Thursday, September 04, 2014

SHERMAN TX - CHRYSTAL OPRY HOUSE - SEP 6

Dear Friends,
 We look for a good crowd at the Chrystal Opry House on September 6th, with a jam at 5 o’clock and Bluegrass music at 7 pm!
 I have sent this information to the following: www.ntxe-news.com  www.SceneInTown.com , www.texomaenterprise.netwww.whitewright.org, , www.texomaconnect.com and  www.facebook.com/chrystalopryhouse
We hope to see you soon!

Annette Hayes
Chrystal Opry House

Chrystal Opry House Special Bluegrass Events
“Bluegrass Day” this month is September 6th. A bluegrass jam begins at 5 pm. Donations will be accepted to defray expenses.
Our guest band for this event is The Upper Grassmen. This band includes Don Sharp, banjo, Gary Byrne, Bass, Vance Jones, lead guitar, and Randy Keister, dobro. All members sing. This is a local band from the Texoma area and you will enjoy their music. .
The concession area will be open at 6 pm, with brisket sandwiches and hot dogs as well as coffee, soda, water, popcorn, and candy.

The Chrystal Opry House is located at 1977 White Mound Road, Sherman, Texas which is 1.5 miles west of Tom Bean or 6 miles east of Howe on FM 902 and a half mile south on White Mound Road. No alcohol is permitted and there is no smoking inside the building. Seating is provided. Persons interested in performing at the Chrystal Opry House should contact Bill Hayes at 903-546-6893 or http://www.chrystalopryhouse.com.
(“Like” us on face book--chrystalopryhouse and (www.melodyranchbluegrassfestival.com)

Reminder:  Little Roy and Lizzy will be here October 7th. We are already getting reservations for this show. Advance tickets are $10. Mail check to Bill Hayes, 1989 White Mound Road, Sherman, TX 75090 and your tickets will be waiting at the door.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE AR - AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS - SEP 05

America's fumiest bluegrass/folk/country/ band, The Austin Lounge Lizards, will be back in town on Friday, Sept. 5 for a concert at the Fayetteville Underground.


For 33 years, the Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table; subjects like politics, religion, romance, the music industry, and their crazy/stupid relatives. With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song.

The Lizards originated in 1976 in New Jersey, when Hank Card (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Conrad Deisler (vocals, lead guitar, mandolin) met as mutual history majors at Princeton University and started songwriting together. Following graduation, both Hank, a native Oklahoman, and Conrad, a Tex-Cali-Connecticut-Venezuelan, ended up in Austin. University of Georgia philosophy graduate and banjo/dobro player Tom Pittman completed the founding-troubadour trifecta in 1980, and the Austin Lounge Lizards was born.
Darcie Deaville, (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Bruce Jones (bass, vocals) joined the band in 2008.With their unique amalgamation of highly literate Ivy League roots; the folk, country and bluegrass musical conventions of Appalachia and Nashville; creative influences like Frank Zappa, Spike Jones, George Jones, and Flatt & Scruggs; and an unquenchable thirst for the absurd, the Lizards specialize in musical eclecticism, excellence and extreme entertainment.

Admission is $20 and the show starts at 7:30. Reservations can be made by email (preferred) mshirkey@sbcglobal.net,or by phone, 479-409-1224.


Also in September, Kate Campbell will be in concert at the Underground on Thursday, 25, at 7:00 pm, $20.
http://www.katecampbell.com/tour/   More on this show later.

Thanks and please pass this along to others you think would be interested.

Mike

LONGIEW TX - NOV 2 - RUSSELL MOORE & THIRD TYME OUT

Hey East Texas!

Look who is coming to LONGVIEW

RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT along with The Roys will be at LETU Belcher Center on Sunday, Nov 2, at 3pm.

While many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured.  In the process, they've managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice-winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years.  Along the way, they've made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past...BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever.
Add it all up, factor in an appearance on Billboard's list of the 15 best-selling bluegrass albums for 2013, and the future is looking very bright for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. As for "All the awards, all the recognition, those things are just by-products of doing what we love to do."

