Christmas Season Kicks off with a Holly Jolly Christmas

Santa's not the only one coming to town!

Well the Christmas season could not have started off better than it did this past weekend! On Friday night the Historic Granbury Merchants produced their annual Christmas Parade and it was spectacular! Lots of floats and lots of folks there to watch all the Christmas spirt unfold! I would hate to hazard a guess as to how many people were in the parade and how many were watching, but it was packed and the best parade I have ever seen! Really a great testimony to the wonderful town of Granbury and to the Merchants Association! Way to go! Really a production to be proud of!

On Saturday things got even better with the Texas CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Holly Tucker presenting her show, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”. This amazing young talent was terrific and had the audience eating out of her hand as she performed her own songs as well as a variety of Christmas and gospel songs. I cannot express in strong enough terms how much talent I think this young lady has, nor even begin to relay what a wonderful person she is. I am thrilled every time I hear her voice and have the good fortune to be around her. If you missed Holly, she performs very regularly all over Texas and I would suggest you go to her web site or Facebook page to see when she is going to be playing again near you! It is worth the price of the admission!

So this week it is the energetic and amazing Michael Hix as he performs on Friday November 30 at 7, on December 1 at 2pm and 7pm, and December 2 at 2pm. I love me some Michael Hix and word has it he is going to break out some new Christmas songs which he has written which are sure to become some of your holiday favorites. Michael always puts on a show which has the audience standing and cheering, so get your tickets and come join the fun.

We still have Radney Foster, Shenandoah, the Granbury Live Follies, Penny Gilley, Dale Morris Jr, and our Christmas is for Kids show to come in December. Gosh I love this time of year and the shows that are coming to Granbury Live!

See you at the shows!

Five Funny Females?

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Not sure many people enjoy music more than I do. For me, one of the best things about being associated with the New Granbury Live is the opportunity to regularly attend great music concerts from a wide arrange of artists.

Every now and then, it is nice to take a break from music and have a little different form of entertainment. This past Saturday night at Granbury Live the” Four Funny Females”, a standup comedy troupe from the Metroplex, performed and it was wonderful! The four ladies, all professional women in their day jobs, entertained the audiences with a variety of jokes and stories delivered in a first rate style and with top notch results. These girls topped the Dallas “A List” two years running and it is easy to understand why! It was laughs a minute and I had a bunch of folks stop me and asked me to make sure to have them back in Granbury Live in the near future! Look for “The Females” to be back around the middle of 2019 and watch for when tickets go on sale! I am pretty sure the next time through they will sell out and if you don’t get your ticket early, you will be on the outside looking in!

It was a heck of a lot of fun and while music soothes your soul, a good laugh heals the heart!

South Oak Cliff comes to Granbury Live!

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I love it when Granbury Live sort of branches out and brings a new act to town! This past Friday it was our great pleasure to have the Rosemont Kings, a wonderfully talented band from south Dallas come and perform. It was incredible! They played Motown, R and B, Pop, and a little Rock and Roll to boot! People got up and were dancing in the aisles; and yes, there were some people dancing you would never expect to be dancing but the music was just that good!!!

Kraig Lloyd, the lead singer also performs somewhat regularly with our Granbury Live Follies. His voice will never disappoint! I so love my country music, especially swing music, but a guy just can’t miss with classic songs like the Rosemont Kings performed! They will be back, and I promise you need to come and see this great group of young men the next time they are in town! They will never disappoint! It was a memorable night!

The Granbury Live Follies knocked it out of the park again Saturday!

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The Granbury Live Follies knocked it out of the park again Saturday! As a group we were really excited to create a show which featured the music of the legendary Willie Nelson; songs which he performed and songs which he wrote which have been performed by other people. Did you know Willie Nelson has written over 2000 songs and the list keeps growing? We even included a song off his latest album, “Last Man Standing”.

