WMM presents: Betse & Clarke + Danny Santell + The Swallowtails + Erin Keller

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Betse & Clarke + Danny Santell + The Swallowtails + Erin Keller & Golden Spirit Children’s Choirs

Mark spins more New & MidCoastal Releases from: The Freedom Affair, IVORY BLUE, Lava Dreams, The Swallowtails, Erin Keller & The James Ward Band, Betse Ellis, Betse & Clarke, Clarke Wyatt, Danny Santell, Joni Mitchell, and Charlie Parr.

At 10:10 we talk with Miki P and Rachel Lovelace of The Swallowtails, who released their new EP LUCKY PENNY on February 20, 2024. Formed in 2018, The Swallowtails are a Kansas City based musical duo comprised of musicians Miki P on guitar & vocals and Rachel Lovelace on bassoon & vocals. “Since becoming a duo, it was time for us to reinvent our sound again. The songwriting on this EP is split between Rachel and myself, and this is Rachel’s debut release as a writer and singer. We spent all of January 2024 finishing the arrangements, recording and mixing the mini-record. It was a much needed release of energy for both of us, and we are definitely looking forward to adding these songs into our live sets and performing new material.” The Swallowtails play Manor Fest 6 on Friday, May 24, at 6:30 PM at Flagship Books, 600 Ohio Ave., KCK in Strawberry Hill with Grady Philip Drugg, and Dalima Kapten. The Swallowtails play Boulevardia, on Saturday, June 15, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Boulevard, KCMO. The Swallowtails play Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming Street, KCMO on Saturday, June 29 at 7:00pm with West End Junction, and Kirstie Lynn & Galen Clark. More info at: www.mikipmusic.com

At 10:30 we talk with Erin Keller who has performed in the Grammy Award–winning KC Chorale for 16 years, KC Civic Opera, New Ear, OwenCox Dance Group, all the while doing solo & collaborative projects with top musicians. Seven years ago, Erin was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. She has been on chemo since her diagnosis, constantly fighting all the symptoms that come with being on chemo. On January 26, 2024 Erin released her new recording, SONGS FOR TIMES LIKE THESE, with the James Ward Band. Recently Erin Keller announced the creation of a new nonprofit, Golden Spirit Children’s Choirs, a new after-school program for children in KCMO Public Schools that focuses on social emotional, music, and poetry learning objectives. You can learn more at: www.goldenspiritsings.org. Erin Keller presents The Golden Spirit Fundraising Event, a performance of critically acclaimed Joni Mitchell album “Mingus,” with Patrick Ketter on saxophone, Angela Ward on keyboards, Adam Schlozman on guitar, Matt Leifer on drums, and Forest Stewart on bass, on Saturday, May 25, at 7:00pm, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th, St., KCMO. Info at: www.eventbrite.com/…/golden-spirit-fundraising…

At 11:00 Mark welcomes Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt. This duo has its roots in Ozark old time music, honoring traditional songs and tunes that resonate with human experience. However, if you ever saw or listened to The Wilders, then you know that Betse is also a force to be reckoned with, stomping her boots and pushing her fiddle beyond old country into the realms of punk, honky tonk, and beyond. Her singing has power, from hollering to pathos as called for by the song. Clarke meets her out there in the void, beyond musical boundaries and categories with a background in jazz piano, guitar, bass, drums, and banjo. It’s rare to find a duo that you can take with you to meet your grandmother Sunday morning at church after staying up all night with them Saturday night getting rowdy on the other side of town. Betse Ellis and Clarke fit that bill. A new chapter in their musical exploration is emerging, featuring Clarke on electric guitar, and Betse taking the fiddle to new sonic scenes. More emphasis on original material and improvisational routes invites you to come along on a new adventure. Betse & Clarke play recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO, on Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 pm opening for Charlie Parr. More info at: www.betseandclarke.com

At 11:30 Mark talks with Danny Santell, musician, songwriter & record producer based in Kansas City. Originally from The Bronx NYC now living on The Paseo, Danny Santell began his introduction into the music industry at the age of 19, signing to Universal Records (A&M Octone Records.) He has toured across the US and Canada with the likes of Paramore, Switchfoot, Linkin Park, & shared festival stages with Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder with his band Paper Tongues. His most recent project DON’T SEND ME FLOWERS was released February 1, 2024 and blends Latin fusion hip-hop beats with rock ‘n’ roll guitars, and that sweet KC soulful speakeasy vibe that you’ll only find at 4:00 am on 18th & Vine. Danny and partner, Unlimited C, will perform LIVE on our 90.1 FM Studios. Danny Santell plays Minibar, Friday, May 24 at 8:00 pm with Lava Dreams, Malek Azrael & The Vibes. Danny Santell plays Boulevardia, on Saturday, June 15, at Crown Center, 2396 Grand Blvd, KCMO. More info at: www.boulevardia.com

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