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Strictly Bluegrass

Featuring: The Ready Brothers, Wood Valley Pickers, and the Pheasant Pluckers

Sponsored by St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Council #8915
6:00pm Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Kearney Amphitheater

Price: $15.00 at the Gate

The Ready Brothers

For almost 19 years one of the mainstays of Bluegrass and traditional country music in northeast Kansas was a band called Calhoun County. When that band broke up four of the members decided they still liked playing together and The Ready Brothers was formed. Like their predecessors the brothers knew they wanted to play more than bluegrass but they also knew they wanted bluegrass to be the base line for their music. The challenge for them would be to create a good sound with a non traditional lineup. Since that initial lineup there has been one change and the mandolin brother was replaced with a banjo brother. The songs that fit the bands instrumentation, washboard, guitar, banjo and bass, came quickly and included Bluegrass, Western Swing, Traditional Country, Blues and Roots music. The band’s name took more time. One day the boys decided they were always ready to play music. They also decided they had known each other for so long they were like family. The Ready Brothers were born. As you will find out this led to names for the brothers that lets you know they enjoy making music and not taking themselves too seriously. Over the last several years they have shared the stage at festivals with several bands including the Steeldrivers, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Bull Harmon & Bullseye, The James King Band, The Charlie Sizemore Band, Midnight Flight, Ozark Alliance, Bright Water Junction, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Lonesome Traveler, Chris Jones & the Nightdrivers, Jimmy Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Driven, Tyler Gregory, Kasey Rausch, The Jeff & Vida Band, The Red State Ramblers, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, Truckstop Darling, The Dirty River Ramblers, Pastense and many, many others. Some of their favorite places to play include bars and coffee houses as well as music festivals where their range of styles and entertaining humor provides a crowd pleasing show. Original tunes ranging from honky tonk, banjo inspired instrumentals and old country waltzes round out a show that has made them a crowd favorite. They currently have 4 recordings, In The Heartland, At The Honky Tonks, Having Fun and their latest release, No More Hoboes.

Wood Valley Pickers

The Wood Valley Pickers got their start when Patricia Garber Gleue and her junior high-school friend Shirley Lesch Wittebort met at a class reunion and reminisced about their "most awful" first attempt at recording their own folk music when they were 14 years old. The two friends, who had maintained their interest and involvement in music over the years, decided to play together again.

With Patricia singing and playing mandolin and Shirley picking up the banjo, they added guitarist/vocalist Russ Ostermann, vocalist and fiddle player Melanie Dicks-Pritchard, and Dan 'The Bass Man' McNeff.

The results of this collaboration are decidedly fun, and the group delights audiences with its energy and enthusiasm wherever they appear. While staying true to bluegrass style, the Wood Valley Pickers show how folk, country, blues, and even rock and roll can add to the fun of a traditional bluegrass set.

In June 2014, they were honored as "Performer of the Year" at Wheatstock X, an annual Americana festival in the Heartland of the USA.

The Pheasant Pluckers

When Rhino heard this talented group of musicians, he knew they had to play the bluegrass show! They can perform an eclectic Americana show as well as being versed in the more traditional genres of Irish, Bluegrass, Cajun, Cowboy and Australian, to create a pleasing hybrid style that sounds so appealing to the ears. Comprised of veteran musicians, Jamey Logan, Carl Anderton, Jim Belk and Micah Herman, this is a group you do not want to miss!

Ryan L. Marcotte
Assistant Director, Parks & Recreation
The City of Kearney

100 E. Washington
P.O. Box 797
Kearney, Mo. 64060

816-903-4730 (office)
816-903-4747 (fax)


Eric Marshall
Director, Parks & Recreation

Directions from Kansas City, Missouri:

  • Take I-35 N towards Des Moines
  • Take the MO-92 exit (6th street), EXIT 26, Turn Right onto MO-92
  • Follow MO-92 (6th Street) to Jefferson, Turn Left
  • Take Jefferson N through town to Jesse James Park (~ 2-3 miles)

Directions from St. Joseph, Missouri:

  • Take I-229 S to I-29 S
  • Continue to the MO-92 exit, EXIT 18, toward Smithville Lake (~25 Miles)
  • Turn Left onto MO-92, continue on until Jefferson St in Kearney (~23 Miles),
  • Turn Left
  • Take Jefferson N through town to Jesse James Park (~ 2-3 miles)
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Children 10 and under are free, unless otherwise noted

*Gates open 1 hour before each event

Blankets & Lawn Chairs are suggested.

Be courteous, kind, and helpful to your fellow festival goers.

Kearney Amphitheater Rules:
  1. No Tents (Pop-up or otherwise)
  2. No Outside Food/Drink or Coolers
  3. No Pets in Amphitheater Area
  4. No Fireworks at Any Time
  5. Non-Alcoholic Tailgating Only
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