FRIDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS CONCERT KICKS OFF BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Texas Blueberry Festival kicks off with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Festival Plaza in downtown Nacogdoches. The toe-tapping fun continues on Saturday, June 9, with Pickin’ on the Square, a new Blueberry Festival event that encourages bluegrass musicians and fans to stay for the whole weekend.
Rex Perry Autoplex is sponsoring Friday’s family-friendly bluegrass concert that will feature four musical acts: The Purple Hulls, identical twin sisters from Kilgore; The Baker Family, an award-winning band from Birch Tree, Missouri; The Coleman Brothers and the Lone Star Boys, featuring brothers Craig and Corey Coleman from Troup, and The Jeff Robertson Band, featuring a guitar maker from Bastrop who plays with seasoned pickers from all over Texas.
Pickin’ on the Square will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in three locations, the basement of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, City Council chambers and Regions Bank’s community room. Bluegrass musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with new friends in air-conditioned comfort.
The concert will also feature food trucks, including some local farmer's market favorites selling homemade items, as well as catfish, barbecue, corn dogs, fried green tomato sandwiches, vegetarian options, soft drinks, blueberry lemonade and lots of water. Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The event is family-friendly, so no coolers or alcohol will be allowed.
Parking will be available downtown. However, some downtown streets will be closed due to the Blueberry Festival, so concert-goers are urged to visit www.tbf.nacogdoches.org or www.facebook.com/bluegrassnac/ for parking instructions. Parking with free shuttle service to the concert venue will be available at First Baptist Church, 411 North St. Parking at the venue will be at the Nacogdoches City Garage location at 114 W. Cox St.
Organizers are grateful for the enthusiastic partners that make the concert possible, especially Rex Perry Autoplex and the City of Nacogdoches.
The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford continues Saturday with a full day of activities in downtown Nacogdoches, including a Blueberry pancake breakfast, competitions and more live entertainment. For more information, visit tbf.nacogdoches.org/ or call 936-560-5533.