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Entertainers 2014

 
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Entertainers will be available for bookings and to sell merchandise following their performance. Please stop by and visit with these talented Kansas musicians.

Entertainers will also be performing short jam sessions at The Stump (located next to the Kansas Explorers Club tent - (see festival map for location) at various times during the day.


ENTERTAINER BIOGRAPHIES   
 
Aaron Fowler & Laura Dungan - Wichita

aaronfowler.org/fowlerdungan.com    aaron@aaronfowler.org    316.207.4715

Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan combine their areas of musical expertise and empowerment to create a dynamic and rich musical experience in the folk tradition. Their music leads the listener to be attentive and appreciative of one's place in the world, examine matters of the heart and conscience, and lend courage to take next steps on the journey. Aaron is also a teaching artist with Arts Partners Wichita and Kansas Wolf Trap. His work can be seen and heard as part of Sing It Out's Stories to Songs project.

Ann Zimmerman - Salina

annzimmerman.com   ann@annzimmerman.com     785.493.2981

Her music celebrates the joy, sorrow, grandeur and silliness of life, especially life on the windy plains. She backs her rich voice with piano, guitar and the audience itself. Ann has taken her Kansas style across the Great Plains and beyond-to New York, Seattle, Boston, Texas, Alaska-and turned each audience into her backup choir. Blending old and new traditions with her own award-winning songs, Ann's concerts tell stories and paint portraits; brilliantly-colored and unexpected, enhanced by an irresistible stage presence.


Cayton & Brown - Olathe

www.caytonandbrown.com     bbrown@planetkc.com   913.908.5061

Cayton & Brown were a fun addition to their first Kansas Sampler Festival in 2013.  Sissy Cayton and Barry Brown formed the duo early 2012. Both members have experience in musical genres ranging from Christian to Bluegrass and bring varied musical stylings to their performances.


Clint Gilbert's Songs of the Southeast Fredonia

reverbnation.com/clintgilbert    busby642@yahoo com    620.288.0204

 

"Clint Gilbert has taken up his acoustic guitar and loves playing small intimate settings as well as larger shows with other musicians. Not fitting in with a strict country or rock group, Clint performs a variety of music styles and bends them to his own unique expression. Clint is currently working on a project about Southeast Kansas and the people that he lives with and grew up with."


Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival - St. Marys

flinthillsshakespearefestival.com   info@flinthillsshakespearefestival.com  785.844.698

"The FHSF will be performing snippets of scenes from past seasons as well as a monologue or two if the muse strikes. Wherever Shakespeare goes high-jinks and witty words are sure to follow...and maybe even a bit of dancing."

The Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival is a Saint Marys community based initiative focused on providing fine Shakespearean theater outdoors in the fall. Founded in 2010, the festival has grown into a significant annual event with over 4500 people attending the 2013 five night season. The cast and crew are largely made up of local non-professional talent. After moving to a new permanent location on the edge of the wooded grounds of St. Mary’s Academy and College in 2012, carving a fifty booth village out of the woods, choosing a new name, forming a board, and filing for 501(c) 3 non-profit status, the Festival is now going into in its fifth year of successful production. This September "As You Like It" will take the stage. Open auditions are announced on the website as they come up.


Flint Hills Harmony - Manhattan

lrousser@cox.net      785 776-6478

Our chorus is a part of Sweet Adelines International that has an overall membership of nearly 23,000 women.  We consider ourselves a musical asset to the communities that our members are from.  We love to entertain at civic events and charitable functions.  Proceeds from performances help us to fund music scholarships that we award each year.  We promote harmony, friendship, self-esteem and the sense of belonging among women of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds and levels of performance readiness.  Our chorus was chartered in 1981 with the name of the Wamego Dutch Mill Chorus  and most of the members were from Wamego.  Just this last year we changed our name to Flint Hills Harmony.  We felt this was a better representation of what we have grown to be.   We have extended our boundaries as far east as Kansas City and west to Junction City.  Our director is Cindy Orzel and she commutes from Kansas City.  We have 40 members and are always in search of more women, that like to sing, to join us.


