McCain Performance Series-Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ McCain Auditorium
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Benny Goodman, and many others.

Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine GRAMMY Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMYs in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984.

Touch A Truck @ Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library’s annual “Touch A Truck” will be held October 7th from 10am-noon.  Be sure to bring the kids (little and big) out to see upclose a variety of trucks.  Learn about what they do and how they work.  And if you, or someone you know, have a vehicle that would make a good display contact the library for more information…we would love to include them.  Last year’s event drew more than 500 people, so make your plans to attend!

McCain Performance Series-38 Special @ McCain Auditorium
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

After more than four decades together, 38 SPECIAL continues to bring a signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance.

With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more — Timeless hits that remain a staple of rock.

Wounded Warrior United Banquet @ Courtyard by Marriott
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Wounded Warriors United for an evening of dinner, raffles, and auctions to support those who’ve given so much to our country.  There will be hunting, fishing, and camping gear, guns, pistols, shotguns, smokers, grills, and much more!

Wounded Warriors United is a not for profit organization exclusively founded for our combat wounded and combat veterans. Wounded Warriors United is based in Manhattan, KS.

Wounded Warriors United provides all-inclusive events at no cost to our wounded warriors. Wounded Warriors United provides events to our heroes to include, hunting, fishing, camping, and numerous sporting and social events. These events are therapeutic and will assist in the healing of our heroes hearts and minds.

For more information and tickets, visit their Facebook page, or call Tom at 785-313-1277.  They have a block of discounted rooms available at the hotel for those who wish to attend from out of town.

McCain Performance Series-Ruben and Clay: Twenty the Tour @ McCain Auditorium
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ruben & Clay are thrilled to reunite twenty years after captivating audiences during their historic run on the second season of Fox’s “American Idol” in 2003. Both plucked from the relative obscurity of their hometowns in the South, the unlikely pair quickly became audience favorites instrumental in helping propel “Idol” to the top of the Nielsen ratings, nearly tripling the viewership of the previous season, and securing its place as one of the most consequential TV series in American history. Over 38 million viewers tuned in to hear the results of more than 124 million votes cast during their finale making it the most watched “Idol” episode in history and the highest rated regularly scheduled, live, non-sporting television episode of the 21st century. Combined they have recorded twelve albums, sold more than eight million albums worldwide, toured the country 14 times, starred together on Broadway, won four Billboard Music Awards, an American Music Award, and have been nominated for two Grammys.

“Twenty | The Tour” will highlight the music that made Ruben & Clay “American Idol” favorites and household names. From Clay’s iconic rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to Ruben’s soulful single ”Sorry,” join America’s favorite odd couple for an unforgettable evening of music and memories, spanning two decades, delivered as only these true superstars can.

McCain Performance Series-Buddy Guy w/special guest Ally Venable @ McCain Auditorium
Nov 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

At age 86, Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 8 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 38 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.

These many years later, Buddy Guy remains a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution.