Music festival at Elks Lake

The Lake Fest music event will return at the Elks Lake on Saturday, Sept. 11.



September 3, 2021 - 5:15 PM

Elks Lake will come alive with the sounds of the 60s and 70s, up to the music of today, when the annual Lake Fest returns on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The all-day music festival will bring a variety of genres and eras with performers from Kansas City and the local region.

Admission is $10. Food and T-shirts will be available for purchase. 

Gates open at 10 a.m. with music starting at noon. Expect the festival to continue until midnight or later, organizer Mike Jewell said. 

Proceeds from the event go to Elks’ community projects. 

Local performers will kick things off. Comedian Rick Felt will entertain the crowd between acts.

Paul Porter brings a sort of Neil Young vibe but plays a variety of music, Jewel described.

Like Porter, Casey Cook also is new on the local music scene. She plays the keyboard, with tunes that span the 1960s through rock songs from the 1990s. 

From Ashes and Forever Faded are well known to local music venues. They bring a hard-rocking edge to the festival, Jewell said.

Bogart hails mostly from Neodesha and the surrounding area, but they’ve played in Iola a few times. They played at Lake Fest about three years ago, Jewell said. They’re known for their 1960s and 1970s covers, especially the Steve Miller Band, he said.

Thunder Jacket will bring something — make that, someone — special. 

The band plays an eclectic mix of songs from the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly from the grunge era.

The band will bring a special guest, 13-year-old Collier Cash. He’s known for a viral video from a 2018 Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, when lead singer Dave Grohl invited him on stage for a memorable guitar performance of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Grohl gave his guitar to Cash.

“He’s so talented,” Jewell said. “In 10 years, anyone who goes to this show will say, ‘Remember when he played in Iola?’” 

Jewell also expects big things to come from Beyond the Grey, the final act of the night.