Jami Amber Lynne - Basehor

jamiamberlynne.com     risingstarmanager@yahoo.com    913.406.3565

Jami Amber Lynne began entertaining at the Kansas Sampler Festival when it was held in Leavenworth, Kansas in 2010 and 2011. Jami is a young teenager who practices dance moves in front of the mirror, pours over fashion magazines, goes to the movies, attends high school football games, and loves hanging out with her friends. Though her interests might be typical for a teen, her musical gifts are another story. Jami counts some of her musical influences as Patsy Cline, Christina Aguilera and Faith Hill. And while she is a country artist she does like to branch out into other genres and has recently recorded her first demo CD which includes,  "A Voice Within" which was originally recorded by Christina Aguilera.


Jeff Davidson - Kansas History through Song - Eureka
 
jeffdavidsonmusic.com   jeff@jeffdavidsonmusic.com   620.583.4437
 
"Jeff Davidson's presentation leads audiences through the history of the west, from the time of Coronado to the end of the 1800's.  You will traipse the plains with early explorers, drive spikes on the first railways, plow in new ground, ride for the Pony Express and stop a stampeding herd.  Set back and take a deep seat - the 'winnin' of the west' was not for the faint of heart."


Kelly Werts - Fairway

wertsmusic.com   kwerts@kc.rr.com   913.362.6691

 

"Kelly Werts sings songs from early America in partnership with his fingerstyle guitar. In an era long before today’s singer-songwriters, songs were born anonymously and then open-sourced to many singers over many years, with the results being available to us now as time-tested treasures. Kelly brings these old songs into a new dialogue between voice and instrument, with surprises at each new encounter."



Lindsborg Folkdanslag - Lindsborg 

lindsborgcity.org    dnfred@cox.net    785.227.3678

 

Traditional Swedish dancers from the central Kansas community of Lindsborg have travelled nationally and internationally promoting their Swedish heritage and community. They are always a crowd favorite.

  


Native American Spirit Dancer - Dennis Lee Rogers - Topeka

myspace.com/spiritdancer51    dennisleerogers@hotmail.com   785.250.9186

Dennis Rogers is an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe of Arizona. Born & raised in Topeka, Mr. Rogers is Internationally recognized for his unique style of teaching Native Culture. We are honored to have Dennis return to the festival in southwest Kansas.


Ron Wilson - Manhattan

ronscowboypoetry.com   ron@ronscowboypoetry.com   785.532.7690

 

"Ron performs his original cowboy poetry in full costume, and he always gets his audience involved. Sometimes, he brings along his loyal and talented sidekicks, Stanley the Steer and Pete the Possum. The poetry is fun, family-oriented, patriotic and relates extremely well with ag and rural audiences, and most of time, it even rhymes."



Sons of the Flint Hills - Topeka

youtube.com   caritah@cox.net   785.215.7598

New to the festival this year is a group "with over 40 years experience among the members. Kreg Hoover and his sister Cindy Earle have performed separately and together in nightclubs, churches, weddings, banquets, receptions, coffee houses and more.  They have won numerous singing competitions in their history, but their favorite time has always been singing together with family. Now bringing in Kreg's son, Josh, who has been performing on his own for the last 4 years, to create a new group, 'Cindy Marie and the Sons of the Flint Hills.'  This group will be performing favorite cover tunes as well as original music written by Kreg and his late father, Jerry Hoover. The group can provide music for all your needs, so give them a call for your next event."


The Vogt Sisters - Erie

vogtssisters.com   vogtssisters@gmail.com   620.244.5619

"These young musicians offer a vulnerable, sincere approach to their performance, blending timeless music with effortless harmonies and pure vocals. A few of their musical influences include Alison Kraus, Gillian Welch, and the Secret Sisters. In 2012, the girls won first place in the folk ensemble competition at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship in Lawrence, KS, and were also invited to perform on the Kids Acoustic Stage at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. They also held two auditorium concerts with Kentucky 31, and Jimmy Fortune/T Graham Brown. The Vogts Sisters won grand prize at the 2013 Bluegrass and Chili Festival Best Country in the City competition in Claremore, OK and have performed in and around Kansas at festivals and events including the Kansas State Fair."


Willis C. Pracht - Garden City

pracht@cox.net    620.805.7500

Willis Pracht has been entertaining audiences for many years throughout Kansas, performing at festivals, trail rides, schools, public radio shows, and gatherings both as a single act and with many others. While mostly a cover artist, his repertoire also includes original songs as well as traditional, gospel, and folk music. His preferred instrument is a 1976 S.L. Mossman Winter Wheat 12 string guitar built in the Mossman factory in Winfield by the late, great Stuart Mossman.