Don’t miss this one. The first NedFest without its founder “Michigan” Mike Torpie is almost here. Festival organizers are working hard to get everything in order for the 14th annual event to not just keep Torpie’s dream alive, but grow it in his honor.
One way to accomplish this goal was to book outstanding music, and the line-up that was announced months ago proved that was achieved. Another way to grow the dream? Book one of the best-known, longest-lasting American bands ever: Los Lobos.
Due to a scheduling issue, the festival was unable to announce the headliner until late in July. They are hopeful, however, the limited time to get the word out will not be a problem. In fact, it is expected that with Widespread Panic’s guitarist Jimmy Herring followed by Los Lobos, Saturday could be one of the event’s largest days ever.
Three-time Grammy winning Los Lobos is best known for it’s number-one hit “La Bamba,” released on the soundtrack for the movie of the same name in 1987. The album went double platinum and catapulted the group to international fame. The band had certainly paid their dues by then. David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, and Conrad Lozano met in high school in California and formed the group all the way back in 1973. Since then they have toured the world, headlining and opening for bands like the Grateful Dead, U2, and Bob Dylan. They have released 19 albums. Their last, Tin Can Trust, was nominated for two awards at the 2011 Grammys.
In addition to the Los Lobos announcement, more late-night shows have been booked. Each night of NedFest, several late-night shows will take place throughout town. Entry is free with a three-day wristband or a small cover.
Jet Edison and Smooth Money gesture play the First Street Pub on Aug. 24 and 25, respectively.
Whistler’s Café has big shows planned for each night including DPG (Dr. Phil Good) on Aug. 24, Whiskey Tango on Aug. 25 and Springdale Quartet on Aug. 26.
The Zydecoasters take over the Pioneer Inn on Aug. 24 and Riff Raff plays the venue on Aug. 25. Blackdog leads an open bluegrass pick on Aug. 26.
Finally, one of the biggest events is Nederland’s own Mountain Standard Time which returns to touring with a show at the Black Forest Restaurant on Sunday.
Finally, the Pioneer Inn will host a special sneak preview screening of local filmmaker Eric Abramson’s ScrambleVision. The documentary film features colorful live painter “Scramble” Campbell as well as scenes of NedFest and Blackdog. Abramson, Campbell and Blackdog will all be in attendance.
Whether you’re among the festival faithful, or haven’t been in a few years, you won’t want to miss number 14.
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Friday – August 24
12-1:30 SHE SAID STRING BAND
1:30-2:00 Kort McCumber
2:00-3:30 JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO
3:30-4:00 Jaden Carlson
5:30-6:00 tweener tbd
6:00-7:30 FOX STREET ALLSTARS
8:00-10:00 MELVIN SEALS AND THE JGB
Late Night at the First Street Pub: Jet Edison
SATURDAY- August 25
1:30-2:00 Magnolia Row
2:00-3:30 NEW MONSOON
4:00-5:30 HOT BUTTERED RUM
5:30-6:00 Danny Shafer
6:00-7:30 JIMMY HERRING BAND
8:00-10:00 LOS LOBOS
Late Night at the First Street Pub: Smooth Money Gesture
SUNDAY- August 26
11-12 GIPSY MOON
12-12:30 Whiskey Bottles
12:30-2:00 GRANT FARM
2:00-2:30 The No Go Gillbillies
2:30-4:00 GREAT AMERICAN TAXI
4:30-6:00 KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND
6:30-8:30 KELLER WILLIAMS, STEVE KIMOCK, KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH, AND DAVE WATTS
Late Night at the Black Forest: Mountain Standard Time
1st Street Pub: Jet Edison
Whistlers: Dr. Phil Good
Pioneer Inn: The Zydecoasters
1st Street Pub: Smooth Money Gesture (Official)
Whistlers: Whiskey Tango
Pioneer Inn: Riff Raff
Black Forest Rest.: Mountain Standard Time (Official)
Whistlers: Magic Beans
Pioneer Inn: Bluegrass Pick