Piney Woods Fine Arts Association will present Jason Boland & The Stragglers. They are leading lights in the Red Dirt scene, and they’re bringing the honky tonk to Crockett’s Historic Camp Street District along with special guest Bo Daniels. The Piney Woods Music & Art Festival begins Friday, April 22, with a concert and street dance.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers are a grassroots movement mixing honky tonk, outlaw, and contemporary country, and powered by constant touring. The Red Dirt sound has two homes, Texas and Oklahoma, and Boland and his band hail from the latter. They moved to the former to make their fortune. The “Red Dirt” categorization may seem a good fit for the media and fans, but the band has insisted from the outset that they’re a honky tonk outfit straight out of the country and western tradition. Since coming together in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Boland and his tight-knit crew have sold more than half a million albums independently and earned a devoted following that has swelled far beyond the band’s red dirt roots. Their music, drenched in pedal steel and fiddle combined with a rowdy live show, began drawing exceptionally large crowds, even when they were show openers.
The Piney Woods Music & Arts Festival continues on Saturday, April 23, from 10am to 5pm and is free to the public. The festival will be filled with live music by multiple artists throughout the day, Arts & Crafts vendors and the Kidzone. The Kidzone is free and great fun for children. Kids will enjoy face painting, a bouncy house, arts and crafts projects, and a hands-on Science Safari. The Kidzone is sponsored by The Treehouse Academy Learning Day Care Center in Crockett. Come hungry and enjoy a variety of food, including barbecue, sausage on a stick, roasted corn, turkey legs, hot dogs, funnel cakes, tater twisters, crawfish, and beer garden. The festival is a fundraiser benefiting Piney Woods Fine Arts Association Arts-in-Education programs.
Gates open on Friday at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 Advance General Admission and $25 General Admission at the gate. VIP seating is $30. Tickets are available online at www.pwfaa.org or by calling the PWFAA office at (936) 544-4276 Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm.