Ink's Middle of the Map Fest, William Elliot Whitmore

Ink's Middle of the Map Fest

William Elliot Whitmore

Mothers, CAAMP, The Noise FM, Me Like Bees, Westerners, Crystal Rose, Crystal Clayton, Gracie Schram, Keaton Conrad, Kate Rose, The MGDs - SOUL BRUNCH set

Sat, May 6, 2017

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 12:00 pm


Ink's Middle of the Map Fest
Ink's Middle of the Map Fest
INK's Middle of the Map Fest 2017
:: A festival born & raised in Kansas City ::

This year marks the SEVENTH anniversary of Middle of the Map Fest.

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Evan plays the banjo, Taylor plays the guitar and together they slam stages as the power duo, Caamp. The childhood friends have been writing songs since 2012 and began performing as Caamp in 2015. In March of 2016, the duo released their self-titled, debut record that has since put them on the map. Their original song "Ohio" charted at #4 on the US Spotify Viral Chart and the album currently has over 1.5 million streams. Caamp is known for their heartfelt sound, and authentic live shows that leave their loyal crowds with hearts pounding. Taylor and Evan are two good gentlemen, writing good music, and plan on Caamping til' they croak.
The Noise FM
The Noise FM
Brothers Austin and Alex formed The Noise FM in Fort Scott, Kansas, a town of 8,000 in southeast Kansas. Now we live in Chicago, but everyone knows we're from Kansas because of our accents. Alex sings, plays guitar and keyboard, and does most of the computer stuff. Austin plays drums, sings and writes a lot of the music on bass guitar, but he doesn't play bass guitar at live shows because he's better at drums. We found Barry Kidd on Craigslist and put him on bass because of his rad name.

We released the full-length record "Dream of the Attack" in 2008 at a basement show in the "vintage mansion" we rented while going to school in Lawrence, Kansas. Our landlord called it "vintage" but it really just meant it was a fire hazard.

"Dream of the Attack" is a mix of synthy indie-rock and dance beats. People seemed to like it, and a few tunes found their way into video games and television shows:

The synth-rocker "Simple Simone" is featured on the European-only release "SBK '09 Superbike World Championship" on X-Box. The game's not available in America, so we're not sure if it actually exists.

"Only Human" is on Tap Tap Revenge 3 for iPhone, but none of us have iPhones.

The riff-heavy "Iron Lung" is featured in the Fox College Sports Best of 2009 television special. We think it's a sports show.

In 2010, we released "Enclave," which is a better record but was NOT featured on Fox College Sports. Still, "Enclave" was enough to get us named one of the top 25 artists to watch by and earned us the title of "Best Indie-Rock Band 2010″ by Pitch magazine in Kansas City, an incredible honor. We moved from Kansas the following week.

The single "Time Will Tell" is featured in an episode of MTV's "Made." We don't have cable so we haven't seen it.

"Time Will Tell" is also featured in a season 2 episode of the rebooted "90210." The episode features an all-girl rock band AND Rumer Willis, and it's probably the greatest 41 minutes of television ever. The episode is called "Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees." Look it up on Netflix.

We've toured the country several times over, playing SXSW, CMJ, The Underground Music Showcase in Denver, Middle of the Map in Kansas City, Summerfest and the occasional fashion show. One time we opened for Presidents of the United States of America. They stayed on their tour bus while we played.

At SXSW we opened a sold-out show for "surprise guest" Nick Cannon. THE Nick Cannon of "Drumline" and Mariah Carey. It was a weird show.

After 3 years, a move to a city where we knew no one, and a couple mid-twenty existential crises, we're set to release the full-length "Attraction" worldwide in January 2014.
Me Like Bees
Me Like Bees
Me Like Bees is an indie/alternative rock band fromJoplin, Missouri and is made up of Pete Burton (lead guitar),Nick Bynum (bass), Luke Sheafer (vocals/guitar), andTimothy Cote (drums).

Formed in May of 2009, the group has developed their sound with influences from bands such as Modest Mouse,Arcade Fire and The White Stripes. The “Me Like Bees” sound, like many of their influences, is based upon the idea of moving music forward with interesting and simple melodies. Although simple, the band maintains the listeners’ attention using irregular dynamics and asymmetric song structure. The group takes a quality control approach to songwriting, with each member bringing their own creative ideals to every aspect of the process.

The lyrics of Me Like Bees music are both thought provoking and entertaining, with a wide range of themes. Many of their songs discuss matters of inner turmoil, and relate to issues like guilt and doubt.Sheafer is known for his creative wording and unique use of syllables; often times giving a positive spin on what would otherwise be depressing subject matter. His singing style has been said to be a cross between Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse and Jack White of the White Stripes.
Cast from London and several cities up and down the east coast into Kansas City/Lawrence area, the 4 members of indie garage rock outfit Westerners may seem more like an accident than a form of perseverance paid off. Beginning with an arbitrary move to a farmhouse in nowhere, Kansas, and an almost decade long friendship, the band's songs and interests were slowly formed over a year of pleasurable purgatory out in the wilderness. Lots of whiskey. Lots of smoke. Lots of good times. Lots of distractions. Emerging from the haze around August of 2013 and enlisting friend and local band director who was then recently discharged from the coast guard to fill out the sound, they swarmed onto the local scene with a constant slew of high energy performances. Recent release of the ep "Westerners" is drawing midwest attention and praise, displaying a group who are paving a street to somewhere, brick by brick.

