September 7, 2017


September 7….Buddy’s Birthday Bash - In honor of the 81stbirthday of Buddy Holly, Lubbock’s most famous son the Center will be open free of charge, with events scheduled throughout the day. Since opening in 1999, the Buddy Holly Center has worked to preserve the legacy of Buddy Holly’s very short, but impactful musical career. In just 18 months, Buddy’s new and unique style of music helped define rock-and-roll and influenced artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Elton John. In 1986, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as number 13 on its list of “100 Greatest Artists.” On his 75th birthday, Buddy was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today, the Buddy Holly Center receives visitors from all 50 states and 33 foreign countries. We continue to celebrate his legacy through programs such as Buddy’s Birthday Bash, The Day the Music Died, commemorating the plane crash that took his life, and The Summer Showcase Concert Series, a series of summer concerts that showcase the best of independent singer/songwriters.

Schedule of events:

Thursday, September 7th at the Buddy Holly Center
Open 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission All Day
The Allison House will be open until 3:30 p.m.
Screenings of The Real Buddy Holly Story throughout the day
Children’s activities: Origami Crickets, Homemade Maracas and Buddy Glasses 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free of charge
Buddy's Birthday Bash Reception
Birthday cupcakes & punch will be served
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Dustin Garrett in Concert
Performing Rock & Roll in the Meadows Courtyard
Food Trucks
Cash Bar
Free Admission
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm.


September 8….The Cactus Theater Presents: Celebrating '70s Singer-Songwriters: Tribute to James Taylor, Carly Simon, Carole King and Jim Croce - Perhaps no decade has given the world more great songs than the 1970s - and never before or since have so many great songwriters become major performing artists - performing the songs they crafted. This special period is often referred to as the height of the SINGER-SONGWRITER - and the Cactus pays tribute to four of the biggest names of this period in this ALL-NEW production. We'll salute the genius of James Taylor, Carly Simon, Carole King and Jim Croce - all phenomenal tunesmiths and equally amazing performers - artists who captivated the world with their poignant lyrics and unforgettable melodies. A partial listing of featured songs includes "Sweet Baby James", "Fire and Rain", "Operator", "I Love You in a Song", "It's Too Late", "You've Got a Friend", "You're So Vain" and "Nobody Does it Better". Confirmed performers for this special show are Jason Fellers, Lesley Sawyer, Jeff Bailey and Amber Pennington....backed by our house band, The Rhythm Machine featuring Ross Raedeke, bass; Tony Garcia, drums; Johannes Bjerregaard, keys; Mark Paden, rhythm guitar; and Jacob Nalle, electric guitar. Join us for this special night of music and memories as we revisit the greatest hits of some the most beloved artists of all time. Tickets for the Friday night concert are $20 for reserved floor seats and $15 for standard balcony. Limited box seats available for $40 (includes concessions with ticket). Box office open 3:00-5:30 p.m. daily or call (806) 762-3233 or order tickets online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 pm.

September 8 - 9….JAB Fest - The annual show is back with some of the greatest in Red Dirt and Americana music. Come see the Josh Abbott Band, Joe Nichols, William Clark Green, Wade Bowen and many more. Purchase tickets at Lonestar Amphitheater, 602 E 19th St; Friday: gates open @ 5 p.m./ show @ 5:30 p.m., Saturday: gates open @ 4 p.m. /show @ 5 p.m.

September 8 - 9….CATS Playhouse Presents: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - In August and September, CATS Playhouse will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairy tale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors - and can be purchased at or at the door. CATS Playhouse, 2257 34th Street. Performance time is at 7:30 pm.

September 8 - 10….29th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration - The NCSC celebrates western heritage and cowboy culture for those who know and love it, and to introduce new audiences to the heritage and culture so they may embrace it as well. The event schedule includes entertainers, poetry and storytelling, western writers and authors panels, film and movie seminars, a Youth Wild West Day, horse-handling demonstrations, a horse-themed parade, Native American Indian activities and presentations, the ever-popular Chuck Wagon Cookoff, and exhibits of Western artworks and merchandise. Currently, the 2017 NCSC is slated to feature more than 60 cowboy and cowgirl poets, musical acts, storytellers, and exhibit spaces filled with Western art and goods, chuck wagons, and other special presenters and presentations. The event also includes the National Championship Chuck Wagon Cookoff. The NCSC is truly the premier event of its kind in the country! Day passes begin at $15 for adults and $6 for youths. Children go free. Tickets may be purchased online at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane; See Schedule and times online.


