Concerts Still a Big Draw

Each night festival-goers can enjoy fun on two stages. The Kennedy Plaza stage, along Douglas in front of Century II is still the stage for big name entertainers, but you’re sure to find some of your local favorites on the Red Guard Stage, located South of the Hyatt Hotel and just East of the Wichita Boathouse.

Some concerts to consider on the Kennedy Plaza Stage (just north Century II along Douglas):

Mon., June 5 Gospelfest

The evening begins with local entertainment at 5:30 p.m. including a community choir destined to get the crowd up and clapping. National recording artist Jonathan Nelson is scheduled on stage at 8:45 p.m. Nelson was nominated for a Dove Award in 2009 for Best New Artist of the Year. Since then, he’s released several albums with many singles gaining Billboard attention, including: “I Believe,” “Anything Can Happen,” and Everything You Are.”

Thur., June 8 Mavis Staples Mavis Staples career highlights are legendary. Her raw, rasping voice made the Staple Singers a household name in the 50s and 60s and icons of the civil rights movement and in the 70s, they were “funky as hell”. With hits like “I’ll Take You There, “Respect Yourself,” and Let’s Do It Again,” and many more. Expect Mavis to bring them all back with her own personal style.

The evening begins with opening acts at 5 and 7 p.m. Mavis is scheduled to appear at 9 p.m.

Fri., June 9 Common

Common, who is almost as well known for his acting as rapping career, will still be a popular draw for a Friday night outing. His recent hit Glory, the theme song from the movie, gave him a certain amount of broad appeal. However, some of his early songs were big hits with the younger set, including “Love of My Life,” a duo with Erykah Badu and “Southside” with Kanye West.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a great lineup of opening acts including DJ Carbon at 5 p.m. and local spoken word artist Marque Nunley at 6 p.m. Acopella group A Squad at 6:45 p.m. and the progressive rap group Flobots is on stage at 7:45 p.m. Common is scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

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