Listeners can travel the country simply by coming to the Farris Theatre for the 8th Farris Concert Season. Acts from Texas, California and Missouri make up the list of performers offering intriguing new charms and comfortable old memories. Fans will hear everything from Western Swing to acoustic guitar to Big Band sounds, and genres in between, when the concert series begins this fall.
The line-up includes:
Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band. To open the season, Bobby Flores returns after a two-year hiatus, but this time he brings with him his own Yellow Rose Band. He and the band offer up their full repertoire of Western Swing on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Dubbed the Lone Star State’s premier classic country and Western Swing musicians, Flores and his band blend smooth country vocals with three fiddles and plenty of steel guitar to keep your toes tapping and hands clapping. With favorite tunes from everyone from Bob Wills to Ray Price to Merle Haggard and beyond, Flores and his band offer country music at its finest.
California Guitar Trio. The California Guitar Trio presents a completely new sound to the series: acoustic/instrumental guitar. With an instrumental repertoire that crisscrosses genres, The California Guitar Trio plays rock, jazz and classical music. On acoustic guitar, the musicians play Bach, Beethoven and Schubert as readily as Pink Floyd and Queen. Featuring Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the trio has recorded 14 albums since 1991. On stage, the musicians’ goal is to make concertgoers feel as though they’re part of the music. They’ll perform Saturday, Nov.19, at 8 p.m.
Holiday Brass. A true holiday tradition continues when the Holiday Brass returns to the Farris on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Members of the Kansas City Symphony perform holiday, classical and light-hearted fare. Fans are delighted to greet Richmond native Steve Seward and his colleagues from the symphony in a close-up and personal setting at the Farris.
4 Fried Chickens & a Coke. Four Fried Chickens & a Coke serve up their menu of the Blues, performing Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. A 12-piece band featuring three vocalists and seven horns, Four Fried Chickens and a Coke gets its name from the movie “The Blues Brothers.” The band plays cuts from the movie’s soundtrack, as well as covers from James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike and Tina Turner, Royal Crown Review, Chicago, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The band also plays its own original songs.
Moonlight Serenade. Kansas City’s Moonlight Serenade Orchestra brings the Big Band sound back to the Farris on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 8 p.m. The 16-piece band with vocalists invites audiences to join in a nostalgic, musical trip back in time for an evening of great dance music. The musicians share Swing tunes music from the likes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole.
Sara Morgan. The season ends Saturday, April 29, 2017, with up-and-comer Sara Morgan, a singer/songwriter whose work spans several genres, including Americana, country, folk and indie. Morgan is active in her support of American farmers and embarked on a Drive a Tractor tour this spring. She’s donating 10 percent of her proceeds from her “Drive a Tractor” single, as well as from her exclusive merchandise, to funding scholarships for students pursuing higher education in an ag-related field.
Before her concert, she plans to appear at a local high school to perform for area FFA students.
Local favorites Let It Swing, featuring Harry Ritchie and Carl Butler, will open for Morgan, who’ll be performing with her own back-up band. Morgan’s hip honky-tonk concert begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the 8th season are available now. Ticket prices are $90 for all six concerts. Under the popular Pick Your Price Package option, tickets are $75 for five concerts and $60 for four concerts. Individual tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door.
To reserve tickets, contact Lesley Green for more information, (816) 776-6684 or log on to www.farristheatre.com.