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Dash of Bluegrass:

Featuring: Missouri River Band, Wood Valley Pickers

7:00pm Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Kearney Amphitheater


Missouri River Band

Darrell was a young boy when he fell in love with music singing with his grandpa. At 11 years old he was given a guitar for his birthday and the journey began. After learning a few simple chords he was up in front of the congregation with his grandpa singing his heart out.. As time went on he progressed into the mandolin and the banjo was soon to follow. As the years went on he stayed on the farm working with his dad and grandpa raising cattle and helping put the crops in and learning the construction trade, all the while going to every bluegrass festival his grandparents could get him to. In 2002 he married his high school sweetheart and started a family. As time went on found himself in a cattle pasture with his dad and grandpa talking about how to turn a rough, ugly 40 acre patch into a successful bluegrass festival of their own. After the groundwork was laid for the festival Darrell decided he needed a band.. and the Missouri River Band was born. the original band consisted of Darrell, Todd Davis, Beverly Spencer, and Allen Ously. As time passed the band changed members yet the tradition of the band never changed. Now Darrell and his wife Ashley have 3 beautiful children Audra, Aaron, and Aiden. He has a contracting business, still is raising some cattle and teaching his kids how to work hard, love the Lord and enjoy good bluegrass music!

Darrell Turnbull – Mandolin
Garald Jones – Fiddle
Dale Collins – Bass
Jeremy Boling – Banjo
Jon Trew – Guitar

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.

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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