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Kansas carries on with show at Embassy

Debutants have St. Paddy's plans, Wallflowers at Clyde, Shawn Wayans at Summit City, Shinedown at Coliseum

Kansas will be at Embassy Theatre on June 16.

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 25, 2023

America’s legendary progressive rock band Kansas have announced a 50th anniversary tour, dubbed Another Fork in the Road. Luckily for us, the tour makes a stop at Embassy Theatre on Friday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. 

The band consists of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist/vocalist Ronnie Platt, violinist David Ragsdale, keyboardist Tom Brislin, and original guitarist Richard Williams. Together, they have plenty of energy and show no signs of slowing down. 

Plus, to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, they released Another Fork in the Road: 50 Years of Kansas, a three-CD career-spanning collection featuring carefully selected tracks from their sizable discography. 

Tickets for their Embassy performance go on sale Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at and the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy. 

Debutants ready for St. Patrick’s Day

Local newgrass outfit Debutants are staying busy to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Following a 21-and-over show at JK O’Donnell’s on Friday, March 17, they will perform an all-ages show at the Get Green Fest on Saturday, March 18, from 3-5 p.m. at Promenade Park.

The Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters’ St. Patrick’s festival runs 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes a 5-Kilt Run, Lucky Charms Eating Contest, River Greening, Gold Coin Drop, a DJ spinning tunes throughout the day, and an array of local food trucks. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities. 

Clyde Theatre welcomes in The Wallflowers

The Wallflowers have been a force to be reckoned with since the mid-’90s with their distinctive roots-rock groove and songwriting. 

Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, Bob Dylan’s son, Jakob Dylan, has remained as the sole original member. Together with his touring roster, he delivers all the hits and numbers of their latest release, Exit Wounds, the group’s first album in nine years and only their seventh in almost 30 years. 

On Sunday, April 23, at 8 p.m., The Wallflowers will return to Fort Wayne for a performance at The Clyde Theatre. Reserved seats are available at, over the phone at (800) 514-3849, or in person at The Clyde box office and Sweetwater Sound. 

Shinedown to help celebrate Bear’s birthday

Local radio station 98.9FM The Bear will host another birthday bash, this time around on Thursday, April 17, at Memorial Coliseum with multi-platinum, chart-topping band Shinedown and fellow chart-toppers Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at and at the Coliseum box office. 

Local artist’s poster artwork recognized

Local artist Jake Sauer has created a number of concert posters over the years for a lot of our local acts/venues, most notably The Brass Rail. 

He even released a book in 2019, Rock, Paper, Pencil: The Gig Poster Art of Jake Sauer, a 113-page dive into his work. 

Recently, Sauer was awarded Best Artwork for a poster he created for the Flamingo Nosebleed, Horror Section, Ghost Party, and Covert Flops show in September at the Brass Rail. 

The award was given by The Dummy Room Punk Rock Podcast who recently gave out awards for 2022’s Best Band, Best Album, Best Video, and so on in the punk world. Nice work, Jake! 

Shawn Wayans coming to Summit City

Shawn Wayans was born into one of Hollywood’s most successful comedic families, so it’s only natural that he can make folks laugh. Whether it’s through standup or in box office hits such as White Chicks and Scary Movie, he’s one funny dude. 

On March 24-25, the funny man will add Fort Wayne to his résumé when he takes the stage at Summit City Comedy Club. Both nights, Wayans will perform at 7:30  p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The shows are for 18 and over, with tickets available at 

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