Bob Reed fans will see theater improvements

Led by King Opera House board members Tyler Havard and Mick King, country music fans attending Sunday’s 11th annual Bob Reed Country Music Showcase will enjoy some significant improvements to the 116-year-old theater.

A full afternoon of great country music is on tap for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. at the King Opera House. Havard and King are finishing up this week a major renovation of the concession area, with new cabinets, an eight fountain pop machine, new flooring and expanded space.

Havard worked as sound engineer at Rathbun Country Music and reworked the King Opera House sound system to better utilize the FM microphone system, as well as the state monitors. Fans won’t see the improvement, but should hear a much better sound. Cindy Rhodes will also be playing for the first time a new electronic keyboard purchased by the King Opera House Board through memorial donations of Doris O’Brien and Ruth Yenger.

Cindy Rhodes will be joined by her house band that includes Kevin Maughan, lead guitar, Richard Coop, rhythm guitar, Mike Freshwater bass guitar, Eric Chambers drums, Evan Bennett, fiddle and banjo and Becky Thomas, vocals.

The band will accompany the following local performers:

Scott Reed, “Cherokee Fiddle,” Becky Thomas, “Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue,” Mike Freshwater, “God Bless the USA” and “If Tommorow Never Comes,” Kevin Maughan, “That’s the Way Love Goes,” Christi Ballard, “Let Me Be There,” Dave and Jan Paxton, “If I Were a Carpenter,” Autumn Denato, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Evan Bennett, “A Thousand Mike From No Where,”

Also, Mark Haselhuhn, “Nobody Falls Like a Fool,” Caleb Haselhuhn, “The River,” Allyson Haselhuhn, “You Were Mine,” Betty Patterson, “Never Ending Love,” Gene Reed, “Jail House Now,” Reverta Stewart, “Act Naturally,” Arlee Jacob, “Cowboyd Sweetheart,” “Curg McCoy, “My Way,”

Also, Roger Reed, “Runnin’ Bear,” John VanWeelden, “The Older I Get,” Judi Lahart, “More Than a Name on the Wall,” Jewel Whicker, “When Will I Be Loved,” Eric Chambers, “It’s Up to You,” Richard Coop, “Lust Highway.”

A special guest performing for the first time is Darrell Koehler of Udell who will perform “Wabash Cannonball,” and “Orange Blossom Special,” on guitar and harmonica.

The show will end with its tribute to the late Nellie Collins with the cast singing “I’ll Fly Away.”

Admission is a freewill donation. Doors will open at 1 p.m. at the King Opera House.

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