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Editor’s Corner: Toyota Music Factory brings big city entertainment to Irving, TX

By Stacey Doud

TixI was fortunate enough to score free tickets to see G. LoveBlues Traveler and moe. on August 10, 2019 at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving/Las Colinas. I had never been to this particular venue, so I was very curious about how such a large complex opened in a town with only 240,000 residents. Of course, with me being from Houston, I was used to the Toyota Center and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, both of which serve a population of close to 2.3 million people.

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G. Love with the keyboardist from Blues Traveler

It turns out that there was a bond election in 2007, in which Irving/Las Colinas voters said “yes” to finance an entertainment center right off of State Highway 114, almost adjacent to the existing Irving/Las Colinas Convention Center and Hotel. The complex consists of about 210,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, which includes an Alamo Draft House movie theater, several restaurants and retail shops and a bowling alley. Next to these retail facilties is a 65,000 square foot music venue called “The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory,” which can seat 4,000 people with its walls closed, and 8,000 people with everything open in “amphitheater [outdoor] mode.”

Originally scheduled to open as the “Irving Music Factory” on September 1, 2017, construction delays caused the opening to be postponed until September 9. The developers announced that the venue was being renamed the “Toyota Music Factory” and would feature Texas rockers ZZ Top as its inaugural concert.

The new venue has done extremely well, featuring mostly “classic rock” artists, such as Ringo StarrLindsey Buckingham and Lauryn Hill, to up-and-comers such as G. Love, to family-friendly shows such as Kidz Bop.

I found the facilities very easy to navigate, from the parking garage to the music venue. Once inside (the roof was closed due to extreme heat), there was plenty of room to walk around and peruse the booths that offered show merchandise, as well as food/drink areas, which offered the usual concert fare and beverages, along with some franchise outlets.

The venue itself offered excellent acoustics and plenty of leg room in the floor seats (I am 5’5″ and had no problems. My hubby is 6’6″ and only had minor difficulties). I don’t know how it sounds in amphitheater mode, but I’m looking forward to going back when the weather is a bit cooler.

There were plenty of helpful employees stationed about to direct us newbies when we got lost. The restrooms were placed at good intervals and there were several food and beverage stands placed conveniently around the rotunda.

All in all, we enjoyed the concert very much. We are looking forward to seeing other acts there, and would very much like to try out the amphitheater feature of the venue.

BT

Blues Traveler

To learn more about the Toyota Music Factory and the talent line-up, visit https://toyotamusicfactory.com/.

Rich Post, Post Malone’s Father, Talks Son’s Rise To Stardom From North Texas Roots

His career has skyrocketed into super stardom in just a few short years, and now Post Malone, the 23-year old recording artist from Grapevine, is walking into the 2019 Grammys with four nominations including album and record of the year.

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Post Malone as a young boy (Left, Family Photo) and Post Malone on Feb. 1, 2019 (Right, Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

CBS 11 sat down with his father, Rich Post, at the family’s home in Grapevine to talk about his son’s major success.

When speaking about his Grammy nominations and looking back at the past few years Rich Post said, “Five years ago when this really started nobody would say you are going to win one or be nominated for one. Or you’d be the most streamed artist on Spotify in the world. It’s just crazy how things happen… I still see that kid that would dress up in his Ninja costume for Halloween. Or the goofy kid that was performing at the family talent shows.”

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WIN: Don McLean and Judy Collins at Arena Theatre

Win two tickets to see Don McLean and Judy Collins!!

McLeanCollinsThe Arena Theatre proudly presents two enduring icons of the folk movement of the sixties and early seventies in one concert: Don McLean and Judy Collins on Friday January 29, 2016!

Don McLean

“American Pie”: https://youtu.be/5QUYvRaQ4XM

“Vincent”: https://youtu.be/4wrNFDxCRzU

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie,“ ”Vincent (Starry Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air,” “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War. In 2007, Don McLean shared his life story in Alan Howard’s biography, The Don McLean Story: Killing Us Softly With His Songs. In June 2011 Don performed for an audience of 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. Don’s new album “Botanical Gardens” is set to be released, including the Youtube hit “Waving Man.“

Judy Collins

“Both Sides Now”: https://youtu.be/A7Xm30heHms

“Send in the Clowns”: https://youtu.be/KCE-Bijdvv0

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns” won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards.

Judy began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy, but the hardluck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. In 1961, she released her masterful debut, “A Maid of Constant Sorrow.” As a tastemaker within the thriving Greenwich Village folk community, she brought other singer-songwriters to a wider audience, including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Randy Newman. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust touring schedule.

This year she released her first studio album in four years, “Strangers Again,” with a cast of icons and young talents from Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Jeff Bridges to Glen Hansard, Ari Hest and Bhi Bhiman.

WIN two tickets to see these legends LIVE at the Arena Theater on January 29! Email us and you will be entered to WIN!

Contest ends at noon on Monday January 25, 2016. One email per person please. Email must contain a valid phone number and first and last name. You will be notified via email if you win. Tickets will be delivered the week of January 25.

Tickets courtesy of Turn To Productions, LLC.

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PHS Choir to Perform at Rotary Dec. 15

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Enter to Win a FREE pair of tickets to see Mickey Gilley Saturday, November 7!

