Great entertainment! Dancing!

The 25th Annual Winter Texan Expo will host a wide variety of entertainment and dancing throughout the fun-filled two day event! With entertainment on the main stage - you best put on your dancing shoes for this year's event! The Winter Texan Expo will be held January 16-17, 2018 at the McAllen Convention Center from 9 am - 3 pm and is presented by South Texas Health System.

 Entertainment Main Stage – Jan 16

  • The Punches Family
  • Leslie Blasing
  • Mario Rosales
  • Adam Pope & The Rebel Roots

Entertainment Main Stage – Jan 17

  • Greg Jones
  • Brett Marshall
  • Jason Coleman
  • Jul & The Chrome Wheels

 


PunchesThe Punches Family

Feel the Energy of The Punches

The Punches is a high-spirited family group with some talented teens who play a variety of music, including oldies, country, bluegrass and gospel. They have been a full-time group since 2010 and travel to over 23 states in the Central and Eastern U.S. The Punches has been featured in Branson, Missouri, as well as on three television shows: Great American Gospel, American Gospel Onstage, and Great American Bluegrass. These shows can be seen weekly on RFDTV, NRB, and the INSP channels, as well as on several hundred affiliates around the U.S. and Europe. Their television appearances, as well as 220 live shows a year, have won them many fans and national acclaim in a variety of venues. The group presents a high-energy, entertaining performance with a strong family and spiritual edge. They love to sing, play, and have fun together.

 


LESLIE BLASINGLeslie Blasing

Leslie Blasing – Rock-n-Roll, Storytelling, and a Touch of Craziness

High octane is the only description needed! Leslie Blasing has been performing on South Padre Island at least five nights a week for 23 years. Her shows are high energy with a whole lot of entertainment. “I am here to have a fun time and enjoy the evening just like the rest of the people,” Leslie said. “If the audience wants to join me, then that is just fantastic!”

Leslie is a full-time singer and entertainer and a transplant from San Antonio to SPI. Her musical career has taken her in all directions. Singing with Michael Martin Murphy at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo was her kick-off to becoming a professional singer. Later on down the road, she shared the stage with The Lynyrd Skynyrd Band for the SPI Roar by the Shore Bike Rally and with Reba McEntire at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe, to name just a few of the highlights of her career. You can feel all of the influences from every category; style, genre, and age of music come through in her selection of songs. Enjoying the intensity of rock-n-roll and then loving the storytelling of a great country song is where the diversity comes together, and when you add in a touch of craziness, you get Leslie!

You can catch Leslie at several venues on the Island and throughout the Rio Grande Valley year round. To learn more, visit lesliepresents.com and chuckandleslie.com. For bookings, leave a message at 956-761-4347.


MARIO FULL FILE IMAGEMario Rosales

Joining us from Vegas is Mario Rosales

Mario Rosales was born and raised in Southern California, one of 11 children in a bona fide musical family. He began playing piano and violin at the age of five and later learned to play the harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, and guitar.

Mario spent most of his adult life as an actor, voice-over artist, and stand-up comedian in Hollywood. Later in life, he worked in radio as a talk-show host. In 2004, singing became his main career path, which eventually led him to Branson, Missouri, where he was nominated for Best Male Vocalist and Best Track Show. In October of 2016, Mario moved to Las Vegas at the urging of his friends, Bucky Heard and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, who have a show at Harrah’s.

Mario’s musical range is extensive, from classic country to Frank Sinatra. His comedy is clean and hilarious! Though he now works as a busy entertainer in Las Vegas, Mario vows to continue performing for his beloved Winter Texans, if but for a couple of weeks every year.

 

 

 


ADAM POPEAdam Pope & The Rebel Roots

Get Ready to ‘Rockabilly’ with Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots

Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots is a high-energy country/rockabilly group based just outside of Nashville. Together, they produce the raw sounds and unbridled energies of the Sun-Record era and combine it with respectful polish and substantive songwriting soaked in classic country-music sentiments. Their show is woven together with Hee-Haw-like humor and front-porch storytelling. Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots take the audience on an emotional and entertaining ride.

There'll be plenty of stage rockin' due to dancing, and if the stage is grass, it will be killed while only dirt remains. Band members are known to leap into the air while never missing a beat, and you'll hear plenty of wild, upright bass-slappin' along the way!

Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots have played on the Music City Roots show in Nashville, RFD TV's Midwest Country, and the legendary Midnight Jamboree on WSM radio. In addition, Adam is a member of the highly touted Nashville Unleashed roster of performing songwriters who are currently being featured in a TV series airing on Blue Highways TV, Angel Two (Dish Network), the Heartland channel, and more.

In September of 2015, just a few days before the 14th anniversary of 9/11, Adam wrote and released the song Ain’t Over It Yet, which quickly gained the attention of Nashville’s WTN 99.7 FM morning news talk show host Ralph Bristol. Ralph has played the song multiple times on his program, and Adam performs the song at many patriotic and/or military-appreciation events across the nation.

