Kipona 2017: The Music Preview
The biggest Labor Day celebration is at Riverfront Park as Harrisburg hosts another installment of the Kipona Festival.
Marked by locals as the “end of summer” festival, it seems every year there are more things to do, tasty foods to try, fireworks to watch, canoe races, a Native American Pow-Wow, and of course plenty of live music!
I checked the line ups on both stages this year and was happy to find some of my favorite local bands will add their flavor to this year’s Kipona Festival. While it would seem impossible to check out all of the bands, here are a few that I am looking forward to checking out:
Kunkle Plaza Stage
11 a.m. Saturday – Colt Wilbur Band
These guys have been lighting up the scene since 2013 with their outlaw country music style and will no doubt provide a great soundtrack to kick off the festival. You can check out more of Colt Wilbur Band, including their debut album “Heart of Stone,” by hitting up their website.
6:30-8 p.m. Sunday – Minshara
This high-energy electronic rock band has been one of my local favorites for a while now, and their sound is creative, unique, and genre-defining. They’ve spent some time on the Vans Warped Tour and since 2011 have established themselves as a force in the music industry. Check out their music by hitting up their BandCamp page where you can purchase their latest album “iO”
6-7 p.m. Monday – Astro Lasso
Now, these guys may look familiar to some of you. Jordan Davis and Tristan Martin are both formerly of Kingsfoil and are out now with their newest project. This is a high-energy live show featuring melodic harmonies and electronic beats creating a full band sound from two people. Head over to their website to check out their latest single “Conquer.”
Market St. Plaza
3:45-5 p.m. Saturday – Evy Zee
Hailing from Middletown, Evy Zee made waves in the local scene after releasing some well-produced, beautiful tracks such as “Love Got Lost,” which is available for purchase on iTunes. She has this passionate, pop-folk type sound to her and since I have never seen her perform, I am very excited to finally get to check her out in what I am sure will be a memorable Kipona Festival performance.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday – Kurt Manderbach
Remember Fuzzy Bunny Slippers? Well, Kurt used to play with Fuzzy Bunny Slippers and now he is out on his own playing some great original and acoustic cover songs. Kurt is definitely a master of his craft, and I can’t wait to sit down and watch him play acoustic better than I could ever dream of!
5-7 p.m. Monday – Adrian Blitzer
These guys have been doing it since I was a junior in high school (that would be 1999 for those keeping tabs, thanks) and I even shared the stage a few times with them during my stint with a few local bands. Adrian Blitzer plays both original and cover songs and does them both extremely well. What a great way to close out what is sure to be the best Kipona Festival yet!
Kipona Festival brings in about 55,000 people to our city and is a true mark of the end of summer.
There are plenty of amazing bands to see, so check out as many as you can! This weekend we celebrate Native American History, arts, and our great community.