Photo Jackie Brunk
The sounds of old-style country music could be heard coming from the Tomball Historic Depot Plaza March 24 as the city debuted the Honky Tonk Music Festival to a crowd of intrigued listeners.
Local favorites Jeff Woolsey & the Dancehall Kings kicked the festival off, followed by Miss Leslie & the Juke-Jointers. Both groups delivered on the promise of traditional golden-era country music. Country Jim & the Country All-Stars came on after that and the headliners, The Bama Band, provided their time-honored style of country music to finish things off. K-Star Country radio broadcasted live from the event.
Tents were set up around the festival grounds to help folks stay cool during what was otherwise a brilliant sunny day. Kids who stopped by soon found themselves splashing around in the Depot’s fountain sprinklers while their parents danced to a dynamic mix of slow-paced and upbeat country songs.
Cisco’s Salsa Company was on site providing food and beverages, as were some of Tomball’s other well-known eateries, The Original Rib Tickler and The Magnolia Tree House of Tea. People also took advantage of the festival to check out Nonnie’s Soda Fountain, which recently opened up at the Depot Plaza and enjoyed one of its busiest days since doing so.
The Honky Tonk festival was the first of four new events the city plans to debut this spring. Art Walk, Tomball! is planned for April 21 and is the next one on the list. The Rails & Tails Mudbug festival will be held May 5 and 6, and the Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge is set for May 26.