Category Archives: Live Music

News and audio coverage from KC Cafe Radio Concert Series, and other live music events

FAR-West 2016: Saturday Showcase

FAR-West 2016 Conference LogoKC Cafe Radio’s live coverage from the Folk Alliance Region West conference concluded with an outstanding evening of original music representing Washington State, California, Iowa, and Oregon.  Performances featured the talents of Jaspar LepakRita Hosking and Sean Feder, Melanie Devaney,Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, Nathan & Jessie, and Otter Creek.  Here are the archived recordings of the performances:

Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar LepakSinger-songwriter Jaspar Lepak is best known for her bell-like voice and introspective storytelling. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.

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Rita Hosking and Sean Feder

Rita Hosking & Sean FederHosking’s fierce and captivating country-folk voice narrates a working class legacy in songs and stories that span forest fires, culture clash, dishes, black holes and hope. Feder accompanies artfully on dobro and banjo. Their performances transform audiences and deliver authentic American folk music to stir the soul, awaken the senses and inspire action.

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Melanie Devaney

Melanie DevaneyClassical training in piano and guitar, a degree in creative writing, and limitless curiosity combine to craft elegant, yet accessible, songs from personal experience and/or keen observations of the world and characters she encounters. Unapologetically, this rural-Iowa-bred singer-songwriter’s gentle mission is to create beauty and change the world one song at a time with compassion and understanding.

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Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan

Claudia Russell & Bruce KaplanThis duo has traversed a wide Americana landscape, tipping their hats to bluegrass bands, Village folkies, blues divas, jazz cats and singing cowboys. Claudia’s expressive voice and distinctive guitar style lend an unassailable authenticity to each genre. Bruce’s accompaniment, on mandolin and guitar, is the perfect polish. Their shows are warm and comfortable with a side of funny.

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Nathan & Jessie

Nathan & JessieDelightful trilingual performances are a synchronous fusion of jazzy folk and blues on National Reso-Phonic guitars and accordion, with an interesting interplay between female and male vocals that always feels fresh and spontaneous. Often joined by Trevor Mulvey on upright bass, their shows are uplifting, fun, and bridge all ages and cultures. The duo travels worldwide.

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Otter Creek

Otter CreekThe alchemy of patience, skill, artistry and humor presented by this charming duo with 10 instruments and 53 strings delights audiences who clamor for more. Touring coast to coast these married folkies spread their musical joy from house concerts to school assemblies to concert halls to folk radio and also license their music for TV shows.

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FAR-West 2016: Friday Showcase

FAR-West 2016 Conference LogoKC Cafe Radio’s live coverage from the 2016 Folk Alliance Region West conference got underway Friday night, October 14, with a showcase featuring musical talent from California, Washington, North Carolina, Alberta, Canada, and Colorado. Performances featured Rachel Garlin,  Uncle Bonsai, Jamie Laval Duo,  Scott Cook, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, and March to May. Here are the archived recordings of the performances:

Rachel Garlin

Rachel GarlinA far-from-weary world traveler with new and different stories delivered with an infectious on-stage joy. As an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, crafter of inspired melodies, and storyteller, she serves up themes that are fresh and moving. She seamlessly weaves her middle school teaching skills with a natural stage presence to deliver tasty folk, rock, roots, and bluegrass flavors.

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Uncle Bonsai

Uncle Bonsai TrioOriginal, contemporary folk/pop music. With soaring and intricate 3-part harmonies and incisive humor, accompanied by only an acoustic guitar, the trio delivers unflinching portrayals of first-world problems, underachievers, and the passing of time and genes — the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree. Crowd pleasers and perennial favorites in multiple venues/festivals.

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Jamie Laval Duo

Jamie Laval DuoU.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion creates rapt audiences with his passionate, virtuosic performances, uncanny imitation of Highland bagpipes, and engaging stories and humor. Jamie performed for Her Majesty the Queen and presented a TED Talk.

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Scott Cook

Scott CookA roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, he has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-constant touring across Canada, America, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His shows are mesmerizing and fun. Hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change people’s lives, and, in turn, change the world.

