The 17th Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival will celebrate Texas history, Texas traditions and Texas music at the San Marcos Courthouse Square and on the San Marcos River on Saturday, May 16.
The event is free and open to the public, with a limited number of paid reserved seating tickets available for the nighttime concert. Concert goers are invited to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music.
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, heritage area, washer pitching, Texas crafters, children’s art booth, farmers’ market and more.
Live music will be performed during the day by Still Swinging, Deacon Anderson, Jerome Stubbs, Bill Dowdy, Tony Sepolio, Ora Oubre and more. Also enjoy a Texas Playboys Reunion, a Tribute to the Fiddle, Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue, Cream of the Crop, and MC Tom Mack Holmes.
The Western Swing Hall of Fame show begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, with western swing legends Herb Remington, 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, and special guests The Great Baritones of Western Swing Bill Adams and L.J. Prichett, Kimarie Lynn, and Dixie Reel.
The 2009 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductees will include band leader and fiddler Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, steel guitarist Pee Wee Whitewing, fiddler/guitarist Erik Hokkanen, guitarist Jimmy Wyble, and piano player Johnny Case. The Rhythmaires, pioneer swing bass player Son Lansford and fiddler Homer Logan, will be inducted posthumously.
The public may attend free by bringing lawn chairs or pay $20 a 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, tickets are $26 each). Reserved tables for 8 are available for $120 or with catfish dinner for $168.
Tickets are available from the Main Street Office, 202 E. Hopkins, or at the Chamber of Commerce, 202 N. C.M. Allen Parkway. 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 http://www.gratrails.com/ .
Event sponsors include City of San Marcos, Hays County, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Main Street Board, Texas State University, Texas State Alumni Association, Freeman Ranch, Grande Communications, San Marcos Daily Record, GRA Trails, McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, Attorneys at Law, Café on the Square, Newstreamz, 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 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.
Free parking and a free shuttle are available from Bobcat Stadium parking lot on Aquarena Springs Drive to the all event sites.
Rain site for the concert will be the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins, in San Marcos.
For information about the Texas Natural Festival, call the Chamber of Commerce, 1-888-200-5620 or the San Marcos Main Street Program, 512-393-8430.
— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM
PHOTO: The festival feature Western Swing legends like 90-year-old Johnny Cuviello.