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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 
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 
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.

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KKFI Family Photo



Cocktail Reception




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Founders Panel Discussion




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First Set










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Second Set












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Middle of the Map Fest: Day 1

The first day of Middle of the Map Fest (MOTM) featured a number of showcases around the heart of Westport.  We bounced back and forth between the Californo’s patio and the Westport Saloon.  The evening started off with the Uncouth, then Hipshot Killer, the Architects and finally, Wick & the Tricks.

The Uncouth:




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Hipshot Killer:




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The Architects:



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Wick & the Tricks:




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Late Shift at the Westport Saloon: The Quivers

A couple weeks ago, the Quivers took the late shift duties at the Westport Saloon.  The uptempo garage rock vibe kept the party happening at the Saloon until quitting time.  It was a good nightcap to a busy evening that started at the Tank Room for the Electric Lungs show.






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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:




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Robert Randolph and the Family Band:





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Slimewave USA! Witch Jail’s Brick Invasion

A couple weeks back Witch Jail, a decidedly surf/acid/punk/Cramps inspired act released a 7″ at the Brick.  The 7″ is the latest edition of the Too Much Rock singles series.

Side A of the release features a Witch Jail track, “Slimewave, USA!”.  The flip side is a cover of Alien Sex Fiend’s “My Brain is in the Cupboard, Above the Kitchen Sink”.  It’s very twangy surf inspired and great stuff.  Check it out around town at Witch Jail shows and record shops.

Witch Jail:






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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.







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Hipshot Killer and the Electric Lungs at Davey’s

Here are some images from the Hipshot Killer and Electric Lungs show over at Davey’s a couple weeks back.  If I recall, the Lungs were shooting a video that night around the bar featuring a guy in a heart costume and another with a giant afro.  There might have been drinking involved.

The Electric Lungs:





The Electric Lungs

Hipshot Killer:




Hipshot Killer