San Angelo Cowboy Gathering wins Festival of the Year

The San Angelo Cowboy Gathering, a local nonprofit event, won the Festival of the Year award at the Ameripolitan Music Awards Tuesday evening in Austin. The gathering was founded by local resident Terri Holland to celebrate the cowboy way of life and western swing music. Each year, the gathering selects another local nonprofit organization to receive the proceeds from the event.

The Ameripolitan Music Awards, according to its website, were created to benefit and acknowledge artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “country” or other music genres and organizations. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music.

Other nominees for the Festival of the Year were Bristol Rhythm and Roots in Bristol, Tennessee; Viva Las Vegas; Nashville Boogie; and the New England Shake Up in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Performers for the San Angelo event include Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition, the Jason Roberts Band, cowboy poet and storyteller Clifton Fifer Jr., and local favorites Case Hardin, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys.

The gathering was previously held in the local VFW Hall, but outgrew the venue and has moved to the Wells Fargo Pavilion to accommodate more vendors, performers and attendees. 2015’s San Angelo Cowboy Gathering was packed to capacity, selling out three weeks prior to its opening.

2015’s recipient was the Concho Valley Home for Girls/Children’s Emergency Shelter. 2016’s recipient will be Meals For The Elderly.

The 2016 San Angelo Cowboy Gathering is scheduled for Sept. 9-10 in the Wells Fargo Pavilion.