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New concert and event center

Wednesday, April 25 2018 2:43 PM

Wave is an indoor-outdoor concert and event venue that promoter Adam Hartke and a group of businessmen are planning along with a beer garden and food truck area near Second and St. Francis. Shelden Architecture Courtesy illustration

Wichita attracts its share of musical acts, but there are still a lot of concerts it misses.

 That's likely about to change with Wave, an indoor-outdoor concert and event venue that promoter Adam Hartke and a group of businessmen are planning along with a beer garden and food truck area near the northeast corner of Second and St. Francis.

Wave, which has a capacity for 3,300 people outside and another 500 indoors, is named in part for sound waves and light waves since multicolored projections will feature prominently in its design.

"It's going to be kind of a sensory experience," Hartke says.

There will be what he calls an "industrial, futuristic" look with metal, concrete, wood and shipping containers.

 "It's more of a 'Star Wars' meets 'Mad Max' type of venue."

 Hartke says the beer garden, which will have craft beer mostly if not entirely from local breweries, features in the name as well with "a nod to Kansas with amber waves of grain."

 There will be space for four food trucks, which can be there even when concerts aren't, along with barbecue from B&C Barbecue, lawn games and eventually a deck.

 "I'd been thinking about an outdoor venue for years and years," Hartke says. "We've never had a legitimate outdoor venue."

 Wave will have "a full-blown stage with rigging and lighting," says partner Dave Wells, who also is president of Key Construction. "This is the real deal."

Read the full article here in the Wichita Eagle

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