Concerts still on tap for 2014
We are halfway through the calendar year for 2014, and Beaumont has already hosted several mainstream concerts that attracted very large crowds including Morrissey, Elton John and Zendaya.
There are dozens of national, regional acts already scheduled on the summer docket as well as through the fall. Whether it’s country, rock, rap, comedy or even a musical, there is something for everyone to enjoy from venues such as the Julie Rogers Theatre to poolside events at local casinos.
You don’t have to drive far because downtown Beaumont continues to provide quality entertainment. The Gig on Crockett Street has two intriguing shows booked, beginning with three-time Grammy nominated blues musician Tab Benoit on Friday, July 11. Tickets are $20 for the Louisiana native who has recorded more than 12 albums and won his first of two B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Awards and was later inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Though you can see local acts seven nights a week, one group that is a must see is the Curse and The Cure on Saturday, July 19. The acoustic duo of Norma Hopson and Jason Touchette, who many remember from belting out tunes with Podunk, have turned many heads and recorded an original album. And this, their official record release concert, also features a Podunk reunion, Peace and The Chaos, and Lee Pelly.
Lenny Caballero was named the director of the city of Beaumont’s event facilities in May of 2013 and since, he and his team has raised the bar, giving those in Southeast Texas a good reason to go downtown to be entertained.
Three big shows are on the books at the city’s facilities beginning with R&B funk band Zapp on Friday, Aug. 1, inside the Julie Rogers Theatre. Four Troutman brothers formed the group in 1977 and produced 10 charting sings like “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Computer Love,” “Dance Floor, Part 1,” “Heartbreaker,” “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing),” and covers of The Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby” and an “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” cover of the late Marvin Gaye’s hit. Tickets are $35.
One of the most talked about national tours will make a stop Aug. 30 at the historic Jefferson Theatre, 3 Doors Down Acoustic — Songs from the Basement.
“The acoustic shows are a blast, and we have an amazing connection with our fans during the performances,” said singer Brad Arnold. Favorites certainly to be played are “Be Like That,” “Not My Time,” “Duck and Run,” “Loser,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You,” and the three-time platinum selling single “Kryptonite.”
Tickets are $65, $47.50 or $35.
Comedian as well as country music singer-songwriter Rodney Carrington returns to Beaumont to perform at the Julie Rogers Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 27. Tickets for the show are $39.75, and the “Laughter’s Good, Don’t Make Me Come Down There Tour” is definitely for mature audiences.
Good food and good food? Try Courville’s on Thursday, July 24, when John Evans and Jesse Dayton take to the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include the always-delicious Big Rich buffet. The venue is at 1744 Rose Lane off Highway 90 near China.
Ford Arena will host the return of the multi-Grammy Award winning gospel act Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band on Friday, Aug. 1. Tickets are $34.50 or $24.50, with a senior (60 and older) rate of $21.50 as well as children aged 2-12.
The Gaither Vocal Band, with an all-star lineup of David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Bill Gaither, shares its gospel classics as well as refreshing and inspiring new favorites.
The River, formerly known as Whiskey River, has thrust itself back into the concert scene. Three shows are on their July calendar starting with country rapper (did I just say that?) Big Smo on Saturday, July 19. Big Smo, also known as John Lee smith, is from Shelbyville, Tenn., is touring in support of his first national release, Kuntry Livin’. He’s also the star of his own reality show, Big Smo, which currently airs on A&E. Tickets are $15.
Grammy Award winning rapper T-Pain will play The River on Thursday, July 24. Tickets are $30 for a guy who perfected “autotune,” a device that alters your voice. T-Pain has been featured on 50 No. 1 singles including a few of his own like “Buy U a Drank.”
Austin native Kyle Park returns to Beaumont and plays The River stage on Thursday, July 31. His last two albums have charted in Billboard’s Top 20 Country charts. Tickets are $15 and all shows at The River are restricted to ages 18 years and older.
Let’s not forget about the jewel of Orange — the Luther Theater. Their 35th season begins in July with two sold-out Bill Cosby shows, July 24-25. Other musicians scheduled to play the Lutcher are Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on Sept. 9 and Kathy Mattea on Dec. 6.
Of course there are plenty of musicals slated like Sister Act, Flashdance, The Buddy Holly Story, I Love Lucy – Live on Stage, Mamma Mia plus a special presentation from famed animal expert Jack Hanna on Feb. 27, 2015.
Entertainment along with gambling is just a hop, skip and a jump away in Louisiana, and the first stop is Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino and Hotel in Vinton.
Tickets are on sale for two shows including Ronnie Milsap on Saturday, July 12 ($35-$25) and Three Dog Night on Saturday, Aug. 16 ($30-$25).
Clint Black will perform on Saturday, Sept. 13, and tickets will go on sale Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. for $40-$35 and Kenny Loggins was announced for Saturday, Oct. 25 and tickets will be available Sept. 13 for $55-$45.
All shows at Delta Downs are restricted for ages 21 years and older.
The Texas Longhorn Club in Vinton announced a slew of shows including Corey Smith ($15) on Aug. 28, The LACS ($12) on Sept. 19, and Craig Morgan ($20) on Nov. 21.
Concerts at the Texas Longhorn Club are for ages 18 years and older.
The popular Liquid Society Party by the Pool Summer Concert series continues on every Thursday at L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, La. Three national acts remain on the lineup including Neon Trees on July 24, Better Than Ezra on July 31 and the finale on Aug. 14 with Weezer. Tickets are $25 for ages 21 years and older.
The Event Center inside L’Auberge will see country singer Martina McBride on Saturday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $95, $75.
Isle of Capri in Lake Charles will host Trick Pony on July 18, Gin Blossoms on Aug. 1, Beaumont’s own Tracy Byrd on Aug. 30 and Travis Tritt on Oct. 10.
Those wanting to venture to Kinder to the Coushatta Casino Resort, the property has opened up the Dream Pool and host concerts every Tuesday with LA Roxx on July 15, The Chee-Weez on July 22 and The Molly Ringwalds on July 29. Admission is free for 21 years and older.
If you love Cajun or zydeco, then don’t miss Crossroads V Festival on Saturday, July 26, inside the Pavilion. Beginning at 1 p.m., performances include Travis Matte & Kingpins, Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys, Keith Frank & Soileau Zydeco Band, and headlined by everyone’s favorite Cajun, Wayne Toups. Tickets are $20.
Country singer Gary Allan will perform on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75-$45.
If comedy is your thing, Coushatta will host two of the biggest names on the circuit with Jay Leno on Sept. 13 and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias on Oct. 25.
Tickets for Leno will go on sale July 18, and Iglesias tickets will be available for purchase Aug. 29 both via Ticketmaster.