations to Kevin and Dennis."


            Melissa Etheridge was back in Austin last Friday to reconnect with her Texas fans, to play for them again, and to promote her latest album. Click here: Melissa Etheridge talks new music, memories and making her ACL Live debut - 2012-Oct-07 - CultureMap Austin.


            KC rapper Mac Lethal performed Friday night at Club 906 in Liberty, MO. Mac doesn't play many local shows, so this was somewhat noteworthy.


3 Ring Circus were special guest stars at the Cotillion Ball Room in Wichita Saturday night. The band put on an amazingly fun show! Produced by the Kansas State Lions Club, Kansas Talent Show contest finals were included. The terrific contestants competed for $1750.00 in prize money. KSN TV showed 3RC on Saturday and Sunday newscasts statewide. Talks have already started for a second annual show for next year.


The Norwegian band Lakeview Men has released an EP which includes some help from Kansas City's Rainmakers. The record is available for purchase online. Click here: Hannah On The Handlebars | Lakeview Men


October 15 is Kansas City musician Tom DeMasters' 55th birthday, and he is excited to share with his friends and family the CD he has been working on all year. It has been the thrill of his musical life to have his friends help out on this project titled, Better to be Lucky. It features 8 original tunes and 2 covers, 7 vocal tunes and 3 instrumentals. Tom is happy to have his former teacher Jerry Hahn on 3 tunes. Tom hopes to have it available before Thanksgiving.


?            The Monophonics return to the beautiful Mendocino Coast for a night of funk and fun. Saturday, November 3 at the Caspar Inn in Caspar, CA. Dust off your dancing shoes and be prepared to stay up til the wee hours of the morning. 21+ $10.  Doors open at 8:30; music starts at 9:30 pm. Full bar with dinner served 7-10 pm. Best sound system and largest dance floor in Mendocino.


Tickets to the 5th Annual Christmas Express on November 24 are on sale. This rockin' holiday concert, always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, benefits the Shriners Hospital with Children and Midian Transportation Fund. Information is available at www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/101/5th-annual-christmas-express/.


Mark your calendars for the triumphant return of Honky-Tonk Deluxe, with Susan Hyde Holmes, George Bullfrog, George Langston, Peter Arnold and special guest Earl Poole Ball on November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at the one and only Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, NM. Susan played in several Lawrence bands before she moved to New Mexico.


            The Kansas Acoustic Artists Association Singer/Songwriter CD release party will be held at the Artichoke Sandwich Bar. 811 North Broadway, in Wichita on November 30. Proceeds go to Guitars 4 Kids to purchase guitars to kids who otherwise could not afford them.

            The KAAA picnic on Saturday was a big success and they signed up four new members. The membership drive is on. If you enjoy the group and are not a member please contact them and sign up. $15 ($20 for a couple) entitles you to the many benefits of membership. The group needs to spread the word, so tell your friends. KAAA has been supporting acoustic music and the arts for over 16 years. They need to boost their membership so they can continue to do the work they are so passionate about. Click here: KAAA: Join Us: Membership.


            More than two years in the making, the Caves' first full length record shows plenty of growth. The Caves  celebrated the release of their album, Duplexiaville, on Friday at KC's RecordBar, Click here: KC band the Caves celebrates release of ‘Duplexiaville' - KansasCity.com.


Chely Wright's Wish Me Away DVD release is this Tuesday, October 16. Autographed copies of the DVD, which includes extra footage with Chely & Lauren at home are available. Get your copy of this award winning documentary from www.chelywright.merchmo.com.

            Wright on coming out, finding love, and changing the country music scene: http://www.shewired.com/box-office/2012/10/10/exclusive-chely-wright-coming-out-finding-love-and-changing-country.

            Check out the video of Chely performing "C'est La Vie" in Germany at the Country Music Awards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dybVCLWJMiw.


Lucas Homer lists the Top 5 KC Jazz Acts.  His KC Jazz Connection program on KJHK is profiled by Lawrence.com. Click here: Top 5 KC Jazz Acts : KJHK 90.7 FM.


Megan Birdsall is admired by KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: Ovation


Several KC area musicians make cameo appearances in the video of Making Movies' "Hangover Blues." Click here: Hangover Blues [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube.


Here's footage of former Kansas Citian Lee Ingalls crooning "Come Dance With Me." Click here: Come Dance With Me - YouTube.


Former Kansas Citian Cody Critcheloe, aka SSION, was back in town over the weekend opening for Brooklyn's House of LaDosha. Local band Lazy opened the show Saturday at the Riot Room.


            The Deli KC's First Music Showcase will be Friday, November 9 at KC's RecordBar featuring music from Tiny Hore, Wooden Sky and Spirit is the Spirit. This will also serve as the second part of Michelle Bacon's birthday blowout. Michelle is editor of The Deli KC. The event will be emceed by Michael Byars of KCUR and The Mailbox. There will be giveaways and surprises. More info is available at www.kansascity.thedelimagazine.com.


Celebrating the life of Jacob Von Kopfman, Topeka's Celtic Fox was host to Jake's Jam recently, and fans of original and classic rock music enjoyed the best of both worlds. A benefit for the Tower Climber Protection Project, three bands were on the agenda for the evening; the Narcotic Lollipops, Big Daddy Loud, and Jangalang, all from Topeka. Click here: jake's jam: celebrating life.


An evening walk near 18th and Vine in Kansas City, MO feels like a stroll through the Jazz Age. Stick around Kansas City's historic Jazz District late enough on a Friday or Saturday, and you'll get to experience some of what put Kansas City on the cultural map at the Mutual Musicians Foundation's long-running, late-night live jams. Established in 1917 and known at the time as the "Colored Musicians Union," the Mutual Musicians Foundation (1823 Highland, Kansas City, Mo.) has hosted notable jazz greats — including Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and Mary Lou Williams — and its weekend jams continue to draw local and national talents.

            The party starts every Friday and Saturday night at 1 a.m. ($10 gets you in), and the live music doesn't stop until the morning. Because of its historical significance, the Mutual Musicians Foundation is only place in the state of Missouri legally permitted to serve alcohol all night.



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October 8, 2012


Voting is underway to select next year's Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees. A ballot was emailed shortly after midnight October 1. Paper ballots have been sent to those eligible voters for whom we do not have an email address. They should be arriving soon. Voting will close at midnight, October 31, 2012. Results will be announced in an early November newsletter. The induction ceremony will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The following 30 names appear on this year's ballot, however, write-in votes are not only allowed, but encouraged: Dana Cooper, Devastating Dinks, Embarrassment, Larry Emmett & Sliders, Exceptions, Get Smart, Ray Hildebrand, Freedy Johnston, Junkyard Jazz, Julia Lee, Kerry Livgren, Lotus, Kevin Mahogany, Chuck Mead, Mortal Micronotz, Mystic Number National Bank, Pedaljets, Playmate Blues Band, Samuel Ramey, Scamps, Secrets*, Tony Teebo, Tempests, Thumbs, Roger Walls, Steve Werner, Johnny Western, Marva Whitney, Wichita Linemen and Wizards From Kansas.


Pianist and Kansas University professor Steven Spooner performed a 20-minute concert during a release party for his 5-CD compilation of live performances, The Historical Piano Recital Series, and DVD, Aspects of Liszt, September 22 at the Spencer Museum of Art. Spooner played an 1886 Bechstein concert grand piano that was once owned by composer Franz Liszt. Click here: Classic approach: KU music professor releases CD set of live performances that's ‘freakish in size' | Lawrence.com.


The Orchestrion Project, a documentary about Pat Metheny's ambitious automated concept, hit movie theaters in fifteen states on Thursday, October 3.  No showings are scheduled in Kansas or Missouri.  Metheny is also interviewed by USA Today. Click here: Pat Metheny The Orchestrion Project - Official Trailer (long) - YouTube


Diverse was among the performers at the opening reception for Prairie Logic on Friday, October 5.  The band was scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. at "Kansas City's newest public art project and performance venue."


The Irie Tribal Dance Company had its Second Annual Shimmy for the Cure, an annual breast cancer fundraiser and belly dance show, Saturday at Metropolitan Community Church in Topeka.Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


Former Kansas City resident Hal Melia returned to his old stomping grounds for a series of gigs. Saxophonist Melia joined Bram Wijnands at the Majestic on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6. On Sunday, October 7, Melia, Wijnands and Phil Wakefield performed at Take Five Coffee + Bar.


The Phoenix was a jazz club for much of its 22-year existence.  The 2012 Phoenix Fest on Saturday, October 6, featured four rock bands, one blues band, an R&B act and two jazz-oriented acts that perform material by the likes of Gloria Gaynor and Bill Withers. Click here: 2012 Phoenix Fest is Almost Here! | The Phoenix.


Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge returned on October 7 to the "salt air and yellow street lights" of Long Beach that inspired her when she first began working as a professional rock singer, guitarist and songwriter. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Returns To Long Beach - Gazettes.com: Arts And Entertainment

On KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Medley October 10, Mark Manning plays more local & new releases from: Iris DeMent, The Caves, Root and Stem, Hearts of Darkness, Appropriate Grammar, Amy Farrand, Reeds, Betse Ellis, Schwervon!, Ghosty, Shearwater, Thee Oh Sees, and Maria Callas.

At 10:30 Mark talks with Grammy nominated, singer-songwriter, Iris DeMent (left)about her new release Sing the Delta on Flariella Records, released October 2, on CD and Vinyl. The new release includes 12 new songs. It is Iris Dement's first full-length release of original songs since The Way I Should, from 1996. Tune in to 90.1 FM in the KC area, or the audio stream at www.kkfi.org. Dement's new release, Sing the Delta will be available as a "thank you gift" when you call 888-931-0901 and donate at least $50.00, on MC, Visa, American Express, or Discover, during the show. Your pledge helps to support Kansas City Community Radio. (Limited supply of CDs is available.)


There's going to be a great Birthday Bash 2012 for RocknRick Patterson! People will be gathering for his birthday at Eclipse Bar & Grill, 6512 Raytown Road, in Raytown, MO. Wednesday, October 10 at 8:30 pm. Adding fun, excitement, and some great music will be Trampled Under Foot with their regular open jam that happens on the same night. Everyone join in and celebrate RnR's 52nd birthday. Wear some dancing shoes and bring your instruments. There is gonna be some jamming going on!


Video footage of GWAR performing a cover version of KANSAS' 1976 smash hit "Carry On Wayward Son" is available as part of A.V. Club's "Undercover" sessions. The performance marks the public debut of the band's new lead guitarist, Pustulus Maximus (a.k.a. CANNABIS CORPSE/ANTIETAM 1862's Brent Purgason). Click here: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - GWAR's New Lineup Performs KANSAS Classic; Video Available.


            KC's Johnny Rokker is looking for a "permanent" rhythm/llead guitar and bass player. Johnny is a frontman who breaks it down this way. Bass player requirements are lazy, ride the A. He doesn't was a Billy Sheehan or Geddy Lee "lead" bass player. One other this is being able to mix drinks while sitting back "riding the A" is not necessary but would be a bonus. Rhythm/lead player requirements are, it's called a power chord. Ability to look like you're working harder than you are.

            Main requirements for both positions are the knowledge and appreciation for obscure 80s hairband/AC-DC oriented music. No same old, same old song lists ten other bands share. Think outside the box. Predetermined tunes. If you can play A G D A then you know a ratio of 9 out of 14 tunes.

            If you may be interested or feel you can be all that you can be, one of the few, the proud, a Mercenary, Facebook message Rokker or call 816-646-2830 and leave a message.


            Andrew Coselmon of Olathe, the former frontman for Classic Revolution, is looking for a working (non-start up) band in the blues/classic roc genre. He's not the lead singer who wants to take over and push his own agenda/run the band. He just wants to play music again. He can play some backing piano/keyboards if needed, too. He has plenty of show experience and full time job/transportation/equipment. Vocal samples can be heard at Myspace.com/ClassicRevolution.


            The Kansas City jazz blogger Plastic Sax thinks that all of the recent free shows in the area may prove costly. Click here: Plastic Sax: The Cost of Free Jazz.


            Get to know former KC singer-songwriter Margo May, whose track "Hurricane" is featured in episode one of Just Want My Pants Back. Click here: Artist Interview: Margo May | Video | MTV.


Aaron Cheney plays drums in a Kansas City metal band called Beezlefeast. They play a song called "Bear Semen." Here's what he told Ink that he's been listening to: Click here: What are you listening to? (Aaron Cheney) | Ink.


Time Machine Records & More is a new Topeka store that specializes in records and memorabilia from the 1950s through the 1980s. It's located at 1501 S.W. 21st St., suite 108, in Washburn View Shopping Center. Click here: Time Machine offers 1950-80s vinyl records | CJOnline.com.


Three of a Kind has a party next week with Brian Van Sickle, and then their last show (or at least the last show with Chris Hay and Ian Markley in the band) at Cat Tracks in Manhattan on October 19. You should check it out. Call ahead to reserve a seat.



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October 1, 2012


Voting begins today to select next year's Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees. A ballot was emailed shortly after midnight Sunday. Paper ballots are being sent to those eligible voters for whom we do not have an email address. Voting will close at midnight, October 31, 2012. Results will be announced in an early November newsletter. The induction ceremony will be held March 2, 2013 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. The following 30 names appear on this year's ballot, however, write-in votes are not only allowed, but encouraged.


Jimmie Rocco Priolo (left) died Sunday, September 23 in Lee's Summit, MO. A celebration of his life was held last Thursday, and the Jim Rocco Priolo Memorial Jam was at RG's, 9100 E. 35th Street, Independence, MO yesterday, October 30. Jim had played with Gary Winston Apple, Housecats, Nervous Wrecks, Amelia Earhart Memorial Flying Band, Charlie & Stingrays, Neon Blue and many others around Kansas City. Our thoughts are with his widow Renee and their son. Click here: Jimmie Rocco Priolo Jr-Heartland Cremation-Kansas City-MO.


The results are in for this year's entertainment category in the "Best of Lawrence" feature from the Lawrence Journal-World. Click here: Best of Lawrence 2012: Entertainment | Lawrence.com


Chely Wright appeared on the Jeff Probst Show on September 24. Chely talked about how coming out as a lesbian affected her country music career, and spoke out against a bill that would eliminate discussion about sexuality in schools. Click here: Things You Can't Say on TV with Margaret Cho and Chely Wright | JeffProbst.com.

The DVD release of the award winning documentary Wish Me Away is October 16. Order autographed copies of the DVD now. The DVD does feature extra footage including at home with Chely & Lauren. Autographed copies ONLY at http://chelywright.merchmo.com/

Chely's 1994 debut album Woman in the Moon has been re-released and is available for the for time ever on digital. This is the first time the album has been available in almost 10 years. It was previously out of print. It's for sale at iTunes and Amazon.

Saturday, October 13, at Marriott Hotel Downtown in Kansas City, MO, you can see Chely at the Dinner of Note 2012. They will kick off their 27th season with this co-benefit for Heartland Men's Chorus and the LikeMe(R) Lighthouse, featuring entertainment by Chely. Tickets: http://hmckc.maestroweb.com/

             Join the Chely Wright Fan Club. Meet & greets included with fan club memberships. There will be fan club meet & greets at upcoming New York and Chicago shows. There are several different membership levels, and each one includes 3 meet & greet visits with Chely per year. Chely will be touring all of 2012 so you will want to make sure you can visit with her when she is in your town. To join, go to: https://chely.com/store/memberships.

            There are several ways to keep up with Chely:

Be sure to become a friend of Chely's at Facebook - www.facebook.com/chelyw.

