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Deep Ellum Arts Festival
April 1 - 3

Main Street; 2800 Main Street, Dallas, TX

Main Events International
Amber LaFrance
2630 East Commerce Street; Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 855-1881 ; (800) 538-1881; deb@artlovemagic.com
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
The Deep Ellum Arts Festival first debuted in 1995 as a one block street party and has since become one of the largest visual and performing Arts Festivals in the region achieving international recognition for presenting the finest in original performing and visual artists. The festival now consists of over 100 original bands and singer songwriters performing on 5 stages, 200-juried visual artists displaying and selling their one of a kind works, spontaneous street performances, over 30 restaurants serving scrumptious trendy and classic foods & beverages, and great people watching covering six city blocks and adjacent spaces in the heart of the Deep Ellum Entertainment district. The festival has always been free to attend due to sponsorship underwriting and in-kind support, various grants, exhibitor booth fees and keeping a percentage of all food and beverage sales generated at the festival.

Outlaws and Legends Music Fest ~ 2
April 1-2

Back Porch of Texas; 3350 North Clack Street, Abilene, TX

Backporch Productions, LLC
Mark Powell
4318 La Hacienda Drive; Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 660-8458
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival
Outlaws & Legends Music Festival features the most prolific names in purest Texas Music on one stage than any other festival in the state. This year a total of 30 artists/bands will perform on the Big Country Chevy Stage over 2 days. Only the biggest names in Country and Texas Country Music perform at Outlaws & Legends Music Fest. Proceeds of Outlaws & Legends benefits the Ben Richey Boys Ranch. More information at www.outlawsandlegends.com.

Sunset Music Series
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The Gin at the Co-Op District; 420 US 79, Hutto, TX

City of Hutto
Kim McAuliffe, Downtown & Tourism Manager
401 W. Front Street; Hutto, TX 78634
(512) 759-4029
Activities: Concert season, Food Trucks
The Sunset Music Series is features a variety of musical genres each week. We try to highlight various genres from rock to bluegrass, from country to jazz, and everything in between.

Swing on the Square
April 1-3

Downtown San Marcos; San Marcos, TX

City of San Marcos Main Street Program

Bancroft Family Concerts
April 2

Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Rachel Assi, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219; rogene@fineartschamberplayers.org
Music: Classical, Chamber Music
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents seven concerts of classical chamber music during the 2015-2016 season of the Bancroft Family Concerts. These free concerts are held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October through May. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts capacity crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area. Concerts begin at 3:00pm, doors open at 2:30pm.

An Easter Messiah - Ars Lyrica’s 2015/16 Season
April 2

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX

Ars Lyrica Houston
Kinga Ferguson, Executive Director
4807 San Felipe, Suite 202; Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-7443; (713) 315-2525
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The critically acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Singers from Dallas return for a collaboration on Handel’s Messiah with conductor John Butt, whose recent recording of the Mozart Requiem with the Dunedin Consort won a Gramophone Award in 2014. This Easter Messiah will be a performance of the complete work, with a cast of stellar soloists and full Baroque orchestra.

Heritage Festival
April 2

Elizabeth Milburn Park; 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park, TX

City of Cedar Park Recreation Center
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5500; (512) 401-5500
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
This year's Heritage Festival will be held in conjunction with the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-off. For more information regarding the BBQ Cook-off, please call (512) 260-7800. You are welcome to bring your own ice chest, no glass containers please. Dance to live music, free inflatables, train rides, pony rides, and petting zoo. Fees apply for face painting, carnival games, rock wall, super slide, quad jump, spinner ride, hamster balls, and mechanical bull. Enjoy historical displays, washer tournament, food concessions, free photos with a longhorn (bring your own camera), sack races, stick horse rodeo for ages 3 - 8, demonstrations, and a corn on the cob eating contest.

