A Very Special First Friday at Grand Stafford Theater

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It’s official! On March 2, Governor Abbott announced that the City of Bryan is now a designated Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office! Bryan will be joining some 30 other Texas cities with this designation, communities that place a premium on music. So this month, at March’s First Friday, the Grand Stafford Theater will host their usual free concert, but this time, you can bet it’ll be rowdy! Come on out to celebrate, holler and stomp along to the music of the Brandon Hodde Band with the Mark Daniel Band, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Of course both bands are native to Texas. Brandon Hodde got his start in the Czech music scene, playing with his grandpa and parents, and then went on to start his own Texas country band. His music is focused on honesty, relatability, energy, and encouraging others to reach for their dreams, and his band has opened for the likes of Kevin Fowler, Bart Crow, and Eli Young Band and Reckless Kelly.

After returning from Army Basic Camp, Aggie class of 2019 Mark Daniel started playing country music in his garage, putting the focus on lyrics that meant something and on “improving somebody’s day three minutes at a time.” The band now combines the influences of guitarist Michael Rodriguez, electric guitarist Greg Snider, and bass player James Robertson for a sound that blends country, blues, and classic rock.

This is truly one of our local historic moments, so come on out to cheer our good fortune and get ready for more music, better music, and a heck of a celebration at this month’s First Friday concert!

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Born in Houston, Sharon made it to Bryan/College Station via Japan, Hawaii, and Washington state. Only curiosity and wanderlust can account for the circuitous route, and she’s pretty thrilled she finally made it back to Texas. Sharon’s work as a freelance writer keeps her on her toes and learning about topics as diverse as glamor and the geosciences and she loves both equally. In addition to Maroon Weekly, Sharon edits all manner of fiction and nonfiction for private clients and also tutors at the Blinn Community College Writing Center. When she’s really lucky, she finds time to improve her Spanish and salsa dancing skills with her three Colombian daughters and grandson.

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