Listen to Music Under the Big Texas Sky



There are music acts all over the state of Texas this summer, many of them free. You can even bring your own chair, or blanket, and an ice chest of your favorite beverages.

Athens 

The Texan: A Landmark Venue is kicking off a summer season of music May 25 in conjunction with the famed Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, now in its 87th year. Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert, The Western Flyers, and Jake Penrod are on hand to introduce the newly remodeled venue with a free indoor variety-show style concert where guests can bring family and friends to enjoy the bluegrass and western swing.

Following the May 25 show, the Texan kicks off their second annual Texan Summer Concert Series on June 23 with an indoor Texan benefit show featuring local musicians followed by the Texan’s Grand Opening on July 3 with a free outdoor concert featuring country music recording artist Darryl Worley. For this Independence Day celebration, folks are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the show under a star-filled sky. The final show of the summer concert series takes place inside The Texan on July 21 with Texas Country artist Hayes Carll. 

On site food and beverages are provided at each concert. Parking is available behind the theater and on city streets. Call 903.675.5131 and go to www.thetexanathens.com for more information. 

Denison 

Denison Music Series presents Music on Main every Friday from May 25 through July 27. The free concerts take place downtown in Heritage Park in a relaxed lawn setting.  

Denison’s lineup is one of the best around with The Texoma Gospel Saints and Billie Jo Sewell kicking things off on May 25. Then on June 1 Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown take the stage with Sons of Fannin. Bryant was born in Honey Grove near Bonham. He bought his first guitar from Hollybond’s Music Store in Paris, Texas. He’s toured and opened for Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Heart, Guns N’ Roses and more.

Other outstanding performers taking the stage at Music on Main include Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with Jim Stewart June 8, Josh Weathers with Jared Mitchell Band June 15, Texas favorite Max Stalling on June 22 with Travis Parker, Jack Ingram with Greg Guymon on June 29,  Black Dirt Playboys with Bailey Wesberry on July 6, Sisters Morales with Jason Elmore July 13, Two Tons of Steel with Mark Shelton July 20, and Shenandoah featuring Marty Raybon with Chris Colston July 27. 

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Park, 324 West Main in downtown Denison. Lawn seating so bring blankets or chairs. Plenty of parking along Chestnut Street. Restaurants in the area are open, and there are food trucks. Wine, BBQ, and shaved ice vendors are in the park area. Visit www.denisonlive.com or call 903.464.4452. 

Sherman 

The City of Sherman presents the concert series Hot Summer Nights every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in June and July except for the week of July 5. That concert takes place instead July 3 at Lights on the Lake in conjunction with their Independence Day Celebration in Pecan Grove Park. The regular Thursday night events take place in Kidd-Key Park, 405 North Rusk Street. Guests can bring chairs or blankets. Food and drink vendors are onsite.  For more information call 903.892.7230 and visit www.shermantx.org.  

Sulphur Springs 

Free summer concerts take place on the Sulphur Springs downtown plaza throughout the season in conjunction with Celebration Market (farmers’ market plus) including One Fret Off on June 9, Nevermind on June 23, Matt Dunn and the Runaways July 14, Kade Trentham July 21, Dubb Williams and the Luv Machines August 11, Tyler and the Tribe August 18, and Jacoby Smith & The Moonlight Twang September 15.

Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets. Picnics are welcome, but no alcohol on the plaza. Food vendors are onsite and local restaurants are within walking distance with full menus and bars. Call 903.885.7541 and visit www.sulphurspringstx.org for more information. 

Winnsboro 

Mondays in many small towns can feel a bit deserted, but on Winnsboro’s Market Street every third Monday in May and June it’s a party. Monday Night Live features live music, food, wine, and more from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday Night Live continues September through November as well. Visit Winnsboro Texas’ Facebook page for an up-to-date performance schedule. Call 903.335.1410 for more information.

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