From the Bob Wills Foundation, March 24, 2020
BOB WILLS DAY 2020
Dear Bob Wills Friends and Family,
Bob Wills’ music rose to prominence during the Great Depression, one of the most trying times for our country. It has brought people joy and inspiration through all of our nation’s highs and lows and now today during this worldwide battle against an unseen foe. Bob Wills’ story is a story of perseverance and hope and so is ours as the Bob Wills Foundation and Bob Wills Day.
For 48 years without fail, we have preserved and promoted the legacy of the King of Western Swing and even though we must adjust and adapt, we will continue on in that legacy. While we are sad to announce that for the first time Bob Wills Day will not be held on the “Last Saturday in April,” we are excited to announce that we have spoken to all of our musical acts and will be able to hold the 49th Bob Wills Day on October 8–10th, 2020!
After a discussion with our local and state officials, it has become clear that we will not be able to hold the event at the end of April due to the global COVID-19 crisis. But . . . the music MUST go on!!
Therefore we will be holding all of our Bob Wills Day activities with all our musical acts, dances, and performances on October 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2020. That means Jody Nix, Jake Hooker, Billy Mata, Dallas Wayne and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys under the direction Jason Roberts will all be here to carry on Bob’s legacy of hope and perseverance in October!
We are working on something special that will still bring Western Swing to your homes on the Last Saturday in April, but for now let’s take a page from Bob’s book and look on the bright side. The music lives on and the dances will continue.
To our sponsors, THANK YOU for weathering these changes with us. To our volunteers, THANK YOU for making this event possible. To our Bob Wills Fans, THANK YOU for keeping the music alive and the dance floor full. Until October, let’s put on a little Faded Love and remember that Bob would have lit a cigar, cracked a smile and kept the show going.
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