Thursday, September 1, 2011 , Updated 3:02 p.m., September 22, 2011
UPDATEDx2: Carrollton’s Festival at the Switchyard is free this year
Headliners are Third Eye Blind and Bob Schneider.
CARROLLTON Last year was Festival at the Switchyard's first go at a two-day, family-friendly music festival in Carrollton. It kicked off with an impressive lineup, which included The Polyphonic Spree and The Old 97's, both local to Dallas, and Texas country artist Robert Earl Keen. It was also flowered with nicely-chosen local bands.
Last year's event had to compete with the Rangers' run in the World Series and a bout of stormy weather, but overall, we considered it a success.
This year, festival organizers announce that the November 5 event will be trimmed to one day, is free, and will feature Austin musician Bob Schneider and '90s band Third Eye Blind. (Cue the chorus to 3EB's "How's It Going to Be." It'll be stuck in your head for a while now.) A city official said the concert will probably have "more of a broad appeal" this year as opposed to last year's lineup.
The change from two days to one was a choice by the city council based on last year's attendance levels and participant's suggestions, said Kelli Lewis, marketing specialist for the city of Carrollton.
The festival has a kids' zone, arts and crafts tents, and food. More musicians will be announced in about a week, including some local bands.
Thunder Road is a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute group. The majority of its members are from Carrollton. The Orbans played the festival in 2010 and will likely play tunes from their latest album, When We Were Wild. Fort Worth Telegraph Canyon is a well-loved folk band from Fort Worth.
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