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Jackson Street Market Days
January 3

Jackson Street; Jackson Street, Harlingen, TX

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Arts and crafts
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.

Rockport Gospel Music Festival
January 8-11

First Baptist Church; 1515 North Live Oak Street, Rockport, TX

Rockport-Fulton High School and First Baptist Church
Gary Howard
1515 N. Live Oak Street; Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 205-2789
Music: Gospel
The Rockport Gospel Music Festival began in 1994 as a gospel music concert, sponsored by the “Rockport’s Gospel Force” police quartet. It has been our goal from the beginning to give our citizens and visiting Winter Texas friends an enjoyable time of Christian entertainment and praise through gospel music. The Gospel Music Festival has grown larger and larger each year, because you continue to support this festival with your attendance, your prayers and your contributions. Without your consistent support the festival would never have grown to the three-day event that it has been the past few years. Here we are at our 17th annual event and we sincerely appreciate the support received for this festival from generous Christian people all around the area. The support of local churches, Christian owned businesses, our Winter Texan friends, and our local citizens has been overwhelming. We look forward to your continued generosity and support as we continue on through the next several years. Music is a powerful tool that reaches into the very soul of man. When music is added with the Gospel of Christ, lives are changed. We would like to welcome to this year’s festival for the first time: Mr. Brian Arnold from Hollow Rock, Tennessee, I first met Brian several years ago at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. At that time he was singing with our now Emcee. David Fountain in a group called Chosen Few. Brian is known as “America’s Best One Handed Piano Player” and hopefully we will see during the weekend why he has been given that title. We are also glad to welcome the Williamsons, the Strackbeins and it is good to have Jerry Bennett back with us. What can we say about the Crimson River Quartet other than thank you for the many trips that you have made from California to Rockport year after year to be with us for our festival. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year for the existence of their quartet. Other groups returning this year are The Telestials, Dale and Cheryl Golden, Shiloh now called FourTwelve, 4 His Love, Delivered, John Springer Family, Greg Shockley (our very capable sound man) and of course, Rockport’s own Gospel Force Quartet.

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp • Summer Camp
January 9-11

Schreiner University; 2100 Memorial Blvd. Kerrville, TX

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp
Bob Miller
P.O. Box 291574; Kerrville, TX 78029-1574
(830) 896-5711
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel
Activities: Music Camp, Jam sessions, classroom instruction
Summer HCAMP is a 5 day acoustic music camp. Our staff consists of world class musicians and teachers from around the United States. Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass, Mountain Dulcimer, Hammer Dulcimer, Ukulele and Voice classes are offered. The camp is residential camp located on the Schreiner University grounds. The summer camp classes focus on instrument skills with one formal jam class daily working with a group of similar skill levels playing among the different instruments. Specific camp details, faculty line up, daily schedule and registration information are available at www.hcamp.org

Second Saturdays
January 10

Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX

McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month. For more information please visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call 972.547.2660. Event occurs: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14.

Larry Joe Taylor's Annual Coastin' and Cruisin'
January 11-18

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas; Galveston, TX

Larry Joe Corporation, Inc.
Larry Joe Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 965-4061; (254) 968-8505
Music: Americana, Country
Activities: Cruise
Join Larry Joe Taylor & Band and Songwriter Friends as they once again take their music to the high seas for the 14th Annual Coastin' & Cruisin' Cruise. This is a unique opportunity to listen and interact with songwriters while cruising in the aqua blue waters of the Eastern Caribbean. Come experience what everyone's been talking about... The BIGGEST and BEST music cruise sailing out of Texas! Songwriter Cruise sails from New Orleans, Louisiana to Falmouth, Jamaica, George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise features singer songwriters, Mike McClure, Richard Leigh, Kelly McGuire, Dave Perez, Keith Sykes, Larry Joe Taylor & more. Private shows on board Royal Caribbeans Mariner of the Seas.

Austin Songwriters Symposium
January 14-18

Holiday Inn Midtown; 6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX

Austin Songwriters Group
Lee Duffy
P.O. Box 2578; Austin, TX 78768
(512) 698-4237
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Songwriting contests, Panel discussions
The annual four-day symposium brings songwriters and music industry professionals together for a full slate of workshops, panels, publisher pitch sessions, showcases, late night pickin’ circles and more. If you were with us last January, you know first-hand what a great event it was. So many highlights from the weekend that unless you were there, you can’t fully appreciate just how special the event was for everyone who attended.

Symphony Arlington
January 15

Arlington Music Hall; 224 North Center Street, Arlington, TX

Symphony Arlington
Bethany Thomey, General Manager
P.O. Box 202051; Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 385-0484
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
From 18th century pioneers like Vivaldi and Corelli to modern masters such as Puccini and Respighi, Italian composers have enchanted us with melodies as rich as fettuccini alfredo and rhythms as seductive as a vintage Brunello. Italian sunshine and Mediterranean breezes have also beckoned to composers from other lands: Berlioz’ Paganini-inspired Harold in Italy, and Tchaikovsky’s folk music fantasy Capriccio Italien, to name but a few. This season Symphony Arlington will bring you masterworks by these composers and many more, all in celebration of Italy’s glorious and enduring musical heritage. The 15th Anniversary Season will feature guest artists such as pianist Lindsay Garritson performing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody of a Theme by Paganini and Antonio di Cristofano performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Symphony Arlington will also feature Paul Silverthorne, Principal Viola of the London Symphony performing Paganini's Sonata per la Gran' Viola è Orchestra and Berlioz – Harold in Italy!

