KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

Saturday, March 10

The Waybacks might be called “newgrass”  but that hardly begins to describe them. You’ll have to listen! Recorded at The Old Settlers Inn.

Monday 3.5.18

Night Train highlights contemporary and classic female jazz singers for the March Women’s History Month Feature, along with music from pianist Marian McPartland whose centennial birthday is later this month. We’ll hear Billie Holiday, Stacey Kent, Dianne Reeves (a 2018 NEA Jazz Master), Jazzmeia Horn, Tierney Sutton, Dinah Washington and Blossom Dearie. Plus new music from pianists Takaaki Otono, Ben Paterson and Leslie Pintchik, soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the organ group B3B4.

Tuesday 3.6.18

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery with music from one of his classic albums, a tribute to him from former bandmate and organist Mel Rhyne, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. We’ll also sneak in a little music from Western Swing great Bob Wills for his birthday, preview some jazz concerts coming up later in the week, and feature more music from Marian McPartland to mark her centennial birthday later this month.

Wednesday 3.7.18

Night Train highlights music from both legendary and contemporary pianists this evening – including Chick Corea, Red Garland, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Cyrus Chestnut, and Mose Allison. And as we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll hear music from pianist Eliane Elias, bassist Katie Thiroux, and singers Molly Johnson (with a tribute to Billie Holiday) and Rachael Caswell.

Thursday 3.8.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Women’s Day with a program devoted to women artists. We’ll hear new music from the Diva Jazz Orchestra, pianist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, a Night Train 2017 favorite album from trombonist Audrey Ochoa, Piano Jazz Great Marian McPartland, singers Barbara Morrison and Etta Jones, and in hour two, a special celebrating Jazz Women of the ‘60s.

Monday, March 5

Global Village celebrates the music of Caribbean artist Eddy Grant with music from his early days in the pioneering inter-racial rock band, the Equals, through a number of his solo projects. Also music for the March feature celebrating women in world music for Women’s History Month – this time with music from legendary South African artist Miriam Makeba, a recent carnival remix EP featuring Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Ethiopian artist Gigi, Brazili’s Flavia Coelho and Da Cruz, and the latest from ‘tropical popster’ Hollie Cook.

Tuesday, March 6

Global Village celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with highlife and afrobeat sounds from such acclaimed artists as E.T. Mensah (“The King of Highlife”), Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas and groundbreaking compilations like Afrobeat Airways and Ghana Special that introduced music of that country to a wider international audience.

Wednesday, March 7

Global Village continues the March Women’s History month feature with a program devoted to women of Africa. We’ll hear South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Dark City Sisters and Lorraine Klaasen (in a tribute to Makeba); Mali’s Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore, along with a track from Les Amazones d’Afrique feature two singers from Mali; and Benin’s Angelique Kidjo, Eldia Almeida – a rising star from Cape Verde, Guinean singer Sia Tolno, and a rare female group from Nigeria, the Lijadu Sisters.

Thursday, March 8

Global Village celebrates International Women’s Day with music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva  Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.


Friday, March 9

Global Village marks the birthday of acclaimed Indian table player, composer and educator Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear the NEA Heritage Fellow in a number of cross cultural projects – with jazz artists John McLaughlin and Charles Lloyd; with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (including on the release that won the first Grammy for Best World Music Album);  with contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, and Chinese pipa player Wu Man; as part of a trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; and finally with his father, Alla Rahka, another legendary table player known for his work with Ravi Shankar.

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March 9/11

Crossroads celebrates Women’s History Month with music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s one Grammy-nominated album, 2018 Blues Music Award nominee Vaneese Thomas, and country blues artist Rory Block, who will be featured in a concert performance in hour two of the show.

Also birthday salutes to Robin Trower and Lloyd Price, and new music from Peter Parcek, James Armstrong on Coco Montoya.

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Singer-songwriter Maria Elena will be celebrating the release of her album, Hollow Bones, at Central Standard Brewing on Sunday, March 4. The album is the culmination of a long period of writing and revision but also speaks to the Wichita-based musician's strengths as a vocalist, scribe and bandleader. Her penchant for unexpected melodies and emotional turns give the album a unique voice that transcends genres.

Courtesy of Wichita Festivals

Wichita Festivals has announced its concert lineup for Riverfest 2018, and it includes everything from the Wichita Symphony to bluegrass to country to a tribute to Prince.

The festival runs from June 1–9, and admission to all festival events — including the concerts — is free with the purchase of a button. Adult buttons are $10, and buttons for children ages 6 to 12 are $5.

For more information on the concerts and Riverfest, go to

Friday, June 1

Sunday, March 4

Sunday on Soulsations, the soulful sounds of contemporary gospel artist Anita Wilson. The Grammy nominee’s latest release is Sunday Songs. After participating in back up singing for Donald Lawrence & Company, Wilson stepped out on her own as a solo artist in 2011.  She’s known for several engaging songs including the heartfelt ballad “Speechless.” Wilson will be part of the Arise! Gospel Celebration taking place in Wichita at St. Mark UMC on Sunday March 10th. The concert will also  feature Zacardi Cortez and Wichita’s own Natalie Rolfe & Friends.

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  1. Stephane Wrembel – The Django Experiment III (Water Is Life)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Nina Simone – Mood Indigo: The Bethlehem Singles (Bethlehem)
  1. Houston Person – Rain or Shine (Hight Note)
  1. Eric Alexander – Song of No Regrets (High Note)
  1. Robert Kennedy – Closer to Home (Robert Kennedy)
  1. Steve Hobbs – Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  1. Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Michel Camilo – Live in London (Redondo Music)

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  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)


  1. Various artists – Howlin’ at Greaseland  (West Tone)
  1. Peter Parcek – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (Lightnin’)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Various Artists – Hard Core Harp (Electro Fi)
  1. Mavis Staples – If All I was Was Black (Anti-)
  1. The Rev. Shawn Amos – Breaks It Down (Put Together)
  1. Sweet Pea Atkinson – Get What You Deserve (Blue Note)