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Beth Scalet Dies

Elizabeth "Beth" ScaletSinger/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Elizabeth “Beth” Scalet, 65, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House.  A memorial event will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Turning Point, Paralyzed Veterans or Kansas City Hospice House.

Beth was born September 17, 1948, in Ottawa, KS, the daughter of Walter L. & Jessie M. Tucker Butler. She was a graduate of Ottawa High School and received an MA in English Literature from the University of Kansas.  Beth was a technical writer and editor for Continental Health Care and DST Systems.  She was a recognized and popular guitar player, singer, songwriter and harmonica player.  Beth issued six albums and CDs through her own music company, Marais des Cygnes Music. She was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Rex.

Beth is survived by her partner, Stephanie LaSalle, brothers; Walter “Bill” Butler and Robert “Bob” Butler.

Read the complete obituary and leave online condolences here.

 Music by Beth Scalet on KC Cafe Radio:

2014 Folk Alliance International Conference: Kansas City

Folk Alliance 2014 ConferenceJanuary 6, 2014 – For the first time, the 26th annual Folk Alliance International Conference and Winter Music Camp will be held at Kansas City’s Crown Center hotels February 19th through the 23rd.  The event coincides with the relocation of the Folk Alliance International headquarters to Kansas City from Memphis, TN.

The largest folk-related gathering of it’s kind, the 2014 conference will bring together over 2,000 registered attendees, including over 100 industry exhibitors, and of course, lots of music.  Over 200 juried music performances, more than 300 private showcase events, and over 50 workshops, panel discussions, and peer group meetings discussing critical issues relating to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk and traditional music and dance.  Folk icon Graham Nash is the conference keynote speaker on February 20, and former Vice President Al Gore will host his award winning presentation on global climate change on February 22.

2014 Folk Alliance Winter CampIn conjunction with the industry conference in Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center Hotel, the new Winter Music Camp will take place in the adjoining Sheraton Hotel. It will offer group and individual instruction, performances and jam sessions for all levels of players in all styles of roots music, featuring music legends such as Byron Berline, Mike Compton, Ken Perlman and others, including a keynote by Graham Nash.

The conference opens on Wednesday, February 19th, highlighted by a showcase of live performances hosted by Kansas City area media, including KC Cafe Radio.  We will also host afternoon and late night Private Showcase events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  All KC Cafe Radio-related events will be broadcast live, and available on-demand from our website.  More information on our coverage will be announced here soon.

Information and online registration for the conference is available here.  Registration and information regarding the Music Camp is available here.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio’s John Dutton visited with Folk Alliance International Executive Director Louis Meyers, at their new headquarters and store in downtown Kansas City.  They talked about the move from Memphis to Kansas City, the conference, and the future of Folk Alliance International in its new home.

Listen To The Interview Here:

Click Here for more information on the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference

Purnell Picked Up By Publisher, Featured On National Radio Show

Billy Jack PurnellMid-Missouri singer/songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Billy Jack Purnell announces that his works will be picked up by international publishing company Factory Music Publishing.

Purnell currently has two self-produced albums, Acousticueticals and Bipolar 101.  Releasing future works through Factory Music will open the door for Purnell to pursue greater and more broad-based opportunities in the music industry, according to the musician.

Purnell has already gained recent national attention, when he was featured as an emerging artist on the Crook and Chase radio show this fall.  Independent Artist Magazine also featured him in it’s August/September 2013 issue.

Purnell will perform in a KC Cafe House Concert in Marshall, Missouri in July, 2014.  More information here.

Music By Billy Jack Purnell On KC Cafe Radio:

FARM Conference Live Coverage Begins October 24

Folk Alliance Region MidwestKC Cafe Radio is pleased to announce that live coverage of the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference will begin Thursday, October 24.  The annual midwest gathering of folk and acoustic musicians, venue operators, radio DJs and music enthusiasts will be held in St. Louis, Missouri October 24-27,  at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel.

Tune in to KC Cafe Radio each day of the conference, as we talk with KC Cafe Performing Artists, conference keynote speaker Melanie Safka, Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jim Blum, Lantern Bearer Award recipient Mark Dvorak, and others.

We will also be hosting a late-night private showcase all three nights of the conference, which will be broadcast live beginning at Midnight Central time nightly. Thursday night’s showcase broadcast will feature the music of Rob Lytle, Elaine McMilian, RpT, Gary Paul, Jeremiah Birnbaum, and John Sherman and Randy Clepper.  Friday night’s showcase broadcast will feature the music of Chico Schwall, Kerry Patrick Clark, Dan Weber, Bohemian Folk Highway, Lizanne Knott, and Shiny Shiny Black.  Saturday night’s showcase broadcast will feature the music of John Batdorf and Nathan Bell,  Pearson Perry, Kat McDowell, Billy String and Don Julian, James Curley, and Jason & Ginger.

In addition to the Private Showcase presentation hosted by KC Cafe Radio, approximately 15 other Private Showcase events will be held simultaneously during the conference.  A complete list of private showcase presentations is available here.

On-site registration for the Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference is still available.  A variety of registration packages are available, including full conference, single day conference, and a “taste of FARM” package that features the evening and latenight showcase events.  More information on conference registration is available here.

Oliver Craven A Top 2013 Telluride Troubadour

Oliver Craven Photo by Laura Carbone

Oliver Craven Photo by Laura Carbone

Congratulations to KC Cafe Performing Artist Oliver Craven of The Stray Birds for being a Top 10 finalist out of 500 entries in the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest. The Telluride Troubadour Competition is a nationally recognized songwriter competition open to anyone who writes and performs original music and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

KC Cafe Radio had the pleasure of experiencing The Stray Birds live last August when they performed as part of our 2012 House Concert Series. You can listen to their live performance on our website. You can also catch them in concert as they are currently on tour. Upcoming dates and information are located on their website