Today is Independence Day in our great nation. It’s also my sister Lisa’s birthday, as well as my husband’s son, Greg Jr. What a great day to have been born on.

Hopefully, you and yours will have a festive day complete with barbecue, fun and, of course, fireworks.

If the weather is keeping you indoors today and you’re looking for a cooler way to enjoy this Fourth of July weekend, then make sure you stop by The Grand 1894 Opera House at 4 p.m. Sunday where The Texas Tenors will present their blend of cowboy charm, country humor and their winning mixture of classical, country, gospel and Broadway tunes at 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

Many remember this trio that features J.C. Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen when they were first introduced to the nation on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009.

Since then, they’ve release four CDs and also have recorded their first PBS special, “The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream,” that debuted this spring in the U.S.

Tickets start at $28 per person. Visit or call 409-765-1894 or 800-821-1894.

Tom Braxton set to perform Sunday

Internationally known jazz musician Tom Braxton will be playing his smooth jazz saxophone at 10 a.m. Sunday at Life Fellowship Church, 2020 Anders Lane, in Kemah.

So, if you’re a lover of jazz music and also want to get your church fix in, too, then this is an event you don’t want to miss

Admission is free and open to the public. Call 832-864-2800.

Galveston County’s

Got Talent

Minister Phillip D. Palmer and Advance Praze is inviting the public to the second annual Galveston County’s Got Talent showcase at 4 p.m. Sunday at the New Beginnings Conference Center, 322 Laurel St., in La Marque.

The event will feature the talents of local singers, praise dancers, mimes, spoken word artists and Christian rappers.

Harrison Guy will be the emcee; Cole Rose, Mark Gordon and yours truly will be the judges.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Music Nite on The Strand

Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears will perform at Music Nite on The Strand from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 12 at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, in Galveston.

The Austin-based band has performed on “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Austin City Limits” and “Later ... with Jools Holland.”

Admission is free, but attendees should take their own lawn chairs — and their dancing shoes.

Get ready to have a boot scootin’ good time

The fourth annual Butler Longhorn Museum’s Boot Scootin’ Longhorn Social will be at 6 p.m. July 12 at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, 2500 S. Shore Harbour Blvd., in League City.

The annual event that benefits the museum, will include a night of dinner, dance, live and silent auctions, entertainment, casino and other surprises.

Tickets are $60 per person through Monday and $75 per person afterward.

Visit or call 281-332-3961 or 281-332-1393.

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