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Austin Chamber Music Center - 2016-2017 Season: In Motion
April 1

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican
Activities: Concert season
Red Snapper, March 31/April 1 Combining poetry and music, song and images, with a playful and brilliant nod to one of the greatest-ever pieces of chamber music. Friday Private Home, 7:30 PM $80 Saturday First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Avenue 7:00 PM complimentary pre-concert wine reception, 7:30 PM concert

April 1

Snook, TX; 4 Miles From Snook

Chilifest Incorporated
PMB 328, 1511 South Texas Avenue; College Station, TX 77840
(979) 695-2998
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Chilifest is one of the most anticipated events each year in the Brazos Valley. It's organized by Chilifest Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The annual event draws over 20,000 people. All the proceeds from the festival go to local community organizations. Last year it was over $100,000. Friday features music from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday events start @ 10 a.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m. (artist lineup TBA).

Cliburn at the Modern
April 1

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX

Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.
2525 Ridgmar Blvd, Suite 307; Fort Worth, TX 76116
Music: Classical
All performances begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, located at 3200 Darnell Street in Fort Worth's Cultural District. Saturday, April 1, 2017 Gabriela Lena Frank, composer. In the midst of our busy, multitasking lives, the recital experience offers something different, something needed: a pure connection. With our fellow audience members, with the artists on stage-but, more than anything, with the music. We stop for an hour or two, put down our phones, and allow the music to speak to us through its finely-trained and consummate ambassadors, who are - as described by Van Cliburn - but its witnesses and messengers. It is a seemingly paradoxical, uniquely valuable time when we can commune with others for a journey that is, at its core, introspective. Our guarantee for these Cliburn Concerts is to bring the world's best witnesses and messengers to Fort Worth's finest concert venues each season to deliver some of the best music ever written directly to you. We hope to connect with you soon.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
April 1

Zion Lutheran Church; Dallas TX

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri - Passion Concert: Bach's Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, and the first Lutheran oratorio, Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri. We offer Bach's very first cantata, also on a song by Martin Luther, to continue our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, along with a most beautiful and historically significant piece by Buxtehude. For Bach, this composer was paramount - he walked 200 miles each way to experience Buxtehude's music at the cathedral in L'beck and overstayed his leave to soak up more of the master's knowledge and genius.

Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month (DJAM)
April 1-30

Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month Consortium
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator at the Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Concerts, film screenings and more highlight this month-long celebration of jazz. The festivities are presented by consortium members and include a free concert and open house Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with music and giveaways at the Dallas City Performance Hall, and a free screening of the documentary film, "Bill Evans Time Remembered" Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the film producer, presented by the USA Film Festival at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.

La Follia Austin Baroque Concert Season
April 1-2

First Presbyterian Church ; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX

La Follia Austin Baroque
P.O. Box 29773; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 879-6404
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Fooled Ya! Celebrate April Fool's with Suzanne Bona and KMFA. Suzanne Bona, creator and host of the nationally syndicated "Sunday Baroque" radio program helps us celebrate KMFA's 50th anniversary. In this April Fool's special, we perform beautiful, often very famous, works, which are either completely mis-attributed or forgeries. Great fun with Suzanne personally engaging the audience. Can you spot the fakes? 1. Perhaps the most famous piece for pipe organ. 2. The orchestral pieces arranged by Stravinsky in Pulcinella. 3. A famous adagio for organ and strings. 4. Perhaps the most famous Baroque opera aria ever. 5. A divertimento used by Brahms for a famous set of variations. In addition, La Follia will perform music by composers whose true identities will astonish you. In this concert, you can be certain of nothing....except great music, hosted by a national star, celebrating one of the best classical music radio stations in the USA.

Montgomery County Fair
April 1-9

Montgomery County Fairgrounds; FM 1484

Montgomery County Fair Association
Beth Traylor
P.O. Box 869; Conroe, TX 77305
(936) 760-3631; (936) 760-3247
Music: Country, Rock, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
The Montgomery County Fair, Rodeo and Barbecue Cook-Off has a little bit of something for everyone. Bring the whole family to enjoy the competitions, concerts, exhibits, carnival and much, much more! Each year, new attractions and events are added, so you never know what you might find! The combined support of our 600 volunteers, 2,000 members and the surrounding community businesses and residents has made the Fair the largest event in Montgomery County, and we are still growing!

San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival
April 1-2

Helotes Festival Grounds; 12210 Leslie Road

San Antonio Highland Games Association
Jenni May-Dennis, President
P.O. Box 5526; San Antonio, TX 78201-0526
(210) 464-2545; music@sahga.org
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.