Follow Chely at Twitter: www.twitter.com/chelywright

Chely at My Space: www.myspace.com/chelywright


Lawrence's Hospital Ships debuted their new song at a record release show Friday evening at Love Garden Records.  Click here: Hospital Ships releases new track with record release show set for Friday | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


St. Louis native Rolf Petermann has been a staple in the Lawrence music and art scenes since 2004. He's a member of the band Karma Vision, an organizer of shows at SeedCo Studios, and founder of Whatever Forever Tapes and the Pizza Power series. Friday night, Karma Vision performed at SeedCo Studios, along with local folk and bluegrass band Monzie Leo and the Big Sky and the Colorado band Bearsnail  Click here: Musician Rolf Petermann discusses DIY shows, SeedCo Studios and his small-scale record label | Loud and Local | La.


The Cover Girls, Jennifer Berroth, Lauren Buser and Taryn Doty, performed at Saturday at Ice & Olives/The Java Bar, in the Thunderbird Square shopping area near Lake Shawnee. Click here: Cover Girls rack up a gig at Ice & Olives | CJOnline.com.


Melissa Etheridge has written a short song about last Monday night's NFL game. Click here: Football by meradioshow on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free.


Paul Gray's first novel --The Fish Net Experience -- just came out. It's a novel based on Gray's experiences in 50 years as a musician and band leader in Lawrence, the book chronicles the musical and spiritual adventures of jazz musician Ronnie Self, whose lows and highs of his career carry him from a self-centered lifestyle to a life of grace.

Paul had a book signing party Sunday night at his New Life in Christ Church in Lawrence, which also honored Clyde Bysom on his 95th birthday as he plays with the Gaslight Gang. Bysom played clarinet and saxophone at his own birthday party. Rev. Gray was not only a bandleader for many years, but he owned a club in downtown Lawrence called Paul Gray's Jazzhaus. The club is still there but his name is no long attached to it. Gray signed and gave away quite a few copies of his book.


After several mishaps and a rescue, the open mic at the Annual Artichoke Fishfry was great fun. Thanks to all who support Kansas Acoustic Arts Association with their contributions to the auction and to those who added to the fun with their bidding. Congrats to all the auction winners! And a very special thank you to all the wonderful folks at the Artichoke for everything.


The group Book of Gaia, featuring singers Angela Hagenbach, Nedra Dixon and Pamela Baskin-Watson, has a big day Tuesday with two very different performances at Johnson County Community College. In the morning they present Chant of Harlem, an original one-act theatrical piece celebrating the Harlem Renaissance in music, words, dance and visual art. That's at 9:30 am, followed by a question-and-answer session. At noon, the group performs a straight-up concert. Both events are in the Polsky Theatre in Carlsen Center, and both are free.


            When the Rainmakers toured Norway earlier this year, they wore different colored shirts each night. One night, they wore yellow shirts, which caught the attention of fans when a video was posted on YouTube.  Click here: The Rainmakers - Small Circles/No Romance - YouTube

            Eddie Christiansen, who hosted the band on their tour, had this to say about the shirts:

"For those who don't know the backstory of the guys wearing ugly yellow shirts with a company logo on the back: the shirts are from my workplace where the working crew is decked out in different colors depending on what area they're designated to when rigging concert stages (and they have writing on the back, some words in Norwegian dialect referring to the physical work the crew has to perform). So just for fun seeing as the band was alternating different color T-shirts every night, I brought the yellow shirts for the gig in Drammen. Backstage I asked Bob what color they were gonna wear for the show. He said they hadn't decided yet and I then suggested yellow. He said,'nah we don't have yellow'. My reply was, 'well, you might actually HAVE yellow...' and I threw him a shirt. And as you can see they actually wore them for the show, I think Jeff's words, when they got the shirts, was ‘yeah, I can wear that.' He might regret it now after everybody complained about how ugly the shirts were, but nobody twisted his arm - well, not too hard anyway ;-)"


            Keith Mitchell has officially rejoined Shooting Star. The band is working on lining up shows in late October or early November.


Singer Diane "Mama" Ray is the guest with pianist Tim Whitmer's band on the next installment of Spirituality and All That Jazz at 7 pm Wednesday in Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street in Kansas City.

West Side Folk has been presenting an array of top touring folk artists and singer/songwriters for years. They're hosting a special solo concert performance by Kelley Hunt in the acoustically outstanding Lied Center Pavilion on KU's West Campus October 5. This will be Kelley opening up all of her catalog to grab some songs you've never heard, some recorded favorites in their original singer/songwriter form and a few brand new titles she plans to take for a test drive at this show. Tickets are $25, and they're selling fast. Click here: West Side Folk Home Page


The American Jazz Museum's Blue Room will host a "Trumpet Summit" October 5 featuring Mike Metheny, Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari with TJ Marley (piano), Gerald Spaits (bass) and Brian Steever (drums).


Jim Kilroy of Banzai reports the results From The Battle For Freaker's Ball Final:

"These are the vote totals from the final at the Uptown Theater. I'm counting 1022 votes. However, there were over 1100 tickets taken at the door. And everyone got a ballot when they came in. So, some people didn't vote. I found one folded up ballot on the floor in front of the Big Dudes stage after the whole thing was over.
118- Striving For Cairo
116 - Solus
112 - From The West
102 - Sure Fire Method
90 - Collapse
86 - Haunting Skies
83 - Before Dead Summer
79 - Knot Afrayed
66 - Take The Day
66 - 9 Volt Junkie
62 - The Broken Divide
50 - Kel-Shira
29 - Beezlefeast
25 - The Devil's Marmalade"


MOJO PRODUCTIONS, along with Connie Crash, PRESENTS WEEDSTOCK 2012: A Pop-Up DIY Music Festival

WHEN: Saturday, October 6th, 2012, 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
WHERE: The MOJO Productions Stage (
7611 E. 65th Street, KCMO 64133), just east of Swope Park, off 63rd Street.
WHAT: a true pop-up DIY Festival "in the weeds" in an urban farm/backyard bonfire setting.
TALENT: Blues, Jazz, World Folk, Variety
- $10 ONLINE:
- $10
- $20 AT THE
GATE (Cash Only)
- Tax-deductible donation
A portion of the proceeds benefit 90.1FM KKFI Community Radio!
DETAILS: BYO cooler, drinks, hot dogs, marshmallows, picnic fare, lawn chairs. In case of rain, check www.mojoproductions.org at
2 p.m. on the day of the show. Tune into 90.1FM KKFI for music and interviews!
Mistura Fina ("a fine blend," "melting pot" in Brazilian Portuguese), an authentic ensemble performing a unique repertoire of Jazz and authentic Brazilian music; MPB, samba, bossa nova, and chorinho. From Artists like Guinga, Caetano Veloso, Hermeto Pascoal, Djavan, Pixinguinha, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Jordan Shipley on guitars, cavaquinho, and mandolin; Michael McClintock on guitar; and Shay Estes on vocals in Portuguese and English. www.MisturaFinaBand.com.
Stan Kessler and Beau Bledsoe will be unveiling their first Passport CD of traditional music from countries such as Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Portugal, Turkey and Armenia—with jazz sprinkled on top.
On trumpet and flugelhorn, Stan's (www.stantonkessler.com) repertoire includes Jazz, R&B, Funk, Brasilian and Afro-Cuban styles—who has Stan not performed or recorded with? Classically-trained and internationally-recognized, Beau (www.beaubledsoe.com) has been described as "… hot as raging fire" (guitar, oud, flamenco, classical, tango, fado). Special guest Pat Conway, percussionist, wind player and composer, also has international travels under his belt and is versatile in theater and musical stylings.
Black Tie Billie will also be debuting at Weedstock. As the in-house MOJO Productions Band, they specialize in male/female four-part harmonies, great toe-tapping tunes and a diverse repertoire of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Doobie Brothers, Hornsby, Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash, Delbert McClinton, The Pretenders and everything in between to ensure the dancing crowd is "Feelin' Alright"!
Brad Brown, Chris Lewis, Emily Lykens, Scott McCuiston, David Nebel, Brett Schlaegel—with special guests: Stan Kessler (trumpet), Dave Chael (sax), Marion Morris (percussion). http://www.mojoproductions.org/
Kansas City's Gentlemen of Jump making a rare appearance (Tom "Trashmouth" Baker, Karl Angerer, Tim Osburn, Cardy Quintero, Mike "Shinetop" Sedovic). The Blues Notions exemplify the
Kansas City tradition from the Jay McShann/Big Joe Turner era and also are partial to Chicago-style blues.
Special guest Millie Edwards, a Wild Woman with a big voice and even bigger heart, has made tremendous contributions to the KC Jazz Scene and is a perfect-o complement to the Gentlemen of Jump.

Emily Lykens, Director of Marketing, MOJO Productions


The Blue Room will be hosting a CD release event October 7 for Sosha O'Shaye and her new album Heavy On My Head. She is a member of Soul's Poem, one of the groups performing in the Blue Room during the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, October 13. Her agency has arranged a radio interview for her at KPRT on October 6 at noon to promote the launch. Simeon Taylor will host the event.


October 6 Skooter Trash and Undercover Edge will be kickin' things in high gear at Danny's Bar and Grill in Overland Park. The show kicks off at 9pm with The Trash crew, and Undercover Edge will take over from 11 to 1am. This will be a fun show with tons of energy so plan on being there!

Skooter Trash is seeking and will be auditioning prospective bass players. They have a busy show schedule and a consistent set list (4 hours plus worth of material). They play what is required for the job. It is a paying gig! Please contact Pat Cruise or Will Smith via Facebook for details.


Manhattan's Pickles is opening a place at Grand Lake in Langley OK. The grand opening will be October 6. It will be a big celebration. It will be an all day and night of fun with live music and free food and drink specials. This fun will start when the doors open until they close. KMHOF inductee Billy Snow will be playing sometime that mid afternoon. There is a nice deck outside also. Keep this in mind, and if you are not at the lake, drive up for the day.


The Wichita Forum Theatre presents international Elvis tribute artist Marshall Matthews with his band The Memphis Kings (in their Wichita premier) Saturday, October 13. Roger Lewis of the Fabulous Flippers will serve as music director and play lead trumpet. Box office opens at 7; the show starts at 8. Get tickets at the box office, or call 316-618-0444.


On Sunday, October 14, "A Shower of Stars," a Crohn's Benefit for Connie "Burn" Weary of Weary Blues Productions who's had a bad year with lots of medical problems, home repairs, cut in her disability - and now needing a new roof pronto. Connie helped many musicians during her 10-year stint with the Kansas City Blues Society. She was co-editor for the newsletter and made the calendar a big hit. Now it's our turn to give back to our blues sister.

Blues & R&B from the ‘70s, ‘80s & ‘90s, a one-time "Shower" that will never be repeated!







**Plus Special Attraction DOUBLE EXPOSURE (Think: The Temptations or Delfonics)**

$10 suggested donation (more certainly appreciated). Tickets will be available soon on the Knuckleheads Saloon site.



* One of the nation's finest Blues Bands of the Decade (1992-1999): It had the big sound, the look, the showmanship—and 7-year-old Brody Buster beginning in 1994.

* TV Performances: Jay Leno Show, CNN, Dateline, Good Morning America, Good Morning Japan.

* Special Performances: The White House; Caesars Palace; more.


Kansas will be in concert October 5 at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. Opening for Kansas will be the hard rock trio King's X and a one-man band, That 1 Guy. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.

On November 10 KANSAS will be playing with Chicago as part of the American Freedom Festival at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.  The event will raise money for various organizations that serve and support veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors, and their families throughout the country.

Due to a prior family commitment, the marriage of his stepson, bassist Billy Greer will be unable to appear with the band that night. When faced with this dilemma, the band asked a familiar face for a favor, and, on this night, original bassist Dave Hope will come out of musical retirement to fill in for Greer. Another KANSAS touring alumnus from the 80's, Terry Brock, will cover Greer's vocals for the evening.

"We are really going to miss Billy that night, believe me!  We really appreciate Dave and Terry stepping up and filling in for the night.  They sound great and rehearsals were really rocking," commented KANSAS drummer, and original member, Phil Ehart.

When asked about filling in for Greer, Hope stated, "It's a thrill to be filling in for the night.  After 28 years of not playing with the band, it feels like I'm stepping right back into high school.  It's especially an honor because of the purpose of the concert; we really appreciate all that the members of the United States military do for us."

Tickets are on sale now and available at www.Ticketmaster.com. A very limited number of VIP packages, which include a meet and greet photo opportunity with the band KANSAS, are also available.+


Seventh Key, the band project masterminded by KANSAS bass player Billy Greer, are close to the completion of the recording for their new album that will be entitled I Will Survive. Tapes are being mixed by Mike Slamer in is studios in Los Angeles. Some of the song titles include "Down," "I See You There," "Lay it on the Line," "Time and Time Again," "What Love's Supposed to Be." All the fans that have appreciated the previous two efforts from Seventh Key will be delighted with the new songs. The label hopes to release the record in the first half of 2013.


When David Cook got the call to help his home town celebrate its own in style, it was an offer he could not refuse. So, on November 20, David will be the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's special musical guest as it marks its 125th Anniversary "Celebrating Kansas City" in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. For information or to buy tickets, email moravec@kcchamber.com or call (816) 374-5489.


. You can hear the recent Kansas City music compilation streaming at Midwest Music Foundation's site. There are 41 songs by 41 bands, plus bonus tracks not included on the CD. Click here: Midwest Music Foundation | Kansas City Music.




After the completing the longest tour in hip hop history, the Hostile Takeover Tour 2012, Tech N9ne immediately jumped back in the studio to get what was in his head onto disc. That non-stop work ethic resulted in the newest EP from Tech N9ne - E.B.A.H.! Tech N9ne has always been inside out and this EP is no exception - with features like 816 Boyz, Krizz Kaliko and JL B.Hood, E.B.A.H. is sure to satisfy the most demanding of Tech fans.


Are you familiar with the Call for Artists? Well the musicians who performed in Topeka Saturday night at the Freedom Project Showcase are, they are all writing songs again for the 2nd Freedom CD. Support live music and human trafficking/slavery awareness. Click here: Jam for Justice - Call for Entries | World Slavery Awareness


The Riot Room in Kansas City was the host for a benefit Saturday night. Six bands performed at Mosh Pit Presents: Fall for a Pit. Mosh Pit is a group that raises money for groups dedicated to the rescue of pit bulls and pit bull mixes, a "widely misunderstood breed, who are all too often abandoned, abused and forgotten."

Proceeds will be split among Jade's Mission, Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue, Missouri Pitt Bull Rescue and Pet Connection. Bands on the bill: Red Kate, the Lucky Graves Knife Crime, Hipshot Killer, the Bad Ideas and Medicine Theory. Click here: Pj Ruth on this Saturday's MOSH Pit show | Wayward Blog.


Congratulations to Chuck Haddix, the Pinnacle Award winner for Excellence in the Arts. Chuck is the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 338,000 historic sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Haddix also hosts the Fish Fry, a popular radio program featuring the finest in blues, soul, rhythm & blues, jumpin' jive and zydeco on KCUR Radio.

Pinnacle Award winners will be recognized at the 2012 Pinnacle Award Recognition Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 pm in the Regnier Center, Johnson County Community College. All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will support the mission of the Johnson County Library Foundation, building an endowment for the Library's collection and supporting for life-long learning programs.

For more info on Chuck Haddix, or to purchase tickets to the Pinnacle Awards, please visit www.jocolibraryfoundation.org/pinnacleawards.


Our annual inductions and concert at Liberty Hall wouldn't happen without Rob Fitzgerald (left). If you see him March 2, tell him "thanks." Click here: Offbeat Occupations: Liberty Hall's man behind the curtain | Lawrence.com.



