The Music Lineup at Grapefest 2012 is Lacking

Grapevine TexasHere at GTO headquarters, we are usually big proponents of the live music lineup at Grapefest each year.  But this year’s lineup is lacking (and that is saying it as nicely as we can).  Some might even call it uninspiring.  How many times can we see Le Freak?  Yes, they are good, but to give them the headline act every single year is a bit much.  Is there not another talented band in the area worthy of the prime time spot on the main stage on Saturday night?

In addition to that, the country music lineup on the Bud Light stage is the weakest we have seen, ever.  And when you compare to other area festivals, Grapefest 2012 looks even less appealing musically.  Take the City of Lewisville’s Western Days 2012 (September 28th and 29th).  They are bringing in both the Randy Rogers Band and Josh Abbott Band to headline.  And Western Days is a much smaller festival.

If we take a look to our north, the North Texas State Fair in Denton just finished.  The North Texas State Fair was able to bring in high quality musical acts like Wade Bowen, Casey Donahue Band, Turnpike Troubadours, Josh Abbott Band, and Stoney LaRue.

We cannot figure out the problem with the music at Grapefest.  Is it complacency?  Is it lack of focus on live music?  Is it too much wine tasting during the music selection process?  With all the great local Texas music, why is there not more effort to bring in a few bands that are more well known and will draw a bigger following?

Step one is pinpointing the problem (which we’ve done here).

Step two is fixing it.

Grapefest will be on September 13, 14, 15, and 16 this year.

Below are the band listings and times of the Verizon Stage (Main Stage) and the Bud Light Stage at the 2012 Grapefest:

Verizon Stage

Thursday, September 13

1:15-2:45 JB Clark Duo
3:15-4:45 Spellbound
5:15-6:30 4 Ever Young & the Reflections
7:00-8:30 Midnight River Choir
9:00-10:30 Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show

Friday, September 14

2:30-3:45 Beyond the Pale
4:15-5:30 Claire Fowler
6-7:30 Honey Henny Lime
8-9:30 The Flashback Showband
10-11:30 Walton Stout Band

Saturday, September 15

10:10-10:55a Intensity Dance Company
11-11:30a Dana’s Studio of Dance
12:10-1:30 The Zydeco Stingrays
2:00-3:30 Justin Exit
4:00-5:30 The Wonders
6:00-7:30 Jolie Holliday
8:00-9:25 Steepwater
10-11:30 Le Freak

Sunday, September 16

11-12:00 SoundHouse Band
12:30-2:00 Bonnie Lang band
2:30-4:00 Josh Weathers Band
4:30-6 Good Question band

Bud Light Stage

Thursday, September 13

7:00-8:15 Amber Lucille and “The Lightness”
8:45-10:15 Dirty River Boys

Friday, September 14

5:15-6:30 Joel Wilson and the Revival
6:45-8 Steepwater
8:30-9:45 Jon Wolfe
10:15-11:30 Joe Ely band

Saturday, September 15

1:00-2:30 Jack County
3-4:15 Voodoo Blue
4:45-6:00 Bonnie Lang Band
6:30-7:45 Railhead
8:15-9:45 Sons of Fathers
10:15-11:30 Zack King & His Large Band

Sunday, September 16

12:30-1:45 Lone Star Rambler Band
2:15-3:45 Leah Marr
4:15-5:30 Midnight River Choir


  1. I agree with your assessment of the music lineup for the past decade or so for this event. Grapefest rakes in tons of dough and they should be able to bring some quality entertainment every year. I was glad to see that Joe Ely has been added to the lineup.

  2. I tend to agree with the last comment. Grapevine DOES rake in the money. The vast amounts of tourists that come by the Main Street Market every year can attest to money that pours into the city yearly. Surely they can afford quality music twice a year (if you include Main Street Days)…or perhaps just once a year with Grapefest. I’ve attended Grapefest for the last 10 years and the quality of music keeps going “South” each year. I remember sitting among throngs of wine and beer drinkers listening to Mariachi music, good quality Country & Western, and Jazz…NOW, all that’s really out there are the same ole food vendors, a sprinkling of authentic Handcrafted Artisans and the rest…well, the label “made in China” outshines the “MADE IN USA” label…