by Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Staff
I’ll admit it. I’m late to jump on the American Idol Bandwagon. Oh sure, I tuned in for the train wrecks, knew about Simon’s snarky remarks, the perils of Paula, the Yo Dawg of it all. Sure, I kept a casual eye on the finish line through the grapevine of folks and media who live and breathe Idol. But, until our own sweet Hollie Cavanagh entered the fray last season, I can’t say I ever really paid attention. McKinney, I’m inviting you to pay attention with me. American Idol Season 11 sees the return of Stephen Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as celebrity judges, but even more impressive, sees the return of McKinney’s Hollie Cavanagh. Miss Hollie is the real deal y’all and she is back, guns blazing for Season 11.
It’s amazing what a year of maturation can do for a young entertainer. Having had the pleasure of seeing Hollie perform live on a number of occasions, I was thrilled to see her sporting a new confidence and swagger in her Vegas round performance. I predict good things for our girl, especially, if we all make a pledge right here and now too follow her, and given the opportunity vote this recent McKinney Boyd High School Grad all the way through. Catch American Idol on Fox Wednesday’s and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to check out the video of Hollie’s stunning group performance at the end of this column!
As Hollie takes Hollywood and Vegas, let’s turn our attention back to what’s entertaining us around town. I swear, liquid talent must be added to the McKinney water supply, as we find ourselves swimming in the deep waters of our own special talent pool. Let’s take a look at who will grace us with their talent this weekend:
Friday, February 24th:
One of the coolest events in town happens this Friday night. Grab the whole family and head down to Mitchell Park (corner of West Virginia and Church St. just west of the downtown square) to drum and dance the night away at 4th Friday Drum Circle. This event goes from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Drums Not Guns. For more information see Drums.org.
The Collin County Student Art Show, which begins Thursday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m., will be open for exhibit in the downstairs Artist Gallery from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well.
The Cadillac Pub welcomes the Tommy Katona Band to the stage, while Grotto features Brianna Ruelas. Landon’s will showcase Steve Duncan, and Lone Star Wine Cellars brings us Aaron Burton. Hanks bring to the stage Mick and the Motorcars.
Saturday, February 25th:
For some good old fashion fun with kids of all ages, grab your fishing pole and head down to the city’s annual Towne Lake Trout Derby. You’ll want to get there as close to the 8:00 a.m. start as you can to get a crack at your favorite fishing spot. Whether you leave with a stringer or not, I promise, you will leave with a smile on your face. P.S. Don’t forget your camera. This is a great photo op day for the scrapbook page titled, “Family Fun at Ye Old Fishing Hole”. Those 16 and under are free, while 17 and older pay $3.00 to participate.
Speaking of Old Fashion Fun, the Yesterday and Today Fashion Show and Tea Luncheon starts at 11:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hotel in downtown McKinney. Vintage fashion from 1850 to 1920, plus the latest spring fashions will be featured alongside an elegant buffet luncheon. Proceeds of this event benefit Chestnut Square Historic Village. Tickets are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door.
The T.I. Jazz Band featuring Sarah Kervin takes the stage at the McKinney Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Celebrating their 26th year, the T.I. Jazz Band will provide an evening of swing and big band fun. Special guest, the multi-talented Sarah Kervin is a vocalist, saxophonist, pianist, arranger and composer. As a magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina, Kervin is currently pursuing her master’s degree in vocal jazz performance at the University of North Texas, where she serves as a teaching assistant.
If you like a little funk and R&B with your jazz, check out Caddy Pub on Saturday night, as well. They bring the legendary Buster Brown Band to the stage, always, and I mean, always a good time.
Meanwhile, cap your night off across town at Hank’s (anyone else noticing that Hank’s is bringing the talent lately?) welcomes Johnny Cooper. A veteran of the music biz at the tender age of 23, Cooper already has two live albums under his belt, with tracks featured in the independent movie “Deep In The Heart” alongside tracts from Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin and Wade Bowen.
Finally, go ahead a look at your calendar for next week, and circle Tuesday (yes, Tuesday) February 28th, as a red letter fun day, as the Jordan World Circus pulls into town. Choose from one of two shows or see them both. ShowTime’s are 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for more information call 702-458-2642 or click here to purchase your tickets online.
Lucky for us, McKinney’s talent pool runs deep and wide so why not jump in and enjoy? The water is fine! Carpe diem y’all, Michele