The Third Coast Music Festival takes center stage April 26–29, 2018, with 40 bands and 50 shows held on historic Galveston Island. The inaugural island festival will feature bands of numerous genres and venues across the city with a mixture of wristband-only and free events. Also, the 10th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue will return on Saturday, April 28, with a free afternoon of vintage-inspired music and the world-famous “Bathing Beauties” contest. Details are available at www.thirdcoastmusicfestival.com, and tickets are now available for $50 general admission and $125 VIP access.
The festival is a partnership with Texas Music, a quarterly magazine that, in conjunction with the festival, is publishing a series of stories about the city, including songs inspired by Galveston (in its Fall 2017 issue). Stewart Ramser, co-producer of Third Coast Music Festival and publisher of Texas Music, says, “Will Wright, our co-producer, and I have discussed the idea of this festival for several years, and we’re very excited about it. This event is a great way to showcase the music venues and other attractions throughout Galveston.”
Third Coast Music Festival will showcase music in a variety of venues, including: Yaga’s Cafe, Stuttgarten Tavern on the Strand, The Grand 1894 Opera House, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Bubba’s on The Strand, The Proletariat Gallery & Public House, Hotel Galvez & Spa, Beach Central, DTO Galveston, the Galveston Children’s Museum, and the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church.
Included in the schedule of free activities is the 10th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue on Saturday, April 28. Once dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kickoff for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event, which had morphed into the “Bathing Girl Revue,” had become so popular the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due, in part, to the Great Depression, but the event was resurrected in 2009.