Walker County Fair
April 1-8

Walker County Fairgrounds; 4 miles west on IH-45/Highway 30

Walker County Fair Association
Bobby Lane
P.O. Box 1817; Huntsville, TX 77342-1817
(936) 291-8763
Music: Country
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
Welcome to the Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, TX. The WCFA plans a week of fun and exciting family activities for those of all ages. Activities include family entertainment, carnival attractions, professional rodeo and youth projects. The fair is the youth's week to shine as they exhibit their skills and show what they have learned from their projects. A schedule of events is available online.

Ars Lyrica's 2016/17 Season - Classical Spectres
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.

Austin Symphonic Band 2016/2017 Season
April 2

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

Austin Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762
(512) 956-7420
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
"The Stars Come Out" Clint Foreman, Flute, Boston Symphony Clint Foreman is Second Flute with the Boston Symphony and a former member of the New World Symphony. 

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society Concert Series
April 2

Del Mar College East - Wolfe Recital Hall; Ayers at Kosar

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
Joan Allison, Program Chair
P.O. Box 60124; Corpus Christi, Texas 78466-0124
(361) 888-7785; jallison3@stx.rr.com
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Spectrum Brass + Ralph Votapek & Elizabeth Stoner

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Gala ~ 2
April 5

Junior League of Houston

Young Audiences of Houston
Katy Cartland
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230; Houston, TX 77027
(713) 520-9264
Activities: Gala
Young Audiences of Houston is hosting their annual gala on April 5th.  This years's honorees are Robert L. Lynch - President & CEO, Americans for the Arts and Richard A. Carranza - Superintendent - HISD. Emcee is Bill Stubbs. Proceeds from the event will benefit Young Audiences of Houston's outreach programs serving over 237,800 children across the region each year in local schools, hospitals, community centers, libraries and juvenile detention centers. Young Audiences of Houston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Sammons Jazz: Jazz Treasures
April 5

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

Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Music: Jazz, Cabaret
Activities: Concert season
Opening Set: Mike Steinel's Lone Star Jazz Quintet - Led by jazz trumpeter and composer Mike Steinel, the Lone Star Jazz Quintet performs original music as well as standard repertoire from a number of jazz traditions: West Coast cool, soul/fusion, New Orleans second line, and timeless tunes from the Great American Songbook. This A-list quintet includes Rosana Eckert on vocals, Pat Coil on piano, Steve Barnes on drums, and Jeff Eckels on bass. Second Set: Shelley Carrol Quartet - Little wonder that saxophonist and flutist Shelley Carrol was named the 2007 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year. He studied with Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson, was a protege of Marchel Ivery, performed with the famed One O'Clock Lab Band and Duke Ellington Orchestra, toured the world, and has recorded with a who's who of music artists. His exceptional quartet features Todd Parsnow on guitar, Nathan Phelps on bass, and Jackie Whitmill on drums. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 p.m.

Euphoria ~ 2
April 6-9

Carson Creek Ranch; 9501 Sherman Road, Austin, TX

Vivid Sound 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. Ages 18 and older. Tickets: 3 Day General Admission $169; 3 Day VIP $289; Single Day Tickets Range from $25-$99; Camping Passes Range from $269-$2,199.

Burnet Bluebonnet Festival
April 7-9

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.

Concho Valley Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
April 7-8

Wells Fargo Pavilion at San Angelo Fairgrounds; 50 East 43 Street, San Angelo, TX 76903

Concho Valley Home for Girls/Children's Emergency Shelter
Sammye Ruppeck
P.O. Box 3772; San Angelo, TX 76902
(325) 655-3821
Music: Bluegrass, Country
Activities: Music festival
Fans of bluegrass music can enjoy listening in a comfortable indoor venue.

Deep Ellum Arts Festival ~ 2
April 7-9

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.

Family ReULion Charity Jam ~ 2
April 7-8

Durango's Canyon; 1039 FM 1789, Mt. Enterprise, TX

ReULion Council
President Shannon BonDurant
14857 CR 2169; Henderson, TX 75652
(903) 736-0306
Music: Americana, Red Dirt
Activities: Music festival, Fundraiser
The 4th Annual Family ReULion is a Charity Jam benefiting The East Texas Food Bank. This is a non-promoter event, just some music lovers and small local businesses. We will utilize some fun activities, raffles, auction items and ticket sales to help sponsor this event.  The Family ReULion Charity Jam is a weekend event full of family friendly fun, music and magic. We have one of the best line-ups of Americana music in East Texas. Not only are we the only music event in our area geared towards families we are helping feed our fellow East Texans. We offer free tent camping, discount tent camping with hook ups and discount full RV setups. There are showers houses food and craft vendors and restaurant on site. Fishing pond, swimming pond and 120+ acres to play. Coolers are welcome. This is our fourth year of operation and would love for you to join us.

Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera
April 7-9

Central Presbyterian Church,; 200 E 8th Street, Austin, TX

One Ounce Opera
Julie Fiore
P.O. Box 301716; Austin, TX 78705
512-850-6852; Julie Fiore
Activities: Awards show, Concert season, Songwriting contests
After a successful year one, welcome back One Ounce Opera's flagship event! Five short operas. One big showcase. One Ounce Opera presents the 2nd Annual Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera in an intimate, accessible warehouse space in the heart of East Austin. Selected after a competitive national call, experience this year's winning crop of new micro-operas, performed in English, and meet the hip composers who penned them. Intriguing characters, unexpected stories, varied styles and colors: taste the future of opera, one ounce at a time!

Maverick Music Festival
April 7-8

Maverick Plaza; 408 Villita San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX
(210) 207-8411
Music: Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Guided by the artistic resurrection of La Villita's arts community, a cadre of music lovers from San Antonio united their passion for music, in an effort to elevate live concerts in the Alamo City to the next level. Armed with a wide array of collective experience from different backgrounds, they organized a music festival in the heart of San Antonio's historic downtown. As a result, the first annual Maverick Music Festival was born in 2013 with headliners Gary Clark, Jr., The Toadies and Girl in a Coma. The response was amazing with tickets for the first year selling out in advance. People from all over Texas and as far as Alaska, California, and New York came to our city to partake in the festivities.

April in Edom ~ 2
April 8-9

Downtown Edom

Mary Ellen Malone
Edom, TX
(844) 633-6689; (214) 478-8999
An old-fashioned small town street fair. Unique hand made items, tasty fair food, live music, pet parade, live auction, children's activities, classic car show, and more, all amongst a backdrop of the quaint artists colony of Edom, Texas. 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
April 8, May 5, 20, June 3

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, Soul/R&B
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its 2016-2017 Performance Season filled with a dynamic collection of quality music, dance & stage performances. Performances include multiple GRAMMY winners featuring a prominent trumpeter, a powerful baritone voice and a pianist whose contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz has garnered him much respect.  In the genre of dance, the season will feature two dance companies who share the love of movement whether traditional African dance, modern, jazz or spiritual works. Theatre performances share their passion for history and storytelling. Three-time GRAMMY nominee BETTYE LAVETTE, a true musical legend, appears on stage Saturday, April 8th. BETTY LAVETTE is no mere singer but rather a true prodigy with a musical career spanning more than 50 years.  Ms. Lavette is recognized as one of the finest vocalists and one of the great interpreters of song.  Recording during the birth of soul music in the 60's, this musical marvel is still creating vital recordings today.  Her latest Grammy-nominated album, Worthy, features 11 songs composed by writers such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and many others. bettyelavette.com

Dallas Record Show
April 8

Richardson Civic Center; 411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX

Music Connection
Jesse Galvan
7121 US Highway 90 West Suite 140 ; San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 673-2850
Activities: Trade show/convention
There will be print advertising (all college papers as well as the current) as well as radio advertising (Kono, Kzep). All advertising will be acknowledged on this website as it becomes finalized. There will be of course flyers at all colleges and music outlets also. The show will not only be about vinyl but also will have cd's, dvd's, music memorabilia etc. Early Bird Tickets (8am-10am) - $10 . Regular Admission (10am - 6pm) - $5

Orpheus Chamber Singers Concert Season
April 8

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; 6306 Kenwood, Dallas, TX

Orpheus Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 25132; Dallas, TX 75225-1132
(214) 546-1252
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Genesis, Renaissance, Reincarnation- This concert will feature sacred music including Gregorian Chant and 16th & 20th century motets that have reimagined those same texts. Music by 16th c. composers Palestrina, Josquin, Byrd, Eustache du Caurroy, and 20th century composers Arnesen, Antognini, Dubra, Esenvalds, Matsushita, MacMillan, and Messiaen will be juxtaposed with chant to create a memorable experience. Our guest choir, the schola from Guadalupe Cathedral directed by Brian Bentley, will sing the atmospheric chants.

