|Gary P. Nunn|
This year’s West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 16, is proud to present Texas country music legend, Gary P. Nunn, along with his Bunkhouse Band, as its feature act for this year’s “street dance on the bricks” downtown. Nunn, a pioneer of the outlaw music scene in Austin with his Lost Gonzo Band, played with Willie Nelson, Michael Murphy, and Jerry Jeff Walker in the seventies—and has been a fixture of the Texas music scene ever since.
His fame as a performer is matched, if not exceeded, by his songwriting skills. What self-respecting Texan can’t sing along to “I want to go home with the armadillo, good country music from Amarillo and Abilene” from his “London Homesick Blues”? He’ll be singing that and “That’s What I Like about Texas” along with many others, including songs from his latest album, “Taking Texas to the Country.”
The live music will begin at 4:00pm with Matt Davis from San Angelo, and around 6:00, Roscoe’s own Dusty Creek Band will take the stage with members Lyndall Underwood, Robbie Nolan, Steve and Chris Myers, and Danny Letz. They’ll get the crowd going until about 8:00 or 8:30.
Then Gary P. Nunn and the Bunkhouse Band will take the stage. They’ll play a 45-minute set and then break for the FIREWORK SHOW, after which they’ll return and do another set.
Folks, this is one feature of the Wind Festival that you don’t want to miss. Bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a musical experience you won’t soon forget!
To warm up for the event, click on these Gary P. Nunn videos:
HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK CHALLENGE
The event that will kick off this year’s Wind Festival is the High School Quarterback Challenge, which starts at 10:00am in the little park directly across from the City Hall on Cypress Street. Several area high school quarterbacks will test their passing accuracy by attempting to throw footballs through a tire, and the winner will receive not only a trophy but also glory for his football team and high school.
BARBECUING IN THE WIND COOKOFF
The open areas around the Fire Station on Broadway will be the venue for Roscoe’s First Annual Steak, Stuffed Pepper, and Rib Cookoff. Organizers for the event are Gary Armstrong and Virgil Pruitt. Participants may enter one category or all three. The entry fee is $25 per category or $70 for all three. Entrants will want to set up early. Judging will take place at 3:00pm for the Stuffed Pepper Cookoff, 4:00 for the Steak, and 5:00 for the Rib. There will be a $1000 prize money for the best steak, $500 for the best ribs, and an undetermined amount as of yet for the Stuffed Pepper.
Along with the Cookoff, there will be a raffle for various items with tickets at $1 each or 6 for $5.
SHOWINGS OF THE MOVIE CARBON NATION
A movie somewhat similar in spirit to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, which discusses pollution and global warming, Carbon Nation, produced by Peter Byck, focuses on solutions to offset the manmade carbon emissions being pumped into the atmosphere.
The first part of this documentary is about wind energy and the Roscoe wind farm. It features Cliff Etheredge and possibly other Roscoe folks. The movie’s producer, Peter Byck, is coming from Kentucky to be on hand for the three showings in the Community Center at 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00. Admission is free, but event organizer Cliff Etheredge says to bring your own popcorn.
There will be a multitude of vendors selling all sorts of things in the downtown area throughout the Wind Festival. As of yesterday, 39 were signed up. So bring some cash. You’re sure to find something you’ll need to buy.
HELICOPTER NOT COMING
The only known snag in the Wind Festival thus far has been the last-minute cancellation of the announced helicopter rides. You can blame the federal government for this unfortunate turn of events. Last month the FAA announced new legislation regarding the insurance for such events, and the company bringing in the helicopter learned that it might not be covered under the new regulations. So, regretfully, it has had to cancel.
“SOFT OPENING” OF THE LUMBER YARD
Although the grand opening of The Lumber Yard won’t be until later this month, this new downtown restaurant, located on the site of the old Higginbotham Bartlett lumber yard on Cypress, will be open for a sneak preview during the Wind Festival.
So bring your chair and make a day of the Fourth Annual West Texas Wind Festival!
For more information about any of the Wind Festival events, contact Kelly Etheredge at 325-725-0756.