San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival
April 2 - 3

Helotes Festival Grounds; 12210 Leslie Road

San Antonio Highland Games Association
Larry Sears, President
P.O. Box 5526; San Antonio, TX 78201-0526
(210) 833-2954; (210) 464-2545; jwiesen@satx.rr.com
Music: Celtic
Activities: Music festival, Highland dancing, Bagpipe Bands, Scottish Highland Games
As our Highland Games festival attendees will attest, it is not a Highland Games without bagpipes. Normally held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the games, several pipe bands and piping soloists will march and play together. The result is a thunderous rendition of traditional bagpipe favorites such as Scotland the Brave or Amazing Grace, and other crowd-pleasing favorites. The music of the bagpipe has come to symbolize music at the Games and is reminiscent of Scotland itself. But the pipes and drums are not the only music which can be heard at the San Antonio Highland Games. The San Antonio Highland Games features a wide variety of Celtic music each year playing on three stages throughout the weekend. Many such performances feature fiddling, harp, Celtic bands and other forms of musical entertainment. Though the actual bands will vary year to year, the music performances will typically feature nationally recognized Celtic bands and Celtic folk music performers. In past years, fans packed the main stage to tune in to Celtic rock bands such as Seven Nations and Needfire. These bands have artfully blended bagpipes and Celtic fiddles, with modern rock band instruments to create a unique sound that draws in listeners and creates new fans instantly.

Austin Symphonic Band 2015 -16 Season
April 3, May 8, June 19, July 2, 4

AISD Performing Arts Center; 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, TX

Austin Symphonic Band
Dan L. Wood, Business Manager
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762-6472
(512) 345-7420
Music: Classical, Modern, Concert Band
Activities: Concert season
Music of the Americas. The last indoor concert of the season, celebrating music of all the Americas.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
April 3

SMU Meadow School of the Arts, Caruth Auditorium; 6101 Bishop, Dallas TX

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Pleasures of the Baroque - experience the best early music in the region. Handel’s Acis & Galatea. The final concert of the Traditional Concert Series showcases an early work of Handel from his time at Cannons, whose popularity in both his era and our own has proved to be most enduring. This delightful masque will be given in its original concert form with tenor Scot Cameron as Acis, soprano Rebecca Choate Beasley as Galatea, and bass David Grogan as the blustery villain Polyphemus. Acis and Galatea was the pinnacle of pastoral opera in England. Indeed several writers, such as musicologist Stanley Sadie, consider it the greatest pastoral opera ever composed. As is typical of the genre, Acis and Galatea was written as a courtly entertainment about the simplicity of rural life and contains a significant amount of wit and self-parody. The secondary characters, Polyphemus and Damon, provide a significant amount of humor without diminishing the pathos of the tragedy of the primary characters, Acis and Galatea. The music of the first act is both elegant and sensual, while the final act takes on a more melancholy and plaintive tone. The opera was significantly influenced by the pastoral operas presented at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane during the early 18th century. Reinhard Keiser and Henry Purcell also served as influences, but overall the conception and execution of the work is wholly individual to Handel.

Sammons Jazz Spring 2016 Season ~ 2
April 6

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas

Sammons Center for the Arts
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Launched in 1989, Sammons Jazz is the longest-running jazz series in North Texas that features local jazz artists. Held on the first Wednesday of each month, February-May and September-December, the series presents both legends and rising stars performing the many styles of jazz. Each concert consists of two sets, each about an hour long, with an intermission between sets. Admission includes the concert, a light dinner, beverages, and valet parking. The spring season lineup includes: March 2, Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert with Candace “Mahogany” Miller and Jambox and the Nina Katrina Quintet; April 6, The Legacy of Jazz with the William Foley Quintet and Four Brothers in B♭; and May 4, Artistic Director’s Concert with Arlington Jones & The Brethren and The Soul Gents. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Euphoria ~ 2
April 7 - 10

Carson Creek Ranch; 9501 Sherman Road, Austin, TX

Vivid Sounder Entertainment
Mitchell Morales & Oscar Voigt
600 Congress, 14th Floor; Austin TX 78701
(512) 900-7724; artists@euphoriafest.com
Music: Dance/Electronic, Rap/Hip Hop, Indie, Jam
Activities: Music festival, Art, workshops, yoga, camping
On April 7th-10th, 2016, meet us at Carson Creek Ranch for our 5th anniversary camping & music festival to create, feel and live in the moment.

