Lu Anne Stephens

Director of Content; Director of Programming and Operations; Music Host

Lu Anne has held many positions at KMUW, including local Morning Edition host and reporter/editor. In addition to her current duties as Director of Content and Director of Programming and Operations, Lu Anne produces KMUW’s “New Settler’s Radio Hour”  and countless special productions. After studying Music Performance and Journalism at Pittsburg State University, Lu completed her degree at Wichita State University in 1995. She has won several awards for journalistic excellence since she has been at KMUW.

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Saturday, September 3

This week we'll hear from Jennifer Kimball and Lucy Kaplansky, who shared a concert at the Old Settler’s Inn. 

Saturday, August 27

This week New Settlers' celebrates all things Irish with jigs, reels and ballads. Through the years, several Celtic groups have performed in the area and we’ll sample from some of the best – including Cherish the Ladies, Cathie Ryan and her band and Grace Griffith.  Grab a pint and join the party.

Here's an old video from The House Band:

 

Saturday, August 20

This week it's Peter Mulvey performing at the Old Settlers Inn with dark, sultry songwriting with amazing percussive guitar. So very good.  

Here are some examples: 

Saturday, August 13

It's guitarist and singer/songwriter and ultimate showman Tommy Emmanuel - at his best - before a live audience.  We recorded him at Wichita’s Orpheum theater.

Watch the fun!  

Saturday, August 6

Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio’s performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. Virtuosity – that pretty much sums it up!

They may be best known for their version of this tune: 

And here's an example of just how diverse their performances can be:

Saturday, July 30

It's another from the Best of the Best series: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Zoe plays everything from traditional folk tunes, ballads, world beat and also vaudeville.  Zoe even sings a song about pie!  Does it get any better?

Here are a couple of videos…

Saturday, July 23

Blues, roots-rock with a hard-to-fine element that says “southern.”  Paul's style is gritty as it is graceful. And he is incredibly funny! Paul Thorn is a consummate storyteller as you will hear in his Old Setters Inn performance. If you can't wait...

Here are a couple of tunes:

Saturday, July 9

We get to hear one of the Best of the Best – a concert that was a particular audience favorite. It’s Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Chuck is a consummate storyteller and contemporary folk artist.  At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering.  Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.

Here are a couple of my favorites:  

Saturday, July 2

Zoo Tunes is a compilation of performances from the Sedgwick County Zoo Summer Concert Series.  This show includes bayou-blues queen Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, A Roomful of Blues and more.  Great shows, great crowds – check it out! 

Saturday, June 25

Listen in on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Cotillion in Wichita. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been performing their brand of country-rock since the 1960's with a brief bit of fame in the 1980's. Their best-known tunes are probably Mr. Bojangles and "American Dream.”

Here’s Mr. Bojangles.

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