June 08--A bit of this and a bit of that ... with a reminder that hundreds of living butterflies will depart the Science Spectrum this week.
Wednesday, June 12, is the final day for the public to see the "Butterflies Alive!" exhibit, which opened March 9 at a greenhouse structure termed the Flight House inside the Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289.
James Nesmith, the venue's administrative manager, indicated, "This has been the most popular traveling exhibit to date for the Science Spectrum. More than 38,000 people have visited the butterfly exhibit, and that total will top 40,000."
Remaining exhibit hours are 1 to 5 p.m. today, June 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 10- Wednesday, June 12.
The cost to visit the Flight House -- where one is surrounded by hundreds of colorful butterflies, moths, flowering plants and ornate, insect-themed topiaries -- is $6 for the general public, and $5 for children ages 3-12 and seniors age 60 and older.
Discounts are available for those who also see the Omni film "Flight of the Butterflies" or visit the museum.
Nesmith explained, "The remaining live butterflies will be hand-collected the day after the exhibit closes, and then shipped to another museum permitted to house the exotic butterfly species. Many of the expired butterflies will be preserved for permanent display at the Science Spectrum."
He added, "Visitors have overwhelmingly loved this exhibit, to the extent that we already plan to bring it back in two years, with a spring break opening in March and continuing through mid-June 2015."
Moving on ...
There is plenty of local music news, including some from daddy musician Junior Vasquez.
He emailed that daughter Tori is busy recording songs for her first full-length CD, being produced by Matt Navesky, the bass player for Blue October.
It will be released on independent label Brando Records, probably by late summer.
Junior's son, Micah, continues to pluck bass guitar strings for touring Texas country recording artist Bart Crow.
Meanwhile, Lubbock vocalist Hannah Jackson has a fast-approaching house concert on July 13 at Melissa Grimes' Rockin Box. Call 441-9128 for reservations.
For now, though, Jackson tells me she has put a band together, and is playing with Scott and Amy Faris, Kris Kollingsworth (Thrift Store Cowboys drummer) and primo bass player Sean Frankhouser. Catch them performing on July 11 at the weekly Summer Showcase at the Buddy Holly Center.
Much closer at hand, the Westwinds Brass Band is performing free concerts from 8 to 9 p.m. today, and every Sunday through July 14, at Wagner Park, 26th Street and Flint Avenue.
There is no cost to listen to brass band music, marches, patriotic selections and a series of outstanding soloists.
You may recall that the annual JesseFest was moved to the fall last year to fall in line with the late Jesse "Guitar" Taylor being honored on the West Texas Walk of Fame. This year, however, finds JesseFest moved back to a hot summer night.
There have been changes galore, but here is the most recent information received: The fifth annual JesseFest, honoring Taylor, will begin at 6 p.m. July 13 on an outdoor stage north of the Tornado Gallery, 1822 Buddy Holly Ave.
The tentative program: 7 p.m., Reverend Al and The Pythons; 8 p.m., Brandon Adams & The Sad Bastards; 9 p.m., The Wade Parks Band; and 10 p.m., The Texas Belairs, with guests Ponty Bone and R.C. Banks.
General admission tickets are $15 at the door. BYOB and BYO-Food policies are in effect. Patrons also are expected to bring their own chairs. Call 687-1644 or 441-8564 for more details.
There was a time when entertainment conflicts seemed avoidable. More times than not, such conflicts now just reveal how much the city is growing, because there is entertainmnent to circle on your calendar every weekend.
Why mention that now? Those reading closely will have noted that the annual JesseFest and Hannah Jackson's long-awaited house concert both take place July 13. That's not all.
Megadeth's Gigantour will make its Lubbock stop at 4:30 p.m. July 13 at the Lone Star Amphitheater, 602 E. 19th St.
The tentative times for all bands: 4:30-4:50 p.m., Death Division; 5:10-5:45 p.m., Newsted; 6:05-6:50 p.m., Hellyeah; 7:10-7:50 p.m., Device; 8:10-9:10 p.m., Black Label Society; and 9:30-11 p.m., Megadeth.
General admission tickets are $39.50, plus service charges. Tickets can be purchased at Ralph's Records, the KFMX Radio studio, by calling (888) 512-7469 or at frontgatetickets.com.
Call 795-3322 for more information.
Those keeping an eye on local talent may have an interest in a fourth attraction also confirmed.
Many have watched singer Mary Fletcher grow up via concert appearances in the Depot Entertainment District. However, she also impressed a number of country music veterans in and near Nashville. That is where she has been at work, recording a new album called "Give My Love to You" at Michael McDonald's studio in Franklin, Tenn.
The arrival of her new songs will be celebrated with a CD release party from 4 to 6 p.m. July 13 under a large tent on the Lone Star State Bank's parking lot, 6220 Milwaukee Ave.
Fletcher's CD release concert takes place under the tent from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Her band that day: Fletcher, lead vocals; A-J Masters, arranger, guitar and vocals; Mike Carraway, lead guitar; Ryan Garza, drums; Bonnie McRae, keyboards; Mark Paden, bass; Tina Turner, fiddle; Grady Walker, harmonica; and Jason Fellers, Jeff Bailey and Bethany Borba, backup vocals.
The stage, tables and chairs and misting fans are under the tent. Fletcher, who turns 21 on July 8, added, "Bank management will cook brisket and sausage on an old fire truck that was converted into a smoker/grill."
There is no admission charge.
Obviously, local music fans have choices to make on July 13.
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