Guitar-ukulele duo are the Artists in Residence at the Crossroads branch of Missouri Bank. They’ll spend three days in the bank;s lobby, writing songs from scratch, taking ideas from customers and visitors and from fans online.
Jason Jackson, a 43-year-old trombonist, arranger and composer, is coming to town for a series of gigs with tenor saxophonist Rob Scheps over the next few weeks. And don’t be surprised if they pop up on some other gigs around the area while they’re in town.
Though attendance was down, the Kansas City area acts that made the journey to Austin, Texas, for this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference played to appreciative crowds and gained welcome exposure.
Wednesday was a weird day in the American school system. Students by the hundreds were afflicted by inexplicable bouts of wailing normally reserved for natural disasters and train wrecks. The cause was the departure of 22-year-old Zayn Malik from the mega boy band One Direction.
The word “discovery” has been used a lot here during the South by Southwest Music Conference. It’s an underlying theme to this festival, which was founded to get emerging bands and musicians in front of music industry folks and music writers and hope the exposure leads to discovery of new talent.
Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer will also usher in new members, the hall announced on Wednesday.
Camaraderie and energy marked Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood’s duo performance in Helzberg Hall on Saturday night, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series. Violinist Bell has the celebrity, with his iconic performance style, virtuosic abilities and highly publicized accomplishments. Yet pianist Haywood wasn’t just an accompanist, but rather an equal collaborator with a gentlemanly demeanor.
Two videos set to the songs “Cuna de Vida” and “Lo Que Quiero,” have been released, thanks to an eager local arts and music community, which the Kansas City-based band says has given support and assistance to the project.
Up-and-coming acts like Kansas City’s Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear could benefit from the South by Southwest Music Festival’s decision to turn down the star power. Also getting buzz in advance of next week’s festival in Austin, Texas: KC’s Josh Berwanger Band.
The most sublime moments of Wednesday night’s appearance by the longstanding Irish folk ensemble the Chieftains were rhapsodic displays of instrumental mastery. Too often, however, the concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts resembled a tawdry revue in Branson, Mo.
The Internet radio platform iHeartRadio and the radio station conglomerate iHeartMedia handed out their 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony was broadcast live on NBC.
Twenty years after Selena's murder, the Latin world will remember "The Queen of Tejano" with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.