BAXTER SPRINGS - Baxter Springs will soon add another unique story to it's ever-growing history, as legendary rock ’n’ roll band John Kay and Steppenwolf will be playing their final concert during the Decades of Wheels grand opening weekend.

The band has been rocking the airwaves since the late 1960s, but have announced their plans for retirement.

"It’s an enormous honor to put on John Kay and Steppenwolf’s last show before retiring," said Decades of Wheels Marketing Director David Hickmott. "We hope they’ll still take the occasional gig, instead of calling it quits for good. Their importance in American music and culture can’t be overstated.

In the chaotic world of rock ’n’ roll, the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months. John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as, and remained, one of rock’s most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for more than three decades.

"We know they’ve chosen the perfect event and part of the country to wrap their stories career, and we’re going to make it extra special for them," Hickmott said.

John Kay and Steppenwolf join a stellar lineup of talent during the Decades of Wheels Grand Opening Weekend.

October 12:

Grand Funk Railroad

October 13:

Band of Heathens

Reckless Kelly

Granger Smith

October 14:

John Kay and Steppenwolf

These three days will bring together classic and muscle car lovers, country and rock n' roll music fans, and people who remember road trips on Route 66 for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. This legendary talent is coming to celebrate Baxter Springs and the magic of Route 66 and its place in Americana. There are free performances from local bands and car and motorcycle shows, as well as vendors and food trucks.