Wichita Festivals, Inc., producers of Riverfest, today announced a new event that will debut in downtown Wichita this summer: Wichita Vortex Music Festival
The festival combines live music, Wichita pride and the rare chance to camp in the heart of the city at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. The live music stage will be located in the gated area between the Mid-America All-Indian Center and the Keeper of the Plains.
Dwight Yoakam, touring in support of his popular bluegrass album, “Swimming Pools, Movie Stars …,” will headline an outdoor concert on Friday, with opening acts beginning at 5 p.m. The remainder of the line-up has a distinct Americana and alt-country flair, including national acts Pokey LaFarge, Lindi Ortega, Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners and beloved regional favorites, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy. On Saturday morning, an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be accompanied by a performance featuring Western swing favorites, the Cherokee Maidens.
Date: Scheduled for Aug. 4-5
Tickets: Tickets go on sale at noon today at WichitaVortexFest.com
500 Vortex Early Bird Passes will be available at the discount rate of $45
Standard Issue Festival Passes will be available for $65 (available through July 27 only)
Starting July 28 through Aug. 4, any remaining concert tickets will be sold as the $85 Procrastinators Pass
For those who want premium seating and bar access, Vortex VIP Passes will be sold for $100.
Camping: Those who wish to camp can purchase a $50 Happy Camper Overnight pass, which includes a campsite for up to four people and tickets to the Pancake Pack-Up Party, 9-11 a.m., Saturday morning.
Tickets for just the pancake breakfast and morning entertainment are $15
In addition, to live music, attendees will enjoy local craft brews, a food truck rally, and late-night activities including a midnight movie and glow-in-the-dark games.
Sponsors of Wichita Vortex Music Festival include Coleman Company and House of Schwan. KFDI, Hank FM, and The Bull are media partners for the event.