local music

Todd Zimmer

    

The bold rock and brash stage presence of Kangaroo Knife Fight is better suited to cavernous concert halls than the humble taverns where this Kansas City band most often performs.  This week’s edition of Local Listen features “It’s You,” an arena-ready burst of melodic rock.   

Catch them live at Danny's in Lenexa on Saturday, April 11. 

Sylvia Maria Gross -- KCUR

For nearly 20 years, Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys have created songs about love, love lost and heartbreak. This Saturday, the band releases its first album in 10 years, "Long Shot of Hard Stuff."

After a decade-long hiatus, Scott Hobart (Scott is his real first name) didn't think they'd have a new album.

"I just thought we'd kind of ride our own western-cut blazers into the sunset or something, but we did it," he said. "When the opportunity came up, we just said, 'well, why not, let's try it.' The worst thing that can happen is that we get three songs out or something."

Facebook/Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys

Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys have been performing traditional country music in their hometown of Kansas City and in barrooms across the country for more than 15 years.  This week’s edition of Local Listen features “Jonesin’ For Merle Haggard,” a playful song that pays tribute to several legends of country music.

Local Listen: Danielle Nicole

Mar 27, 2015
www.daniellenicolekc.com

  

Danielle Nicole Schnebelen went right to work following the recent breakup of the popular Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot.  Schnebelen’s new solo EP showcases her powerful voice.  This week’s edition of Local Listen features “Wandering Heart,” a track from the self-titled release. 

Danielle Nicole Schnebelen headlines a homecoming concert at Knuckleheads on Saturday, March 28.

When you listen to the latest soulful reggae from The New Riddim you could easily believe it was created in Jamaica in the 1970s. Yet the Kansas City band’s “Second Sight” was, in fact, recorded locally.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features their song “Shoot the Piano Player.”

You catch them Friday, March 20, at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club on Main and 34th in Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 9. 

Local Listen: Drakkar Sauna

Mar 13, 2015

The Lawrence based duo, Drakkar Sauna, has been crafting eccentric music with an old-time sound for over a decade.  This edition of Local Listen features a meditation on interplanetary colonization.  Take a listen to The Long Sovereignty.

 

Hear More: Drakkar Sauna makes a rare appearance in Kansas City on Saturday, March 14, at the MiniBar.

 

Courtesy Nuwayv

Earlier this year when the Folk Alliance International conference was underway in Kansas City, Central Standard interviewed local musicians from different genres about how they write songs. That inspired us to launch a new series: "Story of a Song."

For this installment, Hannah Copeland spoke with members of the Kansas City band, Nuwayv, which defines its music as "rugged soul." Hannah explains how the four artists collaborated to write their new album’s final track, “We Shinin.”

Local Listen: Millie Edwards

Mar 6, 2015
Facebook / Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Millie Edwards may be one of the smallest members of KC’s jazz community, but she owns one of the biggest voices on the scene. This week’s Local Listen features her collaboration with pianist Mike Pagán on the Duke Ellington composition “In a Mellow Tone.”

HEAR MORE: Edwards entertains every Monday at The Phoenix. On Sunday, March 8, she’ll be featured in a KC Jazz Vespers concert at the First Baptist Church of Kansas City. Admission is free.

courtesy: Akshay Dinakar

Akshay Dinakar, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kan., has been invited to play with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

Carnegie Hall on Tuesday announced the 144 musicians, ages 16-19, chosen after an extensive audition process. They're considered to be some of the finest players in the country. 

Local Listen: Maps For Travelers

Feb 27, 2015
mapsfortravelersband.com/music/

Even before forming Maps For Travelers in 2010, the four men in the ensemble had been adding to Kansas City's notable tradition of fostering brawny post-punk bands.This edition of Local Listen features “Static,” a bracing single the band released in 2011.

Hear More: Maps For Travelers performs Friday at the RecordBar. Doors open at 9:30.

Hannah Copeland / KCUR

Dozens of Kansas City bands performed at Folk Alliance International's 27th annual music conference and Winter Music Camp, Feb. 18-22 at Crown Center. Local musicians were among the thousands of musicians, concert promoters, industry representatives, folk DJs, and other supporters occupying the convention hotels for what Folk Alliance called "Planet Folk."

Julie Denesha / KCUR

Hundreds of musicians carrying instruments are filling the hallways of the Westin Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo. this weekend.  Clustered in small groups picking, strumming and fiddling, they are gathered for the 27th Annual Folk Alliance Conference and Winter Music Camp.

On day two of the conference, fiddler Betse Ellis was fighting off a cold and trying to pace herself.

“I’ve certainly been sicker than this onstage,” says Ellis with a laugh.

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

One of the youngest performers who will be showcased at this week’s Folk Alliance International conference here in Kansas City is a teenager from Overland Park.

Kate Rose is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter and student at Olathe East High School. She recently shared the process by which she wrote the song, And The People Will Remember.

Michael Byars / KCUR

Does it start with the music or the words? Can anybody do it? In time for the Folk Alliance International conference, local musicians share what it takes to write a song. 

