Winter Texan Times

JANUARY 25, 2023 4 WINTER TEXAN TIMES Critically acclaimed actor/singer and Broadway star, Chester Gregory, is bringing Jackie Wilson’s biggest hits to life in a live concert at Christian Fellowship Church, 901 N. Loop 499, Harlingen, on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit the association’s website at or call (956) 392-9757. Chester Gregory is an award-winning actor and singer. He made his Broadway debut in Hairspray, performing in many more productions including the leading role of Berry Gordy in the hit show, Motown the Musical. He became a full-time actor and performer after landing the lead Chester Gregory to perform in Harlingen Leslie Blasing is always a hit with Winter Texans By Kathy Olivarez “What Kind of music do you like?” asked Leslie Blasing as she started her show at Hidden Valley Ranch on Monday, January 23. “I sing all sort of music from 10 decades of songs in genres such as country, pop, swing, rock and roll, and patriotic. “But I don’t do rap!” she told her audience. “My favorite music is from the big swing band music in the World War II era.” She started her concert with two upbeat happy pop songs. “My Girl,” a song about sunshine on a cloudy day, was followed by, “My Guy,” a song that warned the audience they could say nothing to make the singer give up “her guy.” Leslie switched to country with a Conway Twitty, song, “It’s only Make Believe.” This was a followed by a 1950’s Elvis Presley song, “Blue Suede Shoes.” For the Canadians in the audience, she sang Anne Murray’s, “Snowbird.” Leslie said she had been traveling to Canada during the summers to sing at the request of Canadian Winter Texans. For the last two years she has done a two-day benefit in Manitoba to aid a Royal Legion group in danger of losing their building after covid. She plans to return this summer. The music is usually patriotic music. She then sang several patriotic songs beginning with the World War II era song, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in Company B,” and Duke Ellington’s, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Moving to the Korean War, often referred to as “the forgotten war,” she sang Jo Stafford’s, “You Belong to Me,” a song about a young couple parting due to his upcoming military assignment. The young lady reminds him no matter where in the world he goes, or what sights he sees, she will be waiting for him to return. Courtesy Photo Photo by Greg Uhrbrock