Get your tickets today at
or by calling the Box Office at
(903) 233-3080 

LINDEN TX - MUSIC CITY TEXAS - AUG 30

Earl Thomas Conley - Aug 30
 
August 30 brings Country Music superstar Earl Thomas Conley to MCT Theater. With songs like "Nobody Falls Like a Fool," "Once in a Blue Moon" and "Fire & Smoke," Conley charted more than 30 singles on Billboard's Country Songs,18 of which reached Number 1.
   1983's "Holding Her and Loving You," brought him multiple Grammy nominations. 
  The Ohio-born Conley's solo music career began in earnest after ConwayTwitty had a hit record with a song Conley had written while serving in the Army. He landed his own recording contract and the rest, as they say, is history.
His emotional lyrics, soulful vocals and live stage show led to years of touring, record-breaking album sales and top hits.
Conley is still writing and recording and plans to have a new release soon.
  Conley says performing is a lot more fun now. "People want to hear those songs and it's a great experience." 
   "Texas has been good to me," says Conley. "I'm just looking forward to getting back down there with my band and having a good time."
Reserved Seating tickets are $35.

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Phone Sales 10 AM. - 3 PM. Mon.- Fri. Call 903-756-9934
 Doors open at 6:30PM. and Showtime is 8PM. 
 108 Legion St., Linden Tx.


Linden MCT, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A portion of all donations, including tickets, is tax-deductible. 
Call the Theater and inquire about our Patron and Corporate Sponsor programs. 
You can be a part of sustaining MCT in its mission to provide Northeast Texas with the finest in entertainment.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

GRAPEVINE TX AUG 9

This Saturday August 9th is one Southwest Bluegrass Club get-together you don't want to miss.

- Jamming from noon until 4PM

- A performance by the legendary Shady Grove Ramblers at 1PM (flyer attached)

- Giveaway of 2 sets tickets for the November 1st Masters of Bluegrass concert featuring 
  Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and The Roys 

- Guests are of course are invited, but only SWBG Club members are eligible for the ticket
  giveaway and you must be present to win.  

Just Off Main
113 E Texas St, Grapevine

GROVE OK LABOR DAY JANA JAE FIDDLE CAMP INFO

Register online by midnight Aug. 15 and $ave for the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Fest, held in the Civic Center and at Snider's Camp in Grove, OK, on Aug. 29, 30, and 31, Labor Day Weekend. 
Not just for fiddles!  All acoustic instruments are welcome, and we have cello, viola, mandolin, and guitar instructors for the entire weekend. For coaches, we have (20 in all) several fiddle champs, several Suzuki teachers, several symphony players, several country band members, an outstanding young violinist/fiddler who will give a two-hour workshop on rock and pop violin, an excellent cello coach, a mandolin coach, two fabulous guitar coaches to share their expertise and teaching skills for different styles of music and all ages!  Learn how to play in a band, how to prepare for a performance, for a fiddle contest, how to overcome stagefright, learn new bowing and playing techniques, tips and tricks to improve and fancy up your playing!!  Sign up online by Aug. 15 for Earlybird fees.  All ages, levels, and styles of music are welcome.  For further details or to sign up online visit www.grandlakefestivals.com
It all starts with a kickoff party and jam on the lake Friday evening, Aug. 29. Aug. 30 and 31, we are in the cool Grove Civic Center for workshops and master classes. All levels and ages can sign up!  Affordable for the whole family, camp at Snider's RV park or stay in a local motel.  Take home new tunes, fresh ideas for your own playing. Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29-31
Website:  www.grandlakefestivals.com
Phone: 918-786-8896
Email:  mail@grandlakefestivals.com

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

BATON ROUGE BLUEGRASS NEWS FOR AUGUST

A great month of music events.
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Aug 8th  - FRI -
 
 

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Head to www.ManshipTheatre.org and get your tickets now!

for Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

Legends just don't get any bigger than this! Chris was a founding member of THE BYRDS, THE FLYING BURITO BROTHERS & THE DESERT ROSE BAND. Herb is a legendary songwriter as well as a member of THE DESERT ROSE BAND. Together these guys are the best. This show may actually sell out. Join us!! RYAN HARRIS opens.

