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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.

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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.

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KC native, 'American Idol' winner David Cook to take Lied Center stage Saturday

David Cook will return to the site of the early days of his music career when his “Digital Vein” tour makes a stop at the Lied Center this Saturday.

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Bully to bring raw rock to the Bottleneck

If you’ve been missing that ’90s, alternative rock vibe, Bully might be the band for you.

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Musical maturity: Katlyn Conroy of La Guerre growing up in the public eye

This Saturday, Katlyn Conroy and her band La Guerre will be returning to the one of the larger stages in town at the Lied Center for Midwest Fallfest, an event that showcases music, art and film at KU.

West Side Folk to celebrate 20th anniversary season with 5 concerts

Since its founding in 1995, the Lawrence concert series for singer-songwriters and folk musicians has staged more than 250 performances.

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Renowned band Kansas returns to home state for Lied Center concert

The legendary rockers (and Topeka natives) known for hits such as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” will help celebrate Kansas University's 150th birthday with a concert at the Lied Center. By Joanna Hlavacek