Join us at the VFW for a night of music benefitting the Americana Music Academy! Featuring musical performances by Instructors Greg Pelligreen, Michael Paull, Matthew Mulnix, and Rachel Black, plus a few student performances! Homemade Indian Tacos will be served starting at 5:30, but get there early as they will sell out!
The Americana Music Academy is thrilled to present Americana duo Spencer and Rains to kick off the 2019 State of Kansas Fiddling & Picking Championships on August 24! Fiddlers Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer will offer a full day of workshops and a concert during FidPick weekend. Both a local favorite and sought after worldwide, Spencer and Rains have taught and performed nationally and internationally, preserving and building upon the traditions of their region. We are delighted to have Spencer and Rains in Lawrence this summer!
Here is a full schedule of events:
August 24, 1:00pm - 1:45pm, Workshop: Old Time Fiddle Repertoire & Technique with Spencer and Rains. $15-$20 per person. Space is limited! Reserve by emailing email@example.com ! Full course description here .
August 25, 2:00pm - 2:45pm, Workshop: Old Time Back Up Guitar. $15-$20 per person. Space is limited! Reserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ! Full course description here .
August 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Jam: Community Open Jam. Totally free and open to the public. Acoustic instruments only.
August 25, 6pm, Special Concert: Spencer and Rains. Outdoor and free! Bring a lawn chair!
All events are held at Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts. St.
Americana Music Academy presents its first Chamber Music Festival, featuring a unique blend of crossover classical and old-time fiddle chamber music! Come for an intimate concert featuring AMA Instructors and friends, including Anne Schneller, Avery Parkhurst, Maya Van Nuys, Jenn Thomas, and Justin Harbaugh! There will be a $5-$10 suggested donation at the door as a fundraiser for the academy.
Join us for our Spring Fling Recital featuring AMA students and teachers at Vintage Church! From fiddle to guitar to saxophone, enjoy the tunes our community has been working on! Here is the full lineup:
3:00pm Piano and Strings Recital
4:30pm Ukulele and Voice Recital
5:30pm Pickin' and Strummin' Recital
There is a $5 charge at the door to help offset costs. See you there!
AMA Instructors Matthew Mulnix and Linda Tilton will offer a beginning ukulele workshop for kids ages 5 and up! They will focus on basic chords and techniques in order to play simple songs. Registration is $20 at the door, but space is limited so RSVP is required by emailing email@example.com .
What To Bring: Your instrument! Don’t have an instrument? No problem. We’ll have a few loaner ukuleles available.
Americana Music Academy presents virtuoso Americana musician Tony Furtado for a full day of workshops during FidPick weekend!
Buy tickets at Mass Street Music before August 24 and get the "early bird" rate! https://massstreetmusic.com/products/americana-music-academy-tony-furtado-8-25-7-30pm-concert-ticket
Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Tony has recorded six critically acclaimed albums for Rounder Records, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Marshall. Tony has also performed and recorded with the band Sugarbeat and the Rounder Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Trischka and Tom Adams. Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others. “I love playing live,” he says. “All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment.”
1-1:45pm: Banjo Workshop at AMA
2-2:45pm: Slide Guitar Workshop at AMA
3-5pm: AMA Community Jam
7:30-9pm: Special Concert at Vintage Church, 1501 New Hampshire.
Buy tickets for the concert here!
Buy tickets for the Banjo Workshop here!
Buy tickets for the Slide Guitar Workshop here!
Concert and each workshop are $15/advance, $20/door.
Join us for a full day of recitals featuring AMA students with special instructor performances! Come and hear everything from your favorite old-time tunes, to original compositions, to classical pieces, and much more. Here is a full schedule of events:
3pm Piano, Violin & Friends Recital
4:30pm Voice Recital
6pm Pickin' & Strummin' Recital
There will be a charge of $5 per person at the door to help offset recital costs. See you there!
