GALVESTON — When The Line-Up, a local three-piece band, hits the main Mardi Gras stage Saturday, it is likely to be the largest crowd they’ve ever seen. 

The group already played to one of its largest audiences ever last Saturday on the Budweiser Stage at Saengerfest Park during the first weekend of Mardi Gras, said Willy Gonzalez, the drummer for the band and founding member of the group. 

When they hit the stage at Saengerfest Park, 23rd Street and Strand Street, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Gonzalez said he expects even more people in the crowd. 

The group got its start in the late 1980s, Gonzalez said. 

Stacy Cook, on bass and vocals, has been in the band for 17 years, while Jeff Pennington, on guitar and vocals, for the past seven years, Gonzalez said. 

The three-piece band can cover everything from Latin songs to 1980s hits to rock, country or anything else they feel like playing, he said. 

“Describing our music is a little like taking the radio dial and setting it to seek,” Gonzalez said. 

With their combination of heavy guitar and a locked-in rhythm section, Gonzalez said he hopes to get the Mardi Gras crowd dancing and singing along tomorrow. 

“Crowds like this remind us why we put in so many hours behind your instrument growing up,” he said. 


At a Glance 

Live music on the Mardi Gras main stage 


Budweiser Stage



5 to 6:15 p.m. Brandon McDermott Band 

6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Handsome as Sin 

10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Samo Sound Boy Tory Lanez

11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Clockwork 



Noon to 1:30 p.m. Bare Necessity 

2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Orge

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Line Up 

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Honeybrowne

10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sprung



Noon to 1 p.m. Endless Summer

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 6 to Midnight 

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or 

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