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Kearney Country Showdown:

Featuring: Travis Marvin vs Noe Palma, Michael Neal Band

Sponsored by La Fuente Mexican Restaurants
5:00pm Saturday, August 6th, 2022
Kearney Amphitheater

Price: $10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the Gate

What started as a dispute over a trailer gets settled on stage at Kearney Amphitheater!

Travis Marvin

“We’ve known Travis for several years, and we’ve yet to leave his show disappointed. He is the real deal!” - RHINO

Country music is just a natural part of life for some people. It's deeply woven into the tapestry of their favorite memories and serves as the soundtrack for their daily existence. For a select group of talented individuals, country music transcends personal pleasure and becomes a public platform, blossoming into a thriving career that adds to the genre's rich legacy. With the release of his new project, Travis Marvin makes that leap from longtime fan to burgeoning star.

"Country music is in my soul," Marvin says. "I grew up playing and was probably five or six-years-old when I started. As far back as I can remember, we would be playing music with my dad and my dad's side of the family. His father was a guitar player and singer so every Sunday we would get together over at my grandfather's house and play music. I was raised on country music. That was something we've done for many years and still do all the time."

Born in tiny Ottawa, Kansas and currently residing in Kansas City, the singer/songwriter grew up soaking in the sounds of Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and George Strait. "I remember buying Randy Travis' Storms of Life on cassette tape," he recalls with a smile. "Garth has been a huge influence on me because he's such an entertainer. He does a great job of singing to his fans, not at them. And I've also admired him on the business side. He's built a great infrastructure, and he knows how to run a business. These days, I'm really influenced by guys like Keith Urban and Eric Church, who are both great storytellers. That's my goal with my music. I want to tell great stories and entertain people."

Noe Palma

“A longtime friend and favorite of Kearney Amphitheater, Noe once again makes his presence felt on stage!" - RHINO

Michael Neal Band

“From Kearney, MO! Finally, they get a chance to play at Kearney Amphitheater!” - RHINO

Michael Neal, from Kearney, MO, started his musical journey as a young boy playing the drums. Falling in love with Classic Rock, he began to be inspired by the Legends like Led Zeppelin and Queen. “I remember coming home from school and opening the garage doors and just jamming out, I’m sure the neighbors loved me, lol.”

In college he learned to play guitar and began to sing at local bars where he began to find his love for Country Music. Years later he would meet his band mates playing Worship songs for the local church. They decided to stat a band and things just took over for them from there.

Michael Neal began to write his own music and found some help with Grammy nominated co-writers from Nashville. Together they wrote The Michael Neal Bands two hit songs, “Take it off my Hands” and “ Roll up Your Sleeves.”

A true Blue Collar Country Band who’s music is inspired by God, Family, and Hard work! Lead by Michael Neal’s soulful vocals and back by a full throttle band, The Michael Neal Band is one you don’t 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

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  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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