Joe Corsage, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Craig “Twister” Steward wasn’t the first Kansas musician to play with Frank Zappa. The most popular incarnation of Zappa’s Mothers of Invention featured drummer Jimmy Carl Black, who’d worked as a gas station attendant after the leaving the Air Force. Mothers’ saxophonist James “Motorhead” Sherwood was born in Ark City, though he called California home for much of his life. Steward says that Zappa’s Kansas connections, though loose, made their impression upon him.

Mad Tiger is a new documentary film from directors Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein. The story follows the Japanese band Peelander-Z and what happens when one of the members, Red, decides he’s going to leave and how that decision changes his friendship with his bandmate, Yellow. Yi had been friendly with the band for several years before beginning work on the film and says that it was a video that Red made about his imminent departure that brought Mad Tiger to life.

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The new Ron Howard-directed film Eight Days A Week celebrates the touring life of The Beatles.

Saturday, October 15

We'll hear Nickel Creek at The Orpheum. They're best described as "progressive bluegrass" but that really doesn't go far enough for this trio of amazing musicians. Chris Thile and Sara and Sean Watkins have performed together since the youngest was 8. Now in their 30s, they've branched out into other projects but reunited in 2014-2015 to tour and record a Grammy-winning album. Chris Thile takes over as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion this Saturday!

Here are a couple performances from 2014:

Monday, October 10

Global Village marks birthdays of Cuban-born percussionist Francisco Aguabella, songwriter and singer Kirsty MacColl, and Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers). And we head to the movies for music from Fellini films written by Nino Rota and performed by Sexmob, Enrico Rava, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Richard Galliano.

Tuesday, October 11

October 14/16

Crossroads kicks off the October dual feature – celebrating roots of rock pioneer Chuck Berry, who turns 90 this month, and remembering Buckwheat Zydeco, who helped popularize zydeco music – the unique roots and blues sound from Louisiana.

The show also highlights music from the newly named 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards winners and features music from a number of blues artists with concerts in the coming week, including musicians performing at this year’s Blues Masters at the Crossroads.

The Micronotz formed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1980 but the band’s first real spark of life happened in Wichita. John Harper, a founding Mirconotz member, was already enthusiastic about punk rock when his uncle, Jack Kellogg, brought him to The Embarrassment’s rehearsal space to watch the band. Kellogg was friendly with many musicians in Wichita and knew that his nephew, who’d already purchased his first guitar, would probably appreciate an audience with what was then the Air Capital’s biggest musical act.

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  1. Charlie Hunter – Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (Ground Up)


  1. Dan Cray – Outside In (Origin)


  1. Catherine Russell- Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)


  1. Edward Simon – Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside)


  1. Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence (High Note)


  1. Dave Stryker – Eight Track II I(StrikeZone)


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  1. Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (KKV)


  1. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn)


  1. William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)


  1. Bo Diddley – The Bo Diddley Collection 1952-1962 (Acrobat)


  1. Michael Burks – I’m A Bluesman (Iron Man)


  1. The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By the Number (Omnivore)