A Musical Life

KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin interviews Wichitans who live a musical life... as a full-time vocation or a part-time passion.

A Musical Life is also available through Apple Podcasts.

Nicole Cohen

Chris Opperman is a New Jersey-based musician and composer. 

Renée LoBue

Renée LoBue is a Montclair, New Jersey-based singer and songwriter who is a member of the band Elk City as well as having recently launched a side project called Flowers Of America (FOA). Additionally, she is a collage and visual artist.

“The best part of singing, for me, has always been engaging in possibility. Going beyond what I can see directly in front of me. Always immersing myself in what I like to think of as another realm. It’s a way of re-creating my story, re-creating the space.

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Jon Regen is a New York City-based singer-songwriter whose latest album, Higher Ground, was released in 2019. 

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Candice Sullivan is a classically trained vocalist who fronts Candice and the Business Casual.

"I grew up in the classical field. From age seven until about 18, I sang in operas only. I moved to Wichita with my family and was singing Aretha Franklin and thought, 'I can sing something other than classical.' That's really where it started.

A Musical Life: Keo

Mar 13, 2020
Frank Bravo

Keo is a Wichita-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She is a member of the band Keo and Them.

Sontia Ware

Sontia Ware is a Wichita-based singer-songwriter and gospel vocalist.

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Dan Overholt is a Wichita-based musician and educator.

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Colby Dean Runyan performs under the name Moon Lagoon. His at work on a new album, This Results In Escapism.

Lurdes Gaskill Renteria

Drew J. Howard is a composer and bassist based in Wichita, Kansas. He had performed in church ensembles and rock groups such as Stratus, Captain Carl’s Tuesday Nite Blues Band, Empire Falls and Let Us Be Lions, which later became Black Box Warning. He records under the name Dru Lo Nadir.

Justin Labadie

Logan Bush is a co-founding member of Kill Vargas, in which he plays drums. The band’s latest release is 2019’s Laugh It Off.

“When we started playing together, in Kill Vargas, it was on the Guitar Hero game. I was playing the Guitar Hero drums and it just kind of stayed that way. When we would record music, I’d be on the woodblock and snare because that’s all I had at the time, when we were really young. Eventually, one Christmas, my parents got me a drum set.