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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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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KC for Refugees Fundraiser at Record Bar

Back on Jan 20th (Yea, yea I know.),  the Musicians for Active Justice held a fundraiser at the Record Bar for local non-profit KC for Refugees. The event featured a number of great local rock bands including:  Emmaline TwistHipshot Killer and (the)medicine theory.  We made it out in time to catch sets from Hipshot Killer and Emmaline Twist.  Check it out below:

Emmaline Twist:

 

 

 

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Hipshot Killer:

“All the Hell in the World”

 

 

 

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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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