Blues Calendar Aug 28-Sept 3

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TUESDAY, 28
BBs Lawnside BBQ, Nick Schnebelen Band, 7pm
Freddy T’s, OPEN JAM w/Dave Hays, 8pm
Jazz 39th St, Billy Ebeling, 7pm
Phoenix, OPEN JAM w/Mark Lowery, 7pm
Roxy Bar, OPEN MIC, 8pm
Westport Saloon, OPEN MIC w/Coyote Bill, 8pm

WEDNESDAY, 29
BBs Lawnside BBQ, Mike Sedovic, 7pm
Jazz Independence, Billy Ebeling, 6pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, Carl Butler’s Gospel Lounge, 7:30pm; Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, 8pm
McGuires, OPEN JAM w/Donnie James Blues, 7pm
Phoenix, Taylor Smith Band, 7pm
Piano Room, OPEN MIC w/Karen Baum, 7pm
Scores Bar & Grill, JAM w/Gino Bueno and Loose Change Band, 7pm

THURSDAY, 30
BBs Lawnside BBQ, John Paul’s Flying Circus w/Dave Hays, 7:30pm
Dirty Harry’s, OPEN JAM w/Bluz Benderz, 7pm
Firehouse Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Steve Andrew Trio, 7:30pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, Concert for Caroline w/ Maria Anthony, Megan Hurt, Darrell Lea, Howard Iceberg, Jason Vivone, Starhaven Rounders and more, 7:30pm
Phoenix, Millie Edwards & Moment’s Notice, 7pm
Score Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Jammin’ Jan Band, 7pm
Squirley’s Bar, OPEN JAM w/Randy Patton, 9pm
Gaslight Gardens, Jennifer Westwood and The Handsome Devil, 7pm
The Landing, Cantaloupe City, 8pm

FRIDAY, 31
A Little BBQ Joint, Fast Johnny, 7pm
BBs Lawnside BBQ, Levee Town, 9pm
Crossroads Club, Nick Schnebelen Band,
Jazz Legends, Turkey Bone & Full Count Band, 7pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, M80’s, 7pm; Jeff Bergen’s Elvis Show, 8pm; Found A Job, 10pm
Konrads Kitchen & Tap House, Scott Moyer Band, 8:30pm
Somerset Wine Tasting Room, Billy Ebeling
Crossroads, Nick Schnebelen Band, 8pm
Firehouse on 20th, JD Summers Band
Riverwood Winery, Ernest James Zydeco solo, 530
Uncle Bo’s, Cate Brothers, 8pm
The Riot Room, Gooding, 8pm
Mutual Musicians Foundation Jam, 1am

SATURDAY, SEPT 01
A Little BBQ Joint, Essential Remedy, 7pm
Uncle Bo’s, Cate Brothers, 8pm
Knuckleheads, Dave Alvin, 8:30pm, Indigenous, 9:30 pm
Martin City Brewing, Knock Kneed Sally, 7pm
All Star Bar & Grill, Black Jack Row, 8pm
Phoenix, Hot Club of KC, 4:30pm
Mutual Musicians Foundation Jam, 1am

SUNDAY, 02
BB’s Lawnside BBQ, The Confessors, 6pm
Jazz at Legends, Billy Ebeling solo, 3pm
Firehouse Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Dave Hays, 7pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, OPEN JAM w/Levee Town, 1pm
Phoenix, Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant, 10am
Westport Saloon, ACOUSTIC JAM W/AJ Gaither, 9pm
Buchanan’s, OPEN JAM w/Turkey Bone & Full Count, 2pm

MONDAY, 03
Hideout Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Blue Monday Quartet, 7pm

Blues Calendar Aug. 21-27

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TUESDAY, 21
BBs Lawnside BBQ, Greashouse w/Jim Beisman, 7pm
Freddy T’s, OPEN JAM w/Dave Hays, 8pm
Phoenix, OPEN JAM w/Mark Lowery, 7pm
Roxy Bar, OPEN MIC, 8pm
Westport Saloon, OPEN MIC w/Coyote Bill, 8pm

WEDNESDAY, 22
BBs Lawnside BBQ, Jason Elmore, 7pm
Bier Station, A La Mode, 7pm
Jazz Independence, Billy Ebeling, 6pm
Knuckleheads, The Fabulous Torques, 7:30pm; Michael Glabicki & Dirk Miller, 8pm
McGuires, OPEN JAM w/Donnie James Blues, 7pm
Piano Room, OPEN MIC w/Karen Baum, 7pm
Old Shawnee Town, Grand Marquis, 7pm
The Ship, Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats, 8pm

THURSDAY, 23
BBs Lawnside BBQ, John Paul’s Flying Circus w/Taylor Smith, 7:30pm
Dirty Harry’s, OPEN JAM w/Bluz Benderz, 7pm
Firehouse Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Steve Andrew Trio, 7:30pm
Jazz Legends, Billy Ebeling, 6pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, Mary Gauthier, 8pm
Phoenix, The Max Levy Band, 7pm
Score Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Jammin’ Jan Band, 7pm
Squirley’s Bar, OPEN JAM w/Randy Patton, 9pm
PS Speakeasy, A La Mode, 8pm

FRIDAY, 24
A Little BBQ Joint, Turkey Bone & The Full Count Band, 7pm
BBs Lawnside BBQ, Amanda Fish Band, 9pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, Paul Thorn w/Jared Deck, 8:30pm, Rob Ickes in the Gospel Lounge, 8:30pm
Mutual Musicians Foundation, OPEN JAM, 1:00am
Phoenix, Lonnie McFadden, 4:30pm; The MGDs, 9pm
Somerset Wine Tasting Room, Billy Ebeling,
Kearney Lions Park, Finnegan’s Crossing,7pm
Uncle Bo’s, Theresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, 8pm
Score Bar & Grill, Allied Saints, 8pm
Paola Roots Festival, noon (see article below)

SATURDAY, 25
A Little BBQ Joint, Tall Tales, 7pm
BBs Lawnside BBQ, OPEN JAM w/ Mama Ray, 2pm; Ernest James Zydeco, 9pm
Knuckleheads, OPEN JAM w/Billy Ebeling, 1pm; ; Paul Thorn w/Eilen Jewell, 8:30pm
Levee, Rick Bacus/Journeyman Band, 5pm
Phoenix, Tim Whitmer & KC Express, 4:30pm; A La Mode, 9pm
Wabash BBQ, Amanda Fish Band, 7pm
Mutual Musicians Foundation, OPEN JAM, 1:00am
Wabash BBQ, Amanda Fish Band, 7pm
Crescent Moon Winery, The House Jumpers, 1pm
Hideout, Turkey Bone & Full Count
Firehouse on 20th, Blue Plate Special,
Frog Pond, Allied Saints, 8pm
Martin City Brewing, Kyle Sexton Band,  7pm
Paola Roots Festival, 11am (see article below)

SUNDAY, 26
A Little BBQ Joint, OPEN JAM w/Steve Andrew Band, 2pm
American Garage, OPEN JAM w/The Allstars, 6pm
Arcadian Moon Winery, Coyote Bill Band, 2pm
BBs Lawnside BBQ, The 4th Annual Michael Shannon Musician’s Fund Celebration Concert, 2pm (see article below)
Buchanan’s, OPEN JAM w/Turkey Bone & Full Count, 2pm
Firehouse Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Dave Hays, 7pm
Hideout Bar & Grille, Turkey Bone & Full Count Band, 3pm
Knuckleheads Saloon, OPEN JAM w/Levee Town, 1pm; Paul Thorn, Noon
Phoenix, Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant, 10am
Somerset Winery, Billy Ebeling, 1pm
Tanners Platte City, Stovepipe, 3pm
Westport Saloon, ACOUSTIC JAM W/AJ Gaither, 9pm
Blue Springs Rotary Park, Nace Brothers, 6pm

MONDAY, 27
Hideout Bar & Grill, OPEN JAM w/Blue Monday Quartet, 7pm
Jazz 39th St, Jazzbo, 6pm

Highlights from the KKFI 30th Anniversary at the Folly Theater

Here are some of the photography highlights from the 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Folly Theater last Saturday, June 30th, 2018.  The event featured performances from a number of area musicians and performers including: 


