Scott and Seth Avett at Crossroads KC in July. The Avett Brothers will perform at the Kanrocksas Music Festival in June. File photo.
Organizers of the Kanrocksas Music Festival have announced three of the many acts who will perform at the June 28-29 event at the Kansas Speedway:
- Kendrick Lamar (above): In 2012, Lamar, 25, released "Good Kid M.A.A.D. City," which has gone gold. In December, the rapper headlined a show at the Midland, drawing a crowd of more than 1,500.
- The Avett Brothers: In September, the five-piece ensemble from North Carolina released "The Carpenter," its seventh studio album. In July, the country/bluegrass/indie-rock/folk band drew a sell-out crowd of nearly 3,000 to Crossroads KC in downtown Kansas City.
- Tiësto: In 2012, he was ranked No. 2 in the world by DJ Mag, which described his style as "progressive/electro house" and said he is best-known for "being a legend."
Bill Brandmeyer, the festival's chief organizer, said, "This is a good taste of our direction and where we're headed and what we're shooting for. We've targeted three genres: electronic/DJ; hip-hop; and about 55 to 60 percent of the lineup will focus on alternative rock.
"We're very excited. We got one of the top DJs in the world, Tiësto; one of the darlings of all festivals and a very family-friendly act, the Avett Brothers; and Kendrick Lamar, one of the hottest college/crossover hip-hop artists. That album has received so much acclaim. We're happy to have that level of talent."
Brandmeyer said the rest of the schedule will be announced in several weeks. "We will announce it all at once, in one shot, probably in late February or early March, but things could change," he said.
The festival also announced the start of its Winter Early Bird ticket special. Starting at 8 a.m. today (Jan. 18) through midnight Jan. 31, the price of a two-day ticket will be discounted $25, from $175 to $150. For details about the lineup announcement and ticket special, go here.
| Timothy Finn, The Star