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JOE'S PET PROJECT

Wednesday, May 23@ 7PMRiders in the Sky

The Salina Education Foundation is thrilled to announce that it is bringing back 305 LIVE, a collaboration between the rock band, Joe’s Pet Project, and the students and faculty of USD 305.  This will be the fourth time the concert has been presented, and this year the Ed Foundation will again partner with the Stiefel Theatre to give students and audience members a professional rock performance experience.

Joe’s Pet Project is a five-member rock group, all of whom graduated from Salina Public Schools.  They have performed at the Smoky Hill River Festival, Ad Astra and Rolling Hills Zoo, to name a few local venues.  Nathan Tysen, award-winning Broadway Lyricist, whose plays Tuck Everlasting and Amelie opened on Broadway, and Ryan McCall, musical director at the University of Kansas, will teach a master class in songwriting. Ten students from each middle and high school will be taught the basics of songwriting by dissecting a few rock and roll hits and examining their structure. After learning the basics, participants will collectively write a song with the band that will be premiered at the 305 LIVE concert on May 23.  In addition to the original song, middle and high school students will be involved in all technical and performance aspects of producing a rock concert. 

New this year!  At guests’ requests, all seats will be reserved.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $20, $12

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AL STEWART

Classic Album Concert - Year of the Cat

Saturday, June 2 @ 8PMAl Stewart

Year Of The Cat – A Classic Album Live! – Al Stewart and a full backing band, The Empty Pockets, recreate the iconic platinum album “Year Of The Cat” from start to finish, plus a bonus set of the many hits from his other albums including the platinum-selling “Time Passages.” This show sold out two days at London’s Royal Albert Hall and is selling out theaters across North America.

Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies and developed the combination of folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. Stewart has 19 studio albums between “Bedsitter Images” in 1967 and “Sparks of Ancient Light” in 2008, plus the live album "Uncorked" with Dave Nachmanoff in 2009. Al continues to tour extensively around the U.S. and Europe. He is perhaps best known for his hits ‘Year of the Cat” from the Platinum album of the same name and the Platinum follow up album “Time Passages.” But his career spans four decades as a key figure in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $34.

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PHANTOM BLUES BAND

Saturday, June 16 @ 8PMPhantom Blueds Band

The Phantom Blues Band was formed as a studio band to backup Taj Mahal on his CD, ‘Dancin’ the Blues’. The association with Taj produced several more recordings including the Grammy winning ‘Senor Blues’ and ‘Shouting in Key’. Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band were recipients of the 2001 W.C Hand Award as Band of the Year.

After circling the globe playing major Blues and Jazz Festivals in Europe, Japan and Australia with Taj Mahal, The Phantom Blues Band released their first CD, ‘Limited Edition’ in 2003. This was followed by ‘Out of the Shadows’ and the soon to be released ‘Footprints’, both available on Delta Groove.

Having spent many years as part of the Texas blues community, the members of the Phantom Blues Band backed and recorded with many blues greats including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $35.

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BRIAN REGAN

Thursday, June 21 @ 8PM Brian Regan

Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” Having built his 30-plus year career on the strength of his material alone, Brian’s nonstop theater tour continuously fills the most beautiful venues across North America, visiting close to 100 cities each year.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $53, $48

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THE AVETT BROTHERS

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, June 27 @ 8PM 3 Doors Down

When you're receptive to the forces around you, you'll notice there's something powerful in the air. It's that feeling of inspiration to which The Avett Brothers consistently remain open." It's a spirit that courses through everything that they do. You could call it a "creative lifeblood" or a "muse", but it's ultimately indefinable. However, you can hear it and feel it within 2013's Magpie and the Dandelion. Recorded immediately after The Carpenter with Rick Rubin (marking their third consecutive team-up in the studio with the iconic producer), the North Carolina quartet—Seth Avett, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon—rode a creative wave that yielded another ponderous, poetic, and passionate collection on the heels of their most successful set to date, no less. Their eighth studio album went on to debut at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. A string of sold out shows followed as the boys continued to dream up their next step. Much like their own music, it promises to continue tradition, while making a decidedly personal statement. If you keep your eyes, mind, and heart open, you'll undoubtedly feel it.