Rosy’s Bar & Grill 
Bob and Diana Suckiel, Barry Lee 
Sara Morgan 
Eve Sheldon 
Ernest James Zydeco with Barry “Washboard” Barnes 
Deepa Reality 
Jo 
Julia Othmer 
Ernie Locke
Jason Vivone & Junebug with Ernie Locke 



Gerald Trimble & Jambaroque 
Shots In the Night – Live Radio Play 
Una Walkenhorst 
The Elders 
Robert Rodriguez of Steele Road & Greg Conchola 
Maria the Mexican 
Cubanisms 
Kadesh Flow 
Kemet The Phantom 
Dwight Frizzell of BCR 
Pablo Sanhueza & KC Latin Jazz All Stars 


In addition to the music performances, a founders panel discussion led by Kathy Peters featuring: Tom Crane, Gil Werner, Linda Spence, Tom Davis covered the early days and founding of KKFI.

Thanks to our sponsors!

 

 

KKFI Family Photo

 

 

Cocktail Reception

 

 

 

More Cocktail Reception images


Founders Panel Discussion

 

 

 

More Founders Panel images

 

First Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More images from the first set
 

Second Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More images from the second set
 

Robert Randolph, The New Respects at Knuckleheads

Last Monday at Knucklehead’s Garage, Robert Randolph and the Family Band played to several hundred music lovers on a slightly cool spring night.  Lead with support from Nashville-based band the New Respects the night featured two bands entirely made up of family.

The New Respects are the new kids on the scene featured three siblings and one cousin singing lead.  The R&B heavy band with blues and pop sensibilities featured four-part harmonies, great musicianship and stage presence. Their thirty-five minute opening set was high energy with a number from the crowd asking for more.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band have been on steadily touring and releasing music for the better part of twenty years at this point.  The band is touring in support of their latest album, “Got Soul”. Robert Randolph, the pedal guitar virtuoso continues to solidify his reputation as the most unique pedal steel player in music today with another solid album.

The nearly two-hour show concluded with the New Respects joining Randolph on stage for a rendition of Sly Stone’s “Thank You”.

The New Respects:

 

 

 

More of the New Respects

Robert Randolph and the Family Band:

 

 

 

 

More RR&FB

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Galactic Brought New Orleans Funk to the Madrid

Back on February 3, New Orleans’ powerhouse of soul and funk Galactic invaded the Madrid in Kansas City. Opening support from Andy Frasco & the UN was excellent featuring Stanton Moore sitting in for a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  Frasco & the UN provided an incredibly high energy set of soulful tunes with a decidedly fresh approach.  The nearly hour long set closed out with an appropriate cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.

Following Frasco, Galactic began approximately two hours of New Orleans tinged funk and jam tunes spanning most of the catalog. It was a pretty solid sampling of Galactic that helped take the chill of the early February night.  Ben Ellman provided most of the crowd interaction through the evening with Erica Falls absolutely powerful voice that commanded the stage each time she sang.

Galactic is without a doubt one of the most versatile and sonically curious bands out there.  Their willingness to bring in guests performers has given them the ability to constantly evolve while still maintaining their funky roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Galactic images here

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and Berwanger at Record Bar

Over at the Record Bar just before Halloween, Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts performed an extended set of tunes with Berwanger opening.

Berwanger started things off with a power-pop set of rock tunes in support of the newly released “Exorcism Rock”.  It’s a great album with snappy tunes and great production value. Definitely check it out.

After Berwanger finished things off, the Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer started the FTRK set off as the typical duo.  They set the tone for their delta blues inspired tunes before the Legion of Ghosts turned the set into a thirteen piece jam of horns, drums, keys and slide guitar in addition to Smeltzer’s DIY string instruments.  It was quite a massive sound.  In previous editions of the Legion of Ghosts the lineup was much smaller.  This time around it appeared all the stops were pulled.

Berwanger:

 

 

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts:

 

 

 

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NYE with Freight Train, Rabbit Killer at Westport Saloon

Here’s a bit of the NYE show at Westport Saloon with Freight Train Rabbit Killer and their special guests, The Legion of Ghosts.  I’ve got a bit of audio from the set too.

