Monday, November 16, 2009


Friday, November 20 @ 7:00 pm

BEAUMONT, TX, November 2, 2009 – Spend an evening with three of the best Texas Country Music Legends as Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush and Gene Watson perform for you at Ford Exhibit Hall on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm!

Johnny Rodriguez was the 1st successful Latin American country music singer. His debut album went to #1 on the “Top Country Albums” chart and led to his CMA nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. Over the course of his career, he has released 26 albums and charted 45 singles, with six #1 hits. In 2007, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Johnny Bush began his career working in Willie Nelson’s band, who paid for Bush to cut his first album. He later signed with RCA, where he scored a top ten hit with his song “Whiskey River,” which later became Willie’s signature song. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Gene Watson built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classic country tradition. He has recorded over 20 albums with hits such as “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these Texas Country Music Legends when they come to Ford Exhibit Hall on November 20! Doors are at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Ford Park Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or Ticket prices are $29.50; all seating is general admission.

JASON ALDEAN with guest Luke Bryan coming to Ford Arena

w/ special guest

Saturday, January 29, 2010!

BEAUMONT, TX, September 28, 2009 – SMG, management company of Ford Park, is pleased to announce JASON ALDEAN with guest Luke Bryan coming to Ford Arena on Friday, January 29, 2010!

After selling two million copies of his first two albums, topping the charts with five smash hits, racking up award nominations and hitting every stop on the requisite “new artist” tour circuit for the last three years, country rocker Jason Aldean is running full throttle into 2010 on the momentum of the release of his third album, Wide Open with hits “She’s Country” and “Green Tractor.”

As the title implies, Wide Open celebrates the unlimited opportunities life offers, while recognizing the all-too-familiar speed bumps along the way. “Wide Open is the only way I know how to live,” explains Aldean. “. . . I’m pretty much an open book. I understand there may be hitches along the way, but if I’m in, I’m in no matter what.”

Though known for his unapologetic, southern-rock style, Aldean’s musical influences also reflect the more traditional end of the spectrum.

With a calendar full of dates and a power-packed set anchored with hits and highlighted by new material, Aldean has hit the road the only way conceivable —wide open.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, November 14 @ 10:00 am at Ford Park Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or Ticket prices are $34.75 and $27.75 (additional fees will apply).

About Ford Park

Ford Park is strategically located on Interstate Highway 10 between Houston and Lake Charles and serves a market area of 1.5 million people with-in a one hour drive. Ford Park consists of the 14,000 seat Ford Pavilion, the 8,500

seat Ford Arena – home to the ABA Southeast Texas Mavericks, the 48,000 sq. ft. Ford Exhibit Hall with 8 meeting rooms and a business center, Ford Midway with ag barns & 9-acres of paved festival grounds, Ford Fields with 12 ball diamonds, a Regional Visitors Center, and several other privately developed and managed businesses complimentary to Ford Park. For additional information, visit

Arvest Winterfest to return to Downtown Tulsa


WHERE: Outside BOK Center on Third Street, Between Denver & Frisco Avenues

WHEN: November 27, 2009-January 4, 2010

COST: Free outdoor entertainment
$8.00 (includes skate rental)
$5.00 (with your own skates)
$5.00 (children three and under)

“There is something for the entire family this holiday season at Arvest Winterfest in Downtown Tulsa.
SMG and the BOK Center have made significant enhancements to this year’s festival that are certain to impress you including a much larger ice rink, a wonderful new location, and an even taller Christmas Tree”

- John Bolton, General Manager

Families are invited to ice skate beneath the skyline again this year at Arvest Winterfest, the area’s largest outdoor holiday celebration in Downtown Tulsa. Major enhancements are slated for the festival including a new location, a larger frozen ice surface, an even taller tree, and the addition of a warming and hospitality tent. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s festival, open daily (weather permitting, excluding Christmas) from November 27, 2009 through January 4, 2010.

Arvest Winterfest will move from last year’s confined location on Frisco Avenue to an expansive site on Third Street in front of the BOK Center between Denver and Frisco Avenues. The focal point will be a larger 60’ x 150’ ice rink that will be flanked by a warming tent on one end for parents and spectators to watch skaters in climate-controlled comfort. The ice rink will be open to the public and prices are $8.00 (with skate rental), $5.00 (with your own skates), and $5.00 for children three and under. Group and corporate rates are available.

