If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again.

Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.

Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

The Emporia Arts Center Presents
Straight No Chaser: The Open Bar Tour

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:30 PM
Emporia Granada Theatre
807 Commercial St. Emporia, KS 66801

Tickets will be available 10:00 AM CT on FRIDAY, MAY 17

Tickets will also be available at the Emporia Arts Center,
815 Commercial St. or by calling (620) 343-6473
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Emporia Arts Council is pleased to announce the rescheduled performance for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The performance was originally scheduled for last Tuesday April 30.  With less than

36 hours-notice, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy announced to EAC they could not make the April performance, due to illness of lead singer Scotty Morris.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Doors Open: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Venue: Emporia Granada Theatre

The band is devastated and regrets any inconvenience for their fans. If you purchased a ticket for the performance it will be honored for the rescheduled performance date. If you would like to purchase additional tickets to the show, they are available on our website:

If you are a 2018-2019 Emporia Arts Center Member or Business Partner please hold on to your season tickets, they will also be honored for the new date.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our EAC members and all our business partners.

Your investment in the art and cultural programming of EAC makes Emporia and Lyon County a great place to work and live!  Thank you for making EAC a priority of your involvement!

We would like to extend our Thanks to Clint Bowyer Autoplex our 2018-2019 Major Presenting Sponsor. ESB Finanical, for underwriting the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performance and

Jon & Christi Stewart/Hardway Ranch our Event Partner for this show. 

Thank You for Supporting the Arts! If you have any questions, my email is

Dawn Young

Emporia Arts Council, Executive Director


The Emporia Arts Council was informed this morning that tomorrow’s April 30th performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been postponed. 

The group informed EAC this morning that the lead singer is ill and is unable to perform for tomorrow’s performance,” said Dawn Young, Executive Director of the Emporia Arts Council. “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and EAC apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we are rescheduling the performance for a future date.”

We are very grateful to all of you for supporting Emporia Arts Council. With your support we are able to carry on our mission of educating, advocating and celebrating the arts in our community.

If you have any questions, please contact Allyson Walker, EAC Member Service Coordinator. 

Thank You
Dawn Young
Executive Director, Emporia Arts Council

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Emporia Arts Center invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 30, 7 pm at The Emporia Granada Theatre for a roaring night of jazz and swing music as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes the stage.

Since it’s formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop. Early on, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy.

What’s in store at a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performance? A rousing good time, with exuberant and dapper-dressed musicians who turn a performance into an experience.

Rollicking yet polished.
Let’s jive!

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PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and at 815 Commercial St. or call (620) 343-6473.

Special Thanks to our Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Sponsors:

Major Presenting Sponsor
Event Partner

Andreas Klein: Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Emporia Arts Center invites you to join us on Sunday, March 10, 2pm at Beach Music Hall for an afternoon filled with touching musical artistry as world renowned pianist Andreas Klein graces the stage.

Since his meteoric start in his native Germany, performing recitals and as a soloist with orchestra, he eventually answered the call to go to the Juilliard School in New York.

Klein has performed in many of the leading houses of Europe, from Wigmore Hall in London to the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and is at home with the grandeur of playing with the Berlin Philharmonic or the vast reaches of Ravinia Festival(where he received TWO standing ovations) as he is with the intimacy of Le Poisson Rouge (NYC).

The audience of Klein’s concert can expect an emotional performance featuring works from Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, and the like. Klein’s flowing musicality allows listeners to feel the sensitivity of classical music. Klein will bring taste, touch, and tone to the keys, unlike any other pianist. See why the New York Times calls Andreas Klein “a pianist who makes silences sound like music” in a performance video below.

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PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and at 815 Commercial St. or call (620) 343 6473

Special Thanks to Our Andreas Klein Sponsors

Major Presenting Sponsor
Event Partner

iLuminate: Monday, February 18, 2019

Join us on Monday, February 18, 7pm at Albert Taylor Hall for a heart-racing and jaw-dropping performance by artists of light, iLuminate!

iLuminate combines state of the art technology with trained dancers to create an unbelievable spectacle. A completely blacked out stage brings the electroluminescent lights on the dancers suits to life creating illusions that will reawaken your senses. Expect to see mind-bending dance moves set to  a range of music styles from current hits to classic jams.

Reaching the finals and being named the “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent judges, iLuminate delivers a completely unique performance to anything you have ever seen. Their groundbreaking combination of storytelling, music, and technology will leave you speechless.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and at 815 Commercial  St.
or call (620) 343 6473

Hope to see you there!

Take a sneak peek of the iLuminate magic below!

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Special Thanks To Our iLuminate Sponsors

Major Presenting Sponsor


Event Partner

Art Gifts 2018: Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and EAC can help make it even better!

Welcome to the 2018 Art Gifts Holiday Boutique Gift Guide. We have taken the guesswork out of your holiday shopping and expertly selected unique gifts for everyone on your list that will show you care!

