This Sunday, the band "City Limits" will take the stage at Cottonfest 2009, held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.
The band is originally from Orange Grove, and includes Chris West, on bass guitar; Jimmy Gonzalez, drummer; Jacob Atzenhoffer, on lead guitar; and Chase Yaklin, lead vocalist.
The band competed in the state finals of the Colgate Country Showdown Sept. 26 at Bayfest in Corpus Christi, Texas. They were chosen as the state winners and will compete in the regional competition that will be held Nov. 28 at Big Sky Casino in Albuquerque, N.M.
The band started out as an FFA talent team consisting of Atzenhoffer and Yaklin in the fall of 2005. These two young men were just neighbors who enjoyed getting together and playing their guitars. They competed in the district and area competitions and fell just short of making it to state.
They then added Gonzalez and West to the band, and the mix was magical. They combined their talents, their love of music and their dedication to creating a strong message and a thread of honesty and integrity, and "City Limits" was born.
These guys spent countless hours in the Ag shop practicing, and took advantage of many opportunities to showcase their talents along the way.
They became the FFA District and Area Champions in the talent competition and competed on the state level in July 2009.
They played at the state FCCLA Convention for more than 3,000 people.
During the summer, they played at Texas House of Rock and the Executive Surf Club.
Their talents did not go unnoticed, and they were invited to open for "Kyle Park" recently at the Executive Surf Club.
They were a last-minute entry in the Colgate Country Showdown, getting in just at the deadline. The regional competition, which was sponsored by radio station KTFX, was held at Big Sam's in Corpus Christi.
This led them to the weekend of Sept. 26, where the boys were named state winners.
The 28th Annual Colgate Country Showdown is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America and to give the performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.
The Colgate Country Showdown begins each spring with more than 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the U.S. Winners advance to their respective state competitions held at leading fairs and expositions.
Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the state title and the opportunity to advance to one of the five Regional Finals. That's the last step before the prestigious National Final, which is televised to a national audience.
For more information on the band, visit their Web site at www.myspace.com/citylimitsign.