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K-State Today

July 1, 2013

Union Program Council sponsors 2013 Little Apple Music Festival

Submitted by Maggie Stephens

It’s not just about jazz anymore. Manhattan’s annual live concert series, the 2013 Little Apple Music Festival on Saturday, July 13 at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in Manhattan's City Park, is expanding its horizons by featuring elements of jazz, indie, blues and headlining country act County Road 5. 

The event is a collaborative effort between the K-State Student Union Program Council and the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department. Other sponsors are Fort Riley’s MWR, the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center, Ag Press, Bluestem Bistro and Holiday Inn at the Campus.

County Road 5 has expanded from the Kansas City metro area to audiences and markets throughout the Midwest. Their music is currently on radio stations in many states including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The band has also made several live television appearances throughout the United States and their music is currently on XM satellite radio, Lone Star Music, Nixa Country, Radio Free Texas and many others. Having a large presence within the online community, their MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and website have over 500,000 hits and mp3 downloads. Joining County Road 5 are Walkin’ Cane, Joseph Vincelli, Deer, Daniel and 1ID Fort Riley Jazz Combo.

The performance lineup for the 2013 Little Apple® Music Festival is as follows.

6-6:45 p.m.                         1ID Fort Riley Jazz Combo

6:45-7:30 p.m.                    Deer, Daniel

7:30-8:30 p.m.                    Joseph Vincelli

8:30-9:30 p.m.                    Walkin’ Cane

9:30-11 p.m.                       County Road 5

In addition to the line up at City Park, Bluestem Bistro will once again host a jazz brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, featuring The Cheap Ninjas. Listen to samples of festival artists online at k-state.edu/upc.

"We wanted to make the change from a jazz festival to a musical festival in order to appeal to a larger crowd, specifically targeting college students since Union Program Council is funded by student privilege fees," said Erika Davis, the council's summer co-chair.

The free annual festival is part of the city’s Arts in the Park series and also includes food vendors and a family-friendly area with crafts and activities. For additional information on the 2013 Little Apple Music Festival or for a complete list of all Union Program Council activities, visit k-state.edu/upc or call the office at 785-532-6571.