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Music Fest will fill park with tunes, food, fun

Music Fest will fill park with tunes, food, fun
Enjoy rhythm and blues and classic rock by “The Court Jesters” a band of San Antonio-area attorneys ...during La Vernia Music Fest April 11 in the La Vernia City Park.

If it’s not already on your calendar, add it now: The La Vernia Music Fest, sponsored by the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts, is coming Saturday, April 11, in the La Vernia City Park.

Take your lawn chairs or blankets, pack up the kids, to enjoy a great afternoon and evening of music, art, food, and fun. Dance to the music of “Unit 57,” Brent Watkins and “South Texas Jazz,” and “The Court Jesters.” If you work up an appetite with all that toe-tapping and foot-stomping, gourmet food trucks Chocollazo, Lagniappe Today, and Caliente Grill, will help keep your energy levels up!

Local band “Unit 57” will kick off festivities from 3-5 p.m. On lead guitar and lead vocals is La Vernia Independent School District music teacher Manny Santos, joined by Jim Moderow on guitar, keyboards, and backup vocals, drummer Ray Valle, and bass guitarist Marty Buchaus. This crowd-pleasing band produces some great rock music. They said the band’s name comes from where they practice in “Unit 57” at Pak Rat storage just outside La Vernia.

Brent Watkins and South Texas Jazz will smooth the event into the early evening, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dr. Brent “Doc” Watkins is a San Antonio-based pianist, organist, and bandleader. He leads multiple groups, from a Hammond organ trio to an 18-piece big band. In January 2014, the Oregon native and his trio performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall to a full and enthusiastic house.

“Doc” will perform with the five-piece “South Texas Jazz” and he will be bringing his organ! When have you ever seen that in the La Vernia City Park?

Dance into the night from 8-10 p.m. with “The Court Jesters,” San Antonio’s band of lawyers, Doug Walsdorf, Bobby Trevino, Shawn Smith, Brett Rowe, Dave Parent, Frank Menchaca, Sol Casseb, Joe Casseb, Steve Barrera, and Ruben Barrera perform old-school rhythm and blues and classic rock from the ’50s to the mid-’80s

These 10 musicians love to make music! The common thread, other than music, binding the members of this horn-driven rock band is that most are local attorneys. These lawyers stop arguing and take the stage to play some of the best music in the San Antonio area!

The La Vernia Foundation for the Arts is bringing back “The Crazy Artist,” George Draghici. He’ll paint during each band performance, producing three original artworks that will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts.

Local artists Martha Lenz, Cherryl Pritts, Roger Betschler, Prudy Kinsel, and Shelley Henderson will demonstrate, display, and sell art.

Members of the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts say it’s been a privilege to seek high-quality entertainment and artists for this third La Vernia MusicFest,

“It is our hope that the La Vernia and surrounding community will respond with great attendance to this event which features such high caliber musicians and fine art,” Terrie Leonard said. “In this ever-growing technological age, live music and fine art is being replaced with digital media, and we would like to see this culture flourish once again.”

The foundation hopes Music Fest will be but one of many events and spur growth of the arts in and around La Vernia.

Terrie said, “We also have a vision of seeing art flourish throughout La Vernia, such as art galleries, art leagues, and artistic design throughout the town. é In addition to hard work, we need support from the community to make that happen.”

They thank the community and the event’s sponsors for their support, and the foundation’s board members look forward to seeing everyone April 11 in the city park.

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