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Music defines the Smoky Hill River Festival - with a fascinating medley of styles. From country, jazz, classical and a cappella to reggae, fusion, blues, and ethnic, the Festival presents an incredible variety of groups and styles in a wide variety of venues.

Papa Green ShoesFriday , 6:30 P.M., Eric Stein Stage
Papa Green Shoes
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Friday Night supporting headliner and throughout the weekend!! - A high-energy, four-piece band rooted in modern blues with touches of soul, funk and rock. The band was founded by the Cottengim Brothers and named in tribute to their late father Jimmy Guy Cottengim, a popular songwriter and entertainer from the Ozarks. The Cottengim name has always been synonymous with hard work and great music. Papa Green Shoes carries on that tradition with the funkiest blues band you'll ever hear.
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The Main SqueezeFriday , 8:30 P.M., Eric Stein Stage
The Main Squeeze
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Friday Night Headliner!! The Main Squeeze is a blend of soul, hip-hop, funk and rock. With deep musical roots that sprouted in the Midwest, this group started as a party band playing clubs and other small venues and secured their place in the national music scene through hard work and dedication. Rolling Stone magazine's take of the group is, "Lead singer Corey Frye's powerfully soulful vocals form the foundation of an energetic set."
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Josh Hoyer & Soul ColossalSaturday , 6:30 P.M., Eric Stein Stage
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
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Saturday supporting Headliner A combination of soul, funk and R&B is, in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his soulful vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry. Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in the famed blues of town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award- winning, six-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Hoyer himself gained national recognition in 2017 as a contestant on NBC's The Voice.
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Jessica Hernandez & The DeltasSaturday , 8:30 P.M., Eric Stein Stage
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
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Saturday Night Headliner Explosive and theatrical, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are a celebration of rock pop and dark soul. A second-generation Cuban and Mexican- American, Hernandez felt it her duty to further explore her Hispanic heritage in her music, singing in both English and in Spanish. Hernandez's lyrics are intensely personal and undeniably provocative. With influences such as Gogol Bordello and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, JHTD is a crowd-pleasing, energetic act.
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KU Brazilian Steel BandSunday , 2:00 P.M., Eric Stein Stage
KU Brazilian Steel Band
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The KU Brazilian Steel Band, under the direction of Prof. Brandon Draper performs the music of Trinidad and Tobago's dynamic "Panorama" culture, focusing on calypso and soca styles fused with the Samba drumming of Brazil! The band performs compositions written just for the group, plus music in a wide range of popular and classical genres. If this is your first time hearing the music of Brazil and the Caribbean, be prepared, because the party never stops!!


Elton Dan & The Rocket BandSunday , 3:30 P.M., Eric Stein Stage
Elton Dan & The Rocket Band
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Sunday Closing Act! This band pays tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time - Elton John. Elton Dan's stage presence is one-of-a-kind and his magical piano playing engages the audience in a full Elton John experience. This captivating group includes incredible backup singers and over- the-top costumes. Skilled at playing for large crowds, Elton Dan has an intimate way of sharing the emotions and experience of this great music with each listener.
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THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND . . .

Carswell & Hope
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Carswell & Hope - From the Midwest seedbed of indie rock, Carswell & Hope bring vintage rock sounds and sensibilities together with big harmonies, carefully crafted textures and inventive songwriting. Songwriter Nick Carswell is originally from Ireland and has found a new home on the plains of Kansas. The group's sound is a blend of psychedelic - think Pink Floyd channeling Van Morrison. Friday, Saturday
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Hip Hop Wagon
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Hip Hop Wagon - Don't forget to keep an eye out for the roving Hip Hop Wagon! This working DeeJay station will circulate the park all weekend and feature musicians from Drum Safari, Mr. Kneel and DJ Stretch, among others. Festival-goers of any age are encouraged to participate in the spontaneous creation of free-style hip-hop, percussion jams and dancing. Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Jason D'Vaude - One Man Show
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Jason D'Vaude - One Man Show - Jason D'Vaude is a self-taught object manipulator born in Kansas City. He was an artistic, athletic and curious youngster. Over the years, D'Vaude has honed his skills and pushed his luck with knives, torches, axes and the dreaded stinky-shoe juggling. From handstands to comedy, Jason has matured (a little) and so has his act. He also specializes in kid-friendly stage acts and knows how to get youngsters excited and engaged. Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Page 7
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Page 7 - Page 7's music is an upbeat mixture of reggae, rock steady, ska and soul guaranteed to get an audience up off its feet. This group is a seven-piece band with players from different backgrounds of musical training creating an eclectic sound and energetic vibe. The band's stage presence is warm, playful and fun for all ages. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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Pale Fire Kings
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Pale Fire Kings - This four-piece band brings great-sounding American Roots music to the stage. A melodic mixture of blues and folk, the Pale Fire Kings are a perfect fit for the Festival's ambiance. Original lyrics by Anthony Badell tell stories of growing up in the Midwest - tales of love, adventure and the search for harmony. With ties to the Salina area, upright bassist Ryan Nilson is from Gypsum. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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Sirens of South Austin
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Sirens of South Austin - Sirens of South Austin is the collaboration of award- winning Austin artists Rebecca Loebe, Betty Soo and Grace Pettis. In addition to shared Southern roots, the Sirens are each songwriters and performers in their own right. All three are Kerrville New Folk Festival songwriting award winners. Featuring the stories of three seasoned troubadours, Sirens put on a show like none other. Friday, Saturday
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The Skirts
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The Skirts - The Skirts are a vibrant, acoustic roots band hailing from Chase County, with some members from Lawrence. With original music by Elexa Dawson at the core of an extensive repertoire, the group's members skillfully craft music that speaks from and to the heart. Their music plays an emotionally and spiritually nurturing role in the lives of their followers. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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Up, Up & Away!
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Up, Up & Away! - Festival favorites Johnna and John Perry interact with the crowd while twisting and turning plastic balloons into artistic 3-D creatures, hats and more, as they rove through the park. Even the youngest Festival-goers will be stars, as the balloon masters deliver one-of-a- kind creations to enhance the River Festival celebration! Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra
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Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra - Victor & Penny sing music they call Antique Pop, on the ukulele and a lovely old guitar. Playing vintage instruments with modern sensibility, they bring a fresh twist to music of the early 20th century and unique arrangements of modern tunes with characteristic charm and good humor. They are joined by the Loose Change Orchestra to form a lively quartet that performs fun, melodic tunes for all ages. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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Cheryl Rutz & Lewis Street Soul
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Cheryl Rutz & Lewis Street Soul - Described as Blues with an Attitude this band is the perfect vibe for the River Festival stage! Cheryl Rutz and her group of local players play the best rock n roll, blues and American roots hits of the good ol days. With powerful lead female vocals and the expert backing of an organ, drums, bass and fiery electric guitar, the audience wont be able to stay in their seats. Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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BRAVO! STAGENorth of the Statue of Liberty

