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Annual shrimp cook-off Nov. 4 in Port Isabel

'The Agency' rocks the 19th Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Port Isabel

Allan Hollander, Tequila Group | Oct 29, 2012

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On Sunday, November 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 19th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off in Port Isabel welcomes back the good-time rock-n-roll sounds of “The Agency” for the twelfth straight year! This 5-piece band of rock veterans has been performing at the event to consistent rave reviews. The event will be held in the Las Palmas Shopping Center (the old Walmart parking lot) on Hwy. 100 and 48. The music begins at 11am and continues until 6pm.

The five-man group performs mostly in the Valley from the Island to McAllen, but has played in Houston, San Antonio and Waco.  The music ranges from jazz and swing to Motown, Beatles, Beach Boys (with five-part vocal harmonies), James Brown, Steely Dan, Chicago and many others from the late fifties to the mid seventies and beyond. The band is known for its tight vocals, danceable rhythms, and accurate, powerful renditions of great rock hits. 

All five band members live in Cameron County.  Mike Eckert (keyboards) moved from Boston to South Texas as a teenager.  He owns an advertising graphic design firm in Brownsville.  East Tennessean Ben McCampbell (drums) came to South Padre Island in a rock band in 1976.  He owns an advertising music production company and golf course irrigation firm in Laguna Vista.  Alan Hollander (bass guitar), a New York City native, is a partner in a Rio Grande Valley advertising agency.  Melvin Ellis (lead guitar), from Newfoundland, Canada, is a Brownsville teacher who lives in Harlingen, and Weslaco’s own Chris Wiley (keyboards and sax) is also a teacher in Los Fresnos. 


Together since 1993, “The Agency” has become a South Texas favorite. To find out more about “The Agency” and for a full schedule of public events, visit Like us on Facebook:


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