Kelly Clarkson, Wrapped in Red
* * * * (out of four), RCA Records
• Song selections: Fourteen tracks some originals, some classics by the Grammy Award-winning pop vocalist and American Idol alum.
Joe Sauer was driving through Old Town last summer when he heard some fantastic harmonica playing wafting from one of the area’s patios.
Sauer asked around, found out who the musician was and soon had Craig “Twister” Steward signed up to play in this year’s Christmas Express concert at The Orpheum.
On Saturday, Wichita music fans can hear who else Sauer recruited for the annual show, which benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the local Midian Shrine Transportation Fund.
Three Northern Irish priests will don their collars Wednesday, reverently walk on stage at the historic Orpheum Theatre and sing. This trio of two tenors and a baritone known as The Priests made history with their 2008 release – the fastest-selling classical debut album in history. Not wanting to leave their Belfast parishes for long, the three fathers are selective in both time and venue. On Wednesday, they head to Wichita.
“The more we give of ourselves, the more special it is to the audience,” said the Rev. David Delargy. “This is part of our priestly ministry.”
Delargy will be joined on stage by two brothers who are also priests, the Revs. Martin and Eugene O’Hagan. The trio will perform works by Franz Schubert, Cesar Franck and Karl Jenkins. Along with classical sacred tunes, the fathers will sing “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night” and other Christmas favorites.
Many fans have gotten to know Phillip Phillips through his hit singles, “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Those two folk-flavored anthems have propelled the 2012 “American Idol” to major stardom, but also have been criticized by some as attempts to mimic the arena-sized folk of the hit-making bands Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers.
Those who own Phillips’ debut album, “The World From The Side Of The Moon,” though, saw that there was another side to his sound. Phillips will showcase songs from much of the album Sunday when he opens for John Mayer at the Intrust Bank Arena.
While the CD included a few other folky tunes, such as “Hold On” and “So Easy,” it was equally defined by tracks like “Wanted Is Love,” “Get Up Get Down” and “Drive Me,” punchy rockers with a bit of funk and jazz that sound more like the Dave Matthews Band than any sort of new school folk.
Visit events.kansas.com for additional information on upcoming entertainment options — including concerts, music events and festivals — in the Wichita area and beyond.
Trampled Under Foot, Moreland and Arbuckle, Nov. 29, Cotillion, ($15-$18, www.thecotillion.com)
John Mayer, Dec. 1, Intrust Bank Arena, ($39.50, $49.50, $69.50, www.selectaseat.com)