Crockett Hosts Piney Woods Music and Arts Fest
Piney Woods Fine Arts Association proudly presents the 4th Annual Piney Woods Music & Arts Festival on March 23 and 24. The festival will be located on historic Camp Street (South Third Street) in downtown Crockett. The festival gates open at 11 a.m. Entrance to the festival on Saturday is free! For more information go to www.pwfaa.org.
Piney Woods Fine Arts Executive Director Glenn Barnhart says, “This is an event for all ages. We are excited to bring great entertainment, food, and arts & crafts to Crockett. Don’t miss live music and a great time for all in historic downtown Crockett. This festival is fun for the whole family.”
Friday, March 23
The festival kicks off with a concert and street dance at 7:30 p.m. featuring Cody Canada & The Departed. As the front man of Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada spent years swirling Southern rock, Dustbowl country and roadhouse roots music into songs that celebrated the ups and downs of life in middle America. He was the poster boy for the Red Dirt movement, a proud outsider who could camp out in the upper reaches of the country charts — and sell more than a million copies of the band's albums, to boot — without playing by the rules of the Nashville machine. Even the band's own breakup bucked convention, with the guys deciding to throw in the towel after releasing four Top 10 records in a row.
Cody Canada & The Departed is a three-piece Americana roots-rock band based in New Braunfels, Texas. The band is comprised of front man Cody Canada and bassist Jeremy Plato, both formerly of Cross Canadian Ragweed, plus drummer Eric Hansen. The Departed has released three albums since their formation: This Is Indian Land (2011), Adventus (2012) and HippieLovePunk (2015), and will release a new album in 2018. Popular songs by Cody Canada & The Departed include "Staring Down the Sun," "Worth the Fight," "Prayer for the Lonely,” “Inbetweener" and "All Nighter.”
Gates open on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30. Tickets are $15 advance general admission, $20 At the door and $25 VIP. Tickets are available online at www.pwfaa.org or by calling the PWFAA office at 936.544.4276.
Saturday March 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival is filled with something for everyone. Looking for that unique gift; enjoy shopping with a variety of arts and crafts vendors. The Kidzone by Treehouse Academy featuring Joe and Gina Eby is free and great fun for children. Joe Eby is an Anglo silversmith whose work is reminiscent of the Navajo jewelry being made about 100 years ago. His training started in a high school class in Gallup, New Mexico. As the years went on, Joe worked in the jewelry supply business which allowed him to meet many native silversmiths and exchange ideas and methods of smithing. Gina Eby is half Cherokee and 100 percent American. She has been an artist all of her life. She loves to create things. In the spring of 2015 the Ebys made a big move literally and geographically to the Texas Hill Country where they made jewelry their full-time jobs.
Your children will have a blast creating one of a kind jewelry with the Ebys, and hands-on arts and crafts projects in the Kids Zone tent. Award-winning artist Charles Ingram will be exhibiting and demonstrating painting. Stop by Camp Street Café & Store for one-of-a-kind entertainment for the kids featuring Greg Rhue with Puppet Pizzazz. Ruhe is the creator of the unique entertainment company Puppet Pizzazz. This puppeteer has been performing in Houston and around the world while sharing his unique style of puppetry. Shows are at 1 and 3 p.m.
No festival is complete without good eats! Enjoy bar-b-que sandwiches, sausage on a stick, popcorn, shaved ice, hot dogs, soft drinks, beer garden and more. No outside food or drinks are permitted.
Also kickback and enjoy live music throughout the day with a variety of great entertainment: Junior Brown, Catherine Denise, Cross Timber Bluegrass Gospel, Presley Ellis and Wishbone Haze.
The festival is a fundraiser benefiting Piney Woods Fine Arts Association Arts-in-Education programs and is funded by Texas Commission on the Arts.