CORPUS CHRISTI - Diverse and Dynamic. Electric and Exciting. Texas time-tested and true.
There's something for everyone in the 2011 Hooks Summer Concert series, sponsored by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, KIII-TV3 and K-99.
On four Saturdays during the Corpus Christi Hooks season, Ryan-Sanders Entertainment brings Neal McCoy, Asleep at the Wheel, the Texas Tornados and Green River Ordinance to Whataburger Field, twice voted the best minor league sports venue on the North American continent (2008-09).
All four shows unfold at the conclusion of Hooks games, which have a special 6:05 start time.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. at the ballpark box office and on-line at cchooks.com
Telephone customers can call 361-561-HOOK (4665). Reserved-seat tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day-of. All GA (berm) tickets are $12.
"Our fans enjoyed a memorable postgame concert last July with Los Lonely Boys and we want to expand those offerings," JJ Gottsch of Ryan-Sanders Entertainment said. "Hooks Baseball is all about the family experience and this summer's concert series enables Coastal Bend residents to come out and enjoy great Texas League baseball and great Texas-based bands at one great price."
"We are pleased to offer our season-ticket holders and suite patrons the added value these exciting performers bring," Hooks president Ken Schrom said. "Here are four more great reasons to have season tickets in 2011."
Saturday, May 21: Neal McCoy (after Hooks vs. Midland RockHounds)
One-of-a-kind country singer and consummate live performer Neal McCoy caught the nation's attention with his breakthrough album No Doubt About It. The record featured three Top 10 singles - including a pair of No. 1's: "No Doubt About It" and "Wink." The two-time entertainer of the year did not stop there, recording two more best-selling collections and the hits "They're Playing Our Song," "For a Change," "If I Was a Drinkin' Man" and "You Gotta Love That."
On the road 220 days a year, McCoy refuses to rest on three platinum albums and a gold plaque. The Longview resident and Grand Ole Opry staple founded his independent label, 903 Music, in 2005. 903's debut, That's Life, boasted the Top 10 track "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On." The video, featuring comedian Rob Schneider, remains a cult classic.
McCoy has made 13 USO tours over the years, winning numerous humanitarian awards for extensive work overseas and at home. He and wife Melinda established the East Texas Angel Network, raising over $5 million dollars for the medical treatment of children with terminal or life-threatening diseases.
For more information on McCoy, click here
May 21 Hooks giveaway: Baby Blue Jersey (1st 2,000 fans/CITGO)
Saturday, June 18: Asleep at the Wheel (after Hooks vs. Frisco RoughRiders)
Led by Official Texas State Musician Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel has claimed nine Grammys over a 40-year run. This famed western-swing, boogie, and roots-music outfit has churned out over 25 albums while playing a relentless schedule of one-nighters that would make Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys proud.
These days, the Wheel has a fresh look with new vocalist Elizabeth McQueen, channeling the classic female entertainers of the band's earlier era, and fiddler-singer Jason Roberts, a second male lead to enhance Benson's trademark baritone.
The Wheel's new sound is showcased in several discs, among them Reinventing the Wheel. This 12-cut tribute to American Southwestern music features guest appearances by gospel greats The Blind Boys of Alabama and banjoist Rolf Sieker. 2009's Willie and the Wheel, a collaboration with Texas icon and friend Willie Nelson, was quickly followed by a tour and taping of the 35th anniversary of Austin City Limits for PBS. Fans worldwide can rest assured, western swing ain't dead...it's Asleep at the Wheel!
To learn more, click here
June 18 Hooks giveaway: Texas Flag Jersey (1st 2,000 fans/CITGO)
Saturday, July 9: Texas Tornados, presented by State Farm (after Hooks vs. Tulsa Drillers)
The ultimate Tex-Mex super group is back! Texas Tornados' Esta Bueno! showcases the final work of legendary Freddy Fender and reunites Augie Meyers with Flaco Jimenez. The triumph also features Shawn Sahm - son of original member Doug Sahm. Esta Bueno! earned a place in the American Music Association's Top 100 albums for 2010.
Dubbed "the Tex-Mex equivalent of the Traveling Wilburys and the Grateful Dead," Texas Tornados formed in 1989, offering a soulful sound of country, R&B, balladeering, Texas rock & roll and conjunto - a mix of Mexican Norteno with polkas and waltzes. As one Pollstar correspondent wrote, "The Tornados are not country, they're not rock and roll. They've taken their sound straight from the sawdust-floored cantinas of South Texas and spiced it up a bit."
The Tornados are online at TexasTornados.com
July 9 Hooks giveaway: Orange Retro Jersey (1st 2,000 fans/CITGO)
Saturday, August 27: Green River Ordinance (after Hooks vs. San Antonio Missions)
Green River Ordinance is riding the success of two top-rated 2010 singles and songs featured on over 20 TV shows, including The Hills, The Young & The Restless and So You Think You Can Dance. GRO, as they have come to be known on the club and touring circuit, hail from Fort Worth and enjoy a faithful university following.
Their hit single, "Come On" hit No. 17 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart in 2009, leading to a tour with Collective Soul. They've licensed music for commercials and movies and were commissioned to write a song for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. No stranger to the big stage, GRO played The Dell Diamond's Live In the Ballpark last October. The band is involved in numerous charity initiatives, including thehopegros.com, donating all proceeds from the sale of select songs to the charity of the consumer's choice.
Here's more on GRO
August 27 Hooks giveaway: Green Jersey (1st 2,000 fans/CITGO)
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