Saturday night: Jon Christopher Davis playing at Eclair Bistro Martini Lounge in #McKinneyTX

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Vote today for McKinney Main Street and MPAC in national competition; Historic Good Times in Downtown McKinney

Vote to secure grant funding to help maintain McKinney Performing Arts Center
McKinney’s Main Street program has been named a participant of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign.

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The public is encouraged to vote daily at to help Main Street McKinney secure $150,000 in grant funding to “Polish Our Gem” and help maintain the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

MPAC is the only building nominated in Texas and the only courtroom-turned-theater in the running, making this a truly unique opportunity for McKinney.

The online voting portal, hosted by National Geographic Travel, is open through Oct. 31. You may vote up to five times each day.

Historic Good Times in Downtown McKinney
Main Street McKinney will host an open house event for the public on Oct. 6-7 called Historic Good Times in Downtown McKinney. Weekend activities include:

Friday, Oct. 6: A free concert with Maylee and the Mayor along with special guest Jon Christopher Davis. Maylee Thomas and Mayor George Fuller will rock the Courtroom Theater with lots of fun giveaways. Reservations requested.

Saturday, Oct. 7: Head downtown for the block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and enjoy free entertainment, food and activities. There will be no street closures—all activities will occur on the MPAC lawn.

At 8 p.m., laugh along with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, an all-improvised comedy show where every song is fresh, every scene is new and every night is different. Tickets are $15-25.

🙂 Encourage your best friends by challenging them to a friendly contest with you to see which of you can vote the most in the next five days! Your votes this week could make a difference in supporting McKinney’s hometown way of life – Brian Bearden

VOTE NOW at to help Main Street McKinney secure $150,000 in grant funding to “Polish Our Gem” and help maintain the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC).



Jon Christopher Davis back on stage Saturday for McKinney TX Downtown Music Series

The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will host Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney Downtown Music Series this summer as three must-see concerts hit the stage of the Courtroom Theater.

Roots Revival, Saturday, July 19
Singer-songwriter Jon Christopher Davis brings the Saturday night shindig to downtown McKinney. Featured artists include the blues and gospel sounds of Nashville’s Mike Farris and Texaco Country Music Showdown winner Crystal Yates. Tickets: $18

Dailey & Vincent, Saturday, Aug. 23
Dailey & Vincent’s powerful vocal blends, four award-winning studio albums and heavy touring schedule have gained them attention from bluegrass, country and gospel critics and fans alike. Tickets: $35

Clint Black, Wednesday, Aug. 27
As one of country music’s brightest stars, Clint Black has transcended genres throughout his long career to become one of the most successful artists in the music industry, selling more than 20 million albums worldwide. Tickets: $60–75 (limited tickets available)

All shows begin at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.

Music under the stars at Wales Manor Dec. 1

Saturday, December 1st. 7 to 10:15 pm
 Music Under The Stars 
Jon Christopher Davis!

Wales Manor and MANY others believe he is 
the most dynamic alternative country singer-songwriter in Texas.
Bring a lawn chair (winery tables/chairs are limited and go fast!)
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Business roundup: Perry, Bush headline events

Photo courtesy of Governor’s office: Gov. Rick Perry attended the Plano
 Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon to discuss the Texas
Budget Compact, composed of five key principles for a stronger Texas,
and to address the health of Texas’ economy. The governor met with local
business leaders during a roundtable discussion before the luncheon
 to listen to their concerns and get feedback on how to maintain
 the state’s competitive economic edge.

Gov. Rick Perry said “People know this is the place to come find a job” when he met with the Plano Chamber of Commerce for lunch on Wednesday. Plano Mayor Phil Dyer introduced and praised Perry for making Texas a leader in job creation and business.

Gov. Perry said, “People know this is the place to come find a job. People are moving to Texas because they know what’s going on here.”

Gov. Perry said, “It is imperative we remain committed to the sound conservative values that have brought us to where we are today.”

Perry said even though Texans all don’t ride horses to work or all have oil wells in their backyard that companies still want to move into the state. The quarterly luncheon was sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

Another former Texas Governor, former President George W. Bush, will be the keynoter at the Mm Ee Ff 20th Anniversary Gala on April 21 at the Collin County Regional Airport. The event starts at 6 p.m. Reporter Steve Stoler will be the emcee when the former world leader addresses the McKinney Education Foundation event. Jon Christopher Davis and Lone Star Attitude will be performing, too.

Harry Whalen, who has nearly 40 years experience in bringing in business, has started in his new job as executive director of the Allen Economic Development Corp. He was previously with the Caldwell County, N.C., Economic Development Commission. Caldwell is northwest of Charlotte and northeast of Asheville.

Allen Economic Development Commission chair Tim Wood said, “We have grown into a desirable destination to relocate and have the infrastructure in place to accommodate a wide variety of developments.”

To take a look at Caldwell County’s EDC, click on

Tootie Pie Gourmet Cafe will be joining the lineup at The Villages of Allen on Stacy Road. The cafe is also in Frisco.

Richardson city secretary Pam Schmidt is retiring at the end of April. She said, “It has been a very gratifying experience to be able to work here in the city of Richardson. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work in this community, and with the many members of the city council and management team.”

