Eighth annual crawfish festival to draw crowds with multiple bands

A mix of seafood and music will be served up at The Jolly Fox this weekend at the Eighth Annual Crawfish Festival. The event, which will feature seven bands, includes huge musicians humbled by their memorable beginnings.

The festival will take place in the parking lot of The Jolly Fox and will feature a large stage outside. There will be seven bands performing throughout the day including The 19 St. Band, The Reds, Rich O’Toole, Honeybrowne, Max Stalling, Wade Bowen and Eli Young Band.

“It started off as a small thing with side shows, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger,” George Spentzos, owner of The Jolly Fox said. “It’s just one big outdoor event.”

The festival, which will include 3,000 pounds of crawfish, brought in a crowd of more than 3,000 people last year and the number is expected to rise as it has consistently for the past eight years.

“We thought it would be really cool to have something like this,” Spentzos said.

Eli Young Band, the headliner of the festival, started out playing at The Jolly Fox many years ago.

“As [Eli Young Band] grows, we grow with it,” Spentzos said.

As people enter the festival, each will be given one of two wristbands: those over 21, and those under 21. These wristbands will allow people to come and go to please all sizes of appetites.

The VIP tickets, which are completely sold out, provide special perks including a meet-and-greet with each of the bands.

People who attend the event are from as far as Dallas, Austin and El Campo, a town located an hour south of Houston.

Since the parking lot will be filled to capacity with people, parking can be found elsewhere across from The Jolly Fox, near Humphrey’s and Montgomery Road.

“It’s a pretty big event,” Spentzos said. “Our ultimate goal is to build this thing up to become a massive event.”

Doors will open at 1 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $18 or in advance for $15 at Humphrey’s, Cavender’s Boot City, JollyFoxClub.com, EliYoungBand.com and MustangOnlineTix.com.

For more information, visit The Jolly Fox Web site at http://www.jollyfoxclub.com.

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