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Headliners have music for every taste

Lisa Luna

Staff Writer

The best in family entertainment, the 71st Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 13-15. The one-of-a-kind celebration offers an array of food, fun, arts and crafts, performances and music for everyone.

Carnival Armband Night is Thursday from 6-10 p.m. Gate admission on Friday night is $5 per person. Friday is also KENS 5 Night with $1 carnival rides all night.

Gate admission on Saturday and Sunday is $15.

Children 12 and under are admitted free. Active, Reserve and Retired Military are also admitted free and parking on the festival grounds is free.

Saturday morning’s parade will kick-off at 10 a.m. with this year’s grand marshals Bob and Kelli Phillips, the co-hosts of Texas Country Reporter.


The headliner on Friday, April 13 will feature Foghat from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on Bud Light Stage #8- VFW Pavilion, with the Journey tribute band Eclipse as the opening act.

Foghat’s live performances show why the band is still around today and why they will be able to keep on rockin’ as long as they want. This band truly is timeless. Constant touring is part of their DNA and the band just loves to play. Their live show is as intense as ever with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect and hope for from a seasoned band with such a long musical history and they are bringing their fans along for the ride. In 2016, the band released a great new album called “Under the Influence.”

Raulito, David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales

Also on Friday, April 13 will be performances by Raulito Y Grupo Remedio from 8:30-10 p.m. on Stage #13- Lions Pavilion, followed by Poteet’s own David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, also on Stage #13.

David Lee Garza continues to maintain a loyal following with his combination of progressive Conjunto and distinctive Tejano music formulas. After more than 30 years in the business David Lee Garza y Los Musicales have generated hit after hit with a combination of easily danceable melodies and earthy roots music blend of Country, Tex-Mex and straight up Tejano.

David Lee’s unique accordion style music is readily recognized. For this reason it is not difficult to find David Lee collaborating with other Tejano music-recording Grammy Award-winning artists.

In May of 2017, Garza and his entire family were inducted into the Tejano Conjunto Festival Hall of Fame at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. David Lee Garza has also won a Latin Grammy Award, and the band has won numerous Tejano Music Awards.

Tanya Tucker

Headliner and country legend Tanya Tucker will perform at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 on Bud Light Stage #8- VFW Pavilion.

A defining voice of country music and a modern day legend, Tanya Tucker inspired many female artists who still top the charts today. From the signature classic songs to the unforgettable sass and soul of her voice, Tucker has paved a path in country music and beyond through an unprecedented level of success and continues her longevity today due to a natural, undeniable talent.




Ramon Ayala

Ramon Ayala will headline Saturday, April 14 from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Bud Light Stage #8-VFW Pavilion. Ramon Ayala born in Monterrey, Mexico, has mastered the artistry accordionist/vocalist/songwriter for over 40 years. Ramon Ayala has defined Norteño music with signature songs and definitive instrumental styling that have made him a superstar on both sides of the El Rio Grande.


Kevin Fowler

Texas country singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler will headline on Saturday, April 14 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. He will perform on Bud Light Stage #13-Lions Pavilion. Fowler took a couple of years to take stock of his artistic career, launch his own record label, then write and record “How Country Are Ya?” the old-fashioned way.

“How Country Are Ya?”– Fowler’s seventh stud album and his first for Kevin Fowler Records in a joint venture with Nashville’s Thirty Tigers – is the good-timing, tradition steeped and honkytonk stomping Amarillo native’s return to basics effort. A year in the making, the album features 15 fresh tunes (he wrote all of them except for the raucous instrumental “Mousturdonus“) and was produced by Ken Tondre, Fowler’s drummer, at Tondre’s The Compound Recording Studio in Austin.

“The last couple of records have been on Nashville record labels,” Fowler said, referring to 2007’s Bring It On, released with Equity Music Group, and 2011’s Chippin’ Away, released on Average Joe’s Entertainment.

Little Texas

Little Texas will grace the Bud Light Stage #8- VFW Pavilion on Sunday, April 15 at 4 p.m. Little Texas was conceived in Nashville, Tennessee, by a handful of guys in their early 20s who were willing to do just about anything to bring their brand of rockin’ country to the forefront of the music industry.

Their first radio release, “Some Guys Have All The Love,” became a Top-10 hit, as did their next single, “First Time For Everything.” After the album First Time For Everything was released, five singles reached the top of the charts. The second album, Big Time, truly was the big time for Little Texas.

The sophomore release, which has sold more than three million copies to date, spawned three No. 1 singles—“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love”—and captured the group’s first CMT Award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and a Grammy nod.


The Spazmatics

The Spazmatics will perform from 6-10 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 on Stage #13- Lions Pavilion. The Spazmatics  put on a unique, high energy, quality show – an entertaining act for any occasion.

Other performers

throughout the weekend include: Bree Jimenez, Cody Layne, David Trevino Y Los Tremendos, The Doo Wah Riders, Jaime Y Los Chamacos, Los Garcia Brothers, Natalie Rose, Brad Jenschke, Brandon Michael & True Country, Wednesday Ball and The Show Band and Los Invasores De Nuevo Leon.

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