Poteet readies for 70th Strawberry Festival

 

The annual Poteet Strawberry Festival is here for its 70th year! As is expected, the festival will be sure to be a good time for all. It kicks into gear on April 6 – 9 with Thursday being armband night at the carnival.

Each year the directors of the Strawberry Festival along with staff members work to locate the best 70 acts available to keep fest goers entertained and busy. Of course, there will also be a parade on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. This year the grand marshal is Gordon V. Hartman, San Antonio philanthropist who opened the world’s first theme park designed for children with special needs, Morgan’s Wonderland.

There will also be food booths, arts and crafts vendors and lots of musical entertainment. For a complete schedule and prices see our Poteet Strawberry special section in this edition.

 

Friday Entertainment

 

Jay Perez

Jay Perez who has won the Tejano Music Award Male Vocalist of the Year many times through the years started off his musical career as a drummer. After a few years, he got an audition with David Lee Garza y los Musicales, and sang with Garza for two and a half years. Perez then started his solo career in the mid-’90s, getting the best musicians in the Tejano music industry for his band.

He will be on the Lions Pavilion, Stage #13 on Friday, April 7 starting from 10:30 – midnight.

 

Starship

 

Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. Mickey’s voice had become legendary after recording “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with the Elvin Bishop Band and he was planning to pursue a solo career. Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision as they recorded their first hit, “Jane”, almost immediately after getting together.

In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits – “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum.

Starship followed-up their initial success with another #1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” featured on the soundtrack for Mannequin. As Starship continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today.

You will find Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on the Bud Light Stage #8 VFW Pavilion from 10:30-midnight on Friday, April 7.

 

Saturday Entertainment

 

Jon Wolfe

The best introduction to Jon Wolfe is the basic yet not so simple fact that he’s a country singer and songwriter. Country music, as it was, is and always should be, with boots firmly standing on the bedrock of tradition and an eye focused on taking it into the future. And that, as any fan of true country knows, is no simple proposition.

“At heart, it’s all about being a great singer and storyteller.”

Hence the other best introduction to Jon Wolfe is to hear him sing and share the stories in the songs he performs and writes. And to learn his life story — from small town Oklahoma to the bustling big city commodities trading floor to the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma to Music Row, to give the highlights — and witness his faith in the power of music and determination to touch the hearts of others with something that means so much to him.

Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles(“Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.

  1. will be at the Poteet Strawberry Festival on Saturday from 11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Stage #13, Lions Pavilion.

 

David Lee Garza

Y Los Musicales

Born and raised right here in Poteet, David Lee began playing the accordion with his father, Tony and formed a local circuit group known as David Lee y Su Conjunto, rarely venturing out of their area. The Musicales are truly a family dynasty: David handles the accordion and 2nd vocals; his brother Richard, plays bass guitar; brother Adam handles the drums; Oscar “WoWee” Montemayor is on saxophone, Billy O’Rourke on bajo-sexto and guitar and vocals, Daniel Fernandez keyboards, and John Cruz on electric guitar, with Cezar Martinez handling lead vocals.

Over 30 recorded albums, two major labels and now their own independent record label, DLG Records is a part of their legendary discography.

David Lee along with his manager started their own record label JROD Records, so they could venture out in recording other artists. Their first CD entitled David Lee Garza “Just Friends” in collaboration with 10 different vocalists. This CD won 2013 Latin Grammy for Best Tejano Album.

The group will be performing Saturday, April 8 on Bud Light Stage #8 VFW Pavilion from 11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

 

Easton Corbin

Easton Corbin was born and raised in rural Gilchrist County, Florida, and remembers wanting to be a country singer as early as three or four years old. Corbin began taking guitar lessons at the age of 15, turning to his mentor, former Nashville session guitarist Pee Wee Melton, for instruction. Soon, he was playing lead guitar in a local band while also honing a solo act. A fortunate audition at a local music store led to a solo spot on-stage at the nearby Suwannee River Jam festival, and soon he was securing opening slots for national acts like Janie Fricke and Mel McDaniel.

After earning a business degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida, Corbin married and moved to Nashville in 2006 to try his hand at being a professional country singer. He released his debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” in July of that same year, following it with a four-song EP under the same title a month later. Both releases led up to the arrival of his full-length debut, Easton Corbin, in 2010. “A Little More Country Than That” had hit number one on the country charts, and “Roll With It” made it to the top just after the album’s release. Corbin followed it up with 2012’s All Over the Road, also produced by Chamberlain, which landed a pair of Top Ten singles in “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over the Road.” In 2015 Corbin issued his third studio long-player, About to Get Real, which featured the singles “Clockwork” and “Baby Be My Love Song.”

Corbin will be at the Festival on Sunday, April 9 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bud Light Stage #8 VFW Pavilion.

 

LaMafia

La Mafia was founded in 1980 in Houston, TX. Vocalist Oscar De La Rosa and producer/keyboardist/accordionist Armando Lichtenberger Jr. created an original style that survived various changes in the music industry. The band consists of Tim Ruiz on bass, David de la Garza on keyboards and background vocals, Eduardo Torres on drums, Viktor Pacheco on guitar and Robbie Longoria on six bass and percussion in 2007. The band has won two Grammys and two Latin Grammys and it was nominated in 2009 for a Latin Grammy for the album Eternamente Romanticos.

La Mafia, seeking to expand their musical horizons, began touring extensively in Mexico and Latin America beginning in the late 1980s. The practice of Mexican-American artists performing in Mexico on a large scale was unheard of before La Mafia. La Mafia has performed in front of three record-setting crowds at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Houston Astrodome.

They will be on the Bud Light Stage #8-VFW Pavilion beginning at 8 p.m. at the Poteet Strawberry Festival, Sunday, April 9.

 

More Bands

Other headliners for the festival will be Diamond Rio who will perform on Bud Light Stage #8 on Saturday starting at 5 p.m.; Elida Reyna who will also be on Stage #8 starting at 9:15 -10:45 p.m. and The Spazmatics who will be there on Sunday at the #13 Lions Pavilion from 6-10 p.m.

 

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