Looking Forward: Busking, art-punk and picking acts
Live music acts at Busker Fest
The Lawrence Busker Festival has many live music offerings lined up this weekend no matter what your feel may be:
The African Drum Ensemble at Kansas University, or ADEKU, will be stationed in front of the US Bank, 900 Massachusetts St., playing traditional music of West Africa, from the areas of Guinea and Ghana. Become a part of the act by jumping up and dancing along to the rhythms. 5:45-6:30 p.m. Friday, US Bank
Probably the most famous Lawrence busker and folk singer Tyler Gregory will follow ADEKU on the US Bank stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Check the full schedule for additional sets throughout the weekend.
An acoustic music stage will be set up in front of the Granada in conjunction with the Fiddling and Picking Championships (more below) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Sleepy Kitty is a glitter art-punk duo from St. Louis made up of singer, guitarist and pianist Paige Brubeck and drummer Evan Sult. With Brubeck’s soaring vocals, they capture the dreamy pop sound of Best Coast and combine it with thumping ‘90s grunge instrumentation. Their 2004 album “Projection Room” alludes to the visual side of the duo’s project. The two started as a band and screenprinting collaboration at the same time, which then led to an inky screenprint animation video of latest single “Don’t You Start.” Both Brubeck and Sult use the screen-printing technique in their studio space so they decided to show the process in a video to capture the two sides of Sleepy Kitty. 10 p.m. Saturday, Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St., $3.
Fiddling and Picking Championships
The 34th annual Fiddling and Picking Championships will be held at noon this Sunday at South Park. Competitions include fingerstyle and flatpick guitar, open fiddle, youth fiddle, banjo, mandolin, miscellaneous acoustic instruments, and ensemble folk singing. The number of awards given out depends on the number of contestants. One contestant under the age of 16 will receive the Youth Award, an award that encourages young musicians to pursue traditional music. Scheduled performers include Betse Ellis, Kasey Rausch, Kelly Werts and The Matchsellers. Enjoy local food and drink vendors, as well as arts and crafts booths featuring handmade items. Starts at noon Sunday, South Park, free.