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May 23

Hunt & Rhone lift Arts in the Park to sizzling start for June

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:05 PM by Michael Goens

MHK Parks and Recreation has gone to great lengths to produce a summer serving of entertainment value that flourishes at Larry Norvell Band Stage with annual Arts in the Park series at City Park. The first two artist offerings especially should blast away any concept of small-time community concert. Kelley Hunt and JahVelle Rhone open the series, the latter accompanied by Donald Hayes. We’re talking big-time musicians here.


Both are widely accomplished and associated with exquisite musical talents in regional performance circles. Hunt launches the 2019 season on June 7, with her vast repertoire of blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and gospel that leave audiences agape at her amazing talents.

Hunt’s 2004 album, “New Shade of Blue,” was top 10 on the Blues charts and she's been hard at work on her seventh release to follow "The Beautiful Bones" as her Kansas City roots have blossomed into success. 

Raving with Rhone
A prosperous musical start rooted in gospel has prospered JahVelle Rhone’s musical course, as he’s known for invigorating, energy-stocked performances. Rhone gives contemporary stylings a gentle whack with sweet saxophone sounds, as his website intones the young jazz savant is on a “mission to provide quality music.”

Accompanied by blues and gospel talent Donald Hayes, Rhone’s music doubles as opening night for Manhattan’s annual Juneteenth Festival (June 14), with the bulk of activities during June 15 and also held at City Park.


2019 Arts in the Park
Remainder of the 2019 schedule, all at Norvell Stage in City Park: Artrageous (June 21), GB Leighton (June 28), Tonic Sol-fa (July 5), Mike Needleman (July 12), Aaron Martin (July 19) and The Black Jackets (July 26). Arts in the Park is a free, eight-part Friday night concert series produced by Manhattan Parks and Rec. Food truck service on the west side of even gathering.

All events at City Park stage near 11th and Leavenworth streets. Enjoy the summer music scene with Manhattan's Arts in the Park series.

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