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If any current active rock band sounds better than Alter Bridge, I’d love to hear them. Touring in support of their fourth studio release, Fortress, Alter Bridge put on one helluva (as we say in the South) sold out show at the House of Blues in Houston on April 15.

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The Vidor Chamber of Commerce presents the Texas Star Music Festival and Texas Bar-B-Q Fest on April 24-27 at Conn Park located near I-10 and Old Hwy 90 in Vidor. Over 40 cook teams will be competing and festivalgoers can enjoy plenty of good food, vendors, carnival rides and live entertainment. Admission is $2 per person with a parking fee of $5.

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The 11th annual Gulf Coast Gala will be rocking to the sounds of legendary rock-n-roll musician Johnny Rivers on Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. inside the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Individual tickets to this formal event are $125.

Rivers has had nine Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 17 in the Top 40 from 1964-1977. In total, he has sold over 30 million records and collected 17 gold records, 29 chart hits and two Grammy Awards.

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Kip Winger and the boys of Winger are back with a brand new 10-track album titled Better Days Comin’, due out tomorrow on Frontier Records.

Of course, everyone knows Winger — the New York City rockers who gave us songs like “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak,” “Can’t Get Enuff,” which are tunes that are etched in the pages of rock history.

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Reba McEntire

The Christus Health Foun­dation of Southeast Texas’s Gala is upon us as Reba will headline the 34th annual black tie event on Saturday, April 26, at the Beaumont Civic Center as festivities get underway at 7 p.m. A gourmet meal will be served at 8 p.m.

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