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Kids Can Attend K.A.R.M.A. Fest for Free

Enjoy a day of live music, food & wares, fantastic weather and fabulous Southern Utah scenery

What does K.A.R.M.A. Fest stand for? It’s the Kayenta Acoustic Roots Music Art Festival. Refuel, renew and reset while enjoying seven hours of music from six bands on two stages!

Can you even imagine a better way to release the buildup of bad karma that’s got you down? Just being outside (and inside) in one of the most heavenly places on earth while listening to live music, hanging with friends, sipping beverages and eating tasty food…it’s everything a body needs to feel all better. On Saturday, October 6 from 1-8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, six live bands will alternate performances on both our indoor and outdoor stages. Attendees will be able to relax while enjoying great food, drink, friends and the lovely southern Utah fall weather. Earlybird tickets are just $20 until September 20 and $30 after that. Kids under 12 are free and welcome to this family-friendly event! Get tickets at, or call 435-674-2787.

The Lineup:

The Native Grass Band—K.A.R.M.A. Fest Headline Band—is from Southwest Utah. They write & perform original music in a Bluegrass style with Western influences. Their creative compositions and unique vocals & instrumentals give a fresh and exciting take on Bluegrass. This unique blend of musicians play Native Grass songs that make for an unforgettable experience. Lindsey Short is on banjo and vocals, JD Thompson holds down the bass and vocals, Dave Holder handles the six-string and vocals, and Walter Josey plays mandolin & vocals.

Lacey & Drew have shared the stage with top recording artists like John Rich, Randy Houser, Cowboy Troy & Jodee Messina, LeAnn Rimes, Big & Rich, Ryan Shupe, and many more. Having toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, the band often features guest performers dubbed “The Crew”.

McLaughlin & Brashear – The Canyoneers perform original songs inspired by western landscapes, history, and wild rivers. Peter McLaughlin and Chris Brashear—both multi-instrument virtuosos—will perform songs on acoustic guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, from their latest release: “The Colton House Recordings: Music Inspired from
Southwestern History and The Colorado Plateau.”

The Jon Stone Desert Duo features Jon, the “String Master,” on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, and Byron—“Purveyor of Percussion”—on spoons, suitcases, and the musical saw. Super strong, emotional vocals broadcast a full spectrum of sounds, from Appalachian to Cajun to Mountain Americana, Folk, Jazz, Gypsy, and Old Time.
Inspired by their native surroundings of Kanab, Jon And Byron put on an inspirational show reminiscent of street
performers from a bygone era.

The Lindsey Short Band comprises Lindsey Short, Zach Short, and Thales Smith. Lindsey’s prodigious talent was evident at age 4 and she’s been refining her gifts ever since. She sings and plays guitar, fiddle and banjo. Thales and Zach are highly skilled and accomplished musicians in their own right and provide the backing instrumentals to Lindsey’s vocal and musical talent. The band plays music in genres ranging from Bluegrass to Swing, and they put their own spin on popular old-time tunes.

The Washburn Family Band carries on their family’s Bluegrass traditions, which started with Father Paul, who passed on the music he learned at an early age. Like Dad, the Washburn family members learned to play their instruments and sing when they were young too. The Washburns are a talented family whose love and enjoyment of playing is evident in their amazing sound.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 1-8 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) 880 Coyote Gulch Court/ Ivins, Utah 84738
Cost: $20 before September 20, $30 after that. Kids 12 and under free!
Purchase tickets:

About Kayenta Arts Foundation and The Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Kayenta Arts Foundation’s is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is the actual place where people in the greater southern Utah come to learn, express, appreciate and celebrate art in all forms.

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