Blowin' Off Steamboat Music Festival 5: Recap

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Five years have come and gone... When I started Music of New Braunfels, I wanted to do two things... I wanted to promote the live music and songwriter community in our area, and I wanted to help produce live music events for local charities or individuals that either need help or are doing good things for the community. With the help of the TX Citizen staff, the great folks at Freiheit Country Store, our songwriters and bands, a few great volunteers, as well as our wonderful sponsors both past and present, those dreams have been realized!

This year our beneficiary was Pink Warrior Angels, and we are honored to have been able to lend some support to these sweet ladies! They pair breast cancer survivors up with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. They do this to help them through the hard times they will surely go through, letting them know what to expect. When it is the right situation and they’re able, they help financially. This is a classy organization doing great things for people that truly need it!

This year we added a Friday night preparty with our official sound engineer and one of few who have performed at every single Blowin’ Off Steamboat Music Festival, B.J. Thibodeaux’s band Backwater Blvd. With a little creative scheduling, we ended up with a bonus set from Rumor Town as well! We are working on something really big for a Friday night kick off party next year, so stay tuned!

Video Highlights from BOSMF5!

First-timers Elisa Maria and Navy Blu kicked things off on Saturday at noon, followed by Brittney Nemec of the sister band TBA. TBA was with us in 2013 for a brief set, and this year Brittney went solo with some harmony vocals contributed by her Aunt Tisha and sister Aubrey.

We had acoustic sets with David Russell of Empty-Handed Vagabonds and Jason Scott, Dennis Jay with Bob Stafford and Mike Ethan Messick, then Tyler Derryberry and Neil Cooper finished out that run before kicking off the first full band set.

Carol Cochran and Two-Way Street, a staple in our musical diet at BOSMF, played some classic country favorites. Along with Carol, there’s Clark Grein on lead guitar, Pat Nichols on bass guitar, Kim Hanney on steel guitar, the drummer known only as “Fruit”, and vocals from every part of the stage!

An acoustic set from Billy Broome of Silo Road and Keith Hickle was up next, followed by more amazing BOSMF veterans, Kori Free and The Groove Hounds. Alli Mattice also returned for a fifth year and joined Kori for a few songs, and after Kori’s set we were treated to a full band set from the Alli Mattice Band.

Country sweetheart Kayla Ray joined the amazing Reed Brothers, Kyle and Keegan, for an acoustic set, then we closed out the night with two HUGE full band sets from Jomo & The Possum Posse and Smoke Wagon! If you’ve ever seen the “Guy On A Buffalo” YouTube series, that song is Jomo & The Possum Posse’s light-hearted albatross, much like Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” or Mike Ethan Messick’s “Everclear”. Smoke Wagon is one of my favorite local bands, they’re very high energy and put on a great show with a mix of red dirt and Texas Country covers as well as a growing catalog of GREAT originals that have already tipped into the top 40!

We hope you’ll join us for the Sixth Annual Blowin’ Off Steamboat Music Festival on Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at Freiheit Country Store. Stay tuned here for more details!

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