‘Born to Be Wild’ rock ’n’ roller performs THIS WEEKEND in Butler County

John Kay of Steppenwolf will celebrate 50 years of stories and songs when he performs Saturday, May 5, in Middletown.

The newly renovated Sorg Opera House is host to one of only a handful of solo shows with Kay.

“As a kid, I remember discovering Steppenwolf, and I find it hard to believe we’re bringing the Steppenwolf founder and leader, John Kay, into the building. It’s amazing,” said Chuck Miller, board president/chair of the Sorg Opera Revitalization Group.

Steppenwolf formed in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. The band quickly became known for rock ’n’ roll standards such as “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” Other favorites include “Rock Me” and “The Pusher.”

Worldwide, the band has sold more than 25 million albums and its songs remain on classic-rock radio. Steppenwolf’s songs have also been featured in countless movies and television programs.

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WHAT: John Kay of Steppenwolf in concert

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown

COST: $30 in advance, reserved seating


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