Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Freebies

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM

As part of a family arts festivasl, 18 year-old violinist Amanda Shaw will play an outdoor concert at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas' west campus. Shaw is based out of New Orleans, and while a classically-trained, her compositions have a pop edge with Cajun influence. The festival starts at 6pm, and the annual arts fair includes more than 20 local arts and community organizations and features prize giveaways, crafts, balloons, face painting and other activities. The concert gets going at 7 p.m.

For more music Friday night, you can see the Zeros play '80s new wave as the second to last installment of this summer's Friday Night Live free concert series at the Power & Light District's KC Live! stage. The show is 21 and up, and starts at 8 p.m. Just down the street, classic rock hitmaker and former cop Eddie Money is playing for free at Crown Center. Bring the family and expect the hits, plus, perhaps, some of the new songs he wrote for his autobiographical production, Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical. Yes, it's real. Show starts at 8; local band Red Guitar opens.

Happening in Lawrence this weekend is the second annual Lawrence Busker Festival. It runs Friday through Sunday at various locations downtown, featuring everything from fire eaters to aerial dancers to living statues, along with plenty of music. Now, while this is technically free, the performers do make their money at this, so if you see something you enjoy, please don't hestitate to throw a dollar or two in the hat as it makes its way around. The complete schedule can be found on the Busker Fest website

After checking out the Busker Fest Friday and Saturday, you can check out the Kansas State Picking and Fiddling championships during starting Sunday at noon in Lawrence's South Park, right at the south end of downtown. There's fiddle, banjo, flatpick guitar, mandolin, and more to check out. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a big ol' jug of tea, and you're set for the afternoon. Get there early for a spot in the shade -- they go quickly.

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