Outdoor concerts offering jazz, opera, blues, rock and folk are back this summer to heat up the Wichita area.
Bradley Fair Concert Series
Thursday evenings at Bradley Fair Plaza near 21st and Rock Road have become a tradition for many. Dedicated fans of the Bradley Fair Concert Series stake out their spots on the morning of concerts, leaving lawn chairs there for the day. The series of free jazz concerts runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. five consecutive Thursdays starting June 4. On the final evening, July 2, enjoy a fireworks show over the lake.
June 4 – Joseph Vincelli, jazz saxophonist
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June 11 – Generation NeXt
June 18 – Nick Colinne and Brian Simpson
June 25 – Jeff Kasiwa, jazz saxophonist
July 2 – Tizer Quarter, followed by fireworks
July 18 – Opera on the Lake, featuring the Wichita Grand Opera chorus, soloists and orchestra. Program begins at 8 p.m.
KEYN Summer Concert Series
For six Fridays in a row starting July 10, WaterWalk near Lewis and Main is the place to be for free live music. All you need is your lawn chair or blanket. Food sales begin at 7 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 8 p.m.
Here’s the lineup so far:
July 10 – King Midas (stay to watch post-game fireworks from Lawrence Dumont Stadium)
July 17 – To be announced
July 24 – Across the Pond
July 31 – Annie Up
Aug. 7 – Lucky People (stay to watch post-game fireworks from Lawrence Dumont Stadium)
Aug. 14 – The Astronauts
Art for Your Ears
The Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, is best known for its art collection. It has scheduled three free concerts in the “Art for Your Ears” series. All begin at 7 p.m.
July 9 – Nikki Moddelmog and Shane Marler with Dennis Hardin. Moddelmog and Marler focus on jazz-infused folk songs.
Aug. 6 – Guitarist Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year
Sept. 3 – To be announced
Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica
Botanica, 701 Amidon, hosts an after-work party called Tuesdays on the Terrace every Tuesday from June 2 to Sept. 29. The party begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. Admission is $7. Members get in for $3. Pack a picnic or buy dinner there for $7.
June 2 – Rudy Love Jr.
June 9 – Uche and a special appearance by The Laughing Feet Performers
June 16 – The Haymakers
June 23 – Pop & The Boys
June 30 – Jenny Wood & The Watchers
July 7 – Blair Crimmins and The Hookers
July 14 – Lady & The Tramps
July 21 – Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band
July 28 – The Rough & Tumble
Aug. 4 – Timmy Jonas & The Whiskey Militia
Aug. 11 – Tony Ngo & The Soul Brothers
Aug. 18 – The Appleseed Collective
Aug. 25 – Sunshine the Bunny Band
Sept. 1 – The Jim Vegas Band
Sept. 8 – The Emily Strom Trio
Sept. 15 – Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy
Sept. 22 – The Mischief Makers
Sept. 29 – The Mudbugs
Treehouse Concerts at Bartlett Arboretum
Bartlett Arboretum, owned by Robin Macy, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks, sponsors a summer concert series at the 15-acre arboretum near Belle Plaine. Doors open at 3 p.m.; music begins at 4. Tickets are $10 and are available at the gate. Picnic baskets are welcome; dogs are not. Here’s the line-up:
May 24 – The Quebe Sisters
June 7 – The Winfield Band
June 21 – Moreland and Arbuckle
Aug. 2 – Grammy nominee John Fullbright
Tunes and Tallgrass
The Wichita Art Museum and the Tallgrass Film Festival kick off summer on June 19 with an outdoor party featuring food trucks, live music and a movie screening at the museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Bring your lawn chairs and Frisbees. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Me Like Bees performs at 7, followed by a screening of the Talking Heads’ music documentary “Stop Making Sense” at 9 p.m. Admission is free; cash bar.
New Market Square Plaza, near 21st and Maize Road, is the site of four free outdoor concerts beginning May 21. Concerts are 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair.
May 21 – The Haymakers, bluegrass
June 11 – Jake Schepps Quintet, crossover
June 25 – A Terra Plana, Brazilian choro
July 2 – Sousa Band, American band music
Concert in the Park
Andover is sponsoring a concert in the park featuring Diamond Rio and Restless Heart and the people’s choice barbecue competition. Gates open at 5 p.m. on June 20 at Andover Central Park, 1607 E. Central Ave. in Andover. Wristbands are required for admission to this free event and can be picked up at Papa John’s pizza. The evening ends with a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. www.andoverks.com/cvb