Mark your calendars for this year’s Bayou Fest in La Marque on October 19 at Highland Bayou Park, I-45 South at Exit 10.
FREE ADMISSION/FREE PARKING
If you’re looking for some great family entertainment and fall fun, Bayou Fest is the place to be on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Highland Bayou Park in La Marque. This family oriented festival will feature a wide variety of activities, entertainment, food and fun! Admission and parking are both free to the public.
Bayou Fest will feature BBQ Cook-Off, Arts & Crafts & Food, Children’s Fishing Tournament, Children’s Activities, Pumpkin Patch and Carving, and lots more for the whole family. Bayou Fest hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Headlining the entertainment at this year’s Bayou Fest are Johnny Lee & the Urban Cowboy Band, Doug Stone and Pee Wee Bowen.
Johnny Lee was born on July 3 in Texas City and grew up in Alta Loma, Texas, on a dairy farm. His 1980 single, “Lookin’ for Love” not only spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in the second half of 1980 but also went to the Top 5 on the Pop charts, and Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary survey. He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.
In high school he formed a rock n’ roll band, “Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners”. After school, Lee enlisted in the United States Navy and served a tour of duty on the USS Chicago, a guided missile cruiser. After his discharge, he played cover tunes in Texas nightclubs and bars through the 1960s.
Lee worked with Mickey Gilley for 10 years both on tour and at Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas. The 1980 hit movie Urban Cowboy was largely shot at Gilley’s club. It was the soundtrack from the movie that catapulted Lee to fame. The record spawned several hit singles, one of which was Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love.”
Lee had five songs reach the top of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. In addition to “Lookin’ For Love,” those songs are “One in a Million” (1980); “Bet Your Heart on Me” (1981); “The Yellow Rose” (1984, a duet with Lane Brody and the theme song to the NBC TV-series of the same name); and “You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak” (1984). His other major hits include “Pickin’ Up Strangers” (1981), “Prisoner of Hope” (1981); “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Sounds Like Love” and “Hey Bartender” (1983); and “Rollin’ Lonely” and “Save the Last Chance” (1985).