Labor Day weekend 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, more than 100,000 music fans came to Lewisville for the Texas International Pop Festival, at the former Dallas International Motor Speedway and a smaller free stage on the shores of Lewisville Lake. Performers at that three-day music festival included Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Santana, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), and more.
Also, in 1969, Billy F. Gibbons’ psych-rock band fell apart, and he joined forces with Dusty Hill and Frank Beard to form ZZ Top. Fifteen studio albums, 30 million records, and five decades later, ZZ Top is still going strong, playing timeless hits on its 50th anniversary worldwide tour. “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
The City of Lewisville announced Tuesday that ZZ Top and Chicago will be the headline acts for its “Texas Pop Turns 50” two-day concert event, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, at Lewisville Lake Park Golf Club, 6 Lake Park Road.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, May 31, at ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $30 for a single-day pass; $50 for a two-day pass; $125 for a VIP pass, which provides access to both days of the festival, covered seating, catered dinner both days, parking pass, and a commemorative t-shirt. Children 10 and under will get in to the event for free.
Other musical acts scheduled to perform include Grand Funk Railroad, Edgar Winter, The Box Tops, John Mayall, Glen Clark Band, and many more.
To learn more about this event, visit cityoflewisville.com/texaspop50. Also, follow the Texas Pop Turns 50 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites for updates and announcements as the festival draws closer.
Sponsors for the 50th Pop Festival are: City of Lewisville, Budweiser, 100.3 JACK FM, and 98.7 KLUV.
50th Pop Festival Lineup
Saturday, Aug. 31
Shivas Headband (facebook.com/Shivas-Headband-131834606891493/)
Alan Kaye (facebook.com/Alan-Kaye-and-The-Toons-183762251418/)
John Mayall (johnmayall.com)
Edgar Winter (edgarwinter.com)
ZZ Top (zztop.com)
Sunday, Sept. 1
Glen Clark Band (glenclarkmusic.com)
Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights (jonathantylermusic.com)
Sarah Jaffe (facebook.com/sarahJaffeMusic)
Shemekia Copeland (shemekiacopeland.com)
The Box Tops (boxtops.com)
Grand Funk Railroad (grandfunkrailroad.com)