Western Swing Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony begins this weekend
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Western swing dancers and musicians have filled the coliseum in Lawton for their annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony event happening July 9 and 10.
Western Swing was invented in the 1930′s, and began as string bands tried to emulate the music that was popular at the time.
The Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest will hold six events like this each year. Two are in Oklahoma, two in Texas and two in Missouri.
They are a non-profit organization which gives back to the community.
““All of our proceeds go to our music scholarships for deserving youth,” John Jones, President of Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest said, “to kids who are really wanting to become musicians and wanting to learn about western swing and other types of music. Might need a little bit of help for summer camps, or with music lessons and that sort of thing. We’re real happy to give out 22 scholarships for that. It makes us very happy and it’s also what keeps a lot of these musicians coming, because they like to give back.”
The event goes until 11 p.m. Friday, and then again from 11 to 11 Saturday, with different bands each hour.
It costs $10 to attend for non-members, and $5 for members. A membership with the society costs $15 a year, or $20 per couple.
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