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 “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” 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.

Ways to Connect

  1. The Magic Door-- Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  2. Boing, We’ll Do It Live!--The Aristocrats
  3. Wing Beat Fantastic --Mike Keneally
  4. Electricity Vol.1 --Wayne Gottstine
  5. Liberty. Solidarity.

  1. Chasing Away The Dots-- Mike Coykendall
  2. Wing Beat Fantastic-- Mike Keneally
  3. Lambo Doors-- Spirit of the Stairs
  4. The Travel Guide-- The Travel Guide
  5. Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute to The Replacements-- Bright-Little-Field
  6. Difficulty-- Big Science
  7. Electricity Vol.1-- Wayne Gottstine
  8. Fade-- Yo La Tengo
  9. Living For A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran-- Jamey Johnson
  10. The Bears For Lunch-- Guided By Voices

Arleigh Aldrich has been a cellist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for five years. She grew up in the Wichita area and was cultivated by the thriving music community. She graduated from Wichita State University with her degree in marketing, and works for the orchestra as a marketing and public relations manager.

eliotfisk.com

Eliot Fisk splits his time as a performer, recording artist, and educator between Europe and North America, but the largely self-taught musician––who did study with guitar master Andres Segovia––says that it’s his native land, the United States, that gives him the strongest sense of identity.

Wichita’s Forum Theatre presents The Mystery of Irma Vep January 10 through February 3 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees. Hailed as "the funniest two hours on any stage" by The New York Times, this comedy is a send-up to every B-rated Gothic Horror film ever made and the theatre of the ridiculous. This production features actors Ray Wills and Monte Wheeler.

Wichita Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs January 24 through February 10. Part of Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy that follows Eugene Morris Jerome from New York to the army and back again via Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs examines the protagonist’s struggles with puberty, sexual awakening, and his search for identity amid his daily struggles with family.

  1. We No Who U R -- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Single)
  2. Lambo Doors -- Spirit of the Stairs
  3. Chasing Away The Dots -- Mike Coykendall
  4. Firefly -- The Wonder Revolution
  5. The Yes Album -- Yes
  6. Acquiring The Taste -- Gentle Giant
  7. Boing, We’ll Do It Live! -- The Aristocrats
  8. Crashes On The Platinum Planet -- Big Dipper
  9. Transcendental Youth -- The Mountain Goats
  10. The Travel Guide -- The Travel Guide

The Wonder Revolution

David Lord, guitarist and founder of Wichita’s The Wonder Revolution, explains that the project is more than just a band-- it’s a state of mind and a lifestyle. 

In addition to writing music, Lord explains that he’s also a longtime fiction writer and photographer. All of his artistic work, he says, had this in common:

1. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever Will Hermes From New York City punk to the wealth of ethnic sounds that permeated popular culture, Hermes covers them all in this fast-paced and thoughtful book, issued in paperback in 2011. Thorough and intelligent, this is an absolute must-read for music lovers.

Two thousand and twelve saw a bumper crop of ace local and regional releases, including several that did not make this list but were strong contenders, among them three releases from Wichita’s The Wonder Revolution (including Firefly) and Zsa Zsa Ketzner's EP.

There were several surprise releases this year, including the solo debut from Split Lip Rayfield’s Wayne Gottstine, a lo-fi adventure from singer-songwriter Curt Mitchell, and Les Easterby’s The World Palindrome.

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