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Apr 26

Action-packed entertainment in May-June

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 5:22 PM by Michael Goens

The music swells throughout The Little Apple® when spring gets some time to spread its wings. We’re really ready to roll now a month into spring; music is really just icing on the cake for entertainment headed to Manhattan during this last week of April and bounding headlong into May and June.

Multi-talented Jon Bellion transitions his wraps his rap and flowing songwriting talents of The Human Condition to the Bram’s octagon in Bramlage Coliseum on Thursday night. The Rooftop Music Series hits some jazzy notes at Bluemont Hotel on Bluemont Avenue (Wed-Thurs), and Wichita-based Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy bring eclectic-blended sounds of bluegrass and Dixieland to Auntie Mae’s. The Lacs duo is a Friday feature at The Hat in Aggieville; next week, The Hat features the well-established country sounds of Josh Abbott Band, which hails from Austin, Texas.

Harmony in the Hat will be an afternoon outdoor music festival in Aggieville’s Triangle Park to celebrate diversity, and features Madame Groove, Headlight Rivals and Wayne Goins Combo. Madame will be back in action at Auntie Mae’s Parlor on May 5. You’ll find monthly Thursday music at Coco Bolo’s (May 4, Jimmy Lewin and the Kingtones), with weekly acts at the Hat and Auntie Mae’s, all in Aggieville.

Manhattan Parks and Recreation summer Arts in the Park series begins June 2, and June 9 features the ultra-talented Billy McGuigan. Symphony in the Flint Hills (June 10) and Country Stampede (June 22-24) are the highlights on the Manhattan music scene.

On stage, the hilarious Spamalot debuted last weekend at Manhattan Arts Center, and continues the next two weekends, while High School Musical is the big feature at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego. The McCain Performance Series had an unfortunate cancelation of STOMP, but still closes the season on a strong note with 42nd Street on May 8, and Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway on May 14, both Broadway-style productions.

Kansas native comedian Brett Riley brings his irreverent-styled humor to the classic setting of Wareham Opera House with a pair of nightly shows May 19-20. Riley has some classic takes on pop culture and husband-wife relationships.

The topper comes in the incomparable form of David Blaine, master magician, illusionist and stunt artist. Tickets have sold briskly for the June 13 performance at McCain Auditorium. One show only. Plus, check out the David Blaine Front Row VIP Package, which includes show ticket, meet-and-greet and Blaine bling. Details at

We'll have more on 22nd annual Kicker Country Stampede, which stars Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Maddie and Tae, Big & Rich and more!

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