The Ambassador of Western Swing invites you to a World
Dance with Us for a World Record!
Ambassador of Western Swing is at it again, and this
time with a goal bigger than Texas!
Billy Mata is looking for dancers and sponsors to make a bid for
Guinness World Records® for the most couples dancing to the
official music of Texas, Western Swing.
On May 4, 2013 the record-breaking attempt will take place near
Spring branch, Texas, at historic Anhalt Dancehall, featured in
Texas Monthly magazine in its coverage of the rich tradition of
Texas Dance Halls.
ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE
General Admission $15 per
Reserve Seating for 8 outside area $150
Reserve Seating for 8
inside lower area $175
Reserve Seating 8 inside by dance floor $200
ALL SEATING IS
Contact Joanne for your tickets today
Billy Mata and his band, the Texas Tradition, is excited
to bring this unique opportunity to all Western Swing
Western Swing is uniquely American music born out of the
tradition of hard-working folks gathering on a Saturday
night with a fiddle and the guitar and have a big dance.
In the Depression Era, Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan, Milton
Brown, Spade Cooley and others made it famous by
including cowboy and country-western instruments,
blending in European and Mexican polka styles, even some
New Orleans jazz and taking it to the radio and
community dance halls. It was music with the heart of
the American Southwest, but soon it became a national,
even a worldwide phenomenon.
Billy Mata & the Texas Tradition is a Texas Western
Swing Hall of Fame band in the true tradition of Tommy
Duncan and Bob Wills, led by Billy Mata, the Ambassador
Western Swing. Three-time Academy of Western Artist
Western Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the
Academy's Entertainer of the Year award, Billy Mata
delivers the authentic music and the heart to keep it
“Official State Music of Texas”
Western Swing has recently sprung new roots, finding
interest among new artists and bands who find the music
fun and engaging to play and who notice the smiles on
the faces of the folks who watch them play it. The music
is played all over the world now. It's been a big part
of Texas heritage. Its new popularity helped spark the
Texas Legislature to formally declare Western Swing as
the “Official Music of Texas” in 2011.
Always promoting his love for Western Swing, Billy
Mata's ambassador outreach has included a concert tour
in Poland, feature participation in International Jazz
Festivals including the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, San
Diego Dixieland Jazz Festival, and Victoria Hot Jazz
Festival in British Columbia. He also hosted a Texas
cultural exchange event with Stretch Dawrson and Mending
Hearts, a visiting Western Swing band from Scotland.
This year's official attempt at the
Guinness World Records® should draw huge media attention to Western Swing
and its new popularity.