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Joplin Bash redone into broader benefit; Roy Head to headline

by Darragh Doiron - The Port Arthur News

Feel free to keep honoring Janis Joplin in her birth month of January. But if it’s a concert you want, Roy Head will provide tunes in February.

"The concert formerly known as the Janis Joplin Birthday Bash is now called the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame Show," Shannon L. Harris, director of Museum of the Gulf Coast, said.

"The name change is to reflect that it is a celebration of all Gulf Coast music legends," she said.

Roy Head will headline the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Show in Port Arthur at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive on the Lamar State College campus.

Billed as an all-star tribute the "world famous music of the Golden Triangle and the Gulf Coast area," the line up will include Jerry LaCroix, the Beat Daddys from Mississippi and Myrna Sanders and The Cosmic Pearl Band.

Patti Salter of the Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau said the evening will include a presentation to past inductee Roy Head formerly of Roy Head and The Traits, whose big hit single was "Treat Her Right." Artists who have had a hit record on the billboard charts who now or have previously resided in the area between Houston and New Orleans are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Advance general admission tickets are $18 and will be available on Jan. 8 at the following sites until noon, Feb. 1: The Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, A&S Music in Nederland, Swicegood Music in Beaumont and the Penny Record in Bridge City. General admission tickets will be available the date of the show at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center for $20. Children 12 and younger, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free.

The event raises funds for the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame exhibit at the Museum of the Gulf Coast which showcases memorabilia of area artists including Janis Joplin, Johnny & Edgar Winter, Ivory Joe Hunter, Barbara Lynn, Johnny Preston ("Running Bear"), Jivin’ Gene ("Breaking Up is hard To Do"), The "Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson, Phil Phillips ("Sea of Love”), Isaac Payton Sweat (King of the Cotton Eyed Joe), Cookie & the Cupcakes ("Matilda” & "Got You On My Mind”), Tex Ritter, George Jones, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Bird, Harry James, ZZ TOP, Frankie Ford, Dale and Grace, Percy Sledge, B.J. Thomas, Wayne Toups, Lonnie Brooks "Guitar Jr.”, The Fabulous Boogie Kings, Clarence "Gatemouth” Brown and Jo El Sonnier, Clarence "Frog Man” Henry and Joe Barry plus numerous other Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana performers.

The Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a special "Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame” package which includes hotel lodging and tickets to the concert. Details may be obtained by calling the visitors bureau at (800) 235-7822, 985-7822 or e-mail at "pacvb@portarthurtexas.com”. Please put "Gulf Coast Music” in the subject line. The Port Arthur web site is http://www.portarthurtexas.com. The Ramada Inn, 962-9858 in Port Arthur is the headquarter hotel with hotel packages including lodging and tickets for two for $105 plus tax (based on availability).



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