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Back Room announces upcoming concerts
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The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center at Forest and Main in Great Bend will feature concerts tonight and Monday.

First up, at 8 tonight, will be a performance by Bryan Bowers, frequently lauded as "King of the Autoharp." Then, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a return visit from north of the border by Canadian singer-songwriter Tia McGraff.

In both cases, admission is $10 and, since seating is limited, advance reservations are encouraged, sponsors said. Reservations may be made at the Arts Center, 1401 Main, or by calling 792-3097 or e-mailing

From his rather unglamorous beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter. For nearly three decades, Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo.

Writing and recording since the young age of 19, Tia McGraff’s uplifting, heartwarming songs have been garnering her strong fan acclaim from the start. The Port Dover, Ontario, native first released two albums, on her label Bandana Records, and four music videos which were showcased on Country Music Television, before deciding to make the move to Nashville.

The Barton County Arts Council receives financial support from the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Barton County, the City of Great Bend and CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Great Bend.