The first-ever Texas Heritage Festival brings together a diverse cast of performers for an August series that will feature free Saturday shows in four Texas cities, concluding Aug. 29 in Austin at Fair Market in East Austin.
Dallas alt-country band the Old 97’s joins four Austin acts on the bill: psych-rockers the Black Angels, Austin, Latin funk ensemble Grupo Fantasma, honky-tonker Dale Watson and soul outfit LaTasha Lee & the BlackTies. Those five acts will play the Austin date as well as Aug. 8 at Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio, Aug. 15 at Silver Street Studios in Houston and Aug. 22 at Gilley’s in Dallas. Each show will also feature additional local acts, to be announced later at lonestarbeer.com/festival along with details on food vendors that will be on-site.
Though the shows are free, tickets allowing priority also are available. Per a press release, admission details are as follows: “Each date in the series is free and open to the public for ages 21+. Attendance is first come first served and limited to capacity. However, a limited number of tickets will also be offered for $25, which will guarantee admission until 7 p.m. on the day of the festival. 100% of the proceeds from those ticket sales will go to charity. Proceeds from the Austin ticket sales will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.”
Fair Market, an indoor-outdoor space at 11oo E. Fifth St. that hosts public and private functions, lists a standing capacity of 1,500 on its website. The shows are sponsored by Lone Star Beer and produced by Austin company Transmission Events.