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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.

They’re retiring?

“Definitely not” Bernie said. “We are refining our touring schedule and, unfortunately, that means concentrating our efforts in California and Arizona, which are much closer to our home base in British Columbia, Canada. We love the Valley and have made countless friends here, but we are trying to cut down on travel. The round trip from our home to the Valley is almost six thousand miles.

When Bernie and Red first came to the Valley, it was at the end of their Winter Tour of Arizona and California, in March, and they performed at just three locations.

“We had an amazing reception. The phone began ringing and before we knew it, we were spending the month of January here, and have done so for the past 20 years.”

The Winter Texan entertainment scene in 1998 was really in its infancy, so the variety and professionalism of the Bernie & Red show was something of a change. Then, of course their cheeky husband and wife comedy routines caught people’s attention and in no time their winter date book was full.

One of the reasons for their continued popularity is their ability to keep attuned to the changing demographic of the average winter visitor audience. Ever since their first winter season in the Valley, they have strived to present a new show every year, usually with a theme.

This year’s new show is entitled “Magic Moments” and concentrates on songs from the “Great American Song Book” and songs that were Academy Award winners, so you’ll hear the themes from both “Midnight Cowboy” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” a 40’s medley that includes “Bye Bye Blackbird” and much more.

There’s also plenty of the comedy that audiences have come to expect, in this new show, including a completely new “Carnac the Magnificent” section.

Bernie and Red will be performing in the Rio Grande Valley beginning Jan. 14 and their final Farewell Texas show is on Friday Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at Alamo Palms RV Resort in Alamo.

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