Turkeyfest brings variety, musical flavor

By by camille m. doty
Oct. 5, 2011 at 5:05 a.m.

CUERO - The 39th annual Turkeyfest will be full of great food and music this weekend.

It will offer a little something for everyone's musical taste.

"We want to provide as much variety as possible," said Cory Thamm, the festival's entertainment director.

Thamm said last year 20,000 people attended throughout the fest, which is almost three times the size of the town of 7,000.

"We do pretty good," Thamm said.

He said the town is prepared to accommodate an even larger crowd this year.

Thamm said the festival is a big draw for the community and tourist alike.

"People who know Cuero know about the turkey races and football, depending on who you ask," he said.

The Friday night musical lineup includes The Scott Taylor Band. The frontman and band namesake is from Goliad and Bo Carter, Sammy Zamora, David Stockton and Steve Carson are from various cities in the South Texas.

They play an upbeat, Southern country, said Tasha Mueller, their booking manager.

"They're a great blend of high-energy and two-stepping music," she said.

Pat Green, who is originally from Waco, will be the Friday headliner. He's a country music artist with notable song called "Wave On Wave."

Cuero native, Doug Blank will be the opening musical act Saturday. He said he's expecting at least 30 of his family and friends to attend.

"It's pretty cool to be a part of something for the community," he said. "And being born and raised here makes it that more special."

He described his sound as Texas rock. His song "Black Flame" serves as a reminder to others to never quit, even in the face of adversity.

Some performers, like The Knight Girls, of Seguin, are newcomers to the Turkeyfest stage.

"Mom and dad are nervous, but they're excited," said their father, Brennen Knight of the Saturday performance.

The band consists of five Knight sisters (all have the last name Knight): Savannah, 14; Sidney, 12; Sierra, 11; Summer, 10; and Sunny, 7. They wake up one hour early to practice music before school.

Their musical selections vary from contemporary Christian music to classic music. Some sisters play piano, guitar and the fiddle.

"They really love doing it (performing)," their dad said.

Cody Canada & The Departed, of New Braunfels, will headline Saturday's concert.

Canada said his band is the perfect combination between rock 'n' roll and blues.

This will be his band's first Turkeyfest experience.

"I'm open for whatever is brought to us," he said.

Canada and bandmate Jeremy Plato were in the Cross Canadian Ragweed band for 15 years before they joined other professional musicians in December.

The newly formed band will only sing their original pieces.

"If you're looking for real and new music, we will deliver," Canada said.

Other musical acts on Saturday are Granger Smith, of Round Rock; Midnight River Choir, of New Braunfels; and Dolly Shine, of Stephenville.

Steven Chase and The Lost Souls, of Conroe, said his musical influences have made him well-versed. He grew up listening to outlaw country, The Beatles and Otis Redding.

Chase, a Turkeyfest first-timer, said he will play a combination of cover and original music.

"Overall, I'm not super eccentric, but I like to have some good energy on stage," he said.

Justin Grant, of Crosby, and Philip Griffin, of Crosby, will perform on Sunday.



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