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It's pickin', grinnin' & awardin' time again

By Mary Allyce Special to the Courier

Pictured: Loyd Bonham always has a firm hand on his guitar. This year, the versatile Loyd Bonham Band, winners of Duo-Group award, will anchor the musical show, slated for 3 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, Oct. 27, at the ninth annual Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame award ceremony.

When the Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame stages its ninth annual award ceremony from 3 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Silver Sage Community Center, it will be a celebration of both old and new.
Over 50 musicians and venues have been honored by Bandera Music Hall of Fame since it recognized Arkey Blue as the first Living Legend in 2005. Organized in 2004, the music hall of fame was created to honor local musicians by recording and preserving the history of Bandera Music. Seed money from the Bandera County Library and the Friends of The Library helped launch the project and in the nine years since its inception, the hall of fame has grown into a financially free-standing voting membership with both a Hall of Fame and an annual awarding agency.
This year, the Duo-Group winners, the versatile Loyd Bonham Band, will anchor the stage at the Silver Sage, along with performances by 2013 Vocalist Gary Lewis and Musician Mark Wright - both of Arkey Blue's Blue Cowboys Band, as well as a tribute to the late, multi-gifted Lore Orion, Lifetime Achievement and Songwriter.
In keeping with tradition, the headliner spot goes to the voters' choice for a true Living Legend, Walter "Tooter" Ripps. The Silver Sage stage is a familiar place to Lewis, Wright and Ripps, all of whom have performed there at the highly popular Cowboy Capital Opry, held the first Tuesday of each month.
Many traditions familiar to Bandera Music Hall of Fame audiences will continue at the new venue. Libations, soda and water will be available for a donation. Donations will also be accepted at the door, but as always, there is no door charge. The music hall of fame uses the donations for projects such as the electronic jukebox and displays at the library, website, awards and publicity materials. In addition, the year, a first scholarship will be given to a Bandera County college-bound high school student.
Again this year, a signed guitar with gig kit and a signed, limited edition poster, created at Lonesome Dove Design, will be raffled. Raffle tickets are available at the library front desk at three for $5 and at the event. The Bandera Music Hall of Fame is grateful to sponsors, www.banderaradio.com, 11th Street Cowboy Bar, Lowe's Market, Frio and Ben E. Keith distributors. All proceeds benefit the music hall of fame and its projects.
"A new indoor venue, talented, favorite musicians making great Bandera music, and a few surprises all add up to the same high caliber musical afternoon audiences have come to expect," said an event spokesman. "Come to the Silver Sage Community Center at 803 Buck Creek, Bandera, and come early to ensure yourself a seat. The band will begin about 2:45 pm with show time is at 3 pm. Join us!"