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Kanab Music Festival - three days of live music at Jacob Hamblin Park
The fun will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, and continue on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, from 5-10 p.m. Concertgoers of all types will have options ranging from Broadway to country to rock, and the best news is – it’s all free!
While the entertainment is free, you’ll want to bring your wallets. There will be numerous vendors all three evenings to enjoy delicious food, snacks and merchandise while listening to live music in the beautiful red rocks that surround Jacob Hamblin Park.
Thursday evening will kick off with a “Broadway in the Park” performance by local artists Lyndsey Wulfenstein, Mariah Wheeler, Jenna and Jeff Corry, Robert Lacey and Andrew Corry.
Friday evening concertgoers can enjoy folk, country and bluegrass music from the following line-up:
• SUU Red Rockers
• Drew and Lacey Williams
• Blake Mason Band
• Mary Kaye
• W Duo, with Drew and Lacey Williams and Ryan Tilby
After the final band on Friday, there will be a fireworks show at Jackson Flat Reservoir. Guests are welcome to stay in the park where they can watch the fireworks show by live stream on the large screens or drive to the reservoir where there will be traffic and parking guards to seamlessly direct traffic to watch the show in person.
On Saturday, July 25, there will be rock and indie bands in the following order:
• The Old Birds
• Cardinal Bloom
• Faith and Liv
• Stone Company
• Matt Harding
This music fest will follow the current event guidelines facilitating social distancing, high hygiene standards and mask wearing when social distancing is difficult.
“We will have two stages and two large screens to allow the attendees to spread out and sit with their family groups in the park and enjoy live music,” said Ted Hinckley, Kanab Music Festival originator.
Event ushers will assist with social distancing and provide free masks for those who request one at the information booth.
Hinckley is the Director of Spring City Folk and Bluegrass Festival. He has been involved with major events including the Sundance Film Festival and Stadium of Fire. He’s been involved with more than 20 large screen or IMAX movies, including “Zion’s Canyon: Treasure of the Gods.”
Hinckley owns the record label EMH Classical Music, which has recordings that stream worldwide daily. He also has nearly 100 movie credits.
“We are thrilled to work with him and bring a great new event to Kane County,” said Kane County Tourism Director Camille Johnson Taylor.
Kanab City Arts Council is also a co-sponsor of the event. Due to COVID-19, several of their plans were canceled and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring great music and get residents and visitors out enjoying the arts again under the current standards.
“The Arts Council is excited to support the event and provide a safe environment to enjoy live music,” said Dave Owens, Kanab Arts Council member.
Don’t forget to bring your own camp chair, blankets and creature comforts to relax on the lawn.
The event will also be available by live stream from the event website for those unable or uncomfortable to attend in person at: www.visitsouthernutah.com/Kanab-Music-Festival.