On Sept. 10, event organizers announced dates and a lineup for Hometown Heroes, a socially distant outdoor music festival. This follows the announcement earlier today of rescheduled dates for the Tailgates and Tunes concert series at the amphitheater.
Hometown Heroes will take place Sept. 25-26 at three venues in Texas: the Brushy Creek Amphitheater in Hutto, Little Elm in Dallas and a pasture in Lubbock. The festival offers a mix of live and streamed concerts from the other sites.
Hometown Heroes is expected to be one of the largest scaled live music events in the nation since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, said Ian Vaughn, owner and founder of Rock N' Concepts.
"We want to prove that we can all work together to bring live entertainment back," Vaughn said.
In doing this, he said, the importance of social distancing during the festival must be stressed. All attendees will be required to complete a COVID-19 waiver prior to the event. The four-page document stipulates rules about wearing masks, socially distanced seating sections called pods and how to safely move around the facility to avoid gatherings of people near certain places, such as restrooms.
"Everyone needs to follow our guidelines for safety," Vaughn said. "Our tolerance will be pretty much zero. We want our artists and our guests to feel part of a safe event, something that they feel proud to be a part of."
Vaughn said organizers will utilize new technology, such as an app that allows attendees to order food and beverages and have them delivered directly to their pod, eliminating the need to wait in lines. The entire festival will be cashless and contactless, according to a Sept. 10 news release.
"Food and merchandise will be brought directly to you," he said. "Essentially, your space is your own VIP area."
Here is the lineup for Hutto, as announced Sept. 10.
Friday, Sept. 25
- 3:30 p.m.: Deanna Wheeler (Live)
- 5 p.m.: Stoney LaRue (Live)
- 6:15 p.m.: Wade Bowen (Stream)
- 7:30 p.m.: Nelly (Live)
- 8:45 p.m.: Pat Green (Stream)
- 10 p.m.: Snoop Dogg (Live)
Saturday, Sept. 26
- 3:30 p.m.: Harper Grace (Live)
- 5 p.m.: Mike Ryan (Live)
- 6:15 p.m.: Flatland Cavalry (Stream)
- 7:30 p.m.: Josh Abbott (Live)
- 8:45 p.m.: Cody Johnson (Stream)
- 10 p.m.: Randy Rogers (Live)
Hometown Heroes is selling tickets in four, five and six-pack bundles. Attendees can purchase a single day ticket or a weekend pass.