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The Avett Brothers with Robert Earl Keen
The Avett Brothers with Robert Earl Keen
Aug 12, 2021 | 7:00 PM
$55-$99

The Avett Brothers With Special Guest Robert Earl Keen

Spend an evening at Hartman Arena with The Avett Brothers and legendary special guest Robert Earl Keen on August 12, 2021! If you're a fan of folk and country, this will be a night you won't want to miss!

Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or the Hartman Arena Box Office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM - 4 PM.

For this event, we are encouraging masks to be worn but they are not required.

About The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major-label debut, I and Love and You, landing at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim. 2012 saw The Carpenter hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was followed by Magpie and the Dandelion(2013) which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 and saw the band appear twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! True Sadness (2016) achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 Digital Albums Chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top 200, and scoring two GRAMMY®nominations. In the same year, the band was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2017, the band released their critically acclaimed documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, which was co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The film followed the band as they wrote their GRAMMY® nominated album True Sadness. The film was released theatrically and on HBO to rave reviews and critical acclaim and is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD. In November 2018, the band headlined the concert for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. This year, the band released their tenth studio album Closer Than Together featuring the new single “High Steppin’” which reached #1 on the Americana Radio Chart. Coming soon: Swept Away - a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers - will have its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2020.

About Robert Earl Keen

"The road goes on forever …"

It's not always easy to sum up a career - let alone a life's ambition - so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it.

You can complete the lyric with the next five words - the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") - just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."

Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album - with nineteen records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead - Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he's done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he's blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that's earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he's long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State's finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters. He was still a relative unknown in 1989 when his third studio album, West Textures, was released - especially on the triple bill he shared at the time touring with legends Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark - but once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both "The Road Goes on Forever" and "Whenever Kindness Fails" on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen's credentials as a songwriter's songwriter. By the end of the decade, Keen was a veritable household name in Texas, headlining a millennial New Year's Eve celebration in Austin that drew an estimated 200,000 people. A dozen years later, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with the late, great Van Zandt and his longtime friend from Texas A & M, Lyle Lovett.


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Plan your visit

Hartman Arena is located North of Park City, KS, just 8 miles from downtown Wichita. Located on I-135, Hartman Arena is conveniently accessed via the 77th St or 85th St exits.

Hartman Arena’s Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for this event. Each ticketed guest can carry one large clear bag (either a one-gallon plastic storage bag or a 14" by 14" by 6" clear bag) plus a small clutch purse (5.5” x 8.5”) For more details click HERE.

Backpacks (including backpack style diaper bags), of any size or purpose, strollers, and car seats, are NOT allowed in Hartman Arena.

Click HERE to see a full list of prohibited items.

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