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.
Well we’ve had a pretty crazy month with lots and lots of show to attend. It’s been a total blast, but we are waaaaay behind editing. Sometimes it’s difficult balancing the day job and hobby gig. However, we’re going to keep bringing you as much as we can with the time we do have.
Back in May, KKFI had it’s annual Spring Dance fundraiser at Prohibition Hall the newish venue located just north of P&L on McGee. This year organizer’s yet again managed to reinvent the format with a great lineup of dance oriented acts including: The Grand Marquis, Various Blonde, DJ Leo Night Us, the Marching Cobras, and Duncan Burnett & the Riot. There was a “dance battle” between the Grand Marquis and the swing dancers versus the DJ Leo Night Us and the break dancers. Check out the event below:
Friend of Kansas City music Rich had a birthday get together at the Holy Cow Market last month featuring a lineup diverse lineup of early rock genres. We caught the sets for SUNDOG, Pop Skull Rebels, and the Quivers. Check them out below:
Back on February 27, Not a Planet headlined a show with Florida duo Teach Me Equals and KC’s own Aussie led rock group Kangaroo Knife Fight. This was Not a Planet‘s final show before heading out on a southeastern US tour on their way to SXSW in Austin, TX. Not a Planet debuted several new tunes at the show and we got a couple of them for your listening pleasure if you follow the links below.
Teach Me Equals was also an interesting duo in that their instrumentation consisted of a cellist, and female vocalist who played violin and guitar. Their sound was rounded out with a drum track. It was pretty interesting.
KKFI values all volunteers for their vital service to community radio, and the station occasionally recognizes people for exceptional efforts.
In March KKFI recognized Jen Zaman as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2013 for her work to create dozens of program episodes for the website, serve in our reception area helping visitors, and answer phones. Thank you, Jen, for your support of Kansas City community radio.
Here’s a little bit about Jen in her own words:
I am a former court advocate and aesthetician. Radio is my third “incarnation,” if you will. I had a radio show all through college while I attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and always considered radio to be a “pipe dream career”–something I enjoyed and was good at, but something I’d probably never get to do. My degree was in psychology, not journalism/media.
I was drawn to both KKFI and community radio because of its eclectic nature and that really, “anything goes”! Anything is possible on community radio; for me, that means getting airplay for music that people out here in Kansas City might never otherwise get exposed to. To me, community radio is a great way for us “laypeople” to have a chance at a career in radio and to learn practically while on the job. I’m having an absolutely ridiculous blast so far!