Prepare yourselves for the 72nd Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival scheduled for next Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 5-7. The biggest festival in Atascosa County guarantees a fun time for all with a variety of food, fun, crafts, performances and music for everyone.
The festival kicks off Thursday evening with Carnival Armband Night 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 $20.
Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Active, reserve and retired military personnel are also admitted free and parking on the festival grounds is free.
Saturday morning’s parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Bullfighter Leon Coffee is the parade marshal.
The Atomic Punks are a tribute to early Van Halen, the David Lee Roth era, formed in 1994.
This year they celebrate their 25th anniversary! The band will perform 10:30 p.m.-midnight on Bud Light Stage #8- VFW Pavilion.
Voted “Best Tribute Band” by LA’s Rock City News three years in a row, the Atomic Punks have created a national following that continues to grow by leaps and bounds all the time.
There is one important point the band always makes clear at their shows. The Atomic Punks don’t think they are Van Halen, they simply love to play old Van Halen and it shows in their amazingly realistic, power-packed stage show. No Van Halen tribute band captures the note for note performance and feel of an old show like the Atomic Punks. If you love vintage Van Halen, and wish you could experience and relive the energy the “Mighty” VH created with “Diamond” Dave behind the mic, you do not want to miss the Atomic Punks.
Band members are: Brian Geller on vocals, Lance Turner on guitar, Joe Lester on bass and Scott Patterson on drums.
Back in Black, Los Desperadoz and Gary Hobbs
Also on Friday, April 5, will be performances by Back in Black tribute band preceding Atomic Punks on Bud Light Stage #8- VFW Pavillion. Los Desperadoz will be from 8:30- 10 p.m. on Stage #13-Lions Pavillion, followed by Gary Hobbs from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, also on Stage #13.
Gary Hobbs’ rise among Tejano Music’s elite performers has taken years of determination. Gary’s history of hit records, gold and platinum awards, industry achievements, humanitarian contributions and hard work are legendary. Gary is an artist with a great tradition of excellent music with his very own style which makes him one of the most versatile singers in the Tejano Music Industry. His non-stop touring, recording and dedication to the Tejano industry have earned him the respect of his peers and adoration of his of fans.
Band members are Homero Castillo on drums, Jaime Zamago on bass and vocals, Gabriel Gil on keyboards, Jon Everett on guitar and Roger Salinas on accordian.
Headliner and Texas Country music artist Aaron Watson will perform at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 on Bud Light Stage #8-VFW Pavilion.
Watson remains strikingly similar to the people that still dot his native West Texas. They’re a rugged people, proud of home but humble and hardworking, the first to help a neighbor but also fiercely independent. And Watson is unquestionably one of them. “I’ve always considered myself an anti rock star,” Watson says, his drawl cracking slightly as he grins. “People don’t like me because I’m a rock star. People like me because I’m just like them.”
Parker McCollum will headline on Saturday, April 6 from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Bud Light Stage #13-Lions Pavillion.
Parker McCollum comes from a no-nonsense, hard-working family. His was the sort of upbringing where “if you’re going to do something and you’re not going to do it one-hundred percent; you shouldn’t do it all.” It’s why this 25-yearold treats each song he writes with a painstaking level of dedication, reverence, and — as he readily admits — even a bit of obsession.
Parker says when a particular melody, lyric or emotion tugs at him he might stay in his room for days working on it. He can’t help himself.
Tejano singer/accordionist Michael Salgado gained prominence in the mid-’90s by looking back to the norteño sound influenced by Ramon Ayala, and introduced the style to the younger generation. He organized his backing band — brothers Ernie and James on guitar and drums, respectively, with bass player Joe Tanguma — when he was just 19, and begin hitting the Latin music charts in 1995 with his single “Cruz de Madera.” Salgado’s 1996 album En Concierto introduced his most popular single extant, the Top 20 hit “Sin Ella.” Mi Primer Amor followed in 1997.
Randy Rogers Band
The Randy Rogers Band will be among this year’s headliners, with showtime at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 on Bud Light Stage #8- VFW Pavilion.
The band’s first single “Crazy People” — at radio on February 15 — reflects a unique aspect of Rogers’ life growing up.
For nearly two decades, Randy Rogers Band has featured the same lineup. This makes the group an anomaly in a business where bandmates come and go. What’s even more rare is Randy Rogers Band’s homegrown success on the road, where the Texas-based musicians have built a diverse, loyal audience that stretches far beyond the limits of their home state.
Hellbent builds upon that remarkable growth, capturing the energy and collaborative chemistry of the band’s live performances over nearly a dozen studio tracks.
Other performers throughout the weekend include: Eric y Grupo Massore David
Lee Garza y los Musicales,
Natalie Rose, Brad Jenschke, Brandon Michael and True Country, Los Traileros Del Norte, Bobby Flores and The Spazmatics.