April 26, 2013
The group "The Go-Gos'" top the list of entertainers at the Wichita River Festival. The entertainment lineup was released today.
Chris Mann will perform on opening night, May 31, with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra at the Koch Twilight Pops Concert. Mann, a Wichita native and graduate of Wichita High School Southeast, was a finalist on "The Voice."
June 1, Mike Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band will entertain during the Spirit Aerosystems Rockin’ on the River concert. The two-time Grammy award-winning group, with roots in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, has performed with Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker,
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elton John, and others.
On Learjet Throwback Sunday, June 2, the entertainment will have a retro feel and feature five decades of music, capped off by popular The Beatles tribute band, American English.
The dynamic country duo Montgomery Gentry will take the stage Wednesday, June 5, sponsored by The Coleman
Company, Inc. and Ford. The team has 14 top-ten singles, including “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will headline the Thursday, June 6, Cajun festivities on Kennedy Plaza. The Los Angeles-based group, which first achieved music stardom in the late 1990s with its New Orleans-inspired album, Save My Soul, has played its high-energy blend of swing music, jazz, and Dixieland at the Super Bowl, ESPN’s The ESPY’s, and other international events.
On June 7, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will bring their rock and blues melodies to the Friday-night festival crowd.
June 8 presents the first-ever Riverfest appearance of 1980s pop-rock sensation, the Go-Go’s, at the Riverfest Beach Party. The Go-Gos, featuring lead singer Belinda Carlisle, will kick off their 2013 national tour at Riverfest and perform their lineup of
smash hits, including “We Got the Beat,” “Head Over Heels,” “Turn to You” and “Vacation.”
Also on June 8, American Texas Country/ Red Dirt singer Wade Bowen and country artist and Clearwater, Kan., native Logan Mize will entertain crowds at the Waterwalk Pavilion. WaterWalk Pavilion will also host live jazz by Nouveau Quintette on June 6 and a Neon Dance Party featuring DJ Carbon on June 7.
Adult buttons are $5, and the new Children’s button (available while supplies last for kids ages 6-12) is $3. Riverfest
buttons will be available at Riverfest major button retailors (Dillons, QuikTrip, AAA) beginning May 10.