Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Bobby Darin Allynn Coming to Colby!

Bobby Darin Allynn rocks his Branson and travelling shows with passion, stories, and the music of Elvis Presley. Known as the ‘World’s Youngest Elvis Tribute Artist’ Bobby started performing as Elvis back when he was only two years old.

The young artist will perform for Western Plains Arts Association, Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. CDT, at the Colby Community College Cultural Arts Center. Admission by WPAA season ticket or $20 adults, $10 students at the door.

Throughout his childhood he regularly performed songs with his father, Keith Allynn, a familiar Neil Diamond Tribute artist to WPAA audiences, and his mother, Diana Lynn Allynn, a Karen Carpenter tribute artist. 

Marimba Sol De Chiapas in Oakley

 For more than 35 years, Marimba Sol de Chiapas is the evolution of the group started by Dr. Laurence Kaptain as Marimba Yajal√≥n--the first professional folkloric music ensemble of its kind permanently-based within the United States and calling Kansas City home since 1991.

The ensemble will appear Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. CDT at the Oakley High School Auditorium. The group will then provide two school programs in Oakley on Monday, March 25. 


Western Plains Arts Association has received a grant from Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program. This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.


The Dane G. Hansen Foundation also makes this and other season programs possible.


Admission is by WPAA season ticket or adults $20 and students $10.


Committed to the authentic performance practice and spirit of the marimba heard throughout Mesoamerica, Marimba Sol de Chiapas (which translates as The Chiapan Sun Marimba Group) maintains an active schedule of performances, recordings, and multi-cultural workshops.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Barbershop March 23rd in Colby

Tumbleweed program features the Newfangled Four

From Southern California, The Newfangled Four is one of the top barbershop quartets in the world. Formed in the fall of 2012, this foursome quickly bonded through their involvements with the Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony, two well-renowned choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

The Tumbleweed Chorus presents their 42nd Annual Show at 2 p.m. central, Saturday, March 23 at the Colby Community College Cultural Arts Center. Also featured is the Hays High Plains Chorus and the women’s Prairie Rose Chorus.

Combining old fashion slapstick humor with their quirky offbeat comedy, The Newfangled Four merges their talents as top-notch harmony singers and world-class entertainers. In 2013, the quartet won the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest and the Far Western District Quartet Contest, and most recently finished 6th place in the world in 2023.

Over the years they have developed a reputation not only for their fine singing and showmanship, but also for their work and involvement in the youth movement as clinicians and educators, leading countless workshops for young singers.

The Newfangled Four has appeared on Buzzfeed, Hallmark’s “Home and Family show,” the new “Gong Show,” “The CW Christmas Carolers Challenge,” and has recorded tracks for the Lifetime Movie Network. With millions of views on their YouTube performances, they are proud to introduce the barbershop art form to aspiring young singers around the world. Entertaining audiences is their priority, and they can’t wait to entertain you. They are Jackson, Joey, Jake, and Marcus: The Newfangled Four! Visit newfangledfour.com for complete information.

The Tumbleweed Chorus will be combined with the larger Hays High Plains Barbershop Chorus in “We Believe in Music.” Songs performed will include: I Believe in Music, When She Loved Me, Ring of Fire, Let It Be, For the Longest Time, It is Well With My Soul, Sixteen Tons and America the Beautiful Overlay. 

Western Kansas men’s quartets featured are: Uncalled Four, Prairie Timbre, Genuine Gents and Big Creek.

Max Befort, is director of the combined men’s shows in Colby and Hays, and Garrett Cole, is assistant director. Thomas Annis, Oakley, is the director for Prairie Rose Harmony. Annis also is director of the Tumbleweed Chorus. 

 “Our mission is to bring people together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing,” said Dan Obrien, president of the Tumbleweed Barbershop Chorus, Colby.