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November 14th, 2008
WUMF fest brings revolution to San Marcos

Bex "Lady Fingers" Marshall is one of the performers at the World United Music Festival this weekend.By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

The revolution has quietly crept into San Marcos, set up its tents and is prepared to wail.

The World United Music Festival and Radio Conference (WUMF) has come to town, taking place on Centerpoint Road behind the Prime Outlet mall Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $35 per day or $70 for a weekend pass. Festival Gates Open at 11 a.m. each day.

Of course, the participants won’t be particularly quiet and the spirit of the event is loaded with revolutionary ideas.

One such idea is the work of the non-profit organization, the United States Entertainment Force, a sponsor of the festival whose ongoing work for families of soldiers wounded overseas has met with grateful success (if this doesn’t sound revolutionary, remember that veterans’ benefits have been drastically cut in this country over the past few years). This is just one of their many projects, you can see more at A portion of the revenue from the festival will go directly to military families in need.

Another revolutionary idea is the work of the co-sponsoring Roots Music Association, whose philosophy is about the convivial sharing of myriad music genres all over the globe. One of the Roots Music Association’s goals is to provide opportunities for independent musicians, such as WUMF. And the Roots Music Association has no membership dues. That’s a revolutionary idea in itself.

Maybe the most revolutionary idea of all is that a music conference can take place in San Marcos, away from the hipsters in New York, the bigwigs in Nashville and the indifferent cool of Los Angeles. Away, even, from Austin, a music capital that now suffers from condo-dwellers complaining about the “noise” at the Continental Club.

The WUMF is loaded with an embarrassment of riches from the Texas Swing of Asleep at the Wheel to the Jamaican Reggae tones of Kabbalist to the rockabilly style of The Long Gone Daddys to the Tejana stylings of Los Texas Wranglers to Michael O’Neill’s rootsy Americana to the Celtic Folk of Canadian band Poor Angus and all this just barely scratches the surface. Some standouts would be the crystal clear tones of Silvara Shea, the folk/rock of Switchback, and talented San Marcian alt-rocker Clay Nightingale. Musicians will be here from all parts of the globe, but the festival is also a wonderful way to get a hearty sampling of local talent.

If you have never heard of Bex “Lady Fingers” Marshall, it won’t be long until you will hear about her a lot. This amazingly gifted bluesy Brit with the earthy voice and the magic fingers is the first and only woman ever asked to play Cork’s International Guitar Festival, where she shared the stage with Thin Lizzy founder Eric Preston Reed. Trained to be a classical guitarist, she has wowed audiences with her mastery of the blues. She’s just one of the many “don’t miss” gigs at WUMF.

The Radio Conference has a full roster of events for its professional attendees, culminating Sunday with
the Roots Music Awards on stage at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Convention Center from 6-8 pm. These awards are selected by RMA membership. Awards to be given include Record Label of the year (Major & Indie), Radio Station of the year, Disk Jockey of the year, A&R Person of the year, Publishing Company of the year, Record Promotion Company of the year, Artist & Album of the year and Song Writer of the year. A total of 120 awards will be presented.

What is not at all revolutionary to San Marcians is that great music would be here. The legendary jewel of Texas music, the Cheatham Street Warehouse, has spurred the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tod Snider and George Strait just to name a few. Every week Riley’s, the Triple Crown, Lucy’s and the Cheatham Street serve up tasty musical treats. If you’re sipping a cup of java at Tantra, you will often hear somebody brushing up his flamenco guitar skills at a table next to yours. San Marcos has quietly been supporting great music for years.

This weekend, it might be a just little louder.

Listing of Musicians Scheduled for World United Festival (WUMF)

