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Near-perfect spring weather graced San Marcos for last weekend’s Downtown Swing festival. This year’s celebration of swing music (Swing on the Square in 2017) had more venues and performers and, for the first time, all events were open to the public. The festival was a project of Main Street, which Manager Samantha Armbruster noted, showcased downtown’s thriving music scene. The Saturday morning Farmer’s Market on San Antonio Street featured acts including The Swingettes, who brought their own brand of Western Swing tunes plus old standards. Shown above are Nick Lochman on standup bass, Ian Lee on fiddle and Dan Holmes on piano. Their rendition of “Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon” drew fans of all ages, including those as young as Ava Raynn Swindle, shown at left.

Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey


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Above left, Americana award-winner Shakey Graves makes his debut performance at the 30th Old Settler’s Music Festival in 2017.

Above right, American country-soul band Shinyribs performing at Old Settler’s Music Festival.
Photos by Sigi Gonzalez

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The Old Settler's Music Festival is back this year, debuting their new location with a slew of new and old performers. After celebrating their 30th year in 2017 at the