Mitch Gettman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from Omaha, NE currently residing in Lawrence, KS. He has been writing songs and playing live since he was 13...-years-old. He has released two albums and two EPs and is currently working on his third album that will be released sometime this year.
Our Friday night staple musician, Kevin Douglas Hammer, will be playing classical guitar and piano from 6pm-8pm in the cafe.
When Karen and Martha perform, you might hear tight harmonies on Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a bit of sass on One Note Samba, a touch of remorse on Folsom Prison Blues or attitude on Come Together. Martha’s and Karen’s instrumental swing music will get people’s feet moving and hands clapping while they share conversation and a drink with friends.
Andy and Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2010. It’s a duo built upon common ground. Each draw from a wealth of experience they received while singing with various choruses and choirs throughout their lives. As folk singer/songwriters they have been able to explore many different genres and facets of folk music. Their musical interests range from “old-timey” traditional songs right through the folk music stalwarts such as, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt. They effectively use the guitar and mandolin to set the mood and character of each song. In addition, their performances are highlighted by the quality of their vocal work, each individually and joined together with beautiful harmonies. All of these musical elements are seamlessly presented in their two original CDs, “Riverbend” released in 2012 and “Dragonfly” released in 2014.
Both New England natives, Judy is from southeastern Massachusetts and Andy was born in Maine and spent most of his youth in upstate New York before eventually settling in the Boston area.Check out their website at www.andyjudysing.com.
Denny will be playing classical guitar in the cafe from 6-8.
Summerglen, the world's only trombone and marimba duo, is dedicated to bringing positive energy and creative original music to everyone we meet. With a sound that listeners describe as "magical", "hypnotic", and "enchanting", Summerglen transports audiences to a serene and tranquil place during every performance.
Summerglen is trombonist Christina Thompson and percussionist Andrew Munger. Both Christina and Andrew are classically-trained musicians with over 20 years of experience, who have enjoyed fruitful careers as freelance and symphony musicians in the Raleigh, NC area. Despite their success with interpreting other people's music, Christina and Andrew have always longed to express themselves through their own musical creations.
Starting in 2006, the pair began experimenting with ways to draw the beauty out of their unique combination of instruments, and gradually integrated the trombone/marimba format into their freelance work. In April of 2012, Christina and Andrew performed their first all-original show, and Summerglen was born! Today, Summerglen is on a mission to bring their distinctive musical flavor to the ears of listeners around the world.
Up Past 9 plays a number of musical styles -- classic folk, pop and more -- on instruments ranging from cello and guitar to ukulele and accordion. Each band member was born in a different decade, growing up listening to different music and developing their own approach to bringing their instruments to life.
Guitarist "Artemus Arbustos" will be performing instrumental pop/jazz/latin music with special guest Don Spain.
Acoustic and eclectic folk duo, Moe & Tom, is a compilation of Audrey Weatherstone, Shayne O’Neill, lots of strings, hybrid instruments, and vocal harmonies. The girls have been best friends since the school bus in kindergarten, and began playing and writing music together at age 15. Residing in Warwick, New York, Moe & Tom continue to perform, write music, and promote their debut album, "The Earth Is Much Like You and Me".
Singer/songwriter McKenna Patchen will be playing 6-7, followed by acoustic guitarist, Denny Dlabal from 7-8.
Listening, learning, writing, and playing music have been a part of Laura's life for many years now. Growing up in a musically inclined family, here in KC, nurtured this love and passion. Often compared to Norah Jones or Joni Mitchell, Laura has an acoustic and easy feel to her music. Simply guitar and voice and occasionally a willing drum, cello, or second voice to accompany her- she plays originals and covers. Her original songs are inspired by life, love and whatever situations may warrant a good song writing session. Working now as a newly graduated nurse, music is just an enjoyed hobby. Happy to play at coffee shops and random venues on days off, it is a hobby that Laura hopes to never lose.
