April's must-attend concerts, shows, and festivals.
Observe Lady Bird Johnson’s centennial birthday year by attending the thirtieth annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas,” a town noted for its abundance of the indigo wildflower that was cherished by the first lady.
Downtown, April 12-14, bluebonnetfestival.org
Texas troubadour Hayes Carll is winning fans faster than he can book shows, as evidenced by an advance sellout of all four nights of his February residency at a small Austin club, where he workshopped new songs he will likely perform at a two-night stand at the historic Kessler.
Kessler Theater, April 4 & 5, hayescarll.com
Eat Their Dust
The best way to experience the Big Bend Open Road Race, a round-trip on U.S. 285 between Fort Stockton and Sanderson, is to sign up to be among the almost one hundred volunteer course workers who will have exhaust-pipe-level views of the cars going 200 mph.
Various locations, April 24–27, bborr.com
The world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes, whose motto is “Beauty knows no pain,” have reason to kick their toes to seemingly impossible heights at this year’s Revels variety show: it honors the ninetieth birthday of former director Deana Bolton-Covin.
Kilgore College, April 10–13, rangerette.com
The story goes that chicken-fried steak was invented in Lamesa a century ago when someone at Ethel’s Home Cooking mistakenly combined two separate orders, but even if that isn’t true, the legend lives on at the Chicken-Fried Steak Festival.
Forrest Park, April 26–28, ci.lamesa.tx.us