Love Hangover Returns
Duets for the triumphs and trials of romance.
The Love Hangover
Lovelorn. Love Sworn. Love Torn.
A Post-Valentine’s Night of Music For Lovers and Losers
February 15, 2011, Jardine’s, 4536 Main. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Reservations are recommended, call 816-561-6480. www.thelovehangover.com
The Love Hangover, the annual multi-city, multi-artist music event celebrating romantic love in all its various guises, will return for its 12th year. A day-after remedy for both over-indulged sweethearts and despondent broken hearts, the 2011 showcase will be staged in Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Kansas City, MO; and Ann Arbor, MI.
Cynics and true believers of love will gather for a love hangover cure through the power of song. Performing duets will pay tribute to the lovers, losers and libertines who risk their hearts and minds for that sweetest of intoxications.
The schedule of performers for the 2011 Kansas City Love Hangover is as follows:
7:00--7:40: Kim Sivils & Steve Rigazzi. Kim and Steve are the first instrumental jazz duo to perform at a Love Hangover. Kim Sivil’s precision piano and Steve Rigazzi’s solid bass playing will provide the perfect start to the evening.
7:50--8:30: Sara Swenson & Barclay Martin. Sara Swenson is the 2009 Pitch Music Awards’ Song Writer of the Year and was also awarded a performance slot at the 2010 OurStage Lilith Fair Local Talent Search. Her latest recording, All Things Big and Small, is recently available online. Barclay Martin combines his decade-long music career with humanitarian projects like Zamboanga: War, Poverty, Music a concert film featuring Martin’s work in support of children in the Philippines. Martin recently partnered with Water.org, an organization raising support for education and sanitation in Kenya.
8:40--9:20: Shay Estes & Mark Lowrey. Estes and Lowrey are part of Trio All, a regular late night favorite at Jardine’s that released the album Despite Your Destination in 2010. Shay Estes also sang in the 2010 performance of post-modern musical/play The Oil Boiler. Mark Lowrey plays solo piano and participates in numerous music projects. He was awarded the Pitch Best Of 2010, Best Collaboration for Mark Lowrey vs. Hip Hop, an improvisational, experimental concert with Lowrey at the piano joined by a series of percussionists and hip hop MCs.
9:30--10:10: Millie Edwards & Michael Pagán. Millie Edwards is a local jazz legend. Her bigger-than-life voice has been accompanied by a long list of virtuoso musicians and she has received numerous awards, among them the Ottawa University Alumni Association 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award. Edwards is also one of the all star members of the singing group the Wild Women of Kansas City. Michael Pagán is a accomplished jazz pianist, composer arranger, educator, and conductor. Over the years he has released a multitude of recordings in various genres and collaborations. He has served on the faculty of acclaimed universities and is Director of Marketing and Communications at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.
10:20--11:00 Laurie Arbore & Nathan Granner. Laurie Arbore DJs and does interviews on Kansas City’s 106.5 The Wolf FM radio and sings in jazz ensembles. She will appear at The Love Hangover with her husband Nathan Granner. Granner is an internationally known operatic tenor and is one of the Three American Tenors. He was also involved in the 2010 production of postmodern interpretation of Sinatra’s Wee Small Hours.
"Say what you will about Valentine’s Day, the day after anything is always a good time to reflect, take stock and toss out the cynical and saccharine alike, leaving what’s true for you – it’s a New Year’s Day of romance,” says Love Hangover founder and producer Richard Alwyn, a Kansas City native. “The braggart, the believer and the broken man – they all have something to say about love, and each makes an appearance at The Love Hangover as performers are encouraged to try on the different personas and walk through all the trials and triumphs of romance.”
The Kansas City show is hosted and coordinated by Scott Easterday, a versatile musician, producer and recording artist, with professional and promotional support by EME, Elaine McMilian Enterprises, LLC.
The brainchild of Richard Alwyn, The Love Hangover was first staged in Raleigh, NC in 2000, and expanded to New York City when Alwyn relocated to Brooklyn in 2003. Since then, the showcase has grown to include five cities and has featured over 150 performers. Alwyn, a singer, actor, artist and writer of songs and stories, recently released the album Last Callers and Losers with Brooklyn/Paris–based duo The King Canutes. He played a starring role in a short film shot last summer in Kansas City called The Dark Sister and is currently at work with his band The Winter Drinks.