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The 2015 TMEC lists more than 500 annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2015 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] governor.state.tx.us or call (512) 463-6666.

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39th Annual Labor Day Bluegrass Festival ~ 2
September 3 - 6

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road

Texas Bluegrass Music
 Colee Biller/Littlefield, Festival Manager and Promoter
 26717 Bayou Tesch Drive; Magnolia, TX 77354
(936) 697-5949; (281) 259-5453
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Texas Bluegrass Music hosts 3 outdoor events for the entire family with as many as a dozen live bluegrass and gospel bands performing at each festival. No alcohol is sold. The event features great food vendors and arts and crafts, and miscellaneous other merchandise. Full RV hookups are available, 30 and 50 amp., water and sewer.

Austin Classical Guitar 2015/2016 Season
September 11, October 3, 24, November 14, January 16, February 27, March 23, April 16, 2016

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
Season Benefit Concert: JORGE CABALLERO Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:00 PM - Sponsored and Hosted by Jeff and Gail Kodosky. One of the most brilliant artists we’ve ever seen, Caballero has been part of some of our most ambitious programs ever including Austin Pictures and Austin Goes Classical. Our 25th season would not be complete without an appearance by this great Peruvian master.

KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove
September 3

Shady Grove; 1624 Barton Springs Road

KGSR
Stephanie Kralik - Marketing Manager
1624 Barton Springs Road; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-9991; Fax Marsha@milamandcompany.com
Music: Americana, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Pop
Activities: Concert season
Shady Grove offers a free live music series called "Unplugged at the Grove'; which brings the best of Austin's renowned live music every Thursday Night  in the Spring to Fall. Unplugged at the Grove is hosted by KGSR and was the first FREE music series every in Austin, Texas. This year will mark the 22nd anniversary for  Unplugged at the Grove.

Central Texas State Fair
September 4 - 6

Bell County Expo Center; 301 West Loop 121, Belton, TX

Central Texas State Fair
Keith Smith
P.O. Box 206; Belton, TX 76513
(254) 933-5353; (866) 3976-3247
Music: Country, Rock
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, Arts and Crafts
PBR Touring Pro, live music on a outdoor stage, commercial and food vendors.

Westfest
September 4 - 6

West Fair and Rodeo Grounds; 1110 South Main Street West, TX

Westfest, Inc.
Brian Muska
P.O. Box 65; West, TX 76691
(254) 826-5058; (254) 826-3188
Music: Children's, Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Parade
Westfest is a three-day Czechoslovakian festival featuring eight polka and waltz bands from around the state on two stages and dance areas. Westfest promotes Czech music, dancing, and food with more than 25 food booths, cultural area with ethnic dance groups, and 100 arts and crafts booths. The fest also features a large children's area, Kolache baking contest on Sunday, horseshoe pitching contest, taroky tournaments, and a 5,000 meter run. Free shuttle buses transport from downtown area to festival grounds. Past performers include Brave Combo, Hot Czechs, Czech Harvestors, and more. Friday night preview features top name country and western band.

Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo
September 4 - 12

Gregg County Fairgrounds; 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview, TX

Longview Jaycees
Billy Clay
P.O. Box 1124; Longview, TX 75606
(903) 753-4478; Fax (903) 753-5452
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Tejano
Activities: County fair
The Longview Jaycees Gregg County Fair and Expo features a wide variety of entertainment including an array of exhibits, a carnival, magic shows, local musical acts and the Miss Gregg County Pageant. Acts include: Cooke County Line Band, Mr. Jones Band, Coyote Moon Band, Lauren Anderson Band, and the Del Rio Band. Events include: Eugene Wilkes Magic Show, Show-Me-Safari Petting Zoo, Show-Me-Swine Racers, D.A.R.E. Program, FFA Livestock Show, balloon artist by Happy Magic-Doug Sapp, the crowning of Miss Gregg County, and Miss Ashley Alm from Spring Hill High School. We have plenty of good food and exhibitors inside and outside. The Gregg County Fair & Expo is a place for clean family entertainment.

Marfa Lights Festival
September 4 - 6

Courthouse Area; Downtown Marfa, Marfa, TX

Marfa Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Hernandez, VP Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 635; Marfa, TX 79843
(432) 729-4942; (800) 650-9696
Music: Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Latin Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Street dance, Sporting events, Contests
The annual Marfa Lights Festival will be held on the historic courthouse square.  Food and craft vendors, street dances, and live music will provide entertainment all weekend for the whole family. Lots of children's activities. Lots of live music throughout the weekend.

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
September 4 - 6

1951 L. Don Dodson Dr., Bedord, TX

City of Bedford
Wendy Hartnett, Special Events Coordinator
2000 Forest Ridge Drive; Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 952-2128; Fax Wendy.Hartnett@bedfordtx.gov
Music: Soul/R&B, Blues
Activities: Music festival
Visitors and residents have marked the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival on their calendar every year, as this event grows in national recognition. Music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues and mouth-watering barbecue will find the 2015 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival a feast for the senses. The three-day event returns Sept. 4-6 with blues legends Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy and a barbecue cook-off. The outdoor venue across the street from the Bedford City Hall Complex features plenty of trees and a large BBQ cook-off area. Guests who want even more shade have the option of enjoying the festival in the Party Tent. One-day general admission is $10 (cash only at the gate), kids 5 and under are admitted free. Specialty seating options range from $50-$30. These options are limited and are only available online. Tickets, entry forms and details at: www.bedfordbluesfest.com.

