Practice makes perfect: Young pianist from Mexico represents Lawrence in international competition
July 13, 2014
Honestly, Ulises Magaña de la Paz, 14, does not particularly like practicing the piano six to eight hours every day. But wowing audiences and winning competitions? That’s more like it. So he practices. And practices. And practices some more. By Sara Shepherd
Vinyl addicts unite: the lasting culture of record collecting
July 6, 2014
Three local residents share their motivations for vinyl collecting and their reasons for keeping the plastic tradition alive.
KU music students to jazz up Europe on tour
June 29, 2014
A group of student musicians from Kansas University will perform at several high-profile festivals across Europe starting early next month in a university-funded tour. KU’s Jazz Ensemble I, comprising 19 members, is slated to play eight shows during the 11-day stint, including gigs by invitation at the high-profile Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and France’s Jazz À Vienne Festival.
Lawrence orders artists out of SeedCo building until codes issues addressed
June 26, 2014
A group of artists that helped the Warehouse Arts District earn its name is scrambling to relocate after learning their building doesn’t meet code requirements for them to be there. By Sara Shepherd
Navigating this weekend’s jam-packed festivities
June 25, 2014
With the Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Final Fridays and Lawrence Field Day Festival all going on, trying to decide what to do this weekend is an overwhelming task. To make things easier for you, we’ve come up with a schedule of suggestions of what’s going on at a given time, along with some alternative ideas.
Thousands flock to downtown Lawrence for Johnny Winter, beginning of Free State Festival
June 25, 2014
Anyone hungry for a weekend of ideas, art, music and film got a solid appetizer Wednesday night from celebrated blues guitarist Johnny Winter in downtown Lawrence.
Lee McBee, renowned blues musician from Lawrence, has died
09:55 a.m., June 25, 2014 Updated 04:46 p.m.
Lee McBee, a nationally known blues musician from Lawrence, has died. He was 63.
Middle school program helps students beat the heat with jazz jams
June 24, 2014
Within the walls of Lawrence High’s air-conditioned band room, another layer of cool was laid down before lunchtime on Tuesday. In the twilight of its annual two-week iteration, the middle school summer jazz program played on as more than 30 students assembled for what amounted to a 90-minute jam. Save for a few punctuations, like the time a student set off on a riff of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” By Stephen Montemayor
Live music at the Free State Festival
June 22, 2014
This year’s Free State Festival is jam-packed with live musical performances weaved throughout the five-day celebration of film, music, art and ideas.
Guitar legend Johnny Winter on his blues legacy
June 22, 2014
Johnny Winter is coming through Lawrence for the Free State Festival documentary screening of “Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; a free show will follow the film put on by the legendary musician and his backing band, including his brother Edgar Winter.
Camp brings hundreds of young and talented musicians to KU
June 18, 2014
For 79 years, the Midwestern Music Camp at Kansas University has been training young musicians from Kansas and beyond. “There aren’t a lot of summer music camps that have run continuously for that long,” said camp coordinator Leslie Jabara. By Giles Bruce
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The music and mission of Clyde Bysom
June 14, 2014
In 1940, Lawrence musician Clyde Bysom and the Jayhawkers were on the front cover of Downbeat magazine. It looked like that long dreamed-about music career was about to take off. Then the draft came, then the war and then hits of a different sort. By Chad Lawhorn
Richard’s Rock Camp concert Saturday
June 11, 2014
The Granada is hosting the sixth annual Richard’s Music Co. Rock Camp concert this Saturday to end a three-week long music education program.
Dar Williams shares her honest transformation 20 years later
June 7, 2014
Renowned pop-folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams will take the Liberty Hall stage Wednesday to perform present-day renditions of songs from her debut album “The Honesty Room” in honor of its 20th anniversary.
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.