Just steps from the rink will be Oklahoma’s tallest Christmas Tree. The massive 44’ tree will feature 35,700 glowing lights, 109,534 individual tips, and a diameter at the base of nearly 30 feet. The magically-lit tree will provide an ideal backdrop for perfect holiday photographs.

A variety of outdoor live entertainment is slated for Fridays and Saturdays on the ONEOK Stage during Winterfest. Local nonprofit groups, school choirs and bands, and musicians from area churches will all share the stage.

Winterfest promises something for the entire family whether it’s delicious holiday concessions like gingerbread lattes, Polish sausage, eggnog, or apple cider, or an old-fashioned horse and carriage ride through the streets of downtown.

A variety of weekly promotions are scheduled during the festival. Every Monday, patrons can skate at half price with a donation of a non-perishable can of food to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. On Tuesdays, visitors can skate for only $4.00 with the donation of a new unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army’s holiday toy drive. On Sundays, parents are invited to bring their children to meet “Segway Santa,” a jolly fellow who will make appearances around the plaza from 1:00-4:00PM greeting guests, taking complimentary photographs, and handing out candy canes.

The Tulsa Figure Skating Club, the region’s only organization sanctioned by the United States Figure Skating Association, is scheduled to perform ten exhibitions at the Arvest Ice Rink at Winterfest. The rink will be closed for a half hour on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons as Tulsa's rising figure skating stars take the ice. The public is invited to watch the holiday routines free of charge.

On December 12, the annual PSO Holiday Parade of Lights will take a brand new route through Downtown Tulsa and will proceed down Denver Avenue just in front of Arvest Winterfest. The parade will include a variety of spectacular floats, marching bands, dance teams, and giant helium balloons. Spectators are encouraged to set up chairs on the sidewalks along Denver Avenue and on the front plaza of the BOK Center, and are then invited to enjoy ice skating at Winterfest or the Tulsa Oilers vs. Texas Brahmas hockey game at 7:35PM inside the arena following the parade.

Arvest Winterfest compliments a stellar line-up of shows inside the BOK Center. Tickets are still available for all Tulsa Oilers hockey games, Curious George Live, KISS, Daughtry, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Winterfest 2009 is presented by ARVEST Bank. Live entertainment on the plaza is compliments of ONEOK. Gold sponsors are Flintco, Reasor’s, and Bank of Oklahoma. Silver sponsors include Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, LDF Companies, Doubletree Hotel-Downtown, Borden, Frontier International Trucks, and Mazzio’s. The official media partners are KTUL-TV NewsChannel 8, Tulsa Business Journal, Urban Tulsa Weekly, and Cox Radio, Inc.
A full Arvest Winterfest calendar with prices and daily hours of operation is available online at For more information contact Jeff Nickler, Special Events Manager at (918) 894-4254. For group ice skating rates, please call (918) 894-4242.

Paige Laughlin
Marketing Manager


The Southeast Texas Mavericks will host the Inaugural American Basketball Association’s Tip-Off Classic at the SMG Managed Ford Arena on November 19 and 21, 2009.

The Mavericks will be hosting the top teams in the ABA at the Tip-Off Classic. Defending ABA Champions the Kentucky Bisons will be joining the Mavericks at the Classic along with ABA newcomer the Bluegrass Stallions and another top ranked ABA team the Music City Stars.

The Mavericks’ own 2008-09 ABA MVP and ABA Rookie of the Year DeRon Rutledge and Currye Todd will be featured along with former CBA All-Star and Syracuse University star Josh Pace.

The ABA Defending Champions Bisons will return the outstanding guard tandem of Mike Wells and Mike James. High flying forward Kenny Jones also returns for another season with the Bisons. The Bluegrass Stallions of Lexington, KY will feature former University of Kentucky standout players Wayne Turner and Bobby Perry. The Music City Stars from Nashville, TN will be led by two of the top players on this level of professional basketball in forwards Donte’ Jones and Odell Bradley.
The opening games will have Bluegrass and Music City facing off at 6:00 PM on Thursday night, November 19 and the 8:30 PM nightcap game will have the SETX Mavericks (ranked # 2 in the Pre-Season ABA Power Rankings) hosting the ABA Champion Kentucky Bisons (ranked # 1). Tip-off for the second game will be at 8:30 PM.

The ABA Tip-off Classic will continue on Saturday night, November 21 with a consolation game and championship game at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM respectively.

Tickets start at $8.00 and are On Sale NOW at the Ford Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and Don’t miss the Tip-Off of the ABA season right here in Beaumont, TX at Ford Arena.

For more information on the SETX Mavericks go to: or call 409-951-5500.