Downtown Bastrop will be jamming with all kinds of live music at various venues at the Bastrop Music Festival Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20. With hopes of this becoming an annual event, this first-time music festival has received extensive marketing in publications such as Texas Music magazine, Austin Monthly, and the San Antonio magazine.
Stewart Ramser, the publisher of Texas Music magazine, expressed interest in doing a music festival in Bastrop because of its unique venues and settings on Historic Main Street. Dale Lockett, president of Visit Bastrop, and Sarah O’Brien, Director of Bastrop Main Street, partnered with Ramser to plan this four-day music festival featuring 30 bands representing various genre including blues, country, Tex-Mex, soul, folk, and Latino.
Included in the line-up are Bastrop County’s own Peterson Brothers (below), Chubby Knuckle Choir and Jeff Haney. For families with children, the Sugar Shack will offer a free children’s performance on Saturday at both 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Local merchants will roll out their welcome mats during the festival with extended business hours, business promotions and special restaurant menus for the event.
Event-goers have the luxury of enjoying musicians performing at free venues in addition to the purchase of a $40 ticket good for all venues over the four-day event. There’s even a VIP pass which entitles those VIP members to a special VIP event, festival poster and koozie in addition to the four-day event pass.
All venues are within walking distance and include Neighbor’s Yard, Neighbor’s Deck, Old Towne Main, Viejos, and 602 Main. Check out www.bastropmusicfestival.com for more details including the daily event schedule and see the parking map below.
“In regards to evaluating Bastrop as a ‘happening’ destination, we are already successful. Since this is the first music festival, we have not tried to define success just on ticket sales, but on how the attendees respond and react to the event---did they experience a truly great festival,” Kathie Reyer, Visit Bastrop Director of Communications, said.
Come for a day or for the weekend and enjoy Downtown Bastrop’s mild weather, savory eats, fun shopping, and an assortment of tunes at the Bastrop Music Festival.