By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal
One of the defining events at the Bois d’Arc Bash is the live music that fills the square Friday evening and all day Saturday. This year, the Bash will feature two stages: the main stage, also known as the Ben E. Keith Stage, and the 88.9 KETR Stage.
Friday, the Texas A&M University-Commerce steel band Panimation will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. According to the A&M-Commerce website, the band is comprised of eleven sets of pans, a drumset, hand drums and various accessory instruments.
“Many social organizations, high schools, junior high schools and elementary programs in the northeast Texas and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas bring Panimation to perform for their students.”
The Birthright Blues Project will begin playing on the main stage at 6:30 p.m. The band plays all original music and is named for the community north of Sulphur Springs where they began playing the blues. BBP is made up of Jack Holdsworth of Sulphur Springs on lead guitar and vocals, his wife Elan on bass guitar and Mark Chapman on drums. BBP has played a variety of local shows and their live album can be heard on KETR’s radio show Notably Texan.
Tutu Jones, a jazz musician from Dallas, will entertain the crowd from 8 to 9 p.m. Jones is the son of Dallas-based R&B guitarist Johnny B. Jones and has released numerous solo albums, including a live CD.
Born in north Texas, Austin songwriter Graham Wilkinson will headline the concert from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Wilkinson, who is signed to Township Records, recently released “The Spiritual Accessories EP.”
On Saturday, the music will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Bois d’Arc Dixieland Band. The Dixieland Band has been performing at the Bash since 1996. The band features Kelley Fletcher (trumpet), Jim Deaton (clarinet), Dick Eckstein (trombone), Russell Armstrong (banjo), Ben Scarborough (bass), Dr. Bob Deuell (drums) and Joe Knight (piano).
The Blandelles will take the stage at 1 p.m. The group consists of professionals who play oldies rock n’ roll. The lineup has changed significantly since their foundation in 1985, and currently features Gary Felmet (guitar and vocals), John Harris (lead guitar), Dr. Evan Yeager (bass guitar), Grey Connelly (vocals, keyboard and percussion), Kevin Rainey (drums), Carl Herrod (vocals and keyboard) and John Knagg (tenor saxophone).
Local country music group Outta Hand will take the stage at 2:30 p.m. Outta Hand performed at the Texas Song Fest held in downtown Commerce in late April. Shaun Michaels will begin at 4 p.m. Michaels, a native Texan, has performed in Europe and Canada as well as throughout the United States.
The Cross Trails Band will play from 6 to 7 p.m., with the Samuel Davidson Project from Austin taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Davidson released his debut album Beauty in Entropy on Nov. 11, 2011.
Backseat Molly will headline, beginning at 9:30 and running until 11 p.m. The country music outfit from Palestine is currently in the middle of a Texas concert tour.
From noon to approximately 6 p.m., local artists will play short acoustic sets near the 88.9 KETR booth, according to Notably Texan host and KETR Production Director Matt Meinke. While the list of artists is not available yet, Meinke did mention that Randy Wallace and Clyde the singing dog will perform one of the sets.
“We’re going to provide some small, acoustic performances in between sets on the main stage to provide continuous live entertainment,” he said.
The KETR booth will be set up directly to the right of the main stage.