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Kelley Hunt album-release concert to benefit Just Food
June 4, 2014
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
June 4, 2014
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
May 15, 2014
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
May 15, 2014
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
May 4, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Chaeyoung Park recently won the highest award in classical music at YoungArts Week in Miami.
KU Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony to perform shared concert
May 4, 2014
The University of Kansas Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will perform a shared concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Lied Center.
Uh Huh Her: Empowered independent artists
May 1, 2014
Without the control of any major label, Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey of electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her, don’t feel the need to adhere to the sexualized standard many female musicians face these days. Without “the handlers” it’s easier to stay focused on making music meaningful to them. The two are turning the Granada into a nightclub Saturday night in support of latest album “Future Souls.” Tickets are $15.
Concert to celebrate retiring Baker band director’s 48-year career
May 1, 2014
Baker University is honoring Ray James after 48 years as a band director during the Baker University Symphonic Winds Guest Artist Concert this Sunday.
Love Garden to celebrate 24 years with show at the Granada
May 1, 2014
Love Garden Sounds, 822 Massachusetts St., is an iconic Lawrence record store that is home to 100,000 records and two cats, and its staff is ready to celebrating the store’s 24th anniversary with a big concert at the Granada.
Blood on the Wall back together to celebrate Love Garden anniversary
May 1, 2014
A little more than 10 years ago, Courtney Shanks convinced her brother, Brad, to move to New York City. The Kansas City natives hadn’t played music together as kids or planned to start a band in NYC — but they soon formed Blood on the Wall with drummer Miggy Littleton, leading to three albums and a tour with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
How Love Garden’s Kelly Corcoran went from music lover to music store owner
May 1, 2014
Love Garden Sounds has called downtown Lawrence its home for the past 24 years. Owner Kelly Corcoran first began shopping at the store in 1993, when it was located on the 900 block of Massachusetts St. Corcoran has been an owner since 2004 and the store moved to its current location, 822 Massachusetts St., in 2009.
Celtic Woman to bring gems of Ireland to the Lied Center
April 24, 2014
The all-female group is stopping in Lawrence in honor of The Emerald Tour, to perform at the Lied Center in support of their latest studio album “Emerald: Musical Gems.” Originally recruited in 2007 and performing with Celtic Woman until 2007, Lynn Hilary has returned for this 75-city tour, joining Máiréad Nesbitt, Máiréad Carlin, and Susan McFadden.
Eldridge plans to expand hotel
April 23, 2014
One of Lawrence’s more historic businesses has plans for a large, modern expansion.
KU’s Wakarusa Trio wins a top prize in Chamber Music Competition
April 20, 2014
The Wakarusa Trio, comprised of clarinetist Puyin Bai, violist Shokhrukh Sadikov and pianist Kai Yin Crystal Lam, recently won a $4,000 prize at the 68th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
One wild ride for Your Friend, Taryn Miller
April 20, 2014
Since the February 20 announcement that Taryn Blake Miller had signed with London-based Domino Records (offices in Brooklyn), and the rerelease of her debut “Jekyll/Hyde,” her enthusiasm hasn’t wavered.