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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The Brown Bag Lunch Concert series is a free concert offered to the public during the lunch hour on the third Tuesday of every month. So, bring your lunch, sit down, and enjoy the show! Featuring local and regional artists as well as national and international artists.

Upcoming Performances

March 17- Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Stu Stuart

We will not be holding our Brown Bag Programming tomorrow. This decision was based on CDC recommendations and the concern for our stakeholders. We will be looking at getting Stu Stuart in for a future program, and be looking at our future dates as information and recommendations on the Covid-19 pandemic develop.

Stu Stuart is best-known in Kansas as the lead singer of the original Prairie Rose Wranglers, known since 2007 as the Diamond W Wranglers. Prior to the opening of the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper in 1999, Stu was a member of the Nashville country band, Hank Flamingo. He has sung on stages from Carnegie Hall in New York City to San Francisco’s historic Masonic Center; from Nashville to the Great Wall of China. Stu has also appeared on the CMT, the Fox Network, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Stu’s grandfather was the announcer on the famed WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. His name was Hal O’Halloran. With a heritage like that you’re sure to hear a least a wee bit of Irish music as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Coutts Museum of Art.

April 21 - Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Rusty Rierson


Rusty’s music was inspired by artists such as George Strait and Don Williams, among others. He hopes his traditional leaning country music style is “a breath of fresh air.” Maverick: the Country, Folk, Bluegrass & Roots Digital Music Magazine describes his vocals as honest and emotional. Our staff can’t stop listening to his albums!

Rusty is from Leon, KS, and has been into music since he was 14 years old. He has played all over the US and in several other countries. He has released 8 albums and 1 DVD, with some charted singles.

May 19 - Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Nikki Moddelmog & Dennis Hardin

Join us on Tuesday, April 21, from noon to 1:00 p.m. for some great music as the Coutts Museum of Art welcomes musicians Nikki Moddelmog and Dennis Hardin for the Brown Bag Lunch Concert. Bring your lunch and join us to get away from the grind for an hour!

 

June 16 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Haymakers

Are you free over lunch on Tuesday, June 16? Bring your lunch and enjoy the musical talents of Dustin Arbuckle, Dennis Hardin, and Tom Page. Water, coffee, tea, and some snacks provided. Join us and get away from the grind for an hour!

Arbuckle, Page, and Hardin play Americana themed music with country, blues, folk, and bluegrass roots, which they like to call "dustbowl rock." They are all part of the Haymakers, a five-person, Wichita-based band. Arbuckle, Page, and Hardin are influenced by such artists as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Doc Watson, Django Reinhardt, and Ralph Stanley, just to name a few.


 

July 21 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

To Be Announced

Stay tuned for the announcement for the July Brown Bag performer!

 

August 18 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

To Be Announced

Stay tuned for the announcement for the August Brown Bag performer!

 

September 15 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Quinn Lake

  Quinn Lake is a versatile cellist and music educator who is equally at home when performing in a baroque ensemble or a rock band, as a soloist or collaborative musician, teaching toddlers or college students, and everything in between.   Quinn was born and raised in beautiful Kalispell, Montana, where she started playing cello at age 10. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI), and a Master’s in Cello Performance from Wichita State University, where she has also completed extensive work toward a Master’s in Music Education.  

 

  Quinn has performed with the Wichita Symphony and Wichita Grand Opera Orchestras since 2004, and has also performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is a founding member of Wichita Baroque Ensemble, ICTrio, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Jackson, MI; Hays, KS; and Wichita, KS.   A passionate and highly-in-demand educator, Quinn maintains a full-time private studio with about 30 cello students of a wide variety of ages and levels. She has served as Chamber Music Director at Bows at the Barn Strings Camp (Maize, KS) since 2009, and is commonly involved in interdisciplinary educational musical collaborations such as with the Wichita Art Museum and The Big Read. 
 

October 20 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Charisse & Steve Kahler

Charisse and Steve Kahler have been making music for years, but for 14 years as a duo. They perform a combination of Charisse’s original material, cover tunes, and traditional folk songs.

Charisse is an award winning songwriter and self-taught guitar and mandolin player. She’s won first place in the 2008 Woody Guthrie Festival songwriting competition, 2005 Ozark Folk Festival, and numerous times at Winfield in different categories. She's shared stages with folk heroes Greg Brown, Mickey Newbury, Maura O’Connell, and Kate Campbell. She and Steve have opened for regional faves Small Potatoes and Stacey Earle.

Steve’s voice is warm and easy, and he has developed a signature guitar style. His arranging skills are without peer - simply put, every tune he touches becomes beautiful.

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Charisse has one available CD, and the duo has finally completed a bare bones, off the floor recording, "No Frills", half original tunes and half favorite Kahler covers.

November 17 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

To Be Announced

Stay tuned for the announcement for the November Brown Bag performer!

 

December 15 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance

The Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance (GPDA) will be presenting Victorian Christmas music played on a variety of string instruments such as the hammered dulcimer, guitar, and mandolin.

Founded in 1982, the Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance has been dedicated to keeping alive the art of playing Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers, acoustic instruments of all types, and the playing of Folk and Traditional music. Members of the GPDA consist of both novice and experienced musicians who enjoy playing and performing traditional American music on an assortment of acoustic instruments including the hammered and mountain dulcimer, guitar, mandolin banjo, autoharp and fiddle. The GPDA has performance groups who offer free concerts several times per month at nursing homes, churches, etc., and during the holiday season play Christmas music at Botanica and Cowtown in Wichita, and now Coutts Museum of Art!

Past Performances

February 18- Noon to 1:00 p.m.

The Tom Page Trio

Bring your lunch and join us at noon on Tuesday, February 18 as Tom Page Trio visits the Museum to share their music with you!

Tom Page Trio is the brainchild of its namesake. Tom has been at it for over 20 years and has become a staple of Kansas music. He formed the trio in 2008 to consolidate his wide range of styles into a versatile group of musicians with another wide range of dynamic options. The concept of the band also leans toward a regional feel and many of Tom's tunes have local theme or feel if you will.

 

January 21 - Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Dustin Arbuckle and Wayne Long

Dustin Arbuckle and Wayne Long have been making music together for nearly a decade. The two were originally drawn together by their shared fondness for traditional country blues music; they are heavily influenced by artists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, and Charley Patton. With Long's fluid fingerpicking guitar style and Arbuckle's emotive singing and harmonica playing they capably and earnestly perform a variety of traditional blues and folk songs, in addition to the occasional original tune.