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Bullfight at Santa Maria Bullring has heart-stopping moments

Andre Lagravere, the 17-year-old son of the great French matador de toros Andre Lagravere Sr., performed Jan. 8 in the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria, Texas taking all the honors and awards.

After being brutally tossed by the bull who shredded his beautiful suit of lights, and being attended by the ambulance medics, he returned to the ring with taped mid-section and proceeded to face the last bull of the day.

His desire was relentless as he forced the bull to comply with his cape demands, passing the bull with five to six series on each side. He then went to adorning passes that would end up with him kneeling in front of the bull touching his horn. The fans went crazy with a constant roar of “Ole!” said Fred Renk, owner of Santa Maria Bullring.

He would then continue as if driven by a higher power, Renk said. Passing the bull closer and closer to his body, he ended the fight by leaning over the horns and removing the rose attached by velcro to the bulls back, symbolically killing the animal.

The accolades went on and on with flowers, hats, cigars and more flowers as he took his triumphant walk around the ring three times, Renk recounted.

Lagravere will be back for the next bullfight this weekend, Sunday, Jan. 22. Appearing with him is San Luis Potosi, Mexico matador Joselito Sainz, another dynamic young matador. He has a tremendous background as well. This will be his debut at the Santa Maria Bullring. The bulls are again of enormous size, Renk said.

Tickets are available by calling the bullring for reservations at 1-956-481-3300. They are also on sale at Pepe's Restaurant in Harlingen, 117 S. Sunshine Strip, call 956-423-3663; Weslaco Visitors Center at 275 Kansas St., call 956-968-2002; Border Tire in Mission, corner of Mayberry and Bus. 83, call 956-585-8473; and at the Winter Texan Times, 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission.

Gates open at 1 p.m. There will be food and entertainment. The bullfight starts at 4 p.m.

Lone Star Jubilee brings new show to RGV

20170119 CMYK Duke Stand Promo PicSam Ray and The Texans will be returning to the Rio Grande Valley with a brand new edition of the “Lone Star Jubilee” show. Sam and Brenda Ray and son Curtis Ray will be returning for their 40th year of entertaining in the Rio Grande Valley. Special guests for this year’s show include David Little and Duke Mason, a 46-inch tall giant of an entertainer.

Read more: Lone Star Jubilee brings new show to RGV

Freddie & Sheila Pelletier return with a new show

Freddie and Sheila have returned to the RGV with their new show. The talented couple will be in South Texas only until Jan. 29.

Freddie, on lead acoustic and electric guitar and vocals demonstrates his heritage by clogging while playing guitar.   He plays country, bluegrass and 60’s rock instrumentals and has spent his life learning the Chet Atkins style of guitar picking. Sheila, on vocals and rhythm guitar, sings classic country, folk, 50s/60s and yodels. Their new show showcases their exceptional musicianship and singing and provides lots of laughs.

Read more: Freddie & Sheila Pelletier return with a new show

Tribute to Bob Wills planned for Jan. 27

20170119 CMYK Bob Dolle Hall of Fame Variety BandAnyone who loved the traditional country music of the late Bob Wills will want to participate in the tribute to Bob Wills Friday, Jan. 27, at Paradise Resort Estates in Pharr. Reserve tickets are $10 and general admission is $8.

Wills was an American Western Swing musician often referred to as the “King of Western Swing.” He formed his band The Texas Playboys, in 1934. The band played on the radio in Oklahoma.

In the 1940s he had hits like “Steel Guitar Rag,” “New San Antonio Rose,” “Smoke on the Water,” and “Stars and Stripes in Iwo Jima.” In the 1950s his greatest hit was “Faded Love.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968. Many of today’s Winter Texan performers grew up listening to his music and often idolized him.

Bob Dolle and the Hall of Fame Variety Band will be the hosts of the event. The band consists of Bob Dolle on keyboard and fiddle, Odie James on drums, Joe Walenta on guitar and vocals, Fred King on guitar and vocals and Lefty Schrage on steel guitar.

Among those who will also perform at the tribute are Red Arwood, Wade Benson Landry, and Del Puschert.

Bob Dolle and the Hall of Fame Variety Band can be seen Friday, Jan. 20, at Pharr South for a show and dance. They will be at Alamo Rec., Jan 24, dance; Jan. 27, the Bob Wills Tribute Show, Paradise Park, Pharr; Jan. 29, Winterhaven, Pharr.

In February they can be seen Feb. 3 at Circle T in Mission, (dance); Monday, Feb. 6, Casa Del Sol, Alamo, (free dance); Feb. 8, Country Palms, San Juan, (show and dance); and Friday, Feb. 10 at Pharr South, for a Valentine’s Dance.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 they will be at Texas Trails in Pharr for a Valentine’s show and dance; Feb. 19, Leisure World, Weslaco, (show); March 17, Pharr South, (show and dance); Mar. 19, Alamo Palms, (show) 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Mar. 23, Casa Del Sol, Alamo, (dance). All events start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed.

For more information call (573) 576-4143.

Entertainers showcase highlights new and old performers

 Each year activity directors look forward to the two entertainment showcases where they get a preview of the new entertainers coming to the Rio Grande Valley to perform during Winter Texan season. The first showcase of the season was held at Park Place in Harlingen Jan. 11, where was a full line-up of entertainers vying to entertain in the parks.

The Winter Texan Times took an informal survey of activity directors starting during the noon hour, asking them which entertainers they liked in the morning hours. We also got feedback from some of the activity directors on the afternoon entertainers. Some of those we spoke to still liked entertainers from the morning hours best.

Read more: Entertainers showcase highlights new and old performers

Redhead Express plans brief RGV tour

RGV Winter Texans are in for a real treat when The Redhead Express rolls into town to perform three engagements this season.

Many Winter Texans enjoyed watching this talented family band grow up performing at the area resorts as they started their career, which has skyrocketed as these four sisters cultivated their talent over the past eight years. Now they’re returning briefly to entertain the people who loved them as they grew up.

They are best known for their exquisite harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, and melodies that take you away.  Spend an evening in concert with the Redhead Express and you will be captivated by their sound, their realness, their passion and, most importantly, their heart.

Now young women, Kendra, Larae, Alisa and Meghan now live and work in Nashville. They were based in Alaska when they first came to the Valley.

Kendra is the singer/songwriter and guitar player for the Redhead Express. She grew up loving country music, 80’s pop-rock bands and Broadway musicals. She sang jazz in high school and learned to play guitar on bluegrass music. Her biggest influences were Eva Cassidy, Alison Krauss and the Dixie Chicks.

Larae, the second sister, enjoys 70’s and 80’s pop music, Dixie Chicks, Celine Dion and the banjo music of Keith Urban, Bela, Fleck and Earl Scruggs.

Alisa, the third sister, is the fiddle players, mandolinist and low harmony singer. She is inspired by Nickel Creek, Stuart Duncan, the Dixie Chicks, and Alison Krauss.

Meghan, the youngest sister, plays the bass violin and sings high harmony and some lead. She is inspired by Dixie Chicks, Marina McBride, Journey and Billy Joel.

 Redhead Express has opened for Sammy Kershaw, Parmalee, Clay Walker, Chris Young, Chris Lane, Bea Miller, Trace Adkins and others.

The Redhead Express will make whistle stops at three locations in the Valley to renew acquaintances and friendships with Winter Texans before they head to Arizona.  On Thursday, Jan. 19 they will be at Winter Ranch in Alamo at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (956-783-4587). On Jan. 20 they will be at Victoria Palms at 7 p.m. (956-782-3263) and on Jan. 21 they will perform shows at Mission Bell at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (605-610-6114).

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