This year’s Friday the 13th was rocking, but thankfully Jason Voorhees failed to make an appearance — though the huge crowd at Cedar Park Center would likely have fought back a bit more than the cast of the dozen or so film, television and cartoon take-offs featuring the notorious slasher.
Why? Because it’s just difficult to imagine a few thousand country music fans leaving their post before the Josh Abbott Band finished its set at the KOKE-FM Texas Country Kickoff on Friday night, February 13, 2015.
More likely, Jason Vorhees would have gotten a few dozen Ariat sandwiches to go with a Texas-sized whipping, because no one was pulling those country music fans away before they got their fill of Texas red-dirt country, Friday the 13th or not.
Fort Worth native Hudson Moore may just be 22 years old, but Moore already has a headlining gig at the world-famous Billy Bob’s Texas under his belt. He’s also notched performances at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by By Southwest. Performing his debut single “Fireworks” to a welcoming crowd Friday night, Moore made it clear that he is a performer to watch.
Bri Bagwell performed songs from her self-title EP, including two songs radio singles that have continued to attract new audiences for the self-managed independent artist.
Austin-area native Kyle Park attended Leander High School, which only enhanced his popularity locally heading into his performance at Cedar Park Center — which is just 3 miles from the Leander High School campus.
Park put on a rousing show, frequently stepping over to jam with lead guitarist Kris Farrow and bringing thousands to their feet in the process.
Texas native Stoney LaRue may live in Oklahoma now, but his music is more popular than ever in Texas. Keeping the fans on their feet, LaRue played songs from a career spanning more than a decade, including hits from his most recent releases “Velvet” and “Aviator.”
Capping off a night of outstanding music and energetic performances, Josh and band left little doubt of their place among the top performers in Texas country music today.
The Josh Abbott Band will also headline the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival in Tyler, Texas on May 2, with Stoney LaRue and Kyle Park among the supporting cast.