Feb 26, 2023

Smoky Hill River Festival main stage performers announced

Posted Feb 26, 2023 11:15 AM

Salina Post

SALINA — Calling them "fresh" and "exciting," Salina Arts & Humanities today announced the main stage acts for this year's Smoky Hill River Festival.

The 47th annual Smoky Hill River Festival is scheduled for June 8-11 in Salina's Oakdale Park.

“Entertainment will feature an eclectic group of performers this year. Festival goers will hear a variety of genres including country, rock, soul, indie, and innovative fusion groups,” said festival entertainment coordinator Sarah Keck. “We will see the return of some family favorites and experience the largest number of new main stage performers to the festival in recent years. Attendees will get to enjoy both familiar and new sounds across the park.”

Following are the main stage acts as provided by Salina Arts & Humanities.

<b>Paramount. </b>Photos courtesy Salina Arts &amp; Humanities
Paramount. Photos courtesy Salina Arts & Humanities

Paramount – Friday Headliner
Traveling with amazing sound and light production, Paramount delivers a live experience of the decade called “The Big 80s!”

Welshly Arms
Welshly Arms

Welshly Arms - Saturday Headliner
After dropping their anthemic single Legendary in 2017, the indie rock world was quickly introduced to Welshly Arms’ penchant for unleashing larger-than-life alt-rock bangers and spine-tingling live performances.

Howard Mahan &amp; Friends&nbsp;
Howard Mahan & Friends 

Howard Mahan & Friends – Sunday Headliner
Fresh off the release of their second record, Marigold, Howard Mahan & Friends blend a variety of styles from roots blues to psychedelic rock.

Barnaby Bright
Becky and Nathan Bliss make up the critically-acclaimed group Barnaby Bright and have accumulated a dedicated following that feeds on their ability to spin storytelling into sonic treasures.

Gabe Lee
Equal parts classic songwriter and modern-day storyteller, Lee has built his own bridge between country, folk, and rock over the course of three acclaimed albums.

King Margo
Two lifelong musicians who met in Nashville, Tenn., when they were hired for the same touring band. They are known for their blend of high-energy musicianship, thoughtful lyrics, and soaring harmonies.

Kansas City’s newest brass innovation. A collaborative pairing of vocalist/trombonists Kadesh Flow and Trevor Turla, Splatt blends soul, hip-hop, jazz, and funk together to generate a powerful, trombone-fronted musical experience.

The Freedom Affair
The Freedom Affair is a nine-piece soul juggernaut. The band formed in 2017 with a vision to write original soul music inspired by the traditions of the genre’s past with a universal message looking toward the future.

Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast
Krisko is known for her soaring vocal performances. This group is a powerhouse soul-rock band hailing from Asheville, N.C.

Making Movies
A band that makes American music with an asterisk: because Making Movies’ sound encompasses the entirety of the Americas. It’s through this broader perspective that Making Movies crunches classic rock into Latin American rhythms — African-derived percussion and styles like rumba, merengue, mambo, and cumbia — in a way that feels oddly familiar, yet delivers the invigorating chills of hearing something singularly special.

Candice Hill Band
An eclectic group highlighting the unique sounds of steelpan (also known as steel drum), mixed with guitars, vocals, bass, and percussion. The band entertains listeners with styles from calypso music, Latin jazz, soca, pop, reggae, and more.

Rudy Love Jr. & The Encore
A singer/songwriter/keyboardist with deep musical DNA, Rudy Love Jr. has developed a distinctive voice, giving his all with every performance. Rudy Love Jr. & The Encore provides a seamless blend of R&B, soul, funk, pop, and rock to the festival mainstage.

123 Andres&nbsp;
123 Andres 

On the Children's Stage

Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés will be featured on the Children's Stage. Their catchy songs and lively performances get the whole family dancing, singing, and learning! These high-energy, joyful shows celebrate the Latinx experience and incorporate Spanish, English, and ASL languages.

Salina Arts & Humanities noted that the entire entertainment roster will be available later this spring.