WABASH — The Honeywell Center Ford Theater in Wabash announced two upcoming July concerts:
“America,” the British-American rock band, will perform live on stage in the Honeywell Center Ford Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20. “America” became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits including “A Horse With No Name,” “I Need You” and “Ventura Highway.” Corporate Sponsorship is provided by Lowden Jewelers. Associate Sponsor is Ceres Midland.
2018 marks the 48th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite “America.” Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek, deceased) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” 40 plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.
Radio station 101.9 ROCKS will welcome “Kansas,” a rock favorite from the 70s, on the night of their performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater. With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, “Kansas” has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released its debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and has gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Composing a catalogue that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, “Kansas” has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (“Leftoverture,” “Point of Know Return,” “Best of Kansas,”) one platinum live album (“Two for the Show,”) and two one million-selling gold singles, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”
“Kansas” appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the 70s and 80s 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, and “Dust in the Wind” has been played on the radio more than three million times.
2016 marked the release of “The Prelude Implicit,” “Kansas'” 15th studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album was released on Inside Out Music and marked the band’s first studio album release in 16 years.
Throughout 2016-2017, the band celebrated both the release of “The Prelude Implicit” and the anniversary of breakout album “Leftoverture” with the highly successful “Kansas”: Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. That tour was released in 2017 as a live album, “Leftoverture Live and Beyond.”
The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist and vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist and guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.
Tickets for “America” are $75, $49, and $39. Tickets for “Kansas” are $100, $65 and $45.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.honeywellcenter.org or by calling the Honeywell Foundation Box Office at (260) 563-1102.