Folly Frolic Benefit Concert
Featuring local blues & country musicians
Kelley Hunt & Kelly Hunt
Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Sponsorships Are Still Available
Individual Tickets are available now!
On Saturday, November 21st at The Folly Theater if you ask the question “what’s in a name?” the answer will be “everything”. The Folly is proud to present the first formal on-stage convergence of two brilliant artists from our home area – that just happen to have the same phonetic name.
There is iconic Roots/Blues/Americana singer-songwriter keyboardist Kelley Hunt, with a highly decorated multi-decade international career and who has filled The Folly on several memorable nights. And there is Folk/Americana singer-songwriter banjo player Kelly Hunt, who’s star has been rising rapidly on the international Folk scene since the May 2019 release of her critically acclaimed debut album “Even The Sparrow”.
This show is a study in evocative complements and contrasts, inspired, skilled songwriting coming from very different stylistic directions, and a collaboration of two soulful artists who are also friends and fans of each other….and just happen to answer to the same name.
**Due to COVID-19 Restrictions and social distancing there are less than 20 tickets still available!
The 5th Annual Folly Frolic was a blast!
Thanks to all the amazing individuals and companies that attended and sponsored the 2019 Folly Frolic. With your support, we raised over $140,000 in support of the Folly Theater Kids’ Series and operations funds. This helps us to continue to offer top-notch programming for our Kids’ & Jazz Series, as well as maintain our 120-year-old historic theater!
Folly Frolic History
In 2015, The Folly Theater hosted its first Winter fundraising event to benefit the Folly Theater’s operating funds and Kids’ Series programming. We were joined by the Celtic Tenors in 2015 for our inaugural event, raising approximately $56,000.
In 2016, we brought the world-renowned Karrin Allyson to the Folly Theater stage. Her lively sounds and captivating vocals grabbed audiences for her 3rd performance at the historic Folly stage. With the help of our patrons and generous donors, the 2nd Folly Frolic raised just around $95,000.
December 6th, 2017, we celebrated our 3rd annual Folly Frolic with Walker McGuire, an up an coming country duo. Jordan Walker, Tennessee native, and Johnny McGuire, a boy from Kansas, joined up to bring a unique sound to the Folly Theater. That evening, the Folly went country! After an exciting sound check party with Q104, we moved over to the Muehlbach Tower at the Marriott Downtown Kansas City. We made our way back over to the C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater for an exciting performance put on by the duo. After the show, Walker McGuire stood and signed autographs for adoring fans!
In 2018, we celebrate the largest Folly Frolic to date! With over 300 VIPs and a sold-out show, Oleta Adams took the stage to deliver a powerful performance for over 1,000 on looking fans and Folly supporters. 2018’s Frolic also included a combo dinner in partnership with the newly refurbished Savoy at 21c Restaurant & Hotel where guests enjoyed a 3-course dinner and then headed to the Folly for Oleta’s concert. The fourth Folly Frolic raised over $118,000!