Music

The Symphony of Southeast Texas will wrap up its spectacular 64th season with an extraordinary evening of great artistry fulfilling the season’s “Symphony Fantastique” theme on Saturday, April 1, inside the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Piano soloist Christopher O’Riley joins the Symphony featuring Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a theme by Paganini” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

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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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Following a sold-out concert with Tracy Byrd, the Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) continues its “Symphony Fantastique” season by going back to the classics and performing great works from Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. The SOST Chorus also joins in for a traditional choral concert Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Julie Rogers Theatre.

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