Austin Classical Guitar International Concert Series
January 16-17

GT Austin; 2700 Northland Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
It’s quite possible: there’s no more fun duo to watch than guitar and bandoneon tango masters Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiachiaretta! Anton Baranov Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at GT Austin. For the third straight year, ACG enthusiastically welcomes a young Russian virtuoso to our International Series, fresh from winning the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition – the classical guitar world’s most prestigious. The Lodger Friday & Saturday January 16th-17th at the Alamo Drafthouse Superstar cellist Bion Tsang joins the Texas Guitar Quartet to perform live the world premiere of an original silent film score by ACG Composer in Residence Joseph V. Williams II, created to accompany cinematic giant Alfred Hitchock’s early silent masterpiece, The Lodger. Beijing Guitar Duo Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at GT Austin. Fabulous artistry, enthralling precision, gorgeous interpretation–legend has it that the Beijing Guitar Duo plays so perfectly together that they sound like one person. How Little You Are Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at Bass Concert Hall. ACG is proud to work with Conspirare and Texas Performing Arts in an unprecedented performance collaboration of a new work by Nico Muhly. This world premiere performance, written for voices and guitars, will be conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare’s artistic director, and will feature the LA Guitar Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, and Texas Guitar Quartet. The program begins with a performance by the Conspirare Youth Choir and Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra!

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
January 17 - February 7

Will Rogers Memorial Center; 3401 West Lancaster Drive, Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Bradford S. Barnes
P.O. Box 150; Fort Worth, TX 76101
(817) 877-2400; (817) 877-2420
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: County fair, Cowboy poetry, Rodeo, Singing contests, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention
Welcome to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo! Join us for 23 days of great rodeo action, world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, daily live music, terrific food, the carnival midway, four acres of unique daily shopping and more.

Yaga's Chili Quest & Beer Fest
January 17-19

Galveston Downtown Historical District; 2314 Strand Street, Galveston, TX

Yaga's Entertainment, Inc.
Erin Dhonau
2300 Strand Street; Galveston, TX 77550-1567
(956) 778-4624; (409) 770-0999; Fax (409) 419-1717
Activities: Food Festival
Yaga's Chili Quest and Beer Fest is an event jam packed with fun! Chili Quest & Beer Fest goers have the opportunity to participate in a Chili Cook-Off, Craft Beer Tasting, Margarita Making Contest, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Washer Tournament, Live Music, 5K & 1K Fun Run, and Vendors.

Martin Luther King Jr. March & Festival
January 19

Huston-Tillotson University; 900 Chicon Street, Austin, TX

Austin Area Heritage Council
Carol Wright
900 Chicon Street; Austin, TX 78702
(512) 657-3064
Music: Jazz
Activities: March and Festival
The Annual MLK Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 19 at 9 a.m. program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. Because of the inauguration we will not go to the capital this year. We will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. In previous years, the march has drawn up to an estimated 15,000 people for this special occasion. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march with us and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the marchers arrives on location and will last until 3 p.m.; it will include business, non-profit & community based vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! A vendor application can be downloaded for those interested in purchasing booth space. For questions and information, please contact Carol Wright by email or by telephone at 512-657-3064.

Washington's Birthday Celebration
January 22-February 23

Laredo; Laredo, TX

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
Celina Alvarado, Public Relations / Marketing Manager
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589; (956) 722-0589
Music: Country, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Tejano
What started 118 years ago as a single day of events has grown to be one of the largest celebrations in the United States with 28 major events packed into 33 fun-filled days and nights. The Washington's Birthday Celebration truly has something for everyone--music, comedy, parades, debutante pageants and formal galas, a carnival, an air show, athletic events, beer, wine and tequila tastings, street parties and more. Each event brings out some of the unique flavor and history of our city whose special blend of Mexican and American cultures can be found nowhere else. The Washington's Birthday Celebration is a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers who work throughout the year to throw the best party you'll ever attend. Dozens of organizations and sponsors join forces to show our many visitors what a warm, friendly and fascinating place Laredo is. Please take a look through our calendar of events and plan your fun during the 2015 Celebration. It is a time for family and friends to enjoy a good time and make memories you will share for years to come. As a native Laredoan, I am proud of the team effort that comes through each year as we work towards a bigger and better party every time.

Renaissance Polyphony Weekend
January 23-25

Holy Trinity Catholic Church; 3811 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX

Susan Scheib
9215 Forest Hills Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 327-6823
Music: A cappella, Classical, Renaissance
Activities: Singing Mass
Renaissance Polyphony Weekend is a workshop for persons wishing to sing Renaissance Polyphony. Weekend concludes with performance of a Mass. As usual, the Polyphony Weekend will be held at the University of Dallas in Irving, and led by Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. The singer's retreat will conclude with a celebrated Latin Mass on Sunday of the scheduled weekend at Holy Trinity Seminary., Irving.

