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Charro Days Festival
March 1-5

Amigoland Convention Center; 1000 Mexico Blvd., Brownsville, TX

Charro Days, Inc.
Elsa Cisneros, Interim Executive Director; E.J. Martinez, President
P.O. Box 3247; Brownsville, TX 78523-3247
(956) 542-4245
Music: Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Parades
Charro Days includes public dances, live entertainment, Youth Parade, Twilight Parade, costume ball, Grand International Parade, carnival and Noche Mexicana.

Laugh Tracks
March 1

George’s in Texas State University’s Student Center; 700 Morre Street, San Marcos, TX

KTSW 89.9
Joseph Bogorad
San Marcos, TX
(512) 245-5879
Activities: Music festival, Comedy
The evening consists of a subtle DJ set broken up between two local comedian acts. Presented by KTSW-FM 89.9 and Texas State University's Student Involvement.

Sammons Jazz: Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert
March 1

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX

Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Music: Jazz, Cabaret
Activities: Concert season
Opening Set: LaLa J & Friends — Vocalist LaLa Johnson, born and raised on gospel, groomed in R&B, trained in classical, and skilled in reggae and the blues, finds real comfort in the ingenuity demanded by jazz. LaLa J, who tours with Grammy® Award-winning singer Erykah Badu, debuts at Sammons Jazz with Myles Tate on piano, Derrell Bivins on bass, Derrick Clark on drums, Len Barnett on percussion, and Joyce Spencer on saxophone. Second Set: Keron Jackson — From a rough beginning in Fort Worth’s Stop Six to singing a solo at Carnegie Hall, Keron Jackson is proof that “for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.” Praised by the Dallas Morning News for his powerhouse bass voice, Keron’s charisma and impassioned delivery captures the essence of every song he sings. Keron is accompanied by the accomplished Larry Petty Trio. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 p.m.

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Season
March 3-4

Civic Center Theater; Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mary Jones Saathoff, President and CEO
601 Avenue K; Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
Tchaikovsky Pathétique - Guest Conductor Daniel Myssyk leads the LSO alongside a solo performance by Andrew Staupe of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor. Adding to the concert, American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral is performed for the first time by the LSO. Lastly, the emotional melodies of Tchaikovsky are exemplified in his Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, also considered a last statement before his death. This final symphony stands alone among others and is nothing short of a special performance.

North Texas Irish Festival
March 3-5

Fair Park, Dallas, TX; 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX

Southwest Celtic Music Association
Marsha Singer, Director
7324 Gaston No. 124-382; Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 823-4370; sheribush@att.net
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Celtic, Irish
Activities: Music festival, Arts & Crafts
Three day festival celebrating Celtic music, dance, food and beverage. Live music on 13 stages; Urchin Street kids area, horse demos and activities, culinary demos, craft beer sampling, whiskey tasting and much more.

Somervell County PRCA Rodeo
March 3-4

Expo Center; 202 Bo Gibbs Drive, Glen Rose, TX

Somervell County Horse Show and Rodeo Association
Terry Starnes, Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 8; Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-4171; (254) 897-4509
Music: Country
Activities: Rodeo
Somervell County PRCA Rodeo features some of the world's greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls in competition and great country music. Some of the exciting events will be bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, rodeo clowns, goat milking and of course Mutton Bustin. The Mutton Buston' will be at 7:00pm each night. Mutton Bustin' Contestants must weigh 50 pounds or less. Sign-ups at Rodeo at 6:00pm, limited to first 25 each night -- $10 entry fee. Rodeo performance 7:30 p.m. each night with top professional cowboys & cowgirls. Great Action! Thrills, Spills & Fun!

Austin Classical Guitar 2016/2017 Season
March 4

AISD Performing Arts Center; 1530 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247 ; James Fidlon, Director of Operations
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
International Series: Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Tango Duo - Every time they come to Austin you ask us to bring them back! These guys are so much fun. Be sure to reserve your seats early.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
March 4, April 8, May 5, 20, June 3

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Jazz, Pop, Soul/R&B
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its 2016-2017 Performance Season filled with a dynamic collection of quality music, dance & stage performances. Performances include multiple GRAMMY winners featuring a prominent trumpeter, a powerful baritone voice and a pianist whose contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz has garnered him much respect. In the genre of dance, the season will feature two dance companies who share the love of movement whether traditional African dance, modern, jazz or spiritual works. Theatre performances share their passion for history and storytelling. Multiple GRAMMY nominee and jazz great Nnenna Freelon brings her theatrical project, THE CLOTHESLINE MUSE to the Carver on Saturday, March 4th. The multigenerational story examines the fragile relationships between women and also highlights the history of the main character, Grandma Blu, a laundress, and her granddaughter, a budding screenwriter focused on the future. The play encourages discussion between grandparents, parents and children about what happened at the clothesline. This multilayered plot creates a spellbinding, powerful, and beautiful story. theclotheslinemuse.com

City of Carrollton TEXFest
March 4

Downtown Carrollton

Carrollton, TX
Activities: Music festival
Head to Downtown Carrollton on Saturday, March 4 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm and enjoy local craft beers, wine from a local vineyard, live entertainment, and capture your Texas pride in a photo with a longhorn. This event is headlined by The Dirty River Boys. Also in the lineup is Waco native Holly Tucker, recognized from making the Top 6 on Season 4 of The Voice! TJ Broscoff will warm up the crowds with his recently earned back to back to back number 1's on the Regional Texas Billboard Chart!

