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The Rockbox Theater’s musical variety show in Fredericksburg offers entertainment for all ages. I took in a show last Friday night with my parents and their friends. We all really enjoyed the show. The Rockbox cast – four singers and a band – perform every weekend year-round in their theater near Main Street. We were fortunate to see Tom Braxton, a saxophone player from Dallas, playing as a guest artist. I enjoyed Braxton’s playing and his audience participation activities. The songs by the Rockbox cast change but usually include popular songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Our show included songs by Texans, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, a very funny song called Doehemian Rhapsody and a patriotic song honoring military persons.
San Antonio’s third annual Diwali Festival was held November 5 in HemisFair Park. The free festival included Indian dancing and costumes, lighting of Diya candles, food and gift vendors and DJ Rahul. Due to the drought a laser light show replaced the traditional fireworks. The free event was hosted by the City of San Antonio’s International Relations office, the India Association of San Antonio (IASA) and the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce. The program featured performances by dancers and musicians from different states in India. The only disappointment of the evening was a breeze blowing my candle out soon after I set it in the water.
The San Antonio Downtown Residents Association hosted a National Night Out (NNO) event at the base of the Tower of the Americas in HemisFair Park tonight, October 4th. The fun event included a display of classic cars, music by the MishMash Band, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, and informational tables. You may remember NNO being traditionally in August. However, Texas took advantage of an optional October date this year since it’s hard to be neighborly when it’s 100+ degrees outside.
Last Sunday morning (Spetember 25) I attended the Jazz’SAlive church service at Travis Park United Methodist Church. The church is located across the street from the annual free jazz festival. The church service was informal and accessible to everyone. The music was fabulous and I attempted to record some of the songs with my small digital camera. The church sanctuary was beautiful with a huge blue pipe organ in front. The band gave a 20 minute concert in the sanctuary following the service.
The 40th Texas Folklife Festival took place June 10-12 at the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair Park. Friday evening I attended with friends and then Saturday I went again with my sister and her husband who live in Austin.
Saturday we attended at lunchtime with the temperatures rising. We found refuge from the heat inside the air-conditoned Institute where we enjoyed performances by the Ukranian and Lebanese folk dancers.
I was mainly interested in the booths and performances from different countries. However, the festival also included carnival rides and an NBA area with basketball games. Another fun aspect of the festival was the booths with free food and drink samples (and money-saving coupons!) including beans, yogurt and a locally made vodka.