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Orpheum’s Emerging Artist Series a chance to catch up-and-coming acts

There are two types of music fans: those who prefer to attend live shows performed by acts they already know and like, and those who prefer to discover what they like by seeing new acts perform live.

Beach boy: Country star Jake Owen talks about his own ‘Days of Gold’

Jake Owen did not grow up working in the corn fields or driving through country roads.

Concerts coming soon to Wichita, central Kansas (June 27)

Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sunday, Stiefel Theatre, Salina ($49, $59, $69, www.ticketmaster.com)

Blueprint at Lucky’s, Juvenile at Pandora, Tesla at the Cotillion

The latest show by local production company Naymlis is a Wednesday show featuring Ohio-bread rapper Blueprint along with Count Bass D and DJ Rare Groove. The show is at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lucky’s Everyday, 1217 E. Douglas. Admission is $10, and the show is for ages 21 and over. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NaymlisEntertainment.

Review: Juicy J interactive, personal with Cotillion crowd

Wichitans had a choice of concerts Friday night: long-time country singer James Taylor or long-time rapper Juicy J.

Review: James Taylor familiar, charming for Intrust Bank Arena audience

James Taylor drew a crowd of 6,000 people to Intrust Bank Arena on Friday night to hear his library of hits, including “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James” and “Your Smiling Face.”

Kansas City’s Tech N9ne remains fiercely independent

Even though major label musicians have become more prominent in recent years at the South By Southwest music festival, it remains a showcase for independent artists.

George Thorogood to perform at Orpheum Theatre

George Thorogood & The Destroyers will bring their 40th anniversary tour to Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre in October, the theater announced Friday.

It’s a comeback year for Oscar-winning rapper Juicy J

Juicy J is finishing out the first half of 2014 as perhaps the biggest comeback story of the past 18 months.

10 contenders for your 2014 summer playlist

Saturday was the official start of summer, so we’re here with picks for the songs to get you through the sweaty season.

Concerts coming soon to Wichita

Paula Poundstone, June 28, Orpheum ($35, www.selectaseat.com)

James Taylor tells stories behind best-loved songs

The best thing about attending a James Taylor concert, as the artist proved when he last visited Wichita in May 2011, is listening to his silky voice and hearing his iconic hits, including “Carolina in My Mind” and “Fire and Rain.”

Upcoming concerts: Don Williams, Los Lonely Boys, Tech N9ne, more

The Orpheum at 200 N. Broadway has three concerts scheduled this week covering a variety of genres. It starts on Saturday with a sold-out show by country legend Don Williams. Then, on Tuesday, Los Lonely Boys, a rock band from San Angelo, Texas, will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $27 and $32. On Thursday, the theater’s Emerging Artist Series continues with an 8 p.m. show by Graham Colton, a singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City. Tickets to that show are $15 general admission. Tickets are available at Select-A-Seat outlets, the Intrust Bank Arena box office, by calling 316-755-7328 or visiting www.selectaseat.com.

Old Town club owner trades hip-hop for country music

Four months of Rage convinced Pat Alvarez of one thing: Old Town doesn’t need another club playing hip-hop.

Clif Major, longtime Wichita musician, dies at age 65

Clif Major, a longtime Wichita guitarist and former owner of C Major’s Rockin’ Daddy’s, died Friday morning, family and friends said. He was 65.

Upcoming concerts (June 13)

James Taylor, June 20, Intrust Bank Arena ($51.50, $77, www.selectaseat.com)

Cher coming to Wichita in concert in November

Cher will bring her “D2K Tour” to Intrust Bank Arena in November. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will be her opening act.

Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, 'Baby Got Back' and the Seattle Symphony (VIDEO)

Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot appeared on stage with the Seattle Symphony over the weekend -- along with a large group of gyrating, butt-shaking women.

The ‘sound of money’: Country music embraces hip-hop

About a year and a half ago, as country superstar Blake Shelton was working on songs for his latest album, “Based on a True Story,” he reached out to John Esposito, the president of his label, Warner Bros. Nashville.

The Mowgli’s offer music – and a message

Matthew Di Panni wants you to be a Mowgli. It’s an invitation that transcends his band’s moniker. While the Mowgli’s are known for hit singles such as “San Francisco” and “The Great Divide,” the bassist for the alternative rock group hopes fans will remember their message as much as their sound.

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