Fundraiser show for Justin Perkins

Fundraiser show for Justin Perkins

Fri. February 24, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 1:30 am)


This event is 21 and over

DJ A. Blake
DJ A. Blake
DJ A Blake brings the jams with nothing but real vinyl records, he's a true old school, throwback DJ!
Nikki Stockham
Nikki Stockham
Nikki Stockham is a solo singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of the Wichita band Big Red Horse. "I've been a musician and a singer my whole life. But I put it down for about 10 years and did the big girl job thing--and I still do. I was asked to join a musical project and it rekindled my love for music. I had forgotten how much I needed it. It had been a long time since I'd had it in my life."

"The band stuff is very fun and sweaty and energetic and I get to take on this persona of a strong, female rocker chick and I like that.
But the solo stuff is an entirely different, equally terrifying, project for me too. It's just me. That's something that I've never really done before, especially like this--actually going out and playing guitar for myself. I've worked very hard in the last year to get to that place where I feel comfortable enough playing and singing and writing [and being] in front of large groups of people."
Cy J. Hamilton
Cy J. Hamilton
Lately, the music that Cy Rogers, who performs under the name Cy J. Hamilton, has been writing has been much quieter than the loud, aggressive music he played in bands such as Arms For Hands, Concrete Cleaner and Truck or Dead Horse. The change in musical styles, he says, came down to one simple thing: Being a solo artist is far easier than navigating the complicated schedules of a band.

“I got tired of interacting with other people,” he notes, “and having them say, ‘I’ve got work,’ or ‘My girlfriend wants to do this,’ ‘I want to go see a movie.’ I do the same thing, I realize, when I’m in a band, but this way it’s, ‘I have half a spare hour, I can do this’ rather than, ‘Can you meet me there? Can we do this?’ It’s simply being practical.”

With nobody else’s schedule to work around, Rogers began writing the material that forms the Cy J. Hamilton catalog.

“I took a songwriting course in college, and I really liked it,” he says. “I had an acoustic guitar and continued to write songs—it started as a project for school—and it’s something I actually enjoy doing. I found a different sort of release from it than going and being loud.”

Rogers says that once he started writing songs, finding lyrical subjects wasn’t difficult at all.

“I like to read, and I like interesting turns of phrase. I like to open up and bleed kind of ideas,” he says. “But I also don’t think anything should be taken too seriously.”

On that not-so-serious side is a new, as-yet-untitled song that begins with the line, “You tried to bite me.”

“That song's about my cat,” he says. “My cat had to have a bunch of her teeth removed. I remember trying to get her into the carrier, and she bit my hand. I thought that there was some interesting irony to that. ‘This is the last time you’re doing this, I suppose, you’re getting one more awful attack on my hand out of you before they’re all gone.’”

But, he adds, what inspired the songs he writes is of less interest to him than what the listener takes away.

“It’s way less interesting when you find out what the person meant. It’s way more interesting when you build your own narrative for it. I think that’s fun for people to hear and for people to appreciate that concept of constructing what you want from art or constructing what you want from music. If I tell you what it’s about, well, who cares then? But if you hear it and think, ‘I want to be part of that,’ then that’s cool.”

He continues, “Artists, musicians are almost facilitators for other peoples’ appreciation. You’re like a guide for somebody to want something. Then you get out of the way for them to like it. It’s hard to create something and then say, ‘OK, get out in the world and exist.’ But people have kids every day. It’s the same kind of thing, I suppose.”
Ryan Windham
Ryan Windham
Ryan Windham’s explorations on the acoustic guitar involve him incorporating techniques more often associated with the instrument’s electric counterpart including two-handed tapping and layered effects. Windham’s approach to the instrument may be unconventional but his playing proves that his main focus is musicality. Here’s Windham captured in performance for the television series Wichita Sessions.
Lalanea Chastain
Lalanea Chastain
Lalanea Chastain has been performing music since she was a teenager, focusing on blues and jazz, although she is comfortable in most genres. “I’ll sing virtually anything,” she says. She lives in Wichita, where she is currently honing her guitar skills.

My name is Lalanea Chastain. I’m a local singer. My latest project is with the blues band Yale Street Players. I also play with a cover band, Blue Eyed Soul. I started playing music with my family.

Everyone in my family has a lovely voice and was raised with beautiful harmonies and a wide variety of music. I was raised in the Pentecostal Church, so music and harmonies were really important in that space.

I was drawn to blues early on through Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters. My mom turned me onto those cats and I learned through them the importance of shutting up, of being quiet, that space.

Music is my soul. It’s how I live in the world. It’s how I perceive the world, it’s how I’m able to share myself with the world. And it simply fills my soul. If I’m in an environment where I can’t sing regularly I begin to wither. And if I’m in, alternately, an environment where I can sing often, I grow and I thrive and I feel connected to the universe and to people.
Jordan Minnis
Jordan Minnis
Jordan Dee Minnis is a Wichita based singer-songwriter and Wichita State University student. You can hear her perform at a variety of Wichita venues.

“My grandmother taught me how to sing. I was also given one of her guitars. It was difficult for me to pick it up and teach myself and start learning because, one, I think I was lazy and I was young and, two, because it was my grandma’s guitar and it was sentimental and she used to want to teach me how to play it and she never got a chance to.

It was really sentimental and it always sounded really full and big to me and other people, who are more musically inclined, probably didn’t think so. But because it had that backstory and because of all the things that the guitar went through itself I think that’s what made the sound that much more enticing for me.

In my day-to-day life my biggest influence would definitely be my sister. We are very different musically. We have very different tastes but she’s always telling me what she thinks I should cover and I’m always telling her, ‘Tyler, I’m not going to cover Taylor Swift. OK, Tyler, I’ll cover Taylor Swift but only once.’”
Venue Information:
608 E. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS, 67202