The sound made famous by artists like Bill Monroe and Ricky Skaggs will fill the air of Tomball Oct. 27, as the city hosts its first ever Tomball Bluegrass Festival at the Tomball Depot.
The event, which will feature four bands, has been drawing a lot of interest, according to Tomball Marketing Director Mike Baxter.
"We've been getting a lot of phone calls and it's getting a lot of interest," he said.
Baxter said he came up with idea after the successful honky tonk festival last year.
"That is the great thing about our events," he said. "Instead of a country music festival, we have been able to do events that are more defined, like this and the honky tonk festival."
Headlining the event are Darin and Brook Aldridge, the Sweethearts of Bluegrass. They were voted the 2011 "Emerging Artists" award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, while also winning the gospel group, album and Song of the Year awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music.
Wood & Wire, a bluegrass group from Austin, will bring a unique mix of Americana and swing. Singing originals and traditional Bluegrass favorites, Baxter said the group peppers their songs with funky acoustic jams and instrumentals.
Local favorites TayHoss will also perform, bringing with them a regional style with touches of country, blues and mountain traditional.
A fourth band, the Soundcheck Band, will open the show, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Baxter said the event will also feature a jam tent, which will feature several Bluegrass artists throughout the day in traditional and fun jam sessions.
Food and beverages will be available, along with vendors, kids activities and games.
Baxter said he hopes to draw around 1,500 people for the inaugural event.
"It all depends on the weather, but from the forecasts right now it looks like it's shaping up to be beautiful," he said.
Forecasts as of press time show sunny skies and a high temperature of 80.
Admission and parking are free for the event. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m.
For more information call 281-351-5484 or visit www.facebook.com/TomballTexanForFun.