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Kick up your heels at Victoria's first Bootfest

By by camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
Oct. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.


Schedule of events

5 p.m. - Festival opens

5-10 p.m. - Corral opens for kid's activities: bouncy house, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull and other activities

5-10 p.m. - Arts and crafts vendor booths, located on Bridge and Constitution streets

5-10 p.m. - Food vendors, Main Street

7- 8:30 p.m.- Opening act JB & the Moonshine Band, concert stage, located in front of One O'Connor Plaza on Forrest Street, facing DeLeon Plaza

8:30 p.m. - Wade Bowen, Concert Stage

10 p.m. - Festival ends

10 a.m. - Festival opens: corral (kid's activities) opens. Includes a bouncy house, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull and other activities)

10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Boot crafters, De Leon Plaza

10 a.m.-5 p.m - Boot Artisans, DeLeon Plaza

10 a.m.-10 p.m. - Arts and crafts vendor booths, Bridge and Constitution streets

10-11 a.m. - Branding wall activity and living history presenter, Victoria County Courthouse lawn

10 a.m - Dark branding wall exhibit, Victoria County Courthouse lawn

10 a.m.-10 p.m. - Food vendors, Main Street

10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - Radio Disney performances on the kid's stage, 205 N. Bridge St., county annex building parking lot

2 p.m. - Boot artisan judging begins, DeLeon Plaza

Noon-3 p.m. - Performances by Clay Crockett and The Shotgun Riders, The Scott Taylor Band and Curtis & Luckey, concert stage

5 p.m. - Award presentations for boot artisans, concert stage

7-8:30 p.m. Whiskey Myers, concert stage

8:30 p.m. - Josh Abbott Band, concert stage

10 p.m - Fireworks extravaganza (launched from the One O'Connor Plaza rooftop)

10:30 p.m. - Festival ends

11:30 p.m. - *Park and ride shuttle service ends

*A Free Park & Ride Shuttle Service will be available continuously through the festival on Saturday. Park and Ride locations include: Patti Dodson Health Center parking lot, 2805 N. Navarro St.; and Citizens Medical Center parking lot, 2701 Hospital Drive.

Wipe off your old boots, or buy some new ones. It's two-stepping time in Victoria. This will be the first year for Bootfest in the Crossroads.

The city expects to draw a crowd of 15,000 people to downtown Victoria. The free concert will be full of family-friendly activities on Friday and Saturday.

There will be live music, kid's activities, boot making, arts and crafts, food and drinks, and a fireworks show.

"We wanted to give the citizens a festival," said Jennifer Sourdellia. "They've wanted it for a long time."

The communications assistant said she hopes the festival brings out-of-town guests as well.

There will be some variety in the musical lineup, too.

Clay Crockett looks forward to performing at Bootfest.

"Victoria needs a festival, it's great to be a part of it."

Crockett once played with Rhythm of the Road, and now he plays with The Shotgun Riders.

Saturday's headlining act, Josh Abbott, showed love for music and state in his song "She's Like Texas." Some of the lyrics say: "She's as free as the blue bonnets in the summer. She's as hot as the Padre Island sun."

JB and the Moonshine Band, originally from East Texas, will be the opening act at the inaugural festival. The group released their debut album, "Ain't Goin' Back to Jail," and is signed to Average Joe's Entertainment Group label.

Front man JB Patterson said, in a news release "We're not super polished, we're not overproduced, we're raw, we're real and we don't apologize for it." He also said that singing original songs provides an element of authenticity that fans can appreciate.

Waco native, Wade Bowen, will be Friday night's headliner. His album, "If We Ever Make It Home," has produced four No. 1 singles on the Texas Music Chart and Texas Regional Radio Charts. His music video, "Trouble," debuted at No. 1 and is aired on CMT's Pure 12 Pack.

The Scott Taylor Band, from Victoria, wants people to have a foot stompin' good time, while singing and dancing. The Victoria-based band has performed for more than a decade. Taylor said his show is high-energy. He "doesn't slow down until they kick us out," Taylor said, on his website.

Brian Curtis, from the Curtis & Luckey band, will perform both nights. Curtis described his group's sound as rocking, Texas-songwriter, country. His group's patriotic song, "I Have a Dream," reached the top 30 on the Texas Regional Radio charts.

Curtis moved to Lockhart from Nashville. He said he heard about Bootfest from a friend in Goliad and thought it would be a good opportunity. Although the festival is new to the Texas music circuit, he said it's a great concept.

"We hope the Bootfest succeeds," he said. "We would like to come back, year after year."

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