Kansas Music Hall of Fame News


November 22, 2014
The Board of Directors met today and finalized the ballot list for 2015. Members should look for an email with their ballot soon.
December 15, 2013

2014 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductees


Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band

Clif Major


Jimmy Dee & Fabulous Destinations

Junior Brown


Wichita Linemen

Ed Down (Audio House) Director's Award

Donnie and Diane Bob Hapgood Award


Congratulations to our new inductees. We look forward to the ceremony and concert at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on March 1, 2014.  Doors will open at 6:30; the show starts at 7:00.  So far Beast, Bon Ton Soul Accordian Band, Glow, and Sanctuary are scheduled to play.  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.  Our annual free "unplugged" show will be Friday,February 28.  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.


November 18, 2013

 John Malone, a KMHOF inductee with Ann Brewer & the Flames, died November 4 at the age of 70. John was born in Lawrence and lived there for many years. He was living in Overland Park. Click here: JOHN T. MALONE Obituary: View JOHN MALONE's Obituary by Kansas City Star.


 From Ray Ortega, Sr.:
 Please say a prayer for our dear friend Dave Guerrero (left) who passed on Thursday, our sympathy to his family. He was a good man who played guitar for us when my brother Ray couldn't. Dave played with the band Airegin. R.I.P. Dave. Heaven just received a talented musician.Click here: David Guerrero Obituary: View David Guerrero's Obituary by Topeka Capital-Journal


 From Gary Cornelius:
Surgery is slated for tomorrow (Tuesday, November 19)... I'll be incomudocado for a few days. Got the support and prayers from my family, do-workers, and countless friends. I'm a lucky guy.
Gary is from Wichita, and he played with the Kendells for a number of years. He is currently Mickey Gilley's drummer in Branson, MO.


 The accolades continue to roll in for Janelle Monaé. The native of Kansas City, Kan., will be presented with Billboard's Rising Star Award next month. She has already racked up six Grammy nominations, a chart-topping single with Fun and massive exposure as a spokeswoman for a makeup company. Monaé is so celebrated that the features by Erykah Badu, Prince and Esperanza Spalding on her new album, "The Electric Lady," are more likely to boost the careers of those artists than they are to enhance Monaé's already sterling reputation. Roman GianArthur, one of Monaé's co-conspirators, opened the show last Friday.
 Monae entered the stage Friday night restrained by a strait-jacket, accompanied by attendants in lab coats. It was a sign of things to come. Click here: Raucous Uptown Theater crowd goes bonkers over hometown girl Janelle Monáe - KansasCity.com


 Miss Major & Her Minor Mood Swings, one of Kansas City's most respected party bands; and the locally based roots act the Rhythm Busters opened the sixth annual "Hillbillies for Harvesters" benefit concert over the weekend at Knuckleheads Saloon. The event was headlined by Bill Kirchen, an important guitarist who remains largely unknown to the general public.


 Matt Carrillo started sitting in on Kansas City-area jazz jams while still in his teens. His rich, full-bodied tenor sax evoked the bluesy sounds of this city's heritage, and he'd swing with sophistication as his solos grew more adventurous. He matured as a regular in Everette DeVan's quartet. Then, three years ago, Carrillo moved to New York, which made a one-night-only return to his hometown quite special. on Saturday at Take Five, Carrillo was joined by Eddie Moore on keyboards, Micah Herman on bass and Brad Williams on drums. Carrillo's sound may have grown from KC traditions, but it was channeled Saturday through a group of young KC jazz masters.


 Kansas City, KS Public Library presented "Memories of Ahmad Alaadeen," featuring Fanny Alaadeen with a performance by The Young 21ers yesterday. Fanny Alaadeen read from her new book, The Heartbeat Next to My Heartbeat. Copies were available for purchase and signing.
 The late Ahmad Alaadeen, a skilled musician and
Kansas City native, made a major impact on the Kansas City jazz scene. He debuted as a professional with the Leo E. Davis concert band at age 14. He also played with Jay McShann, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, The Count Basie Orchestra, and many, many others. In addition to being a performer, he also taught jazz both in the school system and privately. He has won numerous awards, including Kansas City's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, in a United States Congressional Record he was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives for his contributions to his community's understanding of jazz heritage. In 2002, he was issued a Proclamation from the Office of the Governor, State of Missouri for outstanding achievements in the art form of jazz.
 Fanny Alaadeen is the widow and former manager of Alaadeen. The two met in 1987 when she approached him at one of his concerts to ask for saxophone teacher recommendations. He offered to teach her himself. They worked together, became friends, and fell in love. They were together for 24 years before his death from cancer in 2010. The Heartbeat Next to My Heartbeat was written as her way of grieving his passing. The book of poems and essays explores their romance and the devastation of losing the love of her life.


 From Nelson Hawkins (of XLs):
 A while ago I wrote a story about the day I got a new drum set. Coincidentally it was also a sad time for our nation! It was
11-22-63 when Lee Harvey Oswald carried out his plans to kill John F. Kennedy. Since we are at the 50th Anniversary mark of that tragic day I wrote a story and submitted it to several drum mags, thinking it might be of interest to them. I got some nice responses and a magazines dedicated to restorers and collectors , Not So Modern Drummer, put it on their site.Click here: My JFK Drum Set | Not So Modern Drummer.
Wichita's Shyner is looking for a reasonably priced professional videographer for a shoot at the Cotillion on November 22 opening for Jackyl. The band finally got permission; now they need the right camera people. Multiple camera sets ups will be a plus. They are looking to shoot at least one music video at the event.


 Friday, November. 22: RED FRIDAY GIVEAWAY in McFadden's will feature live music by The Mickey Finn Band from 7-11pm outside in the heated beer garden! We will also have live ice sculpting outside.
-Open Bar Package in McFadden's from
7-8PM and Drink Specials for Pre-Booked Parties! (SIGN IN UNDER MICKEY FINN TO GET SPECIALS!!). Largest party wins tickets to Chiefs vs. Broncos game with a catered tailgate & limo transportation!*
*No purchase necessary. Contest rules: http://tinyurl.com/nyph9z7
. The Mickey Finn Band is one of
Kansas City's premiere bands, specializing on 90's and newer Rock and Alternative. themickeyfinnband.com
 "The Mickey Finn Band has been part of the music scene in
Kansas City for almost 10 years. They are known by area music enthusiasts as one of the premier "musician's bands" in town comprised of some of the top live and session musicians in Kansas City. The individual players in the band come from diverse professional musical backgrounds and the band plays many different styles with expertise. If you are a serious music connoisseur, or if you just like to dance and have a good time, you will love the Mickey Finn Band."


 A popular singer and songwriter from Topeka will serve at this year's Grand Marshall for the Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade. Kerry Livgren, a founding member of the band Kansas will fill the position this year.
Kansas, known for songs such as "Carry on Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind", both written by Livgren, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
 This is the 8th year for the event, which takes place the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. The tree lighting is November 30th at
5:30 p.m., with the parade down Kansas Avenue at 6:00 pm. The Topeka Rescue Run 5K is at 5:00 p.m..


 From Nori Hendrix:
 The "Music Heals" benefit jam slated for Dec 1 at
2:00pm at the Driftwood for Pam and Woody is coming together nicely. Posters have been delivered and also hung at several locations on my side of town. If you'd like posters for your neck of the woods, let me know and I'll bring some to the Sunday night jam at the Driftwood. Just text me at 620-728-9250. We've had several people graciously donate gift certificates, gifts, etc. This promises to be a great benefit jam and Don and I couldn't pull this off without everyone stepping up. Greatly appreciated. Thank you!


 Two Wolves Studio & Artist Den, 837 ½ N Kansas Avenue in Topeka, invites you the opening of an inspirational art show of Music Legends. Our artist used the theme of this show to create art that related to the inspirations of music legends, whether local or known world wide.
 You can help us choose the winner of "People Choice" by voting on your favorite piece when you come into the gallery. "Best in Show" will be determined by our guest judge, artist Angela Lexow. ...
 Artist listed to display artwork in this show are:
  Jamie Colon
  Lorie Huyett
  Dusty Snethen
  Kim Collins
  Michelle Leivan
  Shelly Bedsaul
  Jennifer Bohlander
  Staci Dawn
  Alexander Lancaster
  Music performance by Judd Mason
  More artist will be announced very soon.
 Music, Arts and Refreshments await you!
December 6th - opening reception/ First Friday Art Walk 5-9 pm.
December 28 - finale of art show
6-9 pm


 From Isy Martin, Jr:
 The Rising Suns band from Cvill, with fearless leader "Bill Snowball" of years gone by is being inducted into
South Dakota's R/R hall of fame in April of 2014. So get that station wagon out and pack up the kids and head to the black hills for fun and rec. the Suns are rising again "just not as fast" and will be on daylight savings time, which means a quicker setting. What a life!


 Hearing Karrin Allyson interpret familiar holiday material on her new Yuletide Hideaway album is revelatory. While jazz fans- particularly her advocates in her former base of Kansas City- have long extolled Allyson's voice, renditions of songs including "Winter Wonderland" and "Christmas Time is Here" cast Allyson in an entirely new light. Allyson is a terrific pop vocalist. Click here: Plastic Sax: Album Review: Karrin Allyson- Yultetide Hideaway.


  KC rapper Tech N9ne's new EP Therapy is out, and so he's making the media rounds. That includes an interview with The Pitch. Click here: Tech N9ne makes his new Therapy appointment | Interview | The Pitch


 Larry Sells saw an opportunity to preserve a historic building and make some cash. So in 1994, he resigned from the Land Trust and bought the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. He planned to restore not just the theater but also the commercial corridor of Broadway between, roughly, 38th Street and Armour Boulevard. He lined up investors and accepted millions in tax-increment financing from the city to secure the Uptown's renovation. Click here: Are Larry Sells' dreams of a shiny Uptown district finally coming true? | News | The Pitch.


 Two members of the Dead Girls sat down recently to discuss the new album Fade In/Fade Out. Click here: The Dead Girls sit up again with a new album | Interview | The Pitch


 A reminder from  Stormy Weather:
 I am the Network Station Manager for Kansas City Our City Radio and we are looking for talent! Kansas City Our City Radio is for local un-signed artists and to spotlight local
Kansas City businesses! We house 10 different genre stations and I need three employees for each station! I'm looking for Personalities, Publicists and Promoters! We feature Rock, Americana, Blue Town, Comedy, Country, Dance, Metal, Urban, Sports and News channels! Have you been looking for a job in music but couldn't get into it because you didn't have the experience under you belt? We are looking for you!
 Visit, http://opportunity.ourcityradio.com/ or Private Message me on Facebook with questions or e-mail me at stormymacdonald@ymail.com or call me at 913-284-8611 and we can get you started today!


 A few weeks ago, Bob Walkenhorst sad that he'd written the first song for the next Rainmakers album, and Jeff Porter said he's written a song that could be a Rainmakers song. We're looking forward to another Rainmakers album. The songs may trickle out during the weekly shows Bob & Jeff do at the RecordBar in KC.


 Former KANSAS lead singer (1981-85) and producer John Elefante is using his newest single "This Time," to share the story of his adopted daughter's birth, and in the process, bring some attention to Online for Life, an educational non-profit working to rescue babies from abortion so they can live to make their mark on the world.
 "I can't imagine life without my daughter Sami and it just breaks my heart that pregnant young women much like her birth mother, instead of choosing life for their babies, are denying the  chance to be born, " Elefante said. "If our song can in any way bring attention to this issue and encourage those who are considering abortion to choose life through options such as adoption, then we couldn't be happier."  Click here: CBN TV - This Time: Rock Legend Pens Pro-Life Anthem. 


 From Adam Dallinga:
 I am needing bands for a battle of the bands/benefit in Salina Kansas December 14, contact me on Facebook please, grand prize is studio time at The 9th Ward Picking Parlor in Lawrence, the home of Truckstop Honeymoon





November 11, 2013

 From James Gadson:
 Dear Friends.. It is with great pain that I'm writing this public notice to ask everyone local to the LA area to be on the lookout for SEVERAL ITEMS THAT WERE STOLEN from my home studio about 2 weeks ago. Those who know me well, know that I am a very trusting and generous person. Additionally, I take great pride in the equipment I have accumulated over the years. I have collected some very special instruments and recording gear so that I may choose just the right things for each session I do. The first things I realized were gone were my prized microphones:
 1 Neumann U87 (with 'Gatoons' engraved on it)
 2 Neumann KM 84s
 1 414
 1 D12
 I filed a police report at that time. Since then I discovered that 3 snare drums are also missing. I have the serial numbers for all the snares. I did not realize it at the time, because the cases were still there. However today,
when I went to use one of them, I discovered the cases to these 3 snares were empty. This is what I'm missing:
 Pearl - dark red snare - deep
 Pearl - blue regular snare
 DW Piccolo snare
 If you have ever had anything ripped off, you will know what I am feeling right now. It's much more than feeling upset or the financial loss. I am hoping and praying some or all of these items will be found and returned to me. Regardless of who took them or how they were gotten, chances are they will show up in pawn shops or eBay or Craig's List or even sold to someone any of you might encounter. I am asking you to all watch out for me, and if you have any leads, please let me know asap. Repost this message whenever you can, and help me to get the word out. thank you soooo much,./god bless.,/,./gadson


 From Gary Cornelius:
 Okay, so all my friends and neighbors know, I got diagnosed with a tumor in my upper left lung about 3 weeks ago. It's about the size of a fifty cent piece, and from the tests they ran it doesn't appear that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
 I had the meeting with the surgeon today and the operation is set for Nov. 19. It will take about 2-3 hours and he will remove a portion of the lung. If everything goes as planned, I should be laid up for a couple of month and then return to normal activities. This was most probably brought on by many years of smoking, and I ask for no sympathies, as I refuse to feel sorry for myself. I am responsible for my own actions in life, and this is the result of one of them.
 At any rate, I just wanted to update everyone who had been asking about me, and say "thanks" for your support .... it really means a lot.
 Russell Patterson, co-founder of the Kansas City Lyric Opera and its General Artistic Director for four decades, passed away in October on
Cape Cod, MA.
 Memorial Servce will be held at
4:30 pm today (November 11) at Visitation Church in Kansas City. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:30-7:30 at the Lyric Opera. Click here: D. RUSSELL PATTERSON Obituary: View D. PATTERSON's Obituary by Kansas City Star.


 Robert "Bob" Wells, 94, passed away last Thursday afternoon in Lawrence
He was born on a farm in rural
Finney County, Kansas on March 7, 1919, and educated at Garden City High School and Garden City Community College. He served in North Africa in World War II and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of major.
 In 1969, President Nixon appointed him to the Federal Communications Commission, the first broadcaster to serve on the FCC.
 Bob started his broadcasting career at KIUL in Garden City,
Kansas, where he served as general manager beginning in 1948. Later, as general manager of the Harris Radio Group and as Vice President of Harris Enterprises of Hutchinson, Kansas, he oversaw nine radio stations throughout the Midwest.
 He was also the Publisher of the Garden City Telegram from 1957-1961.
 Bob was a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the largest music rights organization in the nation, and he served as President of the Associated Press Broadcasters and Member of the Board of Directors of the Associated Press. Click here: Robert Bob Wells Obituary: View Robert Wells's Obituary by Lawrence Journal-World.


 The Record Machine celebrated its 10th anniversary as a record label Friday night at KC's RecordBar Road. On the bill (in order of appearance) were Max Justus, Little Legend, Sleepy Kitty and Rooms Without Windows. Click here: Nathan Reusch celebrates 10 years of nurturing local musicians | Ink


 This past weekend - four decades after the release of Dark Side of the Moon - students from Wichita East High's orchestra, band, theatre, vocal music and film studies classes celebrated the anniversary by performing the milestone album in its entirety. Click here: East High students to perform Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' | Wichita Eagle.


  Monday, November 11, 7pm-9pm at Take Five Coffee + Bar: Interstring- Drummer Todd Strait will be back in town, and has reunited the legendary Interstring Quartet for this special Monday night performance. In addition to Todd, Interstring is Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey on guitars and Bob Bowman on bass… $5 cover.
 Interstring's music has an intensity and an intricacy. The jazz masters have performed together for more than 15 years, and they've developed a tightly woven interplay. Rhythms have defined this music since guitarists Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer
Todd Strait first came together to play some standards, some bop and some originals. Over time, these musicians drifted apart. But tonight, you're in for a treat: Strait, who now lives in Portland, Oregon, returns to town, and Interstring reunites for a special show at Take Five Coffee + Bar. This is jazz that commands your attention, performed at a venue where the audience listens.


 Chely Wright will take part Wednesday in a fundraiser for her LikeMe Lighthouse. Click here: Country singer Chely Wright sees glimmers of light in battle for gay rights - KansasCity.com.


 Don't forget the COPP Clothing Drive and Benefit November 16th at The Hideout in Gladstone...3pm to ?? Need more info? Go to The Coyote Bill Appreciation Society or www.coyotebill.com.


 The Kansas City Wind Symphony continues its 16th Season "A Passport to Musical Adventures" on Sunday evening, November 17, at 7:00 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. The free concert features the music of the British Isles, Norway and Belgium. English horn soloist, Anne Sneller, will perform Jean Sibelius' haunting tone poem "The Swan of Tuonela."


 From Jim Mair: The Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Program will be displaying its jazz talents during an upcoming performance at the Green Lady Lounge. The showcase, which will feature the jazz band, jazz combos, vocal jazz ensembles and student jazz soloists, will be from 7 to 10 pm November 11 at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansas City. The concert will be free and open to the public. "I attend performances at the Green Lady regularly. I simply talked to the owner, John Scott, and asked about our college ensembles performing there," said John Stafford, director of Choral Music at KCKCC. "He placed us on a Monday night (when they're usually not open) and is advertising the performance as a recital."


 From Nori Hendrix:
The "Music Heals" Benefit Jam for James Woodall and Pamela Jenkins has been locked in for December 1 at the Driftwood. Starts at
2:00! All of you who have graciously offered your time and talent for this event, please let me know if this date still works for you. Those of you who want to participate, please let me know. The acts will play from 2 to 8:45 or so. The open jam will begin about then. We will have a raffle and a mexican food buffet. Pam was in surgery again this morning. Our friends need some help. Please plan to come to this benefit. Thanks.


 A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 pm on Tuesday, December 3, at the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. This concert is the last of two the group is offering this fall. For this event, the band is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.
 The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the
Johnson County Park and Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about five years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. The band is directed by Dr. Lindsey Williams, who is an associate professor of music therapy and music education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
 For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at
6 pm at the Roeland Park Community Center in Roeland Park.  Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the upcoming concerts, call (913) 826-3160.


 Recent performance photos of Kelley Hunt and the Messenger Legacy Band were shared by KC Jazz Lark. Click here: kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Kelley Hunt and the Messenger Legacy Band


 Over the past five years, Lee Langston has been building a name for himself around Kansas City as a Renaissance man. A soul singer who got his start playing at the former Harper's on the Vine, in the historic 18th and Vine District, he gigs with other musicians and also organizes and produces other acts' shows.Click here: Lee Langston musters an army of local talent | Interview | The Pitch.
 Band registration for MidCoast Takeover 2014 is now OPEN! Once again, it'll be at the beautiful Shangri La in
Austin, March 12-15. Register anytime now thru 12/13!  Click here: MidCoast Takeover | Band Registration - 2014.


 The Dawg Daze of Summer Festival at Ol' McDonald's Farm in Savannah, MO is a three day event featuring the best bluegrass performers. It annually features over 25 acts on two stages. .
 Dawg Daze  also hosts food vendors with a focus on "Keeping the Scene Clean" through proper recycling, container reuse and waste reduction. Check out the festival's website: http://www.dawgdazeofsummerfestival.com.


 From Kim Ellis Brier:
 I am selling 3 nearly perfect instruments. A Dobro, a Gibson Les Paul studio and a Michael Kelly Mandolin. Anyone interested contact me at pkbrier@pixius.net. All come with hard cases and all have no nicks or dings.


 From Ann Zimmerman, Singer-Songwriter:
 For the next three weeks, I'll be interviewed on THE BILL MILLER SHOW, a syndicated "nostalgia radio show" that mostly plays songs from the "Great American Songbook" - pop and big band from the 30s, 40s, 50s. He's featuring "Meadowlark," my new kids' record (with music from the 1630s, 1740s and 1850s), including full songs as well as talk.
Check to see if your town plays it. http://tunein.com/radio/options/The-Bill-Miller-Show-p31076/. In
Salina, it will air on KSAL between 7 & 8am Sunday mornings.
The website is a bit sparse, but here's the link: http://www.thebillmillershow.com/.
You can stream it live at http://tunein.com/radio/The-Bill-Miller-Show-p31076/.


 Sara Swenson is moving back to Kansas City in December, and she's recording a new album in Nashville. She's grateful for the time she lived in the UK. Click here: Sara Swenson » blog.


November 4, 2013

 Talent, vision, confidence, boundless enthusiasm, intelligence, wit, dignity, charisma, kindness, and one handsome son of a gun. Adios 2013 KMHOF inductee Sherman Halsey. Rest in peace.
 Halsey, an award-winning music video director and producer, was found dead on Tuesday, October 29 at a home in
Nashville where he was staying. He was 56. Foul play is not suspected, according to the industry publication Music Row.
 Halsey (left, with Tim McGraw) won an ACM Award for his work on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's glamorous video, "It's Your Love." Halsey and McGraw worked closely together for many years, teaming up for fan favorites like "Indian Outlaw," "Live Like You Were Dying" and "One of Those Nights."
 In 2005, Halsey accepted a CMT Music Award on McGraw's behalf for "Live Like You Were Dying" in the category of most inspiring video. He also directed many of McGraw's NBC concert specials.
 Additional video credits include Brooks & Dunn's "Hard Workin' Man," Alan Jackson's "Tall Tall Trees" and Taylor Swift's "Fearless."
 Halsey received his first ACM nomination for Dwight Yoakam's 1987 video, "Little Sister." On Wednesday, Yoakam posted a Twitter message saying, "In fond memory of Sherman Halsey. He was a gentleman and a friend. "
 Halsey's father, music industry veteran Jim Halsey, also a KMHOF inductee, is The Oak Ridge Boys' manager. The band also posted a Twitter message on Wednesday: "We have lost a longtime friend, associate, brother and son! Sherman Halsey has gone home! Rest easy Sherm! We all love you! Pray 4 Jim!"
 Merle Haggard posted a Twitter message on Wednesday, as well, noting, "The death of our friend Sherman Halsey is a shock to me and my whole family. He will be missed deeply."
 Sherman Halsey's funeral is this coming Tuesday at Memorial Hall in
Independence, KS at 12 noon. .


 Saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, a marvel of jazz longevity who famously played with Count Basie in the 1950s, died last Wednesday in Ottawa, Canada. He was 91, and according to the Twitter account of NPR's A Blog Supreme, Wess died in the afternoon of kidney failure.
 A native of
Kansas City, Wess played in a wealth of situations from the bands of Basie and Elvin Jones to the Saturday Night Live band. He co-led a group called the Two Franks with fellow reedman Frank Foster.
 Wess and KC drummer Richard Pratt were both members of the version of  the New York Jazz Quartet that recorded the album Enja in 1977.
 The most recent disc from Wess, who was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2007, is Magic 101, released a few months ago. It features Wess' robust, swinging playing in the company of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper.


From Philip Lincoln Smith:
 It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of the great guitarist, Brian Milam of Glow (KC)... His beloved woman, Sheryl Sartain called me with this news just hours ago (Sunday evening). The sheer number of memories and emotions associated with his life are too much to handle right now. I loved this man. He changed my life. He taught me so much about music through his passion for it. Not in a conventional way, mind you. Brian loved music that defied definition. He hated the obvious. He was bored with people who took the easy road and just looked for recognition or a quick buck. It was never satisfactory for musicians to just get behind an instrument to Brian. He poured himself into every note. Every chord. EVERY SINGLE SOLO. He was never satisfied. He was always hungry to learn more. In
Kansas City in the 1980s, it was Brian Milam that people came to see at a Glow show. It certainly wasn't me. Brian never understood his importance. This is especially sad, as it is nigh upon the fifth anniversary of the passing of Glow's John Blair Kessler, and over 20 years since original bassist-keyboardist Stuart Strawn died. That's THREE of the original four members of Checkmate, which became Glow. Glow has been nominated for the 2014 Kansas Music Hall of Fame, and Brian would have loved to be inducted. Alas, he will never see if that comes to fruition. For those unfamiliar with Brian's work I urge you to visit Glow (KC) on Facebook. If there is a Great Gig in the Sky, I hope my brothers will wait a while, as there is much to do here as far as I am concerned. Most importantly, I will see to it that the memory of Brian Milam burns into the minds of those I know, and those who must know. Listen, now... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200961357613725&set=vb.1159797814&type=3&theater


 From Joel Edison:
 Gave a guitar to Josh Vowell. Josh told me Thursday night, October 24, it was taken from his jam session at Bull Frogs Live in
Topeka. If you see this guitar contact me immediately via Facebook. It needs to be in Josh's hands. This is a one only build of mine. J. Edison Custom on the headstock. This is the 3rd guitar of mine that has been stolen. If you need one of my guitars so bad just ask. I'll build one just to keep you honest if you have the balls to ask


 An established Topeka band is  looking to add a member. If you play guitar or keyboard, and would like to join a band that does a variety of music,and plays between 50 and 70 times a year, Call Clearview at 785-258-3157 or 785-366-6308.


 The Value of Medical Innovation initiative launched its "Balance Now" campaign (Balance-Now.org) in conjunction with World Psoriasis Day. The campaign aims to bring more awareness to World Psoriasis Day, promote the importance of restoring balance to the immune systems of psoriasis patients and highlight the need for innovation in treatments for psoriatic disease.
 To celebrate the campaign launch, "Balance Now" is giving away downloads of the original campaign song, "Beam" by Jeff Black, at Balance-Now.org. Each visitor will receive an mp3 download of "Beam" and have the opportunity to help spread awareness with a unique URL to share with friends. The participant whose URL receives the most views will win the newest iPad mini.
 The contest kicked off Tuesday, October 29 and ends Tuesday, December 17 at
11:59 PM CST. Through the power of music, "Beam" and the Balance-Now.org campaign aim to reach a wider audience with the message about balance and hope through innovation.
For your free download and to watch the "Beam" official music video, click here.


 Tech N9ne was presented with the gold plaque for his "Caribou Lou" single October 30 at the Kansas City stop of his "Something Else" tour.
 "They just surprised me [on stage] and stopped my music right in the midst of me doing it," Tech N9ne says backstage at The Midland Theatre by AMC during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "I had no idea. I saw those plaques and my heart went up in my throat 'cause I've been waiting on them. But this is like validation that I did it. When you hear it, it's like, 'Yeah. OK. Maybe they're just embellishing a little bit.' They're not. It made me feel real good and it means so much to me to show
Kansas City first. They were the first to get it."
 "Caribou Lou," which was featured on Everready (The Religion) in 2006, was certified gold in July. Travis O'Guin, Tech N9ne's business partner in Strange Music, called Tech N9ne, who was traveling at the time, to let him know that he had earned his first gold certification.
 "I'm on tour and I was like, 'That's wonderful,'" Tech N9ne says during his exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "But then I was doing so many other things. I had been asking, 'So when are we going to get the plaques?'"
 The plaque presentation took place in front of Tech N9ne's hometown crowd. Nick Cannon was also among those in attendance for the concert, which featured performances from Krizz Kaliko, Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Prozak and Ces Cru, as well as artist Rob Prior painting a Tech N9ne portrait on stage during the concert.
 "It's a special night tonight and to get those plaques in front of everybody," Tech N9ne says. "I was blushing. It was humongous to get it where it started." Click here: Hometown hero Tech N9ne celebrates his success at the
Midland - KansasCity.com.


 You're invited to join Lawrence's Mass Street Music in celebrating their 30th Anniversary & Grand Reopening, November 7- 9! One day is not enough, so they're throwing a 3-day party complete with live music, open jams, giveaways, food & more. There will be special live performances from Lee McBee, MAW, Tichenor & Crahan, Danny Pound, jazz great Jerry Hahn, Truckstop Honeymoon, Pickett, Paul & Jeans, the Sunflower Colonels and more! Open Jams start Friday & Saturday from 12-2! They have some very sweet giveaways planned, too, like Collings t shirts, straps and more, Taylor gear, D'Addario gear, a Fender CD-60 CE cutaway acoustic guitar, a ukulele (!) plus some surprises! They'll all be there celebrating their birthday and the (almost) end of the renovations


 The Kansas University Jazz Ensemble I is joining Kansas City-based ensemble Alaturka in concert for a special performance at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. November  7. KU student composers and director of KU jazz studies, Dan Gailey, wrote new arrangements of Alaturka's original pieces to include a big band for this concert. Student composers David von Kampen, Clint Ashlock and Brock Chart have won DownBeat Student Music Awards this year for previous works.
 Alaturka is a quartet that fuses jazz and Turkish music to create a new hybrid sound, while maintaining a balance between the two contrasting genres. Comprised of director Beau Bledsoe, KU alums Jeff Harshbarger and Rich Wheeler, and Brandon Draper, the unique ensemble has received invitations to perform in the
United States and abroad.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Contact the
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., to purchase tickets: 785-843-2787 or lawrenceartscenter.org.


 Friday, November 8 at the National Airline History Museum our military men and women will be honored. Transport yourself back in time with the big band music of The Dave Stephens Band coupled with swing dancing, vintage aircraft and stunning views of the Kansas City Skyline. Go dressed to impress in your favorite 40s attire.
 Master of Ceremonies Nick Vasos from the Channel 4 Morning Show will help make this
Kansas City's Premier USO show for our veterans. This years event will include dinner, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Show your support of our veterans by becoming a "Veterans Sponsor". Your donation will ensure veterans are able to attend. Tickets at the door are $60.00 per person.


 Mark Dufresne will be hanging around KC for a while. According to his website: November 8 - BB's Lawnside BBQ - w/Mr. Cardy's Nightly Party.
November 14 - BB's Lawnside BBQ - Mark is special guest with John Paul's Flying Circus


 Robin Roberts & Billie Preston are putting together a live album. Harry Reese Dance Studio in Wichita has said they can use the venue. Robin & Billie will be in the lower level, called The Underground, on November 9, and have their great friend Al setting up to record for them. If they can, they'd love to have lots of friends turn out and join them. They're thinking if they have a live CD, it will be easier for them to share with people what they really sound like. Studio recordings are wonderful, but live recordings are... live. The recording will start at 7 pm, and Robin & Billie go until 9 or 9:30, so go and take your friends. It's BYOB, so everyone should have a really  good time!
 Speaking of live recordings, they have one new tune they would like you to hear. Robin wrote this song not too long before Winfield. They recorded it, just as an experiment, on his iPhone. They have shared it with a few people, and have posted it on their web site. Robin & Billie would love to know what you think about it. They sang it a few times at Winfield, and the response was moving. It's called, "Tried to Kill Myself."


 Chuck Haddix and Bobby Watson will reprise their concert/book talk at the Jeannette Nichols Forum on November 6. Click here: FREE event: Chuck Haddix to discuss his recently published Charlie Parker biography | Scripts and Grooves.


 Join the Billy Bats at the Ambassador Sign Company, 111 North Main, Excelsior Springs, MO, on Sunday, November 10, for a video shoot and fan appreciation party. They need you to holler and shout as they shoot some video for an upcoming release. Potluck. Take a dish and an appetite.


 Tennessee Shines is WDVX's weekly radio show hosted by Bob Deck and Paige Travis, broadcasted live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. On Monday, November 11, Tennessee Shines welcomes Jeff Black and Gretchen Peters to the stage. If you're in Knoxville, tickets are available in advance at the WDVX Blue Plate Special, noon weekdays and Saturdays at the Knoxville Visitor Center, or at the door beginning at 6 pm on the night of the show. The rest of the world can listen to the live broadcast online at WDVX.com beginning Monday night at 6 pm.


"An Evening With JEFF BLACK"
Saturday, November 30 @ 7pm CT | $30.00
Knucklehead's Saloon
2715 Rochester Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64120
The ticket will get you into the living room session PLUS an advance autographed copy and your name in the liner notes/credits of the new Jeff Black CD to be released in January 2014.


 Norm Weinberg will be speaking at this year's Percussive Arts Society International Convention  in Indianapolis, IN.


 From Ron Scott Lewerke:
The Ron Scott one-man band era officially begins! Join me for the first live gig at Penny Droppers Saloon @
11121 Johnson Drive (Downtown Shawnee) on Friday, November 15. Lotsa Classic Rock, Young Country, and enough Jimmy Buffet to satisfy the most loyal Parrothead. Hope to see you then!


 Our Music: A musical benefit for filmmaker Chris Snipes will be held Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 pm at 1222 Delaware in Lawrence. This a fundraiser to help Chris Snipes to buy a video camera to replace his that bit the dust so that he can continue to make Our Town, a series of documentaries about the many interesting people of Lawrence, Kansas and their activities. It will begin with a screening of Episode 3 of the series about Kevin Willmott. This will be followed by musical performances by Clementine, Steve Mason and The Riders of the Ogallala, Lana Maree, and Walt & Ardys. $10 suggested donation
 If you cannot attend but would still like to donate, feel free to visit the page of my GoFundMe campaign and submit your donations there. Any tiny thing you could donate would help immensely! Even if it's just sharing this link. Thanks so much!  Click here: Replacement camera(s) by Chris Snipes - GoFundMe.


 Get out of the house the day after Thanksgiving for a little blues to kick off the holiday season. $15 advance tickets are on sale for the Thanksgiving Throwdown at the Cotillion in Wichita featuring Trampled Under Foot and Moreland & Arbuckle.


 Larry Garrett's weekly jam at Gusto's in KC starts every Wednesday at noon. He plays a couple of sets of folk music. Easy-going, quiet, and family-friendly music. Sometimes friends show-up and they're welcome to play a couple of songs if they like. Gusto's is a very friendly and comfortable coffeehouse. It's quiet and relaxed. Good food, good prices, good staff, good customers, and easy parking. Nice place to spend some time in the afternoon.


 From Ross Williams
 My Topeka-based rock band This Evil just released its first album, called Death in Slow Motion. Why don't you check out a local artist and give it a listen? http://thisevil.bandcamp.com/


 It's finally done! Load up your shopping cart! Ray Stein just launched his new album/bundle called Fat Tracks by Ray Stein Media & Eric Stein Media. Ray is so ready to make some serious noise. His songs are officially up for grabs for all his friends/peeps. It's time to start the party! His brand new website is www.raysteinmedia.com.  You can now pull up Ray's catalog of all of his mp3 songs with the highest bit rate possible. Later, Ray will jump aboard www.smoothjazz.com.


 Karrin Allyson and David Basse are releasing albums during the next week. The release date for the "physical" edition of Bobby Watson's Check Cashing Day is November 12.


 Saturday, December 7 at 7pm Winston Apple and the Two Tones will be celebrating the release of their eponymous album at the RecordBar in Kansas City.. The band features Mark Thies (bass & vocals), Stephen DiFranco (drums), Joee Miquelon (keyboards), Farley Compton (guitar & vocals), Rachel Bowerman-Deering (vocals & percussion), Aaron Simcox (sax), Ryan Heinlein (trombone) and Winston Apple (lead vocals & guitar).
 From Gary Winston Apple:
 I can't tell you how excited I am about this album and to be playing with these guys backing me up. This is the best band I have ever had (and I've had the pleasure of playing with some pretty talented people). There is a pronounced reggae/ska influence, but it is quite a unique sound.


 Kansas City's community jazz scene revives with former Jardine's General Manager, Pat Hanrahan, in Midtown this November with the opening of The Broadway Jazz Club, located at 3601 Broadway Avenue. The location operated as a speakeasy during the peak of the city's jazz age, and is across the street from the historic Ambassador Hotel, where legendary jazz performers like Marilyn Maye once performed. Near the Country Club Plaza and not far from the performing arts venues downtown, the Broadway Jazz Club is in the heart of the Broadway Arts District, offering a rich, historical context to enjoy live jazz five nights a week. The new venue establishes a community-oriented jazz destination that is accessible, relaxed and centered around Kansas City's tremendous jazz reputation with local musicians. The management team, led by owner and entrepreneur Neil Pollock, includes Hanrahan as General Manager and Steve Wachsberg with operations… Pollock, a lifelong connoisseur of jazz, always dreamed of opening his own jazz club in Kansas City, famous for its jazz heritage… Broadway Jazz Club boasts a diverse, active lineup of the city's most talented jazz musicians five nights a week for jazz lovers of all ages to enjoy. Each night will feature different styles of jazz, including rhythm and blues on Tuesdays, pianists on Wednesdays, live trios on Thursdays and five- to six-piece bands with live vocalists on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, Broadway Jazz Club will feature a jazz pianist during a daily happy hour. Operating times include Tuesdays - Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - midnight, Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Broadway Jazz Club will also operate as a full-service bar and restaurant, seating up to 120 guests with a total capacity for 160, with plans to announce its full menu closer to opening.


 ? Singer-songwriter Margo May  (above) has a new record, which came out over the weekend. It's a tropical-inspired set of dance songs titled Runaway Island. Click here: Margo May steps into dance music | Interview | The Pitch.
 The December
12th Street Jump honored guest will be KMHOF inductee/saxophonist Bobby Watson.


 From Jim Mair: It might sound cliché, but the latest invitation for the Kansas City Kansas Community College music program is truly a "once in a lifetime experience." The KCKCC Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the 2014 Havana International Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba. The festival is Dec. 17 to 22, 2014. Jim Mair, professor of music and director of instrumental studies at KCKCC, said the band was invited based on its long reputation as one of the premiere community college jazz ensembles in the nation. "This will truly be a life-changing experience," Mair said. "Some of the students are very excited. Others have not yet absorbed what this means. This is a very exciting opportunity."… Mair said a 19-piece jazz band will travel to Cuba, either through Miami, Fla. or Cancun, Mexico… With plans already in the works to travel to Cuba next year, Mair said the next step is to begin raising the approximately $60,000 it will take to get the jazz band to Cuba. Mair said he would like to open the trip to people within the Wyandotte and Kansas City area community. He said to take people with the jazz band would serve as a cultural exchange, exposing as many people as possible to Cuba. Those who are interested in traveling with the jazz band are responsible for their own expenses and travel costs…"I would like to make it a community effort. Anyone who wants to go, who likes to travel can go," he said. "This is a special circumstance to visit a country not many have been able to experience before.


