Holiday Hoedown

A plague of Christmas shows has already broken out around the Kansas City area, but the rowdiest of these events is usually the annual Holiday Hoedown at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. It’s half honky-tonk hootenanny, half offbeat variety show, and it’s hosted by beloved local bluegrass bands the Wilders and the Midday Ramblers, making for a night of good, old-fashioned fun. This year’s bill features Holiday Hoedown alums the Midday Ramblers and all-women bluegrass group Maw, in addition to Hoedown newcomer the Phantoms of the Opry, which spins western swing into AM gold. Though the Wilders aren’t on the bill this year, they host the event and frontwoman Betse Ellis MCs. So if that doesn’t lead to some incarnation of an impromptu Wilders performance, the band is there to raise holiday spirits. The spirit of giving will be in full effect, too: A portion of the proceeds goes to the Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program.

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