By Mason W. Canales
The Cove Herald
LAMPASAS — It's a block party in downtown that lets your dance or relax to some country music right off the courthouse steps two nights in a row.
Spring Ho festival brings two of the biggest concerts Lampasas County will see all year long as part of its annual festival, said Jody Cummings, the event's chairman.
The shows, which take place on the courthouse bandstand, are Friday and Saturday, and this year will feature Brain Keane opening for Granger Smith Band from 9 p.m. to midnight July 13 and Jarrett Schaub Band with Zach Huckabee from 8 a.m. midnight July 14.
"We don't get a lot of concerts out here in Lampasas and our Spring Ho and street dances are a big deal," said Lisa Dibble, a financial officer for the event this year. She said the Friday show is hosted by the Spring Ho committee while the Saturday night show is offered on behalf of the Lampasas Kiwanis Club.
Every year the Spring Ho committee erects a dance floor in front of the bandstand and closes off the square so attendees can enjoy up-and-coming Texas country artist either on their feet or just in their own lawn chairs.
"These two artist put on a traditional show and play Texas country music, as it is starting to be known," said Cummings, adding that both the Friday night bands will be full of energy and excited to play for the Lampasas crowd.
It won't be Keane's first time to play a gig in Lampasas, but it will be his first time to take on the Spring Ho festival, and he is eager to get on stage, he said.
"We are very excited about it," said Keane. "We have been hoping to get to play it for a couple of years now, and it is a real honor to get be there."
While the band hasn't played a lot of festivals this year, members are a geared toward every type of venue and are hoping to bring some original music that Keane knows Texans like to hear, he said.
"I love when everyone is dancing," said Keane. "We like to have a rockin' show that people can enjoy, and later on when they go home we hope they really get into the lyrics."
Keane said he isn't only looking forward to playing but also to seeing Granger Smith perform, adding that the featured band puts on a great concert.
In previous years, the street dances have been successful and attracted many people from high school reunions that are in town at the same time as the festival, said Dibble.
An estimated 4,000 people attended the shows last year and enjoyed the open air venue by either bringing their own chairs or coming to dance, said Dibble and Cummings.
For Cummings, the shows is almost a ritual. He started attending them when he was a child and started working them as a police officer, he said. He is finally glad he will get to experience them as a committee member.
"It is a really unique place to come to hear some really unique music and do some dancing if you want to," said Cummings.
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If you go
What: Spring Ho street dances featuring Brian Keane, Granger Smith Band, Zach Huckabee and Jarrett Schaub Band
When: 9 to midnight July 13 and 8 p.m. to midnight July 14
Where: Downtown Lampasas
Event is BYOB, but no glass bottles.