live music http://kcur.org en Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook http://kcur.org/post/michael-feinstein-ambassador-great-american-songbook <p></p><p>His career includes multi-platinum recordings, 200-plus live performances per year, two Emmy and five Grammy nominations, conductor of the Pasadena Pops, nightclub owner, and that’s just the half of it. Perhaps his greatest recognition, though, is as “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook”. On Friday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Michael Feinstein talks with Steve Kraske about his love of classic American popular music and his efforts to preserve it for future generations.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:26:09 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 58779 at http://kcur.org Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-4-6 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have a star-spangled weekend with this sizzling list of area entertainment from Brian </span>McTavish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">!</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:08:01 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 58337 at http://kcur.org Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6 The Best Music of 2014 — So Far http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2014-so-far-0 <p></p><p>We're almost halfway through 2014 and there's already been great music on the local, national and international stages.</p><p>From jazz to experimental ambient music, there's been something for pretty much everyone this year.&nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>, host Steve Kraske was joined by a panel of music lovers to find the best bands, albums, and tracks so far in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are our guests' picks:</p><p><strong>Local/Regional</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:32:40 +0000 Cody Newill 58055 at http://kcur.org The Best Music of 2014 — So Far 'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/american-idol-bus-tour-come-kansas-city <p>Popular singing competition show American Idol is coming to Kansas City this summer. On July 21, the Idol tour bus will pull into the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Volker&nbsp;campus to hold open auditions for the show's 14th season.&nbsp;</p><p>In a press release,&nbsp;UMKC's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mel Tyler says Kansas City will be a natural fit for the show.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:18:39 +0000 Cody Newill 57765 at http://kcur.org 'American Idol' Bus Tour To Come To Kansas City The Weekend To-Do List: May 30-June 1 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-30-june-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian </span>McTavish's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Weekend To-Do List for May 30-June 1.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:28:46 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 56544 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 30-June 1 Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores http://kcur.org/post/northland-symphony-orchestras-got-game-and-film-scores <p></p><p>Video game sound has evolved from the simple electronic theme music of Super Mario Bros. to the lush orchestral arrangements that accompany gamers' top choices today.&nbsp; Recognizing the popularity of these games has inspired the musical selections for an upcoming concert by the <a href="http://www.northlandsymphony.org" target="_blank">Northland Symphony Orchestra</a>.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56417 at http://kcur.org Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores The Weekend To-Do List: May 23-25 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-23-25 <p></p><p>If you're looking for good music this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for May 23-25.</p><p><a href="http://kauffmancenter.org" target="_blank">Tony Bennett</a> (pop music legend), 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $70 to $150.</p><p><a href="http://westportroots.com" target="_blank">Westport Roots Festival</a> (Billy Joe Shaver and 25 bands), Saturday, indoor music at noon, outdoor at 2 p.m. at the Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $28.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:23:01 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Cody Newill 56159 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 23-25 Want To Play The Carillon? Choices Are Slim, But KU Is One http://kcur.org/post/want-play-carillon-choices-are-slim-ku-one <p></p><p>It was a beautiful Wednesday morning at the University of Kansas and the chimes inside the school's Campanile rang out "Ode to Joy" across the lush campus.</p><p>And then they started clanking, an odd off-beat, minor clank. Students passing by looked at each other, a little worried.</p><p>"It is broken?" one asked.</p><p>No, just student Amanda Schultz, trying to make 53 bells do a blues slide on the carillon.</p><p>There are only handful of schools in the country to learn the carillon, a tall organ-like instrument that controls the bells in a bell tower, or campanile.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Dawn Fallik 55719 at http://kcur.org Want To Play The Carillon? Choices Are Slim, But KU Is One The Weekend To-Do List: May 9-11 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-9-11 <p></p><p>Want to shake up your weekend? Brian McTavish knows what to do. Check out his Weekend To-Do List for May 9-11.