Long Gone Daddys – 12-12:30 p.m.; Charlie Bishop – a 12:30-1 p.m.; Jerry Yates – 12:30-1 p.m.; Jose Leon Y Sus Solitarios – a 1-1:30 p.m.; Cari Hutson – 1-1:30 p.m.; Cary Park-1-1:30 p.m.; Duncan Walters – 1-1:30 p.m.; Jennifer Leonhardt – 1:30-2 p.m.; Ronnie Pfeil – 1:30-2 p.m.; Juan Ramos Y Puro Principe – 1:30-2 p.m.; Glenna Bell – 2-2:30 p.m.; Bernadette Lawrence – 2-2:30 p.m.; Cody Lawson Band – 2-2:30 p.m.; Halleyanna Finlay – 2-2:30 p.m.; R.G. Stark – 2:30-3 p.m.; Kim Miller – 2:30-3 p.m.; Spank – 2:30-3 p.m.; Dreux – 3-3:30 p.m.; Devin and The General Lees – 3-3:30 p.m.; Lara Claire – 3-3:30 p.m.; Meagan Tubb and Shady People –  3-3:30 p.m.; Clay Nightingale –  3:30-4 p.m.; Bex Marshall –  3:30-4, Mark Jungers Band – 3:30-4 p.m.; Brother 2 Brother – 4-4:30 p.m.; Devil’s Hollow Trio – 4-4:30 p.m.; Back Bone Child – 4-4:30 p.m.; Twanguero – 4-4:30 p.m.; Dimitris Rail – 4:30-5 p.m.; The All In Blues Band – 4:30-5 p.m.; 46 – 4:30-5 p.m.; Jayson Bales – 5-5:30 p.m.; Jeff Greene – 5-5:30 p.m.; Tracey’s Mend – 5-5:30 p.m.; Dirtfoot-5-5:30 p.m.; Laura Marie-5:30-6 p.m.; Mark Searcy – 5:30-6 p.m.; Paula Hernandez – 5:30-6 p.m.; Andy MacIntyre and The Primal Groove – 6-6:30 p.m.; David Blair – 6-6:30 p.m.; nelo – 6-6:30 p.m.; Flounders Without Eyes – 6-6:30 p.m.; Mark Wayne Glasmire – 6:30-7 p.m.; C sharp – 6:30-7 p.m.; Anna McCue – 6:30-7 p.m.; Project Oryon – 7-8 p.m.; South Austin Jug Band – 8-9 p.m.; Frank Carillo and Bandoleros with Augie Meyers – 9:30-10:30 p.m..

Roger Creager – 11-12:30 p.m.; Ron Lasalle –12-12:30 p.m.; Michael Oneill – 12-12:30 p.m.; Philip Gibbs – 12-12:30-Silvara Shea – 12-12:30 p.m.; Dallas Wayne – 12:30-1 p.m.; Kaz Murphy – 12:30-1 p.m.; Dick Wiggler and The Cattle Guards – 1-1:30 p.m.; Rebel Red – 1-1:30 p.m.; The Lonesome Heroes – 1-1:30 p.m.; The Border Blasters – 1:30-2 p.m.; Compton Maddux and the Dirt Sample Band – 1:30-2 p.m.; Ron Eckert – 1:30-2 p.m.; Grant Langston 2-2:30 p.m.; Kelli King – 2-2:30 p.m.; Rebecca Owen –  2-2:30 p.m.; Tokyo Rosenthal – 2-2:30 p.m.; Derral Gleason – 2:30-3 p.m.; Jim Stringer and The AM Band – 2:30-3 p.m.; M4- 2:30-3 p.m.; Jim Stanson – 3-3:30 p.m.; John Zipperer and Friends – 3-3:30 p.m.; Lonestar Stout – 3-3:30 p.m.; Trevor McShane – 3-3:30 p.m.; Arspoetica – 3:30-4 p.m.; Wayne Janus – 3:30-4 p.m.; Wink Keziah and Delux Motel-3:30-4 p.m.; American Graveyard – 4-4:30 p.m.; David Byboth – 4-4:30 p.m.; Groove Movement – 4-4:30 p.m.; Billy Drifter – 4-4:30 p.m.; Carolann Ames – 4:30-5 p.m.; Matt Harlan – 4:30-5 p.m.; Peacefield – 4:30-5 p.m.; The Captain Legendary Band – 5-5:30 p.m.; Lucky Tubb – 5-5:30 p.m.; The Black Doves – 5-5:30 p.m.; LaTresa and The Signal – 5-5:30 p.m.; JT Coldfire – 5:30-6 p.m.; Bourgeois Gypsies – 5 p.m.; 30 – 6 p.m.; Buddy Lee Dobberteen – 5:30-6 p.m.; Tim Scott –  6-6:30 p.m.; Kabbalis – 6-6:30 p.m.; Switchback – 6-6:30 p.m.; Jeremy Steding – 6-6:30 p.m.; Curtis Grimes – 6:30-7 p.m.; JJ Henson Band – 6:30-7 p.m.; Poor Angus – 6:30-7 p.m.; Josh Boyd – 7-8 p.m.; Jesse Dayton – 8-9 p.m.; Deryl Dodd – 9:30-10:30.

