The City of College Station, Texas, kicks off its 2013 Starlight Music Series this Saturday, May 4, at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. The 2013 concert series presents three featured bands with regional ties, accompanied by bands appearing for the first time in the Starlight series. This Saturday, May 4, Rick Trevino opens the series with his solid country sound spiced with Latin flair. Austin band Del Castillo will open the show for Trevino. On May 25, Ruthie Foster brings her rousing blues and vocals to the stage, with opening music by Carrie Rodriquez. Regional band Midnight Express rounds out the series on June 8 with classic rock. The Razz Band, a popular local group, will open for Midnight Express. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with music beginning at 7:00 p.m.
May 4: Rick Trevino keeps a crowd’s attention with his superb talent and musical versatility. He moves easily from acoustic guitar to electric guitar to keyboard, and from Spanish-language ballads to country-western dance numbers. He attended Texas A&M University in the early 1990s, and returns to play the area frequently. In September 2012, Trevino joined Robert Earl Keen (Aggie Class of ’78) and Granger Smith (Aggie Class of ’02) for the honor of playing at A&M’s First Yell. The music of the opening band, Del Castillo, stands alone in its own right and at the same time complements Trevino’s brand of music.
May 25: You can count on Ruthie Foster to rock the house with her amazing blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel. From her early roots in the Brazos Valley to worldwide acclaim, Foster brings high-powered energy to every performance. Her soaring voice infuses each song with true emotion, and her guitar playing adds depth and polish. Carrie Rodriguez opens the show for Ruthie Foster, bringing the sound of Americana to the stage.
June 8: Local band Midnight Express plays the classic rock songs you want to sing along with. The songs are called classics for a reason, since they continue to be favorites with each generation. The Razz Band, also made up of local musicians, opens the concert with blues and rock.
Other activities accompany the music at Starlight events. On May 4, a fajita cook-off will pit cooks against each other as they vie for the title of fajita champ. On May 25, the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley will hold its famous Duck Derby. On June 8, the Rod Run hosted by Bluebonnet Streetrodders will match classic cars with the classic rock music of Midnight Express. The classic car exhibition will be housed at Central Park (not Wolf Pen Creek Park) in College Station.
The City of College Station recently expanded the Wolf Pen Creek Park area to include a 10‑acre improved tract of land adjacent to the amphitheatre. This festival site will hold the fajita cookoff and some of the other events associated with the Starlight series.
You can find out more about the Starlight series on the city’s Facebook page. Concessions will be available, although concert-goers are welcome to bring their own refreshments (as long as there are no glass containers). For any restrictions, see the College Station Parks and Recreation website so you’ll be ready to arrive and enjoy. The event is sponsored by the City of College Station, College Station Utilities, and a wide variety of other groups including multiple broadcast stations, the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, retailers, and restaurants.