TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series to host Lubbock Lights on April 7 | KLBK | KAMC

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:

Texas Tech University’s Presidential Lecture and Performance Series (PLPS) will host the annually scheduled event, Lubbock Lights, on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. at the Allen Theater. This year’s concert is titled “Celebrating the Life & Music of Mac Davis”, a tribute to the local legend who died in 2020.

Launched in 2015 and brought under the PLPS umbrella in 2020, Lubbock Lights is a Texas Tech sponsored event that celebrates the musical heritage of West Texas.

Founded by Lloyd Maines, Andy Wilkinson and former Texas Tech President Duane Nellis, the event shows appreciation for Lubbock artists who have had a significant impact on the music world and highlights the importance of native music of Lubbock and surrounding areas.

This year, the event will bring a true Lubbock legend back to center stage.

“We knew Lubbock Lights would be the perfect way to honor Lubbock-born and raised country singer-songwriter Mac Davis, who died far too soon,” said PLPS Senior Administrator Dóri Bosnyák. “Audience members can expect to hear Davis’ best-known tunes from a variety of local artists, including Junior Vasquez, Jenni Dale Lord, Hannah Jackson, Craig Elliott and many more. The evening will be hosted by Kenny Maines and produced by Don Caldwell. I am sure we will honor Mac Davis as this light from Lubbock deserves.

A country-pop singer, songwriter, and actor, Davis’ early career found success through Nancy Sinatra’s Boot’s Publishing, Inc., and gained international recognition when Elvis Presley recorded his songs “Memories” and ” In the Ghetto”.

(Flyer provided in a Texas Tech University press release)

“The Lubbock Lights concert is an important event celebrating the life and career of one of Lubbock’s most influential artists,” said Curtis Peoples, Lubbock Lights artistic producer and archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, which makes part of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at TexasTech. “With a career spanning seven decades, Davis has written songs that have crossed country and pop and produced hit records for many top artists.”

Davis had his own successful solo career with “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me”, “Stop and Smell the Roses”, “It’s Hard to Be Humble”, and local fan favorite “Texas in My Rear View Mirror”. . He was a Grammy-nominated artist and was named the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Year in 1974.

As an actor, he hosted “The Mac Davis Show” on NBC, appeared on “The Muppet Show” and appeared in numerous films.

General admission is $23 per person. Texas Tech students can participate for free by showing their student ID. To purchase tickets for the event, visit this link.

(Texas Tech University press release)

Angela C. Hale