Wichita Area Concerts Calendar

Get the inside scoop on the best concerts and live music in the Wichita area! Concerts and events provided by The Cotillion Ballroom, Intrust Bank Arena, Hartman Arena, The Orpheum Theatre, Abode Venue and Century II Convention Center, and the Kansas Star Casino.

Events

Dawn of the Dub at The Cotillion

  • Dawn of the Dub at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Friday October 24, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $12 adv, $15 day of show
With Twine, Kinetik, B2B, Timmy Tutone, Kandi Kid Assassin, G-Note, and Aleve.

All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Bootsy Collins at The Cotillion

  • Bootsy Collins at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Sunday October 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $25-$100
ootsy (born William Collins, October 26, 1951, Cincinnati) is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleader. He formed his first group, the Pacesetters, in 1968, featuring Phelps “Catfish” Collins (his brother; guitar), Frankie “Kash” Waddy (drums), and Philippe Wynne (later of The Spinners fame). From 1969 to 1971, the group functioned as James Brown’s backup band and was dubbed the J.B.’s. In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship. He launched Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff of P-Funk in 1976, the band including his
brother Phelps, Waddy (drums), Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson (keyboards), Gary “Mudbone” Cooper (vocals), and Robert “P-Nut” Johnson (vocals), along with “the Horny Horns”. (He was sometimes billed alone as Bootsy, and sometimes as William “Bootsy” Collins.)
Collins’ inspired, clever progressions and patterns were a vital part of such records as “Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine.” The group became the House Guests after departing the JB’s, until Collins joined Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic empire in 1971. He co- wrote “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” with Clinton and Jerome Brailey and established himself so effectively that Clinton urged him to form his own band. Bootsy’s Rubber Band emerged in 1976, a spirited ensemble that included Collins’ brother Phelps (“Catfish”), as well as fellow James Brown bandmembers Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, Joel Johnson, Gary Cooper, Rick Gardner, and Richard Griffiths. (Collins also featured his alter egos “Bootzilla” and “Casper, the Friendly Ghost” as part of the stage act.)
Their debut LP, Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band, and their second release, Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! equalled anything issued during Clinton’s peak period for idiomatic diversity, clever, bizarre humor, and outrageous lyrics. Both Ahh... and the third LP, Bootsy? Player of the Year, earned gold records and made it into the Top 20 on the pop charts. The single “Bootzilla” was his lone R&B chart topper in 1978, although “The Pinocchio Theory” also made the Top Ten.
Collins recorded as both a solo artist and with the Rubber Band in the ’80s. He also did some special projects, such as a 1984 collaboration with Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads — using the name Bonzo Goes to Washington — that produced “5 Minutes (C-C-C- Club Mix),” featuring Ronald Reagan declaring nuclear war on the Soviet Union over a skittering rhythm track. In 1988, he returned on Columbia with the appropriately named What’s Bootsy Doin’? In 1989, Bootsy was a member of the Bootzilla Orchestra on Malcolm McLaren’s album Waltz Dancing. One year later, he became a featured guitarist and bassist with the dance music trio Deee-Lite, signed with 4th and Broadway, and also toured England with a group co-led by Parker and Wesley.
Bootsy’s New Rubber Band released Blasters of the Universe in 1994, and Fresh Outta ‘P’ University followed four years later. Numerous Collins live shows and reissues appeared as the 21st century opened, and in 2006, the bassist actually released a Christmas album, Christmas Is 4 Ever, on Shout Records. In 2011, a conceptual album, The Funk Capital of the World, landed, featuring everyone from Ice Cube to Samuel L. Jackson on the guest list.
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Gregory E. Jacobs, known by the stage names Shock-G and Humpty Hump, is a musician and rapper best known as the lead vocalist for the hip hop group Digital Underground. He is also an accomplished pianist, visual artist, and music producer, responsible for D.U.'s "The Humpty Dance", Tupac Shakur's breakthrough single "I Get Around", and co- producer of 2Pac's debut album 2Pacalypse Now.