September 9….36th Annual Red Raider Road Race - This race is one of West Texas Running Club’s most popular races with well over 600 participants each year including alumni that return. Profits go to support scholarships at Texas Tech. There are two distance options, 10K and 5K. Cost is $20. For more information or to sign up for the race, visit Texas Tech - Robert H Ewalt Student Rec Center, 3219 Main St; 8 a.m.

September 9….Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market -
Looking for best in local produce, handmade and artisan products? If the answer is YES...then visit the Downtown Farmers Market each Saturday at 19th and Buddy Holly Ave from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a taste of downtown Lubbock, and the finest in local produce, meat, dairy, cheese. baked goods and arts. The market will be every Saturday thru October 28th from 9 a.m. until vendors sell out. For more info, visit We look forward to seeing you every Saturday at the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at 19th Street and Buddy Holly Ave.

September 9….47th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival - The Garden and Arts Center is pleased to once again host the 47th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, a free event open to the public which normally draws 6,000 – 8,000 patrons. Explore the more than and 80 vendors selling handcrafted items, take in live entertainment, art demonstrations, and sample from a variety of food vendors. Children will enjoy Art Alley, a hands-on art experience for all ages. Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center, 4215 University Avenue. The event runs from 9 am. - 6 pm.

September 9....The Roundtable presents: Jennifer Wallace, General Manager Panhandle South Plains Fair: "100 Years of South Plains Fair Traditions"
- Our luncheons are held at Hillcrest Country Club 4011 N Boston Ave, Lubbock. North on University past State Living Facility to Newcomb, left for about 4 blocks and you will come to the entrance of the Hillcrest Country Club at Boston and Newcomb. Meeting format: People arrive about 11 a.m. to start registering, pay for lunch and some socializing. Food service starts at 11:15 followed by introductions and announcements at 11:30. The speaker will start about11:50 and be finished with the program and questions from the audience by 1 p.m. The public is invited.Lunch/attendance is fifteen dollars ($15) per person. Limited menu includes beverage and dessert. There are no membership fees or dues associated with attending the functions. Any extra monies that you would like to contribute will go towards the speakers lunch and towards our Honors College Scholarship fund at Tech. Our Saturday luncheons are a great way to (1) learn more about current global/US/Texas/Lubbock issues and events, (2) meet other people in area who may become lifetime friends (3) feel more at home in Lubbock. Most wear business or business-casual attire. No RSVP is necessary. Show up whenever your schedule allows, feel free to bring a guest(s) and email this invitation to anyone you think might be interested. For more information email Marie Evans at this address:

September 9….LHUCA Presents: Early American Photographers with Christian Conrad - With the invention of photography, the concept of art was completely altered and a new form of expression was created. In America, itself a young nation, the camera was pursued by a group of artists interested in uniquely capturing their country. These photos helped document the building of the United States and also represent some of the first artistic uses of a new technology. Photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz took images of the building of New York City. Before that, Mathew Brady took pictures of early US Presidents and the Civil War, while his student Timothy O’Sullivan would take some of the first images of the western states. Later, the photographs of Dorothea Lange would document the Depression and the effects that it would have on ordinary Americans. Join us as we discuss these pioneering photographers of early America. Saturday Lectures at LHUCA is an informal conversation over the life and work of contemporary artists. It’s a stress-free opportunity to examine the art and ideas that underlie much of the modern art world. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation. This event is free to the public. Join us for coffee and donuts! LHUCA, 511 Avenue K; 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

September 9….Sounds of West Texas: "Celebrate Texas" - "Celebrate Texas" is the theme of this show featuring local musicians performing songs from recording artists from Texas; songs by songwriters from Texas and songs about Texas including songs by George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Miranda Lambert, Barbara Mandrell, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Wills, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Walker, Restless Heart, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tanya Tucker and many more songs from Texas recording artists. Classic music mix of music in country, pop, rhythm and blues, blues, pop nostalgia genres. Show starts earlier than normal Cactus be there in time for the 7:00 p. m. start! Featured Performers: Larry Allen, Kaci Keltz Brice, Steve Burrus, Mike Carraway, Brenda Hopkins, Mike Huffman, Jay Lemon, Darryl Lippe, Donnetta Lippe, Donnie Martin, Sharon Mirrl, Morgan Reatherford, Johnny Richardson, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, Mark Wallney, Terry Westbrook, and Steve Williams. Tickets $20 and $15 can be purchased online through the Cactus Theater website, in person Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 5:30 pm or at the door the night of the concert. Don't miss this great show that's "all about Texas" Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7 pm.