Check out this Herb song....."Wait a Minute". This song has been covered by the Seldom Scene and dozens of others. GREAT SONG!!!!!
 
Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen are playing the Manship Theatre this Friday, Aug 8 at 7:30 pm. Seats available at the Manship website. Check out this great Herb Pedersen song by the Desert Rose Band!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDWk-8UqYRA
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Desert Rose Band reunited, playing "Wait A Minute", a wonderful Herb Pedersen-penned tune. January 19,...
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AUG 20th - WED -  Jemini Venture will perform at the
 
Tallulah Lounge at 6 pm - 9 pm on Wed nite.  Bring friends.  Throw
 
coins (preferably gold ones).  Tallulah is situated on main floor of the
 
new Renaissance Hotel on Bluebonnet  Blvd near the Mall of La.
 
Let's turn out to support our local bands.
 
 
 
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AUG 22nd - FRI -
 
Don McLean!!!!!
 
 
Yes, THE Don Mclean. He wrote "American Pie". He wrote "Vincent". He had hits with "Crying", "And I Love Her So". The tune "Killing Me Softly With His Song" was written ABOUT Don McLean. This is a big deal, y'all. The Manship was booked so we are doing this show at the River Center Theatre (next door to the big River Center) on Friday, Aug 22. Seats are available at www.Ticketmaster.com . If you would like to see us sticking our neck out on big shows like this, help us make this one a big success! This is our biggest gamble to date and we are hoping to make it a massive hit!
 
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AUG 23rd - SAT - Sweet Olive String Band - presents a whole evening of old time music. It is old in that the music Sweet Olive band plays is all from no later than early 20th century. We can hear the roots of country and bluegrass in this music. The members include: Mike Kerwin on guitar and vocals, Pat Flory on guitar, dobro, mandolin and vocals, Gina Forsyth on fiddle and vocals, and Rob Schafer on bass and vocals. Each of the members of The Sweet Olive Band has had a distinguished music career either as a soloist or with members of other bands. See: http://sweetolivemusic.com/about-us for a discussion of each member.
From the Sweet Olive Music website: New Orleans based SWEET OLIVE STRING BAND stays true to the spirit of American rural string band music. Their brother duet, high lonesome style harmonies are backed by a healthy mix of old time fiddling, soulful slide guitar, bluesy mandolin and guitar picking anchored by steady pulse string bass. Recently formed by Mike Kerwin and Pat Flory, Sweet Olive String Band plays regular shows at Chickie Wah on Canal St. in Mid-City. Live shows feature originals, fiddle tunes, country blues and old time brother duets. Their self titled CD is currently available at Louisiana Music factory and live shows.
Be sure to check out the video from Louisiana Music Factory linked on the Sweet Olive website. Or on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X2sBSPrVO0
When: Saturday, August 23rd, 7 P.M.
Where: Calmes House Concerts: 11143 Lazy Lake Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70818  - Robert and Dianne Calmes
Cost: Suggested donation is $15 per person
Intermission is at 8:00. Food and drink is Free. Feel free to contribute to food or ice chest.
RSPV by e-mail (rcalmes2@yahoo.com) or tel. (261-4718), if you plan to attend.
Make it a picnic.  Bring some friends and treats, but tell the Calmes you are coming.  Also bring some cooler weather!
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Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
[Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n]Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou.
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor
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P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
BRbluegrass@aol.com
BluegrassOnBayou@aol.com
Tel. (225) 387-1600

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.Bluegrass & Olde Tyme
acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and roadside ditches of Louisiana
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SHERMAN TX - CHRYSTAL OPRY HOUSE AUGUST 2

