Country crooner Bart Crow will bring his brand and band to the banks of the San Antonio River on Monday, Aug. 19, for a Welcome Week concert at the University of the Incarnate Word.
UIW student Marcy Grace, a singer-songwriter in her own right, will open the show.
“Welcome Week is the university’s opportunity to welcome students and faculty back from summer break,” said Paul E. Ayala, director of University Events and Student Programs. “We attempt to host events that are engaging and welcoming to all students, faculty, administration and staff.”
Crow, who does about 200 shows a year, is the headliner for the Welcome Week Concert which will include free food along the river near Alice Barshop Natatorium.
A native of Maypearl, Texas, Crow didn’t start his music career until he had done a stint in the Army and began studying at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
“I kept a journal in the Army and I went back into that and moved some things around and made a couple of songs up, not even knowing what to do or how to do it,” according to Crow’s online bio. When a friend booked him at a bar, “a lot of my friends from school showed up, and that was it. The fuse was lit.”
After juggling day jobs and music for a time, Crow left for Austin with his future wife, Brooke, and continues to stay based in Texas’ state capital.
Grace, who is working on a bachelor’s degree in music at UIW, has been playing the drums since she was 5 and the guitar since she was 11. She has appeared at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café in is working on her first album, “Fireworks,” which will be released later this year.
The Welcome Week Concert, Ayala said, “will take along the riverbank and include the academic colleges and schools, free food and drinks, and free giveaways. There will be opportunities throughout the event to win many prizes.”