Vienna Boys’ Choir

  • Vienna Boys’ Choir
Orpheum Theatre
Date: Saturday November 1, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Orpheum Theatre
Price: $35, $39
The world-renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir will be in Wichita Saturday, Nov. 1.

From medieval to contemporary and experimental music the Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a part of musical history since the 14th century.

Tickets on sale starting Friday, Aug. 15 at the INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office and Select-A-Seat Locations. Order by phone at 855.755.7328.
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The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

  • The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Abode Venue
Date: Saturday November 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: ABODE Venue
Price: $20 Advance Tickets
Slick Rick, the most successful British-American rapper of all time, for one night at Abode Venue, near downtown. Originally from Jamaica, Rick raps with “brilliant wordplay,” and “effortless ability to bring to life the stories,” mixed with “dead on pop-culture reference and hilarious one-liners.” Come out for another legendary night of hip-hop in the Wichita community. See you there!
http://www.naymlis.com/#/slickrick/

Joe Bonamassa

  • Joe Bonamassa
Century 2 Performing Arts & Convention Center
Date: Sunday November 9, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Century II Concert Hall
Price: $78.66, $90.06, $101.46
Get Ready To Rock. One of the world's greatest guitarists, Joe Bonamassa, will be in Wichita in November!

Joe will perform an Acoustic Set and Electric Set. Get tickets at Wichita Tix.
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Jackyl at The Cotillion

  • Jackyl at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Saturday November 15, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $20 adv, $25 day of show
All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Jeezy at The Cotillion

  • Jeezy at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Sunday November 16, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $31.50 adv, $36.50 day of show
All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text RAP to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Tickets on sale 10/4!

Toad the Wet Sprocket

  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
Orpheum Theatre
Date: Friday November 21, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Orpheum Theatre
Price: $35 and $40
Toad the Wet Sprocket will be in concert in Wichita Friday, Nov. 21 at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums.

Tickets on sale starting Friday, Aug. 22 at teh INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office and Select-a-seat outlets.
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LoCash Cowboys at The Cotillion

  • LoCash Cowboys at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Friday November 21, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $15 adv, $18 day of show
All tickets are general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations for groups of 4 or more are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more. Text COUNTRY to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Little Big Town: THE PAIN KILLER TOUR

  • Little Big Town: THE PAIN KILLER TOUR
Hartman Arena
Date: Friday November 21, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Hartman Arena
Price: $30, $45
GRAMMY award-winning country group Little Big Town - consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman - will be performing THE PAIN KILLER TOUR in Park City, KS at Hartman Arena on November 21, 2014. Tickets for the show go on-sale on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available on ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at the Hartman Arena Box Office from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The foursome also unveiled the album cover of Pain Killer, their upcoming sixth studio release, on the band's Instagram page (instagram.com/littlebigtown). Pain Killer is set for release October 21st and features current hit single, "Day Drinking." THE PAIN KILLER TOUR will feature special guests Brothers Osborne and Brett Eldredge and will hit over 13 cities nationwide.

"We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour," said Fairchild. "Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brothers and Brett...we're big fans."

"The band is so stoked about this record that we've been playing new songs all summer," added Westbrook. "We can't wait to play the whole thing along with our hits the fans know and love this November."

For the very first time the band is offering their fans a unique VIP experience on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR. Choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, pre-show soundcheck, exclusive merchandise, and more. For more information on all VIP packages and pre-sale tickets head over to LittleBigTown.com.


About Brett Eldredge
With two consecutive No. 1 hits "Beat of the Music" and "Don't Ya," Atlantic recording artist Brett Eldredge is thrilled to join Little Big Town on THE PAIN KILLER TOUR in support of his debut album Bring You Back. Celebrating his album release with performances on Today, Live with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers, Eldredge also earned New Artist nominations for the CMA and ACM Awards, a CMT Award nod for "Breakthrough Video of the Year," a performance on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and rave reviews from noted tastemakers. Eldredge was recently named by People Country Magazine and Us Weekly as one country music's sexiest men. People reported "Patience, passion, personality, a whole lot of talent and an insane work ethic are already in Brett's favor to position him as a star in country music."


