Crooner cop taking stage Saturday at music festival in Winnsboro
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

Monty Tipps and his band, Mainstreet, are scheduled to take the stage at 4 p.m. Saturday during the 6th Annual Northeast Texas Music Festival in Winnsboro. The festival begins tonight with a kids carnival. Also set to sing at the festival are Moe Bandy and Johnny Rodriguez.
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Aug. 18, 2006 -- He's a Sulphur Springs police investigator by day, but on Saturday Monty Tipps will play his other role of country music entertainer when he and his band, Mainstreet,  take the stage at the 6th Annual Northeast Texas Music Festival in the neighboring town of Winnsboro.

"We're not trying to make the 'Big Time,' we're just trying to have a big time," laughed Tipps, who has been the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the group for the past four years.

The group is made up of local men who choose not to perform in the bars, but rather play regularly at family events such as street dances, county fairs, festivals, and an occasional wedding.

"Oh, we'll play honky tonk music about drinking and getting thrown in jail. That's just music. That's just life," Tipps said. "But it doesn't really reflect the way we believe."

Gospel music is performed at their venues as well, but Tipps said their style of music relates more to that of the old time tunes of legendary entertainers such as Merle Haggard. 

"I have a place in my heart for traditional country music," he said.

Speaking of legendary entertainers, headlining the 6th Annual Northeast Texas Music Festival will be country music legend Moe Bandy, performing classics such as, "Bandy The Rodeo Clown," "Just Good Ole Boys," and "Americana." He is set to perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Also, back by popular demand, will be another memorable country music name, Johnny Rodriguez, singing old-time favorites such as, "Riding My Thumb To Mexico," "That's The Way Love Goes," and "We Believe In Happy Endings." 

Rodriguez was recently injured and spent several days in the hospital after being thrown from his horse, but called festival officials from his hospital bed saying he would make the upcoming event. He plans to try and perform the entire concert for his fans.

Family fun actually starts tonight with a kids carnival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Winnsboro City Park on FM 515, and continues Saturday, opening at noon. Booths and vendors will be on site, as well.

Music will begin around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Winnsboro City Park Pavilion, with Tipps and Mainstreet taking the stage at 4 p.m. 

Others scheduled to appear on stage throughout the day are Dynna Dawn of Tyler, Myra Rolen of Clarksville, Valarie Burns of Hawkins, The White Rock Cloggers of Mesquite, Cheyane Smith of Ore City, and home towners "The C" of Winnsboro.

Master of ceremonies is radio personality Mandy Montana of KKUS 104.1.

Tickets are $12 at the gate, with children 12 and under free with a ticketed adult. Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

Other upcoming performances by Monty Tipps and Mainstreet will be a Blue Grass Jubilee hosted by Cross Country Cowboy Church on State Highway 19 south Sunday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., and the Hopkins County Fall Festival in September.

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