As the date moves closed to Texas Independence Day, Downtown Friendswood is gearing up for a memorable holiday celebration with their second annual Texas Music Fest set for March 4 from 2 – 9 p.m. at the corner of FM 2351 and FM 518 in the Captain’s Corner Shopping Center.
The annual event is sponsored by Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association.
Popular Texas bands will showcase the celebration and one of those groups will be Two Tons of Steel, the Alamo City’s most loved band for 20-plus years. The San Antonio based group has a signature sound of country meets punk.
The popular sound was noticed at the band’s beginning and earned them the cover photo of Billboard Magazine in 1996.
The four-piece ensemble is made up of front man Kevin Geil, Brian Duarte, Rich Alcorta and Jake Marchese.
Formerly known as The Dead Crickets, their name was changed to Two Tons of Steel after their album of the same name was released in 1994 and a sponsorship deal was made with Lone Star Beer. In their music journey, they have performed at The Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, the National Theater in Havana, Cuba and in various venues in Europe.
For their 21st anniversary, Two Tons of Steel played live in Gruene Hall, a summer long performance site they have used each year since 1995. It is common to hear in that area Two Ton Tuesday Spring Break Show and Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show.
In Friendswood, Two Tons of Steel will share the stage with Cory Morrow, Josh Ward and The Junior Gordon Band. Food trucks, vendors and exhibits will also be part of the event. Ron Carter is the Alamo Title Sponsor of the fest.
Tickets for the Texas Music Fest in Friendswood are available now online.
General admission is $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free.
VIP tickets for $125 are also available.
To learn more about Texas Music Fest, visit the website at www.fdfa.org.
Story by Karolyn Gephart