Arnie Johnson has been and will always be “a country boy.” Johnson was raised in a family of musicians, first in Salina, and then in Lawrence, where he’s lived since 1952.
If the names Sam and Dan Billen ring a bell, it might be that you heard their music while popping around the Lawrence music scene at The Bottleneck or Jackpot Saloon in the early- to mid-2000s. But you’ve likely heard their music and not known it — and it may even have caused you to grab your wallet.
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Lawrencians will find no shortage of entertainment this New Year's Eve, from afternoon screenings of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" to The Crumpletons' annual early New Year's show at The Jazzhaus to late-night karaoke and champagne toasts at the Yacht Club.
In Ireland, where acclaimed harpist Cormac De Barra grew up, Christmas is a time for families and loved ones to come together. “No matter where you are, you drop everything and make it home for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day,” De Barra, an internationally touring musician based primarily in Dublin, says of the holiday tradition he and fellow Irishmen hold dearest.
In a pinch-me moment of Caribe’s decades-long presence in the Midwest music circuit, the reggae-Latin ensemble played at a party for industry big shots such as the Oakridge Boys and Roy Orbison. It was glamorous, to be sure, founding member Gary Frager recalls now. But for Frager, who went by the stage name Willie Skate in his tenure as the band’s trumpet-trombone-sax player, rubbing elbows with famous musicians wasn’t the point.
On Saturday evening, country singer-songwriter Clint Black will perform under the bright lights of the Lied Center stage, 1600 Stewart Drive. In the weeks leading up to his Lawrence visit, Black shared his thoughts on the current state of country music, among other things, with the Journal-World in an email exchange. (In the interest of preserving his voice for the big show, of course.)
Public Enemy “brought the noise” to Lawrence Saturday night in an outdoor concert, closing out this year’s Free State Festival.
The second annual Girls Rock! Lawrence camp will host a talent showcase of young musicians Saturday at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Rocker John Mellencamp will bring his "Plain Spoken" tour to Lawrence this spring, the Lied Center announced Monday.
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.
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.