By Zach Sayer, E23 Reporter

9th Street Summerfest, Columbia, Missouri’s premiere summer concert series, kicked off its 11th year on April 23 with a performance by Cole Swindell. The concert series is known for bringing in a variety of artists, and this year is no different with performances by both well-known and obscure musicians ranging from funk to country.

Swindell isn’t the only country act. Kasey Musgraves and Billy Currington will also join the concert lineup. Kacey Musgraves placed seventh on USA Network’s “Nashville Star” back in 2007 and has since released two critically acclaimed albums, one of which won her a Grammy. She has a soft, soothing voice but knows how to inject emotion into her lyrics. Her concerts are lively and fun for the whole family. The next artist, Billy Currington, may not have as many accolades as Kacey Musgraves, but he has some great hits and a stage presence that should make for an amazing summer show.

Here Come the Mummies, playing for free on June 4, is an eight piece funk-rock band with an interesting sound and an even more interesting stage presence. All eight members dress like mummies on stage and even use clever monikers like “Eddie Mummy.”

Yonder Mountain String Band, an established bluegrass group, will perform on June 30. The group plays with elements of rock, progressive and improvisational music.

July will bring Shakey Graves, a self-proclaimed “hobo folk” artist who has a diverse, sometimes intense, voice and a trusty acoustic guitar. He puts on an amazing performance and will be in Columbia on July 7.

On July 20, Dr. Dog, a well-known psychedelic folk band with two equally talented lead singers will perform. The band began its climb to relevance when they opened for My Morning Jacket in 2004 and have released great music ever since. Dr. Dog’s songs range from blissful to emotionally unstable, and the group’s shows are incredible to watch, as every musician in the group has an impressive command on his respective instrument.

The last act of the series is Corey Smith, scheduled to play on September 16. Smith’s music is very representative of the country genre as it currently stands. Most of his songs are stories from his life about good times and heartbreaks. He is associated with acts like Zac Brown Band and Eric Church and is known for putting on a great concert.

More information on 9th Street Summerfest can be found on the event’s Facebook page and tickets to all shows can be purchased at http://thebluenote.com/.

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