The 2019 Caney MayFest is looking to be bigger and better than ever, especially with the addition of the MayFest Kickoff Concert Friday, May 24, featuring Dillon Barton, Jared Daniels and Lockeland. Band members Mark Vikingstad, Michael Boris and Kyndon Oakes have been busy touring and said they are really looking forward to the Kickoff Concert.

Boris said the recent tour has been going great. "We have been booking a lot of shows. We have been fortunate enough to have recently opened up for Big and Rich about three weeks ago and actually — can I tell her? Can I say this? We are opening for Big and Rich again this coming Thursday (May 16) in Ohio," Boris said. "We've got lots of shows coming up including the Caney MayFest. We also have a UK tour that we booked, we have four shows confirmed over there and we are working on a couple more." 

All three members agreed things have been going well nationally but the trio are no strangers to the southeast Kansas area. "We have all three performed in Independence and around the area," said Oakes, who grew up in Independence. Vikingstad mentioned this being an inaugural event for the festival and said, "It's really cool to be involved in the kickoff. I think it's going to be a pretty cool experience."

Oakes added, "It's going to be fun for me too because I get to come home and get to see family and friends. Hopefully, we'll get a lot of support there and people will come out and watch us." When asked if family would get back stage passes, Oakes chuckled as he replied, "Oh I'm sure they are going to get back stage passes because I'd probably get in trouble if they didn't."

Oakes is the son of Brad and Tracy Oakes, of Independence, and is the lead singer of Lockeland. Boris is from upstate New York and plays drums. Vikingstand hails from Long Island, NY and is lead guitar. The three formed Lockeland in April of 2018. "I was doing my solo stuff prior to doing Lockeland, along with Mark, he was doing his solo stuff, and a year ago in April, we got together and were working on a part in the studio doing three-part harmony," Oakes explained. "The three of us got together at that point and things were going so well, we said, 'Why don't we just get together and do this?' We were like, 'Yeah, let's do this thing.'" That is when Lockeland was born. "It's still new but we hit the ground running and we are literally a year old."

Boris said Lockeland's style of music leans toward 1990s country with a modern sound. "We love lyrics, we love story-telling, everything the 1990s country genre has. We absolutely love that but we are also in 2019 so we like to couple that with modern production," Boris stated. "But yet it's still organic, all the instruments on our recordings are just that, they are instruments. It's a modern sound with a 90s throwback." The trio said if you like the Beatles, Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Rascal Flatts or Garth Brooks, then they are for you. 

The guys said coming up with a name for the band was interesting and explained how it began with a group text where they were trying to come up with different names. "We had a lot of unique names we came up with but finally, we were thinking about where we were from — me being from Kansas and them being from New York — so we came up with Lockeland because we locked the land in between us," Oakes explained. 

The band hopes those attending the MayFest Kickoff Concert are as excited as they are. "We are excited to go and meet everybody," Oakes said. "Don't be afraid to come talk to us and hang out with us, we are easy going and want to meet as many people as we can." 

Boris added, "Fans can check us out on our social media and our website. We have Facebook and Instagram — @lockeland, and our website is lockelandband.com. That is the best way to keep in touch with us. We are very active on our social media, we love interacting with fans. So keep in touch and follow all of our crazy, goofy antics and see the exciting things coming up."

Vikingstad told fans to be sure to go get their single, "Til the Cows Come Home" which is available on Apple and Amazon.

The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. with Dillon Barton, a Caney native, followed by Lockeland at 8 p.m. with Jared Daniels, another Caney native, closing out the evening beginning at 9 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Tickets are available for purchase through the event Facebook page, facebook.com/events/406037826831583/?active_tab=about