WMM with Ivory Blue + The Black Creatures + namelessnunmberheadman + Ari Fish & Alicia Ellingsworth

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ivory Blue + The Black Creatures + namelessnunmberheadman + Ari Fish & Alicia Ellingsworth

Mark plays New & MidCoastal Releases from: Daniel Gum, Frogpond, The Black Creatures, Ivory Blue, Blvck Hippie, Namelessnumberheadman, Flare Tha Rebel & Bob Pulliam, Melissa Mayhew, Baby and the Brain, Radkey, Arquesta Del SolSoul, and Low.

At 10:15 Ivory Blue & manager Klaartje Van Lue join Mark to talk about Ivory’s new album, COMPOUND LOVE to be released this year, and the new video for Ivory’s song “Family Tables” directed by Mikal Shapiro that features Ivory, and a “family” cast that includes Klaartje and her husband Dan. On August 18, 2021 Ivory Blue signed a publishing deal with Sound Ballistics Music & Publishing of Atlanta GA. This company will manage Ivory with Klaartje and handle all of their publishing. Ivory Blue released the “FAMILY TABLES” music video on August 21, 2021 and the single was released digitally on September 7. Along with finishing Ivory Blue’s first full-length album COMPOUND LOVE, Ivory will also release a new EP, RED LIGHT in 2022. More info at: www.linktr.ee/ivorybluemusic

At 10:35 Mark talks with Alicia Ellingsworth & Ari Fish about The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road and the FALL FEST AT COMMON GROUND, Saturday, October 2, at 3:00 PM, 4223 Gibbs Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106, an on-farm community celebration to enjoy, explore and imagine with farm tours, live music, interactive agricultural demonstrations, storytelling, and more. More info at: www.kcfarmschool.org/fall-fest.

Alicia Ellingsworth is Executive Director and Co-Founder of The KC Farm School at Gibbs Road. Alicia has always fed people. She waited tables in high school and through college at Ohio State, and after across the country. She apprenticed with biodynamic farmer Mark Trela at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana for several years before coming to Gibbs Road Farm in 2009. It was there she found home and for six years demonstrated how much food can be grown on one urban acre utilizing six high tunnels for year-round production with sales topping $135,000. Her farm crews were apprentice farmers and over the course of those years she mentored 40+ young growers at Gibbs Farm and at the Juniper Gardens Training Farm’s New Roots For Refugees program. She’s a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, serves on the Growing Growers Organizing Committee, Johnson County Community College Sustainable Ag Advisory Board, and was the 2019 recipient of the John Kaiahua Mentorship Award. For Alicia this farm grows possibility and a place where hope lives.

Ari Fish is a 4th-generation gardener with over 16 years of experience as an educator. Ari is a professional artist specializing in large-scale, multimedia installation, the winner of the prestigious Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award, and a two-time recipient of the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Her passion is in community engagement and cultivating curiosity and a love of learning at all ages. When she is not teaching or making art, Fish can be found working in her garden with her two daughters, Iko and Ona, cooking from her own recipes, and researching music history. To see some of Ari’s art you can visit: www.arifish.com

At 11:00 Jade Green and Xavier Martin, of The Black Creatures, return to WMM to share their new single, “True Friends” to be released on Friday, September 17, 2021 through Center Cut Records. The single is the first from their upcoming album, BY THY HAND produced by Xavier, and written by Jade and Xavier, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Xiu Xiu, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco). The single features the hallmark vocals and beats from their previous album, WILD ECHOES, that was re-released and re-mastered by Center Cut in 2020 and named Album Of The Year from The Pitch Magazine. The Black Creatures also received high praise from around the world for the four singles and videos from that album. Their track “Wretched (It Goes)” was selected as one of twelve national artists and featured in the NPR Live Sessions “Songs For Change.” The Black Creatures will be releasing more singles and videos leading up to the release of BY THY HAND next year. Info at: www.theblackcreatures.com

At 11:30 Mark talks with Chuck Whittington & Andrew Sallee, who with Jason Lewis, make up the alternative trio, Namelessnumberheadman. The band is releasing their new album, PLOT THE POINTS, on September 24, 2021. Namelessnumberheadman is a band that holds polar opposites together: Acoustic guitar with synthesizer. Human voices with sound glitches. The organic with the synthetic. The ground with the stars. Originally from small-town Oklahoma, but now Kansas City-based with one member in Boston, the band crafts recordings and live performances that are part lab-experiment and part indie rock band. In 2019 Namelessnumberheadman released three instrumental albums of experimental sounds, and ambience. When the shutdown of 2020 happened, the band took the opportunity to focus on recording the collection of pop songs and ambitious soundscapes that make up 2021’s PLOT RHE POINTS, which includes recent singles: “Mt Analogue St” and “From Up Above.” More info at: https://soundcloud.com/nnhm.

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