KC Folk Festival 2017 - KKFI Stage Live Broadcast

KC Folk Festival 2017 - KKFI Stage Live Broadcast

Bobby Rush, Ensemble Ibérica, Orlagh de Bhaldraithe, Allyu, Gerald Trimble

Sun · February 19, 2017

10:00 am (event ends at 5:00 pm)


This event is all ages

Kansas City Folk Festival

A celebration of Folk Music form around the World and right here in KC.

Close to Home, Far From Ordinary

Featuring: Billy Bragg & Bobby Rush, The Okee Dokee Brothers, David Wilcox, and many, many more!

$30 In Advance.

KKFI Stage Live Broadcast - 90.1FM or kkfi.org/player

Broadcast sponosored by Kissick Construction

Live Performance - Liberty Ballroom in Westin Hotel

11am - Gerald Trimble
12pm - Allyu
1pm - Orlagh de Bhaldraithe
2pm - Ensemble Ibérica
3pm - Bobby Rush

Family Friendly - Bring the entire family to our indoor kid-friendly festival. 

Artisan Market - Come explore the fine art and creative work of Kansas City’s finest makers.

Come Enjoy Great Music With Your Whole Family!

Kansas City Folk Festival
Kansas City Folk Festival
A celebration of Folk Music form around the World and right here in KC.
Close to Home, Far From Ordinary

Bring the entire family to our indoor kid-friendly festival. Start the morning with a gospel session followed by an Irish dance with caller and don't miss The Okee Dokee Brothers who won a GRAMMY® for Best Children's Music Album in 2012.

Artisan Market
Come explore the fine art and creative work of Kansas City’s finest makers. Pottery, jewelry, instruments, and prints alongside vintage and vinyl. Drop by some community booths in the same hall and learn about the great things happening in the cultural sector here in the Midwest.
Bobby Rush - (Set time: 3:00 PM)
Bobby Rush
Known for his funk infused grit, grind and soul since the 1960s, Bobby Rush is a prolific songwriter and a vital live performer with the finesse of a young James Brown. The Blues Hall Of Famer's new album 'Porcupine Meat' is considered one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60 plus year career, which includes ten Blues Music Awards, multiple Grammy nominations, a gold record for "Chicken Heads" plus the hits "Sue" and "Ain't Studdin' Ya." Not your typical octogenarian, Bobby Rush's appearances span The Great Wall Of China, American Routes and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Dan Aykroyd.

"…the man known as 'The King of the Chitlin Circuit'… deserves being mentioned in the same context as the blues greats Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and B.B. King." – American Blues Scene


