The Time Jumpers
The Time Jumpers will perform July 23 to raise funds for the restoration of a classic West Texas theatre.
The Time Jumpers, a band that can’t be missed, are coming to the Lubbock on July 23. The renowned group is comprised of ten members, each of whom have made outstanding contributions to the richness of country music. The Time Jumpers began in 1998 when Nashville studio players turned friendly jam sessions into a weekly gig. Soon Jimmy Buffet, Reba McEntire, and other celebrities were stopping by to sit in or simply listen to these master musicians. In 2012, the legendary Vince Gill joined the band as vocalist and guitarist.
The upcoming Lubbock concert is about more than music. Tickets for the event will raise funds for the restoration of a classic West Texas theatre—a project which has been South Plains native Darryl Holland’s life-long dream.
Last year, the League of Historic American Theatres presented Vince Gill with its 2015 Marque Award in Nashville. “These theaters are my favorite places to play,” Gill shared in his speech.
Darryl Holland attended the ceremony with a plan. “I went to Nashville and tracked down Vince Gill,” Holland said. “I actually got to sit at the table right next to him when they presented him the award. So we visited… and I started calling up his booking agent.”
Gill agreed to the Lubbock concert—the farthest west the band is currently touring—out of a shared appreciation for historic theaters.
Holland is the force behind efforts to restore Plainview’s Granada Theater to its former glory. “It’s very personal to me,” he said. His grandfather handled bookings for the Granada. Holland treasures memories of visiting the theater with his grandparents as a child. “I’d go there and see movies. It’s just a grand old theater.” After his grandfather retired in the 1970s, the building was modernized. A new interior wall bisected the theater, altering the classic look. “From the time when I was a kid back in the ‘70s,” Holland said, “I knew if I was ever in a position to rescue it and restore that grand old palace, I would try to do it.”
When the Granada first opened in 1929, the interior evoked a castle. You could sit in the balcony and look out on red velvet curtains lining the stage while clouds drifted from a fog machine. Everything about the theater was majestic. So far, Holland has succeeded in restoring the vintage marquee to its 1940s appearance. He also removed the partition wall, bringing back the sweeping auditorium space.
Money from the Time Jumpers concert will benefit the restoration. “We’re a long ways from being finished,” Holland said. “Trying to get to the next level has been challenging. I decided to try these concerts as fundraisers.” The concert will be held July 23 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater. Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat locations, online at selectaseatlubbock.com, or by calling 806.770.2000.
Holland appreciates volunteers and donations. To learn how you can help, call him at 806.438.2396, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page GranadaTheaterPlainview. “It used to be the grand place for people to gather and it can be that again.”
By Max McNabb