By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS — Two rising Texas country music artists will perform off the courthouse steps tonight followed by two more locally known bands Saturday during the Spring Ho festival.
"We are going to put on a concert that we have played and we have practiced and that we have prepared for Lampasas," said Granger Smith, the headliner of tonight's show in downtown Lampasas. "We like to think that people will kick back and enjoy something that ... is based on their town."
Smith has been playing the Texas music scene since 2004 and has released hits such as "Don't Listen to the Radio," "Gyspy Rain," "Color Blind," "Superstition 17" and "I Am Wearing Black."
He has scheduled a 90-minute set for tonight's show.
"If I could create the perfect scenario (for a performance), it is this Friday in Lampasas," said Smith about being able to play in front of the historic courthouse with an open air venue surrounded by fans.
Opening for Smith is Brian Keane.
"We are very excited about it," said Keane of his band's first Spring Ho performance. "We have been hoping to get to play it for a couple of years now, and it is a real honor to be there."
Singles from Keane that area residents may recognize include "I will Sing about Mine" and "Living is Killing Me."
The street dances are a long-standing tradition of Lampasas and Spring Ho, said Jody Cummings, chairman of this year's festival. They are geared for families to enjoy.
"It is a really a unique place to come to hear some really unique music and do some dancing if you want to," said Cummings.
Both Keane and Smith said their music is geared to both types of crowds — listeners and dancers.
"The last show we played, the owner said, 'You kept them dancing all night,'" said Smith. "I like when people are listening and enjoying the concert, and I like it when people are dancing."
Tonight's show is hosted by the Spring Ho committee, but Saturday's show is the Kiwanis club's way of giving back a little bit — the Jarrett Schaub Band will perform with Zach Huckabee.
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If you go
What: Spring Ho street dances
Who and when: Brian Keane and the Granger Smith Band, 9 p.m. to midnight today; Zach Huckabee and the Jarrett Schaub Band, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Where: Downtown Lampasas.
Event is BYOB, but no glass bottles.