[I started my career as an arts/entertainment correspondent for ABC40 Bryan-College Station by covering this story, which is very close to my heart. It was a golden beginning for me and Navasota River Halls, and sweet fruit borne over years of preparation... as history was made in the Brazos Valley...]
Entering Navasota River Halls is like walking into the most extravagant western imagination...
Michael Havens, owner of this grandiose new music venue, had to be pleased with this maiden voyage as his flagship set sail under a full moon with a stellar line-up of entertainment. A grand concept seven years in the making, his 16,000 square foot facility will become a Brazos Valley landmark, sure to give visitors their fix for smoke-free Texas-styled entertainment. I could wax on... but I'll let the pictures and captions tell the story. But for over a hundred delighted music fans, it was a night to store forever in their file for "favorite places," and a place to go back to as often as possible.
Front and center were the Sounds of Nashville, a.k.a. Dan Miller, Brad Davis and Tim May.
It would take some of the best musicians in Nashville such as these to be able to match this stunning new venue... and stand the competition with the awesome surroundings. They held up mighty fine.
This was a monumental, multiple epiphany for Navasota, Texas. Happy local folks the expectant music world finally got to see and experience Haven's vision after watching construction on the edge of town for seven years; The bluegrass community got to discover a fabulous new venue for their genre as The Sounds of Nashville brought their guitar virtuosity to the Brazos Valley.
Younger members of the Armstrong family join the show for the finale.
Almost everyone was glowing with smiles of real joy for the excellent, golden beginnings of what is sure to become a Texas legacy.