Roots Music Series Bluegrass and Newgrass – May 28

The Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band helps kick off the 10th season of the Roots Music concerts at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg on May 28. They will be joined by Sugar Bayou and The Saltgrass Band for an evening of bluegrass and newgrass music. Information at

Starting May 28, the Pioneer Museum will celebrate its 10th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country, with five all-new summer concerts plus a bonus “Indoor Encore” in the Historic Sanctuary in October.

These live, open-air eclectic Roots music concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, feature emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting.

The May 28 concert will highlight a Bluegrass/Newgrass theme, with performers Tennessee Valley Authority, Sugar Bayou, and The SaltGrass Band.

6pm Tennessee Valley Authority
For over 35 years, founder Hank Harrison has kept Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band churning out bluegrass music in Central Texas. The band has won numerous awards including the National Bluegrass Band Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, and has performed with Bill Monroe, Johnny Gimble, Flaco Jimenez and Junior Brown. They are a popular headliner at bluegrass and acoustic music festivals throughout the country.

7pm Sugar Bayou
The five members of Sugar Bayou write and play eclectic acoustic music – folk, swingy bluesy jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun, South American, and a touch of Texas rockin’ country.

8:40 The Saltgrass Band
The Saltgrass Band has performed their deep roots, traditional bluegrass sound through the South for three decades. Keeping the sound fresh, the experienced 5-piece group has added contemporary bluegrass as well as bluegrass gospel, so there is something for every bluegrass listener.

All concerts take place on Saturdays 6 – 10 p.m., with gates open at 5 p.m. Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Parking is free. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street.

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

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Upcoming concert dates and genres are:
June 25 – Americana Night
July 30 – Cajun/Zydeco Night
Aug 20 – Blues Night
Sept 24 – Roots Remix Special
Oct 22 – Roots Indoor Encore in Historic Sanctuary

For information: 830-997-2835.

Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville – October 3

The Symphony of the Hills will open its 2012-2013 season with “Bach to Rock” on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., at the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater in Kerrville, Texas.

This concert is designed to display the musical versatility of the Symphony of the Hills, according to Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, Conductor and Artistic Director.

The repertoire consists of classical pieces by Bach, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, along with rock selections from “A Fifth of Beethoven” and the musical “Hair.”

The concert will begin with Brahms’ masterpiece “Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 77,” performed by concertmaster, Long Zhou. Bach will be represented by the well-recognized “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major,” followed by Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien, op. 45,” a piece he wrote after a trip to Italy.

The concert includes “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a rocking treatment of a classic which became a surprise pop music hit in the 1970s and led to rock renditions of other classical pieces; and selections from “Hair,” the musical that stirred up the stage and American culture in 1968.

Guests are invited to a free pre-concert reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Wine will be provided by Kerrville Hills Winery.

Good seats remain at several pricing levels, and may be purchased online at, by calling the Symphony office at (830) 792-7469, or via Email:

Upcoming concerts are: “Christmas Through the Ages” on December 6, 2012; “Pops Symphony” on January 12, 2013; “If the Schu Fits” on March 7, 2013; and the “Symphony’s Greatest Hits” on May 2, 2013.

Symphony of the Hills concerts are funded through season ticket sales, corporate and individual donations, grants and other assistance, and program advertising. Orchestra musicians come from the Hill Country area and include professionals, Schreiner University faculty, and advanced music students. The Symphony is committed to expanding the appreciation of symphonic music throughout the Texas Hill Country and in developing the musical talents of young people throughout the community.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra Spring 2014 Concert II – May 17

The public is invited to attend the Spring Concert of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra on Saturday, May 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 107 E. Lower Crabapple Rd, Fredericksburg.

The program is free and will include individual and group performances by musicians and students under the direction of Theresa Britt.

The Advanced Youth Ensemble will open the program followed by the FCO String Orchestra. FCO Suzuki Violin, Cello, and Viola students will then present their recital pieces.

The public is invited to stay and enjoy refreshments after the concert.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of string education in the Hill Country. The orchestra consists of community members of all ages. The mission of Fredericksburg Community Orchestras is to promote string education in Fredericksburg and surrounding communities.

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

USO Hanger Dance – December 31

Head out to the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road in Fredericksburg, Texas, and help support the United Service Organization (USO) while ringing in (or swinging in) 2011 in style, 1940s style that is.

The Hangar Hotel and Conference Center will be hosting another New Year’s Eve Hangar Dance on Saturday, December 31, 2011. A percentage of the event’s proceeds will be donated to USO Ft. Hood, which delivers programs and services to more than 40,000 service members and their families.

The dance will feature big band music by Fredericksburg local Bill Smallwood and The Lonestar Swing Orchestra. Attendees can participate in swing dance lessons from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the band will play from 9:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 a person ($10 per person discount for anyone who purchases two nights at the Hangar Hotel) and includes a complimentary champagne toast, party favors, black-eyed peas and cornbread at midnight.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their best 1940s inspired outfit and participate in the costume contest. Those donning a military uniform will receive a coupon for a free drink.

The Hangar Hotel, located adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport, was designed to mimic the look of a WWII airplane hangar, providing the perfect setting for a USO style dance. The event will be held in the Pacific Showroom, located next to the hotel, which is decorated in South Pacific/WWII style complete with palm trees and tiki bar. For more information or to purchase a ticket to the dance contact the Hangar Hotel at (830) 997-9990.

2012 Roots Music Schedule

2012 Roots Music Series
Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas
Effective Feb 1, 2012
Get ready for a brand new season of Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country!
Created and hosted by the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.

2012 Dates and Genres
May 19 – Jazz Night
June 23 – Swing Night
July 28 – Multi-Culture Night
Aug 18 – R&B/Blues Night
Sept 22 – American Decades Night

• All concerts take place on Saturdays 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
• Gates open at 5 p.m.
• Museum exhibits remain open for Roots guests until 7 p.m.
(For up-to-date details check:

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.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg.
Entrance is on Milam Street.

Admission is $12. Kids under 18 are free.
Special! $2 off for advance online tickets, or bring web page printout to gate for $2 discount.

Other Information:
During the outdoor concert, guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas, and water. Free parking.

Proceeds Benefit:
Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society

Pioneer Museum
Gillespie County Historical Society
312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg TX 78624
830-997-2835 – FAX 830-997-3891 •Email:

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