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Stiefel Theatre bringing big acts to Salina

Salina’s Stiefel Theatre has again put together a season of concerts featuring big-names acts that don’t usually perform in small markets.

The restored 1,280-seat downtown Salina theater has developed a reputation for bringing huge acts to a relatively small town and has in the past featured artists including Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, John Legend, Art Garfunkel and Lindsey Buckingham.

It recently announced a bill that will run from July through December and includes Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, soul singer Al Green and country legend Kenny Rogers.

Tickets for the season go on sale June 1 at or by calling 785-827-1998.

Following are the recently announced shows:

•  Joe Walsh, 8 p.m. July 13; tickets $69, $89, $109.

Walsh, the famous guitarist for The Eagles, also has a solo career that includes hits such as “Funk #49,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good” and “Ordinary Average Guy.”

•  Steve Earle & Los Lobos, 8 p.m. July 27; tickets $44, $56.

Earle, a legendary songwriter and singer, is touring with the famous norteno/rock band Los Lobos, for a concert that will include two separate sets and possibly some collaboration.

•  Loretta Lynn, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9; tickets $49, $59, $67.

The famous country singer known as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” has had a 50-year career. Her latest album is the Jack White-produced “Van Lear Rose.”

•  Al Green, 8 p.m. Sept. 23; tickets $79, $89, $109.

Green, a soul singer who rose to fame in the 1970s, is known for hits such as “Let’s Stay Together.” His newest album, “Lay It Down,” is a collaboration with other R&B vocalists such as John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae.

•  Nellie McKay, 8 p.m. Sept. 29; tickets $35.

McKay is a Broadway star, comedian and actor whose music is part cabaret, part pop. During her performance, audience members will be allowed on stage with Nellie, piano bar style.

•  Steve Vai, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; tickets $34, $54, $74.

Vai is a three-time Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter whose career started in the 1980s and who has recorded and toured with acts such as David Lee Roth.

•  Kansas, 8 p.m. Oct. 5; tickets $56, $44.

The classic rock band that started in Topeka is known for hits such as “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son.”

•  Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; tickets $56, $44.

Country singer Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and has earned 18 CMA Awards. His hit library includes songs such as “One More Last Chance.”

•  The Gershwin Experience, 8 p.m. Oct. 27; tickets $27, $35, $42.

This multimedia concert is a celebration of Gershwin music that includes Kevin Cole, the leading Gershwin interpreter, and Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair. It also includes photos from the Gershwin family archives and rare video clips.

•  Straight No Chaser, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18; tickets $49, $59.

This all-male a cappella group, originally formed at Indiana University, puts a modern twist on its traditional genre.

•  Kenny Rogers, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; tickets $64, $77, $84.

Classic country artist Rogers, known for hits such as “The Gambler,” “Lady” and “Lucille,” will perform his hits and Christmas songs at his concert.

•  Aaron Neville, 8 p.m. Dec. 8; tickets $39, $44, $49.

R&B singer Neville, whose hits include songs such as “Tell It Like It Is” and “Everybody Plays the Fool,” will perform Christmas music at his concert.