From Boston to the RGV: Tommy DeCarlo bringing his band to McAllen

Tommy DeCarlo has come a long way since donning a Home Depot apron. After his daughter, Talia DeCarlo uploaded a video of him singing along to a Boston song on MySpace, the North Carolina native has performed alongside the American rock band on stage. DeCarlo’s unlikely rise to fame has brought him to many stages across the country to perform in front of thousands of people, and he will be bringing his own band, DECARLO, to McAllen’s Cine El Rey theater on Saturday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks roll into the Valley

Christian Norman evolved from sitting in a fan’s seat to the driver’s seat –– of a 10-foot high and 12-foot wide monster truck. As a Hot Wheels Monster Truck driver, steering the gigantic automobiles has been a dream of his since long before he could see above a dashboard. The Florida native remembers how wonderstruck he was while watching Bigfoot, the famed monster truck, on television at age 4. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

UTRGV invites community to participate in folklórico event this weekend

For the first time, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad Veracruzana will be performing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville...

The Best of Times: Rock group STYX returns to RGV

Even after releasing 16 studio albums since 1972, James Young “JY,” vocalist and lead guitarist of American rock band STYX, is still astounded by...

FRIO! McAllen to open Wednesday, run through Jan. 6 at convention center

For the first time, starting Wednesday, the McAllen Convention Center will be hosting the closest thing the city will experience this season to a...

‘We are all dreamers’: Hope, community engagement focus of TEDxMcAllen event on Tuesday

The theme of this year’s TEDxMcAllen event came from a Post-it Note that read “dreamers.” During a meeting months ago with some TEDxMcAllen organizers and a variety of community leaders, Marcos Silva, the curator of the event, said that they were asked to write down the words that came to mind when they thought about the Valley. One answer stood out. “We were organizing all the responses into themes, and the one Post-it said ‘dreamers,’” Silva said. “And it hit us that every section we were organizing had somehow been, or is connected to a dreamer. “We realized that in one way or another, we are all dreamers.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.