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Jared Daniels To Open for KANSAS

Kansas Native Will Kick-off KANSAS Rocks the Oregon Trail

Jared Daniels, rising country male vocalist, has been selected as the opening act for Kansas at “Kansas Rocks the Oregon Trail” Saturday, September 22, at Alcove Spring Historic Park, Blue Rapids, Kan. Daniels will take the stage at 6:00 p.m.; Kansas will perform at 7:00 p.m.

The concert is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

Tickets may be purchased at mcactickets.com. Tickets are $85 for the Pit-Experience offering the closest seats; $65 for Mid-Park; and $50 for General Admission.

Daniels is honored to perform before this iconic band whose career spans more than four decades.

“Kansas is a legendary band with so many recognizable songs from the first note,” he said. “Their drive, motivation, and craftsmanship inspire me.”

Daniels was honored with the “Song of the Year” award during the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards for “Feelin’ Good,” which is also the title track to his latest project.

Music has always been a part of his life. He saw Garth Brooks in concert at the age of eleven and that solidified his love of music. He played bass guitar in his church’s band. From then he learned guitar from local “legends” who taught him all the classic rock and roll songs.

“The reality is, music played a huge part in growing up — not just from a playing part, but to building a soundtrack of songs growing up,” the Caney, Kan. native said.

His music career started when he was going to Kansas State University. In 2008 Daniels entered the Colgate Country Showdown and won the local category. That led to his first radio interview which led to his first opening gig where he was paid $25. He then started playing the Tuttleville Stage at the Country Stampede and then moved to the Main Stage. He moved to Nashville in 2011, which is where he currently resides.

For the outdoor concert at Alcove Spring Daniels will play an acoustic set.

“When it’s just myself and my guitar, it takes me back,” he said. “Hopefully, the audience will have the same journey with me to that true feeling of what was coming out when these songs were written or the first time I heard some of them. I want the audience to experience realness, vulnerability, honesty, and just fun.”

Daniels is married to Matty Anderson who is originally from Frankfort, Kan.; they met while attending Kansas State University. Matty’s parents are Duane and Anita Anderson, Frankfort, and Margie Anderson, Seneca.

When Daniels leaves the stage the “garage band” from Topeka who released their debut album in 1974 will perform hits from their “KANSAS Radio Classics and Fan Favorites” tour.

The band has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide. They appeared on the Billboard chart for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s 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 stations, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on the radio more than three million times.

The band is comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart; original guitarist Richard Williams; bassist/vocalist Billy Greer; keyboardist David Manion; vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt; violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale; and guitarist Zak Rizvi.

For more information about the concert people may go to mcactickets.com or call 785-619-6050.

Discover Holiday Cheer All Month Long in Marysville

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday and Sunday and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Enjoy extended weekend hours at our unique local shops and find something for everyone on your Christmas list! Grab a bite to eat and then grab a map and cast your vote in the city’s annual Christmas Lighting Contest — Light Up Marysville with more than 50 businesses and homes participating.

For printable schedule of all Christmas activities, click here.


12 Reasons to Visit Marysville This Christmas

12.  The Sounds of the Season:  The sounds of the season ring throughout the month of December. From Martyn Lucas’ Christmas concert to the community choir’s cantata, let the songs of Christmas brighten your holiday.


11.  Smells & Tastes:  It wouldn’t be Christmas without candies, cookies and sweet treats!  Let others do the baking for you at the St. Gregory’s Cookie & Candy Sale. Then, warm up with some delicious hot chocolate at the Wagon Wheel Café before you head out to view the Light Up Marysville Christmas Lighting Contest!


10.  The Lights: Cast your vote in the city’s second annual Christmas lighting contest, Light Up Marysville. Homes and businesses are competing for your vote. You’ll have fun voting for the Clark Griswold Award, which congratulates the home that lights up Marysville all on its own, or Reason for the Season, which is for the home most resembling a classic Christmas!  Voting begins December 1st!


9.  Children:  Experience the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child. Kids have the chance to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Naughty or Nice Breakfast at Lincoln Center. PJs are encouraged!


8.  The Shopping:  You’ll love the personal attention you receive when you shop in Marysville. Plus, you don’t have to fight traffic jams or deal with parking garages when you shop in Black Squirrel City. You’ll feel like you’re shopping in a big city, but with the conveniences of a small town.


7.  Giving:  Christmas brings out the best in our community. Whether through Blue Valley Tele-Communication’s Giving Tree, donations to the Marshall County Food Pantry or support of our local Pony Express Partnership for Children (PEPC), Marysville residents are dedicated to giving back. Want a way to give back? Be sure to stop by the PEPC Festival of Trees from November 28th to December 3rd to bid on some wonderful holiday decor and support this great organization that has served more than 160 local families!


6.  Our Churches:  Marysville’s churches will help you find the reason for the season. With special services throughout the month, Marysville’s faith community invites you to worship with them to celebrate the Savior’s birth.


5.  Our History:  You’ll get a feel for Marysville’s rich history on the “Christmas Homes Tour” on December 2nd!  You’ll get a feel for Marysville as you enjoy stops at two of Marysville’s Museums:  the Marshall County Courthouse and the Koester House!


4.  Santa Claus:  Marysville is Santa’s favorite place to shop. He likes it so much that he’s at his house every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm and every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Don’t miss the magical lights in the garden south of Santa’s house!


3.  Our Downtown:  Unique shops fill Marysville’s downtown. You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list, and you’ll receive personal attention from the friendly merchants. You’ll feel the Christmas spirit as you travel down the brick streets and wonder among the historic buildings. Our downtown is just one of the reasons why we were recently named one of KANSAS Magazine’s “Favorite Small Towns in Kansas”!


2.  The Black Squirrels:  In between Christmas shopping and voting in the Light Up Marysville competition, make sure to see the 21 squirrels that are part of Black Squirrels on Parade. They are all uniquely designed — you’ll want to take a selfie with each one. Don’t miss out on the black squirrel merchandise sold at many of the local shops!


  1.  Our Traditions:  The best parts of the season are repeated year after year! One of our best Christmas traditions is Santa’s Christmas Parade through Downtown Marysville! What a great way to kickoff the Christmas season and welcome Santa Claus to town!

Join us for a “Merry”sville Christmas!

Bring your family downtown and join us for A Very “Merry”sville Christmas Opening on Saturday, November 25th! Activities begin at 9:00 am with the Jingle Run 1 Mile Fun Run & 5K beginning at the Pony Express Statue! Then, send your kids to Storytime at the Marysville Museums while you do some shopping downtown for Small Business Saturday!  The Chamber of Commerce is also hosting ‘Shop At Home & Win’!

Santa’s Christmas parade begins at 10:30 am at 4th & Broadway and runs to 9th & Broadway where Santa will set up shop at his house and listen to children’s Christmas wishes!  Other activities downtown include:

  • Live Nativity, Open House and Camel Rides at the Koester House Museum from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Snowmen Display at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Make & Take Crafts at the Marysville Public Library from 10 am – 2pm
  • Apple Butter Making Demonstration at the Pony Express Museum from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Hot Cocoa & Christmas Treats and the “In and Around Marysville” Art Exhibition at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Stagecoach Rides at 9th & Broadway from 11 am – 12 pm

Hope to see you in Downtown Marysville on November 25th!