Levitt Pavilion Fall Concert Series
September 4, -6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, October 9-11

Levitt Pavilion Arlington; 100 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX

Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Patti Diou, Executive Director
505 East Border Street; Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 543-4308
Music: Americana, Classical, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Polka, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock, Celtic
Activities: Concert season
Levitt Pavilion Arlington is a non-profit organization providing over 50 free concerts to our community each year. We have open lawn seating so bring your chairs or blankets to sit on. You may also bring coolers with food and/or drinks, just no glass containers please.  All of our concerts are family friendly. Come enjoy some free music under the stars! Some of our free fall concerts include: Brave Combo 9/4, Bob Schneider 9/5, John Fullbright 9/6, Jimmy LaFave 9/11, Sam Riggs with Blaine Gray 9/12, Danny Wright 9/13, The Killdares 9/18, Somebody’s Darling with Chris Watson Band 9/19, Fort Worth Opera 9/20, Luke Wade 9/25, UTA Wind Symphony 9/26, Stefan Karlsson & Magnus Broo with the UTA Jazz Orchestra 9/27, Stooges Brass Band 10/9, Joe Ely 10/10, Mingo Fishtrap 10/11.

Music in the Park
September 4, 18

Pfluger Park; 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

City of Pflugerville
Pamela Cosel
P.O. Box 589; Pflugerville, TX 78691
(512) 990-6113
Activities: Concert season
The 2015 Friday night summer outdoor concert series will feature two bands per week in celebration of Pflugerville’s 50th birthday, and pairs new artists with seasoned performers. Food and desserts are available for purchase at 6 p.m., or bring a picnic dinner. Music starts at 6:30 p.m., and ends at 9:30 p.m. Children can have lots of fun at the playground onsite. The sounds of nearby Gilleland Creek cools those hot summer nights, while the musicians on stage heat up the crowd for dancing, or relaxing on blankets and lawn chairs. Giveaways and games at intermission. Pets on leashes and alcohol are allowed. A special 50th Birthday Party adds to the concert scene on Friday, July 24. Free admission. Limited parking on site, but parking in nearby neighborhoods is allowed. 

Oatmeal Festival 
September 4 - 5

Vaughn and S. Gabriel, Beltram, TX

Oatmeal Festival
Brandie Pogue, President
PO Box 70; Bertram, TX 78605
(512) 277-3595
Activities: Awards show, Concert season, Music festival, Street dance, arts and crafts, cook off, parade, games
A zany festival held every Labor Day weekend to raise money for educational scholarships and community support. We are open to all styles of music, we choose a variety of artists to play in the park all day, and then have 2-featured bands to play Friday night after the pageant and the Saturday night for the Street Dance.

Big Bend Balloon Bash
September 5 - 7

Alpine-Casparis Airport; Alpine, TX

600 West Avenue E; Alpine, TX 79830
(432) 837-7486
Activities: Balloon Festival
Since 1987, the Big Bend Balloon Bash has provided an unforgettable experience for sport hot air balloon pilots, sponsors, vendors, and families. Over the three-day Labor Day Weekend, each day offers the chance to create and capture memories unique to the high mountain desert region of Alpine, Texas, and the Big Bend. Featuring the Friday night Fire Concert at Buck Stadium in Alpine. Come join us this year for another fun-filled weekend of aerial displays and special events.

Jackson Street Market Days
September 5

Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Arts and crafts
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more.  Food vendors and live music too.  Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.

Big City Music Revue presents: The Beat Goes On…Returns ~ 2
September 5, 16

Granbury Live Theatre-Big City Music Revue; 114 North Crockett Street, Granbury, TX 

Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Granbury, TX 76048
(855) 823-5550  
Big City Music Revue is an incredible team of entertainers, led by Sean Mitchell. Performing nostalgic concerts from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & Country. Big City Music Revue in Granbury, Texas, offers the best family entertainment in the state. Our concert productions will captivate and delight all in attendance. Big City Music Revue is your source for great family entertainment. Our theatre is located on the "East Side" of Granbury’s historic downtown square. Parking is readily available and free of charge to our patrons.

Splash Jam
September 6

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

City of Cedar Park - Parks & Recreation
Tara McAlister, Recreation Program Coordinator
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5536; (512) 401-5508; Fax tara.mcalister@cedarparktexas.gov
Music: Country, Pop
Activities: Music festival, Fireworks
A washer tournament will begin at 4:00 p.m. Starting at 5:00 p.m. enjoy free live music with a dance and inflatables.  Fees apply for the following: food concessions, face painting, hamster balls, quad jump, spinner ride, super slide and rock wall.  The night will end with a fabulous fireworks display. Milburn Pool will also be open (regular pool admission rates apply).

