August - Texas Music Events Calendar 2017

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KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove
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;
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.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival
August 3-13

Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre; 125 Pioneer Plaza, El Paso TX

El Paso Community Foundation
Doug Pullen, Program Director
333 North Oregon Street, 2nd Floor; El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 533-4020
Music: Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock
The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world's largest festival devoted to classic cinema. With more than 90 screenings, concerts, and fun celebrity events, the PCFF is an amazing spectacle in and around the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre, a 1930 atmospheric movie palace restored in 2006. It includes outdoor movies in the street and atop the Mills Plaza Parking Garage, and related exhibits and events at the El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of History. Past guests include: Al Pacino, Eva Marie Saint, Peter Bogdanovich, Shirley Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Cindy Williams, Tippi Hedren, Michael York and Louise Fletcher. The festival offers some of the best movies ever made for the best prices you'll find anywhere. All-access passes are $200 and tickets range from free to $10. Bands who have “opened” for outdoor movies include: The Royalty, Sleepercar, Fixed Idea, the Iveys, Mariachi Fatigo and The Lusitania. It all takes place in El Paso, Texas, under the West Texas sky — indoors and out.

Schulenburg Festival
August 3-6

Wolters Park; South Bohlmann Avenue

Schulenburg Festival Association
Brittany Aleman
P.O. Box 115; Schulenburg, TX 78956
(361) 244-0442
Music: Americana, Country, Polka, Pop, Rock
Activities: Rodeo, Street dance
The Schulenburg Festival invites you to bring the family and join in the fun. There is live music throughout the weekend along with food booths and ice cold refreshments. There are tournaments for Ladies & Men's softball, volleyball, golf and 3 on 3 basketball. A Fun-Run~Run for Scouting. There are cook-offs for Chili, Beans, Bar-B-Q and Bloody Marys. An Arts, Crafts, antiques and collectibles show. Go-Texan Events, Horseshoe pitching, cow chip & egg toss. Tricycle races and a kiddie parade. There is a homecoming festival for graduates from SHS and BFHS. There is a rodeo on both Friday and Saturday. The Grand parade is on Sunday in downtown Schulenburg.

South Texas Summer Polka Fest
August 5

Moravian Hall; 5601 Kostoryz Rd Corpus Christi, TX

Czech Heritage Society of South Texas
Sam Morris
P.O. Box 6254; Corpus Christi, TX 78466-6254
(361) 215-9163
Music: Polka
Activities: Music festival
"Jak Se Mas?!".... The Czech Heritage Society of South Texas presents the annual South Texas Summer Polka-Fest featuring a traditional "Battle Dance" with music provided by the Leo Majek Orchestra & the Czechaholics. Come join us on the old wood dance floor of the Moravian Hall for an afternoon celebration of traditional Czech music, food, refreshments & fun.

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
August 12-13

Henderson Civic Center; 1005 Highway 64 West, Henderson, TX

East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention
Sam Craig, President
3528 CR 3168 West; Mount Enterprise, TX 75681
(903) 863-5379; (903) 657-4118;
Music: Gospel
Activities: Music festival
The East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention is an a cappella shape note singing from a songbook entitled "The Sacred Harp." The East Texas Convention, founded in 1855, is the oldest singing convention in Texas and the second oldest continuous Sacred Harp singing convention in the United States. Singers from many U.S. states annually descend on Henderson, Texas for this special event.

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo
August 18-26

North Texas State Fairgrounds; 2217 North Carroll Blvd.

North Texas State Fair Association, Inc.
Glenn Carltton, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1695; Denton, TX 76202
(940) 387-2632
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Rodeo, Street dance, Trade show/convention
The North Texas State Fair includes rodeos, livestock show, commercial exhibits, carnival, live entertainment, beauty pageant, creative arts, photography contest, children's art contest, and more. Past performers include Charlie Robison, Pat Green, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chetnutt, Casey Donahue Band, Wade Bowen, The Bellamy Brothers, Cory Morrow, Sonny Burgess, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Kevin Fowler, Baylie Brown, Jack Ingram, Stoney Larue, Sammy Kershaw, Eli Young, Johnny Rodriguez, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Cody Johnson Band, Cody Jinx, Ronnie Millsap, Steve Wariner, and Charlie Daniels Band

Austin Bat Fest
August 19

Ann W. Richards Bridge; 100 Congress Avenue, Travis, TX

Roadway Productions
French Smith
12305 Twin Creek Drive; Manchaca, TX 78652
(512) 441-9015; (866) 255-2223
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival
In mid to late August, thousands of people come to Austin's Town Lake and downtown Austin to see millions of Mexican Free Tail Bats, shop for locally made crafts and listen to over 30 live bands on two stages.

Deep Summer Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
August 23-26

The Chrystal Opry House; 1989 White Mound Road Sherman, TX 75090

Chrystal Opry House at Melody Ranch
Bill Hayes, Owner
1977 White Mound Road; Sherman, TX 75090-5680
(903) 546-6893; (903) 271-4260;
Music: Bluegrass, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
We have an 80 spot RV park for camping. We have food service inside the Opry and ample seating. We begin the festival with a social potluck and jam session. The rest of the weekend focuses on Gospel music. For those who enjoy jamming, we have several covered areas in the park for that purpose.

Margarita and Salsa Festival ~ 2
August 26

Extraco Events Center; Waco, TX

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

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
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.”