Here it is folks, the complete list of all the bands, artists and entertainers who received at least one nominating vote in the first round of voting for the Pitch Music Awards. Scan the list — you may be surprised. And if you want to search for your faves (or yourself), I recommend hitting Ctrl+F (or Command+F on a Mac) and typing in the name you want to look for.
Why am I doing this, you ask? For several reasons. First, this is a staggeringly good list of most of the music that's going on in the area. Not all of these acts could get on the final ballot you see printed in the Pitch -- only the ones who received the most votes from our panel of 30+ nominators got that honor. But each of the acts below deserves an honorable mention nonetheless because, well, they got noticed. Good for them. I hope this serves as an ego boost to them all.
Also, though I'm proud of how big this list is, I know at the same time that it's not quite comprehensive. There's still more music to be discovered out there; this is just a sampling taken by a few dozen local observers. But it's a good portrait of our scene as it is right now — and also an affirmation of its strength.
Third, it's just plain interesting reading. Some of these names I'd never seen before the nominating ballots started coming in. And many I would have never thought of as even being in some of the categories in which they were nominated. That alone teaches us a lot about how people in this city relate to the different genres of music that are active here.
So once you've read this over, feel free to vote for the finalists online or by filling in the ballot we'll be running every week until the music showcase on August 3.
Without further ado:
Onemilliontinytinyjesuses, Weights & Measures, Malachy Papers, Water Moccasin, Namelessnumberheadman, Howard Iceberg, Black Christmas, Mr. Marco's V7, This is My Condition, Pewep in the Formats, Anvil Chorus, TJ Dovebelly, Least-Photographed Object, Hearers, Be/Non, I Don't Do Gentlemen, Sperm, Snuff Jazz, Ad Astra Per Aspera, Free All Beats, Alacartoona, Minds Under Cover, Sugar Puppy & Lovely Dumplings, Bacon Shoe, Capsules, Superargo, American Catastrophe, Blackout Gorgeous, iD & Sleeper, Olympic Size, Sad Fingers, Ssion, Wylde Chipmunk & the Cuddly-Poos, newEar Chamber Ensemble, Paul Mesner Puppets, Mark Lowry (newEar)
Trampled Under Foot, Levee Town, Blues Notions, DC Bellamy, Blue River Ordonnance, Brody Buster, Billy Dye, Lonesome Hank & the Heartaches, Amy Farrand, The Grand Marquis, JW Myers, The Orginal Sinners, Millage Gilbert, Billy Ebeling, Lee McBee, Lee McBee & Pat Nichols, Linda Shell's Blues Thang, Ron Teamer, The Lucky Graves, Kool Aid & the Exact Change Band, Scotty Daniels, Noah Earle, The Wild Women of KC, John Paul's Flying Circus, Cotton Candy & So Many Men, Myra Taylor, Big John & the 39th St. Blues Band, Kelley Hunt, Ida McBeth, Angela Hagenbach, Scenebooster Sound System, Brothers Green, Onjalee, Bacon Shoe, Bloodstone, Millie Edwards, The Scamps, Karma, Phase II, 4 Fried Chickens & a Coke
Mike Ireland & Holler, Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys, The Wilders, Kasey Rausch, Split Lip Rayfield, Drakkar Sauna, Arthur Dodge, The Cass Co. Lamenters, Truckstop Honeymoon, Julia Peterson, Buffalo Saints, The Gaslights, Johnny Belt & the Buckles, The Midday Ramblers, In the Pines, Mark Stevenson, Pendergast, The Bad Ideas, The Afterparty, Black Ale Sinners, The Hearers, Peckinpah, PBR Band
