In addition to some excellent country music, part of what makes Thomas Michael Riley's Music Festival fun are the fans and the Luckenback venue. Here are some pictures of Thomas Michael Riley fans from his 11th annual Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival.
The vast majority of TMR's fans are older and they are a fun loving, dancing, and drinking base of people who love TMR and good music. It's a real pleasure to get to know them and hang out for a couple days.
Thomas Michael Riley is one of the funniest, quick witted, talented, and friendly singer songwriters we know. At his festival he seems to know a large majority of the fans by name and between sets he is constantly mingling with the fans with what seems like a goal to greet and get to know just about everyone. Lots of hugging, hand shaking, back slapping, joke telling, and a few kisses.
And Courtney Riley has a similar personality and a real love of people, music, and good times. I wish the Rileys were our next door neighbors!
Another part of what set's Thomas Michael Riley's Festival apart from other festivals is that it's held in Luckenback, population 3 and where "everybody is somebody." Everything at Luckenback still seems to be in it's original state since it was built in 1849. Clustered within less than a football field, Luckenbach is home to a kissing booth with a huge bull for picture taking, a hat store, a big wooden floor dance hall and stage, a beer saloon, a feed store, washers and horseshoe pits, an ATM in what was an outhouse structure, general store loaded with lots of Luckenbach souvenirs, a bar, and a small outdoor stage under a large cluster of oak trees.
I think there is music just about every night in Luckenbach ranging from top notch country singers in the dance hall to picking under circles under the trees every Sunday. There is usually lots of visitors from groups of motor cyclists to antique cars enthusiasts to bus loads of tourists or just some people wanted to see what Luckenbach is all about and enjoy a cold beer. And there are always roosters and chickens mingling with the crowd, perched high in the oak trees, or checking the musicians on stage - I swear that I saw them dancing and clucking to the music!