Concert lineup gives public plenty of eclectic choices
After a short summer vacation, the Empire House Live! concert series at Old Cowtown Museum returns this month with a full slate of concerts through November. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. They may be purchased online at WichitaTIX.com or by calling (316) 219-4849. All concerts take place in Empire House Theater unless otherwise noted. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
August 18: “Stomp and Holler,” featuring Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Dumptruck Butterlips, 8 p.m., outdoors on Cowtown’s Main Street
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy from Wichita and Dumptruck Butterlips from Lawrence are both coming off national tours. The bands blend many genres, most notably bluegrass, country and soul.
August 24: Ronny Cox in Concert, 8 p.m.
Even though Cox is best known for his movie villain roles in “RoboCop,” “Total Recall” and the television series “Stargate,” the New Mexico native has been writing songs and telling stories for more than four decades.
August 26: The Steel Wheels, 4 p.m.
The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin' fiddle tunes. The four-piece band is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
October 19: Sally Barris in Concert, 8 p.m.
Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination in 2009. While her writing credits are impressive, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.
November 10: Truckstop Honeymoon, 8 p.m.
Since hurricane Katrina washed them out of New Orleans, Truckstop Honeymoon has performed in Australia, Holland, Germany, Britain and throughout the United States. The band plays tough, funny, hi-octane songs about interstate highways, pinball arcades and true love.
Media that are interested in advance interviews with any of the performers should contact Angela Cato at (316) 303-8639 or by e-mail at ACato@wichita.gov.