I graduated from dear ol’ Whitehouse High School back in 1980, and my music sensibilities were formed in the mid-to-late 1970s.
When I wasn’t wasting time shaking my booty to mind-numbing disco music, I developed an appreciation for folk/rock. I must have played Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America” album a million times.
That’s why I am excited to see that two bands from this era — the Marshall Tucker Band and Kansas — are coming to East Texas this summer.
The Marshall Tucker Band is bringing its national tour to the Oil Palace on July 27. The group’s “Heard It in a Love Song” was one of the top records in 1977.
The opening acts will be Band of Heathens and the Steppenwolf tribute band Steppenwolf Revisited.
Tickets are available at oilpalace.com.
Kansas is set to perform Sept. 1 at the Belcher Center on the LeTourneau University campus in Longview.
The band is known for its huge hits “Carry On Wayward Son” in 1976 and “Dust in the Wind” in 1978.
Tickets are on sale at belchercenter.com.
ETSO is featuring Texas talent
East Texas Symphony Orchestra Maestro/Musical Director Richard Lee and Executive Director Vanessa Gardner met with Tyler Morning Telegraph representatives this week to talk about the upcoming season.
ETSO’s guest performers will include more Texans than anytime in its history. “Are you ready for some Texas-sized talent?” teases ETSO’s season brochure.
The Tyler Junior College Guitar Ensemble will be featured on Sept. 14, and among performers in the April 25, 2020, season finale will be soprano Sylvia D’Eramo of Tyler and the TJC Concert Choir.
Other Texans who will take the stage are guitarist Isaac Bustos of College Station, pianist Daria Rabotkina of San Marcos, tenor Randall Umstead of Waco, bassist Stephen Morscheck of Denton and bassoonist Charles Hall of Fort Worth.
Information about the season is available at etso.org.
Green Acres to present patriotic program
If you haven’t spent all of your patriotic fervor on fireworks shows and parades or had to miss red-white-and-blue celebrations, you’re in luck. It’s still not too late.
Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Highway in Tyler, will observe Celebrate Freedom Sunday this Sunday. Free patriotic programs open to all are set for 9 and 10:30 a.m. and take the place of the church’s usual worship services.
The church’s combined choirs will sing patriotic music, and Tim Lee, a Marine veteran who lost his legs, will be the speaker.
Veterans will be recognized.
Exhibit to mark Gallery Main Street anniversary
Gallery Main Street will marks its 10th anniversary with the exhibit “Celebration” from July 13 to Sept. 10.
A reception on Aug. 28 will mark the date of the gallery’s founding and provide a chance for people to meet artists with work on view.
The gallery is a project of Tyler Main Street in cooperation with Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition.