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Festival Music

It is been only a year because Merle Haggards passing and the inaugural Haggard Boxcar Music Festival debuted, it is apparent that the Kern County Museum occasion has taken root. Sundays Boxcar Festival will honor the state music great because may have liked: with music, such as a performance by sons Ben along with Noel Haggard, a glance at his previous, touring his household’s boxcar home now set up in the museum, together with fun and food. Bakersfield is so well-known for its distinctive country music convention and that’s a celebration of that, said Mike McCoy, also the museums executive manager.

Yep, were focused on one of our biggest native sons, which is Merle Haggard, the main point is were considering not just music from the past, but music from the present. The musical acts will be presented on one major festival stage and two side stages called arcades and performances will be staggered between phases to minimize any dead air. Ben and Noel Haggard will go back to headline the main period again this year. Joining them there will be The Nightlife Band with special guests Tommy Hays, Kim McAbee, Drew Harness and Theresa Spanke, Monty Byrom & the Byrom Brothers, John Pemberton and Almeda Bradshaw, a cowgirl singer out of Montana who will be kicking it all off at 11 a.m.

The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame also hosted a Haggard Boxcar Talent Contest earlier this month to Pick an artist to start before Ben and Noel Haggard. Josh Aigner, a 35 year-old Bodfish native, landed the prime place and is delighted to be performing Sunday. It feels great, Aigner said. Its really a honor to be selected in the talented group of individuals which was part of the competition. Every one of them had something very special of their very own. To be recognized as also the winner and be given also the chance to start for also the Haggard brothers in front of a home audience, In front of hundreds of Merle lovers and hundreds of Bakersfield country music lovers, Im pumped for the chance and really excited about it. Vendors will soon be on site selling food, beverages and merchandise. Seating will be limited places so attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. No pets, ice chests, pop-up tents, umbrellas, or outside food or drink will soon be permitted.

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