Events


AMA Fall Festival: A Day of Rhythm, Words & Melody
Sep
9
10:00am10:00am

AMA Fall Festival: A Day of Rhythm, Words & Melody

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com to register.

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AMA Presents Artist-in-Residence Ellie Grace for FidPick Kickoff
Aug
26
12:30pm12:30pm

AMA Presents Artist-in-Residence Ellie Grace for FidPick Kickoff

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com .

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AMA Presents Turlach Boylan and Davey Mathias
Jul
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

AMA Presents Turlach Boylan and Davey Mathias

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

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Dulcimer Building Workshop For Kids
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Dulcimer Building Workshop For Kids

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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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com . 

 

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Music Copyright Law for Musicians Workshop
Feb
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

Music Copyright Law for Musicians Workshop

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com 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 .

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FidPick Kick-Off Concert & Fundraiser
Aug
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

FidPick Kick-Off Concert & Fundraiser

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.

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Harmony Singing Workshop
Aug
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

Harmony Singing Workshop

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com . 

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Kids Drum Circle Featuring Dylan Bassett
Aug
3
10:00am10:00am

Kids Drum Circle Featuring Dylan Bassett

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.com or calling 785-830-9640.

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Spring Fling Recital
May
7
3:00pm 3:00pm

Spring Fling Recital

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!

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Artist-in-Residence Matt Nakoa with Rachel Black
Feb
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Artist-in-Residence Matt Nakoa with Rachel Black

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 americanamusicacademy@gmail.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."

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Aug
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

Pickin' in the Park, Fidpick Kickoff Party and Jam

“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:

Peter Lague

785-830-9640

Executive Director Americana Music Academy Academyamericanamusicacademy@gmail.com

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Spring Recital
May
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Spring Recital

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.

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Eat Pizza for Americana
May
4
to May 25

Eat Pizza for Americana

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!

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Oct
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Kasey Dawn Rausch live in concert

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.

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Aug
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Official Kansas Fiddling and Picking Pre-Party

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.

PERFORMANCE UPDATE!!!
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.

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Jun
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Scenic Roots Kids' Camp Concert

Scenic Roots will be back again co-directing our Kids' Summer Music and Art Camp June 2nd-6th!
Come join us for a special concert at the Vintage Church(the old Theater Lawrence building), Thursday evening, June 5th, at 7pm. $5. All ages.
Scenic Roots will begin the show performing their blend of traditional American Roots music, followed by singing, dancing, and kids' jam with camp participants. This concert is for friends, family, Americana folks, and Vintage Church folks alike! Come see what our Kids' Camp is all about. Enjoy the newly remodeled Vintage Church, in their new home at 15th and New Hampshire.

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May
12
11:00am11:00am

Eat Pizza For Americana Fundraiser at Morningstar NY Pizza

Come to Morningstar's NYPD in west Lawrence on Mondays this May and help Americana Music Academy at the same time. Roger will be donating a portion of his Monday profits to Americana. We will provide live music 7-9pm! Eat great food, listen to great music, help a great community!
May 5th - "Fresh Picked" w/Steve Mason and company
May 12th - "Pickett, Paull, and Jeans", Americana instructors.
May 19th -  "Clementine", "MGM+1", Greg P. and company
May 26th -  "PLague"

Each day a percent of profits will benefit Americana Music Academy.

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Apr
26
8:00am 8:00am

Yard and House Cleaning Day

Come join myself and some board members as we get outside in the Spring weather Saturday April 26th, from 8am-NOON. Please give us a call, 785-830-9640 and volunteer to help on one of the projects we have lined up for Saturday...
Projects:
CUTTING DOWN DYING TREE- stacking wood, bundling kindling, etc. (Director Peter will run the chainsaw and direct this project). Need three helpers.
SCRAPING AND PRIMING FRONT PORCH-Pat Curtis will direct this project in readying the porch for final painting. 3-4 helpers.
SHED ERECTION( if necesary )- a couple folks to help erect sections of shed if we decide to do it in pieces.
CLEAN WINDOWS- inside and out on ground floor. 2 volunteers.
RAKING AND MOVING- leaaves and rubbish to the compost pile. 2 volunteers.

We'd love your help, and we'll try and have fun too!!!

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