- $10 for one ticket to The Ante Up Tour with Steve Holy and Jason Michael Carroll (up to a $24.10 value)
- When: Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.
- Where: The Congress Theater
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- This venue is standing room only.
As a child growing up in Dallas, Steve Holy kept his classmates entertained with a spot-on Conway Twitty impression, and at the age of 19 he took his first steps towards a career in country music when he auditioned for the Mequite Opry. The young troubadour caught the ear of Wilbur Rimes—father to star LeeAnn—and was encouraged to shop his act around Nashville. The new millennium heralded Holy’s debut album Blue Moon, and in the years since he has made eyes mist and hearts swell with tender ballads such as “Good Morning Beautiful” and “Love Don’t Run.” Of his 2011 release, Daryl Addison of Great American Country said, “throughout Love Don’t Run, Steve’s delivery works to convey what he feels deeply, and though songs range in their emotion, the message is simple—Steve is right where he needs to be.”
Steve Holy’s official video for “Good Morning Beautiful,” included in acoustic format on the new album.
Jason Michael Carroll
Raised in a strict household where secular music was forbidden outright, Jason Michael Carroll was perhaps not the most likely candidate to achieve country stardom. Yet, Jason still found a way for his smooth and wide-ranging voice to spread its wings and soar. In 2004, Carroll entered a singing competition on a local radio station, and soon after was opening for the likes of Brad Paisley and Neal McCoy. On his debut album Waiting’ in the Country, Carroll’s display of creamy tenor and soothing low notes helped him earned critical acclaim, particularly on his self-penned heartbreaker about domestic violence, “Alyssa Lies.” His latest release, Numbers, showcases an astonishing depth of emotion, from the free-wheeling “Meet Me in the Barn” to the heartfelt “Hell or Hallelujah.”
Captured on tape in the studio, Jason Michael Carroll sings the brand-new tune “Everything.”
With its gargantuan ballroom space, the Congress Theater is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the ears. The former movie palace, which boasts a curved upper deck lined with red-velvet seats, beckons concertgoers to its lushly vintage confines for country-music shows, bluegrass festivals, and electronic-music performances. Regardless of the act, audience members revel beneath an ornately decorated domed ceiling that's perfect for jetpack escapes when the dance floor gets too crowded. The theater also is branching out into its surrounding neighborhood by filling attached storefronts with restaurants, small grocers, and other community partners.