If you are looking for an Irish way to celebrate March, kick off the green season with a unique performance at the Junction City C.L. Hoover Opera House. 

The Kelly Band, a Kansas City based Celtic band, will be playing at the opera house this Friday night. The band’s mix of experience, talent and a variety of instruments make this Irish tribute a perfect way to gear up for St. Patrick’s Day. To create a Celtic mood for celebrating, a variety of Irish beers will also be available for concert goers to purchase.

Date: Friday, March 9

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: C.L. Hoover Opera House, 135 W. 7th Street, Junction City

Ticket Cost: Adults $17.00, Military Adults $15.00, Students $12.00

To get tickets: Order online at Jcoperahouse.org or call (785) 238-3906

The concert is a great way to experience the beautiful C.L. Hoover Opera House. The historic 19th century venue was renovated and re-opened for live performances in 2008. Its theater accommodates fully accessible seating for 424.

The Opera house has a regional draw for its variety of shows. This is the first time the new Opera House has featured a special March Irish tribute in response to the requests of local audiences. Keep an eye on the upcoming season for an increasingly diverse offering at the venue. They are hoping to feature samba and blues.

If you can’t make it to Junction City, the band plays at the East Campus in Norton on March 10th, at the Blair Theater in Belleville on March 11th and in Salina at the Stiefel Theatre on March 17th.

Here is a little taste of The Kelly Band.


Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. The TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.