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13th Annual Kearney Blues Festival:

Featuring: Old No 5s, Rev. Jimmie Bratcher, Taylor Smith, Howard Mahan

Sponsored by Tim Cole Contracting
5:00pm Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Kearney Amphitheater

Price: $7.00 in advance / $10.00 at the Gate

Old No 5s

The Old No. 5s are a rock n roll band from Kansas City. Consisting of Brock Alexander on guitars, Olie Bowden on bass guitar and Adam Watson on percussion -- all three share vocals, with Alexander performing most of the lead vocals. The band's sound shifts effortlessly from blues to rock, roots to americana with original material and well known classics in each genre. Originating in late 2011, the band has self-released two full length albums, with a third expected for release later this year, and performed across the country. Notably reaching the Semifinals at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN in both 2014 and 2017, the group has also appeared at the Paxico Blues Festival, the Spirit of Kansas Festival, Bonita Springs Blues Festival, Norman Music Fest and the College World Series. Described as, "a workingman's band" by Alexander, the group performs consistently not only on festival stages, but regional venues throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

Rev Jimmie Bratcher

Bratcher's passion for raw-but-exacting electric guitar sounds began in the '60s when he fell under the spell of Eric Clapton, his first six-string hero. As a kid, Bratcher developed eclectic taste, culled from his large musical family, who would have sprawling jam sessions at frequent get-togethers in his native Kansas City. “I was the guy, who owned both Hendrix's “Axis: Bold As Love” and Johnny Cash's ‘At Folsom Prison,'” he attests.

Bratcher caught on to Albert King, B.B. King, and more blues greats, and developed as a player in a series of bands that never quite took off “due to a lack of professionalism and commitment, and substance abuse,” he explains. As Bratcher began gaining a toehold as a musician in his early 20s, drugs and alcohol also had their grips on him.

They drove the destruction of his and Sherri's first marriage. Nonetheless, he and Sherri reunited and when they decided to remarry, she took him to a small church where the preacher declared he would only perform the ceremony if Bratcher promised to put his faith in Jesus. Bratcher's calling to the ministry came on the heels of that experience, but that job required that Bratcher put his electric guitar aside for 20 years.

In 1997 Bratcher's son Jason got him a Fender Telecaster as a gift. Bratcher wrote an inspirational blues shuffle called ‘Can't Get Over It' that's still part of his setlist. He began practicing again but eschewed learning others' licks in favor of developing his own brand of bare-knuckled virtuosity that embraces a picking style employing both a plectrum and fingers and developing guitar sounds that blend growling tones and clearly articulated notes. Three years later, as his collection of original tunes grew, he transitioned out of the pastoral ministry and began his current traveling ministry. He took his electric guitar on the road.

Inspired by the knowledge that his music could speak to all kinds of audiences, Bratcher made up for lost time as a musician. He has recorded twelve albums and two live DVDs, touring a mix of churches, clubs, and prisons — alternately preaching and performing, which both require interchangeable audience-grabbing abilities.

Taylor Smith

“As far as I'm concerned, this guy is the enigmatic wild-child of the KC Blues Scene” - RHINO

Taylor Smith moved to KC in 2017 from Kinston, NC, and has quickly made a name for himself as one of the premier blues musicians in the area. So much so in fact that he represented the Kansas City Blues Society in the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. This is his second time at Kearney Amphitheater, after his mind-bending 2018 guitar performance!

Howard Mahan

The band you know and love from all over Kansas. Playing the best of Classic Rock & Blues! Along with originals and funky jam sessions to keep you on you wanting more!

Howard- Lawrence, KS

Landon- Mahaska, KS

Tim- Salina, KS

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)
Click here for a Google Map

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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