January - Texas Music Events Calendar 2013
The 2013 TMEC lists more than 500 annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2013 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] governor.state.tx.us or call (512) 463-6666.
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Rockport Gospel Music Festival
First Baptist Church;
Rockport-Fulton High School and First Baptist Church
1515 N. Live Oak Street; Rockport, TX 78382
The Rockport Gospel Music Festival began in 1994 as a gospel music concert, sponsored by the “Rockport’s Gospel Force” police quartet. It has been our goal from the beginning to give our citizens and visiting Winter Texas friends an enjoyable time of Christian entertainment and praise through gospel music. The Gospel Music Festival has grown larger and larger each year, because you continue to support this festival with your attendance, your prayers and your contributions. Without your consistent support the festival would never have grown to the three-day event that it has been the past few years. Here we are at our 17th annual event and we sincerely appreciate the support received for this festival from generous Christian people all around the area. The support of local churches, Christian owned businesses, our Winter Texan friends, and our local citizens has been overwhelming. We look forward to your continued generosity and support as we continue on through the next several years. Music is a powerful tool that reaches into the very soul of man. When music is added with the Gospel of Christ, lives are changed. We would like to welcome to this year’s festival for the first time: Mr. Brian Arnold from Hollow Rock, Tennessee, I first met Brian several years ago at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. At that time he was singing with our now Emcee. David Fountain in a group called Chosen Few. Brian is known as “America’s Best One Handed Piano Player” and hopefully we will see during the weekend why he has been given that title. We are also glad to welcome the Williamson’s, the Strackbein’s and it is good to have Jerry Bennett back with us. What can we say about the Crimson River Quartet other than thank you for the many trips that you have made from California to Rockport year after year to be with us for our festival. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year for the existence of their quartet.Other groups returning this year are The Telestials, Dale and Cheryl Golden, Shiloh now called FourTwelve, 4 His Love, Delivered, John Springer Family, Greg Shockley (our very capable sound man) and of course, Rockport’s own Gospel Force Quartet.
Jackson Street Market Days
January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
On Jackson Street between 4th and Commerce;
City of Harlingen
P.O. Box 2207; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041; (956) 425-2100
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rockabilly,
Jackson Street Market Days are on the first Saturday of every month. Shop for treasures at an old-fashioned, open-air street market featuring antiques, collectibles, plants, and fresh produce, live music, and more! On Jackson Street between 4th & Commerce, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sponsored by Downtown Merchants. For information, call June Ramirez, (956) 423-4041. 2012 Dates are January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, and December 7.
Elvis Tribute Show
Continental Club; 1315 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
1315 South Congress Avenue; Austin, TX 78704
The 27th Annual Elvis Tribute Show will feature artists featuring Ted Roddy's King Conjure Orchestra with special guests Shaun Young's New Blue Moon Boys.
San Antonio Symphony's Brahms Festival
January 5, 15, 20, 22, 25-29, 31, February 2-4, 7-12, 14-17, 24
Majestic Theatre and other venues throughout San Antonio;
San Antonio Symphony
Paul S. Salazar, Director of Patron Services
P.O. Box 658 ; San Antonio, TX 78293-0658
(210) 554-1062; (210) 554-1010; Fax (210) 554-1008
Activities: Concert season, Music festival,
After successful Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Festivals, the San Antonio Symphony and Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing will present a city-wide Brahms Festival during the months of January and February. The festival provides the unique opportunity to hear four symphonies, two piano concertos, a violin concerto and the double concerto for violin and cello by Brahms over the course of just ten days. New for this year’s festival, we have created two unique “Discovery” concerts on Sunday afternoons that will present an inside look at the music and story behind Brahms Symphonies No. 2 & 4. These special one-hour concerts will include a discussion by Maestro Lang-Lessing, video close-ups and a performance of a complete symphony. The festival will also feature world-class artists performing chamber, choral, organ and vocal music by Brahms and is presented in collaboration with nineteen artistic partners. Visit BrahmsSA.com for a complete listing of events.
International Chopin Piano Competition
St. Pius X Church; Corpus Christi
Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas
4610 Abner Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 853-6771; (361) 854-6807; Fax (361) 853-6771
Activities: Awards show,
The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born between 1982 and 1992. All applications must be submitted before December 1,. The jury for the competition will consist of prominent European and American judges. Musical Requirements are two etudes, one nocturne, one ballad, one waltz and one contestant's choice. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born between 1982 and 1992. Cash prizes will be awarded to First, Second and Third Place winners. First and Second Prize winners are eligible to compete in the Grand Prix Competition. Winners' Recital and Luncheon featuring the winners of the Fourteenth Annual International Chopin Piano Competition. Call or fax for details: (361) 853-6771.
