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Bobby Flores performing

Special to the Courier

Tables for the 2015 Black and Red Ball - slated for Saturday, Feb. 14 - are going fast, according to event Chairman Mary Ann Robbins. The Bandera Community Foundation will host the annual Valentine's Day gala for the first time this year.
"We still have about a dozen tables left. I would urge those who love Valentine's Day and want to celebrate it dancing with your sweetheart to a premiere western swing band to purchase their tables or tickets at Shoe Biz on Main Street as soon as possible," Robbins said.
This year, music will be provided by 2003 Grammy winner Bobby Flores and the six-piece Yellow Rose Band, featuring fiddlers and studio musicians who are the best in the genre of traditional country and western swing.
A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer and composer, Flores has performed on stage and recorded on stag with the legendary late Ray Price. Flores has also shared the stage and recorded with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Red Stegall, among others. Flores is included on the Texas Commission of the Arts touring roster and serves on the board of the TCA.
Flores has also been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame, the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame and the Western Swing Guild Hall of Fame. In addition, the Cowtown Society of Western Swing selected him to receive its "Living Hero" Award.
Currently he has eight CDs available and his music is featured daily on Sirius-XM's program, "Willie's Roadhouse."
"We are fortunate to have secured a band of Bobby Flores' caliber for this year's Black and Red Ball. I know everyone will enjoy the evening, especially with the wonderful food provided by Brick's River Café and the silent and live auctions adding to all the fun," Robbins continued.
"Proceeds from the Black & Red Ball will allow BCF to give grants to nonprofit organizations that make a difference in our community, such as Helping Hand, Boys & Girls Club of Bandera County, Bandera County Library, Arthur Nagel Community Clinic, Bandera County Young Life and Bandera County Meals on Wheels, among others," she added.
Doors to the Farm Country Club, located off FM 2828, open at 6 pm for appetizers with dinner served at 7 pm. Tickets are available at Shoe Biz, 301 Main Street. Telephone is 830-796-8302.