Air Fiesta 2014, sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force, Rio Grande Valley Wing, has been moved up to Feb. 22-23, a bit earlier than usual this year. Performers will include the Aeroshell Aerobatic team, known for tight, awe-inspiring formations and aerial maneuvers at airshows all over the nation.
The Aeroshell team will be flying North American AT-6 Texans, known as the pilot makers. The plane was designed as basic training plane for the United States Army Air Corps back in 1938, and was the primary training plane used for World War II pilots.
Matt Younkin and his Beech 18 will be returning with an aerobatic show starting with a roll on take-off, followed by a series of Cuban eights, point-rolls and even a loop. Matt ends his performance with a dirty pass referred to as the “Elephant Waltz” where he rocks the huge transport wings more than 90 degrees with the landing gear and flaps extended.
The Winter Texan bullfight season's grand finale at the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria, Texas is set for Sunday, March 2 presenting the world-ranked matador Enrique "El Cuate" Espinosa from Cadereyta, Mexico.
One of the highest-paid matadors on the circuit, Espinosa is making his first performance in the United States in this his debut appearance in the Santa Maria Bullring.
“He has won every honor in the bullfight world during his fantastic career, having performed in all the ferias in Mexico and Europe,” said Santa Maria Bullring owner Don Fred Renk.
Two years ago, El Cuate received a femoral artery wound in the monumental bullring in Puebla, Mexico. He took that in stride and has returned to the heights he has held for so many years. It is a great honor to have him on the card for the grand finale in La Gloria, said Renk.
On Friday, Feb. 21 and again on Monday, Feb. 25 Ralph Kuster will be presenting “A Tribute of Classic Country” at 2 p.m.
Kuster will sings the songs of Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Hank Williams, George Strait, and Charlie Rich. He will also sing the songs of Conway Twitty, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Charlie Pride, Freddy Fender, Bob Wills, Glen Campbell, Roger Miller and others.
Ralph has a rich tenor voice that can be enjoyed even more due to the acoustics at the Border Theatre. In addition, he will have pictures on the big screen behind the stage. For tickets call (417) 230-8198. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
The 10th annual Rio Grande Valley Music Festival will be held at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes Feb. 11-16. Just about every musician who performs for Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley will be there at one time or another. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Tickets are just $8 (includes parking) for a full day of entertainment and a $25 ticket will get Winter Texans in for all five and a half days. Tickets for the Sunday Gospel Show are $4 for the morning.
According to George Rogers, one of the original organizers, the RGVMF got its start in 2005 when some Valley jammers got together a two-day show to replace a canceled event. There was no admission but the hat was passed for expenses. Dedicated to country/western, bluegrass and gospel music the event was well received and soon the RGVMF was born and registered with the state as a non-profit organization. All proceeds over expenses are used to support music education for young people in the Valley.
By 2007, it was a five-day event, and by 2012 the amount raised grew to $32,500. Membership is now $25, which allows members to vote on where the money is donated. All participating musicians donate their time to this event. The event gets support from the City of Mercedes and the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, along with a number of merchants and businesses.
Get ready for an evening of great entertainment from some of the Valley’s best performers on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. as Robert and Billie Ferguson and the Winter Texan Times present the third annual Valley Star Awards.
At the Valley Star Awards, the Rio Grande Valley’s top entertainers are named in 11 different categories, including categories such as Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, Family Musical Group of the Year, and Country Western Band of the Year, plus overall Entertainer of the Year. The awards recipients are chosen by ballots cast by Winter Texans, and the ballot is printed in today’s issue of the Winter Texan Times. The ballot is also available online, CLICK HERE.
Between presentations of this year’s awards recipients, six of the Valley’s top entertainers will perform, making for an exciting evening of anticipation and fun. Performing will be Amber Waves, Susan Hudson Carman, Dave & Daphne, Billy Droze, Jeff Gordon and Jim Greeninger, master guitarist.
World-ranked matador Cesar Castaneda, who triumphed for a full plaza in the Santa Maria Bullring Jan. 19 in the opener, has agreed to return Feb. 9 for the second event of the Winter Texan season. He narrowly escaped serious injury when he was tossed and rolled by one of the bulls during his last performance at Santa Maria. He was up in seconds and fought the bull to a standstill, as the crowd cheered wildly for him.
Castaneda has performed all over the world, including two recent corridas in Canada at Montreal and Toronto. He is slated to appear in Mexico's Yucatan for five performances, and then in the world's largest bullring in Mexico City, when he finishes here in Texas.
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