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MSM at the Folk Alliance Conference & Music Fair


Folk alliance music fair 2015Mass Street Music is excited to be a part of this year's Folk Alliance Conference & dynamic new Music Fair in Kansas City, Missouri, February 18-22! Held at the Sheraton and Westin at Crown Center, the conference is a remarkable folk-infused (and all its international, Americana, old time, blues etc variations!) gathering, akin to SXSW - a music conference that brings musicians, industry folks, agents and music fans from around the world together in one spot. This year, FAI has expanded to include the new public Music Fair, making the experience affordable for many more - and it's going to be outstanding!

In addition to public concerts (six stages, including a Lawrence one on Friday), open jams, a bluegrass version of the Who's Tommy and more, the Music Camp is also now on the public side. If you've ever dreamed of learning from Bela Fleck, Andy McKee, Bill Kirchen or other legends, you can! Our Lawrence buddies at Americana Music Academy are also running a great Kid's Camp which will include instruction from guest artists. There's also a music related Film Festival, an Art Gallery, music contests and jam sessions led by special guests. In addition, there's a public Expo Hall at the Sheraton (tickets are only $5 for the public) where you'll find Mass Street Music. Similar to Winfield, our staff will be there with an array of great instruments and accessories plus info about our store and upcoming events. But save time for the evening too, as we have a very special event planned for Friday night, Feb. 20 at the Music Fair.

Lawrence KS Live at Folk Alliance music fair

Mass Street Music has partnered with Lawrence's Silly Goose Records, MudStomp Records and the Farmer's Turnpike 92.9 KMXN Radio to bring a taste of Lawrence's great music scene to the FAI Music Fair on Friday, February 20 at 7pm. You'll find us cheering on Lawrence musicians including Ashes to Immortality, MAW, 40 Watt Dreams, Tyler Gregory, Nicholas St. James, Brody Buster, Carswell & Hope and more at our Lawrence KS Live stage at the Fair's Van Horn room. Tickets are $25 and also include all of the other music stages at the fair that night, including a killer bluegrass version of the Who's Tommy. The full Music Fair concert line up is amazing. Learn more about the Folk Alliance in this great KCUR story or visit them at FolkAlliance.org. Details for the full Music Fair events are here. We'll be there and hope to see you there too! Learn more about this special Lawrence stage here or join the Music Fair's Facebook page for up-to-date news on all the events.

Purchase Tickets for the Public Music Fair: $5 Expo Hall only, $25 for day pass OR night pass, $50 for a day & night pass, $125 for a pass to all days and nights of the public Music Fair. 
Private Folk Alliance Conference info is at FolkAlliance.org/conference.

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Win Tickets to Cowgirls Train Set + Whiskey Trio + the Ants 10/31/14!


Cowgirls Train Set band photoThis contest is over. What are you doing for Halloween? How about catching a killer triple bill at the Bottleneck with Cowgirls Train Set, Whiskey Trio and the Ants - on us? We've got two tickets we'd like to give you for this great show happening this Friday, October 31 - Halloween! Doors are at 8pm and we hear the show will start at 9pm. It's easy to enter, just fill out this Cowgirls Whiskey Ant Entry Form (nice, eh?) and you're entered. We'll draw the winner's name on Thursday, Oct. 30 and let you know via phone or email. Good luck!

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Win Tickets to Imani Winds & Harlem Quartet Nov. 1


Imani WindsWin two tickets to a triple bill of spectacular live music with Imani Winds and the Harlem Quartet on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Johnson County Community College's Yardley Hall. Both groups will perform separately and then together for an exciting evening of chamber music that asks "What if J.S. Bach and John Coltrane might chance to meet?" If you want to find out, fill out this Imani/Harlem Quartet Entry Form. We'll notify the winner by email or phone. Good luck!

