“It’s been great to work on, and I think the reason it’s been successful is because the committee really does the groundwork in conjunction with the chamber,” said Keith Arnold, the new executive director at Beeville’s Chamber of Commerce.
He said, “Most importantly, it’s top level entertainment on the Tejano side and the Texas Country side. And there’s fresh faces there, too.
“Pat Green and Cory Morrow are strong in that world of entertainment. Siggno always draws well here and is a powerful Tejano group, and Ricky Naranjo, who’s basically from the area around Corpus Christi, is a great name, too.
“The centerpiece to this whole thing is top quality entertainment. There will be adult beverages, and there will be food concessions there.
“But this year, it’s really focused on the music.”
Gates to the Expo Center open at 7 p.m. each night for those wanting to arrive a bit early.
Tejano band Siggno, headlining Friday, Aug. 8, has been around for quite some time. They were founded in 2000 and have since exploded all over the Latin regions of the world.
Their smooth, sincere love ballads have caused girls to swoon for years, and their upbeat dance tracks have been shuffling boots for just as long.
Texas Country staple Pat Green, who will headline country night Saturday, Aug. 9, has made his mark all over the world with his music and is friends with the greats like Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney.
But a few local favorites will be joining them on stage as well this year.
“It’s also great to have two local groups performing each night with Luna y Sol Mariachi (Friday)and also the Dave Rukkus Band (Saturday),” Arnold said.
And with Summerfest growing bigger and better every year, what’s there to look forward to as the fest heads into the future?
Some question whether the community can sustainably run a Summerfest and a Winterfest, and maybe have different kinds of emphasis on each of them.
Arnold said, “There’s been discussions about looking for a classic rock or oldies rock kind of thing here, too. There may be a Winterfest down the road. Winterfest 2014 doesn’t exist as we know it at this moment, but when all the committee and all the volunteers and all the people that are helping have recovered from Summerfest, we’ll start having discussions about that, too.”
And the committee is always looking to make the event easier for people to come out and enjoy. For the first time tickets will be available online at experiencebeecounty.org, and credit and debit cards will be accepted at the door as well.
“(The) Committee is always looking for ways to improve it. Certainly, there’s no question that the committee would like to see more family-oriented things tied in to it as well,” he added.
And the Chamber of Commerce is also looking for ways to help out local businesses and bring people from out of town to enjoy a weekend of great music.
They have partnered with La Quinta Inn to offer discounts on rooms for the weekend for anyone wishing to come and stay for a few days.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5207 or at Paul@stxscene.com.