 Review of Chet Nichols' first album found online. Click here: Vinyl Antiquity: Chet Nichols Is On The Time Loop Of Your MInd- Here's One For You Freaky Folk Prog Fans!


 An exciting new KC nonprofit that is doing some VERY wonderful things in the city, benefiting local children involved in music.
 Keys 4/4 Kids (K44K) is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire young people to believe in themselves through the arts and mentorship. K44K supports this mission by selling donated pianos to the public and using 100% of these profits to support the following four programs: 1) Pianos on Parade 2) Ellen Project 3) Piano Placement and 4) Maureen Conway Award. Founded in 2004, K44K currently has locations in
St. Paul, MN, Chicago, IL, Belle Plain, MN and Kansas City, MO.  Please visit www.Keys44Kids.org, to learn more. Also, please spread the word.


 An avant-garde music happening is taking place on Commerce Street in Wichita next weekend. The KNOB New Music Festival, now in its 16th year, has a reputation for spotlighting underground and emerging musical talent. It's a three-day festival at Fisch Haus gallery featuring new sounds that mix classic, jazz, rock, folk and experimental melodies.


 A young band played a tribute to the Blue Things in Manhattan this summer. Click here: ? The Orange Rooftop of the Mind (The Blue Things) 8/4/13 - YouTube.



October 10, 2013

The KMHOF Board of Directors has decided to delay this year's ballot. It will be sent out in November, with the results to be announced in early December. We apologize for the delay, but unforeseen events made this necessary.


 Jeanne Jasperse, longtime KC musician and radio host, has unexpectedly passed away. Always ready to sing, always ready to help other musicians, she worked tirelessly as host for Kansas City's community radio station (Coffeehouse Radio Show, KKFI 90.1 FM in Kansas City), KCStage Magazine, and has helped musicians/singers/songwriters for over 25 years. Rest In Peace...Kansas City will miss you! Click here: Jeanne Jasperse, longtime KKFI radio host, has died | The Fast Pitch


 Russell Patterson has died at 85; as founding artistic director of the Lyric Opera Kansas City and the first music director of the Kansas City Symphony he helped shape the city's cultural landscape. When Russell Patterson conducted the musicians for Kansas City's first opera, the budget was $34,000. Today the Lyric has a budget of more than $5 million. Click here: Tribute | Kansas City's opera, symphony were Russell Patterson's passions - KansasCity.com


From Craig Twister Steward:
CHARLES BEANS! Wichita Great Drummer! In 1978 I was Blessed to be a member of this band: Jerry Wood, Pat McJimsey, Larry Henley and sometimes Bill Hawks (bass), Larry Faucette (congas also played with Jimi Hendrix and a North High Grad) and "Beat Master" Charles Beans - God Bless you and yours Charles - Craig Twister Steward


 A Wichita man is recovering after he told police he was attacked by another man with a guitar. The disturbance at the Open Door shelter, located at 402 East 2nd Street North around 1:45 last Tuesday afternoon. The 48-year-old victim told police that he strummed a guitar as he was walking by, angering its owner. He said the suspect was drunk, and hit him over the head with the guitar several times.
EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where he received staples for multiple five to six-inch cuts. Police arrested the 47-year-old suspect. His guitar was broken during the incident.


 Read  about KC-turned-Austin musician Mike McCoy, who performed Friday at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club in Kansas City, where he performed with Cher UK for his 50th birthday party. Six other bands were also on hand to make this a very musical celebration. Click here: Spotlight: Mike McCoy's 50th Birthday with Cher UK at Davey's Uptown, 10.4.13


 Swinging guitarists Dan Bliss and Rod Fleeman play the next show on the midday jazz series at Johnson County Community College, at noon Tuesday in the Recital Hall in Carlsen Center.


  Some of the KC-Lawrence area's top singers and songwriters will be performing songs written by Jackson Browne on Wednesday, October 9, at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC, to celebrate his 65th birthday. Winston Apple will lead the house band for the evening, which will include Farley Compton (guitar), Tony Rustici (keyboards), John Hobbs drums), and Robert Leonard (bass). Guest vocalists will include Dave Nace, Billy Ebelng, Danny McGaw, Darrell Lea, James Michael Cavanaugh, Lowell Premer and Carl Butler. 


 The granddaughters of Teresa Cuevas, an original member of Mariachi Estrella and survivor of KC's Hyatt Regency walkway collapse, extend the family's musical legacy with their new act, Maria the Mexican (above), and its debut CD, Moon Colored Jade, the release of which was celebrated Saturday night in Topeka's NOTO Arts District. Tess and Maria Cuevas and their band mates, D. Garrett Nordstrom and Jason Riley, performed at Serendipity. 
 The digital release date of Moon Colored Jade is November 1. The band is offering special packages that offer the CD at either a release party or delivered, with or without a band T-shirt, through its website at www.mariathemexican.com. CD release parties also are scheduled in
St. Joseph, MO, Kearney, NE, and Kansas City, MO, venues.


 The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has established a reputation for excellence. And demonstrate it all over again under new musical director Clint Ashlock in a concert season.
 They aren't going to do it the easy way. As a guest, they brought  back singer Deborah Brown a Kansas Citian who's one of the world's greatest bebop singers — better-known abroad than she is at home. So this was a relatively rare chance to hear Brown's unpredictable and inspired music-making in her hometown, as she and the orchestra explored the Great American Songbook together.
 Offstage, Brown seems a quiet and unassuming person. But put her in front of a band and she suddenly seems a gigantic presence, giving her best every set, and she's the rare singer who seems to elevate the musicians onstage with her.
 The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has worked with Brown before, in 2004, early in its existence. If you remember those shows, you know just how good this is likely to be. And if you don't remember, you have a wonderful discovery ahead of you.


 Pat Metheny has announced a new addition to the Unity Band project. Click here: Pat Metheny : News: Announcing the New Pat Metheny Unity Group!


 Flugelhornist Mike Metheny didn't take the easy route when he put together his most recent band. Instead he called on two of the toughest trumpeters in the whole Midwest, Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari. It's rightly called the KC Trumpet Summit, and they've made a CD together. The brass dialogue, a real musical happening instead of a trumpet screeching contest, was on display when they gave a CD release party at Take Five Coffee + Bar in Leawood.


 Did you know there's a Ben Webster Society in Copenhagen, the city where the Kansas City tenor saxophone giant lived his last years and is buried? That society teamed up with the Mutual Musicians Foundation and a historical preservation group called the Society for the Prevention of Unnecessary Demolition to present a Webster tribute on the 40th anniversary of Webster's death. It started with a live concert beamed from Copenhagen to the Mutual Musicians Foundation, followed by a visit to the site of Webster's boyhood home at 2441 Highland. Later, back at the foundation, there was a talk on Webster by Elvis "Sonny" Gibson, followed by live music and, of course, a jam session.


 The midday jazz series at Johnson County Community College is back, resuming with pianist Roger Wilder's quintet in the Recital Hall in Carlsen Center.


 Wichita Ghost Riders with Gary Powell, Mark Crane, Al Moore and Karen Carson appeared at the Honky Tonk BBQ in Udall, September 27.


Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays - Streaming at KKFI.org 90.1 FM KKFI - Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, October 9
"The Midcoast Sound"
+ Emily Behrmann & The Series at JCCC
+ Marion Merritt & Jennifer Appell co-host
Mark plays New & Local Releases from: Radkey, Red Kate, Schwervon!, Krystle Warren, Betse Ellis, Wells The Traveler, Drew Black & Dirty Electric, Margo May, The Grisly Hand, Bloodbirds, The ACB's, The Bad Ideas, Ghosty, Polvo, Neko Case, King Khan & The Shrines, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Animal Collective, and The Kinsey Sicks.


 KMHOF inductee Chely Wright will give the National Coming Out Day Lecture at Eastern Washington University in Spokane on Friday, October 11. It's a free event and open to the public.
 Chely will be back in
Kansas City for a LikeMe Lighthouse Benefit Concert Event: Margaret Cho Live! With Judy Gold, John Fugelsang and Jim Short.
Special Appearance by Chely Wright.
VIP Tickets include pre show reception with Chely and guests November 13 at The Folly Theatre. Tickets on sale NOW!
 Wright and her wife Lauren Blitzer-Wright have started sharing photos of their 3-month-old twin boys George Samuel and Everett Joseph. Click here: Chely Wright Tweets Photos Of Twin Boys George, Everett - On Top Magazine | Gay news & entertainment


 Topeka's Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is counting on the Top City Ramblers to turn the restaurant inside out with some outdoor entertainment on Saturday, October 12. Click here: Old Chicago plans a parking lot party | CJOnline.com


 The Hutchinson Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present its annual concert at 7:30 pm October 12 at the Fox Theatre.
 This year's theme, "Barnyard Barbershop," will have a country music focus accentuated by the presence of guest performers The Real McCoy, a barbershop quartet from Nashville, Tenn.
 Additional music will be provided by the Sweet Adelines quartet Glitter, as well as Young Women in Harmony, a group of school-age girls instructed by Sweet Adelines. Also, local oldies band 50 Years Late will entertain the audience before the show and during intermission.
 Tickets, which are available at the door, cost $15. Children age 12 and under are free. For more details, call (620) 662-8076.


 Ted Anderson & Steve Strickland, two songwriters with beau coups bonafides reunite for an evening of music, humor and…well…October 24 at Cutter's Smokehouse & Catering in Eudora from 7-10 pm.
 Ted was part of the LA to KC migration in '69 which included Brewer & Shipley and Danny Cox. He's written songs recorded by artists as diverse as Rod Stewart and The Haggar Twins. He's still writing great stuff. Steve us proud to have him not only as a mentor but as a true friend.


 Steve Kraske spoke with Karrin Allyson on KCUR's Up To Date. And Chuck Berg reviewed Karrin Allyson's concert at the Topeka Jazz Workshop. Click here: Hometown Jazz With Karrin Allyson | KCUR; Click here: Luminous vocals lift Karrin Allyson at Topeka Jazz Workshop | CJOnline.com.
 Vi Tran has been a feature on the KC music scene for many years. Click here: KC bandleader Vi Tran's literary vision finds a sonic form - KansasCity.com


 The Pitch recently interviewed Ha Ha Tonka about its new album. Click here: Better living through Ha Ha Tonka and its new album | Interview | The Pitch


 The first music video from John Elefante's new album, On My Way to the Sun, is the song "This Time." It got over 100,000 view in the first five days. John is a former lead singer for the band Kansas. JohnElefante.com | 330 Franklin Road | Suite 135-460 | Brentwood | TN | 37027 Click here: "This Time" Music video by John Elefante


 This time last year, singer Kristen May was chipping away at a goal: writing her own music. The Blue Springs native was taking a break from a life of touring, following the 2011 breakup of KC band Vedera. She was working part time at a coffee shop, writing and recording an electronic pop solo album. She was not picturing a 2013 spent traveling the world. Click here: Kristen May is ready to take off with Flyleaf | Interview | The Pitch.


 The BBQ for the Troops benefit at Ft. Riley is looking for a few bands willing to donate their time on November 2. Contact Sean McDonnell via Facebook if you or your band is interested or if you'd like more details.


 Mark your calendars for the 18th annual Rhythm and Blues for Christmas! It's November 24th at Mosley Street Melodrama in Wichita. They will have two local area blues bands (one of whom will be The Macy Brothers), a raffle for insanely good prizes, and a live art auction. There will be food, drinks, and dancing. All of the proceeds of the night go directly to Carpenter Place Children's Home to provide the kids there with Christmas dinner and gifts. Please like their Facebook  page to keep updated on prizes, artists, and bands as they announce them but also to help spread the word about this event that does such a needed job in the community!


 Pittsburg State University student A.J. Lee is doing a research project on the history, people and places associated with jazz in southeast Kansas. He would appreciate any information, stories, memories, etc., that anyone would share with him for his project. Information may be sent to Lee at aj.lee77@yahoo.com.


 The Midwest Music Foundation released the Midwestern Audio, Vol. 2: Electric Hullabaloo local music CD compilation series this past Saturday, October 5, at The RecordBar in Kansas City The lineup included four local acts featured on the compilation: Jorge Arana Trio, Les Izmore (of Heartfelt Anarchy and Hearts of Darkness), Rev Gusto, and Spirit Is The Spirit.
 On Sunday, October 7, the compilation was available at http://music.midwestmusicfound.org. Volume 1 is currently available at that site for a pay-what-you-want download. All proceeds go to Midwest Music Foundation.


 The Magic is starting a new weekly Wednesday night open jam at The Bar & Grill 4553 S Broadway Street in Wichita with thanks to Roger, Jeremy Cheney and Rebecca Garcia ... they'll start about 8. They have had positive feedback about this Jam.... Join them and help make it a success,



September 16, 2013
 We apologize for the lack of a newsletter last week. It was the victim of a computer meltdown.

 From Cliff Eveland:
 Well, I just got back from my last radiation treatment, number 35. Tuesday, my chemo doctor waived my 7th chemo treatment, saying it was not necessary. I know it will be sometime before I feel normal again but I'm glad my treatments are over. My peg tube will be with me for couple of months, but doc says I should be able to start a soft diet in about a month. My doctors and nurses were awesome but If I ever see them again I hope it's under different circumstances. My wife, family, and friends have been so supportive, it really made the time pass quickly. Thanks to all.


 The first Crossroads Music Festival was held in 2005 at what was then known as Grinders Sculpture Park at 18th and Locust. Eight local bands of various musical genres performed. Festival organizer Bill Sundahl played bass with It's Over. This past weekend Bill Sundahl presented the ninth annual Crossroads Music Festival, which featured more than two dozen bands and performers from several genres at six venues within walking distance of one another in downtown Kansas City. Click here: Man at a crossroads: Bill Sundahl juggles love of family and the local music world | Ink.


 The Bare Soles played the grand opening of the Drunken Fish in Leawood on Saturday. There was good music, good sushi and good service. Sounds like a party!


 Bluegrass and Snapshots was an event Sunday at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine that featured a performance by Driven, a quintet that will perform at this year's Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. The concert yesterday was part of the Arboretum's Tree House concert series. Barbecue by the Lyons Den and Italian food by Luciano's was sold at the event, which included a photography exhibit by Randy Bradbury, an avid arboretum photographer.


 An extraordinarily gratifying performance took place in a sun-soaked cottage on a college campus recently. The Lisa Henry Quartet delighted a capacity audience of about 100 at the Conference Center near the south entrance of Kansas City Kansas Community College. The structure adjacent to a small body of water resembles a rustic hunting lodge.
 The charming setting is transformed into a comfortable jazz venue during the institution's free Jazz By the Lake series.
 Backed by keyboardist Everett Freeman, bassist Tyrone Clarke and drummer Mike Warren, Lisa Henry sang standards with impeccable grace for an hour. A duet with Clarke on "Mood Indigo" showcased her lustrous voice. With a vocal tone that evokes Nancy Wilson and an ability to swing like Ella Fitzgerald, Henry is an incredible mainstream jazz vocalist. Her performance was so riveting that it was impossible not wonder why she's not better known.
 Henry was introduced to the international jazz community when she took second place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 1994.
 "Professor Bobby Watson says they come for the hug," Henry said at the conclusion of her performance. "I thank you for coming and I hope you've enjoyed the hug."


 Saxophonist-composer-producer-educator & KMHOF inductee Bobby Watson is proud to release, Check Cashing Day, the second self-produced recording on Watson's label, Lafiya Music. The project, which honors the March on Washington's 50th anniversary and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, is now available digitally and will be released physically on November 12.
  As Watson reflects, Check Cashing Day serves as "a commentary on where we've been, where we are, and where we need to go as a people, as a country, and as a global community." Instead of focusing on the iconic "I Have A Dream" aspect of Dr. King's speech, Watson chose to concentrate on another very significant part: the reason why over 300,000 people, black and white, gathered in
Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Dr. King spoke of coming to Washington to cash a 100 year old check, a moral check that the founding fathers wrote into the Declaration of Independence, but to this day, the check keeps coming back marked 'insufficient funds.' "This, being the year of my 60th birthday, I sadly understand that Dr. King's dream has not been fully realized and the struggle continues," says Watson. Introducing poet and spoken word artist Glenn North from Kansas City, MO, Check Cashing Day is a concept recording with 15 tracks portrayed in the vein of musical theatre. "I asked Glenn to put some poetry, from his perspective, to several of my compositions, as well as one written by vocalist Pamela Baskin-Watson and two by bassist Curtis Lundy," comments Watson. "It was my desire with this project to produce poetry that would in some ways cleanse the soul," notes North. In addition, Watson's release features trumpeter Hermon Mehari, pianist Richard Johnson, drummer Eric Kennedy, flutist Horace Washington, and trombonist Karita Carter. With Watson's commentary on the ongoing struggle of today's racial inequalities spotlighted on compositions such as the title track "Check Cashing Day (For Ms. Trudy)" and "MLK on Jazz (Love Transforms)," he offers a recording that provokes positive conversation and continued movement towards Dr. King's 'dream,' so that the 'dream' becomes a reality in today's world.  "The result is something more powerful and thought provoking than I could have imagined," concludes Watson.


 Vocalist Karrin Allyson returns to her old stomping grounds for an appearance on the radio program 12th Street Jump in Kansas City. She'll perform at Unity Temple on the Plaza on Monday, September 16. Joe Klopus and Bill Blankenship previewed her return to KC. Click here: Karrin Allyson launches concert series for radio show '12th Street Jump' - KansasCity.com; Click here: Jazz great Allyson comes home to sing | CJOnline.com.
 KCK native Janelle Monae is the one of the faces of pop music. Her new album, The Electric Lady, comes out tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17). Click here: Forget Miley Cyrus: KCK native Janelle Monae is the other face of pop music - KansasCity.com.


 The Paxico Blues Festival will celebrate 10 years of big city blues in a small town setting when several thousand festival goers venture to downtown Paxico on September 21 from 11 am-9 pm to enjoy local food, antiquing, and the region's top blues musicians. Still keeping it exciting after a decade, this year's lineup will feature bands all lead by strong female vocalists, the women of the blues.
 "Bring the music and you bring the people", said Bud Hund, co-founder and proprietor of Mill Creek Antiques. "We are all passionate about the music and proud that our town can bring people together to celebrate. It is an opportunity for people to have a glimpse into our town and inspire them to come back."
 Hund and other members of the Paxico Merchants Association host the free festival annually in the scenic Flint Hills to welcome a crowd from across the country. Fans enjoy top notch blues in the vibrant setting of the historic downtown, offering live music from morning until night. The concept for the festival ignited with a visit from
Kansas City, KS blues impresario Marvine McKeithen to Paxico in 2004. McKeithen and Hund met one another growing up in Paxico and shared a love of blues music. Ever since the initial year the festival has continued to draw increasingly larger crowds, establishing itself as one of the premier events of Wabunsee county and helping to put Paxico on the map.
 This year, though, things will be a bit different. The festival's 10 year legacy has always showcased the region's top blues acts and up and coming nationwide stars, but to commemorate a big anniversary year the women of the blues are taking over Paxico's downtown. Talented female front women will lead the party with an impressive lineup including Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers, the J-Love Band, the Rachelle Coba Band, 26 year-old daughter of modern-day blues innovator Otis Taylor and emerging star Cassie Taylor, and the headliner; Blues Music Award winner of Best New Artist, 23 year-old Samantha Fish, fresh on the heels of her new album release Black Wind Howlin'.
 "After 10 years you have to keep it fresh", said Hund. "What better way than to invite the best female blues musicians out there and watch the magic happen."


 KPRS-FM, Kansas City's number one station for Hip Hop and R&B, will host their first-ever Hot 103 Jamz Music Conference on Saturday, October 19, from 8 am - 4 pm at the VooDoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino in North Kansas City, MO.
 The Hot 103 Jamz Music Conference provides a unique opportunity for artists, booking agents, concert promoters, producers, singers, songwriters and others involved in the music industry to network with high-level executives in the music profession.
 "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who want to become involved in the music industry either in front of an audience or behind the scenes, but don't know where to start on this journey," said KPRS-FM Operations Manager, Myron D. Fears. "The conference was created with these individuals in mind as a means to educate, empower and equip them with the necessary knowledge to hopefully become successful," said Fears.
 The conference panelists will focus on a variety of industry pertinent information, including
• how to receive radio airplay • protecting your music • building your brand and creating a buzz, as well as • presenting your demo and why the first 20-30 seconds are most crucial as well as what executives look for in music talent and much more!
 Choose between two cost packages to attend the conference. The cost of the "
Standard Pass" per person for the music conference only is $50 plus a $3.74 service fee. The cost of the "VIP Pass" is $75 plus a $5.12 service fee. Individuals with a "VIP Pass" are entitled to participate in a one-on-one demo critique session with an industry professional. All demos can be a maximum of 90 seconds in length and must be in either a CD or MP3 player format.
All conference attendees must be 18 and older with proper ID to attend the Hot 103 Jamz Music Conference.
 For more information about the Hot 103 Jamz Music Conference, please visit www.kprs.com or contact Rich McCauley at 816.763.2040.


 From Roger Ortega:
 We just finalized the deal for RIVERFRONT STATION 802 in the NOTO District of Topeka on September 28. Cover charge is $3.00, you cant beat that price with a stick !!!!! we are reserving tables at a cost of 25.00 each, seats 8,dont want to deal with 1.00 change, this price doesn't include ANYTHING except guarantees you a place to sit with your friends instead of all spread out, come on out RAZA its the LAST Bash of the summer...TEJANO MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, what could be better? '21 to drink ....18 to enter...."band starts at
9:00pm"..more details and flyers will be put up shortly. Message me if you would like a table......we are the PARADIZE BAND and we approve this message !!!!!....BE THERE !!!!


 24th New York Cabaret Convention will be held October 7-10. Tuesday, October 8th: Come Fly With Me: The songs of Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen, hosted by Bill Boggs; performances by Eric Comstock, Tony DeSare, Natalie Douglas, Shana Farr, Barbara Fasano, Terese Genecco, Sigali Hamberger, Alan Harris, Jack Jones, Rebecca Kilgore, Nicolas King, Marilyn Maye, Nellie McKay, Marissa Mulder, Molly Pope, Jennifer Sheehan, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan, Nick Ziobro, with Sammy Miller & The Congregation
 Jazz At Lincoln Center box office is now open:
Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor (Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm)
Center Charge 212-721-6500 - jalc.org Tickets are also available through the Mabel Mercer Foundation (212) 980-3026.


 Cyrus K's Final Performance
 Hello live music fans, just want to give you an update on what has been going on with this
Topeka band.
 Well it's been a good run, back around February of 2012 Cyrus K started out with a few friends getting together to play some music and maybe earn a couple of bucks in the process. They played all around
Northeast Kansas, and tey had a great time.
 There were growing pains and stumbles along the way; but that is all part of the group's dynamics, and they worked through the differences.
 Cyrus K played some great venues, did some charity work and even got to rock the streets of downtown
Topeka and the main entrance of Wal-Mart! What more could a cover band want? Ok, roadies and groupies would have been nice, but who's complaining?
 Well now the time has come that eventually hits almost every band, the breakup, and the reason is pretty much the same as it is for other bands, TIME.
 You see the members are limited by the hands of time and no matter how they try to cheat time, they can't. Decisions have to be made on how to best utilize the daily limit of time and which project or endeavor is more important than the others. Each of the member has a  family, work and other interests that pull at them and eventually something has to give, and  this time it was the band Cyrus K.
 With that being said, theirr last performance was Friday, August 30th at the American Legion, Post 400 in
North Topeka. They went out with a bang, playing all of your favorite songs, country and rock. The band started at 8:00 pm and played until just past midnight. It was pretty busy that night early on and they had a group hang on till the very end, dancing the night away.
 Cyrus K thanks all of their fans for hanging around with them! Wouldn't have been much fun without you!


 We want to remind you of the upcoming Blue Riddim Band album release show at 8 pm Friday, September 20 at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club in Kansas City. The new album is called Enter the Riddim.
 The band will be joined by the Rougher All Stars. Guest DJ Jabberock will spin classic grooves between sets.
 Performing at the show will be:
 Singers: Woldes Amanuel I, Stanley "Sahvantis" Palmer & Eddie Turner.
 Players: Steve "Duck" McLaine, Todd "Bebop" Burd, Tommy Mills, Dave Hill, Xavier Fleming, Emily "Goldilocks" Madison, Candice Hill and Dan Bergner.


 The finals of Jim Kilroy's Blues Wars will be at 9 pm Friday, November 15, at the All Star Rock Bar in KC. The show will feature Highway, A Band; Kan Eyed; Jeremy Butcher; and a band to be determined. Kilroy wll host the event.

 Wichita's Big Fat Fun is wrapping up the end of summer with a final couple of dates. They played at the Lakeside Club this past Saturday, and they will play a Andover Days concert in Andover's Central Park on Saturday, September 28.at 8 pm. Don't miss out on the band's last outdoor concert.


 Do you love the genre we call Americana? Of course you do. If you don't already know about it, we're going to introduce you to a wonderful place that is all about this genre; the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas. The Academy is totally devoted to teaching and promoting Americana.
 Through the
Americana Music Academy, you can take lessons on guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, harmonica, voice, mandolin, pedal steel and Dobro guitars, piano… you name it. There are, of course, jams (you HAVE to have jams!!), and it's a great way to make new connections, or reconnect with folks you haven't seen or heard in a while. They offer group classes and workshops as well, and music therapy sessions are also available. This is indeed a full-service Americana provider! Check out their event calendar at http://www.americanamusicacademy.org/event-calendar and find out what's coming up. If you're a musician, be sure not to miss the 3:00 Jam every Saturday afternoon!
 If you don't live in
Lawrence, not to worry. Their mission is to serve the entire region, from Wichita to Kansas City and beyond, and bring folks together of all ages, abilities, and walks of life to promote and enrich this emerging and evolving genre.
 For those of you who are new to the term,
Americana has been around as long as Americans have been making music. We've always had a unique take on the musical cultures that have formed our own, but it's really only in the last decade or so that the genre has been given its name (as is the case with many of the emerging genres and sub-genres that seem to pop up every day). There are elements of folk, country, bluegrass, blues, rock and roll, even Jazz. If its roots are American, and you can tell because it sounds like it, then it probably can find a home under the Americana banner. It's one of the few genres that is still diverse enough not to have to have a sub-genre that gets called "something-core". It is open and welcoming, just like the American Music Academy. Go check them out!! Visit the place, sit in and play or just listen. If you love Americana, there is no better place to connect with the community, and find your own musical home, than this.
 They're located at the southern end of downtown
Lawrence, at 1419 Massachusetts Street. Their phone number is 785-830-9640. Email them at Info@Americanamusicacademy.org.


 After creating the Tumblr Texts From Bennett in November 2011, Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal (real name: David McCleary "Mac" Sheldon) and his gangsta wannabe cousin Bennett — and the texts they exchange — became an Internet sensation. The meme blew up as quickly as it seemed to fade, as Internet memes are wont to do.
Lethal posted screenshots of text messages he received from Bennett, his cousin who is a "white boy that thinks he's a Crip, is currently unemployed, has a girlfriend named Mercedes, and is one of the most unintentionally funny and brilliant souls on the planet," as explained on the Texts From Bennett Tumblr page.
Bennett's texts feature misspellings and swearing, ranging in topics from hooking up with women to selling weed to making fun of Lethal for buying Jamba Juice ("jamba juice!" Bennett texts scathingly, "i bet when you were born da doctor said 'it's kind of a boy!'") The texts range from hilarious to jaw-dropping to unbelievable. Followers accused the Tumblr page of masquerading as truth, which prompted Lethal to create multiple posts asserting its authenticity as it gained popularity.
These possibly real text messages provide the starting point for Lethal's new book, "Texts From Bennett." Like the Tumblr page, its story straddles the gray area of memoir and fiction. Lethal's book, however, is labeled a novel, adding more shadow to the gray area of the content's supposed reality.


 Membership renewal notices will be sent out later this week. If your membership has expired or will at the tend of this month, please renew so you can vote for next year's KMHOF inductees. The ballots will be sent out at the end of September. Voting will end October 31, 2013.



September 2, 2013

 As we look forward to the voting next month to choose the 2014 KMHOF inductees, we have signed the contract setting up rooms at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome and Convention Center. This has been the official lodging location since we began in 2005. The special Hall of Fame rate this year will be $75 per room. This rate will be good the nights of 2/27, 2/28 and 3/1. Reservations must be made by 1/28. The induction ceremony will be at Liberty Hall on 3/1/14. On the evening of 2/28, we will have our traditional free "unplugged" gathering in the Holiday Inn's bar.


 In last week's newsletter we covered the passing of Jim Brothers and his memorial service. Our KMHOF unofficial photographer Beth Meyer attended the event and provided us with the following report:
 "Last night a large and diverse representation of
Lawrence's population gathered to pay tribute, homage and farewell to one of its own: sculptor, musician, biker, friend, husband, father and son, Jim Brothers. Costume clad members of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band came to play one last time for their old band mate and friend. A growing crowd of current and former Lawrence residents watched a poignant slide show by friend and LJWorld photographer Mike Yoder that showed glimpses frozen in time of Jim's life, artistry and personality. Most of the pictures consisted of gatherings of some type, in which Jim was shown enthusiastically participating. In almost all of them, he was beaming or laughing. The other pictures were devoted to his many amazing sculptures. In the chapel itself, Jim rested in a beautiful closed casket fashioned in warm. golden pine with obvious love and admiration by one of his closest friends, Doug DuBois. An open saddlebag lay atop the casket, as if waiting for supplies or mail to be taken along on this last earthly journey. On either side of the casket were flowers, pictures and one of Jim's iconic sculptures, Virgin Ride. In the lobby were more sculptures, including one of a soldier with head bowed before a helmet-on-rifle grave marker. I bent down to see the man's face and was brought to tears by the pain, grief and loss etched in this metal man's visage. I expected the sculpture to shed actual tears. Another sculpture of a child either reaching for or releasing a bird in flight caught his excitement and wonder perfectly. Cold metal turned warm and human. As the evening wound down, much later than expected, people hugged Jim's pretty wife, Kathy, and left. In jeans and T-shirts, costumed or plain, bearded, clean-shaven, dressed up and in work clothes, Lawrencians known and obscure were brought together in fellowship by the man who no longer circulated among them. Though grief was present, it did not set the tone; instead, love, respect, admiration, awe and conviviality reigned, and the positive feelings ruled. In death, as in life, I think Jim would have had a good time!"

 Abigail Henderson (above) died last Tuesday at her Kansas City home after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 36. She left behind her husband and longtime bandmate, Christopher Meck, and scores of friends and admirers, most of whom came to know her through the local music scene and the four bands she was in. Saturday afternoon, they will gather to remember her at a memorial service.
Henderson also leaves behind the Midwest Music Foundation, the group she co-founded in 2009 to help local musicians with no insurance get through health-care crises. Music and the local music scene, her friends will tell you, were her greatest passions.
 Friends and family of Abigail Henderson gathered for a memorial service Saturday at
Unity Temple on the Plaza.
 On the next Wednesday MidDay Medley, September 4, 10-Noon, on KKFI 90.1 FM, we'll pay tribute to our friend Abigail Henderson with 4 songs from 4 of the bands she played with from 2002 to 2013 including: Trouble Junction, The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, and Tiny Horse.


 Max Berry continues to improve from his traffic accident which totaled his car and has him laid up. Now, his refrigerator has died. As Kansans have learned through the years…when it rains, it pours.


 Festival month has arrived for the Back Porch Blues Band! They are playing three area festivals this month plus a date at one of the sweetest little BBQ joints whose food was featured Sunday night on Adam Richman's Fandemonium.
 September 7 - Tunes and Tobacco Weekend in Weston, MO
 September 14 - Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival in St. Joe, MO
 September 19 - Cox Bros. BBQ in Junction City, KS...
 September 28 - Jammin' in JC Blues Festival in Junction City, KS
 Like a Midwest summer storm blowing across the plains, the Back Porch Blues Band roars into town providing the best variety of original contemporary blues in the Heartland.
 The band's influences range from
Chicago to Texas to Funk to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Four seasoned individual musicians have come together to form a cohesive unit that is even greater than the sum of the parts. The Back Porch Blues Band puts forth an exciting new sound that has thrilled music lovers for more than a decade!
 After invigorating the crowd at the 2012 Paxico Blues Festival, the Back Porch Blues Band is ramping it up in 2013. In addition to their regular club dates throughout eastern Kansas and the Kansas City area, the festival season will see them rocking area stages.


 From Jason Vivone:
 A big, big ole week. Acupuncture, rehearsal, 1st Friday at CODA, photo shoot for our upcoming CD, KC IBC Finals Saturday at Knuckleheads, & guesting on KKFI's SIGNAL TO NOISE Sunday night.


 Growing up in Kansas fueled Melissa Etheridge's rock 'n' roll dreams. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist and rock 'n' roll icon grew up in Leavenworth, a town in northeast Kansas that she said "fed my dreams and allowed them to come true."
 Etheridge and her band will be in concert September 4 at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in
Salina. This is her only Kansas appearance during her current tour.


 The stellar lineup of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival corroborates the ongoing trend of the migration of top-tier jazz performances to Johnson County. The bill of this year's event, on September 7, is topped by Bobby Watson's All-Star Big Band featuring trumpet master Jon Faddis. The wondrous cabaret vocalist Marilyn Maye, Steve Lambert's Mutual Musicians Foundation Allstars, a quartet led by organists Everette DeVan and Chris Hazelton, Stan Kessler's Parallax and the Andy McGhie Quintet also will appear at the free event.

 From Chris Burnett of the American Jazz Museum: I have wonderful news to share regarding "Kansas City's 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival". The headliner talent has been finalized and with center around our new theme "Salute To George Duke" - featuring headliners: Pieces of a Dream, Bobby Lyle & Maysa, Con Funk Shun, The Messenger Legacy, Bettye LaVette, Kelley Hunt with local and regional talent! A great way to honor the legacy of the late a great master artist! We are pleased to announce that plans for the Kansas City's 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival are generating excitement throughout the metropolitan area. To ensure success, we will be presenting a one-day event again this year. It is important to the Kansas City region to keep the momentum of this great event moving forward with an eye to offering a multiple-day festival format in the coming years.
 One of the most powerful affirmations of KC music's enduring popularity was the successful move made last year by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra to Helzberg Hall at the
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The acclaimed big band, now in its 11th year, will build on that momentum as it kicks off its new season despite the death of Strayer, its beloved artistic director. He died of complications related to prostate cancer on Aug. 1.
 Trumpeter and bandleader Clint Ashlock will assume control of the band in a concert featuring vocalist Deborah Brown on September 20. Better known overseas than in her hometown, the
Kansas City resident will demonstrate why she's considered a worthy successor of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Kelley Hunt, a longtime area favorite blues and rock musician, will add an up-to-date sensibility to the orchestra's annual Christmas concert on December 10.


 One of the season's most exciting new albums documents a trumpet summit featuring Mike Metheny, Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari. The three horn players will celebrate the release of the recording with performances at Take Five Coffee + Bar in Leawood on September 20 and at the Blue Room on October 26. In addition to veteran bassist Gerald Spaits, the project includes pianist T.J. Martley and drummer Brian Steever, two young musicians who represent the refreshing wave of impressive talent that's beginning to dominate the Kansas City club scene.


 Lee Dresser wanted to let us know that the Krazy Kats have a big fan in the UK by the name of JAFFO….he has a rockin' radio show and is playing their songs on a regular basis! So tune in the show at www.salfordcityradio.org and give him a shout out at jaffo1@gmail.com. He's a great guy and would love to hear from you (and you can request a Krazy Kats tune while you're at it.) Take care and keep rockin'!


 Wichita's Big Fat Fun is breaking up after 15 years. They have dates scheduled through October, but Amy is having a baby (Caroline is due Christmas Day) so she and her husband have decided that their priority has to be the new child.


 The Riot Room's patio stage at The Pitch Music Showcase in early August was a nice crash course in Kansas City hip-hop talent, and this bill (which includes two overlaps in Reach and Stik Figa) is just about as solid. If the gangsta style of Chief Keef (in town Saturday at the Uptown) isn't your flavor of rap, the more thoughtful and playful, conscious hip-hop that the acts on this bill - Heartfelt Anarchy, Reach, Stik Figa and the Abnorm - laid down what might be more your speed at the Brick on Friday.


 Paradize's Party Express Train pulled into Parsons Saturday night and departed at 12:30. The Topeka band had a great time, sold CDs, and the passengers were very pleased, got the crowd involve singing "La Bamba," 1st girls and then guys, What fun Paradize has on the weekends, just love it. If you're a musician you know the saying that if it gets to be a job, it's time to quit. If you're having fun, keep on for the love of music, cause you know we make no money. Next Stop Chanute on September 13 & 14 for their Fiesta, All Aboard!


 Dear Kansas Music Education Supporters! A FaceBook page has been created through discussions of the Kansas Music Educators Association Board of Directors. The primary purpose of this group is to rally music education advocates in our great state! A call to arms! We want to collect as many followers as possible! If a music education issue arises in Topeka or Washington D.C., this page will be able to contact all group members immediately with a plan of action!
 Join: Music Teachers, Music Students, Music Parents, Arts Educators, Business Leaders and Businesses that support the importance of music education in
Kansas. People who love music!!!