 

Tickets: Start at $77

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DAVE MASON & STEVE CROPPER

Rock & Soul Revue

Thursday, July 5 @ 8PMRock & Soul Revue

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Dave Mason and Steve Cropper join and play together for the first time on one stage to deliver a night of timeless music and endless hits, performing material that defined a generation.

Dave Mason, founding member of the band Traffic, highly successful solo artist, consummate guitarist, songwriter and producer, has performed and recorded with numerous members of the pantheon of pop and rock and roll music including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Winwood and more.

Steve Cropper, member of Booker T and the MG’s, the Stax Records house band during the label’s most influential period, backed artists such as Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and Rufus Thomas and member of The Blues Brothers Band. Cropper was ranked #39 on Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time.

This collaboration and multi-media show will include some of each artists’ beloved and most memorable hits including “All Along The Watchtower”, “Only You Know and I Know”, “Every Woman” and “We Just Disagree” plus the rock anthem “Feelin’ Alright”, along with “(Sittin’ On) “The Dock of the Bay”, “Green Onions”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood”.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $37.

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GEORGE THOROGOOD

AND THE DESTROYERS

with special guest Nick Schnebelen

Tuesday, July 31 @ 8PMGeorge Thorogood

Over the course of 16 studio albums – including six Gold and two Platinum – George Thorogood and the Destroyers would amass an unmatched catalog of hits that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Get A Haircut” and the ultimate badass anthem, “Bad To The Bone.” But it was their powerhouse live performances that made GT&D legendary: from unforgettable appearances on SNL and Live Aid, to the opening slot on the Rolling Stones’ historic ’81 tour, to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) –remain among the most relentless and relevant classic rock acts on tour today.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $46.

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW

Thursday, August 16 @ 8PMOld Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998 New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

It's been over nineteen years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: "Best Folk Album" for Remedy (2014) and "Best Long Form Music Video" for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, "Wagon Wheel", received the RIAA's Platinum certification in 2013 for selling over 1,000,000 copies. 

“I really love the Old Crow Medicine Show”
Emmylou Harris (Richmond Times – Dispatch)

“The twentysomethings in Old Crow Medicine Show marry old-time string music and punk swagger.” 
Rolling Stone

“I’m really into this band…their live show is amazing and the album OCMS is really special.”
Norah Jones (MOJO)

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $39.

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Vince Gill

Sunday, August 19 @ 8PMPhantom Blueds Band

“Vince Gill is quite simply a living prism refracting all that is good in country music.  He uses the crystal planes of his songwriting, his playing and his singing to give us a musical rainbow that embraces all and spans all seasons.”  - Kyle Young/Country Music Foundation on Vince’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame

One of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music.  His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.  Gill, along with his top-notch band will be performing at the Stiefel Theatre on August 19 @ 8pm.

Gill’s current MCA Records album is Down To My Last Bad Habit, of which he wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs. Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award.  Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the  most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history.

Since 1990, Gill has received 21 GRAMMY Awards and has sold more than 26 million albums. The Academy of Country Music has handed Gill 8 awards, including their prestigious “The Home Depot Humanitarian Award” and the “Career Achievement Award.” Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $69.

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GILLIAN WELCH
An Evening with Gillian Welch

Saturday, September 15 @ 8PM

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

On this tour Gillian Welch and her musical partner, David Rawlings, will perform two full sets of music with no opener. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have recorded 8 studio albums and have lent their talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. Recently, Welch & Rawlings released their latest collaboration, David Rawlings’s Poor David’s Almanack, a wry mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in ageless American vernacular. Additionally, in recognition of their remarkable career, Welch and Rawlings were honored with the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 and the Berklee American Masters Award in 2016.

Gillian Welch’s rich and remarkable career spans over twenty years, and is a pillar of the modern acoustic music world. After moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Welch was launched into the public consciousness when Emmylou Harris recorded a cover of Welch’s “Orphan Girl.” Her career continued to flourish as her 1996 debut Revival, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released to critical acclaim. Firmly on the roots music map following the release, Welch followed up that GRAMMY nominated album release with 1998’s Hell Among The Yearlings, a stark duet record with partner David Rawlings, further solidifying the duo as a force in the folk music scene. When Welch served as executive producer as well as a performer on the eight times platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, she was awarded the Album of the Year GRAMMY Award win, and was simultaneously nominated for her own Time (The Revelator) which Rolling Stone called one of the best albums of the 2000s and is widely considered by critics to be one of the best albums of all time. This release was Welch-Rawlings’ first on their own record label, Acony Records, helping to establish the duo’s fierce independence. 2003’s Soul Journey was the pair’s first experimentation with a fuller, electric sound, which paved the way for the Dave Rawlings Machine project, and their first release under Rawlings’ name (A Friend of A Friend, 2009).

