Black Pumas headline first annual Innovation Festival

Grammy-nominated band highlights Beats, Beer, and Biologics event in Kansas City

Innovation Festival has announced the music lineup for the event’s August debut in Kansas City, Missouri. Six-time Grammy nominee Black Pumas will be the headline act for the music and innovation portion of the event, which will feature performances by national, regional, and local artists on Saturday, August 6th at Crown Center Square.

The Black Pumas, a popular Austin-based duo recently nominated for “Best Rock Performance” and “Best Rock Album” at the 2022 Grammys, will take the stage on Saturday night, headlining a lineup that includes hometown favorite The Greeting Committee and the Los Angeles-based The Regrettes. Other performers include Evann McIntosh, Dreamgirl, The Freedom Affair, MellowPhobia, The Cavves, and Whitehall. The event will also include brewery and innovation showcases.

Single-day tickets for Innovation Festival will go on-sale Friday, April 15th at 10 am CDT via Innovation Festival’s website. General Admission and VIP Admission passes will be available but limited. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Ticket prices will increase leading up to the event.

Organized by BioKansas, Innovation Festival is a three-day regional convergence of music and innovation, featuring two scientific conferences, and performances, and innovation features.

Buddy Iahn
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