Guests:

Lomax Collection / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

When the Folk Alliance International moved its headquarters to Kansas City and held its annual conference in town last year, quite a few area musicians discovered that they qualified as folk musicians.

Local Listen: Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band

Feb 13, 2015
Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band / Facebook

The Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band was one of Kansas City’s preeminent party ensembles in the 1980s. The bawdy dance band recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features “Steal Away,” a track from the group’s 1984 album “Ain’t No Zydeco… But It’s Something Else.”

The group will perform a combination Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras show at Kanza Hall, Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.

Kansas City native Kelley Hunt has been recording and performing for years. Her latest album Beautiful Bones has received some of the biggest accolades of her career. The Lawrence-based blues singer joins Steve Kraske to talk about her long career and upcoming performance at the Folly Theater. Also joining the conversation is Hunt's manager, co-producer, and husband, Al Berman.

Local Listen: Marcus Hampton

Feb 4, 2015
Artists Recording Collective

Trumpeter Marcus Hampton, a cousin of jazz legend Lionel Hampton, recently moved to the Kansas City area. The trumpeter and bandleader ably maintains his family’s rich legacy. This week’s edition of Local Listen features Hampton House of Jazz, the title track of his 2014 album.

Hear More: Marcus Hampton’s sextet will be joined by vocalist Toni Gates at the Blue Room on Friday, February 6.

http://eddiemooreandtheoutercircle.bandcamp.com/

Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle have become esteemed insiders in Kansas City’s music community. While based in jazz, the group’s music contains appealing elements of hip-hop and R&B.

This edition of Local Listen features Lesson, a track from the band’s 2013 album The Freedom of Expression.

HEAR MORE: Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle will play Thursday, January 29, at the recordBar.

Local Listen: Bassist Bob Bowman

Jan 23, 2015

Bob Bowman has been a fixture on Kansas City’s jazz scene for years. He recently released Songs for Sandra, a radiant album that demonstrates why Bowman is respected as the dean of Kansas City’s bassists. This edition of Local Listen features the new track Street Cartwheels

Hear More: Bob Bowman will perform with his group Bow Dog at the Blue Room on Friday, January 23.

Local Listen: The Kansas City Bear Fighters

Jan 13, 2015

The Kansas City Bear Fighters recognize the polarizing nature of the political and social climate in Kansas. The jaunty band documented their conflicted feelings in a defiant song about state pride.

This week's edition of Local Listen features "You're In Kansas" from the ensemble's 2014 album "The Planet Where We Fell in Love."

Hear More: The Kansas City Bear Fighters perform at the Westport Saloon on Saturday, January 17 at 10pm.

Paul Andrews

Connecting to musician Ashley Miller as a performer, when he's on stage or when you're listening to one of his albums, is easy.

The frontman for Kansas City-based indie band Metatone started out in a band called Pewep in the Formats, back in the early 2000s, when he was just a teen.

Local Listen: Vinson Cole

Jan 9, 2015

Vinson Cole may not be a household name, but the operatic tenor is revered in Kansas City's artistic circles.

This week's edition of Local Listen features a splendid track from Cole's 1993 album "In Love With Love."

Cole's contributions will be recognized in a concert benefiting the Lyric Opera of Kansas City on Sunday, January 11 at 4 pm at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Local Listen: Black Crack Review

Dec 22, 2014
Black Crack Revue

Black Crack Review, BCR for short, has been puzzling and thrilling audiences in Kansas City with an eccentric blend of rock, jazz and world music for decades.

This week's edition of Local Listen features "AfroKlez," a representative track from BCR's 1995 album "Off-World Beat."

Paul Andrews

It might be tempting to call Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch two peas in a pod.

www.karrin.com

A gypsy life isn't unusual among musicians and Karrin Allyson certainly leads one.  Her official biography includes a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay area, a stint in Minneapolis, a home base now in New York City and tours that take her around the world.

Kangaroo Knife Fight

Kansas City is a hotbed of quality music . You can bop your head to The Architects' rockin' sound, sway to the smooth cords of Hembree, or sing along to the powerful vocals of Katy Guillen & the Girls. On this edition of Up to Date, we review the best in area music from 2014.

Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He writes Kansas City's authoritative jazz blog plasticsax.com.

Local Listen: Oleta Adams

Dec 12, 2014
oletaadams.com

Oleta Adams has been a favorite of area audiences since she began showcasing her lustrous voice in Kansas City jazz clubs and hotel lounges over three decades ago. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features Adams' rendition of "Winter Wonderland," a selection from her 2006 album "Christmas Time With Oleta."

90.9FM The Bridge

Kansas City community radio station The Bridge is launching a new hour-long music program this January hosted by local music aficionado Chris Haghirian.

"Eight One Sixty" will debut on Jan. 6 and air weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. The show will play all local music and feature interviews, news and live performances from Kansas City-based artists. 

thegrislyhand.com

The incessant upbeat of canned Christmas music can leave even those who love the holidays with a feeling of cheer fatigue.

Kansas City-area singer Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand, whose DJ alter-ego Lorna Kay spins classic country tunes all year long, shares some grittier winter songs to fill out the emotional spectrum this December.

Lauren's Picks:

Pages