9 Places to Enjoy Live Music This Fall in Longview

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

The Piney Woods are bursting with local musicians like Neal McCoy and Indie favorite, Eisley. Alternative music rubs shoulders with country tunes and classical scores make an appearance, too. 

Whether heard from a bar stool at the local watering hole, from a folding chair in the open air or seated in a world-class performing arts center, music is best enjoyed live and we’ve got a fall line up to help you do just that. 

Downtown Live, the outdoor concert series that began in 2005, has evolved into a favorite musical event for hundreds of locals and visitors. Held in the spring and the fall on Fridays at Heritage Plaza, Downtown Live features local bands in concert with food truck grub and cold beverages. The 2018 fall series runs Aug. 31 - Nov. 2.

Homebier Fest is the East Texas Brewer’s Guild Annual Beer Festival taking place at The Green, Longview’s newest outdoor venue. This fun event takes place Sept. 22 and lederhosen is strongly encouraged. Organizers ask that attendees be 21 years of age and older and be a member of the guild to attend, so sign up for a membership before Sept. 21. Members receive a souvenir tasting mug and after you gain entry, you can vote on your favorite German home-brew.

Neal McCoy will bring his 24th annual East Texas Angel Network fundraiser back to the Belcher Center on Sept. 29. This year, in addition to Neal’s energetic and captivating performance, he will have special guest Charley Pride. With 3 Grammy wins under his belt and 36 chart topping hits, Charley has had one of the most successful careers in the history of country music. Together, they will make the evening a special memory for any country music fan. 

Journey fans will not want to miss the Longview Symphony’s show on Oct. 6. The orchestra will be performing Journey’s greatest hits with Toronto rock band Jeans ’n' Classics. Experience the music of Journey with classics like “Open Arms,” “Who’s Cryin’ Now,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. The guest conductor is Tom Mensch.

Craftober Fest is a new event sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines and will bring live music and craft beer to town on Oct. 6. More details to come!

903 Music Fest boasts Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Clint Black during this two day festival in downtown. Ten bands will grace one stage over the October 12 and 13 weekend. VIP tickets allow for better views of the stage, special restrooms and access to the VIP snack tent. 

Amy Grant has received 6 Grammy Awards, 26 Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Over the years, she has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including three multi-platinum, six platinum, and four gold. On Oct. 20 at the Belcher Center she will be performing her music and sharing the stories behind her eventful 

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world. See them live at the Belcher Center on Oct. 27.

Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12.5 million units and is one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. See him up close and personal at the Belcher Center on Nov. 17.

If you miss these amazing events, plan one of your own at one of our local taverns that hosts live music like Oil Horse Brewing Company, Lone Star Ice House or Leon's Steakhouse and Saloon.