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[12 Jul 2010 | by Claire Suellentrop | 9 Comments]
[listen] LIV Music and Arts Festival Recap

It was hot.
Really hot. As in, people were so drenched with sweat they looked like they’d just crawled out of a swimming pool.
Despite the B.O.–inducing heat, music lovers flooded the Commerce Arts District June 19 to partake in Wichita’s first LIV Music and Arts Festival. They were rewarded with live performances by local artists and plenty of Tallgrass beer.
“We should have had tents, we should have had misters,” festival organizer Adam Hartke said, laughing. “Next year, we won’t repeat those mistakes.”
As advocates of all things live and local, my friend …

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[27 May 2010 | by Denise Grays | 45 Comments]
[listen] Erik Mallory

The singer-songwriter often is a man with a guitar with a tale to tell and of course a song to sing. It’s an intimate thing; one man on stage, nowhere to hide. The audience can look him in the eye and see inside. The music is gritty and raw. It ain’t always pretty, but it’s from the heart. Let me introduce Erik Mallory.
You started playing guitar in your mid-20s; what prompted you to want to learn?
I spent my early 20s more than a little …

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[15 Apr 2010 | by Stephanie Cloud Seery | One Comment]
[listen] Wichita Jazz Festival

The Wichita Jazz Festival actually kicked off Wednesday, with a free concert hosted at Abode Home. Featuring four local jazz groups, it was a perfect beginning and showcased some of the best jazz talent that Wichita has to offer. The jazz festival started in 1972, and still continues to play an important role in the development of musical talent throughout this region.
According to the Wichita State University website, this year’s festival is promoted as a showcase for women in the arts and society, and will also address issues in women’s …

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[25 Mar 2010 | by verb [ICT] staff | 83 Comments]
[meet] Local Musician Chris Barnett

Guest post by Ashley Bell
Visionary.  Pioneer.  Maverick.  Chris Barnett is a breath of fresh air to the stale state of hip hop.  His love of music started in 1986, when he was a three-year-old watching veterans like Whodini, Jam Master J and Run DMC.
“They inspired me to rap, make good music and tell vivid stories through punch lines and rhymes over dope beats,” Barnett said.
Barnett said he feels that hip hop music is currently suffering, because many artists are leaving out the substance.
“Instead of useful lyrics with meaning and purpose, the …

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[19 Mar 2010 | by Denise Grays | One Comment]
[listen] Vehicles

Layers of sound that beg for repeated listening. Wall of guitars, yet the melody is not lost. Ethereal keys lift the music into space. This is Vehicles.
The band members are Cody Cloud (vocals/guitar), Kerry Bainum (drums), Daniel White (guitar/keyboard), Taylor Martin (guitar), and Blake Miles (bass). I met with Daniel and Kerry before their show at Rock Island Live this month to find out more about the band.
How did Vehicles form?
Kerry: Cody and I had been playing in bands for 12 years now. We had …