Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the Buck Owens Memorial Birthday Bash in Austin and wine tasting in Irving to singing along with Steve Nicks to “Rhiannon.” Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Aug 12–Aug 19]
The Buck Starts Here
“If there ever is a Mount Rushmore of country music, Buck Owens should be included,” said Casper Rawls, organizer of the Buck Owens Memorial Birthday Bash, celebrating its twentieth year. “He was one of the first to feature drums on a country recording and twin Fender Telecasters cranked up loud … I mean loud.” Rawls is one of more than forty musicians from around the country who will pay homage to the Texas-born pioneer of “The Bakersfield Sound,” the hybrid of country and rock and roll that Owens and Merle Haggard created in Southern California in response to Nashville’s countrypolitan recordings. Some performers at the bash will wear glittery suits, a