As a part of UNESCO International Jazz Day, AMA will present a free Jazz Guitar Clinic with AMA Instructor Joe Schoonover. The clinic will focus on intervals, basic harmonic concepts, and improvisation. Beginners welcome! RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org . #JazzDay
AMA Presents its Annual Holiday Show Extravanganza, Bake Sale, & Auction! Come join us for a full day of recitals beginning at 4pm and continuing into the evening. You will hear everything from guitar to fiddle to accordion and everything in between...and of course your favorite holiday tunes! We will also be hosting a bake sale and auction as a fundraiser for the Academy. Come on out to celebrate the holidays with us and to support our wonderful students and teachers!
SECOND DATE JUST ANNOUNCED! Instructor Matthew Mulnix celebrates the release of his second album on Saturday, November 18th at 7pm, and Sunday, November 19th at 3pm at the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, KS. Opening the show is Megan Luttrell, with performances from a few of Matthew's students. Seating is limited! Admission is $5 advance and $10 at the door, pending space. Reserve your seat today by emailing email@example.com .
Join us for a fundraiser and concert at Five Bar & Tables on Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm. 10% of proceeds benefit the Americana Music Academy. The concert will feature AMA instructors and community members, including Greg Pelligreen, Michael Paull, Matthew Mulnix, Rachel Black, and more!
Introducing our first Annual Americana Fall Festival on September 9, featuring a full day of workshops and a house concert! We've got a stellar lineup including Best of Lawrence Instructor Dylan Bassett, and Visiting Artists Grace & Pierce Pettis! Here is a full schedule of events:
10:00 am: Kids’ Drum Circle with Dylan Bassett! This workshop is designed for 2nd graders and up, but adults are welcome too. $5.
1:00 pm: Songwriting 101 Workshop with Grace and Pierce Pettis. All styles and levels welcome! Bring a pencil, notebook, and a song to share. $20
3:00 pm: Community Jam. All styles and acoustic-ish instruments welcome. FREE
7:30 pm: Grace & Pierce Pettis House Concert, $15/advance, $20/door.
More details here .
SEATING IS LIMITED. Call 785-830-9640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Americana Music Academy is thrilled to announce that Ellie Grace will appear as AMA's 2017 Artist-in-Residence as a part of the upcoming 37th Annual Fiddling and Picking Championships August 26-27, 2017! Ellie Grace makes a much anticipated homecoming to FidPick, having last performed at FidPick as a child in the Grace Family Band in 1991! Ellie will offer a Vocal Harmony Workshop, Clogging Workshop, and a House Concert at the Americana Music Academy, and will serve as a judge in the Harmony Singing Category at FidPick. We are delighted to welcome Ellie back to Lawrence! Here is a full schedule of events:
August 26, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Workshop: Vocal Harmony with Ellie Grace. Experience the joy of group singing and gain some insight into the mystery of harmony!
August 26, 1:45pm - 2:45, Workshop: Clogging with Ellie Grace. Now is your chance to get "feet-on" experience in Appalachian clogging.
August 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Jam: Community Open Jam. Totally free and open to the public. Acoustic instruments only.
August 26, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, House Concert: Ellie Grace w/Special Guest Diane Gillenwater.
August 26, 7:30pm - 9pm, Jam: Join us outside for more acoustic jamming!
All FidPick events on August 26 will be held at the Americana Music Academy. Admission for each workshop and/or the concert is $10/advance, $15/door.
More details here .
Space is limited! To register, call 785-830-9640 or email email@example.com .
Calling all Irish and Celtic music lovers! The Americana Music Academy is pleased to present Irish Music Guitarist Davey Mathias in a house concert Saturday, July 29 at 7pm. Davey comes to us from the deep south and brings with him a soulful approach and deep understanding of Celtic music, including the DADGAD guitar tuning that has become ubiquitous with Irish and Celtic music. He will be joined by local Celtic Flutist Turlach Boylan.
