January - Texas Music Events Calendar 2014

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Larry Joe Taylor's 14th Annual Coastin' and Cruisin'
January 4-11

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas

Larry Joe Corporation, Inc.
Larry Joe Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 965-4061; (254) 968-8505
Activities: Cruise
Join Larry Joe Taylor & Band and Songwriter Friends as they once again take their music to the high seas for the 14th 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 New Orleans, Louisiana to Falmouth, Jamaica, George Town, Grand Cayman 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.

Jackson Street Market Days
January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

Jackson Street; Between Forth and Commerce

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.

Austin Songwriters Symposium
January 8-12

OMNI Hotel; 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX

Austin Songwriters Group
Lee Duffy
P.O. Box 2578; Austin, TX 78768
(512) 698-4237
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.

Rockport Gospel Music Festival
January 9-12

First Baptist Church

Rockport-Fulton High School and First Baptist Church
Gary Howard
1515 N. Live Oak Street; Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 205-2789
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 Williamsons, the Strackbeins 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.

International Chopin Piano Competition
January 11

St. Pius X Church; Corpus Christi

Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas
Nina Drath
4610 Abner Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 854-6807; Fax (361) 853-6771
Music: Classical
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.

Bancroft Family Concerts
January 11, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 10

Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX, 75201

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Virginia Haak, Office Manager/Education Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players will present seven concerts of classical chamber music and world music during the 2013-2014 season of the Bancroft Family Concerts. These free concerts are held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October through May. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts capacity crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area.

Second Saturdays
January 11

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) 547-2660
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.

Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral
January 12, March 30, May 4

San Fernando Cathedral; 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Musical Bridges Around the World
Sarah B. Gabriel, Office Manager
23705 Interstate Highway 10 West No. 101; San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 464-1534; (210) 900-3081
Activities: Concert season
The Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral are free and open to the public. The Musical Evenings will feature one of a kind musical collaborations. These wonderful performances will take place in the oldest cathedral in the nation, in the heart of downtown San Antonio. All listeners are invited to meet the artists at the catered dessert reception following every concert.

Tuesday Night Jazz
January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13

St. Paul United Methodist Church; 1806 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201

St. Paul United Methodist Church
Lynette DeBose
1816 Routh Street; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-000
Music: Blues, Gospel, Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Now in its 17th season, Tuesday Nite Jazz offers the best in live jazz through a series of concerts in a historic sanctuary older than jazz itself. Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, The Soul of the Dallas Arts District. The only church in downtown Dallas rooted in African-American traditions of worship, St. Paul is the sole survivor of what was, for over a century, a neighborhood of monumental black churches. The congregation that greets you today is the same community that has worshiped on this very site since its establishment by a visionary body of recently freed slaves in 1873. Reception with the artists following each performance. Jazz lovers of all ages are welcome.

Symphony Arlington
January 16, February 13, March 13, April 17, May 8

Arlington Music Hall; 224 North Center Street, Arlington, TX

Symphony Arlington
Bethany Thomey, General Manager
P.O. Box 202051; Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 385-0484
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Many great composers have done their finest work when inspired by the beauty of dance. Some, like Stravinsky with Petrushka, Delibes with Coppélia, or Copland with Rodeo,have written full-length ballets intended for virtuoso dancers. Other compositions, like Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, or Bartok’s Dance Suite,use the compelling rhythms of dance in works intended for concert performance.  Forth 2013-14 Season, Symphony Arlington will bring to you all these masterworks and more, plus music for the dance by Tchaikovsky,Ravel, Kodaly, Verdi, and many more. Joining the orchestra will be a stellar array of distinguished guest artists, including guest conductors Leandro Carvalho from Brazil and Alberto Core from Colombia. Texas pianist and 2013 Van Cliburn competitor, Alex McDonald will return for a solo appearance.

