If you’re a music fan, then this year’s Bluebonnet Festival is just what you are looking for! A stellar line-up of local artists and performers coupled with a few well-known Texas performers will take the Main Stage on Washington Street, as well as the Jackson Street Stage.
The live music begins Friday evening and jams through Sunday afternoon. Concerts on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon are free. A $10 admission fee will be charged for Saturday night headliner band performances, which includes a street dance. $5 Cooler Charge can be purchased at the gate.
Friday, April 7th
Josh Ward – 8:30pm (Main Stage)
Country Music traditionalist Josh Ward has a unique, almost untouchable voice that grabs your attention. Just a few songs into a set and you will see just why Josh turns heads everywhere he performs. Josh Ward’s influences stretch back to some of the founding fathers of country music like Hank and Lefty, and to the outlaws like Waylon and Willie.
Saturday, April 8th
Ben Watson & The Hired Guns – 12:30pm (Main Stage)
Come enjoy one of Burnet’s best local bands, Hired Guns. This band is a real crowd pleaser, voted several times as Burnet’s Favorite Local Band. The band has performed at the Bluebonnet Festival for the past 14 years. This band plays a variety of music sure to please everyone and has as much fun as the audience. Band members are Ben Watson, Bert Rivera, Lonnie Atkinson, Dodd Meredith and Ricky Turpin.
Shane Shillings – 1:00pm (Jim Hoffpauir Cadillac Stage)
Born and raised in Burnet, Shane Shillings cut his teeth working the oil rigs in West Texas. While there, he formed a band and toured West Texas for several years. Later, he moved back to Burnet and now plays solo shows at local venues and events. His shows include his own originals along with Texas and classic country covers.
Big Anton & The Alley Cats – 2:15pm (Main Stage)
Big Anton & The Alley Cats, a versatile band, showcasing early Rock-n-Roll of the 50’s & 60’s, as well as Rockabilly hits. They are one of the Top 50’s & 60’s Rock-N-Roll bands in Texas! The band is made up of Steven Raby (Big Anton) on lead vocals, piano and rhythm guitar; Lead Guitarist Mike Far, Peter Crowley on Stand-up Bass and Hoyt Stacy on Drums. All four are accomplished musicians and together they appeal to fans of all ages.
Andrew Ham – 2:30pm (Jim Hoffpauir Cadillac Stage)
The festival is featuring homegrown talent in Andrew Ham. He is a talented songwriter who will be sharing some of his original music before the release of his debut album, as well as performing a mix of folk, country and crossover. You can hear more of Andrews music at www.facebook.com/andrewhamband
Cody Beyer – 4:00pm (Main Stage)
Cody is an 18 year old musician who loves to play genres ranging from rap to country. He plays both original songs and covers because he enjoys having songs in his set that other people know. With experience playing in front of crowds ranging from 50 people to over 1,000, Cody is no stranger to large audiences and is looking forward to playing the festival just for the pure enjoyment of presenting live music.
Texas Crossing – 4:30pm (Jim Hoffpauir Cadillac Stage) Also playing Sunday, April 9th at 12pm
Texas Crossing brings the heart of country back to the forefront. With an honest, believable sound, this award winning husband and wife capture the soul of music and deliver audiences a memory of past and present. Rarely do we see the purity and originality that side steps the mainstream and takes us back to our roots!
Saturday Night Concert
JB & The Moonshine Band – 8:30pm (Main Stage)
Some might say the four-piece JB and the Moonshine Band was born the day JB Patterson looked up to see that only three musicians had shown up at his open- call audition in his Tyler, Texas, hometown. Fortunately, Gabe Guevara (drums), Hayden McMullen (lead guitar) and Chris Flores (bass guitar) turned out to be the right three and, after a brief musical and personal get-to-know-you session, everyone realized the stars had aligned to bring them together.
The combination of the band’s great chemistry and JB’s excellent songwriting gives these East Texas boys instant credibility wherever they play. Whether cranking out no-holds-barred honky-tonk drinking tunes or throttling back to sing about matters of the heart, JB and the Moonshine Band tunes have the ring of truth.
HEADLINER: Sam Riggs – 10:15pm (Main Stage)
When Sam Riggs chose to follow his dream of being a professional musician, picking up and leaving his native Florida, he had a decision to make: Nashville or Austin. He ultimately elected to settle in the Texas capital, citing its reputation as an incubator for original talent.
On stage, expect a live show that comes out swinging and keeps the energy high. Having opened for acts that include Chris Knight; Joe Diffie; Kevin Fowler; Pat Green; the Eli Young Band; the Randy Rogers Band; and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sam Riggs & The Night People have become well-educated in the art of working a crowd. Riggs himself never fails to dazzle with his “musical chair” performances that never restrict him to one location on the stage. Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, fiddle, and even drums are all part of the magic that he hypnotically spins on a nightly basis.Tickets Available at the Gate