Benefit Christmas Concert for Laurin at South Padre Island 12/20/15

Popular local singer Leslie Blasing is slated to appear in the annual Christmas concert at Chapel by the Sea in South Padre Island on December 20 at 5:00pm, followed by a second performance at 7:30pm. With a $10 minimum contribution per ticket, the concert proceeds will benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which assists disabled McAllen dancer Laurin Huber with her ongoing medical care expenses. Last year, the concert raised around $3000 for Miss Huber.


Leslie Blasing, a well-known singer here in the Rio Grande Valley for the past 21 years, brings her unique, country style to this year’s concert. She’s performed regularly at such venues as the Sheraton (now The Pearl), Shrimp Haus, Palm Street Pier, Louie’s Backyard and Boomerang Billy’s (all at South Padre Island), as well as others throughout the Valley. Blasing was presented with the Valley Star Award Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the Winter Texan Times Entertainer of the Year Award for 2014 and 2015.

Entitled Country Christmas Show, this year’s concert features a down-home, country/western theme. “Our inspiration for this year was the old TV Christmas specials with all kinds of country stars singing favorite carols,” said concert organizer and soprano vocalist Carolyn Porter. “We hope to bring back the warmth and joy of those shows as we celebrate Christmas in song.”

Popular local musician Brett Marshall, known all over the Valley for his diverse piano stylings and smooth baritone vocals, serves as music director of the event. He leads an assortment of talented vocalists from South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista who round out the cast of this festive, annual event. Along with Marshall, the core vocalists consist of soprano Carolyn Porter, alto/mezzo Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo-soprano Sara Steele, tenor Paul Cardile, tenor Ron Fuqua, baritone Dale Ziegler and tenor Harold Clark. “I think it’s becoming a favorite tradition now, especially among Winter Texans,” said Kinsolving. “People start asking me about it way ahead of time, so I know they look forward to it.”

Concert attendees are urged to get their tickets early, as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at Paragraphs Bookstore on the Island or at Chapel by the Sea.


Date: December 20, 2015

Time: TWO Shows: 5:00pm and 7:30pm

Event: “COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SHOW” with Brett Marshall and Chapel Friends

Where: Chapel By The Sea, South Padre Island, TX

Tickets: $10.00 minimum contribution (proceeds go to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust)

More info: 612-309-2651


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