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    Acme Fife & Drum Salina, KS

    Authentic fife and drum music from the American Revolution, the Civil War, adaptations of Irish, Scottish, English folk tunes, and modern rudimental-style field drumming greet you at the Events Center Bridge and throughout the Festival.

    Barnaby Bright, Kansas City, MO

    Barnaby Bright Kansas City, MO

    Not easily defined, Barnaby Bright is an alt-Americana trio with very contemporary influences that reflect their geographical journey from Brooklyn to Nashville to Kansas, while calling on Nathan’s Oklahoma roots and distant relation to Merle Haggard. The band has accumulated a dedicated following that feeds on their ability to spin storytelling into sonic treasures. While opening for illustrious acts such as Norah Jones and The Lumineers, Barnaby Bright continues to mesmerize audiences and convert new followers one show at a time.

    Cash Hollistah

    Cash Hollistah & Friends Salina, KS

    Cash Hollistah is a dynamic hip-hop artist who delivers a funky, high-energy, fun-filled performance that will keep Festival-goers engaged. No novice to the stage, Cash has shared the stage with diverse notable acts, including Common, T.I., Kirk Franklin, and Naughty by Nature.

    Construction Junction

    Construction Junction Lawrence, KS

    City PlayCorps is a non-profit group of trained advocates for children growing through play based in Lawrence, KS. Their Pop Up Playground provides an opportunity for child-directed play where kids get to problem solve, explore, and build using a variety of materials. While adults are around to facilitate and provide a helping hand, the child gets a chance to take the lead!

    Children get to figure out things for themselves, find innovative ways to overcome obstacles, practice working with others, and have fun getting to pursue their own creative ideas. Imagine, Create, & Play!

    Cordovas Nashville, TN

    Cordovas Nashville. TN

    The story of the Cordovas is one of rock n’ roll seekers, hammering away in search not just for a platonic ideal of their free wheeling sound, but also for some greater truth about our experience as humans. Cordovas is a state of constant flow: Firstman, Soria, and their various co-conspirators gathering in their twin outposts – a farm in Nashville, and a hideout in the artist community of the Baja California town Todos Santos.

    Draper Family Band

    Draper Family Band Kansas City, MO

    Draper Family Band is led by father-and-son Salina natives Paul and Brandon Draper, who have been performing together for more than thirty years. A 2020 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Paul pairs his legendary Hammond B-3 chops with Brandon’s diverse instrumental acrobatics for a must-see, high energy performance that combines diverse musical styles including blues, rock, funk, and alt-country.

    Drum Safari Kansas City, MO

    Drum Safari Kansas City, MO

    Brandon and Teryn Draper are no strangers to the Smoky Hill River Festival. This year, Festival-goers can expect onstage excitement, hands-on drumming participation, and the impromptu drum jams that make Drum Safari famous!

    Drum Safari Kansas City, MO

    Drum Safari Presents: Arty’s BIG Party Kansas City, MO

    Family fun for ALL AGES! Featuring a live DJ, drumming, dancing ribbons, hula hoops, and a few surprise guests…THIS is the place to be!

    Drum Safari Kansas City, MO

    Drum Safari Roving Drum Circles Kansas City, MO

    Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for this rhythmic flash-mob experience! When you hear the rumble, be prepared to get your groove on and JOIN IN the fun — percussion instruments are provided for ALL participants!

    Duke Otherwise, Madison, WI

    Duke Otherwise Madison, WI

    Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, a spirited performer, a skilled guitarist and a captivating tap dancer.  Using his distinct baritone, he sings hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.  Duke’s energetic live show is filled with improvisation, audience participation, dancing, and outrageous fun!

    Everyday Lights

    Everyday Lights Salina, KS

    Everyday Lights is a group of Salina-based musicians with a love for folk and jazz rhythms. Their unique instrumentation and improvised harmony give them a fresh, creative sound that is best realized in their original music. Their ability to combine a variety of musical styles including folk, country, rock, and bluegrass keeps the audience guessing and looking forward to the next

    Flint Hill Fairies Wichita, KS

    Flint Hills Fairies Wichita, KS

    The Flint Hills Fairies are an immersive theatre troupe who tell stories at community and renaissance festivals across the Midwest. Their dedication to helping humans foster deeper relationship with the Earth is reflected in the stories they tell and magic they share! This year, join them on Arty’s Stage for a Fairy Fun Adventure

    Happy Faces Entertainment, Kansas City, MO

    Happy Faces Entertainment Kansas City, MO

    Dennis Porter will keep crowds laughing as he engages Festival fans, young and old, in various entertaining games and activities. Teaching, playing, and having lots of fun are what these shows are all about. Give it a try!

    Jason D'Vaude Kansas City, MO

    Jason D’Vaude Kansas City, MO

    Dangerous objects! Perilous stunts! Feats of strength and balance! Jason D’Vaude, a self-taught one-man multiple-adjectived circus sensation, brings his comedic juggling, fire, and clowning shows to audiences worldwide, delighting them with his charming humor and distinct but refined awkwardness. After seeing Jason  juggle sharp objects, climb up precariously balanced objects, ride an extra-tall unicycle, or manipulate fire like a master, audiences are left speechless except to say, “That was AWESOME!”

    Kidz Bop Salina, KS

    “Kidz Bop” albums are comprised of kid-friendly versions of Top 40 radio hits and are sung by and for young children. Join Festival favorites from the Banninger family for this karaoke session just for kids!

