(Orange, Texas)


April 2, 2014

This Week in Local Music History (April 2- April 8)

BEAUMONT — Take a look back at some of the great music events featuring national artists which have traveled through Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana over the years. Below are the shows for the week of April 2 through April 8.

• April 2, 1955 Elvis Presley returned to Southeast Texas for a concert inside the Beaumont City Auditorium.

• April 3, 1980 Ted Nugent rocked out inside the Beaumont Civic Center as the “Motor City Madman” toured in support of his May 1979 release, “State of Shock.”

• April 4, 2012 The Toadies returned to Southeast Texas for a concert at The Gig in advance of its forthcoming July 2012 release, “Play. Rock. Music.” Special guests included The Phuss and Sea Lion.

• April 4, 2009 Texas rockers The Toadies performed to a capacity crowd at the Scout Bar in downtown Beaumont as the band toured in support of its August 2008 release, “No Deliverance.”

• April 4, 1981 Rainbow, featuring guitarist Richie Blackmore and new vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner, performed at Fair Park Coliseum in Beaumont in support of the band’s fifth album, “Difficult to Cure,” which was released in February of the same year.

• April 4, 1980 Heart performed at the Lake Charles Civic Center in support of its February release, “Bebe le Strange,” which featured the hit single “Even It Up.”

• April 5, 2013 Dale Watson, a self-described “Ameripolitan” musician, performed at Honky Tonk Texas in Silsbee in support of his album, “El Rancho Azul,” which was released in January 2013.

• April 5, 2013 Tennessee native and country music artist Josh Turner performed at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie in support of his June 2012 release, “Punching Bag,” which peaked at No. 1 on the US Country charts. Opening the show were Holly Williams and Jody Booth.

• April 5, 2009 The “SnoCore Tour” arrived in Beaumont with metal bands Static X, Burn Halo and The Flood for a concert at the Scout Bar on Crockett Street.

• April 5, 2005 Crockett Street venue Antone’s was the setting for a big show featuring Breaking Benjamin, Theory of a Deadman and The Exies.

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