Here are 10 creative solutions for those hard-to-shop-for names on your list!

  1. The Host with the Most

    Looking to stand out at your holiday parties this year? Gift your host a bottle of red wine, include the ingredients for your favorite mulled wine, and slide it all into into a beautiful handmade woolen cozy created by Jodi Heermann. With this sweet gift we’re sure you’ll be invited back.
  2. The Fashionista

    Our walls are lined with the warmest and cutest handmade hats, gloves, and scarfs from many different crafts-people. The style-savvy man or woman on your list won’t be afraid of outfit-repeating with  these luxurious knits… but you might have a hard time picking a favorite so you might as well get them two!
  3. The Toy Collecting Kiddo

    Fidget spinners and slime are so last year, but kids still love mind-bending gadgets. Check our the incredible handmade kaleidoscopes. These kaleidoscopes are unique, great for keeping busy during long road trips, and it is sure be in this kid’s backpack for show-and-tell after winter break!
  4. The Hornet Fanatic

    Do you know a Hornet mega-fan that is always sporting ESU from head to toe? Instead of amping up their already complete Corky wardrobe, deck out their man-cave or she-shed with a piece of handmade ESU glass mosaic in sparkling gold and black. Stingers up!
  5. The World Traveler

    They’ve been there and done that, twice… what more could they need? Help them hold onto those memories with a handmade mosaic frame. In a variety of sizes our artisan crafted frames each have a unique design, making them perfect for collecting not-so-standard memories of travels abroad.
  6. The Tireless Boss

    Someone who spends all day in an office and somehow keeps the entire workplace in sync deserves a little peace. You can’t afford to send them away on the scenic vacation they deserve and they wouldn’t have a second in their fully-booked schedule to take it anyway.  Relax their mind and their office with one of the fantastic landscapes or other paintings we have. Waterfalls, countrysides, and majestic animals in realistic scenes will transport their mind to paradise after a coffee-fueled work day.
  7. The Homebody for the Holidays

    This person can be found  sporting fuzzy socks with a mug of hot cocoa in their hands preparing for a Netflix marathon on any weekend where the temperature drops below 60 degrees. They are collectors of all things comforting and soft, so keep their favorite sweats soft as can be with handmade wool dryer balls. They soften the fibers naturally and gently, and everyone loves a fuzzy blanket they can wrap up in fresh out of the dryer without any static cling!
  8. The Dreamer

    Let them keep their head in the clouds but their feet on the ground with one of these unique and magical faerie gardens. These mystical little treasures are intricately created with the fantasy lover in mind. Best of all, this is one garden you won’t have to water and it will keep your imagination thriving for years.
  9. The Athlete

    Phone. Wallet. Keys…Panic! Make their morning run, bike ride, or car ride to the gym a little less hectic with a handy key-ring that fits flat or slides effortlessly onto your hand/wrist. Perfect for those flat waistband pockets in athletic wear, these key-rings are hand-sewn and come in a variety of bright colors that you’ll spot from anywhere. The perfect stocking-stuffer to get your athlete out the door and on the field even faster.
  10. The Couple Connected at the Hip

    They share everything from secrets to socks and they are a package deal at any social gathering, so get them a gift that can grow with their relationship. Literally. We have dozens of handmade ceramic or blown glass planters and vases that liven up any fresh plant, or packet of seeds if you’re waiting for the frost to pass. A potted plant will remind the couple how much their relationship has grown and will continue to.


There you have it, 10 unique holiday gift ideas you won’t find at the supermarket or mall this year. All gifts mentioned are in limited quantities and won’t last lang as many are one-of-a-kind creations., but remember we have MUCH more than you see here! Stop by 815 Commercial St. to check out our collection of Art Gifts until December 29th!


Art Gifts Holiday Boutique OPEN: Nov 20 – Dec 29

Celebrate and shop this holiday season with Emporia Arts Center!
Beginning November 20 we invite you to explore our Trusler Gallery, as Emporia Arts Center presents ART GIFTS: Holiday Boutique!

The EAC elves have worked tirelessly to fill the gallery with hundreds of unique creations from over 50 talented artists. Our inventory boasts artwork in various forms; jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, fibers, prints, glass, woodwork, books, and the list goes on and on!

Please join us for the Art Gifts Holiday Boutique Open House on November 24, Small Business Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Come browse our selection and support your local makers!



Special Hours for Art Gifts Preparation

The EAC staff has A LOT of work ahead of them to get the Trusler Gallery and the Glaser Gift Store ready for our 2018 Art Gifts Holiday Boutique! We will be closed to the public on Tuesday (11/13), Wednesday (11/14), and Thursday (11/15) but we will do our best to return phone calls and emails promptly. Thank you for your patience, and we can’t wait for you to see all of the great Art Gifts this year!

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