Newell Bowman is a singer/songwriter from the Kansas City area who has only recently begun to share her love for performing her music in the last year. During the day, you’ll find her working at a local retirement community. Otherwise, you’ll find her around the metro area enjoying all that our community has to offer. Performing her original music and covering some of her favorite artists like Fleetwood Mac and Alison Krauss has become a something of great excitement, and Newell hopes this continues into the future. Musical collaboration brings her some of the greatest joy, so you will frequently see her perform with musicians of all backgrounds.
Blackdog is excited to be sponsoring a benefit show in support of Women Eggpreneur!
Tapona International is a registered social entrepreneurship in Kenya. Its founder, Matthew Dickson, is excited to announce its first benefit in the Johnson County area. The event is a benefit show performed by local musicians at Blackdog Coffeehouse from 6-8:30pm on April 11th where proceeds for the night will be donated to Tapona’s work with Kenyan mothers and children. During the event, Tapona’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will also be launched.
The benefit showcases six artists from the Kansas City region who have partnered alongside Tapona International. These artists have donated their time, talent, and music to bring sustainable change to families in Machakos County, Kenya. Their contribution supports Tapona International’s initial project called Women Eggpreneurs. This initiative develops maternal economic stability and provides child nutrition to combat poverty and malnutrition.
Recently begun in January 2015, Tapona’s goal through its work and partnership is to engage, encourage, and empower. Egg-laying poultry with relevant training in aviculture and business will generate money and provide protein for families in poverty in Machakos, Kenya. An international collaboration of global health professionals from Kenya, the USA, and Canada have partnered to begin, evaluate and maintain this work. Their intent is that the Eggpreneurship initiative will lay a foundation for further work in early childhood development, parent education, and family support.
Kody's sound is a mix of pop and folk, but he likes to play around with many different genres. Kody likes music from Bob Dylan to Beck to Marilyn Manson and so much more.
Elephant Gun LFK is a brand new Folk band that really tries to make all of their songs different. They also try and maintain old roots and influences in their music.
The band is made up of the main songwriter, Clinton Wesley Hale, who plays guitar and sings, the bassist is Donny Parr III, and the Drummer is Billy Burford III.
Chase Fanning has sung and played guitar going on six years now. He is a huge fan of singer song writer music and is currently finishing his first album. Chase's sound lays some where in between Jason Mraz and John Mayer, both of whom are huge influences on him. He has spent a lot of time and put a lot of work into crafting and writing his songs. Music is Chase's passion and he loves playing for people live.
Based out of St. Joseph, MO, Brent Isom is an active part of the local music scene. As a guitarist and composer, he has given a number of performances at a variety of community events, playing both standards and original music. Brent also serves as worship leader for New Harvest Baptist Church in Faucett, MO and has performed and led worship for church camps, revivals, and youth retreats across Missouri and Kansas. Additionally, Brent teaches numerous private lessons each week for guitar, piano, and voice.
He's back! Kevin is a classical guitarist who will be performing pieces from Bach, Sor, and Corelli. Come and enjoy from 6pm-8pm!
Husband and wife duo Jime & Aaron are coming to Blackdog! You can check out their versatile musical style here.
Born in Asuncion, Paraguay, Jime is a singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and ukulele performer. She began her musical career at age 6 with classical piano, and began composing at age 13. Her professional career started in 2005 when she was 16, offering a concert with very well-known musicians at the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center. She sings in seven languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Guarani. She is fully fluent in Spanish, English as well as French. Jime loves writing about her personal experiences, creating emotion-fueled lyrics and melodies for her songs. Furthermore, she has put music to poems by writers like Pablo Neruda and Victor Hugo in their original languages.
Aaron is a native of Kansas and Music Education graduate of Emporia State University. He has been playing music professionally for the past 15 years. His bass playing is highly regarded by everyone he has performed with. He has played most types of music, including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical, Latin, and Country. He also performs for the United States Army on trumpet and bass. When not performing, Aaron also composes and arranges songs.
Check out Amy's website here!