Adam has released several projects, including teaming up with Johnny Cash's and Carl Perkins' original drummer, WS "Fluke" Holland, to record original music at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. Most recently, Adam and his wife joined together on the album Songs of Faith & Family, singing traditional gospel songs and originals.

Listen to the music of Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots and see videos at adampopemusic.com


GREG JONESGreg Jones

Greg Jones – Singing, Playing Instruments, and Making Audiences Laugh

Greg Jones' interest in music began at the age of three when he performed on stage for the first time with Leon McAuliffe and his orchestra in Coffeyville, Kansas. As the years passed, Greg expanded his entertaining by playing instruments, as well as singing. He was awarded scholarships to Oklahoma State University as a cello major. While attending OSU, he sang with student entertainers, was lead singer in the college quartet, and had a band that played Top-40 music.

After college, Greg hit the road and opened for such stars as Tony Bennett, Ben Vereen, and the Mills Brothers. He toured the country for many years with show bands, quartets, trios, his own ‘one-man-band show,’ and the 12-piece band Excalibur, which performed nationally for conventions and large venues.

The last few years, Greg has performed with the Ron and Opal Show and with a gospel trio, Bowman and Jones. Most recently, he performs his own Greg Jones Show in the Rio Grande Valley, at Good Sam's rallies, and at the Winnebago Grand National Rally, singing variety and gospel music, playing keyboard and guitar, and performing comedy routines. Greg has performed in Branson, Missouri, and at Silver Dollar City, Treasure Lake RV Resort, the Starlight Theater, and Jamming for Jesus. He provided music for Jimmy Houston’s speaking events and the annual Fellowship of Christian Anglers Society Kid's Day. Greg and Jodi Miller have sung for several Veterans Day celebrations, as well.

With Bowman and Jones, Greg has opened for Jeff and Sherri Easter, Gold City, and 'N Harmony, but Greg's real heart is in his gospel-music ministry, which has taken him across the U.S.


BrettBrett Marshall

Pianist Brett Marshall Delights Audiences of All Ages

Brett Marshall is a freelance musician and church-music director/pianist who grew up in Pearsall, Texas. He studied piano in San Antonio with a Trinity University piano professor during his high school years and went on to graduate from Baylor University with a music degree in 1989.

Brett is a professional pianist and vocalist in the Rio Grande Valley who loves providing excellent, enjoyable, elegant music that suits each occasion and exceeds expectations. His unique interpretation of songs is refreshing and delightful and helps make each event memorable.

His repertoire includes vintage pop standards from the Golden Age, as well as some classic oldies and piano solos and a sprinkling of jazz, blues, classic country, bossa novas, boleros, gospel, and contemporary pop music. Brett is also a songwriter.

Brett works as a solo performer for private parties, special events, corporate functions, weddings, and other events. He also has two bands. Brett Marshall & The Disclaimers Jazz Quartet is a group that focuses on unique jazz-oriented arrangements of vintage songs from The Great American Songbook and re-imagined oldies. Rewind is a five-piece variety band that specializes in oldies, pop, rock, Motown, country, and dance music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.


JASON COLEMANJason Coleman

Jason Coleman and the Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer

Jason Coleman is a concert pianist bringing new life to the signature sound of his grandfather, piano legend Floyd Cramer.

From a young age, it was evident that Jason had inherited his grandfather’s ‘slip-note’ touch at the piano, as it managed to ‘slip’ its way into even the most elementary songs during his early piano lessons. Jason’s keen ability to play music by ear led to a childhood spent arranging his own renditions of the songs he loved, just as his grandad had throughout his career. In addition to sharing the piano bench at home, Jason grew up performing with Floyd at his concerts and on national TV, and though he was only 12 years old when Floyd passed away, the close relationship they shared formed the foundation upon which Jason has built his own career in music.

Jason made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17, and two years later, he was given the honor of playing for the Medallion Ceremony recognizing Floyd’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then, he has spent his career in the studio and on stage producing a collection of his own piano albums and touring the country, playing at concerts that pay tribute to his grandfather’s enduring legacy and signature piano style.

A Nashville native, Jason makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Natalie, and their new baby boy, Avery Cramer.

 

 


THE CHROME WHEELSJul & The Chrome Wheels

Let’s Have Some Fun with The Chrome Wheels

This duo from Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, is all about FUN! The Chrome Wheels band has been performing together for 13 years, all over the U.S.A., bringing smiles to fans with a diverse collection of songs from classic artists such as Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Johnny Cash, CCR, and the Eagles, newer artists like Blake Shelton, Chris Janson, Bruno Mars, Adele , Zac Brown and George Strait, and everything in between. Whether you like to dance and sing, or just sit back and enjoy the show, you are going to love this act!

In the summertime, you can find them in Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and on the beaches of Delaware. Winter takes them to South Padre Island and the Rio Grande Valley, where they will perform almost 100 shows for Winter Texans during the 2017-2018 season.

LET’S HAVE SOME FUN with The Chrome Wheels! For calendar information, check out thechromewheelsband.com

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