Bands will jam along the Brazos this weekend

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Bands will jam along the Brazos this weekend at the biggest outdoor concert in Central Texas as Waco native Wade Bowen hosts his annual MusicFest to benefit area nonprofits.

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The concert including Bowen and several musical guests headlined by rock band Cheap Trick will be held Sunday in Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium, followed by a charity golf tournament Monday.

"It started off as a simple golf tournament and now we're a three-day event," the 1998 Reicher High School graduate said.

"I'm so proud of what it's grown into."

Other performers include Whiskey Myers, Tracy Byrd, Shane Smith & The Saints, Josh Weathers, Stone LaRue, Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Neimann and Kevin Fowler.

"I'm so proud of this year's lineup and I have no doubt that fans will hear some music they love and as always, music they love that they've never heard before," Bowen said.

The Bowen Family foundation, formed by Bowen, will hit $4 million in fundraising this year through the concert and charity golf tournament and has helped groups from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco to CASA.

Bowen wants to remind concert goers that every last penny stays in Central Texas.

"This isn't just a musical festival is a full blown charity event," Bowen said.

"This is 100 percent nonprofit. We give it all back into the community. It doesn't go to New York to pay for some huge foundation out there or national charity."

The gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday and the music begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate.

Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

"There are so many people in this community that are working really hard and trying to literally save lives every day when they wake up. They just need the money and resources to do so and we're trying to do so and help them the best we can. "