Kearney Amphitheater opens for season

Mitchell Tenpenny takes the Kearney Amphitheater stage Saturday, June 15.

KEARNEY — As bad weather forced the city to reschedule Kearney Blues Festival to later in the summer, this weekend’s Mitchell Tenpenny concert will be the first show in the venue’s 12th season.

Named one of Pandora’s Artists to Watch, a MusicRow Next Big Thing honoree and one of The Tennessean’s Next Nashville Stars for 2019, Tenpenny comes to the Kearney Amphitheater stage for the first time, Saturday, June 15.

Tenpenny’s recent successes began with a Platinum-certified No. 1 single, “Drunk Me.” Shortly following the song’s success, Tenpenny released his debut album, “Telling All My Secrets.”

Tenpenny has been a singer/songwriter for years, picking up a guitar for the first time at age 13, and has toured with Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Brett Young, Cole Swindell, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dustin Lynch.

Opening for Tenpenny is Eastern Heights, a band out of Missouri performing regularly in Branson. The modern country duo is made up of Rob Blackburn and Grant Moody.

“When we heard that we would be performing in Kearney we were super excited. Being Missouri boys, it’s always great to be performing in your home state,” the band said. “If that wasn’t special enough, our utility guy, Tyler Stephen, is actually from the Kearney area, so we know he’s super excited to be coming home for this one.”

Kearney Amphitheater is located in Jesse James Park, north of downtown Kearney off Missouri Highway 33. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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