 Brass soaring over a complex rhythm line or coating a sinuous, full-bodied sax. Intricate solos flying through unconventional time. It's unusual to find original jazz compositions as compelling and entertaining as those Ryan Heinlein has written for the Project H. It's also unusual to find a trombone in a small jazz ensemble in KC these days. But Heinlein's trombone, Clint Ashlock's trumpet and Brett Jackson's tenor sax mesh and merge and support one another, consistently delivering the right combination and the ideal voice. Andrew Ouellette's keyboards weave through the compositions, with Dominque Sanders' bass and Matt Leifer's driving drums. The group brought its special jazz sound to the Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District this past Saturday night.


 Forte Records operated in Kansas City from 1967 until the late '70s and released soul and funk albums from such groups as the Four Darlings, Everyday People, the Fabulous Rhythm Makers, and the Rayons. Unless you're a crate-digging DJ, a serious record collector or a local historian, those names likely don't register. But to the Chicago-based Numero Group — a pre-eminent reissue label that has officially released 28 songs from Forte's catalog on CD and a double LP — the songs have been worth years of pursuit. Click here: Chicago reissue label Numero Group revives the Kansas City soul label Forte | Interview | The Pitch.


 Hollywood composer Conrad Pope and writer Alessandro de Gaetano, with assistance from Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols, launched a $14,000 Kickstarter goal to produce the musical stage play All for a Song based on the life and career of Kansas City Jazz Legend Myra Taylor. The Kickstarter end date is September 5. To date, only $577 has been raised. To assist their former Wild Woman and dear friend Myra, the Wild Women of Kansas City held a fundraiser on Sunday at the Hotel Phillips in the 12 Baltimore Restaurant. All monies raised will go to this project.


 The fall lineup for the JCCC Jazz Series has been set. The series, which showcases the talents of local jazz musicians, takes place at noon on Tuesdays for six consecutive weeks from September 24 to October 29. All performances, which are free and open to the public, are held in the Recital Hall of the Carlsen Center unless otherwise noted. Here's the lineup: September 24- Roger Wilder Quintet; October 1- Tim Whitmer Trio; October 8- Dan Bliss and Rod Fleeman, guitars; October 15- Everett Freeman Quartet; October 22- James Ward Band featuring Ron Gutierrez, Polsky Theatre; October 29- John Brewer presents Mosaic Jazz.


 Here (below is the lineup for this year's Brews, BBQ & Blues Fest in Topeka:

From Mark Lowrey:
 I would like to make a general point that is not directed towards any individual:
A jam session is very different from an open mic. Wheras an open mic is simply an opportunity for one to share something on a stage, a jam session is much more.
At a jazz jam session, one is expected to understand and comply with guidelines and etiquette developed over a century. If you are interested in learning them, attend some as an audience member, ask your instructor, or ask me or other jazz musicians.
Jam sessions in general are not places for hobbyists, but professional musicians and dedicated students are invited.
 If you have no intention of having a musical conversation with the others on stage and instead just want to do "your thing," that stage is not the place for you....
I heard most poignantly at the Blue Room when I was in HS:
"If you don't know if you should sit in or not, the answer is most likely no."
I encourage students to make the plunge, and no one is ever truly ready. I embarrassed myself many times at sessions. I continue to. . Just saying: learn the rules, respect the musicians, be positive, and we might just have a conversation together. If not, you're going to have a lot of passive aggressive music nerds on your @$$. Cheers, and see you at the session! Can I have an amen

 Hello my name is Megan Birdsall and I'm a musician:
 To me: It's not about exclusion or inclusion it's about the music. I can understand the fears rules bring up but its just the way it is. Its the way everything is....
When you know music and wanna play it, or sing it, you have to learn it. That makes it elite until you learn. Examples...
Your not a computer tech until you are...or a massage therapist...or a mechanic...or a dancer....or an actress until you are...and you are because somewhere along the road you learned some basic things that opened a door for you.
 Music can be a tricky mistress because it is beyond the tangibles, it is elusive and seductive in its ability to be everywhere around us...but if you are on the road to music town there are times in every musicians life where you gotta sit this one out if its not the right time. You may need a few more weeks that's all...It has happened to me many many times. We have all been there...but together whether as a listener or as a fellow player/vocalist you can lift up the jam room or bring it down. Now that doesn't mean being the best...it just means being ready. The choice belongs to each individual and your choice will be evident. You'll know when it's time to get up with your two songs and give it the old college try. (College...suggesting not elementary..ya dig?)
There is no hiding on a stage or behind a mic...we all see and hear you. I'm always learning no matter what is happening. We all are and are blessed for that...
 Also, there are rules for everything in this life, whether we as particular humans/individuals enjoy them or not, and music has rules as well. You wanna learn them so they become malleable, bendable and or breakable in some cases...a jam session can be the greatest thing ever! (cutting goin' on, laughin' goin' on, tension goin' on, rejoicing goin' on, cryin' goin' on...it's a session and its built in that moment its another language it's got openings)
 Learning or adhering to some basic guidelines to respect who's house your in whether its jazz blues bluegrass country rock is nothin big...especially to respect the house of the person running the session. You gotta have a foundation before you build or it will all collapse. I love this city Thank you for running the session Mark. I love it and I have needed it many times to sing and mostly just to listen.


August 26, 2013

 Lawrence musician and world-class sculptor Jim Brothers (above left) married and buried lots of his friends over the years. (For years he was a Universalist certified minister.)  Jim's wake was held Friday at Warren McElwain Mortuary, and lots of his friends gathered to say goodbye. He will continue to be missed.  Click here: Lawrence sculptor Jim Brothers, known for his war memorials, dies at age 72 - KansasCity.com;  Click here: James Edward Jim Brothers Obituary: View James Brothers's Obituary by Lawrence Journal-World.

 From Dawayne Bailey:
 We just lost a great Kansas singer and KMHOF inductee Jim Ekart - Jim was lead singer for 2 of my bands - Rathbone and Anthem - he was also lead singer in my brother Dan's band The Dawns and The Kopy Katz, a later version of Spider & The Crabs, etc...his brothers were all involved in the Ekart brothers racing team - a Manhattan native, a funny sweetheart of a guy and monster singer....
 Dawayne recently unearthed a recording of Rathbone with Jim Ekart on lead vocals and Dawayne's brother Daryl and himself on backing vocals Click here: Rathbone Cover by dhcrow on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds

 KC musician Wally Binney of Bluzbenderz  was recently bitten by a spider and had to be hospitalized. He had a staph infection and was spiking a fever. He was finally allowed to go home. He has to have IV antibiotics three times a day for two weeks but can go back to work.
 Wally Binney got his musician union card at the age of 17 and has been on stage ever since. In the mid seventies he got his first taste of r&b by touring with regional favorite Jerry Wood and he went from there to recording an album with the band Prisoner. While with them Wally opened for such groups as REO Speedwagon, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, and
Missouri. Wally brings an edge to Bluezbenderz that has shown originality and staying power through the years.
 In addition to his music, Wally serves as director of the Heartland ReStores in
Wyandotte and Johnson Counties.
 From Wally (left):
"Why is it that some people get spider bitten and become famous super heroes and I get bit and get a 4" incision, painful bone scrapping and 4 days in a hospital bed receiving massive amounts of IV antibiotics? To keep the fun going I have a PICK line installed in my arm and I get to go to the hospital every morning for the next two weeks and do more drugs!
 My warmest thoughts for all my family and friends that checked up on me --thanks for your prayers and your good energy!"


  Lawrence's South Park was the site of the 33rd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships on Sunday. Musicians in each of the eight categories — miscellaneous instruments, folk ensemble, youth fiddling, open fiddle, banjo, flatpicking guitar, mandolin and fingerpicking guitar — were judged on rhythm, timing, execution, creativity and expression.Click here: Musicians, spectators experience a sense of community at Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships / LJWorld.


 A Kickstarter campaign for a musical based on the life of Myra Taylor has raised less than five percent of its goal of $14,000. It's impossible to recall Taylor's frequent performances during the last two decades of her life without smiling. Her 2001 album My Time to Dream is one of the most enjoyable traditional Kansas City jazz recordings of the past 25 years.


 August is usually one of the slower months on the Kansas City music calendar. But it always offers at least two things to celebrate — the birthdays of Count Basie and Charlie Parker, two of the city's best contributions to the world at large, not just the world of jazz…Basie, born Aug. 21, 1904, the scuffling pianist from Jersey who got stranded in Kansas City and ended up taking swing music around an evolutionary corner; and Parker, born Aug. 29, 1920, the alto saxophonist who took music yet another evolutionary step forward.


 At the October 5 ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Kansas will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Kansas will receive the "Group" award during the 40th anniversary of the band's career. Yes, obviously, Kansas was founded in Kansas, but in 1975, the band relocated to Georgia. Original members Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh and Richard Williams are still in the band, along with Billy Greer (a member since the '80s) and David Ragsdale (since the '90s). All present and past members live in the Atlanta area except for former member Robby Steinhardt, who lives in Tampa, FL.
 When Kansas celebrated the band's 40th anniversary at a concert, a video featuring Native Window and many other friends was shown. Click here:
Kansas (band).
  Phil Ehart and Jeff Glixman (below) pose outside Studio in the Country in
Bogalusa, LA. Ehart and Glixman revisited the location of the recording of the Kansas albums Masque, Leftoverture, and Point of Know Return as part of filming for the upcoming documentary Miracles out of Nowhere.

 From  Brooke Perry
 Here's a funny story I thought I'd share. In December of 1976, my high school band director was a student at the
University of North Alabama. He had a $1.25 an hour job keeping an eye on the piano practice rooms in the music dept.
 Late one afternoon, he heard some amazing playing coming from one of the rooms. He peaked his head in and saw someone he didn't recognize, someone with long, stringy blonde hair and mustache. He asked the guy for his student ID. The guy said, "I don't have a student ID. I'm from
Kansas". My band director said, "Man, we have guys from all over the country here. Sorry, but you're gonna have to split." The guy was real cool and left.
 Couple hours later, some friends of his came by and said there was some rock band playing at the auditorium next door. They went to see them and there was Kerry Livgren onstage. My band director felt horrible and told his friends what happened. This was the Leftoverture Tour in
Florence, AL on Dec. 6, 1976.
 Then 11 years later,
Kansas returned to UNA for the Power tour. I was a music student there and got to work volunteer crew for the show, helping set up Phil's drums. I got to tell Steve and Phil this story and they thought it was hysterical. Funny how things come full circle.
 Saturday, August 17, KC's Starlight Theatre presented Y'allapalooza, the annual concert hosted by local country radio station Q104.
 At the top of the bill was Tate Stevens, who was crowned the winner of Season 2 of The X Factor last year. Many rooted for Stevens because he's a local guy — he's from
Belton, MO — and because he worked as a construction worker before The X Factor, which makes his blue-collar lyrics more believable than most. But Stevens' first round of songs (he released his debut album back in April) is about as safe as they come: a relentlessly bland collection celebrating a country lifestyle that, if it ever existed, certainly doesn't today. Even a rube can play in the same league as "I Got This": Grease on my hands, name on my shirt; Got dirt on my boots, mud on my truck; and, of course, I'm a country boy, don't mean to brag/I'm all about God, our troops and the flag.


 Take Five Coffee + Bar, in Leawood, had trumpeter Stan Kessler's Parallax band, with bassist Bill McKemy, pianist Roger Wilder and the interwoven drums of Ryan Lee and Brian Steever, on Friday. The next night, bassist Micah Herman led a band with Steever, trumpeter Hermon Mehari and tenor saxophonist Steve Lambert. He calls them the Young Loins of Jazz and insists that "Loins" is not a typo. The unbeatable duo of bassist Bob Bowman and guitarist Danny Embrey appeared Sunday.


 Highlights at KC's Green Lady Lounge, included singer Shay Estes Friday; the Zodiac Ensemble, the original-music project of bassist Karl McComas-Reichl and four friends from all over the place, Saturday; stride pianist Bram Wijnands Sunday (Basie came out of that stride-piano tradition, too); and bassist Dominique Sanders' trio later Sunday.


 The 10th Annual King Midas Street Dance offered the opportunity to go "Dancing Through the Decades" on Saturday. The yearly outdoor dance party included children's activities, including a decorated bicycle rally. The opening musical act was guitarist and singer Connor Denk. He was followed by KMHOF inductees King Midas & the Mufflers.


 The Kentucky Gentlemen, one of the best blues acts in the region, were at The Idle Hour in Anthony on Saturday. This was one of their last local shows before going on tour. Click here: The Kentucky Gentlemen.


 Wichita rapper DB Eazy performed at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday. He's a local artist who was  putting on his first performance. Those who want to hear his music can visit www.soundcloud.com/db-eazy.


 Kansas City Irish Fest is August 30-September 1.
Hotel update: We were just told the The Westin Kansas City at
Crown Center is now SOLD OUT over Irish Fest Weekend, and Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center had only a handful of rooms left on Saturday night, so if you're going to book Saturday: do it now!


 August 20 was Knock Kneed Sally's 2 year anniversary at Freddy T's Bottles and Blues / Bluesday Tuesday Jam in Olathe. They thank everyone who has made it so much fun and such a great success.


 This Wednesday st the Green Lady Lounge n KC, OJT and Friends are going to celebrate the music of Charlie Parker. The world renowned bebop hero was born on in Kansas City, Kansas on August 29, 1920. This Thursday would have been Bird's 93rd Birthday. OJT and Friends are going to play as many Charlie Parker tunes (originals and tunes associated with Parker) as they can. At midnight they will celebrate "Charlie Parker Day" by playing Donna Lee and then opening their Charlie Parker Presents ;-)


 There's another new big band in Kansas City, the Foundation Big Band, based at the Mutual Musicians Foundation and co-led by Steve Lambert and trumpeter Ryan Thielman.


 Until last year, Folk Alliance International kept its headquarters in Memphis. But the organization recently resettled in Kansas City. And its conference — which draws more than 2,000 registered participants for music showcases, panels, workshops and, now, a music camp — will be held at the Westin and Sheraton hotels at Crown Center through 2018. The first KC-based conference is scheduled for February 19-23, 2014; Graham Nash is the keynote speaker.
 Folk Alliance International founder Louis Meyers, co-founder of SXSW, has also moved to KC. Meyers now operates the Folk Store, at 509
Delaware in the River Market. Here, he sells vintage and new music equipment, with an emphasis on strings: guitars, dobros, ukuleles. (The shop has been gently opening over the past few weeks, but its grand opening is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, August 24.)
 "The store is our way of trying to get to know the community here," Meyers says. "The conference is an international event, but it's only one weekend a year. We want to make it easy for people to walk in and interact all 52 weeks of the year. We're ultimately planning to do in-stores and meet-and-greets with musicians coming through town on gigs — things like that."


 From Larry Garrett:
 Gusto Coffeehouse,
3390 Fascination Drive, Lee's Summit, MO. Every Wednesday Noon-2:00pm. I'll be playing my weekly show at Gusto's. Lots of easy-going folk music, plenty of good coffee and food, and very reasonable prices. Sometimes fellow-songwriters show-up and they play a couple songs too. Gusto's is a sweet place to spend a quiet afternoon. Comfortable and friendly.


 From Jonathan Voges:
 Selling my Les Paul... 1990, Wine red, chrome hardware, PRS Dragon II pickups... Hit me up if you're interested! http://wichita.craigslist.org/msg/4014450503.html


 From Charles Nida
 1968 Gretsch Bass for sale on eBay:


 Larry Lingle recently told Rocke Grace that he has been lucky, other than succumbing to necessary naps sometimes mid day. He's lucky to live in a community that owns a new Bechstein concert grand and it's probably the best sounding piano he's ever played. They also have a Hammond A-100 with Leslie so he's pretty jazzed about that bonus. Lingle is  playing Hammond again since he has one available on the island that he has access to, so that's a very cool thing to delve back into. Larry did a blues gig, but old style blues doesn't do much for Larry these days. On the upside, the gig paid very well for a blues gig ($400 each). Larry prefers the more progressive blues stuff by artists like Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Robert Cray and others but to do the same old blues changes all night, and in keyboard hostile keys (you know...can't roll into notes and chords) in standard guitarist keys like A, E, D isn't his cup of tea. He's still playing guitar with a couple of bands, still collaborating with his son Matt in his electronic dance/dubstep/ progressive house music. 


 From Br5-49 (Original Lineup):
 If you liked Live From Robert's, check out More From Robert's!  In 1996, when we recorded a few nights for our "Live From Robert's" EP, we ended up with a bunch of great songs that were left on the cutting room floor. These CDs were made specifically for our show at the Havelock Country Jamboree. They are not available anywhere else but there. If you would like to purchase a copy of the CD, comment on Facebook or send a message and we'll get you hooked up. — at Robert's Western World.


 The Soul Project is looking for a trombone person. male or female. young or old. student or pro. Must be able to read , improvise some and be ego friendly. Please pass it along. We can be reached thru their FB page or by contacting Curtis Payne. They also may still have a position open for a pianist with the same requirements. Thanks for any help they can get . The group is doing their best to keep live music a staple on the Wichita band scene.


 For evidence of Tech N9ne's growing popularity in The Great White North, look no further than his appearance on the cover of Verb Magazine. While Tech N9ne is doing his thing in Canada on the Something Else Canada Tour, the Saskatchewan publication has featured an in-depth article of Tech N9ne and his groundbreaking album Something Else, pointing out the multiple ways that it's unlike any album that Tech has put out, much less unlike any album in hip hop. Click here: ISSUU - Verb Issue S253 (Aug. 16-22, 2013) by Parity Publishing Inc.


 From Brian Chambers:
 The Boobie Trap Bar
Topeka 10 yr. Anniversary!
November 24, 2003 was the date of the first original music event at The Trap. I had recently changed the name of the bar and was looking for a new direction. Brian Owensby asked about the possibility of having bands while judging a Wet T Contest and the rest is as we say, History. Over 1000 shows with American Idol winners to 80s Hair band icons and everything in-between it has been an incredible run.
 So, I have a heavy hitter band for a
Reunion show tentatively committed and another new solid local so now I am reaching out to any others that would like to jump on this special event. We will be celebrating on Saturday, November 23 and if enough bands then Friday November 22 as well. ...
 I will be compiling a list of interested bands and trying to put it all together in September so if you are interested hit me up.
 Again if interested in any other dates let me know.


FanAddict Presents:
CMF 2013 - 9th Annual Crossroads Music Fest
Saturday, September 14

6 pm to 3 am
6 Stages {Centered around Crossroads KC at Grinders 18th & Locust}...
25 Bands


Tickets: $15 advance/$20 Day of Show


Hearts of Darkness
My Brothers & Sisters
The Grisly Hand
Starhaven Rounders
Dead Voices
Cherokee Rock Rifle
She's A Keeper
Lee Langston
Not A Planet
Max Groove
One Hundred Flowers
Joe Cartright Trio
Amy Farrand
Mikal Shapiro
The Empty Spaces
Rural Grit All-Stars
The Blackbird Revue
Nicolette Paige
Mr. Marco's V7
Eric Voeks
The Givens
Brian Maloney


*All Ages till
9 pm w/parent or guardian
**All ages
Crossroads KC at Grinders**
The Brick*
Green Lady Lounge*
Midwestern Musical Co.**


 One of Kansas City Kansas Community College's most successful vocalists will return to the KCKCC campus to kick off the 2013 "Jazz By The Lake" Series Thursday, September 5. Lisa Henry, one of the finest jazz vocalists in the world and former KCKCC student, will bring the Lisa Henry Quartet to the KCKCC Conference Center adjacent to the Campus Lake for a noon performance… The 2013 Fall schedule (all performances from noon-1 p.m.): September 5 - Lisa Henry Quartet. October 3 - Ron Scheps Quintet, a hard-swinging New York City Jazz quintet featuring Scheps on tenor sax and Jim O-Connor on trumpet. November 7 - Sneak Peak, "Bop in the Dotte" featuring Kansas City Jazz Artists from the traveling jazz portrait show by Dan White in cooperation with the KCK Public Library. December 5 - "Bop in the Dotte" featuring KC Jazz All-Stars from the traveling jazz portrait show by Dan White in cooperation with the KCK Public Library.


  Bobby and Pamela Baskin-Watson are one of the "create couples" examined by KCUR Radio. Click here: Kansas City Creative Couples: Watson & Baskin-Watson | KCUR 
 From Bobby Watson:
 My new self produced project, Check Cashing Day is to be released as a digital download on all major download sites on August 28. The day of the 50th anniversary of the historic "March on
Washington". CDs to follow in November. Long live the dream!!!
Bobby Watson, Alto Sax
Glenn North, Spoken Word
Hermon Mehari, Trumpet ...
Horace Washington, Flutes
Karita Carter, Trombone
Pamela Baskin-Watson, Vocals
Richard Johnson, Piano
Curtis Lundy,Bass
Eric Kennedy, Drums


Peace and Blessings, Bobby


 You asked and Melissa Etheridge is answering. Julie on Facebook wanted to know about Melissa's first guitar and she's talking. Nothing is off limits on "ask me anything". Just don't read into it too much. Click here: First Guitar by meradioshow on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds.


 Kansas native Jenn Franklin is an independent singer/songwriter out of Nashville who is working on a new music video for her song "Ready As I Am", and you can be in it! She says the song is about "taking chances now and forgetting about waiting until all those pesky ducks are in a row. It's about the perfectly amazing things we can do as beautifully imperfect humans." The song also touches on the pressures women face in our society to match up to the photoshopped images we're surrounded with daily.
 If you want to be in the video, just send a photo of yourself holding a sign with the message, "I'm ready to ________." Just fill in the blank! Empower yourself and others to be courageous, take chances, love yourself, love your body, etc. Anyone, any age can participate (even your kids)!
 For more information, to hear the song, and to submit your photo click here to visit Jenn Franklin's website


 Be sure to get your tickets now for the Samantha Fish Band and Levee Town at the VooDoo Lounge of Friday, September 6. Samantha will be releasing her new album Black Wind Howlin'. The show starts at 8 pm. Get tickets at voodoo.com or ticket master.com.
 ?It was like a hometown show when Moreland & Arbuckle played the World Cafe Live in
Philadelphia last week. The roots-rock duo from Wichita delivered an incendiary set for an enthusiastic crowd that opted not to eat a sandwich during their lunch break but to listen to an emerging band.
 The audience arrived thanks to the airplay Moreland & Arbuckle receive courtesy of
Philadelphia's WXPN-FM, which is one of the most influential stations in the country.
 "They're really good people there," vocalist-harp player Dustin Arbuckle said. "We get as much support from WXPN as any station in the country. It's syndicated, and it helps get the word out. Thankfully, their taste is broad, because you just don't hear (acts) like us on the radio anymore."
 Any band that combines blues, country and soul isn't exactly a constant on the Billboard charts. That's the story for Moreland & Arbuckle, which is about making uncompromising roots rock.
 "We like to do things our way," Arbuckle said. "That's the way it was since we met."
Arbuckle connected with guitarist Aaron Moreland a dozen years ago at Roadhouse Blues.
 "It was on a Monday night for open mike, and we just clicked," Arbuckle recalled. "Aaron was doing some
Mississippi blues stuff, and I was really interested in that. We got to talking, and one thing led to another."
 Shortly thereafter, Moreland & Arbuckle was born. The duo released its 2007 debut disc, Carney Valley Blues. Arbuckle, who lives in downtown
Wichita, and Moreland, who lives in Winfield, honed their skills early on in Wichita. Moreland & Arbuckle made three more albums it produced in Wichita. But it decided to go outside the area when it came to crafting 7 Cities, which dropped last month.
 The pair ventured to
Seattle to work with producer Matt Bayles (Mastondon, Cursive). "It was an interesting concept going to Matt since he is known for working on metal and electronic," Arbuckle said. "He never worked with a rootsy band before."
 But the partnership was fruitful. 7 Cities is the act's biggest-sounding album. The slide guitar attack and the drums sound massive at times. Part of that has to do with new percussionist Kendall Newby, who hits hard and helps lay down sizable grooves. There is a certain swagger the band possesses now that was simply not present in the past.
 "I think we have that raw sound on this album that we do when we play live," Arbuckle said. "We're happy with the raucous feel we have with this album."
 Moreland & Arbuckle showcased the fresh material last Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. "It's always a blast to play a hometown show," Arbuckle said. "We love playing at home in
Wichita. The crowds are always great, and now we have this new album to play."
 If the album takes off, don't expect Moreland & Arbuckle to move away.
 "We love being
Kansas boys," Arbuckle said. "We're born and bred Kansas. We're not going anywhere except when we play on the road. I love it in Wichita. I don't go out much when I'm back in Wichita. Neither does Aaron. We're both homebodies. Maybe it has to do with the fact that we're out so much when we tour. We're in Europe a lot, and with this last album, we were in Seattle. We get to see enough of the world. When we're not out there, we're really comfortable in Kansas."
 With their CD release party in
Wichita behind them, Moreland and Arbuckle are getting ready for their first tour of the UK and Ireland. After they return to the USA, they'll have shows in Colorado and Texas. The fall schedule is filly up with dates in the South and Midwest. Check our calendar to see if they'll have one near you.


 On the way: Janelle Monae
Kansas City, KS., native is bringing her Electric Lady Tour to the Uptown Theater on November 15, a Friday. Tickets  went on sale last Friday morning.
 On September 10, Monae will release The Electric Lady, the follow-up to her acclaimed The ArchAndroid, released in 2010, which received a Grammy nomination for best contemporary R&B album. Electric Lady features collaborations with Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Solange, Cee-Lo and Esperanza Spalding.
 Monae's previous performances in
Kansas City have been as an opening act: for Katy Perry at the Sprint Center in August 2011 and for Bruno Mars at the Independence Events Center in May 2011
 The drummer in Ultimate Fakebook, Eric Melin (above), just won the World Championships of Air Guitar which were held in
Finland. All hail Mean Melin!!! Click here: U.S. air guitarist wins world championship with fierce headbanging | Reuters;  Click here: Lawrence resident is world air guitar champ | Lawrence.com


 Meet & greet tickets are now available for the October KKFI Fundraiser featuring Brewer & Shipley, Danny Cox, Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter.





August 19, 2013

 Just a brief update on former Kansas violinist/singer Robby Steinhardt, who suffered a heart attack two weeks ago. According to a Facebook message from Steinhardt's girlfriend Cindy, the 63-year-old musician is recovering after undergoing a bypass operation last Tuesday.
 "Robby made it through an amazing surgery," she writes. "He's comfortable and in good hands."
 Cindy also thanks fans who have been sending messages of support and love to Steinhardt. "Continue sending notes," she adds. "I'll make sure he gets them."
 Steinhardt was a member of
Kansas from 1973 until 1982 and from 1997 to 2006. He was featured on nearly all of the band's biggest hits, including "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of Know Return."


 Kerry Livgren is at work on re-releases of the first two Proto-Kaw albums, Before Became After & The Wait Of Glory.


Two Daves, Ragsdale and Hope (above) at the show in Pittsburgh.
 When Dave Hope first walked out on stage at the Fan Appreciation Concert on Saturday, a number of fans surprised him with fake mustaches. After the song, Dave showed his appreciation (above left) by reciprocating the "salute."
 Phil Ehart emceed the
Pittsburgh event and gave away signed memorabilia to some lucky seat holders. They also showed best wishes from some other groups and celebrities(Styx, BOC, Heart, John Corbett, Steve Morse, Tony LaRussa and Gary Sinise among them). They also showed a trailer from a Kansas documentary coming out next year, and brought Robby
Steinhardt's daughter onstage since he was unable to attend and play with the group since suffering a heart attack and having quadruple bypass surgery.




Incommudro Intro
Point of Know Return
Song for
On the Other Side
Nobody's Home
Hold On (w/Kerry Livgren)
Dust in the Wind
Cheyenne Anthem
The Wall (w/Kerry Livgren + Dave Hope)




I Can Fly
Can I Tell You
Journey From Mariabronn
Icarus II
Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
Down the Road
Magnum Opus
Miracles Out of Nowhere
Lonely Wind (w/Dave Hope)
Portrait (He Knew)
Fight Fire with Fire
Carry On Wayward Son (w/Kerry Livgren)
Incommudro Outro


Winners of the 2013 Pitch Music Awards:
Americana/Bluegrass: The Grisly Hand
Avant-Garde: Jorge Arana Trio
Blues: Trampled Under Foot
Country/Rockabilly: The Rumblejetts
DJ: Sheppa
Emerging Act: She's a Keeper
Garage: The Empty Spaces
Hip-Hop: Reach
Jazz Ensemble: The People's Liberation Big Band
Jazz Solo: Mark Lowrey
Live Act: TIE! Hearts of Darkness
and Cowboy Indian Bear
Metal/Hard Rock: Hammerlord
Pop: The ACBs
Punk: Pizza Party Massacre
Reggae: The New Riddim
Rock: Not a Planet
Singer-Songwriter (Female): La Guerre
Singer-Songwriter (Male): Erik Voeks
Click here: Streetside: Hobnobbing at the 2013 Pitch Music Awards | Interview | The Pitch


 Congratulations to Brock Alexander & Ol' No 5s heading to Memphis for the IBC challenge representing Topeka.


 A benefit concert was held Friday evening to raise money for Lawrence-area musician Leo Posch. Posch was injured in a serious bicycle accident in July, resulting in Posch being taken by air ambulance to a Topeka hospital where he was treated for a broken jaw, nose, cheek bones and tracheotomy.
 To offset the expenses of Posch's injuries, his bandmates from The Midday Ramblers and other local bands, including Split Lip Rayfield and the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, performed Friday at the
Granada. Other performers at the concert included Drakkar Sauna, MAW, Prairie Acre, The Sunflower Colonels, Bluestem, Bonas Brothers Productions, Signal Ridge and The Triggs Boys.
 All proceeds will go to Posch and his family. There was a silent auction, and people can also donate funds online at www.mandolincafe.com/leoposch.html.


 KC's Pedaljets recently released What's in Between, their first album of new material in 20 years, which hearkens back to their glory days in the 1980s underground. Back then, they shared an aesthetic with breakthrough Minneapolis acts like the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. On Friday, the opened for Bob Mould at the Bottleneck in Lawrence.


 The Rainmakers, with the Nace Brothers, two long-running KC roots-rock acts teamed up for an evening of late-summer outdoor fun last Friday night at Crossroads KC at Grinders.


 Kansas City  country radio station Q104 assembled a sturdy modern-country lineup for its annual Y'allapalooza party Saturday night at the Starlight Theatre. Headlining was The X Factor season-two winner (and Beltonite) Tate Stevens.


 High & Dry's CD release was held Friday at Mike Kelly's Westsider in KC. Band members Greg Connally, Sam Zech, Cathy Hawes and John Yingst were joined by special guest Phil Wade. The Frankowskes opened the show. This was Cathy Hawes' last show in KC as she is headed to Arizona to start anew.


 Harold O'Neal grew up in Kansas City and attended the Paseo Academy of the Arts. Bobby Watson mentored him. So did Ahmad Alaadeen. He has toured the world and performed with Bono, and been interviewed on NPR and reviewed by The New York Times. But he still has love for his hometown. Two years ago, O'Neal spent New Year's Eve leading the overnight jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, at 18th Street and Highland — because they asked him to. O'Neal's piano can ride the back of bebop or carry you on a classically tinged journey with intricacies that capture your attention and astound. And Saturday night, O'Neal made a too-rare return to KC to perform with his trio at the Blue Room.


 The Kansas City Jazz All Stars program and Kansas City Youth Jazz Orchestra will hold auditions on Monday August 19 and Wednesday August 21 from 3:00 to 4:30pm each day. I'm looking for the very best kids who are reliable and want to become great players. This will be an intense program but it will be enjoyable at the same time. I will be leading the group this year and would like to rehearse twice a week on Monday and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm at KCKCC. Hermon Mehari will continue to assist.
The cost will be $100 per student…


 Count Basie's birthday is this month (August 21). What better way to say happy birthday to "The Count" than being at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine on FRIDAY AUGUST 23 from 8:30-12:30? Kansas City's VINE STREET RUMBLE Jazz Orchestra will jam KC style and pay tribute to Count Basie and all of the "Kaycee" greats! It's going to be a packed room and an unforgettable night. ($15 cover)


 From Andy Oberg:
 I am selling my 1958 Hammond B3 with two 122 Leslies, dollies, bench and pedals. Here is the ebay listing. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261266290105


 Eric Bikales. Is a solo piano artist about to release his very first solo piano CD, but he's not a newcomer to the music business. He have written music for over twenty prime-time television shows, like A-Team, Boston Legal, My Name Is Earl, Scrubs, several movies and a variety of special commissions. Music composition is a passion for Eirc and the piano is the way he expresses himself. In his career he's played keyboards for Dolly Parton, Cher, Bette Midler, Mac Davis, Pointer Sisters, Tom Waits, Billy Preston, Neil Sedaka and many more artists. Now he brings all of his experience and passion together in a collection of piano songs that communicate his gift to you. His goal is to take you on a musical adventure that is imaginative, original and satisfying. Please become a part of this effort by helping complete this CD. Bikales offers his sincerest thanks, and a list of perks to go with it! What is needed to complete Follow Your Heart: The monetary goal is $6,000. More than $4,000 has already been raised with three weeks to go.


 A hiatus from the music world taught Matt Pryor something. "What I learned is I still really like to play music," he said. "I just needed a break."


 Blogger kcjazzlark celebrates four years online.


 Connie Hawkins is happy to announce that her original song "Some Things Have Got To Change" has been picked for airplay the week of June 9 through the 15 on the syndicated Blues radio show Blues Deluxe (Bluesdeluxe.com)... they have 102 affiliates worldwide with an audience of just under 2 million listeners.... Connie's the only "unsigned" artist on the program....

 Full Moon Riot advanced to the Final of the Club Wars Battle For Freakers Ball Friday night at the Roxy in Overland Park according to Jim Kilroy.


 Bill and Karlee Goffrier will play an acoustic set of some fun cover songs and their quirky originals featuring vocal harmony, ukulele and guitar from 6-8 pm Saturday, August 24 at Tanya's Soup Kitchen in Wichita. There is no cover charge.


 Friday night at EBT in KC was a very fun night for Bureman & O'Rourke with Mark Higbee on piano. They got to see lots of great people, who filled the room and enjoyed great food and drink. Thanks to all. See you in September on 9/15 at Sunset Grill and 9/16 at EBT.


 Camie Lee is a member of the Sirens of South Central from Wichita. She auditioned for  the TV show The Voice in Atlanta in 2011 and has performed in various venues in South Central Kansas. She plays ukulele and banjolele. Camie's full-time job is raising her 3 year old son. She also works for Scotch & Sirloin Steakhouse. Camie is getting married October 12.


 The 3 Legged Dawgs will be playing for a Halloween Bash at OJ's Bar & Grill in Parsons at 9:30. Guests must be 21 or older with valid ID. Must be club member or be accompanied by a member. Anyone who wishes to become a member prior to the party should contact Shanna at 620-421-3131 or stop by and see her at OJ's Bar & Grill.


 It's official!! Lynn Piller has joined the Beerbellies!! You know Lynn from his other band, the Crumpletons, and from Tree Frog...Lynn will be playing pedal steel, and also playing some guitar and singing...come say hi to him on Wednesdays at Johnny's for cajun nite....the music starts at 6:30....remember to tip your waitresses and bartenders!


 Lee Hammond says a new blues jam started on Sunday, August 25 @ Big D's, 2139 South 34th, KCKS. It'll go from 2:00--6:00 pm. Then you can head around the corner for the Sunday night jam at Double T's.


 From RecordBar:
 Bands, do you need shows? We are taking submissions for the following shows at  booking@therecordbar.com
 8/27 w/ Ashford's Folly https://soundcloud.com/ashfords-folly
 9/2 w/ Colin Martin http://colinmartin.bandcamp.com/
 9/3 w/ John Klemmensen & The Party and Neal Roach Band  http://www.reverbnation.com/johnklemmensenandtheparty...
 9/19 w/ Scott Schumann
 www.booking@therecordbar.com for submission



August 12, 2013

 Progressive rock band Kansas is playing a "once-in-a-lifetime fan appreciation concert" to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and that event will take place in Pittsburgh, PA, on August 17 at the Benedum.
 The concert will mark the first time in more than 30 years that all six original members of the band will be on stage together.
Kansas will begin the concert backed by a 35-piece orchestra, and then follow with a traditional rock band second set. The concert is not part of a tour, as the band is taking a break from its regular touring schedule.
Kansas formed in 1973 in Topeka, so why celebrate in Pittsburgh ' "People need to know that Pittsburgh, and the whole state of Pennsylvania, discovered the band Kansas first!," drummer Phil Ehart said in a statement. "We came here in the early days and Pittsburgh was like our home away from home! Heck, we are even using Rich Engler to promote this show at what used to be the Stanley Theater. Rich Engler and the incredible Stanley Theater….just like the old days! How cool is that?"
 Two of the original members -- Dave Hope and Kerry Livgren -- are no longer with the band and will be returning as special guests. They'll join original members Steve Walsh, Robbie Williams and Phil Ehart, and current members Billy Greer and David Ragsdale
     On Friday afternoon, Robby Steinhardt was admitted into a hospital due to a heart attack. At present, he is resting comfortably while awaiting a quadruple bypass operation early this afternoon at
2 pm..
 The thoughts and prayers of the
Kansas band and crew are with Robby and his family. Robby has asked for his family's privacy to please be respected at this time.
     Due to his treatment and recovery, Robby will be unable to attend the Fan Appreciation Concert in
Pittsburgh next weekend. However, all other aspects of the concert will continue as planned.
 A special
Kansas denim jacket is being auctioned prior to the event for the benefit of Autism Speaks. The top bid when we last checked was $180. The auction ends at midnight August 31. Click here: 32auctions — 40th Anniversary Kansas Jacket for Autism Speaks. 
     As to Kerry Livgren's health, he is doing very well, working out a few times a week. His speech has returned. He's been relearning guitar. He has to now use a thumb pick instead of a flat pick. He has little to no feeling in his right hand so tends to drop the flat pick. He describes it as feeling like it has permanently "gone to sleep"...that kind of numb feeling, etc.


