(Orange, Texas)

February 26, 2014

This Week in Local Music History

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The month of February is surprisingly one of the busiest months of the calendar year for concert events in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Look below at some of the shows which have taken place in region during the week of Feb. 26 - March 4.

• Feb. 26, 1986 American rock icons KISS returned to the Golden Triangle for the first time since 1982 as the group toured in support of its album, “Asylum.” WASP, touring in support of its platinum sophomore album featuring the single “Blind in Texas,” opened the show at the Beaumont Civic Center.

• Feb. 26, 1980 Country music act The Gatlin Bros. performed at the Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts in Orange.

• Feb. 27, 2009 Country music star Tracy Lawrence returned to Southeast Texas for a concert at the Dixie Dancehall ahead of his forthcoming June 2009 release, “The Rock,” his first album of Christian music.

• Feb. 27, 2004 Texas based Christian hard rock band Flyleaf performed at Island’s Bar and Grill in Beaumont with special guest Jibe.

• Feb. 27, 2003 Rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis performed a sold out concert at the Dixie Dancehall on Crockett Street in Beaumont.

• Feb. 28, 2006 Thousand Foot Krutch, Silvertide and Trapt performed together at Antone’s on Crockett Street in Beaumont.

• March 2, 2001 Singer and songwriter Tom Chapin performed at the Lutcher Theater in Orange.

• March 3, 2012 Trans-Siberian Orchestra returned to Beaumont for the second time in less than 10 months with a concert at Ford Arena as the massive rock band and orchestra performed its concept album, “Beethoven’s Last Night,” in its entirety. This was the opening night of the 2012 tour.

• March 3, 2011 Saving Abel returned to Southeast Texas in support of its June 2010 release, “Miss America,” and joined forces with 10 Years, which was touring behind its August 2010 release, “Feeding the Wolves,” for a standing room only concert at The Gig in Beaumont. Special guest was Red Line Chemistry.

• March 3, 1991 Harry Belafonte performed inside the Lutcher Theater in Orange.

• March 4, 2011 Rock icon Chuck Berry, best known for hit songs such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” performed at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie.

• March 4, 1979 Canadian rock trio Rush performed at Fair Park in Beaumont in support of its album, “Hemispheres,” Special guest was April Wine, which was touring in support of its December 1978 release, “First Glance,” the band’s first gold record outside of Canada.