    Mattson & Weaver

    Mattson and Weaver Salina, KS

    Mattson and Weaver a long-time Salina folk duo, will rove throughout the Festival. Look for them amongst the bustle, or take a break for some of their music in an out-of-the-way shady spot.

    Monophonics, San Francisco, CA, Photo by Geoff

    Monophonics San Francisco, CA

    Since 2012, Monophonics has steadily built a reputation as a consistent band with a unique sound. Well-crafted songs and records are matched by an energetic live performance. A heavenly signature style: pure timeless heavy soul and warm textures of psychedelic rock. This is a band that revels in the past, taking you back to the stylings of the late 60s and early 70s, while always keeping its feet positioned in the present, looking ahead to the future.

    Papa Green Shoes Springfield, MO

    Papa Green Shoes Springfield, MO

    Papa Green Shoes is a high-energy, four-piece band based in Springfield, Missouri. Rooted in modern blues with touches of soul, funk, and rock, PGS is one of the few bands where all four members are skilled soloists and lead vocalists.

    Pretend Friend, Wichita, KS

    Pretend Friend Wichita, KS

    Bending time, space, and genre, Pretend Friend will transport you to another dimension with quick pickin’ bluegrass, spellbinding harmonies, psychedelic jams, and award-winning songwriting.

    Richard Renner, Lawrence, KS

    Richard Renner Lawrence, KS

    Hedge People, the Recycle Cycle, and more. Richard Renner is bringing his wacky bag of tricks to the Festival this year! Each day, visitors will experience new characters and opportunities to interact. Why have a little fun when you can have TOO MUCH?!

    River Puppet Palooza

    River Puppet Palooza Salina, KS

    Friends of the River Foundation’s river puppets are on the loose at the Festival. Watch for their flowing 25-ft River Puppet and Bella Beaver, Bartholomew Bullfrog, Mr. Great Blue Heron, and Edna C. Channel Cat.

    Salina Municipal Band

    Salina Municipal Band Salina, KS

    Now celebrating an impressive 137 years, this hometown band plays from the great American songbook and much more.

    Scott Mulvahill, Nashville, TN

    Scott Mulvahill Nashville, TN

    Frontman. Singer-songwriter. World-renowned upright bassist. Multi-instrumentalist. For the past decade, Scott Mulvahill has left his unique mark on the exciting world of Americana, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock & roll, and roots music. Already acclaimed for his work alongside icons like Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, he turns a new page with Himalayas, a versatile solo album that celebrates the full spread of his abilities.

    Superfonicos, Austin, TX

    Superfónicos Austin, TX

    Superfónicos is Colombian Funk. Better yet, it is Caríbe Soul…fed by the Indigenous and African roots of the band’s Colombian heritage, telegraphing a politics of peace and unity from the stage to your ears. They only ask that you dance toward a place in your mind beyond struggle and strife.

    Kaylor Kline ft. Mandy Kary, Salina, KS

    Taylor Kline ft. Mandy Kary Salina, KS

    Taylor Kline has been performing around the Midwest for over 10 years as a solo act as well as with various groups. Mandy Kary now joins him as a folk-country duet. Performing both Taylor’s original music and a wide variety of classic covers, they are accompanied by acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, and dual harmonies to provide more energy than your typical duo.

    The Blades

    The Blades Salina, KS

    Salina’s own horned-based party band always has something new to offer – great vocals, amazing percussion, and a feel-good vibe.

    The Freedom Affair, Kansas City, MO

    The Freedom Affair Kansas City, MO

    The Freedom Affair is a 9-piece soul juggernaut. Formed in 2017, the band has a vision of writing original soul music inspired by the traditions of the genre’s past with a universal message looking toward the future. Their live shows have proven to be soul-stirring, transformative events, physically and emotionally moving audiences to joy, tears, and elation. Crowds rave about the fireworks these folks bring to the stage.

    To Be Determined

    Wildermiss Denver, CO/ Nashville, TN

    Wildermiss Denver, CO/Nashville, TN

    Wildermiss is an indie rock band based in Nashville. Fronted by Emma Cole on vocals and synth, with  Joshua Hester on guitar and Caleb Thoemke on drums, their musical journey has taken them far and wide, accumulating more miles than you can imagine. With their undeniable talent and unwavering dedication, Wildermiss has become a beloved fixture in the hearts of their fans. Prepare to be captivated by their forthcoming album, a testament to their creative evolution and a sonic adventure unlike any other.

    William Beckmann, Del Rio, TX

    William Beckmann Del Rio, TX

    Hailing from the small border town of Del Rio, TX, William Beckmann was raised on classic country and northern Mexico’s mariachi and Norteño sounds. He delivers a fresh blend of vintage country, Americana, and Latin music with a timeless baritone and an old soul maturity that belies his youth. He has spent the last year touring with artists including Parker McCollum, Koe Wetzel, Flatland Calvary, and Randy Rogers Band, sold out three shows at legendary Gruene Hall, and made his Grand Ole Opry debut in Spring 2023.

    Zach Meadows, Nashville, TN

    Zach Meadows Nashville, TN

    Zach Meadows is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter with folk and country influences that have helped shape his sound as an artist. Heavily inspired by the sounds of the South after living in Florida and North Carolina, Zach spent a few years writing and working on his craft ambitiously, waiting to bring his songs to life. He now resides in Nashville, where he dreams of telling his stories to listeners needing honest and heartfelt songs.

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