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Joe Cartwright and Deborah Brown Headline Sunflower Music Festival

Joe Cartwright will return to White Concert Hall on Monday, June 21. The band includes guitarist Rod Fleeman, bassist Ben Leifer and Michael Warren at the drums.

The group’s featured guest will be internationally known vocalist, Deborah Brown. Born in Kansas City, Deborah's musical talents have taken her around the world culminating in several internationally released recordings and a 12-year European jazz residency.

The Sunflower Music Festival is a ten-day free music event held each June in Topeka. The festival begins on June 18th this year with a chamber orchestra concert. All 10 concerts are presented free, this year due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, space may be limited.

Founded as a chamber music festival in 1987, the festival’s scope was broadened to include a jazz night with the financial support of Liz Stratton in 2011. Thus, recognizing jazz as America’s own home-grown chamber music.

Trumpeter, Sean Jones was the festival’s first jazz performer. His performance was such a popular addition, that he and his band returned for three subsequent festival performances.

Pianist Eldar Djangirov, Grammy nominated vocalist, Karrin Allyson and Mr. Cartwright have carried on the tradition. Year of the Woman is this year’s Sunflower Festival theme, and organizers are excited to welcome Ms. Brown for her first appearance on the Sunflower Music Festival stage.

Tickets are required, and complementary tickets are made available through the festival site. The entire festival, including jazz night, will be live streamed to virtual audiences at no charge.

Reserve tickets in advance or to tune in to the live-stream performance.

Joe Cartwright Quartet and Deborah Brown

White Concert Hall on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Details available beginning in May at

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