Tag Archives: music

Christmas with David Phelps

5 Dec

Tonight I had the joy of attending a Christmas concert at Central Baptist Church starring David Phelps of The Gaithers. David Phelps is an amazing singer and a great entertainer. The Christmas concert was filled with renditions of classics and new songs written by David.

Like I’ve said before, I love Christmas, so it should be no surprise that I loved this concert. The light show added to the performance, not that David needed any help.

The concert also had a brief stand-up comedian act during the first half. It was entertaining, and gave everyone something different to listen to.

Here’s one of the songs he sang tonight.

If you get the opportunity to ever attend a David Phelps concert, please take advantage of it. It was a true delight and reminded everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.

Visit www.davidphelps.com to find out more information about future concerts.

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Abbott and Donahew

1 Dec

harrys.bcsclubs.com

Tonight, Casey Donahew and Josh Abbott will both be performing at Hurricane Harry’s. This should be a great concert to attend. Both of these performers make my list of favorites, so I will more than likely be attending (if I get all my homework done). I’m not positive, but I assume this will be an acoustic concert. Either way it will be a lot of fun to go to. Tickets are $10 in advance and can purchased at Cavendar’s, Traditions Bookstore, and online at outhousetickets.com. Look forward to seeing everyone at Harry’s tonight!

Kyle Park

26 Nov

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Kyle Park at The Hall of Fame for the third time. Kyle Park is a Texas Country artist that has a very unique voice that compliments his variety of songs. Kyle Park knows how to entertain. His constant smile while on stage translates into a great performance. He plays a mixture of slow songs, upbeat songs, and even some famous classics.

Kyle Park doesn’t come to College Station as often as some of the other Texas Country singers, but when he does, it’s usually a packed house. He usually comes to The Hall for First Beer of the Year and Last Beer of the Year and maybe one other time in between. If you like Texas Country music, I suggest that you go see him next time he’s in town.

Some of my favorite songs by Kyle Park are:

1. Somebody’s Trying to Steal My Heart (not entire song)

2. Alone in the Light

3. Don’t Look

To see his tour dates, listen to more music, and visit his store, go to www.kyleparkmusic.com.

Chilifest 2011

22 Nov

Chilifest Facebook page

I know that it may seem like a long time from now, but it’s never to early to start preparing for Chilifest.

Chilifest is a weekend-long country music event that raises money for charities around the area. The headliners, like Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, and Pat Green play throughout the day on Saturday. Friday night also has a line-up of country artists to be enjoyed by those on a Chilifest team.

Chilifest 2011 will be on April 8-9. The line-up and the 2011 rules and regulations for teams have not been posted yet. To get the latest updates visit the Chilifest Facebook page or the Chilifest website.

La Bodega

17 Oct

Eating is one of my favorite forms of entertainment…don’t judge, I’m not the only one. Unique restaurants are some of my favorite places to go. In College Station, La Bodega is one of those different restaurants.

 

Located behind Northgate, La Bodega serves as great place for people to enjoy a drink after work or class. The restaurant and bar is known for their fresh fish tacos. It’s not your standard Mexican tacos, they’re very “baja” and are very refreshing.

Shakers, a margarita-type drink served in a, well…shaker, are very popular. If you go before 7pm, shakers are $6.50. They have lots of different flavors and they’re pretty stout. I definitely recommend getting one for yourself or better yet, splitting one with a friend.

La Bodega also has live entertainment on certain nights. They’re outside patio is great for relaxing and people-watching. Parking can be hard to find though, so be prepared. Also, if you’re going with a large party, I would suggest making reservations.

To see a menu and check-out drink specials go to their website at www.bodegatacos.com.

Cut A Rug at Harry’s

11 Oct

Hurricane Harry’s, a country music 18 and older bar, is the place to be if you’re looking to dance the night away. Well….unless it’s on one of those crazy busy nights and there’s barely enough room to stand on the dance floor, much less dance to a song. If you’re looking to get dolled up in your starched jeans, boots, and turquoise jewelry, you should head to Harry’s. You’re guranteed to get an eyeful of all the latest western fashions…and some not-so-fashionable.