About Brothers Osborne
Brothers Osborne hail from Deale, Maryland; a water town on the Chesapeake Bay. Upon moving to Nashville, Brothers Osborne began writing and playing every open-mic in town that they could. In 2012 the brothers signed to EMI Nashville (part of the Universal Music Group Nashville). Brothers Osborne mark the first duo signed to the EMI Nashville imprint. Their current single at country radio is the feel-good song "Rum," a song that the New York Times says "...is elegantly structured, sinewy country passing as back-porch folk." In addition, Rolling Stone also listed Brothers Osborne as one of 10 Artists You Need To Know. Furthermore Country Weekly listed Brothers Osborne as one of their "ONES TO WATCH IN 2014" and Paste Magazine listed the brothers on their "Best Of What's Next" list.
http://www.hartmanarena.com/events/default-event-category/the-painkiller-tour.html

Nonpoint at The Cotillion

  • Nonpoint at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Saturday November 22, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $15
With special guests Gemini Syndrome, Islander, and 3 Years Hollow.

All tickets are general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations for groups of 4 or more are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Trampled Under Foot...Second Annual Thanksgiving Throwdown at The Cotillion

  • Trampled Under Foot...Second Annual Thanksgiving Throwdown at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Friday November 28, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $15 adv, $18 day of show
With special guests Moreland and Arbuckle.

All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Jackson Taylor & The Sinners at The Cotillion

  • Jackson Taylor & The Sinners at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Saturday November 29, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $12.50 adv, $15 day of show
With special guests Mountain Deer Revival.

All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Eric Church

  • Eric Church
Intrust Bank Arena
Date: Thursday December 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Intrust Bank Arena
Price: $25, $35, $45 $64.50, $79.50
Eric Church's Outsiders World Tour stops in Wichita December 4. Special Guests Dwight Yoakam & Halestorm.

Tickets on sale starting Friday, July 18 at 10:00am.
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Mursday...Mayday x Murs at The Cotillion

  • Mursday...Mayday x Murs at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Thursday December 4, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $15 adv, $18 day of show
MURS
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A longtime friend of Definitive Jux leader El-P, rapper Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. Based in Los Angeles, his first single was released in 1993, and came from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies. The track barely made a dent, but it did catch the attention of indie hip-hop fans in the area. Through time, the group members became friends with Mystik Journeymen, who asked 3MG (their shortened name) to join them when they started the Living Legends collective in 1996.
Between both 3MG and the Living Legends, Murs rapped on several influential indie rap albums, appearing on more than 20 records, EPs, and singles within a seven-year period. When El-P started to pull together his Def Jux label, Murs contacted the producer and told him he would release his solo record for the company once he had the opportunity. His commitments to both the Legends and 3MG often kept him from working on the album, but after a few years of slowly putting together tracks, Murs finally delivered The End of the Beginning in the spring of 2003.

Featuring flashier production than his group projects, the album was more in tune with a mainstream hip-hop record, though projects with Anticon rapper Slug under the name Felt -- A Tribute to Christina Ricci and A Tribute to Lisa Bonet -- unveiled a more experimental side to his artistry. The rapper returned to solo work with Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, a collaboration with producer 9th Wonder, in 2004. One of the tracks from that album, "Walk Like a Man," inspired a movie starring Murs himself, along with Damien Wigfall. The soundtrack, Walk Like a Man, also appeared in mid-2005. Murs teamed up again with 9th Wonder to release Murray's Revenge in 2006. Two years later, he jumped to the majors for a contract with Warner Bros., which yielded Murs for President, with appropriately major-label features for will.i.am and Snoop Dogg. Another two years later, Murs reunited with 9th Wonder to make Fornever. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi
MAYDAY
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¡MAYDAY! may sound like a battleship distress
call, but the Miami-based hip hop group is
generating a sound too strong for any ship to produce. The unique blend of electro-rock fusion is
changing the frontier of music as they flex their muscles in areas of funk that hip hop has yet to explore.
Their call to attention and explosive live show is impossible to ignore and have earned the group
accolades from critics, music aficionados and hip hop artists alike. ¡MAYDAY!'s recent series of EP's
has set off media alarms throughout 2009 and provided music fans with a taste of the near future as they
prepare to release their sophomore album Stuck on an Island in 2010.

