Happenings: Stars of Texas Music concert

Texas State shares cultural legacy
with Stars of Texas Music concert

By Billi London-Gray

Concert poster featuring Jack Ingram

The 2011 Stars of Texas Music concert on Oct. 18 will feature Jack Ingram (pictured), Robyn Ludwick, Kyle Park and The Trishas.

Texas music culture — with its guitars, fiddles, song swaps and storied characters — is alive and well in San Marcos. At the heart of studying this art form and nurturing its artists is Texas State University, home to the Center for Texas Music History and the Stars of Texas Music Legacy Series of free concerts.

The 2011 Stars of Texas Music concert — featuring Jack Ingram, Robyn Ludwick, Kyle Park and The Trishas — will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Texas State campus. Admission is free, but seating is limited to the capacity of the venue.

The Stars of Texas Music Legacy Series was the brainchild of Gary Hartman, director of the Center for Texas Music History, and Richard Cheatham, formerly dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. With the goal of cultivating the tradition of Texas-inspired music among up-and-coming generations, they devised a concert series that would pair younger artists with Texas music legends who had influenced them.

Musicians backlit on outdoor stage

The 2010 Stars of Texas Music concert featured Texas State alumnus Randy Rogers (center) and others performing at the Glade Theater on campus.

Held on the Texas State campus each fall, the Stars of Texas Music concert brings new and established talents together to share their music with the university community. Previous concerts have featured legends such as Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Gimble and Joe Ely, alongside young performers like the Randy Rogers Band, the South Austin Jug Band and Reckless Kelly.

The concert will be produced jointly by the Center for Texas Music History, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the Encore Performance Series. For more information about the concert or other events coordinated by the College of Fine Arts and Communication, contact Liz McDonald, events coordinator, at 512.245.3501 or em16@txstate.edu. Anyone wishing to attend who requires accommodations due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services at 512.245.3451 at least three business days prior to the event.

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