Two weeks removed, Kansas Free for Arts already gearing up for second annual Halfway to Everywhere festival Featured

Groovement rocks out during the inaugural Halfway to Everywhere Music and Arts Festival. Groovement rocks out during the inaugural Halfway to Everywhere Music and Arts Festival. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Kansas Free For Arts Executive Director Hank Osterhout says residents should mark Sept. 5, 2020, on their calendars for the second annual Halfway to Everywhere Music and Arts Festival.

The inaugural festival welcomed thousands of area residents and 30 different bands and performers over the Labor Day weekend. Osterhout says estimates show between 2,000-4,000 people attended the day-long event which lasted til well after Midnight.

Osterhout credited the work of volunteers and KFA board members for making the event possible saying it "takes a village" to pull off an event of this magnitude.

 

The list of performers saw several local, regional and national performers on four stages throughout downtown Emporia including bands such as Groovement, The Box Turtles, Daydream, Weda Skirts and headliners Blackalicious and that One Guy. Osterhout says having such a wide selection of bands and performers not only benefits the festival but the musicians as well.

 

Osterhout says he has begun looking to book next year's lineup and has already had some confirmations from regional acts. He says while this year's festival was wildly successful he couldn't help but feel they were lacking Latin American representation.

According to Osterhout that will not be the case come 2020 as he has already reached out to several prominent Latin American talents and has a few headliners "on the hook" at this time.

For more information visit KSfreeforarts.org. Click here for our coverage of this year's Halfway to Everywhere Music and Arts Festival. 

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