Sonic Transmissions Festival
September 10 - 12

The North Door; 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX


Sonic Transmissions, curated by internationally renowned bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, is a three-day showcase that gives equal weight to some of the globe's best free jazz, post-punk, experimental hip-hop, and improvised music. The three-day bash will feature performances by Joe McPhee, Alvin Fielder, The Young Mothers, Spray Paint, Guilla, and more nationwide artists. The debut music festival at The North Door is built around the Texas-centric powerhouse and Flaten-formed The Young Mothers, which presents jack-out-of-the-box surprises ranging from spirited and moody takes on modern jazz and improv to grindcore and hip-hop side trips. Each member of the six-piece ensemble will present his respective solo project as well as collaborate with the nation’s top-flight improv musicians, such as Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians members Fielder and Avreeayl Ra; Houston-based double bassist Damon Smith, who has played with Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen, and John Tchicai; and David Dove, a highly-regarded trombonist and founder of Nameless Sound in Houston. The festival is supported by Epistrophy Arts, Astral Spirits and the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
September 11 - 19

Ector County Coliseum and Exposition Center; 42nd Street and Andrews Highway

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition
Don Thorn
218 West 46th Street; Odessa, TX 79764
(432) 550-3232
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Cowboy poetry, Rodeo
The Permian Basin Fair and Exposition includes a livestock show, sheep dog trails, beauty pageant, live entertainment, creative arts, business and industry exhibits, carnival, food booths, and land, air, and water exhibits.

Washington County Fair
September 11 - 19

Washington County Fairgrounds; 1305 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX

Washington County Fair
Debbie Schroeder. Secretary
1305 East Blue Bell Road; Brenham, TX 77833-2436
(979) 836-4112
Music: Country, Regional Mexican, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: County fair, Singing contests, Trade show/convention
The Washington County Fair consists of livestock, home economics and commercial exhibits, country store, rodeo, junior livestock and commercial heifer sales, barbecue cookoff, rodeo, and specialty acts and events. Past performers include George Strait, Doug Stone, Kentucky Headhunters, Shelly West, Gary Morris, Sawyer Brown, Radney Foster, Exile, Shenandoah, Terri Clark, and others.

The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration
September 11 - 13

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and Panhandle South Plains Fairgrounds; 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX

The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Inc.
Monica Hightower, Manager
P.O. Box 6638; Lubbock, TX 79493
(806) 798-7825; (806) 798-5929
Music: Cowboy, Western Swing, Poetry
Activities: Awards show, Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Trade show/convention, Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Youth activities & contests
The 25th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration is September 5-8, 2013, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas. The purpose remains to celebrate, preserve, and pass along our American Western heritage and cowboy culture for those who know and love it, and for those who have never known it before to learn from and enjoy it as well. The event includes entertainers, poetry and storytelling, western writers and authors panels, film and movie seminars, a Youth Wild West Day, horse-handling demonstrations, a horse-themed parade, Native American Indian activities and presentations, the ever-popular Chuck Wagon Cookoff, and exhibits of Western artworks and merchandise. Featured this year are 80+ cowboy and cowgirl poets, 70+ musical acts, 30+ storytellers, some 200 exhibit spaces filled with the best in Western art and goods, 20+ chuck wagons, and more.

Pasadena Livestock Show, Rodeo and Championship Bar-B-Que
September 11 - 19, 24 - 26

Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7601 Redbluff, Pasadena, TX

Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo Association
Rex Davis
7601 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507-1003
(281) 487-0240
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, County fair, Rodeo, Singing contests, Street dance, Trade show/convention
Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo believes that we are one team, one association and one vision. We are a group of volunteers with a common goal working as one unit to achieve success through student education. Our vision is to benefit the community, support youth and education, and preserve cowboy heritage. We strive to promote education and preserve the way of the cowboy. Area businessmen and cowboys & cowgirls work side by side to bring the community together in one working unit. Our organization strives to meet and expand those expectations. By continuing with the dream of our forefathers our volunteers will help make this association a success and improve the quality of citizens that this community produces. 65th Annual Rodeo - September 12-20th, 32nd Annual Cook Off - September 25th-27th.

Johnson County Pioneers & Old Settlers Reunion Fiddle Contest
September 11

Reunion Pavilion and Grounds; 111 Reunion Drive, Alvarado, TX

Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association
Rocky Biggs
210 North Baugh Street; Alvarado, TX 76009
(817) 925-7975
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Western Swing
Activities: Awards show, Fiddling contests, Music festival, Baby Contest, Arts and Crafts, County Fair, Parade, Carnival, Queens Contest, Car Show, Gospel Music, Battle of the Bands
Please bring the family out to enjoy some evening entertainment! The Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association is hosting an evening fiddle contest in conjunction with the 123rd Annual Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion. Please join us at the fairgrounds September 11th at 8pm in Alvarado, Texas. Order of play will be 0-15, 16-25, 26-45, 46-65, 66+, Accompanist, and Championship divisions. Prize Money will be awarded as follows.

