ARTSPEAK RADIO + Jason Vivone, Jenny Martin, Melanie Johnson, & Olathe Station Art Fair

Wednesday May 15, 2019 noon to 1pm CST 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Jason Vivone, Jenny Martin, Melanie Johnson, and Olathe Station Art Fair.

JASON VIVONE-The leader of Kansas City’s award winning band the Billy Bats, Jason Vivone hosts The Boogie Bridge on KKFI 90.1 FM Thursdays 4pm to 6 pm. The Boogie Bridge was a real place in Jason Vivone’s hometown, where he heard tales of the great legends of blues just playing on the other side of that bridge in joints you could only imagine.
Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Vivone had family in Kansas City that indulged his fever for blues and blues based music.
“They would take me to record stores or whatever club they could sneak me into when I would visit. I’m proud to feature some of those same old records on the new program,” Vivone said.
As a musician, Vivone has toured primarily in the Midwest and the South. As a recording artist, his music has been downloaded and played all over the world.
90.1 FM KKFI’s the Boogie Bridge hosts a birthday party for Robert Johnson. Special performances by Betse and Clarke, Dan Bliss, Noah Davis, Scotch Hollow and Pat Nichols. Hosted by Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats.
Sunday May 19, 2pm – 5pm at B.B.
Lawnside BarB-Q 1205 E. 85th St. KCMO 64131
Tickets $20

RUTH BUKOVAN/DAVID STEWART- 2nd Annual Olathe Station Art Fair! Olathe, Kansas’ premier community event is coming back to the Olathe Station Retail Center, Saturday May 18 and Sunday 19, 2019 This premier event, sponsored by Olathe Visual Artists and First Gallery Olathe, was created to promote the advancement and appreciation of the visual arts in the Midwest. It features 50-70 booths and tents for Fine Art and Crafts. The two day Fair will provide food and live music all day both days, as well as children’s activities. OSAF will be easily visible on the northwest corner of the newly updated Olathe Station Retail Center at 119th and Strang Line Rd., Olathe KS.

MELANIE JOHNSON- Melanie Johnson uses drawing as a vehicle to construct stories and as a forum to exercise the physical process of combining the observed with the imagined. The large-scale work seeks to engage the viewer through space and scale and through the immediacy of recognizable and relatable subject matter. Each drawing is also a record of the history inherent in its own manifestation. In a very basic sense, it is a record of the act of looking, of touching, and of constructing meaning through relating one mark or image to another over a period– a physical testament to the passage of time and a series of visual decisions. Johnson is interested in the simultaneous read of an immediately recognizable image that asks the viewer to linger over a history and meaning that unfold more slowly.

Johnson received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University, and is Professor of Art at the University of Central Missouri. She lives with her son, two dogs, and two cats in Kansas City.
Upcoming events/projects include; Tallgrass Residency in July, a show at Vulpes Bastille in the fall (organized by Sophia Reed), and a solo exhibition at Greenly Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA. I just participated in Materialist, a Leedy-Voulkos show with Jessie Fisher, Scott Seebart, Kathy Liao, Christopher Lowrance, and Michael McCaffrey (organized by Jessie Fisher). I coordinate foundations and teach the drawing curriculum at UCM.

JENNY MARTIN- Author Jennifer Martin will be reading from her first book, “Emotionally Bankrupt”. This three-part series about work, addiction and love is a story shared through a collection of poetry. Join Jennifer at Our Daily Nada for her first public Sip N Sign.
Thursday May 23, 7:30pm – 10pm at Our Daily Nada 304 Delaware, KCMO

For more information, visit her site at
‘Emotionally Bankrupt’ is a collection of poems outlining one woman’s experience with work, addiction, and love. This three part series of emotional unrest casts a romantic light on tough times. Emotionally Bankrupt’ by Jennifer Martin is available now on Amazon.