Texas country singer-songwriter Josh Ward says he and his band won’t be doing anything different when they come back to the Melody Ranch on Saturday night even though its large dance floor draws a crowd more likely to move to the music.
Under the right hands, the Hammond B-3 electric organ can be a potent, versatile musical instrument and rhythm-and-blues star Booker T. Jones made it his.
The Central Texas Choral Society adds another masterwork to its performance resume on Tuesday when its singers, with help from Midway High School student musicians, performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem.
Thursday’s season-closing Waco Symphony Orchestra concert features multiple guest talents in addition to the orchestra’s inherent instrumental skill.
If you’re going to name your band the Fabulous Superlatives, they’d better be good, and country veteran Marty Stuart has no problems with his backing musicians living up to that name. Nor does he have a problem if fans remember band leader and band all together.
The Quebe Sisters — Grace, Sophia and Hulda — have made a career out of distinctive sounds. Like two-part close country harmonies? They’ve got a three-part sisterly blend. Have a craving for Texas fiddling? They provide it in triple measure. Western swing and classic country in your mental jukebox? The Quebes (KWAY-bees) do all of that and more, creating what they brand “progressive western swing.”
The future down a path of music rarely goes straight and the Waco Americana-folk-jazz band Medicine Man can offer a few examples.
Swedish pianist Helge Antoni explored musical passion and emotion in his concert program “Romantissima” when he visited Baylor University and Waco two years ago.
Consider this week the concert version of a tone cluster in music, where notes are tightly packed within a more standard interval. In this case, five nationally known musicians perform in Waco on three nights within one week.
Saturday’s Waco Symphony Orchestra offers symphony players the opportunity to take the spotlight normally held by guest artists with a program highlighting the symphony’s major sections.
Eric Lindberg has heard the labels of Jewish bluegrass, even Jewgrass, tagged to what he and his wife Doni Zasloff perform as Nefesh Mountain and he shrugs them off.
After more than three decades of performing with a band in front of sold-out auditoriums and packed churches, Steven Curtis Chapman put himself in unfamiliar territory a few years ago: alone onstage with only his guitar and a deep catalog of songs.
Editor's note: Due to illness, this concert has been canceled.
The Waco Jazz Orchestra plays tribute to the music of pops composer Henry Mancini in its “That Mancini Magic!” concert on Saturday, a show that’s as much about a musical serendipity as magic.
Pluck and independence are threads running through country music, which is why veteran singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina has made country her career home.
When Waco’s Tea Aguilar gets onstage or in front of an audience, there’s no telling what comes next. It may be music from his guitar; environmental sounds looped into rock, blues or electronically altered music; a beat machine; beat boxing; or even live painting.
The new in new classical music isn’t limited to the sound of a piece or its instrumentation, but sometimes how it’s presented.
After taping, recording and producing musicians across the state for decades, Waco musician Chris Ermoian is finding its time for his own band.
Friday’s Common Grounds concert with Gungor, The Brilliance and solo artist Propaganda carries the tag “The End of the World Tour,” but it’s more the band Gungor bidding adieu rather than any earthly realm.
The last year or so has found Texas country singer-songwriter Casey Donahew with plenty to fill his time. He and his band play sold-out concerts across the state and nation. More than a half million fans follow him on his social media accounts and his music has logged some 70 million streams on Spotify and Apple.
Country star Wynonna Judd, who goes by her first name, brings her Big Noise Band to Waco on Saturday, part of a national tour that has her on the road through May.
Texas country singer-songwriter Tracy Byrd brings his 25th anniversary tour to Waco with a Friday night performance at the Waco Hippodrome.
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.
It is still largely the same old factors that shape who comes to town to perform: the cost of touring acts, fickle weather and Waco audiences.
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.