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Steel Skarecrow Announces Second Annual Benefit Concert


By Steel Skarecrow


ricochet-SQ-100McPHERSON, Kan. — Steel Skarecrow is excited to announce the second annual benefit concert at the McPherson Opera House. The show is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2024, and will feature the great country artist Ricochet. All proceeds from the show will benefit the United Way of McPherson County.

In 1996, the members of country supergroup Ricochet watched their debut single, “What Do I Know”, rise to the Top 5 earning the band the honor of the highest charting debut single of the year. The follow up single release, “Daddy’s Money”, became an immediate across the board hit, rising to #1 on the Radio & Records Country Singles Chart, the Cavin Country Singles Chart and the Billboard Country Singles Chart (where it stayed #1 for two consecutive weeks). The band’s distinctive musical style and intricate harmonies has earned them recognition as one of the most popular vocal groups in country music. Ricochet has won numerous accolades including:

Top New Vocal Group-Academy of Country Music

Group of the Year-Radio & Records Reader’s Poll

Top New Country Artist-Billboard Magazine

Most Valuable Performer-Radio & Records

Favorite New Group or Duo-Country Weekly Golden Pick Award

Top Vocal Group Nominee-Academy of Country Music 

Vocal Group Of The Year Finalist-Country Music Association

Favorite Duo or Group Nominee-3rd Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

Steel SkarecrowSteel Skarecrow will open the show for Ricochet. Their lead singer, Kurt Shobe, lives in the McPherson area.  Steel Skarecrow has a total of five charted singles on the Texas regional radio charts, two of them reaching the top 40. The band was nominated and reached the semi-finals for the Texas regional radio band/group/duo of the year in 2022 and 2023. Their latest single “Liquid Courage” made the top 100 list of Texas regional radio singles for 2023, and the video for this song, filmed in part at the Cannonball barn just east of McPherson, recently climbed to the number 1 music video on the Country Music Channel. The band has recently performed with Shenandoah, Tracey Lawrence, the Bellamy Brothers, Cody Canada, and Eli Young. 

Kurt Shobe explained that the benefit performance by Steel Skarecrow at the Opera House last year was a great success, supported by the community with attendance at the show and the generous support of local business. For our second benefit concert, the decision as made to bring in a national act in order to give the community a great show and raise additional funds for the United Way.

When deciding what artist to bring to the show, the name Ricochet was repeatedly mentioned. Folks that have seen Ricochet say it is one of the best shows they have ever seen. The band puts on a high energy and entertaining show and play all of their familiar hits. Based on numerous recommendations, we reached out to Ricochet and explained what we were doing. We knew right away that we had made the right choice, as they were immediately on board and have really helped out in order to support the show. Though they have been big country music stars for many years, they are down to earth good folks who know how to put on a great show!

Tickets are available through the McPherson Opera House.

In addition to the show, a limited number of tickets are available for a catered meal held at the Opera House. All proceeds will benefit the United Way. The catered dinner will start at 6:00 PM, and showtime is 7:00 PM. 

Ricochet and Steel Skarecrow will put on a fantastic show, with one of the best country groups in the Midwest opening the show, and a legitimate country supergroup taking the performance home.

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