Expand your artist experience with this free, summer concert series featuring acoustic music and singer/songwriters locally grown and from around the country. Concerts take place in a relaxed location, the McKnight Outdoor Plaza (between the Ulrich Museum and the School of Art and Design) on the WSU campus. Bring your lawn chairs and we'll supply refreshments.

Chuck Pyle, 2013THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 7-9 P.M.

Seeing what's best about America, Chuck Pyle, who has performed on Austin City Limits, writes songs about love lost and love found, forgetful cowboys, and heroic highway patrolmen. Holding the moniker of "Zen Cowboy," he "…always rides the horse in the direction it's going," mixing infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, and old cowboys. Pyle's songs have been recorded by John Denver, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him for writing "Cadillac Cowboy," recorded by Chris LeDoux, and "Jaded Lover," recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker. Live performances feature the signature Chuck Pyle Finger-Style approach to guitar--sure to hook the crowd every time.

Vance Gilbert, 2013THURSDAY, JULY 11, 7-9 P.M.
ART FOR YOUR EARS: Vance Gilbert

"With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From a folk-style field of music often dominated by white performers and audiences, Vance Gilbert emerges with sophisticated melodies and harmonies as well as casual live-show banter that proves to be engaging. With a recent album title like Old White Men, he paints a poignant and humorous picture--full of great advice such as "…don’t trust women in three-inch heels." His touring card has included requests to open famed artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, and George Carlin.


Mark Selby and Tia Sillers, 2013THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 7-9 P.M.
ART FOR YOUR EARS: Mark Selby and Tia Sillers

Grammy-winning songwriters Mark Selby and Tia Sillers return to Wichita for a special season-closing Art for Your Ears performance. Together, this singer-songwriter, husband-and-wife duo have penned more than 20 hit singles, including the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning #1 "There’s Your Trouble" and Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s "Blue on Black," which was named Billboard Magazine's Rock Track of the Year. Kansas/Oklahoma native Mark Selby has toured and recorded with artists B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Kenny Rogers, Wynona, and Lynrd Skynrd. Tia's discography includes hits for country icons Alan Jackson and Trisha Yearwood.

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