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Review: Tom Petty Tribute Show at The Foundry


By John Baggett

“A Tribute to Tom Petty” will be Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 pm. Admission will be $5 at the door.

On October 2, 2017, legendary musician Tom Petty passed away at the age of 66. In honor of his life and career, over 20 local musicians will be paying tribute to the legendary rocker at The Foundry on Saturday, November 18.

The show is the latest in a series of tribute concerts at The Foundry, led by Matt and Megan Magill. It will feature a roster of artists, mostly from Tyler, each performing a song by Petty, including Lauren Alexander, Tim & Deeanda Frost, Big Funky Cloud, The Hotel Drifters and more.

A different tribute concert had been planned for the event, but after Petty’s death, Magill changed the focus of the show.

“We actually had another artist in mind, and just about the time I was going to announce who that artist was going to be, Tom Petty died,” said Magill, who in addition to being a musician, actor, and father, serves as the Director of the Downtown Arts Initiative for The Foundry and worship leader for Bethel Bible Church.

When asked what it is about Petty’s music that is so universally loved, Magill said, “It’s the simplicity. It’s the agenda-free. He’s not trying to rock and change your mind. He’s not trying to rock and convert you. He’s not trying to do anything but rock n’ roll.”

“(Petty) has that smirk to the powers that be that let you know he’s on your side,” said Magill. “That he’s on the side of the outsider, of the outcast or the kid that’s not understood. The kid that got rejected. He’s able to speak to unrequited love and passion and hope in ways that very few artists do.”

The tribute show, like the ones that came before it, will be a mixture of the musical showcase and an old school jam session.

“It’s really a blast,” said Magill. “Everybody does one song for the most part. A few people will get together at soundcheck and realize ‘Hey, I need a drummer” or ‘Can you back me up on the background vocal” or something like that.’ It’s everybody getting together to share. The unity of agreement, because there’s so much disagreement.”

Magill also stated that he thinks “that’s one of the powerful things about these tribute shows, a place that artists can get together and agree with one another and be agreed with. “

With the show taking place in a space owned by Bethel Bible Church, Magill stated the importance of acceptance, “especially in the church.”

“(This is) the opportunity for the church in one little way, or a big way, in my opinion, to come and say ‘we agree that this artist was beautiful and this artist was free. We agree that this artist is a means of grace to us and we are all a little better for having listened,’” said Magill.

The Petty tribute follows in the series of similar concerts that have taken place at The Foundry, which began in the spring of 2015 with the music of Bob Dylan, and as they continually have featured the music of such artists as Willie Nelson, The Eagles, Ray Charles, and most recently, Van Morrison, which Magill stated has been his favorite show to date.





Summer Concert Line-Up thru July

Upcoming Concerts

June 1st (8pm) – Cody Canada & The Departed will be at Moore’s Store in Ben Wheeler. Tickets are available at the door and also at

June 1st (8-11pm) – Country Strong Tour – The Country Strong 2018 Tour with Hillbilly Vegas and Rod Black is coming to Cowboy’s Tyler! Bristol Records recording artists Hillbilly Vegas and Rod Black are currently on their Country Strong 2018 Tour, bringing with them their current singles as well as new and favourite tunes. Get your dance shoes ready! Special Guest opener will be Kevin Jackson. Tickets are $10. Cowboy’s is located at 8374 Paluxy Dr., Tyler.

June 2nd (6pm) – Texas Summer Concert Series: Stoney Larue And Mike Ryan with headliner The Powell Brothers will be at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at Tickets are $20 in advance for general admission and $30 for a Pit Pass.

June 3rd (7pm) – Texas Sunday: Tejas Brothers with the Powell Brothers will be at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at Tickets are $15 for general admission.

June 6th (8pm) – Jason Cassidy will be in concert at Cowboy’s, located at 8374 Paluxy Dr., Tyler. Tickets are available on Facebook @CowboysTyler.

June 17th (4pm) – Texas Sunday: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band with Marty Heddin will be at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at Tickets are $15 for general admission.

June 29th (8pm) – Roger Creager will be in concert at Cowboy’s, located at 8374 Paluxy Dr., Tyler. Tickets are available on Facebook @CowboysTyler.

July 22nd (7pm) – Billy Bob Thornton with Jeremy McCombs will be at Love & War in Lindale. Tickets are available at Tickets are $25 for general admission.

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Enjoy Free Family Concerts in Kilgore This Summer!

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Free Family Concerts in Kilgore:

Fridays After 5 Continues

Fridays After 5 is a Kilgore highlight that takes place the first Friday of June, August and September. It is a free live music concert that takes place under the stars in the beautiful city of Kilgore. The family-friendly concerts are absolutely free. Bring your lawn chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy the festive atmosphere under the derricks.

Friday, June 1st (8pm) – My Jazz Duo – Maryah & Martyn are the two extremely talented musicians that make up, My Jazz Duo. Immerse yourself in some jazz on Friday June 1 when you listen to the beautiful voice of Maryah accompanied on guitar and double bass by Martyn. This will be held at World’s Richest Acre.

Fridays After 5 will not take place in July- instead we will be having the Fourth of July Extravaganza! Free concert and fireworks show in Kilgore City Park from 6pm-10pm on Wed July 4th.

Friday, August 3rd (8pm) – TEAZUR – Are you ready to rock? TEAZUR is all about the music and having a blast, so why not join them and enjoy the energetic performance. TEAZUR is a band formed in early 2006, with musicians who have played in and around the east Texas area for a number of years, playing a variety of original and popular radio played rock music. This will be held at the City Park Amphitheater.

Friday, September 7th (8pm) – The Purple Hulls – The Purple Hulls are a dynamic sister duo who are looking forward to playing for their home crowd. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas and now are an international touring act. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over. This will be held at the City Park Amphitheater.

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October 13th, Award-Winning Band MercyMe in Concert

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October 13th, Award-Winning Band MercyMe in Concert

MercyMe will be in concert at The Oil Palace is October and is guaranteed to sell-out!

Since their debut in 2001, Grammy®-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners, MercyMe has sold more than 8.5 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered 27 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with ‘I Can Only Imagine,’ (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), ‘Here With Me’ (No. 4 AC), ‘Homesick’ (Top 10 AC), and ‘So Long Self.’

Their radio success has continued with recent singles ‘Flawless’ (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and ‘Greater’ (No. 1 for 16 weeks)​, landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard’s 2015 Year End charts.

MercyMe made history in 2014 as ‘I Can Only Imagine’ surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s ‘Word Of God Speak’ the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry’s most notable talents.

They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, CNN, ABC News, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more.

Their most recent project “MercyMe, It’s Christmas!” debuted atop the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and became an instant classic. Their eighth studio release, “Welcome To The New,” garnered Billboard Music Award nominations in all three Christian categories and two Grammy® nods; the album is available in stores now.

Tickets start at $19 and are available at The Oil Palace is located at 10408 State Highway 64 East, Tyler, (903)566-2122.

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