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FiestaJAM on Lake Marble Falls with Joe Ely and Battle of the Bands

Joe Ely headlines FiestaJAM on Sept. 24 on Lake Marble Falls.

MARBLE FALLS — When Robert Linder and John Arthur Martinez put their heads together to devise a music festival on the shores of Lake Marble Falls, they wanted it to be something more than just a day of live performances. They saw it as a way to help bring up the next generation of musicians.

Sure, FiestaJAM features a great lineup of music on Saturday, Sept. 24 — like headliner Joe Ely — but the event gives a big boost to local music programs in the Marble Falls school district and Harmony School of Creative Arts. Proceeds from the event go to the schools' music programs.

But Linder and Martinez also wanted to create a music festival that got people talking and excited. And this year, with Ely as the main act, they've done just that.

Ely headlines the festival, which takes place 1-8 p.m. on the shores of Lake Marble Falls below Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls. He will be joined by Drew Womack and Martinez.

Ely, a product of Lubbock who now calls Austin home, throws a tremendous concert with his incredible style and sound. He's one of those singers when people say, "You just have to see him in concert," it's true. You just have to see him in concert.

In keeping in line with helping future musicians, FiestaJAM has added a new twist this year: the Battle of the Bands.

In August, FiestaJAM and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune invited bands and solo artists to submit music videos so people could vote for their favorites. The top vote-getter earned a spot on the FiestaJAM stage with a committee of music industry professionals selecting three more to take the stage on Saturday. Then, concert-goers can select the ultimate winner of the Battle of the Bands.

The contestants are Tyler Smith, KATTL, Lucas Johnson and Katy Kirby.

Along with the music, people can enjoy wine and craft beer tasting.

And check out the Patron of the Arts social and reception on Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-9 p.m. The event starts with the Rebecca Creek Distillery social at 5 p.m. at Bill's Burger, 307 Main St. in Marble Falls. Then, it moves over to Uptown Sound Studio, 218 Main St., at 6 p.m. for the FiestaJAM Patron of the Arts reception. The reception features live music as well.

So, if you're interested in enjoying some great music while supporting the next generation of musicians, head to Lakeside Park this Saturday. Go to fiestajam.org for tickets and more information.

editor@thepicayune.com

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