Click here: Concert Review - Shooting Star 2012

Click here: EP Review: Tech N9ne - E.B.A.H. - Planet Ill

Click here: Sam Billen macht Musik. Gute Musik. Places zum Beispiel | the death cat, independent music re/viewed


September 24, 2012

Dennis Frans, keyboard player for King Midas & the Muflers, was admitted to the ICU in Salina last Monday, September 17 and passed away from interstitial lung disease about 10:45 Friday evening, September 21. Dennis was denied by the transplant place in St. Louis because he was basically on life support.  Josh (his oldest son) says they removed the respirator on Thursday after his family members had said their goodbyes.

Dennis was a one of the original members of King Midas. He, guitarist Mike Hill and drummer Bob Hapgood started King Midas in McPherson in 1965. It quickly evolved into an eight-piece band complete with a horn section.

When Dennis began his music career he played both drums and guitar. However, influenced by the sounds of early Memphis soul music and Jimmy Smith's organ, he found his calling in keyboards. Between 1969 and 1974 Dennis briefly departed King Midas to play with The Devastating Dink of Salina. Dennis sat in with Eric & the Norsemen during their KMHOF induction and a few times after that. Dennis and Janet, his wife of more than 32 years, had two sons and a daughter.


The Walnut Valley Festival — everybody calls it Winfield, after the southern Kansas town that has been home to the fest for more than 40 years — is a mecca for Sunflower State bluegrass.  At Winfield, there's no electricity and, thus, no amplification, which means the acts must play their guts out to be heard. A byproduct of this high-energy approach: the heightened mutual respect between audience and performer.

This year's Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield was as dirty, boozy and joyful as ever. Over 10,000 attendees show up every year to partake in the competitions, camping, festival food-ing and pervasive sense of musical community. Click through for some photos by Zach Bauman. Click here: Scenes from the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, this past weekend in Winfield, KS (Photos) | Wayward Blog.


UMKC's student newspaper attempts to inform students about Kansas City's jazz district. Click here: All around Kansas City: Jazz lives in KansUMKC's student newspaper. 


The Kansas City Business Journal provides details about the Kill Devil Club, including the venue's hours and cover policy. Click here: PHOTOS: Tour new Kansas City jazz venue, The Kill Devil Club - Kansas City Business Journal


Diane Wittry (left) conducted Saturday's season-opening program by the Topeka Symphony Orchestra is one of five candidates to become its next music director. The concert Saturday in White Concert Hall on the campus of Washburn University and the other four classical programs of the orchestra's 67th season will be public auditions by the five finalists to replace John W. Strickler, who resigned at the end of the last season. Click here: Topeka Symphony Orchestra.



The Kansas City Symphony will debut three new series in Helzberg Hall this fall. With tickets for the Symphony in high demand, these new weekday series offer more opportunities to enjoy great music in new settings and styles of performance. Click here: Kansas City Symphony launches three new series for 2012-2013 season | Press Release Central | The Kansas City Star.


KC sax man Dan Thomas continues to pump energy into music with a stack of new compositions and a new band he calls Voyage. The band has pianist Wayne Hawkins, bassist Forest Stewart and drummer Mike Warren. They held a CD release event last Wednesday night at the Blue Room.


Wichita's all-instrumental band Spirit of the Stairs had a release party for their fifth album on Saturday. Click here: Spirit of the Stairs to celebrate release of 5th CD | Wichita Eagle.


The Everette DeVan Quartet featuring vocalist Eboni Fondren will kick off a new monthly "Jazz by the Lake" noon-time concert series at Kansas City Kansas Community College Thursday, October 4.  A series of six concerts featuring some of Kansas City's most famous jazz artists, the performances will be held from noon-1 pm in the Conference Center adjacent to the Campus Lake on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Avenue…  The remainder of the schedule:

Thursday November 1- Bram Wijnands Trio

Thursday December 6- Joe Cartwright Trio

Thursday February 7- Diverse

Thursday March 7- Chris Hazelton and Friends

Thursday April 4- Tim Whitmer


Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy (left) played with My Jerusalem at the Jackpot Friday. Their album Land of Sawdust and Spangles will be self-released on Oct. 2. Click here: Sawdust and Spangles: Local songwriter Til Willis preps new 'political' album just in time for election season | L


On Saturday, September 8, the Kansas City Blues Society held the finals for the International Blues Challenge. Single/Duo acts of Shinetop and Hudspeth as well as Stovepipe and Jazzy Jazz competed for the right to represent Kansas City at the IBC in Memphis in February 2013 - Shinetop and Hudspeth took home the win. The band competition consisted of Jeremy Butcher and the Bail Jumpers, Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers, Justin Murray Blues Band, Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats, and Nobodys Bidnes - Jasone Vivone and the Billy Bats took home the win.

The Wichita Blues Society's Fall Blues Crawl is September 30 from 5-8pm. $5 gets you into every club PLUS the After Party featuring Jonathon "Boogie" Long.


Chris Burnett offers a tease of a new composition titled "Analog Networking." Click here: Musings In Cb.


Thursday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 8, Lee Dresser will represent the Krazy Kats at the Hemsby Rock ‘n' Roll Weekender @ Seacroft Holiday Village, Beach Road, Hemsby, Norfolk, England. Log onto: www.hemsbyrocknroll.co.uk for more info.


After over 40 years, the music of The Gass Company with all four original members Jon Sherman, Marc Marcano, Tim Henson, and Walt Kennett, will be performed again at 505 in Pittsburg on Saturday, October 6 from 6-10 pm after the Pitt State Football Game. Don't miss it and pass the word!!


The performing bug seems to run in families, and it runs deep in the McFadden family. Lonnie McFadden, singer, trumpeter and second-generation dancer, was raised in the Kansas City swing tradition. His father, Jimmy "Pops" McFadden, was a top tap dancer who started teaching that art to his sons when they were about 3. Lonnie has absorbed the other musical influences that life since the 1960s has brought our way. There's a strong R&B feeling to the music on his new disc, I Believe in Music, but it's R&B with jazz in its heart and swing in its step — and all original songs. Lonnie held four release parties for his new album on four consecutive nights last week.

In performance, Lonnie rarely fails to mention his dad. But there's another set of family connections to talk about: his daughters, who are also on the disc and were featured at the CD release parties. Singers (and composers) Chloe and Gina McFadden have lots of R&B in their styles and provide some of the CD's most energetic moments. And other daughter, Loni McFadden, a writer and rapper who's studying to be a psychologist, laid down a rap about the Kansas City jazz lineage.


The Heartland Films documentary Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future has been selected for the 2012 Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF). The festival showcases filmmakers from all over the world including some local filmmakers. Former Kansas Citian and award-winning documentary filmmaker Sue Vicory's jazz and blues film will screen at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 11, as the closing selection of the KIFF, which is October 5-11. There are two awards for documentaries, an audience choice and a juried best social justice film. The winners will have a theatrical run at one of the local Fine Arts Theatres.


According to Megan Birdsall, her next MBird's Artist Showcase will be Thursday the 27th at the Uptown Arts Bar in KC. It will feature Royal Scanlon w/Gary Paredes + Doug Osburn; Depth and Whisper; Roux-Fully Speaking; Mike Hererra; Alyssa Murray; Vi Tran; and MBird.

The 4th Annual Kansas City Reggae Uprising Festival is Sunday, October 7 @ Californos in Westport. It's your all day, all ages, all day, all local festival. The pre-party will be Saturday night.

Featuring in alphabetical order:

77 Jefferson

...Arm the Poor

Az One

Born in Babylon

DJ Jabberock

DJ Richmo

DJ S. Ranx

DJ Stiga

One more band and set times will be announced soon. $10 pre-sale tickets available @ 913-244-3979 by charge, or $13 @ the door, day of show. Children under 7 are free, Minors must have a parental guardian present to attend. Show is RAIN OR SHINE, as there will be indoor accommodations in the event of unpleasant weather.

Please share this event with friends and family, this event is still and has always been GRASSROOTS, so word of mouth is crucial to keeping it affordable! Thank you for all of your support at the shows this summer, and let's go out with a bang this year.


The Plaza Art Fair gave lots of exposure to KC bands over the weekend. Click here: Local bands abound as three stages host music at Plaza Art Fair - KansasCity.com.


The next performance of The Winston Apple Show will be on Tuesday, October 23 at Record Bar (1020 Westport Road in Kansas City). The show will run from 6  to 8 pm. There is no cover charge. The Winston Apple Show is a mostly musical, multi-media performance art project, a delightful combination of live performance and music video, with a bit of comedy and elements of dance. The Record Bar, in addition to being a great live music venue, has great food. So feel free to consider this a "dinner show."

Too many women have been diagnosed, survived, and even lost their battles to breast cancer. Attend an evening of hope. Join the crowd at Shimmy for the Cure, the Irie Tribal Dance Company's way of giving back. It's at the Metropolitan Community Church, 4425 SW 19th Street in Topeka on October 6. This is a gathering our sisters and brothers in an evening of bellydance. Dancing for the Cure! Let's show our dedication and drive to find a cure for this deadly disease! Buy advance purchase tickets, Shimmy For the Cure T-shirts, or donate, all on one link. Click here: Shimmy For the Cure - Irie Tribal - A FatChanceBellyDance Sister Studio.


Steve Kraske interviewed Kevin Mahogany on KCUR's Up to Date. Click here: Songs & Moments With Kevin Mahogany | KCUR.


Quixotic is an ensemble of artists from various disciplines including aerial acrobatics, dance, fashion, film, music and visual effects. Its performances go beyond the limits of any specific art form, challenging traditional perceptions and creating a total sensory experience while exploring infinite possibilities of movement, sound and visual effects.

This Kansas City-based group includes KU Adjunct Professor of Percussion Brandon Draper, talented performers from our area and nationally-recognized artists. What began as a group that performed in abandoned buildings and warehouses in the Kansas City area, has now taken to the world stage. This year, Quixotic performed at the National TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Before returning home to perform at KU's Lied Center November 9, the group will make an appearance in Spain, hit the stage at the Wakarusa Music Festival and make other notable stops.


Maverick Kansas City-based producer and emcee D/WILL has released the latest entry in his cartoon-inspired beat series, entitled Beat Emporium: Cartoon Chapter 2. The instrumental LP was borne out of revisiting his first chapter. Click here: Kansas City emcee D/WILL releases new instrumental album | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


KC's top rapper Tech N9ne is seeing his empire continue to grow. Click here: Does Tech N9ne See A New Act On Strange Music? [Interview] | Tech N9ne


MTS Management Group has announced their signing of 16-year-old, Kansas City-based country music artist, Josey Milner, to an exclusive artist management deal. In addition to handling all management duties, MTS will be providing publicist and social media marketing services for Ms. Milner. A staple of the Missouri fair and festival circuit, Josey will enter the studio to record her debut album in the coming months.

Josey Milner hails from just outside of Kansas City, MO, where she grew up riding in rodeos, beginning at age 7. Hailed as the "Kansas City Queen of Country Music," she has performed on the PRCA rodeo circuit throughout Missouri and Kansas and the International Steel Guitar Show in 2010. She also performed at the Missouri State Fair in 2012. For more info, visit www.JoseyMilner.com.



Click here: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra swings into its 10th season - KansasCity.com.

Click here: kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: 2012 PV Jazz Fest, Part 1

Click here: Hearts of Darkness, Shelf Life (review) | CD Reviews | The Pitch

Click here: Get Yer Groove on to Ryan Heinlein's Project H « Outside-Inside-Out



September 17, 2012

Kelley Hunt's performance at yesterday's Telluride Blues and Brews Festival was webcast worldwide.


Kansas University professor of music Steven Spooner has released an ambitious five-CD set of 16 piano recitals explores centuries of keyboard music, from the 18th century to today.

Spooner held a release party to celebrate the CD set "The Historical Piano Recital Series" Saturday afternoon at the Spencer Museum of Art. It included a mini concert from Spooner.

A live concert film called Aspects of Liszt was released in tandem with the CD set, the final volume of which consists solely of works by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. It was recorded using one of Liszt's own pianos, an 1886 Bechstein concert grand piano, which is on permanent display at the Spencer Museum. The film was recorded in front of live audience at a Liszt Bicentennial performance in 2011, and includes specially commissioned work by Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz.

Spooner has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, Santa Cecilia in Rome and Singapore's Esplanade.


Vera, Chuck & Dave will be playing at the Jazzhaus in Lawrence September 22. This is Darrell Lea, Megan Hurt, Mark Collison and Mark von Schlemmer's terrific Beatles tribute band.


Coffeyville native Donnie Miller returns from Nashville to play his hometown on September 22. Click here: Donnie Miller & Rude Awakening | Nashville, TN | Blues | Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos | ReverbNation


A concert, dance party and a guaranteed good time can be yours 7-11 pm Saturday, September 29 at the 700 Club in Pomona. Band Strickland will feature two drummers (Stewart Denton & Spencer Strickland), Virgil Gumm, Jr. on bass. Jed Rogers on guitar. Two  Dennys (Dennis Maygers & Denny MacMillan on bass, vocals and pedal steel. Steve Strickland rounds out the band.


            On Tuesday, September 4, Melissa Etheridge played a private, secret gig for fan club members at Joe's Pub in New York City. It was one of the smallest stages many have ever seen her perform on. Melissa played electric guitar for the entire show except for "Falling Up" when she played the banjitar (her guitar tech, Mark< played her Ovation for this song) and "4th Street Feeling" when she played the keyboards. After "4th Street Feeling" was over, the crew removed her keyboards, allowing an unobstructed vew of Melissa and the band.

            Fans were requested to not bring cameras and recording devices, but camera phones were OK. One fan posted a few photos that she took on her Blackberry Bold Touch on her Lockerz account via her @RhoAsh Twitter account, which you can check out here: www.pics.lockerz.com/u/18408751/photos.

            There was a professional photographer at the show as well. Please check out the photos at www.meredithtruax.com/melissaetheridge_joespub/

            After the show was over, Etheridge did a quick autograph session from the stage. Her manager, Bill Leopold, announced before the show what they were selling the deluxe version of the new CD for $12, so many there picked up a copy.

Melissa performed an original song at a New York wedding. Richie Jackson is one of the producers of Nurse Jackie while Jordan Roth is the co-owner of Jucamcyn Theaters which includes the St. James Theatre where American Idiot was performed.  Congrats to the happy couple. Click here: Jordan Roth's wedding draws VIPs including Donald Trump and David Geffen - NYPOST.com

Etheridge is in a documentary called Tumor- It's In The System, and the DVD is now available for purchase  Click here: TUMOR | Cast


After a one-year hiatus, organizers have announced that the Kanrocksas Music Festival will return to the Kansas Speedway in June 2013.

The festival brought big-name acts like Eminem and Muse to the Speedway in 2011, but construction at the Kansas City, Kan., location led organizers to canceling the event this year. The Kansas City Star reported the festival suffered financial problems, as well, due to low ticket prices and overpaying some acts. A press release said fans attending next year's festival can expect more "big name acts, added amenities and trending technological features."

Early-bird tickets for the June 28-29 festival go on sale Sept. 21. A two-day ticket costs $125, and camping is included in early-bird ticket purchases. Full-price tickets are $190, and camping costs $50. Tickets can be purchased on the Kanrocksas website.


Trampled Under Foot won the title of Band of the Year for the second time from the Blues Blast. Congratulations!

The Drillers would like to invite all of their friends to attend their next show. It's for a very worthy cause of raising funds for the ongoing fight against breast cancer- The concert is on Saturday, September 22 in Garden City at the bar Time Out, 1319 N. Taylor Avenue. The event is: "Bikers for Boobies." It will be a great night of live music.

