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nspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

Music is that for me. I have been musical ever since I can remember, and it has always come very natural to me. As a little girl, I constantly made up songs and loved to go to friends houses who could teach me how to play whatever instruments they had at their house, and I would often daydream about when I could have an instrument of my own. I still remember getting my first piano, and later, as a teenager, my first guitar and spending countless hours playing. I have always played by ear over reading music, but that may have been out of necessity, as growing up in a large family didn’t lend itself to endless music lessons. Thankfully, I could hear a song and play it pretty quickly by messing around on the keys or strings for a little bit. Music has always played a huge roll in my life and has inspired and energized me in a way that is unique from all other interests I have ever had. It makes me feel alive. We all have something that inspires us in a unique way. In the busy stages of our life where it’s hard to even find time to sit for 10 minutes, those things often get pushed to the side. I don’t sit down on the piano or pick up the guitar very often these days, but music is on almost constantly at my house, filling me up in a different way. I have always had a desire to learn to play the cello, and so maybe one day when my kids are older and time allows, I will accomplish that goal, but for now, I am helping my kid facilitate what inspires them. We are featuring art, music and dance in our August issue. It was so fun to discover so many unique ways people are expressing themselves  around the city. Artists and musicians reveal so much of themselves through their work that it exposes a vulnerability that is refreshing and invigorating, and I appreciate the creativity and honestly behind unveiling a part of themselves through their craft.

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hen Adrian Vogel looks at a tree, he envisions time-

temperature finishes the drying and kills any remaining termites or bugs.

less beauty. He studies its gnarly trunk and its dis-

Vogel uses a moisture tester to monitor progress throughout the multi-

orderly branches. He understands its life cycle—as

week process. When drying is complete, these pieces of large lumber are

a seed, a sapling and, finally, a mature tree. When

lighter and easier to work with.

a tree enters its elderly stage, Vogel’s instincts propel him to memorialize and celebrate the giant’s life. “It’s rewarding to create beauty out of something that is going to be thrown away,” Vogel, sole proprietor of Hardwood Reclamation,

“In some pieces of wood, you can see where the tree begins to split naturally and branch out,” Vogel says. At this stage, he introduces special techniques to strengthen the slabs. He fills cracks and holes with epoxy as necessary to create a glasslike texture.

says. Vogel is an artist, a craftsman, a carpenter, a man who is driven

Next comes the sanding, where Vogel uses his 50-inch drum sander.

by internal forces to construct lasting artistry out of something that

This monster of a machine feeds the wood into the sander with the help of

is destined to be forgotten. He builds one-of-a kind tables, desks

a conveyor belt. A dust collector suctions excess sawdust from the board.

and benches, which are as much flair as function. Ash, cherry, elm, maple, pecan, walnut—Vogel locally sources much of the hardwoods. “When a tree falls naturally, it still contains approximately 50 percent of its original moisture," he says. "We trim off branches and haul the fallen log to a sawmill where it is sliced into thick slabs.” He then transports the lumber to his Kansas City, Kansas, studio to air-dry. For every inch of thickness, he allows one year of air-drying. A thick slab sat in wait for three years before it was ready for the next step. Throughout his workspace, Vogel stores slabs piled high upon each other separated by wooden stickers allowing for air circulation. When cured, Vogel uses a pallet jack and forklift to move the slabs into a custom constructed kiln. The 130-degree

“The sanding removes any imperfections and produces a laser-flat tabletop,” he says. Each time the wood is passed through, Vogel loads the machine with a finer grade of paper. Once machine sanding is completed, there is an abundance of hand sanding to be done. “Along the perimeter of the wood, I use a very small specialty sander," Vogel says. "This allows me to maintain the natural edge of the tree.” Then it’s time for layers of finish, with sanding between each layer. Vogel uses no stains. “I search for pieces that are interesting on their own, and let the wood speak for itself.” He points to a red elm burl and explains, “This is a defect in a tree. It creates confusion in the grain, making it highly figured and interesting.” CONTINUED >

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Vogel designs most pieces for interior spaces. For his outdoor furniture, he preserves the wood with several coats of marine varnish.

overlooked and abandoned. While many passers-by notice nothing, or recognize the rubbish only as an inconvenient eyesore, Vogel

Vogel grew up in Cimarron, a western Kansas town of 2,000. His

sees possibilities. Much like the Japanese people honor the wisdom

grandfather built houses. At age 10, Vogel began his vocation by mak-

of their elders, Vogel respects the woodlands and strives to create

ing bookshelves in his dad’s garage workshop.

timeless monuments to fallen and forgotten forests.

