John Michael Montgomery to bring country hits to Wareham Opera House

By Ben Hopper

I’m goin’ once, goin’ twice. I’m sold to goin’ to see John Michael Montgomery.

RPA Entertainment presents country music legend John Michael Montgomery at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wareham Opera House.

Montgomery’s songs taught us that “life’s a dance you learn as you go… sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.” And if you want to attend this event, you had better show some initiative, because there are limited seats left.

He launched in the country music scene as one half of the country duo, Montgomery Gentry. In the early 1990s, he began his major label solo career. His 1992 hit song “Life’s a Dance” is No. 9 on the Houston Press of the Top 10 Best Country Songs of the 90s.

His love songs, from “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me,” and “I Can Love You Like That,” helped set the standard for a generation. His hit, “Sold,” hit the No.-1 spot on the country charts in the United States and in Canada in July 1995. 

The concert also features local county group, the Jared Daniels Band.

Here’s a look at other area events.



Crafty Seniors Craft Show, through Saturday.

Manhattan Town Center.


MPL Chess Club, 3:30 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.


Ali Sperry & The Family Vacation, 7:30 p.m. 

Ali Sperry & The Family Vacation are a Nashville-based conglomeration of friends, roommates and lovers whose music combines elements of indie-pop, folk and rock. Their songs are stories of love, of hearts broken and healing, and explorations of human relationships with ourselves and one another.

Cost: $18 adult, $15 military and senior (65+), $12 student (18 and under).

To purchase tickets, call 785-238-3906 or visit

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


The Hat Town Goons, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.





Closing Reception for Rock Paper Scissors, 5-7 p.m.

This traveling exhibit features a variety of media from art faculty from Southeastern Missouri State.

Manhattan Arts Center.


The Columbian Theatre presents the 10th annual of “Hoo Haw,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also August 22-24.

“Hoo Haw” is a rowdy comedy performance in which Korn County residents perform their antics along with gospel and country music numbers.

“Hoo Haw” began 10 years ago as a summer fundraiser that paid tribute to the 1970s classic TV series Hee Haw. What started as a parody quickly became a community favorite. For its 10th annual performance, “Hoo Haw” is set to top the last nine years with a variety of good jokes and good music.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary, the theater will host an anniversary party Friday immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance, featuring a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music and opportunities to mingle with the cast.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children and students. Please contact The Columbian Theatre for group tour discounts. Purchase tickets at box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by phone at 785-456-2029 or at


Arts in the Park: Trampled Under Foot, 8 p.m.

An International Blues Challenge Winner.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.


The Manhattan Arts Center presents “The Rocky Horror Show,” 10 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Rocky Horror Show” tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.

Richard O’Brien’s musical cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show” is directed by Penny Cullers and is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. The production is sponsored by Debbie Nuss and Brad Fenwick, Eileen Meyer, Olivia Collins and Sisters of Sound.

Evan Tuttle portrays Frank N Furter and Tyler Woods plays both Magenta and Usherette.

This show is recommended for adult audiences only. Cost: $16 for adults, $12 for military and students (age 18+). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 785-537-4420, online at, or at the Manhattan Arts Center located at 1520 Poyntz Ave. 

The Manhattan Arts Center box office is open noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Manhattan Arts Center is funded in part by the City of Manhattan and Friends of MAC.




C.L. Hoover Opera House Movie Series: “Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun,” 7:30 p.m.

In March 2011, Japan was beset by a huge earthquake, a monstrous tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

In the autumn of 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their Back On The Road tour to Japan.

This film follows the band on that tour combining full-length live tracks with behind the scenes footage, which is at times touching and emotional and at others humorous and insightful. More than anything else it demonstrates the Japanese fans’ love affair with Aerosmith and their music.

Cost: $7 adults, $5 military, seniors 65 plus and students 18 and under. Tickets available at the door or only at

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


Illegal Smile, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




Riley County Genealogy Society Workshop: Using as a basic genealogy tool, 2 p.m. is a popular genealogy web search site. This class will teach you about Ancestry and how to navigate research tools. This is a beginning course in the basic tools or computer research at this site.  Please bring something from your genealogy files you would like to explore on Ancestry.

Free, but pre-registration required. For more information and registration, call (785) 565-6495.

Manhattan Public Library Computer Classroom.





Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


C.L. Hoover Opera House Cultural Film Series: “Swan Lake,” 2 p.m.

The world’s most beloved ballet, performed by the ballet company which created dance stars Pavlova, Nureyev, Barishnikov and many more. Filmed in 2013 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia this is a celebration of Tchaikovsky’s genius. Cost: $7 adults, $5 military, seniors 65 plus and students 18 and under. Tickets available at the door or at

C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.dellaVoce.

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