Burnet Bluebonnet Festival
April 8 -10

Town Square; Burnet, TX

Bluebonnet Festival Committee / Burnet Chamber of Commerce
Damon Beierle
101 North Pierce Street; Burnet, TX 78611
(512) 756-4297; (512) 756-4297
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Tejano, Texas acts
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Burnet Bluebonnet Festival, held the 2nd weekend in April each year is a fun filled event for the whole family. There are activities for all ages to enjoy including a carnival, 5K Run, arts and crafts vendors, the Highland Lakes Air Show, destruction derby and a huge parade. Live entertainment throughout the event featuring the best in local and Texas music. For a schedule of events, go to "http://www.bluebonnetfestival.org.

The Legendary Art Car Ball ~ 2
April 8

One Allen Center; 500 Dallas Street Houston, TX

The Orange Show Foundation
Elaine Dillard
2402 Munger; Houston, TX 77023
(713) 926-6368; (713) 926-CARS; lynette.wallace@icloud.com
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Jazz, Polka, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Art, Food
The Orange Show Art Car Ball is part of the Art Car Weekend, an annual celebration of the drive to create. The Art Car Ball is the most fun fundraiser and the best party in Houston. Past Art Car Ball live music performers include Joe Ely, El Vez, Whiskey Shivers, Brave Combo, the Naughty Ones, Drop Kick Chihuahuas, ReBirth Brass Band, Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys, and Santiago Jimenez, Jr. Proceeds support the Art Car Weekend which features the nation’s largest and oldest Art Car Parade.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
April 9-10, 29, May 13, 28, June 4

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Jazz, Pop, Soul/R&B
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its remarkable 2015-2016 performance season featuring many masters of the art. This season, Carver performances include a rock blues icon considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation,” several all female ensembles in dance and in music, 2 world-class drummers, each with their rhythmic domination, and a Tony Award-winning artist whose style of dance has revolutionized the art form of tap. Highlights of the 2015-2016 Performance Season include: Urban Bush Women on October 17, 2015, Robert Cray on November 7, 2015, The Jones Family Singers on December 12, 2015, The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour on January 23, 2016, The Renaissance Guild on Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, Jazz in Pink on March 12, 2016,Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasión on April 9 & 10, 2016, Lisa Fischer on April 29, 2016, Alfredo Rodriguez on May 13, 2016, An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette on May 28, 2016 and Sheila E. on June 4, 2016. Season subscriptions for the 11 performances are available for only $300 per seat and are available through the Carver Box Office. For additional season subscription information, please call the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234. Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasión - Saturday, April 9, 8pm & Sunday, April 10, 2016, 4pm. ARTE y PASION, led by dancer and artistic director, TAMARA ADIRA, is a company known for pushing the boundaries of flamenco and Spanish dance. Each performance is a visually stunning theatrical event comprised of independent artists, each highly accomplished, who come together to form one of the most contemporary Spanish dance companies in the country. Lisa Fischer - Friday, April 29, 2016, 8 p.m. The delightful singer and songwriter, LISA FISCHER is no stranger to Rolling Stones fans who have seen and heard her singing backup vocals on every tour with the band since 1989. Lisa rose to fame in 1992 when she won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her first single, “How Can I Ease the Pain,” from her album So Intense beating out the “Queen of Soul ” and in an unlikely tie with Patti LaBelle. Lisa has an impressive resume touring, recording and music making with such divas as Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and many others.

Downtown Street and Art Fair
April 9

26th Street, Downtown Bryan, TX; 200 Block of W. 26th Street, Downtown Bryan, TX

Downtown Bryan Association
Nancy De Santiago
P.O. Box 233; Bryan, TX 77803
(979) 822-4920
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Arts and Crafts
We are excited to announce the 7th Annual Downtown Street and Art Fair! The event will take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 from 10am-6pm in the 200 block of W. 26th Street in conjunction with Texas A&M’s Parents Weekend. The event features artists and artisans from across the region selling their handmade creations. There will also be live music, hands on art demonstrations and street performers for your entertainment. Over the last several years, Downtown Bryan has actively fostered arts & culture. This fair continues to build on that by inviting our local artists as well as regional artists to support the rebirth that is occurring there. We hope you can make it out and find a one of a kind treasure of your own. Admission is free and participants are encouraged to spend the afternoon and experience all that Downtown has to offer.

