Kansas Cowboy Jubilee Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel and Hot Club of Cowtown
Kansas Cowboy Jubilee

7 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 | Yardley Hall

$28 - $44

Individual Tickets Season Ticket Package

All-day celebration including FREE events starting at 11 a.m. (see details below)

"Lone Star State of Mind"

Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel cap a full day of activity at the Kansas Cowboy Jubilee, which includes a free performance by the Quebe Sisters at 4:30 p.m. 

Asleep at the Wheel

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia, 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. Asleep at the Wheel, now traveling as an eight-piece band, is bringing a fresh look and sound. Recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you'll be dancin' down the aisles and swingin' all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!

Hot Club of Cowtown

You’d think a band from Austin, Texas, with the word “Cowtown” in its name spends its time off from touring herding cattle at a West Texas ranch, or maybe in Nashville writing songs about whiskey and loose women. Not the Hot Club of Cowtown. “We recently took a band vacation to the Gypsy Festival at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer,” says the band’s fiddler and vocalist, Elana James. The band also features Whit Smith, Hot Club’s guitar player, and vocalist and bass player Jake Erwin.

Kansas Cowboy Jubilee

Before the musicians rosin up their bows, a full day of free, family-friendly fun is on tap at JCCC. Starting at 11 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. in the Carlsen Center, you will find:

Kansas Studies Institute Guest Lecturers

  • Topics on Kansas history presented by university professors, Kansas historians, authors and Kansas ranchers.

Lobby Exhibits and Vendors

  • Exhibits include trick roping, cowboy art and sculpture, quilts, cowboy boots, hats and saddle displays, Flint Hills Discovery Center, ranch exhibits, steer roping, art activities for the kids plus, an authentic Covered Wagon. NEW this year: cowboy memorabilia for sale!

Performances and Audience Interaction – Polsky Theatre

  • Cowboy songwriting and sing-a-longs, barn dancing, trick roping, photo-to-canvas art and cowboy sculptures.
  • The day ends with a free performance by the Quebe Sisters, 4:30 p.m. in Polsky Theatre!

See schedule below for the times and location areas. 

Kansas Cowboy Jubilee - Where the Past Meets the Present
SCHEDULE of Free Events (Subject to Change)

September 30, 2017

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Carlsen Center Front Entrance

    • Werner Wagon Works Covered Wagon - Transported over 300,000 emigrants on westward expansion trails

Carlsen Center Lobby

    • Sales of cowboy memorabilia, artist CDs, historical books by local authors

Carlsen Center 2nd floor

    • Blue Valley Quilters Guild Exhibit

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Carlsen Center Courtyard

    • Pony Rides with Show-Me Horse Club Riders
    • Tiny Town Playground
    • Panning for Gold
    • Soap-Making Demonstration
    • Old-Tyme Games with Polecat Annie
    • Cattle Roping

The following activities occur in the Polsky Theatre, Recital Hall and Lobby and Classrooms. (The exact locations will be posted at the event)

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Food available for purchase

11 a.m.

  • Traditional Cowboy/Cowgirl Dance with Ballet Folklorico de Topeka
  • Cowboy Sing-a-Long with Kelly Werts
  • Cowboy Songs with Rosedale Middle School Choir


  • Great American Medicine Show with Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie
  • Learning the Ropes as a Child with Marty Tipton
  • Playing the Spoons with Kelly Werts and Richelle Basgall on Fiddle, Bodhran and Mandolin
  • Lecture by Sean Daley - Rodeo: America’s Original Extreme Sport

1 p.m.

  • Barn Dance with Kelly & Diane Werts, Otis Watson and Richelle Basgall
  • Cowboy Poetry with Andy Hedges
  • Hands on Trick Roping technique with Marty Tipton
  • Old Cowboy Songs
  • Lecture by Andrea Broomfield - Old World Meets New World: Growth of Kansas Cuisine

2 p.m.

  • Trick Roping with Marty Tipton
  • Hispanic Cowboy Connection with Ballet Folklorico de Topeka
  • Lecture by Jim Hoy - Flint Hills Cowboy: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie

3 p.m.

  • Cowboy Songs and the Stories Behind the Music with Andy Hedges
  • Travelling Medicine Shows with Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie
  • Richelle Basgall on Fiddle, Bodhran and Mandolin
  • Lecture by Larry Nokes - Cowboys and Movies 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. - Quebe Sisters in Concert (Polsky Theatre)

5:30- 6:30 p.m. - BBQ meals available for purchase in the Carlsen Center lobby.

7 p.m. - Tickets Available for Purchase to Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel - Yardley Hall