TPWD News Release — Aug. 19, 2011
Conroe– The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will once again bring a stellar lineup of country music artists to Conroe, and this year it is free! The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center and concerts will be headlined by Billy Currington on Friday, Oct. 28, Pat Green on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Robert Earl Keen on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Limited quantities of tickets are free this year to the three-day outdoor music festival and professional bass fishing world championship through exclusive tournament partners. Free tickets are only available while supplies last through respective sponsor promotions or by visiting Houston-area Toyota dealerships. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 22 in stores and online.
Tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday individually. Walk-up tickets the day of the event will require a donation towards the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and all days are subject to sell out. Fans interested in attending are encouraged to visit toyotatexasbassclassic.com for complete details on how to obtain free tickets in advance.
The daily tickets are valid for admission into the festival grounds for angler weigh-ins and the concert of that particular day. All activities, including concerts, weigh-ins, interactive expo areas and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area will take place at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center’s festival grounds in Conroe.
“The Toyota Texas Bass Classic brings national exposure to this area with a huge boost to the local economy, all while providing an unbelievable entertainment value and three exciting days of action,” said Conroe Mayor Webb K. Melder. “It is outstanding for the city of Conroe to host this world-class event.”
Billy Currington has recorded seven No. 1 hits in his career including a pair of Grammy nominations. The happy-go-lucky Georgia native has charmed crowds since he burst on the scene in 2003, and has toured with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Sugarland. Enjoy Yourself, Billy’s fourth album, builds on the success of his 2008 collection, Little Bit of Everything, which yielded three No. 1 hits: “Don’t,” “People Are Crazy” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll.”
Pat Green has blazed his own trail in the country music world since 1995. The three-time Grammy nominee and Texas fan favorite has also enjoyed widespread national success since the release of his 2003 mega hit Wave On Wave. Green’s supercharged live performances have evoked comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffet. In addition to national tours with superstars like Chesney, Dave Matthews and Keith Urban, Green sells out headline shows across the country. His winter 2009 release, What I’m For, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and signaled Green’s arrival as a major American singer-songwriter.
As singer-songwriter, Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers. Keen’s formula for success has worked well since he began performing in 1981 and paving the way for a generation of songwriters and performers who make a living on the road. He paints vivid musical portraits and tells timeless stories that have led artists like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett and the Dixie Chicks to record his songs over the years. It’s because of Keen’s confidence in his work that he had the courage to abandon his tried-and-true formula while making his new Lost Highway album and 16th release, Ready for Confetti, which goes on sale Aug. 30. As a result, he has produced one of the finest albums of his career.
The 2011 TTBC will also host a 50-angler field, assembled from the top professional leagues in the world, including the PAA Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series, Bassmaster Elite Series and the Walmart FLW Tour. The format has created a true bass fishing world championship.
The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located minutes from Lake Conroe and The Woodlands and only 40 minutes north of Houston. The location offers easy access to event activities, local shops and restaurants. For more information visit thelonestar.org.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament functions are operated by the Professional Anglers Association with technical assistance and support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division. Title sponsor for the event is Toyota. Additional sponsors include Evinrude, IKON, Oakley, Carrot Stix, US Reel and Mustang CAT. Corporate partnership opportunities are available for 2011. For additional information, visit toyotatexasbassclassic.com or call 1-866-907-0143.
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