HOT TEXAS NIGHTS: Music under the stars in HIdalgo, Texas. (Courtesy Payne Arena) Eric Trevino has essentially been a one-man operations crew for staging a successful series of drive-in-style concerts filling Payne Arena’s parking lot in Hidalgo, Texas. The first three concerts, Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler and Intocable, held June 5-7, grossed a combined $118,385, said Trevino, general manager of the city-owned facility. As of mid-June, Trevino was the 7,000-seat arena’s only full-time employee still working. His 20-person staff was put on furlough after the pandemic closed the venue for an indefinite period. Trevino began doing research for how he could help bring live entertainment back to the property and, in the process, help the community get back to work. Hidalgo sits next to the border of Mexico, and the arena draws residents from both countries to its events, though the border has been closed to nonessential travel since […]
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