4th Annual Thomas Micheal Riley Music Festival – July 15-16

Thomas Micheal Riley's 4th annual music festival at Luckenbach, TexasTexas Music’s 2010 & 2011 “Entertainer of the Year “ nominee Thomas Michael Riley returns to Luckenbach, Texas for his 4th annual Music Festival.

The fun begins on Firday with Cow Pasture Pool Celebrity Golf Tournament has a 9 am shot-gun start at Lady Bird Municipal Golf Course. Fest fun starts at 7pm with Jake Martin, Thomas Michael Riley, and Randy Brown. Friday night Music is FREE with a suggested donation to benefit our Wounded Warriors.

Saturdays bands include Gary P. Nunn, Max Stalling, Tejas Brothers, Blacktop Gypsy, Chris Wall, and The Wolf Sisters as they take stage with Thomas Michael Riley.

Call (888) 311-8990 for more information.

“Roots Remix” – September 24

Roots music fans will enjoy an eclectic mix of musical styles to wrap up the Summer Season of the Roots Music series, with a “Roots Remix” performance at thePioneerMuseuminFredericksburgon Saturday, September 24.16-year-old Ruby Jane - fiddler, singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist bandleader - showcases her distinct Americana mix of country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues.

The evening offers a variety of musical styles, paired with grilled ribeye, Jagerschnitzel, and cool refreshment.

Opening the concert at6 p.m., 16-year-old Ruby Jane – fiddler, singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist bandleader – showcases her distinct Americana mix of country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues. Trained in classical violin starting at age 2, by age 10 Ruby had won a string of fiddle contests and appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel tapped her to play the lead role of a young fiddler in A Ride With Bob, and she has appeared with major music stars including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Gimble, and Marty Stuart.

At7 p.m., the 7-piece ensemble White Ghost Shivers mashes Cab Calloway, circus sideshow, KISS, caberet, and Hee Haw for a joyous mix of humor, farce, fun, and outstanding musicianship. This award-winning, world-touring act blends blues, hillbilly, swing, country, and jazz for an outrageous and entertaining live show, featuring banjo, ukulele, mandolin, kazoo, guitar, sax, clarinet, baritone, and musical saw.

From 8:40 to 10 p.m., J.P. Soars brings his blues all the way from South Florida and from a mix of influences that include heavy metal, the rock of Jimi Hendrix, the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Soars even was touched by the Cigar Box Guitar sounds of John Lowe. The multi-talented guitarist/vocalist just released his own CD entitled “Back Of My Mind.”

Beginning at5 p.m.until the food is gone, the Longhorn Street Cafe will serve up choice of grilled Ribeye or Jagerschnitzel, with green beans, mashed potato, dinner roll and peach cobbler for $10. Wine, beer, sodas, tea, and water will be offered for sale in the wagon shed.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main StreetinFredericksburg, with the entrance on Milam Street. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs. All concerts take place on Saturdays,6 – 10 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 www.pioneermuseum.net.

While this is the last regular concert of the summer season, organizers have added a special “Indoor Encore” concert inside the historic sanctuary on October 22. That show will feature Jessica Hyde, the Brennen Leigh Trio, and the Barnett Chapel United Methodist Church Choir & Spirit Dancers. Information and tickets available online at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Roots Music is a series of live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer 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.

Information at 830-997-2835, www.pioneermuseum.net, info@pioneermuseum.net.

Roots Music Concert Series Cajun/Zydeco – July 30

Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters provide the live music At the Roots Music Series July 30The Roots Music Series celebrates Cajun/Zydeco Night at thePioneerMuseuminFredericksburgon Saturday, July 30. Zydeco Blanco starts the evening at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces. From 8:40 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters provide the live music. Dancing is encouraged.

Beginning at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy the Longhorn Street Cafe’s signature grilled-to-order 12-oz ribeye, or choose the Shrimp Etoufee or Jambalaya, all with rice and beans, salad and Irish cream crisp apple cobbler, for $10. Wine, beer, sodas, and water are also offered.

ThePioneerMuseumis located at325 West Main StreetinFredericksburg, with event entrance onMilam Street. Parking is free, and guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Upcoming genres include Blues in August, a Roots “Remix” in September, and an added indoor concert for October. (Detailed schedule at www.pioneermuseum.net)

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society. For information: 830-997-2835, www.pioneermuseum.net, info@pioneermuseum.net.

