Freedom Fest Country Music Festival

Kappa Sigma Presents

Freedom Fest Country Music Festival

JB and the Moonshine Band, Christian Sparks and the Beatnik Bandits, The Lowly Servants, Daniel Fry

Sat. March 25, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

John King
King grew up working with his hands, building character as he built structures. "Those jobs made me who I am," says John. "I started off working rock construction, rock masonry, putting rocks in fireplaces, stone furnaces, walkways at about 14 or 15. Although it was tough, it built muscle and character. It was great."

Citing his parents as the main reason he got into music, John credits them for their influence. "They are the only reason why music was introduced as an early age." John's musical tastes were formed early on by the southern rock sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Black Crowes. As country music took a huge leap forward in the 1990s, John found himself in awe of one of country music's greatest entertainers, Garth Brooks.

When it comes to the fans, the bar is set high according to John. "I want to be like Garth and these guys who treat their fans like royalty. That's how we want to be. Like Kenny Chesney, if you've got a long career in country music it's because your fans love you."

John took serious interest in guitar when he realized that he could figure out how to play his favorite songs, but then went on to modify them. "That's when I realized that I could write my own music. I started simply by playing familiar melodies and turning them into funny songs with lyrics about my friends."

Once John settled into the position of lead singer, his voice began to change the sound of the band. "Our early bands were rock bands but my voice was country. I grew up country, I talked country and I started to write about country things."

After graduating high school, John decided to arm himself with a music degree and went to study at the University of Georgia. It was his time at UGA that the formation of John's musical footprint would really take shape.

John's music career was in full developmental swing during John's time at UGA. "My time at UGA helped me," John said with a very serious tone. "Without that time, I wouldn't be here."

His dedication and tenacity paid off in opening slots for nationally recognized, award-winning artists; a feat that is virtually unheard of without a booking agent.

After catching the ear of Black River's Vice President of A&R, renowned songwriter and producer Doug Johnson in late 2012, John King signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in conjunction with Razor & Tie. Johnson, known for his seven number one and ten top ten hits including Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy" and Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses," was blown away with John's talent and they began writing together.

In 2013, Black River Entertainment signed John King to their artist roster; along with "Dancing with the Stars" champion and acclaimed singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler and country music superstar Craig Morgan, ("This Ole Boy," "International Harvester," "What I Love About Sunday.")

One of the first steps since signing with Black River Entertainment is the newly signed deal with the booking agency, William Morris Endeavor. Currently, John is in the studio recording his debut album on Black River Entertainment and continues to tour.
JB and the Moonshine Band
JB and the Moonshine Band
JB and the Moonshine Band are a group of four young East Texans whose love for music brought them together in a somewhat unorthodox way. In early 2009, front man JB Patterson gave up a successful advertising career to pursue his dream of being a songwriter. After realizing how difficult it is for a songwriter to break into the music scene, he realized what he had to do—start a band and sing the songs himself!

JB listed an open casting call for musicians in his community. Turnout for the audition was small; only three people showed up, but three was enough. The group had an impromptu jam session and as JB describes it, "It was obvious. Halfway through the first song, I knew they were the Moonshine Band". After a successful first show at local honky-tonk, JB and the boys were willing to do whatever it took to get their songs out there. "Our motto was if anybody offered us a gig, we would play it. We were going to play every show we could whether they offered us a thousand dollars or a hundred… or sometimes nothing at all". With a jerry-rigged PA system and a rented U-Haul van, the boys travelled through East Texas, gaining a local following. The group's big break came while opening for Average Joe's Entertainment artist Colt Ford in March of 2010. The band's country sound and outlaw attitude immediately caught the attention of Colt's team, and in July of 2010, JB and the Moonshine Band signed a record deal with Average Joes Entertainment.

The band's debut album, "Ain't Goin Back to Jail" premiered in September of 2010, with Gabe Guevara on drums, Hayden McMullen on lead guitar, Chris Flores on bass guitar and JB providing lead vocals, banjo, and acoustic guitar. JB also serves as the band's lyricist, writing all of the songs on the record, which is an accomplishment he's particularly proud of: "What I like is that we write our own songs—I sing my own songs, and I think that adds an element of authenticity that country music fans appreciate. We're not super polished, we're not overproduced, we're raw, we're real, and we don't apologize for it". JB and the Moonshine Band will continue to tour and promote their debut album in 2012.
Venue Information:
Cheatham Street Warehouse
119 Cheatham Street
San Marcos, TX, 78666