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KANSAS Rocks the Oregon Trail


Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 18:00


Alcove Spring Historic Park

Description: After forty-seven years the band KANSAS is coming back to Marshall County. The band made their debut performance in the area at the Valley Heights High School prom in 1971. For this gig they will travel a little farther north of Waterville, where they performed for the prom, to headline “KANSAS Rocks The Oregon Trail” Saturday, September 22, at Alcove Spring Historic Park. The park is located six miles north of Blue Rapids and six miles south of Marysville. “You’ll be able to see KANSAS with 3,000 of your best friends,” said Brian Cook, one of the event organizers. “KANSAS is performing in a beautiful setting and we’re limiting the number of tickets we’re selling. In this natural amphitheater it will feel like you and your closest friends are right there with the band.” The band will play in a 246-acre largely undeveloped park. Located on the historic Oregon-California Trail, the site was the stopping place for many wagon trains, including the legendary Donner-Reed party. The name of the park comes from the Alcove Spring and Naomi Pike falls both located on the premises and accessible by walking trails. Wagon swales remain showing the mark the pioneers left on the land. Alcove Spring Historic Park is on East River Road; travelers should take U.S. Highway 77 to reach gravel roads leading to the park. Gates to the park open at 3 p.m. The opening band, to be announced in June, will take the stage at 6 p.m. KANSAS will perform at 7 p.m. The Marshall County concert is their last stop on their “KANSAS Radio Classics and Fan Favorites” tour. Tickets are $85 for the Pit-Experience offering the closest seats; $65 for Mid-Park; and $50 for General Admission. Food and drinks will be available at dining tents and food concession stands. Kansas Territory Brewing Company will serve their beers. The popular Life Coach, a light bodied American lager, will be available in cans. On tap will be other beers such as Summer Shandy, Strawberry Rhubarb and Locomotion Stout. There is plenty of free parking for cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorhomes. Shuttles and a walking trail connect parking to the location. There are no electrical hookups at the park. KANSAS has a legendary career spanning more than four decades; this “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974. They have sold more than thirty million albums worldwide. KANSAS appeared on the Billboard chart for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s and played to sold out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. “Carry On Wayward Son” continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio stations, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on the radio more than three million times. In 2016 they released their fifteenth studio album “The Prelude Implicit.” The progress rock album was the band’s first studio release in sixteen years. The band is comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart; original guitarist Richard Williams; bassist/vocalist Billy Greer; keyboardist David Manion; vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt; violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale; and guitarist Zak Rizvi. Along with constant touring KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of classic rock radio. The band has reached a new audience through their presence on popular video games “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero,” through their songs’ inclusion in various television shows like “Supernatural” and “South Park,” and in films like “Old School” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” For more information about the concert people may go to or call 785-619-6050. Submitted by: Wayne Kruse Marshall County Arts Cooperative

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