Great entertainment! Dancing!

The 24th 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 and a variety of square dancing, line dancing and good ol' country western dancing in the ballroom - you best put on your dancing shoes for this year's event!  The Winter Texan Expo will be held January 17-18, 2017 at the McAllen Convention Center from 9 am - 3 pm and is presented by South Texas Health System. 

Dance Hall – Jan 17

9:30 to 11 – Line Dancing with Donna Myers

11:30 to 1 – Square Dancing with Lynn Nelson

1:30 to 3 – Dancing with Route 66

Entertainment Main Stage – Jan 17

9:30 – Williamson Branch

11:00 – J C Harrison

12:30 – Pelican West

2:00 – Gold Wing Express

Dance Hall – Jan 18

9:30 to 11:00  – Line Dancing with Jo Ann Sullivan & Hilda Cohen

11:30 to 1:00  – Square Dancing with Ron Betzelberger

1:30 to 3:00  – Dancing with Steven May

Entertainment Main Stage – Jan 18

9:30 –  Farnum Family

11:00 – Bill Chrastil

12:30 – Wade Benson Landry & Teresa

2:00 –  Richard Lynch Band

JC Harrison

JC was raised in a family where music played a very important role.  He was influenced at a very young age by his musical surroundings.  At the age of 10 he discovered his love for the guitar.  He began working with horses at the age of 15 and realized his passion for American Country Music.  He was inspired by country greats as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Hank Williams, Clint Black, Alabama and many more.  He worked diligently to achieve his biggest dream of becoming a country music performer.

His career became a reality at the age of 25 when he began performing in Quebec.  The audience applauded him as a true country star.  This gave him the confidence to take his musical talent to Nashville.  His first recording session in 2001 was an instant success with the music fans of Quebec.  His self produced album called “Deeper in Love” was named English album of the year in 2002.  During the same year, JC received the entertainer of the year award, and his son “Mexican Vacation” was named song of the year.

In 2003 JC did his first appearance as the old Hank with a Hank Williams Sr. Tribute on the 50th anniversary of his death.  He continues this tribute as well as a tribute to Johnny Cash which is a must see.

In 2015 he began touring in the Rio Grande Valley and has a full schedule for 2016.  JC’s popularity is growing every day.  A lot of fans even call him Mr. Country.

 

Goldwing Express

Gold Wing Express is a family band from Oklahoma, who now resides in Missouri. Bob (Pop) plays mandolin, sings, & throws in great comedy throughout their shows. Paul, the eldest son plays guitar, sings lead & tenor vocals. Steve, the middle son plays banjo & dobro, sings lead & baritone vocals.  Shawn, the youngest son plays bass & some fiddle, sings lead & bass vocals. The 3 sons are Native American as well; their Mom was Full Blooded Creek Indian from Okmulgee Oklahoma. They are proud of their heritage & you can see proof of that in their shows. The 4 are wonderful individuals and as a band they are great entertainers & musicians. A Gold Wing Express Show is definitely something worth seeing!

417-294-0466

www.goldwingexpress.net
 

Pelican West

Pelican West is the premier live musical show / dance band in the Valley.  Their attention to detail, an extensive songlist and a experienced understanding of their audience makes Pelican West a must see event this Winter Texan season!!

“We have worked hard all summer on brand new material and presentation for the 2017 shows for our Winter Texan friends”   With special guest Kevin Rich on Trombone & Jeff Crocker on vocals, RetroActive 4 will have a lot of new music and surprises and is sure to be a hit this season. 

Call 956-778-8282  for reservations and information on their shows.  See you there!!

Bill Chastril

Winter Texans voted Bill Chrastil 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year. Bill is a well versed artist with a high energy show that leaves his audiences mesmerized. He has been performing on a full time basis since 1983. In addition to a superb voice he is also a songwriter, producer, and an instrumentalist which consists of playing the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and harmonica. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.

The Bill Chrastil Show infuses hits from the 50’s/60’s, Country, Classic Rock, and his Original Songs with a little humor and audience involvement added on. The well-known segment of his high-performing show is his salute to music legend, Elvis Presley. 