Tommy Duncan Celebration ~ 2
The Tommy Duncan Project
P.O. Box 2484; Whitney, TX 76692
A tribute celebration to Tommy Duncan including performances by Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys and Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition with Dave Alexander and Floyd Domino.
Larry Joe Taylor's 13th Annual Coastin' and Cruisin'
Larry Joe Corporation, Inc.
Larry Joe Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 965-4061; (254) 968-8505; Fax (254) 968-8800
Join Larry Joe Taylor & Band and Songwriter Friends as they once again take their music to the high seas for the 13th Annual Coastin' & Cruisin' Cruise. This is a unique opportunity to listen and interact with songwriters while cruising in the aqua blue waters of the Eastern Caribbean. Come experience what everyone's been talking about... The BIGGEST and BEST music cruise sailing out of Texas! Songwriter Cruise sails from Galveston, TX to Belize City, Belize, Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise features singer songwriters, Mike McClure, Richard Leigh, Kelly McGuire, Dave Perez, Keith Sykes, Larry Joe Taylor & more. Private shows on board Royal Caribbeans Mariner of the Seas.
January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069
McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2661; Fax (972) 547-2622
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly,
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month. For more information please visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call 972.547.2660. Event occurs: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14.
Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TFEA) Annual Conference and Trade Show
Renaissance Austin Hotel; 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, TX
Texas Association for Fairs and Events
Penny C. Reeh
P.O. Box 1025; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(800) 990-1332; (512) 343-2626; Fax (830) 990-1370
Activities: Trade show/convention,
The Texas Association of Fairs and Events will hold their annual convention and trade show at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Artists submitted press kits and music to get to showcase before talent buyers during the event. Registrants get to go to various sessions on production, sponsorships, safety, volunteers and working with carnival vendors. There will be a slient auction on Saturday night prior to the Texas Fairs and Events Education Foundation Night to raise money for scholarships for high school students. For more information go to: www.texasfairs.com.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
January 18-February 9
Will Rogers Memorial Center; 3401 West Lancaster Drive, Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Bradford S. Barnes
P.O. Box 150; Fort Worth, TX 76101
(817) 877-2400; (817) 877-2420
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing,
Activities: County fair, Cowboy poetry, Rodeo, Singing contests, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention,
Welcome to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo! Join us for 23 days of great rodeo action, world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, daily live music, terrific food, the carnival midway, four acres of unique daily shopping and more.
Yaga's Chili Quest & Beer Fest
23rd and Strand;
Yaga's Entertainment, Inc.
2314 Strand Street; Galveston, TX 77550-1567
(956) 778-4624; (409) 770-0999; Fax (409) 419-1717
Who doesn't love hot chili and cold beer? Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest returns to Galveston Historic Strand District on Saturday, January 19, 2013, featuring a variety of locally crafted beers and over 80 chili cook-off teams. Visitors to the 4th Annual Chili Quest will be able to sample chili from teams vying to be awarded the Best Chili on Galveston Island. Returning this year is the expanded Beer Festival. Visitors to the beer festival will be able to purchase a souvenir beer- tasting mug along with a punch card to sample a variety over 100 craft and import beers and chat with expert BrewMasters. The ultimate beer fan is promised rare finds and a few surprises. We are also bringing back the Homebrew Competition and Beer Fest vendors. Due to the growing craft beer scene we have invited those guys (and gals) who are hard at work concocting the next great brew to submit their ales to a panel of expert BrewMasters. Other events include a Washer Pitching Tournament, Margarita Contest, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Chili Pepper Quick Step 5K Fun Run, and Strand Merchant Walk-About. Click the links above to find out how to participate in each of these events.
Martin Luther King Jr. March & Festival
Huston-Tillotson University; Austin, TX
The Heritage Council
Linda Y. Jackson
900 Chicon Street; Austin, TX 78702
Activities: March and Festival
The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the Capitol for Gospel music and then on to historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. In previous years, the march has drawn up to an estimated 15,000 people and we are anticipating even more individuals to unite for this special occasion. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march with us and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the march arrives on location and will last until 3 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! A vendor application can be downloaded for those interested in purchasing booth space. For questions and information, please contact Carol Wright by email or by telephone at (512) 323-6773 ext. 102.
