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2022 MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES LINEUP

05/26/2022

2022 Music in the Park has something for everyone this year - if you like music, you will love our lineup! The 2022 Music in the Park Concert Series is slated to begin on Thursday, June 2 and as always is free. The City of Parsons, Kansas is proud to present this weekly concert series, located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park at 204 S. 13th Street (13th and Broadway), in Parsons, Kansas.

The concert series kicks off Thursday, June 2 with Whisky Outlaws, playing your favorite Country and Red Dirt selections. Since their inception in 2019, Whisky Outlaws have quickly earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the 4-States area. In just a few short years, the band has performed hundreds of shows in venues big and small. In 2021, Whisky Outlaws debuted two singles "Hollow Man'' and "One More Round," with a third single slated to be released in the summer of 2022.

While calling Southwest Missouri home, the founding members of Whisky Outlaws are far from local. Thaddaeus Morton and Corey Reagin hail from opposite sides of the country, Montana, and Georgia respectively. Upon a chance meeting in a Joplin music store, there was an instant chemistry between the two, from which they have not looked back. Whisky Outlaws strives to blend the best of East and West, drawing inspiration from both Nashville favorites like Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley, with catchy hooks and twangy riffs, as well as Red Dirt mainstays like Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers Band, with thoughtful storytelling and conversational lyrics.

On Thursday, June 9, The Dirty Saints will rock you! The Dirty Saints have quickly become one of the best 70s & 80s cover bands in Missouri. They rock to songs from great groups like Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, Styx, Van Halen, Whitesnake, and many more! The Dirty Saints have headlined Springfield's Route 66 Festival the past two years and were named 417 Magazine's Best Cover Band of 2018.

The Dirty Saints was an idea put into action by Scot Henry and Dirk Allmon of Dear Mom and The Dropouts. They brought in two Bad Habit members, Jeff Ward, and Kelly Bowman along with Richard Kittleman from the Journey Tribute band, Don't Stop Believin' to form what will be known by many as the super group to go see. You don't want to miss this talented lineup!

It's not often we think of 90s music as "oldies," but on Thursday, June 16, The Bonnie Situation will present fan-favorite covers of 90s Alternative and will bring back the gleefully noisy rock, grunge, punk, and alternative that made the 90s great. Based out of Pittsburg, Kansas, The Bonnie Situation is comprised of veteran area musicians that decided to play the 90's music they grew up listening to and enjoyed. Although recently formed, the band has received rave reviews for their performances. 

The Bonnie Situation is all things 90s - even their name is a reference to a scene in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction. A typical performance of The Bonnie Situation features your favorite songs from artists like Foo Fighters, Eve 6, Pearl Jam, Collective Soul, and more. 

The following Thursday, June 23, Music in the Park hosts Tori Ruffin and Freak Juice with Funky Hip Hop Reggae Rock. Are u ready? Do u wanna?  Get. In. The. Blender!!!  Freak Juice is a band that is pushing the boundaries of traditional rock music by infusing hip-hop, jazz, funk, reggae, blues, and the art of improvisation, into an innovative, fresh, hard-driving and invigorating wall of sound and colors. In an interview with Guitar World, band leader and founder, Tori Ruffin, describes Freak Juice as, "Miles Davis meets the Deftones or Led Zeppelin."

Although Tori Ruffin now calls Tulsa home, he is originally from Detroit, and spent much of his professional career based out of Los Angeles. He has appeared onstage and in the studio with a who's who of "A" list performers but may be best known for his long tenure as the lead guitarist for legendary R&B artist Morris Day and the Time.

While Ruffin is grateful for his long and interesting career as a working musician, Freak Juice is the side project that's always held a special place since Freak Juice released, They Call Us Juice on Tulsa's nonprofit Horton Records label. The album embodies the band's special blend of social commentary, delivered with genre-busting, ear-pleasing tunes, and serious musicianship. "Hands to the Sky" reflects on a year of injustice, while "Hypocrite" is a reggae-tinged critique of the previous presidential administration.

The last Thursday in June, the 30th, Brad Absher and the Superials sounds like the places they've been. In his warm, Southern soul music, you can hear Tulsa's earthy dignity and the swampy carpe diem of Lake Charles. Thundering sax with plenty of swing calls up New Orleans, while gritty grooves nod to Houston, and more subdued moments of empathy hint at time spent much farther away. Like two old friends telling us a story, Absher and his electric guitar trade lines with lived-in familiarity that invites the rest of us to listen--and dance.

June 10, 2022 will see the release of Brad Absher's eight album, Tulsa Tea. Tulsa Tea was produced by Chris Combs and recorded at Paradise Studio at Grand Lake in nearby Tijuana, OK, the studio founded and made famous by the legendary Leon Russell. The band includes Brad Absher - guitar / vocals; Matt Martin - drums / percussion; Dylan Layton - bass; Jake Hemphill - guitar; EZ Mireles - keys; Danny Timms - Wurlitzer/Hammond organ; Charlie Redd & Briana Wright - backing vocals; and Abbie Rose - hand claps.

