Music

Folk musician Rhiannon Giddens turns back the clock
April 25, 2015
On April 14, Rhiannon Giddens sang for President Barack Obama. She shook hands with Obama. She managed to respond coherently when Obama told her he’d listened to her record.
Emerald ash borer traps to be set across Kansas
03:09 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
The state and national departments of agriculture will set 163 emerald ash borer traps across Kansas to help prevent the spread of the destructive beetle.
Registration open for Girls Rock! Lawrence summer camp
April 18, 2015
Girls Rock! Lawrence has opened registration for its inaugural summer camp, which will take place June 1-5 at St. John’s School, 1208 Kentucky St.
A whirlwind year: Hard-working folk rocker Spencer Mackenzie Brown quickly winning over fans
April 15, 2015
Playing Middle of the Map Fest is something Spencer Mackenzie Brown never thought he’d do. But the Lawrence indie folk rocker will be hitting the Riot Room stage on April 25 as part of the massive music festival, and it’s all because he just had one heck of a year.
Free State, LHS students come together for ‘good, clean’ ping-pong madness
05:19 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Halfway through April, March Madness is still in full swing for Lawrence High School and Free State High School students watching and competing in a homegrown ping-pong tournament. By Caitlin Doornbos
A positive push: Twin Shadow to bring ever-changing sound to Lawrence
April 11, 2015
Don’t be surprised if you see George Lewis Jr., the man behind Twin Shadow, zip by you on a motorcycle soon.
George Clinton, Dennis Lehane among Free State Festival headliners
06:16 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Best-selling authors, famous comedians, acclaimed filmmakers and a funk legend are among the headliners for this June’s Free State Festival, the Lawrence Arts Center announced Wednesday.
Lawrence Civic Choir to celebrate 40 years with Lied Center performance
April 4, 2015
Just as individual grains of sand bond to form rock, members of the Lawrence Civic Choir have, since 1975, joined together to create “a mighty song of joy, of love, of light, of peace.”
King Tuff wants to get weird with Lawrence
April 4, 2015
King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas isn’t one of those musicians who just passes through. When Thomas comes through Lawrence, he anticipates getting a little weird.
Martin Miller retrial: Former mistress testifies about four-year affair
11:56 a.m., April 3, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Martin Miller’s former mistress, Carrie Parbs, testified Friday morning about her and Miller’s four-year affair, which culminated in a commitment ceremony celebration just weeks before his wife’s death. By Caitlin Doornbos
Shovels and Rope bringing wild folk show to Bottleneck
08:40 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and everything in between — Shovels and Rope are a riot, and their Bottleneck show on Saturday is sure to be a hootenanny.
Rolling Stones announce stadium tour, will stop at Arrowhead in Kansas City
March 31, 2015
The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will stop at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on June 27.
KU’s multi-choir ‘Joy of Singing’ concert this Thursday
March 29, 2015
Kansas University’s School of Music will host a multi-choir concert Thursday at the Lied Center, the school said in a release.
Of Montreal gets its freak on
Kevin Barnes looks forward to bringing communal commotion to the Granada
March 28, 2015
When Of Montreal hits the stage, they tend to be theatrical and dramatic. Band members pull out all the stops when it comes to sequins and stimulation during their highly danceable numbers, and their show at the Granada on Wednesday will be no different.
Swarthout Recital Hall to re-open with concert series
March 28, 2015
After almost 60 years, a million patrons and thousands of performances, Swarthout Recital Hall was due for a face-lift. Now, after undergoing renovations for the last 10 months, the historic building is re-opening and christening its upgrades with an eight-concert series of performances.

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