Jason Castro to headline Quefest 2011 over Labor Day weekend

GARLAND – Atlantic Records recording star and songwriter Jason Castro, formerly of Rockwall, and country singer-songwriter John Slaughter will headline the second annual “Quefest 2011″ over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4, at Firewheel Mall in Garland.

The dread-locked Castro was the third place American Idol finisher in 2007 whose hit “Over The Rainbow” hit no.1 on itunes. After the 2008 American Idol tour ended, Castro moved to Los Angeles and began writing songs, eventually signing a deal with Atlantic Records. He recorded his first album in 2009.

Raised in Houston, Slaughter has written two No. 1 songs on the Texas music charts, “I Love Being Lonesome,” by Roger Creager and “Pray for Rain” by Cody Johnson. His new record, “Stay Awhile” comes out Aug. 16.

According to spokesperson Heidi Viento, the Bar-B-”Que” event is a fundraising project to benefit the Rowlett Exchange Club’s Child Abuse Prevention Program. Last year the event was rained out over the July 4th weekend.

This year, DART has agreed to be the official event transportation provider. Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, Massage Envy, Rusty Wallis Auto Dealerships and Milestone Electric are co-sponsors of the event.

World-class Bar-B-Que, other festival foods and a children’s games area will also be featured. Admission prices are $10 per adult, while children under 11 and active duty military with ID are free.

For more info, see www.rowlettexchangeclub.org.

By J.J. Smith


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