Bill has performed at well-known theatres, fairs, casinos, corporate events, church functions and resorts, spanning multiple countries.

Richard Lynch Band

Richard Lynch is an American country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. The sounds of Richard Lynch are reminiscent of the classics that started it all. The same passion and raw truth that fueled the likes of Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Hank Williams is sewn into the fabric of Richard Lynch. In a world of fabricated country stars, Richard Lynch stands out in the crowd as a proud member of the last of a dying breed, the pure country music artist. His rock solid country roots span 3 decades, it comes up with the sun each morning, and it settles in the music he writes and the songs he sings.. The spirit of Richard Lynch is that which is attached to the working man's soul. It's real and it's timeless. It's country, the way country was meant to be.

Backed by a group of hand selected country musicians, the Richard Lynch Band performs a wide variety of music for the true traditionalist. Ranging from pure country, western swing, rockabilly, outlaw country, and hard driving honky tonk, a Richard Lynch performance will surely warm your country soul.


Route 66 Band

Rick Gomez started Route 66 in February 2005.  Rich is the owner and manager of Route 66 which is based out of McAllen.

Route 66 plays predominantly classic country music with some classic rock.   On requested they can play some Tejano music.  This versatile band will accommodate any RV park, club, bar or private engagement by playing either 100% country music or 100% classic rock, or a combination of both country and rock.  Route 66 will also play Tejano music when requested, for such occasions as weddings, backyard parties or private engagements.

Since Route 66 started in 2005, it has performed at numerous Winter Texan RV parks and clubs throughout the Rio Grande Valley.  Route 66 has also played annually at the City of Hidalgo’s BorderFest.  Route 66 is also available for private engagements, including birthday parties, anniversary parties, fundraisers, social events and weddings.

For information, contact Rick Gomez at 956-905-9060, or by email at rick_gomez@yahoo.com.

Ron & Jan Betzelberger

From Lincoln, IL. and Alamo TX. have been     square dancing since 1976. Ron started calling and teaching in 1980. They have been round dancing since 1982. In 2004 they started teaching rounds, filling the void of round dance leadership in central Illinois. They travel throughout Illinois and adjacent states calling MS and PLUS and cueing PH II, III & IV. They have donated their time and talent doing hundreds of FUN NIGHT programs which includes introduction to square and round dancing for churches, schools and civic organizations. Hundreds of couples have learned the joy of dancing through their efforts.

In recent years they have been wintering in the Rio Grande Valley where Ron calls and teaches at  the Alamo Palms RV & Mobile Park in Alamo, TX. They have attended many national and state conventions with Ron being the round dance program chairman for the Illinois State Convention in 2008, 2010 & 2011. They have written several round dances that can be seen on the www. Look for: Cue Sheets From All Over and rjbetzelberger@comcast.net

Ron and Jan were married in 1964 and have two children and six grandchildren. Ron is a private pilot and they fly their Cessna Skyhawk regularly to visit family and friends. They are active members of the Jefferson Street Christian Church and sing in the choir. They are members of the American Callers Association, Lincoln Elks Club, Lincoln Kiwanis Club and the Lincoln Park and Recreation Organization.



Wade Benson Landry

Wade Benson Landry is a master of his stringed instrument and brings a variety of Country, Western Swing, Blues and Gospel music to life with his influence of toe tappin’ Cajun variations.  A native Cajun from Abbeville, Louisiana where at an early age he began singing and playing drums, fiddle and guitar.  He quickly established a great versatility for playing different styles of music. 

After twice winning the title of “Louisiana State Fiddle Champion” he made his way to Nashville, Tennessee where he became a featured performer with some of the greats in Country Music such as:  Jimmy C. Newman, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dottie West, Jean Sheperd, Mel Tillis, Hank Thompson, The Texas Playboys and many more.

Along the way the credits have added up with years of appearances on The Grand Ole Opry and touring the world entertaining at major venues such as:  Carnegie Hall and The Wembley Country Music Festival in London where his performance landed him a whopping 5 encores!

