July 05--A bit of this and a bit of that ... with a lot of music/concert reminders today. But writing about music made me think of local guitarist Dustin Garrett and his wife, Kristie, who are expecting a child in early November.
They found out last week their first child will be a girl, and already had a name picked out: Stevie Rae.
Garrett told me Thursday that, even when engaged, he and Kristie talked about becoming parents. Garrett competed in a nationwide blues guitar competition, and said the late blues and rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn "is our favorite artist and musician, still one of our favorites to listen to. So we knew a long time ago that our daughter would be Stevie Rae Garrett."
Had the baby been a boy, they had decided on the name Jaxon Lee.
Dustin and Kristie will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in December.
Back to the local music scene, do not forget the Blue Light Live, at 1806 Buddy Holly Ave., will take the music outdoors on Saturday to celebrate its 15th anniversary in the Depot Entertainment District.
Blue Light co-owner Dustin Six indicated permission has been granted to shut down Buddy Holly Avenue between 19th Street and 18th Street. The show will take place at 8:15 p.m. outdoors, directly in front of the Blue Light and Tom's Daiquiri. Gates open at 7 p.m.
William Clark Green will headline, and Taddy Porter and Red Shahan will open.
Tickets are $20 for adults age 21 and older, and $25 for fans between the ages of 18 and 20. They can be purchased online at www.outhousetickets.com/Venue/The_Blue_Light/. Full portable bars will sell alcohol at the street concert.
Meanwhile, it appears Don Caldwell has been devoting energy into booking fall shows at the Cactus Theater.
However, remember Mac Davis, certainly one of Lubbock's favorite native sons, will deliver what very well might be his final local concert at 7:30 p.m.July 19 at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. At press time, fewer than 50 tickets still were available, specifically five pairs of the $100 tickets and 29 of the $75 tickets. Some of those lower-priced tickets are scattered singles, so waste no time at all if you're hoping to find two or more seats together.
Those purchasing concert tickets also have the option of requesting space at the $35 post-show meet-and-greet with Davis.
Caldwell already calls this concert "History in the Making."
Lubbock native and award-winning recording artist, singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires will headline a concert on July 23 at the Blue Light Live. Drummer Kris Killingsworth, a Thrift Store Cowboy partner, and bass player Sean Frankhouser will provide her accompanying rhythm section.
Ben Danaher will open the show at 10:15 p.m.
There is a $5 cover charge. Call 762-1185 for more details.
Joe Ely returns in a concert called "Joe Ely Duo Unplugged" at 7:30 p.m.Aug. 15 at the Cactus Theater. Making things even more exciting, Ely will be accompanied by gifted accordion player Joel Guzman. Their performances together often are unforgettable.
Reserved seats for Ely unplugged are his usual $35 downstairs and $30 in the balcony.
Shaun Keel, with Foster-A-Life, has confirmed that Jimmy Buffett's band, known as the Landsharks, again will provide the music and show at the ninth annual Hub City Beach Party on Aug. 2 at the Cactus Courtyard. This is Foster-A-Life's 10th anniversary and only fundraiser.
Foster-A-Life, a 100 percent volunteer organization, provides services and opportunities to children involved with Child Protective Services in Lubbock and 17 surrounding counties.
The Aug. 2 event also includes an auction, food vendors and a treasure hunt called Lost Shaker of Salt. This year's new project is Kids Art Journey, with art donated by children involved with CPS and those involved in their past. Artist Baron Batch also is participating.
There also are two important concert choices on July 18, or the day before Mac Davis's show. Mac Eve?
Country singer-songwriter T. Graham Brown, who enjoyed a hit with "Deja Vu All Over Again," will headline a concert at 7 p.m.July 18 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Award-winning Christian and country artist Cindy Hughlett, singing inspirational tunes, will open. General admission seating is $15.
Tickets are on sale at the Select-A-Seat outlets at Amigo's Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph's Records, Texas Tech Student Union's ticket booth and United Supermarkets. Call 770-2000 or toll free (800) 735-1288, or visitselectaseatlubbock.com, for more details.
Also, Texas singer-songwriter Kevin Welch -- and he's a great one -- will headline a Rockin' Box 33 house concert at 7:15 p.m.July 18 at Melissa Grimes' colorful home at 1707 33rd St. General admission seating is $20, with all funds going to the performer.
Donations also are requested, and the event has a BYOB policy. Seating is limited and early reservations are advised.
Call 441-9128 for reservations and more information.
But I mentioned that Caldwell has been busy booking shows for the fall, when college students have returned.
First up on Sept. 7 (which just happens to be Buddy Holly's birthday) is a solo gig by Justin Furstenfeld, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for Blue October. Ashleigh Stone will open for a show called "An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld."
Tickets are $25.
The Flatlanders return to the Cactus on Sept. 26; that date is bound to conflict with the Panhandle-South Plains Fair and a Lubbock Symphony Orchestra concert. And in October, in addition to the sold-out Paul McCartney concert on Oct. 2 at the United Supermarkets Arena, the Cactus has booked shows by headliners Ralna English on Oct. 4, J.D. Souther on Oct. 5 and Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin on Oct. 15.
This just in: Recording artist and Texas Tech alum Wade Bowen is the headliner on July 26 at the 2014 Cattle Baron's Ball at the V8 Ranch. Details on the way.
And believe me, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Lubbock music.
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