An all-star lineup of entertainment greeted guests who attended the first Valley Star Awards Show held at Victoria Palms on Saturday, Feb. 25. Robert and Billie Ferguson, activity directors at Victoria Palms, hosted the event.
The Golden Oldies Show, starring Tucker, Susan Hudson Carman, John Sager, Greg Jones and Harry Hazzard, will be featured in two performances at Southern Comfort on March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and one show at Palm Shadows in Donna on March 10 at 2 p.m.
Winter Texans who love the traditional, old Irish songs and love to hear a great voice singing them will not want to miss Ralph Kuster’s upcoming shows at the Border Theatre, Mar. 7-8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Kuster has a full line-up of Irish songs including “When Irish Eyes are smiling”, “Danny Boy,” “Maggie,” “McNamara’s Band,” “My Wild Irish Rose” and “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral.” He will also sing other songs Like “Red River Valley” and “Green, Green Grass of Home” that have ties to Ireland, including “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic,” which left Ireland on its fateful voyage.
On Saturday, March 3 the Border Theater in Mission, will host the Roger Kenaston Band and Bob and Sheila Everhart with a special guest appearance by Francis Hahn in a show that is loaded with talent. 905 N. Conway in Mission
Roger Kenaston of the Kenaston Band began playing as a young boy behind his fiddle-playing father and quickly advanced to lead guitar in the family band. He became an award-winning fiddle player and learned to play the dobro, mandolin, lap steel player and also was a vocalist. He considers his style to be a combination of the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens, and Don Rich, the rockabilly of Carl Perkins, the finger picking of Merle Travis, and the flat-picking of Doc Watson.
“When we were headed home last year, my wife turned to me while we were driving and said, ‘what’s next’?” said Steve Young, father of the Young Family Band. “I thought about it for a minute and then said the first thing would be for me to take early retirement from the Oklahoma City Fire Department. The second thing would be for us to buy a bus for traveling.”
“Within the hour, I had received calls from three different churches wanting to book our show,” said Steve. “I believe it was the Lord telling me I was making the right decision.
Anyone who likes good music and comedy will not want to miss Laughing Bird, a talented duo who will be returning to the Valley February 25.
Tupelo and Janey Wing Kenyon have been performing together since 1978. They have traveled from Alaska to South America, from California to Carolina and Europe to Asia, performing at fairs, festivals, universities, on cruise ships and at community concerts.
They took their name Laughing Bird from the year-and-a-half they traveled in Central America in their RV. Whenever they brought out their instruments to play, a bird called the laughing falcon would show up and sing along. It sounded like a woman having a good laugh. Since their goal is for everyone to laugh and have a good time, and Janey’s maiden name is Wing, Laughing Bird seemed a perfect name for their duo.
Longtime Vern Young fans will have one more chance to see him this weekend when he is special guest star at Chicken House Opry on Feb. 25-26. Or they can see him perform at the 2012 FAME (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment) awards ceremony to be held Monday, Feb. 27 at the Shrine Hall in Pharr at 2 p.m.
Vern is 88 years old and says this is his last year to perform. The longtime members of his band had to give up traveling a couple of years ago, and now Vern has decided to do the same.
Vern was selected Male Vocalist of the Year 11 times by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, which is headquartered in Kirksville, Missouri. He was presented a proclamation by the Governor of Missouri for his 72 years in music and his accomplishments in 2010. He is a member of New York State Country Music Hall of Honor. He was also inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
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