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May 13th, 2010
Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival on river, square on Saturday

Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition is one of several acts that will headline the Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival this weekend in San Marcos. COURTESY PHOTO


The 18th 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 15.

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, a Chisholm Trail camp, Buffalo Soldiers encampment, antique stagecoach and vehicles, Texas Marketplace, food, heritage area, crafts,, children’s art booth, farmers’ market and more.

Live music during the day includes performances by Still Swinging, Jerry Lightsey and the Pick Up Band, Playboy Reunion, Sweet Bunch of Daisy’s, Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition, and Al Dressen’s Super Swing Review with Dixie Reel.

The Western Swing Hall of Fame show begins at 7:30 p.m. on the San Marcos River at the San Marcos Plaza Stage featuring the Hall of Fame Band and headliner Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition.

The Hall of Fame Band includes Al Dressen, Mary Ann Price, Janet Lynn, Dayna Wills, Haley Harris, Floyd Domino, Paul Glasse, Herb Remington, Rick McRae, Jason Roberts, Billy Curtis, Phoebe Hunt, Mark Kazanoff, Neal Clausnitzer and Brent Williams.

The 2010 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductees will include Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition, Band, Jason Roberts, Fiddle, Buck Roberts, Band Leader, Gene Niven, Steel Guitar, James & Annetta White & the Broken Spoke, Dance Hall, Denny Mathis, Guitar, Alvin Crow, Fiddle, and Dr. Charles Townsend, Author and Western Swing Historian.

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. 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

Event sponsors include City of San Marcos, Hays County, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Main Street Board, Texas State University, Freeman Ranch, Grande Communications, San Marcos Daily Record, GRA Trails, McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, Attorneys at Law, Café on the Square, Carbajal & Associates, Ted Breihan Electric, Sysco Foods, 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 (Exit 206) to the all event sites.

Rain site for the concert will be the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins, in San Marcos.

For more information about the Texas Natural Festival, the San Marcos Main Street Program, 512-393-8430.

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