Asleep at the Wheel – 10-11:30 p.m.; The Jeremiah Houston Band – 12:00-12:30 p.m.; Kris Miller – 12-12:30 p.m.; Tara Kalyn Norman – 12-12:30 p.m.; Cady Finlayson – 12:30-1 p.m.; Los Texas Wranglers – 12:30-1 p.m.; La Calma – 12:30-1 p.m.; Jan Seides – 1-1:30 p.m.; Movin Target – 1-1:30 p.m.; Neil Austin Imber – 1-1:30 p.m.; Men of Clay – 1-1:30 p.m.; Glenn Allan – 1:30-2 p.m.; Mark Mooney – 1:30-2 p.m.; Lisa Okane – 1:30-2 p.m.; The Raj Pickens Sound System – 2-2:30 p.m.; Summer Mencher – 2-2:30 p.m.; Funkotron – 2-2:30 p.m.; Sahmuel – 2-2:30 p.m.; Tierra Colinas Drifters – 2:30-3 p.m.; Eric Hisaw – 2:30-3 p.m.; One For The Road Band – 2:30-3 p.m.; Inner Frequency – 3-3:30 p.m.; Jeff Talmadge – 3-3:30 p.m.; Bob King – 3-3:30 p.m.; Carlton Pride and Zion – 3-3:30 p.m.; Terry Flynn – 3:30-4 p.m.; The Mercies – 3:30-4 p.m.; The Thrillbillies – 3:30-4 p.m.; The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – 4-4:30 p.m.; David Byron and Deborah Byron – 4-4:30 p.m.; Jean Synodinos – 4-4:30 p.m.; Mark Monaco – 4-4:30 p.m.; Dans La Lune – 4:30-5 p.m.; IDIGINIS – 4:30-5 p.m.; Kimbo – 4:30-5 p.m.; Kronik and the Reggae Mystros – 5-5:30 p.m.; Manteca Beat – 5-5:30 p.m.; Mike Aiken – 5-5:30 p.m.; Tom Vollman – 5-5:30 p.m.; Clay McClinton – 5:30-6 p.m.; Steve Power – 5:30-6 p.m.; Rachel Raye – 5:30-6 p.m.; Robby Hecht – 6-6:30 p.m.; Texas Renegade – 6-6:30 p.m.; Bo Porter – 6-6:30 p.m.; Becky Schlegel – 6-6:30 p.m.; Charlie Shafter and The Gnomes – 6:30-7 p.m.; Live Oak Decline – 6:30-7 p.m.; Dan Searcy and Cedar Fever – 6:30-7 p.m.; Kyle Park – 7-8 p.m.; Ryan James – 8:30-9:30 p.m.

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4 thoughts on “WUMF fest brings revolution to San Marcos

  1. Pingback: The weekend: Besides WUMF festival, a good time coming | San Marcos Mercury

  2. A drop-down on the WUMF website this morning (Sunday) says the festival is canceled for the weekend. Anybody know anything about that?

  3. Bill: Don’t know what’s going on but I’m quite surprised. Heard/saw advertisement for it on Friday.

  4. Here’s the fuller explanation that’s now posted on the festival website:

    WUMF Canceled
    ×We are sorry for any inconvenience but the Festival has been canceled for the weekend. We look forward to next year’s event. Sunday Show Canceled Due to Weather on Friday and Saturday. The production staff apologizes for any inconvenience to the artist, fans, patrons, military and families who planned on attending this event. The Executive Producer of the event, Jerry Payne, President and Founder of the United States Entertainment Force, made the announcement at 6:30pm Saturday, to cancel the remainder of Saturday’s show as well as Sunday’s because of the storm that occurred Friday which caused structural damage to the site, coupled with the freeze that occurred during the event yesterday.

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