LakeFest 2014

July 18, 2014 | Warnock Lake | Atchison, KS | Tickets on Sale Now!


Ticket Locations

In Atchison

Chamber of Commerce
Visitor’s Information Center
All Exchange Bank Locations
Bank of Atchison
Morrill & Janes
Bradken Credit Union.

Other Ticket Locations
Exchange Bank locations in Effingham, Leavenworth, Troy and Rushville, Mo.
HyVee in St. Joseph, Mo.
The Student Body in Maryville, Mo.
Merz Farm Equipment in Falls City, Neb.
Laukemper Motors in Mound City, Mo.
Tickets will also be available the day of the show at the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce and will also be available at the gates.

RandyHouserRandy Houser to Headline One of the Premiere Country Music Events of the Summer

Houser and Breakout Artists Thomas Rhett and “The Voice” Winner Danielle Bradbery Set to Perform at LakeFest 2014 on July 18

ATCHISON, Kan. (Dec. 23, 2013) — It’s official!  Recent American Country Award® winner and Country Music Award® nominated artist Randy Houser will headline LakeFest 2014!  Justin Moore, who was originally set to perform, recently got the exciting news that they are expecting their third child right around the same time as the scheduled LakeFest concert date, July 18, and therefore cancelled his performance to ensure he could be there with his family.

“We are thrilled to secure Randy Houser to headline LakeFest! He has been on our watch list, so we’re happy he was still available for our date. Randy Houser is well known and loved by country music fans, and winning an award this month on the American Country Music Awards will certainly increase his popularity. He’s a tremendous entertainer and will rock the LakeFest stage in July!” said Jacque Pregont, Amelia Earhart Festival Coordinator.

Randy Houser is a man refreshed. I don’t know how it happened, but everything in my life has started lining up, says the Lake, Mississippi native. “I must have done somebody right in the past.”

Houser’s own past contains no shortage of achievement, including multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards, a #2 single in the form of “Boots On,” and songwriting credits for major names such as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young. In 2008—mere months after the release of his debut single, “Anything Goes”—Houser was even asked by David Letterman himself to appear on the Late Show. The singer’s first full-length, Anything Goes, came out later that year, followed in 2010 by They Call Me Cadillac.

And yet despite this early success, Houser now admits that he wasn’t truly happy. “It seemed like professionally things weren’t as great as they could be, and that was part of it,” he says. “But the biggest thing was not having a home base. I needed an anchor.” He found one last year when he married his wife, Jessa. “All of a sudden it was like I had this piece that had been missing,” he says with audible gratitude. Another piece—son West Yantz Houser—arrived this past spring, as did a crisp new look and a pact with Stoney Creek Records.

“Everybody there feels like part of my family,” Houser says of the independent imprint, where he happily signed following a long stretch of intensive touring. (How intensive? Think 150 shows a year.) “You walk in the door and everybody seems really happy with their job; there’s no strife in the air. That’s really important for me to have right now. It’s comforting.”

Those positive vibes ripple through “How Country Feels,” the sparkling first single from Houser’s Stoney Creek debut, which he cut with producer Derek George, a fellow Mississippian Houser’s been wanting to work with for a decade. “It was the obvious choice for a leadoff,” Houser says of “How Country Feels.” “It caught my ear the first time I heard it—like, ‘I wanna hear that again.’”

Other new tracks echo the single’s sunny self-assurance, including “We’re Just Growing Younger” and “Along for the Ride,” which Houser co-wrote with Zac Brown. “We were playing a festival and I just had this song rolling around in my head,” Houser remembers of the latter. “I stayed up till about 5 in the morning but then got stuck. So I called up Zac and we went on his bus and knocked it out of the park.”

There is contemplation, too: “Like a Cowboy” is about “me coming home for a few days, then having to leave again,” Houser says, while “Route 3 Box 250D” provides an intimate snapshot of the singer’s upbringing. “That one’s kind of hard to listen to,” he admits. “It hits almost too close to home.” Randy brought home the award for ‘Most Played Radio Track: Male’ at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 for his hit “How Country Feels.”

Highly-acclaimed singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, and seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery, winner of Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, will also be gracing the LakeFest 2014 stage.  “The LakeFest stage will be full of energy this year! I know country music fans will be thrilled to see this caliber of talent on one stage. It’s tremendous talent and a phenomenal show for a $25 ticket!”, said Pregont.

Speaking of on their way to stardom, singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett will also be gracing the LakeFest 2014 stage. Rhett spent most of his teen years figuring out what, other than music, he could do for a career. Kinesiology, business, anatomy, media – anything but music. None of those rather ordinary pursuits seemed to work out. But a songwriting deal? Thomas Rhett stumbled into that. And nine months later, he had a song on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, a double-platinum project that became the best-selling country album of 2011.

