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.” We came away inspired and motivated.
 
An on that note – more songwriting, please! We’re bringing back our #VPsongLab for the 3rd year as our Artist-in-Residence at Mobank’s Crossroads Branch, Kansas City. Want to know more?  Watch this video feature the Kansas City Star produced on #VPsongLab Year 1.  Drop by the bank this week – M-F 10a-5p.  
 
We’re giving two ukulele workshops in March – this is hands-on uke fun!  Class size is limited, get your tickets now. | Kansas City MO Workshop | Cambridge MA Workshop
 
We’re headed out to the East Coast for a short tour that includes performances at Club Passim in the Boston area as well as a guest spot with the fabulous Grammy-winner, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Iguana in NYC.  Please pass our dates along to folks you know in the area – we love to make new friends on the road!
 
WHEW.  We’re feeling inspired to keep creating, doing, talking, connecting and making things better everywhere we can.  We’re choosing hope and action over cynicism.  As Woody Guthrie said, “This land is your land. This land is my land.”
 
Cheers,
Erin (Penny)
 
UPCOMING DATES | MARCH
01 | Kansas city, MO |  #VPsongLab | MoBank | Feb 27- March 3 | Info
04 | Kansas City, MO | Ukulele Workshop | Ruiz Branch – Public Library | Tickets
11 | Jersey City, NJ | Fox & Crow | Info
12 | Cambridge, MA | Ukulele Workshop | Passim School of Music | Tickets
13 | Cambridge, MA | Club Passim w Tiny Dinosaurs| Tickets
14 | New York, NY | Iguana w Vince Giordano | Info
16 | New York, NY | Rockwood Music Hall: Stage 3 | Tickets
17 | TBA – Please check our website for updates
23 | Kansas City, MO | Record Bar | FULL BAND SHOW | Tickets
24 | Fairfield, IA | Cafe Paradiso | TRIO |Info

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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