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Wichita's Haymakers will celebrate the release of Live At Art Church this weekend with a Sunday afternoon gig at The Brickyard. The CD collects some of the group's most popular live favorites and spotlights the longstanding musical relationship
Guitarist Greg Skaff's latest album, Polaris , finds the former Wichitan and longtime New York City resident accompanied by two of the greatest living jazz players: bassist Ron Carter and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. Comprised of original mat
The documentary "The Truffle Hunters" follows a small group of secretive old men in the Piedmont region of Italy, who've spent their lives digging up the rare, and exceedingly expensive, white truffle. The movie looks at their quiet, quirky liv
The Wichita Orpheum Theatre reopens its doors this evening with a special performance from Wichita musician Jenny Wood. Dubbed Phoenix: Strength of the Songbird , the show includes new songs and past favorites from Wood's career with one-act pl
Journalist Sian-Pierre Regis and his mother, Rebecca Danigelis, became something of a minor sensation in 2017 when word got out that, following Rebecca’s sudden firing from her decades-long hotel housekeeping job, Sian-Pierre came up with a nov
When Katie Jo Oberthaler interned at KMUW as a high school student, she says she never expected to end up on the air. More specifically, she never expected that songs she'd written would wind up on the airwaves at that very same station. But he
The Sundance Film Festival has helped launch some of the biggest names in filmmaking over the last three decades, including Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Self-Acceptance Speech , the new album from Old News, arrives Oct. 15 via We're Trying Records. The band's first full-length album finds guitarist/vocalist Beau Harris, drummer Max Abood and bassist Blaine Martin subverting expectations of the
Oct. 9 sees the release of Forest Standards Vol.2, the new album from guitarist David Lord and his second collaboration with the BIG EGO label. As with its predecessor, Lord tracked the majority of the music in Los Angeles, then finished work a
Matt Wilson's 2018 LP Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg earned the veteran musician a Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association while the LP itself was named Record of the Year. Wilson, who is no stra
My Getaway is the full-length debut album from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. The record features songs written primarily since the group's inception in 2017 and taps into the collective's rich confluence of musical influences, including var
Storm Large will perform at Salina's Stiefel Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8. The multi-faceted Large continues to impress with her range of talents, including acting, writing and playwriting, though singing remains central to it all. Her musical p
The Wichita stage production of The Wiz debuts at Roxy’s Downtown next week. The show is based on the classical musical fantasy The Wizard of Oz , but with an all-black cast and an R&B and jazz score.
St. Louis-based singer-songwriter Beth Bombara will perform at Barleycorn's Tuesday, Jan. 21, on a bill with Joey Lemon and Samantha Crain. Bombara's 2019 album Evergreen earned accolades from the critical community and further established her
Though she shares a name (and manager) with blues pianist and vocalist Kelley Hunt, Kansas City-based singer-songwriter Kelly Hunt has a sound distinctly her own. The Tennessee native's songwriting is steeped in the Americana tradition — her so
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kyshona will perform at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston Sunday, Nov. 24, as part of the Prairie Window Concert Series. The show begins at 4 p.m. Kyshona will also release the album "Listen" on Feb. 28, 2020. The
Author and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Timothy Egan often delves into history with his writing. He did so in his personal life, too. Prompted by his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Egan decided to find answers
Bobcat Goldthwait has been known for 40 years for his highly unconventional approach to comedy, and more recently for writing and directing in film and television. Saturday night, the Tallgrass Film Festival will give Goldthwait their annual Ad
Ken Burns is to contemporary television what baseball is to contemporary sports: a vestige that remains relevant, no matter that there are gadgets and gizmos galore competing for our attention. Just as families once flocked to the box on Sunday
During the settlement of the West, one in four cowboys were black. But their contributions have long been overlooked by the mainstream historical record. One need only look at the backlash over 2019's biggest single, Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road,
For many music lovers, Woody Guthrie is the quintessential folk artist. He is the man who scrawled "This Machine Kills Fascists" on his guitar and sang about social injustices. But Guthrie's musical legacy reaches far beyond the folk designatio
Kansas native Chuck Mead is the subject of KMUW's upcoming music tasting on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Roxy's Downtown. Raised in Lawrence, Mead is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band BR549. He also brought the Tony Award-winning musical
Earlier in 2019, Gov't Mule released Bring On The Music: Live at the Capitol Theatre, a multi-format collection celebrating the outfit's quarter-century career. In addition to a stand-alone live album, fans can also witness the concert via a DV
Texas-based musician Scott H. Biram has been something of a touring phenomenon over the last two decades but says that these days he's pulling back a little. Are you touring more these days than in the past? No. I've actually tried to dial it b
Earlier this year, Wichita-based band After Judo released its first album, Harvard Avenue , and now the band is about to embark on its first-ever tour. Band members Joe Hagen and An Nguyen recently visited the KMUW studios to talk about the ban
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