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Tom's Travels: Northeast Texas a Hotspot for Live Music & Fun!

by Tom Michaels posted Oct 11 2011 1:57PM

North East Texas is Becoming a Hotspot for Area "Live" Bands and Artists

Photo of the beautiful courthouse in Marshall (the birthplace of Boogie Woogie) - The Boogie Woogie Fireant Festival is just beginning, with Robin and the Bluebirds on stage.  Many other bands peformed to a large crowd, thoroughout the afternoon and evening.  Great shops to browse through, and good food.

We've taken the old motorhome on the road, during as many weekends as we can.  In the blogs here at 98Rocks.fm, you see the video of when we went zip-lining at Rowdy Adventures in Arkansas, this summer.  I've been enjoying some weekends in NE Texas during the Summer, and early Fall, too.   The T.Bone Walker Blues Festival in Linden, Texas (Don Henley's hometown) is something that I've been a part of every June.  If they move it to another weekend, I'll let you know.  There's been some great "live" bands at Music City Texas Theater in Linden, too.   We've been to Alley Fest in Longview, which is always a big event, with some local and national bands.  The Boo Benefit in Jefferson is a HUGE event every year, with plenty of local & regional bands performing.  Most recently, we attended the Boogie Woogie FireAnt Festival in downtown Marshall, and were treated to some excellent local and national bands and artists (Bluebirds, Diddley Squat, Omar Sharriff, Wes Jeans, Montrose & more).  There are many other NE Texas Festivals, but the local restaurants/clubs in the area, often offer a place for many of the regions best bands, to perform.  Auntie Skinners (Jefferson), OS2 (Marshall), Leon's Steakhouse (Longview) and so many other establishements in NE Texas often have bands and aritsts from Shreveport to Dallas, and in between, performing.  There's weekend "live" bands at clubs in Atlanta (Tx), Texarkana, Tyler etc. etc.  Many places remind me of the old Humpfrees-Steamboat Annies-Sports Page days in Shreveport, with great settings for local bands to perform.   We've been to some of the NE Texas Wineries, which also offer some great, "live" entertainment (not to mention great food and spirits).   Northeast Texas isn't that far from Shreveport-Bossier, and we venture to NE Texas, at least 2 weekends a month.  So many towns in that area have great restaurants, "live" bands performing and cool shops to browse through.  It's not too far, but far enough, from home.     .   


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10/11/2011 2:43PM
Tom's Travels: East Texas a Hotspot for "Live" Music
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10/12/2011 7:38AM
Thanks for writing. We're trying hard throughout the area and appreciate the business and publicity. Ed Carter
10/14/2011 1:50PM
I saw you
Hey Tom. We saw you at the Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview this summer and found your photos on facebook 98 Rocks. Thanks for coming over and come back often. Ellen & Barbara from Gladewater.
10/26/2011 11:09AM
you rock
thanks for visiting us over here. come on back soon.
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