This week on the Eight One Sixty, we're going to have an early Thanksgiving celebration by stopping to give thanks to several KC-area musicians who go above and beyond to share their gifts with so many people.
Two weeks ago was Apocalypse Meow, a massive fundraiser for Midwest Music Foundation, plus Thundergong over the weekend — a massive fundraiser for Steps Of Faith Foundation. Both of these events run deep through our KC music community and do amazing things, but it'd be fun to do a deep dive into some other amazing things happening around us.
On the show we'll hear music from these acts and talk about the good that they do right here in the KC area:
- Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny
- Shaun Crowley of Momma's Boy and Manor Records
- Una Walkenhorst
- Justin Gillespie AKA Info Gates (Rest In Peace)
- Kemet Coleman
- Mac Lethal
- Martinez Hillard of EBONY TUSKS
- Michelle Bacon of Other Americans, The Band That Fell To Earth KC & much more
- Mark Lowrey
- Nicole Springer
- Jonny Wooddell of Use Your Atlas
These artists have raised awareness and thousands of dollars for charities like Midwest Music Foundation, The Greenline Initiative, MOCSA, Midwest Innocence Project, Beat Academy of Kansas City, Black creatives in Kansas City, GIFT, a 2 year old girl fighting leukemia that they found on GoFundMe, NOISE, Culxr House, Vote the Change: Voter Empowerment Event, United Way of Greater Topeka - the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Work Group, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Water.org, Community Kitchen, The HALO Foundation, Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, NAACP, KC Black Community Scholarship Fund, No Shame: A Period Product Project for Our Houseless Community, National Orange Popsicle Week and more!
I know several KC musicians do amazing things and the show could be FIVE hours, but this hour will be an amazing sample of how — even during such a difficult year — these musicians have gone the extra mile. Cheers to them and everyone else working hard!