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Popular Southern Anthem is back

The Pausewangs – Wendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan – will be returning for another season of entertaining in the Rio Grande Valley. Known collectively as Southern Anthem, the band got its start as interim talent in a local theater production but has grown into a full-time ministry. They perform both country and Gospel music.

Mom (Wendy) plays guitar and mandolin while Derek and Mikaela play guitar. All of the children are talented, but young Logan was wowing audiences in the Rio Grande Valley last year at age 11 with his ability to make his fiddle sing. Not only do the children play musical instruments, but they also have good singing voices that allow them to perform the harmony that makes their country and Gospel music so popular.

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Roger Kenaston Band is RFD-TV regular

A Valley favorite, the Roger Kenaston Band from Nebraska, will be performing in the Valley for the 2016 season. The band plays country music, but also does bluegrass and Gospel shows upon request.

The band is a regular performer on RFD-TV’s Midwest Country Show, has performed at Silver Dollar City and the RFD-TV Theater in Branson, and has won numerous awards and recognitions for their talents over the years. They have worked with celebrity entertainers including Stonewall Jackson, Leona Williams, Charlie McCoy, Norma Jean, Jimmy C. Newman, Freddie Hart, Bobby Flores, Claude Gray and others. Sharon’s CD, “Sharon,” was recognized as 2012’s Best Classic Country CD of the Year by the Rural Roots Music Commission and Roger’s newly released CD, “Gospel Guitar,” is the 2015 Gospel Instrumental CD of the Year by the Rural Roots Music Commission.

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Richard Lynch Band returns for third tour of RGV

Richard Lynch of Waynesville, Ohio is returning to Texas with his band for their third season of pure country music in the Rio Grande Valley. The band played in the showcase last January and proved to be popular with the activity directors, many of whom scurried out of the room and headed to the booking room after the band played.

Lynch is an American Country music artist who has released many songs that charted in the world of traditional country music. His passion and purity for country music is similar to that of Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Hank Williams.

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Liverpool Legends return for two shows

Get ready to step back in time to the days when the Beatles were the top band around the world. When many Winter Texans were students still in school, the Beatles – John, Paul, Ringo and George – wowed the music world, changing the style of music listened to by youth all over the world.

The Grammy nominated Liverpool Legends were handpicked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison. The group was selected for their voices, musical abilities and uncanny resemblance to the original Beatles they portrayed. They are the only Beatles tribute show with a family tie back to the original Beatles.

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Spanish lineage bulls used at Santa Maria bullfights

Those who attend the upcoming bullfight at the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria will be seeing bulls from the same lineage as the bulls that were used 1500 years ago in Spain where the art of bullfighting originated. According to Fred Renk, who owns the Santa Maria Bullring, the bulls are four years old and full grown weighing up to 400 kilos.

The upcoming bullfight will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10, featuring highly-acclaimed matador Cesar Casteñeda, currently the fourth ranked bullfighter in Mexico, and Leal Montalvo of Monterrey, who will do anything he can to unseat Casteñeda. The bulls they will be fighting are the biggest ever fought at the Santa Maria Bullring, said Renk. They are the grandsons of Clarenero, the brave bull who was pardoned in Spain over 15 years ago.

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Mission Quilt Show starts Jan. 9

The Mission Historical Museum’s annual Mission Quilt Show will be begin Jan. 9. This year there will be 23 quilts in three categories. The categories are machine-made bed quilts, handcrafted bed quilts and wall hangings.

Winter Texans are invited to go see the exhibit and vote for the Visitor’s Choice award.

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