local music http://kcur.org en Local Listen: Ensemble Ibérica http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-ensemble-ib-rica <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Often characterized by Americans as the blues of Portugal, fado is a melancholy music.&nbsp; Vocalist Rodrigo Costa Félix is one of three Portuguese fado artists that will headline a concert Saturday, July 12, at <a href="http://www.jccc.edu/performing-arts-series/events/current/fado.html" target="_blank">Polsky Theatre</a> on the campus of Johnson County Community College.&nbsp; Kansas City's Ensemble Ibérica, a group led by event organizer Beau Bledsoe, will open the show.&nbsp; This week's Local Listen features Ensemble Ibérica's "Fado Pechincha."</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:07 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 58788 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Ensemble Ibérica Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-bartenders-create-cocktails-inspired-local-bands <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands 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 Local Listen: Greg Mackender http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-greg-mackender <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> begins this weekend and while the play may be the thing, there’s live music too.</p><p>During performances of <em>The Winter's Tale</em>, there are three musicians on stage, including resident composer Greg Mackender on percussion and mallets, <span class="st">Sascha Groschang</span>, on cello and Laura Parks on violin.</p><p>"I left a lot of openings for impromptu types of things," says Mackender. "There are other spots where they can get a little livelier, we can play around a little bit."</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:44:58 +0000 Danie Alexander & Laura Spencer 57671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Greg Mackender Local Listen: David George & A Crooked Mile http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-david-george-crooked-mile <p></p><p>David George is a rock and roll formalist. The Kansas City musician's affinity for tradition was recognized by John Fogerty and George recently toured as a member of Fogerty's band. But, he has returned to the Heartland to write his own music and this edition of Local Listen features a vibrant new composition. Here is David George &amp; A Crooked Mile performing "Shine."</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:25:53 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 57343 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: David George & A Crooked Mile Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-front-porches-are-gathering-places-and-now-music-venues-too <p>The front porch is an American institution. It's an ideal place to wind down with a cool drink on a summer night. But this familiar scene is all-too-easy to take for granted.</p><p>On the occasion of Kansas City's inaugural PorchFest, a music festival bringing 70 bands to residential porches, <em>Central Standard</em> takes a look at the history of the American front porch. We also visit with the festival organizer to hear about the bands bringing West Plaza porches to life this weekend.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:26:30 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57278 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Front Porches Are Gathering Places, And Now Music Venues, Too 7 Questions For Doug Frost On Beer And The First-Ever Boulevardia http://kcur.org/post/7-questions-doug-frost-beer-and-first-ever-boulevardia <p>Music, food, and craft beer will jostle for center stage this weekend at Boulevardia, a three-day festival in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>More than three dozen brewers from 11 states, from Oregon to Maine, as well as two Belgian breweries, will be on tap to provide samples. And – of course — there will be beer from local favorites in Kansas and Missouri (such as Boulevard Brewing Co., the organizer of the event).</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:27:30 +0000 Laura Spencer 57078 at http://kcur.org 7 Questions For Doug Frost On Beer And The First-Ever Boulevardia Local Listen: 77 Jefferson http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-77-jefferson <p></p><p>The summer months are reggae season in Kansas City.&nbsp; Known for sweet vocals and loping rhythms, Kansas City's <strong><a href="http://77jefferson.com/" target="_blank">77 Jefferson</a></strong> has been one of the region's most popular purveyors of the Jamaican sound since its inception in 2006.&nbsp; From the band's most recent album “Rarities Vol. 2” comes the breezy track,"Call On Me".</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:40:51 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 56927 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: 77 Jefferson Local Listen: My Brothers & Sisters http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-my-brothers-sisters <p></p><p></p><p>Performances by My Brothers &amp; Sisters are a spectacle.&nbsp; The self-described "14-piece pop orchestra" from Kansas City includes string and horn sections, and a large chorus.&nbsp; The ambitious project has been documented on "Violet Music: Volume One" a recently-released album that took over a year to record.&nbsp; This edition of Local Listen features a song that showcases the soulful side of this expansive ensemble.&nbsp; Here is "How To Move What To Wear".</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:11:52 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 56248 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: My Brothers & Sisters 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 Local Listen: Bassist Dominique Sanders http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-bassist-dominique-sanders <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although he's in his early twenties, bassist <a href="http://www.dominiquemusic.com" target="_blank"><strong>Dominique Sanders</strong></a> is already a fixture in Kansas City's most prestigious jazz clubs. