Music News & Reviews

Free and almost free outdoor summer concerts

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy will perform in the Carnegie Concert Series at Heritage Square on Sept. 20. The park is at 115 E. William.
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy will perform in the Carnegie Concert Series at Heritage Square on Sept. 20. The park is at 115 E. William. Courtesy photo

One of the highlights of summer in Wichita is the outdoor concerts, many of them free, offered in and around the city.

Andover Concert in the Park with fireworks

This year will mark the 5th annual Andover Concert in the Park. Country artist Clint Black will perform with guest John Michael Montgomery at 7 p.m. June 17 in Andover Central Park, 1607 E. Central. Fireworks will follow the show. Tickets are $10 general admission or $150 for two VIP tickets, which include access to Lodge bathrooms, VIP beer sales, a catered dinner and guaranteed parking. Food, beer, soda and water will be available for purchase. VIP ticketholders will be allowed entrance starting at 5 p.m., and all gates open at 6 p.m. For more details, visit

Bartlett Arboretum Treehouse series

Bartlett Arboretum’s Treehouse Concert Series returns this year with a fresh lineup that runs now through October at the Arboretum (KS-55 and Line Street, Belle Plaine, about 25 miles south of Wichita on I-35). All shows begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10. Bartlett reminds you to “pack a picnic, leave the pooch.”

May 6 – Cherish the Ladies, all-woman traditional Irish ensemble

May 14 – “Wine, Women and Songs” with the 3 Divas: Janet Rutland, Rachelle Coba and Robin Macy; country, blues, folk singer-songwriter, respectively

May 29 – Cherokee Maidens and Sycamore Swing, American swing music

June 11 – Brave Combo, “Immigrant Songs”

June 18 – Moreland & Arbuckle, blues

July 9 – John McCutcheon, Renaissance folk

Sept. 10 – Marley’s Ghost, Americana

Oct. 1 – Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, brass & grass

Botanica – Tuesdays on the Terrace

Tuesdays on the Terrace is a great opportunity to listen to talented musicians while taking in the natural beauty of Botanica. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members. Shows run every Tuesday (except July 4) from 6-8 p.m. at Botanica, 701 Amidon. Concerts start on May 30 with Botanica’s 30th anniversary celebration and end Sept. 26. There will be a cash bar and food for purchase from Friends of Botanica and Molino’s. Here’s the lineup:

May 30 – Blue Eyed Soul, party covers

June 6 – Annie Up, high-energy covers

June 13 – King Midas and the Muflers, classic rock

June 20 – Sunshine The Bunny, alternative rock

June 27 – Infinite Layers, R&B/soul/funk

July 11 – Across the Pond, high-energy Celtic

July 18 – Soul Injection, R&B/soul/funk

July 25 – Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band, swamp funky zydeco

Aug. 1 – Bad Mother Hubbard, R&B/soul/funk

Aug. 8 – Emily Strom Trio, jazz

Aug. 15 – Haymakers, rock & roll/blues/swing

Aug. 22 – Rough and Tumble, folk

Aug. 29 – Jenny Wood and the Watchers, blues/rock/soul

Sept. 5 – Mischief Makers, folk/Americana

Sept. 12 – RKO Blues, blues

Sept. 19 – Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, brass & grass

Sept. 26 – Mudbugs, Cajun & zydeco

Bradley Fair Thursday Summer Concerts

On Thursdays during the month of June, Bradley Fair will host a series of jazz concerts against the backdrop of Bradley Fair Lake. Concerts, co-hosted by B98-FM and iHeart Media, are free and run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wine, cocktails and soft drinks will be available for purchase from the Newport Grill plaza bar. On June 29, a fireworks display will illuminate the lake.

June 1 – Joseph Vincelli, smooth jazz saxophonist

June 8 – Dotsero, jazz ensemble

June 15 – Chris Standring, jazz guitarist

June 22 – The JT Project, jazz keyboard and saxophone

June 29 – Vincent Ingala, jazz saxophone

Carnegie Concert Series at Heritage Square

When September hits, it doesn’t mean that the summer is over – fall doesn’t begin until Sept. 22. The Wichita Carnegie Library will extend the summer with its concert series on Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m, in September at Heritage Square Park, 115 E. William. Concerts are sponsored by High Touch Technologies and Fidelity Bank in conjunction with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Admission is free, and Flying Stove and Funky Monkey food trucks will be available for hungry concertgoers.

Sept. 6 – The Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band, Cajun & zydeco

Sept. 13 – Cherokee Maidens and Sycamore Swing, western swing

Sept. 20 – Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, brass & grass

Sept. 27 – Gooding, rock & roll

The Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band performs at Heroes Sports Bar for a Fat Tuesday celebration.

KEYN Summer Concert Series

This year’s KEYN Summer Concert Series title sponsor is BG Products. Concerts are free, but donations will be accepted for Main Place Youth Inc.’s Christian group home for young women and girls. The concerts will be held at WaterWalk, 515 S. Main, on the Fridays in July and August listed below. Different food and beverage trucks will be available by 7 p.m., and concerts start at 8 p.m. Plenty of parking will be available, so load up the car with your lawn chairs, but please leave pets and coolers at home.

July 7 – King Midas, classic rock

July 14 – TBD

July 21 – Annie Up, high-energy covers

July 28 – Big Fat Fun, party covers

Aug. 4 – Lucky People, pop

Aug. 11 – The Astronauts, ’80s covers

Wichita Art Museum Tunes and Tallgrass

WAM and Tallgrass Film will celebrate five years of collaboration this summer with their annual Tunes and Tallgrass concert and film event on Friday, June 23, at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. This year’s feature film is Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” and music will be provided by the William Flynn Quintet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., jazz by the quintet will follow at 7 p.m., and “Rear Window” will screen at 9 p.m. Bring your picnic blankets and chairs. Food trucks will be available, and the cash bar will be open. Free admission.