Friday night at Prairie Rose Opera House
Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame member, Johnny Western will return to Kansas to host HelpHOPELive, The Cowboy Way - A Benefit for Larry Trittschuh. The concert, which may prove to be the biggest Western Music event in Kansas in 2016, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Prairie Rose Opera House.
The concert of cowboy music and poetry will feature a strong lineup of national and regional cowboy and cowgirl singers and poets. Among them will be seven-time winner of the Western Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award, Belinda Gail. The show also includes Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame member, Les Gilliam, and Del Shields from RFD-TV’s Best of America by Horseback.
Jenny Lou Melcher of the Cherokee Maidens will perform with the Prairie Rose Rangers and members of Diamond W, who got their start in 1999 as the Prairie Rose Wranglers, will make rare appearance at the Prairie Rose. Cowboy poet, Ron Wilson, who is known as the “Poet Lariat” of Kansas, will share some of his poems. A special added feature will be a performance by Broadway singer, Kirsten Witsman.
Long-time KFDI DJ, Johnny Western will come out of retirement to emcee the event. Western is nationally-known for performing with the likes of Gene Autry and Johnny Cash, and for his hit theme song from the TV series, Have Gun Will Travel, “The Ballad of Paladin.”
All of the entertainers are donating their time and talents to help raise money for Larry Trittschuh, a young father who is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Tickets can be purchased online for $25. Go to the Prairie Rose website and follow the prompts.
This special event does not include a chuckwagon supper, though light concessions will be available for purchase. The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper is located just 15 minutes northeast of Wichita, Kansas. For more information, call 316-778-2121, find them on Facebook, or go to www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.