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Time for toe-tappin’ fun, Floresville Opry Feb. 2 at event center


Time for toe-tappin’ fun, Floresville Opry Feb. 2 at event center
The Feb. 2 event will again include house band, “Playin’ to Win.”


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Wilson County News
January 25, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- Following the success of its inaugural musical event last November, the Wilson County Historical Society will present the Floresville Opry on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Floresville Event Center.

The first opry was an incredible success, as the audience packed the venue for an evening of traditional country and gospel music.

The Feb. 2 event will again include house band, “Playin’ to Win,” comprised of Patricia Johnson Fox on bass, Dave Demeny on lead guitar, Eleanor Shore on keyboard, Diane Farley on rhythm guitar, fiddler George Smith, steel guitarist Robert Remschel, and drummer Lonnie Castleman. The band reprises its role from the first Floresville Opry Nov. 2.

Opening the evening will be Bonnie Byrne of Floresville. A pianist and vocalist, she will offer a medley of patriotic songs as the show begins, and reappear to deliver country classics and gospel music throughout the program. Her musical influences range from religious, modern, dance, classical, and big band to traditional country and Western. She helps the music ministry at Sacred Heart Church in Floresville.

Smith, segueing from the house band, will offer some fine fiddling on his own, including the “Jessie Polka” and “Gardenia Waltz.”

Also on the playlist is April Hall, a singer/songwriter from South Texas. Musicians who have influenced her blend of Americana, blues, and country are Amy Grant, Patsy Cline, and Willie Nelson. She will sandwich her opry appearance between gigs in Kenedy and New Braunfels.

Also taking the stage will be Bill “Bebop” Barrington, a singer from New Braunfels. He learned to play on a guitar he bought at a pawn shop. A former school football coach, Barrington often plays at the Kingsbury Opry and private parties.

Leon Payne Jr., who took the Floresville Opry stage last November, will return Feb. 2 to sing as a tribute to his famous father, who penned such country classics as “I Love You Because” and “Lost Highway.”

Joining the entertainers will be Sally Carlson of Geronimo, who plays and sings a number of hometown “opry” stages, including appearances in Giddings, Yoakum, Lockhart, and Edna, among others. She and her band, “Best Friends,” will complement the lineup with more classic country tunes. Carlson, the mother of two, teaches in New Braunfels.

Doors open for the Floresville Opry at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, with the program scheduled from 6-9 p.m. in the Floresville Event Center, located at 600 S.H. 97 W. just outside Floresville. Tickets are $6 presale or $7 at the door. Seats at tables are first-come, first-served. Concessions will be available throughout the evening and door prizes will be awarded during intermission.

Proceeds will benefit the Wilson County Historical Society.

Tickets are available from members of the society, and at the Wilson County News, 1012 C St. in downtown Floresville; and the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library in downtown Floresville.

For more information, call Viola Henke at 830-393-6512 or LaJuana Newnam-Leus at 830-393-2166, or visit www.wilsoncountyhistory.org.
 

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