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Fall Music Preview 2014

The Lawrence music scene is relatively quiet in the summer. We lose some of our most-devoted concertgoers when Kansas University students go home. But the silence is finally over. Mark your calendars now for nationally touring bands, jazz ensembles, emerging artists, musicals and other acts making their way through town this fall. Here’s a preview to get you started:

Looking Forward: Get weird Friday, support a cause Saturday

Foxy Shazam If you’re looking for a confusingly good time, this might just be your chance. Foxy Shazam is a genre-melding poppy, theatrical rock outfit ...

Lawrence Opera Theatre celebrates anniversary with 'Don Giovanni'

Lawrence Opera Theatre is diving into uncharted territory this summer with their first full-scale opera production in conjunction with their five-year anniversary celebration.

Ensemble Ibérica to perform flamenco with a twist at Lied Center concert

Ensemble Ibérica will serve up traditional Spanish sounds — mixed with other musical influences from around the globe — to Lawrence audiences with its new show, "Flamenco Mío," Friday night at the Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Ulises Magaña de la Paz plays piano

Ulises Magaña de la Paz, 14, practices a contemporary piano piece prior to the 2014 International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition at the Lied Center Pavilion. Ulises moved to Lawrence from Mexico four years ago with his mother and younger brother.

Practice makes perfect: Young pianist from Mexico represents Lawrence in international competition

Honestly, Ulises Magaña de la Paz, 14, does not particularly like practicing the piano six to eight hours every day. But wowing audiences and winning competitions? That’s more like it. So he practices. And practices. And practices some more. By Sara Shepherd

Vinyl addicts unite: the lasting culture of record collecting

Three local residents share their motivations for vinyl collecting and their reasons for keeping the plastic tradition alive.

KU music students to jazz up Europe on tour

A group of student musicians from Kansas University will perform at several high-profile festivals across Europe starting early next month in a university-funded tour. KU's Jazz Ensemble I, comprising 19 members, is slated to play eight shows during the 11-day stint, including gigs by invitation at the high-profile Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and France's Jazz À Vienne Festival.

Navigating this weekend's jam-packed festivities

With the Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Final Fridays and Lawrence Field Day Festival all going on, trying to decide what to do this weekend is an overwhelming task. To make things easier for you, we've come up with a schedule of suggestions of what's going on at a given time, along with some alternative ideas.

Live music at the Free State Festival

This year’s Free State Festival is jam-packed with live musical performances weaved throughout the five-day celebration of film, music, art and ideas.

Guitar legend Johnny Winter on his blues legacy

Johnny Winter is coming through Lawrence for the Free State Festival documentary screening of “Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; a free show will follow the film put on by the legendary musician and his backing band, including his brother Edgar Winter.

Richard's Rock Camp concert Saturday

The Granada is hosting the sixth annual Richard’s Music Co. Rock Camp concert this Saturday to end a three-week long music education program.

Dar Williams shares her honest transformation 20 years later

Renowned pop-folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams will take the Liberty Hall stage Wednesday to perform present-day renditions of songs from her debut album "The Honesty Room" in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Kelley Hunt album-release concert to benefit Just Food

Lawrence-based Kelley Hunt will be performing “The Beautiful Bones” and a handful of songs from earlier in her career this Saturday at Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., in a special benefit CD release party and benefit concert for the Douglas County food bank Just Food.

Sunflower Music Festival features KU professors and alumnus

KU professors Sarah Frisof and Margaret Marco will play in this year's Summer Music Festival at Washburn University, which starts Friday and runs through June 14. KU alumnus and pianist David Allen Wehr will also perform.

Wye Oak's Andy Stack on the not-so-drastic change in the duo's sound

For a band who broke out in 2011 as a guitar-centric indie folk duo, it could have been a crisis that Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner had a mental block when it came to songwriting for their fourth album 'Shriek', and it had everything to do with her guitar. The record released last month, bandmate Andy Stack doesn’t see the “drastic” change in sound everyone else keeps bringing up. Wye Oak will be in Lawrence this Saturday, headlining for the first time in town at the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St.

Swarthout Recital Hall to host final pre-renovations concert tonight

After more than a half-century of service to the Kansas University School of Music, Swarthout Recital Hall will host a special decommissioning concert at 5:30 p.m. today. The event will mark Swarthout’s final performance before renovations begin on the venue later this month.

High school pianist wins highest award at YoungArts Week

Sixteen-year-old Chaeyoung Park recently won the highest award in classical music at YoungArts Week in Miami.

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