Round Top August To April Series - Piano Duo: Elena Martin and Jose Meliton
April 8

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jester Road

Round Top Festival Institute
James Dick
248 Jaster; Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: Jazz, Pop
Activities: Music festival
The 2016-2017 August-to-April Series presents: Split Second Piano Duo Concert on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, Celil Refik Kaya, Guitar on Saturday October 8, 2016 at 3:00pm, University of Texas Wind Ensemble on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm, PraiSingers Holiday Choral Concert on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm, The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 4:00pm, Texas Guitar Quartet on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 3:00pm, Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm, James Dick in Concert on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 3:00pm, and Piano Duo: Elena Martin and Jose Meliton on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
April 8-May 29

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 ext. 22; (903) 814-5044; Entertainment@SRFestival.com
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Renaissance Music
Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday. Scarborough Renaissance Festival ® is interactive 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 24 stages including hundreds of amazing singers, musicians and other unique entertainers along with our 150+ member performing arts company.  You will also discover a Mermaid Lagoon, Knighting Ceremonies, 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 11 pubs & taverns! Located just 30 minutes south of Downtown Dallas.

Starlight Music Series
April 8

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: Americana, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Zydeco
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Songwriting contests, 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. Musicians can now compete in a Voters' Choice Contest for the chance to play at the Starlight Music Series concert on May 6 . 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 April 4-15. The three artists with the most votes each will receive one hour of stage time and the following prizes: First Place: $750 and an Artist Development Package by Revive45; Second Place: $500; Third Place: $250. April 8 Entertainment: Texas Unlimited Band with guest Rosie Flores.

Texas Tech/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival
April 8

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 8 at 7:30pm in TTU's Allen Theatre will feature in concert international jazz trombone artist Bill Watrous with the TTU Jazz Ensemble I.

Western Swing Festival
April 8

Historic Downtown Courthouse Square; 111 East San Antonio Street (Day), San Marcos, TX

San Marcos Main Street Program
amantha Armbruster, Main Street Program Manager
630 East Hopkins; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 295-2770; (512) 393-8430; Al Dressen
Music: Western Swing
Activities: Awards show, Music festival
The Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival in San Marcos offers Western Swing music and celebrates Texas on the Courthouse Square during the day.  Other events planned include a Texas Marketplace, a trail ride, Texas Heritage area, Farmer's Market, and more.  Saturday night is the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Show in the park by the river with inductions into the Hall of Fame.

South Texas State Fair
April 9

Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex; IH-10, Beaumont, Beaumont, TX

Young Men's Business League
Chris Colletti
7250 Wespark Drive; Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 832-9991
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: County fair, Rodeo
The South Texas State Fair is a regional fair with livestock and poultry shows, arts and crafts, an auto show, and amateur live entertainment. Also the Bill Hames Shows provides a 50 ride carnival midway.

Fusebox Festival
April 12-16

Various locations across Austin; Austin, TX

Refraction Arts Project
Ron Berry, Artistic Director
2023 East Cesar Chavez Street; Austin, TX 78702-4511
(512) 800-3066
Activities: Music festival
Welcome to the 2014 Fusebox Festival! This year's festival features 12 days of programming with 50+ events in 20+ different sites around the city. Fusebox is part performance festival, part film festival, part music and visual art festival, part culinary and social event, part public art project, and everything in between. The colliding and encountering of different ideas, perspectives, forms, etc., is central to our understanding of creativity and plays an important role in how we shape the festival each year.

KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, August 3, 17, 24, September 7, 14

Shady Grove Restaurant; 1624 Barton Springs Road

KGSR & The Shady Grove
Stephanie Kralik - Marketing Manager
1624 Barton Springs Road; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-9991; Marsha@milamandcompany.com
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop
Activities: Concert season
KGSR's Unplugged at The Grove is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin's longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove's beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Music begins at 8:00pm every Thursday night from April 13- September 14. Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials. At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet," says managing partner Rusty Zagst. "Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don't forget Unplugged is open to all and always free." Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer.

Kirbyville Magnolia Festival
April 13-15

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.

Symphony Arlington Season - Symphony Goes Wild!
April 13, May 11

Arlington Music Hall; 224 North Center Street, Arlington, TX

Symphony Arlington
Bethany Thomey, General Manager
P.O. Box 202051; Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 385-0484
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Symphony Arlington's very own principal cellist, Laura Ospina performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme! Symphony Arlington will wow the audience with performances of Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye and Bart's Hungarian Sketches!

Austin Reggae Fest ~ 2
April 14-116

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 14 through Sunday, April 16. 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.

Bancroft Family Concerts
April 15, May 13

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 the Bancroft Family Concert series: FREE classical chamber music concerts 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 p.m., doors to the auditorium open at 2:30. Overflow seating available as needed.