La Follia Austin Baroque Concert Season
March 4-5

First Presbyterian Church ; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX

La Follia Austin Baroque
P.O. Box 29773; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 879-6404
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
A Chamber Concert with Anton Nel On Classical Period Instruments. Chamber music on period instruments by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Featured is Beethoven’s piano quartet, Op. 16. The incomparable Anton Nel is on fortepiano, with Stephen Redfield, violin, Marcus McGuff, flute, Bruce Williams, viola, and Katie Rietman, cello. The Program Mozart - Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K. 379; Haydn - Flute Trio Sonata in D major, HOB XV:16; INTERVAL; Beethoven - Piano Quartet, Op. 16.

Lenten Meditations
March 4

First Presbyterian Church; 1100 Carter Creek Parkway, Bryan, TX

Brazos Valley Chorale
Larry Lippke, Administrative Director
P.O. Box 10644; College Station, TX 77842
(979) 476-8199
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
As we begin the forty days and forty nights of Lent, come begin the journey at our “Lenten Meditations” offering. The concert will feature John Rutter’s “Requiem” with soprano soloist Jeannie Barrick and her crystal clear soprano tones. Rounding out the program will be other reflective pieces by Mozart, Casals, Stainer, and Martin.

Round Top August To April Series - James Dick in Concert ~ 2
March 4

Festival Hill at Round Top; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top

The International Festival-Institute at Round Top
The James Dick Foundation
P.O. Box 89; Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: A cappella, Americana, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The 2016-2017 August-to-April Series presents: Split Second Piano Duo Concert on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, Celil Refik Kaya, Guitar on Saturday October 8, 2016 at 3:00pm, University of Texas Wind Ensemble on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm, PraiSingers Holiday Choral Concert on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm, The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 4:00pm, Texas Guitar Quartet on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 3:00pm, Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm, James Dick in Concert on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 3:00pm, and Piano Duo: Elena Martin and Jose Meliton on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Temple Symphony Orchestra Season
March 4

Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center, Temple College; 2600 South First Street, Temple

Temple Symphony Orchestra
Rick Thomssen
100 West Adams Ave; Temple, TX 76501-7644
(254) 534-4101
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Family Pops Concert 7:30PM Cowboys and ..... a Texan! Featuring Two Time Texas State Accordian Champion Mike Middleton performing Rodeo - Aaron Copeland and other Symphonic selections.

Texas Western Swing Fiddling Showcase
March 4

Bell County Expo Center; 301 West Loop 121, Exit 292, Belton, TX

Texas Western Saving Heritage Association
Roye Nell Love, Tourism Director
5290 South I-35; Belton, TX 76513
(254) 939-3551; (254) 939-8390
Music: Country, Cowboy, Swing
Activities: Music festival, Dinner and Dance, Fiddling
The Texas Western Swing Fiddling Showcase's 2012 performers include Dave Alexander with featured fiddlers and musicians: Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band, Ricky Turpin, Brooke Wallace Deaton and the Austin Lake Travis ISD Fiddlers.Our mission is to promote and preserve Texas Western Swing music heritage by providing and entertaining an educational Western Swing Showcase.

Society of Texas Entertainment Professionals (STEP) Conference ~ 2
March 5-6

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center; Austin, TX

Society of Texas Entertainment Professionals
C.W. Kendall
6610 Grant Drive; Richmond, TX 77469
(817) 552-9200; (903) 882-8586
Activities: Trade show/convention
You're invited to join us in Georgetown Texas this year for Educational Seminars Featuring discussions on Business Solutions, Politics and more…. Networking with Industry Peers and our incredible Entertainment Showcase/Pub Crawl.

Texas Music Festival
March 5

Seaton Star Hall; 10842 Highway 53, Temple, TX

Texas Polka Music Museum
Clyde Cantrell
12026 Westgate Drive ; Cypress, TX 77429-3101
(830) 456-4721; (979) 541-6166
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival
Sunday March 5 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Seaton Star Hall in Temple, TX. Music by All Around Czechs and Czech Melody Masters.