Two new jams started in Kansas City last week. Wednesdays at Joe's Standard Bar in Blue Springs. It's the R&B Experience featuring Gino Bueno, Hugh Ruddick, Gino Bueno, Chase McRoy, and Mark Laney. It starts at 8. The other will be at the Kickstand in Independence on Thursdays. The host band will be The Side Show Trio featuring Gino Bueno, Chase McRoy and Adam Park. That jam runs from 7-10.

Tracking for Grisly Hand's debut full-length album is moving along smoothly-Jimmy, Lauren, John and Ben are almost finished with their vocal tracks, Matt has laid down some sweet percussion, and Stover brought in his Theremin. Pretty soon they'll begin the formidable process of mixing, and with any luck they'll have this album ready early next year. Stay tuned for more updates on it. We really can't wait to hear this stuff.

Next weekend (Saturday September.22) they'll be performing on the INK KC's Stage at the Plaza Art Fair (3pm), then they'll truck over to Lawrence to play with Mountain Sprout at the Bottleneck. On October 17 they'll be at the Riot Room with their pals The Hudson Falcons from New Jersey.


2009 KMHOF inductee (with the Young Raiders) Steve Clark's current band, Mr. Cabbagehead & the Screamin' Radishes, will perform for part of the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair at 8 pm September. 27 at Harper Stadium in Fort Smith's Kay Rodgers Park. The group will open for the Jake & Elwood's Blues Revue. Click here: Mr. Cabbagehead To Bring Family Entertainment To Fair | The Times Record.

Wichita's 2012 Christmas Express Concert is Saturday, November 24 at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre. Show time is 7:30 - 9:30 pm. The Christmas Express Band is back featuring many of the area's best talent. The feature artist is Jay Leach, who performs on American Idol.

KANSAS violinist David Ragsdale takes time after rehearsal to say a few words about the band's upcoming fall 2012 tour. Click here: A Brief Message from KANSAS Violinist David Ragsdale.


Congratulations to Kansas lead guitarist Rich Williams and his new wife Debbie (left) on their marriage, September 12 has taken on new meaning for them, their family, their friends and Kansas fans everywhere.


The current issue of the Kansas City Blues Society's Blues News has an article about KMHOF inductee Billie Organ. Click here: http://www.kcbluessociety.org/main/images/blues-news-archives/kcbs%20newsletter%20-%20august%20-%20condensed.pdf


Goldmine writer Jeb Wright has interviewed Shooting Star leader Van McLain for an upcoming story in the music collector's magazine. We will, of course, provide a link to the article when it's published.


Septermber 10, 2012

Kansas City native Wes Scantlin (left) was arrested recently after an incident on an airplane. Click here: Puddle of Mudd singer Scantlin arrested - KansasCity.com.


The KCBS's International Blues Challenge finals were held Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon, the competition was rough and each act had their own individual style, but when the dust settled the winners were Shinetop & Brandon Hudsbeth for the solo/duo act, and Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats won the band competition.


The 4 Sknns are having a reunion in October. They'll be at the Brooksider Sports Bar and Grill in Kansas City October 12-13. The shows are scheduled to start at 9 pm.


On September 20 Dan Thomas will be releasing an album with his new band Voyage (Dan, Wayne Hawkins, Forest Stewart, and Mike Warren) at the Blue Room.


"Fall Jam 2012"- A Benefit for Kansas City Youth Jazz at the Hotel Phillips, will be hosted by Millie Edwards, featuring KCYJ students, instructors and alumni. Musicians are welcome. There will be a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, a dinner menu, raffle prizes and a silent auction. A suggested donation of $25 is asked. It's Saturday, September 22, from 7:00-11:00 pm on the Hotel Phillips mezzanine. For info, call (816) 523-9024 or visit http://kcyouthjazz.org.


KCMO Mayor Sly James is a musician, and so is his son Kyle James. Click here: Kyle James and Kemet "thePhantom*" Coleman come of age in KC's music scene | Feature | The Pitch.


KC's Funk Syndicate has a new vocalist named Wanda Jae.

Wanda Jae, born Wanda J. Manier on March 21st, is a singer, songwriter, who performs with unmatched skills. A Kansas City, KS native, Manier's musical journey started from childhood. Inspired by real life experiences, Wanda used music as a form of therapy. In her school years, Wanda participated in multiple choirs, a couple of school productions, school and local talent shows, and church plays. Manier has the ability to grasp every genre of music, particularly rooted in gospel and jazz.

In 2011, Ms. Manier (left) decided to pursue music as a profession. Currently, Manier is an instant veteran of the Kansas City music scene gaining experience by working with seasoned artists and following in the teachings of notable figures and mentors, such as Lee Langston of Prototype and O'dell Talley of Groove Agency.

Wanda's musical influences include Whitney Houston, Ledisi, Patti LaBelle, Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Clark-Sheard and John P. Kee, just name a few.

Ms. Manier has been described as an energetic well-rounded musician, whose stage presence is an uncanny experience. The no holds bar attitude in Manier's music sets her apart from the rest. She is often recognized by her efforts to bring soul back into today's R&B and Neo-Soul music.


Soothing the burn of  the relentless depression of the post-holiday-weekend workday was the arrival of a new EP from KC's Sons of Great Dane. You Can't Lose It All, All at Once (great title) is four up-tempo alt-country tracks with a little more '90s alt-rock hooks in them than in the band's previous output. It's out as a pay-what-you-want download via local label Sharp County Records. Grab it here.


Maurice and Shanice Hayes of Kansas City made it to the semifinals on America's Got Talent but were foiled last Thursday night. Click here: KC's Maurice and Shanice Hayes lose out on ‘America's Got Talent' - KansasCity.com.


Pat Metheny returned to Kansas City for a show last Thursday at the Folly Theater with his Unity Band. Click here: Plastic Sax: Now's the Time: Pat Metheny's Unity Band.

Two days short of Buddy Holly's 76th birthday, the men of the Rumblejetts (Chad Hasty, Jim Holopter and Jud Kite), Patrick Recob of Lee McBee & the Confessors, and Gregg Todt of the Federation of Horsepower lit up Knuckleheads with some of the best music of the late 1950s for the Buddy Holly Birthday Bash. They joined forces last Wednesday to salute Holly, J.P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens, who all went down together in a 1959 plane crash.


Jessica Sain-Baird recently spoke with Dead Girls lead singer Cameron Hawk about the band's Daytrotter session. Click here: Get to know the Dead Girls' Cameron Hawk | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


All That Jazz, which features Don (Mike) Hatfield, a KMHOF inductee with the Red Dogs, will be playing a regular gig on Thursday nights in Lawrence at the 5 Bar. The venue is hoping they will draw an older, non-student crowd.


This year's eighth annual Crossroads Music Festival was affected by two significant circumstances and events. The festival's largest and premier venue, Crosstown Station, closed a month after last year's festival, which forced the event's founder and organizer, Bill Sundahl, to come up with another large venue. And about four months ago Sundhal's wife gave birth to their second child. Click here: Crossroads Music Festival takes a one-day tack - KansasCity.com.


The Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival press conference to announce the full talent line up and other festival details was held at the American Jazz Museum in The Blue Room on Wednesday, September 5. The festival will be held on Saturday, October 13. Thanks to KCTV5, KKFI FM Radio and KGGN AM Radio for representing broadcast media at the event.


You've got to hand it to the Prairie Village Jazz Festival organizers. They've put together a high-quality festival for three years in a row now, even with a rainout last year, and they've kept it free.

They've got a great location in a park, and best of all they had great music again. The lineup for this year's festival, on Saturday, was as stellar as we've come to expect:

-   Diverse, with some of the brightest young jazz talent in the area.

-   Rich Wheeler Quartet, with a leader who is the tenor saxophone soloist in some of the most exciting musical organizations in town, including the People's Liberation Big Band and Alaturka. He has some important things of his own to say, too.

-  : Mike Metheny Quartet, offering an all-too-rare appearance by the "other" Metheny, a flugelhornist and composer of great sensitivity, and leader of a well-chosen quartet.

-  .: Megan Birdsall Quartet, showcasing a singer who's rapidly become a local favorite.

-  .: Bobby Watson Quartet, led by alto saxophone giant who some say is the best musician in town. You are likely to agree.

-   : Karrin Allyson, the world-class singer who got her start here, makes the perfect headliner, this time with her road band featuring the powerful saxophonist Bob Sheppard.

The free festival was in Harmon Park, at 77th Street and Mission Road.


Sometimes you've got to go back to go forward, and that's what Melissa Etheridge has done with her new album, 4th Street Feeling.  Fourth Street is the main drag in her hometown of  Leavenworth, Kansas, and Melissa says the album was inspired by some of her  earliest musical  memories. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Talks "Organic" New Album "4th Street Feeling" - Music News - ABC News Radio.

San Jose Mercury News interviews Melissa Etheridge. Click here: Melissa Etheridge takes a look back in 12th album - San Jose Mercury News.

So does The Blade. Click here: Melissa Etheridge interview | Washington Blade - America's Leading Gay News Source

Melissa talks with Say Anything! host Joy Behar about her difficult custody battle with her domestic partner and how her divorce was actually good for the gay community. Click here: Melissa Etheridge: ‘I'm for gay divorce' - Joy Behar: Say Anything! // Current TV

Melissa (left) discuses the songs on her new album. Click here: A Look Inside Melissa Etheridge's '4th Street Feeling' « KyXy 96.5

Head over to the following link hear Etheridge's interview and 4 songs performance on NPR's World Cafe. It's just over 30 minutes long. Click here: NPR Media Player.

Listen online to four of the songs from 4th Street Feeling. Click here: iHeartRadio | Real & Custom Radio Stations - Listen Free Online.

Melissa is on the cover of the September issue of She. Click here: She Magazine— THE LONGEST RUNNING MAGAZINE FOR LGBT WOMEN IN FLORIDA!

If you watched the first night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, followed the events on Twitter or just waited to read about it, you know that a big talking point was gay rights, specifically when it comes to marriage and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Spinner happened to have Melissa their office, so they had to ask the famed gay musician and activist what she thought of the evening. Click here: Melissa Ethridge: DNC Embracing Gay Rights Is 'Tipping Point' for America - Spinner

            Check out these awesome photos from Meredith Truax: Click here: Melissa Etheridge | Live @ Joe's Pub | September 4th, 2012.


Jeff Black is looking for album cover proofs this week.  Then he'll mark B-Sides And Confessions, Vol. 2 ready to go on it's way. So many projects with the incredible contributions of Michael Wilson have been raised by his lens. The Shoot for BSACV2 last year all around Arcana Studio with David Meyer captured what Jeff has inside the audio so beautifully. The official release is slated for January 13.


Hunter Long has announced that the Black House Improvisors' Collective has been "renewed for another year of residency" with the Charlotte Street Foundation. Click here: Kansas City New Music | Black House Improvisors' Collective: Another year....


Kasey Rausch has been making music in Kansas City for over 20 years, mostly as a solo artist and in several local collaborations. Click here: Artists on Trial: Kasey Rausch







KANSAS spent the weekend rehearsing a new set for the upcoming fall tour with King's X. The first gig is Thursday night at Best Buy Theatre in New York City. A new backdrop (left) will make its debut.


Wichita Guitar Society's regular performances are now being held at the The Wichita Bahá'í Center at 3319 N Amidon, Wichita, Kansas. They are a great place for music lovers or players to attend and listen or play guitar. We invite all fans of the guitar, any style to attend, exchange ideas, perform for each other. We plan rehearsals, concerts, etc. The meetings include informal recitals, singer songwriters and more. They are free to everyone! Guests are encouraged to bring a guitar or other similarly stringed. instrument, but one doesn't have to play to get involved. Come in and enjoy the music performed by WGS members and friends. This could be a great addition to your weekend. Hope to see you there.


Former Embarrassment member Bill Goffrier and Karlee Dean will be performing on Saturday, September 29, in the Dave Foley and Friends outdoor concert during Open House at the beautiful Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA. Events begin at 11am with food and refreshments such as chowder donated by local south shore restaurants, Frankie's Franks donated from Waterbury, CT, locally-made ice cream, and Fr. Nicholas Morcone's famous, secret marinara sauce.

There will be hay ride tours of the grounds (with the Abbey's tractor) and visits with the Nubian goats. There will be home-made Abbey items available for sale (soaps, lavender sachets, Abbey cheeses, bread, etc.).


Robocopter, of the former Lawrence band BaioWolf, will be opening for Indiana rapper Andy D at the Replay Lounge on Wednesday. Click here: Andy D, Robocopter to play the Replay Lounge | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


People are beginning to gather in Winfield for the Walnut Valley Festival next weekend.



Click here: Plastic Sax: Review: Hearts of Darkness- Shelf Life

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Click here: Melissa Etheridge Returns to Her Roots on "4th Street Feeling"

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September 3, 2012

            Michael Brewer is home from having carotid artery surgery. He's resting and doing well. That's great news, Mike.


The memorial service last Monday, August 27, for Charlie Molina included some outstanding musicians. Playing jazz for half an hour, prior, was Rod Fleeman, guitar, and Doug Talley on sax and clarinet. Jay and Alan Sollenberger, trumpets, were part of a brass quintet that also included Jan Cohick, horn, Don Wampler, t-bone, and Lee Hill Kavanaugh, bass t-bone. Amy Cramer was the organist. The service concluded with them playing, per previous directions from Charlie's wife, "Ain't Misbehavin'."

When KC songwriter Tom Hall (left) got sick in July, it didn't take long for his friends and colleagues in the Kansas City music scene to rally and come to his aid. Click here: KC musicians band together to support ailing Tom Hall - KansasCity.com.


As we told you last week, there were 65 contestants from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska in Lawrence for the 32nd Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. We now have a list of the winners. Click here: Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, Lawrence, KS.


The People's Liberation Big Band's show at the RecordBar on September 2 was a tribute to John Cage in honor of his 100th birthday.


MidXMidwest was a two-day music, live entertainment and interactive festival for performers all over the area that came together over the weekend to show case their talent. This festival involved six Lawrence bars, lots of venders and other businesses. Starting Friday August 31 at noon there was live music or entertainment at all locations through Saturday night when the bars closed. This interactive festival included several events such as an 8 ball tournament, bicycle ride, Miss MidXMidwest competition, car and motorcycle shows and much more.


A blogger reports that only a handful of people attended Charlie Parker's grave site memorial service this year. Click here: Hip Suburban White Guy: 1 O'Clock in the Afternoon, the Last Sunday in August, at Lincoln Cemetery.


KCJazzLark offers insights into a press conference held at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Click here: kcjazzlark: This 'n That 'n All Jazz Radio Coming to KC?

            Susan B. Wilson of KCUR shares her impressions of the late-night atmosphere at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Click here: Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop | KCUR

            The Mutual Musicians Foundation (MMF) formerly known as Local 627 or the "colored" musicians union from 1917 to 1970, has benefitted from funding secured by the Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II and has completed an education and archive project which was unveiled August 24. 

            "We have been almost two years working on this project and are extremely pleased to have the Congressman at the event and to give his time and energies to such worthy endeavors as the Mutual Musicians Foundation." said MMF Chairman James Hathaway, Sr. 

            Educational panels have been installed downstairs of the MMF and give a history of the neighborhood and the union hall that has been the subject of countless articles, documentaries and research.  In addition, a 30 minute documentary entitled, "Still Jammin'" was viewed for the first time.  "This project demonstrates the strength of the history surrounding 18th and Vine and allows the MMF to truly showcase the unique legacy left to us.  We are so proud of the outcome." said Anita J. Dixon, Vice President.


Grant Snider and Joe Worrel of the band Dos Partytos played Friday at Mort's Cigar Barin Wichita. Click here: For Dos Partytos, the ‘main point is fun' | Wichita Eagle.


Rolling Stone streams the new Melissa Etheridge album. Click here: Album Premiere: Melissa Etheridge, '4th Street Feeling' | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Etheridge will be on Live with Kelly (or whatever they're calling it after they officially announce Kelly's new co-host...Live with Kelly and Michael? [former football player Michael Strahan is her rumored new co-host]) on Friday, September 7. Check http://livewithkelly.com/ to see when Live with Kelly airs in your area.

Fourth Street Feeling is now officially released in Australia. Universal Music's Australian site has updated their site with links to the album.  There's a link to the Deluxe version where you can listen to samples of the unreleased songs, "You Will," "The Beating of Your Heart" and "Change the World." Click here: Melissa Etheridge Store - 4th Street Feeling (Deluxe Edition).

Melissa Etheridge has made a big donation to help the CGHS/SPCA New Shelter Fund. The legendary singer/songwriter has donated two tickets to her 4th Street Feeling Tour, anywhere in the United States. To complement the tickets, the Grammy award winning rocker will also give a backstage meet and greet before the concert, where the winner will have the opportunity to meet the legend and receive a signed item. Also, Etheridge donated a signed, eleven-CD library including the album Yes I Am, which carries the Grammy winning song "Come to my Window." Click here: Melissa Etheridge Steps Up Big for Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA.



KANSAS, the legendary rock band that first recorded "Dust in the Wind" in 1977, and Martin Guitar, the guitar manufacturer whose instrument was first used to play the unmistakable masterpiece, have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind 35th Anniversary "Dust in the Wind" Martin D-28 guitar. One lucky fan will win that very rare guitar in the Dust in the Wind 35th Anniversary Martin Guitar Sweepstakes.

Artisans in the Martin Custom Shop used Mother of Pearl to craft the inlay on this one-of-a-kind D-28.  To further the rarity of this one-of-a-kind guitar, Martin has installed inside the guitar, a label that contains the hand-written signatures of original band members Phil Ehart, Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh, and Richard Williams, along with signatures of today's band members Billy Greer and David Ragsdale.  "Dust in the Wind" producer Jeff Glixman has also signed, as well as the longtime Martin PR man, Dick Boak.

Before it is given away, the guitar will be used onstage by Richard Williams as a part of KANSAS's performances throughout the United States from September through most of November.  Williams commented, "After playing this one-of-a-kind Martin D-28 onstage, I can't begin to tell you how hard it will be to let this beautiful guitar go. On any stage, or in any collection, this instrument is an extraordinary piece of rock history."

The "'Dust in the Wind' 35th Anniversary Martin Guitar Sweepstakes" is open to persons 18 years of age or older who reside in the United States, can be entered at the band's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kansasband) or at www.kansasband.com, and is open from September 1 through November 30, 2012.  No purchase is necessary to win; please see sweepstakes rules for more details.

To further celebrate "Dust in the Wind's" 35th Anniversary, KANSAS has also released the "35th Anniversary 'Dust in the Wind' Gift Book" which can be purchased at KANSAS concert throughout 2012 and at www.kansasband.com.

With their self-titled first album released in 1974, KANSAS went on to become one of the decade's most popular rock acts - issuing classic rock albums such as 1976's Leftoverture and 1977's Point of Know Return, along with the hit singles "Carry on Wayward Son," "Dust In the Wind," and "Point of Know Return."  The band - which in addition to Williams, is comprised of drummer Phil Ehart, singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, bassist Billy Greer, and violinist David Ragsdale - continue to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.

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If you're a Kansas fan, you might want to sign the petition to get them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Click here: Kansas In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Petition.


Season 38 of Austin City Limits begins October 6. On October 20 the Bonnie Raitt show taped this summer, featuring Mike Finnigan on keys, will air. Mavis Staples is also on this show.


Alternative bands: there's an opportunity for you to play at a Halloween costume party at the All Star Rock Bar in Kansas City on Saturday, October 27. You must e willing to perform in costume. This event is going to be lots of fun. A bunch of acts are signed already, but they want a little more variety. If you're interested, email: contact@alicesweetalice.org.


Sam Billen reports that the music and artwork are ready for his new album. It will be released online September 15.


Freedy Johnston spent seven days recording at Seahorse in downtown Los Angeles. He has a couple of vocals and some overdubs left to do.


Dana Cooper is a southeast regional finalist in the NewSong competition for his song "No Second Coming." Vote for his video of "Good Place to Begin" and make your voice heard for people's choice. Click here: Regional Round Voting 2012 - Southeast Region | NewSong Music.


Wanted - Student Guitars. Connie Chappelle (musician, teacher, Chicken Tarain Camp affiliate) is looking for 6-8 good, used or new guitars to be used in a class for differently abled late teens to young adults. If you can help with this, please call 316 259-2538 to arrange for pickup or delivery. If you happen to be at the Walnut Valley festival with a guitar to donate you may drop it by the KAAA booth under the grandstand. Thank you very much.


            Ian Markley closes out a decade with the band Three of a Kind October 19 at Cat Tracks in Manhattan. The show starts at 9:30.


Lawrence's Pool Room is going through a transformation that will include bringing more music to the city. Click here: Mudstop Mondays is Barnyard's Pool Room party now | Interview | The Pitch.


Festival was the last band to perform live under the Blue Things name. They then went on to a very long and successful career. Click here: State honors await local musicians and Family


The Dead Girls' drummer was profiled in The Deli Magazine. Click here: On The Beat with Eric Melin

The Dead Girls Daytrotter session went live last week. Not only are they honored to be one of the many wonderful bands featured on Daytrotter, but they are also incredibly proud of how the session turned out. Everyone at the Rock Island Studio was so great to work with.

The session includes four songs from the band's upcoming third full-length album, Fade In/Fade Out, as well as a full-band version of one of their most beloved home recordings, "Chasing Clouds" (from the Te Quiero EP). Visit www.daytrotter.com now for a free stream of the session, and please let the Dead Girls know what you think. Click here: Daytrotter Session Up Today! + New Stuff on Site


Streetside will be performing at the Kansas State Fair for the 25th consecutive year on Saturday, September 8. They are doing three shows this year. Twice on the main stage, and once at Lake Talbott.


The lineup for the fall Jazz Series of Johnson County Community College has been announced. The series, which showcases the talents of local jazz musicians, takes place at noon Tuesday for six weeks from Sept. 25-Oct. 30. All performances, which are free and open to the public, are held in the Recital Hall of the Carlsen Center unless otherwise noted.  The fall 2012 Jazz Series lineup is: Sept. 25  Luqman Hamza Trio, piano and vocals. Oct. 2  Book of Gaia.  Oct. 9  Vine Street East featuring Monte Muza, guitar.  Oct. 16  Kerry Strayer and Dan Deluca, saxophone and piano.  Oct. 23  Joe Cartwright Trio.  Oct. 30  Mike Ning Trio.


The Elders are taking pre-orders for the new DVD The Elders Hoolie, which was recorded live at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on St. Patrick's Day, 2012.


Trumpeter Hermon Mehari conducts a tour of Kansas City. Click here: KC Swing.


FOR YOUR EARS ONLY is Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building #21 VINYL LP & AUDIO SALE!!!!

Advance tickets are now available for Audio-Reader's annual sale of vinyl LPs, audio equipment, CDs, musical instruments and much more. 

The sale will take place on Friday, September 14 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence (2120 Harper St). 

Tickets for Friday night are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

You can purchase advance tickets NOW at Audio-Reader Network, 1120 W. 11th street in Lawrence. Advance tickets will be sold until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

Admission is free on Saturday, with prices slashed on many items at noon.



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August 27, 2012


The Wichita Blues Society/Shamrock Lounge, 724 W. Douglas, invites everyone to come out and celebrate the life of Johnny Marion Neal, Wednesday August 29.

Here's Johnny's obit from the Topeka paper. Click here: John Neal Jr. Obituary: View John Neal's Obituary by Topeka Capital-Journal.


Charles Molina died last week. He was a music educator and retailer. After teaching in Blue Rapids, North Kansas City and Paola, he was co-owner of Funk and Molina Music in Paola and Olathe. Click here: Charles C. Molina - The Miami County Republic: Obituaries


A fire broke out at Jerry's Bait Shop in Lenexa in the early morning hours last Tuesday. The space above the suburban bar and live-music venue was apparently hit with the most damage, but there has been some water and smoke damage in the bar as well. No word on cause or if/how long it'll be closed yet, but we'll update.


It's time to go back to school! To celebrate this rambunctious and studious time, Lawrence crew Team Bear Club threw a special party for its Goomba Rave on Thursday, August 23. "As a celebration of the coming-back-to-school season, I reached out to my good friend Riff Raff to come and help us kick off the occasion," says Phil Canty, Team Bear Club promoter.


KC blues artist Samantha Fish performed Friday at Abode Venue in Wichita. Click here: KC blues artist Samantha Fish to perform in Wichita | Wichita Eagle.


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/23/2460160/kc-blues-artist-samantha-fish.html#storylink=cpy


Topeka singer-songwriter and restaurateur Greg Fox and Kevin Dolan, of Kansas City, Mo., who performs as children's entertainer Dino O'Dell performed a free concert sponsored by Topeka's First United Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at the Gage Park Amphitheater. Click here: Free concert to feature a Fox and a Dino | CJOnline.com.


Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in KC, Bobby Watson will be conducting the KC Symphony. Following in the footsteps of Kansas City jazz masters Charlie Parker and Count Basie, KMOHF inductee Watson has blazed his own musical trail, performing with the world's jazz greats and releasing important recordings. For this special show, Watson has assembled the very best musicians to perform jazz standards with his own stylish twist, plus original compositions like the "Kansas City Jazz Tribute" and "A Wheel Within a Wheel."


Good Foot's van has turned up missing. It was last seen around the 4200 block of Charlotte KCMO around midnight last Monday morning, August 20. It is an 18 passenger WHITE 1995 GMC RALLY VAN with MO License Plate: UE3S9Y. If any one has any information or has seen this van please call Quentin at 816-604-7241


Sixty-five contestants from Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas were entered in Sunday's eight categories and youth award for the 32nd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship. Click here: Musicians young and old pick through bluegrass tunes / LJWorld.com.


 The Paola Roots Festival was held this past Friday and Saturday. This year's T-shirt design is to the left. We hope everyone had a great time.


The third annual Prairie Village Jazz Festival takes place on Saturday, September 8, in Harmon Park, at 77th and Mission Road, in Prairie Village. Admittance to the festival is free. The first festival, in 2010, drew an audience of 7000 fans to Harmon Park. Last year's event was rained out after the second act. With dual headliners of internationally renowned vocalist Karrin Allyson and saxophone star Bobby Watson, this year's festival promises to be the biggest yet.  The Prairie Village Jazz Festival is presented by BRGR Kitchen + Bar, and hosted by the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation and the City of Prairie Village. Proceeds from the event go to Heartland Habitat for Humanity. The Schedule:

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Diverse, Hermon Mehari, trumpet, Ben Leifer, bass, Brad Williams, drums

4:20 - 5:20 p.m.: Rich Wheeler Quartet ?Rich Wheeler, tenor saxophone, T.J. Martley, piano, Bill McKemy, bass, Sam Wisman, drums

5:40 - 6:40 p.m.: Mike Metheny Quartet? Mike Metheny, trumpet and flugelhorn, T.J. Martley, piano, Gerald Spaits, bass, Todd Strait, drums

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Megan Birdsall Quartet? Megan Birdsall, vocals, Wayne Hawkins, piano, Bob Bowman, bass, Matt Leifer, drums

8:20 - 9:20 p.m.: Bobby Watson Quartet? Bobby Watson, alto saxophone, Chris Clarke, piano, Curtis Lundy, bass, Michael Waren, drums

9:40 - 10:55 p.m.: Karrin Allyson Quintet? Karrin Allyson, vocals and piano, Bob Sheppard, tenor saxophone and flute, Rod Fleeman, guitar, Gerald Spaits, bass, Todd Strait, drums


We want to remind you that on Sunday afternoon, September 2, the friends of Tom Hall are hosting a benefit at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City. They're coming together to raise money to help Tom through his illness. Tom is a Kansas City musician, playing in many bands and projects through the years. They have put together an event that is sure to be remembered.

The artists performing include Samantha Fish, Trampled Under Foot, and Kelley Hunt.

There will be a tremendous amount of raffle items, a silent auction, and a band auction. There's a $20 donation at the door, and a very special VIP package.

The VIP package is $100 and includes admission, raffle tickets, a picture with the Artists, a signed poster, reserved seating, and a limited release DVD of the event. Hurry, there are only 100 VIP packages available.

In addition, they'll have Tom Hall's CD's for sale. This will be a huge event for someone very special to the KC music scene. Please help out and celebrate!


You can now purchase Melissa Etheridge's new video for "Falling Up" on iTunes:



For many years, songwriters have received royalties for their songs, but performers didn't receive royalties for their performances Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) released a discussion draft of a bill last Monday that would increase compensation for recording artists by putting cable, satellite and Internet radio on the same royalty-setting standard.

The debate over whether broadcasters should pay music artists a royalty fee when playing their songs over the air, also called terrestrial radio, has been a never-ending battle Washington. Click here: (87) The Hill Social Reader on Facebook


Wichita Blues Society Open Youth Jam is Saturday September 1, 4-7pm at The Underground, 1628 S George Washington Blvd. located beneath Harry Reese Dance Studio, family friendly venue, all ages welcome.


A drum set and piano will be available. Depending on what you play, jammers should bring a small amp, drum sticks, high-hat, cymbals; brass instruments and vocalists encouraged to join us. Music will not be limited to the blues, but it is the Wichita Blues Society, so they will have blues musicians on hand to demonstrate and share blues fundamentals and songs, as well as help young musicians learn "jam etiquette." Questions: email webmaster@wichitablues.org.

Back in the 1970s Jim Stringer (left) had a band called Tide, a group that has been inducted into the KMHOF. Jim also worked at a video company in Lawrence called Centron. While he was there he made a film about the band. Fences and Gates can be viewed or downloaded online. It takes a look at modern economics as it documents the efforts of a group of young musicians who are unable to achieve financial success. The film presents basic economic concepts in the form of real-life situations and dramatizes a real economic case by actual members of a jazz-rock music band. Fences and Gates depicts Tide's struggle to break into national popularity played against the real world problems of making a profit and surviving as a group.



Blogger KCJazzLark objects to changes recently made at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Click here: kcjazzlark: They Changed the Mutual Musicians Foundation.


Chris Lewis recently conducted an excellent interview with Stan Kessler. Click here: Interview with Sons of Brazil's Stan Kessler | by Killer Strayhorn's Chris Lewis | KillerStrayhorn.


Pat Metheny is interviewed at All About Jazz. Click here: Jazz article: "Pat Metheny: Pulling It All Together" by Lawrence Peryer.


The 11th annual Jazz & BBQ benefit for the UMKC Jazz Studies program is Sunday, October 14. Legendary jazz trumpeter Gerald Wilson will receive a lifetime achievement award. The event, which is extremely popular and typically sold out, begins at 6 pm with a silent auction and buffet dinner. The concert begins at 7:30 with Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas leading the UMKC Conservatory Concert Jazz Band and the 11 O'Clock Jazz Band, respectively….  The event is in the UMKC Student Union, fourth floor multipurpose room, 5100 Cherry St., KCMO. Ticket prices: Patron levels $1,000, $500, $250, $175 and $100. Concert and buffet, $75 Concert only, $30.  A VIP reception is 5-6 p.m. preceding the event, on the rooftop of the Student Union.


Tony Teebo on Copywriting and Publishing:

Every once in awhile, an aspiring songwriter asks me about copyrighting & publishing. I'll start with copyrighting. The "poor man's" copyright, involves making a recording of the song(s) & mailing a copy to yourself. The idea being that if ownership of the music is ever challenged, the songwriter, uses the unopened, post-marked/dated package as proof of when the music was recorded, & who actually wrote it. This process has never stood in a court of law for several reasons...one reason being the fact that you can buy a postage meter & apply any date you want, to your package.

Always copyright first before shopping for a publisher! Go online to the Library Of Congress website. There you will find all the info you need to copyright. The LOC will send copyright forms to you at no charge. Unlike in the past, you can now make copies of the forms, just make sure you request the proper forms, & read carefully as several forms sound very much alike! The cost of copyrighting a song is $30. per song. To save money, I copyright several songs at a time, (as a "work") then when someone wants to record one of the songs, or I use it as a Jingle, I simply copyright that song again as "one song." When you've filled-out the proper forms, make 2 recordings of the music & mail them, along with the forms, to the LOC. You don't need to include a lyric sheet or a lead sheet...this makes it easy! Your music is "protected" as soon as it arrives at the LOC, but don't expect to have the registered forms returned to you right away. Mine usually show-up 6 months after mailing.

All too often I hear, "I just had some of my songs published!" Great...who published them & what are their plans for your music? Before I knew better, I gave 52 songs to a publisher. To make a long story, short, those songs are GONE! Before I forget, NEVER, I said, NEVER PAY ANYONE To PUBLISH YOUR MUSIC!!! Until you know more about publishing, hold your publishing to keep it "open." You can self-publish, but unless you have the funds available to produce, promote, & distribute your recorded music...why? Self-promotion is always difficult, & In many cases, it may appear to Music Industry professionals, that your talent is so "lacking," no one wants to work with you! It's impressive to tell people that your music is published with a "big name," publisher. But remember, the bigger the publisher, the more likely your material will be "shelved," sometimes, indefinitely, unless they tell you up-front, where the music will be placed. The debate continues concerning keeping HALF of your publishing as a negotiation tool. But, some publishers want all or nothing! Talk to those who have published with a particular publisher to get a REAL report on their track record. I have recently signed publishing contracts that have a time limit. One in particular has a 2 year limit. In other words, if the publisher can't find a use for the material within 2 years, the publishing reverts to me. I have a record label & a publishing company, but being a "mom & pop" operation, without "mom," I can accomplish just so much. Before you COPYRIGHT or PUBLISH, play your music for others. We "live" with a recording for quite awhile, & get "used to it." Don't just play the music for family & friends, they are biased. "Personal" songs are OK, as long as "others" can relate. Only COPYRIGHT & PUBLISH your fine-tuned, songs that the real people can relate to.

An example of song selection is one of my songs, "Box Of Blues." Before I included it on 2 CD's, I asked the opinion of "strangers." After receiving a positive report from both male & female listeners, I knew the song had some merit. This was later reinforced by the song being played over a thousand times on the internet. If a song doesn't have a positive effect on you & unbiased listeners, file-it & write-some-more! Don't spend too much time trying to make a diamond out of a lump of coal! That great song is in you...somewhere! So, spend your COPYRIGHT MONEY on only the BEST MUSIC in you catalog, & DON'T RUSH TO PUBLISH!



Click here: Chuck Berg: Topeka Jazz Workshop opens 44th season in style | CJOnline.com

Click here: Karrin Allyson at Birdland - NYTimes.com

Click here: Show review: The Architects (with Radkey and Hipshot Killer) at recordBar, 8.10.12

Click here: Album review: The Hearts of Darkness - Shelf Life


August 20, 2012

Longtime Kansas musician and triple KMHOF inductee (Jerms, Rising Suns & Young Raiders) Johnny Neal passed away Saturday at a Topeka hospital. He had been very weak as a result of cancer and liver problems. He will be missed. Johnny attended our events every year and was always fun to be around.


The winners of the Topeka Blues Society International Blues Challenge are:

Solo/duo Competition: RACHELLE COBA

Band Competition: JOSH VOWELL BAND



The winners of the Wichita Blues Society's 12th Annual Blues Challenge are:

Solo/duo Competition: The Kentucky Gentlemen

Band Competition: The Swing Daddies


Alto saxophonist Dennis Winslett headlined an unusual event on Saturday, billed as a fundraiser and "mind-raiser" for Skills to Succeed, a group that provides services to youngsters with disorders on the autism spectrum and their families. In a reception at the American Jazz Museum, Winslett spoke about his experiences as a father of children who have autism, and at 8:30 pm, his band performed at the Blue Room.


Pianist Mark Lowrey presentedf an offshoot of his Mark Lowrey vs Hip-Hop series Saturday evening at the Czar in Kansas City. This one reportedly featured the Toy Piano Collective, with (among others) trumpeter Hermon Mehari, percussionist Pablo Sanhueza and beats from Leonard Dstroy.


Four of the best in Kansas City, Roger Wilder, Joe Cartwright, Michael Pagan and Bram  Wijnands, teamed up in various combinations in a fundraiser for the Kansas City Youth Jazz program Sunday at the Piropos Piano Bar in Briarcliff.


KC's Sons of Brasil provided the first installment of the Leawood Jazz Series with a free concert Sunday evening at the Ironwoods Amphitheater in Ironwoods Park


On the next Wednesday MidDay Medley, August 22, 10-Noon, on KKFI 90.1 FM, they  talk with Bob Asher of 15-piece superband The Hearts of Darkness about the band's new release Shelf Life. Named "Best Live Act" by The Pitch Music Awards, The Hearts of Darkness Shelf Life album release concert is Saturday, August 25, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2700 Rochester, KCMO w/ an early set at 8:30 and a late set at 10:30 w/ special guests, The Good Foot.


Victor & Penny return to KC with a concert, Saturday, Aug 25, at 7:00 PM, at The Kansas City Arts Academy, Grassroots Concert Series, 7933 Main Street, KCMO, with Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan of the band: Tina And Her Pony. Each duo will play one set and afterwards there will be a Q&A and encore performance. This is ALL AGES show. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit the KC Academy's Music Program. More info: www.victorandpenny.com.


Santa-Cali-Gon's Blues Afternoon is Sunday September 2 from Noon to 7:30. Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats. Old No. 5's. Stovepipe Perkins. Cross Eyed Cat and the Coyote Bill Boogie Band will play. Stage will be set up at the lot of the Pharoah Theatre on the Square in Independence, MO, 114 West Maple.


.           The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, DC will honor Melissa Etheridge with their Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts at this year's event on November 4. The intimate evening at the museum's Great Hall will include cocktails and a seated dinner, followed by the award presentation and an acoustic set by Melissa.

            "I am honored to receive this award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I have long admired their work and salute this museum for all it is doing to celebrate women artists, especially the women who challenged societal norms to pursue careers in the arts. These women inspire us all and I am proud to be among them." ~ Melissa

Melissa is also among the celebrated artists in Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion & Power, an upcoming exhibition at the NMWA, on view from September 7-January 6.

Etheridge's newest album 4th Street Feeling hits record stores September 4 via Island Records, but until then you can check out the making of her video for "Falling Up." Watch Melissa show off her awesome "banjitar" while singing out the blues in the clip. Click here: Melissa Etheridge, 'Falling Up' (Behind the Scenes) -- Video Premiere - Spinner.

The "Falling Up" video is now on YouTube. Click here: Melissa Etheridge - Falling Up - YouTube.


The Pitch provides a recap of their recent awards blowout.  Winners include the People's Liberation Big Band ("Best Jazz Ensemble"), Mark Lowrey ("Best Jazz Solo") and Hearts of Darkness ("Best Live Act"). Click here: Tying one on at the 2012 Pitch Music Awards | Music: Streetside | The Pitch.


Chely Wright's 1994 debut album Woman In the Moon is available for the first time in almost 10 years. It has been re-released and available at iTunes. Click here: iTunes - Music - Woman In the Moon by Chely Wright

            Chely's movie Wish Me Away is now available on iTunes in Canada.

It is also available for rent on Video on Demand from your local cable carrier. 

For a list of cable providers that will carry Wish Me Away at Video On Demand-Click here: http://wishmeawaydoc.com/rent-or-purchase-on-itunes-new.html

            Wish Me Away is also available for purchase or rent at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chely-Wright-Wish-Me-Away/dp/B0087YSAQ2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1344998595&sr=8-4&keywords=chely+wright

             Chely Returns Home to Kansas City for a Concert with the Heartland Men's Chorus on

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Marriott Hotel Downtown in Kansas City, MO. Mark your calendars for Dinner of Note 2012. They'll kick off the 27th season with this co-benefit for Heartland Men's Chorus and the LikeMe® Lighthouse. Tickets: http://hmckc.maestroweb.com/

Wish Me Away will be playing in a movie theatre near you. The following is the current schedule of theatres where Wish Me Away will be playing.


Louisville, KY

Louisville LGBT Film Festival

August 19, 2012

Denton, TX

Thin Line Film Festival

August 25, 2012

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College

September 12, 2012

Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Cinema

September 18, 2012

Northampton, MA

Academy of Music Theatre

September 21, 2012

Port Townsend, WA

Port Townsend Film Festival

September 21 - 23, 2012

Memphis, TN

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

September 22, 2012

La Crosse, WI

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

September 26, 2012

Toronto, ON

Bloor Cinema

September 26 & 27, 2012

Visit the official Wish Me Away website: www.wishmeawaydoc.com


Kristie Stremel has a new back up band. It features Sam Platt on drums (and other strange noises) an Sam Good on keys. It's a different sound than the 159ers, but Kristie likes to rock with lots of different musicians. You can check them out at the RecordBar in KC, 7-9 pm October 6. Click here: iTunes - Music - Don't Do Crazy Anymore - Single by Kristie Stremel & James Johann.


The Kansas Acoustic Arts Association will have a booth in Winfield this year, and Candice Hughes has put out a call for volunteers to help with it. The time slots will run in two hour shifts. If you are interested in helping, you can contact her at clhbosslady@yahoo.com, or call her at 316-558-4385.


IBC AFTER PARTY Hosted by Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats at Quasimodo's Saturday September 8. All of the audience and performers are invited to attend, jam, drink and eat. Let's celebrate everyone.


Darcus Gates, New Jazz Order, Will Matthews, Bobby Waston, Kerry Strayer, JWB and Ron Gutierrez are among the musicians scheduled to appear at the 14th Street Jazz Festival.  The free event is the same day as the Prairie Village Jazz Festival (September 8). Click here: Power & Light District.


Jeff Harshbarger pitches Kansas City in a spot for the Kansas City Area Development Council. Click here: Jeff Harshbarger | KCCXR Portrait on Vimeo.


Auditions for the Kansas City High School All Stars Jazz Ensemble will take place on Wednesday August 29 between 6-9pm in the band room at KCKCC.  Audition material: Play Billies Bounce by Charlie Parker, Improvise in concert F Blues, Play a major scale of your choice full range of your instrument, Sight Reading.  The cost to perform in this group is $90, payable at the first rehearsal on Wednesday September 5. The ensemble rehearses for ten weeks and will perform one or two concerts.  The director will be Origin recording Artist and ITG Competition winner Hermon Mehari.


After the completing the longest tour in hip hop history, the Hostile Takeover Tour 2012, Tech N9ne immediately jumped back in the studio to get what was in his head onto disc! That non-stop work ethic resulted in the newest EP from Tech N9ne - E.B.A.H., available September 18th! Tech N9ne has always been inside out and this EP is no exception - with features like 816 Boyz, Krizz Kaliko and JL B.Hood, E.B.A.H. is sure to satisfy the most demanding of Tech fans! Here's your chance to preorder your copy of E.B.A.H. and unravel the mystery of what E.B.A.H. is all about. Preorder your copy now at strangemusicinc.net - you'll get a copy of the E.B.A.H. EP and a Strange Music Snake and Bat decal! Click here to preorder your copy today!

Are you ready to get a unique Tech N9ne experience in his hometown of Kansas City? Enter to win the Tech N9ne Crossroads KC Eat and Greet Contest! Simply send in your ticket receipt or a picture of your ticket to Crossroads KC with Tech N9ne on August 24 to fans@strangemusicinc.com for a chance to win. A guest of your choice (guest must have a ticket to the show)!


Kansas City's very own local diva The Hepkat hosts THE ROCK AND ROLL JAMBOREE RADIO SHOW every Wednesday night between 7:00 and 8:00pm on SLAM Radio, playing rockabilly, rock and roll, honky tonk, old country, hillbilly, and any music that fits under the big "roots" umbrella, from local Kansas City bands...and other independent bands from around the world. Click here: SLAM Radio » Supporting Local Artists and Music.


Alex Abnos is interviewed about Secret Cities in the latest issue of The Pitch. Click here: Alex Abnos on Secret Cities' long-distance relationship | Interview | The Pitch.


Doug Toon says that Salty Dog is tighter and stronger that ever, with new songs with more edge to them. For Neewalloh, they will have two special guest musicians, so if you're near Independence, KS on Saturday, October 27, you'll want to check them out on the main stage.


The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates local jazz with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. The KC Jazz Orchestra is dedicating its debut show in Helzberg Hall on September 14 to the memory of KC jazz giant Count Basie, with vocalist Kevin Mahogany as their special guest.


The third edition of "Diverse Plays Michael Jackson" will be returning to Kansas City at the RecordBar on Friday, August 24. Once again it will feature the greatest vocalists in the area: Anthony Saunders, Julia Haile from the Good Foot, and Lee Langston. The band will consist of Ben Leifer from Diverse (bass), Hermon Mehari from Diverse (trumpet), Kinyon Price (keys), Tim Braun from the Good Foot (guitar), Brad Williams from the Hearts of Darkness (drums), and Andres Chaurand (percussion). Emcee Reach will be a guest performer. Doors open at 9 pm, $12 entry fee.


Join KKFI deejays and friends for an evening of live music from The Band OaSiS at 6 pm on August 24. This new band has great harmonies and will play some of your favorite R&B, blues, soul and pop tunes from the 60s and 70s. You can also order some fine Cajun food from Danny's Big Easy kitchen, and bid on some great items at the Silent Auction. Cost for the music is $5 at the door with all proceeds going to benefit KKFI..

Silent Auction items have been donated by the following:

KC Chiefs, KC Royals, Sporting KC, The KC Repertoire Theatre, Mash Homemade Novelty Shop, 70s RPM Record Shop, Folly Theater, AMC Theaters, Zebedees RPM Record Shop, Carrabba's Italian Restaurant, La Miere Beauty Salon, Head Ta Toe Beauty Salon, Old Soul's Tattoo Parlor and Gallery.

KKFI's Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration on September 30 will feature music from Bob Walkenhorst, Billy Ebeling, Danny Cox, Howard Iceberg & Chad Rex, Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats, Heebie Jeebies, Last Free Exit, Kasey Rausch with Tony Ladesich and Ernie Henderson, Bob and Diana Suckiel, Barry Lee, Kevin Hiatt, Tommy Donoho

The event will include a VIP Dinner at 6 pm and a show at 7 pm. It's at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, Kansas City MO. General Admission tickets are $15 Advance; $20 Door, while VIP Tickets are $30 Advance; $35 Door (includes Dinner, Front Rows Reserved Seating) Advance Tickets: KKFI (816) 994-7869


The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum will host the Harvest Home Picnic and Music Festival on Sept. 8 in Bloomington Park on the west side of Clinton Lake.

The event will feature a potluck picnic dinner, contests and live music provided by Clifford Downing and the Wakarusa River Valley Band. The event begins at 5 p.m. and carries on into the evening. Organizers encourage eventgoers to bring a dish for the dinner and lawn chairs to sit in. Tea and lemonade will be provided.

Awards will also be given for a number of categories, including a pie to the oldest woman on the grounds and a bottle of hair color to the "red-headest girl."