East Texas Gusher Days
April 15

Downtown Gladewater; 215 N. Main Street Gladewater, TX

East Texas Gusher Days
Nick Foster
P.O. Box 1409; Gladewater, TX 75647
(903) 845-5501
Music: Country
Activities: Street dance
Enjoy a variety of events revolving around the nostalgia of the Oil Boom Days! Includes a Kick-Off luncheon, Heritage Parade, Bass Tournament, Chili Cook-Off, Fun Activities, Antique Car Show, Brownie Bowl Lick-Off, live musical entertainment, street dance, arts & crafts, food concessions and commercial area.

JAM Fest
April 15

Downtown Victoria, TX; Victoria, TX

Victoria Fine Arts Association
Jona Anderson, Board President
P.O. Box 1393; Victoria, TX 77902
(361) 485-3116; Jona Anderson
Music: Country, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, Street dance
The fourth annual JAM Fest is a free festival of great live music and family-fun. On Saturday, April 18th head to Downtown Victoria for a free family festival featuring live music by Jarrod Birmingham, Green River Ordinance, and Mingo Fishtrap. Enjoy arts & crafts, dance performances, children's activities, food vendors, and more.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra Season - Symphony Goes Wild
April 15, May 13

Irving Arts Center; 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 141446; Irving, TX 75014
(972) 252-4800
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The LCSO's very own principal cellist, Laura Ospina performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme! The LCSO will wow the audience with performances of Ravel's Ma mère l Oye and Bart's Hungarian Sketches!

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse Spring Season
April 15, May 20

144 East Mosley Lane, Huntsville, TX

Pam Johnson
144 East Mosley Lane; Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 661-4313
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse, located at 144 East Mosley in Huntsville, hosts eclectic blend of acoustic singer-songwriters in a smoke free, family friendly environment. Gourmet Fair Trade coffee and a variety of pastries and snacks are available during each show. The Spring 2017 Season includes February 18: Bernice Lewis with The Great Trumpet opening; March 25: Rhett Butler with Jordi Baizan opening; April 15: Libby Koch with Amanda Pascali opening; May 20: Berkley Hart with Grifters & Shills opening

Dallas Chamber Music Concert Season
April 17

SMU Caruth Auditorium; 6101 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX

Dallas Chamber Music Society
Candace Bawcombe
6611 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 220; Dallas, TX 75205
(844) 326-7844
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
TRIO SOLISTI - Trio Solisti has forged a reputation as the most exciting piano trio in America (The New Yorker) with a passionate performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and penetrating musical insight. The program will include: Beethoven: Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Turina: Trio No. 2 in B minor; Liebermann: Trio No. 3, Op. 122 (commissioned for Trio Solisti); Arensky: Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32.

B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Contest
April 19, 26

Poor David's Pub; 1313 South Lamar Street Dallas, TX

Poor David's Pub
David Card
1313 South Lamar Street; Dallas, TX 75215-1001
(214) 565-1295; David Card
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Soul/R&B, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Singing contests, Songwriting contests
The B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Contest offers the chance for singer-songwriters to be heard. From the music that is sent in, 12 entries are pre-selected. Those artists perform in front of a panel of three judges, who will choose the final six artists. The first place winner receives a cash prize and an opening gig at Poor David's Pub.

Thin Line Fest
April 19-23

Denton, Texas; 100 W Hickory Street Denton, TX

Thin Line Fest
Joshua Butler
1501 South Loop 288, Suite 104, PMB 147; Denton, TX 76205
(888) 893-4560
Activities: Music festival, Film, Photography
Thin Line is now a FREE film, music, and photography festival held over 5 days in Denton, Texas - just north of Dallas / Fort Worth. The 10th annual festival is April 19-23, 2017. For five days, Thin Line will deliver an engaging program of high quality documentary films, world-class music, and a diverse selection of photography.

Fiesta San Antonio ~ 2
April 20-30

San Antonio, TX; San Antonio, TX

Fiesta San Antonio Commission
John R. Melleky, CEO
2611 Broadway Street; San Antonio, TX 78215-1022
(210) 227-5191; (877) 723-4378
Music: Americana, Big Band, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Polka, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Rodeo, Mariachi Festival , Jazz Festival, Marching Band Festival, Athletic Events, Art Exhibitions, Parades, art exhibits, etc.
Fiesta San Antonio is the biggest festival in Texas. More than 100 events, many featuring all kinds of music, take place over 11 days all around the Alamo City. Every official Fiesta event is sponsored by a local nonprofit organization, and all funds raised go back into the community.

MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
April 20-23

Downtown Fort Worth, TX; Main Street

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives Inc.
Jay Downie, Director of Events
777 Taylor Street, Suite 100; Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 336-2787; judybeaumier@mindspring.com
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Arts festival
Fort Worth Arts Festival is an annual event that showcases a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair, live concerts, performance artists and street performers on the streets of downtown Fort Worth, stretching nine blocks on Main Street from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The mission of MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is to produce a free, high-quality, annual arts festival that promotes the diversity, vibrancy and life of Downtown Fort Worth; to promote the qualities of Downtown to regional and national audience; and to contribute to the overall quality of life for Downtown Fort Worth residents.

Old Settler's Music Festival
April 20-23

Salt Lick Pavilion & Camp Ben McColloch; 18300 Farm to Market Road 1826, Driftwood, TX / 18301 FM1826, Driftwood, TX

Old Settler's Music Festival
Jean Spivey
FM 1826; Austin, TX
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
Old Settler's Music Festival offers bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas hill country. Many music fans return annually for amazing performances by award-winning artists such as Sam Bush, Richard Thompson, Bruce Hornsby, the Mavericks, Alison Krauss and Bela Fleck, and favorite locals such as Patty Griffin, Bob Schneider and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Sammons Cabaret: Jay Gardner
April 20

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

Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Music: Jazz, Cabaret
Activities: Concert season
As co-founder and co-artistic director of Front Line Cabaret, Jay Gardner is dedicated to bringing the intimate art of cabaret to North Texas. A 2014 Cabaret Fellow at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret and Performance Conference, he is also a regular attendee at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference where he has worked with Faith Prince, Marilyn Maye, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Billy Stritch. Local audiences have cheered his roles in productions by Circle Theater, Lyric Stage, Plano Repertory Theater, and the Dallas Opera. Sammons Cabaret fans are guaranteed to applaud his show, "Coward and Cole in Words and Music: The Songs of Noel Coward and Cole Porter." The Snyder Family Series of Sammons Cabaret begins at 8:00 p.m. in Kurth Hall; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission includes light appetizers, beverages, and valet parking.

Galveston County Fair and Rodeo
April 21-29

Jack Brooks Park; No. 10 Jack Brooks Park, Highway 6, Hitchcock, TX

Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc.
Melondy Bender
P.O. Box 889; Sante Fe, TX 77510
(409) 986-6010;
Music: Children's, Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests
The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo festivities include a carnival with midway, live music, livestock shows, auction, rodeo events, a parade, trail ride, talent show, jackpot bullriding, jackpot barrel racing, petting zoo, pony rides, and an arts and crafts show. Musical entertainment includes Kyle Bennett, Casey Donahew, John Slaughter, Sunny Sweeney, Raul Navaira, Grupo Vida, Spazmatics, Breelan Angel, Jarrod Birmingham, 3Peace

Main Street Fest
April 21-23

200 West Main Street; 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
Texas country singer-songwriter Pat Green, Reckless Kelly and LaMafia will headline the 6th Annual Main Street Fest in Grand Prairie along with Tejas Brothers, Jolie Holliday with Sonny Burgess, Monica Saldivar, The Inspiration Band, Cleghorn and many others! The 3-day festival, hosted by The City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, will also feature a variety of other entertainment including carnival rides, food vendors, beer gardens, arts & crafts vendors, a business expo, a kidzone, and plenty of fun and entertainment for all! FREE parking and FREE admission.

Texas Rockin' Seafood Festival
April 21-23

Gulf Greyhound Park; 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX

La Marque, TX 77568
(713) 714-1916; Hugh Lazenberry, Bands; Nikki Ameigh, Vendors
Music: Rock, Southern Rock
Activities: Music festival, Seafood Festival
Come celebrate the rich bounty of the Texas Gulf, the energy of Gulf Coast culture, and the explosion of epicurean diversity of the Gulf Coast region at the Texas Rockin' Seafood Festival! The Texas Gulf produces a wealth of fresh seafood, from shrimp to oysters and crab, redfish and snapper, trout and flounder and much more. All that and more will be served up by the ton in every imaginable style with every imaginable ethnic flavor along with everyone's favorite traditional foods. There will be a dash of Cajun spice with $3.99 a lb. crawfish served up hot and fresh with star cook Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack, proving that Texans know crawfish as well as all seafood. The Texas Rockin' Seafood Festival celebrates and embraces the growing awareness of the interaction of environmental concern, the health of our seas, and locally sourced, sustainable food with educational presentation and activities. Craft vendors from across the region will offer unique art, clothing, decorations, and more. Headlining the festival: Cowboy - Kid Rock Tribute; Trio Grande - ZZ Top Tribute; Already Gone - Eagles Tribute.

