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Larry Joe Taylor's Annual Coastin' & Cruisin' Songwriter Cruise
January 3-10

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas; Galveston, TX

Larry Joe Corporation, Inc.
Larry Joe Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 968-8505
Music: Americana, Country
Activities: Cruise
Join Larry Joe Taylor & Band and Songwriter Friends as they once again take their music to the high seas for the 16th Annual Coastin' & Cruisin' Cruise. This is a unique opportunity to listen and interact with songwriters while cruising in the aqua blue waters of the Eastern Caribbean. Come experience what everyone's been talking about...The BIGGEST and BEST music cruise sailing out of Texas! Songwriter Cruise sails from Galveston, TX to Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise features singer songwriters, Larry Joe Taylor, Prophets & Outlaws, Tejas Brothers, Davin James and Keith Sykes . Private shows on board Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas.

Conspirare 2015-16 Season
January 8 - 9, February 20 - 21, May 11 - 13

University Presbyterian Church

Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
505 East Huntland Drive, No. 155; Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Celebrating our 23rd season, Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences. With the world-class artistry of its extraordinary voices and the incomparable direction of conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is one of the finest choirs performing today. Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic. January 8 - 9, 2016 - Annelies : The Voice of Anne Frank. Composer James Whitbourn's compelling work was the first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank. Come hear the Conspirare Symphonic Choir offer what is sure to be a poignant and deeply moving concert experience, featuring soprano soloist Stefanie Moore.

Winter Sounds Concert Series
January 11

Port Aransas Community Theatre; 2327 TX-361, Port Aransas, TX

Port Aransas Parks and Recreation
Pam Greene
710 West Avenue A; Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-4158
Activities: Concert season
Winter Sounds Concert Series is held monthly in January and February each year. Music and musicians vary each year to entertain in all genres. Concerts are free courtesy of the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department.

Austin Classical Guitar 2015/2016 Season
January 16, February 27, March 23, April 16

AISD Performing Arts Center; 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
BERTA ROJAS Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 8:00pm - AISD Performing Arts Center. From Paraguay, Berta’s performances embody elegance, beauty, rhythm and soul. She’s one of our favorite artists and one of our favorite people. In Paraguay, Berta is so famous she makes car commercials! Look up “Berta Rojas Toyota,” and you’ll see what we’re talking about. We are ecstatic that she is able to join us for our 25th season.

The Late Show
January 16

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
Maureen Cross, Director of Operations
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
A solo piano concert featuring Austin Chamber Music Center’s Artistic Director Michelle Schumann performing Beethoven and a World Premiere work by Graham Reynolds.

Martin Luther King Jr. March & Festival
January 18

Huston-Tillotson University; 900 Chicon Street, Austin, TX

Austin Area Heritage Council
Carol Wright
P.O. Box 81807; Austin, TX 78708
(512) 657-3064
Music: Jazz, Soul/R&B
Activities: March and Festival, Children's Area, Community and Food Vendors
The Annual MLK Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 18 at 9 a.m. program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. At 10 a.m. marchers will continue on to the south steps of the State Capital for a short program. We will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. In previous years, the march has drawn up to an estimated 15,000 people for this special occasion. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march with us and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon as the marchers arrivs on location and will last until 3 p.m.; it will include business, non-profit & community based vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! A vendor application can be downloaded after Nov 15th for those interested in purchasing booth space. For questions and information, please contact Carol Wright by email or by telephone at (512) 657-3064.