January 23-25

Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas; 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX

Spicy Food Productions
Gregory Bagarozy, President
21 Cimarron Road; Putnam Valley, NY 10579
(845) 661-3616; (888) 505-8246
Music: Country, Swing
Activities: Awards show, Trade show/convention, Cook off
Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 23-25, as ZestFest 2015 brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Hosted by Spicy Food Productions and taking place in Irving, Texas, ZestFest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make this the zestiest weekend of your year!

Luckenbach Texas Blues Festival
January 24

Luckenbach Dance Hall; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX

412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990
Music: Blues
Activities: Music festival
Luckenbach Texas Blues Festival line up includes Hayes Carll, Jimmy LaFave, Carolyn Wonderland, Clay McClinton, Bonnie Bishop w/ special Guest Lee Roy Parnell, Mingo Fishtrap, Paula Nelson and Danny Brooks.

Salon Concerts Concert Season
January 25 - 26

Private homes and Scottish Rite Theater; 207 West 18th Street, Austin, TX

Salon Concerts
P.O. Box 163501; Austin, TX 78716
(512) 402-2516
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
All concerts are presented on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and on Monday at 7 p.m. Concerts are followed by an elegant dinner of of hors d’oeuvres and wines. Each concert pair is held in a beautiful private home in Austin. Directions are sent by email to ticket purchasers the week before the concert. Lawrence Harris, baritone; Renée Guerrero, piano; Karl Kraber, flute; Rick Rowley, piano; and Kathryn Mishell, composer, piano. Music of Domenico Scarlatti, Paola Tosti, Anna Bon, Gaetano Donizetti, Alfredo Casella and Kathryn Mishell.

Cliburn at the Kimbell
January 29

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX

Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.
2525 Ridgmar Blvd, Suite 307; Fort Worth, TX 76116
Music: Classical
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the new Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, located at 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Thursday, October 30, 2014 James Ehnes, violin, Thursday, November 13, 2014 David Fray, piano, Thursday, January 29, 2015 Lawrence Brownlee, tenor. In the midst of our busy, multitasking lives, the recital experience offers something different, something needed: a pure connection. With our fellow audience members, with the artists on stage—but, more than anything, with the music. We stop for an hour or two, put down our phones, and allow the music to speak to us through its finely-trained and consummate ambassadors, who are—as described by Van Cliburn—but its witnesses and messengers. It is a seemingly paradoxical, uniquely valuable time when we can commune with others for a journey that is, at its core, introspective. Our guarantee for these Cliburn Concerts is to bring the world’s best witnesses and messengers to Fort Worth’s finest concert venues each season to deliver some of the best music ever written directly to you. We hope to connect with you soon.

State of the Arts Conference: Engaging New Audiences
January 29-30

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol; 701 East 11th Street, Austin, TX

Texas Commission on the Arts
P.O. Box 13406; Austin, TX 78711-3406
(512) 463-5535
Activities: Trade show/convention
Arts organizations, artists, arts administrators and board members are encouraged to mark their calendars for the State of the Arts Conference: Engaging New Audiences to be held in Austin January 29 – 30, 2015. The conference kicks off at 9 AM on Thursday and concludes at noon on Friday. There is an opening reception on Wednesday evening from 5 PM to 8 PM. Hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust, the conference will feature information of importance to the arts industry in Texas. Topics range from building new audiences to gaining financial stability, from using social media to effective marketing, and from arts education to ADA compliance. One of the highlights of the conference will be a keynote from LaPlaca Cohen on a national study that focuses on visual arts and performing arts audiences. It goes into depth about the perceptions, motivators, and obstacles to attracting and engaging new audiences by age group. State of the Arts Conference: Engaging New Audiences will bring together experts in the areas of marketing, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, and more to help you attract and engage new audiences. There will also be keynote presentations, interactive break-out sessions and lots of opportunities for networking.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
January 30-31

Residences in Flower Mound and Dallas; Flower Mound, TX

Dallas Bach Society
Yoori Marti, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Around the Mediterranean. Private Residences in Flower Mound and Dallas.* Soprano Nell Snaidas, a specialist in early Italian music, zarzuela and Sephardic song, offers a musical tour of the Mediterranean countries.

Bancroft Family Concerts
January 31

Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX

Dallas Museum of Art
Virginia Haak, Office Manager/Education Director
1717 North Harwood; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players will present seven concerts of classical chamber music and world music during the 2013-2014 season of the Bancroft Family Concerts. These free concerts are held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October through May. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts capacity crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area.

UETA Jamboozie - Washington's Birthday Celebration
January 31

Laredo; Laredo, TX

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
Celina Alvarado, Public Relations / Marketing Manager
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589; (956) 722-0589
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Street dance
Part of Laredo's Washington Celebration.