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May 6, 2015

Radney Foster Coming to Alvin Live


Country Music legend singer songwriter Radney Foster will highlight this year's lineup of the Alvin Live Summer Concert Series.

Foster will take the stage at the K-219 studio on July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Classic rock band LC Roots will start off this year's series on June 11. The Pee Wee Bowen Band will close the series on August 13.

“We’ve got a great combination of concerts this year that we hope will offer something that fits everyone’s musical tastes,” ACC Communications chair Bill Lewis said. “The chance to see them in a small venue like this is really special. “

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.

“He has influenced so many Texas and Nashville artists through the years with both his writing and his singing,” Lewis said. “The term troubadour gets tossed around when people talk about Radney as an artist – and that’s a perfect fit for him because he’s the quintessential story teller.”

As a songwriter, his music has been recorded by several singers such as Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks and Jack Ingram.

“Lots of artists have covered his songs and made hits out of them ,” Lewis said. “But it’s so powerful to hear those same songs come from the man that wrote the lyrics. It gives them a new depth because you sense the human spirit and emotion even stronger.”

LC Roots performs a wide variety of music including classic rock, oldies, country, bluegrass and R&B. They have played at many local venues in the Houston and Galveston area since the late 1970s. Band members are Faron Daigle (guitars and vocals), Preston Demeritt (guitars, banjo, mandolin, steel, vocals), Randy Wills (vocals, bass guitar, bass fiddle), Greg Dick (drums) and Gene Bartkiewicz (piano, accordion, organ, vocals).

The Pee Wee Bowen Band is another local group that performs at several local venues. Pee Wee Bowen has been singing and playing for more than 50 years in the Houston area.

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 the Radney Foster concert will be $125 and $1,000 for a reserved table of four. Refunds are not available. Tickets for the LC Roots and Pee Wee Bowen Band concerts are $40 or $250 for a table of four.

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 www.alvincollege.edu/AlvinLive.

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