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Carrollton Hosts Free Texas Independence Day Festival March 7

Post Date:02/26/2020 6:27 PM
Excitement is brewing for Carrollton’s fifth annual TEXFest, a free celebration of Texas Independence Day featuring craft beer, good food, and local artists performing Texas music. 

TEXFest 2020 Band Photos-01The festival, now less than two weeks away, will take place Saturday, March 7 in Historic Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) from 3-9 p.m.

Kirk Holloway, Frankie Leonie, and Atlantis Aquarius will warm up the crowd before headliner Vandoliers takes the stage.

Kirk Holloway is a Dallas-based artist whose band veers toward old school country. In an article by D Magazine from last year about up-and-coming Dallas country artists, the publication describes Holloway as “a musician with a classic twang that sounds like Texas.” Attendees are sure to enjoy the 22-year-old’s folksy songs from his latest EP Lonesome in the Lone Star State (2019) during his set from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

After Kirk Holloway’s performance, Texas singer-songwriter Frankie Leonie will bring her mixture of folk, blues, and country to the stage from 5-6 p.m. The teenager’s distinctive voice and artistic songwriting have made her a veteran in the Dallas music scene, even earning her the honor of being named the best country act by Dallas Observer in 2018. 

Up next, Atlantis Aquarius will entertain the crowd with its blend of atmospheric psychedelia and golden-era rock ‘n’ roll from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The band just released its first full-length album Leo’s Rising last year, and the title song of the band’s 2017 EP Nibirian Sun receives frequent radio play on indie stations. 

Headlining the show from 8-9 p.m., Vandoliers will perform songs such as “Troublemaker,” “Miles and Miles,” and “Sixteen Years” from its third album Forever (2019), which is a mix of youthful and defiant punk, rugged red dirt country, and vibrant Tejano. The six-piece, DFW-based alt-country band formed in 2015 and has been producing music and touring across the country ever since. Vandoliers and its cover of “I’m Gonne Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers was recently featured in an article by Rolling Stone in which the group’s TEXFest performance was also mentioned. The band takes inspiration from Dallas’s own Old 97’s, a nationally-known alt-country group that co-headlined the City’s Festival at the Switchyard in 2019. 

In addition to great music, TEXFest will offer a variety of food options, as well as craft beer from 20 local breweries (3 Nations Brewing Company, Armadillo Ale Works, Austin Eastciders, Bishop Cider Company, Bitter Sisters Brewing Company, Community Beer Company, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Four Corners Brewing Company, Franconia Brewing Company, HopFusion Ale Works, Karbach Brewing Company, Lakewood Brewing Company, Noble Rey Brewing Company, Pedernales Brewing Company, Pegasus City Brewery, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Revolver Brewing, Texas Select Beverage Company, TUPPS Brewery, and Unlawful Assembly Brewing Company). Beer will be available in both sample and full sizes, and commemorative TEXFest beer glasses will be on sale, so attendees can enjoy responsibly and in style in the event’s beer garden.  

Guests will have a chance to put their cowboy skills to the test by taking a ride on a mechanical bull and capture the moment by taking a photo in a western photo booth or with a live longhorn steer. Attendees will also be able to take a 10-minute ride on a stagecoach from the center of the Downtown Square to 3 Nations Brewing Company (1033 E. Vandergriff Drive) and back. 

Event sponsors to date include DART and KHYI 95.3 The Range.

For more information about the event, visit cityofcarrollton.com/texfest

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