The Leander City Council was told Thursday that Texas country music star Josh Abbott will headline next month's Liberty Fest, the city's annual Independence Day celebration. Council members were briefed on plans for the event by Leander Parks and Recreation Director Mark Drummond.
The Josh Abbott Band has been making music in Texas for 10 years. The band, which tours nationally and has recently appeared on late night shows, CONAN and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is known for hits like "Amnesia" and "She's Like Texas."
In addition to music on the Fourth of July, the Liberty Fest will feature food, crafts, fireworks and a special area called "The Fun Zone" where, for a $10 all-day ticket, fest patrons can participate in bounce house, slides and other inflatable activities, as well as laser tag and a soccer kick. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the event's location near the Austin Community College campus. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.
"It is a great opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate the freedom we enjoy. Bring lawn chairs and blankets," said Drummond. "We will even have an area for pop-up tents."
In other council business Thursday, no one spoke at the first public hearing on the proposed voluntary city annexation of 102 acres of land in Williamson County at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Blvd. and FM 2243. A second public hearing is scheduled for June 15.
Additionally on Thursday, council members voted to begin the process of the involuntary annexation of 4,982 acres in Williamson and Travis counties located south of CR 280, northwest of old FM 2243 and west of Bagdad Road. The city announced it was sending out notices to property owners in the area and that the first public hearing on the proposed annexation would be held on July 6.