Calvin Arsenia

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Calvin Arsenia

Calvin Arsenia is a vocalist, multi instrumentalist, music teacher, and performance artist based in Kansas City. He has performed internationally and lived and made music in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

This episode of Ghost Notes is the sixth in a series collaboration with KCUR 89.3. We’re releasing episodes throughout the summer that pair with live performance videos of our guests at KCUR 89.3's Facebook page. The series is called “Something to watch!” You can listen to bite size versions of our podcast episodes live on KCUR 89.3’s Central Standard every Thursday.

Ghost Notes is produced by Matt Hodapp. Our theme music was composed by Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan runs our website. You can reach us about anything involving Ghost Notes, or really anything else at GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Jeff Harshbarger

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Jeff Harshbarger

Jeff Harshbarger is a bassist, composer, and staple of the Kansas City music scene. Along with playing bass all over the globe in a variety of bands, he co-founded an artist run record label named Tzigane Music, and hosts Wednesday’s Jazz in the Afternoon on KKFI. 

This episode of Ghost Notes is the fifth in a series collaboration with KCUR 89.3. We’re releasing episodes throughout the summer that pair with live performance videos of our guests at KCUR 89.3's Facebook page. The series is called “Something to watch!” You can listen to bite size versions of our podcast episodes live on KCUR 89.3’s Central Standard every Thursday.

Ghost Notes is produced by Matt Hodapp. Our theme music was composed by Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan runs our website. You can reach us about anything involving Ghost Notes, or really anything else at GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. 

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The Buhs

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The Buhs

The Buhs is an eleven piece pop group from Kansas City that fuses elements of hip-hop and soul. We spoke to lead vocalist Julia Haile and trumpeter Hermon Mehari.

This episode of Ghost Notes is the fourth in a series collaboration with KCUR 89.3. We’re releasing episodes throughout the summer that pair with live performance videos of our guests at KCUR 89.3's Facebook page. The series is called “Something to watch!” You can listen to bite size versions of our podcast episodes live on KCUR 89.3’s Central Standard every Thursday.

Ghost Notes is produced by Matt Hodapp. Our theme music was composed by Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan runs our website. You can reach us about anything involving Ghost Notes, or really anything else at GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Your Friend

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Your Friend

Taryn Miller is a musician from Winfield, Kansas who plays under the moniker, Your Friend. She was signed to Domino Records, home of Animal Collective and Neutral Milk Hotel, in 2014. After the release of her first self-produced EP called Jekyl/Hyde. Since then, she's toured internationally, and put-out a full length album Gumption via Domino Records.

This episode of Ghost Notes is the third in a series collaboration with KCUR 89.3. We’re releasing episodes throughout the summer that pair with live performance videos of our guests at KCUR 89.3's Facebook page. The series is called “Something to watch!” You can listen to bite size versions of our podcast episodes live on KCUR 89.3’s Central Standard every Thursday.

Ghost Notes is produced by Matt Hodapp. Our theme music was composed by Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan runs our website. You can reach us about anything involving Ghost Notes, or really anything else at GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Yes You Are

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Yes You Are

Vocalist Kianna Alarid and guitarist/songwriter Jared White lead the Kansas City band, Yes You Are. Kianna discuss her transition from the indie rock band Tilly and The Wall to the pop rock group, and they both talk about how faith has shaped their music.

This episode of Ghost Notes is the second in a series collaboration with KCUR 89.3. We’re releasing episodes throughout the summer that pair with live performance videos of our guests at KCUR 89.3's Facebook page. The series is called “Something to watch!” You can listen to bite size versions of our podcast episodes live on KCUR 89.3’s Central Standard every Thursday.

Ghost Notes is produced by Matt Hodapp. Our theme music was composed by Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan runs our website. You can reach us about anything involving Ghost Notes, or really anything else at GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

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Barrel Maker

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Barrel Maker

Mogan Cooper, also known as Barrel Maker is a Kansas City hip-hop emcee and filmmaker. A man of many talents and names, he usually goes by his last name, Cooper. He released his second full length album with producer Conductor Williams this year. It’s called "Blk Flan II: For The Imperfect. For The Diligent". Right now, he’s making music with LiON, a DJ based in Lawrence, Kansas.

This episode of Ghost Notes is the first in a 6 series collaboration with KCUR 89.3. We’re releasing episodes throughout the summer that pair with live performance videos of our guests at KCUR 89.3's Facebook page. The series is called “Something to watch!” You can listen to bite size versions of our podcast episodes live on KCUR 89.3’s Central Standard every Thursday.

You can see Barrel Maker perform live at “Stockyard Brewery” in the West bottoms on July 28th.

Ghost Notes is produced by Matt Hodapp. Our theme music was composed by Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan runs our website. You can reach us about anything involving Ghost Notes, or really anything else at GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. 

Next week…it’s Yes Your Are. Thanks for listening.

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Ebony Tusks

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Ebony Tusks

Marty Hillard is a Topeka, Kansas native and founder of Ebony Tusks, a three piece hip hop group he formed in 2010. DJ Daniel Smith joined the group two years later. And Marty met his supporting vocalist Nathan Giesecke while "Geese" was running lights for the Lawrence Band Thieves. Marty joins us on Ghost Notes today at KCUR 89.3 studios.

Your Musical Forecast | June 18 - July 15

Free State Festival: Public Enemy / Ebony Tusks / The Hearts of Darkness / Lincoln Marshall / Midnight Marauders

June 25| Doors 6:30 p.m. | Between 9th & 10th Streets | Lawrence, Kansas City, Missouri

Free State Fest, presented by Lawrence Arts Center, brings you a free outdoor concert featuring none other than Public Enemy, alongside Kansas City acts Ebony Tusks, The Hearts of Darkness, and more. Don’t be a fool, fool. Don’t miss this.

Second Hand King, The last performance ever of "Chuck"

June 18 | 9:30 p.m. | miniBar | 3810 Broadway Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Former Ghost Notes guest Second Hand Kind if performing his 2014 concept album Chuck for the last time ever! See it at miniBar this Saturday. Electronic artist Sinple is providing visual and audio ear and eye candy on stage with the King.

Heavy Figs / Boot / The Thunderclaps

July 15 | 10 p.m. | miniBar | 3810 Broadway Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Rock thy socks off on July 15 at miniBar, the day that Ghost Notes returns from our summer vacation.

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The Philistines

Cody Wyoming and Kimmie Queen have been creating music as a couple in Kansas City for 12 years. They have carefully selected four Kansas City musicians to join their heavy psychedelic infused rock group, The Philistines. Cody writes most of the group’s songs on guitar and sings. Kimmie is the group’s lead singer, and unofficial lead dancer on stage as well.

The Philistines released their debut full length “The Backbone Of The Night” on Kansas City’s label “The Record Machine” in May.

Your Musical Forecast | June 2 - June 15

Center Of The City Fest

June 2 - 4 | 7 p.m - 3 a.m. | Davey’s Uptown | 3402 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Ebony Tusks, future Ghost Notes guest, takes the stage at Midnight on June 2 at Davey’s Uptown. Center Of The City Fest is an alternative festival that’s been rocking in Kansas City for five years now. They boast a diverse line-up of folk punk, garage rock, surf, hip hop, and metal.

 

The Philistines Album Release Show with GAV7D, Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, Jon Piggy Cupit, and Ron Megee

 

June 4 | 8 p.m. | The Living Room | 1818 McGee Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Philistines unleash their debut full length Backbone of The Night. With five acts bolstering this 6-piece psychedelic heavy rock group, you may want to make sure your off work the next day so you have time to process all the good sounds.

Mudstomp Records Presents Saturday Storytellers: Sky Smeed and Scott Stanton

June 4  | 5 - 7 p.m. | Ollie’s Local | 3044 Gilham Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Sky Smeed and Scott Stanton are two storytellers with guitar who will be performing at a newer space called Ollie’s Local, in Martini Corner. It’s an early show, so you can still make it out to The Philistines and whatever else your social calendar can handle that night.

Shapiro Brothers

June 9 | 8 - 11 p.m. | Quinton’s | 7438 Wornall, Kansas City, Missouri

Former Ghost Notes guest Mikal Shapiro performs with her music partner Chad Brothers in their indie folk duo Shapiro Brothers.

Bent Knee (Boston, MA); Jorge Arana Trio; The Great Vehicle

June 13 | 9 p.m. | MiniBar | 3810 Broadway Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

For a packed Monday funday of arty-rock, don’t miss Bent Knee of Boston, Massachusetts with locals the devilish tones of The Jorge Arana Trio and progressive rockers, The Great Vehicle.

Thank you for your event submissions. Send us more on the Facebook, the twitter of GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com. Ghost Notes senior producer is Matt Hodapp. We had help this episode from Jamie Searle. Matt Sullivan designed our websites where you can find links to all of these performances and more local podcasts. I’m your host Hannah Copeland. Peace out.