Gumbo Cookoff - Cajun Fesitval
April 9

Anhalt Hall; Anhalt Road at Highway 46

Germania Farmers Verein
David Davenport
1080 Madeline; New Braunfels, TX 78132-4723
(830) 438-2873; (210) 240-2456
Music: Cajun/Zydeco
Activities: Music festival, Gumbo Cook-Off
Germania Famers Verein will sponsor a Cajun Music and Food Festival featuring two cajun bands 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open: 12 p.m. Directions from San Antonio: Highway 281 North to Highway 46, turn left, go 4.1 miles to Anhalt Road, turn right, go straight to fork, veer left to hall. Also look forward to: Renovated 1800's-style farmer's social hall with large wooden dance floor. Plenty of room inside and out. Cajun and Non-Cajun Food, Soda, Beer, Setups--Do not bring beer or wine.

Royal Flush
April 9

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
Maureen Cross, Director of Operations
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
An exploration of the monarchs who loved and supported the musical arts…and the music they helped create. Beethoven “Archduke” Piano Trio, J.S. Bach Trio Sonata from “The Musical Offering," Elgar Piano Quintet

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
April 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30

Scarborough Faire Site; 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie, TX

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Helaine Thompson, Director of Communications
P.O. Box 538; Waxahachie, TX 75168
(972) 938-3247; (903) 814-5044; Entertainment@SRFestival.com
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Renaissance Music
Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is great fun for everyone, 16th Century Style, set in the days of King Henry VIII! Enjoy full combat armored jousts, Birds of Prey exhibitions, Renaissance entertainment on 21 stages, Mermaid Lagoon, a Grande Parade, Human Chess Matches, Renaissance rides, games of skill, exquisite crafts, 200 shoppes and artisan demonstrations. Plus, food Fit for a King, daily beer & wine tastings and 9 pubs & taverns! Located just 30 minutes south of Downtown Dallas.

Kirbyville Magnolia Festival
April 14 - 16

Magnolia Park Grounds; Hwy 96 at Hebo Street, Kirbyville, TX

Magnolia Festival
Vondol Bailey
P.O. Box 687; Kirbyville, TX 75956
(409) 423-3319
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Singing contests
The annual Kirbyville Magnolia Festival is held the third weekend in April at the Magnolia Park on US Highway 96 at Hebo Street. The Festival is sponsored by the Magnolia Festival Committee. All proceeds are used for community development. The event begins with the opening of the carnival on the Wednesday night prior to the third weekend. The carnival runs Wednesday through Saturday, with special arm band nights and rides to suit every age group. Events for Friday and Saturday include arts and crafts, novelty and food vendors; a Saturday morning parade at 10:00 a.m.; a pet show at 1:00 p.m.; and continual entertainment under the pavilion.

Old Settler's Music Festival
April 14 - 17

Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Austin, TX; Farm Road 1826, 11 miles south of Highway 290 West, Austin, TX

Old Settler's Music Festival, Inc.
Jean K Spivey, Executive Director
P.O. Box 151947; Austin, TX 78715
(512) 383-1748; (512) 383-1748
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Kids Talent contest
Old Settler's Music Festival is Central Texas' signature music event featuring Grammy award-winning Americana, arts and crafts, camping, food & libations. Roots music and more-- bluegrass, old-time, jamgrass, folk, gospel, local faves & award-winning artists from around the world. Late night jams around the campfires are a special highlight as well as swimming in beautiful Onion Creek that surrounds the campground.

St. Cecilia Music Series
April 14

First Presbyterian Church of Austin; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
It is St. Cecilia's 21st birthday and she couldn't be more excited! We've lined up a season of special performances to help her celebrate. This season, we will offer discounted season subscriptions in addition to individual concert tickets. Featuring Elaine Barber and Friends on September 25, Anonymous 4 on November 13, Vox Luminis on February 6, 2016 and The Tallis Scholars on April 14, 2016.

