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Howard Iceberg

Music Monday: Howard IcebergHoward Iceberg

Howard Iceberg is an icon of Kansas City roots music. A singer-songwriter whose legacy of 1000-plus songs goes back forty years, Iceberg's recorded output in the past few years has been staggering. It's music that cross-pollinates stripped-down midwestern blues with a ragged and sardonic voice reminiscent of Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. We are honored to share an illuminating interview with this Kansas City music legend.

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Please introduce yourself and describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Howard Iceberg.  Over the past 40 years, I've written more than 1000 songs, played out live with Howard Iceberg & the Titanics scores or maybe hundreds of times, and released two or three hundred of my songs, first on cassette, then on CD, and more recently by digital download.  Many local musicians have covered songs of mine in their own shows, and at least a half dozen of my songs have been recorded by other artists.  My main body of work could be called American or roots music, with a strong rock and roll basis; but I've wandered into folk, country, blues, jazz, and elsewhere.  I consider myself a serious amateur and a serious student-- not a professional.  Obvious influences include Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Buddy Holly; but I've also stolen from Miles Davis, Beethoven, Bach, Tom Petty, John Coltrane, The Minutemen, Hank Williams, Smokey Robinson, Chuck Berry, and dozens of others for my music side----and from many writers, including Hemingway, Celine, Henry Miller, Durrell, Shakespeare, Donne, and Jim Thompson for ideas, not to mention my friends and neighbors.  When I remember to keep my eyes and ears open and my mouth shut, songs come to me pretty easily.  (I also was a lawyer for more than 40 years.)

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Throwback Thursday

This Throwback Thursday we we continue our weeklong recognition of Memorial Day and remember those who died in military service. While Dr. Percival Leroy Jones who served in WWI did not die in active service, we recognize and appreciate all Johnson County military personnel. Jones  also served on the Lenexa School Dist. #46 Board and was Mayor of Lenexa from April 1921 to April 1923. As an early Lenexa physician, he was known for treating pneumonia patients, delivering many babies and making house calls.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.    

This Throwback Thursday we we continue our weeklong recognition of Memorial Day and remember those who died in military service. While Dr. Percival Leroy Jones who served in WWI did not die in active service, we recognize and appreciate all Johnson County military personnel. Jones  also served on the Lenexa School Dist. #46 Board and was Mayor of Lenexa from April 1921 to April 1923. As an early Lenexa physician, he was known for treating pneumonia patients, delivering many babies and making house calls.

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About our Summer Guide Cover

The cover of our Summer Guide features art by local Gavin Snider. He depicted both Kansas City music legends and current musicians in our Listen Local collection. Grab a Guide at any Johnson County Library location and enjoy illustrations of:

  1. Kianna Alarid: Lead singer and songwriter of pop band Yes You Are
  2. Lester Young,  American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Helped forge the bebop style in the 1930s and 40s.
  3. Larry Garrett, folk singer-songwriter, guitarist.
  4. Ada Brown: Blue Singer. Brown was both a pioneer of Kansas City jazz and a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America in 1936.
  5. Marty Hillard, hip-hop artist, Ebony Tusks. Ebony Tusks is one of Kansas City's most hard-hitting hip-hop acts. 
  6. Julia Lee, blues singer and musician. Lee had a string of R&B hits in the 1940s.
  7. Lupe Gonzalez, musician, bandleader and civic leader.
  8. Qizhen Liu, cellist.  Performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.
  9. Count Basie: Jazz composer, pianist and bandleader. An unparalleled musical innovator, Basie's music helped define 20th Century jazz and popular music.
  10. Amado Espinoza, composer, collaborator, maker of custom-made native instruments. Originally from Bolivia, Epinoza's instruments are being played by clients in places as far-flung as France, Spain, Netherlands and South America   
  11. Charlie Parker: Jazz musician and composer. Along with Dizzy Gillespie, this Kansas City-born jazz artist invented bebop.
  12. Chico Sierra: Singer-songwriter, visual artist, poet. 
  13. Chloe Jacobson: Singer-songwriter. Chloe Jacobson will release her first album of melodic and personal indie-pop this summer.
  14. Unknown mandolin player, Fishers Gibson Orchestra
  15. Melba Liston: Jazz instrumentalist and arranger. First noted female jazz trombonist
  16. Joyce DiDonato, Opera singer and recording artist.  A Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo
  17. Calvin Arsenia, harpist, singer, songwriter, collaborator. 
  18. Sara Teasley, drummer of garage rockers Cave Girls

