Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Vi Tran + The 816 Bicycle Collective
+ A Musical Tribute to Abigail Henderson
Mark plays New & Local Releases from: Betse Ellis, Amy Farrand, The Vi Tran Band, The Pedaljets, High and Dry, Julia Holter, Neko Case, Crocodiles, Ty Segall, Superchunk, Jagwar Ma, and music from the bands of Abigail Henderson: The Gaslights, Atlantic Fadeout, Tiny Horse, and Trouble Junction.
At 10:30, we’ll talk with Idris Raoufi, a co-founding member of the 816 Bicycle Collective a volunteer run organization working to rescue, repair and redistribute bicycles. The collective wants to increase the bike community to promote alternative transportation that is healthy, inexpensive, and with zero emissions. The Kansas City Bicycle Federation currently owns the building at 518 E. 31st St. intended to house The 816 Bicycle Collective non-profit community bicycle shop, as well as other like-minded individuals and organizations. Idris is also one of the organizers of Main Street Day, Saturday, Sept. 7, and The Cyclovia Festival a car-free and care-free environment for walkers, skaters, cyclists. More info at: www.816bike.org and www.mainstreetday.com
At 11:15, Mark talks with Vi Tran about his new release “American Heroine” with The Vi Tran Band: Katie Gilchrist, Sean Hogge, Jerod Rivers, and Ben Byard. The band recorded the new album at Element Studio with Joel Nanos. Vi Tran was born near Sai Gon, Vietnam and raised in southwestern Kansas. He began performing as a toddler in the refugee camps of southeast Asia. Other refugees took pity on the young (and literally starving) artist, giving him what food they could spare. Vi Tran considers his life an open-ended refugee story and All-American tale, full of landlocked sailors and broken lovers; loss and discovery; but most of all, hope. More info at: www.vitranmusic.com