Only in Kansas can it be pouring rain and sunny at the same time.

In typical Kansas fashion, The Replay was very wet on Mother’s Day. But that wasn’t going to stop folk fans from dancing outside. So the kiddos took off their shoes and splashed around in the puddles while most of the adults huddled under the awning.

The stage was perfectly dry, so you could hear Danny McGaw’s majestic voice travel down the alleys when Wells the Traveler rocked the evening away. The crooning folk man moved away last year, so his visit back to Lawrence drew eager fans who gave little regard for the rain. You can watch him perform while the youngins trot about in the water below:

The clouds began to clear out and the sun shined fairly bright by the time 40 Watt Dreams took the stage. The band, fronted by local leading lady Katie West, belted out one danceable tune after another. 40 Watt Dreams’ music is most certainly upbeat, but the lyrics have a mischievously dark tone with warnings of bad weather and bad attitudes. It’s hard not to connect with West’s lyrics, especially if you’re the type of woman who stands strong after weathering a storm (something this specific audience sort of just did).

Words and photos by Fally Afani



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.

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