By Teresa Black Bradway
A Texas rock band joins the Bigfoot music festival announced by Artie Carnes, director of the Kiamichi Mountain Christian Mission.
The Bigfoot Festival and Conference is set Oct. 6 and 7 on the Mission ground (Christ’s 40 Acres), at Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia.
The Clayton High School Band plays at 11 am Friday Oct. 6.
The Shane Bell Band is new to the festival. An eclectic group of musicians and songwriters from Arlington, Texas, they play original and cover songs.
Their style is a cross between: ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, Adele, and the Killdares. Shane Bell’s vocals and guitar blend with vocals and a beautifully mellow viola played by Shanna Shelton, lead and slide guitar by Larry Stephens, bass and vocals by Paul Fuller, and Kolaso Gilmore on drums.
Each year fans enjoy free family-friendly Branson-style sound – bluegrass, country, gospel and comedy – on the indoor stage at the Mission campground.
The band MX3, headed by Artie Carnes, will perform. It is well-known as it was formerly the Little River Band from Honobia, which headlined previous Big Foot festivals.
“The Texans” are returning, with a show that is more than a gospel concert -- it is inspiration, laughter and fun.
This band is a full-time family trio spreading the good news of Christ through music. “The Texans” lived and performed in Branson, Mo. shows, a dinner theatre in Eureka Springs, Ak. and give hundreds of shows a year when traveling.
The song, “Bigfoot! Legend of the Mountains” will be heard. It can be downloaded at Cdbaby.com. Proceeds go to the Bigfoot Scholarship Fund.
A conference Oct. 6 and 7 features Bigfoot researchers who will discuss Bigfoot reports and evidence. Information on the festival is at www.honobiabigfoot.com
A special children’s area will be offered. There will be a 5K Run and walk sponsored by Choctaw Nation, camping, helicopter rides, face painting, an art contest, the Battiest Archer Booth, and campfire storytelling.
A church service is held on Sunday and all are invited.
The Honobia Bigfoot Organization, a non-profit group, partners with the Chahta Foundation to give scholarships to area high school graduates.