Most of his clients are word-of-mouth referrals, but he also posts finished pieces on his website and on KC Made, Custom Made, Chairish,

“My goal is to reuse material which would otherwise end up in landfills and fireplaces.”

Etsy and Amazon. He recently delivered a dining table to a couple in Austin who stumbled upon his website, and he regularly ships furniture throughout the U.S. In May, Vogel exhibited at the Brookside Art Fair. This fall, he plans to display his work at several events including the Westport Art Fair and at a show in Breckenridge, Colorado. An ancient trunk collapses, unable to support its weighty branches.

Visit Vogel at HardwoodReclamation.com soon, and if you yearn to own a unique piece of natural art, arrange a tour of his working showroom.

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avid Beal's contemporary and classic oil portraits not only convey a likeness of the sitter, but it’s said his work captures the spirit and character

of the individual subject. Beal began his professional painting career while in his teenage years in upstate Ohio. At the age of 16, he was recognized by President Gerald Ford for his large-scale murals, depictions of key events in American history, that he was being commissioned to create and install in libraries, schools and other public spaces. That recognition triggered additional mural and portrait commissions, paving the way for a career in the arts. At age 18, Beal moved from his hometown in rural Ohio to New York City to attend the Art Students League of New York. While at the Art Students League, he was mentored by Robert Beverly Hale, curator of American paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrator Robert Emil Schultz and pastel master Daniel Greene. After two years in New York, Hale died, and Beal shifted his focus from fine art to commercial art. He moved to Columbus, Ohio,

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and completed his commercial arts education at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He launched a design studio while still in college, and then was recruited by Hallmark Cards here in Kansas City. He worked for Hallmark for over 23 years as an illustrator, creative director and then business leader in the U.S and Japan. He left Hallmark in 2016 and is now painting full time. Throughout his career, he maintained a fine arts studio, creating commissioned oil paintings, murals  and portraits for commercial and private clients and fine art galleries. Notable portrait commissions include Steve and Dana Demetriou, owners of the Cleveland Cavaliers; Bob Roth, chairman of the board for Hillyard Chemicals; San Diego Pastor Moses Vegh; Dr. Douglas Girod, executive vice chancellor for University of Kansas Medical Center; Robert Marchesi, founder of DeMarche Associates; and Troy Paino, president of Truman State University. He is an active member of the Oil Painters of America as well as the Portrait Society of America. Beal currently lives in Overland Park with his wife, Carol, a jewelry designer/maker. Beal's paintings have won many national and regional awards. "Profile of Alexander" was juried into the 100 best representational paintings of 2014 by Oil Painters of America and was shown at InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas; "Bangkok Jam" and "Portrait of Ryle" were included in OPA’s Western Regional exhibits, and "Mariah’s Rose" won the Juror’s Award at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Louis. Beal’s work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and American Artist’s Magazine. His work has appeared at the Society of Illustrators in

New York and many galleries in Kansas, Colorado, Missouri and Texas. His drawings are part of the permanent collection at the Art Students League of New York. Beal also has served as executive chair of the Friends of the Arts Foundation in Overland Park, and he is active in teaching and mentoring high school students in the area. You can see Beal's portrait work and full bio at DavidBealPortraits.com. He is represented by A Stroke of Genius at PortraitArtist.com. 

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If you've never heard of The Greeting Committee, you're about to. The local powerhouse indie pop group based in Kansas City, Missouri, has recently been busy on tour selling out venues across the country, recording and releasing new music, and graduating from high school. Vocalist Addie Sartino, guitarist Brandon Yangmi, drummer Austin Fraser  and bassist Pierce Turcotte met at Blue Valley High School and formed the band in 2014.

