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Sep 28

Get on board the MHK music train

Posted on September 28, 2016 at 1:34 PM by Michael Goens

Manhattan is poised for a 50-day blazin' hot music ride perfect to get Manhappenin' all geared up for Sept. 10 and the Wildcat Classic. It really started last week with Symphony in the Flint Hills, and exciting news of 2017 SITFH scheduled for Geary County. Kicker Country Stampede is truly unparalleled in this region as next week we draw tourists from multiple regions of the country to invade Tuttle Creek and barnstorm the Manhattan economy.

Another true high-wire act will be on stage at tonight's Juneteenth celebration, with Charles Walker Band out of Milwaukee at City Park and Norvell Band Shell. Music entertainment draws have gathered momentum in smaller venues, and The Hat has filled that void. This venue will host the Randy Rogers Band in July, then Stampede veteran Phil Vassar and Turnpike Troubadours through the first week in August.

Arts in the Park has just gotten rolling, and Howlin' Brothers' bluegrass/blues music was a big highlight of the summer schedule, followed next week by local fave Wayne Goins, and later this summer Groovement with an assortment of funk-rock. Capping the cavalcade of mesmerizing music, and on the heels of Groovement Arts in the Park performance, will be Rhythm & Brews Festival, also in City Park.

Last year, Charles Walker Band made its MHK debut on the City Park stage. On Aug. 6, RBMHK features SHEL and Grizfolk, a pair of dazzling new acts and both on the rise. SHEL is a sister quartet from Fort Collins, Colo. Check out "Enter Sandman" and let the chills commence. "You're the flavor I savor," Grizfolk brings sure-fire future hits in tow as it cranks out tunes like "Troublemaker" from the "Waking Up The Giants" debut album. 

Of course, there's no shortage of top-shelf acts rolling into Manhattan next week, with the likes of Chris Janson, Cassadee Pope and Chase Rice, as they set the stage for Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and of course, Tim McGraw. Stampede turns 21 and is in fine form, you better know it!

Take in Country Stampede and Rhythm & Brews Festival, and then get primed for Wildcat Classic with Zac Brown Band and Train on September 10, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Manhattan is stepping up its music game, folks. Take advantage and get your plans set to come see us!

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