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Tango Guitar Clinic & Mini Concert with Cucharada! Oct. 18



Tango Guitar clinic with CucharadaWe're really excited to host this unique Tango Guitar Clinic with Sean Mawhirter of CucharadaThis free clinic will give you some techniques for playing this beautiful style of music, as well as offer insights on the genre and the relationship dancers have with bands in Argentina, where Tango was conceived. Great for intermediate guitarists, but ALL are welcome, including beginners – bring your guitar, or just come to experience Cucharada and learn about tango music. Cucharada's violinist, Kelly Bohling will be here too, and the clinic will close with a mini-concert. FREE

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Greg Blake Intermediate Bluegrass Guitar Clinic - Oct. 11


Bluegrass Guitarist Greg BlakeTake your bluegrass guitar playing to a new level with a hands-on lesson from one of the best, Greg BlakeBlake, who performs with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, will take you through an hour and a half of learning that will give you insights and better technique. Greg was selected SPBGMA Bluegrass Guitar Performer of the Year five years in a row, and has been nominated for that honor a total of 9 times, as well as being nominated twice for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Even better, he's a phenomenal instructor. $20 Clinic. 

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Win Tickets to Agent Orange + The Architects and SMF Oct. 24!



Agent Orange album coverThis contest is over, congrats to winner Mike Blur!  Bloodstains! Speed kills! Fast cars! Cheap thrills! You'll get them all at the Bottleneck on Oct. 24! We're giving two tickets away to see legendary Agent Orange along with the Architects and Stiff Middle Fingers. Whether you're an old, cynical punk or a young one, you'll have a great time at this sure-to-be-incendiary show. Wanna go? Just fill out this Agent Orange entry form and you're in. Will notify the winner via email or phone. Good luck!

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Win Tickets to The Oh Hellos & La Guerre Oct. 17!



The Oh HellosThis contest is over. Check out the incredibly talented Katlyn Conroy's La Guerre opening for the beautiful sounds of The Oh Hellos at the Bottleneck on Oct. 17! We've got two tickets we'd like to give you to you! It's super easy to enter, just fill out our Oh Hello La Guerre entry form and you're in! We'll draw the winner's name a few days before the show and gift them with two tickets!

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Collings Guitars Shindig with Master Luthier Bruce Van Wart - Saturday, Oct. 11


Collings Guitars Master Luthier Bruce Van WartJoin us at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 for this very special inside look at Collings Guitars with Master Luthier Bruce Van Wart followed by some very special musical guests! Bruce was Collings' first official employee and is the expert ear, eye and hand that selects woods and voices the instrument tops, among many other things. Bruce will be sharing info on the history of Collings Guitars, woods, tone and much more. 

We'll round out this very special day with live music from Luke Paul, recent Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships 2nd Place winner and member of the F Holes, plus award-winning guitarist, Grammy nominee and luthier Rick Faris! We'll have some rollicking music, refreshments and of course, beautiful guitars. FREE

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Jim Hurst in Concert, Sept. 13!


Jim Hurst in ConcertInternational Bluegrass Music Association Guitarist of the Year Jim Hurst will perform at Mass Street Music on Saturday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. We're excited to have him perform just before Winfield, and in the intimate space of our workshop area, upstairs at the store. Tickets are $20 + tax, and are available at the store.

If you'd like to learn directly from Jim Hurst, don't miss the Winfield Warmup flatpicking workshop weekend, Sept. 12-14. Tickets for the Hurst concert are included for workshop attendees. More information on the workshop weekend is available at wiresandwoodproductions.com. Note: Jeff Guernsey, originally slated to also perform, has canceled.

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Lawrence Regular Gigs and Jams


Anyone that lives in Lawrence, Kansas knows we've got a killer music scene - from folk and bluegrass to punk, garage, experimental and everything in between. There are a lot of great shows, concerts and jams that happen on a regular basis and we thought you'd like to know. If you have a regular gig or jam in Lawrence, or know of one we missed here, let us know & we'll post it on the next go 'round: info@massstreetmusic.com


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At 3pm our neighbors down the street at Americana Music Academy host an all levels Open Jam – this great jam is a perfect way to start playing with others or hone your chops and just have a great time. Here at our own store, Mass Street Music, we've got free clinics on many different topics on Saturday afternoons – just check out our Events page for the latest. Over on 9th St at JJ's Beautiful Music Violin Shop you can jump into the ongoing violin lessons on some Saturdays - taught by fiddle wiz Tricia Spencer. Just give them a call at 785-856-8755 for the next scheduled free lesson. READ MORE!

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