By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
When I see people using their power for good, well, it doesn’t get much better than that for me. Case in point: singer/songwriter, Collin Raye. For years, this five time nominee of country music’s most prestigious Male Vocalist of the Year award has faithfully used his time and talent to champion and advance awareness for a multitude of social causes. His songs don’t remain songs. They become anthems. In 2001, Raye was named Country Radio Seminar’s Humanitarian of the Year for this very reason and in honor of the countless ways he contributes to the world around him. On Friday, April 20th, Raye will be bringing his chart-topping body of work to McKinney when he performs live at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased by clicking here. http://www3.mckinneytexas.org/mpac.aspx?id=18382
Opening for Raye, will be the multi-talented Imaj. Labeled as a “Pop culture trendsetter” while Imaj is well versed in pop, as well as opera, (not to mention singling in Spanish, Japanese, Italian and German!) she calls country music home. She has been featured in numerous commercials, magazines, newspapers, and television programs, and has appeared as a special guest performer for Gretchen Wilson’s Fan Fest, as well as opened for Soledad O’Brien and Lorrie Morgan, in addition to Collin Raye.
And for those who really want to be entertained, check this out: get to the McKinney Performing Arts center at 7:30 p.m. on April 20th to catch the Semi-finals of McKinney Has Talent. Stage talent of all sorts will gather together to compete during this 6th annual Talent Show presented by the McKinney Repertory Theatre. The finals will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for either show are $10 or for $15 catch both.
In addition to the wonderful concerts and talents featured in today’s Entertainment Buzz, there are also a multitude of other fun activities to choose from this weekend. A special thanks to our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing us with this list of super fun things to do:
48th Annual Art Show (April 20-22) – The 48th annual Collin county adult art Show is open to the public all weekend at Heard-Craig Hall (306 W. Church St.). The show is open to all artists age 18 or over, who reside in Collin County or who have an affiliation with a visual arts organization in Collin County. The art show is sponsored by The Art Club of McKinney through the City of McKinney’s Arts Commission. A silent auction in conjunction with the show helps to fund prizes for the winning artists. 972-562-9073.
Farmer’s Market (Apr 21) 8:00 a.m. – noon at Chestnut Square Historic Village 972-562-8790.
Historic District Garage Sale Day (Apr 21) – From 8 am. To 5 p.m. homes throughout McKinney’s beautiful Historic District will host garage sales from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a map of the homes, click here.
Chisolm Trail Texas Longhorn Association Cattle Show (April 21-22) Myers Park, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 254-630-0053.
Animal Superheroes (All Weekend) Heard Natural Science Museum 972-562-5566.
Group Bike Ride (Apr 21) Leaves Cadence Cyclery Downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m.
Drum Circle (Apr 21) 10 a.m. Old Settlers Rec Center 121 e. Louisiana St. Free. 214-641-0782.
Brewery Tour (Apr 21) Franconia Brewery tours and tastings Saturday, 11 a.m. 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5.
McKinney April Art Exhibits:
• The Garret Gallery: Jenny Archbold; 111 E Virginia; 972-548-9361
• La Misha: a Golzad; 113 N. Kentucky, 972-540-6050
• Laura Moore Fine Art: Nathaniel Smyth. 107 S. Tennessee 214-914-3630
• Orisons Art and Framing: Charles Collins; 110 E. Louisiana, 927-529-1441.
• The Artist’s Loft: Loft teachers 110 E. Louisiana St. 927-345-6311.
Night Life & Music:
• Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic (Thur.); Jason Elmore (Fri.); Wanda King (Sat.)
• Hank’s Texas Grill: Hunter Smith Band (Fri.); Turnpike Troubadours (sat.)
• Grand Bar: David Roberts (Fri.); Tyla Taylor (Sat.)
• Grotto: Leah Marr (Fri.); Soma Lab (Sat.)
• Landon Winery: Steve Duncan (Fri.); Daniel Chrysler (Sat.)
• Lone Star Wine Cellars: Leno Summers and Big Bob (Sat.)
• Spoons Café: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)