Marty Bush rising up out of a lake while wearing a cowboy hat. He is submerged up to his beard and facing the viewer.

Light Up the Lawn: Marty Bush

8:30 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2024 | Nerman Museum lawn

Free; no reservations required.

Join the Midwest Trust Center and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art for the 2024 Light Up the Lawn Concert Series featuring some of the best live music Kansas City has to offer. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets (no alcohol) for these fun events! Come early to grab a bite to eat at one of our local food trucks!

Hailing from the plains of Eastern Kansas, Bush is a torchbearer of the American songwriting tradition. His songs resonate with the weight of his influences, such as Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, and Kris Kristofferson, but he has channeled their emotional honesty and unvarnished truth-telling into something uniquely his own.

While his 2022 solo debut, “The Long Way Home,” established him as a devout follower of the country and western songwriting tradition, his follow-up LP, “Cowboy Chords,” takes a bold step forward in establishing his voice as both a songwriter and performer.

Taking the reins as both producer and engineer, Bush plays every instrument on the album, with the exception of pedal steel, which is skillfully manned by Devon Teran (Timbers). The result is a clear and precise vision of songs that honor the past while thinking to the present.

Touring extensively, Bush played over 250 shows in 2022. He continued that breakneck pace into 2023, writing songs from behind the wheel and testing material in dives, honky-tonks, and juke joints all over the U.S. He paused last summer to record, then hit the road for months with Natalie Prauser and Johnny Lawhorn of The Pentagram String Band.