GEEZERFEST is unlike anything else in the southern U.S. and one of the nation’s most loved music fests. Created sometime around 2007, for what Tim Lewelling and “Red" Dvorak jokingly called their once small group of "Geezers," (people over 50 or 60 something years old,) the music fest draws in young and old fans, the top in Texas music and is now the largest in the U.S. of it's kind. Every summer at GEEZERFEST, Geezers, Geezerettes and younger Geezers in training, come from all over the U.S. and even from “across the pond” to attend this event. In addition to Texas, some of those states include Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Utah, Alabama, Ohio, Arizona and Colorado. Some have even made the trip from England. It’s here that we find our mental recharges from the fast-paced cities in these uniquely charming and rustic places of New Braunfels and Gruene, Texas.
Held every third weekend in July, this year’s GEEZERFEST is July 17 through July 19, 2014 at Oma’s Secret Garten in Gruene, Texas. GEEZERFEST is free and open to the public; however, please do not bring ice chests, coolers, or other containers with your own drinks or food. While this event is free and open to the public, GEEZERFEST is at a private establishment, and these folks make their living by selling food and beverages. So, buy your stuff from Oma Gruene. Moreover, don't forget to tip the artists… and the soundman…and buy artist merchandise!
Set in the Texas Hill Country, GEEZERFEST is the event to enjoy some of the top music artists in Texas, absorb the energy and beauty of the Texas Hill Country, free your soul, get centered, let diets be gone and enjoy the bratwurst, sauerkraut, fried potatoes and strudel and dance it off to the top music artists in Texas. Whether 20 something or multiple times 20 something, it’s an honor well earned to be called a Geezer or Geezerette and a name cherished by those who are lucky enough to be adopted into the GEEZERFEST family.
With music as pure as the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, there are so many twists, turns and thrills on these rivers that absolutely match the Texas Music scene’s diversity! Filled with the pride of Texas roots musicians, new and old, enriching our love for Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Swamp and traditional country music, GEEZERFEST is even more – it’s history past and in the making. Call us Geezers and Geezerettes… New Braunfels and Gruene, Texas has always been a place for our restoration from the outside worlThe real destination and the real thrill is in getting back to our center soul of Texas Country Music.
Tim Lewelling explains how it all began: “In a nutshell, ‘GEEZERFEST’ is an annual gathering of a group of music loving friends, who happen to be a little older in age, in the community of Gruene, Texas, that have come to know one another through the world wide web, specifically, Radio Free Texas.
“It can be argued as to when ‘GEEZERFEST’ actually started. In 2007, Scott Morrow and his family, Hector Gonzales and his family, Dustin and Brigette Durham, and me and my family and some other people that I had been making this trip with for many previous years, met in Gruene for the first time. Scott, Hector and I had grown to know one another through Radio Free Texas.
“I had invited one of the best singer/songwriters I know of, Chris Wall, to join us for dinner at the Gristmill Restaurant one evening. Chris brought his guitar and following dinner he came over to my room at The Gruene Mansion Inn and performed for about 20-25 of us. To say the least, it was incredible.” Tim continues, “From that night came ideas that would, to our surprise, grow into something none of us would have dreamed.” Tim continues.
Tim soon after became friends with “Red” Dvorak, who is also a singer/songwriter on Radio Free Texas. In 2008, “Red” became an important part of “GEEZERFEST” because of his involvement and relationship with other artists in the genre of what we refer to as Texas Red Dirt Music. “Red”, among other things, is responsible for scheduling the artists.
Tim Lewelling says, “As luck would have it, Cecil Eager, the owner of Gruene Mansion Inn, introduced me to Tracy Graves, who owns Oma Gruene’s Secret Garten, just next door to Gruene Mansion Inn. Cecil suggested that I talk with Tracy about using a stage she had built at Oma’s. Tracy allowed me to be responsible for providing the entertainment for one night only that year. “Red” lined out some other artists in addition to himself to perform and Tracy was elated at the results.
“Since that day in 2008 we have gone from ONE evening of entertainment to the better part of three days with as many as 20-25 or more singer/songwriters and bands! In addition, Radio Free Texas www.radiofreetexas.org broadcast the entire weekend live on internet radio!”
“It’s been a collaborative effort since those days of origin, to become something we are all extremely proud of. It’s my wish that it lasts for as long as we do! Of course we have “Geezers in Training” to carry on the tradition when we can’t.
I hope you can join us! Long live GEEZERFEST!” Tim echoes the cheers of GEEZERFEST and the pride in knowing that this unique music festival will continue for many generations.
There is no doubt that New Braunfels and Gruene hold the treasures of Texas, peace and music. Here, you can effortlessly float in tubes where cool crystal clear rivers carry you dreamily down river, peaceful camping under the cypress trees, the most unique craftsmen and dazzling to rustic shops in Texas, the most delicious restaurants among the spreading oaks, great beers and wine (vineyards too,) Texas finest dance spots, top Texas entertainers and all the wonderful food at Oma Gruene's Secret Garten! In addition, if you want the adrenaline rush of braving rapids or letting loose at GEEZERFEST, it’s the most exciting thrill ride anywhere.
Tim’s and Red’s heartfelt praises “Go to our GEEZERFEST guru, Slim Bawb Pearce (and of course, his wife, Lauren!) And, special praise to Tracy Graves, who runs Oma Gruene’s and has been awesome and very instrumental in letting us use Oma’s Secret Garten’s stage to do this every year on the third weekend of July for GEEZERFEST.”
The lineup for the 7th ANNUAL GEEZERFEST 2014:
Friday, July 18, 2014 – Full Band:
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. - Manzy Lowry Band
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. - Geezaderos ( Luke Adair, Joshua Droegemueller, Red Dvorak, Dave Gould, Steve Judice, Tim Lewelling, Slim Bawb Pearce, Josh Reddoch) And who knows, maybe a Guest Geezadero and a Geezer In Training or two.
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. - Chubby Knuckle Choir
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Acoustic:
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. - Charlie Bishop, Brad Burns, Red Dvorak
1:15 p.m. - 2:15p.m. Lesti Huff, Rocky Lott, Michael Wren
2:30 p.m. - 3:30p.m. - Dean Ferrell, Mike Ethan Messick, Ben Morris
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. - William Thomas Elskes, Laura Marie
Just a note: When you see the “Caution Geezer Crossing" sign…beware. These Geezers aren’t all that old and tough enough to cause serious damage to your vehicle and none to themselves!
For more information contact
Face book Profile: http://www.facebook.com/tim.lewelling
Address: San Antonio, TX
Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/red.dvorak
Oma Gruene’s Secret Garten
1263 Gruene Road
New Braunfels, TX, United States 78130
Radio Free Texas - Bringing Texas to the World! For more information, please visit http://www.radiofreetexas.com/
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