Their danceable and energetic self-released debut EP "It's Not all That Bad" caught the ear of

"All of us grew up playing music, but I initially

Lazlo Geiger of 96.5 The Buzz who propelled them

was the one to pull the four of us together,"

into the spotlight in 2015. Once their song "Hands

Sartino says. "I released solo music my sopho-

Down" hit the air, The Greeting Committee picked

more year of high school and played open mic

up gigs far greater than their high school dances

nights and coffee shop gigs, but found that to be,

and talent shows. They became an overnight

in a sense, almost lonely on stage. After being

sensation, opening performances of several thou-

introduced through our parents, Brandon and I

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Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, the Granada

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Theatre in Lawrence and the RecordBar and Blue

junior year when I decided to form a band."

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Sartino's honest answer when asked what makes The Greeting Committee unique perfectly explains why this group stands out in the expansive music scene. "Nothing," Sartino says. "We create music just like every other band out there. What's unique is our listeners and the way they respond and interact with us. But that's how all music communities are, which is pretty cool."

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The creation of each song is a shared team effort. "Our band writes extremely collaboratively," Sartino says. "Some ideas are brought in by one individual, but even then all of our songs transform as we jam to them together in practice. We're currently working on letting things be as they are without pre-editing ourselves. It's easy to say you don't like something without giving it a fair chance to grow."  Sartino says their name pays tribute to the iconic English rock band. "Brandon was in English class and read the word 'greeting' somewhere. Later that week, he came across a picture of John Lennon wearing a shirt that said 'The Greeting Committee' on it, which is fitting because Brandon is a huge Beatles fan." If you pull back the curtain before the group goes on stage, you'll see the four friends doing a special ritual crucial to their performance. "We do 'shakies,' which is a routine the boys brought in from marching band. This loosens us all up while also setting our focus. It somehow throws our whole performance off if we don't get to do those." The band spent their summer months on the road, touring nonstop from June through September. "Personally, I'm a homebody, so I'm very grateful for these opportunities that push me outside of my comfort zone," Sartino says. "We've all gotten to see and experience incredible things we never would have if it weren't for the road. Aside from getting to meet amazing people and form connections that help us grow as individuals, touring is basically a whole lot of driving and struggling to eat healthy on a budget. Thank God for Wendy's apple pecan chicken salad."  Sartino says The Greeting Committee is currently working on a new album. "It is so exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. In the music industry, it's almost like you haven't released anything until you've released your full length, so I think all of us feel the pressure from that. We want to write thoughtful lyrics with thoughtful music that is also catchy and danceable, so it's all a balance we strive for every time we create."

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BRODY BUSTER (CON TI N U ED)

hen Brody Buster was 7 years

roots in Kansas City. He plans to go back to

old, his mother, Jan, placed a

California someday to play some shows.

harmonica in his young hands.

He attended junior college to become a cer-

He soon taught himself to play

tified EMT but wanted to keep playing music,

and discovered a talent and

so he soon formed the Brody Buster Band.

passion that has blossomed into an amazing musical career. Brody brings the harmonica

“I have a family of firefighters, but when I discovered I could make a living at making my music, I did it,” he says. “Music is what I love.”

to life. Listening to him sing and play the

He spends days taking care of his two

blues is pure joy, and his love of performing

young children, Jaycee, 3, and Ziggy, 6, and

reaches out and inspires all who hear him.

then plays his music at night at a variety of

“My mom was in a band called Cotton

venues across the four-state area.

Candy in Kansas City, and played with Sonny

“I played in the International Blues Challenge

Kenner, both blues bands,” he says. “She

in Memphis last February with bands from all

hadn’t played for a few years when I started

over the world. I won six or seven rounds to

playing because she had let it go to be a

make it to the finals, and ended up winning

mom. When she saw I could play, I would sit

the best harmonica player award,” he says.

in with Sonny Kenner, and the first time I ever

“Winning that award has jump-started my

played was at the Levee.”

career. I am going to Montreal, Canada, to play

At 8 years old, he had already played in blues clubs in Memphis on Beale Street, and at age 10 appeared on "The Tonight

with the Montreal Jazz Fest and have national tours booked all summer.” What drives this talented mouth harp player?