Chrystal Opry House Bluegrass Event

Our August 2nd Bluegrass program features The Gaskills. This family band of four brothers is noted for its tight harmonies and driving instrumentals. They have performed in 30 states, a real accomplishment for so young a band (ages 15-22). It includes Tim, playing the guitar and dobro, Peter, playing the banjo and singing lead and harmony parts, Josh, playing the upright bass and adding tenor vocals, and James, mandolin and singing lead and harmony parts. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this band.
Also, our bluegrass jam begins at 5:00 o’clock.  Jammers are invited and listeners are appreciated.
The doors and concession area will be open at 6 pm and admission is $7 per adult with children under 12 admitted free with an adult. The concession area has brisket sandwiches and hot dogs as well as coffee, soda, water, popcorn, and candy.

The Chrystal Opry House is located at 1977 White Mound Road, Sherman, Texas which is 1.5 miles west of Tom Bean or 6 miles east of Howe on FM 902 and a half mile south on White Mound Road. No alcohol is permitted and there is no smoking inside the building. Seating is provided. Persons interested in performing at the Chrystal Opry House should contact Bill Hayes at 903-546-6893 or http://www.chrystalopryhouse.com.
(“Like” us on face book--chrystalopryhouse and (www.melodyranchbluegrassfestival.com)

PS:

Our Deep Summer Bluegrass Festival will be August 20-23. We’ll be looking for you!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MARTHAVILLE LA REBEL STATE PARK 2014-15 EVENTS



Rebel State Historic Site
Home of the
Louisiana Country Music Museum
In Marthaville, LA

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Calendar of Events

2014-2015
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July Folk Art and Music – July 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Acoustic Jam Session – July 19, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Karaoke Night – July 19, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dulcimer Day – July 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
                              

August Back to School Bash – August 9, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
 “Mini” Mountain Dulcimer Workshop – August 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon


September Governor Jimmie Davis Day – September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Acoustic Jam Session – September 20, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Rebel’s 4th Annual Gospel Jubilee -- September 27, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.


October The 13th Annual Haunted Museum Tours
October 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2014 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
October 31, 2014 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
         Trunk or Treat -- October 31, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.


November – History of the Louisiana Hayride – November 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       

December Rebel Country Christmas Lights Display with over 75,000 lights.
Tuesday through Saturday hours extended to 9 p.m., December 2, 2014 to December 20, 2014
Visits with Santa – December 6, 13, 20, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Acoustic Jam Session – December 20, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.


Upon Request Events


Nature Hike – On the Rebel Outback Trail – Take a 1/4 mile hike here at Rebel SHS.

Permanent Programs at Rebel State Historic Site – offered Tuesday through Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Listening Library at Rebel State Historic Site is a collection of book, films, and musical recordings that tell the story of Country music. Visitors can listen to country recordings and access information about the roots of country music from Rebel’s Listening Library. Also, any donations to our collection are gladly welcomed.

Musical Petting Zoo is a collection of stringed instruments on display for visitors to touch, play, and enjoy!

The Recording Studio at Rebel State Historic Site offers visitors and musicians the opportunity to record their music and join in the legacy that is Country Music.
(This exhibit is currently under renovation.)
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The Staff at Rebel would like to remind everyone that if you can’t make it to one of our events, come out to the site and visit the Louisiana Country Music Museum, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed to the public Sundays and Mondays, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.  Admission is $4 for adults.  School groups, children (12 and under), seniors (62 and over) and State Parks annual pass holders are always FREE.
 For more information about Rebel or any of our upcoming events, call us toll free
 1-888-677-3600 or locally (318) 472-6255.
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Please remember that the facilities at Rebel State Historic Site are available for all of your family functions and can be reserved by calling 1-877-226-7652 or online at www.reserveamerica.com


 
 


