Kendall Tompkins, 20, and Rachel Tompkins, 17, are sisters and best friends who have been singing since before they could even talk. They have written some of their own original songs as well as acoustic covers of many of their favorites. They both taught themselves how to play the guitar and piano by watching random videos and tutorials on the Internet, and are always looking for new ways to expand their musical horizons. One song that Rachel always recommends is "Always Gold" by Radical Face, and Kendall will listen to "Breathe" by Angels and Airwaves any chance she gets.
A night of classical guitar.
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 jazz 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.
Stephanie Gummelt is a singer/songwriter who began teaching herself guitar at the age of 12. Since then, she has written over fifty folk-rock styled songs. Stephanie has performed in various local events such as St Joe’s Got Talent, Joestock, St Joe Live Presents, and other local venues over the past few years. In the fall of 2014, Stephanie performed on American Idol and was chosen to go on to Hollywood where she made it to the final 200 contestants. She currently plays guitar in the Make 12 Church praise band.
Dane Davenport is a singer and songwriter in the tradition of post indie folk rock. Raised playing the guitar and listening to every genre of music imaginable Dane’s rhythmic and nuanced style has been likened to a vast array of established artists such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Josh Ritter, and Damien Rice. Dane’s self-produced music compliments current styles while always looking towards the future of composition and performance.
Corbett & The Dreamsicles is a collaborative effort between friends Brian Locascio, Corbett McKinney, Sam Bryant, & Rodd Fenton. The Dreamsicles' blend of jaunty rhythms and dreamy vocals provide a unique soundscape, drawing inspiration from wide range of artists and genres such as F.U.N., Andy Grammar, and 21 Pilots. Their first release "Train Tracks" received enthusiastic reviews this past February; they are currently working on their second release focusing on an upbeat, full sound.
Above the beautiful beaches and glamorous neighborhoods of California, deep in the secluded mountains, you can hear the pulse of Mississippi Delta Blues, the harmony of American folk music, and the rumble of retro rock - this sound is The Deltaz. The Deltaz are two brothers - John and Ted Siegel. Since they were boys they idolized the great American musicians of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
First John picked up a pair of drum sticks, and soon after Ted became infatuated with the local music store’s window display guitar. Through vocal harmonization, insightful songwriting, and powerful musicianship, The Deltaz have the unique ability to entertain even the most diverse audiences. Although The Deltaz play music that is unmistakably influenced by the artists of the past, they provide listeners with a new take on some of the greatest American roots music in history.
The Deltaz are constantly writing, rehearsing and recording their music. They Deltaz have headlined four national tours.
Haven Alexandra is an American singer/songwriter and musician from Oklahoma. Her love of music began with many nights of family singing and the sound of hymns on Sunday morning. Haven got her start performing in singing competitions and music festivals when she was 14 but she found her true passion when she began writing and performing her own songs. Haven’s music is a reflection of her roots in country and folk with a flair for indie rock.
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, guitarist/educator Sean Mawhirter fell under the tutelage of local mentors Randy Zellers, Loretta Ewing and David Brown as well as studying under international luminaries such as Jerry Hahn, Fareed Haque and David Fiuczynski. During his 20+ years in the Kansas City metro, he has performed in a variety of musical settings and styles. He is a member of the Kansas City Guitar Society, Folk Alliance International and Fractured Atlas.
A night of classical guitar.
Melinda Hutson has been involved in music in any way she could since before she could ride a bike or read. Choirs, ensembles, bands, church specials, summer camps, online collaborations — anything with a melody (and preferably a harmony) she’s been eager to dive into headfirst. Writing music came soon after, when she realized that music creates a safe place to quietly share the most intense emotional experiences with an entire group of people without the messiness of actually having to talk about it. She’s been compared to Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor because of her preference for piano-based melodic, accoustic songs. Currently she lives in Lee’s Summit and works as a barista.
Tom Abrams is a self-taught folk style signer/songwriter, grew up in Kansas, but finds true comfort waking up in a tent in deep in the mountains. His music is a mix of my experiences, thought, loves and aspirations to give anyone who finds connection with his songs a sense of hope, happiness, or something to relate with.
A night of classical guitar.
Famous Mammoth is a three-piece indie band out of Kansas City consisting of Colby Bates, Eddie Mitchell, and Kyle Heslop. They recently released a six-song, self-titled EP and are planning a regional tour sometime in 2015. Famous Mammoth has been featured on 96.5 the Buzz's Homegrown Buzz, The Justin Wayne Show, Indie Music Addict, and regularly plays shows in and around Kansas City.
Join us for a special night of music from Hope Medis from 6-6:45 and then a poetry reading from 7-8.
Guitarist "Artemus Arbustos" will be performing instrumental pop/jazz/latin music with special guest Don Spain.
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.
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.
Denny will be playing classical guitar in the cafe from 6-8.
Preston Ott and Glass house is a Kansas City Based Alt-Country Rock band. They have a strong emphasis Righting, listener connection, and musicianship. Connection is the core of music; thus They peruse a legitimate, intimate and High energy connection with the audience and listener.
Preston is the song writer and composer. Perusing timeless, sincere, and Original songs and compositions is the heart of his operation . Growing up in the midwest as a lead guitar player; Preston Studied Jazz at at Depaw University, and song writhing at Andersen University (both located in Indiana). Preston has been Leading Bands and Playing Gigs sense he was 14. He has a long History in electric Jazz and the Blues. Nominated for Kansas Citys Guitarist of the Year in 2012, He has a reputation for surpassing expectation and creating an instant connection with his Fender Telecaster (his Favorite Instrument).
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.
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.
Our Friday night staple musician, Kevin Douglas Hammer, will be playing classical guitar and piano from 6pm-8pm in the cafe.
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.
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.