South Texas Youth Stockshow
January 17-19

Cameron County Showgrounds; Hwy 510, San Benito, TX

South Texas Youth Stockshow
Kathy Rike, Director
P.O. Box 2075; San Benito, TX 78586
(956) 361-9120
Music: Children's, Country, Tejano
Activities: County fair
South Texas Youth Stockshow is a three-day event with livestock judging, carnival rides, concession booths and special events such as horse shows, car show, steer roping, and arts and crafts displays. This is a scholarship show open to students from the Rio Grande Valley.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
January 17-February 8

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
January 17-19

23rd and Strand; 2314 Strand Street, Galveston, TX 77550-1567

Yaga's Entertainment, Inc.
Leslie Thompson
2314 Strand Street; Galveston, TX 77550-1567
(956) 778-4624; (409) 770-0999; Fax (409) 419-1717
Activities: Food Festival
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 18, 2014, featuring a variety of locally crafted beers and over 80 chili cook-off teams. Visitors to the 5th 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 link above to find out how to participate in each of these events. 

St. Cecilia Music Series
January 17, February 21, March 20, May 23

First Presbyterian Church of Austin; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Activities: Concert season
St. Cecilia's 2013-14 concert season is fast approaching! We have a beautiful season planned for you and we hope to see you all there. The St. Cecilia Music Series will feature a variety of classical music performances such as an event featuring specifically Baroque music to a premier performance by Imperfect Pearl. Visit the website for more specific information concerning concert dates within the series!

Sublime Movement
January 17-18

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue

Austin Chamber Music Center
Michelle Schumann, Artistic Director
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, TX 78756
(512) 454-0026
Music: Classical, Chamber Music
Activities: Concert season
Quartets for violin, viola, cello and piano by 19th and 21st Century powerhouses.

January 24-26

Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas; 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039

Spicy Food Productions
Gregory Bagarozy, President
21 Cimarron Road; Putnam Valley, NY 10579
(845) 661-3616; (888) 505-8246
Music: Country, Swing
Activities: Awards show, Trade show/convention, Cook off
Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 24-26, as ZestFest 2014 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 Spicy Food Productions 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 24-26, 2014 the zestiest weekend of the year!

Luckenbach Texas Blues Festival
January 25

Luckenbach Dance Hall; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg

412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990
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.

Rock and Roll Sock Hop Dance
January 25

Nessler Civic Center; 2010 Fifth Avenue North, Texas City, TX

Texas City Lions Club
David Shinn, Chairperson
2201 17th Avenue North; Texas City, TX 77590
(409) 789-1038
Music: Rock, Rockabilly, East Coast Swing
Tickets are 2/$25.00, BYOB (Liquor only) is accepted.  Dance to the music of the Georges. Wine and Beer available for purchase.  Silent auction and a 50/50. Food and drink items under $3.00. Our Lions club is hosting this event to raise funds for the Texas Lions Camp that caters to crippled children and diabetic children every summer. They charge nothing for the child to be at the camp for 7 days and it is paid for by the Lions of the state of Texas.

Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas Annual Grand Ball Gala
January 31

Corpus Christi Town Club; Corpus Christi

Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas
Nina Drath
4610 Abner Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 854-6807; (361) 854-6807
Music: Classical
Activities: Gala
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.

Texas Yoga Conference and Music Festival
January 31 - February 2

Silver Street Studios; 2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007

Breathe the Cure, Inc.
Jennifer Buergermeister
1824 Spring Street; Houston, TX 77007
(713) 839-9642
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention, Arts & Crafts, Yoga
Now in its fifth year, founded by Texas Yogis, The Texas Yoga Conference (TYC) brings some of the best yoga teachers and motivational speakers to Houston, offering a city retreat full of presentations, yoga classes for all levels, lectures and fun music concerts during three complete days in Houston. In 2014, along with the Texas Yoga Association in benefit of Breathe the Cure, a Texas 501(c)(3), we will focus on community heart coherence statewide and across the Texas border. The event will be held in Houston's Cultural Arts District at Winter and Spring Street Studios close to Washington Avenue and Downtown Houston. The three-day agenda features prestigious presenters as well as practical sessions and interesting workshops. Presenters include Girish, John Salisbury, The Bhakti House Band, Aaron Lind, Karina Virginia, David Magone, Rebecca Butler, Kurt Johnsen, Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, Matt Venuti, Dearbla Kelly and of course many of our amazing local Texas Talented Yogis.