By Jessica Wettig
Southern Illinois has its own event that seeks to be comparable to the Grand Ole Opry.
Professional musician and owner of Kiki’s Coffeehouse in Anna Steve Hornbeak puts on the event every couple of months at the coffeehouse, and features different artists. His band, Steve Hornbeak and the Mainstreet Players, will be featured this weekend–with Dave Clark opening for the band.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the venue will be serving coffee in the front, and the bar will be open.
Hornbeak said this will be the tenth show for the Opry, and the past nine shows have all sold out. There is not another show of this caliber in the region.
Hornbeak has worked with artists such as Richard Marx, Faith Hill, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp.
He wanted to take the concept of the Grand Ole Opry, and bring it to the region. The goal is for it to be comparable to other national events–which could bring positive attention to Southern Illinois.
In addition to the Mainstreet Players, who have been together for 7 years, this event allows for other artists to come and perform with a band when they may usually perform solo.
The music centers around ’80s and ’90s country, with some new country, classic rock and an overall variety This weekend, Ashley Hatfield of The Mainstreet Players will be performing a tribute to Patsy Cline during their set.
Other artists that have performed include Eli Tellor, Eric Massey and Julia Hall.
Hornbeak said they are continuing to try to bring in bigger names, such as Bryan White who came to the coffeehouse last November.