Book launch for The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, by Donna Marie Miller
April 22

The Broken Spoke; 3201 South Lamar, Austin, TX

Texas A&M University Press
Christine Brown
John H. Lindsey Building, Lewis Street , 4354 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-4354
(979) 220-6006; (512) 442-6189
Music: Country
Activities: Book Launch
The Broken Spoke, Texas' most definitive dance hall and historic honky-tonk, at 3201 S. Lamar, celebrates the launch of the nonfiction book, The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, by Donna Marie Miller and published by Texas A&M University Press. The event begins with signings by the author and Broken Spoke's proprietors James and Annetta White along with local celebrities featured in the book. Ben Rogers will play for tips in the dining room from 6 to 8 p.m. At 8 p.m. Terri White will offer dance lessons in the dance hall for $8 per person. At 9 p.m. Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys will perform in the dance hall for an additional $12 per person cover. The event promises appearances by country music stars whose interviews also appear in the book. Wear your boots and cowboy hat to Two-Step, Cotton Eyed-Joe, waltz, swing dance and polka to authentic Americana, roots, country, honky-tonk, rockabilly and Western Swing music. Purchase food items separately in the dining room including: barbecue, chicken fried steak, Texas chili and more!

Burton Cotton Gin Festival
April 22

Main Street; 307 North Main, Burton, TX

Texas Cotton Gin Museum, Inc.
Steph Jarvis, Museum Director
P.O. Box 98; Burton, TX 77835
(979) 289-3378
Music: Country, Folk/Acoustic, Polka
This event started in April 1990 and has continued over the years to remain a small family oriented festival. We celebrate cotton and the heritage it has in our community.The Burton Farmers Gin was built in 1914 and closed in 1974. It is the oldest operating cotton gin in America with 1925 Bessemer Engine.  We gin and bale cotton at our event. We also have a parade, live entertainment, 50+ craft booths, food court, folk life demonstrations, tractor pull something for everyone. We have an average attendance of 5,000 people.  Come celebrate the legacy of cotton. Nine acres of family fun!

Chamber Music International Concert Season
April 22

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church; 1220 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson, TX

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
CMI is proud to present the award-winning Zorá String Quartet in their Southwestern debut performance. Program: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13 - Felix Mendelssohn; Whims for String Quartet - Atar Arad; Viola Quintet No. 3 in E ­ Major, Op. 97 - Anton L. Dvorak.

Richland College Carnival of Steel Festival
April 22

Richland College Fannin Performance Hall; Dallas, TX

Richland College
Derrick Logozzo, Carnival of Steel Festival Host and Director of Instrumental Music
12800 Abrams Road; Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 238-6254
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The Richland College Carnival of Steel Festival will feature steel bands, percussion groups, and jazz bands from around the US in a free concert performing all styles of music from Caribbean and Latin to Classical and Rock. The Festival Steel Drum Guest Artist in a performance demo clinic and evening concert will be world renowned steel drum artist Jeff Narell. Also appearing will be Steel Drum Artist, Festival Tuner, and Massed Band Leader, Shelly Irvine. Guest Groups and Student Performers receive performance time, comments, recordings, and concert tickets. Daytime Concert (free) 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Carnival of Steel Luncheon 12 p.m.; Guest Artist Performance Demo Clinic 5:30 p.m.; Guest Artist Evening Concert 8 p.m.

Something Wonderful ~ 2
April 22-23

Texas Motor Speedway; 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX

NightCulture and Disco Donnie Presents
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Music: Dance/Electronic
Activities: Music festival
2017 Headliners: Porter Robinson. TCHAMI, DJ Snake, JUAZ.

Annual Fredstock Music Festival
April 23

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. This free event features popular local and regional talent. Headliners this year will Bombasta. Show date is April 23rd, 12 - 8pm.

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28

Eugene Clark Library; Lockhart, TX

Evenings With the Songwriter
P.O. Box 82; Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 376-0340
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Hosted by Fletcher Clark the last Tuesday of each month, this series is free to the public as these artists present the art and craft of their songwriting. Evenings With The Songwriter is back for their 7th Season in 2017. Featuring Dan Weber on January 31, Bernice Lewis and Ken Gaines on February 28, Shelly King on March 28, Sarah Pierce on April 25, Bill Oliver, Paul Pearcy and Beth Galiger on May 30, Walt Wilkins on June 27, Mo McMorrow on July 25, Craig Hillis on August 29, Bianca De Leon & Butch Morgan on September 26, Freddie Krc on October 31, and Claudia Nygaard on November 28. Host Fletcher Clark says, This is not strictly a performance, nor interview, nor song swap, nor workshop - the program incorporates all these, exploring the art and craft of songwriting.

