Saturday’s Texas country concert at the Extraco Events Center carries the title WACO 100 Texas Music Blowout, but for its opening act, it’s more like a Waco homecoming.
Country star Travis Tritt, whose rock-edged country sound and soulful vocals made him one of country music’s hottest performers in the 1990s, comes back to Waco for a Saturday solo acoustic show at the Waco Hippodrome.
Those impressed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 at last month’s WSO concert can get more of the same Friday night at the Baylor President’s Concert.
Christian music icon Bill Gaither chuckles at a question about continuing to write new songs in a career that stretches some five decades with songs that have become permanent additions to many Christians’ hymnody.
Two rock-flavored bands out to expand their fan bases play shows on consecutive nights this week at Common Grounds coffeehouse.
Vocal harmonies and strong melodies may turn the Waco Hippodrome into a time-traveling country machine Friday night when veteran band Restless Heart returns.
Percussionist Robert Dillon admits he and his colleagues have to think carefully about the relationship between programming and packing for a concert tour. The former involves what pieces bring the effect they want, the latter about the instruments needed to achieve that. Marimba? Snare drums? Wooden blocks? Tuned bells?
Jazz pianist Beegie Adair remembers listening to all types of music on the radio while growing up in a small Kentucky town: pop, country, swing, western swing and more. Decades later, she’s finding that same musical openness in her younger audiences, some of whom are hearing with fresh ears the Great American Songbook standards that’s at the heart of her jazz.
The band makes its first appearance at the Waco Hippodrome on Thursday, a small bit of history for a band that hasn’t stopped writing it, even as members keep changing.
Austin-area singer-songwriter Austin Meade doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of a Texas country performer with his long hair, half-arm of tattoos and an affinity for loud rock guitars, but that’s because stereotypes can mislead.
Once both Baylor University and McLennan Community College get into their spring semesters, the concert scene starts to become busy with potential audiences now in town.
A 24-hour period early last month sums up a lot of why the Oak Ridge Boys have proven so popular over the decades.
Local classical music fans will have the chance to hear some rarely played works in the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s Jan. 17 concert, from a 19th century piano concerto by a female composer to the first of Gustav Mahler’s muscular, full-blooded symphonies.
Two veteran Texas country performers well-known to Waco audiences bring their distinctive styles and experiences to the Waco Hippodrome this weekend.
When the newsroom discussed 2018's top local news stories several weeks ago, the ones involving the arts in my mind didn't quite make the bar for the Top 10, though definitely they were notable for the arts organizations or groups involved.
January means a slow month for many live music venues as fans recover from Christmas season spending and New Year’s Eve partying, but it’s only a sign of a busy, star-studded year to come at the Waco Hippodrome.
As the final days of 2018 wheeze to the year’s conclusion, party planners are putting final touches on celebrating what’s behind in the past or what’s ahead.
Fort Worth-area promoter Sam Houston has fond memories of watching television’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Dean Martin Show” back in the 1950s and 1960s when variety shows were common fare.
The last weekend before Christmas finds two Waco stages stirring musical holiday mixes.
Waco gets a double dose of Cowboy Christmases — one classic, the other cosmic — this week with two nationally known singer-songwriters bringing their versions to the Waco Hippodrome.
The C that’s dominating Winterfest at The Backyard stage Friday through Sunday is for country, not Christmas, although live music and a good time certainly fit into a holiday celebration.
Christian singer-songwriter Cynthia Clawson and her composer husband Ragan Courtney know Waco from many performances here, work with Word Music and plenty of friends made through the years.
Waco audiences will get plenty of Murphey’s love for American folk music, Christmas and the West in his Thursday night Cowboy Christmas Show, but not from another Murphey labor of love for another genre of Texas music, the progressive country or outlaw country that rolled out of Austin in the 1970s.
Christian singer David Phelps revisits his Waco hometown this month with Christmas on his mind, but maybe even more so this year.
With more than 22 years of performances and touring under their collective belt, Austin-based Americana rockers Reckless Kelly can handle all sorts of shows: outdoor concerts, nightclubs and bars, festivals and listener-friendly theater shows.
Waco stages ring again with music this weekend with national and regional tours dropping in to add country, classic hits, Las Vegas pop and Americana before Christmas music starts to dominate.