Dia de los Toadies Festival ~ 2
September 11 - 12

Panther Island Pavilion; 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX

Kirtland Records
Tami Thomsen
3100 Main Street, Suite 347; Dallas, TX 75226-1535
(214) 824-7700; Fax Dale Brock
Music: Rock
Activities: Music festival
After five years of hosting their annual end-of-summer throw down at various locations throughout the state, the Toadies are taking the sixth Dia De Los Toadies to their hometown of Fort Worth. This year’s festival, set to feature a dozen bands performing across two stages, will take place on Saturday, September 14, at Panther Island Pavilion, just minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Per tradition, the band will also host an intimate “fireside/almost acoustic” showcase on Friday, September 13, the evening before their day-long bash.

D'Vine Wine on the Square presents: Music, Massage and Merlot
September 11, 25

Historic Granbury Square  ; 107 East Bridge Street, Granbury, TX

Stacie Folwell
116 West Bridge Street; Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 573-7200  
Activities: wine tasting, massages
Come and enjoy our great selection of over 20 fine wines, listen to fun music, relax with a massage ($1 per minute) or enjoy all three. For even more fun you can make you own wine, bottle it and create your own label. A great place for parties, weddings, birthdays, showers and more. Music, Massage and Merlot occurs on the 2nd and Last Friday of each month. Starts at 6:30 pm.

International Accordion Festival
September 12

La Villita Historic Arts Village; South Alamo and Nuevo, San Antonio, TX

International Accordian Festival
Gwen Rivera
P.O. Box 39843; San Antonio, TX 78218-6843
(512) 459-3495; (210) 865-8578
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Polka, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: Music festival, workshops
Based in San Antonio, the International Accordion Festival has earned a reputation for innovative programming, featuring international performers of the highest caliber, and for a commitment to cultural education by initiating cross-cultural communication in workshops and performances. This FREE festival has established itself as one of the premier events in the Southwest. The accordion in Texas is a perfect vehicle through which to tell the story of immigrant America. And the musical tale of immigrant America examined closely unpacks the rich international roots of our heritage. Historically rich from its variant origins, the accordion is at the root of numerous multicultural music traditions throughout the world, many of which have found their way to this country, many of which enjoy great acclaim in diverse parts of the world: the Italians, los mexicanos, the French, los dominicanos, the Germans, los colombianos, the Irish, los argentinos, the Poles, los españoles, the Czechs...and many others.

Centroamericanto Fest
September 12

Dougherty Arts Center and Zilker Park Hillside Theater

Centroamericanto Fest
Mauricio Callejas, Festival Director
2013 Crystal Shore Drive; Austin, TX 78728
512-584-3967; Fax info@centroamericantofest.com
Music: Latin/Spanish
Activities: Music festival
CentroAmericanto Fest is a unique event that showcases music and culture with special focus on Singer-songwriter music from Central America. The event highlights visiting artists and local musicians in September, month of Central America’s independence. Audiences of all ages will be pleased with the participation of local dance companies showcasing Central American dances, traditional food and great music.

Second Saturdays
September 12

Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069

McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month.

Eastside Kings Festival
September 12 - 13

Club 40, White Swan, 1808 Club, JT's Body Shop; East 12th Street, Austin, TX

Dialtone Records/Dynaflow Records/Eastside Kings Festival
Eddie Stout, Owner
P.O. Box 133; Austin, TX 78767
(512) 228-8434
Music: Blues, Gospel, Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The Eastside Kings Festival set for September 12/13, 2015 is a can't Miss Austin event.  It's about time somebody stepped up to remind the locals that the music Austin is so famous for began in Afro American clubs and juke houses that were located on the East side of town.  Better yet, there are still artists struggling to find gigs around town that were part of building this rich Texas tradition. They have to be heard and seen while they are still here. For his Third blues Festival, Austin's own record producer, promoter, and bass player, Eddie Stout has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria, one of The founding fathers of the House of Blues and a well-known entrepreneur. They are joined by the non-profit, Texas Folklife which works to preserve local tradition in the arts. Together, they are committed to giving local blues artists the credit they deserve and audiences a musical education. Featured are musicians that are little known today.  Some have been working in music since the 1940s.  These living legends led bands and also backed greats like B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, and Pee Wee Crayton. Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan learned directly from w atching and jamming with these local gems. Venues along 11th and 12th Street anchor this festival in a way that an auditorium could never do. This was an area that only booked blues artists, who often would drop in on one another’s shows to jam or have a drink.  Walking from one building to another while music drifts from one street corner to another is a reminder of the heyday of Austin blues. This year, the musicians will include Austin's own Hosea Hargrove, Soul Man Sam & The Brothers, Mac McIntosh and the Eastside Kings and more. In addition, Peewee Stephens, Jewel Brown and Milton Hopkins will make the trip from Houston.  Other performers will include slide master, Sonny Rhodes as well as Classie Ballou, Blues Boy Willie, Ray Sharpe and Birdlegg, who is now touring Europe regularly.