Show with Jay Leno" and opened B.B King’s

“Anything I do, I do 100 percent, no mat-

Blues Club in Los Angeles. King once called

ter what it is. Music comes easy for me, and

him, “the greatest harmonica player of our

I like the people I meet and the lifestyle. It

time, despite his age.”

works out good for me with my kids, and I

As a pre-teen, he was invited to perform at

get to spend a lot of time with them,” he says.

the famed Montreux Blues and Jazz Festival in

“I started the one-man band in 2014 out of

Montreux, Switzerland, with Quincy Jones,

necessity to earn more as a working artist. I

Isaac Hayes, Oleta Adams, Phil Collins and

didn't realize how popular it would become at

others. Brody has also performed with such

the time and am glad that I can pull this off."

greats as James Cotton, Keb Mo, Chaka Khan, Robert Downey Jr. and Richie Haven. He was a regular, popular performer at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival and

If you want to escape into blues heaven and hear some of the best harmonica tunes in the world, go see him. “Catch me around Kansas City!”

the old Grand Emporium as a teenager, and made a move to Long Beach, California,

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when he was 17, where he continued to play.

Visit BrodyBuster.com to find out when and

At 20, he felt homesick, so he returned to his

where to see Brody play.

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T H E A RT O F ST R E E T DA N C I N G I N K A N S A S C I T Y

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THE RHYTHM KINGZ H AV E R E VA M P E D T H E A RT O F ST R E E T DA N C I N G I N KANSAS CITY BY PUTTING THEIR OWN SPIN ON TRADITIONAL DA N C E ST Y L E S , OFFERING A GLIMPSE I N TO O U R C I T Y ' S R I C H H I STO R Y I N T H E HIP-HOP COMMUNITY THROUGH COMPETITIVE DA N C E B AT T L E S . The group consists of Joshie G. Falcon, Stephen "Phamish" Pham, Zen Nguyen, Tyrell "Konfident" Griffin, Michael "Phenom" Smith, Manual "Lukky" Harvey, Donn Ronn, Herb, Popula, DK, Brenmatic, Gool, Bboy Wolf and Phi "Phiture" Tran.   "The main vision of the crew is all about the culture, the individual and the authenticity of the dance," Tran says. "Dancing is our passion and way of life." They call themselves the Rhythm Kingz because they want to be masters of rhythm, not just masters of techniques and styles. To do so, they continually break the rules and limits of traditional dancing by combining many different street dance styles, including B-boying, hip-hop, popping, krumping and mix styles. Without a dance studio, regular schedule or choreography to go off of, the group relies on word-of-mouth and the power of social media to bring the dancers together.  

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RYHTHM KINGZ (CON TI N U ED)

"We are not a choreography crew where we

he says. "There's an instant connection, and the

perform together all the time. We are a street crew

medium is music. We can have a conversation

where we travel, cypher and battle," Tran says. "If

without actually speaking to each other."

we need to put a routine together, we usually use

For those unfamiliar with the world of street

our own experience to tell a story and make it come

dancing and rules of battle, Tran summarizes a typ-

alive through unifying our movement to the music."

ical competition. Essentially, dancers sign up for a

While the majority of their dancing is in battles,

time and do a quick 30-second dance to a song the

certain crew members have worked with various

judges select. Judges then narrow down the crowd

local Kansas City artists, like Strange Music, a

to 16 dancers and pair them up for battle. Dancers

hip-hop record label founded by Tech N9ne, and

have 30 seconds to wow the judges each round,

Quixotic Cirque Nouveau, performance artists

and this process continues until a winner is chosen.

creating fully immersive, multisensory experiences with technology, dance and live music. "I started back when I was in Vietnam, where I'm from," Tran says, reflecting on his dancing career

while, having a real knowledge of the particular style they're judging.

