The city of Friendswood will be celebrating Texas Independence Day in a big way this weekend.

The second annual Texas Music Fest will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Captain’s Corner Shopping Center, corner of FM 2351 and FM 518, in Friendswood.

“We encourage everyone to come to downtown Friendswood for a great music event,” said Brett Banfield, president of the Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association. “This is a great opportunity to kick back, enjoy some great music and have a great time.”

The event will feature food, vendors, exhibits and live entertainment from country music artists Cory Morrow, Josh Ward, Two Tons of Steel and The Junior Gordon Band.

As the event headliner, Morrow will be on familiar turf in that he was born in Houston and started playing guitar at Memorial High School. Morrow is considered part of the Red Dirt music scene that differentiates itself from the popular Nashville music scene. Morrow has sold over 200,000 albums independently. Since 1997, Morrow has released 15 albums.

“I think there has always been a thread of spirituality in everything I’ve done — I’ve always been searching for something more,” Morrow said. “But in the last five or six years, I’ve started to actually find it. And in the last three or four years, I’ve begun to come into really deep contact with it — to walk in it.”

Ward, who is a Houston native, was named the Texas Regional Radio New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013. In 2016, Ward won the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Song of the Year for “Whiskey & Whitley.” He has produced three albums with the latest one, “Holding me Together,” which has three No. 1 singles with “Highway,” “Whiskey & Whitley” and “Somewhere Between Right & Wrong.”

Tickets are $10 per person (ages 12 and younger are free); and VIP tickets also are available for $125.

General admission guests are encouraged to take lawn chairs and/or blankets, but no tents, large umbrellas or canopies are allowed. Parking for general admission guests will be at New Hope Church and United Methodist Church, both across the street from the festival site.

Hosted by the Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association, the mission of this event is to support the vision of Downtown Friendswood by enhancing the economic vitality, promotion, marketing, fostering of partnerships and acting as the lead advocate for Downtown Friendswood.

All proceeds from the event will go into the revitalization of the downtown area.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Great Outdoors Landscape and Garden Show

Get ready to celebrate spring’s arrival at the Great Outdoors Landscape and Garden Show!

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., in Kemah.

Guests are invited to visit with local vendors and peruse truly beautifully designed exhibits. The Landscape and Garden Show is also a great opportunity to grow your knowledge of gardening and learn some new tricks of the trade.

For information, visit or call 281-535-8100.

‘In the Mood’ at The Grand

Make sure you get your tickets to “In the Mood,” which celebrates America’s greatest generation through the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and others of the 1940s.

“In the Mood” will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

The musical revue features a company of 19 on stage, the 13-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the “In the Mood” singers and dancers including some high-flying swing dancers.

For tickets and information, visit or call 800-821-1864.

‘Barefoot in the Park’

Also at The Grand this weekend, the Montana Repertory Theatre will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with the presentation of the Neil Simon comedy, “Barefoot in the Park,” at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

Tickets may be purchased at The Grand’s Box Office, or by calling 800-821-1894 or online at

Contact Community News Editor Angela Wilson, or 409-683-5239.​

Community News Editor

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