Landry is something of a comedian and regales his audiences with hilarious antics and stories that will add to the incredible time you will have at his performances.  He has the ability to connect with the audiences and bring the culture and fun of Louisiana to any stage with his music and showmanship.

These days Wade performs with his wife, Teresa Bowe Landry, in their own show “Swingin’ Cajun Style”at The Wheelhouse Restaurant in Branson, Mo.  The “National Traditional Country Music Association” recently inducted Wade into “America’s Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame”. Wade and Teresa also tour the Rio Grande Valley in the winter.

Steven May and the Southern Knights

The Rio Grande Valley’s premier country & western band with a taste of Rock n’ Roll, Steven May and the Southern Knights will have you dancing the night away. 

I started playing my Dad’s guitar at the age of 13.  My dad played songs such as “Honky Tonk” and “Folsom Prison Blues” and showed me the basic chords and I just kind of ran with it.  With only the chords, and no music sheets, I taught myself and play by ear.  It wasn’t long until my Aunt Doris bought me a guitar of my own and I was then able to play along with my father while my mother sang.

My influences are Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, George Strait, The Eagles, The Ventures, and 50’s oldies.  I formed a band around 1992 and have been playing and singing ever since.  My band was the house band at the Best Western in Weslaco for several years.  Today I currently perform as a three piece band, myself on Guitar/lead vocals, Steven Waggoner on Drums/vocals and Ron Harrington on Piano/Bass/vocals.  We play at various parks throughout the Valley as well as private parties and special events.  If you like great country music, a talented singer and a fabulous band go see Steven May and the Southern Knights.


Donna Myers

Donna Myers is a line dance instructor in Harlingen.  She teaches at Sunshine Country Club Estates and Tropic Winds RV Resort.  Donna has been teaching line dancing for 10 years. Donna and her husband, Don, have a home in Sunshine CC Estates where they spend the majority of the year.  They have spent the last four summers in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  Donna learns new dances in New Mexico and brings them back to Texas.  She has attended many workshops and jamborees in both states.

Donna is from St. Louis, Missouri.  She majored in vocational home economics at Southeast Missouri State University.  Donna and Don were full time RVers for eight years and were work-campers most of that time.  She leads a group of line dancers called the Rio Grande Valley Kickers.  The group’s members are from various cities in the Valley, from South Padre Island to Weslaco.   The group enjoys dancing throughout the Valley at various venues and also south of the border in Progreso.


Lynn Nelson

Lynn began square dancing in 1989, shortly after moving to Kansas City, KS, after being raised in central Illinois.  She was first introduced to square dancing in grade school and it was something she had always wanted to do.  In 1996, she decided she would like to try calling and has now been calling enthusiastically for a little over 20 years.  She has a home program in Kansas City and also calls in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, across Kansas and in the Rio Grande Valley.  She enjoys all the people the activity brings her in contact with and especially enjoys sharing the activity with new people through private parties, demos at nursing homes and schools and lessons. She has taught at least 1 class a year since she began.  In 2014, Lynn was awarded the Caller of the Year and was entered into the Heart of America Federation Caller Hall of Fame, an award she is extremely proud of.



JoAnn Sullivan & Hilda Cohen

The friendship of JoAnn Sullivan and Hilda Cohen began in Rochester, New York.  JoAnn is a retired music teacher of 31 years.  Following retirement became an aerobics instructor at the YMCA in Rochester and also began her career as a country western line and couples instructor.  Hilda began teaching country western line and couples dancing in 1991 in several venues in Rochester as well as teaching on cruise ships.

JoAnn started traveling to the valley in 1995 and taught both line and couples dancing at the former Twin Palms Park.  Hilda began coming to the valley in 2002 and together the two have given several workshops through the years in both line and couples dancing at Hillbilly’s dance hall in McAllen.  Currently JoAnn teaches at Winter Ranch Resort and Hilda teaches at Tropic Star Resort.



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