June 17, 2018

Happy Summer, Friends!
I can’t believe it’s June already. 
Not even kidding – where does the time go?! 
 
Summer is here and as usual, KC has loads of fun things to do. V&P are busy playing shows out on the road and here in KC, creating workshops, writing music, AND stretching out in new and interesting ways. Change is good and we’re changing it up this summer. Read about the new things we’re doing below, plus get the highlighted shows of our summer and early fall. Don’t miss these KC special events – mark your calendar now. We’re always adding shows and tour dates, so check our website often for changes, or better yet – like our page and you’ll receive all the scoop and insider fun. 
 
Summer’s on, friends. Stay cool. Drink lots of water. Wear sunscreen. Get out there into the sunshine and enjoy your life. Happy summering!   
 
KANSAS CITY SUMMER FUN 
6/19 : VPsongLab | Central Library | 11:30a | INFO
6/21 : Artist Talk, “Making Music” | Plaza Library | 6:30pm | RSVP
6/23 : Food. Art. Drink Fest at Linden Square | Gladstone | INFO
7/22 : KC’s 4th Annual Big Picnic | Nelson Gallery of Art | 4-8pm | INFO
9/08 : Prairie Village Jazz Fest | Harmon Park | 4:00pm | INFO
9/23 : Open Spaces Concert Series | Swope Park | 2:30pm | INFO
 
And just for fun and to get you in the mood…here’s a new video we made starring YOU – our fans!    
Check it out HERE
 
 
NEWS
 
Jeff (Victor) has formed a new jazz trio! The Jeff Freling Trio has been making waves around Kansas City for the last few months. The trio features Jeff’s unforgettable guitar style with bass and drums playing Jeff’s new original compositions. What does it sound like?! How about, “Bachelor-A-Go-Go” meets vintage spy style tunes with a deep pocket funky groove. Oh, and it’s jazzy. Think: Marc Ribot and Les Paul having cocktails with John Scofield. Want to catch a show?  Find their schedule HERE
 
Erin (Penny) has received her real estate license! Erin is currently working with award-winning Kansas City developer Butch Rigby on the vibrant 63rd Street Corridor commercial development project. Erin is Chief of Client Services and Leasing and is excited to be part of this revitalization project.  Learn more HERE
 
 
TOUR
V&P are traveling this summer to fests and venues in CO, IN, IA, IL, MI.  Do you know folks in those areas?  Please invite them to our show – we’d love to meet your people. Recommending us word of mouth is still the very best way for us to connect to new fans! And we bet your friends are cool. 
 
6/29 : Fairfield IA | Cafe Paradiso
6/30 : Des Moines, IA | Noce
7/12 : Lansing, MI | Concerts in the Courtyard
7/13 : Fairmont, IL | Sleepy Creek Vineyards
7/14 : South Bend, IN | Merriman’s Playhouse
8/23 : Fort Collins, CO | Elizabeth Hotel | The Magic Rat
8/25 : Creede, CO | Headwaters Music Festival
9/20 : Liberty, MO | Corbin Theatre
9/22 : California, MO | Finke Theatre
10/5 : Fort Collins, CO | Music District 
 
 
WONDERSTRUCK UKULELE ACADEMY
It’s no secret that we love to share our love of music, ukulele, guitar, songwriting, and performance with others through workshops and teaching across the US. And now we’ve teamed up with our good friend and ukulele songstress, Danielle Anderson of Danielle Ate the Sandwich and created a brand new weekend event focused on performance and songwriting for ukulele players! We are SO EXCITED to bring this to you – we’ve been working on it for months. We’re holding the event in gorgeous Fort Collins, CO, attendance will be very limited, and tickets have just gone on sale now.  Interested?  Check out our new website HERE.   
 

April 23, 2018

APRIL 28 | Saturday

Victor & Penny play a special show with their old Kansas City pals, The Grand Marquis, as they celebrate the release of their newest CD at our favorite saloon, Knuckleheads. Brandon Phillips and The Condition wrap up the night.
 
It’s a jump soul swing roots jive blues dance party and you’re invited!  
 
BUY TICKETS  |  $15 Advance
8:30p — Victor & Penny Trio

9:30p — Grand Marquis
11:00p – Brandon Phillips & The Condition

Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester
KCMO | 816.483.1456
www.knuckleheadskc.com

TICKETS & INFO | Grand Marquis | Brandon Phillips and The Condition
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Goodies: Need something from our online store? Find it HERE
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Stream our music and feel good about it here:  The Standing O Project
Don’t know about Fair Trade Music Streaming? Watch this little video and find out.
 
What is Fair Trade Music Streaming?

