Please check the Astra website and Facebook pages for announcements regarding events at the 2018 Astra Arts Festival--July 6-8, 2018, in Independence, Kansas.


Free Music Concerts--2016 Astra Arts Festival in Review

Music fans of all ages are encouraged to dance and sing along at our free concert events. The evening entertainment hosted at the Riverside Park band shell welcome bare feet, picnicking and old-fashioned family fun!

Need Fourth of July plans? Join the 2016 Astra Arts Festival for an amazing “Independence Day Concert,” performed by the Mid Continent Band at 8:00 p.m. This annual Independence Day concert features patriotic music and, of course, fireworks. 

The free “Music in the Park” concert is sure to be a dancin’-good time. With a variety of musical artists from every genre, this family-friendly evening is sure to inspire fun and frolic at the Riverside band shell. Catch the entertainment at the Park!!

Andrew Schaeffer who is a DMA candidate in organ performance from the University of Oklahoma,  will be performing a very special free pipe organ concert for Astra Arts Festival-goers. Dr. Schaeffer has performed at numerous organ concerts throughout the US. You can hear his lovely music regularly at the First United Methodist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, or you can attend his free concert on Sunday, July 3rd at 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence.



Sunday, July 3

Reuter Pipe Organ Concert with Andrew Schaeffer, First Presbyterian Church, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, July 4

Independence Day Concert, Riverside Park Band Shell, 7:30 p.m.



Reuter Organ Concert


Andrew Schaeffer is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He holds the Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Yale School of Music through the Institute of Sacred Music where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart, and he also holds the Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he studied organ with John Ferguson as well as Choral Conducting with Anton Armstrong.