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Dale Watson Brings Texas Dance Hall Sound to Fredericksburg on June 28
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 • Posted June 25, 2008

Dale Watson and Jesse Dayton will recreate that great Texas Dance Hall sound at the next Roots Music concert at the Pioneer Museum on Saturday, June 28 in Fredericksburg.

Dale Watson has been heralded as one of “country music’s last authentic voices,” but he prefers to be called “Ameripolitan.” Watson created the word and defines it as “original music with prominent roots influence.” For fans, that means they will hear echoes of the great traditional western swing, but infused with deep feeling and a fresh energy like nothing they’ve heard before.

Jesse Dayton kicks off the evening with his five-piece band playing two hours of “turbo country.” Dayton has played guitar for Ray Price, and now heads his own band. His live show blends blues, Cajun, punk, rockabilly, and country.

Dayton plays from 6 to 8 p.m. Dale Watson, one of the last authentic country music voices, and his band finish out the evening from 8:20 until 10 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with the concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Dayton plays from 6 to 8 p.m., and Watson follows until 10 p.m.

Admission is $10, with tickets sold at the gate. Visitors can receive a $2 discount by printing out the web page at Students age 17 and younger are free.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests can go through a buffet featuring meatloaf with tomato gravy, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole, all for $7. Dessert is lemon cake for $2.25. Guests can also enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.

The Pioneer Museum is located at 309 West Main Street in Fredericksburg. Guests can bring lawn chairs or use folding chairs that are provided.

This is the 7th season of the successful Roots Music series, a set of live, open-air concerts featuring emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Upcoming 2008 concerts are July 26, Newgrass & Mountain featuring the South Austin Jug Band; August 16, Western Swing featuring Billy Mata; and September 27, Celtic & New World with the Blaggards.

Proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society. More information is available by calling 830-997-2835, or by visiting

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