Wortham Blues Festival
September 12

Main Street; Wortham, TX

Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce
Brent Jones
P.O. Box 185; Wortham, TX 76693
(817) 526-4694
Music: Blues
Activities: Music festival
Get ready, Blues Fans, the 2014 Wortham Blues Festival is coming back to the historic brick streets of Beautiful Downtown Wortham! The stage is set, the music is sizzling -- Where Will YOU Be When the Blues Comes to Town?! In 1997, Wortham held its first “Blind” Lemon Jefferson Blues Festival. Organized by the Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce (a non-profit organization), the event (now known as the Wortham Blues Festival) has grown into a much-anticipated annual showcase of sizzling Texas Blues, and is sponsored by individuals, organizations, and businesses dedicated to the preservation of Jefferson’s legacy in American music. The Wortham Blues Festival is held on the first or second Saturday each September, and is reasonably priced for families to come out and enjoy some live up-and-coming Texas Blues. All proceeds from the Wortham Blues Festival are used to support future events, as well as projects and activities in the Wortham community.

Boyd Music Festival
September 12

Town Square; Ladonia, TX

Chamber of Commerce of Ladonia
Gail Levey
P.O. Box 44; Ladonia, TX 75449
(903) 486-8912; Fax Gail Levey
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock, Tejano, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Street dance, Arts and Crafts, BBQ, Wine Tasting, Craft Beer Expo
Come to Ladonia for the Boyd Music Festival on September 12, 2015 and help us celebrate Jim and Bill Boyd's birthdays and all Texas Music!  Jim and Bill Boyd, native sons of Ladonia, are both honored inductees of the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The Boyd Music Festival will celebrate the amazing journey of past, present and future Texas Music!  We will take over the Town Square and fill it with music, dancing, food, fun, vendors of all types and games for everyone, no entry fee, from 10am to 10pm!

Untapped Houston ~ 2
September 12

Discovery Green; 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX

Untapped, LLC
Annette Marin
508 Young St; Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 555-8172
Music: Americana, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Craft Beer Festival
Now in its fourth year, Untapped energetically encapsulates the eclectic culture of quality craft beer while highlighting both emerging bands and established musical talent.  Sold-out crowds experience expertly curated lists of breweries and bands.  The goal of Untapped is to bring thoughtfully paired music to seasoned craft beer drinkers and to introduce new and exciting craft beers to discerning music fans. As the festival continues to assist in making the connection between beer and music communities, organizers hope to celebrate artists and breweries they know and love.

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
September 12 - 13, October 11, December 4, February 13, March 5, April 23, May 21, 2016

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

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. September 12-13 Join CMI in a delicious Classical/Romantic romp through Mozart’s elegant Vienna, Turina’s exotic Spain, and Brahms’ Germany—the heart of Western Music. Program: Piano Trio in Bb Major, K.502....Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Trio #2 in B Minor, Op.76....Joaquín Turina and Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8....Johannes Brahms. Performances: Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:30PM at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church and Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 2:00PM at Dallas City Performance Hall. Artists: Joyce Yang - Piano, Sheryl Staples - Violin and Carter Brey - Cello.

Autumn Hunt - Ars Lyrica’s 2015/16 Season
September 13

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
Our 2015/2016 Seasonal Rituals begin with Antonio Vivaldi’s Autumn, the first of four concerti constituting his beloved Four Seasons, each of which appears on its own program this season. Autumn Hunt also includes vocal fireworks aplenty, with Joseph Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos for mezzo-soprano and strings—in which the mythical figure Arianna imagines herself hunter’s prey—plus a selection of Handel arias.

Conspirare 2015-16 Season
September 13, December 5 - 7, January 8 - 9, February 20 - 21, May 11 - 13

Jessen Auditorium University of Texas

Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
505 East Huntland Drive, No. 155; Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Celebrating our 23rd season, Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences. With the world-class artistry of its extraordinary voices and the incomparable direction of conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is one of the finest choirs performing today. Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic. September 13, 2015 The Poet Sings : Emily Dickinson - Conspirare will celebrate the expressive power and range of one of America's most beloved poets. Hear some of the countless musical works that she has inspired, including the premieres of two newly commissioned pieces. This intimate recital will feature soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad, tenor Eric Neuville and pianist Michelle Schumann.

Austin Music Video Festival
September 16 - 19

Downtown Austin; Austin, TX

AMVF
Jeremy Roye
Austin, TX
(832) 221-4980
Activities: Music festival
The first annual Austin Music Video Festival celebrates our city's rich heritage of music videos, screening 200 videos, 13 awards, parties, panels and a Live VJ Battle!

