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!
Memories of loved ones too soon gone are kept alive through stories, stories that tell who they were and who they still are. Recently, I gave an interview about becoming grateful through tragedy. In the interview, I discussed our journey through the loss of our son, Jacob. Even after the interview, there’s still lots to tell about how our hearts are broken, but full. Full of memories of the good he put into the world.
These particular memories involve a CD found in his car and a simple trip to the grocery store turned into something more. The stories behind them leave our hearts broken, but full.
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: