Heather Styka, Mala Gassmann and John L Keck
4:00 PM16:00

Heather Styka, Mala Gassmann and John L Keck

Heather Styka - www.heatherstyka.com
Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread and to get a little messy on the way. Beneath sweet, soulful vocals (Portland Press Herald) and nimble finger picked guitar (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from her extensive touring. These are the sort of songs that take you on a journey and haunt you all the way home.

Styka started writing and performing as a teenager, honing her craft among Chicagos folk community. At the age of 28, Heather Styka has performed for over a decade, released four full-length albums, and toured from coast to coast. She was a 2015 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has performed at the Folk Alliance International and FARM conferences as an official showcase artist. 

Mala Gassmann - www.malamusic.ch
Red haired Singer-songwriter and violin player Mala brings folk music right from the Swiss mountains, all the while honoring her celtic, american and classical roots. Her voice shines with simplicity and lightness, going right to the listener’s heart.
Currently she’s writing on her second solo album, that was inspired by her 3 month stay in Austin Texas, right in the the heart of the so called “singer-songwriter folk family” scene. It will be released in 2018, marking her debut as solo artist.

John L Keck - www.johnlkeck.com
John L Keck is a Kansas City songwriter who writes lyrics with the intent of capturing emotion and depicting a moment in time, much like a photograph can define the light. With roots in the South and the Midwest, John's music is a modern blend of traditional american and a willingness to be undefined.

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Cover Me, Kansas City Folk
6:00 PM18:00

Cover Me, Kansas City Folk

On December 12th, fourteen of the area's best folk acts will gather at the Record Bar for a celebration of Kansas City music. While all are talented songwriters and musicians in their own right, each act will perform two songs that were written by a different local artist of their choice. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Midwest Music Foundation, which provides healthcare grants to working musicians.

Tuesday, December 12
Doors open at 6pm
Music starts at 7pm
Tickets: $10
All Ages (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

List of Performers:
Betse & Clarke-- adventures in old time
Calvin Arsenia-- neo-soul
Chad Brothers-- bluegrass guitar picker
Grassfed-- bluegrass trio
Howard Iceberg-- local songwriting legend
Jenna & Martin-- cosmic western
Jessica Paige-- soul/pop
john l. keck-- singer/songwriter
Kelly Hunt-- contemporary folk
Kelly Werts-- acoustic folk
Kyle Reid-- an Oklahoma transplant
The Matchsellers-- old-timey bluegrass duo
Mikal Shapiro Music-- original Americana
Scott Hrabko & The Rabbits-- rootsy singer/songwriter

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John Keck's Songwriter Serenade w/ special guest Leah Watts
5:00 PM17:00

John Keck's Songwriter Serenade w/ special guest Leah Watts

"Songwriter Serenade with special guest Leah Watts" is a performance of orginal and inspirational songs. Host John Keck will also be performing as they serenade you and share stories of life and song.

Leah Watts has been singing since before she could talk….at least that’s what her parents tell her! Her favorite stage was the comfort of her own bedroom until she spent a summer interning in Nashville where she found the courage to perform three original songs on the famous Music Row on her very last night in town!
Since then Leah has gone full steam ahead pursuing her passion. Since the journey began, she has released multiple cover videos [available on YouTube], two original songs Million Tiny Little Things & Strong [available on iTunes, Spotify, & Google Play] both of which have received radio play, and has had the honor of performing the National Anthem at several Kansas City Royals baseball games, Sporting KC soccer games, and the Kansas State Fair. Leah can also be found performing in local coffee shops, at county fairs, and various other venues across the state.

Leah is inspired by people, their passions, and their dreams, and she hopes to use her music to inspire others! This has led to her involvement with multiple benefit events including Cure SMA Walk-n-Roll, R.Y.A.N. suicide benefit soccer game, and inspired her to start her own non-profit organization, Creating for a Cause.

Stay up to date on Leah’s next adventure by following her on social media, subscribing to her YouTube channel, and joining her mailing list!www.leahwatts.com

John is a Kansas City songwriter who creates lyris with the intent of capturing emotion, depicting a moment in time. Much like a photograph can define the light. With one foot in the south and one in the midwest, John's music is a modern blend of traditional american and a willingness to be undefined. 

"Of Course people ask me what kind of music do you play. And I want to answer them, and not be rude, but it's difficult give a 30 second elevator pitch, so I've started saying 'I write songs for people who love Van Gogh's paintings'. I want to have a conversation about the emotions behind the songs with our eyes. I want to provoke thought and connect with people. I would also love to see if I can get you to dance, laugh and cry a little." - John L Keck

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Official Showcase at FARMette 2017
7:00 PM19:00

Official Showcase at FARMette 2017

Want to know what the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM)? Get a taste of that at FARMette in Kansas City!

