The Saturday entertainment at the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival features a blue-collar country artist who, as one reviewer described, stays close to the sound and subject matter of classic outlaw artists like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.
Whitey Morgan and the 78's will be the Main Stage headliner on Saturday during the Independence Chamber of Commerce's 47th annual festival that runs over Labor Day weekend on the Independence Square.
Morgan has released five studio albums and a live recording from his hometown Flint, Michigan, during his 15-year career. He will be at Santa-Cali-Gon in the midst of another nationwide tour.
“It's red-dirt country, akin to Waylon Jennings,” said Lois McDonald, chamber vice president and festival organizer. “He has kind of a cult following. He's a young guy with a heck of a voice and is a prolific guitar player.”
The chamber says it plans to announce Friday’s entertainment next week.
Morgan and the 78's will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage, which is at the city parking lot at Lexington and Lynn streets. Opening will be Hudson Drive at 6:30 p.m. and Edge of Forever at 8 p.m.
Hudson Drive is a Kansas City area country band, while Edge of Forever is a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.
Saturday's entertainment on the Community Stage will be Julia Reynolds at 6 p.m. and Jesse Kinch at 7:30 p.m. Kinch won the only season of ABC's “Rising Star” in 2014.
“We lucked out with that; he heard about festival and contacted us,” Mikealene Evans, the chamber's director or marketing and communications, said of Kinch.
Sunday's entertainment includes the The Rippers, an area 50s and 60s band; Special Forces, a .38 Special tribute; and Almost KISS, a full-styled tribute to the namesake band, on the Main Stage. Fools Gold Country Review and Prairie Moon will be on the Community Stage.