Oz McGuire, DJ Just, Konsept, SCSI Bunny, Robert Moore, Miles Bonny, DJ Miss Death, Eternal, Steve Thorell, Automatic Westy, Billpile, Clockwerk, The Control Freeks, Bacon Shoe, Kiz One, SpinStyles, Sku Josh Powers, Superargo, Pat Nice, Sleeper, Namelessnumberheadman, Rico, Platinum, Clandestine, Team Scorpio, Nomathmatics, Deadpool, DJ Slimm, Bucho, John Bersuch, DJ P, SVS, Paul DeMatteo, Mike Scott, Ataxic, Oscar Slugworth, DJ Shad, Brandon Phillips, Superwolf, DJ Fresh, Keith & Marcus, cQuence, Sike Style, Brent Scholz, Onemilliontinytinyjesuses, Stevie Cruz, Big Brother, Rockwell, Joc Max
(Band names in parentheses provided by nominators)
Shay Estes, Myra Taylor, Mikal Shapiro, Erin Keller, "the In the Pines girls," Kirsten Paludan, Kasey Rausch, Danielle Schnebelen (Trampled Under Foot), Angela Hagenbach, Anna Cole, Heidi Phillips, Julia Othmer, Megan Birdsall, Kim Anderson, Julia Peterson, Kristen May, "Maygun Metzger at Brodioke," Abigail Henderson, Amy Farrand, Kaiya, JL from T.E.A.M., T-Blaze, Shelly Toliver, Sarah Carpenter, Venus Van Horn (Cass Co. Lamenters), Ruby Falls, Sharlynn Verner (Far Beyond Frail), Heather Loflin (Whiskey Boots), "the Capsules singer," "Julie from Ad Astra Per Aspera," Michelle Zimmer (Last Call), "the Afterparty girls"
Dirty Mae, The Gaslights, Scott Easterday, The Wilders, Midday Ramblers, The Down Trunks, Rumblejetts, Danny Pound, Noah Earle, Dan Bliss, Mark Montgomery, Drakkar Sauna, In the Pines, Howard Iceberg, American Catastrophe, The Hearers, Shannon Murray, Kasey Rausch, Mikal Shapiro, Valorie Engholm, Joel Kraft, Davan, Chad Rex, Andrew Connor, Olympic Size, Black Ale Sinners, Afterparty, Forrest Whitlow, Daryl Lea, "Vera, Chuck & Dave," Old Canes, Pendergast, Evan Saathoff, 4th of July, Mark Stevenson, Arthur Dodge & the Horsefeathers, OK Jones, Julia Peterson & the Breaks, Buffalo Saints, Honeywagen, Bob Walkenhorst
The Esoteric, Vena Amori, Diskreet, Moire, Cast Pattern, Stillborn, Lethe, Swill, Thrust, Sidewise, The Leo Project, Flee the Seen, The Sound and the Fury, Eyes of the Betrayer, Coalesce, Albino Fly, Descension, Black Market Sunshine, Evermourn, Taken in Vain, Richard Pryor on Fire, Sick with It, One Degree Difference, This is My Condition, Burning Existence, The Occupation, The Burning Fifteen, Minds Under Cover
Mac Lethal, Joe Good, Approach, Anti-Crew, Deep Thinkers, Brother Neves, CES Cru, Bacon Shoe, Archetype, SoundsGood, Reach, The Popper, Panic, Nezbeat, Soul Servers, Tech N9ne, SHADOW, C-Horn, iD, James Christos, Left E. Grove, Ukuepto. HipHopKC.com's Necia Gamby's written-in list of producers: Miles Bonny, Joc Max, Beatbroker, Tommylift
Malachy Papers, Bobby Watson, Millie Edwards, Angela Hagenbach, Megan Birdsall, Karen Davis Project, Harold O'Neal, Ida McBeth, The Grand Marquis, Ardys & Bradford, Jazz Disciples, Snuff Jazz, Jazzbo, Bill McKemy, Trio E, Jazz Discharge, Mr. Marco's V7, Midtown Quartet, Makuza, Kim Park, Jay McShann, Stan Kessler, Tim Whitmer, TJ Dovebelly, Shay Estes, Joe Cartwright, Jumin Jazz Quartet, The Scamps
Son Venezuela, Grupo Muralla, Mafia Norte�a, Makuza, Musa Nova, Aztlan, Sons of Brasil
