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Musical groups prepare to entertain during Groves Pecan Festival – Port Arthur News

GROVES – Entertainment is planned for the Groves Pecan Festival.

Choirs from Port Neches and Groves Middle Schools will perform with dancers from Debbie Dance Studios.

The local group Klozure will be the headliner of the Festival.

The Groves Pecan Festival will take place November 4-7 at Lion’s Park. The event was canceled last year due to COVID.

On Wednesday, the Port Neches Middle Choir trained for their next performance.

“I’m sure they were doing it long before I got here, but we’ve been playing the Pecan Festival since I’ve been here for 10 years,” said Laura Escamilla, PNM choir teacher.

“We will make the boys sing a few songs and the girls will sing a few songs. This year we have a sixth grade choir, which is new. I think we have about seven songs for the set list and we’ll be singing for about an hour.

Escamilla said the two colleges used to perform a song together at the festival, but had to stop in recent years due to the size of the two programs.

“It was really fun doing it and maybe we can bring it back in the future,” Escamilla said.

Laura Escamilla instructs her choir class at Port Neches Middle School in preparation for their performance at the Pecan Festival. (Chris Moore / The News)

The middle boys of Port Neches will sing My Girl, while the girls will sing a three-part arrangement of Lollipop and You Belong With Me. Together, the boys and girls will sing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Shallow. Coach Norman Abshere will be the lead singer for the performance of One-man band.

“It’s fun for the kids to see another teacher sing along to them,” Escamilla said.

Port Neches Middle School will perform at 3 p.m. followed by Groves Middle School at 4:30 p.m. on November 7.

“We look forward to entertaining the masses,” Escamilla said.


Klozure lead guitarist Benton Nesmith said he and his band mates were thrilled to have the opportunity. The group is made up of Nesmith, Kyler Richard (singer), Shelby Balsano (bassist) and Hayden Snider (drums), all graduates of Port Neches-Groves high school.

“We’ve played a lot of local shows and are starting to make a name for ourselves,” Nesmith said. “We are definitely excited. We all grew up going to the Pecan Festival. You always think of playing it in the back of your mind.

He said the band was influenced by ’90s alternative rock and would perform original songs, as well as covers.

“Our biggest inspiration is the Tool group,” he said. “We’re going to try to stick mostly to the covers with the ’90s stuff we’re doing.”

He added that the group are planning to release an album of original works next year.

Klozure is scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. on November 6.