Lawrence City Band to kick off summer series Wednesday with new conductors at the helm; storm threat forces relocation

Update: Wednesday's concert has been moved to Room 130 of KU's Murphy Hall because of the threat of thunderstorms. The performance will begin at 8 ...

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West Side Folk to end 20-plus years of concerts this month

Institutions like West Side Folk, the popular Lawrence concert series set to end its run after 20-plus years later this month, don’t become institutions overnight. Since its unofficial launch in 1994, West Side Folk has hosted hundreds of concerts, bringing nationally recognized folk, bluegrass and old-time musicians such as Greg Brown, Tim O’Brien, Dougie MacLean, Martin Sexton and Lucy Kaplansky to Lawrence stages.

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Public Enemy to perform free outdoor concert at Free State Festival

The 2016 Free State Festival will feature a free outdoor concert by hip-hop group Public Enemy, led by artists Chuck D and Flavor Flav.

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Enrollment now open for Girls Rock! summer camp

Girls Rock! Lawrence has opened registration for its 2016 summer camp, which will be June 6-10 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, in partnership with KJHK 90.7 FM.

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Eighties-era rockers Thumbs to be inducted into Kansas Music Hall of Fame this weekend

There is a famous saying about the 1960s — variously attributed to Robin Williams, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Dennis Hopper, among others — that reads something along the lines of, "If you remember the decade, you weren’t really there at all." But for Marty Olson and Steve Wilson, that period was really the late '70s and early '80s, when their Lawrence-based rock band, Thumbs, was in its heyday.

Americana Music Academy to launch artist-in-residence program next week

Lawrence's Americana Music Academy launches its new artist-in-residence program next week with a series of private lessons, workshops and a concert with acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nakoa.

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For Lawrence choir, singing to the dying is a life-affirming act

Sophia Compton “can’t read a note” of music. The retired professor (Compton taught women’s studies, religion and philosophy back on the West Coast before moving to Lawrence three years ago) isn’t embarrassed to admit her lack of vocal training, even amid three of her fellow choir members.

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Country's Jennifer Nettles to take Lied Center stage April 10

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles will make a stop in Lawrence this spring as part of the “CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour.”

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John Mellencamp to make 'Plain Spoken' stop at Lied Center in April

Rocker John Mellencamp will bring his "Plain Spoken" tour to Lawrence this spring, the Lied Center announced Monday.

Lawrence bands to watch in 2016

It’s been an exciting year for music, and the past few months have acted as a buildup to what is sure to be a very showy 2016. Here are some bands that should be watched carefully over the next year.

Funky, folky and fun: The shows of New Year’s Eve

Lawrence is a solid music town with a knack for parties. Even with all the diverse musical tastes that decorate this town, New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be an impressive night of live music.

Visiting researcher to tell story of KU alumnus, celebrated band director William P. Foster in new book

William P. Foster’s life story, including his time at KU, is the subject of an upcoming book by Marching 100 alumnus Curtis Inabinett Jr. As a recipient of KU’s inaugural Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researchers Travel Award, the first-time author and South Carolina resident has spent this week combing through thousands of documents at the Spencer Research Library’s African American Experience Collections that will add “the final touches” to his “The Legendary Florida A & M University Marching Band, the History of ‘The Hundred.’”

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Jazzhaus Big Band still swinging in third decade of Christmas Formal

On Dec. 19, Jazzhaus owner Rick McNeely will be leading a 17-piece band in its 33rd year of the Jazzhaus’ Big Band Christmas Formal. Revelers will dress up in their holiday finest and dance the night away to big band music while dozens of horn players blast lively tunes through the air.

Ashley Davis to share 'Christmas Sessions' at dual Lied Center concerts

Whenever fans approach Celtic songstress and Lawrence native Ashley Davis with album ideas, more often than not she can count on requests going one of ...

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Good wood: Musicians seek out local guitar maker to create custom instruments

If you give Danny Corwin anything made from wood, chances are he can sculpt it into a guitar.

Lawrence musicians increasingly turn to local, independent studios

When Cowgirl's Train Set was ready to record this fall, space in the studio was a valuable resource. To keep sounds from bleeding together during the process, they recorded saxophonist Albert Moews' parts in the kitchen, while the rest of the band strummed and plucked away in the studio upstairs.

Quirky musicians to celebrate 40 years of 'Glad Bag' folk song

This weekend, musicians near and far will gather at the Jackpot to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Send Me to Glory in a Glad Bag.”

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KU's remote piano program provides lessons to kids in need

Teneill Childers, 12, is one of nine students at Eisenhower Middle School taking part in Piano Without Borders, a groundbreaking new initiative from the KU School of Music that provides kids in need with private lessons remotely.

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Jeff Daniels on balancing his acting and music careers, going on a 'musical adventure' with his family and that famous 'Newsroom' speech

Amid the recent releases of two new films, “Steve Jobs” and “The Martian,” Jeff Daniels will be showcasing a musical talent not everyone gets to see when he stops at the Granada on Oct. 27 with his son’s act, The Ben Daniels Band, for a night of rustic Americana.

The Roseline marking long-awaited return with album release After what has seemed like forever, The Roseline is back with a phenomenally beautiful album. "Townie" is full of folk, country and Americana goodness, ...