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  • Saturday, October 01, 2016
    Arts and Music Festival to be held here
    Ten bands on three different stages and a host of other activities will highlight the first Texas Arts and Music Festival in downtown Brenham.
    The three-day festival, which will be held Oct. 14-16, is being billed as a free, family-friendly event. It is being held in conjunction with the Brew Step downtown hosted by Brenham Main Street.

    “Our mission is to bring more art, music and culture to Brenham,” said Jenny Van Dorf, who is founding secretary of the festival organization. “Texas Arts and Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing art education in the form of scholarships and financial support in the schools.
    “The future is bright for this organization, and for the students, educators, and community that benefit from Texas Arts and Music Festival’s efforts to bring more art, music and culture to Brenham.”
    Bands that will be performing are Shiny Ribs Band, Shelia Marshall Band, Julia Hatfield, Steven Marshall Band, Shawnee Kilgore, Choctaw Wildfire, The Blue Grooves, Johnny Cooper, Mike Gallo and Aaron Loesch.
    Venues will include a main stage and also at Home Sweet Farm Biergarten and Brazos Valley Brewery.
    In addition to the music, there will be street artists Tra Slaughter, Empyre, JWalk143, Frost 1, Skeez 181, David Hardaker and Patrick Medrano painting murals on historic buildings downtown on the festival grounds, food trucks and an “art village” featuring works by Brenham artist Alan Gerson; Al Souza, whose work can be seen in the Moody Art Center in Houston; Jane Eifler; Elaine Bradford; Shannon Faseler and Damien Lester; Candi Fite; Ray Hadaway; and John Rodak.
    “We have the support of galleries in Houston and Austin and are so excited to bring an event of this caliber to Brenham,” said Van Dorf.
    The festival will also feature food trucks and craft beers.
    While the festival is free, there will be a limited number of VIP tickets available for Saturday’s activities. Those tickets will include access to a VIP tent with seating, food and drinks, a chance to meet with the bands, and wine tasting and cigars.
    Showing of the movie “Unbranded” will be held at the Simon Theatre on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for that are $10 per person.
    “Unbranded” is an award-winning documentary about four A&M graduates who filmed their journey to relocate 16 mustangs from Mexico to Canada.
    Sponsors include Barking Crows, Brianna’s, Home Sweet Farms, 96 West, Ant Street Inn and Brazos Valley Brewery.
    More information and the schedule of activities is available at

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press