ART FOR YOUR EARS
2014 FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
Expand your artistic experience with this free summer concert series featuring lively acoustic music, and singer-songwriters both locally grown and from around the country. Each month, the Ulrich Museum of Art invites you to bring your lawn chair—we’ll provide the refreshments—relax in the scenery of the Wichita State University campus, and enjoy Art For Your Ears!
Art For Your Ears concerts are located at McKnight Outdoor Plaza (between the Ulrich Museum and the School of Art and Design) on the WSU campus. RAIN LOCATION is the WSU Campus Activities Center (CAC) Theater.
Museum galleries are open until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 7-9 P.M.
ART FOR YOUR EARS: Darden Smith
Darden Smith weaves together folk and Americana influences with rock, pop, and the musical roots of his home state of Texas, to create a sound that is uniquely his own. He has recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums and is likened to songwriters such as Nick Drake, John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello. Recognizing the plight of veterans suffering from PTSD and other injuries, Smith started SongwritingWith:Soldiers in 2012, bringing together some of America’s best songwriters with active duty soldiers and veterans in a retreat setting to craft songs about personal experiences in combat.
THURSDAY, JULY 10, 7-9 P.M.
ART FOR YOUR EARS: Ellis Paul
Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting and one of the top songwriters to emerge out of the fertile Boston folk scene. A songwriter for more than 20 years, his urban, folk rock style bridges the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. In recent years, he has also departed from his solo career to tour and record with longtime friend and 2013 Art For Ears alum Vance Gilbert.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 7-9 P.M.
ART FOR YOUR EARS: The Cherokee Maidens
The Cherokee Maidens are the tight harmony trio of local legend Robin Macy, Monica Taylor and Jennifer Pettersen. Singing in a traditional style reminiscent of the McKinney Sisters and Bob Wills, they cover old western swing, jazz, and original tunes. In addition to their harmonic convergence, they all share Cherokee Indian heritage and Great Plains roots. The Cherokee Maidens are accompanied by Sycamore Swing, a group of veteran, talented musicians with multi-instrumentalist Kentucky White, fiddler Rob Loren, Jordan Bollig on bass, and percussionist Kirk Russell.
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