Texas Blueberry Festival Returns To Nacogdoches


Bluegrass band Catahoula Drive headlines the concert to open the 2015 Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches June 12-13.

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This year's Texas Blueberry Festival gets an early start with a new Friday night concert, the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, from 5-10 p.m. on June 12 at Banita Creek Park North in Nacogdoches.

Rex Perry Autoplex sponsors the family-friendly event that features five musical acts: The Steve Hartz Family Band, The Coursey Family Band, The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, The Bottom Dollar String Band and Catahoula Drive.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. with a local act, the Steve Hartz Family Band, with Old Time String Shop proprietor Steve Hartz, his wife Sheryl and their daughter Sidney Rose. The Coursey Family Band, a three-generation band from North Texas that features a 13-year old fiddle player and a 7-year-old singer/guitarist, performs at 6 p.m.

The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, a high-energy bluegrass group from Shreveport, performs at 7 p.m. and The Bottom Dollar String Band, a contemporary bluegrass band from Austin, performs at 8 p.m.

The headliner, Catahoula Drive, takes the stage at 9 p.m. This Pineville, Louisiana, four-piece looks to the future of bluegrass music while keeping true to tradition, and was a finalist in the 2014 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of American Band Contest. 

First Baptist Church is partnering with concert organizers to provide convenient and accessible parking for the event. The concert also features food vendors and lots of water, and organizers encourage music fans to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the wide-open spaces in the park.

The event is family-friendly, so no coolers or alcohol are allowed in the park.

The Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers, 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.

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