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Entertainers 2015

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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.

Alferd Packer Memorial String Band - Lawrence
"The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band is five multi-instrumentalists, dressed in old time costumes, singing and playing fiddles, banjo, guitars, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, accordion, bass, and creative percussion. The band has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Bill Geist, and in a documentary called "Overlooked” which aired on KTKA-TV. They were the focus of articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Readers’ Digest. Their music has been used in a national broadcast on NPR. Their infectious good humor and high energy leave no toe untapped."

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.

Annie Wilson & Carl Reed of Tallgrass Express - Elmdale
"Formed in 2004, Tallgrass Express is a truly regional band, staying close to their roots and performing mainly at community events in the Flint Hills region.

Their mission is to provide local entertainment, and through their recordings, share with a broader
audience their celebration of the beauty and wonder of the Kansas Flint Hills and its ranching culture. 
n addition to their original songs about the land and life of the Flint Hills, they perform fast-driving old timey and bluegrass favorites, folk ballads, Western swing tunes, beautiful Celtic melodies, early American gospel hymns, and beloved Cowboy and Western standards. Tallgrass Express tailors programs to fit each audience."

Bob Colladay - Hutchinson

www.bobulele.com   bcolladay@cox.net   620.664.0971

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 - 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.

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.

Hannah & Brianna - Wamego

conroyphilbrookh@outlook.com      785.844.9560

"Hannah and Brianna started singing together since their fourth grade year and have kept at it ever since. They perform here and there for local festivities including the Kansas Sampler Festival and the Tulip Festival. They have also appeared in many shows together at the Columbian Theatre such as "Singin' in the Rain" and "Footloose", and at the Manhattan Arts Center in "Cats". They also studied music at Kansas State University together for a year. These best friends are never far from one another and they are super excited to perform together again for their hometown."

Jami Amber Lynne - Basehor

jamiamberlynne.com     mymail@mickilynne.com    913.406.3565

Jami Amber Lynne began entertaining at festivals and fairs when she was just 12 years old. She made her debut at the Kansas Sampler Festival when it was held in Leavenworth, Kansas in 2010 and has played at every festival since. She's now a freshman in college, majoring in Biology.

In addition to the Kansas Sampler Festival, Jami has entertained at the Rockin' on the River Festival, Leavenworth Idol, The Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, Annie's Country Jubilee in Tonganoxie, Lamborn Farm in Leavenworth, Turner Days in Kansas City, KS, sang the National Anthem at The Great American BBQ and Desoto Days and twice won first place in her age division at the Leavenworth County Fair.

Jami is excited to announce that she recently recorded a demo CD in a Nashville studio.

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."


Kirk Drager - Auburn
dragerstudios@gmail.com    785.640.6499
"Kirk Drager has a unique voice on the local music scene. He plays an eclectic mix of Americana Roots music. His repertoire includes Alt-Country, Rock, and Bluegrass in addition to originals including up-tempo honky-tonk party songs and softer tales of love and loss.

Drager has accumulated broad experience ranging from punk rock to jazz to musical theater to bluegrass, so there’s no telling what influences might turn up in the next song.

Originally a drummer, Kirk has morphed into a guitarist and mandolin player who occasionally brings along a ukulele."              
                                                                                                   ~ from the Topeka Capitol Journal

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.


Piper Leigh - Arkansas City

www.piperleigh.com    piperleigh02@yahoo.com    785.250.9186

"Leigh’s songs are anchored in folk and roots, while her melody and delivery show strong country and blues sensibilities. Her sound has the bluesy, earthy feel of Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist, Eva Cassidy. Piper is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky chanteuse.

She has appeared on the stages of Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival, Enid’s Fling at the Springs Festival, Garden City’s Tumbleweed Festival and Guthrie’s Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival."

Prairie Larkspur - Wamego

dosdays@wamego.net   785.456.5325



Rusty Rierson - Augusta

www.rustyrierson.com    rustyr@rustyrierson.com   316.200.438


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."

Tyler Gregory - Lawrence
"Hailing from the rolling hills of Kansas, Tyler Gregory can regularly be found performing with his steam-powered melodies. Gregory's mix of blues and roots music howls with a sense of passion and freedom. This songcrafter takes the cues and lifestyle from WWII-era blues bellowers and drives full force on his guitar/banjo/stomp-box live performance arrangements."

Willis C. Pracht - Garden City

gcmoss52@gmail.com    620.260.6617

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. 


Entertainers Contact List 2015






Alferd Packer Memorial String Band

Old Time 

Steve Mason

ask.a.luthier@gmail.com; alferdpackerband.com


Ann Zimmerman, Singer-Songwriter


Ann Zimmerman

ann@annzimmerman.com; www.annzimmerman.com


Annie Wilson & Carl Reed of Tallgrass Express

Folk/Bluegrass/ Country/Western

Annie Wilson

five_oaks_ranch@yahoo.com; www.tallgrassexpress.com



Country/Pop/ Standards

Robert Colladay

bcolladay@cox.net; www.bobulele.com


Cayton and Brown


Barry Brown

bbrown@planetkc.com; www.caytonandbrown.com


Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival players

Classic Theatrical Performance

Benjamin Moats


St. Marys

Hannah and Brianna


Hannah Conroy-Philbrook



Jami Amber Lynne


Michelle Lynne

mymail@mickilynne.com; www.jamiamberlynne.com


Kelly Werts, singer & guitarist


Kelly Werts



Kirk Drager

Bluegrass/ Country

Kirk Drager



Lindsborg Folkdanslag

Scandinavian Folk Music

Duane Fredrickson



Piper Leigh


Piper Leigh

piperleigh02@yahoo.com; www.piperleigh.com

Arkansas City

Prairie Larkspur

1800's Folk Music

Christine Day



Rusty Rierson (Music & Comedy)


Rusty Rierson

rustyr@rustyrierson.com; www.rustyrierson.com


The Vogts Sisters


Debbie Vogts

deborahvogts@gmail.com; www.vogtssisters.com 


Tyler Gregory


Tyler Gregory Spreer

tylergregorymusic@gmail.com; tylergregorymusic.com


Willis Pracht

Folk/Vintage country/Gospel

Willis Pracht


Garden City