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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.

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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.


It’s a reunion like no other as the Charlie Pruitt Country Music Show returns for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. It’s been 10 years since the last show was held.

The Charlie Pruitt Country Music Show was a staple of Southeast Texas entertainment for over 25 years. It was a safe, family-friendly environment where young entertainers could hone their craft and develop their performance skills outside of the bar scene.


Wayne Newton is an icon, a legend and international superstar who goes by many nicknames such as Mr. Entertainment, The Midnight Idol and Mr. Las Vegas. From 25,000 shows in Las Vegas to USO tours and his signature song “Danke Schoen” in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Newton has done it all.

Fans can now see Mr. Entertainment like never before in “Up Close and Personal” featuring performances of his favorite hits, showbiz stories, and candid conversation with questions from the audience at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8:30 p.m.