The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than lying on a grassy hill listening to music with a group of your closest friends and family.
The Starlight Music Series in College Station is a series of concerts organized by the city. Bands come to the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater and play on Saturday nights during the spring and summer seasons.
Before the concert starts, food stands are set up around the amphitheater. Kettle corn is sold in one corner of the amphitheater and the smell fills the entire hillside. Scattered along the back side of the complex are food stands selling sodas, hot dogs, and much more.
Soccer games, football tossing and Frisbee catching are how many people start off the evening. Some choose to pack and picnic and bring homemade sandwiches to enjoy during the concert while others stop by a fast food restaurant to pick up food to bring. And as mentioned before, if you don’t bring food in with you, there are plenty of stands to buy from once you get to the concert.
Bring some blankets to spread out for the family to camp out on during the event. Sit up, lie down, listen to the music, or look at the stars; whatever you are in the mood to do. There is a blanket-only seating section and other seating sections where chairs are allowed. Wherever you are seated, the gradual incline of the amphitheater makes an ideal stadium to enjoy the concert with no restraints.
Once the sun begins to set, lightning bugs come out to play with the kids. The performance lights begin to be reflected in the moat surrounding the stage. The sounds of the city die down and crickets start to sing along with the band. The darker the night grows, the more visible the stars become.
This event is not one to miss out on. Hundreds of individuals attend from the city and it is a unique experience that creates a sense of unity among everyone who attends.
The final concert in the series for this year will be held on Saturday, June 16th. Asia Featuring John Payne will be performing classic and modern progressive rock hits from the British group Asia. This band was once categorized as a supergroup. It included former members of many different progressive rock bands. The band consisted of John Wetton (formerly a part of Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, U.K. and Wishbone Ash), Steve Howe (formerly part of Yes), Geoff Downes (formerly in Yes and The Buggles) and Carl Palmer (formerly from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Emerson, Lake & Palmer).
The band Asia has had many different members throughout its existence, but currently the line-up is back to the original group. Asia Featuring John Payne is a band that exists as a continuation of the pre-2006 Asia line-up, and is a group that has been traveling the world for 14 years.
Asia Featuring John Payne will be joined by Leannasaurus Rex, a country born band whose sound walks the line of Country Soul and Texas Blues. The band was voted “Best Local Band” of the “Reader’s Choice Award” in 2009 and 2010.
Previously this season, the Marshall Tucker Band performed. This group is known for their southern rock from the early 70s and their music is a blend of blues, jazz and country. The Texas Twisters, Seven Bridges (an Eagles tribute band), and The Rockafellas also performed.
This picnic in the park is the epitome of summer and is the perfect way to get a group together for some quality time. Whether you are planning a family night, a reunion night with some friends you haven’t seen in a long time, or a special date night, this concert is fun for people of all ages.
The gates for the show open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. This event is free for all ages. No pets are allowed into the amphitheater and smoking is only allowed in the smoking-designated areas. Coolers and containers are also allowed, however no cooler or container may be over 48 quarts. No kegs or glass are allowed.