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Annie now playing at Harlingen Community Theatre

20190227 Annie the Musical at Harlingen castThe Broadway musical “Annie” is now playing at the Harlingen Community Theatre, located at 1209 Fair Park Blvd., where Broadway shows are performed live on stage featuring extremely creative and gifted local Rio Grande Valley talent.

“Annie” is a Broadway musical based upon the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,”® with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan.

The musical features a string of popular musical numbers including “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and Easy Street.”

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Valley Star Awards honors Valleys top Wintertainers™

20190227 DavenDaphneIMG 5877Dave & Daphne named Entertainers of the Year

Music, comedy and an afternoon of entertainment by six of the Valley’s best entertainers highlighted the 2019 Valley Star Awards, presented by the Winter Texan Times and Robert and Billie Ferguson at Mission Bell Resort.

Winter Texans voted for entertainers in 11 different categories and the entertainer of the year awards were announced a la Oscar style in front of a full house of Winter Texans from across the Rio Grande Valley.

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Mariachi Aztlán bridges cultures through music

20190227 Mariachi 09.20Founded in 1989, Mariachi Aztlán has gone from a local treasure to an internationally lauded ensemble of musicians who perform regularly before packed houses across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Small wonder Dr. Dahlia Guerra, the classically-trained musician and educator who founded Mariachi Aztlán, describes her students as “musical ambassadors” who are duty-bound to share the wonders of mariachi culture to the world. “We have to represent the beauty of our culture,” says Dr. Guerra “and we’re here to show the beautiful side.”

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Adventures in Parrotdise is the next Encore tribute concert

20190220 AdventuresInParrotdiseWelcome to Parrotdise.

Texas Encore resorts is bringing you the No. 1 tribute to Jimmy Buffett, “Adventures in Parrotdise,” as another highlight in this year’s concert series featuring some of the country’s best tribute artists. Jimmy Buffet has sold more albums and filled more concert venues than most musical superstars. He has written best-selling books and has a string of successful Margaritaville store/cafes.

His fans are found in every demographic and walk of life. There is a great appeal for many people for the relaxing tropical paradise known as “Margaritaville.” Whether it’s the lure of the tropics or some other “parrotdise,” this great tribute to Jimmy Buffet’s music can take you there. But hurry and reserve your seats for this concert; show dates are Feb. 27-March 3 and tickets are selling fast.

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Swing Street Band to perform joint concert with Nikki Rowe Jazz Ensemble

20190220 Jazz IMG 1410Two different generations but one common love – everything that has to do with music.

That's exactly what will be happening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Nikki Rowe High School Auditorium as the Nikki Rowe High School Jazz Ensemble and the Rio Grande Valley's Swing Street Band will each perform arrangements highlighting their musical talents – and that's a lot of highlighting.

“We've never done this before,” said Bob Comeau, director of the Swing Street Band. “This is a way of getting our message out.”

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Dave & Daphne bring laughter and tender tears

21090220 DavenDaphne IMG 1938From the opening moments of the electric “Orange Blossom Special” to the passionate ending of “The Lord's Prayer,” the Dave and Daphne show is a performance that will bring the audience a mixture of laughter and tears, and memories of yesteryear. (When was the last time someone talked to you about a washboard?)

There's not just one highlight in the two-hour performance from the Nashville duo at Big Valley Ranch in Mission, but it's a sequence of highlight upon highlight.

One of those highlights was a performance of Anne Murray's mega hit “Could I Have This Dance.” Among those who danced to the tune was Wilma and Bill Northup of Ollie, Iowa. The couple have been coming to the Valley since 1998 and have been married for 68 years, bringing the crowd to their feet after the couple concluded their dance.

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Jason Whorlow: Out From Behind The Piano

20190220 Jason Whorlow HeadshotHe’s a father, husband, son and brother. Jason Whorlow, known as “The Piano Man,” has devoted his career and life to providing for his family. Jason is one of those that decided to make a living at something that he loves. The drive and sense of urgency to make a living with his piano skills reached new heights when Jason and his wife were expecting their first of two daughters. The thought of having a career in music has always been in the back of Jason’s mind but was never an actual goal until that moment.

“It was like a fire was lit under me like I had never experienced before. Knowing I was going to be a father made me feel I could accomplish anything I set my mind to,” says Jason. The only entertainment experience Jason had had up to that point was playing in church throughout high school and beyond where his father was the preacher. He worked in a factory for a few years as well as many other jobs that never could seem to fulfill him. Jason was working to live. He now lives to work.

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