2nd Annual Celebrating the Texan

2nd Annual Celebrating the Texan

Music Art & Film Festival

Free Concert & Family Fun on the Courthouse Lawn

Celebrating the Texan kicks off at 10 am on the Courthouse lawn in Athens, Texas with Chris Oliver & Company, followed by the talented Candi Browning & Jimmy Rusky. Revisiting her Texas roots, Brianna Straut joins us all the way from Colorado. Next, enjoy the stylings of the prolific ghostwriter, Heather Little. Then making her way to the stage is the always awesome Meredith Crawford, followed by last year’s semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, young Ms Kadie Lynn. To close out the festivities on the square, Dr Lopez will be spinning on the turntables until 7 pm at the conclusion of the festival. While you’re here, feel free to browse through a number of vendors, ranging from hot and cold food, produce, woodwork, art, clothing and more.

Kids Corner

At 10am the Kids Corner opens up and stays up until 7 pm.  All day you can enjoy 4 bounce houses and two obstacle courses, for the kiddos. Don’t forget to get your face painted and grab some balloon art by donation!


Take your time at the festival and let your kids discover their artistic side, as the Henderson County Performing Arts Center will be hosting a YES Program introduction workshop, every hour on the hour until 4 pm. The program lasts 45 minutes with a show at the end of each workshop.  The Henderson County Arts Council will also be hosting an art clinic, put on by the renowned painter and sculptor Charlie Bullock, from 10 am until 2 pm.


If your child prefers the stage by way of music, stay for the show as Guitars Etc features it’s up-and-coming musicians on a kids only stage, from Noon until 4 pm. Hosted by some of the young talented actors of HCPAC, your child is bound to find their inner star.

Xtreme Auction House

Joining us that day we have an array of filmmakers who are making their way to Athens from as far away as Los Angeles, to showcase the work they’ve accomplished. Starting at 11 am we have a screening of Love & a .45, by Dallas based filmmaker C.M. Talkington. See the film that launched Renee Zellweger to stardom!  Throughout the day on this stage see films from all manner of directorial styles, from light comedy sketches to serious and artistic drama.  Their ambition to direct started on the streets of Henderson & Smith County, before branching out to follow their ambition – come see what they’ve made!  Notable featured directors that day include Jeff Adair, Justin Mosley, Alex Mondini & Andrew Adams, Stephen Sanchez, and Sophia Magdalene.


This will be held at our acoustic stage, and in between acts you can browse the short films and music videos of these talented directors – however, let’s not forget about the music! After Love and a .45, partake in the skills of Henderson County newcomer George Lloyd.  Joining us after, from Austin, is acoustic ukulele songstress Vale in the Void, followed by the sweet serenade of the crimson sisters of Selective Perspective. Featuring next the smoothly distinct vocals of Mr Tyler Mathews, you won’t want to miss what follows as Max Jones and Alex Addy take the stage to showcase some of the most eclectic and poignant acoustic performers to come out of Paris, TX.


211 Gallery Block Party/ Art and Wine Walk

This year we combined our artistic efforts with 211’s Art & Wine Walk, because how can you have art without music? And, how can you have either without wine?  30-35 artists have submitted to the opening of “Weird & Wonderful”, and featuring 3 of the premiere wineries in Henderson County: 3 P’s in a Vine, Castle Oaks, and White Fox.  In addition the art studios on the square will be housing Charlie Bullock Studios, Studio 219, and more. This runs from 4-7 pm, and you can purchase your tickets right in front of 211 Gallery.


The music that day at the 211 stage kicks off with songsmith and virtuoso Christopher Jumper at 3 pm.  He opens up for the talents of Andrews/Mizell, a pair of throwbacks with a knack for introducing generations to the culture of musical artistry, from 4-7 pm.  Inside the gallery at 4, Vale in the Void makes her way to the 211 stage, followed by Christopher Jumper again, with a finale set played by Paris native Wesley Joe Malone

Athens Brewing Company

This might be one of my favorite shows, if not for the simple fact of…beer…and not just any beer, but Athens Brewing Co brews, and the aromatic flavors of Tara Vineyards.  The show starts at 430, but the doors will open much sooner.


All jokes aside, we have some seriously fun acts coming to this stage all the way from Austin and Dallas, not to mention the local favorites.  We start off with an acoustic act: my bro, Cody Fleetwood.  Followed by his band theneverscenekid, featuring members of the former East Texas cult rock group, For Sale Your Soul.  Their experimental sound will have you enthralled.  Afterwards, catch the amazing act of Ed is an Island, an accomplished artist coming to us from the metroplex.  Catch the Wes Quinn Band later for some good times and great riffs. Finally don’t settle in, because Athens Brewing Co presents the talented Vintage Disobedience to close the show out, with its psychedelic vocals and fast traveling licks. Then it’s time to seriously make your way to the mainstage.


On our Mainstage we have some excellent performers, All-Texan and all Bad Ass.  The Mainstage is our only paid show. General Admission tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are $85.  These limited tickets give you access to hang out with the bands, as well as a complimentary bracelet for the Wine Walk. (Note: individual Wine Walk tickets can otherwise be purchased in front of 211 Gallery.)
Gates open at 4 pm, and the show starts at 430 with one of the event planners, Shane Rendon, to warm up the crowd. Then get prepared for Metro Grade, an acoustic/electric act with roots in punk rock, hopping down the road from their Tyler, TX base of operations.  Then prepare your  ear buds for the melodious vocals of Ben Ballinger, a crooner stationed in the Austin, TX area.  An Athens favorite, Straw Hat Society makes their way to the stage from Paris, TX to bring in some old timey sounds, with some down home bluegrass/folk.  Then headliner Uncle Lucius makes their way from their Austin homebase to bring some of the Texas Red Dirt that is sweeping the country scene.  Afterwards A Tiger Lily, also Austin Native with Athens, TX roots, makes their way on to the scene bringing a funky psychedelic sound.  And to close out the night we have what has become almost mythical on the experimental spectrum in East Texas, The Oceanographic Explorer (aka T.O.E) comes out of retirement to bring this wonderful day to a close.

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