music

Robert Cray

With Harvey dominating our lives and canceling most events, even delaying the start to school and high school football, there are plenty of coming concerts to help ease your mind, if only for a few hours, in downtown Beaumont.

Only a handful of tickets remain for a unique concert titled “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, inside the historic Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m.

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It’s a weekend full of fine arts events from Lamar University beginning with the Concert Band & Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, April 21, at Silsbee High School (1575 Highway 96 N.) at 7:30 p.m.

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music will present the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Deppe, director of bands, and Concert Band, under the direction of Eric Shannon, director of athletic bands, in a combined concert. This is the final band concert for Deppe, who will retire this summer.

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Devise your disguise and make plans to attend the most spectacular party of the year. The Art Studio Inc. will host the Surrealist Beaux Arts Ball, a live art exhibition/fundraiser Jan. 21, to support its art education programs, encourage membership and celebrate the accomplishments of tenants and local artists.

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Singer, songwriter and master guitarist Hamilton Loomis returns to Madison’s on Dowlen this Friday, Nov. 18, for ages 21 and older. “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it,” says Guitar Player magazine.

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Courville’s, tickets are still available for Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros on Friday, Dec. 23, and Zac Wilkerson and Midnight River Choir on Thursday, Dec. 29. Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner. Wilkins is no stranger to Courville’s (1744 Rose Lane, Beaumont).

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National country recording artist Lonestar will headline Freedom Fest outside at Ford Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 30, with gates opening at 2 p.m. Lawn seats are $5, and seating under the pavilion will be $25. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at eventbrite.com or at Ford Park.

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Pioneering contemporary Christian recording artist Carman returns to the stage once again after a life-threatening battle with cancer. He presents a brand new concept, appropriately named “CinemaSonic Experience” — a concert, movie, play and crusade all in one.

Surrounded by six giant LED screens, Carman will bring people out of their seats and rolls back the clock. It’s an evening of miracles; the first is seeing a man who’s led over a million people to Christ shake off certain death to once again dazzle the crowds.

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Bret Michaels will perform inside the Grand Event Center at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $20-$35 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue.

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New Orleans folk singer Andrew Duhon will perform at Courville’s on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling (409) 860-9811. As always, Courville’s famous buffet dinner is included. Duhon, a teller of stories, has released three records, and his last, The Moorings, was nominated for a Grammy.

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The cooler temperatures are right around the corner, and beginning Oct. 5, the Miller Branch Library will present free “Music on the Patio” program for kids from toddlers up to 5-year-olds every Wednesday from 10:30-11:00 a.m. on the Miller Patio.

Enjoy finger plays, sing-a-longs, musical instruments, dance and so much more.

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