Hot Attacks headline Come and Taste It festival


The 2019 rendition of the Gonzales Inquirer’s Come and Taste It Craft Beer Festival is going to feature some of the best bands in the great state of Texas.

From Gonzales to Austin, and Houston to Victoria, the entertainment portion of this year’s Craft Beer and Wine event is going to be awesome, featuring a wide variety of country, blues, rockabilly, blue grass, jazz, original recordings and old-time rock and roll.

“Thanks to Something More Media’s Tania French, our own Rob Brown, and the advice of Brian and Shannon Pruett, we have been able to procure quality talent at a great price featuring all different types of music and genres,” said Inquirer publisher and festival organizer Terry Fitzwater.

“I don’t think anyone who attends this weekend’s festival will go away disappointed.”

Kicking off the entertainment at the Ken Stewart Trucking VIP event on Friday night will be Gonzales’ very own singer and songwriter, Gabe Gallardo. Gallardo will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m. He is a member of a band based in Austin, but on Friday he will take to the David Stewart Trucking Main Stage to perform solo. His music will include old country and rock and roll ballads, along with newer country and other music.

On Saturday, Gonzales’ very own horn man, saxophone legend O.S. Grant, will kick off the Flare Energy Services Day entertainment. The tent opens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and immediately after that Grant will bring his rhythm-and-blues music and engaging personality to the mic to perform.

Grant will play until 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon.

Following Grant to the David Stewart Stage will be Austin recording artist Bethany Becker Band. Sponsored by Something More Media out of Port Lavaca, Becker will take the stage at 2:30 p.m. and will play until 4:30 p.m. Everyone will love the wonderful voice of lead singer Bethany Becker, as her band will play a wide diversity of music along with some of her original recordings.

At 5 p.m., the Oliver White Group out of the Houston area will crank up the noise and play their own version of bluesy country, rock and roll, and jam until 7 p.m. Mi Academy is sponsoring this band which was recommended to festival organizers by Brian and Shannon Pruett who heard them live along the Gulf Coast in Port O’Connor, Port A and other clubs. After listening to the band’s YouTube videos, it was immediately decided by OB Ranch to sponsor them.

Then 8 p.m. Texas Benefit Solutions is sponsoring the weekend headliners, The Hot Attacks out of Victoria, Texas. The Hot Attacks recently were kicking it at historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, and will have everyone on their feet and clapping their hands under the stars on the Main Square.

Tickets are still available by contacting the Gonzales Inquirer at 622 St. Paul Street or by calling 830-672-2861. Saturday only tickets will be available for purchase at the Texas Benefit Solutions tent, but credit cards will not be taken on Saturday.

The presenting sponsors of the second annual beer festival are Shiner Beer out of Shiner, Texas and Hartman Distributing, distributors of Coors Beer products, out of Victoria, Texas.