Our 3rd Saturday Monthly Concerts
at Emma end after December 2012
The band will be reorganizing with a new member (Jim Versch
replacing retiring Loren Ratzloff), working up new material, and
planning for a new CD of Flint Hills music!
In beautiful Cottonwood Falls, the Tallgrass Express String Band will
share their unique brand of "roots music from the Tallgrass Prairie,"
including their own original songs about life in the Kansas Flint Hills, written
by local rancher (and band-member) Annie Wilson.
 Their concerts will take you to a world of stunning landscapes, working
cowboys, runaway horses, Indian buffalo hunts, Victorian balls, ranch
romance, and prairie walks among native birds and grasses.
The Emporia Gazette says: "this group is the real deal; their music rises
from the land they love." In addition, Tallgrass Express will share a variety
of entertaining bluegrass, old-time, western, and folk songs that appeal to
all ages.  Blended harmonies complement the group's old time style with
wide-ranging instrumental skills on strings: Charlie Laughridge on fiddle,
mandolin, concertina, and harmonica; Loren Ratzloff on banjo, mandolin,
and dobro; Carl Reed on bass and lead guitar; and Annie Wilson on
rhythm guitar. All four members contribute vocals. Also, other regional
guest performers may appear to open the concerts.
 Songwriter Annie Wilson says, "We feel incredibly lucky to live among
the splendor and wide open spaces of the tallgrass prairie, and through our
music, we celebrate this land and its people."
 Regional expert and author Jim Hoy calls the music of Tallgrass Express,
"Pure poetry...Describes the beauty of the Flint Hills...Words and music
that embody the landscape and bring the tallgrass prairie to life."
There is nowhere better to hear good Flint Hills music than right in
the Flint Hills.
Come enjoy and celebrate the beauty of this region with
this fun, talented group at the acclaimed Emma Chase venue at 7:30 p.m.
on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Enjoy a special concert menu at the
Emma Chase Cafe from 5 to 7 pm.

317 Broadway
220 1/2 Broadway
Cottonwood Falls, KS   66845
Phone: (620) 273-6020

Web site :

E-mail :

Features :  American cuisine, BBQ, Accessible parking/accommodations,
Admission charge
Time:    7:30 - 9:00 pm.

:   INDOORS:  Emma Chase Music Hall,
           220 1/2 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls.                                  
            This is a lovely  native stone building with
           hard wood floors and limestone interior walls.                      
            Interesting antiques, local art and crafts, and
           colorful quilts decorate this classic hall.
    OR OUTDOORS:  Weather permitting.
            In warmer months, concert will be outdoors
            in front of the Emma Chase Cafe        
           317 Broadway St, Cottonwood Falls.
           This setting has a beautiful view of the
           Chase County Courthouse.   If you can,
           bring a lawn chair, but we have extra chairs, too.  
           It just doesn't get more
classic Americana than this.

Concert Tickets:  $8.00

If you want  to take home a Tallgrass Express CD - take
advantage of the
Special Concert Price:  only $10 (33% off!)
Make it an Evening!
Before the concert, enjoy a meal at the Emma!

From 5 to 7 p.m. each concert evening
Emma Chase Cafe at 319 Broadway
will serve a special
Prairie BBQ Dinner.

For reservations (please) or questions:
Call 620-273-6020 or

BBQ Dinner:  $10.00

The Emma Chase Cafe is able to
accommodate large groups by arrangement.
There is nowhere
better to hear good
Flint Hills music than
right in the Flint Hills!
    --Sue Smith
Description from Kansas Travel & Tourism Guide:

Original music of the Kansas Flint Hills
3rd Saturday of each month
We are thrilled to have this
opportunity to play at "home,"
where we are most comfortable,
and can share our music with
folks who've come here
because they value the Flint Hills.
--Annie Wilson
              Concert Programs:
Each month, we'll play a variety of songs - no two concerts will be
the same.
 We love to learn new music and keep writing our own, so
we'll try something new each month!

We'll perform
a mix of our original Flint Hills songs, traditional old-time
and bluegrass, early gospel, vintage country and cowboy and western
music. This year with the 150th birthday of Kansas and Civil War
Sesquicentennial, we'll have some Kansas history and civil war era

If you have a
request from one of our CDs, be sure to share it with
us before the concert or on our break, and we'll include it in our set if
it's not there already.

We promise to play at least one waltz (or several!) for folks who like
to dance.  There's a
lovely area to dance behind the seating in the

Please be sure to come say Hi and meet the band during breaks.  
We enjoy getting to know new people!
The Emma Chase Cafe and Emma Chase Music Hall
are located one block apart on Broadway,
which is the main street of downtown Cottonwood Falls.  
It's a pleasant walk down this historic brick street,
no need to even move your car.