Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Friends Longneck Road Opening for Django Walker

Longneck Road features, from left, Ron Arceneaux,
Robert Arena, Dick LeMasters and Miles Sykes

Stolen from the Port Arthur News article by By Darragh Doiron...

Boys’ Haven’s biggest fund raiser of the year has a new name.

The Boys' Haven Food & Music Festival, formerly known as the Boys’ Haven Crawfish Festival, will help keep the center open for young boys in need. Music from The Bryce Shaver Band, Cajun Harmony, Still Cruisin', Longneck Road and Django Walker will highlight the affair, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Ford Park Pavilion off Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Jim Ferrell, the center’s development and business manager, said.

The affair will include Boys’ Haven’s “famous” crawfish dinners with corn and potatoes, pork-ka-bobs, boudain, roasted corn, barbecue and funnel cakes. Tickets are $8 in advance from FastLane stores and $10 at the gate.

A youth play area, games, face painting and a car show will make for family fun, Ferrell said. For information or sponsorship information call Robert Pate Ferrell at 833-5060, or visit

Django Walker is son of Texas music legend Jerry Jeff Walker. He will take the stage from 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. Local band Longneck Road will take the stage around 7:40 p.m. to warm up for Walker.

Longneck Road members call their music “Texas Rock,” a blend of rock, Texas Country, blues and boogie. The band mixes its original music with covers of Jimi Hendrix, Steve Earle, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and even the occasional Johnny Cash song.

Members say they’re excited to play the same bill as Walker.

“Having grown up listening to Jerry Jeff, opening up for Django Walker is certainly an honor,” said Dick LeMasters, singer and songwriter for Longneck Road.

Ron Arceneaux, bass player for Longneck Road, has performed at shows with Walker in the past.

“Opening for Django back in 2005 at Texas GatorFest was an awesome experience,” Arceneaux said. “He’s really an inspired writer in the Lone Star music tradition and reaches across many genres having been influenced by Tom Petty and Coldplay.”

Drummer Robert Arena and lead guitar player Miles Sykes round out the lineup of Longneck Road, which was formed in early 2008 in Beaumont. The focus of the band has been on perfecting and performing original music, and events such as the Boys Haven festival are ideal, members say.

“We have a great time playing at events like this,” said Arena. The band is quick to thank the directors of Boys Haven for featuring Longneck Road in this year’s lineup.

“Robert Pate, who handled the music lineup, was great to deal with, and we all really appreciate him including us in the show,” Sykes said

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