Entertainment

Brian Landry’s experience epitomizes mom-and-pop. He grew up working in his father’s grocery store in Port Neches — Rodney’s Hello Grocery Store. Father and son ventured into the restaurant business together with Landry’s Cajun Eatery, but his father retired in 2001 and later passed away in 2012.

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The Houston Symphony will kick off the 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS Series with Ella at 100, a celebration of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald during her 100th birthday year. Led by Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke in the first concert of his inaugural season, the program will feature Fitzgerald favorites including “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Summertime.”

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Neches Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Port Neches will host Americana act Urban Pioneers on Monday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. From the small Texas town of Albany, the Urban Pioneers consists of Jared McGovern (banjo, vocals), Liz Sloan (fiddle, vocals) and Martin Sargent (bass). Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar, and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears.

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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.

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