 Until blogger Plastic Sax witnessed the excited frenzy at the Gaslight Grill last Monday, he didn't realize that the New Red Onion Jazz Babies' monthly appearance in the back room of the Leawood restaurant was one of the hottest tickets in town. He hadn't seen the band perform since Jardine's was shuttered and had wrongly assumed that it was running on fumes.
 With a average tab that probably exceeds $25, attending the monthly concert of traditional jazz is a pricey proposition. Even so, reservations for the event are tough to secure.

    Gregarious owner Dick Hawk claims that the New Red Onion Jazz Babies is the world's finest Dixieland band. He contributed a bit of enthusiastic keyboard work as he sat in with the large ensemble during the second of three sets. Lynn Zimmer, the clarinetist who leads a band at the venue several nights a week, was just one of the group's outstanding soloists.
 The toe-tapping music is complimented by excellent service and fine dining. While the blogger had been oblivious to its popularity, the appeal of the monthly gathering isn't difficult to understand.


 Shades of Jade bills itself as a "neo-soul quartet." Josh Williams winds an often eloquent, R&B-influenced trumpet through each song as if on a journey. Eddie Moore's keyboards are the guide, weaving notes into solos of life and imagination. Dominique Sanders' bass grounds the group, while Julian Goff's drumming rhythms drive it forward. The music comes together with a leisurely, exotic feel. It's neo-soul, yes, but a version of it that has evolved from Kansas City's classic jazz traditions. The band played at the Green Lady Lounge last week.


 David Burchfield and his band Great Stop played a final show in Kansas City last Friday at the RecordBar. The group is breaking us so the four members can attend graduate schools in different parts of the country. Click here: David Burchfield and the Great Stop release their first full-length right as they say goodbye to KC | Interview |. .


 A classic townie band in the best possible sense, the Hips is made up of former and current members of Lawrence acts Drakkar Sauna and Fourth of July. The group plays about once a quarter, and rarely outside Lawrence, and that's a pity because its groovy-goofy roots pop is pretty on-the-nose. For this, the first KC show that most can recall, they were joined Friday night at the Brick by long-running KC singer-songwriter Forrest Whitlow.


 Air-guitar hero and Dead Girls drummer Eric "Mean" Melin hosted the annual Pitch Music Awards for the third year on Sunday. In addition to Melin and a few other guest appearances, we got  performances from old-school jumpin'-jazz group Grand Marquis, thundering psych from the Conquerors, and hearty cock rock from Cherokee Rock Rifle. It's always one of the best parties of the year.
 `Melin, isn't holding back in The Pitch Questionnaire this week. Sample quotes:
"This town seriously undervalues its original musical talent."
"You'll never run out of places to see Grown Ups 2."
Worst advice ever received? "Call your album Open Up and Say Awesome."
"I elbowed my prom date in the face doing an Axl Rose dance."
"OMG KC. Rockfest equals your idea of a moneymaking music festival? Generic, one-word bands with riffs so tired, Nickelback threw them out?
 Cowboy Indian Bear and Hearts of Darkness both took home the Pitch Award for best live act!


 Jake Blanton, a one-time fixture of Kansas City's jazz scene, is currently a sideman for the successful rock band the Killers, who drew over 15,000 fans to their recent show in KC. It's entirely possible that he plays for more people in a single night than locally-based musicians play for in a year.
 Does the jazz musician have any misgivings about his commitment to jazz? Between ticket and merchandise sales, the Saturday night event grossed over $600,000. Most Kansas City-based  musicians play for an audience that numbers in the dozens. And unless they're booked at one of
Kansas City's two listening rooms dedicated to jazz, chances are good that they'll face a distracted audience.


 Bob "Snack Bar" Schneider, the founding bassist for the Serfs will be back in Lawrence for KU's Homecoming and K-Club in October. When the Serfs were forming in Bob's frat house back in the 60s, he decided he wanted to be a part of the band even though he didn't play or even own an instrument. He was so determined, that he made a small, blue bass guitar and taught himself to play it. It was stolen from his locked car in the JRP parking lot, and he didn't know what happened to it until a few years ago when he learned that it is hanging on the wall of a downtown Lawrence music store. Schneider hopes that he can reclaim it while he is in town. He's willing to bequeath it to the store upon his death. We wish him luck in his endeavor.


 From Don Hickson:
Does your band have any video's of your band doing what it does best? Do you have a record of your last show that you would love to get played on a network designed to promote
Kansas City music! We are building an MTV ( You know the MTV that played music ) showcasing Kansas City music!
 KC Concert Lounge (facebook.com/kcconcertlounge) is here to promote all types of music! And I do mean all types of
Kansas City music!
 We are working along side the guys over there at Slam Radio-KC to build this kick ass network! So if your going to be a part of this network and want others to hear your music please get us the video's now!




 Make plans now to attend Levee Town's CD/DVD recording on Friday August 16 at 8 pm. Tickets are going fast! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE!! Go to the www.etix.com site and get your tickets today!


 The 2nd Annual Kansas Brickyard Blues Fest in Wichita on Saturday, August 17 will be headlined by Albert Cummings, Terry Quiett Band, along with Lady D Me & the Boys, The Kentucky Gentlemen and the Wichita Blues Society Blues Challenge winner.
COST IS ONLY 10 BUCKS at the gate


 The 2nd Annual Hot Shotz Summer Bash September 7 in Winfield is the biggest party of the year. No cover! All ages from noon until 10 pm! Live music starts at 7 pm on the outdoor stage with performances by Mabel, John Woodson's Leg, ManteurM, AxX of Hate and Metlneck! $1.00 Bud Light cans! $3.00 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and Chips! Red's Horseshoe tournament at 2 pm! Karaoke Contest at 5 pm with the winner to receive two tickets to the Walnut Valley Festival (must sign up by Sept 1st)! So much more! You won't believe it!


 For the younger musicians, the Wichita Blues Society hosts a youth jam the first Saturday of each month. Young musicians get to jam with seasoned pros. Please spread the word. Next jam is September 7 at The Underground, 1628 George Washington Boulevard.


 Every Tuesday night in August, Billy Beale will be hosting an open blues jam at Kansas City's Black & Gold Tavern. Throw down with Billy!


 The Boys & Girls Club of Topeka will be hosting their 14th annual Harley Party at Jeremiah Bullfrogs Saturday, August 17. One thousand exclusive tickets will be sold. Single tickets are $35 and 4-pack tickets are $125. Events include a live band, live and silent auctions, catering from Johnny Carinos and games. To cap it off, someone will go home with a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Tickets include an all access pass to the buffet from, 6-8 pm and drink tickets. For tickets to the event, go to www.bgctopeka.org.


 Organizers of Kansas City's 18th and Vine Jazz & Blues Festival expressed their sadness and sympathies over the death of renowned jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke but said it was too soon to talk about who will replace him in the festival's lineup. Duke, 67, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, died Monday, August. 5, in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
 "Our first reaction is we are deeply saddened for his family and for the music world," Suzetta Parks, the festival's executive producer, told The Star on Tuesday. "He was a great producer a wonderful artist.
 "It is too early to share any kind of plan we have for the festival regarding replacement. We're going to be looking into that, but right now we have nothing to share except complete shock and sadness over this loss."
 The festival begins at
11 am October 12 and will last until midnight. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster or by calling 816-474-6262. The other headliners: Con Funk Shun, Bettye LaVette, the Messenger Legacy and KMHOF inductee Kelley Hunt.


 The members of KC's Minden trucked it out to Portland, Oregon, last year, and they've really refined their whole aesthetic out there. Musically, it's all glassy synths, falsettos and airy, earworm melodies - kind of like a super-cokey version of Spoon. Visually, it's a lot of sleazy sexuality, with an unwavering commitment to body hair.
Minden's new, free EP is excellent and should be downloaded by you and your family immediately. The group's got a pretty solid track record with videos, but its latest, for the EP's title track, is its best yet. Bonus: brief nudity!


 From Paul Shinn: It pleases us to announce the release of the trio's first studio album entitled Reason Pure. This album contains solely original music and arrangements that the trio has been working on for the past few months. We will be playing music from the album throughout the night and CDs will be available for purchase ($15) that we can sign copies of during set breaks. This will be the final performance of the Paul Shinn Trio in the Kansas City area for a while as Paul will be re-locating to Colorado to continue his studies; however, the group plans to stay together for tours and festivals throughout the KC area and elsewhere. Unlike the video performance recording, this will be a public event, so feel free to stop by anytime between 7 and 10pm and invite anyone you think would enjoy this music!


 Piropo's Piano Bar in KC's Briarcliff Village will be the site of the second annual Dueling Piano Summit to be held Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 pm. The two-piano concert will last two hours. Participating in the event will be the same musicians as last year - pianists Roger Wilder, Joe Cartwright, Michael Pagán, and Bram Wijnands. The performers will match up in different combinations and play two-piano jazz for approximately two hours. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter. Tickets can be reserved in advance for $50.00 by calling 816.589.9384 or by emailing www.michaelpagan6@gmail.com and for $60.00 at the door the day of the show. Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed for those buying tickets at the door. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.


 Mammoth Life will be touring the Midwest this week: 8/14 Omaha @ Slowdown, 8/15 KC @ The Brick, 8/16 Lawrence @ Jackpot, 8.17 Denver @ Skylark.. Be sure to hit a show and in the meantime, stream their brand new album here: http://mammothlife.bandcamp.com/


All For A Song - Myra Taylor The Musical
 All For a Song is a labor of love. For me, this inspirational story of Myra's life is about more than just her. It's about a great American City - Kansas City - its jazz, its swing, its jump and its people. It's also about endurance, determination, winning against all odds and enduring to the final victory. Most of all it's about music.
 The play opens in 1994, as
Myra, nearing her eighties, struggles to survive by cleaning floors and struggling with other indignities. Then, through a contemporary musical score, beginning with a song that moves back in time stylistically through the decades, we find ourselves in the 1940's with Myra, now young, vivacious and beautiful as she embarks on her life-long journey, touring with the USO Black Entertainers Unit during WWII and later world tours - through broken romances and personal struggles and misadventures, her recording sessions, to Korea, Vietnam, the Far East, Europe, another romance, which then brings us back to the opening scene of the show. From there we move forward to the present, through more successes and disappointments, including her successful fight to recover copyright ownership to her songs. Myra returns to the city of her birth, where, now embraced by her community, she reclaims her life, one song at a time, and in doing so, achieves one more final moment of glory as a headline performer and "Poster Girl" for the 2001 Kansas City Jazz and Blues Festival.
Alessandro De Gaetano
 The goal for a Kickstarter funding campaign is to raise $14,000 to record five demo songs, with professional performers and finish a presentation to go to regional theatrical producing companies for workshop production before moving to larger venues. The campaign launched Monday July 22 and runs through
September 4, 2013. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1756312844/all-for-a-song-myra-taylor-the-musical
Click here:
Myra Taylor All For A Song - Myra Taylor - All For A Song - The Musical#.UgKYxtBNo20.facebook


 Something Else, Tech N9ne's new album, debuted at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. Click here: Robin Thicke Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart | Billboard


 Moreland & Arbuckle's new album 7 Cities debuted last week at #8 on the Billboard chart. That's pretty impressive considering the immense amount of other releases last week.


 Wichita's Shyner has scheduled an official release party for their new album Wild Ride. It'll be August 16 at the Seneca Street Bar & Grill 9 pm-1 am.


 n January 2010, a time when the economy was tanking, Lori Chandler took a risk and opened Take Five Coffee & Bar in the Nall Valley Shops at 151st Street and Nall Avenue.
 Local jazz is also on the menu at Take Five, which was named after the Dave Brubeck Quartet's 1959 classic. On most Fridays and Saturdays, the coffee shop transforms to a laid-back jazz lounge where customers of all ages can watch
Kansas City jazz musicians like trumpeter Hermon Mehari and singer Shay Estes do their thing.
 Take Five has become a destination for live jazz in the area — despite its location, which
Chandler jokes is "halfway to Wichita" on Interstate 35 South. A few weeks ago, Oregon-based drummer (and Topeka native) Todd Straight played a show at Take Five. Chandler says more than 100 music lovers packed the coffee shop, filling every available seat.
Chandler expects another huge turnout on September 20, when Take Five hosts a CD release party for the KC Trumpet Summit, a trio that includes Stanton Kessler, Hermon Mehari and Mike Metheny. The $10 cover charge will go directly to the musicians, Chandler says. (A complete listing of upcoming shows is at www.takefivecoffeebar.com.)


 Janelle Monáe resurfaces in the cosmic artwork for her forthcoming LP The Electric Lady. The highly-anticipated album slated to arrive on September 10 was available for sale on Target's website for a limited time, subsequently revealing the track titles and illustration for the 2-disc release. The LP features Janelle Monáe's close friends and recent collaborators Prince and Erykah Badu as well as Miguel, Solange and Esperanza Spalding. Production on the LP is likely a family affair, with Monáe at the helm alongside her Wondaland Arts Society brethren. Check the tracklisting  to get a full feel for what's to come on Janelle Monáe's new LP. Pre-order The Electric Lady via iTunes.


 L.A. Fahy will celebrate the release of his fourth official album Sunday, August 18 from 6-9 pm at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence. Tyler Gregory will open the show, then the L.A. Fahy Electric Experience will rock the patio. The new album was recorded by Mike West at Ninth Ward and features several full band songs with several guests. Performing with Lance at the release party will be Briain C.S. Runk, Steve Brown, Avery Lominska and James Ross. Don't miss this Replay patio party.


 Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays - Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI - Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Musical World of Sarah Carpenter
Mark welcomes Sarah Carpenter who joins us as our special guest co-host and guest producer. Sarah shares songs that just absolutely tickle her, with lyrics, and performances from American popular music just before the Rock and Roll era began. Sarah will play selections from: Walter Cole, Ruth Brown, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Blossom Dearie, Dinah Washington, Mel Tourme', Shirley Horn, Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Fred Astaire, Louis Jordan, and John Lee Hooker.
Sarah will also feature recordings with Kansas City based bands she was a part of including: The Columns, Rural Grit All-Stars, Kasey Rausch, The Afterparty, and two bands that never released albums: The Mourning After, and Dirty Mae. Sarah will also feature a selection from the newest band she has just started singing with called: High & Dry.
Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI
or streaming live at kkfi.org


 Celebrate the release of KingShifter's first full length record 26 Tons Saturday, September 7 at the Lizard Lounge in Wichita. Don't miss this 8 pm show. The first 100 people to pay $10 at the door will receive a free KingShifter bottle opener. Be sure to get there early.


 Octobofest is a 24 hour music festival with 24 bands, emphasizing Kansas City area bands. Coming to the KC crossroads October 2013. Donate 25 dollars and receive one FREE TICKET to Octobofest, a limited edition festival program, a free compilation download of all musicians playing in the festival, an official Octobofest sticker, AND be listed on our website and social media as a valuable 'groupie' sponsor!  Click here: OCTOBOFEST by The Bohemian — Kickstarter.


 The winners of Saturday's Kansas City Blues Society competition are Stone Cutters Union. Thanks all who attended and showed your support for all the bands, and a special thanks to Troy Evans who furnished the wonderful amazing sound system and back line for all four of the band challenge events . The finals will be held at Knuckleheads Saloon on September 7.
The acts will be.
Willie J. Parker ...
A. J. Gathier


Brandon Miller Band
Rick Gibson & The Pace Makers
Katy Guillen Band
Stone Cutters Union
 From Clay Zellers:
 I would like to Thank the President of the Blues Society for personally helping the bands go to Memphis by walking around himself, to raise more money, putting wristbands on more people. That is admirable! Didn't see a lot of volunteers there...to help. It is not "free" to represent
Kansas City in the IBC finals in Memphis.


 And the winners are----representing the Wichita Blues Society at the 2014 IBC Memphis: Cleveland Blue and Lady Dee and Me and The Boyz! Congratulations!!


 Whoa!! Thank you from the band to all of the new Alice Sweet Alice supporters. They just hit 12,000 "Likes" on their Facebook page, and they passed 13,000 followers on Twitter.


 Shop here in Wichita for NEW Embarrassment vinyl, tell Chris that Bill Goffrier sent you: https://www.facebook.com/notesandnoisesrecords?viewer_id=1074523410


 The 3 Legged Dawgs will be playing a Halloween bash on Saturday, October 26 at OJ's Bar and Grill in Parsons. 21 and older with valid ID. Must be a member or accompanied by a member. Anyone who wishes to become a member prior to OJ's Halloween Bash please contact Shanna @ 620-421-3131 or stop in and see her at OJ's Bar and Grill.




Click here: Trampled Under Foot: Badlands Review | Blues Rock Review



July 22, 2013

 Eric Larson (above, second from left), the drummer for Topeka's Burlington Express, passed away Tuesday morning, July 16, from heart and infection problems that he had been battling for a long time. The Burlington Express was inducted into the KMHOF February 25, 2012.


 From Gary Cornelius:
Today is an extremely sad day for me, and I am at a complete loss for words... my dear friend Joey Riley lost his battle with colon cancer last night (Thursday, July 18). We worked together for almost 20 years and were the best of friends, on and off stage. He was only 43, but cancer doesn't care how old or young a person is.
 Joey was perhaps one of the most talented musicians I have ever known, and also one of the funniest comics in the business. He could keep you laughing for hours.  
I'll miss him terribly. Go with God, Joey, you were the best.
 Joey's service is today at the
Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, MO, at 11 am.


 Billy Spears and many musicians that have played music with him played dozens of benefits over the years for many causes and people in need. Now's the time to give a little back and show some support for the family whose music has brought so much joy into people's lies for so many years. If you are inclined, please send contributions to :
Bill Spears Memorial Fund
College Boulevard
              Lawrence, KS 66049
 Greg Hartline has had another stent put in his chest. This is his third. He's still going strong and plans on performing his upcoming dates at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in 
Las Vegas. Greg says he is slowly becoming the "bionic man."


 A note to those of you who know Leo Posch, a Lawrence instrument repair pro and builder of guitars and mandolins was thrown from his off-trail bike Saturday while riding on a gravel road and was Life Flighted to Topeka. Broken jaw in two places, broken nose, broken cheek bones, tracheotomy, possibly more. Apparently a dog started chasing and trying to bite him, in the process of attempting to outrun it, it ran in front of him and he went over the handlebars and face planted on the road.
 Friends are working with Jim Baggett at Mass Street Music looking into setting up some kind of financial support system for the family through PayPal that goes directly to them. Leo is also well know in the local cycling community so lots of support for a great guy should be on its way soon.


 From Cliff Eveland:
 Cancer update: Today I saw my radiation oncologist and have somewhat of a treatment plan. I will begin my radiation and chemo on July 29th. I'll get both the first day and radiation will be Mon. thru Fri. for 7 weeks, I'm not sure how often I'll will get chemo, probably once a week. I don't have many details, but the doctor says that the rest of my 2013 will undoubtedly suck. I will probably need a feeding tube and my days will simply be treatment followed by exercise with my TV remote. As bad as it sounds, he says my chances of living a long life are very good. Here's hoping my 2014 is better than my 2013.


 It was a hot night in Avenue A Park in Hutchinson on a recent Saturday night: hot temperatures, hot music, a hot crowd and hot food, but the tunes were cool, and so was the free ice cream and popsicles.


 From Nancy Wooldridge-Schlyer of Sly-Ridge:
 I am chillaxing today! Yesterday (Wednesday) was a work out! I had an episode of severe chest pain last Thursday night. We had to quickly leave Skip's Uncle Don's wake. Sorry we didn't get to say goodbye to the family. The pain was very severe at this onset. It finally eased some about an hour or so later. Nick had his colonoscopy on Friday morning so we were at the hospital, then I went to work. All the while I had dull pain & what felt like a tightening feeling in my chest. Saturday we played an outside Anniversary dance in 105 degree windy weather. All the while having the same mostly dull tightening pain in my chest. When I got up Sunday the pain was a little more intense & I was having pain down my arms & my neck & shoulders. I have a history of arm, neck, & shoulder pain. I wasn't sure if this was from that or not. Playing gigs with the heavy bass guitar around my neck does this. Anyway, I almost went to the ER on Thursday, & then again on Sunday, but waited. Monday morning when I woke up I still had the pain. I had enough & went to the ER. After multiple blood work, chest ex-ray, Cat scan, Treadmill/stress test, echocardiogram, they said my heart is good! This was great news. They also said my lungs are okay. So, they are treating me for stomach problems as that is the area of the severe pain. If this doesn't work they'll check the gallbladder. I am feeling much better & I feel very blessed to have a totally good heart! It was scary thinking I might be having a heart attack. Now, I need to get healthy!!!!!!


 La Guerre, a project led by Katlyn Conroy of the Lawrence-based band Cowboy Indian Bear, kicked off a tour of the Midwest with dates at two area venues last week. Accompanied by drummer Nick Stahl and guitarist Nick Yoho, Conroy showcased material from La Guerre's recent release, The Three, and a forthcoming EP titled Violent. The dauntingly beautiful songs contrast sleek electronic soundscapes with Conroy's vulnerable singing. La Guerre was joined at the Replay by Arthur Dodge & the Horsefeathers, and Doby Watson. Blackbird Revue and Monster opened Thursday's show at the Riot Room.


 When Trampled Under Foot won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2008, many observers assumed that international stardom would soon follow for the Kansas City-based blues band. Yet the trio of siblings wasn't quite ready for the big time. With five additional years of experience under their belts, the members of Trampled Under Foot have refined their hard-rocking attack. Abetted by guests including industry veteran Mike Finnigan, the band has released Badlands, its first effort for a prominent record label. Trampled Under Foot showcased its hard-won maturation at the release party for Badlands last Friday.


 Diverse, one of Kansas City's most exciting young jazz bands, is beloved by many fans of dance music for its occasional tributes to Michael Jackson. The ensemble is expanding its range with a show devoted to the music of Prince. This past Saturday's "Purple Party" featured vocalists Anthony Saunders, Lee Langston, Julia Haile and Reggie B, as well as instrumental showcases for band members including trumpeter Hermon Mehari. Emcees Reach and Les Izmore were also on hand. During two individual sets, the members of Diverse guided the large ensemble through jazz-inflected interpretations of classic Prince material from popular albums including Purple Rain and 1999.


 On Friday, KKFI's Signal to Noise radio show presented An Evening of Music by The Beatles: A Second Helping! This was an all-star live show at Liberty Hall in Lawrence starring Dave Tanner, Joey Skidmore, Steve Wilson, Elaine McMillian, Fast Johnny Ricker, with special guests. This follow up to the show in KC was a fundraiser  for KKFI.


 Uncle Bo's in Topeka got the blues on Friday from KC's Grand Marquis, which has a Topeka connection in the form of its guitarist, Ryan Wurtz. The Topeka-born Wurtz graduated in 1999 from Hayden High School then earned his bachelor's degree at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
 In 2010, Wurtz joined Grand Marquis, which features its unique brand of hot swinging jazz and jumping blues that sounds at times as if it came from Prohibition-era 18th and Vine, 1950s Memphis, the streets of New Orleans or even 1930s Paris. The others in the group are: Bryan Redmond, lead vocals and soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Chad Boydston, trumpet and backing vocals; Ben Ruth, upright bass, sousaphone and backing vocals; and Lisa McKenzie, drums and washboard.
 In 2010, Grand Marquis won the Topeka Blues Society's first International Blues Challenge and represented the society in
Memphis, where it made it to the finals as one of the largest blues competitions top eight out of more than 150 acts from around the world.
Grand Marquis'
8:30 p.m. Friday performance will be the Topeka release party for its seven studio album, "Blues and Trouble," which was released June 25.


 The Old Crows triumphantly returned to BB's Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City on Friday. Fans got to see what all the fuss is about and had fun, cause fun is number one with The Old Crows. Mo Paul, soulful, bluesy, jazzy and hilarious, sings his ass off and plays blues harp like no one else, Chris Immele on guitar and stand up bass, rock and roll, blues and soul personified, Doug Hitchcock on the drums, voluptuous, rock solid, layin' down a steady heavy beat, Billy Lee Organ on congas and drums, a longtime veteran of KC blues rock and soul, and the magnificent Alton Lott on guitar and electric bass, Al will next month be inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and was recording at Sun Studios in the fifties when he was just a teenager. Collectively these guys have over two centuries of rockin' blues, soul and rockabilly between them and have been entertaining the hell out of audiences since the Dead Sea was just feelin' kind bad.


 Kansas Citians are blessed with recurring opportunities to chatter during dazzling performances by Mark Lowrey. Lowrey returned to the Green Lady Lounge on Friday, July 19. Lowrey performs a matinee show with Lonnie McFadden at the Phoenix every Friday. He appears at the Majestic every Sunday and Monday.


 The River Cow Orchestra, an improvisational jazz ensemble, has played the KC Fringe Fest every year since its inception. The first couple of years the band performed in its previous incarnation, Brother Iota.
 Percussionist Greg Field recalled that at the first festival the band performed on the stage behind Grinders on
18th Street and that he was recruited to run a spotlight during other performances, including the fashion shows.
 "So that was interesting," he said. "The Fringe Festival is supposed to be someplace where new work or edgy work or experimental work is supposed to be available. Since we're totally improvisational, that's where we fit in."
 The River Cow Orchestra will play solo performances and will also be part of the Experimental Music Showcase at Arts Asylum on July 26.
 "We usually pick up a few fans here and there, people who will go in and take a look at the site or listen to some of the music," Field said. "Not everybody is crazy about improvisational jazz. The thing about the Fringe is not so much picking up people who are wild and crazy about RCO, but we have picked up some very nice reviews."

 International yodeling champion Judy Coder (above, left) and western musician Jeff Davidson will headline the second annual Kansas celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy at the Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan at 5 pm on Saturday, July 27.

    Judy Coder is bound for Germany. She'll be singing at the European Equestrian Championships. Click here: http://www.1.americana.eu/index.php/en


 On July 28 Jason Vivone of the Billy Bats will conduct a ukulele blues workshop at KKFI from 2-3:30 pm. Suggested donation is $8. Take your ukulele or just go and listen. The king of the Roots International Blues Challenge and Pitch Award nominee will teach chord progression, musical fills, call and response, everything you need to play the blues on your ukulele. The blues is both the cause of the song and the song itself. Get more details at www.kkfi.org.


 The first of it's kind! Jeff Porter and Kasey Rausch will come together for an evening of music on August 2, 7 pm, at Prospero's Uptown Book, 3600 Broadway in KCMO. They'll swap songs, play together and solo. Don't miss this intimate evening. Café Caliban will be serving their full menu of vegan and non-vegan paninis, soups, deserts and beer, wine and frosty beverages before and during the show. Cover is $5. It's an all ages show.


 The former lead singer for Leavenworth's Ossian is bringing the Frisk Band to Wildwoods Saloon August 3. If you go, you'll enjoy great rock, great drinks and great food. Rock the house from 9 pm to 1 am.


 The 6th Annual Jazz by the River Benefit Concert takes place on Saturday, August 17 at the Leavenworth High School Performing Arts Center. Social Hour begins at 5:00 PM. Concert begins at 6:00 PM.


 Who wants to see Kansas and Lynyrd Skynyrd from front row center at the Kansas City, MO show on August 30 at the Starlight Theatre? With a Kansas VIP package, you'll snag premium seats, a personal meet and greet with the band and specialty merchandise!
Lock in those seats here >> http://bit.ly/XJuxSn


 The opening night party for the KC Fringe reflected the organization's perpetual struggle with logistics and an insufficient number of volunteers.


 Here's the scoop with the final line up of bands participating in the Kansas City Blues Festival. You don't want to miss it. Take your family and friends for a wonderful day of music, fun, and friendship!
 KC Blues Fest 2013....

    Labor Day Weekend...Saturday, August 31, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm.
 Live music featuring Trampled Under Foot and a great line up of other band performances by Rick Gibson and The Peacemakers, Scott Moyer Band, Klear Ambition, Knock Kneed Sally, The Brandon Miller Band, Nobody's Bidnis, Amanda Wish, and Blues Trip!
    Visit www.kcbluessociety.org to purchase tickets! ($10.00 Advance $15.00 At Gate)
 For directions and more information about the
Kaw Point Parkhttp://www.lewisandclarkwyco.org/


 The annual Prairie Village Jazz Festival returns to Johnson County this September. The lineup looks pretty good, boasting some of the area's finest talent. Bobby Watson is headlining.
 Here are some details::
Bobby Watson All-Star Big Band with Special Guest Jon Faddis 9:00-10:30 p.m.
Bobby Watson, alto saxophone, Jon Faddis, trumpet, plus a big band
Marilyn Maye 7:40-8:40 p.m.
Marilyn Maye, vocals, Tedd Firth, piano, Gerald Spaits, bass, Jim Eklof, drums
Everett DeVan - Chris Hazelton Quartet 6:30-7:20 p.m.
Everett DeVan and Chris Hazelton, Hammond B3 Organs, Matt Hopper, guitar, Danny Rojas, drums
Mutual Musicians Foundation All-Stars 5:20-6:10 p.m.
Steve Lambert, tenor saxophone, Mike Herrera, alto saxophone, Peter Schlamb, vibraphone, Chris Clarke, piano, Dominique Sanders, bass, Brad Williams, drums
Parallax 4:10-5:00 p.m.
Stan Kessler, trumpet, Roger Wilder, piano, Bill McKemy, bass, Ryan Lee and Brian Steever, drums
Andy McGhie Quintet 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Andy McGhie, saxophone, Hermon Mehari, trumpet, Andrew Ouelette, piano, Karl McComas-Reichl, bass, Ryan Lee, drums
Click here: The Prairie Village Jazz Festival lineup looks pretty great | The Fast Pitch.


 From a press release: Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker artfully weaves together firsthand accounts from those who knew him with new information about his life and career to create a compelling narrative portrait of a tragic genius.
 While other books about Parker have focused primarily on his music and recordings, this portrait reveals the troubled man behind the music, illustrating how his addictions and struggles with mental health affected his life and career. He was alternatively generous and miserly; a loving husband and father at home but an incorrigible philanderer on the road; and a chronic addict who lectured younger musicians about the dangers of drugs. Above all he was a musician, who overcame humiliation, disappointment, and a life-threatening car wreck to take wing as Bird, a brilliant improviser and composer.
 With in-depth research into previously overlooked sources and illustrated with several never-before-seen images, Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker corrects much of the misinformation and myth about one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century.


 When Art Closet Studios opened in Kansas City last summer, it wasn't meant to be an all-ages music venue. The owners wanted to provide space for free art workshops for underprivileged kids. It's still an arts education center, but it has become more than that.


 Former KC Chief Kyle Turley is releasing a country song, proceeds from which will go to help needy retired NFL players. .


 Chris Stone is currently scouting for any local Topeka bands who want to perform for a fundraiser for Topeka HABITAT For Humanity/NOTO District on September 6. If interested, send Chris a message including your band's name. He needs this for press releases and flyers.


 From Danny Alexander via Timothy Get Down Cote:
Last night, I had the terrible choice between two bands closest to my heart both having album releases--The Pedaljets and Me Like Bees. I committed to the Me Like Bees show long before, and it was in town rather than Lawrence, so I made the logical choice. I have no doubt the Pedaljets show went well, but I was happy to be where I was, excited to see the Riot Room stay packed through strong sets by Antennas Up and Abandon Kansas for the Bees at
11:30. The had the audacity to set aside crowd favorites and play the entire new album in sequence (which does include a handful of proven fan favorites but at least a couple of songs never played live before) before ending with a house burning "Iconica." The crowd response was strong from start to finish, and the band played brilliantly. Moment particularly good for my heart--lead singer Luke Sheafer leaning down and banging heads with former bass player Asher Poindexter on "Joseph Jones" (always a great song for the two of them when Poindexter was in the band). A band on fire in that way it can only be on fire with the audience helping to make it happen--that's my definition of magic.


 Fat Cat Sack is an Americana country band based in Riverside, MO, featuring Charles David Sharp, John Whitaker, Steve Usnick and Jim Whelan. Their self-titled album was released on July 20.


 Maps For Travelers have an album release show for their debut album Change Your Name on Friday, August 30 at KC's Riot Room. Doors open at 8; show starts at 9. Cost is $8 at the door. Special guests will be Waiting for Signal, Clairsstudents and Bears & Company. The first 50 paid admissions at the door receive a limited edition screen printed poster from Maps For Travelers. Get your tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/329307?utm_medium=amp&utm_source=tw1&wrKey=7A9B13F786737B0B40F5CFD7B6863CE7
 Maps For Travelers Album Release Show


From Frank Sereno:
 Hey, all. I was recently gifted some "new" Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band music that has been lost for years. The album is called Ain't No Zydeco But It's Something Else. I've posted it on my Bon Ton fan page here: http://www.kcvjmc.org/bon-ton-soul-accordion-band.php

July 15, 2013

KC drummer Al Meeker (below), passed at around 6:25 am, July 11. May his family be at peace, and may he always be remembered as a true friend. Al will be honored by The Kansas City Blues Preservation Services Ceremony. Service Wednesday, July 17 1-2 pm at Maple Hill Funeral Home 3300 Shawnee Drive Kansas City, KS. Al Meeker {Alvin Ray Meeker} original drummer for Boogie Leggin'Blues Band, RocknRick & The Roadmasters, Glamour Puss, Blindog John, and many others. Also a talented painter that worked up to his getting ill as the maintenance painter at The Kansas City Art Institute. Father of 3 daughters, Tasha, Amy, and Ashley. Al had 2 brothers, Danny and Mike, and a sister Debbie. Between him and his wife Sandy15 grand children and nieces and nephews. He was a great friend and was loved. He will be missed.


 Billy Spears' family has scheduled a celebration of Billy`s life on August 10 at the Eagles Lodge in Lawrence. If you knew him please attend and celebrate with them.


 From John Herrman
 I was thinking how lucky it was for all of us guys from Hays getting back together after 40 some years and putting the Tempests back together. How great it was to rekindle old friendships and perform with everyone especially Cliff. It was a special time for all of us. We all miss you Cliff.

 Hope for a positive outcome today as Rod McBride has cancelled out on his originally planned triple bypass in Olathe in favor of a hyprid MICS/stent option at KU. He's meeting with the MICS doc at 1:00, hopefully he'll get all fixed up with a lot less grief, risk and painful recovery. It may even save his insurnce company some money and be less inconvenient to his employer in the process.


 When Jardine's was still one of Kansas City's central jazz hubs, the periodic homecomings of Todd Strait represented one of the venue's most prestigious bookings. Before the drummer moved to Portland, he was beloved by old-guard traditionalists and more progressive listeners. He's even more appealing now. Jazz fans of every stripe likely attended  Strait's performance at Take Five Coffee + Bar on Friday, July 12.


 The Architects celebrated the release of the first episode of Border Wars on Saturday night at the Riot Room. Waiting for Signal, the Clairaudients and the Slowdown were also on the bill. Admission to the  show included a copy of the Border Wars EP and its accompanying 70-page comic book. Click here: 'Border Wars' begins a fresh multi-chapter phase in the Architects' history - KansasCity.com.


 From Van Mclain
 Had lots of fun with everyone at the Shooting Star event at Frontier Steak house. Thank you all for your donations to the charity! I had several people call and ask me why they did not hear about this free show. All I can say is we only advertised this on Facebook. I guess you have to be a Maniac to be in the loop. This is our way of saying thank you to ALL the Maniacs for years of support through all the changes! I am more excited about how this band is sounding than I have been in years! Feeling inspired! Heading back to the studio to write. who knows?

 NE Kansans Tricia Spencer got first place and Howard Rains (left) got second place in the fiddle contest at the Central Rockies-Old Time Music Association (CROMA) festival in Colorado. They also got first in the band contest with Virginia Musser and Noah Musser. The band was called Tricia's Dirty Dishes.


 An Evening of Music by The Beatles: A Second Helping!
All Star Live Show starring Dave Tanner, Joey Skidmore, Steve Wilson, Elaine McMillian, Fast Johnny Ricker, with Special Guests!
The Beatles Tribute Band, starring Darrell Lea, Alan Wellman, Dan Mesh, Pat Tomek, Nate Holt, and Paul Lemon. Ticket Price: $20 - Purchase Advance Tickets Online
NOTE: This is a repeat concert of the June 1 Beatles Tribute at Knucklehead's. That show received such great reviews, a decision was made to repeat the concert in
If you missed the first concert, DON'T MISS THIS REPEAT PERFORMANCE!


 From Drake Macy
 After five years this will be my last weekend with Lotus. I really have had a great time on this gig. But I'm just too busy elsewhere to make the kind of commitment I think necessary to do this job. So my good friend Jim Hill has agreed to take back the guitar player spot. jim is a fine player and he will do them a wonderful job as he always has the past. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Don Overstake for all the work. At the end of the day... I have NEVER worked for a better guy!


 From Dan Doran:
 Tuesday night my good friend Chip Lewis and I will be performing at one of Kansas City's finest restaurants, Chaz, at the Raphael Hotel on the Plaza, from 6-10. Friday night we'll be joined by a great bassist and all-around good guy Rick Huyett for an evening at the Phoenix, 8th and Central, following the multi-talented Lonnie McFadden and his wonderful trio at 9pm. Saturday I get to renew my Country roots with the legendary Elijah Chastain and his super band at the Middle Creek Opry,33565 Metcalf Rd. in Louisburg. If you've never heard Elijah play, you are really missing a great show. The fun begins at 8. Sunday finds me and Chip at my favorite hangout, the Capital Grille on the Plaza, where we will be privileged to play with the always excellent Blake Hughes on bass from 6-9. Weeks don't get any better than this!


 Danny Cox will be playing out front of the Rafael Hotel on the Plaza this Saturday from 4 to 7p. It's Danny's 70th birthday celebration, too. Come on out, enjoy the music of a longtime Kansas City icon, and lounge on the front patios of a gorgeous Plaza landmark. There's also an outdoor bar there to help you pay your proper respects.


