Abilene will host the second annual Outlaws & Legends Music Fest March 2 and March 3 in celebration of Texas Independence Day. The festival kicks off Friday, March 2, with more than 10 artists performing an unplugged acoustic song-swap show from 8 p.m. to midnight, followed on Saturday by the biggest one-day, one-stage Texas music festival from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. The night of March 3 will cap off with a spectacular encore of the artists sharing the stage playing their biggest hits from midnight to 1 a.m. Proceeds will once again benefit the Abilene-based Disability Resources Inc. (DRI), which provides residential care and vocational training to developmentally disabled individuals. Last years Outlaws and Legends Music Fest generated close to $32,000 for DRI.
The festival will take place at Abilene Speedway, 6825 W. Highway 80 in Abilene..Gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday, and attendees must vacate the Speedway by noon on Sunday, March 4. Fans may bring their own cooler, any size, for a fee of $20 per cooler. Three hundred RV spaces are available for $40 each on a first come, first served basis. Vendors will be on site serving food and selling paraphernalia.
The Marshall Tucker Band will headline this year’s festival. This legendary multi-gold and platinum rock and country band has produced 38 albums and 16 Billboard Top 100 hits on the country music and rock charts. Other artists include Roger Creager, Lee Roy Parnell, Mark Powell and Lariat, Gary P. Nunn, Matt Martindale, Eleven Hundred Springs, Jamie Richards, Whiskey Myers, Larry Joe Taylor, Jerrod Medulla, Charlie Shafter, Charla Corn and Bracken Hale. These performers have amassed a combined total of 28 Billboard USA Top 100 singles and close to 100 Texas music chart singles since 1968. This will be a rare opportunity to see many of these legendary Texas artists share the stage during afternoon and evening sessions.
• General admission tickets is $30 if purchased by Jan. 31, $35 by March 2 or $45 at the gate. $5 off with college or military I.D. at all ticket locations; not available online.
• VIP/All-Access tickets are available on a sponsorship basis. They include a seat at the VIP tent and meet-and-greet with the artists. Contact Mark Powell at email@example.com  for more information.
• Tailgate Party tickets (limit 75, 54 left) are available for $400 and include 15 tickets and one 20-by-15-foot area inside the event for tent, vehicle or small camper. Contact Mark Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org  for more information.
Single tickets may be purchased online at www.outhousetickets.com  or at these locations: Kent’s Harley Davidson (Abilene), Image Sculptures (Abilene), First National Bank of Baird locations (Abilene, Baird, Clyde, Brownwood), N-Tune Music (Abilene, Midland, Odessa), or Erath Iron and Metal (Stephenville).