Seating is limited! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
The Americana Music Academy will offer a Dulcimer Building Workshop for kids taught by dulcimer expert Allen Macfarlane. Mr. Macfarlane has toured the region teaching kids how to build and play their very own cardboard dulcimers at arts centers, historic sites, and schools. Students will learn how to build and play their own dulcimers through a unique workshop held over two full days. Construction of these cardboard dulcimers provides students with opportunities to express themselves artistically as they design their cardboard sound boxes, and to develop maker skills as they use tools to move their building project through to completion. Once assembled, children will learn playing techniques and will be able to take the instruments home with them. The musical instruction students will learn on this instrument will be forever special, as they will learn to play an instrument they've created with their own hands! The workshop is designed for Grades 4+, but adults are welcome too.
For more information or to register, email email@example.com .
Come learn the basics about copyright law that every musician needs to know! Featuring Attorney, fellow musician, AMA Board Member, and CLE Instructor Jim Jesse.
You will learn why it's important for bands and joint authors to have an agreement, what it takes to claim authorship of a song or sound recording, what a copyright is and how to establish one, why it's important to register your copyrights, the two copyrights in every song, the six exclusive rights you get with a copyright, all the revenue streams songs generate and how to best collect revenue you're entitled to, and more!
Registration is $10 per person. Seating is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. All proceeds benefit the Americana Music Academy Scholarship Program.
Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 24 years, and has been a full-time CLE presenter since 2013. He is the former General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THECOOLTV), which is a 24-hour-a-day music video television network. Previously, he was in private practice. He has founded Rock N Roll Law, and his passion is spreading music law through his seminars. Thousands of attorneys have taken his courses, and he has conducted his music law course now in many states (see below). He is also a member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).
He is also a singer/songwriter who has released two albums: Down on the South Side and Better Late Than Never. Mr. Jesse is a member of BMI and has run his own record label distributing his music. He has written songs for more than 30 years, and has more than 200 songs he has never released. He has studied music history for years.
He is also the author of The Music Copyright Law Manual and the forthcoming The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law.
Mr. Jesse consults and practices in areas regarding intellectual property, licensing and music law. He has drafted and reviewed hundreds of contracts from small barter deals to multi-million dollar ones. To learn more about Jim Jesse, visit rocknrolllaw.com .
As a part of the 36th Annual Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships, the Americana Music Academy will be hosting the Official Kick-Off Event & Fundraiser by presenting a concert featuring past Fiddling and Picking Champions! The official lineup will be:
6pm Scott Stuewe (Finger Style, 2014)
6:30pm Luke Paul (Finger Style, 2015)
7pm Larry Carter (Misc. Acoustic Instruments, 2010, 2004)
7:30pm Greg Pelligreen and Warren Jurgens (Ensemble Folk, 2014)
8pm Terri Laddusaw and Michael Paull (Ensemble Folk, 2005, 2003)
8:30pm Steve Mason (Fiddle, 2007)
Join us for the concert and bring your acoustic instrument for a jam! Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available with proceeds benefiting the Americana Music Academy. Seating is limited, please bring a lawn chair. Parking will be available at Central United Methodist Church.
As a part of the 36th Annual Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships Kick-Off Event, join Michael Paull and Terri Laddusaw at Americana Music Academy Saturday, August 27 at 2:00pm for a workshop in harmony singing. This popular duo will take a familiar tune and teach three different arrangements of harmony singing. Beginning with the standard “academic-style” harmonies and moving on to the jazzy popular style of groups like the Andrews Sisters, the class will wrap-up with the rootsy, country style familiar from films like Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Come prepared to sing and join the jam session at 3:00.
Registration is $10. Space is limited. Pre-register to reserve a seat by emailing email@example.com .
Come take part in a group drum jam. We have the drums and the sticks, just bring yourself! The drum circle is for kids in 2nd - 8th grade, but older siblings and parents are welcome too! This workshop is free but spots are limited. Reserve a spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 785-830-9640.
