MARSHALL — The city of Marshall has announced it has been officially recognized as Texas Music Friendly by the governor’s office, with a reception planned Jan. 13.
City Tourism Director Dan Duke said the city began to look into applying for the recognition in 2022, forming a committee of interested community members who worked to engage with the governor’s office in completing the process.
The board members met state requirements, including going through workshops and attending conferences. Board member Steven McFarland joined Duke a few months ago as the two attended a Dallas-based Texas Music Friendly conference and received confirmation that Marshall will receive the honor.
“It’s important because in my opinion music is the thing that bring people together. It always brings people together no matter who they are or what demographic they are from,” Duke said. “It also draws on our history here with boogie woogie. Marshall has always been a music town.”
Representatives from the governor’s office are set to attend the Jan. 13 event at the Marshall Convention Center.
Tickets are on sale for $45 and include dinner catered by Bear Creek Smokehouse as well as admission to the four planned performances for the evening.
Pepper Holt, Wes Jeans and Jake Williams are set to perform during the event, with Trace Ellington as the headliner.
Ellington, Duke Ellington’s grandson, will perform music comparable to Sly and The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix.
“As a branch of the Ellington family tree, Trace is blessed with a diverse heritage that serves as a strong foundation for his music. His multi-talents as a singer, songwriter, and producer only enhances his unique compilations. In addition, Trace’s commanding stage presence is supported by his mastery of various instruments including keyboard, drum, guitar and bass,” according to the city.
Duke added that the event will feature a dance floor, and drinks will be available for purchase.
To purchase tickets, visit the city of Marshall Eventbrite page.
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