Middle of the Map Fest 2015

The Sluts performing during their set at the Riot Room.
The Sluts performing during their set at the Riot Room.

There aren’t many places in Manhattan where you can find men in their 60s wearing Beatles t-shirts, high school kids with gel-slicked hairdos and denim jackets, and everyone in between, all trying to be cool in the same place at the same time. But in Kansas City’s very own Westport community, a hodgepodge of cool kids/elderly people take to the streets for a very special weekend known as Middle of the Map Fest. This once a year event draws a diverse crowd of Kansas City dwellers and all sorts of strange and interesting folks from the surrounding area to a plethora of venues sprinkled throughout Westport, including Record Bar, Riot Room, the Uptown Theatre, and more. Over 100 bands come from various parts of the midwest and beyond to perform over four days during this festival.

Many of whom were local bands that are played on KSDB’s local music show, The Garage. Our Production Director and fellow Garage host, Willy Evans, and I marched up and down Westport Road on Friday and Saturday of this festival to bring you some of the highlights from our favorite bands, local and beyond.On Friday night, Bass Drum of Death played a ferocious set at Ernie Biggs, while Atmosphere dug up some classics from previous albums for a special show at the Uptown. Saturday was the biggest day for local musicians. Arc Flash from Lawrence, Kansas got things rolling at Riot Room with an intense show. The lead singer was dressed in what looked to be a cross between a dress and a turtleneck made out of blue wool, while the bassist wore a pair of overalls, sans shirt, and a ski mask. Despite these wardrobe oddities, they had no problem shredding through a pretty fun set. Up next, we saw Spirit is the Spirit, another Lawrence band, playing at the outdoor stage. After power-walking up to Record Bar to catch La Guerre play a few tracks, we hurried back to the outdoor stage to catch our friends and Classroom Series participants, Westerners, who had just played a show at Aggie Central Station the night before.

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Weekly 91.9 News Updates

9.19 topics to talk about at the North American Manure Expo… or anywhere else.

 

loretta lynch#1  Loretta Lynch confirmed as newest US Attorney General
Loretta Lynch was confirmed in a 56-43 vote Thursday after a five-month long political squabble.  Congressional republicans have held Lynch’s nomination over several political disputes including the president’s immigration executive action.  Lynch has been called the most qualified nominee in history for the attorney general position.

#2  More Brownback budget cuts
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is proposing $72 million in spending cuts  to make up for next year’s predicted $400 million dollar budget shortfall.  Currently on the chopping block are bond payments for the National Bio-Agro Defense Facility,  and Medicaid.  Brownback also wants to increase fees to Kansas hospitals.

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Feature DJ: Allison Thomas

“A good friend of mine was a DJ at the station,” Allison Thomas, a sophomore in public relations from Texas, said. “I saw how much she enjoyed it, so I enrolled in the class my second semester of freshman year.”

Thomas has a show on the Wildcat 91.9 with Courtney Nance.

“I think college radio matters because it gives students a chance to be on the radio, discover new music, expand beyond their comfort zones,” Thomas said. “For a lot of people there really aren’t other opportunities to try radio out except this part of their lives, so that’s cool too.”

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