Under the Streetlamp

  • Under the Streetlamp
Orpheum Theatre
Date: Friday December 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Orpheum Theatre,
Price: $30, $35, $40
With their unique style and modern “Rat Pack” persona, Under the Streetlamp, brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level. a cappella group Gentleman's Rule will open the show.

Tickets on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 14 at Select-A-Seat outlets.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic

  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic
Intrust Bank Arena
Date: Friday December 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Intrust Bank Arena
Price: $74.50, $64.50, $54.50, $44.50, $34.50
The rock opera Christmas Attic will be performed live at INTRUST Bank Arena for one night only. Featuring the hit song "Christmas Canon". TSO puts on an amazing rock and roll stage show and Christmas story set to music.

Tickets on sale starting September 27 at 10am at Select-A-Seat.
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Chase Rice at The Cotillion

  • Chase Rice at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Thursday December 11, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $21.50 adv, $25 day of show
Tickets on sale 9/19!

All tickets are general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations for groups of 4 or more are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Phantom Blues Band at The Cotillion

  • Phantom Blues Band at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Friday December 12, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $25 adv, $30 day of show
All seating general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion and by phone at 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text CONCERT to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Tech N9ne at The Cotillion

  • Tech N9ne at The Cotillion
Cotillion
Date: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $25 adv, $30 day of show
With special guest Stevie Stone.

Tickets go on sale 10/17!

All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text RAP to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!

Something Else is the thirteenth studio album by rapper Tech N9ne. The album was released on July 30, 2013 by Strange Music. The album, which is broken up into three portions — Earth, Water & Fire, features guest appearances from B.o.B, Big K.R.I.T., Cee Lo Green, The Doors, Game, Kendrick Lamar, Serj Tankian, T-Pain, Trae tha Truth and Wiz Khalifa, among others including several artists from Tech N9ne's Strange Music imprint.


The album was first announced on February 8, 2013, on the Strange Music blog. On the preview on the Strange Music blog Tech N9ne spoke about what to expect from the album, saying:
The beats sound nothing like anything you’ve ever heard me on. The features that I’m going for are something you would never imagine. All I can say about it now is that it’s a very human album. What I mean by that is that it’s contradictory. On one song I say, ‘The saint is ours’, like we’re in the saint’s corner and then I have another song called ‘I’m Not A Saint’. It’s so beautiful because the King, the Clown, and the G are still present on this album. There’s no apologies in what I’m saying. I don’t mind that it contradicts itself because that’s what people do. The album is everywhere. It feels like it’s Hell, Purgatory and Heaven all over again. I’m telling stories that I’ve never told – that I was afraid to tell on some songs. It’s super personal and I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder again. It’s always been there, but it’s getting bigger having to prove to fans and critics that we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Asian Variety Show

  • Asian Variety Show
Kansas Star Casino
Date: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Kansas Star Arena
Price: General Admission $20.00
Enjoy a night at Kansas Star Arena filled with fun, laughter and entertainment. Music spanning all genres will bring a lifetime of songs and stories to the audience.

Featured Performers:
Tâm Ðoan
Nguyên Hông Nhung
Tóc Tiên
Kiêu Trinh
Mai Tiên Dung
Ðan Nguyên
Vân Son
Båo Chung
MC Viêt Thåo

Persons enrolled in the Kansas Voluntary Exclusion Program and persons under the age of 21 may attend Kansas Star Arena events, but are prohibited from entering the gaming floor. All casino games owned and operated by the Kansas Lottery.
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Jim Brickman - On a Winter’s Night Concert

  • Jim Brickman - On a Winter’s Night Concert
Orpheum Theatre
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Orpheum Theatre
Price: $40 - $65
Jim Brickman live at Wichita’s historic Orpheum Theatre.

The best-selling solo pianist of our time. On a Winter’s Night is Brickman's 18th annual holiday tour.

