July - Texas Music Events Calendar 2015

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Cool Canyon Nights ~ 2
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre; 1500 McKelligon Canyon Drive, El Paso, TX

El Paso Live
Ricky Nichols, Summer Programs Specialist
One Civic Center Plaza; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-0609; (915) 534-0633
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Cool Canyon Nights returns this summer for another season of free music. Every Thursday, beginning May 8th, enjoy free music in beautiful McKelligon Canyon. Relax with a night full of music and the cool canyon breeze. Patio acts start at 6:00 p.m. and last 45 minutes. Headlining bands will take the stage at approximately 7:00 p.m. Cool Canyon Nights VIPs enjoy free h’orderves in the National Furniture Liquidators VIP Lounge. Become a VIP by grabbing a Cool Canyon Nights VIP card at the National Furniture Liquidators location at 8600 Gateway Blvd E or at the KISS-FM Studios at 4180 N. Mesa. Other events happening during the concert include weekly prizes from Price’s Creameries and a donation center from Townsquare Cares, which will be taking donations to benefit MWR at Fort Bliss, thanks to Southwest University. Just because the concerts are done doesn’t mean your night has to end! Head to The Pershing Inn and Ray’s Backyard for the official Cool Canyon Nights After Party.

Summer in the Park, Concert Series
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

San Marcos Plaza; 206 North CM Allen Parkway

The San Marcos Performing Arts Association, the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, and the San Marcos Arts Commission
Barry Britton, Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 651; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-8400; Fax (512) 739-7240
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Concert season
Free concert series featuring live music shows from Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm, along the banks of the San Marcos river. Summer in the Park promotes area musicians and presents a variety of musical styles in a family-friendly environment.

Summer Showcase
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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.

Kaboom Town! ~ 2
July 3

Addison Arts & Events District; 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Barbara Kovacevich
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Fireworks Show and Air Show
Kaboom Town! is Addison's most explosive party of the year, which features dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus food, live music by military bands and popular local acts, spectacular Cavanaugh Flight Museum's historic warbird flyovers, and more. Rated one of the top 10 fireworks shows in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more, Kaboom Town! promises spectacular views from just about anywhere in Addison. Avoid the traffic delays and stay after the fireworks for a free movie. Bands may submit materials via the website at: "http://www.addisontexas.net/events/KaboomTown/Applications_and_Forms/

Pfirecracker Pfestival
July 3

Lake Pflugerville; East Pflugerville Parkway at Weiss Lane

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Music: Country
Activities: firework show
The Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival features a perfectly sunny 4th of July Texas day, beautiful Lake Pflugerville, live music featuring the Fireants and Marshall Ford Swing Band, swimming, fun and games, lots of good food, canoe rides and of course...a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. Don't miss this fun-filled family event.

4th of July Parade and Celebration
July 4

Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5000; (512) 401-5508; Fax tara.mcalister@cedarparktx.us
Activities: Music festival, Annual Event
Come celebrate with us and enjoy a dance with live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, super slide, quad jump, spinner ride and rock wall. Recommended parking areas: CPHS, CPMS and ACC.

Freedom Over Texas
July 4

Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou; 500 Allen Parkway

City of Houston
Marna Fredericks
Pennzoil Place / South Tower - 711 Louisiana, Suite 2050; Houston, TX 77002
(713) 224-9115; (832) 393-0868
Music: Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Fireworks
Houston will set the stage for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker's official Fourth of July event, Freedom Over Texas. The annual event is held on July 4, culminating with one of the nation's largest land-based fireworks shows. The event is located at downtown in Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou from 4 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Gonzales Main Street Concert Series
July 4

Confederate Square; Saint Joseph Street

City of Gonzales, Texas - Main Street
Barbara Friedrich, Main Street Administrator
P.O. Box 547; Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-2815
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, antique cars, and vendors
Gonzales Main Street Concert Series: o New - Fourth of July concert and fireworks show at Confederate Square. o Features - Variety of music, additional attractions like antique cars, games for children, vendors. o Benefits - Provides entertainment alternative for residents, brings revenue into the downtown area, family oriented. o Community support - The business community, as well as the community as a whole, responded very favorably to the concert series. The event is supported by the Gonzales City Council, the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce as well as heavily backed by The Gonzales Cannon and The Gonzales Inquirer, Texas Thunder Radio and KCTI-AM 1450. o Sponsor benefits - Information placed in all advertising, logo on the poster which is distributed throughout South Texas (if agreement reached by March 30), featured in news stories, donation photo placed in The Gonzales Cannon and The Gonzales Inquirer, banner featured on stage for each weekend, announced repeatedly during each concert. *All concerts will be held at Confederate Square in downtown Gonzales.

Rockport Arts Festival
July 4-5

Waterfront in Ski Basin Area; 902 Navigation Circle

Rockport Art Association
Beverly Trifonidis
902 Navigation Circle; Rockport, TX 78382-2780
(361) 729-5519; (361) 729-5519
Music: Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock
The Rockport Arts Festival features food, fine arts and master crafts, and a variety of music, including jazz, blues, folk, classical, country, and pop/rock, also a children's activity area. The primary focus of the festival is the artwork sold by the 120 artists juried into the Art Festival. Musicians are local.

