Entertainment

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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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.

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