**You do not need to be a member of Folk Alliance International or FARM to attend.**

$25 for:
7 Juried Showcases
44 Performance Lane Showcases
2 Artist or Community Track Workshops
Keynote Speaker: Calvin Arsenia

Tickets: http://farmfolk.org/farmette-2017/farmette-registration/

Official Showcases
There will be 7 juried official showcases at this year’s FARMette. 
The FARMette 2017 Official Showcase artists are:
Betse & Clarke
Jodee Lewis
Caleb Ryan Martin
Ryan Herrick
Jeff Krause Music
john l. keck
Bill Scorzari

9-10a: On-site Registration
10-10:05a: Welcome/Opening Remarks
10:10-10:55a: Breakout Session I
Crowdsourcing for Artists or House Concerts 101
11-11:55: Breakout Session II
Leveraging Your FAI Membership or Protest Songs
12-1:30p: Lunch Break
1:30-3:20p: Performance Lane
3:30-3:55p: Keynote Speaker Calvin Arsenia
4-5:50p: Performance Lane
6-7:30p Dinner Break
7:30-9:50p Official Showcases
9:50-10p: Closing Remarks/Thank You

Tickets: http://farmfolk.org/farmette-2017/farmette-registration/

Morning Breakout Sessions
We’ll have two sets of morning breakout sessions—one for artists and one for the community. The Artist Track will feature two 1-hour sessions specifically geared to working musicians and will be presented by working musicians. The two 1-hour Community Track sessions will be tailored to non-musicians who are interested in learning more about folk music.

Performance Lane
Performance Lane is one of the most popular features of the FARM conference. At this year’s FARMette, we are happy to offer 44 performance lane opportunities for attending performers! Each performer will get 10 minutes to show their stuff.
FARM is a regional chapter of Folk Alliance International (FAI) encompassing 15 U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Keynote Speaker Calvin Arsenia
“Transcendent.” “Amazing.” “Wonderful.” These are just some of the words used to describe this year’s FARMette keynote speaker Calvin Arsenia. This two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artist has travelled the world performing his brand of experimental music that is unwilling to be confined by genre.

FARM's purposes is to promote traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music and dance and related performing arts in our region, hold an annual regional conference, represent the interests of our members to FAI and carry out such other projects as are of benefit to FAI members in the Midwest.


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Wednesday Night Drinking Practice Live! For Wayside Waifs
3:00 PM15:00

Wednesday Night Drinking Practice Live! For Wayside Waifs

Clint HoffmeierMatt Tady and Patrick Deveny will be recording a live episode of the podcast Wednesday Night Drinking Practice at Holy Cow Market and Music on Sunday June 11th. There will be music, raffles and all kinds of fun! all money raised will be donated to Wayside Waifs. So please come support this insane fun and have a chance to be on the podcast and play "This Or That"! Here's all the performers that will be participating!
Richard Burgessjohn l. keckAnthony LadesichKasey Dawn Rausch andMarco Pascolini of The Country DuoKrysztof NemethBrent JamisonScott EasterdayTess Jehle-Ray, Chris Teasley,Darren and Kathi Callahan Welch and so much more!  

You'll be able to hear this episode and all others on your channel of preference:





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David George & A Crooked Mile, Drew Black & Dirty Electric, & John Keck 8/13 The Brick
9:00 PM21:00

David George & A Crooked Mile, Drew Black & Dirty Electric, & John Keck 8/13 The Brick

Come check out David George & A Crooked Mile Saturday August 13th at The Brick in Kansas City! We will be showcasing some new music and new members David Luther (vocals and acoustic) and Scott Moyer (lead guitar).

Also, joining us will be the amazing Drew Black & The Dirty Electric plus Kansas City's singer-songwriting legend John Keck will kick things off!

Show starts at 9 pm!

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7:00 PM19:00

Gothic Cowboy Review at Frank's

Sundays at Frank's North Star offers an opportunity to hear a variety of songwriters in the Lawrence area and its my pleasure to be invited to be a part of this event again.  I'll be singing some songs of mine and accompanying my good friend David Fines on his songs.

Dave and I will go on approximately at 8

Come join us!

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Listen Up KC with Mikal Shapiro, Jeff Porter and John Keck
8:00 PM20:00

Listen Up KC with Mikal Shapiro, Jeff Porter and John Keck

Very happy to be added to the list of songwriters on this Friday night event.

Please join us for an intimate, in the round, show with some of Kansas City's finest musicians. Doors will open at 7pm $10 single tix $15 double tix, donation to the musicians

Join us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/509755412537197/

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7:00 PM19:00

House Show - Kasey Rausch, Heather Styka Hosted by John Keck @ The Living Room

I’m very pleased to be able to invite you to a new series of house concerts I will be hosting. And even more pleased to be able to share the music of two very talented songwriters, Kasey Rausch and Heather Styka for this first show.

We are lucky to keep Kasey as a Kansas City based songwriter, as she becomes nationally recognized. She contributes greatly to the well-being of our musical community, bringing tradition and authenticity to every lyric in every song she sings. You may hear more and see more of Kasey at www.kaseyrausch.com

Our lovely friend Heather Styka is on tour out of Chicago and stopping in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference this week, and we are lucky enough (twisted her arm) to have her perform with us while she is here. Please visit her site to hear and see more about this poet of song - www.heatherstyka.com

Wine, beer and snacks will be provided thanks to MudStomp Records. https://www.facebook.com/MudStompRecords/. They are hosting a Private Showcase at this year's Folk Alliance International Conference: Feb. 17-21, 2016. Stop by The MudStomp Records Room at FAI 2016 (Rm.722) and say hi!

A $10 suggested donation for the artists is asked for your attendance. 

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