Sometimes I ought to feel guilty for taking a paycheck!

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Make no mistake about it, there is a lot of work to be done running a busy theater like the New Granbury Live.

There is a constant search for new acts which will appeal to our audience, marketing for future shows, sponsorship fulfillment, employees to manage, as well as theater upkeep and housekeeping. I feel like sometimes I meet myself coming and going! On the other hand, there are times like this past Saturday when I almost (notice I said almost!) feel guilty about taking a check!

Saturday, we had the legendary Moe Bandy and his Americana Band in the house and they were terrific! Moe is without a doubt one of the easiest to work with and kindest fellas in show business. His whole band were consummate professionals but at the same time, were happy to accommodate the fans.

We ordinarily feed the bands before a show and that time is quickly beginning to be one of my favorite times of the week. The crew all sits around and eats and invariably the band starts to tell stories about concerts and locations and adventures they have had with other artists. It is so much fun and very informative! I think I could sell dinner invitations! People would enjoy being a part of this intimate insight into the performance world. I also think the bands love this time where they are treated like family and have some human interaction and can just be plain old folks!

I got a text from Moe and the guys from their bus as they made the long road back to Missouri. They thanked me for our hospitality and bragged about the quality of our venue and audience. I texted back and told them they now felt like friends and I was excited to think about them coming to see us all again soon!

I hope we are Granbury Live make all our customers feel like they are coming to see friends!

Michael Hix; He’s no dummy!

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This past Saturday, the incomparable Michael Hix was at Granbury Live performing a show called “Lets Go to Vegas”. Sadly, I was out of town on other business for Michael’s performance, but when I got back in town and went to breakfast Monday morning at my favorite diner (#Pam’s), before I could even sit down two of my breakfast crew regulars told me they had been to Michael’s show and had the time of their lives!

They kept saying repeatedly, “Where does he get that much energy…I was exhausted just watching him!” They also commented on his originality as demonstrated in the comedy skit where he plays the “dummy” to his drummer, Josh Rogers, who plays a ventriloquist. Well I am here to tell you Michael is not dummy, in fact, he is a comedy and musical genius, but he and Josh brought the house to their knees in laughter.

I am told the most poignant moment in the show was when Michael brought a young girl up on the stage and asked her to sing with him, and when he asked for her favorite song, she said “Jesus Loves Me”. Well Michael never missed a beat and he and the young lady were soon joined by the crowd in for a very special Granbury Live moment.

When I got to my office there was an email from Michael, telling me he was sorry we didn’t get to see each other at his show, telling me how great the audience was and how terrific my staff had treated him. You see my friend Michael is just as nice a guy as he is a talented guy. He and his wife Ginny make a great team and I am pleased they are my friend, and part of the mix here at the New Granbury Live.

Michael will be back May 5 th for two shows: one at 2 and one at 7pm. If you missed his performance this past weekend, get tickets for his new show, “Motown Madness” and have one of the best times you can have anywhere, at any price. The best part will be your opportunity to watch a one of the really “good guys” is show business!

What an experience!

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The longer I am in this world of entertainment, the more experiences I have with a variety of bands and performers. I am sure it is like any other group of people, doctors, lawyers, teachers, or any other profession; Some are easy to deal with and professional and others are…well let’s just say they are on the other extreme!

This past Saturday Granbury Live had the thrill of having one of the great names in music, The Bellamy Brothers, appear on our stage. These guys perform over 150 shows a year! They just got back from performing in Sri Lanka and Dubai and they have performed all over the world for over 40 years! From the time they arrived at GBL until they walked out the door, they were nothing but professional and courteous. They put on a memorable show which left the audience wanting more and they left the theater admiring the quality of our sound and the unique intimacy of the theater. It was especially cool for me how all the guys in the band commented about our performance space and how great it was to be so close and personal with the audience.

From their bus driver to the Bellamy Brothers themselves, everyone on their team was a person who you would like to call a friend. I can’t wait to have them back and I do hope if you missed this sold out show you will get your tickets early for the next show! They are something to see!

