Big Texas Festival kickoffs in Lindale

Published on Friday, 8 September 2017 19:17 - Written by


A new festival - the Big Tex Fest - in Lindale Sept. 8-10 will be all about music, art and food that embody the spirit and culture of the state, organizers said.

Events will take place at The Lindale Cannery, the retail and entertainment complex near downtown.

The inaugural festival, which is being billed as a “weekend of arts music and culture,” is a joint venture of the city of Lindale, The Cannery and its flagship establishments, Love and War in Texas, a restaurant and music venue; and the Pink Pistol, a boutique owned by the parents of singing star and Lindale native Miranda Lambert.

Chad Franke, one of the developers of The Cannery, described the festival as an end-of-summer party for everyone.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to Texas music artists; experience beautiful Texas art showcased in Artist Alley; and taste the Tour of Texas featuring food and spirits from all five regions of the Lone Star State,” he said in a statement released earlier.

Robert Earl Keen will give a concert on Sept. 8 and Uncle Lucius on Sept. 9. Others set to perform are the TJC Jazz Band, Charlie Robison, Marichi Campanas con America, Aubrie Lynn, Kylie Rae Harris, Roxy Roca and St. Pepper’s Bluegrass Band.

Keen will receive special recognition.

“I am proud to announce that Love & War in Texas will award Robert Earl Keen the first Texas Legacy Award for his contribution to Texas Culture,” Tye Phelps, owner of the Love and War in Texas, said.

The festival ends with a concert by Aaron Watson at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10. Bradley Banning and Cameran Nelson will open the concert.

Bev Lambert, owner of the Pink Pistol, said she is thrilled that Lindale is hosting a festival that will feature the best in Texas music.

“This all-genre music, art and spirits festival is a dream come true for the Lambert family,” she said. “Music of all kinds has always played a major role in our family traditions. To be at the center of the current swell of entertainment is most exciting for us.”

Besides music, there will be art demonstrations.

“We will have wire sculptors, clay throwing demonstrations on a pottery wheel, live painters, 3D chalk artists, glass art demonstrations and coppersmiths along with many more live art demos both days (Sept. 8 and 9),” said Kerian Massey, the festival’s art coordinator.

The artists “represent the best in their skills and styles,” she said in a prepared statement.

Tickets for admission for both Sept. 8 and 9 cost $40. Tickets to the concert featuring Watson cost $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets are available through the website

Patrons are asked to bring lawn chairs for concert seating. Updates are being posted on the event’s facebook page.



Sept. 8: 4 p.m. to midnight

-- Love & War Stage: Craft Beer Expo featuring Robert Earl Keen Beer

-- Love & War Stage: TJC Jazz Band

-- Wine Pairing dinner in Art Breezeway (Wine pairing with Vino Di Mora)

-- Cannery Fountain Stage: Profetic Calaveras (jazz)

-- Pink Pistol Stage: Riley Redding

-- Love & War Stage: Aubrie Lynn

-- Cannery Stage: Charlie Robison

-- Cannery Stage: Robert Earl Keen


Sept. 9: 11 a.m. to midnight

-- Opening ceremony: Prayer and National Anthem by The Mahaffeys

-- Pickers Pavilion Stage: Black Tie Strings

-- Pink Pistol Stage: Kylie Rae Harris

-- Fountain Stage: The Nelson Family (Motown and gospel)

-- Love & War Stage: Sgt. Pepper’s Bluegrass Band

-- Pickers Stage: Beer Expo featuring Tru-Vine Brewery

-- Love & War Stage: Card 53 Comedy

-- Cannery Stage: Marichi Campanas con America

-- Cannery Fountain Stage: Sip & Paint, Crystal Yates

-- Love & War Stage: South Austin Moonlighters

-- Love & War Stage: Roxy Roca (funk/soul)

-- Cannery Stage: Monte Montgomery

-- Cannery Stage: Uncle Lucius (Americana)​Sept. 10: 12:30-7 p.m.

-- Cannery Stage: Cross Brand Cowboy Church (music)

-- Cannery Stage: One Horse Town

-- Texas Music Sunday Concert (4 p.m.): Bradley Banning, Cameran Nelson, Aaron Watson (tickets to this sold separately)