The Americana Music Academy Presents our Spring Fling Recital! Join us for an open house and full day of music at the Americana! We will begin with a Piano, Ukulele & Violin Recital at 3pm, then a Voice Recital at 4:15pm, followed by a Pickin' & Strummin' Recital at 6pm. There will be a small charge of $5 for admission to help offset costs of producing the event.
The recitals will be followed by a reception and jam outside. We'll be grilling burgers and hot dogs! Bring a side dish if you wish, a lawn chair, and your instrument and come celebrate Spring with us!
The Americana Music Academy Presents acclaimed Singer/Songwriter and Artist-in-Residence Matt Nakoa. To learn more about Matt Nakoa, visit www.mattnakoa.com. Tickets are $10. Seating is limited. Please email email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Executive Director, Rachel Black, will open the show with a special singer/songwriter set.
MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in rural NY State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding among others. After school, Matt landed in NYC’s vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s famous Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night.
As if illustrating two sides of himself, Matt’s first album, Light In The Dark (2012), is a sweeping pop opus, while A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores an intimate acoustic palette. Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Though not easily pinned down, “In sum,” as a recent review put it, "Matt Nakoa is a musical adept, one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world."
“Pickin’ In the Park”, 2015 Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Kick Off Party and Jam
South Park, Lawrence, KS August 10, 2015
The Americana Music Academy is throwing their annual open jam and concert in South Park on Saturday August 22, 2015 to help kick off the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships to be held the following day, Sunday August 23, 2015.
We invite you to bring your instrument, a chair or blanket, and jam along with your friends, while you enjoy a cold beer. Stick around for some great live music and food, and help Americana Music Academy by just having fun and enjoying yourselves.
Jamming is open to all ages of acoustic musicians and will be from 4:00-6:00, live concerts beginning at 6pm. by,
Kansas City Hustle, P.Lague, Carswell and Hope, more TBD
Food vendors will provide food for purchase as well as Free State Brewing Co. will have beer available for those over 21. This will be a benefit for The Americana Music Academy.
For more information contact:
Executive Director Americana Music Academy Academyamericanamusicacademy@gmail.com
Americana Music Academy will be offering our Spring Recital for students, teachers, and associated bands at the lovely Castle Tea Room in Lawrence Kansas. This is an opportunity for a smaller, more formal event than our Winter Recital. This program will be limited to about an hour in length and will feature many of our students looking to perform as musicians.
Join Americana talents for live music at Morningstar's Pizza, on Monday evenings during the month of May. All profits from those days will benefit Americana Music Academy. Starting at 6pm., come down for some great Italian dishes, NY style pizza, and listen to some of the best musicians in town. We'll be posting the schedule soon. Please come and support great mucis, non-profits, and Morningstar's Pizza!
Help local music thrive by joining us for another great house concert!
We are happy to host Kansas City area, Kasey Rausch, for a lovely evening in our living room at Americana Music Academy. Kasey has been a part of the local music scene for years now. It's fitting her concert follows on the heels of the Walnut Valley Festival, Kasey is a perennial favorite at campground stages Five and Seven. Call for reservations, seating is limited.
Warm-up for Winfield with festival favorites, Still On The Hill. Join us for some "Ozark Folk-grass". Singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists, Kelly and Donna, will perform two sets featuring the music of their latest CD, "Once A River". http://www.stillonthehill.com/aboutSOTH.html
KSF&P partner, Americana Music Academy, will host a Fundraiser Party/Concert/Jam with multiple jamming areas (including inside air-conditioned). We will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, beer and soda. Bands and solo acts will play outside from 6:00 until 8:30, when open community jamming begins.
Last year we jammed pretty late, so don't goof and leave your instrument at home! We will have some tables and chairs, but you may want to bring your own chair. To sign up for a band or solo SLOT call 785-830-9640.
6-6:30pm - Michael Paull
6:30-7pm - Warren Jurgens, Greg Pelligreen, Ross Black
7-:7:30pm - TBA
7:30-8pm. - "Shoofly"
8-8:30pm. - "P.Lague"
Come to join the jamming or to just listen and enjoy.