It's official! We are on the road and touring through Europe. So far we have hit Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Prague. Now on to Budapest, Belgrade, and Athens!
Shout out to Andrew Krause for hooking it up! I had the opportunity to play bass and perform for 8 shows with the very talented band, Hey, King. The best part was we were opening for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, which is one of my all time favorite bands. The tour consisted of three weeks on the road, 2 countries, and 5 different states. It was such a cool experience and we played some awesome music as well!
Hitting the stage at Stickyz in Little Rock, Arkansas was a blast. I played a mix of new and old tunes, the crowd was excited and involved with he show. I felt so welcome and well received. I love coming to Little Rock. It is such a gritty town with an awesome vibe. Plus I get to visit my good buddies at @CountryDeep. Thanks for the memories Little Rock, I can't wait to return.
It was so good to play in my hometown of North Platte, Nebraska. I hadn't been back in a while and I enjoyed seeing all my fiends and family. I haven't played a show in town for many years, so I was excited to get out there and perform for everyone. I set up a show at the Espresso Shop by Caravan run by Brandon Raby, who actually opened for me with his band mate Steve Barger. It turned out to be an awesome show and I was so happy to see old friends. To here more check out the North Platte Bulletin. Thank you to everyone who came out to support my music! ~Buena Onda~
After spending three weeks in Cuba, Kevin returned home with new music and a story to tell. The adventure began on New Year's Eve with a flight from Denver to Havana. The plan was to explore the country of Cuba while learning from local musicians on how to play traditional cuban music. The result: a new track straight from the streets of Havana.
This week I had the awesome opportunity to visit Glasgow, Scotland. I had never been to the U.K. before so it was a completely new experience. The best part was I was slotted to play at the Om Yoga Show. This turned out to be such a fun event where I met amazing people and I had the chance to see some awesome teachers and performers.
For the first time today, I played a yoga class in San Diego. I was invited by my good friend Sarah Ellis who is an amazing yoga instructor at Core Power Yoga. It was such a great experience and something truly unique. Unlike most concerts where I am front and center, the yoga class allowed me to be a part of everyone's practice. Some of the songs I didn't even finish because I didn't think they fit with the vibe of the class, while others went an extra minute or two without lyrics because I could feel that it was enhancing everyones experience.
I never thought about playing in Yoga Studios before, but after today I think it may be a new part of my musical routine. If you know of any studios that would be interested in having me perform, please shoot me an email.
The song Last November is the brain child of Kevin Kennedy iii and Tom Kahre. It is the first song that Kennedy has written that wasn't about his life. "It was fun writing a story from a different perspective", Kennedy explained. "I also don't have such folkie songs in my repertoire."
The video was completely shot in Aachen, Germany. Kennedy hooked up with local director Max Kirschning to create something unique and beautiful. "I figured since I was traveling around Germany, it was the perfect place to shoot a video. Also, the fall in Aachen is absolutely beautiful," said Kennedy. The movie was shot using Go Pros and the Dinij Drone.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the newest single from Kevin Kennedy iii.
Hey friends, I just released my fourth music video single, Heat of Alabama, from my debut album Umami. The song was recorded in at the Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Heat of Alabama is a beauty mix of country story telling and hip hop beats which lyrically take place at the Gulf Shore.
The music video was shot at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL during the 2015 and 2016 events. I am also an advocate for the Buena Onda company (www.thebuenaonda.com) which uses social enterprise to bring love, community ties, and empowerment to the Wayuu People of Colombia. In the video you can see a large assortment of Wayuu products, plus you get a sneak peek on what it takes to run a merchandise booth at a festival. Buena Onda actually sold at over 9 major music festivals across the USA this year so this video was a perfect opportunity to spotlight the brand.
I want to give a special thanks to Trey Monaghan, Erin Kalkbrenner, Annette Küeser, Cole Kalkbrenner, William Wood Krohn, Maddy Rose, Emmy German, Marquest Meeks, Walker Daniel, Alex Eggleston, Sydney Eggleston, Devon Eggleston, Taylor Elizabeth, Chris Hess, Matthew Taylor, Charlene Cullins, Colin Lee, Shana Stone, Falan Guy, and Julia Pisano for all of the help and great memories at the Hangout Festival.
So now, sit back and enjoy my newest song: Heat of Alabama.
It was a long day traveling to Hamburg, mostly because I spent the morning the Cologne hospital figuring out what to do about my fractured arm. The doctor told me I would need some time to heal, but I could play the guitar if it didn't hurt. Over the past couple of weeks I have taken a time out from playing, however once I got to Hamburg things changed.
I met up with a friend Sherija who lives in Hamburg. I originally met Sherija in Morocco and last saw her in August at the family reunion tour in Portugal. This was so great to finally see her in her natural environment. One of my favorite things in life is visiting friends in their home towns. You get a trip into their world and get to see their town and country through their eyes. Not only is this a learning experience, but you get to feel like a local in some way.
As soon as I arrived Sherija suggested that we head to an open mic. I knew this would be dangerous because I was already itching to play but my arm was still hurting. When we arrived the door guy told us it would be 5 euros to enter, but if we were playing it would be free. I said I would take a peek in the club and see if I would be up to playing. When I walked in I was blown away by the set up. There were over 70 people in the room and there was so much energy. This place doubled as a techno club on the weekends so it was a very trendy atmosphere. There were musicians, comedians, and a couple of poets. I asked one of the other performers if I could borrow his guitar and he was more than happy to help me out.
