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Exhibition bout opens 2014 Rolleristas season

20140228 South-Texas-RolleristasMcALLEN – The South Texas Rolleristas, the Rio Grande Valley’s first and original flat track derby league, will be kicking off their 2014 season this Saturday, March 1. This bout will be an exhibition match featuring the new skaters for this season.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the action starts at 7 p.m. at the DeLeon Sports Park Pavilion, 4201 N. 29th Street.

The exhibition allows new skaters to experience the action before the interleague bouts begin next month. The themed bout, “The Night of the Rolling Dead,” pits the Walkers team against the Survivors. Fans are encouraged to dress in their favorite zombie costume.

As always, there will be suicide seating available for a premium price allowing fans to get up close and personal with their favorite Rolleristas.

Presale tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/577587. The team is also selling season passes for $25 per person which are available from any team member.

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Air Fiesta 2014 flies into Brownsville this weekend

20140220 Air-ShowBROWNSVILLE – Air Fiesta 2014, sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force Rio Grande Valley Wing, takes place on Feb. 22 and 23. A wide range of vintage and acrobatic planes are featured in the air show.

Performers will include the Aeroshell Aerobatic team, known for tight, awe-inspiring formations and aerial maneuvers at airshows across the nation.  

The Aeroshell team flies North American AT-6 Texans, known as the “pilot makers.” The plane was designed as the basic training plane for the United States Army Air Corps in 1938 and was the primary training plane used for World War II pilots.

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Peñitas White Wing Festival hosts Kelly Miller Circus performances

20140214 Kelly-Miller-Circus Finale-at-NightPENITAS – The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to town and setting up their tents at the corner of Expressway 83 and Liberty Blvd., across from Walmart, on Feb. 24 and 25. Sponsored by the Peñitas White Wing Festival, the Big Top will house two performances each day at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Kelly Miller Circus is the complete package. From Ringmaster John Moss who keeps the show moving, to the musicians who add the musical punch line at the right moment, they have everything between.

The performers not only bring a wide variety of skills and acts to the circus ring, they offer a panorama of multinational backgrounds.

Firdman Torales grew up with parents’ circus in Peru and is constantly expanding his balancing act repertoire to defy gravity and the odds.

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Grand Ole Opry Star Leona Williams coming to Mission

20140131 leona williamsLeona Williams was destined to become a country music entertainer. She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, called "Leona Sings" in Jefferson City, Mo. That journey would take her all over the world and allow her to sing before thousands of country music fans.

She’s coming to Mission with her son, Ron Williams, when they will perform in two shows. The first is Sunday, Feb. 2, and the second is on Tuesday, Feb. 4, both at 2 p.m.

Williams moved to Nashville in the late 1960s and was soon recording for Hickory Records with such hits as “Once More” and “Yes Ma'am, He Found Me in a Honky Tonk.” Since then, she has traveled worldwide and opened for some of country music's top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

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It’s ‘Classic Country’ with Watson, Bandy & Sheppard

20140124 country-musicPHARR – The Riverside Club in Mission is hosting a line-up of music legends—Gene Watson, Moe Bandy and T.G. Sheppard—for one night in a “Classic Country Concert” on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. Show time is 7 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $25.50 plus fees for the “Standing Room Only” crowd. Reserved seat tickets at the tables are $37.50 plus fees. Purchase tickets online at the Pharr Events Center, the Riverside Club in Mission, ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Gene Watson

It’s been over 50 years since Gene Watson began his professional career in 1962 by recording his first single.

Reflecting on that first recording as a 19-year-old, he said, “I didn’t know what I was doing. I think maybe I was dreaming a little bit. Who knows what’s going through your mind back then? I was playing nightclubs here and there and decided it might be good if I could record a song…. I wrote the record, ‘If It Was That Easy.’ It was not any good, but, boy, I thought that was something. I had my own record.”

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