Crossroads Music Fest is back + New chapter ahead for BLM murals

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KC legend Calvin Arsenia will headline the live stream, live broadcast of the 16th annual Crossroads Music Fest.

Crossroads Music Fest returns – virtually – this Saturday

The 16th annual Crossroads Music Fest returns – virtually – to the KC music scene from 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are free, and donations are welcomed. CMFKC is a fundraiser for KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Community Radio.

The virtual CMFKC will feature eight performances, including the 9:15 p.m. closer with Calvin Arsenia, voted Kansas City’s Best Musician in 2018 and 2019 by The Pitch. The singer and harpist has built a reputation for turning the arts world on its head. Arsenia’s angelic, classically-trained voice soars over audiences, enchanting even the fussiest of fans, beckoning them to join him as he flirts between genres.

Since its inception in 2005, the Crossroads Music Festival has featured more than 100 bands and attracted thousands of people to the Crossroads Art District. Designed to showcase the best in Kansas City’s music, arts and dance scene, CMFKC provides opportunities for community members of all ages to support its local artists and celebrate Kansas City’s cultural diversity. Click here to learn more about Saturday’s festival AND to make a donation.

CID Safety Supervisor Ronell Bailey lends his talents to painting one of the Black Lives Matter murals last Saturday.

KC Art on the Block considers next chapter of BLM murals

One week after artists and volunteers painted Black Lives Matter murals on six Kansas City streets, the displays are attracting visitors, as well as opening the door to a new series of “vertical” BLM murals.

Black Lives Matter street mural at 18th & Vine.

Fundraising continues through the Troost Market Collective, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is focused on amplifying artists of color. Funds exceeding the street murals’ cost will underwrite a series of permanent, “vertical” Black Lives Matter murals on buildings throughout the city. Design proposals will be solicited from local artists (competition running through Sept. 20) and juried by a committee established by The Urban League. Selections will be announced at this year’s virtual Troostapalooza in October. The Morning Scoop will keep you informed of this effort.

Troost Market Collective joined with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, The Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and the NAACP Kansas City Chapter as inaugural organizers for the KC Art on the Block: A Black Lives Matter Project. Last weekend, the organizers applied the Black Lives Matter value statement to the streets of Kansas City at six locations, including 10th & Baltimore, 18th & Vine, 31st & Troost, 63rd & Brookside Blvd., 63rd & Troost and Briarcliff & Mulberry.

CID Ambassadors, plus DTC President Bill Dietrich (back, left), joined the BLM mural painting effort last weekend at 10th & Baltimore.