 MTS Management Group and Kansas City-based country music artist, Josey Milner are happy to announce Josey will be opening for Warner Nashville recording artist, Jon Wolfe. The concert will take place on Wednesday, July 24, at Kanza Hall, located at 7300 West 119th Street, in Overland, Kansas. Doors open at 7 pm, with Josey performing an acoustic set at 8 pm.
 ?Stallion (above) returns to Wichita's Old Town on Friday, July 26 at 8 pm,. The
Old Town Square is the square in front of the Warren Theatre, Oeno, Sabor and Old Chicago. Déjà Vu opens the show at 6:30. Take a lawn chair to this free show.


 Journeyman is a brand new Eric Clapton tribute band. The band's debut was June 7 at Old Shawnee Days and since then they've performed at the Kearney, MO Amphitheater and at the Junction City Sundown Salute.
 Since the last two performances were out of town and many of you missed the Old Shawnee Days debut they want to let you know about one in KC on Sunday, July 28. It's early (since it's a school night;). They are doing a FUNdraiser at Nica's 320, located at 320 SW Boulevard. KCMO. about one block east of Broadway on the north side of the boulevard.
 Here's a little back story...
 January of this year the band wanted to start rehearsing. Didn't really have a place big enough to "crank it up" and rehearse it properly until the senior minister, Rev. Jarie Newsome at Center For Spiritual Living offered this great space for them to rehearse. What a blessing! This FUNdraiser is the band's way of paying back this great community for giving them a place to rehearse this band. Doors open at
5pm. More info to come.


 The 2013 Pitch Music Awards ballot is out. Perhaps some local acts you like are on it and you want to support them by voting for them? You can do so by pressing in this spot. Online voting is live until August 2.
 Speaking of August 2: That's the date of The Pitch Music Showcase, in
Westport. The Riot Room (inside and patio stages), RecordBar, Californos, and an outdoor stage in the heart of Westport will host performances from nominated acts. You can buy tickets for just $6 until July 19 here. The price goes up to $8 on July 20. It's $10 the day of the show. Also! The Pitch Music Awards show is at the Uptown Theater on Sunday, August 11. Congratulations to all the nominated acts, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone at these events!


 During the jazz heyday of the 1930s and '40s, Kansas City's Pete Johnson helped popularize a wild brand of swing — boogie-woogie, stride piano, barrelhouse blues. Today, another Kansas Citian — by way of the Netherlands — keeps the style fresh in some of the same neighborhoods where Johnson swung. Bram Wijnands' rollicking piano opens the night every Sunday at Green Lady Lounge. Last Thursday at the Blue Room, his seven-piece Swingtet reimagined the sounds that 18th and Vine knew when Count Basie lived in KC. If you don't like happy music, stay away. But if you want to know what Kansas City-style jazz is all about, the Bram Wijnands Swingtet will show you.


 Mammoth Life is touring the heartland this summer for the first time since their cross country move to San Francisco back in the fall of 2011. Touring on the back of their upcoming self-titled album due out on 7.31.13 via Satisfying Records, the group will also be bringing a newly rounded out lineup as well. Joining them will be Lawrence experimental, psych-folk rockers Karma Vision as well as the emerging indie-rock outfit Haunt Ananta who made their Lawrence debut via this years Farmer's Ball. Mammoth Life will perform at the Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence August 16 from 9-midnight. It's an 18+ show.  Costs: $5-7. Doors at 9 pm and show at 10

   Rudy Passonno reports that the Topper album is now available for the first time on CD. Get yours now: 
On CD - http://ow.ly/mi0CV
Digital Album - http://ow.ly/kgah1
 Artisthead Music presents the official re-release of the cult classic Topper album, At Last, after 36 years, including two, previously unreleased songs. Originally released in 1977, with only 5000 copies printed, At Last quickly became a sought-after item and a rare find indeed. A must-have for collectors who've been seeking quality copies of this classic 70s album for decades.
 Read the interview with Topper here: http://www.artisthead.com/artisthead-music-re-releases-the-cult-classic-1977-topper-album-at-last-after-36-years/ See more with Jim Hodges & Rudy Passonno.


 KC Concert Lounge is a live stream site built for the fans of Kansas City to be able to enjoy some of their favorite local bands and music from the comfort of their home. We will be streaming some of the top Kansas City bands so they can reach their fans that are unable to attend their shows.
 KC Concert Lounge is a live stream site built for the fans of
Kansas City to be able to enjoy some of their favorite local bands and music from the comfort of their home. We will be streaming some of the top Kansas City bands so they can reach their fans that are unable to attend their shows.
 KC Concert Lounge is available weekly from different venues around the city. If you have your favorite band and you want to see there streams please let us know about them and let us see about what we can do to get them on an upcoming stream!
 KC Concert Lounge is a live stream site built for the fans of
Kansas City to be able to enjoy some of their favorite local bands and music from the comfort of their home. We will be streaming some of the top Kansas City bands so they can reach their fans that are unable to attend their shows. To reach us call 816-533-4815


 Keys 4/4 Kids is a GREAT Kansas City charity, benefiting kids who want to learn piano, but can't afford the expense of a piano. Check it out: www.keys44kids.org

 We've been given the green light to post the auction web site for the Kansas 40th Anniversary Denim Jacket. The auction for Autism Speaks will begin July 18th at 12 PM EDT and end August 31 at Midnight EDT. Click here: 32auctions — Auction Details


 3 Legged Dawgs
 We need your help folks. We need a fan drive. I've seen way less popular bands with ten times the amount of likes than we have on our Facebook So help us boost our numbers by suggesting us to your friends, family, co workers, mommas and papas. Ask them to check us out and Help Us Out by Liking our page. We're up to 200, lets see if we can get 3 Legged Dawgs up to 1000. You the Fans, are Our Biggest supporters and We Love You All for Everything you do for Us!!! We Appreciate You !!! Thanks for All Of Your Support ! - 3LD


 Congrats to The Brandon Miller Band, winner of the first round of the KCBS band competition.


 From Kristie Stremel
 Cutting an Eddie Rabbitt track for side b of my 7" record coming out on Slewfoot Limited soon! Stevie Newman pickin' and grinnin' :)


July 8, 2013

      Billy Spears (below) passed away at his Lawrence home Saturday evening, July 6, with his wife Doris, daughter Carol and friend Torrence. Remember the good times and the great music he brought into everyone's lives who heard him play for so many years,,,

Billy (below left) and Doris had four daughters, Carol, Lawna, Sally and Lisa. Two of the girls passed away earlier. A benefit will be held for the family and Billy's final expenses. Details will be in next week's newsletter. Cards and letters can be sent to
Doris at 1905 Rhode Island Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Phone calls can be made to 785-843-2173. Cards are probably preferred, then phone calls because Doris is taking this really hard right now and might not want to go over the story over & over again. The Spears family will celebrate Billy's life August 10 at the Eagles Lodge in Lawrence.

 Carl Migliazzo, sound engineer for KC's Flannigan's Right Hook has also passed away.


 Little Willie Littlefield, the blues singer and boogie-woogie pianist who recorded the first version of the rock-and-roll standard "Kansas City" and whose piano work influenced generations of rock and blues keyboardists, died June 23 in Leusden, the town in the Netherlands where he resided. He was 81. Click here: Little Willie Littlefield,blues singer, boogie-woogie pianist, dies at 81 - The Washington Post


 From Eldar Djangirov
 I recently learned of John Elliott's passing, a musician and a teacher in
Kansas City. He was a teacher to many musicians that lived in the area. I had the honor of studying with him for about 2 years. His methods were effective and to the point because as a teacher, he was sincere and objective. John also knew how to inspire his students. I'll miss him and always remember the time that I spent with him. Click here: #fbLoggedOut
 From Stan Kessler
 I just found out that John Elliot died on June 24. For those who didn't know him, John was the jazz theory guru of KC. He taught EVERYONE until sometime in the 90's when he retired. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. In typical John Elliot fashion, he slipped away quietly without telling anyone. Humble, but tough, unassuming, yet brilliant. He could scare the crap out of you one second, then wrap you in a blanket of love the next. Bye John, and thanks.


 Brian Milam (upper left), a former member of Glow, is in the middle of chemo treatments, but his attitude is great, under the circumstances. Nothing pleases his friends and fans more than to see Brian Milam with a guitar in his hand. And, now that Glow is going to be on the ballot for the 2014 KMHOF, he should get the recognition he deserves. Check Glow out at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glow-KC/270283503021681?ref=ts&fref=ts


 Jim Brothers, the founder (in 1978) and washboard player of The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band is loosing his battle with cancer. No one has given a "this long to live" statement, and miracles do happen, but his doctors have given up on him and are talking hospice. It can be hard to take a washboard player seriously, but Jim has had a surprisingly ubiquitous influence on music in Kansas. Brothers is also a world-class sculptor.


 Prayers for brother Al Meeker as he prepares to continue his journey in spirit within days, if not hours. He is with family and friend! This photo is when Al sponsored his set to be used for the first "In Memory Of" fundraiser that assisted in launching Joseph Sutulovic's vision in honoring passed on KC Blues musicians that sparked The Kansas City Blues Preservation Services.


 A large crowd was entertained at the 4th annual Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival at Topeka's Lake Shawnee last Thursday. Click here: Thousands find happiness in the blues at Lake Shawnee | CJOnline.com


Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays - Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI - Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Local & New Releases + Madisen Ward
+ Guest Producer - Phillip Bauer
Mark plays New & Local Releases from: The Bad Ideas, The Architects, Schwervon!, Sneaky Creeps, Root & Stem, Madisen Ward, Gentleman Savage, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Mavis Staples, Sonny & The Sunsets, and California Wives.
10:15, Mark talks with singer/songwriter, Madisen Ward who was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2007. Madisen's journey to become a musician, was "melodically passed down" through the songs of his mother. Madisen recorded his debut EP, "We Burned The Cane Field" with his Mother, "Mama Bear", (Ruth Whitlock-Ward). Both played guitar, with Mama Bear harmonizing. Their debut EP was recorded in Kansas Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santana, No Doubt, Ugly Kid Joe, Red Elvises, and Prodigy.
Tune in on 90.1 FM KKFI or streaming live at kkfi.org
Show #481


 Hi, friends! Greetings from Fast Johnny Ricker. The KKFI Beatle's Tribute has always been one of my favorite gigs of the year! Although I regret not being available to perform in the next one, I thought you might like to know about it! It's at Liberty Hall, Lawrence, Friday, July 19, 8:00 pm, all ages. It will be a great show...as always!!! I'll miss seeing you all again, but hopefully next time. ENJOY!! http://www.libertyhall.net/


 Ribbons & Stone is Alice Sweet Alice's 4th studio album, and the second with the band's lineup of original members Scott Martinez (Bass/Vocals) and Ali Kat (Keyboards/Vocals), with Billy Brown (Drums) and Ron Bales (Guitars) contributing their talents for ASA's second album in 2 years. Ribbons & Stone is a mixture of the quartet's talents and influences, which are quite diverse and obscure, and come together beautifully to create something compelling, powerful, unique and unforgettable.


 A cursory scan of the 2013 Downbeat's Critics Awards revealed the following Kansas City-related winners: Pat Metheny- 2nd place, Guitarist; Bobby Watson- 16th place, Alto Saxophone; Pat Metheny- 15th place, Album (Unity Band); Karrin Allyson- 1st place, Rising Star, Female Vocalist.


 KC Jazz Lark documents last weekend's trumpet summit of Hermon Mehari, Stan Kessler and Mike Metheny at the Blue Room. Click here: kcjazzlark: In Lieu of 1000 Words: Trumpet Summit at The Blue Room


 The band Rev Gusto played at a benefit for the Red Cross July 6. Rev Gusto includes brothers Sam Frederick and Jerry Frederick of Leawood, Quinn Hernandez of Kansas City, KS, Shaun Crowley of De Soto and Peter Beatty of Bonner Springs. Click here: Rev Gusto is a pop band with some Kinks in its armor | Ink


? On the night of June 29, Tree Frog (above) got together at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, as they do every other year, for another reunion concert. They were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Joining them again for this year's performance were their friends Baxter Robertson and Eric Bikales. http://youtu.be/VVO6TTt1myo; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjSU-V2G23w&feature=youtu.be.


 Kansas City's competitive air-guitar takeover escalated last Tuesday night, July 2, in New York City. Eric "Mean" Melin won the New York semifinal - somehow making Jefferson Starship look good - at the Bowery Ballroom. He advances to the national finals in Los Angeles on August 17.
 Also repping KC in NYC were Thunderball (Nielsen Nacis) and Air Jesus (JoJo Longbottom). Doesn't sound like either made the second round, but we did hear (via U.S. Air Guitar's Twitter) that Thunderball was "adorable" as usual and Air Jesus once again "died for our, well, air." Several KC air guitarists - the CorpAIRation, Sonic Bitch, Pork Sword and Crystal Richter - will compete for a spot in nationals later this month in the
Washington, D.C., and Chicago semifinals.


 Great musicians, regardless of genre, tend to gravitate toward one another. Although they're best known as members of Kansas City's crossover rock en español band, the accomplished musicians in Making Movies regularly seek the company of forward-thinking members of Kansas City's jazz, hip-hop and rock communities. At last Wednesday's gig — part of Making Movies' sporadic residency at the Kill Devil Club — they were joined by respected jazz musicians Ben Leifer and Mark Lowrey as well as members of the youthful folk-rock band She's a Keeper.


 On July 6 Dennis Fox Higgins provided the live music at Java Joe's in downtown Albuquerque. He started at 11:30 and played without a break until 2:00.
 In all likely hood, this will be his last regularly scheduled live performance. Fox has enjoyed the years of providing live music (since 1965), but he finds himself ready to move on to other adventures. He'll still write and record music. he'll play on his front and back porches. He'll welcome the chance to 'jam' with other musicians. he'll play at special events as they may come. But, Higgins will no longer play the 'endless weekend gig.' Thanks to all who gave precious time to come out to listen to the music over the years


 Grand Ole Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens, who was once a regular live performer on Topeka's WIBW Radio, was greeted over the Independence Day holiday weekend with a crate of cards and letters sent from friends and fans to wish him well as he undergoes three weeks of short-term radiation treatments for a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Click here: Special Delivery for Little Jimmy Dickens - Opry.com.


 When the Appleseed Cast performed at the Riot Room during the Middle of the Map Fest festival in April, the Lawrence-based band was still feeling its way through the songs from its forthcoming album, Illumination Ritual. Although the capacity audience had yet to hear the material, the swirling new songs entranced the crowd. Now that the band has had several weeks to hone the stellar additions to its extensive catalog, Tuesday's show should be even more mesmerizing. The influential band clearly isn't finished making vital music. +The+ Life and Times, a like-minded trio with origins in Kansas City, and Lawrence's Muscle Worship open the show. Tickets are $12 in advance through theriotroom.com.


 The Winston Apple Show CD release party for his new album Radio Bay, USA will be Saturday, July 13 from 7-9 pm at KC's RecordBar. The live band for this show will include James Farley Compton (guitar), Aaron Derington (drums) and Butch Smith (sax). The "virtual virtuosos" (joining in via video and backing tracks) will include Rocco Priolo, Robert Leonard and Mark Thies (bass), Lowell Premer (guitar), Heather Thornton, Rachel Bowerman-Deering, and Monique Danielle (backing vocals) and a horn section including Aaron Simcox (sax), Stan Kessler (trumpet), and Stephanie Bryan and Ryan Heinlein (trombone).


 From Gary Charlson
 Hey kids - the CRAYONS will be playing the music at Knuckleheads on Saturday July 13 at
8:00pm to 10:30ish pm - allright! - weekend rock and roll - stay out late - have a few more drinks - go home with anyone you want (as per your wife/husband permission) - we play early and there's another great band after us - what not to like?


 Pip Kick is putting together a new weekly one hour "Local Band Friday" style show for Radio Xenu for bands in and around the Wichita area. It will be a show to help promote your music and upcoming shows. If you're interested, please email his at pip@radioxenu.com with "Local Band" in the subject line.


 Reminder: Kansas Denim jacket, Name: "Flat Jack Leftovercoat"; airbrushed acrylic, original album art by Peter Lloyd, oak presentation case with clear acrylic cover. This beautiful jacket will be auctioned off during Wheatfest 15 next month in Pittsburgh, PA; proceeds going to Autism Speaks. Further details on the bidding process to come. Signed by Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart, David Ragsdale, Billy Greer, and Jeff Glixman. There will be a website set up this week to accept secured bids for our friend Flat Jack, and the auction will be open until the end of August.
Kansas joined the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra on Saturday for Picnic with the Pops. Click here: Kansas violinist bridges gap between rock, classical | ThisWeek Community News.


 Mo Paul Industries, Professional Harmonica Movers, Inc. When it's time to move and you need your Harmonica moved to your new location, don't trust a non professional with handling your precious musical instrument, let the Mo Paul crack team of Harmonica Movers do all the heavy lifting for you. If it's just across the room, or across the country, we handle all types of Harmonicas and will move them quickly, and professionally. Only $500 per Harmonica, 6 dollars per stair, and $327 lifting fee. Join the millions of satisfied Harmonica owners who let Mo Paul do the work and save your back. Mo Paul, for all your Harmonica moving needs.


 2nd Annual Acoustic Jam Competition 2013
 Last year you all chose Danny Echo to be your acoustic jam artist of 2012. Who will you choose this year!
 The Acoustic Jam is a competition for artists from all over to compete to becomes
Wichita's top acoustic artist of 2013. This competition has 12 competitors that will play 1 song each, than after everyone has played the audience of the night will vote for the winner.
Competitors criteria:
1. Can be groups, duets, solos whatever.
2. Bands can compete ACOUSTICALLY
3. 1 song per competitor (please, no "Free Bird")
 To sign up for this event message Kadrae Smith on Facebook or shoot her an email @ Ksmith78@butlercc.edu title it "Acoustic Jam 2013"
 Currently looking for 2 bands one to open and one to close the event contact Smith with the information above for availability.


 Prominent Kansas City trumpeter Jay Sollenberger joined Chase in 1973. He sat in with Hard@Play, a self-described "classic rock with horns" band, at a free concert recently. The band played first-rate renditions of material by the likes of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, the Ides of March, Al Green and Earth, Wind & Fire. Will Hard@Play's performance lead anyone in the audience of about 300 to jazz? You never know.


 The Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships have just confirmed The Free State Brewing Co. as a stage sponsor AND a vendor at the August 25 event at South Park in Lawrence. "Yes, Virginia, there will be Free State beer at Fiddle and Picking." Thank you Free State!


 The good folks at "The Vox Showroom" (North Coast Music) have added The Moanin' Glories to their 1960's Vox Band Gallery! Check out their website (they have a Facebook page as well) for anything you ever wanted to know about Vox equipment and the bands that used it. The band gallery is great, who knows, you might just see some other musicians you know there!


? Bob Walkenhorst kicked off his solo acoustic tour of Norway on July 5. He'll play a total of 8 shows before he heads back home on July 22.
 If you're in Bodø on,
Norway July 16, make sure to stop by Siggeruds Galleri at 7 pm to catch the grand opening of Bob Walkenhorst's art exhibition! You can check out the paintings online as well and if you want to purchase something for your wall just contact Ola Siggerud at the gallery. http://www.gallerifauske.no/39.html


 With Maynard James Keenan balancing three bands, there is typically a lot of time between Tool albums, and drummer Danny Carey, a Fort Scott native, used some of that time to work in a new project called Volto! The group has spent time working on new music and will issue their debut disc Incitare on July 23 via Fantasy/Concord Music Group.
The group developed organically in Los Angeles with Carey being among a group of accomplished musicians getting up to play cover tunes at a tiny jazz club in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Carey began performing with Don Henley's session and tour bassist Lance Morrison and Pigmy Love Circus guitarist John "Volto" Ziegler, with each of the musicians getting a chance to shine with solos during their fusion-filled sets.
 Over time, the trio decided to see if the project could go beyond playing covers and soon the idea to do an album was born. Carey called in a few friends, with Tool producer Joe Baressi recording the songs live and Carey's Tool bandmate Adam Jones later coming up with some contributions to a Rick Griffin piece for the artwork.
 Those interested can visit the band's website, where you can currently download the group's new song 'Grip It' for free. It's part of Volto!'s nine-track collection called 'Incitare' that's due July 23.


  From Norman Weinberg:
I just found out that I was awarded a grant to host a composition competition for a new work written for CrossTalk (the
University of Arizona Electronic Percussion Group) and UA Steel (our top steel band). Prizes will be $2500 for first, $1000 for second, and $500 for third. More details as things solidify. If you're a composer or know a composer who might be interested, let them know about this. This will be VERY cool!


 Maps for Travelers has been caught in the indie rock wind tunnel lately, with a new label deal, and new album on the way, and a re-designed website. www.mapsfortravelersband.com.


 From 3 Legged Dawgs:
We need your help folks. We need a fan drive. I've seen way less popular bands with ten times the amount of likes than we have on our Facebook So help us boost our numbers by suggesting us to your friends, family, co workers, mommas and papas. Ask them to check us out and Help Us Out by Liking our page. We're up to 200, lets see if we can get 3 Legged Dawgs up to 1000. You the Fans, are Our Biggest supporters and We Love You All for Everything you do for Us!!! We Appreciate You !!! Thanks for All Of Your Support ! - 3LD


 Ann Zimmerman says the recording on her new album of kids songs is all done. Now she just has to get the graphics done. It should be out before summer's over. Title: MEADOWLARK: Songs for the Child in You.


 Tech N9ne has done a 25 minute interview for his fans about So Dope and Something Else. Listen:Click here: LISTEN: 'It's Almost Impossible To Do That Shit!' - Tech N9ne Talks 'So Dope' | Tech N9ne.


 Melissa Etheridge goes Inside the Song on one of her favorites. "Wings on Wheels" was the original title for what Springsteen classic? You'll have to listen to find out. Click here: Wings for Wheels by meradioshow on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds.


 According to Devin Chance, his band Chance Encounter, is alive! The band is rebuilding and will be back on the road soon. New bassist Chip Janda will be rumbling your seats with some punishing low end. Get ready for some new tunes and good times.


 Congratulations to the Leavenworth based, ARC recording label for being included in an article in DownBeat magazine's August 2013 issue: Click here: DownBeat | Digital Edition | August 2013.



June 24, 2013

This obituary appeared in the Wichita EagleRichard Tade, 63, passed away June 10, 2013 surrounded by his two loving daughters. Richard was born October 5, 1949 in Wichita, KS to C. Lee and Violet Tade, who precede him in death. He was an accomplished musician, being inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011 with the band Central Standard Time. He was a successful business man and entrepreneur with a continual vision towards a positive future. Richard had a true zest for life which was evident in his genuine smile and generosity. His love for his family and friends was unmatched. Richard leaves behind his daughters, Tara Taylor Robertson and her husband, Sam, and Jenny Tade Hazen and her husband, Aaron. There was always a special place in Ricky's heart for his grandchildren, Grant Slattery, Abbey and Tade Robertson, and Griffin and Della Hazen. Richard leaves one sister, Morena Dunn, and three nieces and numerous cousins. A visitation will be held Thursday June 13, from 6 until 9 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 U.S. Hwy 54, Wichita, KS 67209, with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice . Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenmortuary-cemetery.com


 Because of health concerns related to his cancer treatments Kerry Strayer was not able to appear with Barissentials last Friday, June 21, at Take 5 in KC. However the band did appear with tenor saxophonist Steve Lambert subbing for Kerry.


 Mike Semrad (upper left), "godfather" of the KMHOF, and a number of other talented musician held the 51st Reunion of the Nebraska band J. Harrison B. & the Bumbles creation at the Gathering in Fremont, NE this past Sunday. The bands were a gas!


 A thief has stolen all the wiring in Paola for the Roots Festival, which is always the weekend before Labor Day! They have to replace it before they can have their Roots Festival, which many of us from KC/Lawrence/Topeka go down & enjoy. Anyone wanting to help by donating $ for new wiring can send it to: Paola Roots Festival, 915 N. Pearl, Paola, KS 66071. Let's support our awesome Paola blues peeps!


 Kansas City Techno, a local crew devoted to electronic music, is celebrating its fourth year in existence Saturday evening on the patio at the Riot Room. The party goes from 10 pm to 3 am and features a rotating cast behind the decks, including Andrew Boie (from Portland, Oregon), Mr. Nuro, Todd Howard, Josh C, Z-Sonic, Uun and more. See kansascitytechno.com for more info.


 Margo May has licensed some songs to the Hyatt Hotel chain. That should improve their elevator music.


 Bonnie Raitt and the band, which includes Mike Finnigan, have been very busy since arriving in the UK! They have played four concerts, one major festival and filmed a television special for BBC4 which will air in the Fall.


 Jazz Winterlude and the JCCC Performing Arts Series invite you to two jazz performances in June: The Tyrone Clark Trio will perform on Monday, June 24 at noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Regnier Center Atrium on campus. On Wednesday, June 26, Gerald Spaits and Charles Perkins will perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in that space. The concerts are free, and Cafe Tempo will offer a free drink to those who purchase an entree (delicious!) between noon and 1:00 p.m. on those days. Join us for some fun!

 There will be an article in the Hays Daily News on Wednesday about the new Fulton Calvery (above left) album Silvertone.


 You have two chances to catch Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats this week. Friday in Liberty at Wild Bill's (formerly Sherlock's) and Saturday afternoon on 18th Street hosting the jam at Danny's Big Easy.


 X-Ray Glasses are playing at Bojo's in Kansas City Saturday. It will be Bob Pemberton's last gig with the band. He is getting too busy with Cheap Thrills and will be moving on.


 From Mike Metheny: A KC Trumpet Summit at The Blue Room with: Stan Kessler, Hermon Mehari & Mike Metheny, featuring: TJ Martley, piano, Gerald Spaits, bass, Brian Steever, drums, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8:30pm - 12:30am.


 From Dana Cooper:
 Hey all you
Alabama songwriters! Grammy Nominee Sally Barris and songwriter extraordinaire Dana Cooper (meself) will give your song a serious listen and critique, give you advice on the art and craft of songwriting and show you how to write a song about anything, anytime, anywhere.
 Just bring a recording of your song or an instrument so you can play it. Also bring song lyrics for us and the class. There will be a small break for lunch so bring a snack or a dish to share.
 Contact Karen Newsum 256-881-1363, 16010 Michelle Drive, Huntsville, AL 35803
 Saturday, June 29th, 2013
 Songwriting Workshop
 Sally Barris & Dana Cooper - 10am to 4pm
 Huntsville AL
 Price: $40
 RSVP to karen.newsum@comcast.net


    From Dennis Fox Higgins:
 I'll provide the live music at Java Joe's in Downtown Albuquerque on Saturday, June 29 from 11:30 to 1:00 (brunch or lunch, you choose). I'm filling in for my friend Seth Hoffman. I'm looking forward to this show. I think I'll "go retro" and play a number of Donovan, PP&M, Ian and Sylvia, Barry McGuire, Sony&Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel tunes. I'll sprinkle few John Stewart songs in as well. Lots to do in 90 minutes. Come early and visit the open market just across Route 66 - spend some $$$ and work up an appetite. I hope to see you there!


 Wichita country band HayWired is currently seeking a drummer. If you are interested in trying out, hit them up or contact Brad Readt on Facebook.
It's appropriate that the new Kansas Hall of Fame is inducting the band
Kansas. Click here: Kansas still rocking after all these years | CJOnline.com


 The Hillbilly Moonshine and Hemp Festival will be Saturday, July 13 at Schommer's in Valley Center. It will feature the band Shyner. For a $10 admission, you get music, food and keg beer. Feel free to take your coolers, lawn chairs, canopy tents. The stage will be by the pool. Gates open at 6 pm. Shyner will play from 7-11.


 The Pedaljets are Paul Malinowski, Rob Morrow, Matt Kesler and Mike Allmayer. Malinowski joined the band in 2009. Morrow joined in 1985. Allmayer and Kesler founded the band in 1984. Click here: Pedaljets stay grounded while keeping the good vibes alive and aloft | Ink; Click here: Talking with the Pedaljets about the new album that may be their best | Interview | The Pitch


 We are pleased to announce the selection of the American Jazz Museum Summer Intern Class of 2013. The American Jazz Museum received resumes and portfolios from over a dozen highly competitive candidates for their 2013 Summer Intern Program.
 Final selections were based upon candidate qualifications for each position and selections were determined based upon the operational needs of the organization. Congratulations American Jazz Museum Summer Intern Class of 2013 - welcome to jazz history and beyond!
 Meet the
American Jazz Museum Summer Intern Class of 2013


 Design Standards / Collateral Intern
 Kristen Ramsdale,
University of Kansas


 Online Media / Journalism Intern
 Demetra Kopulos,
Kansas State University


 Marketing / Events Intern
 Jessica Lopez,
Kansas State University


 See more at: http://americanjazzmuseum.org/summer-intern-class-of-2013/#sthash.KKkR81ZR.dpuf


 From a press release: Alaadeen Enterprises (AEI), the non-profit education organization founded in 1998 by the late Ahmad Alaadeen - jazz musician and educator - plans to re-launch its jazz educational initiative on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (his 79th birthday) at 11 AM at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, where he started his career as a Kansas City jazz musician. The purpose of this event is to highlight AEI, its vision, and plans; to introduce its new Executive Director, Dennis J. Winslett, and to announce its major educational initiatives, including its Bird House Fellowship Program, which will develop a select group of music students through a comprehensive arts and humanities curriculum in workshops scheduled throughout the year, based on the Alaadeen Method of Instruction™… The event is free to the public and is intended to attract local media coverage, to engage the broader jazz and arts community, and to launch a comprehensive strategic plan to revive jazz education in Kansas City. The event will feature tributes from some of Kansas City's most prominent jazz musicians and educators, who were taught and/or influenced by Ahmad Alaadeen, including Kevin Mahogany, Dennis Winslett, Logan Richardson, Bobby Watson, and more. Several of their students, representing three generations of Kansas City jazz musicians, will perform Alaadeen's original compositions….


 Logan Richardson's talent as an actor is displayed in a clip from a new film. Check out Césaire, le prix de la Liberté - YouTube

 Did you know? There is a new open mic night happening in Lawrence. Tyler Gregory will hosting a bluegrass open mic night every Monday from 6 till 9 on the back patio at Papa Keno's Plenty of beer and pizza specials as well.


 The space is a speakeasy that has hosted jazz since politicians gathered here for drinks during Prohibition. The trumpeter is one of KC's young jazz lions, expanding the music's reach with sounds from an earlier generation: hip-hop and Michael Jackson. Hermon Mehari's trumpet — blowing an Ellington standard, a Charlie Parker bebop or a more contemporary tune — breathes fresh, inventive ideas about what jazz can be. Every Tuesday, Mehari's Hermon Mehari Trio builds on KC's jazz tradition in the downstairs club at the Majestic. It's the future and the past, all wrapped up into one show.


 From David Chezem:
 Dinsdale is a
Mission, KS based alternative /indie band and we typically play local to KC and surrounding areas. We are just now getting songs recorded and will have an EP completed soon. We love playing shows with different genres of artists, we've played with blues bands, acoustic songwriters, etc. Our next show is July 26th at Lee's Summit Music in the Park.


 Les Roediger invites you to check out his new Facebook page for the Topeka 70s rock band Limousine.


 Something and the Whatevers consists of members of the recently defunct Panda Circus, who released a new album as their goodbye present to the world. While both bands are in a similar vein, SATW approach things from more of a pop punk angle. They also use a drum machine during live shows, so in the end, it's kind of like Titus Andronicus meets Big Black. Check out the last PC album for a taste...Click here: Panda Circus.


 Lonnie McFadden says he is humbled by the article in the June issue of KC Soul. As he realizes that he is ("not the young hip guy") anymore... Lonnie  cannot articulate how great it feels to be accepted by this generation. http://www.kcsoul.com/twelve. He has a picture on page.3, and the article is on pages. 20-21, and continued on pg. 27. Check it out.:-)


 Strange Music is pleased to announce Tech N9ne's Something Else Canadian Tour 2013 - featuring Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko! Don't miss your chance to experience Tech N9ne's Something Else Canadian Tour 2013 like a VIP! For $99 plus shipping you can roll like a VIP - you'll get complimentary admission with front of line access to the show of your choice, a one-hour Meet & Greet with the artists, a limited edition VIP shirt (XL only), along with other kick-ass merchandise worth over $170! Don't miss your chance to experience the hottest tour to hit Canada - VIP style! Click http://strangevip.com/  to order your Tech N9ne's Something Else Canadian Tour 2013 VIP Package now!
 Tech N9ne collaborates with the Doors on his new album Strange 2013. Click here: Tech N9ne Works With the Doors on 'Strange 2013' - Video | Rolling Stone.


 Melissa Etheridge speaks of Angelina Jolie. Melissa Etheridge calls Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy choice "fearful" - Health - Boston.com


 KEYN Summer Concert Series
The Summer Concert Series is back! Brought to you by Capital Federal, The Waterwalk, and 103.7 KEYN. Concerts are every Friday, July 12-August 16. Here is the lineup! Join us at the Waterwalk at 515 S. Main.
7/12 The Fun Tones
7/19 King Midas
7/26 Big Fat Fun
8/2 Lucky People
8/9 Across The Pond
8/16 The Soul Project


GUITAR CENTER - Overland Park, KS


 Ricky Dean Sinatra - The Documentary and Live Show at the Jazzhaus of Lawrence featuring a film by Chris Snipes at 7:30 pm, followed by a live band performance until 9:30. $5 at the door. Special guests to be announced.



June 10, 2013

 Former Serfs Kenny Bloomquist, Tom Salisbury and Bob Schneider had hoped to surprise Mike Finnigan during the Phantom Blues Band's stop in Wichita last month, but the weather would not cooperate, making air travel impossible.


 On Friday, May 17, the Metheny Music Foundation awarded its annual music camp and summer studies scholarships at Lee's Summit City Hall. Lee's Summit, MO is the hometown of 20-time Grammy winner and KMHOF inductee Pat Metheny and his brother Mike, who is the Foundation's chairman.
 Metheny Music Foundation awards are given to qualifying Lee's Summit students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, "and any other area of music where the student shows passion and potential," said Mike Metheny. "And if possible we try to let the recipients pick which summer session they would like to attend." Since 2007 the Foundation has helped more than 20 students attend selected camps throughout the
Midwest and as far away as Texas, Michigan and Boston.
 "2013 is also the first year we have awarded a college scholarship," said Mike Metheny. "That has always been one of our goals."
 Metheny Foundation scholarship recipients for 2013 are: Angela Holmes (cello), Justin Nitz (trumpet, French horn), Tanner Qualls (voice, multi-instrumentalist), Trevor Todd (voice), and Lindsey Wendleton (alto saxophone). Patrick Graham (voice) was presented with the 2013 William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight Award, the Foundation's first college scholarship, at the Lee's Summit Symphony Family Pops concert in March.
 As part of the Family Pops Concert by the
Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra in March,  the Metheny Music Foundation's first ever college scholarship was presented by board chairman Mike Metheny to vocalist Patrick Graham. Graham is a senior at Lee's Summit North High School and plans to be a college music major this fall.
 2013 also marks the seventh year the Metheny Music Foundation will award summer studies scholarships to
Lee's Summit music students. Those winners will be announced in May.


Fans of melodic rock who aren't automatically predisposed to shun a Kansas City-based band featuring a vocalist who sings with a slight British accent may have been galvanized by Waiting for Signal's (above) latest recording. The release of Mayday, the band's new six-song EP, wsd celebrated last Friday at the Riot Room. The shimmering songs on Mayday recall the heavy side of Depeche Mode and the danceable hits of Franz Ferdinand. Waiting for Signal's record release party also included Kansas City's pop-rock masters Sons of Great Dane and Heroes & Villains. Roman Ships, a metal-tinged trio from South Dakota, opened the show.


 Friday was Tammy West's CD release party for A Girl Like Me at Monterey Court in Tucson with Sabra on bass, Gary Mackender on drums and accordion, Mitzi Cowell on guitars and mandolin. Opening intimate set by Sabra, closing danceable set by Mitzi. Tammy's music can best describe it as Lucinda's songwriting sense, Cowboy Junkies atmosphere, sung by the sexiest voice in town.


 Clint Ashlock reports that his gig at Take Five Coffee + Bar this past Saturday, June 8, featured a new project called Forward. The band includes Ashlock, Ryan Lee, Michael Shults, Andrew Ouellette and Karl McComas-Reichl doing all original stuff.


 Samantha Fish played Old Shawnee Days this past Saturday. Samantha Fish went to Bluejacket Flint, Hocker Grove, and graduated from Shawnee North in 2007. She and her family  used to be able to hear the shows from their house on Bond Street. She took up drums and guitar in her late teens and since then she has toured all over the world releasing three albums, one of which won her the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Debut Artist.


 The Latenight Callers performed Saturday night at the RecordBar in KC. The show was a release party for the band's new recording, Songs for Stolen Moments. Also on the bill: Thick & the Foolish and In Back of a Black Car. Click here: On 'Songs for Stolen Moments,' Latenight Callers evolve by rewriting the past | Ink.


 Yesterday (Sunday) at BB's Lawnside BBQ, Mama Ray held a band reunion jam. It was part of a high school class's reunion celebration.


 Pat Pearce is inviting you to Knuckleheads Saloon in KC to hear and dance to some really good r&b featuring Garry Mac's band, Atlantic Express, named w/respect for the record label, w/Pat playing keys. It's always an invigorating time and fun place. It'll be June 14. Check w/816-483-1456, the week of the performance for starting time. ( 8:00 - 8:30 - 9:00 ) The band  plays almost all private gigs, so check out this chance to catch them in public.