Austin Reggae Fest ~ 2
April 15 - 17

Auditorium Shores; Austin, TX

Capital Area Food Bank
Pat Costigan
2200 FM 2001; Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-0435; (512) 312-0435; angela@flamingocantina.com
Music: Reggae, World Beat
Activities: Music festival
Dates for the 2016 Austin Reggae Festival are Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Come to Auditorium Shores for top-quality world music, arts & crafts, ethnic food, and premium people watching. Founded in 1994, the event will again occur at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin, Texas. Stay tuned to this site for complete information on bands, tickets, lodging, parking, what to bring (and what not to bring), plus all other relevant details. For specific Austin Reggae Festival questions, e-mail us at austin reggae fest at gmail dot com. The 2016 Austin Reggae Festival will again benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

Brazoria County Crawfish Festival
April 15-17

MSR Houston ; One Performance Dr., Angleton, TX

Turn To Productions, LLC
Michael Martin
P.O. Box 25111; Houston, TX 77265-2511
(281) 802-2656; (281) 802-2776
Music: Americana, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Arts and Crafts, Food Festival
The Brazoria County Crawfish Festival takes the friendly fun and community feel of a small town fair and serves it up big. This hugely popular, family-friendly event that started as the Pearland Crawfish Festival is moving to an exciting new location – MSR Houston – and expanding to a county-wide event. Enjoy more hot, fresh crawfish at a great price, the best of Cajun and classic festival food, more vendors, more activities, more carnival rides, and more fun! Specialty entertainment includes Splash Dogs, armadillo races, MSR’s high-speed go-karts, contests, and more. The Houston Blues Society Stage has the top local and regional blues favorites and newcomers while the best Zydeco, Texas Country, and Classic Rock raise the roof of the U.S. Backline/Texas Hot Country Stage. A huge selection of unique arts and crafts vendors, a world-class carnival and children's area will provide plenty of activities and fun for adults and kids alike.

Fiesta Oyster Bake
April 15-16

Campus of St. Mary's University; One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX, 78228

St. Mary's University Alumni Association
Steve Rosenauer, Executive Director/Alumni Relations Director
One Camino Santa Maria; San Antonio, TX 78228
(210) 436-3324; (800) 699-9932
Music: Country, Latin Pop, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Carnival, Fireworks
In 1916, fifty St. Mary’s alumni gathered for their annual meeting and officer elections at their Alma Mater, St. Mary’s College, located on the banks of the San Antonio River where the Omni - La Mansion Del Rio Hotel is now located. The meeting was a success, and oysters were served. In 2016, on the current campus of St. Mary’s University, the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association celebrates its 100th Anniversary of Oyster Bake. The event features 100,000 oysters served baked, raw and fried, and 70,000 patrons enjoying 70+ food and beverage items, continuous live musical entertainment, a carnival / family area and a Friday Night Fireworks Spectacular. Join 7,000 volunteers as they contribute their time and talent to help raise money for scholarships and programs benefiting St. Mary’s University students and alumni, as well as the San Antonio community.

Austin Classical Guitar International Concert Series
April 16

AISD Performing Arts Center; 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
YAMANDU COSTA Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM - AISD Performing Arts Center. We had never seen anything like it. Yamandu took mesmerizing, brilliant virtuosity to a whole new level when he last visited. We were thrilled to be part of a group of three presenters to bring him to the US for the very first time, and we’re positively giddy to have him return. Yamandu will play more notes in one concert than you can possibly imagine. He’ll be smiling the whole time, and so will you.

Starlight Music Series
April 16

Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater; 1015 Colgate Drive, College Station

