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The 16th annual Port Neches RiverFest: Thunder on the Neches is officially underway at Riverfront Park in Port Neches and continues through Sunday, May 7. Sponsored by Neches Federal Credit Union, RiverFest features fantastic food, great music, vendors, the Mighty Thomas Carnival midway, plus the thrills, chills and spills of the tunnel power boat races on the Neches River.

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Multi-platinum recording rock band Bush returns to the road in North America in support of their new record Black and White Rainbows, which is available now and was written, recorded and produced by vocalist Gavin Rossdale. This is the seventh studio release for Bush and first new music since 2014’s Man on the Run.

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In case you haven’t learned at past Med Fests, local troupe Al-Juthoor Dabke wil
Larry the Camel and Georgia Vasilakis

The Mediterranean Sea is known for it’s beautiful waters, which connects nearly two-dozen countries and is home to countless islands. Labeled as the “cradle of world civilization,” it covers nearly a million square miles and unifies all those who surround its shoreline. 

For the past eight years, and some 5,000 miles away, the St. Michael Mediterranean Festival in Beaumont has given festivalgoers a taste of Mediterranean without having to leave Southeast Texas. 

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If you own a restaurant and have the word “barbeque” in the name, especially here in Texas, the food better be good. For those in Mid-County, Fast Freddy’s Barbeque has been one of the most popular food joints for more than 30 years. But for others who are just now hearing about it, it’s well worth the short trip to 3113 Nederland Ave.

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Country music star and Beaumont native Mark Chesnutt brought a breath of fresh air to the current state of the clogged up Country music scene on April 14 when he played a plethora of his hits to a packed Grand Event Center located inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

"Country music nowadays, you can't tell from one person to the next, it all sounds the same," Chesnutt told the audience. "I'm here to play some real Country music. So if you don't want to hear real Country music, you might want to leave." Not a single person moved.

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