Make plans to visit Abilene this Texas Independence Day for the Outlaws & Legends Music Fest March 2-3! The festival kicks off Friday, March 2, with more than 10 artists performing an unplugged acoustic song-swap show from 8 p.m. to midnight, followed on Saturday by the biggest one-day, one-stage Texas music festival from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. The night of March 3 will cap off with a spectacular encore of the artists sharing the stage playing their biggest hits from midnight to 1 a.m. Proceeds will once again benefit the Abilene-based Disability Resources Inc. (DRI), which provides residential care and vocational training to developmentally disabled individuals. Last years Outlaws and Legends Music Fest generated close to $32,000 for DRI.

The festival will take place at Abilene Speedway, 6825 W. Highway 80 in Abilene. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday, and attendees must vacate the Speedway by noon on Sunday, March 4. Fans may bring their own cooler, any size, for a fee of $20 per cooler. Three hundred RV spaces are available for $40 each on a first come, first served basis. Vendors will be on site serving food and selling paraphernalia.

The Marshall Tucker Band will headline this year’s festival. This legendary multi-gold and platinum rock and country band has produced 38 albums and 16 Billboard Top 100 hits on the country music and rock charts. Other artists include Roger Creager, Lee Roy Parnell, Mark Powell and Lariat, Gary P. Nunn, Matt Martindale, Eleven Hundred Springs, Jamie Richards, Whiskey Myers, Larry Joe Taylor, Jerrod Medulla, Charlie Shafter, Charla Corn and Bracken Hale. These performers have amassed a combined total of 28 Billboard USA Top 100 singles and close to 100 Texas music chart singles since 1968. This will be a rare opportunity to see many of these legendary Texas artists share the stage during afternoon and evening sessions.

You have till January 31 to purchase general admission tickets for only $30; $35 by March 2 or $45 at the gate. Receive $5 off with college or military I.D. at all ticket locations; not available online. Single tickets may be purchased online at or at these locations: Kent’s Harley Davidson (Abilene), Image Sculptures (Abilene), First National Bank of Baird locations (Abilene, Baird, Clyde, Brownwood), N-Tune Music (Abilene, Midland, Odessa), or Erath Iron and Metal (Stephenville).

For a full festival schedule and detailed information, visit Happy Independence Day, ya’ll!