The City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department
Gerry Logan
P.O. Box 9960; 1000 Krenek Tap Road; College Station, TX 77804
(979) 764-3486
Music: Country, Cowboy, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Singer/Songwriter Contest
Lovers of all types of music have ventured to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater since 2002 to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment in the Starlight Music Series. The series is known for quality shows, beautiful grounds, and down home hospitality. Families, friends and visitors can load up their picnic baskets, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of entertainment under the stars. For the first time ever, musicians can compete in a Voters' Choice Contest for the chance to play at the final Starlight Music Series concert on July 2. The contest is open to bands or singer/songwriters 16 years or older. After a panel of community judges choose the 10 finalists, the public will vote from May 10-June 10. The three artists with the most votes each will receive one hour of stage time! For more information on the contest and for music samples from each artist, visit cstx.gov/starlight. Have questions? Contact parks@cstx.gov or call 979.764.3486. ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE April 16: Prophets & Outlaws, with guest Austin Jones Band May 7: Satisfaction (international Rolling Stones show), with guest Def Leggend (Def Leppard tribute) May 28: Two Tons of Steel, with guests Colton O’Neill and Chubby Knuckle Choir June 11: Memphis Train Revue, with guests Gabrielle Ayers, G.R.A.C.E. and Dysfunkshun Junkshun June 25: Shane Smith & the Saints, with guests John Baumann and Katye Hamlin July 2: VOTERS’ CHOICE

Texas Tech/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival
April 16

Allen Theatre at Texas Tech University; 18th Street and Boston Avenue, Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University School of Music
Stephen Jones, Director of Jazz Studies
Box 42033; Lubbock, TX 79409-2033
(806) 834-8379
Music: Big Band, Jazz
Activities: Awards show, Music festival
The Texas Tech/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival features performances from high school jazz ensembles from around the state, and major international jazz performers. This Saturday, April 16 at 7:30pm in TTU's Allen Theatre will feature in concert international jazz trombone artist Bill Watrous with the TTU Jazz Ensemble I.

Larry Joe Taylor's Texas Music Festival and Chili Cookoff
April 18 - 23

Melody Mountain Ranch; 1290 Private Road 707 , Stephenville, TX

Melody Mountain Ranch, Inc
Larry Joe Taylor, Sherry Taylor
4217 County Road 423; Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 968-8505; (254) 968-8505
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, Chili Cook-Off
The "Best Outdoor Music Event in the State", Larry Joe Taylor's 28th Annual Texas Music Festival and C.A.S.I. sanctioned Chili Cook-off is once again scheduled to be held at Melody Mountain Ranch just outside of Stephenville, TX. This long-standing annual spring celebration of original music draws over 50,000 people from across the US and Europe and has gained international recognition for showcasing the most talented singer/songwriters in the nation. The 2016 entertainment lineup will include many original songwriters and bands from across the U.S. For additional information or to purchase tickets please visit www.larryjoetaylor.com, or call the festival office at 254.968.8505 Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
April 21

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, 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.

Sammons Cabaret Spring 2016 Season
April 21

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX

Sammons Center for the Arts
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Activities: Concert season
Created as an adjunct to the acclaimed Sammons Jazz series, the Snyder Family Series of Sammons Cabaret showcases the top vocalists in North Texas performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, ballads, torch songs, and jazz standards. Held on the third Thursday of each month, February-May and September-December, the series is held in an intimate setting where the singer is the focal point and the audience is able to create a connection with each song. Each concert consists of two sets with an intermission between sets. Admission includes the concert, light appetizers, beverages, and valet parking. The spring season lineup includes: March 17, Corey Breedlove; April 21, Janelle Lutz; and May 19, Denise Lee, the 2013 Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year.

Art in the Square
April 22 - 24

Southlake Town Square; South Carroll Ave. & Southlake Blvd.

Southlake Women's Club
Kris Nelson
P.O. Box 92611; Southlake, TX 76092
(817) 296-3387; norma.whitt@charter.net
Music: Children's, Country, Jazz
Activities: Fine Art Show
The annual Art in the Square Festival is a three-day community event. Now in its 17th year, the festival has raised over $2,300,000 for area charities. The 2016 event will be held April 22-24th in Southlake Town Square in Southlake, TX. Art in the Square is a juried art fair hosted by The Southlake Women's Club, Inc. In addition to the over 150 renowned artists , the Art in the Square Festival also offers music, activities, and food for all ages.

