Lied Loves Lawrence: Community Arts & Music Festival

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary season than with a FREE celebration for our community! You’re invited to an extravaganza of spectacular performances, live music, kid-friendly activities, behind-the-scenes workshops and more. The festival is in honor of Christina M. Hixson, the sole trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust.

(Please check this webpage for any festival updates due to inclement weather.)


Friday, September 14 • starting at 7:30 pm

KU School of Music Collage Concert This Jayhawk tradition celebrates a new academic year for the KU School of Music, showcasing the world-class talents of faculty and students in diverse musical vignettes.

Quixotic After the concert, Quixotic will perform outside of the building. Quixotic is a performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection mapping and music to create multi-sensory experiences.


Saturday, September 15 • starting at 4:00 pm

Sculpture dedication The festivities on Saturday begin with the dedication of a new sculpture created by local artist Jan Gaumnitz in the circle drive at the main entrance, surrounded by the new sustainable pollinator garden.

Following the dedication, we’ll get the party started with family-friendly activities both outside and inside the building. Please feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the FREE bands and outside activities.

Outside activities Enjoy three live bands on the outdoor stage, a bouncy house and more. Complimentary treats will be provided, and food trucks will be available from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with Coney Island Hotdogs, La Parrilla on Wheels and Torched Goodness.

Once the sun goes down, Quixotic will shine in a stunning outdoor performance piece taking place directly ON the building.

Inside activities Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lied Center and enjoy workshops to learn about stage tech, movement and dance, theatrical makeup and more.


Get to know the BANDS!

(Times subject to change.)

Mwenso & The Shakes > 4:30 pm
A unique troupe of global artists who present the highest form of entertainment and artistry in jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music.

The Steel Wheels > 6:00 pm
Americana, bluegrass and folk music with exquisite harmonies, hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation > 7:30 pm
One of New Orleans’ treasures featuring a blend of funk, jazz, rock, hip-hop and a whole lot of Southern charm.


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