November is shaping up to be a month of music at the Folly. While there are no Jazz performances this month, the theater is hosting everything from pop to Americana, to cabaret with local and international acts!
The month starts with the LIVE! In the Lounge series featuring Vi Tran! Vi is a preacher’s kid and the son of butchers. Born in the shadow of Sai Gon, Vietnam, and raised in the cattle country of southwestern Kansas, he is equal parts sea salt and wheat fields. Tran is known as the founding owner and managing curator of The Buffalo Room performance event space and as the creator of The Butcher’s Son, an autobiographical refugee story and folk musical memoir about his family’s escape from Vietnam.
Vi Tran Band has opened for legendary rock band Kansas. It is also a fan favorite on Starlight Theatre’s Applause Club Stage, having performed before such acts as Arcade Fire, Barenaked Ladies, Beck, Ben Folds, Counting Crows, KT Tunstall, Ray LaMontagne, Willie Nelson, and Violent Femmes.
Vi will bring his blend of pop, folk, and country to the Folly on November 4th at 7 pm. This is an intimate, listening room setting with only 25 tickets available.
On November 13, after rescheduling 3 times due to covid, the Sam Baker Trio will grace our stage. Sam Baker’s music is compared to that of John Prine. Baker’s 2013 album, Say Grace, was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 country music albums of 2013. In his review of Say Grace, Jim Fusilli wrote, “In Mr. Baker’s tales, the personal becomes universal through his keen-eyed writing, supported by well-chosen instrumentation and what might be called spoken-word melodies.”
Among Baker’s influences for his songwriting are Ken Kesey, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Bob Dylan, and fellow Texans Lightnin’ Hopkins, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. Baker’s latest album is Horses and Stars, a live solo album he released in June 2019.
On Saturday, November 20, Jane and Kate will be making their Kansas City debut with their critically acclaimed TWO LOST SOULS cabaret performance as the headliners for Folly Frolic 2021! You will not want to miss this festive celebration of “Kansas City’s Carnegie Hall”.
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night, Annie, The Marvelous Mirs. Maisel, Julie & Julia, Best in Show, among other credits) and Kate Flannery (the boozy Meredith on The Office) put their one-of-a-kind spin on songs from Broadway to The Barry Sisters to the Swingin’ Sixties in TWO LOST SOULS. A review of the show at NYC’s Cafe Carlyle described it as “Two great comic actors taking the stage for an evening of songs from the Mad Men era,” with a setlist “dotted with numbers that make you crave martinis.” Time Out compared their swinging nightclub cabaret performance to “the Rat Pack but with a couple of broads.” TWO LOST SOULS delivers a night of entertaining and slightly twisted song and comedy.
Wrapping up Folly produced performances is the award-winning and iconic Richard Thompson. Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.
Thompson’s influence cannot be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney, and David Byrne has covered his music.
Tickets to all these performances along with Steven Curtis Chapman (November 18) and the second installment of A Cowtown Revival (November 27) can be purchased at follytheater.org.
Remember – The Folly covid policy is still in place: All individuals who enter the Folly Theater to attend public performances must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test (within the last 72 hours), either by presenting a physical or digital copy. We are not able to accommodate children under the age of two (2). Masks will also be required at all times while inside the building.