Singer/Songwriter Miki P plays solo as well as with her band, Miki P & The Swallowtails. Both settings offer melodic heart-felt songs based on meaningful experiences. The Swallowtails is a collaboration, creating unique arrangements around music written by Miki P.
Brought up in Kansas City, Mikala Petillo is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, musician and songwriter performing under Miki P. Her music is influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell and more. September 1st, 2018 Miki released her first full-length album Dome of Swallows – it includes 10 original songs. August 2nd, 2019 she plans to release her second EP Swallowtail with complete members of The Swallowtails.
Miki P and the Swallowtails are an indie acoustic pop/folk group from Kansas City, MO, performing original songs written by Miki P. The group includes Miki P on Guitar/Vocals, Rachel Lovelace on Bassoon, Adee Dancy on Cello/Vocals, Robert Castillo on Bass, Fritz Hutchison on Drums. Each member is an integral part of the Kansas City music scene, writing and arranging original music for their own groups or projects. The band has played at the KC festival Boulevardia, and is venturing onto the road this year.
Miki P has played music professionally since the age of 15, collaborating and contributing to many different projects. She has released music with groups American Slim, True Lions, along with her band Miki P and the Swallowtails, and continues to create with inspiring artists in Kansas City. She plays drums, guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, sings, and is working on her trumpet skills.
Rachel plays the bassoon (not the Oboe!) for the Swallowtails. Although she is a native of Florida, she has found a second home in the Kansas City music scene. Rachel continues to bend the traditional norms of classical bassoon and is the first to be accepted into a Jazz Master program on bassoon. Creating music, cracking jokes, and hanging with fellow Swallowtails is the peak of her week.
Robert Castillo is a bassist, composer, and visual artist native to Kansas City. His musical journey began in second grade with the piano, leading to a BA in Jazz Studies ’14 from North Central College. He plays nationally with groups of diverse styles. Aside from music, Robert cultivates a passion for creating visual art, drawing inspiration from his Mayan heritage, geometric abstractions, and Spiritual themes. More information can be found at www.robertcastillo.art
Adee was born and raised in the KC area, and has spent all of her career working in the music and theatre scene within the city. She has been a music director, a director, an actress, a singer, a pit orchestra cellist, an orchestral cellist, a teacher, and an arranger, each inspiring her in a different way! Some of her biggest musical influences are the Indigo Girls, Lin Manuel Miranda, Brandi Carlisle, Lady Gaga, Aubrey Logan, and of course, MikiP. She is currently working on her own debut album.
Playing in several different bands & genres and establishing a solid foundation over the years, Fritz Hutchison is a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, drums, guitar, bass, saxophone, piano and more. You can find him playing in Kansas City with his group the Fritz Hutchison Band, or his duo with Lauren Krum Lorna Kay’s One Night Stand.