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Harlingen plans Winter Texan appreciation Monday

The City of Harlingen is welcoming Winter Texans back to the Rio Grande Valley. On Monday, Jan. 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the city will host their annual Winter Texan Fiesta at Casa de Amistad, located at 1204 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen.

Admission is free and the event will include over 50 business vendors, a happy hour, car show, live folkloric performances and mariachis. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free limited edition Winter Texan Fiesta T-shirt.
“The city is ready to fiesta, so come early and have a good time,” says Janie Rea, marketing manager for Harlingen CVB.

For more information, contact the Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau at 956-622-5053.

Editor’s note: Not to be confused with another event by the same name, the Mission Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Mission, Mission Historical Museum and Shary Municipal Golf Course will host Mission’s annual Mega Winter Texan Fiesta as a two-day event on Feb. 15 and 16. Watch for more details as the event approaches.

Redhead Express Makes Brief RGV Tour

20190116 Redhead Express2With a very busy winter tour schedule ahead, the Redhead Express will be in the Rio Grande Valley for one week only before they head off to Arizona and Florida. They have just two more shows remaining this week in the Valley. Friday, Jan. 18 they will be at Oleander Acres in Mission, phone 956-585-9093. And Monday, Jan. 21, they will perform at Victoria Palms in Donna. Call 956-782-3263 for advance tickets at this show. If you have never been to a Redhead Express performance, you don’t want to miss this. And for those who have heard them before – they’re even better now. The band has evolved, matured and is simply incredible.

Swing Street Big Band 2019 schedule announced

20190116 Swing Street Big Band 2017 NYE fullsizeThe ever popular Swing Street Big Band is back this year, performing a series of concerts, according to the band’s director Bob Comeau.

Swing Street plays music not only from the big band era, but also from the likes of Duke Ellington, Bennie Goodman, Harry James, Henry Mancini and more.

Some of their songs include “Moonlight Serenade,” “Emily,” “Crazy,” “Unchained Melody,” and “Mambo No. 5,” among others.

Read more: Swing Street Big Band 2019 schedule announced

Faith’s Journey performs in RGV

20190116 Absolutely Country Definitely Gospel Faiths JourneyThey're Absolutely Country and Definitely Gospel.

That's the name of the show performed by Faith's Journey, a ministry of music that performs more than 120 dates a year from coast to coast.

The musical ministry is comprised of Jonathan Edwards (emcee and baritone), his wife Deana Edwards (soprano), Josh Adams (tenor) and Lee Hendrix on piano. Faith's Journey has ministered on small and large stages across the country singing great traditional gospel music. They have been featured performers at Branson's Silver Dollar City as well as had their music played on radio stations across the country.

Read more: Faith’s Journey performs in RGV

Lone Star Jubilee on a mission

20190116 The Texans 2019 photoWhile the Lone Star Jubilee shows are certainly filled with inspiration, fun and laughter, they also serve a purpose.
“It’s to support our ministry,” said Sam Ray, who first started performing at Dallas Christian College with the Master’s Four in 1971.

Sam Ray moved to Branson in 1983 and changed their name to the Texans, now a full-time family trio comprised of Sam, wife Brenda, and son Curtis. They began their full-time traveling ministry in 1999, performing more than 300 concerts a year, sharing the stage with speakers like TD Jakes, Charles Stanley, Jerry Falwell and Tim Lahaye.

Read more: Lone Star Jubilee on a mission

Helen Russell & Company

20190102 Helen Russell promo3 pianoHelen Russell remembers music being a part of her family ever since she was a child, when her parents would travel to entertain and encouraged her to sing and learn to play multiple instruments starting at the age of 6.

From that love of music she went on to being in various bands as a teenager, until her dream of being a full time musician came true at the age of 18 when she was offered an entertainment position with Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry, a historic, Branson style show that ran for 53 years where she was a featured vocalist and musician for 19 seasons. It was at this show that she met her best friend and husband Elvis, who shares her love for music and entertaining and now they travel the United States as Helen Russell & Company.

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McAllen Memorial to perform ‘Sister Act’

McAllen Memorial High School will present the musical “Sister Act” as its 30th annual musical production.

Performances will be held at the William Hetrick Auditorium at McAllen Memorial High School, located at 101 E. Hackberry Ave., McAllen. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7, and 2 p. m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

Read more: McAllen Memorial to perform ‘Sister Act’

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