Special to The Leader
WINNIE, Texas —
Whether it’s country music, pop, rock or a mix of all, big concerts featuring big name national acts have performed locally and have played it all. See which artists have been around during the week of Feb. 14 - Feb. 20.
• Feb. 14, 2009 Country music singer Earl Thomas Conley traveled to Southeast Texas for a concert at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie.
• Feb. 15, 1983 The “World Vengeance” tour arrived in Southeast Texas as Judas Priest, touring in support of its multi-platinum album, “Screaming for Vengeance,” performed in the Beaumont Civic Center.
• Feb. 16, 2011 One of rock’s most iconic bands, Styx, performed at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie. Long time bassist, Chuck Panozzo, made a special appearance and performed with the band at the end of its set.
• Feb. 17, 2012 Country music duo Big and Rich returned to Southeast Texas for a concert at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie.
• Feb. 17, 2007 Kentucky rock outfit Black Stone Cherry performed a street concert on Crockett Street as part of the Mardi Gras Beaumont celebration.
• Feb. 18, 2011 Rising country music artists Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin and Steel Magnolia performed a sold out concert at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie.
• Feb. 18, 2005 The Platters, one of rock and roll’s earliest bands, best known for its hits “The Great Pretender,” “Twilight Time,” “Only You (And You Alone)” and others, performed at the Lutcher Theater in Orange.
• Feb. 18, 1982 Ozzy Osbourne performed at Fair Pair in Beaumont in support of his November 1981 release, “Diary of a Madman,” which also featured guitarist Randy Rhoads who died a month later in a tragic plane crash on March 19. Special guests included UFO and Starfighters.
• Feb. 19, 2012 Pop star Daughtry performed to a near capacity crowd inside the Lake Charles Civic Center.
• Feb. 19, 2011 Georgia band Rehab, best known for its 2008 hit, the “Bartender Song,” made its way to Beaumont, Texas, for a concert at The Gig on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont.
• Feb. 19, 1989 L.A. rockers Ratt returned to Southwest Louisiana for a concert at the Lake Charles Civic Center in support of its platinum-selling album, “Reach for the Sky,” which featured the hit song “Way Cool, Jr.” Opening the show were rock acts Britny Fox and Kix.