On Saturday, Jan. 22, Texas rock band Longneck Road will open the Janis Joplin Birthday Bash in Port Arthur at the Bob Bowers Civic Center. The members of Longneck Road are excited about the upcoming show. Bass player Ron Arceneaux had the opportunity to visit with ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard following their recent performance in Beaumont and recalls Beard’s fondness for Southeast Texas and Janis Joplin’s music. “It’s cool that even the guys in a band like ZZ Top, who’ve played literally thousands of shows all over the world, think of Southeast Texas as a hotbed for musical talent and creativity,” said Arceneaux.

The newest member of Longneck Road, drummer Adam King, indicated that despite the work required to learn the band’s music, this show will be a highlight for him. “We have worked up a great set for the opening act – you can just lose yourself in the music.”

Longneck Road lead guitarist Miles Sykes is also looking foward to the show, and commented on Longneck Road’s growing notoriety. “On the way to rehearsal last night, I turned on the radio and heard our song, “The Way You Walk” on the Texas Connection radio show,” said Sykes. “That certainly helps keep us all motivated to put on the best show possible!” Longneck Road has had three Top 10 singles on Radio Free Texas, and has enjoyed good sales off its debut CD, entitled “Texas Rock”

Vocalist and songwriter Dick LeMasters notes that bigger venues such as this will be ideal for a Longneck Road show. “We have been fortunate enough to perform on the main stage at Ford Pavillion and to open for the Charlie Daniles Band,” said LeMasters, “and there is really a great connection with the audience in a concert setting like this.” Longneck Road’s performance will include a mix of classic, rock, blues, and originals.

To listen to Longneck Road, visit the band’s website – www.longneckroad.com, where free streaming audio is available.

Tickets to the show can be purchased in advance for $22 at The Penny Record located at 333 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City or The County Record located at 320 Henrietta until Thursday, Jan. 20.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Children under 12 free at the door accompanied by Adults