This year’s three-installment “Summer Sounds” outdoor concert series begins Friday, May 31, in downtown Gainesville, with Austin-based rockabilly musician Junior Brown serving as headliner.
The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments go on sale at 5 p.m. at the concert’s venue — on the west side of the Cooke County Courthouse square — and the music begins at 6:15 p.m. The May 31 performance marquee also includes musicians The Dirty Pesos and The Elevators.
This year marks the fourth for Summer Sounds, which provides a monthly outdoor concert in downtown Gainesville from May through July.
“There is so much talent in this area and we are very grateful that Gainesville is located where it is,” Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lynette Pettigrew said in 2012. “It’s located between Oklahoma and the WinStar casino and the Dallas area — plus Denton, which is a music area as well.”
Sponsoring agencies include Gainesville Daily Register, American Bank of Texas, Glenn Polk Autoplex, Miller Lite, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Economic Development Corporation, KGAF 1580, Main Street Pub, First State Bank, Luttrull-McNatt and Grand Central.
About Junior Brown
After a series of high school dance bands, Brown hit the country dance club circuit while still in his teens, according to his promotional website. This continued for decades all over the United States and many excursions abroad. After settling in Austin with his wife and rhythm guitarist-singer, Tanya Rae, he began his weekly tenure at the legendary Continental Club where the band successfully honed their craft leading ultimately to a major label signing, a Country Music Association Award, three Grammy nods, a Bluegrass Music Association Award, duets on record and video appearances with everyone from Hank Thompson and George Jones to The Beach Boys and Stone Temple Pilots. Brown has also appeared in the movies Me, Myself and Irene, Trespass, Still Breathing, The Dukes of Hazzard, and the Blue Collar Comedy Tour concert films and has appeared on Saturday Night Live, plus David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk shows.
About The Dirty Pesos
The Dirty Pesos consist of a pedigreed group of musicians with resumes that include important tenures with artists such as The Texas Hippie Coalition, Jay Johnson, Eric Beatty, and Robby White & The Tejas Gringos among others. According to the band’s website, Scott “Cowboy” Lytle’s impeccable drum skills and Brad King battening down the bass hatches provide the rock solid foundation. The tasteful versatility of lead guitarist Mark Lafon is perfectly dove-tailed by the masterful keyboard flourishes, harmonica, and harmony vocals of Kyle Wade Smith. The band’s lead vocalist is Tom McElvain, a singer songwriter from North Texas who specializes in blending country, blues, and rock to form an “acid country” experience. The website said McElvain’s vocal tones are reminiscent of Gary Allen with a voice that can be exploited at will. McElvain takes charge of his masterful melodies, creating a unique sound that has no current equal. From tender ballads to roadhouse rockers, McElvain songwriting stretches beyond today’s average country sound into rock and roll and the blues. The rhythms are contemporary and popular with younger fans as well as traditionalists.
For more information about Summer Sounds, visit www.gainesvillesummersounds.com.