Electricity in the Room

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When a show comes together, there is an electricity in the room and an excitement which is almost palpable! Such was the case this past Saturday night as Holly Tucker joined the Granbury Live Follies to present “Classic Country”. The Texas CMA Female Vocalist of the Year did not disappoint, as she sang songs across the country music landscape, and ended with a crowd-pleasing rendition of “How Great Thou Art”.

Joining Holly and the rest of the amazing Granbury Live Follies crew was Andrew Sevener and Wisper Cox; Andrew being the Champion of our recently concluded Texas Spotlight competition and Wisper being a finalist. Both young talents knocked it out of the park and there were a great many people in attendance who commented they anticipated seeing those young performers on the national music scene someday!

Have you ever been to one of our Follies show? If you haven’t you missed a great one this past Saturday. Our next Follies show is March 24th and is called “The Times They Are A Changing” and will feature some of the best songs from Rock and Roll from 1964 to 1974. So if you like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Motown, the California sound, and all the other music which may this time of change so memorable, you won’t want to miss it!

Now I know why these Texans are so proud!

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It has been many years ago, but I had the privilege of seeing Hal Halbrook perform his award-winning play, “Mark Twain Tonight!”. Mr.  Halbrook has performed the show for over fifty years and still manages to “pack em in” the theater! This was also the first one-man plays which I had ever witnessed. “Truly remarkable” were the only words I could muster, as Mark Twain literally came alive before my eyes. I could feel his wit, sense his eye for observation, and could touch the sting of his barbed tongue as he humorously made comment after comment on life, love, politics and the world. Having been named after the iconic Texas figure, my next thought was: “Sam Houston’s story is a whole lot more interesting and exciting than anything Mark Twain could say!”, and so I pledged to one day write a one man show about General Sam and perform it before the great citizens of Texas.

On Feb 16, March 11, April 20 and April 22 I will be performing “The Lion of Texas-An Evening with Sam Houston” at Granbury Live. I believe our theater is the perfect venue for this show. I have performed the show at many places; Stage West in Ft Worth, MCL Grand in Lewisville, the Municipal Auditorium in Greenville, in Plano, Paris, Sherman and many other towns throughout Texas, but I am not sure I have been in a theater which is better suited for the production than Granbury Live. This intimate setting will truly allow me to bring the personality and character of General Sam to life before the audience. The production is humorous, insightful, and with sound and visual effects, it becomes very powerful and dramatic.

This show has been very well received by the critics and by the audiences. They leave feeling inspired about who they are and where they came from as a people. With so many people moving into our state every month, I have found new Texans are particularly found of the show and are often shocked by the true story of General Sam and the birth of Texas. I have frequently heard from audiences, “Now I know why these Texans are so proud!”

Take a look at the schedule and get a ticket for one of these performances. I do not think you will be disappointed. There is no greater story than the story of Texas and of Sam Houston. I also think there isn’t a better venue to tell the story than Granbury Live! If you are a Texan you will love it, and if you are not, we will all feel sorry for you! You wont be disappointed!

Johnny Rodriquez Show

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When I was a young man in college, I went to the oilfields of Oklahoma during the summer for work. Having been raised in the city I was not much of a Country music fan, but each day as we rode in a pickup from one worksite to the next, Country music was on the radio. One sound which really captured my attention was a young guy named Johnny Rodriquez. Who would have thought forty years later Johnny and I would both be at Granbury Live and I would have the pleasure of introducing him to an overflow, sold out crowd!

He gave a masterful performance and the audience loved it. As I spoke with people after the show, it was so interesting how for many of them the Johnny Rodriquez concert had been their first visit to Granbury Live. They were blown away by the sound, the intimacy and the entire aura of the theater! I got repeated comments about our wonderful hospitality and how folks had never been to a venue which seemed more intimate or got you closer to the performer! They loved the sound and the feel of the theater and said they couldn’t wait to see some of the upcoming acts like Doug Stone, Gene Watson, the Bellamy Brothers, and Moe Bandy!

If you get the chance, come to the New Granbury Live and experience the “most intimate venue in Texas”! It is an experience unlike any other

Why is a Celebration Hall Murder Mystery so unique and memorable?

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People just seem to love the whole idea of Murder Mystery Dinner Theater! While certainly not a new concept, interactive theater still seems to excite the vivid imagination of folks and the idea of a good meal mixed with laughter and fun, make for a really good time.