Thursday, June 19, 2014

BATON ROUGE LA CLAIRE LYNCH CONCERT JUNE 20

Well folks, the time draws near, the Band [www.clairelynch.com] plans to roll into BR tonite and rest up.  We'll try to give them a tour of the Miss River front in the morning or early day, then we and they will begin prepping for the concert - lot of work.  Some volunteers like "Steve Stewart Sound" were there on Thursday afternoon moving sound equipment for your perfect enjoyment.
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And it's 50% chance of a shower Friday afternoon.  Not a big downpour.  Just a summer shower to cool things down.  It should be fine before concert time.
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PARKING:  Eextra paved parking across boulevard and next door to Church. 
DO NOT park on grass at Church (lightning bolts). 
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We are trying to provide bottled ice water outside the doors.  No food or beverages inside the building.  You can bring your pic nic stuff, but not inside (more lightning bolts).
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 Many, many thanks to the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge for hosting  this wonderful event. 
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The way our concert will be super successful is to come and bring  friends.  Share the great music.  Don't let it be one you missed.
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If you have a question, telephone, or send email message.
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Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
[Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n]Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou.
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor
)
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
BRbluegrass@aol.com
Tel. (225) 387-1600
.Bluegrass & Olde Tyme
acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and roadside ditches of Louisiana 

ARLINGTON TX ACOUSTIC MUSIC CAMP AUG 7 - 9

Acoustic Music Camp
August 7-9 2014 in Arlington, Texas

Dobro teacher Ivan Rosenberg has been added to our lineup of instructors. He is a great instructor and teaches at Reso Summit, and many other camps around the country. Ivan has toured with Chris Jones and Chris Coole and his music has been featured on over 300 TV shows and movies.
Grammy Winners Alison Brown & Brad Davis, join Bill Evans, Dix Bruce, Texas Shorty, Dale Morris Jr. and Sr., Keith Yoder, Sam Swank, Nate Lee, Gerald Jones, David Hamburger and others on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, vocal/harmony, bass, fingerstyle guitar & more!
Beginner Banjo Boot Camp: A special track for beginning banjoists. Concentrating on group exercises to improve speed, changing chords, playing rolls, and licks. Anyone can play a banjo with a little practice and repetition.
Instructor Jams: More instructor-led jams! All instructors not presenting a special workshop will lead a Slow, Intermediate or Advanced jam each day. We have an Oldtime Music Jam each day! Clawhammer banjoist D. Lee Thomas and friends will host an Oldtime Music Jam each afternoon. After dinner there are faculty concerts and jamming until you drop!
Gerald Jones will present a special workshop on playing banjo in a church setting. The workshop will prepare you to change keys on the fly, make the melody stand out, arrangements of tunes most churches want, plus amplification with Praise bands and more.
Join us for the fun!
For more info: AcousticMusicCamp.com or 214-236-0783
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Monday, June 16, 2014

LEAGUE CITY TX - JULY 19 - TX STATE MANDOLIN CONTEST

The July 2014 Bay Area Bluegrass Association (BABA) show will feature the "Texas State Mandolin Contest". If you play you'll want to enter yourself with a chance to win a great grand prize of $300 and a new Eastman mandolin. If you like to hear good instrumental music, come listen to young and old give their best for all to enjoy. Also appearing will be a new favorite "Pet Rooster". Don't miss a great evening at the BABA free Bluegrass show and jam, Saturday July 19th at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center. You'll find us at 300 West Walker in League City, Texas. In addition to the music, you can try your luck at the raffles and door prizes, and jam with old friends and new. If you are more of a grinner than a picker, enjoy the stage shows, along with some tasty food and bluegrass merchandise for sale.

Start the evening with jamming in one of three separate jam rooms, open from 5:00 until 11:30 PM (including a slow jam for beginners). The contest starts on the stage at 7:00 PM.
What more could you ask? While it’s free to get in the doors, KEEPING them open every month isn’t free, and we truly appreciate your generous donations so that we can continue offering this wonderful music and jamming opportunity to everyone.

