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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ramblin' Pan will be returning to Blackdog on November 7th. If you like the sound of Johnny Cash meeting Death Cab for Cutie, then this is the band for you! Alongside Ramblin' Pan is Des Moines, Iowa's very own Jacey! Her singer/songwriter style incorporates folk, blues, pop, and rock to produce honest, world-changing songs for all.
State LIne Jazz Band focuses on instrumental straight-ahead jazz and swing, as well as some innovative arrangements. It will be a swingin' night for sure!
Kevin is a phenomenal classical guitarist who will be performing pieces from Bach, Sor, and Corelli. Come and enjoy from 6pm-8pm!
On September 27 we will be featuring two local girls with a whole lot of talent! Kate Rose will be starting the show at 7. Her indie pop sound is said to equal Sara Barellies meets Christina Perri meets Colbie Caillat meets Priscilla Ahn.
Following Kate will be Sarah Valle. With her Adele-like voice, Sarah prefers to sing slower R&B as well as songs from the 50s and 60s era.
Made up of musicians from Overland Park and Lawrence, KS, the California Road Jazz Band will be returning to Blackdog with plenty more jazz to go around! California Road Jazz Band plays traditional Kansas City jazz from the 1920s through 1960s with a modern sound. Influenced by: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Bill Evans and Chick Corea.
Hailing from Erie, Colorado, Saunders crafts catchy, acoustic-driven pop-rock with purpose. “I want to communicate the things I find really important in life,” she says. “And I think, especially in America, everyone’s dying for something real in music. And I want to write music like that.” -DeliRadio
This evening will consist of a Classical guitar repertoire including artists such as Corelli, Sor and Bach. Come listen to Kansas City's Kevin Douglas Hammer on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 pm!
Come out for a one-hour special from this aspiring jazz pianist!
Local musician Clinton Wesley Hale will be starting off the night with his acoustic guitar and solid vocals. Following Clinton, multi-instrumentalist The Saturday Giant will be performing at Blackdog as part of his national tour on Friday, Aug. 22! Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and go until 9 p.m.!