2nd Annual PorchFest Returns to Kansas City June 13

PorchFest KCA soft summer breeze flows through the trees high above.  Beams of sunlight dance between branches onto the grass and porches below.  And, as friends, neighbors and music enthusiasts from near and far stroll through Kansas City Missouri’s West Plaza neighborhood, the unique sound of original music fills the air.  On Saturday, June 13 from Noon to 5, that scene becomes reality as the 2nd Annual PorchFest KC returns.

According to program organizer Kathryn Golden, this event is promising to be even bigger, with over 70 bands slated to appear throughout the 20 blocks of the West Plaza neighborhood that make up the festival area.  Neighborhood residents provide the approximately 30 porches and yards from which the entertainment emanates, and food vendors bring their local delicacies to enjoy.  It all comes together for what can only be described as a neighborhood block party that everyone everywhere is invited to attend.

porchfestkc_2014KC Cafe radio will be set up with a stage at Rafter E Studio, located in the heart of the festival area, at the intersection of Fairmont and 45th Streets.  Our program will feature a showcase of local and nationally-touring KC Cafe Radio Performing Artists, including Larry Garrett, David Hakan, The Matchsellers, The Engineers, Chad Abernathy, Steve Sterner, and Neptune’s Car.  All of the music from our stage will be broadcast live on KC Cafe Radio beginning at Noon, Central Time. Our lineup is posted below.  More information on attending PorchFest KC can be found here.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with PorchFest KC organizer Kathryn Golden.  They talked about the inspiration behind the national PorchFest movement, as well as her own inspiration for starting PorchFest KC.  Golden also shares details about the event, and taps into her experience with the first event to offer up some pointers for festival-goers this year, in order to gain the most out of this year’s event.

Listen to the Interview here:

KC Cafe Radio’s Lineup/Live Broadcast Schedule

Rafter E Studio, 4501 Fairmount Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111

  • Noon Larry Garrett
  • 12:35 David Haken
  • 1:10 The Matchsellers
  • 1:45 The Engineers
  • 2:20 Chad Abernathy
  • 2:55 Steve Sterner
  • 3:30 Neptune’s Car

KC Cafe Radio Concert Series: Dan Weber, June 6, 2015

KC Cafe Radio Concert Series: Dan Weber Saturday, June 5, 2015 KC Cafe Radio is pleased to welcome singer/songwriter Dan Weber back to Belton’s Whistle Stop Antiques for his second show on Saturday, June 5. 

Showtime is 7:30 PM.  Seating is limited, and is by reservation only.  A donation of $15 per person is suggested.

For more information or to make your reservation for this show, please complete the form below.

The Keller Sisters Deal a House Of Cards

The Keller SistersThe San Francisco singer/songwriter sister act is back, and this time dealing a House of Cards.  The Keller Sisters offer up a brand new album that is full of warmth, humor and harmony.  Their first album, Shine, released in 2012 quickly rocketed to the top of the Roots Music Charts, and they are looking forward to the same success on their latest album, House Of Cards.

For their second interview with KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste, Sheryl and Kerry Keller talk about their album, their evolution as songwriters, and how they stumbled into the Americana music culture with their songwriting.  They talk about the busy life of full-time work coupled with a successful music career, the advantage of singing as a sister duo act,  and their musings on the future of Americana music, and their role in that future.

Listen to the interview here:

Music by The Keller Sisters on KC Cafe Radio:

The Keller Sisters - House Of Cards The Keller Sisters – House Of Cards

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: May 12, 2015

May brings a full bloom of new music on KC Cafe Radio! Our newest release presents 10 new albums and introduces 5 new Performing Artists to our repertoire. Follow the link, check them out, and request their music today!

Heather Miller - Anchor Heather Miller – Anchor ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Pastor Brad - Lemonade Pastor Brad – Lemonade

  • Rock

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Granger Loften - Demos Granger Lofton – Demos ~New Artist~

  • Gospel

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Brad Colerick - Tucson Brad Colerick – Tucson ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Brad Colerick - Lines in the Dirt Brad Colerick – Lines in the Dirt ~New Artist~

  • Country/Folk

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Brad Colerick - When I'm Gone Brad Colerick – When I’m Gone ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Pop

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Neptune's Car - The 45th Parallel Neptune’s Car – The 45th Parallel

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Luna Blanca - The Best of Luna Blanca Luna Blanca – The Best of Luna Blanca

  • Latin/Flamenco

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Crushing Myrna - Crushing Myrna Crushing Myrna – Crushing Myrna ~New Artist~

  • Rock

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The Bob and Al Show - This is a Recording The Bob and Al Show – This is a Recording ~New Artist~

  • Rock/Progressive Rock

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FARM Now Accepting Official Showcase Applications For 2015 Conference

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Friday, May 8, 2015 – Officials with Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) announce this week they are now accepting applications for Official Showcase performances at its 2015 conference. Approximately 14 Official Showcase performance slots are available at the conference, to be held at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, October 22-25, 2015.

Again this year, conference organizers will utilize the services of The Listening Room Network for the application process.  Interested individuals and groups will need to provide two live performance submissions, in the form of links to a web page that automatically loads a live performance video of a single song in its entirety.  There is a submission fee of $15 per application.  Deadline for submitting applications is May 31.  More information on submitting Official Showcase applications is available here.