Recent release, Westerners ep, is a 4 song, get-straight-to-the-point record that introduces the bands unique blend of garage rock and pop. Recorded and produced at Element Recordings (kc) by Joel Nanos, the ep captures the bands intense , live energy that is displayed at every event.
Keaton Conrad
Keaton Conrad
Keaton Conrad is a musical artist known for effectively infusing indie rock with diverse genres, such as house, jazz, and hip-hop. A 17-year-old Kansas native, he is influenced by a wide range of artists including Neon Indian, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and Chet Faker. In addition to his singing and musical abilities, he has received recognition and numerous awards for his songwriting and classical composition skills.

Conrad spent two years as the lead singer and keyboardist in the pop rock cover band ChangeUp, performing around the Kansas City area and building a strong following with fans of all ages. In late 2014, he stepped away to focus on writing and pursue a solo career.

In the midst of self-discovery and growth as an artist, Conrad strengthened his production skills and in 2015 released an original five-song EP, Panic & Blame, which is reminiscent of the 2000s pop rock sound he grew up on.

As a follow-up to this release, he recorded his first full-length LP entitled “Waves”. This album proves to be very intimate for him, pulling from various experiences and influences, and the result is a 9 song journey that captures the true soul of this young artist. Ranging in style from pop rock to hip-hop to ambient, this record is innately diverse. It’s a minor departure from Keaton’s previous work, while also being saturated with even more inspiration, emotion, and personality. “Waves” was released on January 27, 2017.

Conrad is comfortable breaking artistic boundaries, where he has situated himself perfectly among the duality of creative self-expression and commerciality.
Kate Rose
Kate Rose
Katie Rose played her first live show in 2011 at age 13, this young talent took the crowd by surprise performing unique covers of Ingrid Michaelson and even Adele. From the moment she stepped on that first stage, Katie knew music was her passion and there was no looking back. Shortly after that first show, Katie Rose started experimenting with writing her own songs and discovered an even greater love than performing. At age 14, she met another talented singer, Nina Murchison and they joined forces to form the singer/songwriter duo Katina Rose. The girls were known for their powerful harmonies and strong friendship, but sadly, not everything can last. After a 9-month trip around the U.S. where Rose performed in different cities like, L.A., San Francisco, San Diego, and Nashville, the two ended things. The breakup sent Rose into a downward spiral of self-doubt and anger. With the help of music she was able to pull herself out of that dark hole and begin the next step in her growth.

Turning her journey of self-discovery into music; the then 17 year old, wrote the album, Everything Yesterday. With the help of Eric Rickert and Jeff Leonard at Ocean Industries Studios, her songs became an anthem that Allen Foster from AXS calls, “music that lifts her fans up and makes them feel alive and eager to take on life”. Her collaboration with Jump Little Children’s, Jay Clifford on the song “Wonder”, prompted Magnet Magazine to gush, “Clean, crisp production brings out the best in Rose’s curious, beautiful voice and Jay Clifford’s gigantic string arrangements.”

Ever refining her solo show in her hometown of Charleston, SC, Katie will now embark as the direct support act on a 25 date east coast and Midwest tour with platinum selling artist Howie Day, followed by a yet unannounced tour with another nationally acclaimed artist. In addition to her moving solo shows featuring Katie on both piano and guitar, she is also backed by her four-piece band. Their full band shows bring an added depth to the songs and inevitably bring the crowds to their feet, especially during upbeat songs like Take Me Away. Katie Rose looks forward to spending 2017 touring and sharing the musical love, while eating lots of cookies and reading Marvel Comics.
The MGDs present a passionate blend of funk and blues powered by the soulful stylings of a music group driven to serve up an electrifying experience to the masses. The six piece lineup showcases a mix of piano and brass complemented by a poppin’ rhythm section that adds a unique flavor to the iconic Kansas City music culture. In what started as a three piece between longtime friends in 2008, the MGDs have evolved into what is now a potent powerhouse group in the high-energy music category. Influences include a variety of classic and modern sounds from New Orleans and beyond.

In addition to a host of club performances, the MGDs stayed busy in 2015 with regular monthly appearances at the Phoenix in KCMO and a lineup of festivals including the Sunset Music Fest, the City Market Crawfish Fest, the 6th annual Phoenix Fest, and their first appearance at the Country Club Plaza Art Fair. The MGDs were also showcased on the Outfield Experience and HyVee stages in Kauffman Stadium before two Kansas City Royals games.

After the release of their second studio LP, “Wake Up”, this winter, the MGDs are looking forward to generating a wealth of amazing experiences in 2016 and are excited to keep seeking out unique opportunities to perform for a wide verity of people and places.

Matt Davis – Drums / Percussion & Vocals

Greg Bush – Bass

Damon Parker – Keys & Vocals

Scott “Snoof” Middleton – Guitar

Rudy Vasquez – Saxophones

Eric Martens – Trumpet
Venue Information:
1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO, 64108