Sold Out: Shawnee Hills Opry Christmas performance

Sold Out: Shawnee Hills Opry Christmas performance

Sold Out: Shawnee Hills Opry Christmas performance
Dakota Holden

The Shawnee Opry Christmas Concert is official sold out. Dec. 1 will be the third Opry held at the Old Feed Store in Cobden.

Steve Hornbeak of 326 Productions has sold out each Shawnee Hills Opry since the first in September. He and his house band — The Mainstreet Players — have backed up local talent including Olivia Gordon, Eli Tellor, Eric Massey, Paulie King, and Ashley Hatfield. These past performances have also included music from The Jenny Johnson Band, Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring.

As always, 102.5 WIBH FM, does live radio advertisements for the supportive sponsors of the event, for a more authentic Opry experience. The Old Feed Store will be serving food and will have a full bar available during the performance.

Steve told Nightlife, this upcoming performance will feature the Anna-Jonesboro High School Concert Choir to open the special.

Then the Mainstreet Players will back up traditional country singer, Timmy Wayne. After, the house band will play various Christmas music, followed by gospel/pop singer Julia Hall joining the band.

Taking part of the event is Kiki’s Coffeehouse, owned by Kathy Bryan. For the holiday season, Kathy takes raffle and auction proceeds to purchase toys for underprivileged children in the region. Every Opry, raffle tickets are sold to support the cause. Lucky attendees of the Christmas performance will have the last opportunity to bid on a Yamaha guitar before the official drawing. So far, they have raised $2,500 with the different fundraising.

The next Shawnee Hills Opry will be a Valentine’s special held Feb. 9. The show will include an opening performance from The Holden Trio and guest artists, Cassie Sharp, and Johnathan Lemp of the acapella group, Blend.

“We really appreciate the sponsors and the reception from the crowd,” Hornbeak said. “To see people supporting an event like this so much that it’s selling out, means a lot to us. It’s cool people feel it’s a step up from most shows you’ll see in the area. It’s definitely in the style of the Grand Ole Opry and we try and do it first class.”