Tickets on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 1 at the INTRUST Bank Arena Box and Select-A-Seat locations.
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Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas - The Symphony Tour

  • Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas - The Symphony Tour
Kansas Star Casino
Date: Friday December 19, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Kansas Star Arena
Price: $49, $79 & $99 Tickets
Since Celtic Woman's debut in 2004, this unique all-female ensemble continues to have mainstream success without the aid of traditional sales drivers such as radio or video airplay. No other group of this particular adult contemporary genre can claim more than 7 million CDs/DVDs sold worldwide, two top 10 album debuts, 3 Gold and Platinum albums and more than 3 million concert tickets sold. Their widely popular “Symphony Tour” showcases the pure angelic voices of Celtic Woman in a dynamic live music experience accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.

Acts subject to change without notice. All ticket purchases are final and no refunds will be given after purchase. If a cancellation occurs, return tickets to the point of purchase for a refund. Persons enrolled in the Kansas Voluntary Exclusion Program and persons under the age of 21 may attend Kansas Star Arena events, but are prohibited from entering the gaming floor. All casino games owned and operated by the Kansas Lottery.
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Jason Boland & The Stragglers

  • Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Cotillion
Date: Saturday December 27, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: The Cotillion
Price: $15 adv, $18 day of show
Tickets on sale 10/17!

All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text COUNTRY to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets!


This is country music.

In a recent commercial-country star’s genre-defining song, the act of singing about Jesus, tractors and little towns is portrayed as an unfashionable act that runs counter to the current of societal norms. Rebellion is drinking a cold one, getting a little loud, although it’s never mentioned what the country folk are getting loud about. Country music seems to be an increasingly neutered genre, where nothing at all is said, where a hit song that welcomes a world where a black man could become president was seen as a bridge too far by some. Contrast that discomfort with the bravery of an artist like Merle Haggard producing a song like “Irma Jackson” in the late 1960s. That The Hag is name-checked by so many current country stars as an influence is ironic, given that the bravery exhibited in this one song is greater than the combined bravery of every artist currently on the country chart.

Into this tepid landscape, Jason Boland releases his latest album, Rancho Alto. Even though its songs are not likely to be topping the country charts anytime soon, Jason is adamant that this is country music. “It may fit in with some other types of music, like Americana maybe, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea that country music can be relevant,” says Jason. “And country music is what I play. My fans are George Strait fans. They go to the dancehalls to see shows. I know these people. They are more capable of complex thought than the country music industry thinks they are.”

Jason was born and raised in Harrah, Oklahoma (like the casino he says – “there weren’t any around where I grew up, I used to joke, and now there are”) and went to college at Oklahoma State University, where he formed a band with some like-minded mates. Jason Boland and The Stragglers went on to become one of the most popular bands of that region, having released five albums since 1999 and having played in front of millions of fans during that time. Boland has certainly had his challenges along the way. His fraternal college drinking turned into frightening full-blown alcoholism, and was ultimately admitted to Sierra Tuscon Rehabilitation Center for 28 days in October of 2005. In 2008, as his most recent studio album Comal County Blue was being released, he ruptured a polyp on his vocal chord, and doctors thought that he might not be able to sing again. Because the journey has been difficult, Jason operates with a deeper resolve to say something worth saying.

Many of the characters that populate Rancho Alto are struggling and reacting to their travails. The album’s lead track, “Down Here In The Hole,” tells of a miner who is stuck


in a cave-in, maintaining hope despite his predicament (“I’m finding out when troubled, the sprit can glow”), but also ruminating on the limited options that put him in the hole to begin with (“Some say I fell between the cracks and some say I was shoved”).

Less resigned to his fate is the protagonist of “Pushing Luck,” a man who has been living outside the law in order to take care of his family. He sees little difference between his “hustle” and the government’s, where the government has taken money to perpetuate its existence, and with which it has funded the assault on his homestead. He has a bulletproof vest on, underneath his overalls, and stands ready to fight the power.