It'll be fun, come and join us!
Contact: BABA President Rick Kirkland crk5820@msn.com 281-488-2244 www.bayareabluegrass.org

Saturday, June 14, 2014

ATHENS TX - GOSPEL MUSIC HALL JUNE 14 2014

Life Needs Frosting......... Join us this Saturday! 
 
Paul's Journey Quartet is coming to Athens, TX!  Get ready for an exciting evening this Saturday June 14 at 6:00 PM. Texas Gospel Music Hall HWY 19 South Palestine.
 
 
Photo attached of Paul's Journey group voted SGM FAN FAIR FAVORITE MALE QT., South Texas Association Group of the year, Nominated for Diamond Award Group of the year, Fan Awards inn the Singing News Magazine, and have on main stage National Quartet Convention 2010, 2011, 2012. Rod Treme is the bass singer and manager of the group. Rod is an original member of the group and has written many of the songs performed.  We had Paul's Journey lasts year the audience wanted them back!.  Concessions available with refreshments.  Call and reserve your tickets now  903--677-2492 or 903-477-8084. Will be looking for you! 
 

 
Blessings,
Frances Fulton

Texas Gospel Music Hall
HWY 19 South Palestine
Athens, TX. 75751
www.texas-gospelmusichall.com
903-477-8084 . 903-677-2492

NEBRASKA ASTA FIDDLE TUNE COMPOSITION WINNERS

 Annual Nebraska American String Teachers Fiddle Tune Composition Contest were received from
California (Fresno, San Jose), Colorado (Lafayette), Illinois (Oak Park), Maryland (Accokeek, Bethesda), Massachusetts (Boston), Michigan (Canton), Nebraska (Bellevue, Gretna, Lincoln, Omaha), New York (Buffalo, New York City), North Carolina (Raleigh), Oklahoma (Tulsa), Virginia (Arlington), Wyoming (Cheyenne), Canada (Nova Scotia)

The results are as follows:

First Place: "It Was You", by Lin Gowin, Lincoln, NE

Second Place: "Art Harrison's Reel", by Mike Casey, Oak Park, IL

Third Place: "Cache La Poudre", by Steven Scott, Cheyenne, WY

Best Viola Tune: "Tater's Haircut", by Steven Scott, Cheyenne, WY

The winning tunes will be printed in up-coming issues of Stringing Along, our Nebraska ASTA newsletter. For more information about subscribing to Stringing Along, contact Mindy Hunke at mhunke@cox.net. The Best Viola Tune will be made available on the American Viola Society website as part of their American Viola Project at http://americanviolasociety.org/resources/scores/american-viola-project/.

For information about next year's Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition contest, contact debby@greenblattandseay.com.
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Posted by: Deborah Greenblatt  

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

SHERMAN TX - CHRYSTAL OPRY HOUSE - JUNE 1-7

8th Annual Jamming Festival Shows

Our 8th Annual Bluegrass festival (June 1-7) is focused on jamming and having fun along with potlucks and games. To finish off the week, we have booked bands to play Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. On Friday night, beginning at 6 o’clock an open mic gives opportunity to the jammers to get onstage for a bit before the Melody Ranch Ramblers begin their program at 6:30. At 7:30 Copper Canyon will perform and at 8:30 there will be a band scramble for those wishing to participate.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 pm is another open mic opportunity. At 2:00 and 6:00 pm Tin Top Road will perform. Nickelville Road will play at 3:00 and 7:00 pm and Copper Canyon will perform at 4:00 and 8:00 pm.  Jamming will continue from 9:00 till ???.
            Admission for Friday is $10. Admission for Saturday is $15. Come for both days and pay only $20.
            The Chrystal Opry house is located at 1977 White Mound Road, Sherman, Texas, which is 1.5 miles west of Tom Bean or 6 miles east of Howe on FM 902 and a half mile south on White Mound Road.  No alcohol is permitted and there is no smoking inside the building. Seating is provided.
            Food is available at the snack bar inside the Opry House during the shows. We serve hot dogs, chopped brisket sandwiches, nachos, chili dogs, ice cream, popcorn, soda, coffee, and candy bars.
Individuals or bands interested in performing at the Chrystal Opry House should contact Bill Hayes at 903-546-6893 or  "http://www.chrystalopryhouse.com/"
     (“Like” us on face book--chrystalopryhouse and melodyranchbluegrassfestival