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Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore

Mollie O'Brien & Rich MooreFor 30 years her Grammy-winning voice and his stellar guitar accompaniment (and side-splitting patter) have treated audiences to classic interpretations of America’s most popular music along with an impressive canon of original tunes. Genre-defying, ear-pleasing, heart-opening, laughter-inducing performances are their stock in trade. A marriage of music and mirth: few do it as well or as (seemingly) effortlessly.

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March to May

March to MaySerendipitously meeting around a campfire on the Washington coast, March to May overlays driving, rhythmic guitar and the mellifluous timbre of Celtic harp, with rich vocal harmonies, haunting melodies and riveting lyrics. Their live performances are heartwrenchingly captivating and unabashedly raw, charming the audience with an undeniable onstage chemistry.

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Far-West 2016: Venue’s Choice Concert

FAR-West 2016 Conference LogoThe 2016 Folk Alliance Region West music conference kicked off Thursday evening, October 13,2016 with a wonderful lineup of original music hand-picked by the operators of performance venues throughout the great Western region of the United States and Canada.  Featured at this year’s Venue’s Choice Showcase were: Holly Gwinn Graham, presented by Traditions of Olympia, Washington;  Orville Johnson, presented by the Seattle Folkolore Society; Avery Hill presented by Artichoke Music of Portland, Oregon; Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, presented by Wintergrass of Bellevue Washington; and The Kaddywompas Radio Show, presented by the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater of Snohomish, Washinhgton.  Here are the archived recordings of the performances:

Traditions presents: Holly Gwinn Graham

Traditions logoTraditions is a place to discover folk-art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries. Traditions is also a cafe and center for concerts, workshops, and public forums; a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.

Holly Gwinn GrahamHolly Gwinn Graham is a seasoned international performer whose career includes songwriting, acting, directing, visual arts, and writing. With her late ex-husband, guitar legend Davey Graham, she recorded two albums on Decca and President and toured Europe and the UK with him in the late-60s and early-70s. She has released 8 albums on her own label since 1980, and was an artist in the schools from 1984-2005 for Washington State, Nevada, and Alaska Arts Councils doing theater and music. Holly holds a Masters in Teaching and is still actively involved in teaching, the arts and performing.

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Seattle Folklore Society presents Orville Johnson

Seattle Folklore SocietyA non-profit folk organization, founded in 1966, Seattle Folklore Society has one of the largest and most stable memberships in the country. They produce folk music concerts, dances, song circles, camps and a newsletter. Many members are active concertgoers, dancers and players of the acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, ukulele and other folk instruments.

Orville JohnsonOrville Johnson is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast – and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the “Encyclopedia of Northwest Music” (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the Northwest music scene in the thirty-some years he’s lived there.

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Artichoke Music presents: Avery Hill

Artichoke Music logoArtichoke Music is a 40-year-old nonprofit music community center. We develop and support musicians, attract and educate audiences, and create a connected community of acoustic music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Artichoke Music is an integral part of the creative community of musicians in Portland, Oregon and in the Pacific Northwest.

Avery HillFamily legend has that Avery Hill sang before she talked. Since then, her winding road toward music has shaped her singular style of writing as she uses songs to integrate stories of the past into her observations of life today. Her latest album, “Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album,” (2015) was released independently and reached the Top-10 in all three categories (Album, Song, Artist) in September of that year. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she also has a thriving teaching practice.

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Wintergrass presents: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Wintergrass logoWintergrass is a a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to making sure good music is a part of your world. They are committed to preserving and promoting traditional acoustic American music through presentation and education, with special attention given to the bluegrass music community. Their annual festival at the Bellevue, Washington Hyatt in February draws performers and audience from around the world.

Ben Hunter & Joe SeamonsBen Hunter and Joe Seamons have been playing together for almost 5 years, the last 3 of which sent them to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, learning at the feet of the elders of the acoustic blues tradition.  The duo found an affinity in the many branches that tied into the blues and created this duo as a way to explore these branches, and their musical kinship and sense of joy in interpreting this music is evident. Earlier this year the Washington Blues Society sent Ben and Joe to the 26th-annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, where they won First Place (out of 94 solo/duo acts representing 16 countries) for their unique blend of pre-blues a cappella field hollers, fiddle/banjo breakdowns, and duet distillations of early jazz.

