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Posted on June 11, 2018 at 1:39 PM by Michael Goens
Star power resonates annually at Kicker Country Stampede. The Midwest powerhouse festival originated in 1996 with music royalty of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Tanya Tucker. Amazing entertainment names churn through the Flint Hills of Manhattan each June and would contend for the Mount Rushmore of Music City. The likes of Reba, Clint Black and Alan Jackson have stomped the Stampede lawn.
Stampede-bound music purists seek out the talented artists still ascending the mountainside, perhaps from base camps of honky-tonks and undercards of summer music festivals. In 2009, Luke Bryan was one of the mid-afternoon performers with large crowds milling in anticipation of bigger nightly headline acts.
Lead-in acts are all the rage
Five years later, Bryan was Stampede’s headline act. This year’s lead-in performers include Brett Young (June 21), Lindsay Ell (June 22) and Kane Brown (June 23), and country music die-hards will swarm by the thousands to catch a glimpse of rising stars. Early crowds for Thursday shows range between 15,000 to 20,000 and grow as the weekend peaks with Ell on Friday afternoon’s main stage leading to Alabama. Brown stirs up Saturday’s closing-curtain crash course with the rousing finish from Florida Georgia Line.
Music fans, some of these late afternoon and early-evening performers have already struck the early chords of success. One big winner at early-season awards was Brett Young (ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year). Young took a late pass on The Voice television singing competition in favor of a Big Machine Label Group record deal. It paid dividends, and the former Ole Miss college pitcher has blistered the charts with two breakout No. 1 hits: “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Like I Loved You.”
Mercy by Brett Young
Young’s latest, “Mercy,” has reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts. Young and Brown alone will be follow-material worthy before the curtain drops on Stampede 23 with the Saturday lineup of Randy Rogers Band, Morgan Evans and Ryan Kinder leading the way into Brown and Florida Georgia Line’s headline performance. Main stage music begins each day at 2:30 p.m. and fans should also head to on-site auxiliary stages known as Tuttleville and NSAI Songwriters Tent.
Fans will surely pack places like Little Apple Brewing Co., So Long Saloon, Tallgrass Tap House and many more offerings throughout the city. Welcome country music fans of all ages to check out all MHK has to offer. VisitManhattanKS.com contains all your visitor information to include hotel bookings. Countrystampede.com is music fans’ best info site for ticket information, parking and more.
Join the fun as Kicker Country Stampede celebrates three decades of music awesomeness in Manhattan.
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