Under the Radar’s Fifth Anniversary Show at KKFI

On Sunday night, KKFI’s Under the Radar a weekly show featuring local artists and musicians celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary.  The show was a gathering of local musicians and supporters including: Drew Black and Dirty Electric, The Electric Lungs, Missouri Loves Company, Scotch Hollow, Dead Ven, the Atomic 50’s, Modern Day Fitzgerald and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle of the Map ‘Memz’ by Hilary Rambeau

“MIDDLE OF THE MAP MEMZ” by Hilary Rambeau

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For 10 days each year, The Middle of the Map Festival allows the center of the country to be recognized for more than just a region of wheat and never ending plains. This year marked The Middle of the Map’s 6th Annual Anniversary, and from May 27-April 7 the festival, once again, brought the breadbasket of the country to light as a cultural hub for “music”, “film” and “ideas” of every kind. While those of us here in Kansas City are already aware of our highly underrated artistic epicenter, the festival attracted visitors from all over the country to experience the KC magic for themselves.

Our crew danced the days away to several of the headlining bands’ crushing performances. Zhu, Vince Staples, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires to mention a few! Although, one of the true beauties of growing festivals like Middle of The Map, is the treasure hunt for the diamonds in the rough. Local and national bands alike travel near and far to simply jam out to the art they have spent countless hours creating. As a festival goer, you are able to experience the passion within just a few feet of their performance. There’s an unprecedented feeling of festival fortune when you leave a small show that delivered a vibe and tune that rang in sync with your own heart’s beat, and you had only arrived there “on accident”.

For those of you who missed out, fear not, next year will surely hold a promising lineup yet again, AND we only have 4 months until we can all put our dancing shoes back on for the Crossroads Music Fest in September. Until then, take a listen to our “MOTM Memz” playlist for a short, eclectic mix of groovy #MOTMfest highlights to get your day going while offering you a tiny taste of the tunes that had the feet of Kansas City tapping this past week.

“MOTM MEMZ”

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By Hilary Rambeau, Trailside RV and Route 66 RV Network Content Developer

Wed., May 4 @ 11:30PM. Westport Saloon. Roosevelt Dime – Oh to Be

Thurs., May 5 @ 12:00AM. Ernie Biggs. Big Black Delta– Money Rain Down

Fri., May 6 @ 12:00AM. Ernie Biggs. The Besnard Lakes – Pressure of Our Plans

Fri., May 6 @ 8:00PM. The Midland. Gallant – Weight in Gold

Fri., May 6 @ 9:15PM. CrossroadsKC. The Struts – Kiss This

Fri., May 6 @ 10:30PM. The Midland. Zhu – Automatic

Fri., May 6 @ 10:30PM. CrossroadsKC. Cold War Kids – We Used to Vacation

Sat., May 7 @ 12:00AM. Ernie Biggs. The Grisly Hand – Baby Talk

Sat. May 7 @ 8:00PM. The Midland. Son Little – Lay Down

Sat., May 7 @ 9:15PM. The Midland. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Ain’t It a Sin

Sat., May 7 @ 10:45PM. The Record Bar Pop-Up. Com Truise – Subsonic

Sat., May 7 @ 12:45AM. Tank Room. Ggoolldd – Boyz

Sun., May 8 @ 12:15AM. The Record Bar Pop-Up. STRFKR – Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second

Macabre Halloween at Knuckleheads’ Garage

Back on Halloween, the My Brothers and Sisters hosted an evening of music at Knuckleheads’ Garage featuring a number of performers including: Jessica Paige, Calvin Arsenia, Sarah Tannehill Anderson, and Christian Robinson.

The show included a number of classic horror movie soundtracks and themes performed by members of My Brothers and Sisters with about a 10 piece wind, brass and string ensemble accompanying.  Each song had video clips of the movie cut to match.  It was quite well done.

One of the highlights of the night was Sarah Tannehill Anderson performing the Diva Plava Laguna opera number from the Fifth Element.  It was really, really impressive.

To be frank, each vocalist that performed during the evening was incredibly talented.  The musical arrangements were well done and the visuals were well executed.  My main criticism was the time between numbers, it didn’t have a steady flow that really kept things moving.

However, all in all it was good show featuring something out of the ordinary done by highly talented musicians from all over Kansas City.  Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Manning’s 10th Anniversary Party at Davey’s Uptown

Back on Dec 12, The fine folks at KKFI hosted a party for Mark Manning in honor of his 10 years of hosting the “Wednesday Midday Medley” on KKFI.  It was well attended event of music fans, friends, family and well-wishers.

The bands on the bill included: The Pedaljets, Dolls on Fire, The Philistines.  The event also served as a “soft” release of the upcoming Dolls on Fire album “Synesthesia“.  At any rate, here’s the images:

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The Sing-Along

 

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