</p><p><strong><a href="http://knuckleheadshonkytonk.com" target="_blank">The Blasters</a></strong> (Rock), 9 p.m. Friday at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $20</p><p><a href="http://midlandkc.com" target="_blank"><strong>Lisa Lampanelli: The Leaner Meaner Tour</strong></a> (Stand-up comedy from the “female Don Rickles”), 8 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $51.50, $61.50</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 55409 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 9-11 The Weekend To-Do List: May 2-4, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-2-4-2014 <p>Looking for something to do this weekend? Brian&nbsp;McTavish&nbsp;has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for May 2-4.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:22:01 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Jenny Whitty 55073 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 2-4, 2014 Americana Songstress Holly Golightly, En Route To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/americana-songstress-holly-golightly-en-route-kansas-city <p>On her way to Kansas City to play a springtime gig, retro rocker Holly Golightly&nbsp;chatted with Gina Kaufmann about her danceable songs inspired by pre-rock Americana. We listened to a few good songs and heard why Holly likens her distinctive sound to a "bourbon-soaked front porch."</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:50:15 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 55838 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 25-27, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-25-27-2014 <p></p><p>Got a case of the blahs? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for&nbsp;April 25-27.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://www.midlandkc.com/" target="_blank">Diana Ross</a></strong> (Pop), 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $58 to $178&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:44:24 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 54705 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 25-27, 2014 Connie Stevens: Hollywood, Elvis & The New Theatre http://kcur.org/post/connie-stevens-hollywood-elvis-new-theatre <p></p><p>Need to take your mind off of the IRS today?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we do our best to distract you from your taxes with a visit from actress Connie Stevens. Join us as we talk with her about </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hollywood, what it was like to date Elvis and how she likes acting with her daughter at The New Theatre Restaurant.</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54162 at http://kcur.org Connie Stevens: Hollywood, Elvis & The New Theatre Middle Of The Map Fest Kickoff http://kcur.org/post/middle-map-fest-kickoff <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:58:07 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54161 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-4-6-2014 <p></p><p>Wash away the recent rainy weather with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 4-6.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/"><b>Ink's Middle of the Map Fest </b></a>Music festival with more that 120 bands at six venues.&nbsp; Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Gary Numan performs at 11 p.m. Thursday at Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Country Club Plaza and Westport area. Tickets: $55 three-day-pass</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:37:23 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Cody Newill 53641 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014 Kansas City Reggae Scene Brings Beach Vibe To The Midwest http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-reggae-scene-brings-beach-vibe-midwest <p>Kansas City brings to mind some obvious trademarks: jazz music, ornate fountains and delicious barbecue. A lesser known aspect of our community is the reggae music movement.</p><p>Today on <em>Central Standard</em> we discuss the reggae scene in Kansas City. The genre consists of many different sounds with influences from different parts of the world.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52090 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Reggae Scene Brings Beach Vibe To The Midwest All That Canadian Jazz Comes To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/all-canadian-jazz-comes-kansas-city <p>Not that long ago, Laila Biali was struggling to make a name for herself in the world of American jazz. She was on the verge of giving up when she got an invitation to audition for Sting. She made the cut, and wound up at Sting’s estate in Tuscany for rehearsal.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Biali about her music as she prepares to open the American Jazz Museum’s Women in Jazz Month.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:41:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51970 at http://kcur.org All That Canadian Jazz Comes To Kansas City Saxophonist Kenny G: Still Smooth http://kcur.org/post/saxophonist-kenny-g-still-smooth <p>His big, curly hair and smooth jazz are iconic. Some play him for laughs, but many enjoy the mellow tones of Kenny G.&nbsp;</p><p>Others have been critical: jazz superstar <a href="http://www.jazzoasis.com/methenyonkennyg.htm">Pat Metheny&nbsp;is known to be critical of Kenny G.</a>, saying among other things that G is "not really an advanced player." &nbsp;Kenny's response? &nbsp;Metheny was "obviously on drugs."&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:08:16 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49796 at http://kcur.org Saxophonist Kenny G: Still Smooth Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/kelley-hunt-brings-her-sound-kansas-city <p>Kelley Hunt sings across many genres. Part of her heart may be in R&amp;B but it's the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra she'll partner with this week for a Christmas-themed concert.