Festival on the Square headliner announced | Arts & Culture
From the City of Tyler:
Cody Canada and the Departed will headline the 26th annual Festival on the Square concert Oct. 12 in downtown Tyler, it was announced at a press conference Thursday.
“We are very pleased to bring entertainers of this caliber to one of Tyler’s best-loved musical events,” said City of Tyler Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. Festival on the Square is a major fundraiser for the Main Street department, which has the mission of supporting the revitalization of downtown Tyler.
The band’s website describes the group’s formation: “Canada was front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed for fifteen years, where he tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart. They sold over a million albums and played to sell-out crowds, bringing the term “Red Dirt” to the nation. When Cross Canadian Ragweed decided to part ways, Cody resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music that were formative. The Departed’s first priority was getting into the studio and cutting the Oklahoma tribute album that Cody had wanted to do for years.
“And so a seamless transition was made, Cody Canada and his long time Ragweed band mate, Jeremy Plato on bass and vocals; along with Seth James on guitar and vocals (Seth James Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard), Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys (Live Oak Decline, Stoney LaRue and the Arsenals, Medicine Show) and Chris Doege on drums (Seth James Band, Nashville touring acts). The band members have known each other for years, and they know each other’s musicianship. They are excited to be playing together, stoked about the new beginning that their first studio album of original material provides.”
Festival on the Square is set for Saturday, Oct. 12. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and music will continue through midnight. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Links to online ticket sales and local sales locations will be on the Festival website, www.FestivalontheSquare.com.
Those interested in more information about Festival on the Square should go to www.FestivalontheSquare.com or call (903) 593-6905.