Germanfest ~ 2
April 22 - 24

City Park; Highway 82 and Maple Street, Muenster, TX

Muenster Chamber of Commerce
Lilly Palmer
P.O. Box 714; Muenster, TX 76252
(940) 759-2227
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Children's, Country, Cover/Tribute, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Metal, Polka, Pop, Rock, Western Swing
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Bicycle rally, Fun Run, BBQ cook off , Professional wrestling tournament
Muenster was founded in 1889 by people of German heritage and Catholic faith. This unique German community located in North Texas, of approximately 1,500, is a close-knit family in both kinship and kindred spirit. This family, of common heritage and faith, throws one of the biggest parties in Texas, Germanfest, the last full weekend in April. This three-day festival attracts thousands to mouthwatering German sausage, scrumptious apple strudel, hearty cheeses and homemade bread, cakes and pies. So, come to Muenster and let us be your host for food, fun and frolic. Be sure to bring a "guten apetit." Plan to participate in one or more of our exciting activities. Events include a 5k and 15k Germanfest Fun Run, a Metric Century Bicycle Rally, a Sausage and Rib Cook-Off, and other assorted competitions. There will be entertainment for the whole family, including mimes, magicians, clowns and storytellers, or the Karneval and Kinder Theater for the children, while Mom and Dad delight in dancing, music, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall, folk dancing, and two stages with non-stop entertainment. Located on U.S. Highway 82, 14 miles west of I-35, about 70 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Muenster is waiting to welcome you to their community and entertain you at Germanfest.

Main Street Fest
April 22 - 24

Downtown; Grand Prairie, TX

City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation
Erin Fralicks, Recreation Events Supervisor
400 College Street; Grand Prairie, TX 75050
(972) 237-8110
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, arts and crafts, food and beer, family festival
The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is hosting the 5th Annual Main Street Fest, scheduled for April 22-24th on the 200 block of W. Main Street and surrounding areas. Along with our selected performers, this FREE festival will celebrate the fun, festive, family atmosphere of Grand Prairie with LIVE! Music and Headlining Performances, Local Novelty Entertainment, Carnival Rides, Arts & Crafts, Food and Beer Gardens, a KIDZONE and so much more!

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
April 23, May 21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
IMAGINE the world’s most acclaimed musicians brought together for a single performance – not in London, New York, or Prague, but here in North Texas. Our 28th season presents 30 superstars of classical music in six unique concert programs – just for you. April 23, CMI brings back the Grand Duo of pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse in an exotic program that literally spans the globe. Program: Solo de concours....André Messager, Sonata in Eb Major for Clarinet and Piano....Johannes Brahms, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22....Frédéric Chopin Premiére Rhapsodie....Claude Debussy, Lecuonerias from The Cape Cod Files....Paco D’Rivera, Four Views for Clarinet and Piano....Gordon Goodwin and Full Stride Ahead + from Four Rags for Two Jons....John Novacek. Performances: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:30PM at Dallas City Performance Hall. Artists: Jon Nakamatsu - Piano and Jon Manasse - Clarinet.

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
April 23

Austin American Statesman; 305 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX

Roadway Productions, LLC
French Smith
12305 Twin Creek Drive; Manchaca, TX 78652-3719
(512) 441-9015
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Music includes Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, Blues, Rock, & Jazz plus dance & burlesque (No Nudity). BRING AN APPETITE! 5,000 POUNDS OF FREE CRAWFISH! Increased quantity and cooking capability due to popular demand. Limit 1 plate at a time while supplies last and we're hoping 7,000 pounds lasts quite a while! Kids Activities include Monster Water Balls and Bounce Houses plus free playscape.

April 28 - May 1

Trinity Park; 2900 Trinity Park Drive, Fort Worth, TX

Mayfest, Inc.
Emily Allison, Marketing Manager, Elizabeth Basham, Executive Director
6115 Camp Bowie Boulevard, No. 160; Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 332-1055; mayfest@mayfest.org
Music: Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Family Fun
Mayfest is a Fort Worth family festival that is set on 33 acres in beautiful Trinity Park. Mayfest offers fun for the whole family with 7 stages of live entertainment, special attraction shows, carnival rides, confetti eggs, the best festival food and beverages, an Art & Gift Market and a special children's area. Mayfest is proud to showcase the best in local and Texas music.

