Kansas City, Missouri 2021-09-10 15:37:56 –
19NS The annual Kansas City Irish Fest was held on Labor Day weekend. After last night’s “Virtual” Festival, organizers felt it was important to be as normal as possible during the pandemic. This has never been an easy task.
Travel restrictions have restricted many bands traveling from Europe during the summer festival season. Efforts have been made to expand the festival’s footprint to enable more social distance. Guest masks were encouraged and staff and volunteer masks were implemented. Behind-the-scenes passes are very limited and this year no off-hours gatherings were encouraged.
It rained, but the mood of the event didn’t change. It’s just “good weather in Ireland,” said people laughing while running for a cover. Over 150 acts were scattered on seven stages in three days, and an external festival was held with an estimated 90,000 tickets sold.
Longtime festival headliner The Elders is back to honor his friend and band member Steve Phillips, who died of COVID-19 complications last year. The excited 30-minute set ended with Steve’s family and friends on stage joining the rest of the band on stage and singing the Erin guys as the final farewell.
The festival joined 90.9 The Bridge Radio and held a mixtape concert again this year. Concerts are an annual audience favorite, with a variety of local and traveling musicians playing covers of other bands. This allows both Irish and non-Irish musicians to enjoy jams together overnight. This means that Calvin Arsenia will accompany Danny Cox on the harp before blasting the stage aloud in his version of “Take Me To Church.” Celtic storm guitarist Steve Twiger provided an acoustic guitar and sang with the greats of Kansas City jazz.
It was crazy!
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