Split Lip Rayfield to play Kaw River Roots Festival in Lawrence

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Kansas Music Hall of Famers Split Lip Rayfield will come together to perform at the fourth annual Kaw River Roots Festival in Lawrence next month.

It will be the band’s first performance since 2019, according to a news release from event organizers.

“The group is credited with helping to shape a new genre by blending elements of bluegrass, punk rock, hard rock, and country music into a unique and powerful sound,” according to their Kansas Music Hall of Fame bio.

The band formed after Wichita and Lawrence musicians met at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield nearly three decades ago.

“The band’s iconic homemade gas tank bass, respectfully referred to as ‘The Stitchgiver’, is crafted from an automotive gas tank and fitted with a single weed eater line for the string,” according to their bio.

Organizers said in the release that the performance will be a very memorable experience for attendees, and “This year’s lineup just might be our most talented from top to bottom.”

That lineup also includes the Tim O’Brien Band, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Arkansauce, Opal Agafia, Armchair Boogie, Moonshroom, Unfit Wives, Johnny Mullenax Band, Tonganoxie Split and many more.

“Downtown Lawrence will be the place to be for Roots, Americana and Bluegrass music lovers the third weekend of June,” organizers said in the release.

The festival is slated for Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, followed by a “Bluegrass Brunch” at Lucia on Sunday, June 23.

Kids ages 12 and younger enter free. Two-day general admission tickets start at $80. More information is available at this link.

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