Western Swing at Sundown
November 4, 2023
Round up your family and friends for the opening concert of our 76th season! Dave Alexander takes the stage in an evening of Texas music and Western swing, featuring the Quebe Sisters. This lively concert unites symphonic orchestration with energetic charm of Western swing and traditional fiddle tunes. Join us for an extraordinary musical journey, where Western tradition meets innovation, and symphony and swing converge in an unforgettable fusion.
Once you’ve seen Dave Alexander perform it’s easy to understand why he’s been named “Entertainer Of The Year”.
Throughout his Award winning career, Dave has gained the respect of his peers while mesmerizing audiences with each performance. His long list of awards, Hall of Fame inductions and Grammy nominations exemplify this multi-instrumentalist and vocalist’s undying love for Texas Music.
It all began with his love for Western Swing. After graduating from the University of North Texas, Dave assembled “The Legends of Western Swing”, a western swing big band featuring former members of Bob Will’s Texas Playboys such as Johnnie Gimble, Leon Rausch, Eldon Shamblin, Pee Wee Lynn and Billy Briggs.
Dave was quickly retained as “House Band” for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held each year in the Houston Astrodome, carving a musical relationship that would last for over 14 years. It was there Dave met other Country and Western Swing Music stars who he would come to know and eventually tour and record with.
These stars included George Strait, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Tracy Byrd, Asleep At the Wheel and Randy Travis just to name a few.
Here are just a few of Dave Alexander’s musical accomplishment throughout his career:
• Recognized as one of the Top Selling Western Swing Artists of his time.
• 4 GRAMMY Award Nominations
• 6 Will Rogers Awards, from the Academy Of Western Artists, including Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.
• Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame.
• The Oklahoma Country Music Hall Of Fame.
• The Sacramento Western Swing Society Hall Of Fame.
• The Seattle Western Swing Society Hall Of Fame.
• The Fort Worth CowTown Music Hall Of Fame.
Dave has performed and recorded with:
George Strait, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow, Dwight Yoakam, Tracy Byrd, LeAnn Rimes, Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and Asleep At The Wheel and many more.
With over fifteen years of touring to date, The Quebe Sisters have delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to the concert halls and festivals of North America, Europe, and Russia.
Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe front an innovative Progressive Western Swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles and sibling harmony. The Dallas-based five-piece presents a unique Americana blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music.
“We differentiate our music as ‘Progressive Western Swing’ from simply ‘Western Swing’ because we aren’t trying to sound just like Bob Wills,” Grace Quebe explains. “Instead, we continue his vision, playing the style he pioneered in an authentic way by incorporating new genres and songs, interpreting them using our own unique voice through Country instrumentation.”
The band’s stripped-down acoustic instrumentation breathes new life into seasoned sounds once found in Texas dance halls and honky-tonks. Grace continues, “To us, preserving the tradition of Western Swing isn’t about keeping something alive like a relic. Western Swing has always been about innovation.”
Innovation has led the sisters to channel the musical connection between danceability and emotiveness, combining old sounds with new feelings and old feelings with new sounds. It’s not nostalgia that drives the band as purveyors of Western Swing, but the aspiration to take the music back to its roots and sustain the spirit of Swing.
Combine the musical stylings of The Mills Brothers, Ray Price, Count Basie, Willie Nelson, and you have none other than The Quebe Sisters.