Summer is finally here at TXRDR and with it brings tons of awesome festivals to the Fort Worth area.
One such festival is brand new and promises to have the World's Largest Honkytonk rockin' at an all-time high not to mention it's got a super AWESOME name.
The Burning Bubba Fest is happening this Saturday night at Billy Bob's in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and boy is it a stacked line-up! Southern Rockers Blackberry Smoke and The Cadillac Three are performing, along with Fort Worth's rowdy cowpunkers Holy Moly, and Austin's honkyonkin' throwbacks, Crooks.
The name Burning Bubba is quite an interesting play on Burning Man Festival and most definitely fits with the stellar Southern Rock line-up! I would say with certainty that most of the bands on the bill glorify Willie Nelson's favorite past-time if you know what I mean. It's gonna be Smokin' in more ways than one! *wink* *wink*
Outside in Billy Bob's courtyard, a free Colonial Afterparty will be in full effect as well! Admission for the outdoor concerts in Billy Bob's Rodeo Plaza are free and feature performances from 2 rising Texas-Red Dirt stars, Lincoln Durham at 6pm and South Texas party-rockers The Pear Ratz at 8pm.
The indoor portion of the Burning Bubba requires a ticket for admission ( $15 in advance / $25 at the Door ), with the doors to Billy Bobs opening at 3pm and the first performer Austin outlaws, Crooks hitting the inside-Honkytonk stage at 5pm.
Crooks, a honkytonk quartet with classic country in their veins have been featured on MTV’s "The Hive," where they were labeled a “Must-See Austin band”. Performing quite regularly at Magnolia Motor Lounge here in Funkytown, these guys are one of our new favorite acts!
Outside on the free stage, rising star and mega-badass Lincoln Durham will perform at 6pm.
Brad Beheler of one of our favorite blogs, Galleywinter.com, describes Lincoln as "a walking, talking, wailing, riffing revelation roots music revivalist. His modern spin on the Mississippi Delta blues music originally created by the likes of Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell is a standout in a world full of synthetic and homogeonized music created to feed lowest common denominator expectations and playlists."
Having followed Lincoln's career and after listening to a recent show, this guy is the real deal. An artist like Lincoln is very rare and big things are to come from this Roots purveyor.
Holy Moly, one of the Fort Worth music scene's best live acts, will be performing at 7pm on the Main Stage. This will be their first time on the legendary Billy Bobs stage, quite a rare honor for a band from inside the 817 city limits.
Holy Moly lead singer/guitarist Joe Bill Rose, is a dynamic frontman and his songs wail of heartache, booze, and drugs, with a decidedly cowpunk flair. Very animated, Rose is a blast to watch and his vocals are simply amazing! Similar to Eleven Hundred Springs or Hank III, Holy Moly is worth the price of admission any day of the week, these guys can bring it and put on a great show.
Outside, on the free party on the plaza stage at 8pm, George West, Texas Southern party rockers The Pear Ratz will be cranking up their jams and scarring the crap out of all of the horses in nearby Cowtown Coliseum practice arena with their loud, take-no-prisoners sound.
The Pear Ratz are a South Texas favorite and have been putting out quality music since 2005 when they formed from the remnants of a metal band. When they kick it into high gear, watch out!
At 9pm, up & coming Nashville darlings the Cadillac Three will be hitting the main stage! This 3 piece is totally incredible and feature a sound that is out of this world awesome!
Self-proclaimed as "Country Fuzz", they tear up the stage from the opening note and have fun, catchy lyrics that flow like a good wine. Part Hank III, part Black Keys the Cadillac Three have a sound that flat out rocks. Recently signed to Big Machine Records, expect to hear big things from these guys down the line!
After the Cadillac Three, the headliner for the evening, Blackberry Smoke, will perform at 10:30pm and it's gonna get LOUD! Billy Bob's hasnt seen it this loud in decades I promise!
From Atlanta, these rockers are Southern proud, harnessing a sound that will transport you back in time to the days when Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker were king. The tons of amps, smoke, and killer stage lighting will make this show a special one.
Having the opportunity to hear Blackberry Smoke in Nashville back in 2006, these guys have developed full throttle and never let up on the pedal as they tear through song after song of Southern-friend marijuana laced rock n roll.
Country superstar Zach Brown has hitched his horse to their wagon, signing them to his record label and making them his #1 opener on his international tour. Being that he is one of the more tasteful Nashville acts in recent years, that says alot about the awesomeness of Blackberry Smoke.
Billy Bob's is one of my favorite all-time party places in Fort Worth and that will be no exception this Saturday night! With a progressive all-night lineup of some good ol' Southern Rock and Texas-Red Dirt Country, Billy Bob's is our must go-to afterparty for all of the golf revelers in town.
See ya in the Stockyards at 4:20pm! Gonna educate my fellow Bubba's how to smoke one up!
Doors inside Billy Bob's open at 3pm, Outside Free Colonial Afterparty kicks off at 5pm!
Tickets at www.burningbubba.com