Monday, 04 June 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Make plans now to attend the biggest, coolest, hottest party of the summer – the 17th Annual Margarita & Salsa Festival, presented by Top Dollar Pawn Superstores, to be held Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Extraco Events Center. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation and the Scholarship Program at the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo.
The entertainment line-up for the concert will be Billy Currington, Randy Rogers Band and the Josh Abbott Band.
Billy Currington has an impressive ten Top 10 hits, with six of those hitting No. 1 – "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer," "That's How Country Boys Roll," "People Are Crazy," "Don't," "Must Be Doing Somethin' Right" and "Good Directions." He's sold millions of albums and has had multiple nominations that include two 2010 Grammy nominations (Male County Vocal Performance and Best Country Song) for "People Are Crazy," which also received nominations for Single and Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, as well as Single, Song and Video of the Year from the Country Music Association.
The Randy Rogers Band is a dynamic live act centered around songs that fit the rowdy, party vibe of the concert circuit. That's particularly true in the new album, The Randy Rogers Band, in which a dozen persuasive tracks give the listener plenty of reasons to like their music. Randy Rogers Band's last project debuted as the most downloaded country album on iTunes. Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley all picked them as opening acts for their concerts.
The Josh Abbott Band favors a style of country music that owes as much to the band's native Texas as the genre's Nashville headquarters. One of the group's first songs, "Taste," became a hit on local radio prompting Abbott to record their debut album "Scapegoat" on their own label. In 2010 they recorded "She's Like Texas" which debuted at No. 59 on the Hot Country Songs chart earning some buzz outside of the Lone Star State and prompting the band to tour the country. A new album titled "Touch" arrive in 2012. They cite Southern rock, Western swing, commercial country and raw honky-tonk music as components of their sound.
VIP tickets are on sale now and include table seating for 10 people for $1500 per table or $150 per seat. Each VIP ticket includes admission into the covered VIP area, free parking, dinner catered by George's, beverages, a goodie bag and air-conditioned restrooms.
Tickets for the new Salsaritaville area are $75 each and include gate admission, entry into the Salsaritaville tent with bar tables, a seating area, fans, private portable restrooms, bar snacks, party trays and a full cash bar. It will be located to the left side of the stage and will have some elevated seating.
VIP tickets, Salsaritaville tickets and sponsorships are available now at the Extraco Events Center Ticket Office by calling 254-776-1660.