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.

Workshops-- 2016 Astra Arts Festival in Review

Fiddling Around with Jana!!!


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Required for all classes:

  • A desire to improve your fiddling skills with one of the great performers / instructors of country and bluegrass styles.
  • A violin and bow in tunable, playable condition.

All classes will be held at Independence High School. Prior knowledge of fiddle styles is helpful, but not required. Classes are limited to 20 per group. Charge is $10.00. Jana will have two instructional books with cd’s, and two instructional videos available for purchase. Audio recordings will be permitted. Contact Judy Jones at [email protected] or (913) 961-2393 for more information.

General class descriptions:

Beginning classes:  A knowledge of basic violin / fiddle skill, and be able to play a simple fiddle tune. 
Intermediate classes:  At least two to three years of violin / fiddle experience.
Advanced classes:  Assumes a comfort level with more advanced violin / fiddle skills.


10:00 – 11:00Middle School / High School, Beginner and Intermediate

11:15 – 12:15Middle School / High School, Intermediate and Advanced

1:30 – 2:30Adult Beginner and Intermediate

2:45 – 3:45Adult Advanced

Like most entertainers who have reached stardom, Jana Jae’s success is the result of hard work perfecting raw talent.

Musical talent runs through the family. Her parents studied at the famed Juilliard School of Music, New York City, and Jana was introduced to the classical study of the violin, on a 1/8 sized instrument, at the age of two. Then, thanks to the direction and inspiration of her grandfather, an accomplished champion fiddler in his own right, Jana also learned to love playing by ear. She virtually grew up jamming with and learning from some of the best in the business while living in western Idaho, not far from Weiser, the site of the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest. Soon she had honed her skill of fiddling into a fine art and won the Ladies National Championship several times.

She also continued her classical training, winning scholarships to Interlochen and the International String Congress. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music and studied abroad at the Vienna Academy of Music.

She taught music for several years until she felt inspired to take her unique blend of music on the road. Jana and her trademark blue fiddle soon took the world of country music by storm. She got her big break at a Buck Owens concert in Redding, California, when she was invited to take the stage and play "Orange Blossom Special." Buck was one of the first "big names" to recognize her talents and offered her a job as the first female member of his "Buckaroos" band. She later became part of the regular team of performers on the "Hee Haw" show and has appeared with such country music greats as Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, The Oakridge Boys, Mel Tillis, Ricky Skaggs and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Jana has built a solid solo career, drawing upon her diverse musical background. Her one-of-a-kind style blends country fiddling, western swing, bluegrass, pop and the classics, producing thrilling performances and critical acclaim.

But her enthusiastic following isn’t limited only to this country. She has consistently proved her ability to cross over into other genres and has earned a reputation and large international following performing at such renowned events as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Wembley Festival in England as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She has toured Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Africa, Brazil and continues to perform abroad.

Jana is a consummate performer and despite her petite 5’ 3 1/2" size, is a powerful whirlwind on stage. Her pure, clear voice, showmanship, down-home friendly sense of humor and natural communication with any audience combine for a dynamite concert. Her special talents have enriched us all in the world of music.


Big Shed and the Mystic Funk Machine


A hometown product, Michael Mothershed returns to Independence with the Mystic Funk Machine to play a special performance on Saturday night.  More than a cover band, Mystic Funk Machine is a musical experience.  Playing for more than 10 years, the band offers a fantastic mix of professionalism and talent.  Trading vocals and styles, they move from one genre to another, recreating Motown and R & B classics flawlessly.  When it comes to blending music, fun and performing, this band has the right elements to make sure everyone has a great time and music mix is perfect.   

 Community Dance, Saturday, July 2nd, 9:00p.m.; Civic Center at Memorial Hall.  $15.00 admission.  Buy tickets online or at the door.