Robert Randolph appears at Yardley Hall


Posted by Bob Evans

Johnson County Community College’s  Carlsen Center Presents

             Robert Randolph and the Family Band  Nov. 9 at Yardley Hall


Robert Randolph

The 2019 – 2020 season of the Carlsen Center Presents Series continues with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, on Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m. in Yardley Hall. High res photos with IDs can be found here.  Video can be found here and here.

One of the well-known “sacred steel” players, Robert Randolph has a long history in gospel, famous for using a lap steel guitar for church music. The concert will include music from his critically acclaimed recently released album, Brighter Days, as well as hits from the past.

A reviewer from stated, “This is another in a series of solid, R&B-soaked Sacred Steel albums, each a little better and more focused than the last, that further cements the pedal steel’s — and Robert Randolph’s own — musical place both in and outside of the church.”

Named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone, Robert Randolph and his Family Band bring the pedal steel/jam band sound to Yardley Hall. It’s a blend of rock, funk, soul, jazz and good old jamming—what Randolph calls a true music art form scene where you can just be who you are. Robert Randolph and the Family Band walk that line deftly, displaying their virtuosity within the context of a smartly crafted tunes and inspiring the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with Randolph and studied his technique.

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased online or by phone (913) 469-4445. Season ticket packages which include a purchase of five events (or more) are available for a 10% discount. Donors to the Friends of the Carlsen Center (starting at $50) receive a 15% discount off season ticket packages.

For more information about the 2019-2020 the Carlsen Center Presents Series at Johnson County Community College, and a full list of performers, visit

Carlsen Center Presents 2019-2020 Season At A Glance

Oct. 25             Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Oct. 26             Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio*

Oct. 27             Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele

Nov. 2              National Dance Company of Siberia

Nov. 8              Cirque Mechanics: 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Nov. 9              Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Nov. 10            Harlem 100 – A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance

Nov. 22            Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood—The Scared Scriptless Tour

Dec. 8              Winterlude—Ensemble Ibérica—Siento y Vivo (I Feel and Live)*

Dec. 17            Bandstand

Jan. 18             Bomsori Kim, Violin—In Recital*

Jan. 19             Winterlude—Eboni Fondren*

Feb. 7               Anderson & Roe—Piano Duo*

Feb. 9               Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: circlesongs

Feb. 14-16       Mrs. Krishnan’s Party+-a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation

Feb. 15-16       An American in Paris (matinee and evening performances)

Feb. 21             The Choir of Man

Feb. 23             Winterlude—Gerald Spaits Sax & Violins*

Feb. 26             Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical!

Mar. 6              Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait*

Mar. 7              Danú St. Patrick’s Celebration

Mar. 11            SEEDS*

Mar. 15            Winterlude—Nate Nall Quintet*

Mar. 19            Quartet San Francisco*-Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond

Mar. 20-21       DRUM TAO 2020

Apr. 2              The Reminders*

Apr. 3              Piff The Magic Dragon (magic and comedy)

May 9              Alonzo King LINES Ballet

* Events held in Polsky Theatre, JCCC

About Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College

The Carlsen Center is Johnson County’s performing arts center. Early on, the founders of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) dreamed of building a world-class performing arts venue in Johnson County, Kansas. In 1990, that dream was realized, and the center soon became a cultural hub for the rapidly growing county. The Carlsen Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Carlsen Center Presents (CCP), the annual series of around 25 events presented by JCCC that feature professional, internationally known artists in a wide variety of genres; academic branches of JCCC; and community groups who rent the space.

Since 2000, with the development of the Carlsen Center Arts Education program, the Carlsen Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The CC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Carlsen Center, and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Master classes, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. CC Arts Education  also offers support materials for programs, study guides, concert previews, plus professional development – creative skills workshops and curriculum-building seminars for teachers in arts integration.

The CC Arts Education had a leadership role in the re-establishment of the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, and in 2014 was named a Kennedy Center Partners in Education site, teamed with the Shawnee Mission School District. An expansion of the Kennedy Center Partnership occurred in 2018 with the addition of the Liberty Schools and in 2019 with the addition of Kansas City Young Audiences,  making it one of two cross-state Kennedy Center Partnerships in the US. CC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.

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