Tauren Wells is a celebrated platinum-selling recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, with 10 Grammy® Award nominations, six number 1’s, 330+ million career video views, eight GMA Dove Awards, Billboard Music Award nomination, and over 1.1 billion global streams to date, and counting. Through his precise artistry, masterful lyrics, and dance-oriented performances, Tauren uniquely connects his contemporary Christian and Gospel sound with elements of pop, hip-hop and R&B.
Thursday, May 2
Pea Patch Orchestra
7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Pea Patch Orchestra is the collaboration of almost 100 years of musical experience ranging from Ray Charles to George Strait to Alternative Rock. These four veteran musicians promise to bring an enjoyable musical experience of “feel good” tunes from past and present.
9:00 – 10:30 pm
“Le Boss” High-energy showman Wayne Toups has long been dubbed “The Cajun Springsteen,” and now holds the title of “Grammy Award Winner
The Grammy Award caps a wave of career highs for Wayne Toups. In 2009, he earned an Album-of-the-Year award from Offbeat magazine. In 2010, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, he entered both the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame and the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
Friday, May 3
6:00 – 7:30 pm
JT Reserve was started late 2020 by front man Josh Palermo and guitar and fiddle player, Troy Laughlin. This Southeast Texas Country Rock band has many inspirations including William Clark Green, Shane Smith and the Saints, and Whiskey Myers. This group started out as just a few guys that loved drinking whiskey and playing music at friends houses, to playing shows all over the place. Give them a listen. We hope y’all enjoy the music!
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Uncle Lucius are a band whose rootsy blend of classic rock, blues, soul, and country flavors has won them a loyal fan following. The Uncle Lucius story begins in 2002, when Kevin Galloway, then a 25-year-old who had played guitar for years and grew up on classic country tunes, decided he was tired of living in East Texas and chasing a career in banking. Wanting to pursue his love of music, Galloway relocated to Austin and began regularly playing open-mike nights in town, and eventually he crossed paths with Hal Vorpahl, a fellow musician who grew up listening to Willie Nelson and playing piano before he hit Austin and took up the bass guitar. The two began playing music together, and after a year, the group expanded to a trio with the addition of guitarist Mike Carpenter, who was steeped in classic rock and was already a veteran of the Austin music scene. With the addition of drummer Jason Armstrong, the first lineup of Uncle Lucius was complete, and the band was soon playing for packed houses at Austin venues like the Saxon Pub, Threadgill’s, and Antone’s.
William Clark Green is an American country singer and songwriter whose songs are heavily influenced by his experiences living in Texas. He self-released his first two albums, 2008’s Dangerous Man and 2011’s Misunderstood, while attending Texas Tech University. Green won New Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2012 Texas Regional Radio Report Awards. His breakthrough came with 2012’s Rose Queen, which produced three Top 10 hits on Texas Regional Radio, including the chart-topping “She Likes the Beatles.” In 2015, his fourth LP, Ringling Road, made it to No. 18 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Hebert Island, Green’s fifth studio album, reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country chart in 2018.
Scotty Emerick didn’t have any choice. The Hollywood, Florida-born songwriter/guitarist was swept away by music, and before he’d even finished high school, he knew he had to go to Nashville and seek his fate. He says, “My father got me into Hank Williams Sr., then I graduated to Hank Jr… I was reading liner notes, who wrote all the songs, who played on everything. I knew Nashville was where I could go for the same kind of music. I couldn’t get there fast enough.”
There was no looking back for the boy who knew of blazing honky tonk singer Gary Stewart, a mythic local hero, if only from the occasional sightings of the ragingly troubled country sensation in Vero Beach, where Emerick ultimately grew up. Stewart was emerging from a too combustive, failed-to-launch duo with future Country Music Hall of Famer Dean Dillon, the single most recorded writer in George Strait’s catalogue.
We take a spectacular pause during Saturday night’s live music performance for fireworks over the Neches River!
10:00 – 11:00 pm
“All the way back to the beginning, my songwriting has been built around my guitar-playing because I’m not a very confident singer,” Mac McAnally says. “I was always trying to make a guitar part sound like a whole arrangement. There’s usually a bass part as a counterpoint in the main guitar part – but I’m not a fancy guitar player. I don’t take a lot of solos. Part of what’s allowed me to work so long in the business is that of all the bands I was in, I’ve never really wanted a solo. I would sit and play rhythm forever.”
McAnally notes that he typically sees three kinds of people at his shows: Those who have followed his career since his 1977 debut album; those who recognize him as the guitarist in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band; and those who remember his notable credits in country music. The latter category is particularly impressive, with songs cut by Alabama (“Old Flame”), Kenny Chesney (“Back Where I Come From”), Sawyer Brown (“All These Years”), Shenandoah (“Two Dozen Roses”) and many others.