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Floresville Opry to celebrate one-year anniversary Nov. 1
Enjoy the sounds of Kenny Penny and ReBeca and more at the Floresville Opry Nov. 1 at the Floresville Event Center, 600 SH 97 W., from 6-9:30 pm.
Get your dancing shoes ready for a night of timeless country music as the Floresville Opry marks its first anniversary with performances by house band, “Playin’ to Win,” and featuring artists Kenny Penny, ReBeca, and Tommy Detamore, all formerly with “San Antonio Rose Live.” Other talented artists will include Julia Weaver, Rich Orr, Conrad Gonzales, Suzie Watts, and “The O’Neal Brothers Band.”
Featured artist Kenny Penny, a native of Mabank, Texas, and gifted musical director and fiddle and guitar player, was born into a musical family. For almost 40 years, he has played with many talented musicians, plus his “guitar-playing hero” Jerry Reed (with whom he also recorded several albums, including “Half and Half,” “Hot Stuff,” and “Jerry Reed sings Jim Croce”). He co-produced the musical scores for “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Hot Stuff,” and “Gator.” He has also performed hundreds of times on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
Talented singer ReBeca was raised in San Antonio, where she began her musical journey by playing piano at the young age of 6. She founded and fronted the bands “ReBeca” and “Peace Riot” -- both voted “Best Local Band” by the San Antonio Current and the San Antonio Express-News. ReBeca has cut two albums, “I Can Get By” and “Take Me.”
Steel guitar player Tommy Detamore is an acclaimed engineer, producer, and owner of Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville. He has recorded, engineered, produced, mastered, and played steel guitar, guitar, and Dobro on more than 100 albums. In 2008 the Academy of Western Artists named him “Record Producer of the Year.” Since he began his career, Tommy has played with many of the country greats, including Ray Price, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Sahm, “The Texas Tornados,” Johnny Bush, Ronnie Milsap, Bobby Flores, and many more.
Suzie Watts has been singing in various oprys for the past eight years as an individual and with a ladies trio known as “The 2-1/2 Angels.” She is also part of “Lady Di’s” group, which does a music program twice a month for two nursing homes in New Braunfels and San Marcos. She is starting her second year as producer of Seguin’s Silver Center Country Music Show.
Conrad Gonzales, a retired San Antonio firefighter, found that he had a voice and a passion for good ol’ legendary traditional country music. He has compiled close to 200 songs by different artists such as Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Sr., and many more. He vows to deliver as a country-western entertainer and take you back in time with some of country music’s greatest legends!
Larry and Bobby O’Neal both started singing country, gospel, and popular music in the ’60s in Gonzales and at family gatherings. In 1968, they formed “The O’Neal Brothers Band” and played many venues throughout Central and South Texas through the mid-1980s. Since the breakup of the band, Larry and Bobby continue to perform on a regular basis for public and charity events.
Julia Weaver, 10, has been singing since she was old enough to talk. She is a fifth-grader at Sacred Heart School in Floresville, has been a member of Drama Kids International for three years, and has performed and sung at several venues, including the San Antonio Silver Stars, the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Rampage, the Miss La Vernia Pageant, the First Baptist Church of Floresville, and “Wilson County’s Got Talent.”
The Floresville Opry will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Floresville Event Center at 600 S.H. 97 W. in Floresville.
Food and drinks will be available. Reserved tables are $100 and seat 10, while general admission tickets are $7 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Wilson County News or the Wilson County Public Library. All proceeds will benefit the Wilson County Historical Society.
For more information, call Viola Henke at 830-393-6512 or LaJuana Newnam-Leus at 830-393-2166.
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