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Mississippi is known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Of course one of the first things that comes to mind is that Tupelo was the birthplace of Elvis and dozens of blues musicians honed their skills in the state including Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Muddy Waters.Faith Hill, Mickey Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Lee Lewis also call Mississippi their home state.

Rockers Saving Abel have added their name to long list of influential musicians that hail from the southern Gulf Coast state.

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Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Port Neches on Feb. 26 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The armory is located at 511 Grigsby, which is near Port Neches-Groves High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids). Seating is based on first-come first-serve. Fan favorite Max Muscles is scheduled to defend the GCPPW heavyweight title against Zen Zen. The cruiserweight title will be up for grabs when Avarice defends against two opponents — Hector Montoya and Jen Alise. The Rough Riders are also set to return.

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Most Southeast Texans would probably agree with columnist Doug Larson’s comment that “life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”

However, they just might settle for a fresh, raw, green vegetable drink that tastes like lemonade.

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It seems this is only the beginning for the band Civil Twilight, but the band has literally traveled the globe to get where they are at today — on the way to stardom.

From Cape Town, South Africa, brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar along with Richard Wouters decided some six years ago that in order for them to be successful, they would need to leave Cape Town for Los Angeles.

Once there, the three-some began playing just about everywhere, including a restaurant, just so they could scrape up enough money to pay rent.

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I’m too sexy for my clothes … In the name of fundraising (or is that fun-raising?) nine generous gentleman will vie for the title of Mr. Habitat 2011. Our divine diva Barbara Quinn will emcee, making sure the audience is aware of all of the contestants’ attributes as she keeps the show moving along. It all happens Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Rockin’ A Café. Plan to attend as you support your favorite Habitat guy — Clark Winslow, Mike Blueitt, Gordon Williams, Shane Howard, Kevin Steele, James Johnson, Ronnie Ramirez, Chuck King and Brad Klein.

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Beaumont has heart … Saturday night, Feb. 12, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel, the third annual Golden Triangle Heart Ball was held in a packed house. The 2011 Heart Ball — “I Left My Heart in San Francisco: A Golden Gate Affair” was chaired by Christina Delgadillo.

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To say Danny “Boone” Alexander and Rehab has seen its ups and downs would be a huge understatement. Origins of the group date back to Warner Robins, Georgia, in 1998 when Alexander met Jason “Brooks” Buford during a stint at a rehab facility, hence the band name, then later joined up with Denny “Steak knife” Campbell.

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Dazzling debs ... Feted at a slew of stellar parties over the last several months, the 2010 Symphony League of Beaumont presented the 21 beautiful debutants at the 49th Debutant Ball at the Beaumont Country Club this past Saturday evening. The BCC was decorated from floor to ceiling - Who would expect anything less from ball chair Nicole Saba? - and debs, escorts, family and friends were truly impressed.

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I spy ... Friends of the Triangle AIDS Network will host "Paint the Town Red: Shaken, Not Stirred" on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Beaumont Country Club. The gala - featuring art, auctions, entertainment, dancing and fine dining - is the major annual fundraiser to benefit TAN. This year, an "Evening of International Intrigue" will play homage to James Bond and other famed spies, sleuths and secret agents. Festivities begin with a champagne reception, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m.

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