NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Just two days away is the Big Nac Music Festival. It's a first for Nacogdoches.
More than 40 bands across "multiple genres" will hit the red brick streets for four days of live music.
East Texas News caught up with "Big Nac producer" who's confident his decision to come to Nacogdoches is a good one.
The Big Nac Music Festival will be a discovery process for the music fan, according festival producer Jon Niess.
"The lineup is fairly diverse. It's not just Texas country music," Niess said. "It's blues, rock, bluegrass, Texas country, indie."
Forty bands in all. Fifty bucks for four days, all shows. The tune you'll leave humming may be from the well-known musician to the up and coming artist.
"Jack Ingram and Recklass Kelly, Joe Ely," Niess said. "Then there are some bands quite as large as those. So there will be a lot of different stuff."
Niess says he was the reconnaissance man for Texas Music Magazine, the partner in Big Nac and a music festival out west called Viva Big Bend. Niess said he likes that Nacogdoches is close to metropolitan areas in Texas and Louisiana. The convenience carries over to his four selected venues.
Banita Creek Hall, and Mill Room, Mast Hall and the Liberty Bell are all within walking distance. The central location of the backstage CVB and the downtown firehouse, venues for free shows, and one for the kids will also play into the event's success.
Pillar Street will even be closed to make it even easier for festival goers and bands.
"We draw thousands of people into the city that normally wouldn't be here," Niess said. "And that's the whole thing is to drive the positive economic impact to the local community."
"Creative people are very fun to work with," said Melissa Sanford, the director of the Nacogdoches Convention and Victors Bureau. "There are no boxes to work and there are no limits."
The first bands begin to arrive Thursday. The Big Nac Music Festival where Texas Music Starts here launches the Texas music festival season.
Big Nac Music Festival online ticket sales continue. There are also discounted tickets for students and SFA alumni. And volunteers are needed during the March 5th thru 8th festival.
Contact the Nacogdoches CVB if you're interested in helping out in exchange for free passes and a T-shirt.