The Bravo! Stage features great performances, master classes, and other participatory activities presented by talented folks who live in the area, and by performers from Salina schools and cultural organizations.

Mattson & WeaverFriday, 11:00 a.m., Bravo Stage

Dex Umekubo w/ Dean KranzlerFriday, 12:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

MahanFriday, 1:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Fed UpFriday, 2:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Jason D'Vaude - One Man ShowFriday, 3:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

FuntabiFriday, 4:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Buildings Like MountainsFriday, 5:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Big Red HorseFriday, 6:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Ramona Newsom and the Salina Gospel Choir Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Bravo Stage

Tamara Howe School of DanceSaturday, 12:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Rachel Louise TaylorSaturday, 1:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

ONEMICSaturday, 2:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

BRAVO Day Party!Saturday, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Dex Umekubo w/ Dean KranzlerSunday, 11:00 a.m., Bravo Stage

Ann ZimmermanSunday, 12:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

MahanSunday, 1:00 p.m., Bravo Stage

Prestige School of DanceSunday, 2:00 p.m., Bravo Stage


ARTY'S STAGE Northwest of the Tennis Court
A merry introduction to the performing arts for the young and young at heart, the Arty's Stage presents a grab bag of smiles, songs, and silliness, designed with families in mind.

Drum SafariFriday, Saturday, Sunday
Drum Safari
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During this high-energy, interactive performance, children are invited to join in a musical "safari" in which they meet different African animals whose names are set to rhythm. The only requirements are a sense of adventure and fun, for the jungle jam to begin! Also be on the lookout for roving Drum Circles all weekend long across Festival grounds.
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Happy Faces EntertainmentFriday, Saturday, Sunday
Happy Faces Entertainment
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Dennis Porter has been bringing smiles to the world since 2001. He is sure to keep crowds laughing as he engages Festival fans young and old in a host of entertaining games and activities. Teaching, playing and creating lots of merriment is what these shows are all about. Fun for the whole family! Come give it a try!
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Kevin Horner LiveFriday, Saturday, Sunday
Kevin Horner Live
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Horner has 20 years of experience performing comedy for families and children and is an award-winning ventriloquist. Horner uses a unique blend of illusion, comedy ventriloquism and stand-up, featuring "special guests" to effortlessly make his audiences smile and laugh.
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Mr. Kneel: Hip Hop for Families!Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Mr. Kneel: Hip Hop for Families!
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Mr. Kneel has a mission to present positive and self- esteem building music for children. His goal is music with an informative and developmentally appropriate message that educators and parents will embrace and that's so good that kids will listen to it again and again. Mr. Kneel creates inspired original hip-hop music to help promote children's social, emotional and cognitive development. This year, he is joined by his friend DJ Stretch, helping to pump out the freshest beats.
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The Que PastasFriday, Saturday, Sunday
The Que Pastas
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The Que Pastas are a kid+indie (kindie) band from Texas. With cleverly written and melodically driven songs, The Que Pastas are unique and fun for Festival-goers of all ages. Gene Davis on guitar, Simon Flory on bass and banjo and Jody Saurez on drums create this trio whose music is energetic and humorous - not your average children's band.
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