Sugar Ray concert leads the list of activities this weekend and next | Lifestyles


MIAMI, Okla. – Although rock band Sugar Ray have been around since the mid-1980s, they didn’t achieve mainstream popularity until 11 years later, when their hit single ‘Fly’ hit the airwaves and made the band a known name.

In 1999, their best-selling album to date, “14:59”, was released. It featured popular songs like “Someday”, “Falls Apart”, and “Every Morning”, which can still be heard frequently on local rock stations.

All three songs and more — including the No. 1 hit song “When It’s Over” — will premiere this weekend inside the Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort.

The band, co-founded by Mark McGrath on vocals and Rodney Sheppard on lead guitar, has sold over 10 million records and garnered hundreds of millions of streams. Over the decades they have shared the stage with Kiss, the Rolling Stones, Run-DMC and the Sex Pistols.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday and the music kicks off at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $60 and are on sale now.

Upcoming concerts at Buffalo Run include Great White and Slaughter on February 19, Theory of a Deadman on February 26, and Night Ranger on March 26.

“Remove shoes before entering”

You don’t need to take your shoes off when you see this sign. This is the name of the new opera written by nationally renowned composer Michael Ching.

This Heartland Opera Theater production is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 6 at the Black Box Theater on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

The opera follows a group of students who stumble upon an abandoned building filled with objects, where each reflects on a memory associated with the objects. According to the theater’s Facebook page, MSSU students in the cast include Austin Prince, Taylor Lewis, Jarrett Little, Sophie Stoebel and Michaela West.

The next show will take place in May: “A Night of Comedy”, an outdoor cabaret that will tour Joplin, Carthage and Neosho.

‘Of mice and Men’

John Steinbeck’s classic is in the hands of David Kloppenborg, who directs this play from Stone’s Throw Dinner Theater which continues Saturday and Sunday this weekend, as well as Friday, February 4 through Sunday, February 6.

The novella centers on friends Lennie and George and their struggles to live the American Dream. The play contains foul language, adult themes, and violence that some may find offensive.

The cast includes Timothy Lenze, Phil Butler, Jim Robinson, Tyler Hankins, Megan Oliver, Richard Roberts, Sid Davis, Bill Welsh, Zach Bradley and Ken Anderson.

Prices are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors, $24 for students, $23 for youth, and $12 for children ages 6-12. For ticket reservations, call 417-358-9665.

Upcoming plays include the fast-paced farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” the Neil Simon comedy “The Dinner Party,” and the drama “On Golden Pond.”

Art Con 2022

The Neosho Art Council’s popular ArtCon will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at Neosho Junior High School, 14646 Kodiak Road.

Meet voice actor Bryn Apprill from ‘My Hero Academia’ and ‘Attack on Titan’; get free autographs from 10 a.m. to noon, with a Q&A panel scheduled afterward. Highlights include a cosplay contest for all ages, an esports tournament, and free panels. Guest comedy artists Kristopher Harris and Scott Drummond will appear. Admission is $5.


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