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, she joins Steve Kraske to talk about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Christmas with Kelley Hunt" and her Kansas roots.</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:29:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48039 at http://kcur.org Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City The Worst Gigs In Rock 'N' Roll http://kcur.org/post/worst-gigs-rock-n-roll <p>It's hard to imagine&nbsp;Def Leppard, John Mayer, or any other rock musician having a bad day, but&nbsp;<strong>Jon Niccum</strong>​ begs to differ.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 45747 at http://kcur.org The Worst Gigs In Rock 'N' Roll Singing Along With Karaoke http://kcur.org/post/singing-along-karaoke <p>Is your song confident, like Queen’s “We Are The Champions?” Or do you let out your inner Whitney Houston as you belt out “I Will Always Love You?”</p><p></p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look at karaoke and what it means to those who grab a mic and sing for the crowd at their favorite bar. We also talk about the emotional release some participants find in the activity.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43538 at http://kcur.org Singing Along With Karaoke Local Father-Daughter Duo Shines On A National Stage http://kcur.org/post/local-father-daughter-duo-shines-national-stage <p>Kansas City&rsquo;s own father-daughter singing duo, <a href="http://www.kcvocals.com/" target="_blank">Maurice and Shanice Hayes</a>, are competing in NBC&rsquo;s national talent competition, America&rsquo;s Got Talent, for a $1 million prize.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:47:14 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 21120 at http://kcur.org Local Father-Daughter Duo Shines On A National Stage Cumbia Is Alive And Well—And Shakin'—In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/cumbia-alive-and-well-and-shakin-kansas-city <p><strong>Kontrolando Show</strong> is one of 30 local bands, dance groups, and djs, in addition to some national acts, that will be playing at <strong><a href="http://fiestakansascity.com/entertainment-2/main-stage" target="_blank">Fiesta KC</a></strong> in Crown Center June 22 - 24, 2012.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:51:10 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 19569 at http://kcur.org Cumbia Is Alive And Well—And Shakin'—In Kansas City Get Your Rag On This Summer http://kcur.org/post/get-your-rag-summer <p>On this Thursday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, ragtime music and one of its earliest composers, Scott Joplin. A man of mystery, Joplin moved from place to place but left his heart in Sedalia, Missouri. This is where he wrote his famous <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMAtL7n_-rc">Maple Leaf Rag</a>, which was the first piece of sheet music to sell over one million copies.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:25:22 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18539 at http://kcur.org Get Your Rag On This Summer The Middle Of The Map Fest Is Blowing Up http://kcur.org/post/middle-map-fest-blowing-tax-advice <p>On this Wednesday&#39;s <strong><em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a></em></strong>, learn about a SXSW-style festival in our own backyard. Hear why the <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/"><strong>Middle of the Map Festival</strong></a> is drawing exponentially more bands, more people &amp; more attention in its second year.</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 17:25:06 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 15362 at http://kcur.org The Middle Of The Map Fest Is Blowing Up The Beautiful Bodies Work It http://kcur.org/post/beautiful-bodies-work-it <p>On the second half of this Thursday&#39;s <em><a href="program/centralstandard"><strong>Central Standard</strong></a>,</em> meet energetic lead-singer <strong>Alicia Solo. </strong>Her hip-thrusts and dance moves have sent her home with cuts, bruises and chipped teeth.</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 13789 at http://kcur.org The Beautiful Bodies Work It George Takei on Sci-Fi, Equal Rights & Social Media http://kcur.org/post/george-takei-sci-fi-equal-rights-social-media <p>We have good news and bad news. First the good: <a href="http://www.georgetakei.com/" target="_blank"><strong>George Takei</strong></a>, your favorite Star-Trek-Helmsmen-Turned-Gay-Rights-Activist, is coming to town to narrate a<a href="http://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=2724" target="_blank"><strong> Sci-Fi Spectacular</strong></a> with the <strong><a href="http://www.kcsymphony.org/">KC Symphony</a></strong>, complete with a laser light show. Now the bad: If you don&#39;t already have tickets or a really amazing friend, the show looks very sold out. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:32:48 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 11446 at http://kcur.org George Takei on Sci-Fi, Equal Rights & Social Media Remembering Nate Dogg http://kcur.org/post/remembering-nate-dogg <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; ">From Homer to Shakespeare, bards have always used verse tell to tell the story of their times. One of hip hop artists best known for this is <strong>Nate Dogg</strong> &ndash; though, instead of stories about Trojan horses, vats of wine, and family feuds, his verses talk about fathers in prison, enjoying malt liquor, and drive by shootings.</span></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 13427 at http://kcur.org Remembering Nate Dogg