Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana have seen its share of legendary concert performances, and more are on the way in 2013. Here’s a look back at some of the events between Aug. 28 through Sept. 3 over the years.
• Aug. 29, 2006 A reunited Candlebox performed at Cactus Canyon in Beaumont during its three month reunion tour in support of its compilation album, “The Best of Candlebox.”
• Aug. 30, 2012 The All-American Rejects performed at L’Auberge Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La. as part of the “Party by the Pool” concert series as the band toured in support of its March 2012 release, “Kids in the Street.”
• Aug. 31, 2012 Famed R&B artist Natalie Cole performed at the Isle of Capri Event Center in Lake Charles, La.
• Sept. 1, 2003 Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt hosted the first Labor Day Music Festival at the Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex. Along with performances by Byrd and Chesnutt, the event featured headliner Hootie and the Blowfish, Paul Rodgers and the Marshal Tucker Band.
• Sept. 2, 2007 Ronnie Milsap, Mark Chesnutt, Zona Jones and Eric Church fifth annual Labor Day Music Festival at Ford Park in Beaumont.
• Sept. 2, 2006 Texas guitarist Eric Johnson performed a return engagement at Antone’s in downtown Beaumont. This was his second concert at the venue in less than 13 months.
• Sept. 2, 2004 The Reverend Horton Heat made its first ever appearance on Crockett Street in Beaumont as the band performed to a capacity crowd at Antone’s.
• Sept. 3, 2006 Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt and Yolanda Adams were all part of the biggest annual Labor Day Music Festival ever, which included appearances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and team owner Jerry Jones, along with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders and team owner Bob McNair.
• Sept. 3, 1980 Van Halen rocked Fair Park Coliseum with the “Party ’Til You Die Tour” as the band toured in support of its album, “Women and Children First.” This tour is credited with the birth of the “brown M&M contract rider” where the band required M&M’s backstage with all brown ones removed. This was the band’s way of determining if the promoter and venue actually read the contract.