September 9 - 10….2017 South Plains Balloon Round-up - Hot Air Balloons will inflate around 7:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting). Buffalo Springs Lake will have a reduced gate admission for this fun weekend. $10 per adult for 2-DAY gate admission (Sept 9-10). Children 11 and under get in for FREE! For more information: Buffalo Springs Lake, 9999 High Meadow Rd.

September 9 - 10…. Apple Butter Festival
- Come spend the day of family fun at the orchard. Your family can listen to live music while wandering through the vendor market place. Shoot an apple high in the sky with one of our apple sling shots and canons, or explore some of the many other attractions. The kids will not want to miss the petting zoo with all the friendly animals! Enjoy a delicious plate of BBQ with apple turnovers and ice cream for lunch. All BBQ plates are $6.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Texas Boys Ranch. $6.00 admission for ages 4 and up. FREE for kids age 3 and under. Parking is always free and we have made more available this year. Apple Country Orchards, 12206 East Hwy 62 Idalou, Texas. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

September 9 - 10….Moonlight Musicals presents: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - This show finalizes the 12th summer season of Lubbock Moonlight Musicals in marvelous style! Featuring many of the stunning songs from the film starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will set your toes to tapping and have you humming “Bless Your Beautiful Hide” for days! Set in 1850’s Oregon Territory, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of young newly-wed, Millie, and her husband, Adam. In trying to convince her six brothers-in-law to marry (and move out), Millie faces the trials of teaching them about “goin’ courtin’”. The plan goes slightly awry when Adam reads to his brothers from Millie’s book on “sobbin’ women” and they decide to kidnap six young ladies to be their brides! TICKETS: Adult Premium- $31; Adult GA- $23; Student GA - $15; Child Premium (12 and under) - $18; Child GA (12 and under) - $10 (INCLUDING SERVICE CHARGE). Tickets at all Select-A-Seat locations and online. Phone 806-770-2000, or visit Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre, 413 E. Broadway; Gates open at 7 p.m; performance begins at 8 pm

September 10….The Gathering Band: A Band of Lubbock Legends
- Lubbock's own version of an ALL-STAR SUPERGROUP will be taking the Cactus stage for one night of music and fun, Sunday, Sept. 10th at 7:00 pm! This ensemble is comprised of Kenny Maines, Donnie Maines, Junior Vasquez, Mickie Vasquez, Cary C. Banks and Mike Carraway. This group of LUBBOCK LEGENDS will play a wide variety of great music from the past several decades - trading off lead vocals and blending harmonies...playing songs you've known them for, plus a whole lot more! You'll be thrilled by the classic hits we all remember...but you'll also be treated to some MASTERFUL ORIGINAL MUSIC as well! All of this adds up to a memorable, music-filled night. From country to rock to pop to a few gospel songs - this group can literally play it all - and play it incredibly well. You've seen these musicians playing for years in various configurations, solo and more - but you've not seen them all together like make plans to see this new, original production! This is a special SUNDAY NIGHT show at the historic Cactus plan now to take in this great hometown showcase of truly legendary musical talent. You never know who might show up as a surprise guest! Tickets for the Friday night concert are $20 for reserved floor seats and $15 for standard balcony. Limited box seats available for $40 (includes concessions with ticket). Box office open 3:00-5:30 p.m. daily or call (806) 762-3233 or order tickets online at Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave; 7:30 pm.

This Week's Trivia Contest....

For this week's contest, 2 winners will receive two (2) tickets to the Sounds of West Texas concert this Saturday, September 9th at the Cactus Theater.

To win these tickets, correctly answer the trivia question below and email it to us at using the fun phrase "Celebrate Texas" as your subject title.

The Question: Where was the first major oil well in Texas located?

The deadline for this contest is this Friday at noon and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Please provide a daytime phone number where we may contact you if you are the winner. We'd also like to know the city/town in which you please include.

Looking Ahead in the Calendar....

September 12….Fall Chamber
September 15....’90s Rewind: Best of the Best Pop-Rock Hits
September 16….Baby Boomer Comedy Show
September 23....The Roundtable presents: Mark Stephens

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