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Light Up the Lawn Concerts


Light Up the Lawn Concerts

JCCC set to ‘Light up the Lawn’ with free summer concerts

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— Johnson County Community College kicks off its Light Up the Lawn summer concert series on Friday, June 13, with a free concert by Victor and Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra. Also appearing will be Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots.

The concert series, now in its fifth year, takes place at 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets without alcohol are welcome. No tickets are required.

With a fiery ukulele, a red-hot jazz guitar and tight vocal harmonies, Victor & Penny put the swing, the jump, the stomp and the roll in prohibition-era jazz and clever original tunes. Previously appearing on the JCCC stage as a duo, Victor & Penny will this time be joined by their Loose Change Orchestra, featuring Rick Willoughby on bass and James Isaac on jazz clarinet.

Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling of Blue Man Group, Chicago, and Erin McGrane, who has appeared in the George Clooney film, “Up in the Air” and in the cabaret troupe, “Alacartoona.” In the last two years, the duo has traveled more than 80,000 miles throughout 28 states appearing in festivals, clubs and private engagements, including Bodega Wine & Seafood Festival, Bodega, Calif., and Groovefest, Cedar City, Utah. The duo has also taught guitar and ukulele workshops across the United States. Band information and tour schedules as well as videos and recordings can be found on their website,

The opening band, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots, will get the evening started with a joyful revelry of original swing tunes as well as classic New Orleans, gypsy jazz and Western swing tunes. The band is made up of accomplished, nationally touring musicians, all handpicked by Reid for their prowess, creativity and camaraderie. The band is working on its soon-to-be-released debut album, “Alright, Here We Go…” Other recordings can be heard at

Also scheduled this summer is the Kelley Hunt Band, which will perform on Friday, Aug. 22.

Light up the Lawn is co-sponsored by the JCCC Performing Arts Series and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information, call 913-469-4445.