Kick up your heels at Victoria's first Bootfest

By by camille m. doty/
Oct. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.

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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