 

AUDIO of the FTRK set

 

 

 

 

 

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KKFI Jazz Calendar for October 20-26

This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, October 20 to Sunday, October 26. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. All times are Central Time.  All performances are evening shows except where indicated with words like “brunch” or “noon”                              

Monday, October 20

  • Schmitt Music at 119th and Metclaf brings in Ragtime Revelry with Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges at 7:00
  • Pianist Eddie Moore hosts the Blue Monday Jam at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine from 7:00 – 11:00. Musicians bring your axe
  • The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents bassist Karl McComas Reichl from 9:00 – midnight
  • The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Patrick Gilbert from 6:00 – 8:00
  • Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents Fleepag from 6:00 – 10:00
  • The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road features the Waldo Jazz Collective from 7:00 – 10:00
  • Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen at 39th and State Line Road presents Jazzbo at 6:00

Tuesday, October 21

  • At noon Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center presents pianist Joe Cartwright with Molly Hammer
  • Guitarist Matt Hopper hosts a jazz jam at the Phoenix at 8th and Central from 7:00 – 11:00. Musicians bring your axe
  • The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Bram’s B3 Bombers from 9:00 – 12:00
  • The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has the Peter Schlamb Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
  • Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents keyboardist Joe Cartwright with Duck Warner from 6:00 – 10:00
  • Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Eric Caplan from 6:00 – 10:00
  • Café Trio at 4558 Main has Michael Pagan from 6:00 – 9:00

Wednesday, October 22

  • The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Ken Lovern’s Organ Jazz Trio from 9:00 – 12:00
  • The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood features clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30
  • The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has the Peter Schlamb Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
  • Café Trio at 4558 Main features pianist Mark Lowrey from 6:00 – 9:00
  • Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features B3 Vibrations with Rich Hill at 7:00
  • Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Ryan Howard from 7:00 – 11:00
  • The American Restaurant presents vocalist Shay Estes from 6:00 – 9:00
  • The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has Lady Mac from 6:00 – 10:00
  • The Phoenix at 8th and Central has Havilah Bruders from 7:00 – 11:00.
  • Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents keyboardist Max Groove from 6:00 – 10:00

Thursday, October 23

  • The Westport Coffee House Theater on Pennsylvania in Westport presents the KU Jazz Combo I at 8:00
  • The Blue Room at 18th and Vine has organist Ryan Howard from 7:00 – 11:00
  • The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents saxophonist Brett Jackson from 9:00 – 12:00
  • The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway features pianist Mark Lowrey from 6:00 – 10:00
  • Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features vocalist Peggy Chilson at 7:00
  • Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents A la Mode from 6:00 – 10:00
  • Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has the Everette Freeman trio from 5:30 – 11:30
  • Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen at 39th and State Line Road presents Grand Marquis at 7:00
  • Café Trio at 4558 Main has Tim Whitmer at the piano from 6:00 – 9:00
  • The Phoenix at 8th and Central has guitarist Rick Bacus from 7:00 – 11:00.
  • The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has Daisy Bouquet and the Michael Pagan Trio from 6:00 – 10:00