B.J. Barham, founder and leader of the alt-country/Americana band American Aquarium, remembers how he and his band came second place to livestock when they first played Waco.
Thanksgiving means a reunion of family and friends for many and Texas country singer-songwriter Wade Bowen will add fans to that group when he returns to his hometown to perform Friday night at The Backyard.
Dallas saxophonist Rob Holbert won’t say his Friday night show in Waco is definitely his last in his hometown, but he won’t guarantee a future encore.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?
Told that his Saturday night show was at the Waco Hippodrome, Texas country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush had one question: Is this a dance or a show?
Texas country star Pat Green comes back to Waco Friday night with a few new songs and an updated set list, but at this stage in his career, he’s got more than music to express his creativity and energy.
It all starts with a song, as some musicians like to say, and it’s Texas songwriters — an ad hoc group called the Traveling Red River Songwriters — who kick off a busy music weekend at the Waco Hippodrome on Thursday night.
When trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Waco Hall stage Nov. 15 to perform with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, audience members may wonder if his program will skew to jazz, pop or classical selections.
Two pianos add a musical twist to the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert Monday night, providing a different accompaniment for the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (the choral “Ode To Joy” movement) and allowing a chamber music setting for Johannes Brahms’ waltzes.
Waco opera fans get two operas for the price of one in Baylor Opera Theater’s fall production opening Tuesday — the one-acts “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble In Tahiti” — but theater director Susan Li also has her eye out for the potential fan, too.
More than two dozen creative and talented women will take the stage at the Whistle Stop in Crawford, 6432 N. Lone Star Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Witchy Woman's Whistle Fair, which will fill more than nine hours with music, poetry, speech and maybe a little dance.
Waco jazz guitarist Chuck Jennings’ years playing in New York City clubs not only honed his considerable skills, but connected him to players of like ability and interests.
Gospel singer and pastor John P. Kee returns to Waco Friday night with undivided time to share with his fans.
Two veteran Texas singer-songwriters, Gary P. Nunn and Lee Roy Parnell, team up Thursday night for a Waco Hippodrome concert and one would never guess that’s an uncommon event.
As October days and nights creep their way to Halloween, weekend events involving haunts, costumes, scares and general eeriness start to pick up.
Musicians often pitch in to help colleagues, neighbors and even strangers, the second responders called on to follow up for financial and other needs after emergencies, traumas or simply hard times.
It’s 15 years and counting for Fort Worth-based country singer-songwriter Casey Donahew with the counting part getting into bigger and bigger numbers and the wild ride maybe getting a little wilder.
Ludwig van Beethoven scholars for more than a century have tried to analyze his music and life through yellowing manuscripts, conversation books, diaries and articles, looking for clues to answer a fundamental mystery: How could one of the world’s greatest composers create such monumental music while deaf in his middle and later years?
Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster plays in Waco on Sunday for a cause that shares his name.
Texas country star Clint Black first won national attention with his song “Killin’ Time,” but Black has spent little time doing that in the nearly three decades following that No. 1 single.
Dylan Scott admits that his flavor of country — radio-friendly and blended with pop and rhythm-and-blues — differs from the mainstream of Texas country, but shrugs at any difference.
Thursday’s Waco Symphony Orchestra season-opening concert will offer flashes of familiarity in what the audience will see and hear.
Sometimes smaller is better and in the case of Avant Chamber Ballet, it leads to more opportunity.
Nearly two decades after forming to nudge Christian college students into a more vibrant relationship with God, the trio Passion is still, well, passionate about its work, even as its audience has grown far beyond the college crowd of its initial years.
Country singer-songwriter Adam Hood comes from Alabama, but finds a second home in Texas where fans have almost adopted him as from the Lone Star State.
When it comes to music from Florida, Sister Hazel’s Jett Beres says you need to flip the map.
For Nelson, the jam session with O'Rourke was the latest in a career filled with activism and liberal-leaning political stances that have largely gone against the norm for country music culture.
On a muggy Fourth of July night just outside Austin, Rep. Beto O’Rourke walked on stage wearing a light blue button-down, with a Texas-size American flag in the background. But rather than one of his campaign rallies in his Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, the Democrat was in front of the thousands that came out for Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, an annual celebration of country music started by the legendary singer 45 years ago.