There will not be any July 4th Concert in the Park this summer. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

July 7 we're trying something new, giving local acts an opportunity to perform on stage. Parsons' Music Showcase will feature three bands with connections to our community. Each band will perform a twenty-minute set to showcase their talents. This year the bands will be Final Warning, Kota Lewis & The Flyers, and The Cosmic Bean.

Final Warning is a four-piece band that covers Rock music from the 70s to present day. Recently the band has added several original songs to their repertoire.

Kota Lewis & The Flyers are a local band formed in Pittsburg, Kansas. With roots in the Red Dirt music scene, it is very apparent from the first note they are there to rock 'n' roll. Starting 2019, this group has quickly grown a supportive fan base, and what began as a dream has quickly become a reality.

The Cosmic Bean is an upbeat band with depth and meaning in the style of emo punk. Members include Matthias Burke on drums, Cody Sanders on lead vocals and lead guitar and Joe Beachner on bass. Recently the band recorded their first EP, Interstellar, and it is available on Spotify.

Take your shoes off (this group will) and let the grass tickle your toes! On Thursday, July 14, the group Pretend Friend will play both kinds of bluegrass - traditional and progressive, along with some Roots music thrown in.

Pretend Friend is tight, right, genre-defying progressive bluegrass out of Wichita, Kansas. Releasing new music and touring since 2017, Pretend Friend sounds like the quick-pickin' offspring of Robert Plant and the Stanley Brothers.

Their performances are high-energy, and each set is loaded with improv jams and harmonies. Pretend Friend is songwriter and guitarist Grant Boesen, Kansas champion mandolinist Evan Ogborn, bassist and sound engineer Brody Wellman, and banjoist Garrett Briggeman. Their Music in the Park performance will be one of many shows they have booked for a busy tour of the continental United States that runs from May through August. 

July 21st will be the first time a unique musical style will be featured for Music in the Park, when the quartet Hot Club KC will perform a spirited rendition of Gypsy Jazz music. Gypsy Jazz music is a style of small group jazz originating from the Romani guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt, in conjunction with the French swing violinist Stephane Grappeli in 1930s Paris.

Hot Club KC features bandleader Adam Galblum on violin, backed by a trio of talented musicians on dual acoustic guitars and double bass. Not just content to feature the tunes of Django, Hot Club KC performs the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, up to contemporary pop selections.

Alright Parsons, you wanted the best Kiss tribute band, you get the best Kiss tribute band! Our Grand Finale on Thursday, July 28 is the hottest Kiss tribute band in the land, Almost Kiss!

Without fail, each year when we solicit input from our patrons about what acts they want to see at Music in the Park, one of the most requested is Almost Kiss. This year we decided to give the people what they want, and we can't think of a better way to close out the 2022 season than with a return engagement from Almost Kiss.

While, after all these years the band Kiss is still together, 2022 marks the end of an era as the group is currently out on the road for their final tour. Since ticket prices are outrageously high, you can see the next best thing (or possibly better) in your own backyard for free!

Formed in 1998, Almost KISS are four KISS fans:  Devout and true. They choose to pay homage to the hottest band in the world and bring the show closer to you than you've ever experienced before. Their talents and ability to pay respect to all things Kiss have earned them the reputation of being one of the best Kiss tribute bands in the world.

They have been personally endorsed by Kiss bassist, Gene Simmons, and in 2014 shared the stage with Gene and fellow band mate Paul Stanley! Almost Kiss has performed internationally to rave reviews and are always in demand for return engagements.

A performance of Almost Kiss has it all ... the music, the makeup, the costumes, the theatrics, the special effects, and more. This is the grand finale you don't want to miss!

The Music in the Park Concert Series is managed by the City of Parsons. Promotional assistance has been provided by the Labette County Tourism. As always, the concerts are free of charge. Bench seating and picnic tables are available, but individuals are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs. Please remember no alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed in the park.

Mark your calendars, the 2022 Music in the Park Free Concert Series begins on Thursday, June 2, and runs through Thursday, July 28. Concerts are located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park, 204 S. 13th Street, Parsons, Kansas.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., and concessions will be available by 6:30 p.m. (or possibly earlier). One of this year's concessionaires scheduled to serve is Genelle's Kettle Korn. Also, one of the food trucks of either Outsider's Tacos, or Bacon Me Crazy will serve each week. Plan to make it an evening of food and music!

In case of severe weather conditions, the concerts will be moved to the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 S. 17th, (three blocks west of the Seaton Family Pavilion.) For more information, phone (620) 421-7032, visit parsonsks.com, or our Facebook Page "Music in the Park Concert Series - Parsons, Kansas."

Please check the Music in the Park Parsons Kansas Facebook page or call the Events and Media Director's office (620) 421-7032 for current, up-to-date information, and to check show dates, times, artists, and any changes before traveling any distance. 

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