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Justin Furstenfeld is not only one of the best singers in the rock world today, but he is also one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet.

But it hasn’t always been fun and games for the 41-year-old Houston native whose band Blue October has been around since 1995 and continues to sell out shows nationwide.

Robert Cray

With Harvey dominating our lives and canceling most events, even delaying the start to school and high school football, there are plenty of coming concerts to help ease your mind, if only for a few hours, in downtown Beaumont.

Only a handful of tickets remain for a unique concert titled “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, inside the historic Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m.

Dame Evelyn Glennie

This weekend is a perfect time to get away from storm issues and we suggest you hit the town this Saturday, Sept. 16 to grab dinner from one of our great local eateries and enjoy the Symphony of Southeast Texas as they open their 65th season.

Festive Beginnings kicks off the Classic Series at the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

“It says a lot about our orchestra and even more about the community because they have come out and supported us many, many years,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton, who is serving in his eighth year as music director of the SOST.

The Scott Family

Sun’s out, so get your guns out. It’s time to start practicing for the Clays for Cardio Shoot-Out benefitting the Cardiovascular Foundation of Southeast Texas.

Founded by Dr. Rudy Sotolongo, the foundation was inspired by what principal investigators learned from more than 100 clinical trials over the past 20 years at the Southeast Texas Clinical Research Center (SETCRC). Those trials evaluated both medical treatments and devices designed to improve cardiovascular outcomes.


Southeast Texas band the Ruxpins will perform at the Rikenjak’s in Vidor on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Forming in 2011, the Ruxpins are Brandon St. John (vocals, guitar), Canaan Barborek (vocals, guitar), Cade McKay (bass), Chris Williamson (guitar) and Randall Garrett (drums). Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Prine, Tom Petty and Townes VanZandt, the band considers itself as Americana rock. Rikenjak’s Brewing Company South Street is at 18635 I-10 in Vidor. For show information, call (409) 233-2058 or the band’s or venue’s Facebook page.