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The Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater presents: The Kaddywompas Radio Show

Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater logo“The Pacific Northwest’s Cozy Home for the Performing Arts,” the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater is a community based, all volunteer non-profit organization that offers private lessons, classes, workshops, a Friday Night Open Mic, a national touring artist series, family concerts, live theater and more.

The Kaddywompas Radio ShowThe Kaddywompas Radio Show is homegrown community radio from the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater; with music, stories and fun for the whole family hosted by Tim Noah. The show features old-timey, folksy, bluesy, and rootsy music by The Shed Players and the sweet, soulful sound of contemporary singer-songwriter Dawn Madsen. The Kaddywompas Radio Show is a sample of the burgeoning music and art culture in Snohomish Washington. A KRS series has been performed and recorded live at TNTT and broadcast on Everett radio station KSER.

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KC Cafe Radio Live from PorchFest KC 2016

PorchFest 2016 PosterFor the second year in a row, KC Cafe Radio brought you live music from PorchFest KC 2016.  The annual musical “block party” moved this year to Kansas City’s Valentine Neighborhood, in Midtown Kansas City.  Approximately 140 bands played on 41 porch “stages” during the 6-hour event.  Music featured a wide gambit of genres, including Alt-Folk, Americana, Jazz, Latin, Zydeco, Blues, Raggae, Bluegrass, Pop, Classic Country, Rock, Singer-Songwriter,Folk, Modern Country, Neo Soul and others.

KC Cafe Radio’s live microphones were there broadcasting from our “porch stage,” located at 3752 Washington Street, here are the archived recordings of the performances:

Wyatt Brewer

wyatt_brewerKansas City native Wyatt Brewer has been writing songs about what he loves in life practically all his life.  Growing up under the musical influence of his father, who was also a musician, Wyatt has played guitar as early as age 10.  His forthcoming debut album, Factory Made, is due for release this December.

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Larry Garrett

Larry GarrettLarry Garrett is one of KC Cafe Radio’s “Fab Five…” One of the first five musicians to sign with KC Cafe Radio as a Performing Artist.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the governing 501c3  organization that operates KC Cafe Radio.  His music comes from the long tradition of folk music in Kansas City, pulled from everyday experiences of family, childhood, “old dogs” and growing older, the Independence, Missouri, resident’s songs paint a picture of life that is personal yet steeped in a musical lineage.

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Bill Abernathy

Bill AbernathyBill Abernathy is a singer songwriter based in Kansas City.  Bill writes songs about events and people in his life. He goes by the motto that “if you hear a song that sounds like it could have been written about you… it might have been.” Bill will be performing songs from his new album,  Find a Way.

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Chad Abernathy

Chad AbernathyChad Abernathy is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City. Over the past eight years he has performed at various venues throughout Kansas City, the Midwest, Washington DC and Europe. In 2013 Chad released his album The Journey and has received critical acclaim and airplay around the world.

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Kasey Rausch’s The Country Duo

Kasey Rausch's Country DuoThe Country Duo is Kansas City’s Kasey Rausch and Marco Pascolini. Armed with acoustic and electric guitars, a pedal steel and a passion for good old country music, you’ll hear them play Kasey’s original country folk tunes.  Spring of 2016 found the duo playing Nashville, Tennessee at the Station Inn with Grammy winners The Roland White Band, watching the Grand Ole Opry from the stage and touring through Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.

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Live @ Gusto: Dan Hamilton, Steve Sterner and Sundown, and The Bob and Al Show

Live @ GustoKC Cafe Radio presents another in our series of live concert events from Gusto Coffee Shop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, this Saturday evening, June 11.  Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Guitar Muse” Dan Hamilton (with special guest Rick Lally), Steve Sterner and Sundown, and The Bob and Al Show.

Weather permitting, the show will be held (and broadcast on KC Cafe Radio) from the patio outside Gusto’s beginning at 5PM, Central Time.  Join us for what is promising to be a great evening of live Kansas City-area music, while enjoying the setting sun over Longview Lake.  In the event of rain, the entertainment moves inside Gusto Coffee Shop.

If you are unable to join us in-person, then bring the live music with you by tuning in the live broadcast on KC Cafe Radio.  More information on listening to KC Cafe Radio, including access to our mobile apps is available here.