A Saturday night in Van Alstyne

| September 9, 2018 | Reply

Story and photos by Mary Jane Farmer, Click on the link for more photos.

How many towns this small, about 3,400 living souls, and a few questionable ones as well, can brag about having five venues that bring in live music on a regular basis? Well, welcome to the way-North Texas town of Van Alstyne. Now, they don’t all have music on the same nights, as a rule. For instance, the American Legion, Cooley Bay Winery, and the Senior Center only bring it in once a month, while the Cowboy Club hosts live music both Fridays and Saturdays every other weekend, and El Patio Escondido has the best in musicians most every Monday and Saturday, taking off only for holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and such.

This past Saturday, September 8 (2018), four of the five gave it their all, and had great crowds show up.

Cooley Bay Winery — Second Saturday is this new business’ usual time for music, and brought in Alex Cantrell and his sidekick, Will. In September the venue will also be celebrating its 1 year anniversary, and will have music, specifically the Bent Creek Trio, for a second music concert on September 23.

Senior Center — This monthly event is usually, also, on the second Saturday of the month, attended by seniors of the married, the dating, and the single persuasions. It was the Braeden Paul bluegrass band that kept dancers on the floor for a couple of hours.

El Patio Escondido had Hunter-Brown, a dynamo of a duo, on its make-shift stage, and Tom Hunter and Harley Dale Brown kept up the oldies and goodies with their own special twist of guitar, bass, and harmonica. This duo will become a trio for Fall der All, specifically the Hunter Brown Perkins trio, watch for them — that’ll be October 13, also right here in Van Alstyne.

And over at the Cowboy Club, a great mom-and-son run classic honky tonk of a bar, it was Jeff Hopson at the mic, wailing out tune after country tune to the pleasure of that crowd.

The American Legion didn’t have their monthly gig this Saturday, instead it’ll be next week, Saturday, Sept. 15, when Brent Frailicks and his mighty band of brothers will entertain. I know you remember Brent from his time in the Janie Fricke band, a decade or so ago. She still speaks highly of him.

Getting all five venues to line up their Saturday gigs happens about as often as a blue moon comes around, but it does happen! And along with the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly (Tuesdays) Music in the Parks, and all the music coming up October 13 at the city’s fall festival, aka Fall der All, well, this little town is rapidly gaining a good reputation for music lovers. And that’s something to be mighty proud of!

And you’ll find all these listings in the Official Texas Music Calendar here on Scene In Town. com.

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