THANK YOU to the musicians who performed and the audience members who attended the fall season of the Tuesday Concert Series. This season marked our highest audience attendance ever, so thanks for helping spread the word that this series is one of Lawrence's cultural gems.

I take the winter off to hibernate, so the Spring 2020 series is tentatively set to start our 16th year on the first Tuesday in March. The line-up looks TERRIFIC! In no particular order...

Boys of the Prairie
Alferd Packer Memorial Band
Carswell & Hope
Susan Hancock
Lisa Harris & Rick Frydman
Cafe Mundo Nouvo
Starsister Revival
Folk in the Flow
Allen Macfarlane
No Bow Tie
Beyond the Heather
10th Annual Dylan Fest (Bopophonics do Dylan!)

As always, my THANKS go to the Lawrence Arts Center for letting me use their lobby.
My THANKS also go to Jim Baggett at Mass Street Music,
Scott Tichenor at Mandolin Cafe and
JJ Hanson at Beautiful Music Violin Shop,
whose financial support makes it possible for 100% of the tip jar to go to the musicians.

Until spring, I wish us all a happy winter.

Larry Carter
Lawrence Old Guard Productions

Fall, 2019
Sept 10 - J.p. Coffin
Originals and Americana

Sept 17 - Sissy & Earl

Sept 24 - Sally & the Hurts
Originals and Americana

Oct 1 - Ashley Davis
Favorite non-Celtic songs

Oct 8 - Mire Pral
Gypsy jazz

Oct 15 - Ukulele Fest
Lawrence uksters return!

Oct 22 - Acoustic Rooster
Originals and Americana

Oct 29 - Nichols & Millkspaugh
Blues and Roots

Nov 5 -Ingevald’s Spelman
Traditional Swedish folk music

Nov 12 - Getty Township
Folk rock

Nov 19 - John Bode
Originals and Americana

Nov 26 - Byron James

Dec 3 - Wolves a Howlin’
Old time music

Dec 10 - L A Fahy
Originals and Americana

Dec 17 - Michael Paull Christmas
Christmas music

Art by Howard Rains of Spencer & Rains

Welcome To

15 Years!
One-hour concerts by
Lawrence acoustic musicians

Lawrence Arts Center

7:30 SHARP to 8:30ish
FREE - Tip Jar

One-song opening by host & producer
Larry Carter

Show starts as 7:30 SHARP
Live Streaming for Facebook users through
the account of Stephen Smith

Tuesday Concert is another
Lawrence Old Guard Production
Larry Carter -

Sept 10 - J.P. Coffin - Originals & Americana

The fall Tuesday Concert Series kicks off Sept. 10th with singer/songwriter J.P. Coffin. He has been performing music for most of his life, including having been inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame for his work as lead guitarist with the 1970s band The Wizards of Kansas. He has performed in this series with his current band, The Coffintones, but this will be his first time here as a solo singer/songwriter. His songs are known for their carefully constructed lyrics and biting humor, often focusing on an anti-war message.

Sept 17 - Sissy & Earl - Americana, Country & Mountain Blues

Sissy (Terri Laddusaw, guitar & vocals) & Earl (Michael Paull, guitar & vocals) are an acoustic-based old-time soulful country music duo in the vein of the Carter family, Rose Maddox, Gillian Welch, and Julie and Buddy Miller. Their main repertoire is originals, but they sprinkle in some distinctive covers as well. They have won a couple of first place awards in Ensemble Folk Singing at the Kansas Fiddling & Picking Contest, so expect to hear lovely harmonies backed by stellar musicians Mike Lawrence & James Rose.

Sept 25 - Sally & the Hurts - Originals & Americana

Sally and The Hurts is a roots folk band based out of Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka. They have been performing throughout the area for several years now, including winning "New Song Competition" at the Walnut Valley Festival the last two years in a row. Members are Sally Vee, songwriting and guitar; Megan Hurt, violin; Jamie Lee, musical saw; and Sam Trotter, bass.

Oct 1 - Ashley Davis - Favorite non-Celtic songs

Ashley is well known nationally as a successful singer of new and traditional Celtic material. However, that means she has few opportunities to perform her favorite non-Celtic songs. So - here she is, offering a special evening of her personal non-Celtic favorites just for the Tuesday Concert Series. Possibilities range from songs by Joan Baez to... who knows what. She offered a similar concert here several years ago and set the record for our attendance, so plan on arriving on time if you don't want to stand at the back.

Oct 8 - Mire Pral - Gypsy jazz

Mire Pral (My Brother) plays gypsy jazz music in the 1930s and 1940s style of Django Reinardt and Stephane Grappelli. The group consists of some of Lawrence's best acoustic musicians - Mike Horan and Eric Mardis on manouche guitar, Paul Schmidt on acoustic bass and Scott Tichenor on mandolin.

Oct 15th – Ukulele Fest

Tiny Tim will probably not be joining us this year - not surprising since he never has before and is now deceased. However, other ukesters from Lawrence are eager to show off their skills. Join Linda Tilton and friends for our 7th annual celebration of this delightful instrument.

This is our fall benefit for the Lawrence Arts Center. This series is not an official LAC event; rather, they generously made an exception to their usual $1350/night charge and agreed to let me to use the lobby for free. Ukulele Fest and Dylan Fest are our ways of saying "Thanks for supporting local musicians."

Oct 22 - Acoustic Rooster - Classic folk rock

Acoustic Rooster is Dave and Candee Wright, plus possibly other friends. They play 60', 70', Blues, Americana and a touch of Country.

