News Releases

5/27/2016 - Friday Night Live for May 27

Contact: Stacy Ash, 785-309-5770


Salina Arts & Humanities, in collaboration with downtown stakeholders, announces the next Friday Night Live concert event on May 27th. Friday Night Live is a series of arts and entertainment programming for Salina residents and visitors, designed to increase attendance and participation in arts-related events and to strengthen partnerships with local business owners in the downtown arts district.  Each week, a free-admission Friday Night Live concert will feature music and poetry events in restaurants, bars, outdoor plazas and other venues.
On Friday, May 27, the Friday Night Live free concert features Truckstop Honeymoon. The show will take place in Campbell Plaza at 123 S. Santa Fe, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Katie and Mike West of Truckstop Honeymoon travel to Salina from Lawrence, Kansas, though their story begins in New Orleans more than a decade ago. Both were making a modest living as street performers, playing their instruments for tourists in the French Quarter, where they first met. They had a courthouse wedding and a honeymoon in a truck stop as they took off for their first tour. Since then, they have toured three continents with four kids and a truckload of songs.  Katie and Mike tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life and the love and humour it takes to enjoy it. In 2005, their home recording studio was washed away in Hurricane Katrina, displacing their family to Kansas, where they found a home in the music mecca of Lawrence. 
An alternative bluegrass duo, Truckstop Honeymoon’s music combines elements of bluegrass, music-hall jazz and straight-up rock’n’roll. The group has been referred to by Dirty Linen Magazine, USA as “one of the most integrated, enjoyable counter-culture acts around.” Truckstop Honeymoon is an agreeable treat for the whole family.

In the case of inclement weather, the Friday evening concert will be moved to Ad Astra Books & Coffee House at 141 N. Santa Fe. Truckstop Honeymoon also is the featured music group at the midday Festival Medallion Quest/Friday in the Park event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Stage of Oakdale Park.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the rest of Friday Night Live and First Friday programming for June. For more information, call Stacy Ash at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770.

For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.