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Five Tips For Westport Roots Festival 2017


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Above image: Loaded Goat, who performs at 90.9 The Bridge’s Bluegrass Bash at Buzzard Beach on Saturday | Photo: Todd Zimmer There will certainly be no shortage of traditional bluegrass and honky-tonk fare at Westport Roots Festival — but if… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: Get Tough


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Above image: Toughies release a seven-inch record Saturday night at Mills Record Company. | Photo: Alex Escalante One of the most alluring KC bands you haven’t seen yet, Lovergurl is releasing its debut EP tonight at recordBar. Led by vocalist… [Read More]


Turn, Turn, Turn — How Experienced Musicians Keep Up The Craft


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Above images submitted by artists, from L to R: Barry Lee, Scott Hrabko, Lindy Griffith, Howard Eisberg and Scott Easterday If you look around Kansas City’s music scene, it’s not uncommon to see musicians who are barely old enough to… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: Let the Sunshine In


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Above image: The Life and Times take the stage at recordBar on Sunday. | Photo: Flowerbooking It’s shaping up to be another sunny weekend in Kansas City, and everyone’s getting into the summer spirit with festivals, luaus and even a… [Read More]


Stage Moms: Celebrating Local Women Who Juggle the Family and Music Life


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Being a musician is a balancing act. Along with late nights and erratic, demanding schedules, it often means running a business, working other jobs to make ends meet and squeezing in creativity, not to mention a social life. Imagine adding… [Read More]


Middle of the Map Fest 2017: It’s A Wrap!


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Who's recovering from @motmfest? pic.twitter.com/gpri936Tqi — The Bridge (@909thebridge) May 7, 2017 With more than 100 bands on 12 stages stretching across Westport and the Crossroads entertainment districts over three gorgeous days, Middle of the Map Fest is always one… [Read More]


Coming Up: Briar Fest 2017


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Want to party for a great cause? Briar Fest 2017 is right around the corner. Today, The Bridge’s Jon Hart chatted with organizer Robert Bearce about the upcoming event on May 20, which will benefit the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. [Read More]


Catch Me If You Can: How to Keep Festival-Fresh When Playing in Multiple Bands


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Above image of Hipshot Killer by Todd Zimmer Somewhere in Kansas City, a young songwriter is locked away in a bedroom, pouring his heart out into a notebook. A band is spending all of its savings to cut its first… [Read More]


First Listen: Various Artists, Brandi Carlile’s ‘Cover Stories’


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What makes a song personal? Obviously, songwriters are often confessional, but only some go deep enough to expose bone. They’re as likely to mine details from distant sources: fiction, overheard conversations, someone else’s memories. A listener can make anything personal,… [Read More]


Weekend Roundup: Indie Pop, Jazz Hop and Woopwop


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Above image: Via Luna performs tonight at Californos for the release of its EP, “Wilt.” Photo taken via YouTube capture   If you’re a fan of Schwervon!, don’t miss tonight’s show at Records With Merritt. The duo won’t be playing,… [Read More]