Tuesday Concert Series / Photo by Fally Afani

Yes, sometimes even early in the week, you need to just get out of the house and enjoy a good local show. That’s where the Lawrence Arts Center’s Tuesday Concert Series steps in. The long-running program has been providing a respite for local music fans looking for something a little gentler to combat those work week blues.

The series is a labor of love from Tal (Larry) Carter, and he begins each concert with a quick performance along with his musical partner Jeannie Zandi. Then, that week’s musical guest takes the “stage,” which is actually the entryway to the Lawrence Arts Center. They perform songs, but it also comes with a nice storytelling aspect where they introduce each tune and build a nice rapport for the audience. You’ll see a lot of the same crowds and musicians from the Gaslight’s tight-knit community, but this event gets folks out of the bars and into a quieter setting.

Tonganoxie Split at Tuesday Concert Series / Photo by Fally Afani

The event primarily holds space for roots music. On Tuesday night, Tonganoxie Split performed, a booking that came after the organizer was just smitten with their performance at FidPick earlier this year. There are plenty more performances through the end of the year, which you can find listed below. For more information, please visit www.tuesdayconcert.com. Get there early, it gets pretty packed.

17th – Wakarusa River Band – Folk rock
24th – Alferd Packer Band – Old-time, Americana

7th – Gerald Trimble & Jambaroque – World music
14th – Matthew Mulnix – Americana

12th – Women Songwriters Fest
Benefit for the Lawrence Arts Center



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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