Thomas Hall has been appointed as CEO of First Choice Emergency Room. He was chairman, CEO and president of NovaMed. Rick Covert, founder of First Choice Emergency Room, will be on the board of directors of the company. First Choice has locations at 2401 Preston Road in Plano and 211 East FM 544 in Murphy. Info:

Celina Chamber CEO/President Jeran Akers is on a leave of absence to run for state representative of Allen, Plano and Richardson in District 67. Celina Travel owner Tracy Fiers said, “Jeran’s ability to connect with the people of Celina was nothing short of amazing.” Akers, a former Plano mayor, won the Texas Tea Party straw poll, the first to include all five candidates in the race for Texas House District 67 with 42 percent of the vote:

The Celina Balloon Festival has announced Oct. 26-27 as the 2012 dates. … Blockbuster’s distribution center in McKinney will be closing in May, ending nearly 200 jobs. … The Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce has started accepting applications for its Executive Director position. The job is for 20 hours a week.

The 37th annual Germanfest will be northwest of Dallas in Muenster, Texas, April 27-29. For more info, click on

If you love Shelby Cobras, look for them this summer for a 50th anniversary celebration at Legacy Texas Bank in Plano. The Shelby family has a big ownership stake in the bank.

Plano Mayor Phil Dyer, the bank president of Legacy Texas Bank, stated, “We are delighted to help bring the Shelby American Tour to North Texas and to host this extraordinary celebration of auto innovation. This is a unique opportunity for serious collectors, as well as those who simply appreciate the Shelby tradition of quality, to get a close up view of some extremely rare Shelby models.

Mayor Dyer said, “The 50th Anniversary Tour has an even deeper meaning for our bank for two significant reasons. Our long-time association with and respect for the Shelby family, and the fact that the Shelby show coincides with the kickoff of the bank’s 50th year make it a very special event for us and for our community.”
– Brian Bearden

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Music scene heats up in McKinney
McKinney has become somewhat of a haven for singer-songwriters and a regular nightlife staple in the Dallas area for live music enthusiasts.A couple of McKinney residents (Zane Williams and Jon Christopher Davis) and venues (Cadillac Pizza Pub and Wales Manor Vineyard & Winery) are even among those being featured on this fall’s new nationally-syndicated TV show, “Troubadour, TX.” The show follows a handful of Texas singer-songwriters, showing their lives at home, in the studio and on-stage.
(Interesting tidbit: The show’s supervising producer also lives in McKinney and sometimes doubles as cameraman for the show.)

Zane Williams is the winner of a number of songwriting awards and has opened for a nice list of touring performers.

Jon Christopher Davis, whose songs have been recorded by a number of Nashville recording artists, also had a composition of his selected as the national theme song for the American Heart Association’s “Relay for Life,” also penned the song, “Texas,” that was selected as the theme of the State of Texas Tourism Department. Both of these accomplished men have developed extensive followings and regularly perform here at home at both Cadillac and Wales Manor, among all the other venues and studios around the country where they perform.

Crystal and Will Yates

The next up-and-coming singer-songwriter to perform at Wales Manor (a venue that only brings singer-songwriters to its stages) will be Crystal Yates, a native Floridian who moved to McKinney with her husband-manager Will and their son a couple years ago. Yates just released her first CD as a McKinney-ite, holding the release party at another popular live music venue in McKinney, Café Malaga. The songs on the CD, “Love Wins,” are all original compositions written primarily by Yates and her mentor (a Dove Award winner) Jennie Riddle, another McKinney resident, one whose family is quite prolific in the music scene. (Her daughter Emily Riddle also just released a CD this month, and the Riddle and Yates families together started New Nation Music, a musical ministry, in 2009.) Yates will be performing in a free concert at Wales Manor on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.

Williams’ next performance in McKinney will be part of the same two-day festival in which Yates is performing; he’ll take the stage adjacent to Chestnut Square on Friday at 7:50 p.m. This weekend’s Music in Motion, is an inaugural event presented by fledgling non-profit Arts & Music Guild of McKinney, and the brainchild of the guild’s founder, artist Anne Royer. For two nights, a wide variety of area musicians will perform on stages in and around Chestnut Square Historic Village as well as the usual live music venues in town. Another popular and long-time McKinney singer-songwriter, Maylee Thomas, will also take part in Music in Motion, performing in Adriatica Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m.

The music attendees will hear both nights of the festival include a variety of jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, funk, and even big band, compliments of McKinney Community Band’s Dance Band on Saturday at 7 p.m. (The community band’s flute choir is also on the festival schedule, appearing Friday at 6:45 p.m. on the patio at Chestnut Square.)

McKinney’s sizable community of visual artists will also be on-hand to display and create their art during the concerts at Chestnut Square and the adjacent “green” to the north of the square where the main stages will be located. The complete list of all the artists, both performing and visual, is available from the festival website ( Admission is $10 on Friday night ($5 for students, veterans and seniors). Saturday night’s concerts have no cover charge. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, as will hot dogs and pizza.

Whatever your favorite type of music, you’ll find it in McKinney, Texas, just about any night of the week and certainly this weekend!

As always, you can learn more about McKinney’s entertainment and live music scene by visiting and by loading our free Visit McKinney Texas Smartphone app.

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