Multi-platinum country singer Wynonna and her band The Big Noise will highlight Friday's live entertainment at Independence's Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival over Labor Day weekend.
Organizers had secured Wynonna, the younger half of the famous mother-daughter duo The Judds, a few weeks ago but had to iron out some final details. Last month they announced Whitey Morgan and the 78's as the headliner for Saturday's entertainment.
Wynonna has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide in her 34-year career, with 60 industry awards and 20 No. 1 hits. Rolling Stone once dubbed her “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Wynonna and The Big Noise released their debut full-length album in February 2016, a work she described as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.”
Lois McDonald, Chamber vice president and festival organizer, said they were able to get ahead of the game to secure Wynonna.
“She hadn't announced their full tour yet, and we got her as she started to put together her tour,” McDonald said. “The routing worked out.”
Wynonna and The Big Noise will take the Main Stage, which is at the city parking lot at Lexington and Lynn streets, at 9:30 p.m. Friday during festival weekend. Opening will be the The Brad Cunningham Band at 6:30 p.m. and Big Time Grain Co. at 8 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.
Cunningham has performed at Uptown Market's summer concert series, and Big Time Grain Co. is a regional favorite, McDonald said.
Friday's entertainment at the Community Stage includes Sequoia Newland at 5 p.m., Alex Sons at 6 p.m. and The Trace at 7:30 p.m.
McDonald described Whitey Morgan and the 78's as “red-dirt country, akin to Waylon Jennings.” They will play 9:30 p.m., with Hudson Drive (6:30 p.m.) and Edge of Forever (8 p.m.) opening.
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.
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.