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Sunday, July 21, 28 and August 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Insurgent Learning Workshops

Insurgent Learning Workshops is a series of critical learning workshops developed by self-styled, Music Research Strategist, Marshall Trammell. Trammell is traveling North America on his fifth Music Research Strategies solo tour. Status Quo Is My Enemy is a platform for his “Indexical Moment/um” installation encouraging people to interact and discuss through improvised music and visual information. Each workshop is designed for intercultural conversation, understanding, and space to celebrate our discontent, pissed-offness, and community-building. Workshop attendees will learn to improvise music and perform with other attendees. Musicians of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. You do not have to have any experience with music to attend and learn at this workshop series! Advanced musicians, non-musicians and first-time musicians are all encouraged to attend and experiment! Please bring an instrument of your choice. If you are not able to bring an instrument or have further questions, you can questions to Marshall Trammell at marshall@solidarityresearch.org. Workshops are free to attend and will be located at the #NARonTroost building at 4001 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO. Free parking can be found in the parking lot around the building. Three workshops will occur on three-consecutive Sundays:
  • Sunday, July 21 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Ryan J. Lee and Peter Schlamb

Spine Showcases is looking to cool things off this hot summer with performances from Peter Schlamb and Ryan J. Lee! Spine Showcases is a monthly concert series featuring the best contemporary jazz artists in Kansas City for free.  Curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. Featured artists for the next show on Thursday, July 25, 2019, are local staples Peter Schlamb and Ryan J. Lee!

The Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

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Friday, August 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Breakin’ Art

"Music is the paint. Body is the brush. The floor is your canvas. Create your escape." – James “SugEasy” Singleton

For First Friday in the City Market, come enjoy free music, graffiti and mural art, live breakdancing, and free coloring fun for visitors of all ages! Breakin’ Art will be from 6-8:30 PM in the center space of City Market’s Farmer’s Market and wants your family to experience the art of breakdancing and hip-hop.

Break dance performers will be wearing all white and will be wear paint on their bodies to create art WHILE they dance! Attendees are encouraged to wear white and have the option to participate in the events (which includes getting paint on your clothes) to join the break dance performers!

Break Free Kansas City Breakers and Souls of Sole will be performing and interactive arts activities will be hosted for children and families. Breakin’ Art will demonstrate visual expression of hip-hop culture for anyone new or experienced with hip-hop! Hip-hop is not just a culture, it’s a movement. Using the colors to represent the multiple cultures to become as one community.

Attendees will learn about different genres of hip-hop and how one genre impacts and shapes genres of similar or different natures! Attendees will also be able to learn and see the positive reinforcement of hip-hop culture firsthand, rather than through traditionally negative portrayals of hip-hop in mainstream media. Learn about how YOU can destroy stereotypes and build bridges.

Title: Breakin’ Art

Date: First Friday, August 2nd from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: City Market (The center space of Farmer’s Market)

Artists Involved: Donald “Scribe” Ross, “Reckless Ray” Brown, Windy Farr, James “SugEasy” Singleton, Phil Shafer and Joc Mox

Schedule:
  • 6:00 PM – Live music from Joc Max
  • 6:30 PM – Live painting with Scribe
  • 7:00 PM – Breakin’ Art breakdance performance
  • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Very Cherry goods table and art coloring tables for kids will be throughout the entire event.

Breakin' Art is a 2018 Rocket Grants Award and you can read more about the project at https://rocketgrants.org/rocket-grants-projects/projects-2018-2019/breaking-art/

Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Making Moves 8: Cerca Trova

For Making Moves 8 we are proud to present “Buck”. Buck, a dance-theater reimagining of Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt”, will combine movement, theater, design, and story-telling to take audiences on a journey through the adventures of Peer Gynt. Conceived by Making Moves’ very own Kyle Mullins with Cerca Trova, in collaboration with Joel Moses and Timothy Rothwell.  The event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome. A monthly gathering, Making Moves aims to build community through a shared passion for dance and movement. Throughout 2019, Making Moves will host improvisation jams and provide performance opportunities for local and regional dance makers. The series is produced by Kyle Mullins and made possible by Charlotte Street Foundation.
cerca trova (chairkuh  trovuh) is a contemporary repertory company founded by artistic director Kyle Mullins in 2018. Based in Kansas City, MO, Cerca Trova’s mission is present dance works both new and historical by local, regional, and national choreographers. “Cerca trova”, meaning “seek and find”, defines Mullins’ approach to the creative process. Pose questions, search for answers, and move towards them. Collaboration and dialogue are essential to our process. Cerca Trova is committed to bringing high quality works of art to Kansas City audiences in both traditional and non-traditional venues. 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Amber Underwood and Kadesh Flow

Spine Showcases finishes off the summer season with NEW performances from Amber Underwood and Kadesh Flow! Spine Showcases is a monthly concert series featuring the best contemporary jazz artists in Kansas City for free.  Curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. Featured artists for the next show on Thursday, August 22, 2019, are local musicians Amber Underwood and Kadesh Flow. Amber Underwood will be specifically providing a sneak peek into her upcoming EP!

Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Making Moves 9: Dance Film Festival

Join us for Making Moves 9: Dance Film Festival! Enjoy an evening of dance on film by local, national, and international dance artists. Cool off from the dog days of summer with a beverage and engage with local dancers, artists, and enthusiasts. Curated by Kyle Mullins. The event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome. A monthly gathering, Making Moves aims to build community through a shared passion for dance and movement. Throughout 2019, Making Moves will host improvisation jams and provide performance opportunities for local and regional dance makers. The series is produced by Kyle Mullins and made possible by Charlotte Street Foundation.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Bob Bowman, Ben Markley and Hermon Mehari

Spine Showcases prepares for the chill, autumn breeze with the next concert showcase, featuring Bob Bowman, Ben Markley and Hermon Mahari! Spine Showcases is a monthly concert series featuring the best contemporary jazz artists in Kansas City for free.  Curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. Featured artists for the next show on Thursday, July 25, 2019, will be Bob Bowman, Ben Markley and Hermon Mehari. The three of them will perform two sets, switching off periodically at different positions. The Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Techno Chapel

Seth Davis, Colin Mosely and the Kansas City Electronic Music Arts Alliance are excited to share Techno Chapel, a 50 minute multimedia interactive performance at Charlotte Street's Capsule performing space on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The evening of live, experimental musical performances begins at 7:00 PM and is a FREE event intended for all audiences. Parking for the show can be located behind Capsule (located at 1664 Broadway Blvd) and can be found off of 17th Street. Street parking is also available on Washington Street, a block behind Capsule.

Davis and Mosely presented their first Audio Visual Performance, Swampthing September 2018 at La Esquina as a part of the Kansas City Performing Media Festival. As a follow up, Techno Chapel utilizes note and volume detection, in order to facilitate interactions between the musicians and the visuals comprised of videos of insects, human bodies, forests and computers.  By allowing the audience a space to reflect upon how networks communicate, Techno Chapel aims to ask the question how are humans communicating with digital, vegetal and animal bodies and how are we all connected?

Techno Chapel is a part of a larger trend of interdisciplinary and collaborative work between composers, choreographers, dancers and visual artists who use technology to facilitate new experiences with the natural world that heighten the involvement of other animals, plants and minerals. The musical composition is led by composer and musician Seth Andrew Davis along with local music ensemble Project C4. The interactive video is animated and programmed by video artist Colin Mosely. Techno Chapel also includes an additional solo performance by Barry Anderson, a Kansas City based artist working in video, music, photography and animation. 

 

Participating Artists: Seth Davis, Colin Mosely, Project C4, Barry Anderson, Project C4 Consists of Derek Frank, Dylan Ward, Hao Yin, Gabbi Roderer, Tim J Harte, and Seth Andrew Davis

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases w/ Merman and Curtis Brink & The Drty Ten

Spine Showcases is set to embrace the mystical and ambiguous just before Halloween by featuring local jazz groups Merman and Curtis Brink & The Drty Ten! Spine Showcases is a monthly concert series featuring the best contemporary jazz artists in Kansas City for free.  Curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. Featured groups for the next show on Thursday, October 24, 2019, will be Merman and Curtis Brink & The Drty Ten. For this show, Curtis will be playing with a ten-piece ensemble. The Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM. Merman is an electronic, indie-jazz duo comprised of keyboardist/singer-songwriter Alyssa Murray and guitarist Adam Schlozman. Fusing music with synchronized visuals, Merman captures the listener and brings them into a world of color and sound. Curtis Brink spent too many years trying to sound like everyone else. He began to broaden his perspective and embrace his own style when Wycliffe Gordon told him, "If it sounds good to you, then play it." But, he also believes that if people don't enjoy what you’re playing, then maybe you should keep that shit to yourself. After earning a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Curtis performed extensively in the gritty, hip-hop infused "brass n beats" scene in NYC where he learned that how you say it is equally as important as what you say.

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