July - Texas Music Events Calendar 2017

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Addison Summer Series
July July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26

Beckert Park; 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX

Town of Addison
Shelbi Stofer
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2800; Shelbi Stofer
Music: Salsa
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Enjoy summer evenings under the stars in beautiful Beckert Park. Listen to live music while you picnic or dine in one of the great Addison Circle restaurants.

Austin Symphonic Band Summer Concert Series
July 1

Fisherman's Park ; 1200 Willow Street, Bastrop, TX

Austin Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762
(512) 956-7420
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Bastrop Patriotic Festival

Kaboom Town! ~ 2
July 3

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

Town of Addison
Shelbi Stofer
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2800; Shelbi Stofer
Music: Big Band, Classical, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop, Rock
Activities: Fireworks Show and Air Show
Kaboom Town! is Addison's most explosive party of the year, which features dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus food, live music by military bands and popular local acts, spectacular Cavanaugh Flight Museum's historic warbird flyovers, and more. Rated one of the top 10 fireworks shows in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more, Kaboom Town! promises spectacular views from just about anywhere in Addison. Avoid the traffic delays and stay after the fireworks for a free movie. Bands may submit materials via the website at: "http://www.addisontexas.net/events/KaboomTown/Applications_and_Forms/

Austin Symphonic Band Summer Concert Series
July 4

Old Settlers' Park ; 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX

Austin Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762
(512) 956-7420
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
July 4th Frontier Days Celebration

City of Friendswood 4th of July Celebration ~ 2
July 4

Centennial Park; 2200 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX

City of Friendswood
James Toney
910 South Friendswood Drive; Friendswood, TX 77546-4856
(281) 996-3220; jtoney@ci.friendswood.tx.us
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Fireworks
The City of Friendswood 4th of July Celebration is a family tradition held in Centennial Park in Friendswood, TX. Events include: games, rides, food, music, and a fireworks spectacular.

Pfirecracker Pfestival
July 4

Lake Pflugerville; East Pflugerville Parkway at Weiss Lane, Pflugerville, TX

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Music: Americana, Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: firework show
The Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival is a free, outdoor annual event, featuring two stages with live music, two children’s areas, food vendors, swimming on the north beach, playground, kayak rentals, and fireworks at sundown. After the show, the 1965 movie, “Beach Blanket Bingo” will be shown to commemorate the city’s 50th birthday, incorporated in 1965. Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/pfirecracker for details and the list of entertainers

Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series
July 4, 11, 18, 25

Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Old Town Lewisville; 150 West Church Street, Lewisville, TX

City of Lewisville
Jamie Milstead, Events Specialist
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-3710
Music: Cover/Tribute
Activities: Music festival, Food Trucks, Dog Pool
Sounds of Lewisville is a free, outdoor concert series featuring a variety of genres and great for families.

Austin Chamber Music Workshop—Young Artists Division (ages 11-18)
July 6-22

Brentwood Christian School; 11908 North Lamar, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
Jeni Gossard, Director of Education
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Lectures, Workshops, Instruction
Enjoy a fun and motivational environment where you can CREATE new sounds, PLAY with other small ensembles, and EXPLORE new music with musicians who have the same passion for chamber music!

KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove
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.

Austin Chamber Music Festival
July 7-23

Various locations; Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
Michelle Schumann
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562; michelle@austinchambermusic.org
Music: Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
Activities: Concert season, Music Festival, Lectures
For three weeks every July we revel in glorious chamber music indulgence! We invite the finest touring ensembles in the world to Austin to share with us the richest experiences they can muster. This summer, we are bringing in acts of diverse artistic backgrounds, including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and crossover duo Chargaux. Our featured events also include a celebratory concert for Mahler's birthday as well as a live soundtrack performance. The festival also offers a variety of free concerts, Behind the Scenes with the Artists presentations, and chamber music workshops for students of all ages.

Basically Beethoven Festival
July 9, 16, 23, 30

Dallas City Performance Hall; 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Rachel Assi, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents the 2017 season of the Basically Beethoven Festival. These free classical music concerts are held in the Dallas City Performance Hall in the downtown Arts District on Sunday afternoons in July. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. The afternoons also include Rising Star Recitals showcasing virtuosic student musicians from the area. This popular series attracts crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across North Texas.

Austin Chamber Music Workshop—Primary Division (ages 7-10)
July 10-22

University of Texas Austin Butler School of Music; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin

Austin Chamber Music Center
Jeni Gossard, Director of Education
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Lectures, Workshops, Instruction
Enjoy a fun and motivational environment where you can CREATE new sounds, PLAY with other small ensembles, and EXPLORE new music with musicians who have the same passion for chamber music!