 The 2013 edition of the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival includes Matt Otto, Stan Kessler with Kathleen Holeman, the Doug Talley Quartet and the Wild Men of Kansas City. The free event takes place June 14-15 at Coleman Hawkins Park in St. Joseph, Missouri. Click here: On Stage


 The Parkville Community Development Corporation and all the volunteers of the Jazz/Blues and Fine Arts River Jam planning committee proudly announce the 18th annual Jazz/Blues and Fine Arts River Jam on June 14th and 15th at English landing Park in Parkville, MO. In part due to continued support of Sponsors and our dedicated volunteers this is the longest running Jazz/Blues festival in the Kansas City area.
 Nine national, regionally and locally acclaimed Blues and Jazz bands will perform at this year's event. Our line-up features Knock Kneed Sally, Scottyboy Daniel's Blues Band, Lee McBee & the Confessor's, Everette DeVan, Lonesome Hank & the Heartaches, "200 Proof" W/Big John Amaro, Book of Gaia, and the Bel Airs.


 An amazing event is about to take place for an amazing little girl Sarah Darby of Arkansas City. Sarah Darby, 12, is a fifth-grader at Roosevelt Elementary School. She was moved to a facility in Lincoln, NE, to begin rehabilitation for injuries related to a playground accident. She landed on her chin and crushed a vertebra after loosing her grip and falling from the monkey bars during recess on May 13. She can move her arms, but not her fingers, and has little to no feeling below her diaphragm, her mother, Jennifer Darby, said recently. Doctors and therapists at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln are developing a rehabilitation plan for Sarah. They tentatively predict she can be released home July 30. Doctors have not given the family a specific prognosis.
 On Jun 15th @ Wilson Park from
5-11pm in Ark City, there will be a fundraiser to help the family with expenses on the long journey ahead of them. There will be a Cookout, Silent Auction, live music and much much more. The Amazing People in Ark City and surrounding areas are helping make this a hit. Mark your calendars for Smiles for Sarah Benefit.
 It starts at
5 PM with a Hot Dog Feed (so come hungry). There will be a bounce house, Dunk Tank to dunk a Cop or Firefighter, face-painting, vendors throughout the park (the fund for Sarah receives a portion of their sales); LIVE MUSIC until 11 PM (country music - numerous entertainers). The live Auction is going to be awesome - Ark City's own Gary Potter will be the auctioneer and there are lots of great items to be auctioned off - watch for the list coming soon!
 Three pieces of furniture will be auctioned off. Other items include a bass guitar, an LTD Electric guitar (both signed by musicians), Aaron Lewis concert tickets, Photo packages, Radio advertising, storage shed, massages, Motel room, Laser quest, Meals at Old Chicago, Longhorns, Cheddars, Zumba workouts, Greenhouse items, TWO FULL SETS of tickets to Country Stampede and LOTS MORE!
 It looks like Steve Headley has some great entertainment lined up for the June 15th event at Wilson Park for Sarah. Mother Kelly and Nori Hendrix and the Sirens of South Central.


 Smoke & Mirrors is the debut EP from Red Velvet Crush, fronted by young veteran musician Jillian Riscoe. The album was produced by Dave Percefull (Green Day, David Cook) at yellow DOG Studios. These four tracks give us an idea of the dancey but heavy-hitting appeal of a young band that fires from all corners of its material.
 The band will have a special release party for Smoke & Mirrors at Czar on Saturday, June 15 at
6:00. The show is all ages and $5 presale or $10 at the door.


 Mark Lowrey has three very unique and one time only shows coming up to take note of:
June 22 - "Freestlye" at the Kill Devil, his first hiphop/jazz collaboration since last fall.
June 29 - Latin Jazz with Pablo Sanhueza and Pat Conway at Take 5 in Leawood.
June 30 - Sonic Spectrum Series tribute to the Rolling Stones with the Cody Wyoming Band at the RecordBar..




 Phil Neal is now available for house concerts. An intimate 2 hour acoustic performance! Price ranges from $250.00 - $500.00 depending upon the size of the audience. Call Phil for bookings @ 816-206-7336.


 Any of you going to the T-Bones game on 6/21, Sporting Kansas City's game on 6/29 or The Royals game on 7/21? If so, go early and see the School of Rock House Band blow your mind before the games! Sporting KC's game is sold out, 19,000 including standing room baby!!!


 OK fans of Moreland & Arbuckle-- click the Amazon link to preorder the new record, 7 Cities. It's not officially out until July 30 in the USA. Secure your copy now. Fans in Europe have been able to buy the record for a few weeks now. Click here: Amazon.com: 7 Cities: Moreland & Arbuckle: Music;
Click here: Exclusive Video Premiere: Moreland & Arbuckle — "Tall Boogie" | Guitar World


 The Murphrees are releasing an EP of Michael Jared Murphree's CD...which means six songs CD is now out for people to buy....$10.00 per EP...the $$$ goes to fund studio time for the final songs for the CD...and to support the artist! Featured on the EP are: "Maybe" "We All Fall Down" "Heroes" "City" "Kingdom Under Fire" and "Blue Giants" Let Kim Murphree know via Facebook if you are interested!


 Hear the story of 4x Grammy Award winner, multiple Dove award winner, and 10x Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, & producer John Elefante. Former lead singer of the band Kansas, John went on to produce more than 100 major label albums, including the band Petra. He has just released a new solo CD. Hear all about John's personal journey, including his metamorphosis that led to a new awakening in his life. http://www.johnelefante.com/
John Elefante
 Friends. this was a really fun interview I did about a week ago. Check it out. Thanks, John Click here: Singer, Songwriter, Producer John Elefante | The Mulberry Lane Show by
Mulberry Lane on SoundCloud - Hear the worl


From Royal Scanlon:
 "Good God Gurdy we're gonna do it again! Yes -- we had such a good time at the Record Bar the last time around that we've decided to reprise the experience on Saturday, June 29th from
7 to 9 PM. To all of you that came down on the 17th, we hope you'll have a chance to join us again, feel free to bring some friends. :-) And, to those of you that have not had a chance to hear this newly resuscitated version of The MO Woody Boys, I sincerely believe that you will enjoy yourselves if you do. So come on down to the Record Bar on the 29th and help us make it an evening to remember.
 Please feel free to share this poster and - remember - The Price Is Right, No Cover! No Minimum! The Record Bar,
1020 Westport Road."


  If you haven't heard of The Jinxed, you're probably in good company; but you should recognize most of the names. This local supergroup of sorts has emerged with a digital 7" released by Sharp County Records. The group—who also plays together in local cover band The Magnetics—includes lead vocalist and guitarist Bobby Topaz (Bad Wheels), and Antennas Up members Jon Ulasien (piano/synth, drums, bass, guitar, backing vocals) and Bo McCall (guitar). Ulasien recorded and produced the record, and Lennon Bone (Ha Ha Tonka) provides trumpet on the title track.
 And from this track alone, there's plenty of reason to give this group some well-deserved buzz. "The Loon" is a driving pop-rock ditty drenched in a feel-good '70s glam sensibility. Penned by Ulasien, the track has the infectious pop intensity of an Antennas Up song. McCall's squealing guitar brings a psych element to the music, and Topaz adds the cherry on top with his charismatic vocals that strut seamlessly across the aural landscape. Let's keep our fingers crossed for future recordings from these guys.


 19 years ago Duke Tufty and Tim Whitmer created the Spirituality and All That Jazz series on the first Wednesday of each Moth at the Unity Temple in Kansas City.


 Deb Kummer says that preliminary pathology has found malignant cells likely reccurence of melanoma). Deb & Kent Kummer met with her oncologist last Thursday. She's confirmed with melanoma, and it's likely inoperable because of the location. Indications are that it's not as bad as it could be; meaning - they don't see it anywhere else right now, though the doctor wants a pic of her brain by MRI today (Monday) to be certain.
 Deb and her doctor both have consultations with other doctors and the surgeon penining to be sure they have all of the info they need in order to decide on which treatment(s) to start. It will be a couple of weeks before they can decide.


? Singer/songwriters Doby Watson and Margo May (above) have teamed up to record Watson & May, a 7-track album that has been released digitally. Tapes will be available at shows. May's dreamy vocals coupled with Watson's heavy-hearted, mature voice add critical textures to the sparse tone of the instrumentation. Watson & May was produced and engineered by Lennon Bone.
 Watson and May are in the middle of a week-long Midwestern tour
Minneapolis. On Tuesday, June 10 they will perform at The Peppermint Forest in Columbia, MO


 Smoke & Mirrors is the debut EP from Red Velvet Crush, fronted by young veteran musician Jillian Riscoe. The album was produced by Dave Percefull (Green Day, David Cook) at yellow DOG Studios. These four tracks give us an idea of the dancey but heavy-hitting appeal of a young band that fires from all corners of its material.
 The band will have a special release party for Smoke & Mirrors at KC's Czar on Saturday, June 15 at
6:00. The show is all ages and $5 presale or $10 at the door


 The Ellis County Fair Board has announced the entertainment for this year. On the Eagle Communications Midway Stage:
Tuesday, July 16 - Trip Fire
Wednesday, July 17 - Karaoke Contest with cash prizes!
Thursday, July 18 - Tim Anthony and the Anamals
Friday, July 19 - Sly Ridge
Saturday, July 20 - Paramount
These concerts are FREE!


 The Acoustics Anonymous Sunday Jam in Wichita will now be held from 2-5 pm at Mick's Bar & Grill, at the corner of Lincoln and Washington, starting yesterday. Bring your instrument and come join the fun, music and good vibes!


 We're a little more than a month out from the Lawrence Field Day Festival, with three nights of solid local bands. Click here: Lawrence Field Day Fest 2013


 Phil Ehart of KANSAS and Rich Engler from "Rich Engler Presents" provide an update on the KANSAS 40th Anniversary Fan Appreciation Concert taking place on August 17, 2013 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA  Click here: KANSAS 40th Anniversary Fan Appreciation Concert Update - YouTube; Click here: KANSAS: Celebrating a 40-year milestone - New York rock music | Examiner.com. 
 There's a great story by Tim Finn in the Preview Section of The Kansas City Star about Making Movies and how they've developed a program that gives inner-...city kids high-quality music instruction. it's called MUSICA, which stands for Musicians United by Social Influence and Cultural Awareness, it takes place at the
Mattie Rhodes Center. Mark Lowrey is also part of the program and it kicks off on Monday, June 14. it's a good read, have a look. and to the fellas involved, nice work. Click here: Making Movies, Parranderos Latin Combo (PLC) & Trio Aztlan @ Knuckleheads


 Brock Chart, a 2009 graduate of Salina Central High School, is now a senior at the University of Kansas pursuing a degree in music composition. Although he's written all types of music, including choral tunes, Chart said his first love is jazz. As it turns out, some music professionals also love his jazz compositions. An original jazz piece written last year by Chart for a KU Christmas concert recently received a prestigious national award from DownBeat magazine, the nation's leading jazz music publication. Click here: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal.


  Mike Finnigan arrived in London over the weekend to begin a 52 date European tour with Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie has been booked to play the Midland in KCMO in October!


 American Jazz Museum Jazz Storytelling:
 Providing free educational access to over 3,000 children in Kansas City annually, Jazz Storytelling featuring vocalist Lisa Henry, storyteller Brother John, bassist Tyrone Clark, and drummer Mike Warren meets educational standards, introduces children to new music & cultures, and provides opportunities to enhance their social skills in a safe environment.
 Sponsor Information: M magazine is the official magazine sponsor of Jazz Storytelling. M magazine offers advice and resources to help savvy
Kansas City moms and their families thrive. It features an up-to-the-minute mix of trends, health tips, parenting challenges (with solutions!), things to do, decorating ideas, travel, and entertainment for all metro mothers.
 Jazz Storytelling Dates and Times:
10:00 AM | FREE


 From Todd Newman:
 "I got a nice write up here at work, which made coming back to work after most of the week off much smoother: "The International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection has awarded Todd Newman with its 2012 Security Officer of the Year award for his life-saving efforts with a museum guest on September 18, 2012! This prestigious award recognizes outstanding officer contributions to the cultural property protection profession, above and beyond the normal call of duty. Congratulations to Todd for his incredible courage, speed, kindness, and humanity."
Topeka musician Newman is the Day Captain of Security at Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minnesota.


 ? KKFI's Barry Lee says that those who missed the Beatles Tribute (above) fundraiser and those who want to see it again will get their chance because there will be another evening with the music of the Beatles at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Friday, July 19. The Dead Girls won't be able to be a part of this one, but there will be a surprise in store. more details to come.




 The Krazy Kats have their website back up and running, so that's the best way to check in on the band's activities or to contact them: www.krazykats.net. www.krazykats.00band.com  will also work.


 Are you prepared for Something Else? The newest album from Tech N9ne hits stores 7/30, but here's your chance to preorder the most anticipated album of Tech's career. Something Else is the album that's poised to launch Tech into a whole other level and you can be a part of history.
 There are 3 versions available for preorder - all versions include a limited edition Something Else t-shirt (XL only), a Strange Music sticker, a copy the Strange Music 2013 sampler and, for the first time ever 2 free download tracks - 1 unreleased track you can't get anywhere else and 1 full advance track from the album!!
 The 3 versions of Something Else that you can preorder are:
  · the standard CD version contains 17 amazing tracks
  · the "All Access" deluxe CD version - comes with an autographed collectible       laminate, a behind the scenes DVD and 3 additional tracks
  · the deluxe vinyl version contains the 20 tracks found on the deluxe CD version
    on 2 LPs
 You'll need to choose wisely - so pick which CD version you want and, for all you DJ's and vinyl collectors, cop the vinyl version as well! With genre-busting features like Serj Tankian, CeeLo Green, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T, along with one that nobody would ever expect, as well as tracks like "Dwamn", "Fortune Force Field" and "So Dope", this is the album that will have you listening over and over again. Preorder Something Else today and you'll receive a limited edition Something Else t-shirt (XL only), a Strange Music sticker and 2 download tracks, along with your copy of Something Else.
 Preorders of ONLY the "All Access" deluxe CD version will be personally autographed by Tech N9ne!
 Don't miss your chance,click here or head on over to www.strangemusicinc.net and preorder your copy today!


 From Rick Baacus (left): "Many thanks to all who made it out for the debut of "Journeyman" Ron Still, Jimmy Gallagher, John Anderson, Steve Davis and I had an absolute blast during our 55 minute set. We could not do this without you, and you all know who you are out there... I also want to thank Randy Miller for being himself and his uncanny ability of always being one step ahead of me in a good way... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! See you at the amphitheater in Kearney, Mo 6/22!"


 After critically acclaimed commercial releases on label homes, fan favorite independent releases on his own Lotos Nile Music imrint, song placement on numerous, thirty plus years of celebrated live performing and songs covered by artists as diverse as Allison Krause, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Blackhawk, Jerry Douglas and Dierks Bently, Jeff Black continues to solidify his reputation as a creative force in the roots genre with his ninth album. Continuing to evolve as a writer, performer and recording artist, Blasck has never before expressed so much of the crative process on his own terms, deepening his work and leaving the listener with some of Black's most fully formed and resonant music of his career.
 Catch "An Evening with Jeff Black" at the
Corbin Theatre in Liberty, MO, July 2.


 For the fourth year in a row, the Topeka Blues Society will present a stellar line-up of internationally-renowned artists at its Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival at Lake Shawnee, Reynolds Lodge, 3315 SW Tinman Circle in Topeka on Thursday, July 4th. There is no admission charge for the festival, which will start at noon and present continuous music between two stages until 9 pm. The traditional fireworks spectacular will occur after dark.
 On the "alternate" stage,
Kansas artists - all local favorites - will play the blues. The Josh Vowell Band has represented both the Topeka and Wichita Blues Societies at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The Kentucky Gentlemen, comprised of Aaron Underwood and Mitch King, is a traditional blues duo who represented the Wichita Blues Society in the solo/duo division of IBC this year. The four-piece Back Porch Blues Band from Topeka has been playing gigs in eastern Kansas and the Kansas City area for over a decade.
 Big INSTEP news - INSTEP, in multiple configuration of players, will have 14 performances at the Kansas State Fair. The two consistent faces will be David and Steve for all shows. Ted and Tori will rotate in as schedules permit with other musicians stepping in to help out! Can't wait until September.


Click here: Review: Hidden Pictures - "Sister Wife" EP | I Heart Local Music



June 3, 2013

 Kansas City pianist Dan de Luca died May 25. No services have been scheduled.


 Topeka drummer Glen Ortiz has passed away May 27. Glen will be missed. He was a very warm and hard working musician, who moved to Topeka from Garden City, where he played with the Ortiz Brothers. They have played for the Sweetheart Dance in Topeka. Click here: Glen Ortiz Sr. Obituary: View Glen Ortiz's Obituary by Topeka Capital-Journal.


 We've received word that former Soul Express and Central Standard Time organist Rich Tade is very ill or possibly dying. His former bandmates are awaiting word. Rich was a plumber in Wichita for a long time. He moved to Memphis several years ago. In 2010 Tade was interviewed by The Wichita Eagle about his plumbing business. Click here: Five questions with Richard Tade | Wichita Eagle.


From Cliff Eveland:
 "I saw my cancer specialist this morning and I got some much needed news, some good and some, not so much. It seems I have stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma. It is very common, fairly slow growing, and treatable. My chances of survival are 80-90%. My choices of treatment are robotic surgery followed by radiation, or radiation followed by chemotherapy. In either case, the quality of my life for the next few months will be poor, without treatment life will probably not be an option.. The cancer has spread to lymph nodes in my neck, hence the stage 4 rating. It will probably be several weeks before I can get started, but I'm anxious to be rid of this crap."


 Deb Kummer of Eudora's Listen Mister (below) and her husband Kent went to a follow-up appointment with her doctor last week. In the words of her oncologist at the Olathe Medical Center, "A biopsy is necessary and more scans, but I'll be very surprised is this turns out to be anything other than a recurrence of melanoma, and it is probably inoperable."
 ?This was very shocking news and certainly not what Deb expected. She says she doesn't feel bad at all, but she has a new 3 cm. Nodule and several enlarged lymph nodes in her chest. While she doesn't understand the anatomy completely, the nodule is under/around where the trachea branches off into each lung. The nodule and the lymph nodes involved will be biopsied, and Deb will have to get a more detailed can (PET), plus the doctor has ordered another MRI of her brain because of some subtle symptoms she's had over the past year. We certainly wish her well.



 KC guitarist Bill Dye underwent surgery on Saturday afternoon to remove a "mass" from his right lung. He's still in intensive care. He's expected to be in the hospital through the end of the week.


 For you Mike Finnigan (left) fans. This is what he sounded like Saturday  night, 6.1.13 with the Phantom Blues Band at the Wichita River Fest.
Got to hang Saturday night with Mike Finnigan, Johnny Lee Schell, Larry Fulcher, Tony Braunagel, Joe Sub...


 Saturday was a great day for practice at the Dawg House in Chanute. The 3 Legged Dawgs' original drummer is filling in for Stave Datson for the Riders Ford Bike Rally/Music Festival June 15 in Lenapah, OK. If you're wondering who the original drummer is, it's Tyson (Tink) Kaufman who happens to be the drummer for Subject to Change. The Dawgs are excited to have him come aboard for this special event.


 The end is drawing near for Black Lodge Recording in Eudora. It was sold in April and will close on June 11.


 Not A Planet, Beautiful Bodies and several other bands are playing a benefit concert tonight (Monday) in the Kansas City Power & Light District for Oklahoma tornado victims. Are you going? Click here: A bunch of local bands are playing a benefit show for Oklahoma tornado victims next Monday | The Fast Pitch.


 See the Wichita Blues Society at the Wichita River Festival Block Party on Wednesday June 5!!! The Wichita Blues Society is sponsoring a stage where our Blues Challenge winners Kentucky Gentlemen will play at 6 pm and Kool Kat Daddy will play at 8 pm. The Block Party will be held in the WaterWalk Pavillion area south of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. River Festival Button is required.


 KMHOF inductee Greg (Gucker) Hartline will be performing some dates at the Tropicana in Las Vegas this month. He has booked June 8,15 & 16 with Lisa Smith. According to Greg, she's a great singer. He's mostly playing jazz standards to back her up. It's being billed as the Lisa Smith Greg Hartling Acoustic Jazz Duo. They'll play fro 5:00 to 8:30 pm. Greg would love to see some Kansas at the shows.
 Greg recently had his second heart attack. He's doing well, but has had to change his died considerably, trading sprouts for the nachos he used to enjoy.


  The Melissa Etheridge Information Network, run by Fan Asylum, has been providing fans with a fan community, opportunities to purchase great tickets, travel packages, merchandise, a message board, and many other great fan perks for the past 20 years. To help commemorate 20 years of great service to the fans, the Eco-Friendly Street Team interviewed Fan Asylum's President, Tim McQuaid. http://ecofriendlystreetteam.blogspot.com/2013/05/interview-with-melissa-etheridge.html.
 Melissa recently received an award at the Gracies. Click here: Melissa Etheridge Forum • View topic -
May 21, 2013 - The Gracies


 A two-day festival of alternative, pop and rap music at Kansas Speedway scheduled for late June has been called off. Organizers of Kanrocksas announced the cancellation last Tuesday, citing low ticket sales. The festival was scheduled to open June 28 with a lineup that included Fun., Passion Pit, She and Him, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons.
 The cancellation was announced jointly by Midwest Music Festivals and Kansas Speedway. A message on the Kanrocksas website says there are no plans to reschedule the event. This year's festival would have been the second Kanrocksas. The first was held in August 2011, also at the NASCAR track in
Kansas City, Kan., and attracted more than 30,000 fans with such acts as Eminem, Kid Cudi and the Flaming Lips.




 Bassist and KMHOF inductee Stan Sheldon is on tour this summer with Peter Frampton (above) Joining them onstage in Nashville the first night, May 28, were Steve Cropper and Vince Gill. They expect many more special guests to join them at future stops on the tour. BB King will be on most of the tour. Others include Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Lukather, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.


 "Rough Times" is the first single off of Kansas City band The Clementines' debut feature length album release. The album was released Saturday, June 1, at their album release show at The Brick in KC. The Clementines are Nicole, Tim, Stephanie, and Travis. Hear and see more at www.facebook.com/theclementinesmusic; Click here: From an online ad to a four-piece band, the Clementines have blossomed - KansasCity.com.


 Check out the Zaireeka listening party at Vinyl Renaissance & Audio in Overland Park on Thursday, June 6 at 6 pm. This is a rare opportunity for you to hear the Flaming Lips' four-disc Zaireeka in its entirety as it was meant to be played. All four discs simultaneously. The Lips wrote Zaireeka as an experiment in recorded sound. They intended all four discs in the set to be played at once. Originally released on CD in 1997, it was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day. To properly present the performance, it requires fours sets of turntables, amplifiers and speakers. In four different locations around the store. As you move through the store you will be enveloped by sound scapes that change constantly. Refreshments and strategically placed chairs will be provided. They will also hold a drawing for one luck person to win the copy being played to experiment with at home. Stop by to hear this elusive, experimental and excellent performance.


 Five of Wichita's biggest Rush fans, known as Syrinx since getting together in 2012, have decided to change the band's name to Insufficient Tact. They think the new name is more reflective of the band's personality. Members are Mike Goodwyn, lead vocals; Dee, lead guitar; Rick Shirley, bass guitar and background vocals; Vern Duncan, drums and background vocals; Matt Davidson, keys.


 Connie Hawkins & Blueswreckers have lost one of the best blues bassists in Kansas City…Evin Moore has taken a new job that won't allow him enough time to play with the band. That means a replacement is needed. If you're interested and have the chops required, go to the band's website and hear some of what they do. If you like what you hear and want to discuss an audition, contact Steve Hawkins via Facebook.
 In other news from the band: "We're happy to announce that our original song "Some Things Have Got To Change" has been picked for airplay the week of June 9th through the 15th on the syndicated Blues radio show "Blues Deluxe" (Bluesdeluxe.com)... they have 102 affiliates worldwide with an audience of just under 2 million listeners.... we're the only "unsigned" artist on the program.…" Click here: Connie Hawkins and the BluesWreckers | conniehawkinsandtheblueswreckers.com | Home


 Join Girls with Guitars at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City Saturday, June 15, at 7 pm. It'll be a night of Acoustic Vibrations with four awesome women performers.
 ?Jen Foster from
Nashville is know for her song "Closer to Nowhere" from MTV's The Hills. She'll be ;joined by KC favorite Kristie Stremel with her song filled with lusty invitations to "Be a Fine Girl." Also on stage will be Corday whose hit song "Undone" is featured in the lesbian romance Elana Undone. Rounding out the group will be the lyric driven Summer Osborne who won the RightOut TV awar for Best Jazz Song for 2012' "Be Still."
 Kristie Stremel was on KKFI's WomanSong on Saturday to discuss the show and her new album. Visit the website www.dycoproductions.com for more information.


 Saturday, June 22, at 8 pm you can celebrate another year of making things happen in the Kansas City music community. If you are a musician, a venue owner, a promoter, or a fan, Chris Haghirian of Ink has made your life better. Show up at the RecordBar and shake his hand. Wish Chris a happy birthday and listen to some music by Knife Crime, the Capsules, Heartfelt Anarchy and Cadillac Flambe. Admission is only $10.


 Gerald Trimble's Celtic and World music sessions presents:
The Roots of Jazz: the Celtic and Baroque Connection
Saturday, June 29 8pm
All Saints Episcopal Church 9201 Wornall KCMO
Gerald Trimble plays original 17th & 18th century violas da gamba with the Boyes of Bedlam - David Agee, Bill Banks, Eddie Edwards, Serdar Tuncten
Special Guest: Rebecca Bell, harpsichord
Featuring a special appearance by Jazz Singer: David Basse
Tickets $12, $10 in advance at Aquarius/Vulcan's Forge
3936 Broadway KCMO 816 931 6303


 The Lisa Engelken Quartet returns to Dazzle Jazz in Denver for two shows Saturday, June 29. Tune in Denver Jazz Radio KUVO-FM (89.3) on Friday, June 28 at 1:20 pm. Lisa will chat withArturo Gomez about the Denver concerts and debut new tracks from Little Warrior.

 Jerry Dowell will be playing solo at the Threshing Days Celebration in Fowler, KS on Saturday, July 20.


 Great news~ The Slow Ride Roadhouse in Lawrence is renovating. They are tearing down walls and pouring cement. This is going to be great for the patio. It is so full and the bands take up much needed room. So expansion here we come! The Slow Ride is known for its live music. It's one of the few places that still book live music every weekend without ever charging customers a cover charge.


 For those of you unaware, get your fix of the band Kansas chat, history and excellent discussions here: Click here: Kansas Forum • Index page


 Did you know Kansas City has documented 350 and counting professional guitarists. Here is a YouTube playlist featuring some of them


 Pastense, The Wrights and Kenny Smith played at Mulvane art fair. Click here: Local acts to perform music to buy art by | CJOnline.com.


 Fulton Calvery has set up a new website to put all of his music content. He has lots of pictures, a blog, a free song, and he will add more pics and goodies as time permits. Fulton's new album Silvertonew will be released July 1. Check it out at www.fultoncalvery.com.


 KMHOF inductee Max Carl has started an official website. You can find it at www.maxcarl.net.


 Tommy Stephenson's interview in Hush Magazine....the Deep Purple Fan Magazine.....Interview by Trace Keane...Click here: Tommy Bolin Archives.


 For somebody once described by a concertgoer as Lawrence's Bruce Springsteen (a reputation he takes with wry bemusement), Til Willis has learned to make the most out of a little, applying a practical and forward-thinking approach to songcraft, performance and recording. This has led to numerous shows throughout the region, a bevy of solo releases, and a fruitful relationship with his current band, Erratic Cowboy. Click here: After only a year together, Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy releases second album | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.



Hidden Pictures is releasing a three song EP this week. Digital copies only, nothing physical.


 Erik Voeks, former bassist In Hidden Pictures has a new EP called Finulu out.



May 27, 2013

 Sad news always hurts no matter when it comes. We've just learned that Ken Kramer (above) of Eric & the Norsemen passed away January 25 of this year. He and Charmaine had settled in Waterloo, IA. Kenny was a 2006 KMHOF inductee.


 Lawrence's Pale Hearts played at a release party for their first album on Friday evening at Frank's North Star Tavern. Click here: Pale Hearts' first album runs gamut of emotions | Lawrence.com.


 Breathing Death, a Topeka metal band, played Friday night at The Boobie Trap Bar.


 Sunday at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC somebody took, maybe by mistake, Paul Wilks' sunburst telecaster and left behind another gig bag with a guitar of lesser value. If you were jamming at Knucks yesterday, please check your gig bags.
 Speaking of Knuckleheads, don't miss your chance to see the Terry Quiett Band this Thursday night. Showtime is
8 pm. Tickets are $10. Click here: Knuckleheads Saloon Tickets


 The Topeka Jazz Festival Band played Sunday at Gage Park. It was the first of its three summer concerts. Click here: Big band sounds from Basie to Chicago to fill Gage Park | CJOnline.com.


David Hudnall interviewed DJ Ray Velasquez (above) prior to his recent return to the area for two gigs. Click here: Nineties KC-Lawrence club fixture DJ Ray Velasquez returns home for a few shows | Interview | The Pitch.


  Saturday night's performance by the Jazz Disciples at the Blue Room in Kansas City was opened by Book of Gaia, a sharp ensemble featuring three of KC's finest jazz singers: Angela Hagenback, Pamela Baskin-Watson and Nedra Dixon. The trio practices classic and pop tunes with wickedly intricate vocal harmonizing, layered with an attitude of let's have some fun.


 Thursday from 8-10 pm on KKFI's Local Showcase, a sneak preview of Saturday's evening with the music of the Beatles featuring members of the show playing live and talking about the upcoming event. Band members Alan Wellman, Pat Tomek, Dan Mesh, Paul Lemon & Darrell Lea will play live along with vocalists Joey Skidmore, Steve Wilson and Elaine McMilian. There will also be some acoustic music in the first hour from Johnn Ricker, Dan Mesh, Elaine McMilian and Darrell Lea.


 A recently completed opera project offered further evidence that the Black House Collective is one of Kansas City's most multifarious ensembles. Four musicians affiliated with the collective- saxophonist Hunter Long, guitarist Jeff Stocks, bassist Andrew Stinson and drummer Matt Leifer- returned to their foundation in forward-thinking jazz on Saturday at Take Five Coffee + Bar.


 Kansas City native Burt Bacharach turned 85 this month and referenced Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie and Teddy Wilson in an interview published by The Pitch. Click here: Burt Bacharach looks back — but keeps going | Pages | The Pitch


 From Aaron Thomas: "Greetings! We have been long time posters and supporters of the music happenings in KC. The Old No. 5s (Brock Alexander, Derek Tucker, and myself) are inches away from a milestone in our music journey. The completion of our original album "SOURMASH" set to release on June 7. We need some love and support in our final stages of this process. We have launched a kickstarter to help us cover a few final expenses. Please check out the video and rewards for your contributions. That being said, we have never done a kickstarter before. Please message me with any advice, changes, or comments that might help to better our mission. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5957337/the-old-no-5s-album-booster.


 Robin Roberts & Billie Preston are playing at the I.C. Music Room in downtown Towanda on Saturday, June 15 at 7 pm. Cost is $7 at the door, which opens at 6. Robin and Billie are in the planning stages of a new CD which will feature new material including "Bury in that Bazaar Cemetery"..."I Feel So Alone Again"...and "You Take My Pain Away". They hope to complete and release it in 2013. http://www.reverbnation.com/robinrobertsbilliepreston
  Are you ready for some new music? To start the summer off rockin', Fulton Calvery is giving away a free download of the song "L-O-V-E" (featuring Dave & Kristi Gray). Just visit
Fulton's new website www.fultoncalverymusic.com and go to the "Music" tab to listen and download the entire song. Calvery's album Silvertone will be released July 1.


 KJAG is looking for musicians regardless of musical style to perform August 3 in downtown Hutchinson from 10 am to 10 pm on two stages. Email Jiggy Jaguar at  kjagradio@gmail.com and get the ball rolling on providing family events for great civic causes.


 T-Birds Sports Bar & Grill in Wichita is booking bands for Friday and Saturday nights. Any band looking for a place to play, call Wednesday thru Saturday 4 pm to 2 am and talk to Kristy for info. The number is 316-522-1103.


 Do you have your copy of The Healers Live At Knuckleheads CD+DVD yet? Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Samantha Fish, Danielle Schnebelen, Kris Schnebelen and Kate Moss. Proceeds help Blue Star Connection give musical instruments to medically fragile kids who can benefit from music therapy...good, good stuff. Click here: Blue Star Connection | Giving the Gift of Music


 Alice Sweet Alice will be trying out their new setlist and will be kicking off the Ribbons & Stone tour on Sunday, June 9 at Aftershock in Merriam. Also on the bill are Dead Man's Hand, Years Past and Hurt. The tour will hit parts of the northern Midwest including towns such as Des Moines, Chicago, Ann Arbor, etc.


May 13, 2013

Martina McBride sang the National Anthem at the 2013 Kentucky Derby.


Gary Winston Apple spent last Wednesday at Markosa Studio as Joe Miquelon added keyboard parts to the three new songs that were just added to Apple's current project and a few bonus parts on some tracks that were previously recorded. Winston is a solidly mediocre keyboardist, secure, if not content, in his limitations, but watching Joe tickle the ivories, he was hit with a serious case of pianist envy.


Howard Iceberg and the Titanics, the Dylan-esque, 'Rock Shaman of Kansas City' appeared at the Uptown Arts Bar on Friday, May 10. Howard Iceberg (also known as Howard Eisberg, attorney), started writing and performing songs around the age of 30. He has written over 800 songs, and though he usually performs with core band mates Gary Paredes (lead guitar), Doug Osburn (bass), and Pat Tomek (drums and alter ego), Howard is well known and loved in Kansas City and plays with many local musicians. You never know who might show up, but be certain you will hear some of the finest folk/rock to be found with emphasis on original work presented unjuried and uncensored

The Uptown Arts Bar is a community bar which celebrates the performing arts with emphasis on theater, dance, comedy, original prose/poetry, storytelling, the spoken word, music, political discourse, puppetry, as well as cultural groups and the historic urban core community.


Bob Walkenhorst helps organize the Hyde Park Children's Film Fest this June, and he's looking for a high school/early college rock or folk band to play for an hour before the movies. Dates are June 7, 14, 21, 28. If you know of any good young bands, put them in touch with Bob at bobwalkenhorst@gmail.com.



            KKFI's third and final Beatles Tribute will be held Saturday, June 1 at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City. Advance tickets are already on sale.


            From Stovepipe Perkins:

"The CD release of Gimme Some Biscuit was such a huge success I can't really figure out how to express my gratefulness and awe at the outpouring of love and support. What a great collection of quality people that came out to party and also to those who supported and backed our Kickstarter project. There were times when I would look out and see 100's of people laughing and smiling back.... it returns energy and propels the band and the night upwards...Thank you for coming and secondly for staying.... It was nearly midnight when I saw a conga line coming down the south side of BB's.... The aisles on both sides were full of people rockin and dancing. I would look to the back by the bar and see people locked on to Jake, Jemmie or Jerry doing their thing...Thank you again for the birthday wishes and the picture and gifts looked sort of like an Irish wake. hahhahahhaha and Cyndi is amazing. I'm just rambling here but what a great night and I wanted you to know how much we appreciate the support. We will keep doing our thing and hope to see you out again."


KC pop band Phil Neal & Wornalls give 50% of their sales on Reverbnation to the charity Fender Music Foundation.


KMHOF inductee Steve Thomas of Shooting Star keeps busy when the band takes time off  by teaching youngsters to play. Click here: With an emphasis on community, students learn music the Music House way - KansasCity.com.


The Rhythm Wranglers recorded a demo of "Night Life" over the weekend at Rob Nold's studio in Raytown. The band includes Jeff Elsloo, steel; Jim Kent, URB; and Tom Lenehan, drums. It will be remixed and two more songs will be recorded. Next up, a photo session, and then they're about ready to book gigs. http://electrocoustic.com/new%20tunes/Night%20Life.


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You can purchase the new John Elefante record at one of these online stores or visit your local Christian bookstore! Enjoy


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Best Buy 

Christian Book.com




Dave Steele, esquire, legendary Wichita drummer for Lotus, Square 1 and the Vic Dana show, has joined the Soul Project raising the back line bar up yet another level. You can hear Dave with the Soul Project August 16 at the KEYN Waterwalk Concert Series.


 David Powell in Oklahoma City is recording the tracks/arrangements for a collaboration song. Eric Lemmons in Denver wrote the music, and Tony Teebo wrote the lyrics. Kim Parent (Brooks & Dunn, etc.) will do the vocals in Nashville. The song is called "Invisible."


Release you inner party animal at Jazzoo 2013 on June 7. This year the Kansas City Zoo is excited to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the new penguin habitat. More than 4,500 Kansas Citians will enjoy the evening of unlimited food, drink and music while making a positive impact on your community zoo.

Jazzoo funds help provide a special diet for more than 1,100 animals and support the Zoo Learning Fund, which creates educational programs for more than 48,000 area children a year.

Details about this year's event:

Date:                Friday, June 7

Time:                6:30-7:30 pm - Patron Entrance

                        7:30-midnight - Jazzoo

Place:               Kansas City Zoo, located in Swope Park near Starlight Theatre

Attire:               Creative black tie. No jeans, please.

Parking:            Valet parking will be provided for guests presenting a VIP parking pass. Limousines are directed to guest drop-pickup and

parking areas.

Transportation:   Guests are encourage to use the "Official Transportation Partner,

Custom Limousine

Getting Around  Every guest is provided with a food and drink tray with a map of Jazzoo.


Jazzoo 2013 features these highlights:

Special Jazzoo cocktails served at designated specialty bars.

Local and Regional entertainment on three different stages.

Over 65 restaurants serving delicious bites.         


Entertainment:   Guests can enjoy music throughout the event and stop to dance under

the stars to live bands on the stages.

                                                Victor & Penny

                                                Dueling Pianos

                                                Patrick Lentz


                                                Disco Dick & Mirrorballs

                                                Drew Six

                                                Samantha Fish

                                                Sell Out

                                                Calypso Bluz



Cuisine:            The area's finest restaurants keep everyone full with complimentary delectables.

