We just returned from another fantastic time at Cherokee Creek Music Festival and it remains one of the best music festivals in Texas. Some of the reasons we can make the claim that Cherokee Creek Music Festival is one of the best includes:
The festival takes place on Kelcy Warren's ranch a few miles from the very small town of Cherokee, Texas. A creek with a couple dams and small waterfalls run through the property and beside the music stage and on one side of the camping area. The stage is under a stunningly beautiful rock pillar and wood ceiling pavilion with lush artificial grass and white outdoor chairs - all of which is surrounded by colorful plants and flowers in front of the stage and along side the stone pillars. Absolutely beautiful and a really unique and enjoyable setting for music.
On one side of the pavilion is one of the houses on the property and the front yard is open to festival attendees to enjoy the swings, fire pit, wooden chairs, and shade from the tall trees. The other side of the pavilion is set with a number of picnic tables with flowers, umbrellas, and a floral decoration that are used for enjoying the good food or sitting with friends and enjoying the music.
At the entrance to the pavilion is where you can buy some of the artists merchandise and sign up for one of the silent auction items. There is also a large playscape for kids with swings, slides, bounce house, and more.
The Cherokee Creek Music Festival Line-up
Every year that we've attended Cherokee Creek Music Festival the line up has been a superb combination of award winning artists and a pleasant mix of genres from county to blues to rock and roll to funk, Americana, folk, and more. This year was no exception and it's really true that every artist could have been a headliner.
This year the music started on Thursday at the VIP and Sponsors Party with a line-up of music that included:
In addition to some excellent music there was free food (some of which included: BBQ, delicious pork, sausage, fresh wood fired oven pizza, and more) and an open bar with beer, wine, liquor, and soft drinks - all of which was accompanied by a beautiful sunset.
A truly very enjoyable evening - the food was delicious, the music was outstanding, and the fans were great. Bob Schneider was, as usual, dynamic, entertaining, and full of some great songs.
Friday's line-up included:
Dave Barnes, Jackie Greene, and Brett Dennen were outstanding with enjoyable sets that I hated to see end and Dwight always puts on a good set of country music.
Friday night after the music stopped on the main stage, we headed to the campground to the after party sponsored by John Nolan who retired from Kelcy's company, Energy Transfer. John has set up a huge white tent with a stage and some picnic tables and this year he hired a very good country band and cooked hundreds of pounds of delicious ribs (some of the best ribs I've ever had), cold slaw, and beans for everyone who was there. What a great way to end the evening. Saturday morning I was back at John Nolan's area for a tasty Bloody Mary and breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes - all at no charge - Thanks to John, the cooks, and crew!!!
Saturday the music started around noon and included:
We attend a lot of festivals each year and I can't remember a more fun and entertaining line-up than Saturday's music at Cherokee Creek Music Festival. John Fogerty was outstanding and extremely energetic and I must have known every song he sang and just when I said "I don't know any more of his songs" he would belt out another one like Proud Mary or Centerfield or Have You Ever Seen The Rain or Rock & Roll Girls, and on and on! Lyle Lovett and his big band were outstanding, and Lance had us all on the edge of our seats as he stomped across the stage delivering a stark blues twang-and-thump set that sounded like it had been born somewhere between a back alley and a field worker’s camp. Bruce was great and we hated to see Jimmy LaFave's and Josh Ritter's set end. Truly a day of music to remember.
Following that it was back to Nolan's area for the after party with live music, dancing, and more delicious ribs and fixings. And the campground was alive with pickin', singin', and story tellin' around several campfires until just before the sun rose!
Food and Camping at Cherokee Creek Music Festival
The free food at Cherokee Creek is just about as good as the music line-up and it's hard for me not to gain several pounds as I graze the food booths from noon to 8 PM. This year the options included:]
The campground at Cherokee Creek Music Festival is a huge field with the creek running along one side. Sponsors have the option of staying in an RV or at the Horseshoe Bay Resort which means that there is row after row of luxury RVs for the sponsors. If you call early enough you might get lucky and get one of the few sites with water and electric for a fee. There is plenty of open field for free dry camping in an RV and tent campers can pitch their tent under a large cluster of trees or along the creek. If you're on the far fringe of the camping area it's still only a 3 or 4 minute walk to the stage or you can jump on the shuttle golf cart for a free ride to the music stage. Campers can also take advantage of the showers, free ice or RV water and pump out service.
The Cherokee Creek Music Fans
The people who attend Cherokee Creek are a good mix of oil executives, some of their employees or family, and private individuals - all of whom are here for good music and good times. Everyone is friendly and outgoing and it's hard to not meet someone new that you look forward to reacquainting with again next year.
Check out this link on more Cherokee Creek Music Festival pictures to see some additional pictures from this years festival.
The Cherokee Creek Music Festival venue was established to accomplish fundraising goals for donations to several charities, some of which include:
Cherokee Home for Children, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Grant A Star, and Heroes For Children.
Bottom line: it just doesn't get any better than Cherokee Creek Music Festival - beautiful setting, superb line-ups, excellent food, close by camping, BYOB, and fun friendly fans. Our thanks go out to the Warrens; the musicians who spend hours getting to and from the festival, setting up and breaking down; and all the volunteers and staff who make this enjoyable and pain free for us! See you next year.