Art in the Square
April 28-30

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.

Austin Food & Wine Festival
April 28-30

Auditorium Shores & Republic Square Park; 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin, Texas 900 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX

Austin, TX
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the first-ever Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, two-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live performances by Lucinda Williams and Mayer Hawthorne & The County. Throughout the weekend, you'll experience up-close and personal access to culinary, wine and spirit talent at over 35 cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars. Between sessions, drop by the VIP or Weekender Lounge for complimentary beer, wine and cocktails. Then sip and nibble your way through The H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion showcasing over 80 wine, spirit and artisanal food exhibitors, along with celebrated local and regional restaurants. Plus, pick-up copies of inspiring cookbooks and get them signed by your favorite chefs in the BookPeople autograph tent. From tacos and tequila to grilling and grapes, spoil yourself with the sights, sounds and laid-back flavor only the Live Music Capital of the World can offer.

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
April 28-30

Denton Quakertown Park and Facilities; 321 East McKinney, Denton, TX

Denton Festival Foundation, Inc.
Carol Short, Director
P.O. Box 2104; Denton, TX 76202
(940) 565-0931
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Polka, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Fine Arts Show
The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is an annual three-day arts in the park featuring the best in professional jazz and cross-cultural music on three stages. Come hear the sounds, experience the art and taste the flavors of the DENTON ARTS AND JAZZ FESTIVAL, a FREE three-day event in the heart of the city in beautiful Quakertown Park. Over 2,700 performers on seven stages, fine arts and crafts, children's art activities and food and games make up the event. Produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival emerged from an incredible pool of professionals and amateurs and proceeds from concession booths benefit local arts in a community where arts and music are nurtured at every level, every day. 2013 Headliners are David Sandborn, The "Original" blues Brothers Band and Brave Combo.

Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival
April 28-30

Festival Gardens at Nelson Park; East South 11th and Loop 322, Abilene TX

United Way of Abilene
P.O. Box 82; Abilene, TX 79604
(325) 677-1841
Activities: Music festival
The 3rd annual Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival will take stage April 28-30, 2017 in the Nelson Park Festival Gardens to benefit United Way of Abilene! Join us for a fun weekend of blues under the stars to benefit vital non-profit programs. Tickets and information at keycityblues.com

Austin Classical Guitar 2016/2017 Season
April 29

AISD Performing Arts Center; 1530 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247 ; James Fidlon, Director of Operations
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
International Series: Beijing Duo - Jaw-dropping precision and virtuosity combined with crystal clarity and meticulous attention to detail, these two young artists amazed and delighted us in their Austin debut, and we can't wait for more.

Fortress Festival ~ 2
April 29-30

Cultural District; Fort Worth, TX

Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Music: Dance/Electronic, Rap/Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Indie
Activities: Music festival
Fortress Festival is a brand new premier music festival for North Texas. The annual two-day festival will have its inaugural event on April 29 & 30, 2017 in Fort Worth's world renowned Cultural District. Two outdoor stages will feature internationally acclaimed headliners alongside sought after up-and-coming acts and a variety of local bands and boundary-testing musical pioneers. The festival is a partnership between Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Margin Walker, the team formerly behind Austin's celebrated Fun Fun Fun Fest and now the eagerly anticipated Sound on Sound Festival, will take the lead in artist booking. In addition to music, festival programming will take advantage of the diversity of venues available to create a cultural experience that will include multiple creative disciplines. Fortress Festival will provide North Texas with a festival comparable to any other major U.S. metropolitan area while pushing the festival experience into new frontiers.

Temple Symphony Orchestra Season
April 29

Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center, Temple College; 2600 South First Street, Temple

Temple Symphony Orchestra
Rick Thomssen
100 West Adams Ave; Temple, TX 76501-7644
(254) 534-4101
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Season Finale 7:30PM Featuring Overture to Marriage of Figaro K. 492 - Mozart, Violin Concerto in G minor - Max Bruch featuring guest Yaegy Park, violinist and Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 - Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society Concert Series
April 30

Del Mar College East - Wolfe Recital Hall; Ayers at Kosar

Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
Joan Allison, Program Chair
P.O. Box 60124; Corpus Christi, Texas 78466-0124
(361) 888-7785; jallison3@stx.rr.com
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel