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Shooting Star

with Special Guests: Missouri

Sponsored by La Fuente Mexican Restaurants and Clay County Savings Bank
Due to the severe heat threat on Saturday,
the advertised 7/23 concert with Shooting Star and Missouri
has been postponed to a later date (TBD).
Tickets for the 7/23 show will be honored
at the makeup date to be announced.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kearney Amphitheater

Price: $20.00 in advance / $25.00 at the Gate

Shooting Star

The return of Shooting Star
2018 was the 38th Anniversary of the legendary Shooting Star debut album released in 1980. Featuring the iconic hit songs written by Van McLain and Gary West; You've Got What I Need, Bring It On, Last Chance and more. Sadly though 2018 was also year of tremendous loss.

Through the years, Shooting Star endured their share of industry challenges and member changes. There were even times it seemed that the band could not continue forward. But founding member Van McClain was the constant rock that kept the fire burning.

Sadly, Van McLain passed away in March of 2018. The remaining members were determined to continue on to honor Van and keep his music alive. With the full support from Van's family SHOOTING STAR continues to shine today.

Jan. 19th, 2019 marked the return of Shooting Star to a sold out crowd at he Ameristar Star Pavilion in Kansas City, MO.

Shooting Star is:

Steve Thomas - Drums
Dennis Laffoon - Keys, Vocals
Janet Jamison - Violin, Vocals
Todd Pettygrove - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chet Galloway - Lead Guitar, Vocals


Missouri was founded in 1976 by Kansas City singer and songwriter, Ron West. As the sole writer of the songs, Ron hand-picked his band members and quickly began working in the studio, releasing their self-titled debut album in August of 1977 on Panama Records. The band consisted of: Ron West on guitar and vocals, Bill Larson on drums, Alan Cohen on bass, and Lane Turner on lead guitar. Randall Platt joined the band on keyboards just after the completion of the album. Soon after its release, Missouri made the recommended album list in Billboard magazine. The album soon landed itself in heavy rotation in the Midwest, achieving airplay success with their first single, "Movin On". Within weeks of the album’s release, they began opening shows for artists such as: Golden Earring, The Scorpions, Blackfoot, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Halen, Jefferson Starship, and Ted Nugent… just to name a few. In 1979, Missouri released a second album on Polydor Records entitled, "Welcome Two Missouri". This album included some new material and new sounds for the band, along with a re-recorded version of "Movin on". In spite of the successful sales of the second album, Polydor Records did not renew the contract, citing the change of direction in popular music that was taking place in the late 70’s. VNR Records later released a CD collection of Missouri songs entitled, "The Best of Missouri".

Founding members Lane Turner and Bill Larson, are working together again, 4 decades after their debut album release. They were greatly saddened by the passing of their bass player, Alan Cohen, in 2003. The loss of founding member and singer songwriter Ron West in 2020, has left an empty space in the classic rock community of Kansas City and beyond. His talent and creativity lives on in the music he left behind. The members of Missouri are committed to honoring the music, talents, and legacies of these two gentlemen.

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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