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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Commentary
1:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

A Musical Life: Rachel Phares

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Rachel Phares is a cellist, viola da gambist, and teacher in the Wichita area. She graduated with a degree in cello performance from Wichita State University in 2012. Though still an active gigging cellist, her current musical focus is with an early music group called the Ad Astra Consort, who dedicates its creative focus to spreading sweet Renaissance-style grooves around the area. She is interested in music and how it relates to human connection, books, and her dog.

My name is Rachel Phares. I play the cello and the viola da gamba in the Wichita area.

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Music
11:20 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Dead Rider Gets Rhythm With 'Chills On Glass'

Dead Rider will perform Saturday night at ICT Fest located on 622 S. Commerce St.
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Listen to Dead Rider’s latest album Chills on Glass and you’re bound to be struck by the emphasis on rhythm in each of the songs. The band’s guitarist and founding member Todd Rittmann says that rhythm is an old obsession for him. It dates back to his childhood, when his bed was near the family laundry room.

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Books
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

‘No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes’ Recalls Legendary New Jersey Club

No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico is out now.
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In the 1980s as popular music diversified and independent bands began touring, a network of clubs sprang up across the country. One of the most visible was City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey. Sinead O’ Connor reportedly made her U.S. debut there. Legendary punk act The Ramones graced the stage over 20 times. Comedian Henny Youngman, best known for “Take my wife… please” performed there as did REM, The Replacements and Rollins Band.

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Music
1:49 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Strange Currency Slips Into September With Labor Songs

Rock legends the Rolling Stones

Monday, September 1: We celebrate Labor Day with songs about work and the working life with selections from the Rolling Stones, R.E.M., Devo, and Hard Working Americans featuring Todd Snider.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

A Musical Life: Curt Mitchell

Singer/songwriter Curt Mitchell was raised in rural Kansas. His music is rooted firmly in the Alt-Country, Americana genre. Today he makes his home in Wichita where he continues to write and perform.

At a young age Curt developed an appreciation for the likes of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and George Jones through his father and was exposed to the likes of Bob Dylan, The Band and The Rolling Stones through his uncles. Both his uncles and father were musicians.

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Music
10:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Bowie Gets Jazzed, Gaslight Anthem Evolves, And We Plant Seeds For September

Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
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Monday, August 25: Look Again To The Wind is a new re-creation of Johnny Cash’s 1964 album Bitter Tears. The original remains perhaps the most controversial in Cash’s career. Concerned with Native American rights the album saw Nashville temporarily turn its back on Cash when the record first emerged. We’ll hear from both the original album and this new tribute, which features Gillian Welch, Kris Kristofferson, Milk Carton Kids, and Steve Earle.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Rainmakers Return With 'Monster Movie'

The Rainmakers perform Friday August 15 at 7 p.m. at Lucky’s Everyday.
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After the last Rainmakers album, 2011’s 25 On, the band began thinking about a new record and according to founding member the group decided to focus on its greatest strengths and deliver a record that was loud and aggressive and rooted in its early style. The result is Monster Movie, a collection of songs that examines the horrors and realities of everyday life in 2014.

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Music
8:34 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Vinyl Friday Returns, Ry Cooder’s California Trilogy Spotlighted

Chavez Ravine, the 2005 album from Ry Cooder

Monday, August 18: Chavez Ravine is a 2005 album from Ry Cooder that tells the story of an historically important Los Angeles neighborhood. Although the neighborhood was scheduled to be heavily developed with public housing and a better parks and school system in the 1950s, a series of events forced many of the families in the area to sell their homes, making way for a new stadium which would become home to the Dodgers when the baseball team left New York for Los Angeles.

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Music
5:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Oil Boom Has Timeless Sound

Oil Boom performs at Lucky’s Everyday on Tuesday, August 12.
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Oil Boom was founded in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas by guitarist and vocalist Ryan Taylor and drummer Dugan Connors. From the beginning the group was focused on the essential roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Taylor says that his love for early rock ’n’ roll was especially important in the trio’s development.

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A Musical Life
12:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

A Musical Life: Eric Ramos

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Eric Tobias Ramos (Born 07 January, 1981) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, from Wichita, KS, most well-known for fronting musical acts Thunder Le Boom, Peerless Princess, Widows Arm and, currently, Diviner. Alongside musical blood brother, Adam Fortine, Ramos has been actively playing out live and recording for the better part of a decade. Ramos’ musical journey thus far has encompassed many genres. As a singer, he is noted for his mid-range growl and ghostly croon; his style has been compared to those of Jim Morrison, Glenn Danzig and Kurt Cobain.

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