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Creager, William Clark Green to perform at fest

February 20, 2019

Roger Creager, William Clark Green and country legend Gary P. Nunn will perform at the Texas Friendswood Music Fest on March 2 at Stevenson Park in Friendswood.

The fourth annual event, scheduled from 2:30-10 p.m. and expected to draw up to up to 4,000 if weather is good, also will feature Market Junction.

“We use all Texas artists,” said Brett Banfield, president of Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association, which has moved the festival from the corner of FM 518 and FM 2351 to the park in anticipation of a bigger crowd than last year’s 3,500.

Stevenson Park is at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.

Creager is known for hooking fans with his high energy and charisma.

On one of his hits, Creager sings, “Love ain’t what this song’s about/ It’s about beer and whiskey and drinkin/ It’s about playin the fool and actin without thinkin.”

Singer/songwriter Green, inspired by his personal music hero, Willis Alan Ramsey, has attracted a loyal following by penning blunt, unapologetically heartfelt lyrics that are often set to a Cajun flare.

Market Junction began as a trio in 2012, then added a drummer. The group has opened for acts that include Randy Rogers, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Little Texas.

Nunn sings “London Homesick Blues (Home with the Armadillo)” by Jerry Jeff Walker. His claim to fame also includes co-writing “The Last Thing I Needed the First Thing This Morning,” which was made popular by Willie Nelson in 1982. Also, it’s the only song not written by Chris Stapleton on the country superstar’s album, “From a Room: Volume 1.”

Festivalgoers also enjoy food trucks with a variety of culinary options.

Among those returning from last year will be a mobile, old-fashioned soda fountain, Banfield said.

In its prior venue, the event drew about 3,000 fans its first year, but the next year it rained, attracting only about 2,000 fans, said Banfield, a local real estate developer.

Adult admission to festival is $20 through March 1 and $25 day the day of the event and at the gate. Seating or standing areas are not assigned or reserved, and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, 150 tickets, at $200 each, are sold for the VIP tent. VIP seating offers prime viewing of the stage, passed appetizers, a Texas-style dinner, VIP parking and four beverage tickets for those age 21 and over.

The festival has become the association’s flagship fundraising event for efforts to improve and promote Friendswood’s downtown.

“People love live music. It has been very well-received,” Banfield said.

For further information, visit www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org.

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at donmaines@att.net