This band has been described as “all your favorite songs on shuffle,” and they will be coming home to Manhattan for this week’s Arts in the Park concert.

The Mikey Needleman Band, formed in the summer of 2006 in Manhattan, performs the classics of the 50s, 60s and 70s, but will throw in some energetic tunes from the 80s and 90s, as well as some throwback country hits, poppy hip-hop jams or catchy fresh originals.

The band will play a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park.

Bring a blanket or chair, but seating is also provided.

Since its first Aggieville show in 2006, the Mikey Needleman Band has played more than 1,000 performances throughout the country. Now in Kansas City, the Mikey Needleman Band continues to be a staple in the Midwest music scene with their high-energy, sing-along/dance-along style of musical performances.

For information about the band, visit

Here’s a look at other area events.


Pre-K Storytime Stars, 10 a.m.

Family Fun Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday.

For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit

Manhattan Public Library.

Gallery Opening and Reception for “Prairie Perspective: Two Journeys” featuring Kelly Yarbrough Frasier and Marsha Jensen, 5-7 p.m.

Artists Yarbrough Frasier and Jensen explore their prairie home in this exhibit of mixed media drawings and hand woven baskets. Exhibit runs through August 10, with a Gallery Talk at 6 p.m. August 7.

Manhattan Arts Center.

Paint & Sip: Kayak on the Kansas, 6:30 p.m.

Also Howl at the Moon, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Tuttle Falls, 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information and to register, visit

Uncorked Inspiration.

Sheldon Edelman One Act Play Festival, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Featuring five plays by Kansas playwrights.

For tickets, visit or call 785-537-4420.

Manhattan Arts Center.

Astronomy Night, 8-11 p.m.

Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center off-site for exploration of the night sky with high-powered telescopes. Make fun crafts and learn about the universe.

For information, visit

Landshark Music Series: Slow Burn, 8 p.m.

Coco Bolos.


Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in Dillard’s parking lot.

Also 4-7 p.m. in the Via Christi parking lot.

Featuring homegrown vegetables, local meat, home baked goodies, local arts and crafts and much more.

Westmoreland Summer Bash, all day.

Featuring games, activities, food, entertainment, street dance, and more.

For information, visit


Couples Canvas: Sunset of Love, 6 p.m.

For information and to register, visit

Straight Upp Creative Studio.

Aggieville’s Summer Olympics, 6 p.m.

For tickets and information, search for the event on Facebook.

Redd & Blue, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


K-State Athletics Movie Night: “Incredibles 2,” 7 p.m.

Free, hosted by the Junior Wildcats Club.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium.