It takes a village: Concert for a Child

Hear world-renown (and Topeka native) fingerstyle guitarist Andy McKee live in concert Friday, August 26 at Topeka Performing Arts Center. “Concert for a Child” is a benefit for Capper Foundation and this August marks the second year for the event. Building on last year, McKee will be joined with two other phenomenal musicians and funds will benefit Topeka Performing Arts Center, in addition to Capper Foundation.


You know we love to “Party for a Cause” here at seveneightfive magazine; but a Concert for a Cause…it must be our birthday! “Concert for a Child” raises much needed funds to support Capper Foundation and Topeka Performing Arts Center.

Your participation helps children build abilities and achievement in the arts!


Capper Foundation has been serving individuals with disabilities and their families since 1920. At the heart of this year’s concert, raising funds to assist children who are uninsured or under-insured receive pediatric therapy services from Capper Foundation. Don’t believe this is a large population; think again: 75% of the families who received services from Capper utilize the scholarship assistance fund which helps cover the cost of services.


For Topeka Performing Arts Center, the heart of this event is raising funds to support art education programs for all youth in our community. Proceeds will benefit the Sheffel Theater Clinic and Schooltime Theater Series as well as Masterclasses, and Gingerbread Homes For the Holidays. For more information about these programs and events, visit TPAC’s website

Concert for a Child 2022


McKee along with Calum Graham and Trevor Gordon Hall (also world-renown fingerstyle guitarists) will host a Masterclass for aspiring guitarists on Friday, August 26 at 4p. The class is limited to 60 guitarists and conducted on TPAC’s performance stage. Cost is $240 per person and includes a VIP ticket to the concert and a light dinner prior. For $180 you may join the masterclass and receive a GA ticket to the concert and light dinner.

This Masterclass is designed for the guitarist of any skill level: master player, beginner or simply an enthusiastic fan; the guitar workshop will enhance your appreciation and comprehensive of acoustic fingerstyle guitar plays benefit your playing teaching techniques and musical concepts to encourage and crescendo your personally playing to a new or exciting place.



$40/pp (only 840 available) – reserved seating on mail floor. Doors open at 6:45p


$100/pp (only 206 available) – reserved front-of-house seating. Doors open at 6:30p

Additional amenities include:

  • Access to private area with appetizers and complimentary Blind Tiger Brewery beer and wine. A cash bar will also be available.
  • Meet and Greet with Andy, Calum and Trevor after the concert



Topeka native and one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists, evident from the numerous accolades received. His youthful energy, attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. After nearly a decade without releasing new studio recordings, McKee returns with his six-track EP, Symbol, out Friday, September 17 on Mythmaker Records in conjunction with Cruzen Street Records.


Born in Fort St. John, British Columbia and currently residing in Victoria, Calum Graham has been building a name for himself across the globe for the last 12 years with his passionate solo acoustic guitar prowess and was named one of the World’s Top 30 Guitarists under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.


Through his work, Trevor Gordon Hall has established himself as a unique and pioneering voice on the international stage, albeit one who speaks through his guitar and every sound that it’s capable of, rather than words. On top of a touring calendar that’s taken him through 17 countries and counting, his discography has amassed millions of listens and views through streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube, allowing his music to connect meaningfully with listeners across all borders, regardless of their language or location.


Events such as “Concert for a Child” are not possible without additional support and funding. We are more than pleased to share with readers the sponsors of this year’s concert; help us give them a big round of applause (silent claps, or perhaps social media shutouts):