Officials at the Barnhill Center have cancelled this summer’s slate of shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(courtesy Sharon Brass)

The historic venue in downtown Brenham will remain closed through August 31st, and its two upcoming shows rescheduled for next year.

Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys starring Jason Roberts, who were scheduled for a performance tomorrow (Saturday) night, have been rescheduled to January 30, 2021.  In addition, the performance of the Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute show, has been moved from June 13th to June 12, 2021.

The current pandemic also led to the cancellation of the Barnhill Center’s three previously scheduled shows: the Johnny Cash Tribute Show, “Walkin’ The Line by Bennie Wells” on March 21st; the Texas A&M Singing Cadets concert on April 2nd; and “The Funniest Night of Your Life” with Todd Oliver and his Talking Dog on April 17th.  Todd Oliver’s show has been rescheduled for May 14, 2021, but the other two shows have not been rescheduled at this time.

The Barnhill Center website does list a number of shows for the fall, but they are still tentative at this time.  Brenham native Darden Smith is set to host three singer-songwriter shows featuring Aaron Barker, Allen Shamblin, Radney Foster, and Ray Benson.  There are also scheduled performances from The Quebe Sisters, Jim Curry, and Gary Morris.

For more information on upcoming shows, visit

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  1. The city government must not take the ownership over the Simon theatre as previously discussed. This would only bring extra tax burden on the taxpayers. It may be time for the property to have private ownership.

  2. This is a great way to further the unneccessary economic downturn.
    All of the Summer?
    I always thought that the people of Texas, especially Brenham, were smarter than this.
    Open it up.
    Stop perpetuating the fear and economic suicide.

    1. Some of the shows booked for The Barnhill Center need fairly good-sized crowds to cover the cost of the talent. At this time they don’t even know when they will be allowed to open for even 50% capacity. Plus they need time for ticket sales in advance of the events.

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