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…

April 05, 2017

Hello Friends,
 
As Snowstorm Stella hammered the eastern seaboard last month, laying a heavy mantle of wet snow that crippled NYC, we holed up for 3 days outside the Boston area to watch the white pile up from our hotel room. Unfortunately, our much-anticipated show with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks March 14 in New York was canceled because of the relentless weather. We hope to reschedule that appearance as soon as possible. We were grateful that the storm wasn’t worse than it was. Read More…

February 27, 2017

Hello Friends,
 
We’re still basking in the glow of the recent Folk Alliance International (FAI) Conference which took place Feb. 15-19 here in our beloved Kansas City. WOW – what an amazing event!  Over 3,000 musicians, music industry pros, and music lovers gathered for a week to network, conduct business, learn new skills and share music, music, music. Highlights included our FAI Official Showcase, meeting one of our songwriting heros, connecting with friends old and new, and hearing music from around the globe that inspired and encouraged.  My favorite quote from the weekend was from Billy Bragg’s rousing keynote address, “Cynicism is our greatest enemy.” Read More…

January 09, 2017

 
 
Happy New Year, friends!   We have SO MUCH to celebrate and the very best thing is …
We’re getting MARRIED!  
 
Jeff (Victor) surprised me right before Christmas by asking me to marry him and I said YES.  YES YES YES! Then there were all the happy tears and much hugging and celebrating. I’ve written this blog post with the whole story of the proposal for those of you (like me!) who want all the juicy details. We’re over the moon about the engagement and I have to say it feels fantastic to look ahead at our future together like a couple of love-struck kids.  A second chance at love is a beautiful thing and our hearts are filled with gratitude and excitement. 
 

December 14, 2016

We’re SO EXCITED for the official launch party for Middle Class Records this weekend! The Victor & Penny team is thrilled to join the roster of this new, Kansas City-based record label along with several other excellent bands including Emmaline Twist, The Electric Lungs and the Hardship Letters.  The party is this weekend in Kansas City.  Come meet the bands, hear the music and help us celebrate.  || Saturday, Dec 17 | 8p | $8 | TICKETS |  Read More…

December 03, 2016

Happy Holiday

Hello Friends!  There have been a few changes to our December calendar so we wanted to give you the updates (see below).  The fun starts this weekend with Swing Night at the Chesterfield (Fri) plus KCUR 89.3FM’s “Fish Fry” Holiday Party at Knuckleheads (Sun). Come on out and make merry with us. Read More…

November 20, 2016

 

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ
on everything and anything else can have in common.”
— Sarah Dessen,  Just Listen

Hello friends,
This historic election has been difficult and divisive for so many. I feel fortunate to be a music maker, because music has the power to uplift, transcend, soften blows and bring joy. So let’s go out and gather together as civilized people in some beautiful venue and let the music work its magic. You’re invited. Read More…

September 30, 2016

  • Air as crisp as apples
  • campfires
  • on inky, starlit nights
  • sleeping bags and cold hands
  • hugging cups of steaming coffee
  • searching for backyard buckeyes
  • in raked-up leaf mountains.
  • The cool air promises
  • brittle winter is coming,
  • but not quite yet.
  • -emc

Fall is here and I’m ready. I love this season!  How about you?  We have HUGE NEWS this month so I’ll get right to it…. Read More…

September 12, 2016

Hello friends!  You’re invited to a special concert featuring two amazing ukulele acts and songwriters in the beautiful Saied Music Recital Hall of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nationally touring songwriters and old friends, Danielle Ate the Sandwich (Fort Collins, CO) and Victor & Penny (Kansas City, MO) thrill and delight as they join forces for a night of music, ukuleles and fun.

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