Kansas Sampler Festival
Entertainers will be available for bookings and to sell merchandise following their performance. Please stop by and visit with these talented Kansas musicians.
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Bob Colladay - Hutchinson
Bobulele - Bob Colladay has been spreading the gospel of the tiny four-stringed instrument for almost 15 years. Playing a variety of songs from Tin Pan Alley, Classic Country, Rock, Pop and some originals, you are sure to find something to tap your foot and laugh to.
Cayton & Brown -
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 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
"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
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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 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,
"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
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.
Ron Wilson - Manhattan
"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
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
"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