the Esoteric, Donkey Show, Architects, Golden Republic, Doris Henson, the Litigators, Federation of Horsepower, the Supernauts, Penumbra/Redline Chemistry, Conspiracy, Vermillion Sky, Vibralux, Hello Superworld, Flee the Seen, Split Lip Rayfield, Sidewise, Albino Fly, DJ Sku, Hearers, Drakkar Sauna, New Amsterdams, Bobby Watson, Be/Non, American Catastrophe, the Ssion, Roman Numerals, Ad Astra Per Aspera, Mac Lethal, Bacon Shoe, SoundsGood, Ramalamas, Dead Girls Ruin Everything, Superargo, White Whale, Koufax, the Billions, Danny Pound, Levee Town, Swill, Alacartoona, In the Pines, It's Over, Daryl Lea, Last of the V8s, Buffalo Saints, Shots Fired, Olympic Size, Wild Women of KC, Pomeroy, Graciela Kowalczyk, 30 Minute Recess, Ukuepto, Soul Servers, Old Canes, Black Ale Sinners, Ike Turner Overdrive, Kelihans, Sugar Puppy & the Lovely Dumplings, the Wilders, I Don't Do Gentlemen, Pewep in the Formats, Blo-Chi, Approach & Sku, CES Cru, Anti-Crew, Archetype, the Pornhuskers
(Band names in parentheses provided by nominators)
Jeff Wood, Jon Zager (Flak), Jordan Geiger, Jon Yeager, Luqman Hamza, John Winkles (Immaculate Conception), Adam Stotts, Steve Hammond (Filthy Jim/Black Ale Sinners), Jim Suptic (Blackpool Lights), Miller Howell, DC Bellamy, Mike Tuley (Ad Astra), Cris Crisci, Nico (Sidewise), Gregg Todt, Jim LaForte, Tom Trashmouth Baker (Blues Notions), Matt Pryor, Stevie Cruz, Andrew Connor, Cory White (Esoteric), Allen Epley, Jason Magierowski (Goodnight Daylight), Damon Jeffers (Ramalamas), Tyler Lyon (Leo Project), Sean Waddups (One Degree Difference), Chris Tolle, Shaun Hamontree, Brandon Phillips, Rob Suchan, Darren Welch, Brodie Rush, Matt Suggs (White Whale), Arthur Dodge, Danny Pound, Jeremiah Kidwell, Marty Bush, Bryan Redmond, Tony Ladesich, David Basse, Rusty Tucker (the Scamps), Evan Saathoff, Billy Smith, Lethal D, Doy-Yun Kim (Pixel Panda), 'Toine, Danny Fischer (the Afterparty), Brian Sanders (I), Ike Sheldon, Ernie Locke, John Wesley Myers, James Duft, Grant Corum (I Don't Do Gentlemen), Matt Dunehoo, Thom Hoskins
The Monitor, Super Black Market, Blackout Gorgeous, It's Over, Boo and Boo Too, Bacon Shoe, MilkDrop, Until Broken, Flak, Wylde Chipmunk & the Cuddley-Poos, Olympic Size, The Popsicles, Leo Project, Cast Pattern, Insignifica, American Catastrophe, Anvil Chorus, Bad Ideas, Richard Pryor on Fire, Dora Dank, Local Stranger, White Whale, Girl is a Ghost, Blackpool Lights, Miller Howell, Davan, Whiskey Boots, Table Manners (Sku & Konsept), Jon Yeager, 30 Minute Recess, Seaside Riot, Lovers in Transit, OK Jones, Lucky Graves, the Roseline, A Burial at Sea, the Pomonas, iD & Sleeper, Jackie Carol, Kelpie, Harvey Girls, the Caves, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Aubrey, Cory Ryan, Makuza, Sugar Puppy & Lovely Dumplings, Goodnight Daylight, Dirty Mae, Anti-Crew
Super Black Market, Iron Guts Kelly, Ssion, Alert!Alert!, Last of the V8s, Architects, the Shebangs, Ricky Fitts, Ramalamas, Chloe Bridges, Shotgun Idols, Flee the Seen, Ad Astra Per Aspera, Esoteric, Outlaw, Anxiety Attack, Hopeless Destroyers, Havok on Polaris, A Day in Attica, Hooray for Me, Filthy Jim, Haunted Creepies, Reggie & the Full Effect, the Rather Nots, Unknown Stuntman, Nervous Wreck, Shots Fired, Big Iron, Brass-Knuckle Choir, Vibralux
Buffalo Saints, A. Graham & the Moment Band, Vibralux, American Catastrophe, the Litigators, Cripplefight, Hearers, White Whale, Emma Feel, Kelpie, Conner, Supernauts, Blackpool Lights, Doris Henson, Golden Republic, Architects, OK Jones, Ghosty, New Amsterdams, Minus Story, Shots Fired, In the Pines, Vedera, Ad Astra Per Aspera, Appleseed Cast, Roman Numerals, Anvil Chorus, Girl is a Ghost, Koufax, Softee, Redline Chemistry, Atone at Tone, Life and Times, It's Over, Federation of Horsepower, Golden-Hearted Whores, Reggie & the Full Effect, Ares to the 9th, Namelessnumberheadman, Ramalamas, Pendergast, the Belles, Lucky Graves, Goodnight Daylight, Afterparty, Blackout Gorgeous