National Accordion Convention ~ 2
March 8-11

Hyatt Regency Hotel; Richardson, TX

National Accordion Association, Inc.
Greg Klugiewicz, Convention Chair
P.O. Box 2298; Allen, TX 75013
(214) 938-5984; (214) 538-5651
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Folk/Acoustic, Polka, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
Accordion training, instruction, workshops, performance techniques, educational how-tos. All levels and age groups of accordion enthusiasts are invited. Accordion ensembles and orchestra. Evening events are open to the public. They include accordion performances and (accordion) orchestral concerts. Dance instructions in various styles will be taught. All musical styles will be explored: big band, bluegrass, blues, Cajun, folk, rock, acoustic accordion, electronic accordion, polka, conjunto, tejano. Accordion dealers, trade representatives, repair workers, accessories, and sales. Related electronics equipment will be displayed, demonstrated, and offered. New/used equipment swap shop. Don’t want to fly with your accordion? Not a problem, we have accordions for rent this year.

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show ~ 2
March 8-19

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds; 1000 North Texas, Mercedes, TX

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show
Sam Magee
P.O. Box 867; Mercedes, TX 78570
(956) 565-2456; sam@rgvls.com
Music: Country
Activities: Concert season, County fair, Rodeo, Parade, Carnival, Concessions
The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, Inc. chartered in 1940, is a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to help educate and develop young people, particularly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, in the care, grooming, management, showing and marketing of livestock. Funds to operate the Show come solely from donations, revenues realized from gate, carnival receipts, commercial exhibit rental, entry and concession fees. Hundreds of volunteers from throughout Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr Counties, working without any financial compensation whatsoever, make the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show possible.

La Salle County Fair and Wild Hog Cookoff
March 9-12

La Salle County Fairgrounds; Highway 97, Cotulla, TX

La Salle County Fair Association
Ernesto Galvan
P.O. Box 553; Cotulla, TX 78014
(830) 879-2852; (830) 879-2852
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
The La Salle County Fair & Wild Hog Cookoff is a four-day event filled with activities. Events include a livestock show, cookoffs, parade, childrens' contests, arts and crafts, science fair, races and more. Entertainment includes folk and Tejano music as well as a country western dance.

Texas Steel Guitar Association Jamboree
March 9-12

Sheraton Grand Hotel-DFW; 4440 West John Carpenter Freeway at Esters Road

Texas Steel Guitar Association
Albert Talley, President
2500 West Henderson Street; Cleburne, TX 76033
(817) 558-3481
Music: Country, Cowboy, Gospel, Jazz, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The TSGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting steel guitar music, performance, and education in Texas, the United States, and the world! The Jamboree brings together steel guitarists and enthusiasts in a concert setting with education and product availability from the top manufacturer's in the steel guitar industry.

Young Texas Artists Music Competition
March 9-11

Crighton Theatre; 236 North Main Street, Conroe, TX

Young Texas Artists, Inc.
Susie Pokorski, Chair
1608 Pine Oak Drive; Conroe, TX 77304
(713) 574-9820; (936) 756-7017
Music: Classical
Activities: Awards show, Singing contests, Classical instrumental and voice competition
The Young Texas Artists Music Competition, an official music competition of the State of Texas, is a multidisciplinary classical music competition for ages 18-30 (20-32 for singers). Over $20,000 in prizes and performance opportunities are available for winners in divisions of Piano; Voice; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar.

High Plains Public Radio presents the Living Room Concert Series
March 10, May 6, June 24

Chalice Abbey; 2717 Stanley, Amarillo, TX

High Plains Public Radio
Jenny Inzerillo, Music Director
104 SW 6th Ave., Suite. B-4; Amarillo, TX 79101
music@hppr.org; (806) 367-9088
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
High Plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series provides an open forum for live music on the High Plains, enriching our community connections and cultural awareness. Primarily hosted in Amarillo, TX and Garden City, KS, these shows support musicians from our region, as well as those passing through the Plains. January 27: Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow at Chalice Abbey, February 11: Beppe Gambetta at Chalice Abbey, March 10: David Berkeley at Chalice Abbey, May 6: Gabrielle Louise at Chalice Abbey and June 24: Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines at Fibonacci.

Humor in Music
March 10-11

First United Methodist Church; 1004 North Mays Street, Round Rock, TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
1007 Green Meadow; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 789-5073; John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
Music: Pop, Orchestral
Activities: Concert season
The national award-winning Willaimson County Symphony Orchestra will highlight the fun that can be contained in classical and contemporary music in its performance of "Humor in Music". The two FREE, family-friendly concerts will be performed on Friday, March 10th at First United Methodist Church in Round Rock and Saturday, March 11th at Klett Performing Arts Center in Georgetown. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and are about one hour and twenty minutes in length. Each piece will highlight humorous elements in music. Plus, the orchestra's composer-in-residence Dr. M.L. Daniels and special guest composer, Professor of Percussion George Frock, in two new, unique pieces, will demonstrate how fun and humor are written into music.

