Tripping Daisy & Old 97’s to Headline 10th Annual Festival at the Switchyard in Downtown Carrollton
The City of Carrollton is excited to announce neo-psychedelic pop rock band Tripping Daisy and alt-country band the Old 97’s as the headlining entertainment for the 10th annual Festival at the Switchyard on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street).
In celebration of the Festival at the Switchyard’s 10th anniversary, both Dallas-based bands will serve as a throwback to the first annual Festival in 2010 when Old 97’s and The Polyphonic Spree, which features Tripping Daisy lead singer Tim DeLaughter and other bandmates, headlined the show.
Tripping Daisy began its rock career in 1990 and reformed in 2017 after disbanding 18 years prior. The group released its first full-length album Bill in 1992 featuring songs like “My Umbrella,” and “One Through Four,” which quickly became favorites on Dallas radio stations.
The band went on to release I Am an Elastic Firecracker (1995), which made it to number 95 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and featured the group's hit song, “I Got a Girl.” The music video for the song received extensive airplay on MTV. Albums Jesus Hits Like the Atomic Bomb (1998) and self-titled Tripping Daisy (2000) feature songs such as “Sonic Boom,” “Field Day Jitters,” and “Drama Day Weekend.” Tripping Daisy disbanded in 1999, and four of its members formed the pop group The Polyphonic Spree. In 2017, the band reformed and began touring again for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Before Tripping Daisy takes the stage, the Old 97’s will bring its rootsy, country-influenced songwriting mixed with punk rock energy. The Dallas-based quartet formed in 1993 and has since released 11 studio albums, seven of which have made the Billboard Top 200 list. The band’s major-label debut, Too Far to Care (1997), which features songs like “Timebomb” and “Big Brown Eyes” has been described by The New York Times as “a cornerstone of the ‘alternative country’ movement.”
The group went on to release albums Fight Songs (1999), Satellite Rides (2001), Drag It Up (2004), Blame It on Gravity (2008), The Grand Theatre, Volume One (2010), The Grand Theatre, Volume Two (2011), and Graveyard Whistling (2017) featuring songs such as “Murder (Or a Heart Attack),” “Dance With Me,” and “Good with God.” Most Messed Up (2014) is the group’s highest ranked album on the Billboard Top 200 list, making it to number 30 with songs like “Intervention.”
The Old 97’s still consists of the same four members that formed the band and continues to tour more than 25 years later.
In addition to free concerts, the award-winning Festival at the Switchyard features free live children’s entertainment, free rides and games, free face painting and balloon art, a beer garden, and an array of food vendors and Festival booths to shop from. The event is held on the streets of Downtown Carrollton, just off IH-35E and Belt Line Road, steps away from the Downtown Carrollton Station on the DART Green Line.
Festival sponsors to date include The Dallas Morning News, DFWChild Magazine, Republic Services, Suburban Parent Magazine, and Western Extrusions.
Stay connected to all Festival entertainment news at carrolltonfestival.com, and on social media at facebook.com/CarrolltonFestival and twitter.com/CarrolltonFest. For more information about Tripping Daisy, visit trippingdaisy.com. To learn more about the Old 97’s, visit old97s.com.