Blues & Grass by the river


Come join us for Lawrence Community Fest Blues & Grass by the River!

Saturday June 11th head down to Burcham Park to hear live music from great local bands. Clear your day and bring your lawn chairs because this event lasts from 1:00-11:00 and is fun for the whole family. There will be activities for all ages including face painting and bouncy houses. Your furry family members are welcome too, and will have a place to get a drink and a treat. Admission is simply two or more cans of food, or the cash equivalent, which will benefit Just Food.


We meed volunteers for this event! Click here to learn more about helping out this day! 
Live Music

Oakhurst // Colorado
Take a string band and swap out the fiddle player for a groovy drummer and you’re well on your way to understanding the sound of Oakhurst. The band spikes traditional bluegrass with rock & roll and a kamikaze rhythmic sensibility. That danceable concoction along with stringed shootouts, four part harmonies, and citybilly swagger keeps the band in high demand. Oakhurst’s unpretentious, go-for-it interpretation of a genre that’s often handled too reverently, sparks interest in bluegrass by folks who don’t know Doc Watson from Doc Holliday.

Head For the Hills // Colorado
Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins—has been bringing their music, whatever you’d like to call it, to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued two studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010). Blue Ruin, an all-new album of original material is available now.

Lucas Parker & Friends // Lawrence Kansas
Lucas Parker has been the guy on the scene for a minute, playing with many great projects like Harts of Darkness, Dumptruck Butterlips, Mouth, Hands Solo, Groovment and the Lucas Parker Band. Lucas will have
some amazing artists to give you a blues proformance you will not forget.

Sugar Britches // Lawrence Kansas
Sugar Britches is a sassy female 5 piece straight out of Kansas. Heavy on harmonies, these ladies are sure to win your heart and break it at the same time.

Delta Sol Revival // Springfield Mo
Tyler Stokes is the frontman of Delta Sol Revival. Besides just playing with the band, he does solo performances all across the Midwest. He has shared the stage with Gary Clark Jr., The Wailers, Robert Cray, and Robert Randolph to name a few! Tyler Stokes caters the music to the atmosphere, clientele, volume, and energy of the venue to provide the best musical experience for both customers and businesses.

DemFellrs // Topeks
Dont miss these guys kicking off the main stage at 1pm

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