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Want to see Mickey Gilley for FREE on November 7?

Drop us a line with your name and phone number and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets absolutely FREE!

(Your information will ONLY be used to inform the promoters of who will be picking up the tickets at Will-Call at the Arena Theater)

HURRY!!! Contest ends Saturday, November 7 at noon!

Tickets courtesy of Turn To Productions, LLC

Enter to Win a FREE pair of tickets to see Michael Bolton Thursday, Nov. 5!

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Want to see Michael Bolton for FREE on November 5?

Drop us a line with your name and phone number and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets absolutely FREE!

(Your information will ONLY be used to inform the promoters of who will be picking up the tickets at Will-Call at the Arena Theater)

HURRY!!! Contest ends Thursday, November 5 at noon!

Tickets Courtesy of Turn To Productions, LLC

Western-Indian Music Ensemble to perform in Pearland Nov. 7

SHAC flyer AShaking Hands Across Continents, a Western-Indian music ensemble, directed by acclaimed Houston musician Mrs. Rajarajeshwary Bhat and organized by Global Organization for Divinity, will be presented on Saturday November 7th at Berry Miller Junior High School stage, 3301 Manvel Road, Pearland TX. This project is supported by the City of Pearland through the Cultural Arts Grant from the Pearland Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

The concert, that will present a melodious fusion of Indian and western music, will feature songs in English and multiple Indian languages composed by His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji of India. A highlight of the presentation will be a world unity song sung in 16 different global languages.

The concert will bring together over 50 performers of all ages comprising of several accomplished Houston stars, both singers and instrumentalists. It will feature musical instruments from both Indian (violin, mridangam, tanpura) and Western (piano, violin, viola, drums) genres.

Mrs. Rajarajeshwary Bhat is the director of Houston’s Krishna Gana Sudha Music Academy, where she teaches the south Indian ‘Carnatic’ form of music. She hails from a family of musicians in India and has numerous national and international accolades to her credit, both as a musician and a teacher. Apart from coordinating and performing Carnatic music concerts and presentations, she has also worked on several collaborative music productions with various genres of world music.

Houston’s Mr. Arthur Delaney, CEO of Delaney Studios – pianist, string instrumentalist and orchestra director – will join hands with Mrs. Bhat in this fusion production. Mr. Erode Nagaraj, mridangam player of international fame, will also take part in this concert.

This musical ensemble is organized by Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D.), a worldwide nonprofit organization that is very active in Houston, where it is located in the Pearland/Manvel area. G.O.D. aims to promote peace, harmony and universal love amid cultural diversity, and is involved in several cultural, spiritual and social activities around the USA and the world.

The proceeds from this concert will benefit the construction of Namadwaar prayer house’s youth educational and cultural service center in Pearland/Manvel area. 

Seating for this event begins at 4 pm. Tickets are priced at $15. Donations for the cause are welcome, and complimentary tickets with preferred seating will be given to donors. Tickets and donation options are online at http://tinyurl.com/SHAC2015. For more information about Global Organization for Divinity, please visit www.godivinity.org or call 281-402-6585.

WIN!!!! The Midtown Men Oct. 16

Pearland Connection has 20 FREE tickets to give away to fans! Give us a shout and include your name, email address and phone number and we’ll let you know if you won! Contest ends at noon on Thursday, Oct. 15. Tickets will be available at Will-Call on the date of performance.

Arena Theatre – October 16

timthumbTHE MIDTOWN MEN are a high-octane musical tour de force that took the Jersey Boys phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, bringing to life the greatest hits of the Sixties, and rocking performing arts centers and symphony halls across the continent.

Following the development of Jersey Boys and an historic three-year run on Broadway, principal cast members formed THE MIDTOWN MEN to fully realize the dream they had brought to life playing the iconic Four Seasons.

They are the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show, and are lifting audiences to their feet in venues across the continent. Tour highlights for these four Broadway vets and their powerhouse seven-piece band recently included a triumphant return to their “Jersey” roots with a live concert special at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center broadcast on PBS.

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WIN!!! The Charlie Daniels Band with The Marshall Tucker Band Oct. 9

Pearland Connection has 20 FREE tickets to give away to fans! Give us a shout and include your name, email address and phone number and we’ll let you know if you won! Contest ends at noon on Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets will be available at Will-Call on the date of performance.

Arena Theatre – October 9 (click for more info)

timthumbDuring Charlie Daniels’ 50-year career, he has scored hits on the rock, country, pop and Christian charts and counts his awards from the Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM), TNN/Music City News Awards, and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) among his many accolades. Born in Wilmington, NC, he was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, rhythm & blues, and country music from the radio, including Nashville’s 650 WSM. His signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” topped both country and pop charts, bringing him international acclaim. Skilled on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, his contributions to country and southern rock are legendary on the path of platinum that’s carried him to virtually every music industry award and accolade presented across multi-genres. The CDB’s current release is Off the Grid-Doin’ It Dylan, a tribute to Bob Dylan. Little could Charlie Daniels have imagined in the late ’60’s as a young studio musician answering a call from producer Bob Johnston to add his creativity on guitar to three of Dylan’s Nashville produced projects (Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning,) that he was on the first steps of the journey to his own destination as a musical icon.

logo_mtbThe Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C. when Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label.

For more information, visit The Arena Theater site.