TOPEKA, KAN. – The Spirit of Kansas Festival is set for July 4 at Lake Shawnee. The day includes a car show, the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, food and craft vendors, a Waterski Show and the Capitol Federal Fireworks Display at 10 p.m.
8 a.m. Car Show registration
9 a.m. Car Show at Shelters 4 & 5 near Reynolds Lodge in Tinman Circle
11 a.m. Food & Craft Vendors next to Reynolds Lodge in Tinman Circle
11 a.m. Spirit Dancer on stage behind Reynolds Lodge
11:30 a.m. Color Guard and National Anthem
Noon-10 p.m. Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
6:30-7:45 p.m. Waterski Show (Shawnee County Boat & Ski Club)
10 p.m. Capitol Federal Fireworks Display
The Topeka Blues Society has scheduled a talent-filled show including:
Noon-1 p.m. Howard Mahan
1:15-2:15 p.m. Stone Cutters Union
2:30-3:45 p.m. Nace Brothers
4-5:30 p.m. Keeshea Pratt Band
5:45-7 p.m. Johnny Rawls
7:15-8:45 p.m. Jose Ramirez Band
9-10 p.m. Mark & the Sharks
- Fredonia, Kan., native Howard Mahan is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is now based in Lawrence. He has played and recorded music across the United States.
- Stone Cutters Union is a cross section of the Kansas City blues scene. Their music is simultaneously doleful and joyous, traditional and modern and delivered with energy, humor and reckless abandon.
- Led by brothers David and Jimmy, the Nace Brothers are a model of artistic integrity, stability and professionalism. They are equally at ease in a number of musical styles.
- The Houston-based Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of Blues old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The nine-member band is internationally award winning.
- Johnny Rawls’ career has spanned more than 50 years. He is an internationally recognized recording artist, music producer and songwriter who has won Soul Blues Album of the Year and Soul Blues Artist of the year.
- Jose Ramirez is Latin America’s number one blues star and has played with some of the biggest names in the industry. He won second place in the 2020 International Blues challenge and was nominated for a 2021 Blues Music Award for his debut album “Here I Come”.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.