As the host called my name, which he thought was hilarious because apparently Kevin is not a popular name in Germany. In fact, Kevin is known for being an annoying person who is not educated. This has been an ongoing joke for me in Germany. It also doesn't help that I fell off a bike and broke my arm for no reason. So as I walked up to the stage a little unsure how my arm would hold up and also feeling like I had something to prove, I could feel the adrenaline starting to pump in my veins. I began to pick the first few notes of the song and I knew it was going to be a great set. After I finished, I really felt well received. People seemed to enjoy both of my songs Picture of Love and Umami. It even caused me to play a different version of Umami because I couldn't strum.
The next day, I met up with another friend from Colombia who I had not seen in a couple of years. In fact, we had not met up since the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN in 2014. It is always great to meet up with people in another country and during another time period in life! Daniella and her boyfriend took me to a little Jazz club called the Colton Club. I would highly suggest anyone to try out this club especially if you like swing and jazz music!
Never underestimate Craigslist. It doesn't matter where I go, I always take a peak at craigslist because you never know what opportunities might exist. It just so happened that I was looking for music gigs in Paris when I stumbled across an ad that was looking for an actor who could skateboard. I immediately applied and long and below landed the job.
It turned out to be a great experience. The commercial was for Penta Hotels, which I would highly suggest checking out if you are ever in Paris. The bar and restaurant really get rowdy in the evening and we were filming on a Monday. Also, I had a blast because I was skateboarding in their lobby.
So remember, event though Craigslist can be extremely sketchy every now and then you may get to skate through a multimillion dollar hotel.
I wish I had a better story to tell, like I saved a baby from a burning building while avoiding an angry mob who wanted to kidnap the child, but unfortunately that is not how I broke my arm. On the contrary, I was happily riding a bicycle down the street and fell off it. There were no potholes or obstacles in my way, and I was completely sober. Needless to say, I haven't grown out of being Clumsy. Luckily, I was with my good friend Franz who helped me find the hospital and the care that I needed.
Franz and I met back in High School in the United States. He was on an exchange program and somehow ended up at North Platte High School. It has been years since I saw him last, so I was really excited to catch up in Leipzig.
Of course, when Franz and I get together there is bound to be an injury. For example, there was the time back in North Platte when I took him out wake boarding and he hit his head on the board. We rushed him to the emergency room only to find out that an adult had to sign off on his medical care, good thing my father was in the neighborhood and stopped by the hospital. A few moments later in the operation room, Tim passed out from watching the doctors put stitches in Franz's head. I was in a fit of laughter as the doctor told me to push the button for the nurses to come in the room to help tim. At that moment Franz looked over at me and said "What is going on today?"
Now here we were over ten years later and Franz is signing off on my care, well he didn't sign off but he did have to translate. After spending 4 hours in the hospital, the doctor told me I should go home without a cast. He told me I should keep moving the arm and that the fracture would heal in six weeks. Six weeks! How will I continue playing music?
Thankfully for me, Franz and his roommates are awesome! They cooked for me and helped me get through life with only the usage of one arm. I have to give a special shout out to Sam here for all the wonderful cooking. I may have starved to death if they had not of been so kind. However, as they pointed out they really didn't have a choice...
After months of working on this music video I’m happy to say it is complete. I am so excited to finally release it. I want to thank everyone who helped me including Andrew Krause AKA D.R.U. the legend who played lead guitar and help bring this song into fruition. Thank you Molly Varner and Molly Grunewald for your videoing skills and help with Buena Onda. David Krause, thank you for your kladiescope effects and editing. Also thank you to the Electric Forest pixies, the weird dancing bunny, the hoola hooper, Crow, and all the random electric forest family. You guys all rock!
So sit back and enjoy this video. Please tell me what you think! If you like it please share it or add the song to your play list on spotify.
So do you guys remember Marie, well she hooked me up with an awesome show in Bottrop, Germany. This small german city put on the coolest night of culture and arts for the youth of the city. I was so blessed to have been a part of it and I really had an amazing time. I showed up around 8 PM and I saw a bunch of amazing musicians perform including Marie Kind Music and Sven Jäger of Acoustica.
Please check out the videos below including the one from my friend at Acoustica.
Cologne is not a beautiful city. This is due the bombings from the 262 air raids during World War II. It is a relatively modern European city with unexciting architectural design. However, I thought Cologne was the bomb, pun intended. It was a young city filled with rowdy bars and restaurants, the people where so cool and friendly, and the river and cathedral were actually beautiful. My friend Denise, who I met in Morocco, was the perfect tour guide and knew all the hidden spots.
On Saturday, during the day Denise and I went downtown to perform on the street, but I ran into one small issue: there were already way to many buskers. It seems that Cologne has been over run by street performers. I counted ten on the few blocks that I walked down. I tried to play a couple of songs but since I forgot my mic stand and the crowds were huge not to mention I was already in a competitive situation, I decided to give up after two songs. In fact it is the first time this trip I did not make any money. Apparently after talking to one of the musicians there are certain rules in Cologne. First of all, you can not use amplification, but EVERYONE was using amplification, typical buskers. The second rule was that you must start your show on the hour ending half past the hour. Besides that feel free to play!