Livingston Hoot set to begin next week

Samantha Hill

Roaring music mixed with the smell of street food and sweltering summer heat will envelop downtown Livingston as the third annual Hoot celebration begins Thursday, Aug. 4.

The three-block festival starts at 4 p.m. Hoot co-producers Joanne Gardner and John Lowell said while the event will bring back some old favorites, there will also be new rules and situations taking place.

The Fly Fishing Federation Fair will be back in town during the event, bringing with it a fly-fishing demonstration booth at the Hoot.  

Gardner said dogs are prohibited at the event, other than service dogs.

“That was the second biggest complaint we had last year,” she said.

The Hoot wouldn’t be complete without a unique selection of music artists. Starting off the evening at 6 p.m. is  the band “Fishing Music” with Mollie O’Brien. The band is a collaboration of people who love fishing and have songs about it, its website states.

Headliners Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell will take the stage at 8 p.m. with special guest Paul Franklin on guitar. Gill and Crowell have often collaborated together on music projects.  Gill is best known for his country music song writing with hits such as “When I Call Your Name.” He is also on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a winner of 20 Grammy awards and a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry.

This will be Crowell’s second appearance at the Hoot. He is best known for his Americana and country sound, recently winning his second Grammy award with Emmylou Harris, as well as his 1980’s radio hits “Til I Gain Control Again,” and “I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This.”

Speakers will be placed farther back on the street so people attending the event can hear the music wherever they are.