Leavenworth native, Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

Unfit Wives brings their hard-driving bluegrass originals to Kansas City and surrounding areas with hot licks, lyrics, and feisty four-part harmonies.

Accomplished songstress Jenna Rae has audiences wrapped around her finger with relatable lyrics, ear-worm hooks, and an unmistakable voice that can cut through even the busiest of crowds. Life-long fiddler, Shannon O’Shea, gives an electrifying, skillful, bluegrass performance along with spirited singing and dancing that keeps fans on their feet. Soulful mandolinist, Monica Greenwood, has a voice that shakes venues off their foundation and songwriting steeped with Louisiana-ragtime flavor, cheeky real-ness, and garnished with a saucy but sweet attitude. Punk-folk bassist, Kahlen Mitchell, hits her stride every show with her slap-style bass playing that also brings percussive excitement to the group’s songs.

The MGDs present a passionate blend of funk and blues powered by the soulful stylings of a music group driven to serve up an electrifying experience to the masses. The seven piece lineup includes a mix of keys and brass complemented by a poppin’ rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture. In what started as a three piece between longtime friends in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into what is now a potent powerhouse group in the high-energy music category. Influences include a variety of classic and modern sounds from New Orleans and beyond.

With a penchant for wildly original songs drawing from timeless American genres such as roots, folk, Americana, and blues, the duo of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear has risen from the coffeehouse circuit of their Midwest hometown of Independence, Missouri to international and festival sensation, releasing two albums and an EP in the five short years of its existence.

The duo made the rounds on national and international television with appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the UK’s Later… with Jools Holland, and BBC Breakfast News, as well as CBS News’ Sunday Morning and NBC’s Today.

This “gotta see” young band is no longer just a student band, but a band holding its own even when opening for national touring acts such as The Greeting Committee, The Darbies, John Corabi, The Jacks and even LA Guns! Fast Forward a few seasons, the band members have moved into high school and beyond, Jolson, Carolyn, Scout, Gavin & Eli have in just a few short years built an impressive resume.

Kansas City’s own Nicole Springer is an award winning, critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Nicole’s music is a passion filled blend of genres from Americana and pop to Motown and soul. Her powerful voice combined with her raw and honest storytelling creates songs with a sound that’s solely her own.

Grand Marquis is a big brass powerhouse, weaving old stories in with new tales for the 21st century. American roots styles blend down by the riverside of Kansas City blues and Memphis soul to form a second line party stretching to the Big Easy. A mighty chorus of horns wail over a groove-heavy rhythm section, while big, soulful vocals highlight well-crafted original songs.

Based out of Kansas City, over 22 years Grand Marquis has played more than 2,000 shows all across the US, and released 8 full length recordings. Also released vinyl recordings from Sun Studios in Memphis (“The Sun Session”) and a tribute to KC soul singer Tony Ashley (“Can’t Put You Down.”) Other highlights include The Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge Finalist in both performance and self-produced recording categories, as well as multiple Kansas City publications’ “Best Of” awards in both blues and jazz categories over several years.

The Freedom Affair Is A 9 Piece Soul Juggernaut From Kansas City, MO Led By Three Powerhouse Vocalists, Paula Saunders, Misha Roberts, And Seyko Groves. Born Out Of A Meeting Between Chris Hazelton And Dave Brick, The Freedom Affair Formed In 2017 With A Vision To Write Original Soul Music Inspired By The Traditions Of The Genre’s Past With A Universal Message Looking Toward The Future.

Basement Jam Sessions Between Brick (Drums), Hazelton (Bass), And Guitarists Cole Bales And Branden Moser Sparked The Groundwork For The Band’s First Couple Tracks. Paula, Misha, And Seyko Soon Joined Fulfilling The Vision Of A Three Female Led Group, Each With The Power To Lead And Each With Unbound Love To Step Back When It’s Time For The Other Shine. Rounding Out The Band’s Sound, Brett Jackson (Saxophone) And Pete Carroll (Trumpet) Bring A Wealth Of Experience, Style, And Ability To An Airtight Horn Section That Can Shift Between Explosiveness And Gentle Harmonies At The Drop Of A Hat.

The Freedom Affair’s Live Shows Have Proven To Be Soul-Stirring, Transformative Events Moving Audiences Both Physically And Emotionally To Joy, Tears, And Elation. Crowds Rave About The Fireworks These Folks Brings To The Stage.

Katy Guillen & The Drive, the latest project dedicated to Guillen’s songwriting is founded on the energetic creative spark and long time chemistry between Katy Guillen and Stephanie Williams. With Guillen on guitar and vocals and Williams on drums, the two sculpt a sound that recalls bands like Led Zeppelin, The Bangles, and Band of Skulls.

In 2012, Guillen and Williams formed Katy Guillen and The Girls, and began to build a foundation of touring and recording that carried them through six years and produced three full-length albums: Katy Guillen & the Girls, Heavy Days, and Remember What You Knew Before. Between 2012 and 2018, they traveled the United States extensively, performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, toured Sweden, and supported major acts like The Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, and Heartless Bastards.

In these 6 years playing together, Guillen and Williams created a dynamic, driving sound informed by Guillen’s mesmerizing, emotive guitar style and poignant arrangements, and an equally captivating live show that showcased Williams’ technical, melodic style, resulting in a powerful on-stage chemistry. In addition to the compelling synergy formed by years of playing together, the two developed a method of working together on Guillen’s songs that only deepened their artistic connection, propelling them to forge a path to a new plateau in their music.

Into the next decade KG & The Drive push ahead with a melodic, heavy, and soulful sound while maintaining the edge of the artist’s rock ‘n’ roll and blues roots. Guillen calls their genre-bending style “indie soul-rock.”

 

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