Musicians from across the country will descend upon the Museum for East Texas Culture in Palestine today for the 13th Annual Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival.
The halls of the old museum will be filled for three days with the sounds of old time music workshops, jamming sessions and nightly concerts today through Saturday during the second weekend of the Dogwood Trails Celebration.
Festivities kick off today with the first concert starting at 6:45 p.m. Headliners and participants will be arriving throughout the day with jamming sessions possible.
“We have some wonderful performers coming here for our 13th year,” Margaret Wright of Kennard, who founded the festival with her husband, Jerry, told the Herald-Press Wednesday. “We would really encourage the public to come out especially for our first concert (tonight) because the people on stage will only be performing that night.”
Leading off tonight's performance will be the Sea Cruisers from Michigan — who sing hits from the '50, '60s and '70s. Current national finger-style guitarist Mark A. Cruz from Austin also will perform.
Pip Gillette — known for his cowboy music he has played for years with his late brother Guy Gillette at the Camp Street Cafe in Crockett — also will make an appearance.
Pip has won numerous awards with his brother including the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Western Album of 2010 from The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
For the dulcimer festival, Pip will team up with national mountain dulcimer champion Lloyd Wright (son of the dulcimer festival founders) for the concert.
Tickets to the night concerts are $15 each for the public and $10 for the day concerts.
“Our schedule is loose on Thursday because there is a lot of visiting and jamming going on as people arrive early,” Margaret Wright said. “Our first real organized event will be the concert (today) and then on Friday morning we start early with the workshops.”