Scott Hall dressed up in pig tails and long red hair and a whole bunch of folks thought his voice was spot on! It was a great thrill to have Holly Tucker, the TCMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and current candidate for TCMA Entertainer of the Year, as part of the cast. Alecia Echols and DeAwna Woods just simply owned “Crazy” and “Angel Flying to Close to the Ground”, and I thought Holly’s rendition of Georgia On My Mind was one for the books. Here are some of the comments people emailed to me about the show:

Great show as usual! It is hard to imagine how you get so many great performers on one stage.

Wasn’t a weak voice in the group…they were all terrific!

Loved it! Can’t wait to come back!

The Follies Band is spot on and I know a little bit about music! They are terrific!

If you haven’t been to a Follies show you owe it to yourself to come and see one. On September 22 we will have the greatest hits of Motown and Rock and Roll and it will knock your socks off! Get your tickets now! These Follies shows are something to see!

Did we hit a new standard?

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The New Granbury Live has had its doors open for just over a year. There have been some great shows, and some well-known national entertainers who have adorned the Granbury Live stage during that time! I think about the Bellamy Brothers, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Janie Fricke, Gary P Nunn, and I get a little weak in the knees. I mean, these shows were simply fantastic, and you wonder how a show could get any better.

This past weekend, the one and only Michael Hix appeared at Granbury Live. For those of you who have never seen Michael, let me just say he is a talented singer, but truly one of the best entertainers I have ever witnessed. He has an energy level which is off the charts, and for the two sold out crowds that saw him Saturday, the music, laughter and fun was non-stop. Michael just kept pouring on his personality and the audience gobbled up every spoonful he dished out! I do not remember being to two shows in one day where the audience was more pleased and satisfied with the performance they just saw. Michael was simply spectacular by any type of measurement! I would stack him up with anyone for entertaining a crowd!

Michael will be back at GBL on September 1, performing and as the MC for “The Best Show Ever”, our new hit variety show which people are absolutely in love with! He will also be back on October 20th for two shows; one at 2 and another at 7pm, and for four fun filled Christmas shows on November 30, December 1 and December 2. Get your tickets now, and I mean right now, because I promise these shows will sell out just like this past weekend. You don’t want to miss Michael!

See you at the shows!

Best Show Ever opens to rave reviews!

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Ok. I must admit, it was a little optimistic to name a show “The Best Show Ever!”. I truly felt like with a special appearance by the iconic Michael Hix, and a rooster of performers which included Nikki Vassar, Wisper Cox, Kelli Fiori Watson, Braden Daniels the Magician, Ridge Roberts, Alexis Adair, and the amazing Rafi, we would have a very entertaining production, but even I was surprised by the reaction of those present! Here are some of the comments which got posted on Facebook;

“Great Show!”

“Very fun night! Loved the show!”

“Was a fantastic show!”

“Granbury Live never disappoints!”

As the Producer I can tell you we had a few minor hiccups and things I wish a few little things had gone better. However, I think the bar has now been set high and I am even more excited to see what the next show will be like! I do know I am very excited to announce Michael Hix will be bac, this time as the Host of the Best Show Ever! I think you will love the new entertainers which will be part of the show.

I hope you get your tickets bought for the September 1 performance because I expect we will have a big crowd enjoying a whale of a good time! After all, it is “The Best Show Ever!”.

The Perfect Outing for Groups!

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We had a great Granbury Live Follies show last night and had two special groups which made up a part of our audience. We had a big group from the First Methodist Church in Granbury as well as a large group from the Lone Star Street Rod Club. Since we knew the Car Show was in town, the subject matter for our show was “Cruisin”; meaning the kind of music you like to listen to when you are driving around in your car. We sang the Beach Boys, Beatles, Motown, and many other great songs and many times the crowd would sing along. It was a great bunch
of fun for the audience and for the performers!

