Middle of the Map

Ink’s Middle of the Map fest: Your guide to the music

Middle of the Map fast facts

Ink’s Middle of the Map fest brings three days of music featuring more than 100 bands to bars and venues in downtown Kansas City, and to the Crossroads and Westport neighborhoods. This video includes photos courtesy of the artists.
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Ink’s Middle of the Map fest brings three days of music featuring more than 100 bands to bars and venues in downtown Kansas City, and to the Crossroads and Westport neighborhoods. This video includes photos courtesy of the artists.

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest is here! The annual event brings three days of music to bars and venues in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads and Westport neighborhoods. This year, more than 100 bands will perform.

To help you navigate the lineup, view the full schedule.

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Also, try our “Discover the Middle” tool, which allows you to find bands based on musical preference.

Here’s The Star’s music writer Timothy Finn’s guide to some of the acts, including:

Lewis Del Mar

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The Kansas City Star's Timothy Finn chatted with Lewis Del Mar's Max Harwood and Danny Miller in the green room of the Madrid Theatre before taking the stage for Ink's Middle of the Map fest. Video by Shane Keyser

Anna Wise

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Run River North

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Walker Lukens

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Caamp

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Mystic Braves

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The Moose

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The Moose is one of dozens of bands performing in KC for the Middle of the Map fest. File

In addition to Middle of the Map, May 5 is First Friday, when galleries are open for receptions. It is also Cinco de Mayo weekend, and there are celebrations of that, too, around town.

And if you’re not from Kansas City and want to get to know it better, here are 11 things not to miss.

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