ARTSPEAK RADIO+ Neil Anderson, Alex Sons, and Musicians For Molly

Wednesday July 10, 2019 noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with poet Neil Anderson, musician Alex Sons, and organizers for the Musicians For Molly.

NEIL MICHAEL ANDERSON is a poet, writer, singer-songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist with an emphasis on 12-string guitar, as well as the Indian Esraj, and the Hebrew Lyre. Neil was first published by Jack Hirschman, the two-time Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Neil recently published his first collection of verse, titled ARDOR. Many of the poems in ARDOR are songs that he sings, accompanied by 12-string guitar. He was formally trained in music as a youth, and is a self-taught guitar and lyre player. He later studied Classical Indian Music at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music. His first studio album is currently in production. His background includes: entrepreneurship, native-plant gardening, cross-modal healing arts, videography, photography, and various community building and advocacy projects, both in San Francisco, and in Kansas City (his native home). An advocate for orphanages, he loves finding creative ways to benefit others.

ALEX SONS is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City Missouri with a unique musical blend of pop, soul, and folk. Since his first show when he was 14, Alex has experienced some of his favorite moments performing across the Midwest. Alex believes music can change lives, and his album Hope in the Heartbreak is about just that; Finding a story of redemption and hope for the future even in the darkest of days.

Website: (currently being revamped)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @alexsonsmusic
Record Release Show is on July 13th at Inkwell Cafe in Independence’s Englewood Art District from 7-9 pm

MOLLY HAMMER is a beloved member of our stellar Kansas City jazz community. A stunning vocalist who has continued performing throughout her battle with breast cancer, Molly’s fierce determination has inspired us all. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the night. It’s lofty, but if Molly has taught us anything, it’s to dare to do the impossible. Even if you cannot attend the event, there will be a GoFundMe that we highly encourage everyone to donate to! At Mod gallery space in the Crossroads, this event will feature nine bands, a jam session and a silent auction, this is sure to be an event to remember. Some of KC’s best have volunteered their time for the cause – Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, Sons of Brasil, Brad Gregory Sextet featuring Kelley Gant, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Alyssa Murray, The Project H, the Deshtet featuring Kadesh Flow and Mark Lowrey – and the event will be headlined at 8pm by Texas’ own For Now featuring another outstanding female vocalist, Isabel Crespo. Suggested minimum donation of $10 at the door (more is always welcome). This event is all ages. The silent auction will run from 4pm to 7:30pm (you must be present to claim your winning bid) and will feature items such as a donated private performance from the Brad Gregory Sextet, framed jazz posters from the former Take Five Coffee Bar, gift baskets and gift cards galore with more to be announced. A GoFundMe campaign will be released shortly for those who can’t make it in person. Bar catering will be provided by La Bodega. Lori Chandler, Alyssa Bell, Brad Gregory and Clint Ashlock would like to thank MOD Gallery, For Now, La Bodega, the musicians of the KC jazz community for making this event possible… and Molly for being Molly.

Musicians for Molly- MOD Gallery, 1809 McGee KCMO
Sunday July 14, 4pm-midnight


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