Annual Fredstock Music Festival
April 29

Longwith RTF Building; 168 West Courtland Place, San Antonio, TX

The Music Business Program at San Antonio College
Donnie Meals
1819 N. Main Avenue; San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 486 1380; wmeals@alamo.edu
Music: Americana, Rock, Alternative
Activities: Music festival, Vendor Booths, Food Trucks, Craft Beer
The Annual Fredstock Music Festival is a chance for Music Business students to get hands-on learning of every aspect of putting together a music showcase. Festival organizer Donnie Meals, who is also the Music Business Program Coordinator and faculty at SAC, says, "Fredstock is hands-on training. It's part of the process that our students will be doing out there in the industry. "The students get to perform music business roles from booking the bands and vendors to preparing stage logistics and creating festival promotions. Every annual festival brings in an array of music fans to hear different performing bands and walk through the sponsored booths of art and crafts, community business sponsors, vendors and food trucks. This free event features popular local and regional talent. Slated to perform this year are Javier Escovedo and the City Lights, The Hickoids, Benny Harp and The Anthony Wright Band. Show date is April 29th, 5 to 10pm.

Crawfish Festival
April 29-30

Comal County Fairgrounds; 701 Common Street, New Braunfels, TX

TIF Promotions
Ken Jenkines
8015 River Road; New Braunfels, TX 78132
(512) 658-3825; (830) 625-1505
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: Music festival, 5K run, Gumbo cook-off
Ben Jones, organizer of the Crawfish Festival of New Braunfels had been having a crawfish fest at his home for 14 years. After his wife said no to the loads of tour buses pulling up to her front door, Jones moved the increasingly popular event to the Comal County Fairgrounds. Now the event features three stages of live music, rides for the kiddos, the " Battle of the Roux" Gumbo Cook-Off, a 5K Crawdaddy Dash, an art/craft market, and 10,000 lbs. of the best tasting mudbugs this side of the Louisana border. Featuring Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Kurt Reece, Midnight River Choir and Slim Bawb and “The Fabulous Stumpgrinders.”

Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival
April 29, 30, May 1

Festival Gardens at Nelson Park; E.S. 11th and Loop 322, Abilene TX

United Way of Abilene
United Way of Abilene
PO Box 82; Abilene, TX 79604
(325) 677-1841
Activities: Music festival, Food Trucks
The 2nd annual Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival benefiting United Way of Abilene will feature some of the best artists in the blues industry. The 2 night festival features Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Lisa Mann, Samantha Fish, Mike Zito, and Albert Cummings! A newly added Gospel Brunch featuring Kirk House and the New Light Baptist Church Choir will take place on May 1. Tickets and information at keycityblues.com

Edgefest ~ 2
April 30

Toyota Stadium; 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX

iHeart Media 102.1 The EDGE, KDGE-FM
Abby Haynie, Marketing Director; Lili Villarreal, Asst Marketing Director; Jay Shannon, Program Director
14001 North Dallas Parkway, No. 300; Dallas, TX 75240
(214) 866-8000
Music: Rock, Alternative
Activities: Music festival
The Edge presents Edgefest, a one day festival, held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The day long festival brings Alternative rock artists from around the globe, both upcoming and established artists. Headlining acts have ranged from Pearl Jam, Beck, The Black Keys and many more. Don't miss the show Saturday, April 30th at Toyota Stadium featuring Cage The Elephant, The 1975, Bastille, Silversun Pickups, Chrvches, Foals, The Struts, The Joy Formidable, Good Charlotte, Blue October, XAmbassadors, JR JR, Nothing But Thieves and The Strumbellas.

Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition ~ 2
April 30

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jamie Allen, Director of Education
2301 Flora Street, Suite 300; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-4019 ; (214) 953-1218
Music: Classical
Activities: Awards show, Competition
2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, hosted by The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This competition identifies and encourages the highest level of musical talent in the south central United States. The competition for Strings & Piano is open to applicants between the ages of 8-18 (inclusive) who reside in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, or Arkansas. The final round takes place in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on Saturday morning, April 30th. Complimentary coffee service starts at 9:30am, with the finalists’ performances beginning at 10am. Winners of the competition receive substantial scholarships for further music study, with the first place winner also earning an invitation to perform as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony at a later date.