Category Archives: Live Music

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

FAR-West 2015: Friday Night Showcase

Folk Alliance Region WestThe 2015 FAR-West Music Conference continued Friday night, October 16 with an outstanding lineup of regional musicians.  Performances featured music by Nels Andrews, Berkley Hart, Rebecca Folsom, Asleigh Flynn, Ragged Union, Alice Wallace and The bombadils.  Here are the performances:

Nels Andrews

Nels Andrews


Berkley Hart



Rebecca Folsom



Asleigh Flynn



Ragged Union



Alice Wallace



The Bombadils



FAR-West 2015: Venues Choice Showcase

Folk Alliance Region WestThe 2015 FAR-West Music Conference kicked off Thursday evening, October 15 with a Venues Choice Showcase, featuring Jody Mulgrew, Scott Mickelson, Cascada de Flores, Brett Mikels and Circle of Trees, and Sherry Austin with Henhouse.  Here are the performances:

Steve Key/Songwriters at play presents:

Jody Mulgrew

Jody Mulgrew



The Lost Church presents:

Scott Mickelson

Scott Mickelson


Freight & Salvage presents:

Cascads de Flores

Cascada de Flores


Kiki Wow presents:

Brett Mikels

Brett Mikels


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.

Listen to the performances here:

Pictures from the event:

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

Live @ Gusto! – Hilary Scott

Hilary ScottKC Cafe Radio welcomed Billboard Magazine favorite Hilary Scott to Gusto! Coffee in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Saturday, April 4, 2015.

St. Louis resident Hilary Scott  has topped the Roots Music Report charts for the last year with music from her album Flowers On Mars and debuted several songs from her new album Freight Train of Love to the Kansas City crowd in this unique show.

Listen to the show here:

Pictures from the show:

Music by Hilary Scott on KC Cafe Radio:

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