South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW)
March 10-19

Austin Convention Center; 500 East First Street, Austin, TX

South By Southwest, Inc.
Roland Swenson
P.O. Box 685289; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 467-7979
Music: A cappella, Ambient, Americana, Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Metal, New Age, Polka, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing, World Beat
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo / Rodeo Austin
March 11-25

Travis County Expo Center; 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX

Star of Texas
9100 Decker Lake Road; Austin, TX 78724
(512) 919-3000
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Latin Pop, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Cowboy poetry, Fiddling contests, Rodeo
The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, contributes over $1.5 million annually to the youth of Texas with the help of over 2,800 volunteers, donors and sponsors. Through its acclaimed Livestock Show, Fair, and Rodeo, the Star of Texas continues to work towards the advancement of its mission, Promoting Youth Education - Preserving Western Heritage. In 2008 STFR awarded $337,000 in scholarships to students in Texas. Go to www.RodeoAustin.com for more information!

Nederland Heritage Festival
March 14-19

Main Street; 1500 Boston Avenue, Nederland, TX

Nederland Heritage Festival Foundation, Inc.
Wanda Hollier, Manager
P.O. Box 1176; Nederland, TX 77627
(409) 724-2269
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: County fair, Singing contests, Arts & Crafts, Car Show, Cook-off
Nederland Heritage Festival is a homecoming, six-day block party with every civic organization involved. We are the last free festival in Southeast Texas. Every night there is a different type of music, from Cajun, R&B, and country, to rock and roll. Activities include booths, a crafts market, chili cook-off, petting zoo, free entertainment, motorcycle show, carnival, and the best food in Southeast Texas (all homemade).

Heart of Texas Rockfest
March 15-18

6th Street Entertainment District; Austin, TX

H.O.T.Q.B.M.F.
Adam Brewer - founder / organizer
814 E 45th St; Austin, TX 78746
(323) 440-2802; adam@texasrockfest.com
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Punk, Rap/Hip Hop
Activities: Music festival
The event is strategically scheduled to coincide with Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Media, Film and Music Festival. Now in its 15th year, the 2014 Heart of Texas ROCKFEST will boast more than 200 indie acts in several nightclubs and bars and also on their enormous downtown outdoor stages. ROCKFEST has played host to bands like Tom Morello, George Lynch, Blue October, Ghostland Observatory, Pepper, Bob Schneider, Gary Clark Jr, Kenny Aronoff, Dirty Heads, Fair to Midland, Candlebox, Alien Ant Farm, Twisted Sister and many more.

Rio Frio Fest
March 15-18

House Pasture Cattle Company; 2 River Road Concan, TX

Dickson Productions
6425 S. IH 35, Suite 150, PMB No. 293; Austin, TX 78744
(512) 295-3300; 1-888-754-8447 or (512) 295-3300
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Cody Johnson Band, Micky & The Motorcars, Cory Morrow, William Clark Green, Randall King, Zane Williams, Flatland Calvary, Kevin Fowler, Cody Canada, Charlie Robison, Clay Hollis, Bryan Catalani & Jade Patek, Mario Flores & Gabe Garcia, Sarah Hobbs, The Reed Brothers.

Luck Reunion
March 16

Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas Ranch; 1100 Bee Cave Road, Spicewood, TX

Luck, TX
Music: Americana, Country
Activities: Music festival
Beginning as an exclusive event hosted on Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas ranch, “Luck Reunion” is a movement dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the evolution of our American roots. Our goal is to attract musicians, artisans, and chefs, who like the outlaws and outliers before them, follow their dreams without compromise. By collaborating with a group of creators who share our vision, we aim to celebrate the legacies still among us, while lifting up the new crop of individuals who share a respect for those who blazed the trails before them. We are on a mission to cultivate the new while showing honor to influence. Join us. All ticket purchases require a secret ticket code. Keep your eyes on our email list, social media, and partners for codes.

Sammons Cabaret: Carolyn Lee Jones
March 16

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX

Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Music: Jazz, Cabaret
Activities: Concert season
Merriam-Webster defines “rich” several ways, but two definitely apply to Carolyn Lee Jones: 1) having high value or quality and 2) full and mellow in tone and quality. Following a successful career in retailing for luxury stores, which also allowed her the opportunity to travel the world while performing and producing jazz shows on the road, Carolyn became a full-time vocalist and bandleader in 2008. Performing cabaret throughout North Texas and in New York, she has won fans with her incredible range of genres and stylings. Whether she sings standards from the Great American Songbook or new music, straight-ahead jazz or Latin grooves, sultry or swinging, recorded or live, Carolyn takes her listeners on a fascinating musical journey. The Snyder Family Series of Sammons Cabaret begins at 8:00 p.m. in Kurth Hall; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission includes light appetizers, beverages, and valet parking.

Symphony Arlington Season - Symphony Goes Wild!
March 16, April 13, May 11

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
For our spring performance, Symphony Arlington will feature Texan pianists and brothers, Robert and Alex McDonald, performing Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals! In addition to the McDonald brothers’ performance, Symphony Arlington will also perform Auber’s Overture to The Bronze Horse and Anderson’s Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Plus the 12th Annual Movie Scores Quiz!! Symphony Arlington will perform selections from soundtracks of famous films about animals, as the audience tries to identify the film titles and composers.

Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair ~ 2
March 16-19

Historic Market Square; San Antonio, TX

Texas Talent Musicians Association
Felix Mendoza
P.O. Box 761358; San Antonio, TX 78245-6358
(210) 320-4200; (210) 224-7592
Music: Tejano
Activities: Fan Fair
Performances by Elida Reyna y Avante , Solido, Shelly Lares, Los Desperadoz, Stefani Montiel, Michael Salgado, Gary Hobbs, Sunny Sauceda, Zamorales, Stephanie Lynn, Lucky Joe , TexManiacs, Patsy Torres , Dwayne Verheyden, Las Fenix, Anna Roman, La Fiebre, Jaime y Los Chamacos, Boni Mauricio, Noemy , Xelencia , Ricky Valenz , Cacy Savala, La Sombra , K1 and many more. Special Autograph Sessions featuring Grupo Siggno, Ruben Ramos “El Gato Negro”, Suzette Quintanilla, Chris Perez, and many more.

Chamber Music International Concert Season
March 17

Dallas City Performance Hall; 2520 Flora Street; Dallas, TX

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Thrill to the virtuosic beauty of Martinů and the ever-popular German Romanticism that includes the most popular Piano Quintet of all time. Program: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola - Bohuslav Martinů; Sonata #1 in G Major, Op. 78 - Johannes Brahms; Piano Quintet in E♭, Op. 44 - Robert Schumann.

Heart of Texas Country Music Festival ~ 2
March 17-25

Ed Davenport Civic Center; 101 East Main Street, Brady, TX

Heart of Texas Country Music Association
Tracy Pitcox, Producer
1701 South Bridge Street; Brady, TX 76825-7031
(325) 597-1895; (325) 597-1895
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival, Golf tournament
28th Heart of Texas Country Music Festival at the brand new Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady, Texas March 17 (Friday) 8:00 PM Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band with Jeff Woolsey & The Dance Hall Kings at Brady Civic Center $21 March 18 (Saturday) 10:00 AM Tommy Horton At The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum (Donation) 2:00 PM Heart of Texas Concert Featuring Moe Bandy, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Norma Jean, Amber Digby, Justin Trevino, Kim Murray, Mona McCall, Kaye Tolson & Frankie Miller at Brady Civic Center $21 8:00 PM Heart of Texas Dance Featuring Moe Bandy, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Justin Trevino, Kim Murray, Mona McCall, Kaye Tolson & Frankie Miller at Brady Civic Center$21 March 19 (Sunday) 3:00 PM Norma Jean’s Cowboy Church Show with Special Guest Queen of the House Jody Miller at Heart of Texas Events Center (Donation) March 21 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM Justin Trevino’s Two Step Tuesday Dance at Heart of Texas Events Center $10 March 22 (Wednesday) 12:00 Noon Steel Guitar Showcase at Heart of Texas Events Center (Free Admission) 6:00 PM Jam Session With Roger & Sharon Kenaston at Heart of Texas Events Center (Free Admission) March 23 (Thursday) 8:00 PM Jake Hooker & The Outsiders And Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys at Brady Civic Center $21 March 24 (Friday) 9:00 AM Darrell McCall & Friends Golf Tournament at Brady Golf Course ( 8:00 PM Johnny Bush with Justin Trevino and Amber Digby at Brady Civic Center $21 March 25 (Saturday) 10:00 AM Tommy Horton & Angie Bain At The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum (Donation) 2:00 PM Heart of Texas Concert Featuring Johnny Rodriguez, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Norma Jean, Landon Dodd, Dottsy, Rance Norton & Dallas Wayne at Brady Civic Center $21 8:00 PM Heart of Texas Dance Featuring Johnny Rodriguez, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Landon Dodd, Dottsy, Rance Norton & Dallas Wayne at Brady Civic Center $21

Jazz Wine Trains
March 17-18

Cotton Belt Depot; 705 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
636 South Main Street; Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3185
Music: Jazz
There’s nothing like good jazz, fine wine and a trip back in time. This one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience will showcase some of the best wines from Grapevine's winery tasting rooms. This event features wine, a delicious box dinner and live jazz entertainment in each car. So grab your girlfriends or that someone special for a truly unique night out on the town! Tickets are $59 and include a box dinner, entertainment, souvenir wine glass and wine from each participating winery. Two trips to choose from.

Azalea Festival
March 18

Courthouse Square; Downtown Jasper, TX

Jasper/Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce
Liz Street, Special Events Coordinator
246 East Milam; Jasper, TX 75951
(409) 384-2762
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Awards show, Poetry contest
The Azalea Festival is held each year on the third Saturday in March. It is a day long event that includes arts and crafts, live entertainment, activities for everybody in the family and so much more! We also have our Annual Azalea Trail that takes visitors on a tour of some of the most beautiful Azalea blooms in our city. They begin to bloom in the middle of March and stay for about a month. For more information on the events of our festival or if you are interested in being involved, please contact our Chamber Office at (409)384-2762.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra Season - Symphony Goes Wild
March 18, April 15, May 13

Irving Arts Center; 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 141446; Irving, TX 75014
(972) 252-4800
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
For our spring performance, the LCSO will feature Texan pianists and brothers, Robert and Alex McDonald, performing Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals! In addition to the McDonald brothers’ performance, the LCSO will also perform Auber’s Overture to The Bronze Horse and Anderson’s Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Plus the 12th Annual Movie Scores Quiz!! The LCSO will perform selections from soundtracks of famous films about animals, as the audience tries to identify the film titles and composers.

Motorized Barstool Race
March 18

Downtown Ben Wheeler, TX; FM 279, Ben Wheeler, TX

The Forge Bar & Grill and Moore's Store
Holly Stamps, Executive Director
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
(903) 833-1070
Activities: Music festival
Now in it’s third year, The Forge and Moore’s Store are ready to host the fastest two minutes in Ben Wheeler history! This family friendly event attracts hundreds of people to downtown Ben Wheeler to enjoy food, live music, local merchants and of course, the famed Barstool Race. Each year, participants race their motorized barstools down a small strip of Hwy 279 in downtown Ben Wheeler. Each barstool is built at home by the participant following the rules provided by The Forge and Moore’s Store. The racers are competing for Yeti and RTic tumbler prizes, but more importantly, the notoriety and bragging rights of winning this renowned competition! This year’s festivities will also include the 2016 Fall Feral Hog Queen singing our National Anthem before the race, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, a 50/50 raffle, face painting, henna tattoos, live music, and books and snacks for the kids at the Community Library.

Dallas Chamber Music Concert Season
March 20

SMU Caruth Auditorium; 6101 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX

Dallas Chamber Music Society
Candace Bawcombe
6611 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 220; Dallas, TX 75205
(844) 326-7844
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
ROOMFUL OF TEETH - 2014 Grammy winner Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble founded in 2009 by nine classically trained singers, whose mission is to “mine the expressive potential of the human voice.” Their interest in world music and non-classical music took them to expand their vocabulary of singing techniques, creating a unique place in the world of vocal music.

Texas Dance Hall Tour ~ 2
March 20-26


Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Benson
Liz Foster
P.O. Box 463; Austin, TX 78767
(512) 444-9885
Music: Country, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Asleep at the Wheel & Ray Benson are excited to present the Texas Dance Hall Tour, a week-long destination tour from March 20 – 26, 2017 in the Texas Hill Country and further east into Schulenburg and La Grange! Think of it as a “land cruise” with our port-of-calls being several of the state’s historical dance halls, featuring a range of notable Western Swing, Ameripolitan and Texas artists. Filled with history, romance and a way of life, these halls have been the the breeding grounds of Texas music for over a century – and now you have a chance to be a part of that! The Texas Dance Hall Tour offers six concert packages. Individual show tickets will not be available for purchase: 1. Couples/Companions “Texas Two Step” Package – $3,500.00+tax; 2. Singles “Cotton Eye Joe” Package – $2,750.00+tax; 3. Couples/Companions “ Independent Travelers” Package – $1,250.00+tax; 4. Singles “Individual Traveler” Package – $750.00+tax; 5. Couples/Companions “Weekender” Package – $550+tax; 6. Singles “Weekender” Package – $300+tax.

Head for the Hills Music and Arts Festival
March 23 -25

Texas Music Park; 8989 North Interstate 35, New Braunfels, Texas

Spacial Collaborations
116 Hughson Ct; San Marcos, TX 78666
(830) 739-7457; miles@headforthehillsfest.com
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Dance/Electronic, Metal, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Head for the Hills is a 3 day gathering of creative and inspiring artists of all shapes. We aim to bridge the gaps between each unique scene that defines us as a whole, and unite us all for one weekend of music, art, community, and healing. Heady Hills brings a wide range of music ranging from bluegrass to metal and jambands to psytrance. We strive to bring a broad spectrum of music that is all encompassing and brings as many unique and different people together as we possibly can. Heady Hills is located on the stunning Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, TX. Nestled comfortably in the hill country. QVR is a welcoming property with full amenities including showers, RV with full hookups, bathrooms, and fully covered stages. QVR is host to two other festivals which have 40 years of love and tradition planted in this land and we are proud to evolve and bring something fresh and new to a truly incredible property.

Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival
March 23-25

Museum of East Texas Culture,; 400 Micheaux Street, Palestine, TX

Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival
Margaret and Jerry Wright
P.O. Box 46; Kennard, TX 75847
(936) 222-1892
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
If it's heritage music you're craving, then this event is the place to be. This is a festival with a laid back attitude, but with really great music. It is a good opportunity to see many really great musicians in one place. They are good at what they do, they are friendly, and they are folks that you like to be around. Admission Cost From $25 for Single day with no workshops, $40 for single day with workshops, to 55 for all three days with no workshops to $80 for everything all three days. Also, a family plan of $160 for two adults and children are free.

High Plains Print+Music Festival
March 24-25

Charles Adams Studio Project & Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts; 511 Avenue K, Lubbock, TX

Charles Adams Studio Project
Jordann Davis & Alberto Careaga
602 Avenue J; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 788-1008
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Arts & Crafts
Inspired by the openness of the West Texas landscape and the ever-evolving artistic tradition of the region, the High Plains Print+Music Festival is the first of its kind in Lubbock, TX. Featuring the work of contemporary printmakers and musicians from across the state, the festival aims to highlight the interconnectivity of these two mediums, creating an audio/visual experience that showcases the diversity, innovation, and quality of printed and sonic works by Texas-based artists. Brought to you by Charles Adams Studio Project and Texas Commission on the Arts, in collaboration with the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts and the Texas Tech University School of Art. Sponsored in part by Flippers Tavern and Backstage Lubbock.

South Texas Polka and Sausage Festival
March 24-26

Knights of Columbus Hall; 321 U.S. Highway 77 South

Knights of Columbus
Linda Pavliska
P.O. Box 46; Hallettsville, TX 77964
(361) 798-5430; (361) 798-2311
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival
- a Polka Mass, Czech food, dancing, live polka music, and a hobo band concert. Events: Friday 5:00 p.m. FISH FRY at the Hall (Dine In or Plates to Go); from 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. is the Texas Legacy Czech Band and The Moravians (Young college group you need to hear). Saturday 3:00 p.m. – POLKA MASS at the Knights of Columbus Hall featuring St. Mary’s Czech Singers; meal to be served beginning at 4:00 p.m., dance 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with Dujka Brothers and Jodi Mikula Orchestra. Sunday - Meal begins at 10:30 a.m. – Serving throughout the afternoon - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Shiner Hobo Band; 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. – BATTLE DANCE with concert at 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. featuring The Red Ravens, The Czechaholics, and The Ennis Czech Boys. All proceeds benefit Knights of Columbus fund for Sacred Heart School Athletic Program. “A fun filled weekend with great Czech food, music and dancing for the ENTIRE family in a small town atmosphere.” Come meet up with old friends or come make new friends either way a good time will be had by all..

Texas Music Revolution
March 24-25

Oak Point Amphitheater ; Plano, TX

KHYI-FM
Joshua Jones
12225 Greenville Ave., Suite 359; Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 633-0953; (972) 633-0955
Music: Americana, Country, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival
Firefly Moonshine and Ziegenbock Amber are proud to present KHYI 95.3 The Range’s Texas Music Revolution at Plano's Oak Point Amphitheater.

Austin Civic Orchestra - Texas Rising Stars
March 25

Bates Recital Hall; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Kim Berger
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Join the Austin Civic Orchestra for our fifth annual Texas Rising Stars Concert on Saturday, March 25 at The University of Texas at Austin's Bates Recital Hall! Winners of the Butler School of Music’s String Concerto Competition — four artists 30 years old and younger — will perform concerti by Felix Mendelssohn, Serge Koussevitzy, Niccolò Paganini and Robert Schumann. Also featured is acclaimed pianist Artina McCain, who will perform the final movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20. McCain earned her doctorate from UT Austin, won a 2016 American Prize in solo piano and two Global Music Awards in 2014. The orchestra will end the concert with William Grant Still’s historic Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American,” the first symphony composed by an African American that was performed by a major orchestra.

Bancroft Family Concerts
March 25, April 15, May 13

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 presents the Bancroft Family Concert series: FREE classical chamber music concerts 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. Concerts begin at 3 p.m., doors to the auditorium open at 2:30. Overflow seating available as needed.

Texas Early Music Project Concert Season
March 25-26

St. Mary Cathedral, 203 East 10th Street; First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX

Texas Early Music Project
Daniel Johnson
2905 San Gabriel, No. 204; Austin, TX 78705
(512) 377-6961
Music: Classical, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
Notre Dame Cathedral, c. 1200- Stepping back 400 years to around 1200, the Notre Dame school of polyphony was prominent in mastering the change from single-voice chant to three- and four-part polyphony with the composer Pérotin being the impetus of this new style. Even though single-voice chant continued to thrive and grow, the excitement generated by the new multi-voice texture dominated European sacred music for centuries. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8PM St. Mary Cathedral, 203 East 10th Street; Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3PM First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive.