I think what makes our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater so great is a couple of factors which sets us apart from other venues. First, we have the space for people to be able to eat comfortably and enjoy the show in leisure rather than being packed in a small room which really wasn’t created for interactive theater. We have a good sound system, so it is easy to hear and follow the actors as they perform. The actors which we utilize have literally performed hundreds upon hundreds of dinner theaters; they know how to work an audience and how to engage them! Lastly, we utilize great caterers who provide a very nice meal at a sweet price.

At our next Murder Mystery on February 9th, we will be presenting “Death So Delicious”. When murder happens at the World’s Greatest Chef competition, it is certain suspicions will arise! Are you good enough to crack the case and win some tickets to a future Granbury Live Event?

Get tickets to our Murder Mystery and join the fun! The food will be great, and the laughs won’t stop!

Granbury Live is where it is happening!

Laughter is the best medicine!

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They say people who laugh and smile regularly have a much longer life expectancy than those who don’t. While I love the great musical sound which emulates from the productions on the stage of the New Granbury Live, it only seems fitting to have a night where comedy takes the center stage. I have always loved comedy and have seen some of the great standups of my day; Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Robin Williams. I even made a point of seeing the great Red Fox out in Vegas many years ago and while very talented, his show certainly was not for everyone! Lol.

On March 31 the New Granbury Live will be hosting its first Comedy Night at 8 pm. The show will include Steph Clark who has been featured in the Huffington Post, Kipp Hart who has performed at the Comedy Store in Hollywood and will feature Tom Clark who has appeared on Conan, CBS’s Late, Late Show, and as a guest on the popular Bob and Tom radio. These talented pro’s have a lot of fun in store for you!

While this will not be a “raw” show discretion is advised.

How about a fun night with lots of laughs? Get your tickets  and be part of a brand-new tradition of comedy! We ARE where it is happening!

Is there a more iconic Texas character than General Sam Houston?

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Texas history is full of unique and memorable leaders. Lyndon Johnson, Ann Richards, Sam Rayburn, and Stephen F Austin were all unique and one of kind characters. For example, Stephen F. Austin never married, saying his bride was the land of Texas which had stolen his heart completely! Now that is commitment!

With all that being said, I am  sure there will never be a more iconic character than the first President of the Republic of Texas, the great Sam Houston. He was a statesman, a war hero, the member of an Indian tribe, a General, a soldier, a politician, and so much more.

Here at Granbury Live on Feb 16, March 11, April 20 and April 22 the theatrical performance “The Lion of Texas-An Evening with Sam Houston” will be presented. This one-man show has received rave reviews and acclaim from around the state and is performed in much the same style as the legendary Hal Halbrook in his immortal show “Mark Twain Tonight”.

Often humorous and chock full of anecdotes which will entertain and amuse, the dramatic story of the birth of Texas is sure to stir the blood of native Texans and invigorate all those who have immigrated. There is no better tale than the story of Texas and who better to tell it then Sam Houston?

Tickets are available now, so claim your seat to this wonderful show at the most intimate venue in Texas! . Come out and enjoy a theatrical performance which is sure to inspire, amuse and stir your heart with Texas pride!

Johnny Rodriquez; The Legendary Performer

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One of the cool things about being the General Manager of the New Granbury Live is the opportunity to select the acts which appear at the theater. I have always been a fan of Johnny Rodriquez. When you listen to “Pass Me By” “Riding My Thumb to Mexico” or “That’s the Way Love Goes” it is unavoidable to keep from singing along and tapping your toes! The sound is unique and authentic with a blend of Texas, Country, and Tejano all wrapped up in one sound. Reminds me of one of my Mom’s soups, it was always good but hard to discern exactly how it was put together! Lol

I had the pleasure of working with my dear friend Dave Alexander and bringing Johnny to the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso a couple of years ago and he was simply terrific. The sound, the lyrics and the experience were simply first rate.

Johnny Rodriquez has been nominated as CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, has had fifteen songs in the top ten and six which were certified as #1! It isn’t often a talent like this come to Granbury. Get your tickets today because they are selling quickly. You want to experience this legendary artist in the most intimate venue in Texas; the New Granbury Live! Hope to see you there!