WMM presents: Mara Williams & J.M. Banks + Jen Owen & Brad Cox + D. Rashaan Gilmore + Anson The Ornery

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Mara Williams & J.M. Banks of VOICES OF Kansas City + Owen/Cox Dance Group + D. Rashaan Gilmore + Anson The Ornery

Mark spins more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Rick Mareske (with Erin Keller, Beth Watts Nelson, Betse Ellis, Christine Broxterman, Brian Steever, Jeffery Ruckman, & Johnny Hamil), and The Distant Now, Waxahatchee, Swamp Dogg (with Jenny Lewis), Beyoncé, (with Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy & Reyna Roberts), Brittany Howard, and Marvin Gaye.

At 10:10am we’ll talk with Mara Williams Assistant Managing Editor for Race and Equity Issues at The Kansas City Star and J.M. Banks – Kansas City Star Culture and Identity Reporter who will discuss Season Two of The KC Star’s new 4 – week series, VOICES OF KANSAS CITY starting April 17, airing Wednesdays at 6:00pm to 7:00pm featuring the stories of eight young black activists in Kansas City. More info at www.KansasCity.com

At 10:30 Mark welcomes Jennifer Owen and Brad Cox of Owen/Cox Dance Group talk with us about 4 FRAGMENTS, a series of short works with music for string quartet, percussion and electronics, composed by Brad Cox, celebrating those we love, those we have lost, and the joy of human connection. 4 FRAGMENTS is premiering at City Stage Theatre, Union Station 30 W. Pershing Rd. KCMO, Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 PM. More info at: www.owencoxdance.org

At 11:00 we welcome back to the show, our friend D. Rashaan Gilmore who is the Emmy winning host and moderator of the Kansas City PBS program Flatland KC. D. Rashaan is Founder and President/CEO at BlaqOut. He is also a Newsweek contributing writer and the former host & producer of “Unbossed and Unbothered” that aired from 2021-2022 on 90.1 FM KKFI.

At 11:30 we welcome Anson the Ornery of the Kansas City, Kansas based musical duo, The Distant Now who released “The Dime Variations,” on April 2, 2024. Anson the Ornery and Brandan Hoffman created two new songs that are two sides of the same coin. “Some Thin Dime” antes up a classic soul tune, recorded to sound live in a smokey nightclub. “Borrowed Dime” then doubles down by flipping “Some Thin Dime” to create new meaning and context. “The Dime Variations” is streaming on all platforms.

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