Courtesy Blind Boys of Alabama

A soulful music group is coming to the Tobin Center next week. Turns out, they’ve been touring quite a while. “The group went on the road in 1944. June 10, 1944."

That’s a long time!

“Yeah, it’s been about 70 years.”

The band is Blind Boys of Alabama, a five-time Grammy Award-winning group. Eric “Ricky” McKinnie plays the drums, and has been singing with them for many a decade, and celebrated four Grammy Awards along the way with them.

“I’ve been working with the Blind Boys for about 40 years.”

They mix up gospel and soulful pop music.  

TPR Presents: Richard Strauss

Dec 8, 2014
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This January, the San Antonio Symphony is spearheading a city-wide festival celebrating the dramatic music of Richard Strauss (1864-1949), the acclaimed composer of “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” “Don Juan,” “Death and Transfiguration,” and the daring opera “Salome.”

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Going into the 2015 session, Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott announced his legislative priorities from the state Capitol.  And in keeping with promises made on the campaign trail, he promised to bring a new standard to Texas’ Pre-K program, which is connected to the state’s Kindergarten through 3rd grade program. “I want to ensure all children finish the 3rd grade reading and doing math on grade-level,” stated Abbott, emphatically.

The Texas Capitol will soon be abuzz with lawmakers returning for the session. But changes are in the air for members representing Bexar County.

According to last session’s Texas House of Representatives rankings, Bexar County’s legislative delegation held four of the top 50 spots, including Ruth Jones McClendon at No. 19, Mike Villarreal at No. 30, Jose Menendez at No. 32, and Trey Martinez Fischer at No. 35.

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Anthony Trevino, or Tony as he's known, has been named as interim police chief by City Manager Sheryl Sculley. He starts his new assignment Jan. 1.

Trevino is a veteran member of the San Antonio Police Department, and most recently has served as Deputy Chief, and outgoing Police Chief William McManus' chief of staff.

Rarely can anyone find McManus at City Hall or at a crime scene without Trevino somewhere nearby. He's soft-spoken and doesn't attract much attention. That's one of the main differences he sees as he transitions from a behind the scenes staff member.