Our Purpose and our Headline Groups

Our Passion and Our Purpose

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For the past seven years we have been committed to bringing world class bluegrass/roots music to the Kansas City region in order to benefit some of the greatest charities in our communities.  


Thanks to our bluegrass community we have been able to share tens of thousands of dollars for athletic  programs for at risk youth at Southwest High, for much needed resources for families of murder victims and for programs to care for victims of human trafficking.


This year all  donations received at this festival will benefit victims of human trafficking here in our city through the work of Restoration House which works tirelessly to stop human trafficking while providing skilled care to rescue human trafficking victims.

Find out more about Restoration House

The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band

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With a grammy nomination and numerous  appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, Silver Dollar City and Dollywood the Kenny and Amanda Smith band is consistently ranked among the top bluegrass/roots music bands of this generation. Kenny is a multiple winner of guitar player of the 

year and Amanda has taken the top prize of female vocalist of the year.  The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.

Find out more about Kenny & Amanda

The High 48s

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This is a band from the state of  Minnesota with one foot in tradition and the other in the world of music today,  and one of the very few who can find an overlooked bluegrass classic in a song by the Clash then throw down hard on a standard by Bill Monroe.  In 2018, the 48s welcomed guitar phenom Clint Birtzer into the band. Though only 25 years old, Clint is already a bluegrass veteran, with three Minnesota State Flatpicking Championship wins under his belt as well as thousands of shows and album releases with newgrassers Sawtooth Brothers.

The band takes its name from railroad slang for the boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression.

Find out more about the High 48s

This festival is more than music

Quilt Show

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Come and enjoy some of the most beautiful quilts in the region.  We will also auction off some quilts with all proceeds going to Restoration HouseKC and the fight against human trafficking.  If you would like to enter a quilt in our show or offer one for auction email us at blueriverbluegrass@gmail.com

Tractor Show

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Come and experience the power and beauty of these working works of art and a great piece of our American Story.  If you have a tractor you would like to enter in the tractor show  just email us at blueriverbluegrass@gmail.com

Festival Food

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What would a festival be without great festival food ?   All of your favorites. Come hungry. And if you or your organization would like to provide some Festival food with proceeds going to Restoration House KC email us at  blueriverbluegrass@gmail.com

Kenny and Amanda Smith Band video

The High 48s video