First places, artists nominated for the Conroe Crossroads Festival

As the April Conroe Crossroads Festival approaches, the first venues and a long list of performers for the event have been announced.

The inaugural festival will feature artists from many genres performing at venues across the city. Wristbands will give festival-goers access to some forty shows. Conroe Crossroads will also be offering shows that are free and open to the public. It is scheduled for April 7-10 in downtown Conroe.

The festival is a partnership with Open Sky Media, which produces regional magazines Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, as well as Texas Music, which has been celebrating the music and artists of the Lone Star State for more than 20 years.

“We want to create a signature annual event for the town of Conroe that can get bigger and bigger every year,” Visit Conroe Director Shannon Overby said during a presentation to Conroe City Council in February 2021.

Participating sites to date include the Conroe Art League which has an active gallery in the Madeley Building in downtown Conroe, The Corner Pub, Pacific Yardhouse, The Red Brick TavernThe Table at Madeley, 202 Hand and Margaritaville Lake Resort. Other locations will be announced soon. With the exception of Margaritaville, the sites advertised so far are within walking distance of downtown Conroe.

While The Corner Pub, Pacific Yardhouse and The Red Brick Tavern are downtown Conroe staples, the festival will feature new properties.

The 202 Main event venue opened in 2020 and recently featured its “The Hideaway at 202 Main”. The Hideaway is a courtyard with a performance stage and indoor bar that runs along the back of the Main Street businesses.

Frank and Bel Jackson are putting the finishing touches on their The Table at Madeley food truck fleet with the aim of being up and running before the festival. There will be four resident food trucks with others coming as guests as well as indoor and outdoor stages. The first two trucks – Taste the Asian and Nacho Birria – were introduced in January. On Monday, The Table at Madeley announced that the KajunEatz Food Truckz would be the third resident food truck.

The music lineup released so far represents an eclectic mix of frequent Conroe performers and newcomers to the area spanning genres from Cajun and Zydeco, Tejano to Texas Country, and singer/songwriter acts.

Some of the highlights include Geno Delafose and Keyun and the Zydeco Masters who are both regular performers at the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival. Also featured are Debbie Glenn’s Southern Disposition, owner of Red Brick Tavern, and Tyler McCollum, hometown boy and brother of Parker McCollum. Folk Family Revival, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Micky and the Motorcars and Sheila Marshall also play Conroe frequently.

For a complete list of artists, visit https://conroecrossroads.com/line-up/. More artists will be added soon.

After Conroe was certified as a “Music Friendly City” in 2018, Overby said his office made the designation a goal of its city marketing.

Participation in the “Texas Music Office”Music friendly communityprovides communities in Texas, like Conroe, with a network to foster the development of the music industry, and sends a clear message to industry professionals that certified communities are serious about attracting and developing the growth of the music industry. music industry.

“Visit Conroe is delighted to partner with Open Sky Media to create another great flagship event for our city. The Conroe Crossroads Music Festival will be a huge draw for residents and visitors alike,” Overby said.

Advance tickets for the festival are on sale now online at conroecrossroads.com. General admission tickets are now on sale online for $35. A VIP experience can be had for $100.

During the weekend of the festival, tickets will be available at the box office. Ticketing times and location will be announced by March 1. If capacity permits, tickets will be sold at the door of each venue, which is valid for that single night at that venue only.

Shows run simultaneously at the various venues with nightly shows starting around 6 p.m. and ending at closing time. There will be daytime activities that are free and open to the public. This includes live music at the box office and on Saturdays. So far, Harley Meyer and Supper Club have been announced as two of the free shows.

To learn more about the four-day festival, visit conroecrossroads.com or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/conroecrossroads.

Catherine Dominguez contributed to this report.

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