 

Reserved seating. Tickets start at $36.

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THREE DOG NIGHT

Saturday, October 6 @ 8PMThree Dog Night

Legendary music icons, THREE DOG NIGHT, celebrating nearly 5 decades, claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than THREE DOG NIGHT.     

THREE DOG NIGHT hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures – songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize THREE DOG NIGHT’s continuing popularity.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $52.

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CELTIC THUNDER

Thursday, October 11 @ 8PMCeltic Thunder

There’s no resting on your laurels for Public Television phenomenon Celtic Thunder! The multi-platinum Irish group disembarked from its third Celtic Thunder Cruise in November and completed a US Symphony Tour in December, all the while making preparations for the all new CELTIC THUNDER X Deluxe Double CD, Deluxe Double DVD packages, released on March 2, 2018.  The releases celebrate the group’s 10th Anniversary, and the Celtic Thunder X tour of 75 cities across the US and Canada will begin in the fall of 2018.

Backed by the amazing Celtic Thunder Band, the singers (Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Michael O’Dwyer, Emmet Cahill & Neil Byrne) deliver new ensemble numbers including “Sons of Light”, “Toora, Loora, Lay”, “The Wild Rover”, “Right all right”, and “Castle on the Hill” followed in the second act by nostalgic fun songs like “Celebration”, “I’m a Believer”, “Seasons in the Sun” and “Rise Again”.  No Celtic Thunder show would be complete without an encore of their rousing anthem “Ireland’s Call”, the only song in CELTIC THUNDER X that isn’t a new song but which never fails to bring the audience to its feet.

 

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at $62.50.

 

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

Saturday, November 3 @ 8PM

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Now in their eighth year, Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band has earned their reputation as one of the premier live acts touring today. The 12-piece ensemble, led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist-singer Susan Tedeschi, is a true collective; a rarity in rock-and-roll with every musician featured nightly while serving the band’s unified vision, pushing the boundaries of group dynamics and improvisation to inspiring new heights. Praised by reviewers for their “joy-filled blast of blues, soul and rock” (Philadelphia Inquirer)and “stellar musicianship” (Denver Post),TTB is a touring juggernaut, on the road over 200 days a year and never playing the same set list twice.  

Their latest release, Live From the Fox Oakland, (2017) – a CD and film – was recorded in a single night at a show that fans and band members all regard as one of their finest performances to date.  For Trucks and Tedeschi, the fall night in Oakland represented a perfect opportunity to document the progress the band has made since its inception in 2010. “It really feels like we are hitting our stride and firing on all cylinders,” says Trucks.  The double disc live recording showcases the band’s ability to move seamlessly from blistering rock and blues to soulful ballads and includes their take on classics from Derek and the Dominos, Leonard Cohen, and even Miles Davis among TTB’s original songs. The film also gives a behind the scenes look at the band on the road, and includes footage from recent interviews with WFT! Podcast host Marc Maron and Rolling Stone critic David Fricke. 

Live From the Fox Oakland, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues and #6 on the Rock Albums chart, follows four critically-hailed and commercially successful TTB albums, including their Grammy-winning inaugural studio effort Revelator(2011), and 2016’s Let Me Get By, the first to be solely produced by Trucks and written in house in the TTB family and called by the Associated Press “one of the great records of the year”.

 

Reserved seating. Tickets start at $59.

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STRAIGHT NO CHASER

Wednesday, November 7 @ 8PM

Straight No Chaser

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

The upcoming tour coincides with the 10thAnniversary of Straight No Chaser signing with Atlantic Records and the release of their debut album, “HOLIDAY SPIRITS” after a video of the group performing “12 Days of Christmas” went viral on YouTube and became the most viewed video of 2007.  Upon the release of “HOLIDAY SPIRITS” in 2008,The New York Times predicted” this may be the year’s most unlikely major label story.” Now, ten years later with six full length albums and four EPs under their belt, the group will hit the road to celebrate and invite fans to join them on the “One Shot Tour.”

 

Reserved seating. Tickets start at $43.

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