Musical Kansas City

Though the dates for this year’s MAC Annual Conference aren’t brimming with lots of live music in and around Kansas City, here are a few events and some places you can look to see if anything strikes your musical fancy:

At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts:

At the Kansas City Starlight Theatre:

At the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland:

At the Lied Center of Kansas:

Other venues:

  • see The Pitch for other live music and entertainment options

A great way to start MAC 2014

Hopefully you’ll be in Kansas City by the early afternoon on Thursday the 24th of April because you don’t want to miss this year’s plenary session!

Following opening comments by MAC President Amy Cooper Cary, Chuck Haddix, the director of the Marr Sound Archives, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City, will give the keynote speech entitled “Early Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker in Kansas City: An Archival Perspective.”

Haddix, whose biography of Parker was published just last year (Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker), will discuss his research into Parker’s formative life and career in Kansas City. The presentation will include previously unknown photos of and recordings by Parker, focusing on four key recording sessions: the Honey Suckle Rose/Body and Soul sessions from 1938, the Wichita Sessions recorded Thanksgiving weekend 1940, a previously unknown recording of Parker with the Jay McShann band made in February 1941, and the Damon sessions from 1943.

Since the 1980s, Haddix has produced “Fish Fry,” a popular radio program on KCUR in Kansas City that features the finest in blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive, and zydeco. Feel free to give a listen to what Haddix puts on the air.

The plenary session will be held from 1:30PM-3PM on Thursday, April 24th.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) is looking for volunteers!

ACA is looking for volunteers to staff the Academy’s vendor exhibit at the MAC conference, April 24-26, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Volunteers will staff the ACA display in the vendor exhibit area. The primary responsibility will be to distribute ACA brochures, and discuss your experiences in the Academy with interested attendees. It’s also a fun opportunity to network with colleagues and students.

One volunteer is needed to break down and return the display. The exhibit dates are Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th.

Plus: volunteering for the ACA display counts as points toward your next recertification!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACA Regent for Outreach Courtney Chartier at

Calling all University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SOIS Students and Alumni

If you are attending the Midwest Archives Conference in Kansas City this year, please join School of Information Studies students, alumni, faculty, and staff for a casual lunch buffet at Milano Italian Dining, conveniently located within the Crown Center complex.

Friday, April 25, 2014
12:00 – 1:15PM

Milano Italian Dinning
Crown Center Complex
2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO
A map and directions can be found here

We hope to see you there!
Let us know if you can make it!
Please register by: April 18, 2014

Visit Us at the Conference!
We would also love to see you stop by our booth at the vendor fair to say hello and receive a special SOIS gift.

Edward Benoit, III

Registration continues…

While early registration for MAC 2014 in Kansas City has closed, registration will continue to be available online through April 15th as well as on site during the Meeting.

Current rates are:

  • March 21–April 15 and/or on-site registration, MAC members — $ 90.00
  • March 21–April 15 and/or on-site registration, nonmembers — $100.00
  • March 21–April 15 and/or on-site registration, students — $55.00
  • One-day registration — $50.00

Please register online through April 15th.

Early registration ending this Thursday, March 20th!

Registration Rates

  • Advance registration for MAC members (by March 20, 2014) — $75.00
  • Advance registration for nonmembers (by March 20, 2014) — $90.00
  • Advance registration for students (by March 20, 2014) — $45.00
  • March 21–April 15 and/or on-site registration, MAC members — $ 90.00
  • March 21–April 15 and/or on-site registration, nonmembers — $100.00
  • March 21–April 15 and/or on-site registration, students — $55.00
  • One-day registration — $50.00

Registration is available online