One of the new family bands coming to the Rio Grande Valley this season is the Punches Family, consisting of Mom, Bobette; Dad, Bruce; and children, Graham, 11; Owen, 9; Brooke, 7 and Emily, 7. The family is from Frederickson, MO and has been singing together for five years in a variety of venues including bluegrass festivals, fairgrounds, churches and private or business events. They won first place in Silver Dollar City’s Youth & Bluegrass Band Contest in 2007 and were made Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertaining Group of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
The Punches can be seen on Jan. 6 at Pleasant Valley Resort, Mission; Jan. 8, Paradise South RV Park, Mercedes; Jan. 11, Paradise Park, Pharr; Jan. 12, Eldorado Acres, Palmview; Jan.13, Lazy Palms, Edinburg; Jan. 15, Ranchero Village, Weslaco; Jan 16-18 and 20, Border Theatre in Mission with the Martin Family (10 a.m.); Jan. 17, Acacia Park with the Martin Family, Alamo; Jan. 18, Roadrunner RV Park with the Martin Family, Alamo (6:30 p.m.); Jan. 22, Lakewood RV Park, Harlingen (6:30 p.m.); Jan.23, J-Five RV Park, Mission; Jan 25, Schlitterbahn Restaurant, South Padre Island, (4:30 p.m.); Jan. 27, Green Gate Grove, Mission; Jan 28-29, Chicken House Opry, Mission (2 p.m.); Jan. 29, Victoria Palms, Donna; and Jan. 30, Lemon Tree, Mission.
In February the Punches Family can be seen Feb. 1 at Park Place Estates in Harlingen; Feb. 7, Mission Bell with the Link Family; Feb. 8, Restful Valley Ranch, Mission; Feb. 10, Paradise Acres, Alamo (6:30 p.m.); Feb. 12, Magnolia Park, (6 p.m.), Donna; Feb. 14, Trails End, Weslaco; Feb. 17, Oleander Acres, Mission; Feb. 19, Trophy Gardens (6 p.m.), Alamo; Feb. 20, Hidden Valley Ranch, Mission; Feb. 21, Alamo Rose, (6:30 p.m.); Feb. 22, Bit O Heaven, Donna (5:30 p.m.); Feb. 23, Bentsen Palm RV Park. Mission; Feb. 24, Bentsen Palm Village, Mission, (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.); Feb. 25, Val’s Country Corral, Mission; Feb. 26, Split Rail RV Park, Mission; and Feb. 29, Southern Comfort RV Park, Weslaco (6:30 p.m.).
On March 2 the family will perform at Rollin Homes West, Donna; Mar. 3, Mission West; Mar. 4, Citrus Valley, (6:30 p.m.); McAllen; Mar. 6, Wagon City North, Mission; Mar. 7, Enchanted Valley, Mission; Mar. 9, Valley View Estates, Mission; Mar. 10, Fiesta Village, Mission; Mar. 11, Alamo Palms (6 p.m.); Mar. 12, Citrus Mobile Park, Edinburg; Mar. 13, Bentsen Grove, Mission; and Mar. 18, Magic Valley Park, Weslaco. All shows are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.