The 19th Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival will celebrate Texas history, Texas traditions and Texas music Saturday at the San Marcos Courthouse Square and on the San Marcos River.
The event is free and open to the public, with a limited number of reserved table seating tickets available for the nighttime concert in the park by the river. Concert goers are invited to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music free of charge. A free shuttle to all events will be available from Strahan Coliseum parking lot. (Exit Interstate-35 No. 206 and follow the signs). The Texas Natural Festival will be held from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Square in San Marcos with live music, food booths, Texas-made arts and crafts, a farmers market, a children’s art booth, Buffalo Soldiers encampment, an antique stagecoach and vehicles, a blacksmith, and authentic chuck wagons with Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Live music during the day features performances by Still Swinging (9:45-11 a.m.), Texas Playboy Reunion (11:15-12:30 p.m.), the Carolyn Martin Band (12:45-2 p.m.), Picker’s Paradise (2:15-3:30 p.m). and Tribute to the Fiddle and Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue (3:45-5:15 p.m.). The Western Swing Hall of Fame show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the banks of the San Marcos River at the San Marcos Plaza Stage featuring the Carolyn Martin Band and the Hall of Fame Band. The Hall of Fame Band includes Al Dressen, Floyd Domino, Paul Glasse, Lonnie Atkinson, Billy Curtis, Red Hayes,
Danny Levin, Ricky Turpin, Janet Lynn, Dayna Wills, Mary Ann Price, Louise Rowe,
Haley Harris, Brent Wilson, Neal Clausnitzer, Herb Remington, and Denny Mathis. The 2011 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductees will include guitarist Kenny Frazier, vocalist Lee Bell, vocalist Carolyn Martin, vocalist Durwood Strube, vocalist Tom Holmes, steel guitarist Smily Weaver, and the late vocalists Johnny Lyon and Jimmy Widner. People may attend free by bringing lawn chairs, or pay $20 person for limited reserved table seating. Advance purchase of $12 catfish tickets is required for an all-you-can-eat catfish dinner served from 7 to 9 p.m. at San Marcos Plaza. With the catfish dinner, reserved seating tickets are $26 each. Reserved tables for eight are available for $120 or with catfish dinner for $168. Tickets are available from the Main Street Office, 202 East Hopkins Street. For information and reservations, call (512) 393-8430. The Texas Natural trail ride, sponsored by the GRA Trailriders of San Antonio, begins Friday evening at the Freeman Ranch, ending with a Sunday morning ride. For information on the trail ride, contact gratrails.com. The rain site for the concert will be the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street, in San Marcos.
Posted by: Sam Moore
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