Sunday , 22 April 2018

Entertainment Buzz: Hot Summer Nights … and Mucho Music

By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer

I don’t know about you, but I’m breaking a sweat!  Muy caliente music acts converge in and around McKinney as temps sky-rocket into the triple digits. Coincidence? I think not.  From country great Sammy Kershaw taking the stage at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, to McKinney’s own String Fever firing things up at Frisco’s Black Box Theater, not to mention even getting the opportunity to get your reggae on, get your fans out Music Fans, because it’s going to be a scorcher of a tunes-filled weekend. 

The reggae sounds of Dallas world beat band Watusi gets the weekend started when they conclude MacTown’s free outdoor concert series, Jammin’ in June Thursday, 7:30 -9 p.m., at Towne Lake Park, 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy. It’s lawn seating, so bring a blanket, picnic basket and the aforementioned fans.

Friday night, MPAC brings country music star Sammy Kershaw to the Courtroom Theater.  Since his debut on the music scene in the early 90’s, Kershaw remains one of country’s most consistent hit-makers.  Reserved seating tickets are $35 and can be purchased now by clicking here.

Friday night also sees finger-style guitarist John Wynn, pianist Roland Elbert and bassist Russ Rand, collectively known as String Fever taking the stage at Frisco’s Black Box Theater, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy.  at 7:30 p.m. While each musician enjoys success as solo artists, lucky for us, they make a point to come together each year to bring us the joy of their combined efforts.  I recently had the opportunity to sit in with the guys as they prepared for their upcoming show.  Be sure to check out our video footage below to get a sneak peek of what’s in store for Friday night’s show.  Tickets are $15 adults and $10 student and can be purchased now by clicking here.

This weekend also welcomes Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch to the Cadillac Pub stage on Friday, and Buzz Andrews on Saturday.  Hank’s Texas Grill sees Aubrey Lynn and Yellow Rose on Thursday, Blackberry Smoke on Friday, and one of my faves, 121 North on Saturday night.  The Brehmns can be found at the Grand Bar on Thursday, with Kathy Prather and The Band following Friday, and John Griffith on Saturday.  Thursday finds Get Buzzed on the Grotto stage, with Leah Marr doing the honors on Saturday.  Friday night sees JR Byrd at Landon Winery and Crystal Yates at Lone Star Wine Cellars.

In addition to all the fine performers listed, if you haven’t already checked out Thursday night open-Mic night at Spoon’s, what are you waiting for?  You will indeed find, you will be able to say, “I knew them when” after hearing the dozens of talented musicians honing their skills and firing up the stage there and throughout downtown each Thursday night. 

See music fans?  I told you it was hot up in here!

Music isn’t the only fun to be had this final weekend of June.  Courtesy of our fine friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, lets take a look at what else is on tap:


  • The Garret Gallery: found-object artist Jay Garrison; 111 E. Virginia; 972-548-9361
  • Imaging on the Square: Local artists. 109 S. Tennessee; 972-548-7575.
  • Laura Moore Fine Art: Laura Moore’s own work, “Habitant de Paris”. 107 S. Tennessee, 214-914-3630.
  • Orisons Art & Framing: Art by Kristine Byars, Kim Englishbee and Barbara Mason. 110 E. Louisiana, 972-529-1441.


Animal Superheroes: Hear Natural Science Museum, 972-562-5566. Also at the Heard: Butterfly Garden/House through Sept. 30.


Adriatica Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. 6851 Virginia. 972-562-8790.


Group Bike Ride: Leaves Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m. each Saturday.

Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: 8 a.m. to noon at 315 S. Chestnut.

Drum Circle: 10 a.m., Old Settlers Rec. Center, 1201 E. Louisiana. 214-641-0782.

Franconia Brewing Tour: 11 a.m.; $5 per person for tour/tastings. 495 McKinney Pkwy.; 972-542-0705.


Red, White & BOOM! McKinney celebrates the 4th of July with the following activities:

  • 10 a.m.: Hometown Parade
  • 1-5 p.m..: Car Show
  • 7-9:30 p.m.; Family fun and food
  • 8-9:30 p.m.: Jon Christopher Davis & Lone Star Attitude perform
  • 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks Show

Still don’t see what you’re looking for?  Don’t forget to check out the TownSquareBuzz community calendar by clicking here. Feel free to add your own events while your there, or to the bottom of this article in the comments section.

Want to be my friend?  Find me on Facebook at Michele Stevens Bernard or on Twitter @MicheleSBernard.  If you’re into planning your perfect wedding even though you’ve been happily married for years, feel free to be my Pinterest Pal too.


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