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Music

Get to know the Farmer’s Ball semi-finalists
April 17, 2014
From 60 local band submissions, whittled down to 16 by KJHK/SUA committee members, and sliced in half by the community through online voting, eight bands will go head-to-head this Saturday, April 19 at The Bottleneck, at 8 p.m. This is the 20th year of this battle of the local/regional bands. It’s the second year the two organizations have been able to offer monetary prizes: the top reward being $2,000 and runner up receiving $1,000.
Mates of State: the ultimate power couple born out of Lawrence
April 13, 2014
Mates of State will be performing a stripped-down set at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Granada.
John Cale always reinventing himself
April 13, 2014
John Cale is this month’s featured Nine Forty Live artist at Lawrence Arts Center, performing a variety of material from his six decades of studio albums (his latest, “Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood”) with a backing band at 8 p.m. April 15. In true Cale fashion, there’s going to be some surprises in the mix to look forward to, but anyone familiar with his live shows already know not to come prepared to hear exact renditions they’ve heard in the past
She is Kawehi: One-woman band becomes Internet sensation
April 6, 2014
If you frequent this ol’ thing called the Internet, you’ve probably stumbled across the virality of Lawrence’s own one-woman band Kawehi, who has just within the last month managed to get the attention of publications like Esquire, Elle, The Huffington Post and Spin — not to mention even more websites — with the video release of a casual practice-run of a song cover.
Bales Artist Series to welcome organ department chair for recital
April 6, 2014
David Higgs will perform an organ recital on Kansas University’s campus on April 11 as part of the Bales Artist Series.
Soweto Gospel Choir to uplift Lied Center with messages of peace and love
March 27, 2014
Soweto Gospel Choir performs traditional South African gospels and celebratory songs learned as young children in the church, as well as covers of many Christian cultures, reggae, and American popular music. They will bring this joyous music to life onstage at the Lied Center on March 29 at 7:30 p.m., with traditional high-energy choreography, percussion djembe rhythms and traditional clothing in bright colors and with vibrant patterns.
2014 Spring Arts Guide
March 16, 2014
Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreading peace 50 years later
March 13, 2014
Performing from their latest album, “Always With Us,” at Liberty Hall today, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their messages of peace to Lawrence on a tour (and album) dedicated to founder Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002.
Trail Mix’ celebrates 20 years on air with special St. Patrick’s Day concert
March 13, 2014
KPR’s “Trail Mix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Liberty Hall this Sunday night, March 16, at 7:30, with a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll.
Dr. Dog takes barebones approach to building a new record
March 6, 2014
Dr. Dog’s latest album B-Room reflects a more organic sound recorded in their new studio converted from an old silversmith mill by all six members before even starting on the music.
Music therapy: Healing through the power of song
February 23, 2014
Violet Russell holds a ‘snowflake’ as she dances around a class taught by Sarah Niileksela, a practicing music therapist. Ten years ago, maybe 25 percent of an introductory music therapy class at Kansas University had seen a news story about the field, says KU associate professor of music therapy Dena Register. Now they say they’ve known about the career since eighth grade, she says, a quick change she credits to fairly recent publicity. By Nadia Imafidon
Free State to celebrate 25th birthday this weekend
February 20, 2014
Festivities include 25 brews free cake, and a Chuck Mead concert at The Bottleneck.
New and improved Mayer Hawthorne headed back to the Granada
February 14, 2014
He’s changed the game up on this last album.
Divas duel for Theatre Lawrence
January 31, 2014
When it comes to fundraising, a little competition is good for the bottom line. So the thinking goes at Theatre Lawrence, which is preparing to hold its annual “Dueling Divas” event Saturday night at its 4660 Bauer Farm Drive location. Eight local singers compete against each other “American Idol”-style to see who can raise the most money.
Area bands to compete for Wakarusa Festival slot
January 30, 2014
The Lawrence-born festival can only host one competitor from the Waka Winter Classic. Who’s it going to be?

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