Have you thought about bringing a group to a show at Granbury Live? We provide groups of ten or more with special pricing, preferred seating, and an experience which will put a smile on your entire group! We can even help with arrangements for a meal at a local restaurant prior to or after a show! Get your friends together and give us a call at 800-340-9703 and let us give your group a unique and memorable experience. Just go to our website at www.thenewgranburylive.com and pick out a show, then call. It is all fun after that!

Learn more about our group discounts at www.thenewgranburylive.com/groups

Memories are a powerful human event.

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Memories are a powerful human event. We all have memories. Sometimes memories are good thoughts which take us to a time or place where we were happy, healthy, and carefree. There are a lot of things which trigger memories; the smell of bread baking might take you back to your grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving, the smell of chlorine could transform you back to the neighborhood pool where you swam as a kid, and the scent of leather always takes me back to days spent a horseback. Perhaps there is no greater memory trigger then music. When you hear an old song, it seems to take you back to the time, place and location where you “lived it” and it frequently puts a smile on a person’s face. I always tend to remember someone I was dancing with, people I was riding around in a car when the song played, or a quiet moment late at night when I would listen on my nightstand radio.

Granbury Live is going to have a tribute to The Carpenters as performed by Diana Lynn on June 23. Of course, the Carpenters really need no introduction. From the late 60’s thru the 70’s they were one of the most powerful performers in popular music. With 15 #1 Hits and over 100 million records sold, they are one of the most popular artists of all time!  Diana Lynn has been performing her Carpenter’s Tribute Show for some time and has garnered a great deal of critical review and recognition in her own right. Perhaps none more significant than her show being awarded the Best Tribute Show in Branson!

Where we you when you first heard “Rainy Days and Mondays”? How many weddings did you attend when “Close to You” was played? Maybe even your own? The Carpenter’s music brings back lots of great memories and Diana Lynn will bring all those memories back to life at the New Granbury Live on June 23 at 3pm and again at 7 pm. Get your tickets now and rekindle your old memories. You will be glad you did!

Elvis Rocked Granbury Live!

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This past weekend the tremendous Victor Trevino was at the New Granbury Live. It is always a great pleasure to have Victor in the house because besides being a genuine talent and very nice young man, he is truly the BEST young Elvis tribute artist! He has the same physical look, the same tone to his voice, and commands the same strong stage presence as the “King”.

Victor put on a spectacular show and I bet I have heard from twenty people already asking me to be sure and bring Victor back for another performance soon!

After almost every show, I send out a survey asking a section of the people who were at the show to rate our web site, the theater, the show they saw, the lights and sound, and whether they would recommend the New Granbury Live to a friend. I wanted to take just a second to tell you I received 30 responses from those who attended the Victor Trevino Elvis Tribute and on a score of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the best), folks rated us with an average of 4.86! Every single person said they would recommend Granbury Live to a friend! It makes me proud so many of our patrons appreciate the quality shows we present and value the entertainment experience we provide. If you are one of our patrons, we thank you and appreciate your business. If you haven’t ever been to a show at Granbury Live, pick out a show from out variety of different productions, and come and join the fun! Your friends and neighbors believe you will have a good time and I do too! Looking forward to having YOU in the house!

Until the next time…

The Brother on the Right

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Rudy Gatlin made an appearance at the New Granbury Live this past Saturday. I love the style of show he presented. I call it a “sing and talk”. He sang some of the many hits of the Grammy Award Winning Gatlin Brothers, but also showed pictures and told stories about his nearly 60 years of life in the entertainment business. It was fascinating to hear Rudy talk about starting his career at 2 ½ years old and the number of famous entertainers he has had contact with over this long period of time.

Rudy was also frank about his recovery from the abuse of alcohol and cocaine and proudly announced he had been “sober” for over 30 years. Sad how so many performers who have found money and fame suffer the problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Rudy’s story was heartwarming to hear and I hope for his continued life of sobriety.

It is amazing the number of hits the Gatlin Brothers recorded and it was a pleasure having “the Brother on the right” in the house on Saturday. I wish my new friend all the best and hope his career continues for a long time to come. He sure has something to offer!