Last Minute Folk favorite Dan Boling will return to Topeka on November 12th to help us celebrate our move to the gallery space of the historic Jayhawk State Theatre, 720 SW Jackson in downtown Topeka.  The show will start with opening act Topeka’s own Pastense bluegrass band at at 7pm. 


Doors open at 6:30pm.  Pastense opens at 7pm and Dan will take the stage at 7:45pm.  Tickets will be $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID.  Ticket six-packs available for $100 with savings of $6 per ticket.



2014 WINNER – NEW FOLK songwriter contest, Kerrville Folk Festival

“Daniel’s guitar playing is exquisite and his vocals are particularly good.”
– Steve  Gillette

 “A creative, entertaining singer-songwriter who can stand up to the best in the business. … clever, insightful lyrics and lovely melodies… His live show is entertaining from beginning to end, with songs ranging from serious to totally hilarious. I recommend him highly!”
– Linda Bolton / Booking Agent for David Mallett

 “Every once in a while, a songwriter comes along whose lyrics make me perk up my ears and listen. Daniel Boling is one of those great discoveries. His lyrics, his music, his sensitivity to not only everyday life but also the ways of the world make him an extraordinary singer-songwriter. I could listen to him for hours.”
– Wanda Fischer, The Hudson River Sampler, WAMC-FM, Albany, NY 

2014 Winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. This balladeer /songwriter with the friendly tenor brings his well-crafted story songs to happy audiences coast-to-coast and in Europe in over one hundred shows a year, from House Concerts and listening rooms to major festivals (Kerrville, Winfield, Woody Guthrie, and others).

Born into a traveling Air Force family, he later worked as a National Park Ranger (yes, the gun-toting kind) and as a Criminal Investigator for the US Bureau of Land Management. He started touring at 50, an age when most guys are planning their retirement. He’s released seven albums since 1999 including These Houses produced by Jono Manson and released April of 2016 on the Berkalin Records label.

Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of characters, including himself. He plays the guitar and banjitar (a banjo/guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style that always enhances the stories, and a bit of harmonica into the bargain. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and like Pete, Daniel is happiest when his audiences sing too!

There’s a lot of Steve Goodman in Daniel’s delivery and storytelling. You can also hear the influence of other classic folk singers and songs from the great American folk tradition. It’s no surprise that iconic Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie is his second cousin. He’s had the pleasure to share the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson, John Flynn and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including Kerrville New Folk, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk.

There’s a reason that Still on the Hill calls him “one of the most talented songwriters on the circuit.” Whether or not you’ve walked the very same roads, you can’t help but relate to these songs – and no matter what your story is, you’ll love Daniel’s.



Last Minute Folk Concert Series welcomes Ellen Bukstel for her first visit to the LMF Concert Stage on Saturday October 8th, 2016.

From Menopause to Marijuana! …Peace to Politics! …Poignant to Provocative! …Ellen Bukstel writes and sings about it all! This type of happy-sad, life embracing, fear-overcoming emotional schizophrenia truly captures the spirit of modern independent music making—whatever the artist feels in that moment, she shares…and whatever else Ellen is, she’s not shy about it. For Bukstel, music is a way of expressing her joys, her sorrows and her passions —bringing her listeners to tears and laughter and sometime both at the same time.

Ellen is a multifaceted, award winning songwriter/entertainer with a flare for the audacious! She’ll crack you up with her wit and unabashed honesty in her songs about kids, partnerships and the inevitable aging process. Then turn your head and heart with poignant songs about freedom, tolerance and taking a stand!
-Mindy Simmons Singer Songwriter / President, Sarasota Folk Club

Renowned as an activist who puts her passions to song, Ellen has been commissioned to write songs and produced numerous multiple award winning fundraising music videos which have collectively helped to raise almost one hundred million dollars since 2006 and are being used as tools to raise awareness of important social issues.

Her songwriting journey began after losing her husband Doug Segal to AIDS in 1988. Doug was a hemophiliac who contacted HIV from his blood products and died at age 36 leaving Ellen with their three children Brett, Todd and Margo. Doug and Ellen spoke out publicly hundred of times sharing their personal story in schools, churches, synagogues, educating the community about AIDS.

Ellen expresses her imagination with her beautiful voice, guitar and keyboard. Her award winning songs chronicle the joys and sorrows of a colorful tapestry still being woven…She conveys love and a depth of concern for the ever-increasing threats to our world and to our own individual rights. All this is related to the audience through a brave, though humorous and earthy connection between the world of musical performance and that of the social “bard” or “troubadour” from which the most powerful and relevant strand of folk music derives it’s roots. It’s not an act. It’s real.