COPPERAS COVE — The Texas Music Jam lets professionals strum their strings but also makes room for local high schoolers to take the stage Saturday at the Copperas Cove Civic Center.
In its fourth year, the Texas Music Jam has always featured popular bands in the Texas music scene, said Jack Welch, with Citizens Helping Americans Matures Progress and Succeed, which organizes the festival.
This year’s lineup includes Pat Waters and the Chain Link Band and headliners Micky and Motorcars.
“We have been playing that pretty raw Texas rock country since we have been here for the last 12 years,” said Micky Braun, lead singer of Micky and the Motorcars.
Welch said CHAMPS selected Micky and the Motorcars because the band had several hits on the Texas music charts and great songs.
Braun said the band is excited to play this weekend and hopes to bring some energy to the audience.
“We put on a pretty high-energy show, and it is more high energy if the crowd is high energy,” he said. “My favorite part is watching the crowds enjoy themselves, and it makes our jobs a lot easier and more fun.”
The band will play tracks from its seven albums along with a few covers. Some of the band’s singles include: “Carolina Morning,” “Lost and Found,” “Careless,” “Long Enough to Leave,” and “How Far I’ll Go.”
The professional performers share the spotlight with local high school artists as they take the stage starting at 10 a.m. for the CHAMPS Idol Search.
“(CHAMPS Idol) was really popular last year,” Welch said. “The kids love it.”
There are few opportunities for students to showcase their talent like this any more, Welch said. Schools used to host battle of the bands, but those types of competition are mostly gone now.
There were tryouts before Saturday’s Idol show and more than 30 students were selected to participate, Welch said.
Since Texas Music Jam shares City Park with Rabbit Fest, the audience should be bigger this year, Welch said.
Festivals like these are good breaks for bands that generally play venues in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Braun said.
“It generates a really nice atmosphere for everyone,” he said. “It is something that is fun for the community.”