Middle of the Map Fest has just released their lineup for their 2017 event, and once again their emphasis is on local.

The festival, now in its 7th year, runs May 4-6 this year. Most impressive on the list of headliners is De La Soul. While this is a Kansas City festival, there are just a handful of Lawrence performers, including Westerners, La Guerre, and The Sluts.

Westport and the Crossroads will once again play a big role in location, with venues large (The Uptown) and small (Westport Saloon) participating. We’re happy to see record stores, including Mills and Josey Records, hosting stages for the bands.

Here’s a full list of the lineup (Lawrence acts link to their I Heart Local Music artist page):

De La Soul, Jason Isbell, Talib Kweli (pictured above), Lewis Del Mar, Strand of Oaks, Why?, William Elliott Whitmore (pictured above), Run River North, Cobi, Mothers, Arkells, Zipper Club, Anna Wise, Mystic Braves, Big Jesus, Ro Ransom, Har Mar Superstar, Overcoats, Tart, Walker Lukens, Caamp, Bonelang, Mr Elevator, Valley Hush, AZP, The Architects, The Phantastics, Jaenki, Katy Guillen & the Girls, Bears and Company, Not A Planet, The Philistines, The Sluts, Hipshot Killer, Duncan Burnett x the RIOT, The Uncouth, Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds, Vigil and Thieves, 34, Jake Wells, Emmaline Twist, The Slowdown, Erica Joy, Erik Voeks, Eems, The Widow’s Ride, Berwanger, Shy Boys, Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, Heartfelt Anarchy, Pink Royal, Various Blonde, Spirit is The Spirit, Red Kate, Momma’s Boy, Fullbloods, BROTHER, Lion, The Invisible World, IVØRY BLACK, Four Arm Shiver, Hyborian, Westside Royal, Dylan Guthrie & the Good Time Guys, Instant Karma, The Creation Factory, Julian David DAVIS & the Hay-Burners, Me Like Bees, The Noise FM, Westerners, Stik Figa, The MGDs, Indy Ground Crew set, Calvin Arsenia, Kemet the Phantom, Ebony Tusks, Gracie Schram, Run With It, Jessica Paige, La Guerre, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Use Your Atlas, Dom Chronicles, Second Hand King, Nicholas St. James, The Good Hearts, iLLphonics, Crystal Clayton, Crystal Rose, Pageant Boys, Mess, Sahvannes, Dev3n, Aaron Alexander, Domineko, Westerners, Kate Rose, Keaton Conrad, Scout Alexandria, Chloe Jacobson, False Brother, Wick & the Tricks.

Passes go on sale Wednesday, March 8th, at 10:00 a.m.:

  • 3-day Music Fest pass: $75
  • 3-day VIP Music Fest pass: $125
  • Thursday Fest Pass: $20
  • Friday Fest Pass GA: $35
  • Friday Fest Pass VIP: $65
  • Saturday Fest Pass GA: $35
  • Saturday Fest Pass VIP: $65

For more information, including updates to the lineup and venues, visit motmkc.com.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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