Music

Fresh off dual nominations at the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist, country music’s hottest act Jason Aldean returns to Beaumont on Friday, May 6 and this time it will be his sort of party.

After selling out Ford Arena in January 2010, Aldean will play outdoors at Ford Pavilion on the My Kinda Party Tour, which features fellow musicians Eric Church and the JaneDear Girls.

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The annual Beaumont Boys Bash weekend is set for April 14-17 with money raised supporting the Hughen Center, which is celebrating its 75th year.

The event begins April 14 at the MCM Eleganté with the wild game dinner with Zona Jones featuring celebrity chef Grady Spears, who is the official chef of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Performing will be Andy Griggs and Daryle Singletary.

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As I drove Chuck Berry from the Houston airport to his gig in Winnie, we found ourselves laughing at the times of the not-so-great 1950s.

The broad generous smile held his 84 years well. His big hands and 6-foot-plus frame stretched out and relaxed as we talked of trials and tribulations that beset his career. He was jailed at one time without charges, taunted by white club owners and got less than a penny a record during his 66-year tenure on stage.

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