Inaugural 11-11 Music Festival raises the flag – and the roof – this weekend

By: Gunnar Luckoski
| Published 11/08/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX – Named after its Veterans Day origins, the very first 11-11 Music Festival is set to debut in Conroe this Friday and Saturday, and the stage is set for the local community to find its rhythm. Woodlands Online had the pleasure of speaking with the women front running the event – Debbie Glenn.

“We’ll have quality high-energy headliners all day long.”

Debbie has always had a passion for the arts, and this stands true as she brings in arguably the most involved music festival in the Conroe area in a while. Music has kept Debbie on the path she follows from a young age through today, and she wants to express this by bringing the community together through music. Debbie is also an award-winning songwriter herself. She moved to Conroe back in 1993 and opened The Brick Tavern in 2012.

There will be nearly two dozen different artists performing during the two-day festival. Featured artists will include the Randy Rodgers Band, Drake White, Sunny Sweeny, and William Beckman.

“I wanted to create a festival that isn’t only a blessing to the guest coming, but an atmosphere for the songwriters behind the song that they can appreciate and enjoy themselves, a festival that everyone can enjoy,” said Debbie.

In Debbie’s years in the music industry, she realizes the struggles that songwriters and artists find themselves in. Traveling on the road can be a grueling and exhausting experience, not even mentioning what it takes to create a song. That’s why with this festival she is trying to give the people behind the songs a great time, while also allowing guests and other attendees the experience to meet them. An example of this is the attendance of Don Rollins who helped write “It’s Five O Clock Somewhere.”

The festival will begin at noon on Friday, November 11 and run until midnight. The second day on Saturday, November 12 will run on a similar schedule and end at 11:30 p.m. Debbie wanted to stress that this isn’t your regular music festival where there’s just one headliner.
“Saturday alone, we have three headliners one after the other: Drake White, Stoney LaRue, and Randy Rodgers Band,” she said.

The festival will take place at the new Western Shadows event venue. There will be general parking admission at River Road RV Park and VIP parking right next to the venue. Western Shadows is located at 5607 Sapp Road in Conroe.

Additionally, live auctioning will go on where people have the chance to win a variety of prizes. Debbie even mentioned that some of the items will be from the Houston Astros World Series baseball team. Also, there will be free wine seminars, where guests will get to learn what wines go best with certain foods.

The 11-11 Music Festival will also serve as an occasion to donate to multiple nonprofit organizations such as Boots for Troops, Love Heals Youth, and Raising a hand for Rett. There will also be four different award-winning authors at the festival: Alice Cortez, Steve Scott, Patty McCall, and Phillip Anthony Sainz-Hall.

“We highly recommend people to use a designated driver or use a rideshare if possible, both to save on time spent on parking as well as for your safety and security should you plan to consume any alcohol,” said Debbie.

More information about the 11-11 Music Festival can be found here.

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