"... Andrews’ powerful and dramatically dynamic voice transitions seamlessly from soaring to reserved and intimately compliments her heartfelt lyrics and raw honesty. Pointedly personal, pleading and direct, sensitive and sincere, Amy Andrews leaves her listeners emotionally wrought and begging for more."
Michael Thornton, MADE Paper September 2013
Megan is a singer/songwriter in Kansas City, who spent most of her twenties playing music and acting in Los Angeles. She grew up playing the violin, working her way through the Suzuki books until securing her position as concertmaster at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Today, she works as a clinician at a drug treatment center and enjoys writing songs and playing guitar in her free time.
Born in July of 1986, Scott grew up in the small town of Hastings, Minnesota. Always an avid writer and music lover, he began singing, playing the trumpet, and writing at a young age. During his college years, he transitioned to guitar and wrote the beginnings of what would be his debut album, "Alone." The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City and officially released in January of 2014. The album's title describes the period between 2010 and 2012 where he spent much of his time in solitude composing songs. During these years, Scott developed a unique style that was true to him and due to his wide array of influences, "Alone" offers something for every listener. Additionally, Scott's live performances are nothing short of amazing. He has opened for prominent bands such as Johnnyswim, The Dear Hunter, PAPA, and other up-and-coming artists.
Father, Misty, and the Big Rock is a group of best friends making soulful, true music. They've been playing together as "Kitchen Jams" for over five years. Right now, they're playing as an acoustic duo, performing original songs in the categories of singer/songwriter, folk, blues, reggae, etc. The theme of much of their music is love, as well as all of the good things that go along with it.
A mellow, jazzy vibe will be brought by Ken Emde on upright bass and Arthur Baine on the jazz guitar.
Sam's indie sound is mainly influenced by bluesy soul folk. Katie considers herself a pop/folk singer songwriter. She will be playing acoustic guitar and names Grace Potter, ZZ Ward, James Bay, and Sheryl Crow among her musical inspirations.
He's back! Kevin is a phenomenal classical guitarist who will be performing pieces from Bach, Sor, and Corelli. Come and enjoy from 6pm-8pm!
Dustin Prinz is an extremely prolific songwriter with a powerful vocal and a unique guitar style that has jaws dropping and feet tapping around the globe. Dustin was born in West Point Nebraska on January 1st, 1983. Growing up in such a rural environment made him a rather curious fellow with a yearning to experience life to the fullest. Dustin’s guitar playing incorporates his unique percussive technique with intricate flat picking and his signature style blending hybrid picking with a Paradiddle percussive style developed during his days as a drummer.
New band The Ragged Few will be gracing us with their americana, folk-rock style. Expect a night filled with original songs that explore the vast experiences of life.
Elephant LFK is led by the veteran Blackdog performer- Clinton Wesley Hale. His vocals and acoustic guitar will be joined by Donny Par III on the bass and Billy Burford on the kahon.
Ken Emde on the upright bass and Arthur Baine on the jazz guitar will be filling the cafe with a truly mellow, coffee shop vibe.
Sam BlacH, born in Kansas City but raised in Thailand, and Hope Medis, from Lenexa, will each take a turn filling the cafe with their bluesy, soul-filled voices from 6-8!
Alyssa Robbins is rolling through town! With the recent release of her third studio album, "Our Time Was Here We Just Forgot to Be", Robbins makes a rockier departure from her first two albums ("Wet Behind the Ears" & "The Other Side of the World"). She growls and snarls her way through stories of haunted Brooklyn streets, changing seasons, and a lovers insanity all with a touch of sensitivity and heart ache. With the lyrical prose of Aimee Mann and the voice of Etta James, “Our Time was Here...” provides the perfect balance of whiskey swigging rock and gin sipping soul.
Born in Kansas City, but living the last two years in Scotland, Calvin Arsenia has finally returned to share more of his music with Blackdog! Calvin's urban acoustic folk style is sure to be a thought provoking, sincere, and whimsical experience for all who are able to attend.