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Southern Anthem gets better each year

With a child prodigy fiddle player in 11-year-old Logan, members of Southern Anthem quipped they feared they would soon be known as the Logan Pausewang Back-up Band. Logan improves every year he plays. Taking lessons from Wade Landry has not hurt either. He plays many good fiddling songs but his trio of “Folsum Prison Blues,” “A-Train” and “Orange Blossom Special” produced a robust burst of applause from an obviously pleased audience, nodding their heads approvingly at the amount of talent he was displaying.

But there is no need for Southern Anthem to fear. Mikaela, 16, has a very strong lead voice on all songs she sings, and Derek’s voice is maturing at 17. He does a great job on the “Auctioneer” song. Mom, Wendy, makes great harmony with Mikaela and also sings lead. She plays several musical instruments. With 4-year-old Miranda making her debut on stage this year, the band has a bright future.

They won Inspirational Group of the Year at the Gatesville Music Festival and also received the Texas Star Award. They appeared in Branson last year and plan to return again this summer.

For more information, call Wendy Pausewang at (254) 718-8505.

Snowbird Extravaganza brings top Canadian talent to McAllen

This year’s annual Snowbird Extravaganza feature a star-studded cast of some of Canada’s most famous performers. The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the McAllen Convention Center. This is a free event that will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Performers this year include Ian Thomas, Jimmy Flynn, Michelle Wright, Sean Emery, Tom Leadbeater, and The Stampeders.

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Llano Grande Quilt Show Planned

2016 Quilting Bee Quilt Show Group WavingQuilters from Llano Grande invite Winter Texans to their eighth annual quilt show, “Bordeaux Elegance,” to be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 200 quilted items will be on display in the Hynes Event Center, at Llano Grande, 2215 East West Blvd., in Mercedes. (GPS use 489 Yolanda). Admission is $2. Lunch will be available.

‘Chuy’s Cantina,’ A Radio Show Theater Performance

The Rio Grande Valley Radio Theater, organized by Tom Fuschetto, college instructor at South Texas College, and Tom Peters, retired broadcaster and watch material salesman presents live radio show theater plays written and directed by Fuschetto.

The plays are performed in a radio broadcast studio setting with the two Toms reading scripts and acting out the many radio show characters, including background sound effects. 

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NPBR coming to RGV Livestock Showgrounds Jan. 28-29

The hottest eight seconds of the year is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. The National Professional Bull Riders (NPBR) will bring some of the nation’s top bull riders to Mercedes for a two-day event on Jan. 28-29. The show will be held in the Payne Auto Arena located at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show complex in Mercedes.

Read more: NPBR coming to RGV Livestock Showgrounds Jan. 28-29

Richard Lynch performing in RGV

Country musician Richard Lynch and his band and will be performing in the Rio Grande Valley this season. Lynch, who lives in Waynesville, Ohio, is a designer and builder of barns when he is not working on his farm or playing music. But in spite of farming and barn building, he and his band find time to write and perform a number of chart-topping hits, giving countless performances each year. In addition to classic country he and the band also play western swing, rock-a-billy and outlaw country music.

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