With Independence Day right around the corner, downtown Jefferson City is gearing up for the annual Salute to America festival.
The four-day event will be nothing short of entertainment, starting with the Inside the Walls concert June 30 featuring Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy at 8 p.m. at the Missouri State Penitentiary. Country rock bands will open with Crossroad Station at 5 p.m., Murphy's Ford at 6 p.m. and Stone Senate at 7 p.m. Tickets to the MSP Fundraiser Prison Dinner Experience are $20, which includes an inmate dining experience catered by Prison Brews in the prison's A-hall cafeteria surrounded by the walls of what is known as the bloodiest 47 acres in America. Funds raised at the concert and dinner will go toward supporting the Salute to America festival and MSP restoration projects. You can also tour the penitentiary starting on July 2.
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Inside the Walls Concert featuring Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy - 8 p.m. at Missouri State Penitentiary (openers are Crossroad Station at 5 p.m., Murphy's Ford at 6 p.m. and Stone Senate at 7 p.m.)
Beer Garden Stage
4 p.m. - Burnin' Down the House
5:45 p.m. - Random Access
7:30 p.m. - MacKenna & Brock
9:15 p.m. - The Riverside Band
4 p.m. - Starlight Memories Band
8:30 p.m. - DJ Curt with special guest Ryan Pollack
Beer Garden Stage
2:30 p.m. - The Spin Casters
4:15 p.m. - Faded Stranger
6 p.m. - Shotgun Creek
7:45 p.m. - Hillbilly Vegas
Post Fireworks DJ Tyler T
noon - Liberty Jazz
1 p.m. - Cookie Natari
1:15 p.m. - Jeremiah and Simone
4 p.m. - Dramatik
5:30 p.m. - Mo Blues Jam
7 p.m. - Apostle's Creek
11:40 a.m. - Jeremiah and Simone
noon - Kira Stogsbill
1 p.m. - MOstly Opera- Holly Stock
1:45 p.m. - Keely Johnson
2:30 p.m. - Ross the Boss
3 p.m. - OCD (Occassionally Called Delusional)
5 p.m. - Kysta Forck
5:15 p.m. - Caleb Bethal
6 p.m. - Ryan Pollack
12:30 p.m. - The Roadkill Orchestra
2:30 p.m. - Whispers of October
4:30 p.m. - Jessy Johnson Band
6:30 p.m. - Rap Showcase feat. Hometown Heroes, Nic Danger, Midwest
noon - Cowboy Kendrick
12:15 p.m. - Robert Roe - Native American flute
1:45 p.m. - Cowboy Kendrick
2 p.m. - Liberty Jazz
Capitol Main Stage
7 p.m. - Dr. Zhivegas
9 p.m. - Red White & Boom Sky Concert
"'Coming to America: Celebrating Diversity' is the theme and they (Lincoln University) saw that to be a really good fit for them and the opportunity to celebrate their women's track team in particular," event planner Jill Snodgrass said.
The girls and their coaches will be the parade marshals this year. The parade will travel north on 300 block of Monroe, west on the 200 and 100 blocks of East High Street, south on Jefferson Street and east on East Miller Street.
Visitors can then catch the patriotic opening at the main stage on Broadway followed by a Led Zepplin/Pink Floyd experience concert featuring tribute bands Zoso and Interstellar Overdrive. The Little Mr. and Miss Independence Contest at the community stage on Madison Street followed by the Q106.1 Street Dance party.
On July 4, Independence Day will kick off at 9 a.m. for the Red Bike and Blue Family Fun Ride at Red Wheel Bike Shop where cyclists and their decorated bikes will travel across the Missouri River Bridge and around the Master Garden Pavilion.
Downtown will be reopened by 11 a.m. with six stages to host music concerts and a variety of entertainment throughout the day.
"One of our missions is to have an awesome variety of entertainment happening simultaneously so there's always something for everyone," Snodgrass said.
Children can enjoy plays by Capital City Productions and performances by local dance troupes that will take place on the youth and Madison stages throughout the day. They can also watch fire juggling by Crazy Boy Coy and Chris Clark's bicycle stunts at the extreme stage, while adults can enjoy live music at the Budweiser beer garden and performances at the heritage village stage.
"One of the things that is often over looked is the Heritage Village area and stage, which is in the Carnahan Memorial Garden," Snodgrass said. "We have some really outstanding national touring performers who do Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key as well as we have an old fashioned medicine show, we have a Native American flute player as well as all kinds of awesome music from Dixieland to ragtime, so it's really a neat area and it's nice and shaded down there and there's lots to see and do."
Due to construction on the Capitol building the Red, White and Boom Sky Concert will be skewed slightly west toward the bridge in order to not be directly behind the Capitol dome. The capitol main stage, where guests can enjoy the Capitol Entertainment concert by Dr. Zhivegas and have a perfect view of the fireworks, has also been moved west to the corner of Broadway and West Main Street.
However, this year concert-goers can also enjoy additional fireworks being added this year.
"We have a new grounds show that we're putting in which is totally new and different that we're really excited about," Snodgrass said.
Those shells shoot from the ground up as high as 150 feet so if you're at the stage location you'll hear the sky concert music and see the overhead shells and the ground display as well, she said.
For more information about entertainment and events during the festival you can visit the Salute to America Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/salutetoamerica/events. Tickets to the Inside the Walls concert and registration forms to participate in the festival can be found on the festival's website at salutetoamerica.org.