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Hallettsville: Bluegrass central? Give it a few years, organizer says

By Johnathan Silver
July 23, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.

Pine Island Station

If You Go

• WHAT: Lone Star Bluegrass Festival

• WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10:45 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall, 321 U.S. Highway 77 South, Hallettsville

• COST: $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday or $30 for both days. Children 12 and younger, accompanied by an adult, get in free. Tickets available for one or both days at the gate.

• DETAILS: Full RV hookups, tent camping available

• MORE INFO: Call the Central Texas Bluegrass Association at 512-415-3177, email ctba@centraltexasbluegrass.org or visit centraltexasbluegrass.org.

Lone Star Bluegrass Fesitval 2014 Lineup

Friday

6-7 p.m.: Robertson County Line

7-8 p.m.: Dylan Hall and Pure Tradition

8-9 p.m.: Audie Blaylock and Redline

9-10 p.m.: Sabine River Bend

Saturday

Noon-1 p.m.: Open stage

1-2 p.m.: Pine Island Station

2-3 p.m.: Sabine River Bend

3-4 p.m.: Dylan Hall and Pure Tradition

4-5 p.m.: Audie Blaylock & Redline

5-6 p.m.: Robertson County Line

6-6:45 p.m.: Dinner Break

6:45-7:45 p.m.: Sabine River Bend

7:45-8:45 p.m.: Pine Island Station

8:45-9:45 p.m.: Audie Blaylock and Redline

9:45-10:45 p.m.: Dylan Hall and Pure Tradition

Bone Up On Bluegrass

Bluegrass, a folksy subgenre of country music, is particularly popular in Texas and other parts of the South. Its origins contain influence from Irish, Scottish and English dance music and ballads, gospel music and blues, according to the International Bluegrass Music Association's website.

Ken Henneke wants Hallettsville to become the No. 1 spot in the country for bluegrass music.

He's already taken the first step, working with other organizers to bring popular artists to the city to headline Hallettsville's first annual Lone Star Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, presented by the Hallettsville Knights of Columbus and Central Texas Bluegrass Association.

Five acts each will perform at least twice during the weekend: Robertson County Line, Dylan Hall and Pure Tradition, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Sabine River Bend and Pine Island Station.

Its popularity in the region makes an annual concert ripe for the picking, especially since there isn't one already, said Henneke, one of the organizers.

"We all owe our communities, Texas and our country charity work," he said, explaining why he's taken on this cause.

There's nothing like the subgenre, he added about bluegrass, which typically incorporates banjos, fiddles, acoustic guitars and the upright or double bass.

"It's a different type of music. You sit there and listen to it. It's just sounds different," Henneke said. "You really will travel far to go to a bluegrass festival."

The event also is family friendly, he added.

"This is family entertainment at its best," Henneke said. "And not only that - you get to hear the world's best musicians."

It might take a few years, but Henneke expects the festival to become the spot everyone in the country recognizes as the place for bluegrass. After all, he said, everything in the state is bigger, and "Texas also does it right."

Performers also will be personable and interact with the audience, Henneke said.

"You get to sit there and listen to them, and you get to meet them," he said. "There's nothing better than that."

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