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.”

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!