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Light up the Lawn to illuminate county’s cultural hub

July 22, 2018

Carlsen Center Presents and JCCC’s Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art ‘enlighten’ concertgoers with music and art in August

What is music? It is sound organized in time.

What is art? Art is an expression of emotions in a physical form.

Although there are many interpretations of both, when art and music collide on JCCC’s front lawn, the vibe is felt all along the boulevard.

Carlsen Center Presents and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art together play host to everyone in the metro area and invite you, your friends and family to unwind, unpack a picnic basket and dig your toes into the lush lawn on the corner of College and Quivira. Free concerts showcasing some of Kansas City’s finest local bands begin around 8:30 p.m. (dusk) on three Friday nights – Aug. 17, 24 and 31. 

“We are grateful for the collaboration between the Carlsen Center and the Nerman Museum that makes these concerts possible,” said Emily Behrmann, General Manager of JCCC’s Performing Arts. “In its ninth year, the lawn shows are a wonderful opportunity to showcase Kansas City bands and connect with the surrounding community. We invite everyone to come and spend an evening with us!”

The concerts will take place under the Museum’s cantilever that marks the northeast entrance.

“We want to encourage people to interact with the outdoor art installations on campus the night of the concert and always,” said Bruce Hartman, Executive Director of the Nerman Museum. “It’s an extraordinary experience that evokes emotions and ideas in a physical form, and it’s always available to our entire community.”

Here’s what’s coming to your neighborhood

This season’s packed lineup featuring sizzling fiddles and sultry guitars will be ripping up everything from Southern mountain music to Latin folk three Fridays this summer.

Aug. 17
Betse & Clarke: Short Round Stringband

Short Round Stringband plays a revival of old-time, country and Southern mountain music that’s fresh and relevant. With captivating personalities and consummate artistry, this folk supergroup enthralls new fans and longtime roots music devotees.

Aug. 24
Three ladies join together to become OLIVIA FOX. Lauren Flynn, Tiffany Smith and Aubrey Callahan call their sound folk/pop, a unique marriage of classic folk instrumentation, vocals and harmonies to modern programmed beats. The trio’s music is emotional and builds a foundation of tension and relief, while the lyrics are honest, deep and heart-wrenching ­– a fresh interpretation of a timeless sound.

Also that evening, JCCC’s Center for Sustainability will hold its 10th annual Harvest Dinner. A three-course meal will be prepared by JCCC graduate Chef Kelly Conwell of Stock Hill, a premier Kansas City steakhouse. The produce used for the meal will be freshly harvested from JCCC’s Open Petal Farm. All proceeds will benefit scholarships for students pursuing research, internships or degrees that pertain to sustainability. 

Aug. 31
Trio Aztlan
Trio Aztlan has been playing Latin folkloric music since 1992 with a technique that adds dimension to traditional “bolero” style of Latin music. The trio’s captivating harmonies blend perfectly with traditional acoustic guitars, an upright bass and percussion instruments.

What can you bring to the picnic?

Concerts are free, so all you need to remember are your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (no alcohol, please). Food trucks will be on-site. For more information, call 913-469-4445 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enjoy!