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2019 Amphitheater Calendar

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2019 Season Sponsors

Kearney Trust Company St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Council #8915 Kearney Chamber of Commerce KCB Bank Remax Ferrellgas InBev Stables 816 State Farm - Stella Spiking First Missouri Bank
5:00pm Saturday, May 25th
12th Annual Kearney Blues Festival
Featuring: Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio, Patrick Recob & The Perpetual Luau All-Stars, Dust Devil Choir, and Grand Villanova

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

Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill" Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and George Thorogood. He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.
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8:00pm Saturday, June 15th
Mitchell Tenpenny
With Special Guest: Eastern Heights

Sponsors: Clay County Savings, La Fuente Mexican Restaurant
Price: $20.00 in advance / $30.00 at the Gate

“I wanted to tell a bunch of different stories on this album, but they all had to be authentic and believable to me,” says Mitchell Tenpenny. “What I was feeling at the time, where I was in my head, what’s going on in the world, it all contributed to the end product. The songs that made it were the ones I was sure that I was passionate about getting on there—what I was proud of, what I really wanted to say.”

On the heels of his Platinum-certified No. 1 single, “Drunk Me,” comes Tenpenny’s major label debut album, Telling All My Secrets. Revealing a wide range of influences and a level of assurance and confidence that comes from already having years of songwriting and touring behind him, the record marks the arrival of an artist recently singled out recently singled out as one of Pandora’s Artists to Watch in 2019, MusicRow’s Next Big Thing honorees, and The Tennessean’s Next Nashville Stars for 2019.
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6:00pm Saturday, June 22nd
Strictly Bluegrass
Featuring: The Ready Brothers, Wood Valley Pickers, and the Pheasant Pluckers

Price: $5.00 in advance / $15.00 at the Gate

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.
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7:30pm Wednesday, July 3rd
Annual July 3rd Fireworks Celebration
Featuring: Switch

Sponsor: Kearney Chamber of Commerce
Free to the Public Event
  • Concert Begins at 7:30pm
  • Fireworks Begin at 9:30pm
  • Fireworks music on 96.9 FM
  • Free Admission and Parking
  • Spectators Encouraged to Have Vehicles Parked Prior to 9:00pm
  • Free Inflatable Attractions for Children
  • Camping for $20 fee (1 Night Only) - Reservations Required.
    Call Eric: 816-903-4724 or Ryan: 816-903-4730
  • Concessions Available for Purchase
  • Bring Lawn Chairs and/or Blankets.
  • Come Early - Enjoy a Picnic
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8:00pm Saturday, July 13th
Rock Tributes: American Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd and Rock Steady: A Tribute to Bad Company

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

Doug’s first passion was the deep thump bass support for rock and roll in high school, college and law school. Building a law firm, litigation, making a living, politics and kids took priority for a while, but playing in church bands, sitting in with bands, hearing good music throughout the country kept fire in the belly. He has joined numerous gig bands but a passion to share the utter genius of Pink Floyd with artists of a kindred spirit has been with Doug for decades. “I’ve been looking for the members of American Floyd for years – yet now they found me".
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7:00pm Saturday, August 3rd
Kearney Country Showdown:
Featuring: Noe Palma, Travis Marvin, and State Line Drive

Sponsored by La Fuente Mexican Restaurants
Price: $10.00 in advance / $15.00 at the Gate

It sure doesn't hurt having a name like Noe Palma. That's why his debut is titled "Get My Name Right." It is very different, unique, and memorable. That's exactly what fans have been saying about Noe's music for the past 15 years!

Growing up the Kansas City Metro Area, Noe started singing when he first heard Elvis Presley sing "All Shook Up." Raised in a very musically passionate family, he was engulfed by different thythms and sounds. Both his parents were talented singers and his father played guitar. Like many of his friends he was a member of his high school choir, but quickly realized that type of music didn't fit into his country soul.
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8:00pm Saturday, August 17th
Tyler Rich
With Special Guest: Carl Worden Band

Sponsored by SureStay Plus Hotel of Kearney
Price: $10.00 in advance / $20.00 at the Gate

Raised in Yuba City, a small farming community in Northern California, Tyler Rich found his love of music gathered around a Christmas tree alongside family singing holiday classics and family favorites of all genres including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Tom Petty. At age 8 his cousin introduced him to the Country sounds of George Strait, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson before his grandparents surprised a then 14-year-old with a guitar so he could join in the annual jams. Fast forward to graduating college with a degree in Economics, Tyler moved to LA to pursue a different game of numbers – music – exploring various genres with songwriting and bands before taking the leap as a solo artist. His fanbase has grown from Sacramento supporting his independent release to signing a record deal with The Valory Music Company and publishing agreement with Big Machine Music. While introducing his amplified sound and infectious energy coast to coast, the 2018 CMT Listen Up Artist has moved to Nashville and become a road warrior performing alongside some of the genre’s top acts including Dustin Lynch, Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay. His single The Difference is available now!
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*Gates open 1 hour before each event
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Other events to be announced
For Sponsorship Information contact Ryan Marcotte at (816) 903-4730

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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