ERATH COUNTY (April 24, 2017) – With the arrival of spring, music festival season has begun across Texas. Next week Larry Joe Taylor’s week-long Texas Music Festival will kick off at 2 p.m. on Monday and will run through Apr. 29.
“We like to think every year offers something new for everyone,” event coordinator Martha Taylor said. “Whether it’s your first time out to LJT, seeing a new band, meeting an artist, experiencing a campfire jam. From our perspective each year develops it’s own personality.”
The music lineup for the week is as follows:
Monday — Randy Brown, South by Southwest and Asleep at the Wheel
Tuesday — Randy Brown (hosting Welcome Jam), Coalition, Randall King, Whiskey Myers and the Randy Rogers Band
Wednesday — Randy Brown (Bloody Mary Morning Jam), T-Birds Songwriter Winner, Bri Bagwell, Michael Hearne, Brandon Rhyder, Gary P. Nunn, Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sam Riggs, Kevin Fowler and the Cody Johnson Band
Thursday — Randy Brown (Bloody Mary Morning Jam), Clayton Landua, Richard Leigh, Kaitlin Butts, Guy Clark Tribute, Billy Joe Shaver, Radney Foster, Coalition, Flatland Cavalry, Parker McCollum, Mike Ryan, Roger Creager and William Clark Green
Friday — Randy Brown (Bloody Mary Morning Jam), BJ Barham of American Aquarium, Keith Sykes, Walt Wilkins, Max Stalling, Mike McLure and Cody Canada, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Thomas Michael Riley, Mark McKinney, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue and the Josh Abbott Band
Saturday — Randy Brown (Bloody Mary Morning Jam), Erick Willis, Josh Grider, Davin James, the Tejas Brothers, Charla Corn, the Prophets and Outlaws, Josh Weathers, Deryl Dodd, Bart Crow, Larry Joe Taylor, the Casey Donahew Band and Dalton Domino
The five day tickets cost $85 in advance and $110 at the gate. Four day tickets cost $72 in advance and $83 at the gate. Three day tickets cost $61 in advance and $69 at the gate. Two day tickets cost $52 in advance and $58 at the gate. One day tickets, which are only available for Saturday’s concert, cost $25 in advance and $29 at the gate. Tickets are nonrefundable, and no one is allowed to enter after midnight.
Currently, reserved camping, which is for two nights minimum, is available for $29 a day if paid in advance or $35 at the gate. Keystone non-reserved, which is also for a two night minimum, is available for $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the gate. This year Outdoors Geek will be selling camping packages as well.
On Saturday, registration for the chili cook-off will begin at 8 a.m. Showmanship judging for chili begins at 9:30 a.m. The jackpot beans turn-in will be at 12 p.m., and the chili turn-in will be at 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the top ten best chilis and the top three showmanship winners. All proceeds will go to the Morgan Mill First Responders and Rescue and to the Oak Dale Volunteer Fire Department.
LJT has hired a full-time meteorologist to monitor the area for incoming storms or other weather.
Additionally, the Cornerstone Assembly of God, Jesus Crew Ministry will be providing free shuttle rides to and from the festival throughout the week. On Wednesday and Thursday the shuttles will be available from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. From Friday at 6 a.m. to Sunday at 5 a.m. the shuttles will run around the clock. Call Donnie Hill at 254-300-7558 to schedule a ride.
Tarleton State University’s Baptist Student Ministries will also be providing free rides. Their vans will run on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will run around the clock from Friday at 12 p.m. to Sunday at 6 a.m. Call 254-300-7LJT to get a ride.
“The music is the soul of this festival, so we try to keep the focus on that,” Taylor said. “But, if you enjoy camping, being in the outdoor, listening to great live music, sampling vendor food and retail shops, or competing in a chili cook-off all in the same place, this would be a great bucket list adventure.”