OCT 4-5-6, 2019
MusicFest 2019 takes place at the Indian Spring Park Amphitheater, between the Waco Suspension Bridge and Franklin Avenue. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and make yourself comfortable!
Friday, 5 October
Educational outreach performances in schools
Evening Performances Indian Spring Bowl
Saturday, 6 October
2:30 pm All That Jazz Academy of Dance
3:00 pm Joys School of Dance
3:30 pm Expressions – Jenni Holley
6:30 pm Waco Community Choir
7:00 pm Smooth Jazz Generation Jazz
Sunday, 7 October
1:30 pm Mariachi Azteca
3:00 pm Classy Ballou and The Family Band
The Peterson Brothers, proud to be Texas Touring Artist on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.The Texas Touring Arts Program is designed to ensure that all Texans have the ability to enjoy performances by outstanding Texas-based companies and artists in their own communities. The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) provides grants to help with the costs of bringing in artists for performances.
The Peterson Brothers
combine youthful energy and modern influences with soul, funk, blues & jazz to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature jam-band style improvisation. Led by Glenn Jr., 21 and Alex, 19, the Peterson Brothers have toured throughout the United States, and had the opportunity to play with and open for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King and other musical greats. They have also played festivals throughout the U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, King Biscuit Festival, Old Settler’s Music Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival Lancaster Blues & Roots, Allentown Blues, Brews & Barbecue, and many more.
Demetrius “D-Soul” Davis
Hailing from Waco, Texas, Demetrius Davis started his musical career at 8 years old when he took to the stage singing in a school play. He knew at that very moment, that music was his passion. This part-time fitness coach and full time musician gained his phenomenal showmanship and, most importantly, vocal training from touring the U.S. singing gospel music with his talented family and time spent in valuable church vocal workshops.
Demetrius has been influenced by the timeless greats from the likes of James Brown and Frank Sinatra to Otis Redding and Michael Jackson. He was also influenced by his talented and beloved father, brother, and grandmother. He has a vast quantity of experience as a vocalist with bands: MatchMaker, Taboo, All U Need, Hotsauce, and his own project, D-Soul Davis Ft. Art Of Soul.
Some of his most well-known musical accomplishments include.. April 6th being recognized in Austin Tx, as “D-Soul Davis Day”. Being an American Idol Top 100 Finalist in 2003. A 2016 SXSW artist Headliner, and an opening act for the AUMF from which he opened up for Maze. He has thrived in the industry and has had the honor of singing alongside Jamie Foxx, Paul Wall, Steve Miller, Ray Benson, Raheem DeVaughn, Gary Jenkins of “Silk”, The Gatlin Brothers, Huey Lewis and The News, Tony Orlando, Alexander O’Neal, Dougie Fresh, Frankie Beverley, and the gospel legend V. Michael Mckay.
Demetrius lives to bring joy to people through the power of music. His favorite moment while performing is looking out at his audience and seeing them having a great time. When he’s not performing, Demetrius works tirelessly towards his goals of operating his own business and becoming a motivational leader and speaker.
Classie Ballou & The Family Band
made his recording debut as the guitarist on Boozoo Chavis’ first single, “Paper In My Shoe,” the record that literally put zydeco music on the map. Boozoo aside, this strange clashing of musical sensibilities marked the beginning of a wild career for Classie’s band the Tempo Kings, already renowned in Lake Charles for their storming version of Gatemouth Brown’s “Okie Dokie Stomp.” They proceeded to lay down some equally impressive originals for Excello and Goldband, blowing away listeners with their patented Creole/Afro/Latin rhythms on weird guitar instrumentals like “Crazy Mambo,” “Confusion,” and “Hey! Pardner!,” and awesome swamp blues like “D-I-R-T-Y D-E-A-L” and “Dream Love.”After giving Cookie Thierry (of Cookie & the Cupcakes) and Carol Fran their starts, Classie led the bands of Big Joe Turner and Rosco Gordon, playing guitar on Rosco’s well known Vee-Jay hit “Just a Little Bit.”Ballou’s live shows are the kind of take no prisoners affairs where-unlike so many of his contemporaries–he’s guaranteed to play ’em all, throwing in his amazing versions of “Jambalaya”, “Mathilda,” “Guitar Rhumbo,” “Honky Tonk” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” Classie’s family band features son Cedric (bass), grandson Cedryl (drums, accordion) and daughter CeChaun (sax, guitar and drums), all of whom have been taught to play by the master, resulting in an old school musical approach crossed with a youthful exuberance that belies the era they grew up in. Thus, when they tackle one of Classie’s old numbers, it sounds exactly like the original record; likewise, if you hear ’em do “Tutti Frutti” it’ll be injected with every subtle nuance that’s been lost by everyone else in the last forty years. Simply put, Ballou and his wrecking crew are one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands you’ll EVER see, end of the story.