American Liszt Society Festival
September 16 - 18

University of North Texas; Denton, TX

American Liszt Society
Joseph Banowetz, Festival Artistic Director
1136 Hog Mountain Road; Fleischmanns, NY 12430
(845) 586-4457; (940)565-4092
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
It is a great privilege and pleasure to invite you to the 2015 American Liszt Society Festival. The theme of the festival is "Liszt and Damnation." Because of Liszt's strong Catholic faith, listeners associate many important Liszt works with religious themes, but there was a very dark, often sinister aspect to a significant body of his works. The 2015 festival will explore this fascinating, yet not so well known, character of his music. The festival will include two special evening concerts. The first evening concert is presented by the UNT Symphony Orchestra, the program consisting of the Liszt Totentanz, as constructed by Ferruccio Busoni from an earlier version by Liszt, followed by Act I of Wagner's Die Walküre in its entirety. The second evening concert will be a tribute to the late Thomas Mastroianni, who for many years was president of the American Liszt Society. His tragic and unexpected death this past fall deeply saddened all the members of the society. Dr. Mastroianni was a devout Catholic, and the concert will feature religious compositions by Liszt. This special memorial concert will be presented by a number of Dr. Mastroianni’s close colleagues and friends. Younger Lisztians will present performances at the festival as well, including a recital featuring laureates of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and an organ program with Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue, S.459 and Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm preceding the Festival Farewell Banquet on Friday evening. The numerous concerts and lectures during the festival will feature such works and topics as Liszt's De Profundis; the four Mephisto Waltzes; songs by both Liszt and Busoni; elements of damnation in Liszt's Ballade No. 2; Vianna da Motta's Ballada, Op. 16; Busoni's transcription of the first Mephisto Waltz; and transcriptions of Wagner by Liszt's pupil, August Stradal. These are but a few of the programs that will feature Liszt's dark and death obsessed side, which in his later years became especially prominent. This year’s gathering will be very special, and we welcome all lovers of Liszt's incredible music.

Addison Oktoberfest
September 17 - 20

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

Town of Addison
Annemarie Martin
P.O. Box 9010; Addison, TX 75001-9010
(972) 450-2851
Music: Polka, German music
Activities: Cultural Festival, Music, Food, Dance, Arts & Crafts
Addison Oktoberfest brings an authentic recreation of the Munich Oktoberfest featuring more than 30 hours of continuous family-oriented entertainment. German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. A special "Oktoberfest" Spaten Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more. There are carnival rides, midway games, children's entertainment and activities and a 5K run benefiting Wipe Out Kids' Cancer. Bands may submit materials via the website at: "http://www.addisontexas.net/events/Oktoberfest/Applications_Forms/

GrapeFest
September 17, 18, 19, 20

Main Street Historic District; Grapevine, TX

Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau
One Liberty Park Plaza; Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3185; (800) 457-6338
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Street dance
GrapeFest, held along Grapevine's Historic Main Street, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Some of GrapeFest's most popular events include the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; GrapeStomp; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; Palate Pleasers at the Palace; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest; five stages offering live entertainment, the Texas Wine Tribute and much more.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

The Grapevine; Gruene, 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.

Cause for the Paws ~ 2
September 18 - 19

Luckenbach, Texas; Luckenbach, TX

MuttNation Foundation
10881 South Dogwood Road; Tishomingo, OK 73460
(580) 371-3929
Music: Country
Activities: Music festival
Cause for the Paws 2015 will take place Sept. 18-19 in Luckenbach, Texas, and all proceeds will go towards MuttNation Foundation to help end animal cruelty, neglect and homelessness throughout the U.S. In addition to Lambert, there will be performances from songwriters Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Radney Foster and The Voice’s Gwen Sebastian.

Stone Valley Music Festival
September 19

Stone Valley Music Park; 7508 U.S. Highway 290 Johnson City, TX

Stone Valley Music Park
307 North Austin; Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-9740 ; 830-330-0380
Music: Country
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, washer pitcher tournament, horseshoe pitching
The first of seven Stone Valley Music Festivals outside of Dripping Springs will be held on Saturday, April 11th; headlining Doug Stone the Country Music Legend & Doug's special Guest Jade Jack with confirmed additional performers Jake Ward, Mary Sarah, the Bret Mullins Band, Jake Penrod and Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band. Gates will open at 10:00am and the live music lasts until midnight with a large dance floor. There will be BBQ, Hot Dogs, Beer, among other food & drink items on the menu. There will be a washer pitching tournament as well as a horseshoe pitching tournament with prize money. Great place to be with the whole family, friends & the kids. VIP areas will be available. We have recently bought out the summer's performances and headliners include Johnny Bush, Hal Ketchum, Cody Johnson, Dale Watson, Mickey Gilly and Tracy Byrd. Check our website for festival information throughout the summer.

Burnet Bluegrass Festival & Fiddlers Contest
September 19

Haley Nelson Park & Amphitheater; Burnet, TX

City of Burnet
Crista Bromley
301 Garden Trails (Hwy 29 West), Burnet; Burnet, TX 78611
(512) 715-3200
Music: Bluegrass
Activities: Fiddling contests, Music festival, Arts & Crafts, Food

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference
September 23 - 27

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown; 6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752

Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Dalis Allen
P. O. Box 291466; Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-3600
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Regional Mexican
Activities: Music festival, Songwriting contests, Trade show/convention
We have open mics, Official Showcases and In Room showcases, seminars and panels during the day on Friday and Saturday which address many facets of the music business - booking and tour planning, agents and managers, music law, the internet, getting airplay, studio know how, song sharing and discussion, wellness while on the road and looking for alternate ways to get our music to the world – such as in schools and films. We eat meals together and form wonderful new relationships and renew old ones. And we are certain to have FUN! Artists, managers, agents, venue operators as well as folks who come to listen enthusiastically are all encouraged to attend. Please join us this year!