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tivon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Pennicott<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a New York-based saxophonist best known for his work with the Grammy-winning star Esperanza Spalding, will join Sanders' trio at three area venues next week. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:21:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman & Bill Brownlee 55857 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Bassist Dominique Sanders Local Listen: Kantorei Of Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-kantorei-kansas-city <p></p><p></p><p>Since 2009 Kantorei of Kansas City has been accentuating the region's reputation as a hotbed of superior classical vocal ensembles.&nbsp; Kantorei of Kansas City's latest album,“Music and Sweet Poetry, Choral Music by Matthew Harris,” was released by the British record label Resonus Classics on Valentine's Day.&nbsp; In this edition of Local Listen, we enjoy "Fantasy on La Bamba," a gorgeous but decidedly lighthearted arrangement of the 1958 Ritchie Valens hit "La Bamba".</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:14:28 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 55505 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Kantorei Of Kansas City Accordion Legend Don Lipovac Remembered In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/accordion-legend-don-lipovac-remembered-kansas-city <p>Musician <a href="http://donlipovac.com/">Don Lipovac</a>, internationally recognized for his prowess on the accordion, <a href="http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=donald-anthony-lipovac&amp;pid=170839977&amp;fhid=4649">will be buried Thursday in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.</a></p><p>The 79-year-old died on April 26.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:13:37 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 55063 at http://kcur.org Accordion Legend Don Lipovac Remembered In Kansas City Local Listen: Kristie Stremel http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-kristie-stremel <p></p><p>For this Local Listen, we turn to longtime area favorite, Kristie Stremel who has a sure-handed grasp of the dynamic potential in a pop song.&nbsp; Her single, <em>Cry It All Out</em>, combines a tender voice with a delicate arrangement while kicking up a great big, noisy celebration.&nbsp; From the album <em>Songwriter</em> here is Kristie and <em>Cry It All Out</em>.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff & Danny Alexander 54397 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Kristie Stremel Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-scruffy-and-janitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival began Thursday night and will continue through Saturday at &nbsp;locations in and around Westport.</p><p>Our “Local Listen” segment focuses on musicians from the Kansas City area that will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists. &nbsp;</p><p>Today, we travel up I-29 a bit and give a listen to one of the newest bands to come out of St. Joseph: Scruffy and the Janitors. Here is “Shake it Off.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:31:43 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53719 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors 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 Local Listen: Middle Twin http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-middle-twin <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The lineup has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3 to April 5, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport in Kansas City.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:16:42 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53009 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Middle Twin Local Listen: Monta At Odds http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-monta-odds <p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival, which takes place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport.</p><p>For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:05:09 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 51422 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Monta At Odds Maria The Mexican, Influenced By Mariachi Roots http://kcur.org/post/maria-mexican-influenced-mariachi-roots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The band </span><a href="http://mariathemexican.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Maria the Mexican</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> describes its sound as Americana soul and&nbsp;</span>Mexicana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> groove. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chuck Haddix & Laura Spencer 52588 at http://kcur.org Maria The Mexican, Influenced By Mariachi Roots Local Listen: Schwervon http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-schwervon <p>This year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/">Middle of the Map music festival</a> will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:13:55 +0000 Steve Kraske, Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 52671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Schwervon 'The Elders' Bring Celtic Flair Back To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/elders-bring-celtic-flair-back-kansas-city <p>The Kansas City-based band, The Elders, with their blend of American roots rock and Celtic folk, have performed together since 1998. This year marks their 12th annual Hoolie, a celebration of Irish culture through music and dance.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, some of the band members talked about the March 15 event with host Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:44:43 +0000 Steve Kraske, Laura Spencer & Beth Lipoff 52589 at http://kcur.org 'The Elders' Bring Celtic Flair Back To Kansas City Local Listen: Rev Gusto http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-rev-gusto <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3rd - 5th, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/revgusto" target="_blank">Rev Gusto</a> is one band from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists.