State tunes artist Michael Ray, Rock of Ages band to headline 2023 Corn Palace Festival enjoyment – Mitchell Republic

Barbara Merkley

MITCHELL — At final, the 2023 Corn Palace Pageant entertainment lineup was announced Thursday.

Corn Palace Director Doug Greenway declared place new music star Michael Ray will headline the initially concert of the competition on Friday, Aug. 25. Ray has quite a few strike music, like “Kiss You in the Morning” that have landed on top state new music charts.

The Rock of Ages Band will acquire the Corn Palace phase on Saturday, Aug. 26. Greenway claimed the Rock of Ages Band is not the common broadway show but a concert band that performs 80s strike tunes.

“We’ll have all the cost-free leisure in the Corn Palace Plaza the relaxation of the evening as nicely,” Greenway mentioned of the out of doors concert events.

In past a long time, there have been up to four ticketed shows. Even so, this year’s festival will attribute two major enjoyment functions. Nearby artists will be undertaking on the plaza stage Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday for the duration of the pageant.

Thursday’s announcement of the 2023 Corn Palace Pageant introduced an finish to a extended hold out for Mitchell spot new music fans. Commonly, the Corn Palace Competition amusement lineup is announced in late winter or early spring, well before the late August celebration. Greenway claimed securing acts this 12 months was a challenge.

As time handed this summer with out any bulletins of the approaching festival lineup, it prompted Mayor Bob Everson to concern a phone to action to the Corn Palace Activities and Entertainment Board in early June. The board is dependable for agreeing on the amusement lineup, but they could not concur on many artists these kinds of as nation musicians Koe Wetzel and Scotty McCreery.

“You, in my feeling, should really be searching at what we’re going to be executing for 2024 at this phase of the recreation, not striving to uncover any person to be right here for 2023,” Everson mentioned to the Corn Palace Board in early June. “So my words to you are get your butts in equipment and get this finished.”

In addition to the new music amusement, the Aug. 23-27 pageant will aspect carnival rides, a local kid’s pedal pull celebration and food items vendors.

Sam Fosness

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in Could 2018. He was elevated in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High College. He continued his schooling at the College of South Dakota in Vermillion, the place he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s diploma in journalism and a minimal in English. Throughout his time in university, Fosness labored as a news and athletics reporter for The Volante newspaper.

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