As we approach 2015, we want to take a moment to personally thank all those who helped keep the music streaming in 2014. First, we would like to thank all of our Performing Artists who have shared their original music with our station. We are in awe of all the talented singer/songwriters currently streaming on the Cafe and those who performed this year in our Concert Series.
Second, we want to recognise a small group of individuals who tirelessly work in the background for KC Cafe. We want to thank our Board of Directors which includes: John Dutton (President), Larry Garrett (Vice President), Victor James Dougherty (Secretary), and Beth Coleman (Treasurer). Their contributions over the last six months have greatly improved our processes.
Next, we want to thank our Underwriters, KC Cafe Menu Favorites, and Community Partnerships. Their financial and professional support helped pay for all our operational costs in 2014, as well as, allowed us to expand our reach and participate in regional folk festivals in new and exciting ways. These individuals and businesses include:
- Gusto Coffee Shop – Steve & Emily Hula
- The Fig Tree Café and Bakery – Robyn Altoom
- Jeanette Lundgren – Mother Hen Promotions
- Sally Smith – Whistle Stop Antiques
- Folk Alliance International 2014
- Folk Alliance Region Midwest 2014
- Doug Adamz
- Roger Street Friedman
- Chappell & Dave Holt
- The Enzymes with The Active Ingredients
- John Batdorf
- John Zipperer
- Lucy Billings
- Kerry Patrick Clark
- Hilary Scott
- Carey Appel
- The Keller sisters
- Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band
- Folk Alliance Far West 2014
- Kansas City Songwriter’s Circle
- Vicki Leighty – Lydaco Music
- Kasey Dawn Rausch
Our Concert Series Hosts were amazing in 2014. Our generous Concert Series Hosts brought together their friends and excellent food to experience KC Cafe Performing Artists from all over the United States. A huge THANK You to the following 2014 Concert Series Hosts who welcomed KC Cafe Radio into their homes and businesses. We are truly grateful for your partnership and everyone can relive each live performance in our live music archives here. The list of 2014 Concert Series Hosts include:
- Matt & Kathleen Coleman
- Kathy & Jerry Forste
- Sally Smith – Whistle Stop Antiques
- Cyd’s Art, Antiques. & Fair Trade
- Mark & Beth Coleman
- Cathy & Stan Unruh
- John Dutton & Olin Durham
- Sara Currin & Sacred Spirals KC
- PT’s at the Crossroads
- St. Garabed’s Church
Last but not least, we want to thank the listeners and fans of original music! Since we began our journey in 2008 so much has changed. Yet as things have changed our mission has remained constant, to provide you the listener with the World Finest Original Music on the planet! So as we close out another broadcast year we are excited to enter into 2015 with high hopes to increase our reach, expand our services to artists, and acquire new listeners looking for original music.
May 2015 be merry and bright for you and yours and may you have a blessed holiday season for the rest of 2014.
Happy Holidays from KC Cafe Radio – John, Kathy, and Kathleen
Award nominated Kansas-based Americana singer / songwriter JONATHAN FLEIG brings organic and heartfelt storytelling front and center in his new album and documentary film, Road to Nowhere. The album is available for download and previews of the film are available here.
Harkening the bittersweet essence of American folk raconteurs, JONATHAN FLEIG will lure listeners from all walks of life, from blues and soul to rock and country. Road to Nowhere was recorded, filmed and produced by Brian D. Hardin (Quincy Jones, India Arie, Ziggy Marley).
Road to Nowhere was captured live, on location, in symbolic pastoral settings throughout Kansas.
Road To Nowhere finds JONATHAN FLEIG in his element, painting a sensory emotional experience on a canvas of music and film. For press inquiries and additional information, please contact JONATHAN FLEIG via email at email@example.com.
KC Cafe is proud to call Jonathan a KC Cafe Performing Artist! We are honored that he graced the KC Cafe Radio stage at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City this past February. You can hear Jonathan’s performance at FAI2014 here.
By Kathleen Coleman
The Acoustic Guitar Project, created by Founder/Executive Director Dave Adams, is currently in Kansas City. The project scope is simple, one guitar is passed around between 10 Kansas City musicians. Each musician has 7 days to write and record an original song using the acoustic guitar. Once they have signed the guitar, it is passed on to the next musician on the list. This creative project began in 2012 and has evolved from a simple idea to inspire musicians to write songs to a worldwide initiative encompassing 40 cities, 40 guitars, 400 musicians, and 400 new original songs to inspire and delight the listening public. Kansas City musicians are participating in 2014 for the first time since the Acoustic Guitar Project’s inception.
So far, four of Kansas City’s supremely talented songwriters have had the guitar in their possession for their week of songwriting. Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon received the guitar first and passed it to Danny McGaw (Wells the Traveler), and then it fell into the hands of Tyler Gregory. After Tyler, Katy Guillen (Katy Guillen and The Girls) spent her time with the guitar and then on Monday June 9th passed it on to Jeff Freling (Victor and Penny). Jeff Freling will complete his 7 day run and then the guitar will pass on to Beau Bledsoe, Quinn McCue (Kansas City Bear Fighters) and then Cody Wyoming (The Philistines) will have their turn creating their creative acoustic masterpieces. In addition to the above 8 musicians 2 more are yet to be named to the project.
According to Dave Adams, “The Acoustic Guitar Project was created to help musicians reconnect to the original moment that inspired them to be singer-songwriters. Back to a time when it was just them and their guitar. Focused. Challenged. Creative. Most likely self-exiled to an isolated space. And definitely completely lost in the moment. By giving musicians a platform with simple restrictions, we hope that The Project will inspire them.”
Interested in finding out where The Acoustic Guitar is traveling in 2014? Check out the official website for updates, nominate a musician for the project, and check out past musicians who have created a special moment in music culture. Look for a live performance featuring all 10 Kansas City Musicians sometime in August.