Bands battle it out and savor the limelight at Yorktown's Fools Festival Folly
By BY DIANNA WRAY
April 2, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.
YORKTOWN - Garrett Snowden pushed his hair out of his eyes and squinted into the sun from the stage at Yorktown's Fool's Folly Festival Battle of the Bands.
"How are y'all doing, Yorktown?" he called into the microphone as the drummer sailed back into their opening number.
"I like this band," a woman from the audience said, tapping her feet in time to the music.
Snowden and his bandmates in the Garrett Snowden Band were one of 13 bands competing in Yorktown's Fools Folly Festival Battle of the bands.
Melissa Armstrong, executive director of the Yorktown Western Days Association, said the group decided to hold the festival and the battle of the bands as a way to give musicians in the region a chance for more exposure.
"We wanted an opportunity to showcase some of the lesser-known talent in the region, the South Texas artists people haven't heard," Armstrong said.
The winner of the competition will kick off the musical portion of Western Days-Ziegfest in October.
The band also will be a part of the festival's statewide and national marketing campaigns, Armstrong said.
Snowden said the chance to be featured in the Western Days-Ziegfest festival is what attracted the band to the competition.
"I've heard about that festival since I was a kid. The chance to be a part of it was something we had to come try for," Snowden said.
The band drove from its home in College Station to take the stage on Saturday afternoon, trying to win votes from the audience through their sound, which Snowden describes as Texas music.
"It's always a little intimidating, performing something you've created in front of a bunch of people, but it's such a great feeling just to get to perform," Snowden said.
Matthew Garrett, a bass player with the band Pop Rocks Ugly, agreed it was great just to get to play.
"I love playing. I'd do it all the time if someone would pay me, but it doesn't pay the bills. It feels just good to be out there," he said.
"It's not always easy to get started on your own, so Yorktown giving us the chance to get out there and get heard is pretty great," Snowden said.
The audience clustered under the shade of the trees, but clapped appreciatively for the bands.
In addition to the bands, the festival featured food, drinks and craft booths to browse.
"It's hot, but I'm having a good time," Yorktown resident Tara Smith said, standing in the shade of a tree.
Kale Blank, 5, cheered loudly as the band Pop Rocks Ugly finished its set.
When the Garrett Snowden Band took the stage, Kale sat in a child-size lawn chair, nodding his head enthusiastically to the music.
"I like the songs," he said, grinning.
"Because they rock?" his mother, Tracey Blank, asked.