With nearly 400,000 residents, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. Despite this relative density, its reputation as a music and cultural center is often overlooked. The LIV Music Festival is an acknowledgment of the city’s commitment to music, art, and culture. It’s a way to give exposure to local acts while, in turn, exposing them to innovative music from around the country. Set in the middle of America, LIV Fest is an annual meeting of talent, and a reminder of the city’s thriving scenes.
LIV Fest puts on display the best of diverse genres: indie, hip-hop, rock, bluegrass, folk, and funk, among others. 2010 featured Split Lip Rayfield, French Horn Rebellion, Student Film, The Non, Weather is Happening, Berry, and many more. 2011’s list boasted Murder by Death, Solagget, Hot Club of Cowtown, Manish Law, and returning local favorites like Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Spirit of the Stairs, Too Femme. The 2012 festival is proud to feature Y La Bamba, Appleseed Cast, Chris Mann, Broncho, and many more. 2011 & 12 were hosted at The Orpheum Theater in Downtown Wichita. Theater and outdoor stages, delicious food, beers, drinks, and plenty of shaded and air-conditioned areas will keep you refreshed through 2 great days of music.
As a co-founder of the festival, I’ve been involved from the start with booking bands, acquiring accommodations, writing copy and reviews, coordinating with artists, and making sure our coffee maker is in tip-top shape. I’m proud to work with our talented and expanding staff as we keep this tradition going.
Beyond the annual festival, LIV Fest also organizes a Presentation Series. These shows help bring in national talent throughout the year and strengthen musical connections in Wichita. The shows are filmed and recorded, leaving the touring bands with great promotional material that will raise awareness of the fest. Here are some examples: