There's The Bridge for your commute, and then there's The Bridge for your life. This year at bridge909.org we've brought you new voices (Hello, Michelle Bacon!), new news (We heart NPR!) and new series (Mixtapes & Mixology was a ball, ya'll!) together in one place. From local video premieres to series for working musicians, we work to make the music community stronger. Expect more amazing content right here in 2017. Until then, here's a look back at some of the best of the best from the web in 2016.
Busking with The Bridge
What do you get when you put thousands of musicians together in one building? Why, tons of music of course! The Folk Alliance International Conference, held in February, was a perfect place for music discovery, and we captured impromptu performances from musicians all over the world — and some from right here at home — in three days worth of sessions in “Busking with The Bridge.”
Thou Mayest Presents The Bridge Lounge at Middle of the Map Fest
During our city’s massive multiple-day music, film and ideas get-together (Middle of the Map Festival) we staked out a cool spot (Thou Mayest coffee shop) with an amazing view (over The CrossroadsKC stage) and invited musicians to hang with us (in The Lounge) and jam (with tiny instruments). It was as much fun as it sounds (if not more).
Road Work Ahead
Resident blogger and local drummer Michelle Bacon knows the rules of the road first-hand. In addition to touring with her band(s), Michelle also talked to scores of area musicians for this series, “Road Work Ahead,” to find out what life on a tour bus is really like for bands of all shapes and sizes.
Mixtapes & Mixology
In a four-part podcast series, co-produced with Flatland, we paired local musicians with local bartenders and asked them to create a cocktail based on a song. The outcome? Music in a glass for "Mixtapes & Mixology." Cheers.”
Me Like Bees Like Puppets
Talk about lemons into lemonade. When the footage of Me Like Bee’s in-studio session became damaged, our fearless producers re-shot the band’s entire interview with Jon Hart using puppets. Puppets!
Making the Band
Our music bloggers peel back the curtain on the music industry and break down the behind-the-scenes process. It’s a how-to for musicians and an eye-opener for anyone who ever thought making it in the industry seemed like all play and no work.
If you read “Making the Band,” you know that emerging bands produce more than quality music — they also create quality content. We had an exclusive first look at professional music videos from a few KC-based acts this year: Katy Guillen & the Girls, The Philistines, The Conquerors, Not A Planet and Erica Joy.
Michelle Bacon’s Best of #kcmusic 2016
1. Violet & the Undercurrents - “I Got You”
2. Katy Guillen & the Girls - “Waking Up From You”
3. The Conquerors - “Yes I Know”
4. Erik Voeks - “Your Condition”
5. Emmaline Twist - “Vega”
6. BLKFLANL - “Wins.The.Race”
7. Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type - “Dropout”
8. Organized Crimes - “Bel-Ray Flats”
9. Lincoln Marshall - “Mo Spins”
10. Jaenki - “Miracle Maze”
1. Berwanger - “Exorcism Rock”
2. Shadow Rabbits - “Kill What You Love”
3. Heidi Gluck - “Better Homes and Gardens”
4. Me Like Bees - “Tundraland”
5. Organized Crimes - “Bel Ray Flats”
6. Violet & the Undercurrents - “Chasin’ the Sun”
7. The Conquerors - “Wyld Time”
8. Emmaline Twist - “Vega”
9. The Buhs - “Can’t Let Go”
10. The Conquerors - “Wyld Time”
1. January 31: The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie at Uptown Theater
2. October 12: Sigur Ros at The Midland
3. May 12: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at CrossroadsKC
4. May 4: Krystle Warren / Ensemble Iberica at Middle of the Map Fest
5. June 14: Brandi Carlile at CrossroadsKC