Thomas Rhett auditioned for at least seven record companies, and every one of them wanted to sign him. Valory – the home of Reba McEntire, Brantley Gilbert, Jewel and Justin Moore – won out, and now it’s seemingly just a matter of time before the general public discovers the quirky word jumbles and infectious grooves that had Music Row salivating over Thomas Rhett’s future. The one that, in retrospect, seems as if it were always supposed to happen.

In February 2010, Thomas Rhett signed with EMI and soon had his first co-writing session with his dad, Rhett Akins, who earned a trio of Top 20 hits in the mid-1990s, and Bobby Pinson, who’s written songs for Toby Keith and Sugarland. In short order, he was writing with the likes of Craig Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying”), Luke Laird (“Undo It”), Lee Thomas Miller (“You’re Gonna Miss This”) and Chris Stapleton (“Love’s Gonna Make It Alright”).

Things happened quickly. Aldean cut Thomas Rhett’s “I Ain’t Ready To Quit” for My Kinda Party, which was released in November 2010 – just eight months after Thomas Rhett signed his publishing deal. Even then, Vaughn was already taking Thomas Rhett around Music Row to play acoustic auditions as an artist in record-company conference rooms. And they always got some interest.

Even Thomas Rhett doesn’t completely understand it. “I don’t have a clue where it’s going to go or where it’ll end up, but the journey is cool enough for me,” he muses. “I’m here for the ride and to entertain people… I think I’ve been directed here for a reason,” he surmises. “I still don’t know why. I don’t know if it’s to be some big star or if it’s to make a difference in somebody’s life along the way or to make somebody’s Friday night entertaining. It doesn’t really matter. It’s a journey, and I’m learning something new every step along the way.”

Although young, seventeen-year-old Danielle Bradbery has also had quite the journey in the past year alone. Danielle charmed her way into the national spotlight with a mix of Country hits from several decades during Season 4 of The Voice in 2013. The reigning star of the NBC hit show has become the youngest winner ever and her coach, Blake Shelton, called her, “the most important artist to ever walk across The Voice stage.”

The Texas native earned high praise for her performances of classics like “Maybe It Was Memphis” (Pam Tillis), “Born To Fly” (Sara Evans) and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days )” (The Judds) as well as her duet with Shelton of Patty Loveless’ hit “Timber, I’m Falling In Love.” Danielle’s covers of these top Country songs landed her on the top of the iTunes Country Chart multiple times throughout the season, making her the highest selling artist and youngest in the show’s history.

Her self-titled debut studio album, Danielle Bradbery, is slated for release on November 25, 2013, and will feature her first Big Machine Records single and top 20 country hit “Heart of Dixie”.

LakeFest is the kick-off event for the annual Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison. The festival celebrates the life and spirit of the famous aviatrix, who grew up in Atchison before embarking on her flying career, which carried her to worldwide fame. The festival includes a downtown fair, education and research events, children’s events, a Riverfront food festival, the Pioneering Achievement Award presentation, and concludes with the famous fireworks show on the banks of the Missouri River considered to be the best in the Midwest. The event draws tens of thousands of visitors each July.

LakeFest 2014 tickets go on sale May 1, 2014. Tickets are $25 and are available online at; at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. 10th St. in Atchison; at Atchison bank locations; at Bank of Atchison Lancaster branch; and at Exchange National Bank and Trust locations in Leavenworth, Lansing and Easton, KS. A full list of ticket outlets is also available online.

LakeFest 2014 Gift Certificates are on sale now and are a perfect Christmas, holiday, birthday or graduation gift. The $25 certificate can be redeemed for an official ticket beginning May 1. Tickets are $30 the day of the concert, July 18, 2014.

The concert is held in the natural amphitheatre on the beautiful shores of Warnock Lake in Atchison, Kansas. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. with the national anthem and opening act, Danielle Bradbery, followed by Thomas Rhett, and then headliner Randy Houser.  Food and drink vendors are available inside, along with inflatable fun for children. Children aged 10 and under are admitted free of charge. Bring your own seating.

For more information, visit or call 800-234-1854.


For more information about the Amelia Earhart Festival, please call Jacque Pregont at 913-367-2427 or 800-234-1854, or e-mail Jacque at

Warnock Lake


The natural amphitheater at Warnock Lake is the perfect backdrop for a star-studded outdoor concert on a beautiful Kansas summer night. Warnock Lake is located about 3 miles southwest of Atchison and also includes some wonderful attractions, including the Amelia Earhart Earthwork and the International Forest of Friendship.

A few things to keep in mind while you’re preparing for the show:

  • Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
  • The show begins with the National Anthem at 7:00 p.m.
  • Food and drink vendors available onsite
  • Children aged 10 and under admitted free to the concert
  • Bring your own seating
  • No outside food or drink allowed
  • Water stations will be available


Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2014.