Washington's Birthday Celebration
January 21-February 22

Laredo; Laredo, TX

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
Nino Cardenas, Public Relations / Marketing Manager
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589; (956) 722-0589
Music: Country, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Pageants, Galas, Live Concerts, Car Show, Air Show, 5K Races, Standup Comedy, Food Tasting, Wine Tasting, Tequila Tasting, Theater and Dance Performances
What started 119 years ago as a single day of events has grown to be one of the largest celebrations in the United States with 28 major events packed into 33 fun-filled days and nights. The Washington's Birthday Celebration truly has something for everyone--music, comedy, parades, debutante pageants and formal galas, a carnival, an air show, athletic events, beer, wine and tequila tastings, street parties and more. Each event brings out some of the unique flavor and history of our city whose special blend of Mexican and American cultures can be found nowhere else. The Washington's Birthday Celebration is a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers who work throughout the year to throw the best party you'll ever attend. Dozens of organizations and sponsors join forces to show our many visitors what a warm, friendly and fascinating place Laredo is. Please take a look through our calendar of events and plan your fun during the 2016 Celebration. It is a time for family and friends to enjoy a good time and make memories you will share for years to come. As a native Laredoan, I am proud of the team effort that comes through each year as we work towards a bigger and better party every time.

Bancroft Family Concerts
January 23

Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Rachel Assi, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219; Fax rogene@fineartschamberplayers.org
Music: Classical, Chamber Music
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents seven concerts of classical chamber music during the 2015-2016 season of the Bancroft Family Concerts. These free concerts are held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October through May. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts capacity crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area. Concerts begin at 3:00pm, doors open at 2:30pm.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
January 23, 29, 31, February 5-6, March 12, April 9-10, 29, May 13, 28, June 4

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Jazz, Soul/R&B
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its remarkable 2015-2016 performance season featuring many masters of the art. This season, Carver performances include a rock blues icon considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation,” several all female ensembles in dance and in music, 2 world-class drummers, each with their rhythmic domination, and a Tony Award-winning artist whose style of dance has revolutionized the art form of tap. Highlights of the 2015-2016 Performance Season include: Urban Bush Women on October 17, 2015, Robert Cray on November 7, 2015, The Jones Family Singers on December 12, 2015, The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour on January 23, 2016, The Renaissance Guild on Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, Jazz in Pink on March 12, 2016,Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasión on April 9 & 10, 2016, Lisa Fischer on April 29, 2016, Alfredo Rodriguez on May 13, 2016, An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette on May 28, 2016 and Sheila E. on June 4, 2016. Season subscriptions for the 11 performances are available for only $300 per seat and are available through the Carver Box Office. For additional season subscription information, please call the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234. The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour - Saturday, January 23, 2015, 8 p.m. Monterey is the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world! This exclusive presentation, MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR celebrates the Festival’s legacy expanding the boundaries of live jazz presentation. The jazz festival features 6 masters of the art: Raul Midón on vocals and guitar; Ravi Coltrane on tenor & soprano sax; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; Gerald Clayton on piano; Joe Sanders on bass and Justin Brown on drums. The Renaissance Guild - Friday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Jan. 31; Friday, Feb. 5 & Saturday, Feb.6, 2016 The Renaissance Guild, San Antonio’s Black Theatre Company, presents an original musical revue, DIVAS OF EASTWOOD. Johnnie Phillip’s Eastwood along with Don Albert’s Keyhole Club and what would eventually become the Carver Community Cultural Center were part of The ‘Chitilin’ Circuit: a pre-civil rights era network of venues. These 3 emblematic locations celebrate the circuit and the many divas that graced those stages such as Dinah Washington, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn and many more.

The Heart of Texas Chorus
January 23

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, TX 78954

Round Top Festival Institute
Alain G. Declert
248 Jaster Road; Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129; (281) 351-9818
Music: Classical, Pop, Barbershop
Activities: Concert season
Excellence in Barbershop Harmony.

The Nutcracker Ballet
January 23

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, TX 78954

Round Top Festival Institute
Alain G. Declert
248 Jaster Road; Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129; (281) 351-9818
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The Nutcracker Ballet danced by Children for Children of any age.

January 29-31

Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas; 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX

Spicy Food Productions
Gregory Bagarozy, President
21 Cimarron Road; Putnam Valley, NY 10579
(845) 661-3616; (888) 505-8246
Music: Country, Swing
Activities: Awards show, Trade show/convention, Celebrity Chef Stage, Pig Roast, Wingstop Atomic Wing Eating Contest
Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience January 29-31, as ZestFest 2016 brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Hosted by Spicy Food Productions and taking place in Irving, Texas, ZestFest will be action-packed! Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make this the zestiest weekend of your year!