Poco Fest Music Festival ~ 2
July 13-15

Port O'Connor, TX; 1303 West Water Street, Port O'Connor, TX

Port O'Connor, TX 77979

Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Poco Fest® is a three-day music festival that will coincide with the Poco Bueno® Fishing Tournament's boat parade and weigh-in, providing ample opportunities for family fun. Visitors will enjoy great food, local and regional vendors, and children's activities. Children ages 10 and under can attend the festival for free! Poco Fest 2017 will be held on July 13 - 15 and music will be announced closer to the festival! Tickets: $15 pre-purchase per day; $20 per day at the gate; Online discount price for military members and veterans of $12; Children 10 and under are admitted free.

Tall City Blues Fest
July 14-15

Centennial Plaza; downtown Midland, TX (Centennial Plaza)

Promising Projects
Lisa Grissom, Promoter
3001 W. Loop 250 North, Suite C-105 PMB 263; Midland, TX 79705
(432) 262-0034; (432) 262-0034; ronn@promisingprojects.com
Music: Blues
Activities: Music festival, Silent Auction, Educational Workshops
Tall City Blues Fest showcases award-winning and emerging talent, introduces new opportunities into the community, offers a culturally diverse attraction in West Texas, contributes positively to the quality of life and creates tourism. This year’s Fest will showcase more than 24 performances across multiple stages.

Camp Bluegrass
July 16-21

South Plains College; 1401 South College Avenue, Levelland

Camp Bluegrass and South Plains College
Paula Carr, Joe Carr, Alan Munde
210 Tanglewood Lane; Levelland, TX 79336
(806) 894-9611 Ext. 2341; (806) 239-2587
Music: Bluegrass
Activities: Instructional Music Camp
Camp Bluegrass is a one-week residential picking camp for bluegrass musicians. It is held each July at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas located 30 miles West of Lubbock. Campers stay in dorms on campus or in conveniently located RV sites. Motels are also available in town. Food service is provided in the SPC cafeteria.

Float Fest
July 22-23

Cool River Ranch; 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale, TX

Current Events LLC
Marcus Federman, President
2525 South Lamar, No. 8; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 585-2528; (512) 212-0449
Music: Dance/Electronic, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Float Fest is an annual music festival on the San Marcos River. Concert goers have the option to tube the river, or not, and attend a music festival at Cool River Ranch at the end of their float.

Girls Rock Camp Session Three
July 24-28

Trinity United Methodist Church; 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX

Girls Rock Austin
P.O. Box 300897; Austin, TX 78703
Activities: Day camp
Ages 14-17. Girls Rock Austin is a day camp for girls, genderfluid/non-binary and trans youth ages 8 to 17. Qualified instructors teach campers guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, or vocals. No musical experience is required. Campers then form bands and write original songs. Camp is divided between music instruction/band practice, and workshops designed to cultivate discussions about our experiences with the world, as well as delve further into musical skills. The camp week ends on Saturday with a public showcase where the youth perform their songs.

Austin Chamber Music Workshop—Adult Division (ages 18 & up)
July 5-20

University of Texas Austin Butler School of Music; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
Jeni Gossard, Director of Education
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Lectures, Workshops, Instruction
Amateur musicians of all ages will work with professional musicians in small ensembles, meet new people, and explore new music. There is also a chamber orchestra for musicians that want to perform in a larger ensemble.

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
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.”

Great Texas Balloon Race
July 28-30

East Texas Regional Airport Campus; 200 Airpark Dr. Longview, TX

Great Texas Balloon Race
Dan Droege, President / Kent Bryson
P.O. Box 1952; Longview, TX 75606
(903) 753-3281; (903) 753-3281; janderson@texasbankandtrust.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country
Activities: Music festival, Sporting event
Considered by many of the pilots that compete at the Great Texas Balloon Race to be the best run event on the circuit, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the Governor of Texas in 1985. In 2013 Gregg County was proclaimed "The Balloon Race Capital of Texas" by the 83rd Texas Legislature. Balloon flights begin Friday morning with a flight over the City of Longview and continue each morning through Sunday over the East Texas Regional Airport. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather. Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. It's one of the most popular things to do at the event as the public is able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate. Live concerts Friday and Saturday nights following the Balloon Glow extend the entertainment into the late night. Kids Land is a safe restricted area for children that requires a small separate entry fee. Activities and attractions differ from year to year but it is always a fun time. Vendors display their arts, crafts and other merchandise in booths lined up along an improvised midway. Food Vendors make sure there is always enough to eat and drink during the day and evening.