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse Spring Season
March 25, April 15, May 20

144 East Mosley Lane, Huntsville, TX

Pam Johnson
144 East Mosley Lane; Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 661-4313
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse, located at 144 East Mosley in Huntsville, hosts eclectic blend of acoustic singer-songwriters in a smoke free, family friendly environment. Gourmet Fair Trade coffee and a variety of pastries and snacks are available during each show. The Spring 2017 Season includes February 18: Bernice Lewis with The Great Trumpet opening; March 25: Rhett Butler with Jordi Baizan opening; April 15: Libby Koch with Amanda Pascali opening; May 20: Berkley Hart with Grifters & Shills opening

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28

Eugene Clark Library; Lockhart, TX

Evenings With the Songwriter
P.O. Box 82; Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 376-0340
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Hosted by Fletcher Clark the last Tuesday of each month, this series is free to the public as these artists present the art and craft of their songwriting. Evenings With The Songwriter is back for their 7th Season in 2017. Featuring Dan Weber on January 31, Bernice Lewis and Ken Gaines on February 28, Shelly King on March 28, Sarah Pierce on April 25, Bill Oliver, Paul Pearcy and Beth Galiger on May 30, Walt Wilkins on June 27, Mo McMorrow on July 25, Craig Hillis on August 29, Bianca De Leon & Butch Morgan on September 26, Freddie Krc on October 31, and Claudia Nygaard on November 28. Host Fletcher Clark says, “This is not strictly a performance, nor interview, nor song swap, nor workshop – the program incorporates all these, exploring the art and craft of songwriting.”

Walker County Fair
March 30-April 8

Walker County Fairgrounds; 4 miles west on IH-45/Highway 30

Walker County Fair Association
Bobby Lane
P.O. Box 1817; Huntsville, TX 77342-1817
(936) 291-8763
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
Welcome to the Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, TX. The WCFA plans a week of fun and exciting family activities for those of all ages. Activities include family entertainment, carnival attractions, professional rodeo and youth projects. The fair is the youth's week to shine as they exhibit their skills and show what they have learned from their projects. A schedule of events is available online.

Austin Area Jazz Festival
March 31

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex; 1156 Hargrave Street, Austin, TX

East Austin Music Academy
400 Uhland Road; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 541-6297
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
The Austin Area Jazz Festival is a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts and provides opportunities to experience jazz through year round music performances, cultural activities, and community events. All AAJF events benefit the East Austin Music Academy, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas. BGCSCT is a public, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in San Marcos, Texas. EAMA is a program designed to facilitate after school and summer music education and fine arts instruction for elementary students and performance opportunities, music business and music media training to middle school and high school students.

Austin Chamber Music Center - 2016-2017 Season: In Motion
March 31-April 1

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican
Activities: Concert season
Red Snapper, March 31/April 1 Combining poetry and music, song and images, with a playful and brilliant nod to one of the greatest-ever pieces of chamber music. Friday – Private Home, 7:30 PM – $80 Saturday – First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Avenue 7:00 PM complimentary pre-concert wine reception, 7:30 PM concert

Chilifest
March 31-April 1

Snook, TX; 4 Miles From Snook

Chilifest Incorporated
PMB 328, 1511 South Texas Avenue; College Station, TX 77840
(979) 695-2998
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Chilifest is one of the most anticipated events each year in the Brazos Valley. It's organized by Chilifest Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The annual event draws over 20,000 people. All the proceeds from the festival go to local community organizations. Last year it was over $100,000. Friday features music from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday events start @ 10 a.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m. (artist lineup TBA).

Montgomery County Fair
March 31-April 9

Montgomery County Fairgrounds; FM 1484

Montgomery County Fair Association
Beth Traylor
P.O. Box 869; Conroe, TX 77305
(936) 760-3631; (936) 760-3247
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
The Montgomery County Fair, Rodeo and Barbecue Cook-Off has a little bit of something for everyone. Bring the whole family to enjoy the competitions, concerts, exhibits, carnival and much, much more! Each year, new attractions and events are added, so you never know what you might find! The combined support of our 600 volunteers, 2,000 members and the surrounding community businesses and residents has made the Fair the largest event in Montgomery County, and we are still growing!

Texas Independence Day Gala 2017
March 31

Stockman's Club; 130 East Exchange Ave Fort Worth, TX

Cowtown Opry
Nicole Foley
131 E Exchange Ave No. 140 ; Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 336- 9675; (940) 595-5544
Music: Western Swing
$90 per person if not registered by March 24, 2017 The 2017 Gala is honoring Grammy winner, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer, and first call session musician : Bobby Flores The gala will take place at the Stockman’s Club in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6p.m. In addition to great entertainment, the gala will include a delicious dinner, and silent auction. The gala is the only annual fundraising event for Cowtown Opry. Besides raising funds for operating costs, it will also raise funds for youth music scholarships. Cowtown Opry is a 501c3 nonprofit, IRS approved organization located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, that is dedicated to preserving, promoting and performing Texas Heritage and Western Swing music; and is supported by donations, sponsors, grants, membership fees, and an annual gala fundraiser.