Entertainers announced for Victoria’s 2017 Charity Concert Series
John Anderson
Two country music legends and a Grammy Award-winning violinist have been booked for the 9th Annual Charity Concert Series to be held at Victoria’s Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

The series, which benefits Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, the Victoria Lions Club, and the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, will kick off on Jan. 19 with Connie Smith, who is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry.

Smith’s first record, “Once a Day,” remained atop the Billboard charts for several months. She went on to record 19 other country singles that reached the Billboard Top 10. Smith earned 11 Grammy Award nominations and became the 12th solo female vocalist and 19th woman to be chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 21, 2012.

The series will resume on March 9 with John Anderson, who has produced over 40 singles that have reached the Billboard country music charts, including five that made it to No. 1. “Swingin’” vaulted to the top of the chart along with “Wild and Blue,” “Black Sheep,” “Straight Tequila Night” and “Money In the Bank.”

Anderson’s latest album, “Goldmine,” was released in October 2014.

The series will conclude on May 4 with Bobby Flores, who won a Grammy Award for his violin performance and string and bass arrangements on Freddy Fender’s CD, “La Musica de Baldemar Huerta.”

Flores started entertaining at age 9 and is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer and first-call session musician. He has recorded and performed with such country artists as Ray Price, Willie Nelson and Johnny Bush.

Season packages will be available for $90 per person beginning Aug. 11 for renewing subscribers, and Sept. 1 for new subscribers. Tickets can be purchased at the Leo J. Welder Center box office at 214 N. Main Street in Victoria and online at www.WelderCenter.org. Beginning on Dec. 1, individual tickets will be on sale for $40.

For more information about the Charity Concert Series, contact the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts at (361) 582-2436 or email WelderCenter@VictoriaCollege.edu.
Connie Smith
Bobby Flores
Published: Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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