Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters are set to perform July 28 at Texas Music City Grill & Smokehouse-Lindale. Members are (from left) Thornton, Teddy Andreadis and J.D. Andrew.

Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters are coming to Lindale.

The band and its famous movie star frontman are promoting their latest album, “The Speck.” The trio recently added a July 28 stop at the Texas Music City Grill & Smokehouse-Lindale to its national tour.

Since the 1990s, Thornton has been involved in motion pictures. He won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay of the 1996 movie “Sling Blade.” He also was nominated for an Academy Award as an actor in the movie.

He’s had notable roles in “Monster’s Ball” and “Bad Santa.” In 2012 he directed “Jane Mansfield’s Car” and more recently has had high-profile TV roles. He once was married to actress Angelina Jolie.

But before his acting career, Thornton was performing as a soloist and in bands in his native Arkansas. He released solo albums in the early 2000s.

He formed the Boxmasters with fellow singer-musician J.D. Andrew in 2007 while in California. The band is known for its rockabilly style of music. The current lineup is Thornton, Andrew and Teddy Andreadis.

“The Speck” was released last month.

“Lyrically it deals with everything from personal relationships to politics and social issues,” Andrew said in publicity material.

The 5 p.m. Sunday concert is expected to sell out quickly. The Tyler band Bluez Boyz will open the show. Tickets start at $35. Information is on the venue’s website.

Play competition finalists

Will the next great playwright be discovered in East Texas?

The five finalists in the Tyler Civic Theatre’s new-play competition hope so. They will have their plays read from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 400 Rose Park Drive.

The finalists and their plays are:

  • Michael Ward, Tyler, “Voices of Bondage”
  • Judy Klassf, Nashville, Tennessee, “Kimberly in Overdrive”
  • Trisha Wise, Tyler, “Man in the Mirror”
  • Ray Deal, Chandler, “Life in 3G”
  • Lila Katz, Tyler, “A Mind of My Own.”

The play that receives the most votes from the audience will be performed at TCT Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

Admission on Saturday will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Tickets only will be sold before performances.

Cool cars on the square

Hit the Bricks, the promotion that lures people to downtown Tyler with special activities each month, takes place Saturday.

The star attraction will be the free Hit the Bricks Auto & Cycle Show.

The cool yesteryear vehicles will be around the square beginning at 9 a.m. Organizers hope patrons will stick around and check out Gallery Main Street, Discovery Science Place and other attractions downtown.

Danny Mogle covers arts and entertainment.

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