live music

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but as the air outside heats up, so does the local and regional concert calendar. From monster arena shows to outdoor pavilions and pool parties on down to small clubs, the 2017 summer lineup looks to have plenty of variety for music lovers of all kinds.

Beaumont has plenty to look forward to, especially at the downtown venues, as Texas country artists Bruce Robinson and brother Charlie perform on the “My Brother & Me Acoustic Tour” at the Jefferson Theatre on Thursday, July 13, with tickets starting at $25.

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The 16th annual Port Neches RiverFest: Thunder on the Neches is officially underway at Riverfront Park in Port Neches and continues through Sunday, May 7. Sponsored by Neches Federal Credit Union, RiverFest features fantastic food, great music, vendors, the Mighty Thomas Carnival midway, plus the thrills, chills and spills of the tunnel power boat races on the Neches River.

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Neches Brewing Company, nestled in Port Neches – hence the name – has quietly become a go-to place for not only beer lovers, but also those who love good live music you can’t find in other spots in Southeast Texas.

Louisiana native Rod Melancon will perform two shows at the NBC on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Both shows are free to attend, and his Saturday show will be with the full band. Sunday, Melancon will perform solo.

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The 74th annual YMBL South Texas State Fair is underway on the grounds of Ford Park in Beaumont. Live music has always be a part of the fair, but this year, the YMBL has partnered with Outlaw Nation Red Dirt Revival to bring in some of the best regional entertainment both weekends. Friday, March 31, performing will be Will Carter and Steve Griggs Band. From Katy, Carter was the lead singer of the Texas country act The Emotions, but after graduation from Texas A&M, he pursued a solo career with his own original music.

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It’s two classic rock bands for the price of one as Golden Nugget in Lake Charles hosts Average White Band with special guest Tower of Power on Friday, March 24, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are available online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue for $40-$50.

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Screaming for something exciting and music related to do in Orange? Well, the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the Downtown Music Festival on Saturday, March 25. 

“We are excited to bring the Downtown Music Festival to Orange,” said Hillary Haynes, social media coordinator for the City of Orange. “This gives the opportunity to bring an eclectic mix of music to one area where locals and visiting fans can come and enjoy a variety of sounds and talents.”

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