Local News: Rising Stars with Local Roots, NPR Storyteller, Buffalo Commons Native American Artist Title (6/7/22)

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Artist Shonto Begay, top, storyteller Kevin Kling, right, and the Talbott brothers, left, headline this week’s Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival.

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McCOOK, Neb. — Two Imperial-raised brothers are one of the headliners at this year’s 25th Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival in McCook from June 10-12.

Hailing from Imperial, the Talbott Brothers are an alternative/indie-rock duo that combine honest songwriting with down-to-earth messages that happen to be prevalent in today’s world. Nick and Tyler Talbott are now based in Portland, Oregon.

Other headliners include storyteller Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” His autobiographical stories are as haunting as they are true to reality. Artist Shonto Begay will also be featured this year. He is a Diné (Navajo) painter, illustrator, author and educator. His art captures the striking beauties of a Navajo upbringing and the realities of modern reservation life.

There are several opportunities to see the Talbott brothers at several free and ticketed events scheduled for this year’s festival, including beginning June 10, when McCook Community College will host a tour around McCook to see “Where Art Happens.” This full-day tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will explore what’s new and what the future holds for local artists, as well as visits to six area galleries. The cost is $30 and includes lunch.

On Friday evening, the Talbott brothers accompanied by Kling and Begay will be on stage at the historic Fox Theater for “Let Art Tell Your Story” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and are available at MNB Bank, Sehnert’s Bakery (308-345-6500), through EventBright and at the door.

On Saturdays, free events include Community Stories at the High Plains Museum starting at 9 a.m. with headliners Shonto Begay at 9 a.m., Kevin Kling at 10:20 a.m. and the Talbott Brothers at 11:15 a.m. with “Harmonies from the American Heartland. ”

From noon to 3 p.m. in Norris Alley, between the Keystone Building and the Fox Theater Kids Fest, the headliners will be featured.

Other free events include an open mic and community stories and poetry at Sehnert’s Bakery and Bieroc Café beginning at 1 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m. at the George W. Norris Home, there will be stories about Liberal history, life and accomplishments.

Tickets are already sold out for the 6:30 p.m. cabaret dinner at Sehnert’s Bakery and Bieroc Café, featuring Kling and the Talbott brothers.

On June 12, the festival concludes with “Voices from the Past,” a free event at the High Plains Museum from 2-4 p.m. featuring informal stories from the artists’ past.

For more information on this year’s festival, please visit buffalocommons.org

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