In addition to softball and baseball games next Saturday, Texas Longhorns fans interested in listening to live music before the annual Orange-White game begins at 6:30 p.m. Central on April 21 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium will have four options from which to choose.
The music will start 10 minutes after the gates open in the stadium at 3:30, with local Austin R&B and soul staple The Nightowls playing at Gate 8 and Travis Parker’s country act at Gate 25. At 5:00, The Blue Water Highway Band, an Americana and Roots band from San Marcos, takes over at Gate 8, with Django Walker, Jerry Jeff’s son, at Gate 25.
Considering that this is the first time the Longhorns have had multiple live acts before a scrimmage and its the first Orange-White game for new athletics director Chris Del Conte, this is a solid group of musicians.
The Nightowls are the premier Austin Sunday Funday band, having played to full crowds at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street for years. And while it’s kind of cheesy, if there’s a definitive country song about Texas football, it’s the one Walker wrote. So there’s a good chance he’ll be closing with that song a half hour before kickoff. Walker is also an established artist with a long career in the self-described live music capital of the world.
As with all the activities surrounding the football scrimmage, entry is free and open to the public.