Lewisville Western Days Goes VIRTUAL
The City of Lewisville has cancelled all in-person events for its annual Western Days festival, due in large part to COVID-19 concerns.
Lewisville City Council unanimously voted to cancel the events, citing the safety and well-being of staff, vendors, entertainers, and visitors. Council was presented numerous safety precautions and money-saving options that might have preserved the events, but Council worried the gatherings might create health and safety risks even with these measures in place.
The City of Lewisville is moving forward with plans to present the annual Western Days festival as a one-day VIRTUAL event on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The festival will originate from the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater and will feature live musical acts, cooking demonstrations, other western-themed performances, and the 16th annual World Tamale Eating Championship sponsored by Market Street. The program will be streamed live on the city’s website, social media sites, and government-access cable channel.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large public gatherings, no audience members will be allowed inside MCL Grand. Everyone is invited to watch the stream and enjoy such Western Days crowd favorites as the Legends of Texas gunfighters and the Indigenous ACE dancers.
The City of Lewisville is proud to announce Cody Johnson, one of Texas’ most sought-after talents, will headline the annual Western Days festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Johnson has accrued a staggering 970+ million on-demand streams over the course of his career, and he is just getting started. The past year has seen many firsts for the singer/songwriter including a CMA Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year, ACM Awards nomination for New Male Artist of the year, a sold-out show at the Historic Ryman Auditorium and the release of his first major-label album, Ain’t Nothin’ To It. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and their all-genre Digital Albums chart and has received over 310 million on-demand streams. “On My Way To You,” the lead single from the album, was Johnson’s first Top 10 radio hit and is RIAA certified Gold, approaching Platinum. He has received critical praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Associated Press, Billboard and more, with Rolling Stone stating that he “finds himself rapidly hurtling toward mainstream stardom with a unique concept in his arsenal: actual country music.”
All the musical performances will originate from the Performance Hall, Black Box Theater, and Recital Hall at MCL Grand in Old Town Lewisville and will be streamed online at:
No general public will be in attendance for the event this year.
Additional musical acts include Charley Crokett, the South Texas native who just released a new album that is an immersive experience in sound; Hightower Band, a band with well-written original music mixed with some classic cover; the Squeezebox Bandits, a Fort Worth-based band that plays old country music with an accordion twist; the Gibbonses, a husband and wife duo who perform Americana/Folk-Rock original music; and a few other musical acts to be named later.
Western Days 2020 is scheduled to run 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. It will feature musical acts, and other Western Days staples such as the Indigenous ACE dancers, cooking demonstrations, and the crowd-favorite World Tamale Eating Championships presented by Market Street.
Updates will be posted on lewisvillewesterndays.com.