Music

Project 15:16

Show Information: Project 15:16 was formed in 2011 when singer/bassist Larry Balmer, singer/drummer Granger Lofton and guitarist/singer, Rick Kuenzler joined forces.  This trio of songwriters effectively blends Pop and Rock with a hint of Blues.  Musical backgrounds ranging from Heavy Metal to Rock to Pop and the fusion of vocal styles allow Project 15:16 to…

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Words + Music Showcase

Linda Ade Brand/Lyric Opera of KC Show Information: Introducing Words + Music – an ALL NEW collaboration between Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwrights Roundtable and UMKC’s Composition Department, Academy and Composers in the Schools program. The outcome is the world debut presentation of ten new arias or scenes covering a…

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Steve Sterner and Sundown

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: With smooth vocals, Steve Sterner & Sundown (Mark Nelson & Ron Brammer) deliver a relaxed mix of original folk songs, and popular and lesser known covers. Steve tells stories about life and love in his original compositions, interspersed with songs by favorite folk artists like John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, and…

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River Cow Orchestra

River Cow Orchestra Show Information: And now, in the style made prominent in the jazz clubs of Kansas City and Harlem, the late night jam session culture will live on at KC Fringe Festival. We invite you to come experience one of the most innovative concerts you will ever hear. rivercoworchestra.fieldinfoserv.com  You can also catch…

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Proud

The Arts Asylum Show Information: PROUD: a jukebox musical featuring the incomparable vocals of Chioma Anyanwu, Katie Gilchrist, and Molly Hammer. Join them as we take a look back, follow their stories, and the defining moments of the Civil, Women’s, and LGBT rights movements from the 50’s through today.  Directed by: Korey Childs Written by:…

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The Pink Vampire Show

The Pink Vampire Show Information: In a fury of chasing trendy fads of the day, we find ourselves striving for what will last in a world where the newest is the most quickly dated. Stop and breathe. Relish in the timeless constant that is love, longing and passion. We invite you to join us for…

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Oread Quartet

Oread Quartet Show Information: Oread is an experimental, modern classical music ensemble specializing in phenomenal compositions from the last several decades. The four ensemble members will present an exquisite hour of exciting works for flute, alto sax, french horn, and Marimba. Listen to intelligent and engaging music by composers like Robert Aldridge, Astor Piazzolla and…

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Music + Dance + Poetry

River Cow/Writer’s Place/Kacico Show Information: A unique presentation combining some of Kansas City’s finest talent. A unique collaboration: Writers Place Poets, Kacico Contemporary Dance and River Cow Orchestra. A unique simultaneous experience: music, movement, and verse. A “must see” event at the 2015 Kansas City Fringe Festival.   Venue Bolender 500 West PershingKansas City, MO…

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Motown Dreams

Br. John Show Information: From producer of “HEY MINNIE THE MOOCHER; A Tribute To The Cotton Club Swing Jazz Legends” and “Br. John SINGS SAM COOKE; A Tribute To The Father Of Soul” (Best Of Fringe Venue Award winners-2013, 2014). Comes the latest in his “Historical Showcase Concert” series. Vocalist Br. John presents “MOTOWN DREAMS;…

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Mick Byrd and the Backroad Band

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: If you are a fan of Roots n Blues… if you like your music homegrown and hearty.. then you’ve got to hear Mick Byrd and the Backroad Band! Fresh off their first release, “Roots and Ozark Blues,”veteran songwriter Byrd, Joe Dunlap on lead guitar and Ray Spiller on drums will…

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The Matchsellers

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: The Matchsellers is the unlikely result of a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, and a Chicago blues guitarist from Indiana, meeting in Germany, and forming a bluegrass duo. During their year of living and working in the former East Germany, the pair began reanalyzing the songs of their homeland,…

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Lucy Billings

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: Nashville-based songwriter Lucy Billings is a keen observer with a soft heart. Shining her light on powerful truths, she delivers compelling songs with a crystal-clear voice. Lucy’s album, CARRY THE WATER reached chart-topping success on the Americana and folk radio charts in 2014. This cowgirl, turned scientist, turned lawyer, turned…

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KGL

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: KGL, a newly formed duo, features singer/songwriters Kristin Geiman & Granger Lofton. Varied instrumentation between the two provides a solid base for their vocal harmonies. These two solo artists first performed together during a Valentine’s Day (2015) concert at Gusto! Coffee Bistro in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Songwriting for KGL is…

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Jonathan Fleig

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: Jonathan Fleig is an award-nominated singer/songwriter and an award winning documentary filmmaker from Kansas. Harkening the bittersweet essence of American folk raconteurs, his styling lures listeners from all walks of life, from blues and soul to rock and country. Producer Brian D. Hardin (Quincy Jones, Ziggy Marley) says: “Jonathan is…

