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The Lead Dec. 18, 2021: The Shinyribs rocks Kerrville's Arcadia Live with yuletide cheer

An magical night of funky music and an appreciative crowd.


OK, the Shinyribs put on a stunning show at Arcadia Live on Friday night. We're still humming those tunes from a show that showed the true potential of Kerrville's newest venue — a dynamic place that is good both for the community and the performers.

We're one week away from Christmas. Who is ready?

It looks like we'll have some unsettled weather today and into Sunday. The National Weather Service described the conditions as "muggy," we'd like to change that to icky. Still, we've got about a 40% chance of thunderstorms today.


Across the country, there are increasing signs that omicron is here and infections are up. There were more than 5,000 new cases in Texas, and the seven-day average is hovering around 4,000. In other parts of the country, the virus is wreaking havoc. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota said it's at the breaking point with hospitalizations. The NFL moved three games Tuesday because of an increase of COVID-19 cases.

At Peterson Regional Medical Center, COVID-19 hospitalized five, including one in the intensive. While that sounds low, the issue remains that Peterson remains heavily impacted with non-COVID-19 patients. As of Dec. 13, the hospital had 32% of its beds available and 18% of its ICU beds. Even the slightest surge will have a significant impact on the hospital.


Despite a game-high 27 points from Alex DeHoyos, the Schreiner University men's basketball team fell on the road Friday night at Whitworth University in Spokane, 88-70.

The Mountaineers battled early but fell behind late in the first half and never recovered. Dehoyos, a senior, had one of the best games of his career by shooting 11-of-20 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Dehoyos added five rebounds and five assists. Whitworth is now 9-1 on the season, while Schreiner falls to 2-7.


For those of you who missed Friday night's Shinribs concert at Arcadia Live, you missed one of the shows of the year. About 300 people showed up for the concert, and they danced the night away. Interestingly, this was a concert attended by those of all ages — it was a great sight to see.

Shinyribs' Kevin Russell helped lead a magnificent show at Arcadia Live, and he did it in a purple Santa suit.

Fronted by Kevin Russell, Shinyribs is an Austin-based group, and its genre is a little bit of everything from funk, New Orleans jazz and a lot of fun. The special part of Friday night was the concert was a fabulous Christmas event — mixed as a big dance party. As accustomed in their performances, a conga line formed, and the party went to another level. With a mix of Christmas music, some of their signature pieces (including a cover of Rhianna's "Bitch Better Have My Money), and some covers, the show went for two short hours. Russell led a conga line through the venue to "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne. Fun? This was next-level fun.


Our map of 200 homes with excellent Christmas lights is out and we're going to add some user submissions later today. Here's the map:



Bird Walk And Talk

Riverside Nature Center, Kerrville

8-9:30 a.m.

Join Paul and Deloris Sellin on a stroll along the River Trail, where you will observe the avian inhabitants and learn about their life histories. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

Christmas at the Kroc

The Kroc Center, Kerrville

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate the Christmas season. Join The Salvation Army for Christmas at the Kroc. Enjoy selfies with Santa or shop at the family store booth. Families can enjoy free food and drinks, gingerbread house contests, bounce houses, cakewalks, face painting, carnival games and much more.

Asleep at the Wheel, Merry Christmas Y'All

Cailloux Theater, Kerrville

7:30 p.m.

Fans can expect a wonderful evening that combines Asleep at the Wheel's most popular songs with holiday favorites. Don't miss a fun-filled evening with these Texas legends performing holiday music inspired by the Lone Star State.

Wilder Blue

Southern Sky Music Cafe, Ingram

6:30 p.m.

The owners of Southern Sky say this group may be the next iteration of Eagles. Pretty heady praise! This is Wilder Blue's second appearance at Southern Sky. This event has a $20 cover charge.

Other live music offerings:

  • 7 p.m., Buffalo Gals, Trailhead Beer Garden, Schreiner University
  • 6 p.m., Joe and Gino, Cafe at the Ridge, Kerrville

Dec. 19

Beyond the Magi's Gift

Zion Lutheran Church, Kerrville

9 a.m.

A family-friendly narrated play with skits and music, open to the community.


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