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What originally began as a one-day affair in 1969 has grown into a seven-day celebration — the Texas Rice Festival. Now in its 45th year, the renowned Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration honoring rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in Winnie.

The festival includes a carnival, livestock shows, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls.

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My photographer and I have covered at least 1,000 concerts (literally), if not more, since 1992. From multiple day festivals such as Rocklahoma to lounge shows where there were more people on stage than in the joint.

David (Block, the genius photog) and I have seen it all. From the early dance track bands in the early 90s; boy bands; you name it and we’ve probably been deep in the trenches.

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Fresh off an Oscar win for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto and his popular band 30 Seconds to Mars dazzled the sellout crowd at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion just north of Houston TX on Friday, Sept. 5.

One word - amazing.

To see photos from staff photographer David Block, click here.

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3 Doors Down played in front of a full house at the historic Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont on Saturday, Aug. 30 on the acoustic "Songs From the Basement Tour."

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One of the most successful and popular rock bands in the last 20 years will perform an intimate concert this weekend as 3 Doors Downs brings their “Songs From the Basement Tour” to the historic Jefferson Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 30.

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