&nbsp; This week we hear the summery garage-band sounds of Rev Gusto in the track “Click-Click” from their self-titled EP.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:16:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Michael Byars 52306 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Rev Gusto 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 Local Listen: Me Like Bees http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-me-bees <p>The past few weeks have been pretty memorable for the Joplin band <a href="http://melikebees.com/" target="_blank">Me Like Bees</a>: they won <em>The Deli Magazine – Kansas City’s</em> “Emerging Artist of 2013” readers’ poll, and they also won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, ensuring them a spot on this summer’s Warped Tour.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's <em>Local Listen,</em> we hear&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Brand New Fail” f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom their most recent album, “The Ides."</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:09:25 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 50950 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Me Like Bees Local Listen: Drew Black And Dirty Electric http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-drew-black-and-dirty-electric <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/DrewBlackAndDirtyElectric"><strong>Drew Black and Dirty Electric</strong></a> is a Kansas City four-piece that takes glam rock to a very dark and edgy place - and yet it’s a sound that’s loaded with hooks and easy to dance to as well.</p><p>In this week’s <em>Local Listen</em>, we hear <em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curio Doll&nbsp;</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from the group's debut album “Dead Kings and Queens.” </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hear More:</span></strong></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:27:57 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 50587 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Drew Black And Dirty Electric Local Listen: Freight Train Rabbit Killer http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-freight-train-rabbit-killer <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freight-Train-Rabbit-Killer/188883817963017">Freight Train Rabbit Killer</a> is a collaboration between Christopher Brooders of Cadillac Flambe’ and Mark Smeltzer from Rural Grit. Their combined backgrounds in delta blues and Americana make for a very raw sound that has become a hot ticket in local clubs.</p><p>In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Day Without the Devil”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from their self-titled debut</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:42:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 50215 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Freight Train Rabbit Killer Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-phantoms-opry <p>The band <a href="http://www.phantomsoftheopry.com/"><strong>Phantoms of the Opry</strong></a> consider themselves “born 60 years too late,” and when you hear their musical blend of traditional country and Western swing, you’ll understand the meaning behind that statement.</p><p>In this week’s <em>Local Listen </em>we hear "My Cattle Call" from their self-titled release.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:07:41 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 49927 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry Local Listen: Sundiver http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-sundiver <p>In December, Kansas City band <strong>Sundiver</strong> released their debut full-length effort, “The Pull.”</p><p>The group's sound combines space-rock arrangements with edgy, heavy guitar tones, and as our music coordinator Michael Byars will tell you, it sounds great in headphones.</p><p>In this week's “Local Listen,” we hear the opening track from “The Pull” titled “Lover’s Comfort.”</p><p>Learn more about the group on their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sundivermusic">Facebook page</a> and on&nbsp;<a href="http://sundivermusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-pull">Bandcamp</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:52:27 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 49603 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Sundiver KCPT's 'The Bridge' Brings More Local Music To Kansas City Airwaves http://kcur.org/post/kcpts-bridge-brings-more-local-music-kansas-city-airwaves <p>A new Kansas City noncommercial radio station that features local music officially launched this week.</p><p>Kansas City's public television station, KCPT, bought KTGB&nbsp;"The Bridge" last May, and ownership was officially transferred last month.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:02:25 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49388 at http://kcur.org KCPT's 'The Bridge' Brings More Local Music To Kansas City Airwaves Remembering Kansas Mariachi Pioneer, Teresa Cuevas http://kcur.org/post/remembering-kansas-mariachi-pioneer-teresa-cuevas <p>Mariachi&nbsp;musician and founder of a groundbreaking all-female mariachi band, Teresa Cuevas, died late last year at the age of 93.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/mariachi-mamas">Cuevas founded <em>Mariachi&nbsp;Estrella</em> with seven other women from her church choir in 1980</a>. They became a regional phenomenon, trading the mariachis' traditional black pants for long maroon shirts. The band played shows all over Kansas.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:20:02 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Briana O'Higgins 49170 at http://kcur.org Remembering Kansas Mariachi Pioneer, Teresa Cuevas