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Ray Johnston

Jerry Nelson’s Backyard Dance Hall has teamed up with Kinsel Ford to host a free concert this Friday, Sept. 22 — Texas Strong — featuring a headlining performance by the Ray Johnston Band with special guests Jamie Talbert & The Band of Demons and the John Thibodeaux Band. Johnston signed with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks in 2004 but was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after and he focused his attention on music. Johnston now performs more than 120 shows per year and has seen seven of his songs enter the Texas Music Chart.

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Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue returns to the Logon Café on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. The group was at the vanguard of New Orleans’ now-thriving country scene when forming over a decade ago, combining evocative songwriting, impeccable musicianship, and a twinge of punk sensibility with infectious Western swing energy. “The Gal” is Vanessa Niemann, an Appalachian-born songstress who has lent her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence to various musical projects in New Orleans and around the country.

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Hank and Cupcakes are coming to Beaumont to perform at the Logon Café on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. with no cover charge for all ages. The New York Post calls Hank (Ariel Scherbacovsky) and Cupcakes (Sagit Shir) a “funky fresh sound,” so if you have never seen them live, here’s your chance. The duo flew to Berlin in 2012 to record their debut record at the famous Hansa Studios where U2, David Bowie, R.E.M, Iggy Pop and many more legends have recorded legendary music, with Swedish producer Ludwig Boss. The Logon Café is at 3805 Calder Ave.

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The United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County has shifted the focus of its new fundraiser called United Way Hometown Huddle scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont.

According John Rollins, the director of Public Relations and Community Impact for United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County, instead of funds raised going their 21 local nonprofit partner agencies, now 100 percent of proceeds will go toward storm recovery.

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Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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