January 07, 2018

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I love the beginning.  Here at the 2018 starting line, everything is fresh and possible again. We stand with renewed vigor and resolve – let’s do this thing! We stand with gratitude for all the experiences  of 2017 – the good, the bad, and the surprising lessons we learned. We are so grateful to all of YOU for your good words, for caring about this art we’re making, for finding the spark in it that lights your own fire. We really would not – could not – do this without you, our patrons, our fans, our friends, our road family.  We wish for you in 2018 all that you desire. Begin. Be brave.

November 05, 2017

Hello, friends, happy fall to you all!  

WOW.  We’re still reeling from the events of the last 6 weeks, but in a good way.  It’s like when your brain is brimming and your heart is humming and you’re vacillating between “can’t sit still” and “too tired to move” and everything is a little too bright and a little too loud and under it all you just feel so so so glad to be home and yet can’t wait to do it all again.  That’s how things are today.   Read More…

September 05, 2017

Hello Friends,
 
We hope you enjoyed your long, labor day weekend; we sure did. Our good friend Danielle Anderson paid us a visit in Kansas City and we spent a delicious couple of days catching up over cocktails and sharing meals. What a gift it was to spend time with friends from the road right here in our beloved hometown.
 
Like everyone else, we’re back to work…

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July 29, 2017

Hello friends,
A quick post to say we’re coming to Denver next week for a very special concert PLUS a ukulele workshop for our uke-loving fans. We’ve got new tunes, new stories, and shiny new wedding bands to show you. Come Celebrate!
Cheers, Erin + Jeff

AUGUST 5 –  Saturday
Workshop | 1:00 – 2:00pm
Concert | 7:00 – 9:00pm
$15 | TICKETS

Presented By:
Ukulele Inspired Studios
910 Santa Fe Drive – Unit #19
3rd floor of the 910 Arts building
Denver, CO 80204 | (808) 224-6310
UkuleleInspired@gmail.com
www.UkuleleInspired.com

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June 13, 2017

Photo by Paul Andrews Photography | 14 May 2017

 

Hello, friendsWe got married!!!  The wedding was amazing. Might just be the best day of my life so far. Jeff and I are still processing everything that happened and all the joy, love, and gratitude that filled our wedding weekend. I will write a longer blog when our official photos are done with lots of pictures from the weekend, but I wanted to write a brief note today to say how very, very happy and grateful we are.

 

 

May 12, 2017

Photo by Wheat Photography

Hello, friends…

I can hardly believe it. After all the planning, waiting, dreaming and anticipating, our wedding weekend is here!  We are over the moon and feel  So. Incredibly. Ready.  to get married!  We’re excited for the weekend as friends and family from far and near are gathering in Kansas City to share our day,  give their blessing and celebrate with us.  The ceremony will be filled with music and readings by some of our dearest friends. We can’t wait for this next chapter of our lives together to begin! I promise we’ll post loads of pictures. 

After the wedding, we’ll take a short trip to Chicago to celebrate and just take a deep breath. We look forward to a couple of quiet days to reflect on this new journey and recuperate from the big weekend. We’ll be right back to work the next weekend and then we’re off to summer shows and tours. We plan to take a proper honeymoon to Spain and Portugal next fall. No working on the honeymoon!  

We feel incredibly grateful to all of you who have reached out to us via email, text and social media with your good words and well wishes. Your support and encouragement mean the world to us. As I said in my engagement post, a second chance at love is a rare and wonderful thing and we feel grateful every day.  Many of you have inquired about a registry – thank you so much for thinking of us!

Erin & Jeff’s  Registry

We’ll be back at it right away with shows, workshops, and tours. We love our work and we are grateful to have created a shared vision that brings us and others joy.  We’ll see you all soon and look forward to raising a glass together to Love!  Love always wins in the end. 

Cheers, Erin (& Jeff)

 

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.” “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?” “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.

 

April 25, 2017

 

Hello, Friends,
 
Do you feel it?  The quickening pulse of Spring?  Everything is blooming and I can’t get enough of the open window and the promise aloft on fresh, crisp air.
 
rise, sun
chirp, bird
blossom, spring
open, heart
strings
sing
 

We’re feeling energized after a whirlwind trip with the full band to Reno, NV for the 9th Annual Reno Ukulele Festival.  What a treat for us to be able to bring our Loose Change Orchestra (LCO) to play for the headline Saturday night concert.  It was an honor to perform on the famed Celebrity Showroom at the Sparks Nugget where world-class entertainers have been performing since 1955, and where famously their live-in elephant Bertha stole the show from Geoge Burns nightly. The theater is gorgeous with an old-school Vegas vibe – you’d swear you saw Frank Sinatra tucked away at a deep velvet booth up on the dark mezzanine… Read More…