On Wednesday night, I was pretty surprised (but not really) to walk down to the basement of the Taproom to find a packed house.  It was local singer/songwriter Blakey Bear’s last show in Lawrence before he skips town.

The first time I met the precious songwriter, he was very quiet, mild mannered and polite. So imagine my surprise when I heard him belt out all sorts of beautiful music, wretched with emotion.  He doesn’t need much. It’s usually just him and a guitar or a keyboard. But my goodness, his music is simply captivating.

Blakey Bear is an alluring performer that nobody should miss. But he’s headed to another continent now, so it broke my heart a little to hear him sing on Wednesday night. I know I’m going to miss this.

Fare thee well, Blakey Bear.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.


  • Russell, April 28, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    well poop. I have never even heard of him before now…..and it’s to late. oh well…..thanks for sharing. : )

    keep up the great work!


  • Angela, May 3, 2011 @ 1:55 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I wish he had of played more shows near me! I love his music!

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