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Bernie & Red farewell Texas tour

20180111 Bernie and Red pic 2Bill Clinton was president, the film of the year was “Titanic,” gasoline cost an average of $1.15 gallon and Bernie and Red made their first foray into the Rio Grande Valley.

The year was 1998 and they have performed here each year since, and will be back with their first show on Jan. 14, at Bentsen Grove in Mission.

However, this will be their farewell Texas tour.

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Williamson Branch on whirlwind RGV tour

20180111 Williamson Branch VerticalIt just takes a few seconds listening Kevin Williamson’s voicemail on his phone for callers and you already develop a photo in your head of what a Williamson Branch show is like – entertaining.

The five-member bluegrass, gospel, country music and Appalachian clog dancing family has returned to the Rio Grande Valley for its third full season and, if you miss them, it’s surely not because their performances are rare. It’s just the opposite, for the remainder of their time here – until Feb. 1 - the popular Williamson Branch has been booked for 16 performances scheduled in 21 days.

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RGV Concert Band celebrates 20 Years making music

20180111 RGV Concert Band Jack Cook 01The RGV Concert Band has announced its seven-show schedule for the 2018 season as the band celebrates its 20th year of making music.

This season’s repertoire of music includes “The Wizard of Oz,” “Sweet Caroline,” and a “Salute to Bob Hope,” plus marches and patriotic music.

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Freddie and Sheila Show's pickin', singing and clogging return

20180104 FRED AND SHEILA PHOTOTwo performers, two guitars, two voices. The Freddie and Sheila Show returns to the RGV Jan. 3-31 with singing, pickin' and a lot of laughing.

On lead acoustic and electric guitar and vocals, Freddie Pelletier demonstrates his French Canadian heritage by clogging while playing guitar. He emulates the work of Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and others by playing classic country, bluegrass and 60s rock instrumentals. Freddie’s sense of humor brings a comedic element to his performance.

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Liverpool Legends to perform two shows in RGV

20180104 LiverpoolLegends carrylouiseMarty Scott wasn't sure what was happening. What he did know, however, is that he was sitting on a couch with Louise Harrison, sister of the Beatles' George Harrison. It was 2001 and the lead guitarist for the legendary band has just recently died.

Also sitting on the couch was the Beatles' Paul McCartney.

Marty, who plays the role of Harrison in the Beatles' tribute band the Liverpool Legends, was singing with his Chicago-area band at a Beatles convention where Louise was the guest of honor.

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Rierson and alter ego set for first trip to Valley

20180104 Country Rusty RiersonRusty Rierson has an alter ego – Rockin' Rusty.

Rierson is a self-described shy entertainer. Rockin' Rusty is all attitude, filled with arrogance and a self-centered rock star.

You never know when Rierson's “hippie cousin from San Francisco” is going to show up, but chances are highly likely that he will appear somewhere in the Rio Grande Valley this season.

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Leland Jones returns as a Country Music Hall of Famer

20171228 Leland wguitarLeland Jones is no stranger to the country music business. He is the seventh son and youngest of 11 children – all who were musically inclined. His mom played the organ and his dad played the fiddle.

That more than likely had some major influence on Jones' life. The results have been about 60 years of performing traditional country, western swing, bluegrass and gospel music. He continues to return to the Rio Grande Valley and perform here for four months.

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