Luckenbach’s Birthday Bash

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Luckenbach, Texas. Friday night featuring Wade Bowen at 8 pm, $20 per person.  Saturday night featuring a Don Williams Tribute by Thomas Michael Riley at 9 pm, $10 per person.  Sunday Ice Cream Social with ShinyRibs from 1 to 5 pm.  Monday featuring Chris Berardo & The Desberardos at 1 pm.  Tickets and more information available online.

Fredericksburg Opera Fest – July 23-24

San Antonio Opera and The Hill Country Opera League have planned an extravagant Fredericksburg Opera Fest which will take place on July 23rd and 24th.

Hometown Grammy Award nominee Ava Pine, soprano, who has established herself as an artist to watch will be the featured artist for the week-end event. She has been recognized for both her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character in works ranging from Baroque to Contemporary.

Ms. Pine, equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital will be joined by David Gashen, tenor, famous throughout Europe and the Americas for his more than 1300 lead role performances of ‘Phantom Of The Opera’,and Christopher Dickerson, bass-baritone, hailed by The New York Times as a “commanding” voice and noted for his ‘gorgeous lower register by Opera Chic. Dickerson has also had notable performances as Sam in Un Ballo in Maschera at the opera Company of Philadelphia, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Minnesota opera as well as multiple engagements at San Antonio Opera beginning with his San Antonio debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto.

The accompaniest for the week-end is Larry Landusky. Larry is well known throughout texas for his solo work and accompanyament and is especially celebrated for his skill in adapting to the style and repertoire of a large variety of performers and a variety of music genres.

All performers for the week-end are native Texans. Gashen, Dickerson and Landusky are each Texas Tech alumni.

“There will be something for everyone!” says Arden Dorn who is Associate Manager of Corporate Relations with San Antonio Opera and the organizer for The Hill Country Opera League.

The week-end events begin on July 23rd with a 9:30 a.m. showing of The 25th Anniversary PBS presentation of Les Miserables at The Stagecoach Theater, 2254 S. US Highway 87. A pie and ice cream social hosted by The Tootie Pie Company and Blue Bell Creameries will follow. The event is free to the public on a first come first serve basis.

The Saturday evening opening performance of Ava Pine, soprano, David Gashen, tenor and Christopher Dickerson, bass/baritone will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy. 87 South. They will collectively present an evening of great music ranging from opera to musical theater. Reserved seating ticket prices for the performance are $40.00.

An ‘after party’ will be held following the Saturday evening performance at The InSight Art Gallery at 214 West Main Street, Fredericksburg. Guest artists will perform familiar arias and broadway show tunes. A wine and martini bar will be featured hosted by Serendipity Wines, LTD., and Cinco Vodka. Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Tickets for the after party are $20.00 per person and may be purchased through Fredericksburg Theater Company.

On Sunday morning, July 24th , an elegant brunch will be hosted by August E’s Restaurant, 203 E. San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. Guest artists will perform . Tickets for the brunch are $35.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call August E’s at 830-997-1585 for brunch reservations. The brunch will be available to 100 persons. Local opera singer, Sara Michael Jacobi, soprano and graduate of Texas State University will be one of the featured performers.

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24th, a matinee performance by the above named artists will be held at The Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 Hwy. 87 South. The performance will be intrinsically different from the Saturday night performance. Included will be a piano solo arrangement by accompaniest Larry Landusky, noted for his incredible skill at the piano and his great ability to mix everything from familiar hymn tunes, opera arias, jazz, blues, gospel, soul, contemporary, baroque and classical. He has the capability of weaving music styles and varieties into a beautiful tapestry like no other. Tickets for the Sunday Matinee performance are $40.00 on a reserved, first come first serve basis.

Tickets for the week-end: Saturday Evening Performance,7:30 P.M. $40.00. Saturday After Party, following the performance, InSight Gallery, $20.00. Sunday Brunch,11:00-1:00 P.M. (Call August E’s,830-997-1585 for reservations), $35.00. Sunday Matinee, 2:00 P.M., $40.00. All Inclusive Week-end Price: $125.00 includes brunch (inclusive tickets cannot be purchased on line).

Tickets for The Fredericksburg Opera Fest may be purchased at The Fredericksburg Theater Company by calling 888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588. You may also purchase tickets on line at www.fredericksburgtheater.org. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.. The Box office is located at 306 E. Austin St, Fredericksburg, next to the Visitor Information Center. The All Inclusive Week-end tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase on-line. You must call The Fredericksburg Theater Company at 888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588 to purchase the inclusive tickets. All Inclusive Week-end tickets will include the Sunday Brunch. Individual brunch tickets must be purchased directly from August E’s.

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.