Traveling to see the show? Don't want to drive home after? The Washington House Hotel right next door to ST94 is now open! Make an event of your trip here by staying in one of our newly renovated rooms or suites and enjoying continental breakfast the next morning. Click here for info and reservations.
Ensemble Ibérica - (Set time: 2:00 PM)
Ensemble Ibérica
Beau Bledsoe - Artistic director, guitars, oud
Beau's performances have been described as "pointedly musical" by Paul Horsley The Kansas City Star. He regularly performs and records with some of the greatest artists in Tango, Flamenco and classical music as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences. Beau studied classical guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music under Douglas Niedt where he received a Master of Music. It was at this time that Beau met many of the musicians that he still performs with today such as tenor, Nathan Granner, soprano, Victoria Botero, composer/pianist, Brad Cox, and Argentine Tango quintet Tango Lorca. He has continued his own musical studies with such masters as Antonio Andrade, Pedro Cortez and Luis Heredia of La Repompa de Málaga. Through his many diverse projects and ensembles, Beau has had the great fortune of performing in almost every state in the United States. In addition, Beau has toured extensively in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia.
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Victoria Botero - soprano
With a voice described as "clear, beautiful and thrilling" Colombian-American Soprano Victoria Botero deftly passes between opera, concert and world music stages in repertoire spanning the early baroque to living composers. Her most recent work has been with the critically acclaimed duo Botero Bledsoe with guitarist Beau Bledsoe in programs that feature the intersection of art, folk and popular music from around the world. Their new CD Un ramo de voz (Tzigane) was released in 2013 followed by a concert tour in the Midwest.
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Karim Memi - vocalist, guitar
Originally from Buenos AIres, Argentina, Karim is a internationally respected performer of Argentine Tango. Her mastery of a vast South American repertoire and songs from France and Spain make her one of the most versatile performers in Kansas City. She was a featured performer on the Tango Lorca recording "Mujer Sola" Tzigane Music 2005 and continues to record and perform throughout the U.S and abroad.
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Fedra Cooper Barrera - vocalist
From Vera Cruz, Mexico, Fedra began her professional career at sixteen in as a model and actress with Televisa under the tutelage of Ernesto Alonso and the great actress Aurora Molina. She later graduated from the school of Miguel Angel Valles with honors at the age of eighteen. Fedra was soon employed by the popular Mexican vocalist Luis Miguel as his principal backing vocalist where she toured Europe, South America and Asia extensively for eight years. Soon after, she recorded her first single with producer Alan Coelho that received airplay in the U.S. and Mexico and later recorded her first solo record produced by Pablo Ortiz. She currently resides in Kansas City and is the manager of the Latin pop group "Miratti".
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Jeff Harshbarger - bass
Voted 2011 Person of the Year by Plasticsax.com and Best Bassist by Pitch Magazine, Jeff Harshbarger has had quite an eclectic career. A prolific composer and bandleader in his own right, Jeff has recorded and performed across the globe with such varied artists as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Allison Miller, Curtis Fuller, Forever Tango, Eugene Chadborne, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Jimmy Carl Black, Krystle Warren, Snuff Jazz, Brad Cox, Nathan Granner, Ghosty, The People's Liberation Big Band of the Greater Kansas City Area and Forrest Whitlow. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City. An Artist in Residence for Escape to Create, Jeff has received numerous grants and awards, including The Kennedy Center's Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship and the Professional Development Grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.
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Victor Penniman - viola da gamba
Victor Penniman is a violist da gamba (traditional and electric), composer, producer and educator. He has performed as a soloist and with numerous Historical Performance ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival, The Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, as well as countless modern groups covering a wide variety of genres and repertoire. Based in Kansas City, MO, he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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Rich Wheeler - saxaphones
Rich Wheeler has been a professional saxophonist and saxophone teacher in the Kansas City area for the past 10 years. Rich studied saxophone with the internationally known Vince Gnojek, and jazz with the equally well known Dan Gailey at the Kansas University. Rich has performed across the US and Europe, and can be heard locally with the Rich Wheeler Quartet, Brandon Draper New Quintet, Topshelf Tunes, Peoples Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, and Son Venezuela. Rich can also be heard on many albums including recording dates with The Yards, New Vintage Big Band, Boulevard Big Band, the Fraga band, two albums from the Brandon Draper Quintet, and the new release "Tamam Abi" by Alaturka.
Orlagh de Bhaldraithe - (Set time: 1:00 PM)
Allyu - (Set time: 12:00 PM)
Gerald Trimble - (Set time: 11:00 AM)
Gerald Trimble, viola da gamba, is the foremost innovator of this bowed, fretted instrument with ancient roots in Moorish Spain and Renaissance and Baroque Europe. As much a jazz or rock improviser as an interpreter of ancient music, Trimble sails the viola da gamba out of its accepted place in historical performance, into a much wider role as a world instrument. Spanning a musical continuum of centuries, he creates a new style which melds contemporary techniques with arcane, alchemical traditions in sound-connecting cultures through the ages as he travels. In Trimble's hands, the viola da gamba's capabilities are explored as never before, revealing it as a complete instrument, bowed or strummed, for melodic and chordal solo work, as well as accompaniment to his eastern influenced singing. His new CD UNCHARTED from MSR Classics chronicles his musical voyages and has received praise in the US and in Europe. " . . . think INDIANA JONES . . . "
-Laurence Lewis-Czech Music Review, London. "Sounds like Ravi Shankar sitting in with the Renaissance festival house band." -Kansas City PITCH.
Venue Information:
KC Folk Festival
1 E Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO, 64018