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11th Annual Kearney Blues Fest
Featuring: Nick Schnebelen, Taylor Smith Band,
The Old No. 5's,
Connie Hawkins & The BluesWreckers

Sponsor: Westbrook Care Center
5:00pm Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Kearney Amphitheater

Tickets: $15.00 at the Gate

Nick Schnebelen

Nick Schnebelen has quickly built a reputation as killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist. As founding member of the award winning popular family band Trampled Under Foot ( TUF), Nick has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on the annual Legendary Blues Cruise. Today Nick performs with his own band, as does his sister Danielle, and brother Kris. The siblings still perform a few re-union shows as Trampled Under Foot. Now, Nick Schnebelen continues to tour world-wide, bringing his raw blues energy guitar and vocals, backed by a hot rock n blues band.

Music Industry agrees: In 2008 Trampled Under Foot (TUF) won the International Blues Competition and Nick won The Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist". Shortly thereafter Nick and his family band TUF recorded two great blues releases with Tony Braunagel producing ( Taj Mahal, Robert Cray): "Wrong side of Blues" and "Badlands" and the latter debuted #1 on Billboard and won "Best Contemporary Blues Album at the Blues Music Awards in 2014. Today, Nick is again working with Tony Braunagel for Nick's next album to be released in 2017. "It's great to be working with Tony again. I am currently writing new songs for this release. It's going to be a blast recording in LA".

Nick Schnebelen has blues in his blood. Nick and siblings grew up with their parents who played music full time in the Kansas City blues scene. Their house often became a jam space for their parents Lisa Swedlund and Robert Schnebelen's popular blues band, Little Eva & The Works. Today Nick continues that tradition with the blues as he travels world-wide with his own band. Look for even greater success for Nick in the coming months.


Taylor Smith Band

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. He will be making his first appearance on the Kearney Amphitheater stage this year, so show him love!


The Old No. 5's

The Old No. 5s are a powerful Blues / Rock / Roots trio from Kansas City. Brock Alexander (guitarist / lead vocals), Derek Tucker (bass / vocals), and Aaron Thomas (percussion / vocals) make a formidable sound with power as well as precision. Emerging in late 2011, the group has performed over 700 times in the past four years - forging a diverse sound and distinct style filled with nuances of Rock, Blues, Groove, and Soul.

The history of the group dates back to 2005 when Alexander and Thomas performed together at a happenstance party in Lawrence, Kansas. They went on to form the blues/rock group ‘Cold Shot' playing throughout Kansas and Missouri into 2008. "Aaron and I have probably played close to 1000 shows together," states Alexander. "The better part of a decade really...minus a year or two in there. I moved to Los Angeles and worked at a recording studio; got to be a fly on the wall for some amazing experiences, but ultimately winds blew me back home." The pair began playing shows again in 2012 as ‘The Old No. 5s.' "We basically just fell back into jamming, playing shows together," says Thomas, "we just took extended vacation." The group's lineup solidified in early 2013 with the addition of bassist Derek Tucker.

In the midst of a never-ending performance schedule, they released their self-produced debut album "SourMash" in June of 2013. An infectious mixture of original American music with hints of Rock, Soul, Americana and Blues. In January 2014 The Old No. 5s represented the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN - reaching the Semi-finals. After which they have taken the stage, both big and small, throughout the Midwest and beyond. Including The Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, The Bonita Springs (FL) Blues Festival, The College World Series (2015 and 2016), Paxico Blues Festival, Norman Music Festival, and the Blue Springs Fall Festival (2015 and 2016).

In October of 2015 The Old No. 5s released their second full-length album Steam. "We've been through some stuff together," says Alexander. "Played a ton, changed as humans, our music has changed, but ultimately we are still approaching it with the same passion and love for the sounds we create. As long as people hear that, we'll be fine."

In January 2017 The Old No. 5s reached the Semi-final round in the International Blues Challenge, representing Brock and Derek's hometown of Wichita, KS. The band continues to perform week after week, reaching new audiences and building new fans with each performance.


Connie Hawkins & The BluesWreckers

Connie Hawkins and the BluesWreckers have been a Kansas City staple for the last seventeen years... the current lineup may be the best yet.. all very experienced "old school" musicians of a unique blend and energy... a fiery Red-Head on vocals with some of the very top Kansas City players... we're not just Blues we're hi-energy Red-Headed Rhythm and Blues with table dancing original music along with great Blues covers... we've been tearing up casino's, Blues Festivals, Clubs and Private events all across the Midwest... you don't want to miss this band...


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.

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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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