San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

May 11th, 2009
Square set to swing Saturday

Young and old make music together at Texas NaturalFest.

STAFF REPORT

The Square in San Marcos will be swinging as the 17th Annual Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival rolls into town on Saturday.

Celebrating Texas history, traditions and music, the festival will be free and open to the public. Among the featured attractions is a reunion of the Texas Playboys.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., including food, a heritage area, washer pitching, Texas crafters, a children’s art booth, a farmers market and, of course, music.

The day’s lineup consists of:

  • Still Swinging
  • Decon Anderson
  • Jerome Stubbs
  • Bill Dowdy
  • Tony Sepolio
  • Ora Oubre
  • A reunion of the Texas Playboys
  • A Tribute to the Fiddle
  • Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue
  • Cream of the Crop
  • MC Tom Mack Holmes

The Western Swing Hall of Fame show will start at 7;30 p.m. That lineup features:

  • Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys
  • Herb Remmington
  • Dayna Wills
  • Janet Lynn
  • Mary Ann Price
  • Louise Rowe
  • Paul Glasse
  • Floyd Domino
  • Danny Levin
  • George Uptmor
  • Billy McBay
  • Bill Dessens
  • Jimmy Young
  • Al Dressen
  • Brent Wilson
  • Neal Clausnitzer
  • Tom Mack Holmes

The festival’s special guests feature The Great Baritones of Western Swing  – Bill Adams, and L.J. Prichett, Kimarie Lynn and Dixie Reel.

The festival will also induct the 2009 class of the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The list includes band leader and fiddler Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, steel guitarist Pee Wee Whitewing, fiddler/guitarist Erik Hokkaned, guitarist Jimmy Wyble and piano player Johnny Case.

The Rhythmaires, pioneer swing bass player Son Lansford and fiddler Homer Logan will be inducted posthumously.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit back and enjoy the music, but a limited amount of $20 reserved seats will be available for the nighttime concert. Advance purchase of $12 tickets is required for an all-you-can-eat catfish dinner, served from 7-9 p.m. The cost of the seats does not include the catfish dinner.

Tables for eight can be reserved for $120, or $168 including the catfish dinner.

Also, The Texas Natural Trail Ride, sponsored by GRA Trailriders of San Antonio, will begin Friday at Freeman Ranch, ending in a Sunday morning ride. For more information on the ride, click here.

Free parking and shuttle service will be available from Bobcat Stadium parking lots, located on Aquarena Springs Drive, to all festival events.

Newstreamz is among the many sponsors of the festival, including the City of San Marcos, Hays County, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the Main Street Board, Texas State University, the Texas State Alumni Association, Freeman Ranch, Grande Communications, the San Marcos Daily Record, GRA Trails, McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen-Attorneys at Law, Café on the Square, Allen Shy, Café on the Square, Carbajal & Associates, G&L Communications, Frost Bank, Ted Breihan Electric, Nichols Tire and Automotive, Ben E. Keith Foods, McCoy’s Building Supply, Austin Budweiser and Bud Light and the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.

In case of rain, the festival will be moved to the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 East Hopkins Street.

For more information, call the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce at (888) 200-5620, or the San Marcos Main street program at (512) 393-8430.

Johnny Cuviello, 90 year-old drummer for Bob Wills.

The Jody Cowboys.

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