KKFI Crossroads Music Fest

90.1FM KKFI Presents the Annual Crossroads Music Fest

90.1FM KKFI Crossroads Music Fest

35 Bands on 8 stages.  The Weekend after Labor Day every year in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District.  Kansas City is rightly proud of its music scene and KKFI Is happy to showcase it for you. 

SOULFUL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP & WOMEN IN MUSIC PANEL

HOSTED BY KELLEY HUNT

WHEN:  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH – 3PM TO 6PM

WHERE:  COLLECTION - 1532 GRAND BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64108

THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SEAT
3PM TO 5PM
THIS SONGWRITING WORKSHOP HOSTED BY KELLEY HUNT WILL BE GEARED TOWARD TEACHING ARTISTS OF ANY KIND ABOUT THE ART OF SONGWRITING.
5PM TO 6PM
IT WILL CONCLUDE WITH A PANEL DISCUSSION COMPRISED OF PROFESSIONAL FEMALE MUSICIANS TO TALK AND EDUCATE ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE. THERE WILL BE Q&A WITH THE PANELISTS, KELLEY HUNT, JESSICA PAIGE, & MICHELLE BACON. (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILED DESCRIPTION)

Class Description
Songwriting can serve as a surprising pathway to celebrating, healing, and telling the stories our souls want to tell. We all know a great song when we hear one, but how do we go about writing our own, whether we’re just beginning or are well-seasoned in songwriting? 
In this class we’ll explore the basics of songwriting, including how to craft great lyrics, the A to Z’s of what makes a song work, writing from prompts, tips on how to collaborate with other songwriters, melding music & lyrics and a brief exploration of how applying different instrumental voices to a song changes the impression it makes.
You’ll give feedback and encouragement to other participants. There will be specific examples from established songwriters to help inspire your creativity.
(Bring paper & pen or pencil, do not bring instruments)

Getting Started & Generating Ideas
We’ll begin with an overview of standard song forms & construction, why we love the
songs we love, and start our own song using a variety of writing prompts, and listening to the work of established songwriters.
Working through it
We’ll address the song’s Point of View, Identity Questions, and other specifics to hone in on making it stronger. We’ll use specific rhythm pattern exercises to help fine tune lyric placement, with specific examples to illustrate.
Revision & Collaboration
We’ll use specific tools to fine tune the song(s) we’ve started, have a chance to collaborate with others.
Review / Taking Care of Our Work
Included will be a review of songwriting tips, plus more resources to use going forward.
How to copyright & protect your work & if it’s time to join BMI, ASCAP, and more.

Women in Music - Panel Discussion
A dialogue with the group about the issues around Music and Art form the perspective of a working female musician.
Panelists:


Kelley Hunt In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist/producer KELLEY HUNT is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry's penchant for easy artist definitions -- a woman who has muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. She makes music with it's righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe. Among Hunt’s credits are six acclaimed releases, over 1800 domestic and international live performances, song placements and scoring in indie and major studio feature films and experience giving and hosting workshops and master classes on an array of subjects and at every level from interactive programs for kindergarteners to vocal workshops at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She co-owns her own record label and publishing company.


Jessica Paige As a committed wanderer, Jessica Paige draws on personal experience and the stories of old souls to bring her own unique brand of songwriting to the stage. Folk-inspired lyricism is brought to life by a master vocalist, backed by a dynamic soulful band.


Michelle Bacon A musician and writer dedicated to Kansas City's thriving music community. She advocates for and helps spotlight music in the area as a web content writer at 90.9 The Bridge and volunteer staff member at Midwest Music Foundation. In addition to organizing a number of local music showcases and performing with various musical projects, Michelle plays bass with The Philistines and drums with Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds. When she’s not doing something related to music, Michelle is generally eating or taking a nap.