Beverages:        Complimentary nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be served at 10 full and specialty bars.

Tickets: Tickets for Jazzoo 2013 are on sale now. Click here: The Kansas City Zoo


The prolific Scott Yanow has outdone even himself with his book, The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide, most comprehensive guide to jazz guitarists ever published. With hundreds of dossiers and discographies on every major (and not so major) jazz guitar player of note arranged in encyclopedia fashion, this is the final stop on anyone's tour of six-string wizards working the swinging side of the street. From Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian to KMHOF inductees Pat Metheny and Jerry Hahn, John McLaughlin and even Les Paul to Jeff Beck and beyond (not to mention Wes and Barney and everyone in between) The Great Jazz Guitar Players hits every note, never sharp or flat, and always with the combination of edge, sensitivity, and awe-inspiring depth of knowledge that has made author Yanow is one of the most widely read and respected critics and historians in jazz history. Click here: The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide: Scott Yanow: 9781617130236: Amazon.com: Books


At a time when speed and efficiency are paramount in the music industry, the five members of Red Line Chemistry have had to exercise patience. Click here: KC rockers get a lesson in discipline - KansasCity.com.


Jernard Burks, a 1990 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University, who now lives in Los Angles and works as a professional actor, began eight years ago to develop a one-man show about legendary blues singer/guitarist B.B. King. Click here: World Wide Web.


Joe Dimino posted new interviews with Jeff Harshbarger and Clint Ashlock at Neon Jazz. Click here: World Wide Web.


KCJazzLark alerts his readers to a BBC report about Herb Jeffries and shares a vintage photograph of the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Click here: kcjazzlark: This 'n That 'n History


From Rob Scheps: Early Notice: The Rob Scheps / Jim O'Connor Quintet- Rob Scheps - tenor sax, Jim O'Connor - trumpet/ flugelhorn, Roger Wilder - piano, Bob "Dwight" Bowman - bass, Brian Steever - drums, makes its Kansas Debut in these shows: Thursday October 3, 2013- Jazz On The Lake, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 12 pm - 1 pm.  Friday October 11, 2013- Take Five Coffee Bar, 7 pm - 10 pm. Jim O'Connor is one of the greatest jazz trumpeters I've ever heard.



Click here: Listen | Soft Reeds: "Funny Patterns" (Premiere)

Click here: Album review: Tiny Horse - Darkly Sparkly (EP)

Click here: Review: Kansas City Blues, Cheltenham Jazz Festival | This is Gloucestershire



May 5, 2013

           National Record Day is an industry-made holiday to make people xcited about records. Celebrated this year on April 20, it was Love Garden Sounds' busiest day of the year by about five times. Click here: National Record Day increases interest in vinyl | The University Daily Kansan.


The resurgent Appleseed Cast had a curveball thrown into their 2013 last Wednesday when their tour van and trailer were run off the road. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, but they've suffered some expensive damage to their equipment. Graveface Records founder Ryan Graveface writes that their "trailer was completely destroyed, there are damages to their tour van, and many pieces of their gear were wrecked". They estimate the damage total to be around $8,000.

The band's tour dates in support of their new album Illumination Ritual may need to be canceled if they can't raise the money. Anyone who donates $15 or more gets a copy of the band's new album. Click here: Appleseed Cast Raising Money Following Van Crash | News | Pitchfork


View photos from last Monday night's Night at the Pier, where Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem presented an award to honoree Dan Bucatinsky. Click here: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Ftvshowbiz%2Farticle-2316923%2FChristina-Ricci-a.

            Etheridge will play the Telluride Blues & Brews on Sunday, September 15. There will be no fan club tickets.


            Jack Mack is back! Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns are the L.A. based and critically acclaimed the world over as "The Hardest Working Band in Show Business." The band s led by KC native sax player Bill Bergman. They recently signed with SuperStar Records and recently released the EP Lookin' Up. Click here: Grammy Winning Team Signs the Hardest Working Band in Soul Business; Click here: LOOKIN' UP - Official Jack Mack Video - YouTube.


The Sucka Free Producer's Showcase was hosted by Sephiroth, featuring Dan Matic, Wandering Mayor, Topp Boom and Leonard Dstroy Thursday, May 2 at KC's RecordBar. Click here: Talking with Sephiroth about the Sucka Free Producer's Showcase | Interview | The Pitch


There was a Buttermilk Boys CD release party at Mike Kelley's Westsider Friday night with the Frankowskis. Members of the band are Scott Stanton , Travis Huffines, Kasey Rausch & Fernanado Achucarro. Click here: Buttermilk Boys.


            A bill of local acts anchored by Molly Picture Club, a likeable dance-pop group that worships at the altar of David Byrne played at the Brick in KC on Saturday. MPC was celebrating the release of its new EP I'm My Own Time Machine. Joining in was Back of a Black Caar, which also traffics in new wave, and the bright-eyed garage-pop act Rev Gusto.


            From Kelley Hunt last Thursday: "I'm very sorry to announce that for the first time in many years, we've had to cancel both shows this weekend. I've been dealing with a nasty respiratory thing since last week which turned into full blown laryngitis, but after doing everything possible to recover I'm following doctor's orders and staying put. We're going to reschedule the performances as soon as possible and I will be back, stronger than ever, soon. It was a hard decision to make, especially for me, for many reasons. Any positive vibes are welcomed & appreciated!"

            The cancelled dates were in Bettendorf, IA and St. Louis, MO.


Tomorrow evening, Tuesday May 7, the Lawrence Arts Center presents Kinks Kollective, a program of music written by Kinks Ray and Dave Davies, from very early to very late in the Kinks' career, plus a Davies-inspired original song and a Sanskrit translation of a 60's hit single. Performers are Sebastian Alfie, Maria Anthony, John Cutler, Bryan Foster, Debbie Goldberg, Megan Hurt, Darrell Lea, Clark Jamison and more. Intro by Iain Ellis, author of Brit Wits: A History of British Rock Humor.


            Billy Spears and the Beer Belles and the Twang Daddies are whippin' it out for the "Johnny's Tavern 60th Birthday Celebration Week." Get to Johnny's on Friday May 10 from 7-11 pm. First the Beer Bellies will get the place rollin', then the Twang Daddies will lay down a ferocious layer of birthday twang.


Flashback will perform at the Granada Theater in Lawrence May 19 at 7 pm. The event is called Cover Wars and it is a battle of the bands. Flashback will also be playing at the Celtic Fox in Topeka on May 31. That's the first Friday after Memorial Day.


            Another Saturday night jam (above) is coming June 1 at Cutters Smokehouse and Catering in Eudora by the Hall of Famers (Johnny Isom, Jimmy Wilson, Paul Miller, with David Spritzer). We've heard that the phenomenal B3 player Mark Broderson is planning to be there, too. These guys are all amazing musicians. There will be a sign-up sheet. If you're a musician, vocalist, etc and want to jam, please speak to the band when you arrive.


            The Kansas City Songwriters Scene is a group of Kansas City area musicians who gather every Monday at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club starting at 7::30. Feel free to click on the KCSS link to get more information and get an idea of what the evening is like. Open mic sign-up starts at 7:15. Jonathan Theobald hosts the weekly gathering.


In addition to a very active solo career, KC's Shay Estes fronts the band Fado Novato.Click here: Kansas City's Fado Novato Dares to Dig Into Rich Tradition of Portuguese Fado | @ pritheworld


The new album from former Kansas vocalist John Elefante, due out tomorrow, can be pre-ordered from Best Buy today. Click here: On My Way To The Sun - CD - John Elefante.


            The Architects met their goal of raising $10K to finance their next album with hours to spare. Click here: Architects set to give their fans a multi-media gift - KansasCity.com.


            Kelly Finnigan & Monophonics will be among the acts on next January's Jam Cruise 12. Click here: Jam Cruise - JC12 Lineup.


The Prairie Village People will be rocking Lawrence on May 11.



Collapse and The Sibyl advanced from the first round of Metal Wars Friday night at KC's All Star Bar.


Kilroy presents Cover Wars at the Granada Theater in Lawrence Sunday, May 19.



Bernhard Langer, 2 Time Master's Champion, will be giving a free golf clinic and sharing personal stories of his life on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, at Ironhorse Golf Course, 15400 Mission Road, Leawood. To honor the holiday, and give ample time for family gatherings, this unique and inspiring event will begin at 5 pm. Besides winning the Master's twice, a few of the multiple achievements in his four decades of professional golf include membership into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Victorious Ryder Cup Captain, 10 time European Ryder Cup player with 89 victories worldwide and a former Number One ranked golfer in the World.

At 55, with 18 PGA Champions Tour victories, the current Number One Ranked Player and Charles Schwab Cup Points leader, is on pace to collect his 5th Arnold Palmer Award. Hear exhilarating stories ranging from his father settling in Bavaria after jumping from a prisoner of war train bound for Sibera, to surviving childhood health problems, turning pro at 15 and the incredible journey he has experienced the last 40 years, as well as receive golf instruction from his insightful perspective. Moderating, and joining Langer in the fun, will be his friend, Leawood native, Paul Clark. With 18 recordings to his credit, over a four decade trajectory similar to Langer, Clark, a founding pioneer of Contemporary Christian Music, has been in Nashville this spring, finishing number 19 due for release this summer. (www.paulclarkmusic.com).

In addition to the event, there will be a silent auction area with highly prized, unique golf memorabilia, (i.e.. Official Master's Tournament Pin Flags personally signed by Bernhard to winning bidder), and other items, such as golf packages, etc.. Proceeds from the auction will be distributed to Anchor of Hope, a registered 501C Not-For-Profit Corporation dedicated to bringing hope to the hopeless and the Greater Kansas City First Tee program. Winning bids will receive a tax deductible donation. This exciting inaugural event is designed to be an evening of fun, inspiration and instruction. Golf enthusiast, or not, come out and make this a Memorial Day you, your friends and family won't forget! Please partner with us in welcoming Bernhard to Kansas City by posting this announcement to all of your social media outlets. I have enclosed an electronic poster that you can use for an e-blast in your media connections. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your interest and support. Paul Clark

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Thomasson, General Manager at Ironhorse Golf Course, (913) 685-4643 jefft@ironhorsegolf.com.


            Receive two tickets with two meet and greets to a 2013 Martina McBride show plus an autographed Eleven CD and photo. Click here: charitybuzz | You and a Guest Can See Martina McBride in Concert Plus a Meet & Greet.


            The Swinging Dicks morphed into Lawrence's Ricky Dean Sinatra. The Dicks were Charles Brown on cowbell, Todd Newman on lead guitar, Mark Roseberry aka Dewey Mantini on bass, Alan Murphy aka Ricky Dean on lead vocals, Lori Wray on snare drum, and Jade Gurss on drums.  Click here: the swinging dicks (early ricky dean sinatra) "head in the wind" - YouTube.


             There is a rumor that Bill Gladden and the Demon Dogs from KC will tour this summer.


            Every Tuesday is Betty's Tuesday Night Blues Jam in Wichita. The jammers hope you'll join them, cheer them on, and help this to be a fun, friendly jam for everyone. There has been some great talent showing up.

            Betty's Runway Lounge has great service, food and prices along with a covered patio for smokers. There is no cover charge. They get going around 8 and jam until 11 unless they just can't stop.

            The Mo'Betta band hosts:

            Aaron Underwood - vocals, bass    

             and drums

            Mitch King - guitar, drums and


            Lynn Avants - guitar, keyboards

             and vocals

            Big Man Dan Carmichael - bass


The Jam4Dan Trustees are eager to review a second round of scholarship applications for 2013. Jam4Dan 6 was a great success on all counts, and thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and the hundreds of people who attended, they'll be able to award up to $5,500 in scholarships. More funds need more applicants, therefore a "second chance to dance." Deadline for submission is May 18. Click here: http://www.jam4dan.com/scholarship/j4d6_2ndchance.pdf.


KMHOF inductee B. Scott Nelson of Ann Brewer & Flames is putting out the word in search of a new housemate. He's looking for somebody to move in by July 1st. Scott will have two bedrooms available, $750 and $550 respectively...and that includes all utilities: gas, electricity, water, cable, and internet, but not personal phone. The rooms come furnished with house cleaning once a month.

            Amenities include washer/dryer, in-room air conditioning, two refrigerators,
maybe even a band or two...and status as the co-host of the next GroundHearts Day, the best party in
Kansas City 28 years running.

            If you'd like to share Scott's lovely authentic Tudor home...in the best neighborhood in KC, Historic Roanoke...just north of the Country Club Plaza…with the best neighbors on the planet, contact Scott ASAP.
B. Scott Nelson
Nelson Creative Works!

827 Valentine Road
Kansas City, MO
Phone:  816.753.0071
Cell:   816.590.7209
"At the corner of Valentine & Madison Avenue, Where Advertising has a Heart."


            The U.S. Air Guitar Championships will once again be holding a regional qualifier in Kansas City. And, this year, Kansas City will crown a new local faux guitar hero.

Under the competition's new rules, last year's regional champions receive byes and are automatically entered into the semifinals. So Eric "Mean" Melin's local reign terror is over. Will it be the year of local weirdo Peter "Stiff" Dickens? Will The CorpAIRation finally buy a win? Will "Thunderball" Nielsen Nacis live up to his name - he was named after Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen - make the competition surrender? We'll find out Friday, June 7, at RecordBar. Winners go on to the regional semifinals (likely the Metro in Chicago). Click here: US Air Guitar - 2013 Qualifier - Kansas City - Eventbrite.


For the past few years, 26-year-old Kansas Citian David Bennett has been recording homemade demos as Akkilles, which he posts online. Click here: The warped, artful folks of David Bennett's Akkilles | Around Hear | The Pitch


            Any bands out there looking to have your music mixed and mastered to a full quality and sound? Smoke Signal Productions in Goddard is currently willing to produce your music FOR FREE! Onsite recording is not currently available, but will be in the near future. Get in touch to talk business. Email Andrew Clapp at 1andrewc3@gmail.com or contact him on Facebook.


            Which Kansan will be the next big country music star? Jason Callahan is on a very short list. Click here: Jason Callahan Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos


            An episode of American Blues Brews and BBQ is being filmed at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC July 5-7.


            Kansas City's community radio station is all about local music and performances, so they are sharing their on-air and party space for a CD release party for not one but four bands on May 23. Join the fun. Click here: CD Release Party Times Four: Live Music by Two Headed Cow, Kan Eyed, Arm the Poor and Not a Planet | KKFI 90.1 FM


            Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition from Topeka will be at the Jackpot in Lawrence on Sunday, May 12.



Click here: Plastic Sax: Album Review: Matt Kane Trio- Suit Up!

Click here: Cathartic verses for her great love, the late jazz great Ahmad Alaadeen - KansasCity.com



April 29, 2013

            As most of you know, back in September the Kansas City Blues Society had an event for Tom Hall at Knucklehead's Saloon. Five bands were auctioned. Of those, Dave Hays, Fast Johnny, and Trampled Under Fish had wowed crowds with their performances of last week. This past Saturday night Levee Town rocked the house at Llewelyn's Pub. 


            The Coyote Boogie Band had a CD release party at Quasimodo's April 27 from 5:30-8:30 pm for the self-financed, self-produced album Super Happy Good Time Fun Factory.


The 3rd annual Kansas City Jazz Summit took place April 24-26 on the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College. It featured 34 bands from 5 colleges and 29 middle and high schools from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Performances began daily at 8:30 am and concluded at 5:00 pm. Highlights included Wednesday night with a Big Band extravaganza featuring  the KCKCC Jazz Ensemble and the New Vintage Big Band. Donations were accepted in the KCKCC PAC. Thursday included the Kansas City Jazz Heritage "Basically Basie" competition.  The competing bands chose three Count Basie tunes and tried to replicate the sound, style and the joy of the Basie band.


A bunch of punk bands performed at an outdoor BBQ in Hillsdale on Saturday night. Police shut it down for a bit, but let it continues as long as the bands used no more curse worlds. A great time was had by all.



            This week Eric Bikales is doing his third session at Wildwood Recording Studio in Franklin, TN. He's working on a solo piano album that will hopefully be ready to go by the beginning of summer. The piano at Wildwood is absolutely world-class, as is the studio itself with Brendan Harkin at the controls. Sherry Carlisle-Smith was there for moral support at Eric's second session and snapped a couple of pictures. Eric hopes to post them online soon. He'll keep everyone posted as to progress and when the CD will become available. For those in the Nashville area, Bikales will be playing some songs from the session at Miller Piano Specialties' "Writers Night" coming up this Thursday. Check out the details on the Miller website. The evening will feature guitar wonder Larry Knight, and Eric & Larry will be playing some tunes together. There will be an after party and open jam at Wild Wings next door.


            It's official! Keith Mitchell is once again fronting KC/s Shooting Star. The band played on Friday night.


In a small KC apartment recently, a group of musicians gathered. Click here: Kansas City Star : KC ensemble to deliver Beck's 'Song Reader'


            This is one last reminder of this year's Merle Jam Blues Night on Saturday, May 4, at Knucklehead's Saloon in Kansas City. Two-time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton will be joined by Samantha Fish, Kris Lager Band, Stacy Mitchhart, Amanda Wish and The Back Porch Blues Band. It is a celebration that showcases the success of organ donation. New proceeds from the event help heart transplant recipients with uncovered medical expenses. There is a chance of rain this year.


            Megan Birdsall has her first jazz show in a couple of months coming up on Saturday, May 4 from 8-10 pm at Take Five Bar & Cafe in Leawood. It will feature TJ Martley on piano, Bob Bowman on bass and Tim Cambron on drums.


            Join Jimmy Dee & Fabulous Destinations May 4 in Sharon Springs for the tenth annual Wallace County Cruisers Car & Bike Show.

Kent Downing reports that he's all sold out of the first batch of the Bike Power Problems Are Cool EP. He will be making some more in the next week or so, complete with bar codes for the record stores. Kent is also thrilled about recording a new EP with Woody Records during the rest of May so he will have both at Bike Power shows this summer and beyond.


A remastered version of Chris Burnett's 1999 album Time Flies is now available. Click here: World Wide Web.


            The Bark N Blues Festival / 5K Run & 1 Mile Dog Walk is coming June 8 to Franklin Park in Prairie Village. This free concert will feature five musical acts. It's a fundraiser for Animal Rescue & Foster Groups. Take a lawn chair and some loose change. Unleashed pets are welcome. There is no admission, donations only. This is a great day to spend with your pet while helping others.


            Sober Overdose is back, releasing their debut album Nothing to Lose. The release party June 13 at Aftershock Live Music Venue in Merriam includes performances from Sober Overdose, Saliva, Southern Pain, Unwritten Rulz, and Haunting Shies.


There will be a gathering of old musicians June 27 at Shawnee Lake in Topeka, shelter house #3 from 5-11 pm. BYOB. Play with old friends from the Jerms, Echo Cliff, etc.

            The last such gathering was attended by Bill Ingram, Eve Keenen, Jake Jacoby, Mike Doyle, Tom Chapman and many others.

            Artisthead Music presents the official re-release of the cult classic Topper album At Last after 36 years, including two previously unreleased songs. Originally released in 1977, with only 5000 copies printed, At Last quickly became a sought-after item and a rare find indeed. A must-have for collectors who've been seeking quality copies of this classic 70's album for decades. Buy it now from www.ow.ly/kgah1.

            Read an interview with Jim Hodges and Rudy Passonno here: www.artisthead.com/artistead-music-re-releases-the-cult-classic-1977-topper-album-at-last-after-36-years/.


            The Piano Placement Program in Kansas City donates pianos to low-income families, churches, schools or community centers that could not otherwise afford a piano. Piano moving and tuning expenses are also donated by Keys 4/4 Kids. Most recipients are referred by their collaborative partner MusicLink or based on a recommendation from a music teacher.

To apply for the Piano Placement program, please provide the following information and send to this email keys44kids@gmail.com:

-Letter of recommendation from a musical mentor to demonstrate musical scholarship

-Statement from the applicant to demonstrate musical aspiration

-One of the following to demonstrate financial need:

     (1) most recent IRS tax return

     (2) free or reduced price school lunch enrollment

     (3) paystubs from last 2 months.

Selected applicants for the program are chosen based on financial need and quality of application. Info will be reviewed, and group will respond with Piano Placement Program updates.


            Greg Mackender has composed many scores for KC's Unicorn Theatre over the years. Thanks to the internet, his brother Gary was able to contribute the accordion parts for the current show, My Name is Asher Lev.           


            Kathryn Lorenzen has returned from Nashville, where she sat in on the mastering of her long-in-the-works new album. She sends thanks out to Kelley Hunt & Al Berman for recommending Eric Conn at Independent Mastering. Fallin' showcases songs co-written with Beth Scalet and features great artists including Kelley, Laura Lynch, Pat Tomek, Chad Watson, Brad Swanson, Sebastian Alfie, Terry Swope, Julie Major, and a bunch more. Stay tuned for news of a big ol' honkin' release party in a couple of months.


            Inspired by the victims of Boston's recent bombings, former Topeka musician Jade Gurss was compelled to tell his own story of being an amputee. You can find the two-part story at this link: Click here: the jade gurss blog.


             Four years ago, Grisly Hand was a very different band. Click here: Patience pays off for Grisly Hand on new album, 'Country Singles' - KansasCity.com.


            Mike Shanin interviewed Tommy Ruskin and Julie Turner for KCPT. Click here: World Wide Web


KCPT, Kansas City's public television station, is acquiring radio station KTBG. The report in The Kansas City Star indicates that KCPT intends to retain the current music format. Even so, a bit of specialty programming doesn't seem unlikely. Click here: World Wide Web.


            Trumpeter/bandleader Roger Walls moved from Wichita to Montreal years ago. He has been a major player on the Montreal scene ever since. He's preparing for the upcoming Jazz Fest while continuing his regular gigs. He has been playing at the House of Jazz the first Tuesday every month for three years. You can also catch him at Montreal Blues & Jazz with his 40 year long time piano friend Timmy Jackson. He also does Saturday night shows with other bands. He has a Jewish big band that he directs for charity hospital concerts. Walls put out a CD awhile back that was number one up there for a few month, but he doesn't have it on the net yet except for wallsofsound/reverbnation.com or rogerwalls.com.

Shooting Star's set list from Saturday night is posted above.


Apparently Cole Tuckey had such a good time at last year's KMHOF induction ceremony & concert the they got together again in May and recoded four songs in Kansas City. They had some delays, but the songs were finally finished recently. Allen Weiss set up a web site for the songs, and they can now be found at www.coletuckey.com.



Click here: Many Moods of Dad - "The Consequence of Trying" | I Heart Local Music

Click here: Album review: Soft Reeds - Blank City

Click here: Album review: Fourth of July - Empty Moon

Click here: Album review: Cowboy Indian Bear - Live Old, Die Young


April 22, 2013

Beginning with their regular gig in the Plantation Grill at Kansas City's Muehlebach Hotel, the Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Orchestra in the 1920s took the Midwest, and then the entire nation, by storm. UMKC jazz expert Chuck Haddix followed the rise and fall of the band that had hit recordings like "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," "When You're Smiling," "The Flippity Flop," "Kansas City Kitty," "I Ain't Got Nobody," "Harlem Madness," and "What A Girl! What A Night!"  Sunday, April 21 at Central Library.


It's been three years since Lawrence's Fourth of July put out new music. They had a CD release party at The Brick in KC last Friday night. The band talks with David Hudnall about their new album. Click here: Lawrence lifers Fourth of July on their new album, Empty Moon | Bonus Tracks | The Pitch


            Lawrence bands Quiet Corral and Brain Food played at KC's RecordBar Friday night. Brain Food also participated in semifinals of KJHK's Farmer's Ball at the Bottleneck in Lawrence.


            Dead Voices celebrated the release of its self-titled EP with two performances over the weekend. Click here: On debut EP, Dead Voices displays a cosmic web of sounds and influences - KansasCity.com.


            The Kansas City Blues Society thanks everyone at the 4th Annual Muddy Waters Celebration on Saturday. Thanks to all the special guests, John Stuerke (Junebug), Tony Anderson, Karen Baum, Penelope, Jimmy Tasoulas (Taz), Sean McDonnell, and all the rest. To Susan Barrett & Rick Cooper for all their work…to Sherlock's Underground for the great service and being supporters of live music…and to Alex Boyd who played drums all night, and Coyote Bill (Bartelt) for lining up the guests and playing all night. To the Blues Sistas, the Bluesicas, and to everyone who bought CDs, T-shirts and other merchandise.


            Van McLain says he had a great time in Topeka Saturday night as a judge for the battle of the bands. It was a very tough decision picking who will open for Shooting Star Saturday, April 27 at TPAC. All the bands had their own unique thing going and were worthy. Congratss to the winners, Slow You Roll, Chris Aytes, and The Good Ambition.


Tate Stevens performs tonight to wrap up a two night stand at the Midland in Kansas City before the release of his debut album. Click here: On debut album, Tate Stevens sells working-class country life - KansasCity.com


            Check out The Deli Magazine's interview with Lawrence's Black on Black. They'll be releasing their EP Let's Get Cynical on April 23 at the Replay Lounge.  Click here: Band Spotlight: Black on Black.


            Soft Reeds has a new album out this week called Blank City. Release date is April 23, but you can go to Amazon.com and listen to samples of all the tracks. www.amzn.co/15efcxE.


            Cowboy Indian Bear will have an album release party at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club in Kansas City Thursday, April 25 at 6:00 pm.


Sometimes, all you want out of a Friday night are the basics: a couple of gritty Americana acts at a local venue and, let's say, nine domestic beers. That is actually what we want every Friday night, and this week Davey's Uptown Rambler Club delivers it. Howard Iceberg's sad-eyed lit-rock tunes have earned him a kind of living-saint status in the Kansas City music community. He sets the stage for the Sawyers, a medium-gruff folk-rock act led by songwriter John Greiner with Bonnie Montgomery.


            The House Jumpers (featuring Marvin & Cathy Hunt) will be on KKFI April 27 for the band auction. They will spin some recordings from their new album Sure Footed Baby on House Rent Records. The show is The Blues Kitchen, and the Hunts start at 9:30 am. Go to www.housejumpersband.com for more info.

            Other bands on the radio station's auction schedule include:

            Tuesday, April 23

                        4:30 pm Out of the Blue

                        5:00 pm Mark Montgomery

                        5:30 pm Underhouse Dogs

            Thursday, April 25

                        7:30 am Groondale

            Friday, April 26

                        9:30 am Jake and Adrianna

                        10:00 am Two Headed Cow

                        10:30 am The Depth & The Whisper

                        11:30 am 'Dolls on Fire

                        5 pm Stovepipe and Jazzy Jazz

                        7:30 pm Trublood

            Saturday, April 27

                        8:30 am Briar

                        9:00 am Rich Berry

                        10:00 am Brody Buster Band

                        10:30 am Wild Women of Kansas City

            Sunday, April 28

                        10:00 am Colin Goodwin

                        10:30 am Christopher Macnee

                        11:00 am Whiskey for the Lady

                        11:30 am The Politickers

                        12:00 pm KC Ukesters

            EVERYBODY WINS! Non-profit community radi station receives the finds. The band receives exposure on a 100,000 watt FM station. And the winning bidder receives a concert by talented local musicians. KKFI's diverst broadcast schedule is reflected by the genres of the participating bands: blues bands, jazz bands, reggae bands, alt-rock and country bands, folk bands and eclectic.


            The latest in the Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series at the RecordBar in Kansas City will be a salute to glam rock Sunday, April 28 featuring the Vi Tran Band, Gliterdick (members of Drew Black & Dirty Electric, the Quivers and Bad Wheels) and Soft Reeds. This is an 18+ show. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 7.


            The Healers (above) are returning to Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City for a CD/DVD release party Monday, April 29 at 8 pm. Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Samantha Fish, Danielle & Kris Schnebelen and Kate Moss will be together again for on night only. Admission is $12. If you don't have the CD/DVD yet, get a copy at the show. If you already have a copy take it with you to get it autographed.


Some of Kansas City's finest musicians will tackle the newest offering from recording artist, Beck. In lieu of an album, CD or digital download, Beck has released twenty new songs strictly in sheet music format. It is up to the performer to read, learn and interpret the music. Beck will not be recording or releasing these songs. The following musicians will be performing Song Reader. Mark Lowrey, Shay Estes, Jeff Harshbarger, Matt Leifer, Jeff Stocks, Dominique Sanders, Ryan Heinlein, Clint Ashlock, Brett Jackson and Bill McKemy.  Mark Lowrey & The Project H Present: Song Reader, 20 New Songs by Beck with special guests Shay Estes and Jeff Harshbarger.  Friday, May 3rd.  Record Bar. $10 cover, ages 18+.  The Project H 10:30 pmSong Reader 11:30 pm.

Knock Kneed Sally has wrapped up the recording of their 3rd CD Gimme Some Biscuit with CD release on May 3  A successful Kickstarter campaign helped to fund the mixing and mastering.  The CD release and Kickstarter backers party is at BB's Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City. The all original CD is a mix of hot uptempo blues and searing emotional lyrics that the band hopes will connect with friends and fans. The 13 songs are a work of love and will be birthed May 3.


The American Jazz Museum is pleased to announce the debut performance of internationally renowned jazz great, Bobby Watson's new "I Have A Dream Band" project in residence at the Blue Room on the corner of historic 18th & Vine in Downtown Kansas City.  Watson's new band performrf both, Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th in the Blue Room. Bobby Watson's "I Have A Dream Band" features the artistry of Glenn North (spoken word); Hermon Mehari (trumpet/flugel horn); Curtis Lundy (bass); Richard Johnson (piano); Eric Kennedy (drums); and, alto saxophonist, Watson.


            The Bark N Blues Festival will be June 8 from 8:30 am until 7 pm in Franklin Park, 87th & Roe, in Prairie Village. Featured performers will be Samantha Fish, Jeremy Butcher & the Bail Jumpers, the Josh Vowell Band, June Bug & the Porch Lights and Taylor Kline. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.


St. Joe's Dolewite stands apart. Click here: Dolewite sells it on the weekend | Interview | The Pitch


Artopia, the annual Pitch-sponsored party at Screenland Crossroads, is a reliably weird cele­bration of art, fashion, food and, yes, music. In addition to burlesque performances, live painting and free shit from Accurso's Italian Restaurant, the Melting Pot, Grace's Best Cookies, Tallgrass Brewing and Smirnoff, $25 ($30 day of event) gets you a nice smattering of local music. Slated to perform: heartland rockers John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons, singer-songwriter Vi Tran, and DJs Brad Ireland and Joc Max.


            Mike Brewer & Tom Shipley (above), who both celebrated birthdays earlier this month spent their special days on the road.

            Listen to a Rockford, IL's radio interview with Michael Brewer online. Click here: 104.9 The X Rocks WXRX Interviews - Podcast with.


            Kerwin Young of Public Enemy is studying music composition at the KMKC Conservatory and Music and Dance. Click here: Rock hall inductee Kerwin Young of Public Enemy attends UMKC - KansasCity.com.


The Olathe FREE Summer Concert series began in 2000. Each year it showcases top quality, cutting edge artists featuring a variety of family friendly genres of music. Thanks to the support from the population at large and our generous sponsors, we are accomplishing that goal. Over the past 13 years the Olathe Parks and Recreation Department has presented local, regional, national and international performers. Some of these artists are in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, have won numerous Grammy Awards, have written #1hits on the Billboard charts, won Blues Music Awards, Country Music Awards and are in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

            The series brings not only music to Olathe, but community giving. Each show a local charity is recognized and concert goers are encouraged to make donations. In the last 8 years more than $127,000 has been given back by the more than 15,000 a year attendees

            June 7 - Sam Bush and Monsters ink

June 14 - Exile and Selby/Mills/LeMaire

June 28 - Mike Zito and Samantha Fish

July 19 - Mingo Fishtrap and The Band Of Heathens

July 26 - Liverpool



            The Pedaljets, the vintage underground rock act from Kansas, has reunited and will be releasing their first new album in 23 years. What's In Between is due out June 25, but The A.V. Club is streaming the record's first single, "Terra Nova," exclusively now.

            The Pedaljets launched in Lawrence in 1984 and opened for Husker Du, The Flaming Lips, The Replacements, and The Meat Puppets before breaking up in 1990, shortly after the release of their disappointing second record, which the band says was rushed out by the label before it was ready. Back in 2006, the band started hanging out again and re-recorded that self-titled second record, making it into something they could actually tolerate. Since that went well, the band started working on the new material that is now coming out as What's In Between.

            The record was mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Hold Steady) and features art by The Sea And Cake's Archer Prewitt.


            Jason Peverett, son of the late Lonesome Dave of Savoy Brown and Foghat fame, writes a blog called "The Peverett Phile: and often interviews musicians. He did an interesting one with KMHOF multiple inductee Mike Finnigan four years ago. Click here: The Peverett Phile: The Peverett Phile Interviews: Mike Finnigan.


            Jerry's Bait Shop in Lee's Summit has been sold and is closing for remodeling until about May 6. At that point, the new name will be Konrad's Kitchen & Tap Room. Show s already scheduled there are still on.



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April 15, 2013



The above is what’s left of the Oak Lodge near the old Baldwin Junction on US 59 south of Lawrence. The Runabouts and the Continentals were just two of the bands that often played there.


            Ronni Ward is recovering from major breast cancer surgery last week. Following a 5.7 hour surgery, she is home in Tonganoxie with her husband Ted, who is in charge of TLC.


            KKFI’s 25th Anniversary 2013 Band Auction has begun. Here’s how it works: KKFI will showcase local solo acts and bands for 30 minutes on the station’s music programs. Listeners call in to bid. High bidder during that 30 minutes gets the band or solo perfomer for a two hour gig. It’s a great way to book live music for your birthday, anniversary, graduation, block, company or just for-the-heck-of-it party. Link to the Spring_2013_Band_Auction schedule.

            Among the musicians taking part in the KKFI auction is KMHOF lifetime member and inductee is Riverrock leader Dan Smith. He’ll do a 45 minute solo set for the high bidder Tuesday between 6:30-7:00 am.


Last Friday Topeka jazz fans could find it throughout the day on the stage of White Concert Hall as Washburn University hosted its 26th annual Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival, which saw 18 local and regional, college, high school and middle school jazz ensembles perform for nationally recognized jazz educators who critiqued their performances.

A free jazz concert capped the festival. It featured  pianist Sean Parsons, who teaches jazz at Marshall University, performing with the Washburn University Jazz Ensemble I. Also playing were saxophonists Arthur White, from the University of Missouri; Todd Wilkinson, Ottawa University; and Washburn’s own Craig Treinen. The Kansas City-based Bill Crain Group headlined the concert.


The sixth annual “Music ... Just What the Doctor Ordered” was held Sunday afternoon at Topeka’s First United Methodist Church, featuring local health professionals performing in a fundraiser for Marian Clinic and HealthAccess, which both offer medical and dental services to the low-income uninsured.

           A freewill offering was gathered at the concert, performers at which included: Dr. James Hamilton Trio, Dr. Grace Morrison, Dr. Kurt Knappenberger, The Rip Chords, Dr. Scott Teeter, Dr. Paul Kindling, Dr. Steve Crouch, Dr. Craig Yorke and Dr. Joseph Sargent.


Mosh Pit raises money for groups that help pit bulls that need rescue and sheler. A fundraiser on Saturday had a diverse lineup with some of the best bands and musicians in Kansas City. In order of appearance: Grand Marquis; Anthony Ladesich & the Johnstown Flood; Filthy Thirteen; Gentlemen Savage; the Pedaljets; and Dolls on Fire.


In April 2005 Melissa Etheridge (left) was named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People” for her inspirational life and career. The Leavenworth native has been an inspiration to many.


            Robin Macy sings from her heart and from the heartland on a collection of songs that blend sophisticated musicality, lyrics rooted in the black Kansas soil and brilliant accompaniment by an all-star cast. Songs from the Garden, Robin's first solo effort, draws on all of the forces at her disposal: her strong, other-era voice, gifted songwriting, network of exceptional musician friends and inspiration from Bartlett Arboretum, the bountiful patch of nature she calls home.

Musicians from Nashville to Austin to Portland – Kentucky White, Darol Anger, Chris Searles, Stuart Duncan, Sara Hickman, Monica Taylor and others – stepped forward to help with this project. From the first track's salute to simplicity to the last song's testament to the healing power of digging in the earth, this collection is a tribute to the importance of finding your own roots and following your heart.

Original cover and booklet design by Jo and Craig Tomson perfectly capture Robin's spirit, and that of the music – making this one album that's as visually entrancing as it is musically engaging. Proceeds exclusively benefit Bartlett Arboretum.

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Songs From the Garden may be purchased in the Wichita area at Johnson's Garden Centers. If you prefer, send $18 check or money order to:
Bartlett Arboretum
Post Office Box 871
Belle Plaine,
Kansas 67013

Also Available via iTunes and Amazon MP3.


KC SuperStar auditions are coming up in just 3 weeks. DON'T MISS THIS! KC SuperStar is a unique opportunity for any high school singers you may know. Now in its 4th year, KC SuperStar is an American Idol style singing competition for high school students in the Kansas City area. There is no fee to participate, and the winner receives a $7500 scholarship. 2nd and 3rd place receive $2500 and $1000.

            Auditions are Sunday, April 21 1-5 pm at Union Station and Sunday, April 28 1-5 pm at the Jewish Community Campus is Overland Park. The Semifinals are Monday, June 3, and the finals are Sunday, August 25.

            Previous winners are Erick Patrick, 2012 from Olathe; Michaelah Burns, 2011 from Blue Springs, and Stephen Baldwin, 2010 from Lee’s Summit.


            Amy Farrand & the Gospel Sensation and The Phillistines (Kimberely Queen, Cody Wyoming, Amy Farrand and Natural E.) will be playing Thursday, April 18 at the Brick in Kansas City. Early show at 9 pm.


            Fast Johnny Ricker returns to the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs Friday, April 19.


