Welcome to the Gilmer Civic Center
We are so pleased that you are interested in the Gilmer Civic center. We are a premier event center with approximately 35,000 sq. ft. conveniently located north of downtown Gilmer, at 1218 US Hwy. 271 N. Our venue offers flexible spaces designed to accommodate many events and we take pride in providing one of the finest performance and meeting centers in East Texas. We are very aware that many events have a way of touching lives either through motivation, inspiration, entertainment or just pride in a child’s performance and we feel privileged to be involved in these moments. We are confident that our venue would be a great choice for you and comes with hospitality, knowledge and small town charm.
Our beautiful new addition will create a multi-use facility and include meeting rooms, a caterer's style kitchen and courtyard. We also have two outdoor areas that will be available for your special wedding needs.
History of Rock N Roll
by Johnny Rogers
Friday, December 7, 7-10pm
Johnny Rogers was born in Jackson, Tennessee to parents who were born in the southern states of Kentucky and Tennessee. His father was a radio personality in the late 40's and early 50's, who crossed paths with some of the biggest legends of music history: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins and Conway Twitty, to mention a few. When he was very young his father gave him his first guitar. He had no interest in playing, until he heard Buddy Holly for the first time. The song was Rave On. He said it was like someone or something turned a switch on inside of him. From that moment on he knew what he wanted to be in life and that was someone like Buddy. His father showed him a few basic chords. That was all he needed to get started playing. While Johnny was in high school, he tried starting his own band, but finding kids his own age with the same taste in music seemed to be impossible. So, he began to look for older guys that grew up listening to the music. He started sneaking into the honky tonks with his father’s help and a fake ID. But he wasn't there to drink he was there to learn about becoming an entertainer. Johnny's father was very good friends with a Chicago honky tonk legend by the name of Jimmy Nichols. Johnny's father had given Jimmy his start in the late 50's and now Jimmy would return the favor. Johnny started playing lead guitar for Jimmy Nichols at the age of 15. He was self taught and learned all styles of music. Johnny made his debut on stage at the Off Broadway Lounge. Immediately he was a big draw. People would come from miles around to see the kid with horn rim glasses and lightning guitar licks. Johnny continued playing guitar for the Chicago legend until he was 21 and it was time to start his own band and his own show.
Johnny’s recent highlights include:
*Performing in England and Amsterdam with Tommy Allsup.
*Playing at the Lubbock Civic Center Theatre to a packed house that included Buddy's brothers, Travis and Larry and
niece Sherry Holly.
*Performing at the Fifties in February event at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the site of Buddy Holly's
*On stage at the Clovis Music Festival in Clovis, New Mexico. It was in Clovis that Buddy recorded many of his most famous songs.
*50th Anniversary shows in several venues where Buddy played exactly 50 years earlier.
The rising sensation, 15 year old Moses Snow will open the show with his 50's Elvis!
Featuring the Ultimate Tribute Band 'Spinout'
For reservations call Steve Fountain at 832-312-0074 or email email@example.com