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Scott Taylor Band hopes to raise $25K for Warrior's Weekend

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
March 19, 2014 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.

Crawfish

BAND LINEUP

• Scott Taylor Band

• Jarrod Birmingham

• Captain Legendary Band

• Raven Cliff

• Bayou Roux

• The Pear Ratz

• Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

• Cody Joe Hodges

• Richie Allbright

• Stephen Chadwick

• The Krystals

• Southern Drive Band

• Jeremy Halliburton

• Clay Crockett

• Mason Lively

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Scott Taylor Band Eat Tail Suck Head Crawfish Fest

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center Grounds, 2905 E. North St.

• WHEN: Noon-midnight April 12

• COST: $10 per person

• CONTACT: Thescotttaylorband.com; on Facebook: Scott Taylor Band Eat Tail Suck Head Crawfish Fest

• MORE INFO: Bring lawn chairs and blankets, no coolers, rain or shine, children's entertainment

When the Scott Taylor Band hits the main stage at the third annual Eat Tail Suck Head Crawfish Festival, it's expecting the crowd to be ready to rock.

With more than nine hours of beer-sipping, crawfish-sucking, music-swaying partying preceding the band's headlining performance at the Victoria Community Dome, Scott Taylor said the crowd should be more than warmed up by then.

"We have some pictures from last year with all the heads of people with their heads going back. It was just a mass of people; man, it was awesome," Taylor, 33, said.

Taylor's band launched the festival three years ago in Yoakum as a way to get a bunch of music lovers - and area bands - together under the same roof.

But when they realized the first year they had underestimated the volume of people who enjoy crawfish - all 4,000 pounds of it - Taylor said they had to dream bigger.

"This year, we have two equal stages, an excellent sound system pumping for both stages with the same quality sound," he said. "It's a seamless process. As soon as one band quits, the second band is getting ready to go."

Beginning at noon April 12, the music of 15 bands will begin pumping from the back lawn of the community dome.

"This is a rain or shine event," Taylor said. "If it starts to rain, we'll move it inside."

A live and silent auction as well as a portion of beer sales will benefit Warrior's Weekend.

Last year, Crawfish Fest donated about $9,000 to Warrior's Weekend. And this year, Taylor said he hopes to raise $25,000.

"I think we can do it with the auctions this year," he said.

Organizing a music festival is no small feat.

And they're hoping by the time they get up on stage for Crawfish Fest, they'll be able to say their trip to Linden for the 12th annual Texas Music Awards was a success.

"We've been nominated for eight awards this year," Taylor said, mentioning the awards ceremony Saturday. "That's a new record from what they've told us."

Some of the awards include Taylor's nomination for Vocal Performance of the Year for "Beautiful Sin" and the band's nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, Live Band of the Year and Record of the Year.

"We're excited. We've been asked to play the finale at the awards show, and we're the headliner at the after party," Taylor said. "So I'm thinking we're probably going to win something."

And when they return from Linden, there will be no slowing down. It will be time for the Crawfish Festival and entertaining about 2,500 people.

"I personally think everyone needs to be there to see the kind of performance we put on for this. We showcase a lot of great bands. It's high energy, and everybody performs really well," Taylor said. "A lot of people who come just to eat some crawfish end up staying for nine hours. . And the crawfish is great."

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