 

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Amado Espinoza

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Amado Espinoza

Mr. Amado Espinoza is a Kansas City based composer and musician from Cochabamba, Bolivia. We’re joined today by Espinoza and his wife Karen Lisondra, who will jump in and help us translate.

Your Musical Forecast | May 19 - June 2

Katy Guillen & The Girls’ ‘Heavy Days’ Release Show

May 21 | 8:30 p.m. | Knuckleheads | 2715 Rochester St, Kansas City, Missouri

These women know how to slay the blues. Katy Guillen & The Girls is a three piece blues rock band that will drown out the noise of trains rollin’ by behind Knuckleheads. Former Ghost Notes guest Mikal Shapiro will open for the evening.

Tidy Hippy EP Release Show with Kyle Craft of Sub Pop

May 28 | 9-11 p.m. | Minibar | 3810 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri

Your Ghost Notes host Hannah Copeland will be drumming for her band’s EP release show at Minibar. Tidy Hippy plays alt pop dance rock. Kyle Craft, the Portland indie rock band who sometimes can sound like Elton John, will also be performing. 

Ebony Tusks at Center of The City Fest

June 2| 12 a.m. | Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club | Kansas City, Missouri

Future Ghost Notes guest Ebony Tusks will be performing at an indie punk rock and hard core festival called “Center of The City Fest.” Ebony Tusks is known for their dark hard hitting hip hop.

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Mikal Shapiro

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Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro is a Kansas City singer-songwriter-musician who grew up in suburban Johnson county and remembers never quite fitting in. Her mom studied occult science by mail, and her dad was known for telling extravagant tales. Mikal released her fourth full length album The Musical in April 2015. We’ll dive into her past and how it’s shaped her 20-year musical career.

 

Your Musical Forecast | May 5 - May 18

Mikal Shapiro Live

May 12 | 7-10 p.m | Jazz Louisiana Kitchen | 1823 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Catch Mikal Shapiro at her first show back in KC after a long Midwest tour. Jazz Louisiana Kitchen is the kind of dive where you might scrawl your name on the bar if you had a good time, or scratch some wisdom into the bathroom door. Enjoy Shapiro’s folky-psychedelic-jazzy-rock with some gumbo, or just cut straight to the hurricane.

Middle of the Map Fest

April 27 - May 7  | Many Venues | Kansas City, Missouri

More than 100 bands from all over America and Kansas City will be playing at the biggest Middle of the Map festival yet. It’s so big that you should really just check out their website. There are day-pass and weekend ticket options.

Sundiver / Janet the Planet / Temp Tats

May 6 | Riot Room | 4048 Broadway St, Kansas City, Missouri

If you’re into funky jazz fusion, pure punk rock, or laid back rock and roll; this night will not disappoint. Tell us how it goes at ghostnotespodcast@gmail.com

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Stephonne Singleton

Growing up, Stephonne Singleton told people he wanted to play music. He’s black; he’s tall; he’s a dude, and he thinks that’s why most people responded saying: “So you wanna be rapper?” But people’s assumptions were far different from Stephonne’s true musical dreams.

Stephonne Singleton is a Kansas City based singer-songwriter who grew up in Wyandotte County. His family struggled to make ends meet, making his Johnson County friend’s lives seem glamorous. He went attended Catholic School kindergarten through college, even though he knew he was gay for most of his life. He felt constrained by emotional barriers growing up, and he channels that into his music.

Stephone and our Ghost Notes producer Jamie Searle are recording an album right now called Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red BeardToday Stephonne sheds light on the darkness that comes with feeling like a caged bird, and the joys of being set free. This is Ghost Notes.

Your Musical Forecast | April 21 - May 4

Stephonne Presents: The #FreeCagedBird Show

April 22 | 7 p.m | Prohibition Hall | 1118 McGee St, Kansas City, Missouri

Stephonne plays his six-years-in-the-making album “Caged Bird Sings Songs About Red Bear” live. Funk, soul, and rock & roll will rock you at Prohibition Hall. Stephonne will play never before hear live tracks and give away a 4-song samplers.

Storm The Hip Hop MC Unplugged-Concert Documentary Screening

April 23 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.| UMKC Student Union Theatre | 1813 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri

Storm is Kansas City hip hop emcee with a ton of stage charisma, spunk, and poignant lyrics. She’s showing a documentary about her live performances, and the complicated process behind creating the documentary itself.

Little Big Bangs//Scammers//Schwervon!//Toad Tartare

April 29 | 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. | The East Wing | Kansas City, Missouri

Little Big Bangs being their big banging punk all the way from the other side of Missouri (Saint Louis.) Local rockers Scammers and Schwervon! Are also performing along with the latest dance sensation, Toad Tartare, who’s music is allegedly too hot for the web. This show has a secret address. If you want  it, email us to ask for a “pass.” GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com.

Middle of the Map Fest

April 27 - May 7  | Many Venues | Kansas City, Missouri

More than 100 bands from all over America and Kansas City will be playing at the biggest Middle of the Map festival yet. They’re also film makers, and inspiring speakers. It’s so big that you should really just check out their website!

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Noah Geller

Noah Geller is the Kansas City Symphony’s concertmaster, also known as the principal solo violinist. He has won numerous awards for his performances all over the world. Noah earned his bachelor and graduate degree at Juilliard. During his time there, he also co-founded the Group Shirami, which is Hebrew for “Song Of Our People.” The group is still active, playing Jewish music that is often obscure and composed during the Holocaust era. On this Ghost Notes interview, Noah addresses the exclusivity of the classical music world, and how it has evolved throughout the centuries. The music you hear underneath the interview is our recording from Noah’s solo performance at our studio.

Your Musical Forecast | April 7 - April 20

Mix Master 2016 Music Conference 

April 15-16 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Lawrence Public Library | 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, Kansas

This is a free two-day music industry event focused on helping independent artists improve their music making, and business skills. Friday will focus on production tips and tricks. On Saturday there will be panel discussions with radio DJs, journalists, and promoters. This event is for anyone looking to work in the music industry.

Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds Album Release Party

April 8 | 8:30 p.m. | The Tank Room | 1813 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City rockers Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds are releasing their debut full length album, “It’s 4 a.m. Somewhere!” Openers include Claire & the Crowded Stage and Westerners. 

Record Store Day at Mills Record Company

April 16 | 8 a.m. | Mills Record Company | 314 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Mills is hosting 20 different live acts at their new location which is just around the corner from their current one in Westport. Starting at 8 a.m., they’ll be coffee and donuts followed up by a whole day of KC music!

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Second Hand King

Joe Stanziola, known as the rapper Second Hand King, remembers a time when no one came to his shows. That was three years ago. Now, he can't play a concert in Kansas City without the crowd singing his songs back to him. Joe says that in his early rap days after a show, most people would avoid him. 

But, there was always someone who would say, “dude, you got balls,” said Stanziola.

What that person probably was hinting at, is the fact that Joe is a white rapper. Hear how people on the road react to Second Hand King’s music, and the color of his skin.  And here about Joe’s struggle reaching for national exposure still living in Kansas City.

Your Musical Forecast | March 24 - April 6

BLK FLANL 

March 25 | 7 - 9 p.m. | Mills Record Company   | 314 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Some of Kansas City’s most interesting beatmakers and rappers Conductor Williams and Barrel Maker have formed the group BLK FLANL. They are releasing their second full length album on March 30th. Here’s your chance to hear the album performed live in its entirety before the release.

The Hillary Watts Riot / Suicide Robins / Bare The Traveler

March 30 | 8 p.m. | Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Local dirty disco players will rock alongside East-coasters inside this impressively curated record store. And, it’s free!

Amy Farrand and The Like

April 2 | 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. | The Ship | 1217 Union Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri

More than half a dozen of Kansas City’s all-star rockers are performing together in the West Bottoms at The Ship. The soulful rock smorgasbord will not disappoint. A plus, it’s always a merry time at this maritime themed venue. Feel like you’re on the water for a bit while dancing your ass off.

 

Email your musical events to GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com and there's a good chance we will read it on the podcast and post it on our website.

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Jeff Freling

We’ve all been wowed by a 6-string guitar player, but what about a 60-string guitar player? Jeff Freling used to play the electric zither, a 60-string monster of a guitar used in his past career with The Blue Man group. In 2010, he quit his job with The Blue Man Group to become the Victor of Victor and Penny, Kansas City’s antique pop duo. He’s scaled back to a 6-string guitar and his partner Erin McGrane plays ukulele.

Jeff spent 205 days on the road in 2013, and he says his motivation to keep on trucking came from the joy of playing music, and his partnership with Erin, also known as Penny. Victor and Penny has evolved from playing 20s and 30s covers to creating their own original music with a historic jazz sound. They just released their first album of almost all-original music on March 4, 2016. It’s called Electricity.

Your Musical Forecast:

Victor & Penny | #VPSongLab Interactive Songwriting Laboratory

March 7 – 11 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Missouri Bank, 125 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Victor and Penny are writing music in the lobby of Missouri Bank. You can submit phrases to them, and your phrase just might end up in a song so choose wisely folks!

Snake Saturday with 3 Orange Whips

March 12 | 7 - 11 p.m. | One Eyed Jacks, 5044 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

This acoustic funk fusion band is playing in the Northland the Saturday before Saint Patrick's day known as Snake Saturday.

Kansas City Saint Patrick's Day Parade

March 17 | 11 a.m. | Parade Down Broadway from Linwood to 43rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Ex-marching band geeks and Americana enthusiasts relive the glory days watching the 44th Annual Kansas City Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

Sell Outs

March 17 | 2 - 7 p.m. | Outside Club 303, 303 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

One of Kansas City greatest cover bands, Sell Outs, is rocking out crowds all afternoon on Saint Patrick's day outside in Westport.

Jorje Arana Tio, Other Masquerades, and Orator Saturday

March 12 | 8 p.m.| Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri

Expect ugly guitars, gloomy synth chords, and bitterness! Records With Merritt is a special place that puts on free intimate shows in a small space with a big personality. Check it out.

Neillfest 2016

March 19 | 10 p.m.| Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, Kansas

Electronic/ambient/and EDM fans, this is your show. There’s a stealth line-up of 7 different DJs including, Madman, Kemper, Bounce (AlexChanay & Tione), Sunflower & Monteazy V (The Ark) and Raymond & Rick Roosevelt.

Email your musical events to GhostNotesPodcast@gmail.com and there's a good chance we will read it on the podcast and post it on our website.

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Erin McGrane

This week, we hear Erin Mcgrane, AKA Penny from Victor and Penny. She shares her journey towards their new album, Electricy, which is the first body of work Jeff and Erin have created that feature almost all original songs. That’s a great diversion from their previous work of covering American Jazz tunes they dug up through Sonic Archeology.

The idea for Electricy was sparked partly by a tradegy: when Jeff and Erin spent a year preparing to record 60 year-old songs that were written as intimate letters to a friend. Their dreams were smashed when they finally found the song’s composer in a nursing home and he wouldn’t grant them his blessing to record. Erin explains how they recovered and are thriving in their career today.

And here's your musical forecast. 

First, look out for Full Blood’s release called “Mild West”. Their sound toys between 70s and 80s rock bands with a modern flavors. The alto sax player, Logan Richardson, is also releasing his album, "Shift". And a psychedelic rock group called Be/non releasing Mystic Sunrise/Sunset Magic. Drugs and Addicts is playing a show at Blind Tiger on Sat. March 5th with Psychic Heat, Ark Flash, and the Minneapolis based, What Tyrants. 

We want to hear about your music events! Nothing is too small or too weird. Email us at ghostnotespodcast@gmail.com and I might read it on our next episode. Thanks for listening.

 

 

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Dominique Sanders

By: Hannah Copeland and Matt Hodapp

If John Coltrane, one of the greatest horn players ever, was on stage trying to impress a crowd, he would completely lose their attention if Ella Fitzgerald grabbed a mic and started singing next to him. That’s the power the human voice.

Dominique Sanders is a bass player and producer who recognizes that power. But, as a producer, he says he cool being in the background of his songs and guiding their tone and trusting his collaborators just like he did on his album released on New Years Eve in 2015. It’s called “A True Story Based On” and it features a dozen world class Kansas City players. 

Your Musical Forecast:

The biggest event coming up is Folk Alliance International February 17th through 21st. Hundreds of musicians are flying, driving, and probably even hitchhiking to Kansas City from all over the world to get in on this event. If you’re looking to make folk, or country music with your career you need to be there. The website is folk.org

If you don’t care about folk music! Great! Brie The First Lady, a R&B singer and self proclaimed royalty, is performing at Riot Room on February 11th. For more booty shaking check DJ Spinstyles and Bill Pyle Wednesday night the 23rd at Tank RoomFor good ole’ rock and roll...Shy Boys and Full Bloods are at The Brick on February 26th.

We want to hear about your music events! Nothing is too small or too weird. Email us at ghostnotespodcast@gmail.com and we might read it on our next episode. Thanks for listening.

 

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The Headliner

This podcast tells the story of Kansas City’s musical landscape through in-depth, honest, and unpredictable interviews. Ghost Notes is a space where listeners, musicians, and the industry can have the uncomfortable conversations about music creation and consumption that often go unheard in the final product. 

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