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FAR-West 2015: Conversations at FAR-West

Folk Alliance Region WestThe saying “birds of a feather flock together” was proven true for us at KC Cafe Radio during the recent Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) Music Conference in Oakland, California.  The miles between Kansas City and Oakland seemed to dissolve away, as we were made to feel right at home among old friends and new at this outstanding event.

As we wrap up our archived coverage of the conference, we extend a heartfelt thank-you to those who were influential in making our broadcast coverage possible: Thank you Far-West President Mark Kaufman and the Board of Directors who allowed us to visit Oakland and broadcast from the conference.  Thank you conference organizers Jeanette Lundgren (who extended the invitation for us to come out to Oakland) and John Roy Zat (who also loaned us his audio equipment to assist in getting a reliable signal back to our broadcast system in Kansas City).  Thank you Official Showcase organizers Peggy Glenn and Jime Van Booven, who graciously worked our broadcast coverage of the shows into their master plan.  To house sound engineer “smilin'” James Heyser and his technical crew who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a good clean signal back to Kansas City.  And to all those who went out of their way to welcome us into the far-West family, thank you for your kindness, hospitality and the generosity of your time.  For us, it was an experience we won’t soon forget.

We conclude our archived broadcast coverage with the conversations we aired over KC Cafe Radio during the conference.

Alice Wallace

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Calman Hart and Jeff Berkley

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Cary Morin

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Dan Weber

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David Luning

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Doug Adamz

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Erica Sunshine Lee

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James Lee Stanley

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Jeanette Lundgren 1

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Jeanette Lundgren 2

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John Zipperer

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Joshua Johnson and Reese Douglas

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Karrie Pavish Anderson

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Judy Nazemetz

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Melissa Greener

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Pam Loe and Chad Watson

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Rick Ruskin

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Peter Spencer

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Michael Henchman

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Kiki Wow

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Russ and Julie Paris

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Sarah Frank and Luke Frazer

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Susie Glaze

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Tapia Corel

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Velvy Appelton and Anita Sandwina

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Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso

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FAR-West 2015: Saturday Night Showcase

Folk Alliance Region WestKC Cafe Radio’s live coverage from the 2015 FAR-West Music Conference concluded Saturday night, October 17, with a stellar, award-winning lineup of showcase musicians.  The evening’s performance began with Best of the West award winner Cris Williamson, and continued with the talents of Spark and Whisper, Rick Ruskin, Jalan Crossland, Freddy and Francine, Dan Weber, and Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band.  Here are the performances:

Cris Williamson

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Spark and Whisper

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Rick Ruskin

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Jalan Crossland

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Freddy and Francine

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Dan Weber

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Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band

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KC Cafe Radio Live @ FAR-West 2015: Saturday Night Showcase

Folk Alliance Region WestOur live broadcast coverage from the Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) 2015 music conference continues tonight with performances from the Official Showcase stage beginning at 8:30 PM (Central Time).  Tonight’s broadcast features music from Cris Williamson (Best of the West Award Winner), Spark and Whisper, Rick Ruskin, Jalan Crossland, Freddy & Francine, Dan Weber, and Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band.  Here is the schedule of the performances:

8:30 PM: Cris Williamson (Best of the West Award Winner)

cris_williamsonCris Williamson, the FAR-West BOTW Performer Honoree, has had a career in music that spans over five decades as a performer, activist and innovator. Born in South Dakota and then achieving her first musical successes in Wyoming and Colorado, the former school teacher reached national attention with the 1975 release, “The Changer and the Changed” on the independent label Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company which was her brainchild. This revolutionary album has long been cited as the beginning of a new genre of music that was primarily for and about women. Over the years Cris has continued to produce exceptional music, releasing over 30 albums and collaborating with luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt and Holly Near. Through all of this, Cris’ music and lyrics remain the vehicle for something larger and she is often featured in women’s studies curricula, teaching and inspiring new generations.

7:00 PM: Spark and Whisper

spark_and_whisperSpark & Whisper performances are intimate and dynamic, reflecting traditional roots and a modern perspective on life and love. They entwine their eclectic/electric pasts with acoustic treatments and reflect their perceptions of the evolving American cultural, political, and environmental landscapes, guiding the audience out of the mundane into moments of higher consciousness and connected spirits.

7:30 PM: Rick Ruskin

rick_ruskinRick Ruskin offers up an enticing musical buffet composed of unequal portions of original songs and cover songs served in his unique vocal style accompanied by lush guitar arrangements that sound as if there are five hands on the guitar, not just two. Listen with joy and watch wide-eyed as he entertains and satisfies any appetite.

8:00 PM: Jalan Crossland

jalan_crosslandJalan Crossland is a treasure, a treat, and a truth-bending singing storyteller. He’s one part national fingerstyle guitar champion, one part rodeo clown, one part rough-hewn cowboy from rural Wyoming, and one part ultimate showman. The other parts, and there are many, range from hobo to bad boy to jammin’ banjo slinger, and that’s just the tip o’ the iceberg.

8:30 PM: Freddy & Francine

freddy_and_francineFreddy & Francine is an explosive Americana/soul duo that tours well outside their home base in Los Angeles. They have a connection on stage that radiates infectiously through audiences. Their performances feature tight two-part harmonies and engaging songs that reach deep into hearts. With just an acoustic guitar and their two voices, they deliver a dynamic and engaging show.

9:00 PM: Dan Weber

dan_weberDan Weber is an authentic troubadour who began writing and performing only 7 years ago at the age of 40. In the short time since then, his songs which are rooted in real world vagabond life experiences, have won numerous accolades and song contests (including the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival, Woody Guthrie Festival & Kerrville New Folk competitions) and fans!

9:30 PM: Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band

susie_glaze_and_the_hilonesome_bandSusie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band blends classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! This is a lush Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous blends of mountain folk and grassy, Celtic-inspired originals, all fronted by the distinctive voice of Susie Glaze and supplemented with sweet band harmonies.

KC Cafe Radio Live @ FAR-West 2015

Folk Alliance Region West 2015 ConferenceKC Cafe Radio travels to Oakland, California this week to bring you live broadcast coverage of the 2015 Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) conference, held at the Mariott City Center Hotel.

Our live broadcast coverage begins at 8:30 PM (Central Time) Friday evening, when we bring you live performances from the Official Showcase show, featuring the music of Nels Andrews, Berkley Hart, Rebecca Folsom, Ashleigh Flynn, Ragged Union, Alice Wallace, and The Bombadils.

Saturday afternoon beginning approximately 2:30 PM (Central Time), we will broadcast the Best of the West awards ceremony, this year honoring Cris Williamson, Russ and Julie Paris, and Penny Nichols.

Then on Saturday night our live broadcast coverage concludes with the the Saturday night Official Showcase show, beginning at 8:30 PM (Central Time).  Tune in to hear outstanding sets of music from Cris Williamson (Best of the West Award Winner), Spark and Whisper, Rick Ruskin, Jalan Crossland, Freddy & Francine, Dan Weber, and Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout our regular music programming, tune in for “Conversations from Far-West.”  We will be talking with musicians and music industry specialists attending the conference.

Covering the 2015 Far-West Conference is our most ambitious project yet, and we invite you to tune in and join in on the fun and excitement!