10th Roots Music season Kickoff May 28 with bluegrass in Fredericksburg

The Saltgrass Band will be one of three acts providing the bluegrass/newgrass sound at the opening concert of the 2011 Roots Music Series on Saturday, May 28 at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum. Information at www.pioneermuseum.net.

The 10th season of the Roots Music concert series at the Pioneer Museum will feature top musical acts, many performing for the first time in Fredericksburg. The kickoff concert is a night of bluegrass and newgrass on Saturday, May 28, with Tennessee Valley Authority, Sugar Bayou, and the Saltgrass Band.

The award-winning Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass Band has headlined music festivals across America, performing with Bill Monroe, Johnny Gimble, Flaco Jimenez and Junior Brown.

Sugar Bayou plays eclectic acoustic music that includes folk, swingy bluesy jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun, South American, and a touch of Texas rockin’ country.

The Saltgrass Band has performed their deep roots, traditional bluegrass sound through the South for three decades.

The evening concludes with the more traditional bluegrass sound of The Saltgrass Band. This five-piece group’s repertoire includes deep roots and bluegrass gospel.

Upcoming genres include Americana in June, Cajun/Zydeco Night in July, Blues in August, a Roots “Remix” in September, and an added indoor concert for October. Acts will include The Trishas, Shawn Nelson, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, Cedryl Ballou, Lightnin’ Malcolm, and Harry and the Hightones. (Detailed schedule at www.pioneermuseum.net)

At every concert, the Longhorn Street Cafe is serving up grilled-to-order rib-eye steak or thick cut pork chop, twice baked potatoes, green beans, dinner roll and peach cobbler. Serving begins at 5 p.m., with music underway from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can purchase wine, beer, sodas, and water.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with event entrance on Milam Street. Parking is free, and guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Admission is $12. Students high school age and younger are free. A $2 discount is available for advance online ticket sales or web page printout at www.pioneermuseum.net.

Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society. For information: 830-997-2835.

Christmas at Rockbox Theater – November 29 to December 24

Christmas-webphoto-featured-3b_jpg_420x175_crop_upscale_q85Come join the regular cast at Rockbox Theater at 109 North Llano as they celebrate their 7th Christmas season with a variety of holiday music. Featuring the classics, rock ‘n roll and a whole lot of the spirit of the season! Get those sleigh bells ringin’ and those guitars tinglin’! Tickets available online or by calling the box office.

Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 4:30 and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Please check the website for additional special showtimes.

Roots Music Series “Electric Blues Night” – July 26

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.! Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the dance floor beside the stage and under the trees. Get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair under the stars. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county with a cold beer, wine, water or soft drinks for sale. Every month brings a different genre and menu. This month is “Electric Blues Night” featuring The Peterson Brothers Band at 6:30 pm, Bobby Mack at 7:45 pm and Chris Duarte Group at 9:15 pm. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $15 per person at the gate or $13 online. Kids under 18 are free.

Roots Music Series “Country Music Night” – May 31

Bring your whole family to the Roots Music Series at the Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main! Listen to emerging and established artists at these live, outdoor concerts. Dance on the dance floor beside the stage and under the trees. Get comfortable in your favorite lawn chair under the stars. Dine on some of the best cooking in the county with a cold beer, wine, water or soft drinks for sale. Every month brings a different genre and menu. This month is “Country Music Night” featuring Mark Powell and Lariat at 6:30 pm and Bruce & Kelly Robison at 8:10 pm. All proceeds support the Mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS).

Gates open at 5 pm; music starts at 6:30 pm. $15 per person at the gate or $13 online. Kids under 18 are free.

Annual Big Band Bash – November 7-9

Johnny Nicholas Big Band Bash Saturday November 13Every year, Johnny Nicholas (the musician/owner of Hill Top Café) organizes the Big Band Bash to raise money for the Fredericksburg Youth Music Mentoring and Performing Arts Foundation.

Over $60k in the form of college scholarships, workshops and band instruments for Fredericksburg performing arts students has been raised from past events. The event has been extended to three nights and dinner show tickets are $85 per person per night and include a surprise guest artist each night. All events take place at the Hill Top Cafe, 10661 N. US Highway 87.

Doors at 5 pm; music at 6 pm. Please call or visit the website for reservations or more information.

Tickets are $85 per person.  Call (830) 997-8922 for details.