Arts notes

Lawrence City Band to salute veterans

The Lawrence City Band will offer a musical salute to veterans and mark the upcoming Flag Day holiday with the second concert of its summer season.

The free performance will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Featured on the program will be "Jubilation Overture," an original composition by Kansas University music professor James Barnes. The piece was commissioned by Lawrence residents David and Gunda Hiebert for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city of Lawrence. Barnes will conduct the debut performance.

J.D. Parr will be the clarinet soloist for "Flight of the Bumblebee" and "Clarinet Polka."

The band is under the direction of Robert Foster.

'River City Chronicles'

Historian details motives behind founding of city

Historian Matthew Veatch relates the role of the New England Emigrant Aid Company in the founding of Lawrence at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday on "River City Chronicles" on 6News.

Veatch, Kansas State Historical Society assistant state historian, describes the economic and political motives behind the founding of Lawrence in 1854 and talks about the company's founder, Eli Thayer.

"River City Chronicles" is a weekly feature in honor of Lawrence's sesquicentennial and will run each Monday through Sept. 13.

Turnpike issues audio travel companion

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is selling an audio travel companion to raise money to help preserve a piece of the state's tallgrass prairie.

"Voices in the Wind: Stories of the Kansas Turnpike" provides information on Kansas landscape, agriculture, the roadway itself, wildlife and historical figures.

The CDs and tapes are being sold for $10. Proceeds will go to the National Park Trust, which will benefit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City.

To purchase "Voices of the Wind," call (316) 682-4537, ext. 2272, e-mail or write to Kansas Turnpike Authority, 9401 E. Kellogg, Wichita, KS 67207.

Children's music hour returns to Oread Books

Melanie Dill, creator of the children's music CDs "Rainbow Lemonade" and "Alphabet Parade," will return to Oread Books for three dates in the summer of 2004.

All performances begin at 10:30 a.m. in the children's book area of Oread Books, on level 2 of the Kansas Union. The events are free and open to the public.

The scheduled dates are July 8, July 21 and Aug. 10.

Dill is a Kansas University graduate student, parent and musician whose campus series of live music events featuring acoustic guitar, voice and a plastic tub full of props has become a favorite for young children and their parents. Dill has performed regularly at Oread Books since December of 2002.

Old-time picker plays Gaslight today

Banjo player Frank Lee brings his old-time and blues blend to Lawrence's Gaslight Tavern & Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. today.

Admission is $8 for adults, $10 for those under 21. The tavern is at 317 N. Second St.

Lee is a founding member of the Freight Hoppers. His style encompasses a range of old-time music that spans from raw blues from the Mississippi delta to the hillbilly music recorded in the 1920s South.

The Freight Hoppers toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, released three albums and achieved a level of public recognition previously unheard of for a modern old-time band.

For more information, call 865-4330.

'Arts-n-Que' bolsters arts for youth, seniors

Kansas City, Mo. -- Two of Kansas City's enduring cultural legacies -- jazz and barbecue -- will be celebrated each Sunday in June at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City's Historic Freight District.

The "Arts-n-Que" series brings Kansas City musicians to Jack Stack's patio for open-air performances that benefit the Growing in the Arts Fund. The fund helps support educational arts programming through youth and senior arts activities at community centers, schools and family-oriented events.

The first performance will be at 4 p.m. today and features David Basse & City Light, with Michael O'Shiver and Horace Washington.

The remaining schedule includes:

  • June 13, The Young Bloods and jazz legend Leon Brady
  • June 20, The Elder Statesmen
  • June 27, Max Groove and High Vibe

Admission is $25. For more information, call (913) 931-9042.


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