Boot scootin' and fiddles will be the sight and sound of the day March 15, as the third annual Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival kicks off a packed 2014 festival season. The event will be held at the Tomball Depot Station, in downtown Tomball.
The event drew 3,600 people last year, up from the original event's crowd of 1,500. With the weather predicted to be sunny and in the 70's, organizers hope to see an even larger crowd.
"I would be thrilled to see around 5,000 people for this event," said Tomball Marketing Director Mike Baxter.
Once again, Texas favorite Dale Watson will return this year. Based in Austin, Watson has been entertaining a loyal fan base for years with his distinctive classic rockabilly and honky tonk style that flashes back to the 1950s and '60s.
Texas kickers Jeff Woolsey & the Dancehall Kings are scheduled to perform the hard-core, honky tonk shuffle sound that they call their own and have made them one of the hottest bands on the Lone Star dancehall circuit.
Direct from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., this year's event will also include Amber Digby & Midnight Flyer. Digby's style of country music is reminiscent of Patsy Cline, Connie Smith and Loretta Lynn. Joining Amber on-stage will be south Texas country music favorite Justin Trevino.
Rounding out the afternoon lineup will be Country Jim & His All-Stars.
The festival will have an added feature this year, the Tomball Two-Step Washers Tournament, with $500 in cash prizes. The event is sponsored by customwasherboards.com.
"We like to try and add new elements to our events each year to keep them fresh," Baxter said. "Honky tonk music and washers just go together."
Baxter said the event is an individual single elimination tournament, with a three hole washer board. Registration can be completed online at racesonline.com, or at 11 a.m., the day of the event.
The music will start at noon and admission and parking are free.
For more information call 281-351-5484 or visit www.tomballtx.gov.