Oct 29 - Pat Nichols & Chris Millspaugh - Acoustic Blues & Delta Roots

Pat (guitar & vocals) and Chris (harmonica) play a dynamic combination of finger-style/bottleneck slide guitar and harmonica. They plays songs by the greats of the 1920s and 1930s - Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and many others, as well as some originals. Hear stories of how the music came about and get a sense of the song, the artist and the times.

Nov 5 -Ingevalds Spelman -Scandinavian Folk Dance Music

Ingevalds Spelmän organizes and plays for community Scandinavian events, including dance parties and performances. They regularly travel to Scandinavian music and dance workshops and events around the country.

Nov 12 - Getty Township - Folk rock

Labels are difficult things. We are a vocal harmony group. We're a rock'n'roll band. We're a country-rock band. And sometimes we play the blues, too. It is either folk rock with a steel guitar, or it is alt. country with a Rickenbacker 12 string guitar. Take your pick. Jim Krause, 6 and 12 string guitars, fiddle, and vocals; Matt Pollock, vocals and gutar; Mike Yoder, vocals and bass; Matt Dollar, guitar; Steve Brown, drums.

Nov 19 - John Bode -Songs, stories, and soundscapes

John Bode (guitar, vocals) is best known as songwriter and member of the Lonesome Houndogs, an area Acid & Western Cowfunk ensemble. For this special event he will showcase original works new, old, and spontaneous that offer the immersive listening experience not available in noisy taverns. The performance will blend a variety of acoustic and electric guitars in various fingerpicking, folk, and Americana styles.

Nov 26 - Byron James - Singer/songwriter

Byron has played in this series several times with his excellent band, Sugarfoot Detour, but this time he wants to explore solo material. His songs are expertly crafted and are known for their melodic sound and lyrics.

Dec 3 - Wolves a Howlin’ - Old-time

Wolves A-Howlin’ is an old-time stringband that honors fiddle traditions of the Midwest and South. The band features multi-instrumentalists Doug Dubois, Trey Durkin, Julie Bennett Hume, and Rachel Krause. They’re excited to share their dance-worthy mix of breakdowns, rags, reels, and songs with Lawrence and beyond.

Dec 10 - L A Fahy - Originals and Americana

L A Fahy has been sharing his live and recorded music with communities throughout the region for over 20 years. Fahy's lyrics and vocals give a clear sense of imagery, memories, and often tell a story. Instrumentally his songs vary in style from Tom Petty, Johnny Cash influenced acoustic rock and country songs to more jazz and blues influenced numbers. Songs from his newest recording, Old School For a Day, will be featured, as well as other original songs for this mostly solo performance.

December 17 - The FINAL Michael Paull Winter Concert - Songs and tunes for the season

Michael Paull is one of those musicians often described as a Lawrence treasure - a multi-talented instrumentalist and singer who recently released an excellent CD of original music. I have no idea what he'll do with Christmas music, but I'm sure it will be excellent and I'll be surprised if it doesn't involve his usual cast of terrific musicians. This will be the last of what has become a delightful Yuletide tradition with Michael, so don't miss it.

Please Thank Our Sponsors

Beautiful Music Violin Shop

Mandolin Cafe

This series has never been a Lawrence Arts Center event. They are showing their support for local musicians by generously letting me use the lobby for free.
Mass Street Music

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Tuesday Concert is Number 5

OK, that might not sound like much - unless you know this is from the

"Reasons We Love Kansas"

list in the Fall 2014 edition of
Kansas! Magazine

Maybe I'll make t-shirts.

Mission Statement
“None of us succeeds alone, and there’s room enough for all of us out there. You don’t have to love each other’s music. But if you respect each other’s hard work and dedication to the craft, lend a hand and support one another... Come together and help one another succeed!” Anonymous

About FREE Admission

Yes, admission is free. However... thanks to the generosity of our sponsors in covering expenses, 100% of the tip jar goes directly to the evening's artists. There has been a rennaisance in acoustic music in Lawrence over the 14 years of this series, and I'd like to think having this series where audience members listen intently without distractions has been a large part of the reason why. As you are able, a generous donation, purchase of a CD, or both, will encourage them to continue making excellent music.

About the Series

As Lawrence Old Guard Productions I created the Tuesday Concert Series in 2005 with the goal of providing a classy, low-pressure venue for local acoustic musicians. It was held at Signs of Life bookstore in downtown Lawrence until moving as a "guest production" to the Lawrence Arts Center in the fall of 2010. In appreciation, we do two fund raiser events a year for the Lawrence Arts Center, Dylan Fest in the spring and Ukulele Fest in the fall.

As always, my thanks to Clay and staff at Signs of Life , the staff at the Lawrence Arts Center, JJ and staff at Beautiful Music Violin Shop, Scott at Mandolin Cafe, and Jim and staff at Mass Street Music for SUPPORTING LOCAL MUSICIANS!

About the Host
Larry Carter is a four-time champion in the Kansas Fiddling & Picking Contest between 1989 and 2010. In addition to solo performances, he does original children's music/storytelling, contemporary folk with Cordelia Brown in Forest Green and spiritual chanting with Whole Earth Kirtan. As "Lawrence Old Guard Productions," he produces this series (including "Ukulele Fest" in fall and "Dylan Fest" in spring), the monthly Chanting by Lamplight series, and the annual Lawrence Bhakti Fest.

Previous "Tuesday Concert" Performers
Lawrence is blessed with an abundance of outstanding musicians who have graced this series with their talents, including Ashley Davis (left) who set the record for the most audience members. See who has performed over the last 12 years at Tuesday Concert.


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