Singer comes home for 50th
Mike Coykendall, a Norwich native, was known in the 1980s for his role in the band Klyde Konnor but is best known for the albums he recorded with San Francisco’s Old Joe Clarks. He’s lived on the West Coast for 22 years, but he’s turning 50, and for his birthday, he wants to perform at home. He’ll play at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lucky’s Everyday, 1217 E. Douglas, with guests Bill and Karlee Goffrier. Admission is $5. For more information, visit http://www.mikecoykendall.com.
School of Rock on stage
Wichita’s School of Rock, a music school that prepares young students to rock on stage, is putting on a double header concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum that will feature music from the 1970s and 1980s. The first set starts at 6 p.m. and will include “arena rock” covers of songs by acts such as KISS, Boston, Kansas, Journey and Toto. At 8 p.m., the second show will feature the best of music recorded by Michael Jackson and Prince. Tickets are general admission and are $10 at the door, by visiting www.selectaseat.com or calling 316-755-SEAT.
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Tommy Emmanuel at the Stiefel
Australian guitar phenom Tommy Emmanuel, a two-time Grammy nominee, will perform Thursday at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina. His show will start at 8 p.m., and tickets are $30, available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 785-827-1998.
Walnut Valley Festival
The Walnut Valley Festival and National Flatpicking Championships continues through Sunday in Winfield, about 45 miles southeast of Wichita. It’s considered one of the best bluegrass festivals in the country and is perhaps best known for the non-stop jam sessions at the camp sites. Tickets at the gate for Saturday only are $50; Saturday and Sunday combined, $65. Information at www.wvfest.com.