Connect2Culture and Joplin CVB announce “Fiddlers On The Route”

Connect2Culture and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau are teaming up for “Fiddlers On The Route” – a two-day festival of outstanding musical performances in Joplin’s beautiful Landreth Park. The performances will take place on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 at the Landreth Park amphitheater.

Night one caters to the 21+ crowd (think date night, girl/guys night out). Crowds will enjoy the swingin’ shufflin’ blues and dance group Hudson’s All Star Hoo Doos and the rockin’ country of The Mother Road’s musical ambassadors, The Road Crew. Enjoy food vendors and a beer garden. Night two is a family affair featuring America’s premier youth fiddling show band, the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Enjoy dinner on the grounds from food vendors before the concert, sit back, and prepare to be amazed.

More About The Entertainment:

The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic is a highly entertaining and energetic group are high school fiddle performers from Saline, Michigan. The “Fiddlers” blend traditional and non-traditional fiddle tunes; fusing folk, bluegrass, mountain music, western swing, Celtic, jazz, pop and American classics into their 2-set performance. The youth group is traveling Route 66 this summer and performing in several communities.

The Road Crew – America’s Route 66 Band is a crowd favorite, returning to Joplin for the first time since their 2013 performance when Joplin hosted the Route 66 International Festival. This popular, Nashville-based rockabilly band is an entertaining attraction wherever they perform along Route 66. Through their show of early rock n roll favorites, they spread the history and stories of Route 66 to every generation through their ‘Songs From The Mother Road.’ The Road Crew – The official musical ambassadors for The Mother Road!

The Hudson’s All Star Hoo Doos is a homegrown Missouri band with a focus on swingin’ shufflin’ blues, 50’s rock and roll and rockabilly, and medium tempo dance music (West Coast, Lindy Hop, and Imperial and more), as well as many original songs penned by founder and songwriter, Hudson Harkins. The band has long been a favorite of the St. Louis area swing dance clubs and music fans.

Per Patrick Tuttle, Director of the Joplin CVB, “We are always looking to give Joplin’s Route 66 travelers more reasons for staying overnight and this event offers that”.

“At Connect2Culture, we aim to ignite a passion for arts and entertainment. We are excited to bring diverse cultural experiences to Joplin that are not yet being offered.” adds Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Connect2Culture.

Both nights of entertainment will be free to the public. Activities both dates will begin in Landreth park at 5:00pm. Food vendors, and children’s activities are being planned. A beer garden will be available for the Friday night shows, while the Saturday events will be more family themed.

For more information contact:

Joplin’s Poem In Your Pocket Day

Hundreds of poems, rolled and ready to be distributed during Third Thursday on April 20, 5:30–8:30pm.

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Though the national celebration will take place on April 27, Joplin will celebrate “Poem In Your Pocket Day” on both First Thursday ArtWalk and Third Thursday. Hundreds of poems will be distributed by representatives from Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press during April’s Third Thursday as one of the many National Poetry Month festivities planned in Joplin this month. Remaining National Poetry Month events include:

Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada. [spacer height=”0px”]

Southern Theatre’s Annual One-Act Play Festival

Southern Theatre is preparing to present What Happens at the Climax Stays at the Climax, a festival of new drama in Bud Walton Theatre at Missouri Southern State University from April 26–29, 7:30pm each night.

What Happens at the Climax Stays at the Climax is the fifth original one-act play festival since its incorporation in 2008. Directing II students spent the first half of their semester writing a thirty minute one-act play. They then dedicated the second half of the semester to directing those plays. In the past, the playwrights also filled the role of director. This year, the playwrights will be directing a colleague’s play. This will allow each student to experience seeing their written work envisioned by another director while working with a playwright on an original script. Some plays are comedic, some are tragic – all are fresh.

The plays will be presented in repertory style over 4 nights. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available at the door from 6:30–7:30pm each evening of performance. The first set of plays performed on April 26 and 28 will be “The Comet” by Emily Tarter, “D-N-G” by Joshua Lee Pruss, “Shards” by Jamie Strong, and “What’s the Worth?” by Kristin Youts. The plays performed on April 27 and 29 will be “The Sense of Living” by Inge Logtenberg, “Tight Ends” by Ethan Settle, and “In a Barn (Or What Can I Eat)” by Valerie Stockton.


