Chorale Christmas Concerts – Navidad Neustria – this Thursday and Saturday

The Fredericksburg Chorale will hold three concerts in celebration of Christmas this season at the St. Joseph’s Halle at 212 W. San Antonio St. – this Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. featuring music by Argentinean composer, Ariel Ramirez. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy choral and instrumental music. Donations are welcome. For information, call 830-997-6869.

Acoustic Music Workshop & Concert in Kerrville – 1/29

Pops Bayless

Ukulele master Pops Bayless will be one of the featured instructors at the first January Acoustic Music Workshop & Concert in Kerrville on January 29, 2011. Students of guitar, ukulele, and banjo can sign up for limited seats now through Club Ed at www.clubed.net or by calling 830-895-4386.

Musicians of all levels can build their skills at a new one-day January Acoustic Music Workshop in Kerrville on Saturday January 29, sponsored by Kerrville ISD’s Club Ed and Bob Miller’s Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp.

The workshop will feature three world-class musicians: Alan Munde on Banjo, David Hamburger on Guitar and Pops Bayless on Ukulele. All three play Americana and Roots music ranging from Folk to Blues and Bluegrass.

The Workshop consists of each instructor teaching three classes on Saturday, topped off by an exclusive faculty “House Concert” at the Union Church on the Schreiner University campus.

Alan Munde is a recording artist and author of several instructional publications. He has taught Bluegrass and Country Music at South Plains College in Levelland since 1986. Munde’s Banjo Workshops are – Rolls and how to use them; Chords and how to use them; and Songs & accompaniment styles.

David Hamburger is a renown guitarist who has appeared at Merle Fest and the Kerrville and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, toured with Joan Baez, and performed with the great string players. His guitar, slide guitar and dobro playing can be heard on many albums. David is also a contributing editor to Acoustic Guitar and the author of a dozen books. He will teach Guitar Workshop – Theory; 6 degrees of Travis Picking; and Fingerpicking Blues.

Pops Bayless brings over three decades of performing experience on the ukulele. An accomplished teacher, Pops has presented a myriad of uke-based workshops at different schools and fests across the country including the Augusta Heritage Center, Blue Stone Folk School, Midwest Ukulele Festival, Ukulele Expo, and the Dallas Uke Fest. His Uke Workshops will feature Strums; 3 chord songs; and Chord Shapes.

Workshops will meet at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville. Class Times are:

Class Period 1, 10:00am to 11:15am
Class Period 2, 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Class Period 3, 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Each class period is $40, or students can sign up for all three workshops by one instructor for a discount price of $100.

The day will be finished with an exclusive “House Concert” featuring all Workshop instructors. The workshop is Saturday evening, January 29, 2011, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Union Church at the corner of Broadway, Water, and Travis Streets in Kerrville. Concert admission is $20, and guests are welcome to bring a snack and beverage to share.

Class sizes are limited. Students can reserve their seats through Club Ed by several methods:

Online at www.clubed.net
Email at club.ed@kerrvilleisd.net
Phone at 830-895-4386
Fax at 830-257-0566
In person at the Auld Center, 1121 Second Street, Kerrville TX 78028.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents James Dick – April 15

Fredericksburg Music Club hosts monthly classical concerts and April’s concert will be at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano Street, and begins at 3 pm. By Donation.

Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, internationally renowned concert pianist and Steinway artist James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivation, opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Raised in Hutchinson Kansas, his talent moved him from the farm to the University of Texas Music Building and out to the world’s great concert halls. He received a scholarship to the University of Texas in Austin, studying with Dalies Frantz.

Christmas at Rockbox Theater – November 29 to December 24

Christmas-webphoto-featured-3b_jpg_420x175_crop_upscale_q85Come join the regular cast at Rockbox Theater at 109 North Llano as they celebrate their 7th Christmas season with a variety of holiday music. Featuring the classics, rock ‘n roll and a whole lot of the spirit of the season! Get those sleigh bells ringin’ and those guitars tinglin’! Tickets available online or by calling the box office.

Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 4:30 and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Please check the website for additional special showtimes.

Honor Flight Austin Benefit for Gillespie County WWII Veterans – August 1

“One More Tour with Honor”.  Taking WWII Veterans living in and around the Austin area to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial that was built in their honor 65 years after the war was over.  Live music fundraiser at Hondo’s on Main, 312 West Main.  Featuring music by Sol Patch, Sons of Slim, Clay McClinton, Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze, Bill Lewis, Lishman & Prewitt, Jake Martin and CamKing. Call (830) 997-3758 for details.

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 www.pioneermuseum.net.

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 www.pioneermuseum.net.

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.