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Trail Mix 25th Anniversary Concert feat. Ellis Paul and Sky Smeed

Hit the Trail

Kansas Public Radio invites you to a celebration of Trail Mix for the 25th Anniversary Concert featuring Ellis Paul and Sky Smeed on Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Spend the evening listening to tales of love, adventure, laughs and sorrow with talented singer/songwriters Ellis Paul and Sky Smeed. 

General Admission tickets are available through Maceli’s website at Tickets are $25 and a small service charge may be added to the order. The night of the show, tickets will be sold at the door (if available), and can be purchased with cash or a credit card. Available for purchase at Maceli's will be appetizers, a signature drink honoring Trail Mix, and other drinks from Maceli's bar.

Meet the Artists

Headliner Ellis Paul has been a staple in the folk music community for years, spanning across 20 studio albums. His newest release, The Storyteller’s Suitcase, is coming out in 2019. Ellis Paul grew up on his family’s potato farm in Ft. Kent, Maine, near the Canadian border. He worked hard, threw himself into every activity he could, and traveled the U.S. Later, these adventures would be recreated through Ellis Paul’s beautifully artistic and relatable storytelling songs.  

Opening for Ellis Paul is local act Sky Smeed. He is originally from outside of Chanute, Kan., but later moved to Lawrence while recording his 2017 album, Lunker Bass. Smeed tells tales of childhood experiences, his adventures on the road, and like any good folk album, stories of love and love lost. Smeed has released six full-length studio albums and continues to entertain with well thought out lines and catchy quips.

Get your Interviews

If you would like to interview Trail Mix host, Bob McWilliams, about his 25 years hosting Trail Mix on KPR, please email or call 785-550-3476. If you are interested in interviewing Ellis Paul, you may reach out to or call at 617-513-4606.

Trail Mix

Trail Mix brings you the best in yesterday’s and today’s singer-songwriters, spiced with Americana, alternative country, folk-rock, bluegrass, traditional folk and Celtic music. From Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to Doc Watson and We Banjo 3, it’s all on Trail Mix.

Because there is a predominance of vocals, host Bob McWilliams spends a lot of attention to assembling sets with songs that work well together in terms of topics, themes and styles.

There is special attention paid to artists with upcoming concerts in the region, and to new and recent releases. Additionally, Bob looks to play some well-known “classic” artists like Joni Mitchell as well as more obscure gems from the past. In both Trail Mix and Jazz in the Night, he tries to make use of KPR’s great vinyl collection for some tracks that are hard to find but well worth hearing.

Tickets Are Selling Fast

What are you waiting for? Grab your hat, hit the pavement, and head to Maceli's for a celebration of Trail Mix and folk tunes on March 16.

Sky Smeed live in the KPR Studio

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

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