Courtyard Texas Music Series 2017
Sunny Sweeney is the party and the morning after. She’s the quip that makes you laugh and the truth that makes you cry, the devil that’s egging you on and the angel whispering that you aren’t alone. But those compelling contradictions aren’t what’s most interesting about Sweeney: it’s the depth and brazen authenticity she brings to all her roles that grabs you and won’t let go.
“I’ve grown up doing the bar scenes, and you have to have drinking and partying songs there-–you have to,” Sweeney says. “Now, my songs are still about the same things, but I feel like they’re more mature versions.”
The mastery of holes in the wall, major label stint, and serious songwriting chops make Sweeney something of a rarity: an artist with barroom cred, mainstream validation, and songs meaty enough for listening rooms. Or, as Rolling Stone put it in September 2016: “Sweeney is one of the rare entertainers who can hold her own at CMA Fest as well as AmericanaFest.”
When describing Jamie Wilson's voice, two aspects come to mind: that honeyed tenor twang that's become known as one of the sweetest instruments in modern folk music, and that poignant, poetic, down-to-earth point of view she brings to her songwriting.
An artist of singular talent and restless creativity, she broke into the Texas country/folk scene as one of the co-lead vocalists of the Gougers before the band gradually gave way to not only Wilson's solo work but also higher-profile musical adventures with The Trishas, an all-female singer-songwriter band that has toured through some of the state and nation's best venues. The Trishas lit up the genre for a few years while always leaving Wilson room for solo gigs, guest spots on over a dozen albums by now, and song-swaps with like-minded artists all over Texas and beyond.
Multiple approaches, countless gigs, several years and nearly a million miles into what promises to be a grand career, Jamie Wilson not only runs with a good crowd: she never fails to stand out.
Beatles Night 2017
Plano Stages is excited to announce this year's annual Beatles Night at the beautiful Amphitheater at Oak Point Park! Beatles Night 2017 will feature A Hard Night's Day as the headliner, with Revolution 9 opening.
A Hard Night’s Day is one of the best known Beatles cover band in the North Texas Area. Beatles fans will appreciate that A Hard Night’s Day has played at the Cavern Club, the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg, and recorded in Abbey Road Studios in Studio 2. This makes them a bona fide “tribute” band with clout. With a catalog of over 200 songs, they are able to give an in-depth, genuine Beatles experience.
The Revolution 9 stage show has been meticulously crafted to bring the music of the '60s to the public in a new, refreshing way. The songs… from the very beginnings of Beatlemania and the Mod movement in swinging London to the psychedelic sounds of San Francisco… have been carefully chosen to give audiences their well-known favorites as well as lesser-known gems that shine with brilliance on the live stage.
Kids 5 & under are free. Picnic baskets, coolers, blankets, and/or lawn chairs are welcome and encouraged. No pets please!
Gates into the amphitheater will open at 6:00pm. Box office for on-site sales will open at 5:00pm.
Saturday, May 13 - 8:00pm
Plano Stages is exciting to bring you the first of two concerts in 2017 utilizing that larger side of McCall Plaza.
To see Kevin Fowler in concert is more than just a show: it’s an experience. The Amarillo, Texas native’s wild-eyed charisma breathes new life into old favorites like “Beer Bait & Ammo” and “The Lord Loves A Drinkin’ Man,” his twangy vocals riding atop the honky-tonk groove of his ace backing band. Few performers in country music are as naturally gifted at leading the crowd in a good time, whether it’s in a crowded dancehall or the wide open spaces of an outdoor festival.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase on site.