Music Friendly session set for Wednesday

A public meeting with representatives of the governor’s office to show support for the live music industry in Nacogdoches will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about the new Texas Music Office program that seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities.

Brendon Anthony, director of the Texas Music Office within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division, will be present to explain the Music Friendly Community designation and answer questions. Scott Shattuck, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will also be present for the workshop.

“It’s really a party,” says Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Sherry Morgan, who has been checking off a list of requirements for Nacogdoches to be earn a Texas Music Friendly City designation from the governor’s office.

Featuring live music, the event will be held at LugNutz, 5287 US Hwy. 59 S.

“Music Friendly Communities certified by the Texas Music Office are serious about attracting and developing local music industry growth,” Gov. Gregg Abbott said in a statement, “and I’m proud of the work of the Texas Music Office in helping communities like Nacogdoches to grow their local economy.”

Requirements of earning the Music Friendly designation include compiling all community assets such as artists, venues and educational opportunities and setting up a committee to serve as a liaison to the music community.

The designation has thus far been given to eight Texas cities.

LIFT slated to meet Tuesday

A social group for those who have recently lost spouses will meet this Tuesday at Barnhill’s Steak and Buffet.

LIFT, or Living Information For Today, will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the restaurant, 3217 North St. The guest speaker will be Pat Martin with the Nacogdoches Medical Center Volunteer Association. Cost for the meeting and lunch is $10, or free for first-time guests.

For information, call 936-564-7333.

TxDOT: Bridge work continues

Road work related detours on Loop 224 are expected to continue into Tuesday, the Texas Department of Transportation announced.

Construction will include bridge repairs at U.S. 59 South and Highway 21 East, TxDOT states, and drivers will be detoured around ramps to these bridges. Drivers are asked to reduce speed in work zones and watch for signs.

SFA guitar camp set for July 23-26

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division recently announced new dates for Guitar Camp, scheduled July 23 through 26.

Open to ages 10 and up, classes will be from 2 to 3 p.m. daily at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. Camp director will be Larry Greer, who teaches guitar at SFA and Angelina College.

Tuition is $50 and guitar rental is $10. Lessons are provided in rock, country, classical and jazz. Class size is limited to 10 students. Register at www.music.sfasu.edu/prep, or by contacting Music Prep director Pat Barnett at pbarnett@sfasu.edu, 936-468-129l.

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