Folk music isn't my cup of tea, but I appreciate it because of my love of music in general, and how it brings people together. That said, I didn't know how I would feel prior to attending the Folk Alliance Conference Kick-Off Party last night at the Westin Hotel in Crown Center. For those of you who aren't familiar, FAC is a mini SXSW of sorts where folk musicians and industry professionals from all over the world come together to showcase their talent and network.
Last night's event kicked off the 5 day conference with not only folk acts, but performers of many different genres.
(Hembree Photo by: Emily Katz)
One band I made sure to catch last night was Kansas City indie/alt/rock band Hembree (http://www.facebook.com/HembreeMusic). I've been following their other musical projects over the years, and this new one might be my favorite. Though I was only able to catch a short part of their set, what I saw and heard did not disappoint. They played a stripped down acoustic set rather than their usual full band setup to appeal to the folk crowd, and their full band sound smoothly translated to acoustic. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them at Middle of the Map Fest in April! Check out their song "New Oasis" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unGUN8ziK4o.
(Gracie Schram Photo by: Emily Katz)
After watching Hembree for a bit, I headed across the hall to see another Kansas City artist and one of Mix 93.3's favorites, singer/songwriter Gracie Schram (http://www.facebook.com/gracieschram). If you missed her announcement yesterday morning on the Rocket & Teresa show, she is officially releasing her debut studio album I Am Me on 5.5.15! Last night, she performed a combination of familiar hits such as "Wallflower" and "We are the Change," as well as new songs that you will be able to hear on the new album. She has an awesome behind-the-music video where you can learn more about Gracie and the motives behind her music. Check it out out here: http://youtu.be/WtmIGVrPWLM
(Kawehi Photo by: Emily Katz)
(AY Musik Photo by Emily Katz)
It was an awesome experience to see so many people from all walks of life come together for the love of music. Did you attend the kick off party last night? Who were your favorites?