Two nights of music highlight Summer Fest
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Musician Kyle Park
Musician Kyle Park
Kyle Park will perform at the first annual Summer Fest at the Bee County Expo Center Saturday night.

He’ll be taking the stage right before Kevin Fowler, who will be closing the night’s events.

The two-day event begins Friday with Tejano bands Elida y Avante, Siggno and Los Palominos.

It continues on into Saturday with Bee Auto Specialty’s 6th annual Car and Truck Show kicking things off from noon until 5 p.m. Texas Country musicians James Lann, Bart Crow, Kyle Park and Kevin Fowler will close the festivities.

The gate opens at 6 p.m. both days and tickets can be purchased at the gate or presale tickets can be bought at all Pantry stores, the Bee County Chamber of Commerce, Texas Champion Bank, Scores Bar & Grill and Stone Creek Bar & Grill.

For those country music fans, Saturday is the big night when Park takes the stage.

Park is a Texas native who’s been playing the circuit for quite some time now. He left school and took whatever college money he had left to record his first record and head out on the road to promote himself.

He said that if he didn’t make a name for himself by the time he was 25, he would take out student loans and head back to school.

“I bought my first bus at 25.

“So, luckily, I’m not going back to school any time soon,” Park said laughing. “I’m going to keep doing this music thing.”

He recently released his single “Fit for a King” off his 2013 record Beggin’ for More.

The song is an homage to one of his biggest influences, George Strait. The video features lots of vintage and unseen footage of Strait’s career.

“My manager played keys for him, and that’s one way we got to get all the footage we did for the video.

“If you check out the video, there’s all this footage from the ’80s and ’90s of old belt buckles and photos of the bands – all these cool things.

“In the video there’s a shot of a backstage laminate from George’s first Houston Rodeo he played.”

And Park has an interesting story behind Strait’s first show at the Houston Rodeo.

“Eddie Rabbit got sick, and he couldn’t make it. Rosanne Cash was the headliner, and they called George Strait’s manager, and George was out looking for his dog, and they asked if he wanted to play the Houston Rodeo.

“He got in his car that day and opened up the show for the first time, and he’s been back every year since ’83 or ’84.”

And Strait’s been a mainstay at the rodeo until his retirement earlier this year.

Even though Park just released his latest record a few months ago, he’s already in his studio recording some tunes that may or may not make up his next record. He loves recording new songs and constantly evolving his new country sound.

“I make all kinds of music. I think if you listen to my records, you’ll see it.

“If you only have a couple of influences, you’ll hear that in someone’s music and say, ‘That person sounds like so and so.’ My influences are all across the board from Bob Wills and Hank, Sr. to Michael Jackson and Metallica to Lyle Lovett and George Strait. I love all those people; they’re all great.”

And he has no predications about changing his sound and trying new things in the studio.

“Everyone changes. The younger fans may not understand the change at first because they’re young and just developing. I mean, I like all kinds of music and all kinds of artists. Just because I wear a cowboy hat doesn’t mean I should always play 1/4 Merle Haggard shuffles.

“Every album has different styles of music on it. I’ve recorded Cajun songs; I’ve recorded pop songs; I recorded slow country waltzes; I’ve recorded rock songs. I’ve done some interesting stuff.”

So when he hits the stage Saturday night at the Bee County Expo Center, the audience is sure to hear some interesting stuff — maybe even a new song or two.

Park said, “There’s nothing more fun than an awesome country concert. The times I’ve been to the Corpus Christi area, you guys love country music.

“It’s apparent and obvious that you guys are one of the bigger country music scene fans that I’ve ever seen. It blows me away.

“We’re a fun band. We’re rocking. We don’t slow down very often.

“If you like falling in love and meeting the guy or girl of your dreams or drink beer or just wanting to dance or have a good time, we’re the band to see.”

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