Music on Main Street Features the Patton Sparks Band

Music on Main Street on Your Local Color.ComAnother beautiful evening and lots of great free music courtesy of the City of Round Rock at Music on Main Street. This past Thursday it was the Patton Sparks Band and they were fantastic. They started the evening off with their original music, and although at times that can make you hold your breath while you wait for a good cover, these guys had our toes tapping with their first offering. Really great work, guys.

I have to tell a little short story here. Be patient. A long time ago and in another life, I was involved with an annual Heart Association fundraiser in Amarillo called the Country Tux Heart Ball. I had been a part of several of these fundraisers, and one of the most exciting parts was finding out who was going to be the band at the event.

One year we were all expecting a really big name, and when we found out it was an unknown country music act, we were all pretty disappointed…until he showed up and started singing. That unknown country performer was Brad Paisley. Sound familiar? Well, I think I just had that same experience with Patton Sparks. [Read more…]

Music on Main Street Features The Sieker Band and Some Sweet Texas Bluegrass

Music on Main Street on Your Local Color.ComWell, it was a little rainy last Thursday on Main Street in Round Rock but that didn’t keep the show from going on. Right on time the skies cleared, the sun came out and all was well with the world – Music on Main Street was there for us all to enjoy.

For our enjoyment this evening we were treated to Texas style bluegrass by The Sieker Band. I say “Texas Style,” and I mean it, but there is an interesting back story to share about Rolf and Beate Sieker. Like most Central Texans nowadays, they weren’t born here, and like most who enjoy this part of the world, they did get here as quickly as possible, they just traveled a little further. [Read more…]

Music on Main Street is Back!! This Year It’s on Thursday Evenings

Round Rock Monday Music On Main StreetSpring is here and the free outdoor concert series Music on Main Street is back. This year it is on Thursday nights, but that is the only real change. It is just as much fun as it was last year. Again, just like last year, Music on Main Street is at the Prete Main Street Plaza just across from the library.

There really is nothing like live music, and when it is outside in the fresh air, a little sparkle is added that takes it to a whole new level of entertainment fun. The weather was beautiful and sunny, and the stage was perfectly set for a night of relaxation and great music.

There were many familiar faces and quite a few new folks there who were learning about and thoroughly enjoying this amazing city sponsored event. Once again, lawn chairs, grandkids, family pets, and ice chests were in abundance. [Read more…]

Round Rock Drums Reaches Out To The Special Needs Community

RoundRockDrumsLogo-Web3Nothing can dampen the enthusiasm burning in Ed Francis of Round Rock Drums, not even an ocean of water falling out of the sky onto his head, and all over his plans. This man and his amazing wife, Kim, have a mission in life and that is to teach people – anyone who wants to learn – how to play the drums, and nothing will get in their way. Rain on game day, no matter how much, isn’t reason enough to stop these two.

Ed and Kim had planned their “Shake, Rattle and Drum Roll” concert for months, and they poured hours and hours of labor into it. They enlisted their students, and the parents of their students, into Ed’s army of toy drum makers. These handmade drums were to be a huge part of the fun at “Shake, Rattle & Drum Roll,” and if there was no show, there would be no one to give them to. The show must go on. [Read more…]

Round Rock Drums and Ed Francis – A Round Rock Institution

Round Rock Drums Ed FrancisGosh. Where do you start with Ed Francis? Well, I guess the first place to start would be his booming voice that is full of enthusiasm, cheer and encouragement. What an amazing guy. If you’re a little depressed, you should take the time to get to know this fellow. If you are having a bad day, make an appointment to come by and watch Ed teach kids how to drum at Round Rock Drums. You will feel like a new man or woman. I’m not kidding here – totally serious.

Working with kids is tough, believe me. During my futile attempts to restart my professional life, I thought it would be fun to teach middle school kids science until I spent a year substituting. My substituting experience took that idea into the woods, tied it to a tree and clubbed it to death. At some point, I realized that teaching was not for me. However, one thing I gained from that experience was a much improved respect for people who can work with kids.

Ed is one of those people who deserve our admiration and respect not only because he can work with kids but also because he loves it. They love him too. It’s a lot like the experience I just wrote about concerning Vicki Henderson and Arts Avenue for Kids. Vicki feels like she really isn’t working because she is doing what she loves. That is the same language Ed uses when he talks about what he does. When you have found your passion and you can turn it into the thing that you use to feed your family, you are truly in a special place. [Read more…]