For theatre production information call 417.625.9393 or visit Requests for accommodations related to a disability need to be made to Terri Spencer at 417-625-9393 at least 72 hours before the performance. [spacer height=”0px”]

“Arts and Cultural Heritage Tourism” Workshop

Studies show that heritage travelers stay longer at their destination, spend more money and tend to put money back in the communities they visit according to Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, community arts specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“Over the years, travelers have outgrown homogenized places and are looking for authentic experiences like those that include the arts, culture, and history of a region,” said Woolery. “This is especially the case in rural areas, and we want to help communities in Missouri to an even better job with arts and cultural heritage tourism.”

MU Extension’s “Arts and Cultural Heritage Tourism” workshop is scheduled for 9:00am–4:00pm, Friday, May 12 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

The cost of the program is $20 per person and includes lunch and materials. Registration should be completed online at but can also be done by mailing or delivering a check to the Greene County MU Extension office.

This workshop is a hands-on training to pilot arts and cultural heritage tourism curriculum to be released by the University of Missouri in the fall of 2017.

“The workshop and curriculum focus on assessing, developing, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating arts and cultural heritage tourism attractions, events or initiatives from a community standpoint,” said Woolery.

This workshop is geared toward leaders in community arts organizations, art studios, and galleries, heritage festivals, lodging businesses, chambers of commerce, visitor or tourism bureaus, historic preservation, museums, visitor bureaus, main street projects, community betterment and heritage areas.

Participants can also include entrepreneurs, small business owners, non-profit organizations, government departments, federal agencies and various community coalitions.

“Cultural Heritage Tourism encompasses elements of living culture, history, and natural history of place that communities value and steward for the future. These elements are specific to a community and can contribute to pride, stability, growth, and economic development,” said Woolery.

Presenters include Dr. Lee Ann Woolery from the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program; Renee Reed Miller, an assistant at MU Extension ExCEED and MU Extension Community Arts Program; and David Burton, civic communication specialist with MU Extension.

That Shakespeare Thing! 

This fantastic evening of dessert, wine, and William Shakespeare is back for its second year! That Shakespeare Thing! will be held on Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm in the ballroom of Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd).

Last year’s winning performer, Jessica Schaer of KSN 16.

That Shakespeare Thing! is a fundraiser for the Missouri Shakespeare Festival and will feature some of Joplin’s best friends trying their hands at performing the works of William Shakespeare. Their company of stalwart actors are seeking pledges to encourage their performances. Keep your eyes on this Facebook event page, as they continue to announce the participants in this year’s fundraiser. These Shakespearian works will be performed by beloved professors, businessmen, visual artists, and more.So far they’ve announced Dr. Jennifer Dennis, Philip Mitchell, Josie Mai, and Howie Howarth. You’ll also see Missouri Shakespeare Festival company members performing, too.

Admission is $25/person. A silent auction with feature pieces inspired by Shakespeare, made by local artists. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Shakespeare Festival. Call (417)625-9393 to make your reservations. [spacer height=”0px”]

Pro Musica Ends 2016-2017 Concert Season with Special Jazz Concert

Pro Musica plans to end their 2016-2017 in style with a special jazz concert featuring the Ben Kono Group on Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm in MSSU Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall (3950 Newman Rd). This is a ticketed event.

While growing up in bucolic southern Vermont, woodwind performer and saxophonist Ben Kono developed a deep love of classical music that was fostered by his parent’s strong advocacy of the arts and spurred on by a community rich in culture, live music, and arts awareness. Local jazz guitar legend and educator Attilla Zoller awakened in Ben an intense interest in jazz, emboldening him to continue studies at the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas.

After moving to New York City in 1999, Kono began attracting attention as a singular emerging voice in cutting-edge groups like Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. He has now come into his own light as a leader and composer of note.

The Ben Kono Group’s debut CD recording CROSSING was released on Nineteen-Eight Records to a sold-out house at Cornelia Street Cafe in February of 2011 and has been garnering high praise for its thoughtful compositions, lush orchestrations, and edgy improvising. The Group features long-time musical collaborators Henry Hey on piano and Fender Rhodes, Pete McCann on guitars, Ross Peterson on drums, Matt Clohesy on bass. In 2013 Kono was awarded the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to write and premier a suite for the Group entitled DON’T BLINK. The project was recorded in 2015.

Tickets: $10 Adult, $5 Students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Pro Musica office, 402 S Main St, Suite 502, Joplin (call office at 417-625-1822 to determine hours of operation). Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the night of the concert. [spacer height=”0px”]