By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
Country fans rejoice. On Friday, March 23rd, not one, but two country greats are slated to grace McKinney stages. Bonus: It’s conceivable to actually catch both. While the Smiles Charity presents “An Evening with Craig Morgan” at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, Hank’s Texas Grill welcomes Michael Martin Murphey to the Backyard Stage.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Craig Morgan about his new album, “This Ole Boy.” We also got to visit about his rise to stardom, and how his almost 20 years of service in the United States Army has molded his music career. If you haven’t seen that story yet on TSB, please click here. I came away from our conversation with a sense of gratitude for the good work he does, and for the willingness he has to share his talents to support veterans such as Augie Pena, and Andrew Litz, this year’s Smiles Charity beneficiaries. Net proceeds from “An Evening With Craig Morgan” will go toward building homes for these two severely wounded veterans. Showtime for this event is 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.
At 9:30 p.m. Cowboy crooner and legendary songwriter Michael Martin Murphey takes the stage at Hank’s. With Murphey’s list of accomplishments and awards as long as the Red River itself, 6 gold records, multiple CMA’s and nominations, honors from the Academy of Country Music, The Grammys, The National Cowboy Hall of Fame, not to mention, the most played song in history of radio in all formats, well, let’s just say, it would be foolish not to take advantage of an opportunity to experience MMM in such an intimate setting. To buy tickets to this event, click here.
Finally, I’d like to personally invite you to join us for an extra-special Hollie-Watching Party at Jack’s Pub, Wednesday, March 21st. McKinney’s own sweet songbird Hollie Cavanaugh is a Top Ten American Idol finalist. Now’s the time for us to pull together as a community to make sure our girl becomes the next American Idol. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. with a concert by Final Four, followed by a live watch party on Jack’s awesomely ginourmous TV. You provide the votes and we’ll provide the “Holliepops”. Jack’s Pub, located at 4150 Eldorado Parkway, will once again feature a variety of Hollie-fied treats and specials.
Weekend At A Glance:
Lawn and Garden Show at Meyers Park: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to Sunday 5:00 p.m.
Book Signing: 6:30 p.m. Lisa Love Harris at Diggin’ It
Fourth Friday Drum Circle: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Mitchell Park on West Viginia St and Church St. Free.
Book Signing: 12:00 p.m. Dr. Marian Montgomery at Happiness is Quilting
Brewery Tour: Franconia Brewery tours and tastings every Saturday at 11 a.m. 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5 per person.
McKinney School Of Rock Grand Opening/Benefit Concert: 1:00 p.m.
Mac Frampton Piano Concert: 8:30 p.m. Faubian Auditorium, McKinney Community Concerts
Night Life and Music:
–Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic with Mark (Thurs.), Quinten Hope (Fri.), The 8Tracks Band (Sat.)
–Hank’s: Kyle Thompson(Thur), Michael Martin Murphey (Fri.), Bikers Agains Road Rage Benefit (Sat.)
–Grotto Live: Nick and the Nighthawks (Thur.), Leah Marr Quartet (Fri.), Soma Lab (Sat.)
–Grand Bar: Lynne Cadena (Thurs.), Jon Christopher Davis (Fri.), JR Clark (Sat.)
–Landon Winery: Daniel Chrysler (Fri.), Faron Gilbert (Sat.)
–MPAC: An Evening with Craig Morgan (Fri.)
–Spoons Cafe: Open Mic (Thurs.), Buzz Andrews (Sun.)
For more details about these and other events around town click here.