Colorado County Fair
September 24 - 27

Colorado County Fairgrounds; 1164 Crossroads Boulevard, Columbus, TX

Colorado County Fair Association

P.O. Box 506; Columbus, TX 78934
(979) 732-9266
Music: Country, Latin/Spanish, Polka, Pop
Activities: County fair, Rodeo, BBQ Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show, Queen Pageant, creative homemaking, photography exhibits
The Colorado County Fair announces the 2015 Fair Dates, Sept. 24-27. This years Fair will include Carnival & Parade & BBQ Cook-Off,"Junior Livestock Show" on Thursday & Friday,  Antique Tractor Pull,   Pet Show (Sunday afternoon) with a nightly CPRA Rodeo (Friday & Saturday), Numerous Commercial Exhibits, Arts & Crafts & Face Painting , Petting Zoo ,Creative Homemaking & Art Exhibits with Junior Livestock Sale on Saturday at 1pm.

Motivational Productions Presents:  The Epic City Wide Talent Search
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5,12, 19, December 3, 10, 17, 31

Midtown Cocktails; 2014 East Houston Street, San Antonio TX

Motivational Productions
Erica Trent
P.O. Box 692141; San Antonio, TX 78269
(210) 914-8128
Music: Pop, Rap/Hip Hop
Activities: Talent Competition
This event is looking for seven artists including singers, rappers, dancers and a DJ to sign to our label to record an album called The Infinate 7. Touring will begin in the summer of 2016.

FallsFest
September 25 - 26

Lucy Park; 100 Sunset Drive, Wichita, TX

Junior League of Wichita Falls
Stephanie Taylor, Sarah Williams, Krystal Ross
2302 Midwestern Parkway; Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2328
(940) 692-9797
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival, children's activities, games, food, sporting events
This year, FallsFest turns 30! Since its beginning, FallsFest has continued to develop, improve, and evolve into the premier outdoor festival for the entire family. Yet again in 2014, FallsFest has been voted by the Wichita Falls community as Texoma's Best All-Around Event and Texoma's Best Festival. Endeavors to make this festival bigger and better began when the 60 plus member steering committee undertook their respective challenges in early 2015. Their dedication, along with over 1,700 League and community volunteers giving over 10,000 hours, will again bring to fruition another successful FallsFest. Local businesses also play a foundational role through their generous sponsorships. Continued faithful underwriting of FallsFest has allowed over $1,500,000 to be returned to the Wichita Falls community through partnering entities since 1986.

Oaktopia
September 25 - 27

Denton's Town Square; 100 North Locust Street, Denton, TX, 75033

Monocle Inc
Matt Battaglia
1556 Valley Creek Road; Denton, TX 75033
(940) 367-4304
Activities: Music festival, Skate competition
Music, art, skate and culture combine for Oaktopia Fest 2015. Downtown Denton is housing headliners Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Eisley, Thundercat, The Polyphonic Spree, Shlohmo, DJ Mom Jeans, Sarah Jaffe and more for 3 epic days across 3 stages and 7 venues with 80 local acts. Adding to the awesome, Vans will be building a half pipe and bringing in pro skaters. The list continues with yoga sessions, industry expert panels, live art installations, plus tons more for you to immerse yourself in.

State Fair of Texas
September 25 - October 18

Fair Park; Cullum Blvd. at Parry Avenue

State Fair of Texas, Inc.
Errol McKoy, President
P.O. Box 150009; Dallas, TX 75315
(214) 421-8743
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Polka, Pop, Tejano, World Beat
Activities: County fair
The State Fair of Texas is a 24-day entertainment showcase presented each fall in historic Fair Park in Dallas. Millions of visitors enjoy free concerts featuring top country and pop artists, a Broadway musical production, performances by the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and daily shows on outdoor stages throughout the park. Other attractions include parades, light show, crafts, exhibits, midway rides, livestock, college football, and a gigantic new car show.

Bois D'Arc Bash ~ 2
September 25 - 26

Downtown Square; Commerce, TX

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Paul Voss, Executive Director and Sheryl Millar, Office Administrator
P.O.Box 290; Commerce, TX 75429
(903) 886-3960
Music: Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Oldies , steel drum band
Activities: Street dance, youth pageant, 5K run/walk, Wine tasting, parade , golf tournament, carnival
Pageant on prior Saturday (09/18); Golf Tournament on Friday (09/25): Music and barbecue on Friday night. Saturday starts with a 5K Run, Parade, Vendors, Food, kids activities, tentatively scheduled carnival, music all day into the evening.