Cactus Pear Music Festival
July 5-19

Coker United Methodist Church, Boerne First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church; 231 East North Loop Road; 205 James Street; 373 Howard Street

Cactus Pear Music Festival
Renee' Davis, Executive Director
P.O. Box 880; Converse, TX 78109-0880
(210) 838-2218
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
It's hard to believe but the 15th season is here and gone with lots of wonderful memories of great performances still running through our heads. It's always sad to hear that last note of the last concert; but, it reminds us of how much more music there is to experience, whether with another CPMF season a mere 9 months away or, better yet, with a great SAS season in swing as well as concerts by Olmos Ensemble, Camarata, Tuesday Musical Club and San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concert Series
July 7, 14, 21, 28

Old Town Lewisville; Main & Church Streets

City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-5082
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Western Swing
Activities: Concert season
The popular “Sounds of Lewisville” concert series, a free family favorite since 1991, is held in Old Town Lewisville. Concerts start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows.

Music in the Park
July 10, 24

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.

Jackson Street Market Days
July 11

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.

Second Saturdays
July 11

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.

Songwriter Saturdays
July 11, 18, 25

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.

Camp Bluegrass
July 13-17

South Plains College; 1401 South College Avenue, Levelland

Camp Bluegrass and South Plains College
Paula Carr, Joe Carr, Alan Munde
210 Tanglewood Lane; Levelland, TX 79336
(806) 894-9611 Ext. 2341; (806) 239-2587
Music: Bluegrass
Activities: Instructional Music Camp
Camp Bluegrass is a one-week residential picking camp for bluegrass musicians. It is held each July at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas located 30 miles West of Lubbock. Campers stay in dorms on campus or in conveniently located RV sites. Motels are also available in town. Food service is provided in the SPC cafeteria. Camp Bluegrass 2012 celebrates Bill Monroe’s 100th birthday year with a special week of activities dedicated to the Father of Bluegrass Music! Faculty includes former members of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys: Roland White (guitar ‘67-‘69,) Robert Bowlin (fiddle ‘93-‘96) and Jim Moratto (banjo ‘73-‘74.) Faculty will devote class time to Monroe’s music.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
July 16, 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.

Night in Old Fredericksburg ~ 2
July 18

Market Square; Downtown Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Debbie Garner
302 East Austin; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-8515
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival, Ethnic festival
Night in Old Fredericksburg features German country music, folk dancers, and the best food in the Hill Country, including our famous Opa's sausage. Polka bands perform Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and night. In a nod to local nostalgia, the Wagon Aces will take the stage Friday night. Those who grew up in Fredericksburg will remember the Wagon Aces as a staple at local events, weddings and dance venues. If you have not heard the Wagon Aces, you simply must! Saturday our headliner is Max Stalling with opening performance by Thomas Michael Riley.

Great Texas Balloon Race
July 21-26

East Texas Regional Airport; 269 Terminal Circle Longview, TX 75603

Great Texas Balloon Race
Frankie Parsons
410 North Center Street; Longview, TX 75601
(903) 237-4000; (903) 753-3281
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: Music festival, Sporting event
The Great Texas Balloon Race is a sporting/music event. Eighty of the best balloon pilots in the country compete for $30,000 prize purse and $10,000 Key Grab. Concerts on Friday and Saturday night have featured local, regional and national talent. Past headliners included Eddy Raven and Perfect Stranger, Kevin Fowler and the Eli Young Band. Friday, August 1st - Roger Creager in concert at 9:30 pm. Saturday, August 2nd - Tracy Lawrence in concert at 9:30 pm.

Southwest Music Summer Exhibition
July 23-28

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; San Antonio, TX

Robin Tovar
1002 Central Parkway South; San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 492-8878
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Southwest Music Summer Exhibition is a comprehensive convention/exhibition for all music educators. Attendees can benefit from the strong music market in Texas and the Southwest United States while enjoying San Antonio's culture, food and entertainment.

Texas Bandmasters Association Convention Clinic ~ 2
July 23-26

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; 200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX

Texas Bandmasters Association
Michael Brashear, Executive Director
1002 Central Parkway South; San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 492-8878
Music: Big Band, Classical, Jazz, Marching Band
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Texas Bandmasters Association has worked diligently over the past 66 years to further the cause of instrumental music education in the communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities. Meeting the needs of instrumental teachers and the youth of Texas is a never ending challenge.

Viva Big Bend ~ 2
July 23-26

Alpine/Marfa/Fort Davis/Marathon; Alpine, TX

Viva Big Bend
Stewart Ramser
P.O. Box 50273; Austin, TX 78763-0273
(512) 472-6630
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Pop, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Viva Big Bend is a celebration of music and Texas. Produced by Texas Music Magazine, Viva Big Bend is part music festival and part music-industry conference, which showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, talented people and a diverse culture. Approximately 55 music acts (representing a wide variety of styles) are expected to be showcased in at least eight venues. In addition to the music, events will be offered for music-industry representatives. Confirmed venues hosting music showcases include: Railroad Blues (Alpine), Granada Theatre (Alpine), Reata (Alpine), Padre's (Marfa), Planet Marfa (Marfa), Lost Horse (Marfa), Gage Hotel (Marathon), and the Kelly Outdoor Theater (Fort Davis).