Rancho Alto has moments that are not quite as fraught with political tension. Jason has two outright love songs on this album. “I never really wrote love songs before,” he says, adding that having found a stable love allowed him to channel these sentiments more readily than before. “Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse” is a love song of a different sort, written for the mother of one of his first band mates, who would let the trio put on jam sessions in her greenhouse, as well as feed them. “I wanted to write a song to thank those people who support us broke-ass musicians and allow us to do what we do.” Boland also shows his immense imagination, songcraft and reverence for country music in “False Accuser’s Lament.” He takes a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern turn on the classic country song “Long Black Veil,” where the song is sung from the point of the view of the accuser whose false testimony led the protagonist of the original song to his execution.

But at heart, this album is about embracing the truths that country music used to tell, but that it can seemingly no longer stomach telling. That spirit is behind two of the covers that Jason chose to record for the album. One is the legendary Bob Childers’ “Woody’s Road,” in which Jason sings about reaching out to the helpless and hopeless “and the folks nobody wants to know.” In the final song of the album, the Greg Jacobs-penned “Farmer’s Luck,” Jason tells the tale of a farmer who made his living and raised his family on his bottomland farm, only to have the government declare eminent domain on his land, dam the Canadian River and turn that bottomland farm into the bottom of a lake, made for recreational purposes. Power makes a cameo, declares it progress and leaves the stage. Meanwhile, people grill out and water ski, never considering a man’s home, life and labor were put asunder for their recreation.

It used to be that a country artist would sing about the farmer that lost his land. Now they glorify that party at the lake. For those of you who love country music, but hate what it's become, Jason Boland will sing you back home.

The Fab Four

  • The Fab Four
Orpheum Theatre
Date: Wednesday January 21, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Orpheum Theatre
Price: Ticket prices range from $29.50, $34.50 and $42.50 in advance. All tickets $5.00 higher day of show!
***Tickets On Sale 8/22***
Wed, January 21, 2015 7:30 PM (Doors open at: 6:30 PM)
The Fab Four - The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
Orpheum 200 North Broadway Street, Wichita, KS 67202 (316-263-0884)
All Ages. $29.50 Advance. $34.50 Day Of Show. Tickets available from Select A Seat (Kansas)
Presale Password: MOOSE - Presale starts 8/20 at 10am!
Ticket prices range from $29.50, $34.50 and $42.50 in advance. All tickets $5.00 higher day of show!
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Cher D2K Tour

  • Cher D2K Tour
Intrust Bank Arena
Date: Thursday January 29, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Intrust Bank Arena
Price: $21.50, $41.50, $77.00, $127.00
Cher brings her D2K Tour to Wichita this January to support her new album "Closer to the Truth" which includes the #1 Dance hit "Woman’s World". Don't miss one of America's top performers of the past 50 years! Tickets on sale now.

This concert was originally scheduled for November 3. Ticket holders for the November show should keep their current tickets. Fans who cannot attend the rescheduled date can contact Select-A-Seat at 855-755-7328.
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The Australian Bee Gees Show

  • The Australian Bee Gees Show
Orpheum Theatre
Date: Saturday February 28, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Orpheum Theatre
Price: $30.00, $39.50, $49.50
The Australian Bee Gees Show is a retrospective of the Bee Gees 40 year music history.This multimedia and theatrical interpretation on one the most successful Las Vegas shows will be in Wichita for one night!

State of the art sound, live camera images, and vivid graphics that will get you dancing.

Tickets on sale at 10am on Friday, October 24 via Select-A-Seat.
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Fleetwood Mac - On With The Show Tour

  • Fleetwood Mac - On With The Show Tour
Intrust Bank Arena
Date: Tuesday March 31, 2015
Time: All Day Event
Category: Concert / Live Music

Location: Intrust Bank Arena
Price: Tickets: $49.50, $79.50, $129.50, $179.50 (additional fees may apply)
Fleetwood Mac will be in Wichita on March 31! The band is currently performing with their five star lineup including the returning songbird Christine McVie who rejoined the band following a 16 year absence.

The Fleetwood Mac concert at INTRUST Bank Arena will be part of the arena’s Five Year Anniversary Concert Series.

Tickets on sale for public starting Monday, October 20 at 10 am.
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