Texas music legend Jimmy LaFave and North Texas-born songstress Emily Elbert will come together for Texas Rangers announcer Eric Nadel’s Fourth Annual birthday benefit concert. Handpicked by Nadel, LaFave and Elbert are two Texas originals who will provide an unforgettable night to raise money and awareness for Focus on Teens, a local charity serving homeless young people in our community.
The concert will be LaFave’s first-ever first headlining gig at the Kessler. Born in Wills Point, LaFave has been a Dallas favorite since his 1992 CD, Austin Skyline, featuring his classic rendition of "Walk Away Renee.” He has since delivered a long line of unforgettable originals and covers. He has recorded 15 albums and his 2007 release, Cimarron Manifesto, reached the No. 1 mark on the Americana Music Association album chart.
Elbert was the first performer to take the Kessler stage when it opened as a concert venue five years ago. A graduate of Coppell High School and the Berklee School of Music, the nomadic songstress has journeyed solo around the world, playing close to 1,000 shows from Peru to Palestine. These diverse experiences are reflected in her musical style, an uplifting blend drawing inspiration from the depths of soul, folk, funk, and bossa nova.
In addition to the concert, the event will feature a silent auction with a variety of packages including the opportunity to sit with Nadel as he announces a Texas Rangers game, a signed photo of the Rangers’ 2010 American League pennant-clinching moment with Nadel’s handwritten score sheet and autographed items from some of baseball's biggest stars. Before the concert begins, event sponsors will have the opportunity to mingle with Nadel and the artists at a VIP party in the Kessler’s private lounge.