August - Texas Music Events Calendar 2015

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Jackson Street Market Days
August 1

Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Arts and crafts
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.

Songwriter Saturdays
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Beckert Park; 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Shelbi Stofer
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851; (972) 450-6231
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
Activities: Music festival
Songwriter Saturdays gives you the opportunity to enjoy summer evenings under the stars in beautiful Beckert Park. Listen to live music from the area's best singer/songwriters while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants. Concerts are from 8-10 p.m.

Acoustic Music Camp ~ 2
August 6-8

South Oaks Church; 5925 US Highway 287, Arlington, TX

Acoustic Plus, Inc
Gerald Jones
5435 North Garland Avenue, Suite 140; Garland, TX 75040
(214) 236-0783
Music: Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music Instruction
A three day music camp for acoustic musicians teaching you how to play better Mandolin, Bluegrass & Clawhammer Banjo, Flatpick Guitar, Bass, Fiddle, Songwriting / Vocals, Dobro & Fingerstyle Guitar. Small class sizes with hands-on instruction and an emphasis on fun is what you can expect at Acoustic Music Camp 2014. Come join us this August in Dallas and learn to make better music in a friendly, supportive environment. Only 15 minutes away from DFW Airport and conveniently near major malls, Six Flags Over Texas, and water parks. We chose our talented lineup of instructors because they are great pickers, great teachers, and great people.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival
August 6-16

Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre; 125 Pioneer Plaza

El Paso Community Foundation
Doug Pullen
333 North Oregon Street; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 533-4020
Music: Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock
The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world's largest film festival devoted to classic cinema. With more than 85 screenings, concerts, and fun celebrity events, the PCFF is an amazing spectacle in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, a 1930's movie palace restored in 2006 as a state-of-the-art, breathtaking atmospheric theatre. In its seventh year, the festival offers access to some of the best movies ever made for the best prices you'll find anywhere--all-access passes are $200 and tickets range from $0 to $10. Bands who have performed include The Royalty, Sleepercar, Mexicans at Night, and The Lusitania. It all takes place in El Paso, Texas, under the West Texas sky--indoors and out.

Summer Showcase
August 6, 13, 20, 27

Buddy Holly Center; 1801 Crickets Ave., Lubbock, TX 79401

Buddy Holly Center
1801 Crickets Ave; Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 775-3560; (806) 775-3566
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Mariachi, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season
Summer Showcase is a concert series held in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center weekly from May through September. Summer Showcase features regional musicians, and the series provides area songwriters a forum to present their original compositions to a receptive and diverse Lubbock audience. Showcases are traditionally held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30pm and are free to the public.

Music in the Park
August 7, 21

Pfluger Park; 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Activities: Concert season
The 2015 Friday night summer outdoor concert series will feature two bands per week in celebration of Pflugerville’s 50th birthday, and pairs new artists with seasoned performers. Food and desserts are available for purchase at 6 p.m., or bring a picnic dinner. Music starts at 6:30 p.m., and ends at 9:30 p.m. Children can have lots of fun at the playground onsite. The sounds of nearby Gilleland Creek cools those hot summer nights, while the musicians on stage heat up the crowd for dancing, or relaxing on blankets and lawn chairs. Giveaways and games at intermission. Pets on leashes and alcohol are allowed. A special 50th Birthday Party adds to the concert scene on Friday, July 24. Free admission. Limited parking on site, but parking in nearby neighborhoods is allowed.

Second Saturdays
August 8

Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069

McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month.

Pioneer Days Festival and Rodeo ~ 2
August 12-15

T & P Railroad Trail Head Park; US Hwy 82 & Ellis Street

New Boston Chamber of Commerce
Kelley Branson, General Chairman
100 North Center Street; New Boston, TX 75570-2935
(903) 628-2581
Music: Country, Gospel
Activities: County fair, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance
Pioneer Days begins Thursday with Gospel Singing. Amusement rides, arm band night Thursdays. Friday continues with amusement rides, arts & crafts, retail products for sale, street dance and plenty of good food to buy. Activities on Saturday include: Pancake breakfast, parade, turkey shoot, and the 4-Wheeler Mud Races with entry fee and cash prizes for winners. All day entertainment, arts & crafts, retail products for sale. Live entertainment all day. Fiddlers Contest. Juried Art Show. Awards to be presented to winners of Quilt Show, Baked Goods, Canned Goods. Free Kid Games. Amusement Rides. More good food to buy. Petting zoo, pony rides, dunking booth, kid train rides, human Gyro, giant kid slide, and rock wall climbing.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

The Grapevine; Gruene, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.

Margarita and Salsa Festival ~ 2
August 29

Extraco Events Center; Waco, TX

Heart of Texas Branch of the Arthritis Foundation
Rachel Martinez, Special Event Director
824 Hewitt Drive, Suite 400, No. 377; Waco, TX 76712
(254) 776-1660
Music: Country, Cowboy, Jazz
Activities: margarita, salsa, and queso contest
The Arthritis Foundation and the Heart O Texas Fair Complex have partnered to present the 17th annual Margarita & Salsa Festival on Saturday, August 25th. The event will feature the best country music in Texas and will continue the tradition of the popular contest where local restaurants and individuals vie for the title of Best Margarita, Salsa, Queso and/or Guacamole. Enjoy the event in the comfort of the VIP area. $150 per person includes food, beverages, seating, cooling fans, parking, and gift bag.