A variety of music performances will give All Schools Day attendees plenty to choose from this weekend.
Two groups will perform Friday, and one will perform Saturday. Attendees must wear an All Schools Day buttons.
Gloriana is this week's featured performance and will begin playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the McPherson High School.
“We are very excited to be a part of the All Schools Day celebration this year,” band member Tom Gossin said in an email. “I was a music student myself so I definitely know the value of education first-hand. Glad to be playing at a great event like this that celebrates education.”
The country trio gained popularity in 2009 with a self-titled album and are known for songs, such as “(Kissed You) Good Night,” “Can't Shake You,” and “Wild at Heart.” Saturday's performance will include numbers from their latest album, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind,” a few of their older tunes, as well as a few cover songs.
“When we play live, we hope to both entertain the audience and inspire them,” Gossin said. “Entertain them by helping them escape from regular life for an hour or so and enjoy some music and fun and inspire them to be creative and follow their dreams, as we did.”
Gloriana tickets are $50 for the upper level (rows 10-22) or $60 for the lower level (rows 1-9). Students get a $15 discount through the box office.
Tickets are sold online or by calling the McPherson Opera House box office at 620-241-1952 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets also will be sold at the door as seats are available. Only 800 tickets are available.
Trey Stevens, originally from Ellenwood, will open for Gloriana.
King Midas and the Muflers will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Lakeside Park Bandshell.
The band plays oldies songs of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Regularly performed tunes include “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison and “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.
“We all love the music,” band member Mike Hill said. “I can't speak for all the guys, but I know for myself, playing the music and seeing the audience have a good time really is fulfilling. We feed off the crowd and vice versa.”
The band originated in McPherson and has played in the area a number of times. For the All Schools Day event, past member Denny Brunk will join the seven-member band with his trombone and voice.
“McPherson is a big part of our lives,” Hill said. “It's' a very special town for us.”
Page 2 of 2 - Men in Harmony Chorus will perform “Phantom of the Barbershop from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Opera House.
The group, made up of about 20 men age 17-80, will perform a dozen songs loosely based on the “Phantom of the Opera.” Numbers will include a range of easily recognizable titles from the 1940s to the 1960s, from toe-tappers to tear jerkers.
The Newton Sweet Adelines, a women's barbershop group, will join the men's group, a fitting match during the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
“Audiences can expect to have good, family entertainment and good, close-harmony singing,” Jim Ellis, music director, said.
Jen Bonham, All Schools Day committee member, is happy there will be a variety of music genres for the public to listen to.
“With the concerts going on, we're going to be able to hit lots of residents in one fashion or another,” Bonham said. “And we want to make sure whatever acts we have are OK for people brining their kids to. All Schools Day is a family event.”