Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Music
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Moreland & Arbuckle Celebrate New Release With Concert Friday Night

Moreland & Arbuckle celebrate the release of their new CD, 7 Cities, Friday night at the Wichita Orpheum.
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Roots rock trio Moreland and Arbuckle has just issued its latest album, 7 Cities, which marks a number of firsts for the Wichita-based outfit. It’s the first time the band has recorded an entire project outside its home base, the first record to feature drummer Kendall Newby, and the first time the band has worked with an outside producer.

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Music
6:47 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Top Albums: August 12-17

  1. The RCA Albums Collection--Harry Nilsson
  2. 7 Cities--Moreland & Arbuckle
  3. The Cooker--Redtenbacher’s Funkestra
  4. Pushin’ Against A Stone--Valerie June
  5.  If Not Now, Then When?--Ethan Johns
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Music
6:44 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Top Albums: August 5-10

  1. The RCA Albums Collection--Harry Nilsson
  2. 7 Cities--Moreland & Arbuckle
  3. The Cooker--Redtenbacher’s Funkestra
  4. Southeastern--Jason Isbell
  5.  ‘Pussy Cats’ Starring The Walkmen--The Walkmen
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Commentary
5:38 am
Mon August 19, 2013

At Play: End Of Summer Brings Drama And A Look Into The Past

Coming in September to the Scottish Rite Temple it’s A Few Good Men.

Now through September 1, Kechi Playhouse presents Not Now Darling. The play is set in the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley, and Crouch, where Crouch struggles to keep things above board while his partner, Mr. Bodley, tries to secure the affections of a would-be mistress by “selling” her husband an expensive mink coat for a fraction of its real worth. Clothes, furs and scruples all fly out the window in this fast-paced and witty farce.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A Musical Life: Beau Jarvis

Beau Jarvis spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita.
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Beau Thomas Jarvis holds an undergraduate degree from Friends University and a masters degree in Musicology from Wichita State University. He spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita. He has performed with Jean-Michael Byron (Toto), Doug Grean (Scott Wieland), The Lettermen, Benny Golson and Tim Orindgreff (Black Eyed Peas), among others. He currently teaches jazz piano, jazz combo, jazz big band, and aesthetics through music at Friends University and he plays with various musicians in the Wichita area.

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Music
11:05 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Top Albums: July 29 - August 3

  1. The RCA Albums Collection -- Harry Nilsson
  2. 7 Cities -- Moreland & Arbuckle
  3. By The Lamplight -- Larry & His Flask
  4. Just A Fool -- Shane Marler
  5. Culture Clash -- The Aristocrats
  6. All Hail West Texas -- The Mountain Goats
  7. My Favorite Picture of You -- Guy Clark
  8. The Rainmakers -- The Rainmakers
  9. Pure Vida Conspiracy -- Gogol Bordello
  10. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros -- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Commentary
7:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

At Play: Mary Poppins Plus A Few Good Men

Music Theatre of Wichita presents Mary Poppins August 9-11 and 14-18.

Throughout August the Crown Uptown presents Spring Awakening. Winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards, including those for best musical, direction, book and score, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play by the same name. Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of transitioning to adulthood.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Music That Blends Humor and Humanity

Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers (second from the left) will perform at the Donut Whole on Saturday night.
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For a few years in the 1980s The Rainmakers seemed like a band on the verge of major success.

Critics waxed enthusiastic about songwriter Bob Walkenhorst’s ability to combine thinking man’s humor and incisive social commentary. These are two qualities that have seen songs such as “Government Cheese,” about the U.S. welfare system and the somewhat lighter “Let My People Go Go,” endure across the decades.

But, Walkenhorst says, he can’t take all the credit for the timelessness of those songs. Much of that, he adds, comes down to the listener.

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Music
2:24 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

5 Things You Should Know About Bob Walkenhorst And The Rainmakers

5. In The Beginning, There Was Steve, Bob and Rich:

Steve Phillips, Bob Walkenhorst, and Rich Ruth first came together in 1983, performing under their first names. The trio gained a faithful following in the Midwest, released one album, Balls, added a fourth member, Pat Tomek (drums), and by 1986 had become The Rainmakers. Some of the band’s best-loved material, including “Let My People Go-Go” and “Big Fat Blonde” come from the Steve, Bob, and Rich era.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

A Beloved Wichita Band Returns

The Blivets in the window of Kirby's Beer Store in 1987.
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The Blivets became a favorite on the Wichita band scene in the mid 1980s with hook-laden, high-energy songs such as “Caroline,” “Chainsaw” and “Nothing To Wear.”

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