Thursday, May 01, 2014

SHERMAN TX CHRYSTAL OPRY HOUSE MAY 3RD

Chrystal Opry House Bluegrass Event

Saturday, May 3rd is our first Saturday bluegrass jam and show. The jam will begin at 5 pm. We had a really good jam last month so come on out and join in! An open mic is scheduled for 6:30 for anyone wishing to get some stage experience.
Our Bluegrass show will begin at 7 pm. Performing will be the Melody Ranch Ramblers. Members of this band are George Kirby, fiddle, Flavil George, vocals and banjo, Charles Woolly, vocals and mandolin, Dale Anderson, vocals and bass, Judy Ziola, vocals, and Bill Hayes, vocals and rhythm guitar.
                        Admission to this event is $7 for adults with children under 12 admitted free with an adult. The concession area has brisket sandwiches and hot dogs as well as coffee, soda, water, popcorn, and candy.  Doors will open at 5 when the jamming begins.
     The Chrystal Opry House is located 1.5 miles west of Tom Bean or 6 miles east of Howe on FM 902 and a half mile south on White Mound Road.  No alcohol is permitted and there is no smoking inside the building.
     Individuals or bands interested in performing at the Chrystal Opry House should contact Bill Hayes at 903-546-6893 or http://www.chrystalopryhouse.com


Friday, April 18, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE AR mAY 3RD

Howdy Folks,
 
Slaid Cleaves will be in concert Saturday, May 3 at the 324 Ballroom at 8 p.m.
 
Slaid grew up in Round Pond, Maine and like most musicians has held many day jobs: janitor, warehouse rat, ice cream truck driver, rope-tow operator, film developer, groundskeeper, meter reader, pizza delivery driver   He once was paid to be a subject in drug studies by a pharmaceutical company. 
On November 18, 1985 he made his debut as a street singer in Cork City, Ireland, where he spent his junior year of college. He's an alumnus of  Tufts University where he majored in English and philosophy.  In 1991 he and wife Karen moved to Austin, and except for brief periods, he's been touring ever since. And recording award winning cds - 13 so far.  http://slaidcleaves.com/
 
“I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: Not all the good guys wear hats.”
—Stephen King
 
Admission is $20 and reservations can be made by email (preferred) mshirkey@sbcglobal.net or phone 479-409-1224.
The Ballroom is located behind Jose's on Dickson St. - you can go through the restaurant or enter from the parking lot in back. Also there is valet parking for only three dollars.
 
Thanks and please pass this along to others you think would be interested.
 
Mike
 
 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

LEAGUE CITY TX - MAY 17

On Saturday May 17th, the Bay Area Bluegrass Association monthly show will be exciting, filled with hours of lively music and great entertainment. First up on the stage will be the award winning Pine Island Station, a Houston-area bluegrass band that deliver energetic, heartfelt music from a wide variety of sources. Next up will be a regular to our stage, our friends the Sabine River Bend Band. And finally, we'll cap off the evening with the Sowell Family Picker's, who hope to bless your heart and feed your soul. For you pickers out there bring your instruments and join the fun in one of the many jams going on. Jam sessions start around 5:00 p.m. and the stage shows kick off at 7:00 p.m. All the fun happens in the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center located on 300 W. Walker in League City, TX.
BABA is a non-profit organization promoting bluegrass music in the Bay area. While it’s free to get in the doors, KEEPING them open every month isn’t free, and we truly appreciate your generous donations so that we can continue offering this wonderful music and jamming opportunity to everyone. Memberships are also available.
It'll be fun, come and join us!