NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - What better way to kick off the Nacogdoches Texas Blueberry Festival than with a Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park?
Top names in the bluegrass genre are returning to Nacogdoches for a full Friday evening of fun. A lot of planning by generous volunteers makes the free event possible.
Four bluegrass bands will play. It's a grassroots kind of music that has branched out into different subgenres. Volunteer Scott Waller brings a bit of each to the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park.
"Bottom Dollar String Band from Austin plays more progressive bluegrass," Waller said. "The Coleman Brothers and the Lone Star Boys from the Tyler area - they play very traditional, classic bluegrass. And the Catahoula Drive plays some traditional bluegrass, but they also play a lot of gospel bluegrass. And then the Baker Family plays a combination of all that."
One instrument they all have in common is the banjo.
"Yes. You got to have a banjo in bluegrass music," Waller said with a laugh.
Surrounded by what's been dubbed the BG's are volunteers who put in weeks of planning for a new location.
"We'll be downtown in Festival Park this year," said Angela Wiederhold, a concert organizer.
All the logistics have been worked out. "The streets will be blocked off to get ready for the Blueberry Festival, so we're encouraging all those folks coming from out of town to park at First Baptist Church and ride our free shuttle service right down to Festival Park."
It's a lawn chairs/blanket kind of event. Picnics? Yes. Alcohol and coolers? No. Otherwise, lots of food and refreshments will be available.
"We're going to have lots of food vendors down there selling lots of great food," said Scarlett Sloane, a concert organizer. "Snow cones. And we have several people from the farmers market that are going to be there selling their item that you see at the farmers market."
Rex Perry Autoplex allows the event to be totally free. Advertising has been focused in the Houston and Dallas markets. In the last week, the Blueberry Bluegrass Facebook page reach is over 19,000 people.
"We're really excited," Wiederhold said. "It could be insane."
The Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park is Friday night from six to ten at Festival Park.