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Canadian River Music Festival to feature top Texas, Americana acts
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William Clark Green will headline Canadian River Music Festival.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The northeast Panhandle town of Canadian is expecting a major population boom this weekend.

The eighth-annual Canadian River Music Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Pavilion, 1101 N. Sixth St. in Canadian.

"Our first-year crowd was 1,500, and now we're pushing 3,000," said co-chair Kate Estrada. "Not a lot of small towns can double their population with a music festival."

Booking some of the top Americana and country acts helps. This year's lineup includes:

"We try to have something for everybody," Estrada said. "We try to get what's popular and also try to do a little different something."

That includes red-hot Americana / Texas stars like Boland and Green, rising stars like Lubbock's Flatland Cavalry, esteemed singer-songwriters Baird and Shahan and '90s Nashville stars Blackhawk, as well as Canadian-area acts Hillbilly Stu and Cody Sparks.

"I'm excited about everyone," Estrada said. "I'm super excited about Red Shahan. He's a singer-songwriter who's just got the kind of sound I like. ... And it's really cool that Blackhawk is going to be here because I grew up listening to them."

Parking is available on the grounds; enter the area from Texas Highways 60/83. The festival will go on rain or shine except in the case of particularly extreme weather. BYOB alcohol is allowed in plastic bottles; no glass containers are allowed. Food will be on sale at the event.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate.



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.