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Texas Western Swing Showcase is March 1 at Bell County Expo

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 4:30 am

The Texas Western Swing Heritage Association of Bell County will hold its 18th annual Texas Western Swing Showcase and Dance on March 1 at the Bell County Expo Assembly Room.

The event will feature some of the best fiddlers from across the state.

The first show runs from noon to 5 p.m. and will include Randy Elmore, Bobby Flores, Jimmy Burson, Ricky Turpin, Wes Westmoreland and the Austin Lake Travis Fiddlers.

The music continues at 8 p.m. with a dance featuring the sounds of Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band until midnight.

Event chairwoman Nan Ray said the night will be a historical display of Texas music.

“The purpose of the event is to promote the official music of the state of Texas, western swing, and to assemble extremely talented musicians on our stage. There will be Grammy-Award winners, Hall of Fame musicians, world champion fiddlers, and recording artists performing,” she said.

Elmore is a two-time world champion and a six-time Texas state champion fiddler. In 1997, he was voted the AWA Western Swing Instrumentalist of the year. Through the years, Elmore played with acts such as Mel Tillis, Ray Price, Hank Thompson, Reba McEntire and The Texas Playboys.

Flores played with Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys for three years and is featured on more than 300 albums. When not touring, he keeps busy as a producer with his record label, Yellow Rose Record Co.

Burson’s music has taken him on tours of Russia and Austria, in addition to engagements across the United States.

He has performed for 19 years at the Great American Music Festival at Silver Dollar City, Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, National Cowboy Symposium, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Legends of Western Swing, West Texas Western Swing Music Festival, along with many others.

Admission for the afternoon performance is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets for the evening dance are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

A table of eight for the evening dance can be purchased by calling 254-939-8390. Reservations must be made by Feb. 25.

All other tickets are available at the door.

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