Wade Bowen

Wade Bowen

CROCKETT – The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association proudly presents the 5th annual Davy Crockett Music and Arts Festival, formerly the Piney Woods Music & Arts Festival, on Saturday, March 30.

This event is a fundraiser for the PWFAA’s Arts in Education program.

“The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association has a long-standing tradition of providing essential arts education to the students in Houston County and the surrounding area,” said PWFAA Director Ann Walker. “Over the years, the arts in schools have been dwindling due to financial cutbacks. PWFAA works to fill in this educational gap to ensure that area students have access to quality educational arts programs and performances.”

Some of its educational programming includes an annual School Time Series, a youth talent showcase, a summer arts workshop and the Missoula Children's Theater.

This year Piney Woods Fine Arts is excited to collaborate with the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce and festival will be on the downtown square, on historic Camp Street and on West Goliad connecting the two locations in Crockett.

Texas County Music artist Wade Bowen is headlining this year’s event.

This is not Bowen’s first visit to Crockett. “We’ve been visiting Crockett since I was a kid,” said Bowen. “My dad likes to play golf at Spring Creek Country Club. We used to spend 4th of July there.”

It’s a busy time for Bowen who is recording “Hold My Beer” Vol. II with his longtime friend Randy Rogers. The “Hold My Beer” tour and subsequent albums grew out of the pair's decade-long, house-packing acoustic tour they started doing just for the fun of it.

Bowen’s also gearing up for his family’s annual foundation fundraiser. In its 21st year, the fundraiser is a three day event that includes concerts and a golf tournament. To date the foundation has raised $3.25 million distributed to various charities. “This year Cheap Trick is headlining our show,” said Bowen. “We have three days of great entertainment planned and its always a good time for a good cause.”

Bowen is also a very hands on family man, supporting his wife, Shelby, and two boys in all of their endeavors. His wife in a joint-effort, recently opened Pokey O’s Cookie and Ice Cream in New Braunfels. His oldest son Bruce is pursuing his own career in music, but a slightly different direction – musical theater. And, well, Brock is busy being a kid. “It’s fun watching and supporting them as they grow up,” said Bowen of his kids.

For Saturday’s concert, Bowen said he never really has a planned set list, but the crowds are sure to hear a few of their favorites mix in throughout the show.

Houston County native Sam Moore is opening for Bowen.

The day’s events will kick-off at 11 a.m., there will be live music, beer garden, crawfish and concessions, Kidzone, and two performances by Laughter League inside Camp Street Cafe, plus food and arts and crafts vendors on the square, and classic car show and motorcycles on West Goliad. Crawfish will be for sale on The Patio and Sweet Stop Shaved Ice will be there with a new flavor dedicated to Patty Meyer called “Springtime Surprise!”

The Kidzone is great fun for children. “Your children will have a blast spending time in the bouncy house, creating arts and crafts projects and enjoying the Slappy and Monday show inside of Camp Street Café with shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m,” said Walker.

The Treehouse Academy Learning Daycare Center sponsors the Kidzone.

Throughout the day, music lovers can kick back and enjoy live music throughout the day with a variety of great entertainment provided by Cristina Amaro - Tribute to Selena, Brown Sugar Band - Motown Music, The Briars - Southern Folkadelic Blues Rock and Wishbone Haze - Classic Rock.

Tickets are $20 General Admission at the gate.

This is an outdoor concert, rain or shine event. No refunds/no exchanges. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; concert begins at 6 p.m. with Sam Moore opening.

Outside food and drinks are prohibited. There will be a beer garden with beer, wine, soda, water and concessions available for purchase at the Patio on Camp Street.

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