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Peñitas White Wing Festival hosts Kelly Miller Circus performances

20140214 Kelly-Miller-Circus Finale-at-NightPENITAS – The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to town and setting up their tents at the corner of Expressway 83 and Liberty Blvd., across from Walmart, on Feb. 24 and 25. Sponsored by the Peñitas White Wing Festival, the Big Top will house two performances each day at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Kelly Miller Circus is the complete package. From Ringmaster John Moss who keeps the show moving, to the musicians who add the musical punch line at the right moment, they have everything between.

The performers not only bring a wide variety of skills and acts to the circus ring, they offer a panorama of multinational backgrounds.

Firdman Torales grew up with parents’ circus in Peru and is constantly expanding his balancing act repertoire to defy gravity and the odds.

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Grand Ole Opry Star Leona Williams coming to Mission

20140131 leona williamsLeona Williams was destined to become a country music entertainer. She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, called "Leona Sings" in Jefferson City, Mo. That journey would take her all over the world and allow her to sing before thousands of country music fans.

She’s coming to Mission with her son, Ron Williams, when they will perform in two shows. The first is Sunday, Feb. 2, and the second is on Tuesday, Feb. 4, both at 2 p.m.

Williams moved to Nashville in the late 1960s and was soon recording for Hickory Records with such hits as “Once More” and “Yes Ma'am, He Found Me in a Honky Tonk.” Since then, she has traveled worldwide and opened for some of country music's top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

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It’s ‘Classic Country’ with Watson, Bandy & Sheppard

20140124 country-musicPHARR – The Riverside Club in Mission is hosting a line-up of music legends—Gene Watson, Moe Bandy and T.G. Sheppard—for one night in a “Classic Country Concert” on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. Show time is 7 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $25.50 plus fees for the “Standing Room Only” crowd. Reserved seat tickets at the tables are $37.50 plus fees. Purchase tickets online at the Pharr Events Center, the Riverside Club in Mission, or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Gene Watson

It’s been over 50 years since Gene Watson began his professional career in 1962 by recording his first single.

Reflecting on that first recording as a 19-year-old, he said, “I didn’t know what I was doing. I think maybe I was dreaming a little bit. Who knows what’s going through your mind back then? I was playing nightclubs here and there and decided it might be good if I could record a song…. I wrote the record, ‘If It Was That Easy.’ It was not any good, but, boy, I thought that was something. I had my own record.”

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Lone Star Jubilee offers music with a message

20140116 Spoken4The Lone Star Jubilee, featuring the Texans, the Spoken 4 Quartet and John Walter Morrison will be coming to the Rio Grande Valley Jan. 20 through Jan. 24 offering a mixture of Southern Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Christian comedy. The performance can be seen in two shows at 2 and 7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 2001 Freddy Gonzalez Road in Edinburg.

Spoken 4 Quartet, developed by Jon Charles Taggart and Cecil Stringer, has developed a new sound but pays homage to the rich traditions of gospel music. Just one year after the group came together in 2007, they were nominated for the 2008 Horizon Group of the Year Award. Spoken 4 started breaking into the Singing News Charts with songs like “Lil’ Bit” and “He’s My Song.” These were followed by more hit songs, including “Who Can Afford to be Wrong,” and “He Knows Your Address.”

Taggart, lead, is from Kimberling City, Missouri. His musical talent began to flourish in high school, where he won several talent contests. After performing with the college show troupe, “The Naturals,” he began singing with a group called Mercy Blend Quartet and later Mercy River. Soon, Jon got the opportunity to sing lead for the Cumberland Quartet at Silver Dollar City, where he remained five years. Then, in 2007 he and Cecil Stringer felt the calling and formed a new group, Spoken 4 Quartet.

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Ralph Kuster pays tribute to “Sinatra and Friends”

20140109 Ralph-CusterJoin Ralph Kuster at the Border Theatre in Mission on Jan. 24, 25 and 27 as he pays tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra and Friends. 

He will perform Sinatra classics such as “New York, New York,”  “That's Life,”  “Strangers in the Night,” “The September Song,” “High Hopes,” “All the Way,” “I've Got You Under My Skin,” “It was a Very Good Year,” “My Way” and more. 

Kuster also performs the hits of Dean Martin  such as “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Memories are Made of This,” “Volare,” “That's Amore” and more, along with favorites from artists such as Nat King Cole, Al Martino, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, Perry Como and Johnny Mathis.

A video presentation will be featured on the large movie screen and the dance floor below the stage will be open to during the show for those who want to put on their dancing shoes.

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