From Ian Markley- Lead Guitar/Vocals with Three of a Kind. By my estimation, Three of a Kind has played approximately 265 club shows, private parties and street dances in the last 5 years. That is just counting the time since Darin Pelfrey joined the band as drummer. In the 5 years before that we did about another 100 shows with Tom Bolton on the drums. The end of this september will mark my 10th year with the band. 365 shows over 10 years. One tenth of the last decade, I have been on stage with John Richard, Darin Pelfry, Chris Hay and Tom Bolton. I can't imagine a better time spent with a great group of guys. Thanks to all of the band for the best 10 years of my life. That being said, I have decided to step out of Three of a Kind. Currently we have shows (private parties and a few bar gigs) booked through the middle of October. Darin and John are currently looking at options and I expect to be partying with the band from the other side of the stage soon. During the last 10 years I have made some amazing friends and want to personally thank each and every person who ever came to one of our shows and hung out with us. THere are a lot of you and I need to get started so expect me to knock on your door soon. Details coming soon on what will be my last dates with the band. Come party with us. Have a drink, sing a song, and party with some great guys playing great classic rock and roll.

Thanks again,

Ian Markley. THREEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee



Click here: Tying one on at the 2012 Pitch Music Awards | Music: Streetside | The Pitch

Click here: Karrin Allyson shows she's at the top of her game in Jazz Alley set | Music & nightlife | The Seattle Times


August 6, 2012

Last Bash was a block party on Vermont Street between Seventh & Eighth outside the Lawrence Public Library last Thursday evening. The fun featured performances by Hospital Ships, Danny Pound and Dan Ryan Woods. Local Burger provided food, Free State the beverages. There were games for kids (and the young at heart).


Marvin Lang didn't turn 86 quietly. The Topeka octogenarian, who had a close call with death not long ago, hired the Rob Wade Band to perform yesterday (Sunday) afternoon at his birthday party to which he invited the community. Click here: Man hires rock band for his 86th birthday | CJOnline.com.


The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City celebrated the fourth anniversary of Jeff Harshbarger's Jazz Series at the RecordBar with a "Year in Review" performance Sunday, August 5. The performance featured material written for People's Liberation Big Band within the past year by composers Patrick Alonzo Conway, Brad Cox, Hunter Long, and Matt Otto, as well as arrangements of music by Virgil Thomson, and an appearance by The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City's Special Mobile Tactical Unit.


Melissa Etheridge will be performing a short set and a Q&A at the Apple in the SoHo district of NYC on Tuesday, August 7 at 7 pm.  The Apple Store is located at 722 Greene Street between Spring and Broome in NYC.

Melissa's latest studio album will be available for pre-order and the first single, "Falling Up" will be available for sale beginning on Tuesday, August 7. The album will be released September 4th by Island Records.

Recorded in Los Angeles at HOB Studios, the album was produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) and Steve Booker (Duffy), and co-produced by Melissa. Melissa wrote twelve new songs for the album, which features Blair Sinta on drums, Brett Simons on bass, Zac Rae on keyboards. Melissa takes the lead on vocals, piano, harmonica, banjitar and some of her most stirring lead guitar work to date.


The 20th annual Johnson County Fair free Bands in the Park in Cornerstone Park will take place 7pm Tuesday, August 7, in Gardner. The award winning Regional Dance Band, Odds n' Ends, will be featured. Members include: Gary Gourd (guitar & lead vocals), Wayne Harclerode (steel guitar & vocals), Lee Baldwin (lead guitar), Randy Pedigo (drums) and Greg Hermon (bass guitar) with vocalists, Nicki Phillips and Maggie Marx (left).

Maggie, 15 years old, will be making her debut on the Bands in the Park open air stage. At 4 years of age, she started singing at Byron Jones' North Town Opry and has appeared at Starlight Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and at local sports centers singing the National Anthem. Do turn out for a night of country music. Contact: Marilyn Rockel, 913/846-7856. Fair information at www.jocokansasfair.com or 913/856-8860.


Longtime Lawrence musician Steve Wilson was interviewed recently about his new band Liquor Buddies. They have a live date scheduled for this Thursday at the Eight Street Taproom. Click here: An interview with Liquor Buddies' Steve Wilson | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


The Eighth Street Taproom was one of the sites used in Lawrence native Matt Toplikar's film Open Mic Night, which Matt was in town filming last week. Click here: Lawrence native using city as backdrop for indie film | Lawrence.com.


The Embarrassment's Bill Goffrier and his songwriting partner Karlee Dean have posted a new song online. It's called "Dear in the Spotlight." Click here: Karlee Dean and Bill Goffrier.

Jason Beers (left) is one of the coolest multi-instrumentalists in Kansas City. The Deli Magazine interviewed him. Click here: Grinding Gears with Jason Beers.


            Rumors are circulating in Kansas City and online of a new Topper album. It's only been 33 years since the last one according to Rudy Passonno.


Celebrate a KC music legend at A Tribute to Ed Yokely on Sunday, August 12 from 1-5 pm at BB's Lawnside BBQ. The KC guitarist passed away recently. Proceeds will benefit The Vietnam Veterans Association Heart of America Chapter 317. Tickets are only $3 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.kcrhythmrockets.com


This past weekend, the Pitch Music Showcase got underway in Westport — 30 acts, six venues, all kinds of genres, all local everything. It culminates with the awards ceremony August 12. Before things started on Saturday, David Hudnall interviewed all of the acts. Click here: Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees | Feature | The Pitch.

Hutchinson drummer Skylar Mead (left) gave a clinic at Metropolitan Coffee recently. Skylar is excellent on the drums. In an interview after the clinic, Skylar explained about the various parts of his drum kit and how everything works together to achieve his sound. He is self taught and and plays by ear with no formal musical training. If you've heard of the band, Beneath the Burning Sun, then you are already familiar with Skylar's music, as he is one of the original founding members. Although he is no longer with the band, he is still very involved with music, as evidenced by his drum clinic at The Metro. The drum clinic will be held again next month in Hutch at Hastings. Check it out and if you have children; Skylar says "bring them out and they can actually play on my kit".


Mark your calendars! Audio-Reader Network's annual sale of all things music, "For Your EARS Only," is right around the corner. The sale will take place on Friday, September 14 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence (2120 Harper St).  

 This year's sale features thousands of vinyl records & CDs and hundreds of pieces of vintage and modern audio equipment. We also have an extensive inventory of musical instruments, DVDs and books on CD.

 Tickets for Friday night are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.  Advance tickets will be available starting September 1. You can purchase advance tickets at Audio-Reader Network, 1120 W. 11th street in Lawrence. Admission is free on Saturday, with prices slashed on many items at noon. For more information, click here


Megan Birdsall and Michael Andrew Smith's original band comes back to KC from Nashville to begin a series of music events with a live acoustic performance on August 31 at The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, KCMO.

The first hour is a stripped down jazz performance with Megan and the second hour is all original MBird music including some new material from the upcoming album.

10$ gets you in the door and a CD of MBird LIve at Hotel Indigo Nashville TN. Don't miss it!


Two years in the making, Kansas City superband Hearts of Darkness will release their second full-length album, Shelf Life on Saturday August 25 at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC. The record release party will showcase the band in its 15-piece glory with two sets as well as support from special guests, The Good Foot.


Drew Smith is as diverse a music multi-tasker as any of Lawrence's bigiwgs. He's running a music blog, Music That You May May Not Have Known About, helps run local label Adenine Records, and has booked the first show for his music project, Theo's Mystic Robot Orchestra (that show, by the by, is at the Jackpot on Friday, August 10, with Many Moods of Dad and the Sneaky Creeps). Click here: Drew Smith works on a co-op record label, has a band and a blog - and he's only 13 | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


We've discovered that someone recently developed an app for your iPhone that streams music for the Internet Archive!  The app is FREE!!!  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-music-archive/id524525706?mt=8  Yes, this means that you can listen to the awesome recordings of Bob Walkenhorst, Jeff Porter and Norm Dahlor's Wednesday night shows (there were 463 as of last count) as well as Rainmakers shows (19).  Also lots of other familiar artists like Big Smith, and John Northern.  The entire list is here:

http://archive.org/browse.php?collection=etree&field=%2Fmetadata%2Fcreator. There's also a similar program for Android phone owners here. Enjoy the music, wherever you are!


Sara Swenson's creatively talented friend UJ Pesonen played with a couple songs of Sara's a while back and transformed the music from whatever genre it was into something a bit more electronic and ambient. So without further ado, go get these freebie* remixes, and spread the word. (*Though if you'd like to show support, Sara won't refuse tips when you download!). Click here: NoiseTrade | Thousands of Albums. Completely Free. Completely Legal..


            Kevin Mahogany is featured on the Pace Report. Click here: The Pace Report: "Seen and Always Heard" The Kevin Mahogany Interview with Dave Stryker - YouTube.


Lee Langston, a KC R&B artist who performs frequently at the Blue Room, is the subject on an excellent feature on KCUR's KC CurrentsClick here: Lee Langston Carries The Soul Music Torch | KCUR.


The Bombshells' 3rd Annual Outlaws For Paws Event, an animal rescue & support benefit, will be held August 18 from 2 pm to 2 am at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City. Live music will be performed by the Nace Brothers, Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders and the Green Goddammits. Ages 18+ (Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.) Tickets are going fast. Get yours before they're sold out!  Ticket Prices: 2pm-6pm: No Cover Charge; After 6pm: $10 In-Advance / $15 Door.  Click here: Buy Tickets for Outlaws for Paws at Knuckleheads Saloon from Etix (the official ticket provider).


            Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. dancers gather at Finnegan's in Kansas City's Northland to dance to Abel Ramirez's 17 piece big band. The music has a nostalgic classic big band sound like Count Basie's Kansas City swing era and the 1950s vocal style of Frank Sinatra. Dancers and sideliners are treated to different vocalists every Tuesday. For information about Tuesdays at Finnegan's, please contact Abel at 913-908-2495 or by e-mail at abelramirez@everestkc.net. If interested in booking the Abel Ramirez Big Band or his trio for a special event, please check Abel's website at www.abelramirezbigband.com.


Clarence Smith and two students enrolled in KC Youth Jazz chatted with Jabulani Leffall on KCUR's Central Standard program recently. Click here: Kansas City Youth Jazz | KCUR.


The annual Rev It Up Hot Rod Hullabaloo will be Saturday in Lawrence's South Park. It's always been a celebration of all things vintage cars, but this year, organizers say, it'll also be a place for Elvis impersonators to sing and swing their hips. The Hullabaloo is teaming up with the first Downtown Lawrence Elvis Spectacular, mixing nostalgia, vintage cars and some old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. Rosie O'Brien, a recent Lawrence High School graduate will be competing in the Elvis parade and contest.



The Kansas City Blues Society Board of Directors would like thank all of the bands who participated in this year's IBC Challenge. Kansas City is very lucky to be blessed with so many good musicians. A special thanks to Quasimodo's and Freddie T's for hosting the first round. Finally, thanks to all the Blues fans who came out and supported these fine musicians. It is your support that makes this one of the top blues communities in the country! Again, here is the list of finalists for this year's band competition September 8, 2-6 pm at Knuckleheads:

Connie and The Blues Wreckers

Jason Vivone and The Billy Bats

Jeremy Butcher and The Bail Jumpers

No Body's Bidnis

The Justin Murray Band

Mark your calendars and turn out to support these great acts. Also, be sure to go on August 11 to the Phoenix for the single/duo competition. There will be amazing talent performing in this round!


The results are also in for the Topeka competitors in the IBC International Blues Challenge regional competition...

Ellie Smith & The Commotion

Knocked Kneed Sally

Rick Gibson and the Peacemakers

Josh Vowell Band

Any of you coming out to support The Topeka Blues Society, Local Music, Uncle Bo's and the fabulous musicians competing this year are in for an afternoon of exceptionally good music! Sunday afternoon Aug 19, $5.00 cover, silent auction, and entertainment by four fine blues bands!!! Good luck to all.



Click here: KC Fringe 2012: Experimental Music Showcase | KCMETROPOLIS.org - Kansas City's Online Journal of the Performing Ar

Click here: Bobby Watson, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London - FT.com

Click here: New music, our take: Hidden Pictures | Ink


July 30, 2012

            Bilingual rockers Making Movies (above)are finding traction with their music in Kansas City and nationally. The Latin music-meets-indie-rock fusion four-piece not only infuses two seemingly different genres, they sing in both English and Spanish. Click here: KC's Making Movies making music without barriers | Lawrence.com.


The Wichita band Stimulus performed Saturday night at Wichita's PumpHouse in Old Town. Click here: Stimulus singer's biggest fans are in the band | Wichita Eagle


Ellie Smith & The Commotion did not play at Lazy Toad Sunday evening. Guitarist Ryan Verthein is recovering well from his emergency surgery Saturday, and is sorry he wasn't able to entertain you. Ellie will let us know when this show is rescheduled. The replacement band for the evening was Ragged Heirs, a three-piece cover band based in Kansas City.


Dana Cooper returns to his hometown of Independence, MO August 3 for a very special concert at a great new venue called Vivilore. Vivilore is located at 10815 Winner Road The opening act starts at 7:15 pm and Dana goes on at 8. For more information or to make a reservation call 816-805-5374 or email whits.end332@yahoo.com and they will be happy to help. It's always a joy for Cooper to return to his old stomping grounds and he hope you can join him for a fun evening of music and stories.


If you'd like to be a part of a free festival of live music and other live entertainment, a chance for bar owners and new fans to check you, out this is the place for you and your band. Every promoter and sound man is completely donating their time for the love of music! MidXMidwest is a two-day music, live entertainment and interactive festival for performers all over the area to come together and showcase their talent. This festival will involve six Lawrence bars, lots of vendors and other businesses who would like to participate. Starting Friday August 31at noon there will be live music or entertainment at all locations through Saturday night when the bars close. This interactive festival will include several events such as an 8 ball tournament, bicycle ride, Miss MidXMidwest competition, car and motorcycle show and much more. Enjoy what beautiful Lawrence has to offer through these great venues and be entertained by musicians, DJ's, comedians and all sorts of other live entertainment


The Kansas City Hitmen would like to say thank you to their fans for the support over the past five years. The Kansas City Hitmen are officially dissolved. Their drummer Greg Jacobs is moving to Florida, and the rest of them plan to take the band in a new direction under a new name. They have also recorded the last several sessions with the hope that they can put out a "memorial" album including several original songs that weren't released, and remixes of the demo will be included on it as well. The band would also like to thank their past members for helping make the ride what it was, and they look forward to regrouping sometime in the next few months.

J.P. Coffin says he's been rehearsing with a new horn band in Lawrence.


Kelley Hunt, Samantha Fish and Trampled Under Foot are playing @ Knuckleheads in KC on Sunday, Sept. 2 in support of good friend (and wonderful singer/songwriter) Tom Hall. He's given so much great music & good times to so many & needs your help with medical bills. Please show your support for Tom and his wife Lisa.


Like many of country music's pint-sized divas (think Dolly Parton, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood), Martina McBride (left) possesses a big voice and an equally big red carpet presence. Since her 1992 debut with the honky-tonk album The Time Has Come, McBride has experimented with a wide range of flashy looks.

From the brunette beauty's oversized blazers in shiny shades of purple and magenta to her skin-baring minidresses, goth-esque get-ups and floor-length gowns, McBride clearly doesn't allow runway trends to determine what she slips into.

In honor of Martina McBride's 46th birthday on July 29, we're taking a look back at the "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" singer's style over the years. Click here: Martina McBride Style Evolution: The Country Singer's Love For Flashy Fabrics (PHOTOS) Former Kansas Debby Boyer is in a new Florida band. Click here: Music Q&A with Queen Bees: Females rock, too | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com.


