Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Willie Bennett Tribute Concert scheduled for Nov. 13
A tribute concert to honor local music pioneer Willie Bennett has been scheduled for Saturday, November 13 at Texas Hall of Fame (2309 S FM 2818 in Bryan.)
Bennett, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in August, was a primary figure in the live music scene of Bryan and College Station for the past 30 years. He booked the main stage performers at all 4 of the Texas Reds Festivals in Downtown Bryan and helped start College Station’s Starlight Music Series.
The Tribute Concert proceeds will go to the “Save the Queen” campaign that is raising funds to renovate the Queen Theatre in Downtown Bryan. Bennett’s friends say it’s a project that Willie would have loved to have his name attached to.
“Two of the most important things to Willie were his friendships and Downtown Bryan”, said Bennett’s longtime friend Joe Fazzino. “It would bring a smile to Willie’s face to hear about this concert.”
Performing at the Tribute Concert will be local groups Midnight Express, the Texas Twisters, Leannasaurus Rex, the Rock-a-fellas and Kathy Ross. The concert begins at 6:00 p.m. and is expected to last past midnight.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 5, and can be purchased during Downtown Bryan’s First Friday event from the Visitor’s Center or from a “Save the Queen” booth that will be set up at the Queen Theatre on Main Street. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hall of Fame. Admission prices are $15 or $10 with a student ID.
Hamburgers and concert t-shirts will also be for sale at the event with all proceeds going to “Save the Queen”. Attendees can also purchase raffle tickets to win a guitar signed by Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, the Bellamy Brothers and others. Raffle tickets are $5 or $20 for a group of 5.
The event is sponsored by the Bryan Downtown Association, the City of Bryan, Texas Hall of Fame, Ruffino Meats, Global Events Group, Tharps Printing, Lippman Music and CC Creations.
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