The Hoot is returning to Livingston on Aug. 8

Will feature Marcia Ball, Western Flyers
Joseph Bullington —
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rodney Crowell, left, performs with special guest John Mayer at the Aug. 4, 2016, Livingston Hoot.

Enterprise file photo

After a one-year hiatus, the Livingston Hoot is back, by popular demand.

The free, family-friendly music and community event has drawn crowds out into the streets of downtown Livingston every August for four years, until taking a break due to last summer’s Main Street construction project.

This year’s show, set for Thursday, Aug. 8, will feature Texas boogie legend Marcia Ball and swing band The Western Flyers, according to a Hoot press release.

Hoot co-producers John Lowell and Joanne Gardner Lowell are pleased with what the event has become.

“It has exceeded our expectations,” Lowell said in the release. “We are just thrilled with how many people missed it last year and have told us how much they love the Hoot.”

“The city of Livingston has been a proud sponsor of the Hoot and we have enjoyed the vibrancy and sense of community it brings to our downtown,” Livingston City Manager Mike Kardoes stated in the release. “We certainly welcome the Hoot home to the new and improved Livingston downtown in 2019.”

Past Hoots have featured renowned artists such as Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Jon Cleary, Roy Rogers, the Tin Men, Fishing Music, the Quebe Sisters; and special guests including John Mayer, Bill Payne and Phil Aaberg.

The Hoot has also been nominated for the Governor’s Tourism Event of the Year.

According to Gardner Lowell, the lion’s share of donations that keep the Hoot free and available come from a small group of businesses and friends.

“We’re hoping to hear from businesses who haven’t sponsored yet to give our generous donors a break,” she stated.