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16 Mar 12 Texas Music Awards Next Weekend in Linden

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The 10th Annual Texas Music Awards will return to Linden Saturday, March 24, at the area’s newest venue, The Texas Music Barn, located inside the partially renovated Academy of Texas Music

Building at 301 E. Houston St.

This will be the fourth sho

w in Linden, as the city was host in 2006 and 2007 prior to being named as the permanent home in 2011.

The Academy of Texas Music World Headquarters Building, still under renovation by volunteers, is now the permanent home of the annual show, which is not only a high energy awards presentation show, but is the major fundraising event each year for the non-profit academy.

The funds raised are used to further the academy’s efforts toward music education programs, scholarships, recognition projects, and benevolence programs for musicians in need.

The show will have a festival-type feel this year, as there will be additional stages at the Tin Star Steakhouse and at the corner of Rush and Kaufman streets downtown. There will be vendors around the downtown stage.

“We want the community to be involved because we know how much it benefits Linden’s eventual goal of becoming a major musical marketplace,” said Lucky Boyd, co-founder of the academy. “The building, however, belongs to all of Texas with musicians and fans alike from all over the state being involved in the exciting growth process.”

Boyd says the seating capacity in the academy building is quite small, but there are ways around that obstacle, including presenting the show in segments during an all day event.

In addition to the free concerts inside the Tin Star Steakhouse from noon until 6 p.m. and the free outdoor concerts around the courthouse square, the after-party at Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club in Jefferson will also be free of admission costs. The party begins at 6 p.m. and will continue until 1 a.m.

The merchandise area will be inside The Armadillo Freight Company at 119 E. Houston, formerly known as the Tanner’s Mercantile building. Fans may purchase tickets to the show, souvenirs, and music by the award nominees.

The academy building, when finished, will house a concert hall, a gift shop, a small museum and library devoted to Texas music, a recording studio, a rehearsal hall, and lodging for touring musicians. There will also be an interactive training space in the venue that will benefit the community in many ways, Boyd said.

Tickets are $10, plus fees, per segment and there are three segments.

For the schedule and ticket information, visit www.texasmusicawards.org or phone 800-959-5796. Interested vendors should contact Alicia Taylor at 903-665-8144.

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