 

The cover of our Summer Guide features art by local Gavin Snider. He depicted both Kansas City music legends and current musicians in our Listen Local collection. Grab a Guide at any Johnson County Library location and enjoy illustrations of:

  1. Kianna Alarid: Lead singer and songwriter of pop band Yes You Are
  2. Lester Young,  American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Helped forge the bebop style in the 1930s and 40s.
  3. Larry Garrett, folk
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Julie Bennett Hume

Memorial Day Music Monday: Americana Julie Bennett Hume

Julie Bennett Hume's musical journey has taken many twists and turns. A folk artist who began writing songs when she was a high school senior, Hume became grounded in bluegrass, Appalachian and Cajun music, sharpening her skills as a singer, bassist and guitarist. We're fortunate to share an interview with Hume about her life's work, her new album, the aptly titled Late Bloomer, and what inspires her.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

Hi. I'm Julie Bennett Hume. I live in Lee's Summit, Missouri and am a recently retired German and Philosophy teacher. I now play music, worry about politics and co-host and produce a radio show for KKFI called "River City Chautauqua" in my free time.  I started writing and playing music when I was a senior in high school in Manhattan, Kansas and started performing when I was a student at KU. I played with a lot of different bands when I was in my 20's and early 30's starting with bluegrass and Appalachian music and settling into a Cajun band for several years, playing bass and guitar and singing vocals. I also joined several groups that were part of an organization called "The Center for World Music" in the early 1990's. I sang and played in an Afro-Cuban ensemble, a jug band, a blues trio -- a lot of different types of music, and learned so much from the other musicians during that time. Then real life got going. I was working on my M.A. in German in Austria in the summers, teaching full time and got married, had kids, etc.

As a lot of my ensembles broke up and people moved away, I got out of the music scene and did other things. But I couldn't shake the songwriting habit. Around the time I turned 50, I went to see Rickie Lee Jones and found it really inspirational. She did a version of "Sympathy for the Devil" and I was just mesmerized and inspired that she was still on fire several decades into her career.  One day a few months later I was at home sick and started going through my journals and found songs everywhere (on the backs of envelopes, napkins, receipts, etc.) and I realized I'd been writing songs all along and if I was interested in playing music again and recording songs, I'd better get going. With my family's support, I kind of snuck back in to the music scene. I think that you hear a lot of different sounds in my music, due to the influence of a lot of different people I've played with.  I also owe a great debt to old-time music and old country. Musicians like Leadbelly, Doc Watson, the Carter Family, Kitty Wells, the Delmore Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers have all been big influences. 

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Potato Sack Race

Throwback Potato Sack!

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Physical Fitness month. So, potato sack race anyone? We feel there just are not enough potato sack races anymore! Do you feel the same? Or, are you one of those snooty three-legged race fans? ;) Whatever is your bag, we support you in your physical fitness pursuit. Go! Fight! Win!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Physical Fitness month. So, potato sack race anyone? We feel there just are not enough potato sack races anymore! Do you feel the same? Or, are you one of those snooty three-legged race fans? ;) Whatever is your bag, we support you in your physical fitness pursuit. Go! Fight! Win!

