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2016 Neewollah Bandstand

Neewollah has always centered around a variety of free activities on the downtown streets of Independence.  The Bandstand features hometown and area talent as well as entertainers with a global origin, evenings Wednesday through Friday, then all day Saturday during Neewollah week.

The stage is constructed several days before it comes to life with street act.  
Audience members may bring their own folding chairs.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy all the great entertainment on the bandstand!!

Neewollah Band Stand Schedule:

Wednesday Oct 26th
11:30am   -       IHS Orchestra
6:00pm     -      John Hamlin (solo classical guitar)*
6:15pm     -      Don Who? (Ukulele Duo)*
8:30pm     -      Queen Neelah and Generalissimo
8:45pm     -      IHS Band
9:15pm     -      Christ Church of Neodesha (gospel)

Thursday Oct 27th
7:00pm     -      Shiloh's Crossing (country, rock)
8:00pm     -      Bryson Michael and the Free Nation (country, red dirt, rock)*

Friday October 28th
5:30pm     -      C.O.T. (rock)
6:45pm     -      Straight Away (rock)
8:00pm     -      Cedar Vale All-Stars (rock)
9:15pm     -      The Sea Kings (rock)
10:30pm    -      Flowsion (instrumental rock)

Saturday October 29th
1:00pm     -      The Gigsters featuring Lennie Baker (rock, R&B)
3:30pm     -      Zero 2 Panic (rock, ska)
5:45pm     -      R&S Studios (dance)
7:00pm     -      Michelle Knopick (country)*


*John Hamlin (solo classical guitar) - In listening to his superb recordings, or experiencing the magic of a live performance, John succeeds in merging styles of instrumental guitar music not normally found in the same room together.  Blues/Alternative Bluegrass and Classical/Spanish and Swamp music seem to be fully represented within John's playing and compositions.  While devoted to the emotive side of the instrument, John demonstrates considerable technical prowess.  His own musical vision is a blending of beauty with technique to bring forth the many voices that the steel-string and classical guitar can manifest.

* Don Who? (ukulele duo) - For some Ukulele fun, it's Don Who? Don Who is two veteran musicians who picked up a ukulele and said "Hey let's see what we can't play on one of these."  The result is a collection of your favorite hits from The Beatles to Old Crow Medicine Show all done on Uke.

*Bryson Michael and the Free Nation (country, red dirt, rock) - Bryson Michael and the Free Nation is a Red Dirt, Rock n Roll, Country band from Kansas. The members of the band are all from the Wichita Area.  Bryson Michael has been performing in Kansas and Oklahoma for the past year as the Bryson Michael Band with other band members.  After a short break, Bryson joined up with a completely new band, The Free Nation, who are some of the most talented Musicians in the area.  Each member is rooted in different styles of country music.  From traditional Texas Red Dirt to Old Country to Modern Country hits, to popular Rock n Roll, they play it all.  Mainly considered a country group, Bryson Michael is known to get as interactive with the crowd as possible.  He has even invited people on stage to sing with him.  Bryson's music from his sole EP 'This is How an Outlaw Rides' has been nominated for several awards including the song 'Rodeo' for 2016 Best Country Song in the Hollywood Song Writing Contest, and the song 'In this Neverland' Best Country Song of 2015 by the American Song Writers Association.  Bryson has been personally coached in Enid, Oklahoma by Nashville industry man Bernard Porter who was involved in getting Jason Aldean signed to his first record deal.  Bryson has won an array of Battle of the Bands in Oklahoma and last year was considered one of the top 20 best performers in Red Dirt out of over 2,000 artists, according to Outlaw Nation.  Bryson Michael and the Free Nation are now working on their new up coming album titled '31' which will still have the outlaw spirit of Bryon's current EP and also a mix of personal stories written by Bryson and the band!  You can find Bryson's EP 'This is How an Outlaw Rides' on any downloading site like ITunes, Spotify, CDBaby and more.  The full length record will be released slated by February of next year but you have a chance to hear the new songs at any Bryson Michael and the Free Nation shows.  Check out www.brysonmichaelband.com for more information.

*Zero 2 Panic (rock, ska) - It's hard to put the sound of Zero 2 Panic into words.  With a 3-man horn section leading the charge, Zero 2 Panic hits hard from the first note and will have you dancing in no time.

*Michelle Knopick (country) - Michelle Knopick is a Folk Country artist with influences from Civil Wars, Pistol Annie's, and Lumineers.  She was Miss Talent in 2011 and is from the wonderful town of Independence.  Michelle will be full band:  Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Mandolin/Banjo Violin.  She was recently on the most famed radio stations in the world home of the Grand Ole Opry.



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