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Kinky on the square March 1; music fest on the way

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By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
    Not only is Kinky Friedman an entertainer, he is an author, songwriter, singer, poet, speaker, politician and philosopher. And he is coming to Sulphur Springs.
    “On March 1, we will have the Kinky Friedman concert downtown in a free concert,” said Sulphur Springs Community Development Director Shane Shepard. “That will be Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. If it rains, it will be moved to the Civic Center auditorium.”
    Friedman said Wednesday morning he and Jesse Dayton will perform together.
    “Jesse Dayton played with country music great Waylon Jennings, and is a terrific guitarist and producer. He's just about everything,” Friedman said. “The guy is happening. What he does, I mean, he plays along with me on songs that he's never heard, never rehearsed one time, and he is absolutely great.”
    Cross Roads Music Company of Winnsboro will be bringing Friedman to the downtown square rather than an appearance in Winnsboro.
    Friedman said he would keep the content of the show family-oriented.
    “It will be a good show,” he said. “I will also do a reading from my latest book, ‘Heroes from a Texas Childhood,’ and there will be some politics, some humor, some profane and profound things that we will let the audience decide which.”
    Friedman said it would be a “loose show” in which he and Dayton would perform some songs individually and some together.
    Friedman's concert will mark the start of the 30 East Music Festival, according to Shepard.
    “We have a music festival going on March 7, 8 and 9,” Shepard said. “There is going to be 23 or 24 bands playing on those days.”
    The date was set because the South By Southwest [SXSW] festival in Austin is the following week and allows 30 East Festival to pickup several artists traveling to the Austin event at a great rate — the same rates they receive in Austin.    
    For those concerts, music will start about 5 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and will continue to “about midnight.” Saturday, the music will begin at 10 a.m. and continue to midnight.
    “We are working to book some local bands on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Shepard said. “This should be completed by the end of the week. There is some great local talent in the area, and we want to make sure they have the opportunity to be on stage and to network with other musicians.”
    Among the bands already booked for the event are Country Fringe, Sonja Javette, Endless Sky, Rick Bauer, Foxtrot Uniform, Jake Reeves, Home by Hovercraft, The Chloes, Venetian Sailors, Madison King, Dirty South Blues Gang, The Gypsy Bravado [Acoustic and Lite Set], Ducado Vega and Zenya Vi, and The Effinays.
    Also on the schedule are musicians from the United Kingdom, Florida and several from Dallas.
     Shepard said some of the music is folk and blues, however, most is what is considered independent music. Several have a touch of a rock element.
    “We have worked the contracts of the musicians to make sure it is a family friendly environment,” he said. “It has been made clear that vulgarities in any manner will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from the stage and no compensation.”
    There is no admission — it is completely open to anyone wanting to enjoy an evening, or several evenings, of music on Sulphur Springs downtown square in early March.
    “It's downtown, it's free, it's open,” Shepard said. “Come downtown and enjoy it.”

 

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