HESSTON — An award-winning singer-songwriter will take the Prairie Window stage for the next installment of a concert series at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. 

Joe Crookston will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 the Prairie Pavilion at the Arboretum overlooking the lake.

Crookston's first label album, Fall Down as the Rain, was selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of 2004's top 12 self-produced independent recordings, and was featured on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered, The Midnight Special and Folkscene. Crookston was a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong contest 

In 2007, Crookston received a Rockefeller Foundation grant for a project called "Songs of the Finger Lakes". Emulating Woody Guthrie, he spent a year traveling in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, collecting stories to turn into songs. Four songs from this project were incorporated into his second album.

In the summer of 2007, audiences at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival selected him as one of the artists they most wanted to have perform at the following year's festival. In Spring 2008, Crookston and the other "Most Wanted" award winners (Anthony da Costa, Randall Williams and Lindsay Mac) were sent on a 23 concert promotional tour in the northeastern U.S., with venues including the Kennedy Center and Club Passim.

In February 2009, his second CD, Able Baker Charlie & Dog was given the "Album of the Year" award by the International Folk Alliance in a ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee, indicating that it received more radio airplay than any other folk album released in 2008.

Tickets are by reservation at www.dyckarboretum.org/event/tim-obrien/ or by calling (620) 327-8127. Cost of tickets is $20 for adults and $10 for children, plus tax.  In addition to acoustic music, the PWCS provides savory and sweet food options during intermission, with a menu provided by Crust & Crumb Company.

Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s mission that promotes environmental landscaping with native plants.