I was so busy watching Downfall Rising rock in this video, I got behind on letting you guys know what is going on today.  They will be at East Texas Summerfest! It's going on today in downtown Lufkin.  The Battle of the Bands is where all the action starts at 11am.  Gates Open at 10am.  There are lots of local bands participating, most of them local...and some of them heavy rock.  So if your like me and like to stomp to some metal occasionally it's going to be a throw down. Here is the schedule of bands. You will be able to vote for your favorite bands with QR codes, thanks to Verizon.  Bookshire Brothers is also a major sponsor of the event we would like to thank!  Tickets are just $15 at the gate.

Dirty Black Lungs (11 a.m.)

This all-acoustic three-piece band from Lufkin performs earnest indie rock with a folk flavor, in the vein of Elliot Smith or Bright Eyes.

The Back 40 Band(Noon)

This six-piece group from the Bald Hill area delivers solid outlaw country with a heavy dose of Southern Rock sound.

Waiting For One (1 p.m.)

This all-acoustic three-piece from the Dallas/Fort Worth area performs originals, mixing classic rock, blues and outlaw country with plenty of vocal harmonies.

Redleter (2 p.m.)

This four-piece group from Palestine plays Christian music, but there’s no chance you’ll confuse their heavy, Metallica-influenced metal sound for grandma’s gospel hymns.

Cherokee Outlaws (3 p.m.)

Four seasoned musicians from Alto perform original songs that borrow elements from Texas Country, Old Country and Southern Rock.

Kindred (4 p.m.)

This Nacogdoches five-piece band plays Christian rock with a polished alternative sound, led by the expressive interplay between the lead guitar and the female lead singer.

Downfall Rising (5 p.m.)

Led by a powerful female vocalist, this modern rock five-piece from Lufkin recently teamed up with a Grammy-winning producer to released their first EP.

Green Light Pistol (6 p.m.)

This alternative/folk six-piece from Burleson features the harmonies of five siblings and delivers authentic roots music with a catchy pop flair.


“I think it’s an array of all kinds of genres of music, everything from Southern Rock to Country and everything in between,” said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Each band will get to play a 30-minute set. I think it’s going to be really entertaining and a great way to showcase not only our local talent, but our area-wide talent.”

After “Live From Lufkin,” Son of a Sailor, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will perform as the headline act from 8:30 to 10 p.m.