Austin Songwriters Symposium
OMNI Hotel; 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX
Austin Songwriters Group
P.O. Box 2578; Austin, TX 78768
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Rockabilly,
Activities: Songwriting contests, Panel discussions
The annual four-day symposium brings songwriters and music industry professionals together for a full slate of workshops, panels, publisher pitch sessions, showcases, late night pickin’ circles and more. If you were with us last January, you know first-hand what a great event it was. So many highlights from the weekend that unless you were there, you can’t fully appreciate just how special the event was for everyone who attended. Roger Allen interviewing Joe Ely on Friday evening, and Jody Denberg on Saturday at the Keynote lunch were particular standouts for me personally, as well as the first time presence of professional songwriter-artists Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman and Matthew Santos.
Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas Annual Grand Ball Gala
Corpus Christi Town Club; Corpus Christi
Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas
4610 Abner Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 854-6807; (361) 854-6807; Fax (361) 853-6771
Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas Annual Grand Ball Gala is held each year at the Corpus Christi Town Club. Since its inception in 1989, the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas has endeavored to bring performances of the highest quality to the people of South Texas. The Society has also provided opportunities for talented pianists to perform in South Texas and has sponsored piano competitions for young artists.
Concert for the Cure
Cowboys Dancehall; 3030 North East Loop 410
Gamma Chi Delta
One Trinity Place; San Antonio, TX 78212
(913) 486-2125; (210) 279-5122
Music: Country, Rock,
Activities: Music festival, Benefit
Join us for our 8th annual Concert for the Cure at Cowboy's Dance Hall on January 26, 2013. Tickets will be on sale at the door and online via Ticket Master or at the Cowboys Dancehall website. Sign up for our email list to stay updated and for details on our headlining band announcement. We can't wait to see all of you there!
Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
Richardson Performance Hall; Del Mar College, Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society, Inc
P.O. Box 60124; Corpus Christi, TX 78466-0124
(361) 884-5775; (361) 855-0264
Activities: Concert season,
Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society presents the Miro Quartet on January 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at Richardson Performance Hall, Del Mar College, as part of the 31st season of CCCMS. The program will include quartets by Beethoven and Brahms as well as Quartet a la Carte--works chosen by the audience from a 5-course Menu provided by the Miro Quartet. Tickets at the door: $25 for adults; $10 for students. On Friday, January 25, the Quartet will perform for students of St. James Episcopal School at 10 a.m., and will also appear in Casual Classics for the Community that evening at Havana, a downtown club at 500 North Water Street. The doors open at Havana at 5:30 p.m. Guitarist Philip Hii opens the program at 6 p.m. and the Miro Quartet performs at 7 p.m.
January 25 - 27
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas; 500 W Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
Chile Pepper Magazine
3401 West Lancaster; Fort Worth, TX 76107
Activities: Music festival,
Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 28-30, as ZestFest 2011 brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Hosted by Chile Pepper Magazine and taking place in Irving, Texas, ZestFest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make January 28-30, 2011 the zestiest weekend of the year!
Luckenbach Texas Blues Festival
Luckenbach Dance Hall; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg
412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990; Fax (830) 997-1024
Activities: Music festival,
Luckenbach Texas Blues Festival line up includes Hayes Carll, Jimmy LaFave, Carolyn Wonderland, Clay McClinton, Bonnie Bishop w/ special Guest Lee Roy Parnell, Mingo Fishtrap, Paula Nelson and Danny Brooks.
Bancroft Family Concerts
January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 11
First Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX
Fine Arts Chamber Players
Gae Hatton, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
Concerts are free, and no reservation is required: January 26, 2013 – Iridium Brass Quintet, February 23 – Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr with Anton Nel on piano, March 23 – Harpists Laura Logan & Jeff Walters, April 27 – Members of Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform Janáček’s Mladi sextet for winds, and May 11 – 7th Annual Charles Barr Memorial concert featuring young artist, Christine Wu, with Deborah Austin on piano.
I've Made a Record...Now What?
The Show Room at Dave and Busters; 6010 Richmond Avenue, Houston
Best in Texas Magazine
2500 Tanglewilde, Suite 106; Houston, TX 77063
(713) 952-9221; Fax (713) 952-1207
"I've Made a Record...Now What?" We've been getting that question for many years. When it first started happening 12 years ago, we decided it was important to bring music industry experts together to answer those questions! Needless to say it's been successful every year with keynote speakers like Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green and Ray Wylie Hubbard telling their stories to seminar attendees. The 2013 keynote speaker is Lloyd Maines.