Harry’s has two dance floors and multiple bars throughout the building. Each Wednesday night is the Texas State Line, sponsored by 98.3 KORA, that has different Texas Country Artists, like Casey Donahew Band and Josh Abbott. It can get pretty crowded on the nights of a good concert, so I would suggest getting your tickets early at Cavendar’s or Traditions Bookstore.

Country music is all that is usually played at Harry’s, but every now and then you’ll hit a popular rap song or hip-hop hit. Like I said earlier, it’s a good place to go to dance on the quieter nights, but often gets crowded on Thursdays and Saturdays. To see some of their upcoming events and drink specials, visit their website http://harrys.bcsclubs.com/.

For future reference

22 Sep

This past Saturday, Cade and I went to the George Strait and Reba McEntire concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. I know that this was no where near Bryan-College Station… believe me, we drove it. But, it was a really great concert nonetheless. I wanted others to know that if they get a chance to see the two of them on tour (especially Reba!), they should go. The tickets are a little pricey, but seeing two of the biggest names in country music is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

George Strait and Reba McEntire

George Strait photo courtesy of MCA Nashville. Reba McEntire photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Lee Ann Womack was there as a special guest, and she was a lot of fun to watch. Reba was amazing! She even came back out to sing “Fancy” in a little red dress, classic. George was good, a little boring, but still very good. He’s not much of the entertainer, but then again, he is George Strait. Everyone knows it’s just him and his guitar, and he still sells-out at almost every concert. George Strait and Reba McEntire on tour together is every country music fan’s dream.

To sing or not to sing

14 Sep

Last night, my friends and I decided to go to karaoke night at The Tap. It wasn’t our first time, nor will it be our last. My friends and I thoroughly enjoy watching the few good singers and laughing at the many bad ones. As you may have figured out from my first post, I have a fear of embarrassing myself in public, so getting on stage to show everyone my singing skills, or lack thereof,was not an option for me. But, I have no objection to sitting back and watching (or more like laughing) as singer after singer take the mic and give performances that may not be “Idol” worthy, but entertaining none the less. I give them credit though, at least they have the courage to get on the stage; its more then I can say for myself.

The Tap is a bar on Harvey Rd. that is known for its Monday night karaoke and Piano Bar on Wednesdays. During football season, it has Football Bingo on Mondays before karaoke. The Tap also serves food, which I’ve had a time or two, and it’s always been good. I like munching on fried pickles as I listen to the countless performers. They have pretty good drink specials, at least until 12. They also have a shot/drink (whichever you prefer) called “The Smoothie” that my friends love to get. If you want something sweet, you should try it.

I must warn you though, karaoke can get pretty packed later on in the night. I would suggest getting there right before 10 to beat the cover charge and have a good chance at getting a table. The crowd wasn’t bad last night, although I did leave a little early (dang 8 o’clock class), but I have been there when the crowd was almost unbearable. That shouldn’t deter you from checking it out though. Regardless if you’re singing or spectating, karaoke night at The Tap is worth checking out.

For more information about events, drink specials, and the menu, visit www.tapbcs.com.

Rocking with The Rock-A-Fellas

12 Sep

The Rock-A-Fellas

A picture of the Rock-A-Fellas, found on their Facebook fan page.

The Rock-A-Fellas is a cover band out of Bryan. They are known more for playing at weddings (don’t think Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer). This past year though, they’ve started playing at more venues so that friends and family can enjoy their music too.

They’ve played at places like First Friday in downtown Bryan, The Icehouse, and The Hall of Fame, often to packed houses. This isn’t your everyday, mediocre cover band that plays hits that your parents’ remember listening to. They are good! With flashing lights and a disco ball, you feel like you’re at an expensive concert, rather than at a bar, and all you’ve payed is the cover charge at most.

If you go to a concert, plan on hearing hits from the 70’s and 80’s, and anything in between. Most of their music can be best described as “disco funk.” It’s light-hearted and something that all ages can enjoy. To find out where they’re playing next, visit their Facebook page at The Rock-A-Fellas fan page.