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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Alvin Live Announces 2017 Summer Series

A mix of country and classic rock will dominate this year's lineup of the Alvin Live Summer Concert Series.

Country legend Radney Foster will return to the stage at the K-219 studio on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. for the series’ first concert. Classic rock group Pee Wee Bowen will also return to Alvin Live, performing on July 13 and Country star Jason Boland will make his debut with Alvin Live to close out the series on August 10.

“We’ve got a great mix of talent and styles this summer,” Communications chair Bill Lewis said.

Foster performed at Alvin Live in 2015. Foster has scored several top 40 hits on the Billboard Charts throughout his career including Nobody Wins, Labor of Love, Hammer and Nails, Just Call Me Lonesome and Easier Said Than Done. He has sold nearly half a million copies of his debut album, Del Rio, TX 1959.

“Radney Foster’s career as a singer and songwriter has influenced countless artists,” Lewis said. “He tells stories that resonate with people of every age, gender and background and performs them with such an honest appreciation for the audience that every show is unique. When you combine that talent with the fact he’s just a great guy to be around, we couldn’t wait to get him back here for Alvin Live.” 

Pee Wee Bowen is a local, classic rock group that performs at several venues. Pee Wee Bowen has been singing and playing for more than 50 years in the Houston area.

“This is the first year we’ve had two veteran Alvin Live performers come back for an encore and it’s a real pleasure to have PeeWee Bowen and his band back in the house,” Lewis said. “Classic early rock ‘n roll, doo-wop hits from yesteryear along with PeeWee’s version of some beautiful ballads all keep the dance floor busy. That band is a real treasure – and this venue just brings out the best in them. You don’t want to miss this show.”

Boland is a Red Dirt/Texas Country singer who also performs on the road with The Stragglers. The group has reached the Top 40 in the Country charts with their albums Comal County Blue, Rancho Alto, Dark and Dirty Mile and their latest Squelch.

“It’s the first time we’ve had two national acts in one summer and I can’t think of a better performer to close out our summer series than Jason Boland,” Lewis said. “He was one of the original “red dirt” performers out of Oklahoma and helped establish that sound that has grown so much in the last 20 years. This will be an acoustic show and I think it will highlight everything that has made him so successful.”

The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the ACC Foundation. Funds raised from Alvin Live performances are used for ACC Broadcast Communications student training and scholarships.

Since 2011, the ACC Live series has used the studio setting for its productions on 89.7 FM and KACC-TV, Cable Access Channel 16. The studio can seat 65 guests. When it's not used for public and private events, ACC students work in K-219 to gain experience in television and radio broadcasting.

The concert provides fans with an opportunity to experience the music in an intimate setting. After the concert, fans will have the opportunity to take pictures and obtain autographs.

Tickets for Radney Foster and the Jason Boland and the Stragglers concerts are $125 each, $500 for a table for two or $1,000 for a table of four. Tickets for the Pee Wee Bowen concert will be $40 each, $125 for a table of two or $250 a table of four. Refunds are not available.

Doors for all concerts will open at 7 p.m. Appetizers and adult beverages will be provided.

To purchase tickets over the phone, call 281-756-3600. To purchase tickets online, visit the ACC marketplace at www.alvincollege.edu.

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