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Now at Blue Valley: Juniper TangpuzJuniper Tangpuz

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 at Blue Valley Library

Juniper Albert Tangpuz, a.k.a. T.J. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and currently works as a mild mannered studio assistant at Johnson County Community College. He is able to express his art in a range of materials, but considers paper to be his "native language". He is known for unlocking the secrets of the paper and cardboard sheet. He envisions universes where ideas compress, expand, and inspire. See more of his work on his website

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.

It depends. There are two approaches when I make something. When I have a specific message I want to express then I try to keep focused and every decision is based on supporting that message. Other times, I just look at a piece of material and do some improvisational building. The work on view is a collection from different series of artworks . I picked pieces that had somehow affected the viewers in a special way.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

It has changed and continues to change as I get older. At first, it was trying to gain an understanding of my soul. Then I felt I should be a guide who helps people get to the artistic realm.

What influences your practice/works?

I love to make things that I think should exist in this world. Most of the time I’m inspired by looking at people, places and things. I believe that most artists can see connections that most people overlook. I’ve found that some connections are absolutely absurd.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?

I’ve always liked the artists that make art from a place in there soul when they were free to play. I can always tell when it is genuine because it often has no other intention but to bring someone to happiness. I appreciate the art when I can sense that it flowed out naturally.

What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process?

The Elements of Pop-up by David A. Carter

Between the Folds: A Film About Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places

Juniper Albert Tangpuz, a.k.a. T.J. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and currently works as a mild mannered studio assistant at Johnson County Community College. He is able to express his art in a range of materials, but considers paper to be his "native language". He is known for unlocking the secrets of the paper and cardboard sheet. He envisions universes where ideas compress, expand, and inspire. See more of his work on his website

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Sterling Witt

Music Monday: Musician and Artist Sterling Witt Sterling Witt

Melodic and aggressive, abrasive and pretty, political and universal, the music of Sterling Witt has many starting points. In addition to writing catchy, rocking and thought-provoking tunes, Witt is an accomplished painter whose visual work is as vibrant as his music. His art is currently on display at our Lackman location. Witt's most recent album, Satyagraha, which Witt calls his "greatest musical achievement", will definitely appeal to Nirvana fans (and not only because it was produced by Steve Albini). We are very fortunate to share an interview with and book, music and movie recommendations from Sterling Witt.

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Please introduce yourself. Where do you live and work?

I am an artist. I live in Missouri. I split my time between the East Crossroads of Kansas City and the Art Farm near Freeman, Missouri (about 45 min south of KC). The Art Farm is an isolated oasis in the country designed for making art and music. We do not have Internet or TV.

 

Describe the musical journey from 2004’s Self Portrait to the recent Satyagraha project. How has your approach to songwriting evolved over the years?

Self Portrait is an introspective album. I recorded those songs in my apartment in Los Angeles, CA. I played all the instruments with the exception of the drums. The album is fueled by dark emotions. A personal confessional bloodletting of how I felt at the time. Self Portrait is a snapshot in time. It has been 12 years. Self Portraitand Satyagraha couldn't be more different from each other. That being said, all the songs were all written alone with pen, paper and guitar. Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois, recorded my current album, Satyagraha, with my 3-piece band (Jesse Gilpin on drums, Davy Langerak on the bass, and myself on guitar and vocals). Getting this band together is one of my greatest musical achievements. The band gives Satyagraha this unleashing maniacal live sound. It sounds live because it is. The three of us showcase each other’s strong points. We have a great respect for each other and we know our collective mission is to make the songs the best they can be. We recorded and mixed Satyagraha in four days. During that time we lived at Electrical Audio. Satyagraha is a politically charged album, with a message of seeking the truth, spiritual revolution and love. In 2004 the idea of having a band and recording with Steve Albini was nothing more than a dream. So in a way I am living out my fantasies of 2004.

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After School Book Club

Clubs for Kids

Kids! Love the American Girl Books? Want to have some fun with <b>coding</b>? Whatever you're interested in, we've got a club for you!

Kids! Love the American Girl Books? Want to have some fun with <b>coding</b>? Whatever you're interested in, we've got a club for you!

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