About Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival
Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival was born with the goal to bring a dynamic, unique event to Downtown Tyler, Texas, that encompasses two things we love about the Lone Star State — barbecue and live music.
Barbecue. No other state does BBQ like Texas. It’s an area where we Texans hold an immense amount of pride — yes, we’re snobs, and we’re proud of it. Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival brings in the most celebrated barbecue joints from all over Texas for attendees to sample each one, experiencing the various flavors and methods from the state’s legendary restaurants.
Music. There’s no scene like you’ll find in Texas and Red Dirt Music. Some of the biggest names in the genre, as well as up-and-coming stars, have taken the Red Dirt stage, including Randy Rogers Band, The Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Johnson, Josh Abbott Band, Whiskey Myers, Wade Bowen, William Clark Green, JB and the Moonshine Band, Stoney LaRue and many more.
Red Dirt History
2014: Year 1
The first Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival sold out just a few days before the event, which set the stage of what would be a party none of us would forget. Fourteen BBQ joints from all over Texas converged on the brick streets of Downtown Tyler, while four bands took the stage — The Bigsbys, Green River Ordinance, Whiskey Myers and headliner Randy Rogers Band. Nearly 4,000 were on hand for our first event, and needless to say, there will never be another like our first.
2015: Year 2
Oh, the things you learn from your first festival. More beer and WAY more bathrooms were added to the list, but we’ll always know that you learn new things every year, and that’s how you get better. In 2015 we brought in four more restaurants, upping our list to 18. We also added a second stage to have live music all day, and threw in another artist for the main stage, featuring five bands on the night. The Bigsbys returned for their second Red Dirt, but the next four were all new: Uncle Lucius, Kyle Park, Stoney LaRue and headliner Josh Abbott Band. 2015 saw Red Dirt sell out of VIP tickets in less than 10 hours, and the festival completely sold out on April 22, 10 days before the event date.
2016: Year 3
A total of 20 barbecue restaurants were on hand for the third Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, which sold out for a third consecutive year. More than 4,500 people walked through our gates in 2016. Red Dirt’s hottest band, The Turnpike Troubadours, headlined the night, and they were preceded by JB and the Moonshine Band, William Clark Green, The Dirty River Boys and Bri Bagwell.
2017: Year 4
A new record 21 barbecue restaurants were on hand for the festival’s fourth anniversary, which sold out with more than 5,000 in attendance. East Texas native Cody Johnson headlined the festival, which also featured Wade Bowen, Cody Canada and the Departed, Shane Smith and the Saints and Flatland Cavalry.
More About Us
The Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival is produced by Townsquare Media, which is a national media and entertainment company that owns more than 300 radio stations and 500 live events in the U.S. The festival is presented locally by 101.5 KNUE and Radio Texas, LIVE! With Buddy Logan.