Couch X Couchwest, the Music Festival

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought almost everything to a screeching halt, including the nightlife with its shows and concerts. One important event for up and coming music artists is South X Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. It’s a great place to see and be seen in music circles. It presents a lot of opportunities, that is, until it was cancelled for 2020.

That when two enterprising members of Kansas City’s music scene decided to find a way to help their friends who lost these opportunities by setting up an electronic festival. So was born Couch X Couchwest.

Thanks to their efforts we’re treated to a song from their first featured artist, soul siren  Love Mae C. You’ll want to hear more from her!

The Punk Within

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Punk Rock has been misunderstood since its inception. Seen as a violent and rebellious music genre, it was always more of a lifestyle and philosophy. We discuss these ethics with folks that continue to embrace them while the circumstances of their lives change and evolve. A major part of the punk is doing it yourself or DIY. Listen in while these not-so-reformed punks talk about what drew them and continues to draw them to Punk.

Arthur Stilwell: Railroads and Voices From Beyond

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Arthur was a mover and shaker. He was an innovator in the advertisement and insurance businesses, making a comfortable living for himself. He had a vision; connecting Kansas City to the Gulf of Mexico, a vision he saw through. Many towns including were built along his new rail line, two of which bore his name. He was a Captain of Industry – and he owed it all to the…voices.

Song Lab: Looking Forward to Mondays

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Open Mic Night. Nervous performers pouring their heart and heart into music. The RINO, a venue in North Kansas City, hosts an open mic with a twist. The emphasis at Song Lab is original music and many KC Metro songwriters have answered the call. Organizer Ben Wendt set out to create a community for songwriters and performers. He took Monday night, the slowest night for the associated bar/coffeehouse, and turned it into a wild ride of original music every week. Hear about it here:

Meet Val: Photographs For Honor Flight

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Val Anderson claims to be a quiet person who just wants to take pictures. She’s pretty good at it and finds herself lending her talent to various groups. One of these groups is Honor Flight Kansas City, a non-profit that provides a one-day flight for veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the various armed services and war memorials. She not only gives us stellar photographs of these events but provides us with observations about veterans, their stories and America.