Judy Nazemetz Brings Fun to Life Through Music

Judy NazemetzIf you ask Judy Nazemetz what her greatest musical influences are, she quickly tells you she has none.  Rather, Judy has immersed herself in all sorts of endeavors involving arts and entertainment.  And that’s what makes her music so eclectic.

Judy grew up in “Central Jersey” gaining an appreciation for musical theatre, which she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles and became involved in several plays and musical theatre productions.  She would go on to write her own one-woman show.

Along the way, Judy appeared more than 100 times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, with Ellen DeGeneres on her sitcom, and in numerous television commercials.  With the 2014 release of her debut album, Variety Pak, Judy culminates all of her writing, comedy, performance, musical theater, and life experience into a single package.  Her music invites us to smile and laugh along with her, while at the same time affording us the opportunity to look at our own lives from a different perspective.

Recently, KC Cafe radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Judy via Skype.  Judy describes her journey from Jersey to L.A, and her experiences along the way, and how those experiences influence the songs on Variety Pak.  She also tells the stories behind the various characters she has developed, and what it was like to appear alongside people like Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres.

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Mick Byrd: Back to His Roots With Ozark Blues

Mick ByrdIf you travel through the quaint little community of Vienna, Missouri, you may chance run into a friendly, soft-spoken guy by the name of Mick Byrd.  To many in his community he is known as teacher, coach, neighbor, colleague.  In the music world, Mick is known as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and one heck of a musician.  Regardless of the circumstances however, anyone who gets to know Mick soon call him “friend.”

Although Mick has pursued other endeavors in life, music has always been at the core of his being.   Ever since he first picked up a guitar when he was 7 years old, Mick has been fascinated with music and the stories they tell.  And, what a collection of stories they are! Mick has released a total of 8 albums to date, the latest of which brings him full circle, back to his Missouri roots, with a unique Americana-styled “Ozark Blues.”

The album is aptly called, Roots and Ozark Blues.  Along with his new Backroad Band, Mick weaves together the stories of life in a small town, with a sound that is rooted deeply in his Missouri Ozarks upbringing.  And while the location may be obvious, as listeners we quickly discover that these stories belong to all of us.

Recently, Mick took time from his busy schedule to talk with KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste.  They talk about the stories behind many of the songs on Roots and Ozark Blues, and about the new band that accompany him on the album.  They also get into a fascinating discussion on the different stylings of Blues, and where his music lands in the spectrum of the genre.  And Mick offers his observations on what it is like to perform in two completely different venues, the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.

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PorchFest KC 2015: The Performances

Rafter e Studio at PorchFest KC 2015

Kansas City’s West Plaza neighborhood came alive with music on Saturday, June 13, despite the early afternoon rain!  The 2nd annual PorchFest KC community music event went on through the rain, then the sunshine, as over 100 bands performed before crowds from 40 porches throughout this historic community.  KC Cafe Radio was there, bringing you live music from our showcase stage, generously hosted by Rafter e Studio, at 4501 Fairmount Avenue.

Rafter e StudioOur thanks to John Eck and the artists of Rafter e Studio for sharing their beautiful space, and to Larry Garrett, David Hakan, The Matchsellers, The Engineers, Chad Abernathy and AJ Young, Steve Sterner and Neptune’s Car for sharing their music from our stage.

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: June 16, 2015

This month we welcome two new Performing Artists to the KC Cafe Radio music family, Michael Henchman and Mandy Rowden,  along with new music from Pastor Brad, Howard Iceberg & the Titanics, and Carlo Acousticman. Check them out and request their music here!

Michael Henchman - 40 Miles From Midnight Michael Henchman – 40 Miles From Midnight ~New Artist!~

  • Modern Folk/Americana

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Pastor Brad - Lemonade Pastor Brad – Lemonade

  • Rock

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Howard Iceberg & The Titanics - Smooth Sailing Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – Smooth Sailing

  • Rock/American Traditional Rock

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Mandy Rowden - These Bad Habits Mandy Rowden – These Bad Habits ~New Artist!~

  • Americana

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Carlo Acousticman - Carlo Acoustic Man Carlo Acousticman – Carlo Acoustic Man

  • Americana

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The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients continues to bring on “the eclectic”

The Enzymes with The Active IngredientsWhen you’ve got something good going on, why not bring on more of it?  That’s what musicians Murphy Dunne, Rob Lewine, Larry Tredwell and Howard Greene have done, ever since the successful release of their debut self-titled album. A new song, Kill Yourself First, is just the beginning of their future plans, which include a new EP release.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste caught back up with the eclectic foursome.  They talk about how they came together from their diverse backgrounds to form The Enzymes, how the band got its name, and what attending one of their shows is like.

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   The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients – Kill Yourself First

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