Tom & Family @ R3 Festival

What a great time at the Rockers Riders & Ribs Festival (aka R3) in Longview.  Below are some photos that my family took at the Saturday event.  At 98Rocks Facebook I posted some of our Friday night photos.  Larry Jobe (Longview News-Journal) and team did an excellent job, like last year, organizing the 2nd annual R3 Festival.  The weather was perfect for the Friday night free kickoff party in the huge parking lot at Lone Star Ice House/Electric Cowboy, and great weather again for the main event on Saturday in downtown Longview with Foghat & Edgar Winter Group & so many other bands.  We enjoyed the Globe of Death, dyno drags, burnout contest and the great bands on the stage.  It was great to visit with Chief Frank (Marion County) at his classic Camaro in the R3 car show.  I enjoyed some of T&K’s Homemade Ice Cream.  There was so much going on, all over the place.  Thousands of people in attendance, which is why this festival is now a nationally ranked event, in only it’s 2nd year.  We parked the Tom’sMaHaul motorhome at Fernbrook Park (near Longview, in a place called “Pea Town”).  Nice place.  We were within 15 minutes of, both, the Friday night and Saturday locations of the festival.   I ran into so many friends (Weldon & his better half from Lake Bistineau, SaxCat Rick Simms from Karnack, the Dotson brothers with WTW, Wes & his Dad, Lance Lopez, ice cream Tammy & her man) along with so many 98Rocks fans, that I always enjoy hanging out with, when I get out around the ArkLaTex.    Here are a some photos from Saturday’s big R3 Festival...

Brandon Giles was KICK ASS on the piano!!!  He played the piano with his boots, and set the top of his piano on fire too!

Wes Jeans joined Lance Lopez on stage.  Lance resides in Shreveport these days, and has performed with some of the biggest names in the business.  Lance has assembled an awesome band now, and they put on one of the best performances of the weekend.  I’m looking forward to the new Lance Lopez Band album next year.  

Lance Lopez Band, joined by 13 year old, Reese Malone (blue shirt) on stage.  Reese was a crowd pleaser, and is EXCELLENT on the guitar.  You’ll be hearing his name, for sure, as time goes on.  It reminded me of when Wes first started out years ago, and we saw him at one of the clubs on the Shreveport riverfront, and then we had Wes perform for one of our 98Rocks Mardi Parties back then.  Not long after that, Wes & band opened for B.B. King at the Shreveport Strand Theatre, and Wes was on his way in the business, after being invited onto B.B. King’s bus for discussions.  

LL rocks R3 Festival.  Lance is not only one of the best guitarists that I’ve heard in awhile, but also a great stage entertainer.  The thousands of fans can, certainly, tell that Lance enjoys what he’s doing.

Backstage: My youngest son, Tim (aka T-Bizz), and I at the Foghat tour bus.  Tim has a home studio, and is great at doing his own music arrangements, but, like me, Tim is a big fan of local/regional “live” bands & musicians.   

Tom Michaels 

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