            The sixth annual Beyond the Blues fundraiser takes place 6-10 pm Saturday, April 20, at the Armacost Museum in Grandview, MO. This event is to raise money for Mental Health America of the Heartland (MHAH) with BBQ, a cash bar, dancing, auctions, raffles and lindy hop dancers. The Blues Notions w/Joe Miquelon & Todd Wilkinson, plus Millie Edwards will be joined be the Lindy Hop Dancers and local star emcees.

            Kansas City’s Gentlemen of Jump are making a rare appearance (Tom “Trashmouth” Baker, Tim Osburn, Cardy Quintero, Professor David Creaigton, and Bill Dye for Karl Angerer). The Blues Notions exemplify the KC tradition from the Count Basie/Jay McShann/Big Joe Turner era and also are partial to Chicago style blues. They represented Kansas City three times at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, taking third pace in 1991.

            The Notions will be joined by saxmen Joe Miquelon (the Elders) and Dr. Todd Wilkinson (Ottawa University professor, former Boko Maru band leader), plus special guest Millie Edwards, a Wild Woman with a big voice and even bigger heart, who has made tremendous contributions to the KC jazz and blues scenes.

            For tickets, contact www.beyondtheblueskc.org or 913-281-2221. No tickets will be sold at the door, only advance sales. $40 tickets are limited to 250 adults. Address will be given at the time of ticket purchase. Free parking will be provided.


            A new weekly blues jam, “Blues Brews & BBQ,” begins April 21 at Thirsty Ernie’s in Raymore, MO. It’s on Sundays from 4-8 pm.


The Healers DVDs arrived last week and were shipped to those who pre-ordered them.


            If you preorder The Terror from the Flaming Lips online store, you can get an added bonus. You’ll now receive an instant download of the Lipss’ verson of “All You Need Is Love,” the Beatles classic. Click here: The Flaming Lips Official Store - Music, CDs, T-Shirts, Merchandise.


Emmy award winning composer and performer Connie Dover will join Bukeka Shoals, a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and speaker in a moving evening open to the public to benefit a meaningful and powerful cause. LoveLight is inspiring South African children, through Unity and Ubuntu, to express their fullest potential. Find out how important these children are and how their parents are dying of HIV/AIDS pandemic. Learn about the unemployment and poverty and how these children through amazing hope and resilience are showing us how to be lights in this world. The concert is at the Unity Church of Overland Park April 27 at 7 pm. There will be a reception at 6:30.

Connie Dover is an American singer-songwriter who primarily writes and performs Celtic music and American folk music. Born in Arkansas and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she started her career playing bluegrass before joining Celtic band Scartaglen in the early 1980s. In the 1990s, she began a solo career and has released four solo albums since 1991's Somebody, all on the Taylor Park Music label, with noted Scottish musician Phil Cunningham of Silly Wizard serving as producer. She completed recording a CD of traditional Christmas songs and carols with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, entitled The Holly and the Ivy, which was released in 2008.


            On May 25 at 10pm, KC’s Riot Room will welcome, from New York City, the godfather of Kansas City DJ culture, Ray Velasquez for a rare return engagement. The man who defined and refined the soundtrack of Kansas City nightlife in clubs, on radio, and in print from 1983 to 1999 with iconic nights at Eyes, The Beat Cave, Krypton, Mondo Disco, Deep and Goove Indigo; provocative music and culture criticism as a columnist for Pitch Weekly and The Note; and of course, with his long running, ground breaking electronic music radio program, Nocturnal Transmission, presents ISabotage!, an incendiary fusion of indie-dance, avant-pop, classic and contemporary electronic block rockin’ beats. 26 years after first performing alternative dance music on the Riot Room’s deck.


            Topekans will get to relive the 80s this summer when Tracer returns. The popular party band will have a reunion June 8 at the Boobie Trap Bar. Tracer will return with Les Roediger, Jeff Peyton, Jon Blake and special guest bassist James Drewlow (of Head First fame). RPS will be appearing also with all four of the original members: Chuck Higgins, Todd Kroker, Bob Brown and Robbie Cairns. Steel Child 202, featuring Shawn Thompson of Steelplated, Chip Janda of Rothchild, and Todd Breckenridge of Code 202. The frontman for the group is under wraps for now. Another act is being sought.


            The Miami County Arts Coalition is sponsoring an appearance by Listen Mister June 15 on the Paola Park Square. The show starts at 7 pm.


Contemporary Christian recording artists and band Grandeur is based out of Blue Springsi. They are currently in the studio under the guidance of recording engineer and producer Robert Rebeck along with legendary mastering engineer David Donnelly at DNA Mastering Studios in Woodland Hills, California. Both Robert and David bring a wealth of music production and major label experience. The 12 song debut album is scheduled to be released in June 2013 on Purge Records. Their single “That’s Why” has been released already.


            Bonnie Raitt and her band, which includes Mike Finnigan (left), have finished their South Pacific tour and will be touring the US & Canada in Oct/Nov/Dec. The first of these shows to be announced is October 6 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. Pre-sale and benefit tickets go on sale April 17.


Wichita’s Catfish Cowboys, a working country band, is looking for a drummer. This is a permanent position. Call Woody at 316-209-6643 if you’re interested.


            Wichita musician Cody Harmor is looking to form a brass quartet. Instrumentation isn’t important, meaning it can be two trumpets , a trombone and tube; it can be tuba, euphonium, French horn and trumpet, etc. Cody is looking for three others to perform at weddings and other events. He’s planning on weekly practices. Contact Cody at 316-765-5307 or on Facebook.

            Awhile back, about 50 music friends of Howard Iceberg put on a show for him, covering songs he’s written. A video has been mixed down and can be seen on YouTube. Look for “Howard Iceberg Tribute Show.” There are 19 videos available.


            This month’s singer-songwriter night at the Longbranch Saloon in Lenexa Thursday, April 25, will feature special guest Jonathan Theobald (left). The music starts at 7:30.


            Drew Black & Dirty Electric have a CD release show with The Caves, The Sluts and Knife Crime at the Riot Room in KC Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. The album what KC journalist David Hudnall calls “a new contender for the worst song I have ever heard in my life.”


           The 2013 lineup for the Jazz in the Woods festival in Kansas City has been announced. Greg Adams and East Bay soul, Tony DeSare and Marc Antoine will perform on Friday, June 14. Peter White, Julian Vaughn, the David Wells/Chris Geith Project and Vincent Ingals will perform on Saturday, June 15.


One of the competitors on the current season of the NBC music reality show The Voice is a former KU student. 18-year-old Caroline Glaser withdrew from KU to shoot for a music career. She sang Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" on the show. 


Members of the KC based, super band Dead Voices will be on KKFI’s Wednesday MidDay Medley April 17, 10-noon, to talk about and share music from their new six-song EP that will be released April 20. Band members are David Regrier, Jason Beers, Matt Richey, Michael Stover, and sometimes Marco Pasconlini & Lauren Krum. For Dead Voices music, check out www.myspace.com/deadvoiceskc.

            Ben Grimes of Soft Reeds will also be on the next Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI. He’ll talk about his band’s upcoming release Blank City from The Record Machine. Soft Reeds will have an album release party at the Riot Room on April 26.


2013 Irish Gala - Kansas City, Thursday, April 18

There are still a few tickets available for the Irish Gala at Union Station. The evening includes a cocktail reception, Irish-inspired dinner, and a concert by The Elders. Pat O'Neill, Chief Creative Officer for O'Neill Marketing and Event Management, will be honored at the event with the John J. Sullivan, Jr. Foundation Humanitarian Award.  Event time 6:00-10:00pm

Click here for complete details http://www.irishcenterkc.org/events-2-2/irish-gala/.


Three days, 45 bands, free jazz performances are coming April 18-20 in Kansas City. Click here: 18th & Vine / MCC Penn Valley Jazz Festival Schedules | American Jazz Museum


Vinyl Renaissance, Kansas City's largest music and audio stores, has moved its Kansas store to Downtown Overland Park. VR has opened its new store in the Historic Ford Building at 7932 Santa Fe Dr. The Missouri store remains at 1415 West 39 St. In addition to 50,000 new and used records & CDs, VR is an authorized dealer of quality


Those whose tastes run to bluegrass and old-time country songs can take in “Bluegrass and Apple Jam,” the revival of a musical revue the Karen Hastings Players presented over a decade ago at the Dale Easton Barn Theatre at Apple Valley Farm. The cast includes Rick Bixler, Jared Caudle, Shirley Gorman, Judd Mason, Teri Walton and Ceci Yager.

Bluegrass and Apple Jam” will be offered as dinner theater Fridays and Saturdays through April 27 at the Break Room, 911 S. Kansas Avenue in Topeka. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets, which include a choice of entree, are $37.89. Call 380-SHOW or go to www.breakroomdowntown.com for reservations.


Every second Wednesday, the Hall of Famers Jam takes place at Cutters in Eudora. Hosts are KMHOF inductees Jimmy "Sweet Lips" Wilson, Johnny Isom and Paul Miller, with Chris Beilman. If you're a musician and/or singer and would like to participate in the jam, take your gear and talk to the host band when you arrive. Drum set and bass amp are provided, otherwise take your own instruments and amps.


Chris Aytes, his wife Reelle Aytes and Josh Hartranft form the band Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition, which participated in the Breakthrough House Battle of the Bands fundraiser on Friday night at Tailgators. Click here: Chris Aytes/Good Ambition releases second 'debut' album | CJOnline.com


The People’s Liberation Big Band played the RecordBar in Kansas City yesterday. They are as unique as they are inventive: No one in town takes music into other orbits and galaxies like the freewheeling People’s Liberation Big Band. This collective of jzz musicians, according to blog Kcjazzlark, “takes chances, sometimes outrageous ones. And sometimes those chances don’t work. But when the work, the results can be spectacular.’ Either way, it’s always fun to go along for the ride.


After almost two years of hosting Sunday jams around Kansas City, Crosseyed Cat held its last Sunday jam at Groove Station yesterday. Groove Station is carrying on, but the Cats are going to start spending Sundays with family, yard work, bike rides, and maybe even possibly jamming around town for fun! If you haven't been to the Groove Station's Sunday jam come on out for the Great Food, Big Screens, Pool Tables, Buckets of Beer, Big Dance Floor and of course all the Blues you can handle!


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Bill Lynch sponsored an event for the Ms. Foundation for Women at his house last week. Gloria Steinem (above) flew out from New York City to speak. She posed for this photo in Bill’s studio.



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April 8, 2013


            The band lineup for The Ray Charles Project at The Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, CA tonight (April 8) is Chris Cain, Glenn Walters, Dave Mathews, Dwayne Pate, Deszon Claiborne and Tony Lindsay.


We're looking forward to the Spring Music Festival, 6 to 7 pm Tuesdays, April 9 and 16, in Manhattan Town Center, downtown Manhattan. Open to youth in grades K-12 who want to perform onstage and compete for prizes in vocal, instrumental and dance categories. Registration: www.manhattantowncenter.com.


Alaturka will play at the Kansas City Academy, 7933 Main Street, on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm. The band members are Beau Bledsoe (guitar), Rich Wheeler (tenor sax), Jeff Harshbarger (bass) and Brandon Draper (percussion). General admission tickets are $10. Preferred seating is $15.


Saturday, April 13 hear Jennifer Collier & Jennifer Bassett, Passive Takeover, Camry Ivory, The Old Crows, and Dollar Fox at the MMUN Fundraiser, a fundraiser for Border Star Montessori. It's an all-ages afternoon show (noon-5) at KC's RecordBar. Help send a pack of KC sixth-graders to NYC.


Kansas City singer-songwriter Laura Lisbeth has expanded her act to become a trio with the addition of Gerry Monks on acoustic lead guitar and Gregory Canseco on acoustic bass. Their next performance will be Saturday, April 13 at 4:00 pm, at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery, where they perform on the patio to celebrate the winery's 4th Anniversary.


            Lee McBee joins Mike Morgan & the Crawl Friday April 19 at Uncle Bo's in Topeka.


            Al Meeker, one of The Roadmaster drummers for over 20 years and the drummer with RocknRick's Boogie Leggin' Blues Band, has stage four cancer. He returned home from the hospital last week with the news that his stomach has a lot of tumors, and he has started his chemo. . He is a father as well as a grandfather and works at the Kansas City Art Institute as a maintenance painter. Please attend The Al Meeker Benefit at the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs Sunday, April 14 from 2-10 pm. There will be a drum circle at the closing so take congas, bongos, and whatever percussion you care to so you can be apart of Al's fundraiser!  You can mail donations to KCBPS (Kansas City Blues Preservation Services) in care of Al Meeker Benefit Fund, PO Box 480682, Kansas City, MO 64148.  Donations go directly to Al and his family. Checks should be made out to Al Meeker.


April is a busy month for Moreland & Arbuckle with shows in IA, IN, IL, LA, KS, MO & CO, including a show back home in Wichita. In other news, things are moving along beautifully with their new album. 7 Cities is slated for early release in Europe on May 17. It will be available here in North America on July 30.


            The Monophonics, who were in Lawrence last week, will have a new Cover EP this summer. It will include songs by artists and groups like Lee Moses, The Invincibles, Black Merda, Cane & Able, Nu People and Curtis Mayfield.


            Blue Things fans have talked for years about getting together, and Val Stecklein's sister Marti Herring is trying to get something organized in Hays this summer. She could use some help, so if you are in that area and want to get involved, please contact her on Facebook or Bill Lee, who will get you in touch with her.

            One of Val's sons (Sean Green) has posted an unreleased song by Val online. It's a rough sixty second mixdown from the master tape. It's called "Let's Talk it Over in the Morning." He is working on restoring some old tapes, so we can expect more. Click here: Val Stecklein


            Betty's Runway in Wichita is now hosting a blues jam every Tuesday night from 8-11 pm. After many requests for this they hope it is supported. Once a month was simply not enough.

            Take your voice, your harp, your guitar, your bass, your sticks, your horn, or whatever instrument you use to play those lowdown dirty blues. 


            KSHB-TV turned the spotlight on Kansas City legend Mama Ray last week. Click here: Musical group Mama Ray combines jazz and blues - KCLive.tv.

One of Kansas City's best known and most popular pianists, Tim Whitmer, headlined the last in the 2012-13 "Jazz by the Lake" series at Kansas City Kansas Community College last  Thursday, April 4. The director of the "Spirituality and All That Jazz" programs at Unity on the Plaza, Whitmer  performed from noon-1 pm in Conference Center adjacent to the Campus Lake on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Avenue.  Whitmer was joined by Grammy-nominated guitarist Rod Fleeman and James Albright on bass. The performance was open to the public without charge.


KC's Janelle Monae is on the cover of the new May issue of Essence, which hit the stands on April 5.


            Seventh Son Brewing in Columbus, OH, kicks off a musical series on April 13 with an early evening show featuring a set by Karlee and Bill Goffrier (the latter of Big Dipper and Kansas legends The Embarrassment). All ages are welcome. If it's warm enough, they'll open the garage doors to let in the evening air.


            The 3 Legged Dawgs will debut their song "More That A Flag," a tribute to all past and present military. The band will be playing at 3 pm on Penn Avenue in downtown Independence, KS.


            Titan Records, The Vinyl Market, and RecordBar present the spring edition of the Pop-Up Record Store Sale. Several Midwestern vinyl dealers will be present to sell you all the music you've waited through the long, hard winter to buy. The RecordBar will be there for your food and drink needs. Don't miss this one afternoon only sale. Please invite anyone you know who loves music, too. Admission is free. All of the available dealer slots have been filled.


Rachel Black has been asked to sing at thee first ever Holocaust Commemoration event at KU on April 10 for Yom HaShoah, hosted by the LKCC and KU Hill. She is a third generation holocaust survivor and it means a lot to her and her family to be included. The event will be held at Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union at 7 pm. It will include a candle lighting by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Lawrence mayor Bob Schumm.


            Wichita sax player Lisa Hittle (left) is featured in the April issue of Women's Focus.


            Shooting Star April 26 at the Buffalo Bar in St. Joe and April 27 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Sounds like a tour!


One of Coyote Bill (Bartelt)'s songs was chosen for Big City Blues Magazine's latest sampler CD. Now it's in the running for "Coolest Blues Song of 2013." You can vote, but only one vote per computer. Click here: Untitled Document


            A passion for music united the musicians who make up On the Shoulders of Giants, a Topeka metal core band that, from a young age, has gained popularity throughout the surrounding area. Click here: Local band rises On the Shoulders of Giants | CJOnline.com.


Washboard Chaz moved to New Orleans from Kansas City twelve years ago. He was recently interviewed there. Click here: Washboard Chaz on New Orleans — GoNOLA.com


The Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festval is coming back to KCK in June but at the Old Quindaro Museum site. Check out the museum and grounds.


Joseph Fulgenzi won't be buying Jardine's jazz club…he's going to prison. This is devastating news for the people who still care about Kansas City jazz. There are a few more KC jazz clubs that have sprung up in the aftermath of Jardine's closing, but they're mostly half empty.

And so, Kansas City's signature art form continues "The Long Goodnight" as jazz becomes just another dead language they teach at UMKC, like Latin or American Literature.


On KKFI's Wednesday MidDay Nedket, Mark Manning will welcome as his co-host Marioon Merritt. They will talk with Paul & Brandon Draper, who will discusss Paul's new album, The Paul Draper Band, and their father and son concert April 13 at the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum. The April 13 concert will include Paul Draper on Hammond B3, Rhodes, Clavinet, Wurlitzer and vocals; Brandon Draper on drums, percussion and vocals; Luke Polipnick on guitars; Ben Leifer on bass; Rich Wheeler on saxophone; and Hermon Mehari on trumpet.


It's a busy time for KMHOF inductee Bobby Watson. He and his 18th & Vine Big Band performed Saturday evening at the Blue Room, and tonight his UMKC Consevatory Jazz Band plays at 7:30 this evening in White Recital Hall at UMKC. The UMKC 11 O'Clock Jazz Band, directed by Dan Thomas, is also on tonight's bill. Tickets ar $8, $6 for seniors, free for students.


            Pat Metheny's recording of John Zorn's "Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20" will be released May 21. Click here: Nonesuch and Tzadik Simultaneously Release Pat Metheny's Recording of John Zorn's "Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 2


Eldar's recent activities are looked at by Pamela Espeland. Click here: Eldar breaks through with a new "Point of View" | bebopified


From a press release: Since her emergence onto the adult contemporary/urban jazz scene in the early 2000s, Carol Duboc has generously shared her wisdom and insight about love and romance in song-via both compelling original material and uniquely stylized covers of pop classics, as on her most recent recordings Songs For Lovers (2008) and Burt Bacharach Songbook (2009).  On her multi-faceted new album Smile, the sultry singer and songwriter-who penned songs for top pop/R&B artists like Patti Labelle, Chante Moore, Stephanie Mills and Jade before emerging as a solo artist-goes deeper emotionally than ever before…  Duboc co-produced Smile (and co-wrote all but one of its songs) with GRAMMY® nominated keyboardist, recording artist, composer and producer Jeff Lorber.


KKFI volunteers, staff and listeners acknowledge with regret Nilufar Movahedi's decision to resign as host of Saba (3:00 pm CT) and Sayeh (4:00 pm CT), Persian music and Farsi language programs that fit wonderfully into our Sunday afternoon schedule. During Nilufar's tenure, these shows brought to KKFI's listeners the best in Iranian music, along with news and other information aimed at educating us about the society and politics in this important region of the world. She did parts of her programs in English and parts in Farsi, but even those of us who don't understand a word of Farsi enjoyed all of her programming - it's been said of Nilufar truthfully that you could listen to her read the telephone book and enjoy it for hours. And the music and poetry....what a window into the soul of this part of our shared globe! We're happy that Nilufar will remain associated with the station, and wish her all the best in whatever new endeavors she takes on. But we hope to get her back on the air, at least intermittently, for the joy that would give us all. -- Mark Andruss, KKFI Programming Committee Chair


Britt Small of Festival has moved from Iowa to Key West, FL.



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April 1, 2013

            KKFI in Kansas City needs bands to donate their time for the station's band auction. Each band will get a 30 minute interview on the radio including playing some of their music. Then the band volunteers to perform a two hour show for the highest bidder. If interested, contact Bill Claus at 816-994-7869.


            Al Meeker (below), drummer with KC's Boogie Leggin' Blues Band and also a Roadmaster informed us through RocknRick last week that he got home from the hospital with some really bad news. His stomach has a lot of tumors and chemo treatment is to start immediately. Al is a musician and has worked at the Kansas City Art Institute as a maintenance painter. A benefit will be held to help out.


            Musicians in need will benefit from a stellar line up that donated their performances for the PAT Bash at the Abode in Wichita on Sunday, March 24. Performing this year were Square One, The Sleep Truckers, Jenny Wood and the Watchers and the Jamie Quick Band. The PAT Fund was named in honor of Pat, one of Wichita's most beloved musicians, who passed away in 2004.

            The Pat Fund is a nonprofit resource for working area musicians unable to gig due to major illness, accident or medical emergency, or for their immediate survivors to address final expenses. Applications for assistance are reviewed by the PAT Fun Committee and acted upon in keeping with the urgency of the request.

            Contributions and memorial gifts sustain the PAT Fund. To make a donation at any time send your contributions to: The PAT Fund, c/o The Wichita Blues Society, PO Box 8272, Munger Station, Wichita, KS 67208. WBS is a nonprofit, 501©3 Kansas Corporation. Click here: Pat Bash 2013 Ball and Chain - YouTube.


            The trustees of the Dan Falley Memorial Fund and Scholarships are pleased to announce ten Shawnee County youth have been awarded Jam4Dan music scholarships ranging from $150 to $300. A special award this year is presented to Forrest Evans, a former Jam4Dan scholarship recipient. He has been named the Shirley Renner Memorial Scholar, which carries a stipend of $500. Ms. Renner, who passed away just before the event, supported the Jam4Dan effort from its inception.

            The ten students awarded scholarships, along with their instructors, are:

            Savannah Guy (Eric Olberg)

            Garrison Vernon (Shawn O'Trimble)

            Sophie Arvizu, Justin Carswell, and James Hensley (Chip Janda)

            Eric Smith, Michael Mendoza, and Tommy Stokes (Forrest Evans)

            Joel Wright and Alex Pferifer (Dave Schaffer)

            Scholarship applications contained three parts: a statement of need; the student's reflection on what his or her instrument/instruction means; and a teacher recommendation. With these awards, Jam4Dan has awarded nearly $12,000 since it began offering the scholarships in 2009. The proceeds from the inaugural event were used to help defray funeral costs of Dan Falley.

            The scholarships directly to the instructors and will provide from two to five months of free music lessons to the recipients.

            The trustees have not awarded all the scholarship dollars generated at this year's event, so look for upcoming announcements for a second opportunity to apply for a scholarship. The trustees have also discussed possibilities of using the remaining funds to sponsor 2013 scholarship renewals and/or outreach events at local elementary schools to raise musical awareness among the students.

            The 2013 Jam4Dan Trustees are: Mike Fox, Joel Edison, Tom Krebs, Danl Blackwood, J.C. Bloomar, Chris Aytes and Ed Carmona.

            For more info, visit www.jam4dan.com/scholarship.html.


            Billy Greer of the band Kansas has posted some clips from his forthcoming album Seventh Key on his website. Check them out at www.billygreer.com.


            Former Backlash bassist Danny Tallent is getting married this morning (April 1) at 9:30 in the Nemaha County Courthouse in Seneca. Congratulations, Danny!

            Eddie Lowery, of the band Esoneree, will appear on this week's Wednesday MidDay Medley with Alicia Dressman and Megan Zander from 10-noon of KKFI to talk about Jamnesty: Sights and Sounds to benefit Amensty International, Friday, April 5, 6-10 pm, at The Next Space Gallery in Kansas City's Crossroads.

            Lowery spent ten years in a Kansas prison on a wrongful conviction. He was exonerated in 203. He played music while in prison, but it wasn't until about a year after his release that he began to write hi own songs. In 2010, he helped form the band Exoneree with Darby Tillis, William Michael Dillon,, Raymond Towler and Antoine Day. All of these men were exonerated form prison after being wrongfully convicted. Organizations like Amnesty International and Innocence Project work to exonerate innocent people through DNA testing and reform the criminal justice system to prevent injustice.

            The benefit will include: Dennis Fritz and Eddie Lowery, who will talk about their experiences. A documentary about Lowery will be shown. The benefit will also include music from Dream Wolf and art by Chico San. Hector Casanova, Tyson Schroeder and Rob Tapley Bustamante will also appear, along with Mark Manning, the host of Wednesday MidDay Medley.


            B. Scott Nelson has updated us on his upcoming GroundHearts Day party April 13. He's added Everette DeVan to the entertainment roster this year. Everette is a monster keyboard guy and a Kansas City legend. He'll bring his trio, with Matt Hopper on guitar and Danny Gomez on drums. And, those lovely ladies of song that are always featured at his regular Tuesday night jam at the Phoenix, Dionne Jereau and Eboni Fondren, will be there, too. Some of the regular jammers will show up, including saxophonist Ian Corbett. And there are rumors that other KC legends will put in at least a cameo appearance: Lonnie McFadden, Max Groove, and the inimitable Jazzbo. Everett et al are a major addition to this year's GroundHearts and Scott is excited to have these additions to the evening's musical lineup.


            Wichita Blues guitarists, here's your chance to win a CMG guitar. Johnson Music Center is sponsoring their 2nd annual contest for blues guitarists. Each contestant will get two minutes to play lead over a two minute track or their choosing. The final round will be in the old blues style of cuttin' heads. All three finalists will be on stage at the same time, plugged in, tuned up and ready to go. Sound system for the tracks and for the MC, also 3 amps for the guitarists and a bass amp in case of bass accompaniment are provided.

            Finals are April 13, 11 am, at the Hub Community Center, 211 East Third Street, Hutchinson.

            First place will receive a CGM guitar - Second place will receive a $100 Johnson Music gift certificate - Third place will receive a $50 gift certificate. There will also be swag for all of the contestants: strings, T-shirts, etc. Judges are Chris Mitchell of CMG Guitars and DevilCat amps, Adam Alexander, last year's winner, and Riley Withrow, Third place finisher last year.

            Contact Shayne Pearman for complete details. Deadline to enter is April 10 by 6 pm. Enter in person at the store, or, if you are outside of Hutchinson, enter by phone: 620-662-0821 (work) or 620-200-3113 (cell).


            The Lake Elsinore Storm Professional Baseball Team has announced that Kansas will be performing at The Diamond on Sunday, April 14 following the team's game at 2:05 pm. All fans in attendance for the Storm game will be allowed to stay for the concert at no additional cost.

            The concert, set to begin approximately 30 minutes after the game, will be held in celebration of Storm owner Gary Jacobs' birthday. Kansas is scheduled to perform a 90 minute set on a stage placed behind second base.

            "We always try to bring in extra entertainment for our fans," said Vice President/General Manager Chris Jones. "We are looking forward to this event and our entire schedule for the 2013 season."

            Tickets to the game and concert start at $10 if purchased in advance and can be purchased online at www.stormbaseball.com. Tickets to this event and the other Storm home games in 2013 are available for sale by phone at 951-245-4487, online and at the box office.


            Chet Nichols has 7 of the top 10 songs on Broadjam's page for Illinois this week. Click here: Top 10 Songs - Best Indie Music, List Top Indie Music: Illinois.


            Trampled Under Foot has a new album called Badlands coming out soon. They let BOB-FM in Sedalia, MO play a few of the songs recently.

Click here: An Interview with Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot, a new Blues dynasty rising - Blues.Gr.


            It's possible you're familiar with Kansas City rapper Gee Watts. He's released some solid mixtapes and albums in recent years, and he's delivered some blistering live performances, but has flown under the radar even within KC's hip-hop scene. Watts' powder-keg of potential looks like it might be set to erupt. He just released a song with arguable the hottest rapper on the planet.

            Last week, Watts dropped Watts R.I.O.T. - featuring Kendrick Lamar - onto the internet, and it was quickly picked up by hip-hop blogs like Nah Right, Hip Hop DX and 2Dope Boyz. The track will appear on Watts' mixtape Watts Up, due out April 7.

            A former Kansas farm girl left the "big skies" of Kansas to explore her musical talents. Lisa Engelken (left) was that singer. She is an independent artist in every sense of the word. She books her own flights, hotels and venues. She runs her website, personally writes her newsletter and sends out hand written thank you cards to people after she performs in their towns. In addition to all of that, she creates and performs her own music. Her first album Caravan is a classic in every sense of the word.

            Lisa needs help to finish up her second album Little Warrior which is the perfect description of the petite singer with the big pipes. Recently, she started a campaign to raise funds to complete this album You can donate at www.igg.me/at/littlewarror. If you go, that link will explain more about who she is and what the donation will do. For as little as $15 you get an advance download of the album before its general release date. Donating to her campaign showcases your love of the arts, gets you a new album and helps keep an independent artist independent. Lisa is more that 75% of the way to her goal. For more information, go to www.lisaengelken.com


            Congratulations to The Silver Maggies on their forthcoming album My Pale Horse. The CD release party was held at KC's Coda Bar & Grill last Thursday night.

            To celebrate his new album Breakthrough being available for pre-order on iTunes, Eldar Djangirov is giving away the track "Point of View Redux" free. Click on this link to download the song and pre-order Breakthrough. Click here: (68) Eldar.


            Nica's 320 in Kansas City presented a "World Music Summit" evening last Friday, March 29, with Broken String, Kevin Hiatt & John Currey, and Nada Brahma. These three KC based musical groups traverse various world music styles ranging from Bossa Nova/Samba and jazz, to American fingerstyle guitar and classical Indian raga.

            Broken String consists of guitarists Michael McClintock and Jarrod Stephenson along with percussionist John Currrey, wombining the sounds of contemporary jazz with the traditions of flamenco and South American styles from Brazil.

            Composer and guitarist Kevin Hiatt performs his instrumentals and songs on 6,7,12 string and baritone guitars. His playing has been compared to that of Leo Kottke with other influences ranging from Americana to post new age minimalism. Percussionist John Currey will join Hiatt on various hand drums to provide extra rhythmic energy to Hiatt's eclectic musical material. Closing out the evening will be Nada Brahma, a duo with Brian Frantz on 12 string guitar and sitar with Ron Mckorkle on flute. Their repertoire consists of original compositions and traditional Indian classical ragas.

            The performances took place in the Red Room of Nica's 320, which features a full menu of world culture inspired food and drink to complement the musical performances.


            Alice Sweet Alice will be releasing the first single from their new album Ribbons & Stone on Friday, April 5. It is called "M.I.A."


            The Flaming Lips have a new album coming out April 16 in the US, April 1 in the UK. Pre-order The Terror now. Click here: iTunes - Music - The Terror by The Flaming Lips.


            Sam Billen scored a short documentary film called Preserving the Past about a historic movie theater in Topeka a couple of years ago. That soundtrack is now available to download for free at www.sambillen.bandcamp.com/album/preserving-the-past-topeka-jayhawk-theatre-original-soundtrack.


            There's something old fashioned about many of the albums released by the Salina label Acoustic Sounds. Click here: A sonic boom from Salina: the LP | Interview | The Pitch.


            Lawrence.com is posting a series of articles looking back at past winners of KJHK' Farmer's Ball, retelling the artists' memories of winning and their musical endeavors since. This years' Farmer's Ball will take place April 20 & 27 at the Bottleneck. The first article features rapper Stik Figa. Click here: Rapper Stik Figa looks back on Farmer's Ball win | Loud and Local | Lawrence.com.

            This year's voting is underway and ends a 11:45 pm April 5. http://kjhk.org/web/2013/03/26/fb-online-voting/.


            Mouth has posted another song online from the band's all improv jam at Lawrence's Jazzhaus on March 8. The band is still working on finalizing the tracks, names, etc. Click here: Mouth Madness Preview (Friday Night Preview) by theneweraoffunk on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds.


            MTV is sending a representative to Ink's Middle of the Map Fest to blog/instagram the fest, celebrating the fest and to pay homage to the days of watching MTV for hours on end, let's pause to remember those "good old days.". 

Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7 will be making it's debut at the Kill Devil Club on April 12 from 10pm-1am.  The group will be focusing on funky dance grooves popular in the late 60's and 70's a la Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Lonnie Smith, and will have some original compositions and arrangements of recent pop tunes, too. As of now, the entire repertoire is different from Chris' trio except for one tune.  Here is the lineup: Nick Howell - Trumpet, Nick Rowland - Tenor Sax, Brett Jackson - Baritone Sax, Matt Hopper - Guitar, Kevin Frazee - Drums, Gary Helm - Congas & Percussion, Chris Hazelton - Hammond B-3 Organ.


            Last Friday marked the release of "If You Say So," the first single from Country Singles. This is available for download on Grisly Hand's Bandcamp site (www.music.thegrislyhand.com). The band sold download cards at the Brick in Kansas City. Everyone who buys the single will get a free gift.


The Truman Heritage Festival May 2-4 in Grandview, MO will feature area bands Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, Right on Red, Rattle & Hum and Revelation. Josh Gracin will headline May 4.


A preliminary stage schedule of the Kansas Sampler Festival has been posted. The Kansas Sampler Festival is in Liberal at Light Park on May 4-5. Click here: Entertainers 2013 | Kansas Sampler Festival


            Check out Tech N9ne's interview with Vice. Click here: The Karmic Concepts of Tech N9ne | VICE United States.


            Interviewer Brian Pace really did his homework before talking with Karrin Allyson. Click here: The Pace Report: "Allyson In Vocaland" The Karrin Allyson Interview on Vimeo .


            WestChase Grille, a Leawood restaurant that regularly featured live music has closed.  Click here: WestChase Grille


            According to Mark Ballard, the Kansas City School of Rock will be opening for Heart and Jason Bonham at Starlight August 18. Tickets are already on sale.


            Does Melissa Etheridge wear her leather stage pants to the grocery store? You'll have to listen for her answer. Click here: Tour Wardrobe by meradioshow on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds.


            Topeka musician Joe Schoonover entertains customers at the Classic Bean with jazz every other Thursday. Click here: Local guitarist leads jazz night at the Bean | CJOnline.com.


            At last check, Coffeyville native Donnie Miller is number 18 on the ReverbNation Blues chart for the US, #33 globally, # 1 for local Nashville, with 29,403 song plays, 6,903 video plays, 8576 views with 1306 fans.


            Howard Iceberg recorded four songs on Saturday with Betse Ellis, Kyle Dahlquist and Gary Parades. They had a lot of fun. Howard says he's ready to cut loose with a whole bunch of new stuff.


            Ken Tucker, formerly of Terre Haute, IN, is the new guitarist for Chanute's 3 Legged Dawgs.



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March 25, 2013

Zoe McKinley of Zoe & the Mofoes and other bands passed away in her sleep January 18.  Her obituary has finally been posted online. Zoe was well known on the Kansas City jazz and blues scene.  Click here: ZOE ELAINE BURNS MCKINLEY Obituary: View ZOE MCKINLEY's Obituary by Kansas City Star.


Charlie & the Stingrays have lost a past band mate and good friend Danny Meyer. Dan the Man was the Stingrays bass player for 11 years, from 1990 to 2001. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Please keep his widow Jackie in your thoughts.


            We have an update on Roger Calkins. He is regressing. He has gone from vegetable, to speaking one word, to speaking a few words, and now he is back to no words or one word/response for every 30 questions he is asked. He is getting occupation, physical and speed therapy daily which should be helping him. Shelly Willey has hired someone to "engage" him for 3 hours each day, 5 days a week, for one month. She is hoping this intensive engagement will get him going. She is going to arm his 'companion" with Silvertones/Holidays stuff from the internet. If anyone has great links with stories, then please email them to lovlwilley@gmail.com. Shelly will be tapping into Mike Weaver's website www.soc-hop-stories.blogspot.com.


            Someone broke into the apartment of KC musician Shane Borth (Shooting Star,  Flanigan's Right Hook & Quixotic) and stole the following equipment:

            Pedaltrain PT-3 Pedalboard with hard case and wheels regular H77036 03 (left) Sennheiser Wireless Instrument Transmitter and Receiver  - Model XSW72A, Serial # 0142130040

Audio-Technica Wireless in-ear monitor receiver and transmitter Model M2T 08370291

T.C. Eletronic ND-1 Nova Delay serial number - (21)8627775

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer - no serial number

Boss TU 2 Chromatic Tuner - no serial number

Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb - no serial number

L.R. Baggs Para-Acoustic DI serial number - 404038

Shure earbuds SE425

Let's see if we can help Shane get his stuff back.


            This seems to be the week for missing equipment. A Topeka musician is missing his white Epiphone Les Paul guitar (left). We don't have the serial number, but hope to soon and we'll post it when we get it. The guitar was in a rectangular case covered in fake fur. It was last seen with three or more large Rubbermaid tubs full of old punk rock records, a couple of mic stands, a couple of old metal light trees, a bunch of DVDs and CDs, and a yellow 10-speed bicycle.


Kansas City blues man Stovepipe Perkins of Knock Kneed Sally performed for the Kansas City Songwriters Scene last Monday night at Davey's Uptown Ramble's Club. Stovepipe was followed by KC's open mic dedicated to original music and songwriters hosted by Jonathan Theobaldt.


            For those who have never watched TV's Dancing With the Stars, take it from the guys of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at KU. You should be watching. The show's new season began last week with two competitors with Kansas ties. The Sig Eps are rooting for their buddy, boxer Victor Ortiz, a native of Garden City.

            Sean Lowe, a former K-State football player who just found his true love on ABC's other hit reality show, The Bachelor, is competing alongside Ortiz and other celebs. Ortiz became a friend of the KU frat through one of his childhood friends, a former frat president. He's been known to vacation at the house in Lawrence and once even brought his WBC title belt to show his "adopted" brothers.

            In Touch Weekly has noted the friendly behind-the-scenes rivalry, posting a story "Is Bachelor Sean Lowe Already Fighting the Stars?" The story ran with a Twitter picture of the two faux fighting. "Just knocked the camp out!" joked Lowe