This fall marks a milestone for Kansas City radio and the metro’s many fans of rock, gospel, country and reggae. The now-iconic Cyprus Avenue program premiered on KCUR in October 1978. Piloting the program from the beginning was an eager, well-informed, dedicated host who was opportunely equipped with both an ideal voice for radio and a passion about the music he played.
He tickled the ivories from Kansas City to Paris in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist Virgil Thomson’s journey from movie theater musician totrailblazer of the American style of music composition.
Coming up on this Tuesday's Central Standard, the story of 13 young people in Zamboanga, Philippines who take on an extraordinary challenge – to learn their traditional instruments, and preform a concert, in front of 10,000 people.
Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it’s become an international phenomenon – a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.
Kansas City artists love reasons to get together, and who's more tribute-worthy than the late Etta James? On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look back at the singer’s many styles, from early jump blues to country soul.
On this Wednesday's Central Standard, learn about a SXSW-style festival in our own backyard. Hear why the Middle of the Map Festival is drawing exponentially more bands, more people & more attention in its second year.
In a recent Tiny Desk Concert – the band Hospital Ships performed crushingly beautiful songs with their eyes closed. With their nice collared shirts, 2-day-old beards, and folky feel, they look like the kinds you see sipping coffee at the Merc in Lawrence… because they are.
We have good news and bad news. First the good: George Takei, your favorite Star-Trek-Helmsmen-Turned-Gay-Rights-Activist, is coming to town to narrate a Sci-Fi Spectacular with the KC Symphony, complete with a laser light show. Now the bad: If you don't already have tickets or a really amazing friend, the show looks very sold out.
For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the native South African musical traditions. The ten member vocal ensemble has recorded forty albums and sold more than six million records.