All Aboard the Whistlestop Jamboree Music Festival 2017

The Buffalo Ruckus performing at last year's Whistlestop Jamboree / courtesy Frisco Music Scene

On Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Frisco will come together to celebrate the local music scene at the second annual Whistlestop Jamboree Music Festival at the Frisco Rail Yard. With an eclectic mix of national acts on one stage and a revolving jam session on another, the festival’s sophomore year is on track for a rockin’ success.

“The main goal of the Whistlestop Jamboree is to celebrate our local culture of original music by showcasing bands that create their own songs and style, and to provide opportunities for networking and collaboration,” says Jeff Brooks, one of the organizers at Frisco Music Scene, who also sings and plays the banjo, guitar and kick drum for local band The Bodarks.

The 2016 Whistlestop Jamboree Music Festival at Frisco Rail Yard // courtesy Frisco Music Scene

Headlining acts this year on the Air Repair Pro Main Stage include Frisco-native Dalton Domino and fan favorite Uncle Lucius. Jeff says, “What makes this show by Uncle Lucius even more significant is that the band just announced they will finish out their tour this year and bring their decade-long project to an end. So, this is one of the last opportunities fans will have to catch their unparalleled performance.”

Another highlight of this Whistlestop festival is the Jamboree Scramble. The Stan’s Main Street Jamboree Stage will involve random combinations of local musicians thrown together in impromptu bands. Participants are drawn from a hat and each 30-minute session will allow a truly once-in-a-lifetime performance from some of Frisco’s most talented musicians in several genres.

“You might end up with a punk-rock drummer with a bluegrass fiddler and a pop vocalist,” Jeff says. “You never know what the experiment might turn up.” Last year, one of these impromptu bands, Sister Grove, decided to stick together and will be performing at this year’s festival.

The 2016 Whistlestop Jamboree Music Festival at Frisco Rail Yard // courtesy Frisco Music Scene

The festival is free to attend and is organized by Frisco Music Scene, a non-profit organization whose goal is to “nurture a Frisco musical culture and create opportunities for original artists.” The Frisco Rail Yard is the perfect location for a family friendly festival, with food trucks, a bar, and games on hand to keep people entertained between sets.

A wonderful part of any growing city is its artistic contributions. Just as Plano continues to foster creatives in the Downtown Plano Arts District, Frisco is cultivating its own musical culture. We might be separated by 121, but it appears that an appreciation for art and music runs strong in these two North Texan towns.

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