North Platte native Kevin Kennedy iii kicks off his summer tour at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Espresso Shop, joined by Blue Swing and special guest Bailey Steele.Creating a beachy mix of alternative country and hip hop, the North Platte native has brought his music to more then nine countries this year and will be touring the USA for the next two months.
Last year, Kennedy played in Morocco, Portugal and Spain.
His newest music video, for his single "Hola a la Noche," was recorded in Havana, Cuba and can be viewed on Kennedy's youtube page (Kevin Kennedy iii - Hola a la Noche).
Kennedy is the son of Kevin and Ellen Kennedy of North Platte. He grew up in North Platte, involved in plays, speech, and multiple bands during high school.
After attending the College of William and Mary in Virginia, he took off to live abroad, explore different musical sounds and cultures. In fact, he visited more than 45 countries, writing music and lyrics.
After his trip, he began to focus more on song writing and creating his own unique voice.
“Everyone wants to put you in a box, but I grew up listening to punk rock, country, and hip hop,” he said. “Who says my music has to be this way or that way? Of course there are rules to writing a great song, but I write what feels right, while pushing those boundaries.”
The Espresso Shop is near the corner of Fifth and Dewey in downtown North Platte.
To learn more, visit www.KevinKennedyiii.com.