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Rusty Rierson skyrockets as top Wintertainer™

20190306 RustyRierson IMG 3189Rusty Rierson has rocketed in popularity to rapidly become one of Winter Texans’ favorite entertainers.

Not only did he earn the Valley Star Award's Male Vocalist of the Year, but he did so in this, his first full year performing in the Rio Grande Valley. While the park activity directors select the nominees for the Valley Star Awards, it’s the Winter Texans who cast their votes to choose the winners.

Much of that popularity has to do with his wit, friendly demeanor and, of course, his smooth vocals.
Recently, however, at Trophy Gardens RV Park, his vocals weren't where he wanted them to be as he came down with a rough case of the crud.

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Hooray for Hollywood: A Tribute to Symphony In Film

20190227 VSO Anastasia Dedik PIANIST black gownMaestro Peter Dabrowski and the Valley Symphony Orchestra invite you to step into the golden age of film with the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Hooray For Hollywood, the latest offering in the 2018-19 "SYMPHONY... That's Entertainment" concert season to be held on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

Music from motion picture blockbuster hits such as Gone with the Wind, Ben Hur, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, The Pink Panther, and more will be played by over 60 musicians in full symphonic arrangement. The evening’s concert will take place in the beautiful and acoustically dynamic McAllen Performing Arts Center.

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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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