and the evolution of The Rhythm Kingz. "I always

The crew celebrated their anniversary in June

had an interest in dancing and would mimic

by hosting their 14th annual jam. "This Thing of

movements from dance videos and famous stars

Ours: The Rhythm Kingz Anniversary" was a two-

like Justin Timberlake. When I moved to Olathe,

night showcase celebrating different styles and

Kansas in 2008, I didn't know any dancers and did

techniques of hip-hop street dance. Break dance

everything by myself. My high school years were

crews and styles from across the region battled

really hard. I felt very alone and experienced cul-

in a two on two battle format where the winner

ture shock. Dance became my tool to overcome

received a $500 cash prize. The Rhythm Kingz

the hardships in my life. I joined the Army, went

plan on having many more jams in the future to

to basic training, came back, and entered my first

continue to grow the urban dance community.

dance battle. Later, I got deployed and quit dancing for one year, came back, and started battling again

For any new dancers out there, Tran offers words of encouragement.

where I got to meet most of the crew I'm in now.

"A lot of new dancers on the street are very

My crew is very influential to my style and my way

afraid and shy most of the time. Don't be afraid;

of dancing. About four years ago, I wanted to take

just go out there and do it! People are going to

it to the next level, so I practiced and worked out

laugh at you and judge you regardless. If you

every day. We have been very active ever since."

reach into that feeling of freedom and that hap-

Tran has traveled across the country for different events and battle sessions.

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The judges in charge of a battle are handpicked and have been in the industry for a

piness when you find the music and dance come together, and people really feel you, that's the

"Whenever I travel to places where I don't

ultimate moment of dance. When you reach that

speak their language, and they don't speak my

moment, nothing really matters anymore. If you

language, I know that we can do the same moves

really want to do something, you're going to stick

and understand our own language in dance,"

it out and make it happen."

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RYHTHM KINGZ (CON TI N U ED)

Get involved with classes taught by members of The Rhythm Kingz. Manual "Lukky" Harvey and Zen Nguyen have their own community called iPush to teach choreography, and Tyrell "Konfidentz" teaches krump every Sunday in Kansas City. Another way to get involved is through Project Infinity KC, an ongoing effort to unite and grow the Kansas City street dance community founded by Tran. Their Facebook page is an open forum to keep dancers up to date and in the know.  Recorded solo and group performances are captured on their personal social media accounts and linked with the hashtag #rhythmkingz. Follow the crew on Instagram, @rhythmkingz_crew and @projectinfinitykc. For more information, email Tran at 294pktran17@gmail.com.

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and reds. Enjoy the gardens or cool down in the visitor center. Registration is required. Call Katharine  Garrison at 913.685.3604. FOTA members: $25; Nonmembers: $35

AUGUST 26 MOON SHINE ON THE FARM DEANNA ROSE CHILDREN'S FARMSTEAD An evening for adults only, under the stars that features dinner, drinks and a night of entertainment. Proceeds from this year's event will help build a Draft Horse and Discovery Barn. $50 per person or $60 at the door. For more information, email Laura.Blatter@ opkansas.org or call 913-634-7165.

AUGUST 27 BARN DINNER WITH CHEF CALVIN DAVIS POWELL GARDENS Chef Calvin Davis of Freshwater is the featured chef for the August Powell Gardens' Missouri Barn Dinner Series. Each dinner is a celebration of the flavor and variety to be found in locally grown produce. The dinners allow guests to explore local flavors while learning more about the unique ingredients. To purchase tickets, visit PowellGardens.org.

AUGUST 31 YMCA CHEERS FOR CHALLENGER PRESENTED BY TEVA TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS Enjoy fine food, beverages, live music, and a silent and live auction. The event benefits YMCA Challenger sports and social programs for young people with special needs. For more info and tickets, visit KansasCityYMCA.org.

SEPTEMBER 8-10 CALEB SCHWAB WOODEN BAT TOURNEY MID AMERICA BASEBALL COMPLEX Join us for the PGBA Fall midwest Wood Bat Championship in honor and memory of Caleb Schwab. Kids ages 9-14 are welcome, and guaranteed three games at a $450 per team entry fee. Two wood bats are supplied per team, and each player on the winning team receives a wood bat.   

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