The Winston Apple Show is a mostly musical, multi-media performance art project that is expanding and evolving over time. It is a delightful combination of live performance and music video, spiced with a dash of comedy. The show at the Czar in Kansas City on Saturday, August 18, will be performed from 6-7:30 pm, Howard Iceberg and the Titanics will follow with a set from 8-9 pm.

Apple's new album, The Cover Song Collection, will be released on August 14. As the title implies, all of the tracks are songs that were written and originally performed by others. There are 21 tracks in all.  A couple of them stick pretty close to the original versions. Most of them have been altered considerably. (Winston hopes in an agreeable manner.)


If any businesses are interested in being a sponsor for the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, please let them know. They have a couple of events still in need of sponsorship. Your name and logo will appear in the program and the stage announcers will frequently mention you. Visit http://www.kansasfiddlingandpicking.org/ for more information about the August 26 event and contact info.


Getting Blacklisted is a very good thing but you only have until the end of August to get on the Blacklist for BSACV2!

It's no secret - Jeff Black needs you to put your artistic mark on B-Sides And Confessions Volume Two by getting yourself "Blacklisted." Your patronage will help fund what once again promises to be another classic collection of Jeff Black songs. Exclusive music, handwritten lyrics, private performances, and your name in lights (well, more like the liner notes of the album) forever - are just a few of the offers Jeff's throwing down in exchange for your participation by being on The Blacklist and making it possible for B-Sides And Confessions Volume Two to come full circle. Get yourself Blacklisted HERE.


Lawrence musician Kristie Stremel, formerly of area groups like Exit 159 has recorded a brief song called "Cluck Off!" about the current Chick-fil-A controversy. Click here: Local musician Kristie Stremel records anti-Chick-fil-A song | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.


Danielle Prestidge, who (along with husband Jake) makes up half of the vocals for the band Blackbird Revue, outlines the 10 songs she can't get enough of, giving us a look at her influences. Click here: What are you listening to? Danielle Prestidge | Ink


The live jazz scene in Kansas City has been going through some changes with venues closing and opening. Click here: kcjazzlark: Changing of the Jazz Club Guard.

Kansas City's most prominent blogger takes exception to KCJazzLark's optimism, suggesting that "nothing is going to revive the dead corpse of Kansas City jazz.". Click here: Tony's Kansas City: The Death Of Kansas City Jazz Continues



Click here: Concert Review: Melissa Etheridge - The West Australian

Click here: Review: Etheridge honors Elvis in one-nighter - Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nig

Click here: New music, our take: The Cave Girls | Ink

Click here: Album review: The Empty Spaces - Party Line (EP)



July 23, 2012


There was no newsletter last week as a result of computer problems. That means this week's newsletter will be lengthier than usual.


Jeff Mann's visitation was held Wednesday, July 11, at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown, MO. Funeral services followed that evening. Graveside services were held Thursday, July 12, at Floral Hills East Cemetery, Lee's Summit, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs humane shelter. Click here: JEFFREY K. MANN Obituary: View JEFFREY MANN's Obituary by Kansas City Star


Greg Halstead, the founder of Jardine's in Kansas City, has died. Click here: Today: Colorful Jardine's Founder & Former Owner Greg Halstead Checks Out | KC Confidential.

Eight bands performed Saturday at the Moose Lodge in Topeka to celebrate the life of a young local woman, Shaylee Oxy, killed in a traffic accident, and raise money to erect in her memory a trellis in Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee.Click here: Benefit set for memorial to accident victim | CJOnline.com.

Former Lawrence resident Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys opened a nearly sold out Crossroads KC show on Saturday night. The headliner was Old Crow Medicine Show.

Bobby Watson will perform in Europe later this month.  Click here: Jazz breaking news: Bobby Watson, Jazz Jamaica and Christine Tobin For 20th Hull Jazz Festival.


The University of Missouri's Board of Curators has approved UMKC's Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. This addition to the Conservatory's degree program underlines the importance of the jazz program at the UMKC Conservatory. Directed by Bobby Watson, the jazz studies program at the Conservatory provides students with rich and varied experiences and opportunities to perform, travel, and work with some of the most important jazz artists working today, including Mel Martin, Donal Fox, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, the Mason Brothers, and many others.  The Conservatory Concert Jazz Band was number four on the national airplay charts with the recording of Bobby Watson's The Gates BBQ Suite. Jazz students are Betty Carter Fellows, teaching assistants at leading jazz programs throughout the country, Banff Artist Residents, recording artists and have won many of the world's most prestigious jazz competitions.


Mark Toelkes is the new bass player for The Josh Vowell Band. Be on the lookout for new music, flyers, sticker, T-shirts, etc. as the Rumble is no more. JVB is getting its web stuff together slowly but surly. So be on the look out for that, too.


The Doug Talley Quartet featuring Joe Parisi, headlined the Friday July 13th show at KC's Blue Room. The quartet was founded in 1995 and they have performed all over the Midwest together ever since. Parisi is a professor at UMKC and a very accomplished composer.


Hidden Pictures celebrated the release of its latest album, Rainbow Records, recently in Lawrence. Click here: World Wide Web.


The KC duo project of Michael Pagán and Steve Rigazzi would be a strong contender in a "weirdest gig" contest. Click here: Plastic Sax: Now's the Time: Michael Pagán


On Saturday, July 14, Kansas City favorites American Catastrophe played their final show. The band has been going strong for about eleven years, with an impressive resume. Its album Excerpts from the Broken Bone Choir received positive review from reputable sources like Pitchfork and Paste, and the album debuted on the CMJ charts. The band's signature dark Ameicanna cound summons acts like Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Bauhous, and Swans, and a tinge of hard-hitting folk. Saturday's show featured songs from the band's entire catalog. Click here: American Catastrophe takes a necessary final bow - KansasCity.com.


The KC Psychfest is just two months past, but FOKL has already hosted another festival of sorts on Saturday, July 14. This "mini-fest" was called FOKL Freakout Part 1. Wrong Kata Trio, Gemini Revolution, Parts Of Speech, Janet The Planet, and Duluth's the Good Colonels all played.


Bob Cutler, the soundman at the Boobie Trap Bar, was honored a week ago Sunday with BOBfest, which featured seven bands performing to show their appreciation for Cutler, the man who makes them sound good at the club that has a more active live entertainment schedule than any other in Topeka.


As they tour the country and begin to build a national fan base, members of the Monophonics (left) are constantly being asked how come a band of middle-class white boys from Marin County, CA is playing a brand of urban soul and funk that one critic described as like "a nasty score for the greatest blaxpoitation movie never made?" Kelly Finnigan and the band visit Kansas soon (and are  hooking up with Mike Finnigan & the Phantom Blues Band). Their first date was last Thursday in Olathe. Click here: Lib at Large: Marin's Monophonics' get on psychedelic soul bus - Marin Independent Journal


The outstanding lineup for the Prairie Village Jazz Festival on September 8- the Karrin Allyson Quintet, the Bobby Watson Quartet, the Megan Birdsall Quartet, the Mike Metheny Quartet, the Rich Wheeler Quartet and Diverse- is revealed by KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: PV Jazz Fest: The Photo Schedule.


Saturday, July 21, The Back Porch Blues Band cranked it up at Sherlock's Underground festival to benefit Synergy battered women's and children's shelter and Alex's Lemonade Stand for children's cancer research. Other bands include Lonesome Hank and the Heartaches, Knock Kneed Sally and the Coyote Bill Boogie Band.


The collection of saxophonist, composer, and educator Ahmad Alaadeen has been donated to the LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives in the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Fanny Dunfee, widow of the acclaimed Kansas City jazz icon, donated the collection, which includes arrangements, music manuscripts, photos, memorabilia, performance videos and audio tapes along with other material related to Alaadeen's life and career.


The American Jazz Museum has achieved another major milestone in its 15 years of existence. The Kansas City non-profit organization officially posted a profit during the past fiscal year and began the new fiscal year in the black.

Along with significant and consistent marketing communication strategies, an increase in monthly admissions and ticket sales to the museum permanent exhibits and the upward attendance trend in the Blue Room during the last quarter of the fiscal year, the American Jazz Museum finished the year strong. All tactical areas have helped usher the turnaround.


In 1988 Melissa Etheridge released her eponymous debut album. It was an instant success, especially with Australian audiences with the singles ‘Bring Me Some Water' and ‘Like The Way I Do' on high rotation on commercial radio stations across the country. Nearly a quarter of a century has gone by and Etheridge finds herself still playing to full houses in Australia with her latest tour almost sold out. Rachel Cook spoke to the now legendary rocker about how she started out, what's changed her and what her fans can look forward to. Click here: Falling up - Gay News Network.

The last four years have been very busy for Etheridge. Click here: Melissa Etheridge returns with a new tune - Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nightli

Mark your calendar Sunday August 19th Topeka Blues Society presents the IBC International Blues Challenge band, solo/duo and youth competition. Applications for entry on Topeka Blues Society website, check it out. The people on the board of TBS hope you will be a part of their program to send the winning band, solo/duo and youth to Memphis.

`The Douglas County Fair in Lawrence has some hoppin' musical entertainment lined up beginning July 30. SELLOUT, The Secrets, Arnie Johnson and the Midnight Special, and RR 4. The concerts are FREE and are on the blacktop. Don't miss out on all of the fun!


Check out the new video from Clay Hughes, called "The Love I Gave Ya" from his upcoming project Four. The track was originally released last year on Hughes' collaboration The Whether Machine with JKR70. Click here: World Wide Web.


The 1st album by Topeka's Backlash, Dressed For Success, is available now for FREE DOWNLOAD for a limited time! This album features some signature Backlash song staples the band played live through the years, including "Bad Monster", "The Road", "Motor City Machine", and "Party In My Pants". All of the songs have been newly remastered, check it out. Click here: Backlash | Topeka, KS | Rock / Alternative / Classic | Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos | ReverbNation.


KKFI will present a tribute to Woody Guthrie concert Sunday, September 30, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in KC. Performers are still being added.


Bob Walkenhorst has told us he got a new job. He said he got it through nepotism. It's the job his daughter used to have before moving to New York, teaching music at a Montessori preschool one morning a week. We think Bob will enjoy his new job.


Topeka-born and -raised Broadway performer Jeff Kready and his wife, Nikki Renee Daniels, who also performs on Broadway, will be the guest artists at the March 11, 2013, performance of the Topeka Festival Singers. Click here: Singers' season includes Broadway stars | CJOnline.com.


Sue Vicory's documentary on Kansas City jazz will be screened at the Kansas International Film Festival in October. Click here: Welcome to the Kansas International Film Festival!


Neon Jazz recently conducted a 21-minute interview with Megan Birdsall. Click here: Neon Jazz Interview with Megan Birdsall by Neon Jazz KC on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for f


The BBC highlights the Mutual Musicians Foundation in a travel piece about Kansas City's "renaissance." Click here: BBC - Travel - Kansas City's Midwest renaissance : Food & Drink.


            A set of wonderful photos of Claude "Fiddler" Williams has been posted by KCJazzLark. Click here: kcjazzlark: Classic Shots: Claude "Fiddler" Williams.


            Samantha Fish has announced a release date for the Girls with Guitars DVD Live in Worpswede, DE. The official KC release date will be August 31 at Knuckleheads Saloon.



Click here: Melissa Etheridge in Brisbane on samesame.com.au


July 9, 2012

We just received some bad news about one of our KMHOF inductees. We lost Jeff Mann of the Fabulous Four last night about 11:00 pm. He had been fighting a lung infection for some time, and it finally got the best of him. He did go peacefully so that was a good thing. He was 69 on his last birthday (4-18-2012).


A champion of jazz, Ben Kynard (left) wrote the classic song "Red Top" when he worked in Lionel Hampton's orchestra. He died in Kansas City last Thursday. Click here: Kansas City jazz musician Ben Kynard dies at age 92 - KansasCity.com.


KC trumpet player Harry Tennant of the Kicks Band has passed away. Click here: HARRY A. TENNANT Obituary: View HARRY TENNANT's Obituary by Kansas City Star


The American Jazz Museum officially posted a profit at the end their fiscal year on April 30. Significant to this tremendous success was increased attendance at events in the Blue Room, the Jammin' at the Gem performance series, and the resounding participation in June's "PEER Into The Future" event during the last 6 months of the fiscal year. Also see the AJM Media Center: http://americanjazzmuseum.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/t3.asp?docid=700


Melissa Etheridge performed "Falling Up" and "Bring Me Some Water" solo on Good Morning in Auckland last week and did a short interview with them. Check out the video at:  http://tvnz.co.nz/good-morning/extra-060712-melissa-video-4959149. You'll have to watch a short 30 second commercial first. 


            Last Friday night Ces Cru hosted the Ces Fest at KC's Riot Room. The duo hopes to make it an annual event. Click here: As it prepares Strange Music debut, Ces Cru to host inaugural Ces Fest - KansasCity.com.


            Friday was also the night of the Crossroads Block Party. Click here: The Crossroads Block Party is this Friday | Wayward Blog.


With the help of over 150 dedicated fans, Hearts of Darkness successfully raised over $7,500 to help finish their second full-length album, Shelf Life. Their thanks and gratitude go out to all of you for putting your faith in them and helping the band through their time of need. Hearts of Darkness are excited to be making this album in both Compact Disc and Vinyl Phonograph versions and are being manufactured this month. The official release date is August 25, but stay tuned and they'll let you know how you can get your copy early.


            The What Gives reunion show w/Erik Voeks and Jon Harrison and the Harrisonics will be the Replay Lounge in Lawrence Friday, July 27. As Jon describes it, "Obscure 90s local band reunites to play songs you don't remember."

            The What Gives music from the 90s has finally been released. Click here: the what gives | Futureman Records.


While Bluecat is one of the newer bands in Salina, the four members have about 150 years of musical experience. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.


            Kansas City's The Deli Magazine readers chose Dollar Fox the July artist of the month. Click here: July artist of the month: Dollar Fox.


With the release of their Karate Body Records debut on the imminent horizon, Midnight Ghost Train performed their explosive brand of blues rooted hard rock at the Brass Rail on Seward Avenue in the Oakland neighborhood of Northeast Topeka on Friday. Click here: midnight ghost train - live @ brass rail.


Pitch Music Awards season is upon us again. They've been publishing the nominees in print the last few weeks - some readers still cut out the ballots and mail them in, which is amazing - but today we bring you the link to vote online. It is here. You can also vote through Facebook here.


The 1st official Backlash album from 2003, Dressed For Success, all newly remastered, will be available for free download for a limited time. http://www.reverbnation.com/backlashkansas.


            Sean Hunt aka Approach fell off a stage in November, but he's picked himself up, brushed himself off, and is ready to start over. Click here: Humble Approach: Lawrence hip-hop artist back to making music in town | Lawrence.com.


            Friday the 13th will be lucky for Wichita residents because Bill Goffrier of the Embarrassment returns for a gig at the Donut Whole. Click here: Bill Goffrier to play Donut Whole in Wichita, Kansas. - fetchtoto.com.


            KMHOF inductee Roger Lewis will be playing with his jazz duo Cruise Control every Saturday in July at the New Metro Grill in the Waterfront (behind the Red Robin). Joining him on keyboards will be either John Salem or John Goering.


Bobfest is in Topeka Sunday, July 15 at.3:00pm, bands are coming together to show their appreciation for Boobie Trap soundman, Bob Cutler. There will also be belly dancing and some other attractions. Come early! $.75 draws from 6-9pm

Bands tentatively scheduled so far, times may change due to set lengths:

3:00pm - The Dead Sevens

4:30pm - Present Day Man (Nate Dingman)

5:45pm - Jolly Roger