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Rock on at 17th annual RiverFest

Special to the Courier

Pictured: Claude Butch Morgan, leader of Band-A-Holics

The Lloyd Bonham Band

Three Peace Band

Spending time floating on the crystal clear Medina River is a favorite thing to do at Bandera RiverFest - and second only to enjoying the music that makes the day perfect! So, for music lovers, the place to be on Saturday, June 28, is Bandera City Park.
Gates open at 10 am and the morning starts off with exciting entertainment from the Banderaradio.com Bandera Idol semi-finals competitions in the youth, teen and adult divisions.
Entertainment on the Main Stage will kickoff with Lee Winright and Hollin McKay, accompanied by Mike Broussard on the drums.
As a solo acoustic act, Winright has toured with Robert Earl Keen, the Dixie Chicks, Charlie Robison and Billy Joe Shaver, among others. He was the featured artist for San Antonio Magazine in July and just preformed on Fox News at Nine.
Winright will be joined by one half of the well-known McKay Brothers - Hollin McKay - who has played throughout the state and has several CDs with a great following on the Texas music scene.
Rounding out the acoustic trio, percussionist Broussard, former drum player with Bruce Robison, brings nuance to the songs.
At 1 pm, the Band-A-Holics, introduce their new CD, Dry, a personal window into bandleader Claude Butch Morgan's life and history.
A triple threat songwriter, storyteller and guitarist, Morgan constantly pushes his limits as a performer. While serving during the Vietnam War, he honed his chops as a guitar player in various USO bands. After returning home to the San Antonio area, Morgan became known across the Lone Star State for his lead guitar skills and energetic performance style.
He found his songwriter groove at The Kerrville Folk Festival and won the Wildflower Performing Songwriters contest in 2004. A 2012 nominee for "Singer-Songwriter of the Year" at the Texas Music Awards, Morgan grabs audiences with his songwriting and storytelling. Those looking for a good time should not miss The Band-A-Holics.
At 2:30 pm, walk down memory lane with the cool and groovy sounds of the popular Three Peace Band, a local trio who specialize in music from the '60s and '70s. Their sound and harmony always strike home and the crowd never fails to sing along. After just singing for fun, Rick Jeter, Karen Haile, and Cynthia Anderson were encouraged to turn professional - to the delight of the audiences throughout the Hill Country.
At 3:45 pm, the venerable Lloyd Bonham Band will rock the Main Stage, playing everything from The Hag to Lynard Skynard. The band has been rockin' the Hill Country for over 20 years and has three CDs under their belt.
The Lloyd Bonham Band was inducted into the Bandera History Project Music Hall of Fame as Duo-Group winner in 2013.
Describing that sound is tough.
From covers to their own original music, Bonham and his band perform anything that folks in Bandera and the Hill Country can dance to. "It has to have a two-step, waltz or polka beat," Bonham said. Not for faint of heart, the Lloyd Bonham Band will guarantee everyone will be up and dancing!
Five o'clock brings the finals of the BanderaRadio.com Bandera Idol competition.
Everyone is urged to come out to Bandera RiverFest and experience an afternoon of great music. Gates open at 10 am and admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors ages 55 years and older; and free for children ages 12 years and under and for active military with proper identification.
Buddy's Septic & Water Well Service, LLC presents all musical performances and Bandera Idol competitions.
For more information on RiverFest, visit www.banderariverfest.com or contact the Growth Resource planning team at 830-796-4447.