This is just one of the many reasons I am excited to attend this year’s Texas International Pop Festival — an event that celebrates the pop fest of 1969. You read that right: the same year that droves of music fans flocked to New York for the infamous Woodstock, 120,000 fans descended on Lewisville to enjoy live acts in pop, rock and blues.
WHEN & WHERE
Texas International Pop Festival: 50 Years Later takes place Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 at Lake Park Golf Course. Right now, tickets are $30 per day (or $50 for the whole weekend)— and the lineup is worth the price of admission. Performers like Dallas luminary Sarah Jaffe, ZZ Top and Chicago will take the stage at a fest once headlined by legends like Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Sly & the Family Stone.
MORE THAN MUSIC
Pictures from that original fest will line the walls of the MCL Grand, giving you a backstage pass to the ‘69 show in between the showstopping ‘19 performances. Furthermore, if you’re of the camping persuasion, several campgrounds near the golf course make this fertile ground (terrible pun intended) for a weekend getaway filled with the tunes from musicians and Mother Nature.
I’m more of a glamping guy (meaning I’m terrified of bugs, the woods, and everything camping represents), but making a weekend out of the Texas International Pop fest sounds appealing. As I’ve already established, Lewisville is a town filled with charms and chums eager to offer that classic Texas hospitality and show you a good time.
As for the fest? Well, I’ll have a partner in crime. Shortly after asking my father about 1969, I told him about the lineup for this year’s event. “Chicago?!” he exclaimed. “Where do I get tickets?”