Scooter Pearce Benefit at Becker Vineyards – August 13

Benefit for Scooter Pearce at Becker Vineyards August 13Local musician Scooter Pearce was involved in a near fatal car accident and needs assistance for medical expenses. Friends of Scooter Pearce are having a benefit for her at the Becker Vineyards Tasting Room Verandah on Saturday, August 13 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The admission fee of $20 (includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, and 3 wine samples) goes toward her medical expenses. Musicians Jon Hogan, Maria Moss, and Sol Patch will perform live. Scooter Pearce will also be present signing her musical CDs. There will also be a silent auction. Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, 3 miles west of Stonewall, off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane. For more information contact: Kay or Nichole at 830-644-2681 x 302.

Three blues acts headline next Roots Concert in Fredericksburg on August 20

Harry and the Hightones will kick off an evening of blues at the next Roots Music Concerts at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on Saturday, August 20. Also performing are blues legend Lightin’ Malcolm and Joanne Shaw Taylor.

“The blues” take over Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg for the next Roots Music concert on August 20, 2011.

At 6 pm, local favorites Harry and the Hightones start things off with a lively mix of jive, swing, blues, and originals. The tight and talented band comes off with a 1940s “noir” style of dress, presentation, and music that draws couples to the dance floor.

At 7 pm, Lightnin’ Malcolm brings his high energy, hill country blues fused with funk, reggae, soul, and rock. Ever since he discovered a cassette of Muddy Waters, Lightin’ Malcolm has traveled the South, writing, singing, and playing the blues. He prefers the style made famous by Fred McDowell, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Jessie Mae Hemphill.

Finishing off the evening starting a t8:40, Joanne Shaw Taylor. As a schoolgirl in England,Taylorwas smitten by the rough side of American blues – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. When she finally got her hands on her first Telecaster, she was carving out her own path in making the blues – funky shuffles, soulful ballads, and burning instrumentals. This will be her first time to perform in Fredericksburg.

Diners will have their choice of 12 oz. rib-eye charbroiled and cooked to order on site by Longhorn Street Cafe, or thick-cut pork chop, with twice baked potato, green beans, dinner roll and peach cobbler. Meal is $10. Sodas, beer, wine and water are for sale on the grounds.

ThePioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with entrance gate onMilam Street. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs. All concerts take place on Saturdays,6 – 10 p.m.  Gates open and food is served beginning at5 p.m.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. Guests receive a $2 discount by visiting the web site and printing out the coupon or buying tickets online at

Roots Music is a series of live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of thePioneer Museum on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Upcoming genres include a Roots “Remix” in September, and an indoor concert for October.

Information at 830-997-2835,,

Area New Year’s Eve Dances and Celebrations

Albert Dance Hall – 5435 S. RR 1623, Albert; dinner and dance; tickets online are $12 for dance in advance or $27 for dinner and dance; purchased at door dance cost is $15 (no dinner tickets sold on day of event); music at 8:00 the Sam Bentley Band. 830-644-2042

Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse – 305 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; $75 or $100 per person for dinner, dancing and champagne toast (or $50 for entertainment only); music by Freeride. 830-997-0485

Hangar Hotel Pacific Showroom – USO-Style Hangar Dance, 9:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 155 Airport Rd., Fredericksburg; $40; big band sound by Bill Smallwood and the Lone Star Swing Orchestra. Swing dance lessons from 8:00-9:00 p.m. 1940’s costume contest. Complimentary champagne toast, black-eyed peas and cornbread and party favors at midnight. 830-997-9990

Hill Top Cafe – 10661 N US Highway 87, Fredericksburg; reservations required; two dinner seatings – early 5-9 p.m. ($90) and late 9 p.m.-1:00 a.m. ($125); music by Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent. 830-997-8922

Hondo’s on Main – 312 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; no cover; music by The Dust Devils from 8:00-11:30 p.m. 830-997-1633

Luckenbach Texas – RR 1376 off Hwy 290, Luckenbach; limited number of tickets ($65 each) available for 9:00 p.m. dance with music by Randy Brown. 830-997-3224

Turner Club – 103 W. Travis, Fredericksburg; $15 per person; 8:30 p.m.; music by Sammy Geistweidt and the Wagon Aces. 830-997-3936

Van Der Stucken Festival – March 22

DSC_1980A mix of musicians will present a concert in honor of Fredericksburg-born composer Frank Valentin van der Stucken, on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Halle in Fredericksburg. This is the 22nd Festival, and celebrates Van der Stucken’s 155th birthday. Admission is by donation.

The program:

The Hermann Sons Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Mark Hierholzer, will perform selections from the traditional German repertoire:
Mein Mund der Singet
Praege Deine Liebe
Pilgrim’s Chorus, by Wagner

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, under the direction of Theresa Britt, will play:
March in D Major, G. F. Handel
Brandenburg Concerto No.3, Allegro J. S. Bach, arr. Issac
Gopack, Modest Mussorgsky
Slava (Glory), Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Dackow
Lullaby, Hofeldt
Edelweiss, Rogers & Hammerstein, arr. Britt

Carol Wills, Mezzo-Soprano, will sing “Via de la Rosa,” by Billy Sprague and Niles Borop, accompanied by Mark Hierholzer.

Baritone Larry Wolz, professor of voice and music history at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, will present the following works by Van der Stucken:
Dämmerstunde, Op. 34, No. 2 (Twilight)
Unter der Linde, Op. 33, No. 5 (Under the Linden Tree)

The Finale will be all participants singing the introduction to Van der Stucken’s Pax Triumphans (Triumph of Peace), which Van der Stucken traditionally used to end his concerts.

Dr. Wolz is an authority on the German composer’s life, and will be available to answer questions during the reception following the program.

Van der Stucken, who was born in Fredericksburg in 1858, led the “Sangerbund” movement, training singers in the tradition of German male choruses. He also was a champion of contemporary American composers, conducting the first concert devoted exclusively to them.

For information, call (806) 549-2483.

P.C.A.A. Concert In The Park: Lone Star Swing Orchestra – May 22

It’s that time of the year to enjoy music and dancing outside in the beautiful Hill Country spring and summer.  Bring your lawnchairs, a picnic and your sweetie and dance under the stars at Marktplatz. This concert is free.  This month, the Lone Star Swing Orchestra is performing from 6:30 to 8 pm.

The Lone Star Swing Orchestra is an 18 piece band performing music from the “Big Band” era of the 30’s and 40’s as well as western swing. Imagine Glenn Miller and Count Basie meet Bob Wills and Spade Cooley. The LSSO features Bill on vocals, tenor sax, and trumpet. This group also features Sandi Campbell on vocals accompanied by some of the Texas Hill Country’s finest instrumentalists.

Johnny Rogers “Elvis & Beyond” Show at the Hangar Hotel

“Elvis & Beyond” is a tribute to the life and music of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley and will take you on a journey through the music that rocked a generation. The show celebrates Presley as well as legends like Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and many more. Straight out of Branson from his number one show at Music City Center, Roger’s show is a certain crowd pleaser. Costume contest, too! A cash bar and concessions will be available.

Door at 6:30 pm; show at 7:30 pm. $35 per person includes party favors. Hanger Hotel is at 155 Airport Road.