JB and the Moonshine Band to perform at annual Mike White Pasture Roping in DeKalb Friday

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By Allyson Pebsworth
Staff Reporter

JB and the Moonshine Band are coming to our area once again; the band will be playing at the Mike White Invitational Charity Concert and Auction for the Ropin’ Dreams Children on March 25, 2016.
Since the Tribune last spoke with the band, they have been keeping busy with live shows on the weekends, still promoting their newest album Mixtape, and have been taking some much needed time to spend with family during the week.
Bass player, Chris Flores and his wife Brooke recently added to their family with the birth of their baby girl, Scout.
When not playing family man, the members of the band are promoting their records and working on new music.
Their newest promotion, “Rock the Range” has proven to be a great success so far. Every time the band plays a show, they reach out to local gun ranges and invite fans to join them for a shoot meet and greet. Visiting, talking, shooting, and maybe even playing some music with the fans is more than fun for JB and he states, “I’m so proud to be a part of it.”
Getting to play at the Mike White Charity Concert came about through a series of phone calls through a connection of friends, this led to an, “Amazing opportunity. It’s a great honor that we get to play it,” JB, front man for JB and the Moonshine Band.
Previously, JB was recorded as believing that all venues, regardless of the size of the crowd, have their own characteristics, but the shows played where the energy is high and people are enjoying themselves, are the concerts that seem to be the most fun to play.
That belief still holds true and JB says the band is excited and even honored to play in DeKalb in support of the Mike White events and Ropin’ Dreams. While they love and prefer to play in small towns, it’s more work to get people to come due to the percentage of people in town that are aware of the show. “Getting 400 people to attend a show in Plano is great, but if we could get 400 people in DeKalb, it would be spectacular!”
JB and the rest of the band are excited to play at the event and get to share music they have written over the past seven years. The band is just like everyone else and they love to have a good time playing for people who enjoy their music.
When asked if he had anything to say to readers, JB simply stated that he would like people to, “Rally behind it and make it a good event. It’s important. What else are you gonna be doing? Come on out and support a good cause, have fun with friends and hear good music.”
There will be a silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. and a live auction the same night beginning at 7:30 p.m. at DeKalb Industrial Park, DeKalb, Texas. Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. with a $10 general admission for each guest. Food booths will be available serving Game Changers chopped brisket and Lil Macks Cajun crawfish. Tickets for the event are already available at Jody’s Flowers in DeKalb, Texas.
The following day, March 26, the 7th annual Mike White Easter Egg Hunt will commence at 2 p.m. at the DeKalb Industrial Park with participants urged to be there by 1:30 p.m. There will be a $5 gate fee with children age 10 and under gaining free admission. 50 prize baskets and 5,000 eggs will be given away with six grand prizes, two for each category offered.
On both days of the festivity weekend, Open to the World and the #12 pasture roping will begin at 9 a.m. each day with books being opened at 8 a.m. The stakes are higher this year with $20,000 being added to the prize money.
All proceeds from the gates over the weekend will benefit Ropin’ Dreams so come help make a difference in the lives of the children.
For more information on the Mike White events, visit mwroping.com or call Wendy LaVergne at (903) 276-4949. If you would like more information on JB and the Moonshine Band, visit their official website at www.JBandtheMoonshineBand.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 

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