Friday, October 24

  • The Uptown Theater at 37th and Broadway brings in Ani DiFranco with opening act jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman at 8:00
  • The New Take 5 Coffee Bar at 6601 W 135th features the Rob Scheps/Roger Rosenberg Quintet from 8:00 – 10:30
  • The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway Kansas City Academy at 79th and Main has the Jorge Arana Trio at 8:00
  • The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Tim Whitmer from 5:30 – 8:30 followed by Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 from 10:00 – 2:00
  • The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway features guitarist Brian Ruskin for happy hour at 4:30 followed by vocalist Dave Stephens with Hermon Mehari from 7:00 – 11:00.       Pianist Mark Lowrey finishes the evening at the Broadway from 11:30 – 1:30
  • The Phoenix at 8th and Central has Lonnie McFadden from 4:30 – 8:30 followed by the MGD’s until 1:00.
  • The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Bram Wijnands from 7:00 – 11:00
  • Louie’s Wine Dive at 71st and Wornall has live music from 7:00 – 11:00
  • The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road presents pianist Dave McCubbin tonight from 8:00 – midnight.
  • Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features pianist Charles Pridgen every Friday from 7:00 – 10:00
  • The Friday Indigo hour at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine features James “Fuzzy” West at 5:30 followed by Lee Langston from 8:30 – 12:30.
  • The Intercontinental Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents vocalist Lori Tucker tonight from 8:00 – 12:00
  • The Mutual Musicians’ Foundation at 1823 Highland has the Friday late night jam at 1:00 AM
  • The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood presents clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30 Friday
  • Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Max Groove from 6:00 – 11:00.
  • Piropos at 4141 North Mulberry Drive in Briarcliff presents Mike Ning with Sherry Brummett tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 followed by Dan Sturdevant with Shay Estes.
  • Café Trio at 4558 Main presents pianist and vocalist Alice Jenkins Friday from 7:30 – 10:30

Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26

  • The Topeka Jazz Workshop at the Ramada Inn in Topeka brings in guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00
  • The New Take 5 Coffee Bar at 6601 W 135th features bassist Gerald Spaits Saturday from 8:00 – 10:30. Sunday baritone saxophonist Roger Rosenberg presents a jazz clinic at the Take 5 from 3:00 – 6:00. Musicians bring your axe.
  • The Blue Room at 18th and Vine presents kkfi’s own Jazz Disciple with Paula Saunders and Jason Goudeau from 8:30 – 12:30 Saturday
  • The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle from 6:00 – 9:00 followed by OJT from 10:00 – 2:00 Saturday. Sunday the 627 Foundation Big Band appears at the Green Lady from 8:30 – 11:30.
  • The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has vocalist Angela Hagenbach Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 followed by Linnaia McKenzie until 1:30. Sunday vocalist Laura Chalk performs a jazz brunch at the Broadway Club from 10:30 – 3:00
  • The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Bram Wijnands from 7:00 – 11:00 Saturday. Sunday pianist Rich Hill performs a jazz brunch at the Majestic and pianist Patrick Gilbert appears from 6:00 – 8:00 Sunday.
  • Californo’s has pianist Marilyn Wood every Saturday and Rich Hill every Sunday from 7:00 – 10:00.
  • EBT at 435 and State Line features Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman from 6:00 – 10:00       Saturday
  • YJ’s at 18th and Wyandotte has bassist Bryan Hicks every Sunday from 7:00 – 10:00
  • The American Restaurant presents vocalist Shay Estes from 7:00 – 10:00 Saturday
  • Grand Marquis performs outdoors Saturday at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway from 4:00 – 7:00
  • Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway features Steve Gray with Shannon Lipps for the Saturday brunch from 10:00 – 1:00 followed by vocalist       Angela Hagenbach from 7:00 – 11:00. Eboni Fondren sings the Sunday brunch at Chaz at 10:00 AM
  • The Phoenix at 8th and Central has a jazz brunch Saturday with Alex Abramowitz and the swingin’ Kansas City Fives from 10:00 – 2:00 and pianist Tim Whitmer from 4:30 – 8:30 followed by vocalist Molly Hammer from 9:00 – 1:00
  • The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road presents pianist Dave McCubbin tomorrow night from 8:00 – midnight.
  • The Bristol at 119th and Nall has the Grege Meise Trio Trio Sunday from 5:00 – 8:00
  • The Mutual Musicians’ Foundation at 1823 Highland has the Saturday late night jam at 1:00 AM
  • The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood brings in clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30 Saturday, and Sunday
  • Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Chris Clarke on Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00.       Sunday Lonnie McFadden appears at Sullivan’s from 5:30 – 9:00  
  • Piropos at 4141 North Mulberry Drive in Briarcliff features Tiffany Miller from 6:30 – 10:30 Saturday
  • Ophelia’s in Independence Square has Candace Evans from 6:00 – 9:00
  • Café Trio at 4558 Main presents pianist and vocalist Alice Jenkins Friday and Saturday from 7:30 – 10:30

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