Music headliners announced for Riverfest

2014 Riverfest Button unveiling (KSN File Photo)
2014 Riverfest Button unveiling (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Festivals announced today Riverfest 2014’s concert headliners.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra will open the festival with the Koch Twilight Pops Concert featuring Music Theatre of Wichita on Kennedy Plaza.

This popular tradition follows the Sundown Parade and is a prelude to the Capitol Federal Fireworks.

Roots rockers Moreland & Arbuckle will perform at WaterWalk Pavilion that night.

Jerrod Niemann small
Jerrod Niemann

May 31, Jerrod Niemann will headline the Coleman Country Concert with Chuck Wicks as the opening act. Niemann, fast becoming a favorite on the country charts, was born in Harper, Kan., and raised in Liberal. “Drink to That All Night” is the hit single from Niemann’s new album, which will be released March 25.

On Sunday, June 1, a day-long Salute to Aviation will culminate with rock legends Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Jett and her band were launched to major stardom when her cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Rock” hit number one on the charts in 1982. “Crimson and Clover,” ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You,” ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me,” and “Bad Reputation” are just a few of her most popular hits. She has three albums that are certified Platinum or Gold.

Joan Jett
Joan Jett

Hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash will DJ the Wet & Wild Neon Dance Party on Wednesday, June 4. This multi-generational dance party will feature a variety of water elements to beat the heat and stars the front man of the Furious Five, who topped the charts with “The Message” in 1982 and brought hip-hop to the mainstream.

Kelley Hunt will bring her special brand of R&B-laced blues – and her Wichita CD-release party – to the Thursday, June 5, Cajun festivities on Kennedy Plaza. An accomplished guitarist, piano player, vocalist and songwriter, Hunt was born in Kansas City and has a dedicated following throughout the United States and Europe. A Red Dirt Country concert will kick it out on the WaterWalk Pavilion stage that night.

On June 6, The Indie Showcase on Kennedy Plaza will feature The Mowgli’s and Wild Child. On the WaterWalk stage, eighties power pop group The Romantics will perform their string of chart-toppers, including “Talking in Your Sleep,” “One in a Million” and “What I Like About You.”

Saturday night, June 7, the Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ On the River concert brings Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg to rock downtown Wichita with their critically-acclaimed roadshow tribute to America’s punk heroes, The Ramones. Austin-based blues/funk soul act Black Joe Lewis will open the show. A closing night extravaganza worthy of Riverfest 2014’s theme, “Hoopla in Doo-Dah!,” will feature a laser light show and the March Forth Marching Band from Portland, Ore.

A number of local and regional acts will also perform at Riverfest 2014, including O’Phil, Vagabond Swing, Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy, DJ Carbon, Green River Ordinance, Honkey Suckle, Timmy Jonas & The Whiskey Militia, Soleb Theory, Japanese Game Show, Peculiar Pretzlemen, Nouveau Quintette, Choro Cats and many others. In addition to the Kennedy Plaza and WaterWalk Pavilion stages, the Century II Food Court stage and Star Lumber Floating stage at A. Price Woodard Park will be activated throughout the festival.

Gospel Fest and Golden World interfaith concerts on Monday, June 2; and a classic country concert and a Throwback Day concert on Tuesday, June 3 are planned, with performers to be announced.

Admission to all Riverfest concerts is free with a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $5, and children’s buttons (available while supplies last for kids ages 6-12) are $3. Riverfest buttons will be available at major button retailors (Dillons, QuikTrip, AAA) beginning May 9.

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