Denise Neil

Wichita will get its share of visiting 'Idols'

"American Idol" isn't on television right now, and the "American Idols Live" tour isn't stopping in Wichita this summer. Nonetheless, Wichita won't have any shortage of Idolatry over the next few months.

A long list of "Idol" alums — some on-the-rise, some full-fledged-stars — will be playing venues all over Wichita throughout the summer and fall.

With the number of "Idol" alums growing exponentially every time a season finale airs, odds are good most American cities are drowning in "Idol" concerts.

Wichita's are good to partly decent.

You just missed a concert Saturday night from the most famous Wichitan ever to appear on "American Idol" — Season Six finalist Phil Stacey, who performed his countrified music at Park City's Independence Day celebration.

But you haven't yet missed a show from mega "Idol" star Carrie Underwood, the winner of Season Four who has gone on to have one of the most successful post-show careers of the bunch.

Underwood, who's twice won the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year title, will bring her current tour to Intrust Bank Arena on Oct. 19. (Tickets are on sale now at

At least two more "Idol" graduates will appear in Wichita this month.

Up-and-coming star Adam Lambert, who finished second to Kris Allen in season eight (Allen performed at Hartman Arena in March) will be at The Cotillion on July 16. Lambert, who has had recent radio success with his singles "Whataya Want From Me" and "If I Had You," will bring a fellow Season Eight contestant along to open for him — belter Allison Iraheta, who finished fourth in Lambert's season. Tickets for the show are on sale now at

When Lambert and Iraheta pull out of town, perky Kellie Pickler, the pretty blond country singer who was a finalist in Season Five, will pull in. Pickler was just in Wichita in April, opening for Taylor Swift, but she'll be back on July 22 opening for Rascal Flatts at Intrust Bank Arena. I caught her act at the Taylor Swift show, and it was unexpectedly adorable, all red high heels, glitter and soaring high notes. Rascal Flatts tickets are on sale now at

Finally, "Idol" finalist Scott MacIntyre will be in town on Aug. 5 performing at The Orpheum as part of a benefit concert for Envision Child Development Program.

MacIntyre finished eighth in Season Eight and became well-known not only for his smooth voice and piano skills but for the fact that he was severely visually impaired. Tickets to that show also are available at

And if you don't like that lineup, just wait a few weeks. The "Idol" invasion will no doubt continue.