Country music artist Tenpenny to perform Sunday at Kansas Speedway

Country music star Mitchell Tenpenny will cross Kansas Speedway off his ‘bucket list’ on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The multiplatinum-selling recording artist, whose hits include “Drunk Me,” “To Us it Did” and current smash “Truth About You,” will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.


Admission to the concert is free to Hollywood Casino 400 ticket holders and will rev up race fans for the penultimate race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8.


This will also mark the first pre-race concert at Kansas Speedway since Casey Donahew performed prior to the 2019 Hollywood Casino 400.


“It’s so good to have live music back at Kansas Speedway, and I know Mitchell Tenpenny will deliver an unforgettable performance our fans will enjoy,” said Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren, in a news release. “With our grandstands open to full capacity and the great racing our track consistently delivers, a concert of this caliber just amplifies the quality experience our fans deserve.”


Since the release of his debut single, “Drunk Me,” Mitchell has set new standards for breakout success in country music. The 2X Platinum-certified, No. 1 hit that has amassed over 500 million on-demand streams was taken from his introductory 2018 album, Telling All My Secrets, and earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP.

Since that time, the “winning” singer (the New York Times) was nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards and saw his “Alcohol You Later” and “Anything She Says” singles certified gold.


“I grew up watching NASCAR and got my bucket list opportunity to drive one earlier this year,” Mitchell said. “I am so stoked for this concert. My fans are NASCAR fans. It will be a great day!”


As for the state of Kansas, Mitchell Tenpenny’s concert spices up an already power-packed weekend of racing at the 1.5-mile track. On Saturday, Oct. 23, fans will be treated to a racing doubleheader, beginning with the Kansas Lottery 300 at 2 p.m., the second race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. At 6 p.m., the ARCA Menards Series championship will be decided in the Reese’s 150.


And then on Sunday, following Mitchell Tenpenny’s performance, the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series will vie for the checkered flag in the Hollywood Casino 400 at 2 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets for both days of action now by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com/.

Downtown KCK Art Walk tonight

The Downtown Kansas City, Kansas, Art Walk will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the downtown Kansas City, Kansas, area.

The event will feature food, low riders, art and music. The general area is 6th and Sandusky to Minnesota Avenue. A low rider event will be near 6th and Minnesota.

Also at the event, participating sites will have a trunk and treat for kids.

A Latino Arts Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at El Centro, 650 Minnesota Ave. The event at El Centro will include food, free to those who show proof of vaccination. There will be free COVID-19 vaccines available at the event at El Centro. A poetry reading from Donnelly College will take place at 6 p.m. at El Centro.

The Merc at 5th and Minnesota will have a new mural celebration.

Epic Arts at 609 N. 6th will have an art workshop, as well as music.

City Hall lobby, 701 N. 7th St., will be the site of the opening of an exhibit on the riverfront. The exhibit is by the Kansas City Design Center, in partnership with the Unified Government Planning and Urban Design Department. It depicts idea for riverfront development here. The exhibit will open at 4 p.m. Friday and will be open through 7 p.m. Friday during the Art Walk. Afterward, it will be open during regular City Hall hours.

For more information, visit the Downtown Shareholders site at https://www.facebook.com/DowntownShareholders/photos/a.549155951766867/5078693788813038.

KCKCC Art Gallery to hold two events in October for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery is preparing for two events in October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The first event is a part of the college’s historical mural program to further educate the community on local history. The event will be from 11 a.m. to Noon Oct. 12 in the Lower Jewell student area. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker is Gene T. Chávez, a renowned historian, author and community leader, who will be sharing information from his book “Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City.”

Chávez’s historic work has brought a spotlight on the rich history of Kansas City. He also led the Hispanic history featured in the KCKCC and Wyandotte County Historical Mural and has two other exhibitions in the Kansas City area – the Smithsonian Institution Traveling exhibit “In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” on display at the Kansas City Museum and “Connection Communities across State Lines: Mexican American Fast Pitch Softball Leagues” exhibition, on display at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum.

The first 30 people to register will receive a free taco to support the Hispanic Scholars Fundraiser. In addition, two signed books will be given away at the event. Registration is at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Bm3EI-PF40K4SHY-uwLmrdWn1X0UJGlDumSuiVQiu_lUNDNCVEJLTTUxUlVXWUdDSVpGV0Y1Q09FRy4u.

The second event relates to the “Cultura” exhibition, which celebrates Hispanic artists in the Kansas City region. “Cultura” is currently on display in the KCKCC Art Gallery, Room 2346, until Oct. 21. The exhibition can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment.

Curator Vania Soto is well known for her intricate and colorful murals, which can be seen throughout the Kansas City area. The KCKCC art collection features three of Soto’s original murals.

The group of artists featured in “Cultura” includes Baldemar Rivas, Chico Sierra, Emily Alvarez, Kristie-Lynn McGathy, Luis Merlo, Naomi Apodaca, Nicolas Ortega and Ysabel Santacruz. The exhibit’s closing reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14, and the artists will be present to discuss their works.

For more information on either event, the KCKCC Art Gallery or to schedule a private appointment, contact gallery coordinator Shai Perry at sperry@kckcc.edu.