For anyone who enjoys Western Swing music, Dec. 12, is a date to mark for being at the Majestic Theatre in Eastland.
Texas legend and American treasure, Asleep at the Wheel will be performing their Santa Loves to Boogie Concert. As a benefit for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the performance will be one to remember.
Sponsor support for the event includes: First Financial Bank, Eastland; Kinnaird Rossander and Perry Insurance Agency; EBAA Iron, E. T. and Anna Bradley; Jeff and Vicki Bradley; Rep. Jim and Leslie Keffer; Kennedy Financial Services; Rodger Terrell; Eastland County Newspapers; Victor Cornelius/Alpha Graphics; KATX 97.7, The Connellee Hotel/Eastland Community Foundation and Greer's Western Store.
The Wheel has recorded two albums of Texas-centric holiday music through the years, but recently the group launched a western swing holiday concert.
Santa Loves to Boogie includes a repertoire that combines Asleep at the Wheel's most popular songs with holiday favorites and originals such as “Christmas in Jail,” “Merry Texas Christmas Y'all,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” and “Swingin' Silent Night.”
For over 40 years, Asleep at the Wheel has seen miles and miles of Texas.
It all started when Ray Benson, Floyd Domino, Lucky Oceans, Leroy Preston, Chris O'Connell and Gene Dobkin joined forces. They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music.
The musicianship of Asleep at the Wheel has become the stuff of legends.
Known as one of the best live acts in the business, the band has constantly toured at a national level throughout its history.
Ray Benson fell in love with Western Swing because of its unique combination of elements with American blues, swing and traditional fiddling, but also for its demanding musical chops.
Western Swing is what Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat” and is a thrill to hear live. Thanks largely to the Wheel's years of promotion, Western Swing is a living and creative genre of music today.
Over their history, Asleep at The Wheel has garnered nine Grammy Awards and released more than 25 studio and live albums and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon.
The Majestic Theatre which is located at 108 North Lamar in Eastland, Texas is a great venue for the Dec. 12 concert. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center – 4601 Hartford in Abilene, Texas or call 254-629-2332 for ticket sales sites in the Eastland area.
For more information call 325-660-8338 or visit the Rehab's website WestTexasRehab.org.
West Texas Rehabilitation Center is a nationally respected outpatient physical rehabilitation facility.
Funds raised through events such as the Asleep at the Wheel concert help to support services so patients may receive therapy, regardless of their financial circumstance.
The Center provides more than 500 children and adult outpatient visits each day.