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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 5 Mar 2012 8:01 AM

Today in the roundup: Alec Baldwin’s generous gesture, talking Million Dollar Quartet and local bands heading south.


A GENEROUS GUEST: On Friday, Alec Baldwin stopped by the Winspear Opera House to talk about his life and career. And as any well-mannered guest knows, when you’re invited somewhere, you don’t show up empty-handed. So Baldwin announced that he is issuing a challenge grant – for every dollar up to $25,000 donated to the AT&T Performing Arts Center, he will match it. Got your checkbook out? Here are the details.

BEHIND THE MUSIC: Million Dollar Quartet opens Tuesday night at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The musical recounts the famed night when Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis hung out at Memphis’ Sun Studios, producing an iconic picture. The man running the boards in that studio was Sam Phillips, who is played in the show by Denton native Chris Grant. He talks about Phillips’ place in music history and what it was like performing the show in Memphis in an interview with

HEADING SOUTH: I’m just getting around to picking through the SXSW music lineup, which begins in, oh, about 10 days. But our local music writers are on top of it, offering 10 North Texas acts to catch and an update on a Fort Worth booking agency that will be highly visible.