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Plano — The three sponsors of this year’s Texas Music Revolution met with media Thursday morning, (Jan. 5, 2017) where they announced the 2017 line-up. If the press conference is any indication of just how spectacular Toyota TMR will be, festival-goers are in for the most spectacular two-day festival ever in TMR history.
Representatives of KHYI, the city of Plano, and Toyota pulled a black drape off the reader board to show that it will be Kacey Musgraves and Keifer Sutherland who are headlining the two-day concert. Others announced Thursday to be playing the March 24-25 event are (in no particular line-up order): Josh Ritter, Zane Williams, Castro The Band, The Os, Red Shahan, Paul Cauthen, Kevin Deal, Austin Cunningham, 1100 Springs, Tejas Brothers, Max Stalling, Vandoliers, The Birddogs, and The Buffalo Ruckus.
The press conference was an event within itself. Catered by Love & War in Texas with their special brand of Texas cuisine, attendees were also treated to an introductory Zane Williams song via video. Williams’ fans know one of his fun sides is taking words provided and crafting a song around them. He had been provided with the line-up names and wrote a ditty incorporating those names.
Then, following that, and following some introductory remarks by Toyota’s Steve Curtis, KHYI’s Joshua Jones, and Plano’s Mayor Pro Tem Ben Harris, the men gathered on bot sides of a black-draped reader board. Together, they removed the drape and unveiled the musicians’ names surrounding the festival logo.
Jones’ comments included a bit of Texas Music Revolution history — this is the second year that Toyota as been involved as a sponsor — and then introduced his wife, their triplets, and the newest member of their family, born only short weeks ago. He added that TMR is very much like another baby of his, having grown (loosely paraphrased) from infancy to the more mature adult it is today.
But, the conference wasn’t over yet. On those video screens, Kacey Musgraves and Keifer Sutherland both spoke of their enthusiasm about playing Toyota TMR 21; then, Jones introduced one of the bands which will be playing — the Dallas family trio called Castro the Band. Purely acoustic in the truest sense of the word, siblings Jason, Jackie, and Michael Castro provided two songs that 100% showed off their style and impeccable, right-on harmonies.
Toyota Texas Music Revolution will be Friday-Saturday, March 24-25, at Plano’s Oak Point Park’s two stage areas, in Plano. Tickets are available at KHYI.com.