Greek Festival of Dallas
September 25 - 27

Greek Orthodox Church; 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX

Greek Orthodox Church "The Holy Trinity"
George Nafts
13555 Hillcrest Road; Dallas, TX 75240-5412
(972) 991-1166; (972) 233-4880
Music: Greek
Activities: Food Festival
The Greek Festival includes singers, dancers, authentic Greek food, and live music. All proceeds go to the church and its charities.

Texas Heritage Music Day
September 25

Schreiner University; 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX

Texas Heritage Music Foundation
Kathleen Hudson
P.O. Box 291945; Kerrville, TX 78029-1945
(830) 792-1945; Fax kat@texasheritagemusic.org
Music: Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Music festival, Songwriting contests
The Texas Heritage Music foundation was started by Dr. Kathleen Hudson in July 1987. The Texas Heritage Music Day, held the last Friday of September on the campus of Schreiner University, has evolved from living history to a showcase of genres of music, using stories and songs as another way of learning. More than 50 performers spread out on the Schreiner campus from 9-1 telling stories and singing songs. The event includes cowboy music, chuckwagons, Native American stories, and songwriters galore  Admission is free with grant money available to help schools in the Hill Country attend. Stage presentations include gospel, conjunto, songwriting, and a tribute to Jimmie  Rodgers. An evening concert with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines will showcase Texas songwriting.See www.texasheritagemusic.org for detais.  Food and drinks for sale at event.

St. Cecilia Music Series
September 25, November 13, February 6, 2016, April 14, 2016

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.

International Computer Music Conference
September 25 - October 1

University of North Texas; Denton, TX

International Computer Music Association, Inc.
1819 Polk Street, Suite 330; San Francisco, CA 94109
Music: Computer music
Activities: Trade show/convention
The 2015 41st International Computer Music Conference will take place from September 25 to October 1st at the University of North Texas. The theme of the conference, “Looking Back, Looking Forward” invites participants to reflect on the innovations, developments and artistic challenges over the past century, and to articulate a vision for the future. Have the major challenges faced in computer music and research changed over the past century? What are the leading issues in Computer Music today? Submissions will be considered on any topic; however special topics for the 2015 conference include: Digital Communities, Big Data, Telematic Music, Intermedia, 3D printing for music, New Media, Virtual reality, Futurism, Robotics and Mobile Music Computing. The Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia (CEMI) is an interdisciplinary center focused on music and arts technologies, housed within the Division of Composition Studies. CEMI provides an environment for research, education, and a busy schedule of public performances. CEMI fosters integration of electroacoustic music, live performance, video/film, plastic arts, and theater. Since its 1963 inception as UNT’s Electronic Music Center, CEMI has evolved into a unique creative environment, world-renowned for innovative works and musicians. CEMI’s four state-of-the-art studios and Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater nurture the development of dozens of works each year, including music for live performance with interactive computer systems, multichannel surround audio compositions, film and video works, dance pieces with live video, and intermedia theatrical performances. CEMI showcases the latest experimental music and intermedia from UNT and around the world in its annual series of concerts in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater. Visiting composers-in-residence have studio access and technical assistance; CEMI regularly hosts internationally renowned artists and researchers in residencies that include public lectures, masterclasses, and concerts. CEMI has hosted the International Computer Music Conference in 1981, the SEAMUS National Conference 2000, and the Electric LaTex Festival 2007, among others. In 2005, CEMI was noted in Schools that Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, which named the UNT College of Music as one of the nation’s best music programs.

Hallettsville Kolache Fest
September 26

KC Hall; KC Hall, Hallettsville, TX

Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce
Sharee Rainosek, Executive Director
1614 North Texana; Hallettsville, TX 77964
(361) 798-2662; Fax (
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Singing contests
The Kolache Fest is a German-Czech celebration featuring live polka and German music all day at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Other activities include Kolache Eating Contest, Kolache Demonstration, the downtown Kolache Parade, Car Show, 42 Domino Tournament, Arts and Crafts, Kids Attractions, Food, Bier gardens and a night time Dance.

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival
September 26 - 27

Downtown Bryan; 216 West 26 Street, Bryan, TX

Downtown Bryan Association
Amanda Reynolds, Event Coordinator
PO Box 233; Bryan, TX 77806
(979) 822-4920; Fax events@downtownbryan.com
Music: Children's, Country, Cowboy, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
The Downtown Bryan Association is gearing up for the ninth annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas. This year’s festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday,September 26 and 27, 2015 will attract visitors from across the state of Texas and feature over 20 Texas wineries, numerous craft beer breweries, more than 30 bands performing on five different stages, talented artists from across the country, the annual steak cook-off, the popular Kids Zone, and a variety of food vendors. And thanks to a partnership with Bryan’s own J. Cody’s Steaks and Barbecue, the beef will be back in a big way at the 2015 Texas Reds Festival. Hours are 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Austin Symphonic Band 2015 -16 Season
September 27, November 22, February 7, April 3, May 8, June 19, July 2, 4

Zilker Hillside Theater; 2206 William Barton Drive, 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
Fall Concert in the Park. Bring your picnic basket and favorite lawn chair to enjoy great concert band music on the Zilker hillside.