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Jonathan Byrd

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: “One of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest…

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Jelly Rose

Show Information: Jelly Rose performs an eclectic mix of original music with sounds and textures from various genres including jazz, country, pop, rock, R&B and gospel. As one of her songs states, she wishes to remain “Unclassified” as an artist. She creates “Spirit Music” that is good for the heart, mind and soul. Jelly Rose…

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Hilary Scott

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: Singer-songwriter Hilary Scott’s 11th release, Freight Train Love, has received rave reviews in publications like Billboard, No Depression, Maverick, and more. She has won multiple awards, including Americana/Folk Album of the Year from the Rural Roots Music Commission in 2014 for Flowers on Mars. Her voice is described as “absolutely…

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The Engineers

Uptown Music Showcase “The Engineers – an alt-folk duo from the KC area, plays Dylan-esque, contemplative, lyrically confessional music. While the musical style is heavily influenced by alt-country artists like The Avett Brothers, the emotional but real world lyrical style alludes more to the work of Ben Gibbard.”   Venue Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway…

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Elliott Ranney

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: Elliott Ranney is a singer/songwriter playing finger style acoustic guitar.  His focus ranges from Bossa, Swing to Folk-Rock-Pop.  He has two commercially released albums of original music: An Aging Sailor’s Dream – 2001 and Bellevue Shuffle – 2013.  Ranney’s performances have been wide and varied, from coffee houses, Missouri and…

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Divine Sounds

Arup Ratan Mukherjee Show Information:    The production features performances of Classical Indian Hindustani Music on the Sitar accompanied on the Tabla. Pieces include 1. Alap – a melody without rhythm 2. Madyalay Ghat – a composition at medium pace 3. Dhruth /Jhala- a composition performed to a very fast beat The main program will…

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Dave Panico

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: Considered “One of the Best” by US Smooth Jazz – is considered to be Saxophonist Extraordinaire by his fans. From the very first note, his music and heart will take you places you’ve never been. The passion and emotional power that comes from his horn will reach down to the…

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The Classy Ladies of Jazz

Suzette Woods Show Information: The elegant vocalist Suzette delivers a stunning tribute to two of her favorite influential Jazz and Blues legends, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday. This cabaret-styled showcase not only features their timeless, classic hits but highlights the humble struggle and stories behind their rise to worldwide popularity.   Venue Buffalo Room 817…

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The CharFlies

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: The CharFlies are a St. Louis band who use their humor, misfortunes, and a variety of instruments—including guitar, mandolin, cheese grater, banjo, washboard, toy piano, harmonica, fiddle, campfire pot, and more —to cobble together what they call junk-folk, their own brand of Americana that draws on bluegrass, gospel, psychedelic pop,…

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Chad Abernathy and AJ Young

Uptown Music Showcase Show Information: Singer/Songwriter Chad Abernathy goes his own way. Over the past nine years he’s performed in venues throughout Kansas City and the midwest, Washington DC Metro and Europe. In 2013 his debut studio album, “The Journey” was released following a professional baseball career. Joined by AJ Young, this duo began performing…

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Casino Royale

Mighty Mo Combo Show Information:    “Butch. Jayne Butch.” Join Mid America Freedom Band’s jazzy Mighty Mo Combo as they perform a rainbow riff on tunes & tropes from popular spy series including James Bond, Austin Powers, Peter Gunn, and Get Smart. Get ready for campy escapades, clandestine affairs, and shady subterfuge as our hero…

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Brad Colerick

Show Information: Billboard Magazine called Brad Colerick “one of a baker’s dozen of acts to watch in the folk community around the world.” A finalist at Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, and Sisters Folk Festival songwriter competitions, Colerick’s songs have landed in the top 5 of both the Folk-DJ and Euro-Americana charts. www.bradcolerick.com Venue Uptown Arts Bar…

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Big Gay Sing!

Heartland’s Men’s Chorus Show Information: Come sing your heart out with the gays! Big Gay Sing! is a fun-filled, sing-a-long-tastic evening complete with all of your favorite BIG GAY songs. This collision of karaoke bar and choir concert features fabulous singers, a live band, lyrics on the screen for you to sing along and special…

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Back to Reality

Marcus Terell and the Serenades Show Information: America’s Got Talent semi-finalists, Marcus Terell and the Serenades. Sexy and talented ladies alongside a dynamic, vocal powerhouse sing, dance, and entertain in this show stopping performance celebrating the music of Motown, soul, and pop hits of today!   Venue Musical Theatre Heritage (In Crown Center) 2450 Grand…

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4-D Sound Experience

River Cow Orchestra Show Information: River Cow Orchestra wants you to experience sound in four dimensions. 4-D sound is all about the experience being created instantly, as opposed to music which has been written out and rehearsed for perfection to perform. Sound waves exist not only in three dimensional space, but they also move in…

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