Brent Best, shown in 2016 in Dallas, will perform solo and with his band Slobberbone during the Last Chance Records Summer Hangout.

The Last Chance Records Summer Hangout has all the markers of a mini music festival, but without most of the fuss.

Tickets to the three-day music event ring up at $75 for all three days (or $30 for a day pass), but most of the music happens at Dan’s Silverleaf. Patrons won’t have to do much more than show up, tip back a cold bottle of beer and enjoy the weekend that brings some of the best Americana acts from Denton and Little Rock, Arkansas, to the popular downtown Denton stage.

“It’s really more of a summer party,” said Charlie Hunter, one of the event’s organizers. “It all started with the Holiday Hangout for Last Chance Records in Little Rock. Travis Hill, the [general manager] of Last Chance and the co-owner of the White Water Tavern [a music venue and bar], has this big holiday show that’s also his birthday.”

Kiara Hunter, Charlie’s wife and an organizer of the Summer Hangout, said over the years, iconic Denton acts have played White Water Tavern and the Holiday Hangout. Slobberbone, Brent Best and Isaac Hoskins are among the Denton artists who have played the White Water stage in Little Rock.

Isaac Hoskins

Isaac Hoskins performs during a 2018 Elk River Sessions show at Dan’s Silverleaf.

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga instructor Savanna Hickfang leads a group in a free yoga session on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square during Oaktopia fest in 2016. Karma Yoga will lead free yoga at Last Chance Records Summer Hangout on Saturday. 

“The summer hangout, it’s kind of meant to be a destination weekend,” Kiara Hunter said.

The chances to catch groups with a robust regional and national following — such as Hammell on Trial and Slobberbone — are few and far between, the Hunters said. So fans are drawn to events like the Summer Hangout, which started in Denton last year.

“I was kind of surprised at how many tickets sold the first 24 hours after they went on blind presale, and that’s for next year,” Charlie Hunter said.

This year, the three-day hangout runs June 21-23. The mini festival benefits Denton Music and Arts Collaborative, a local nonprofit that subsidizes health care for musicians and artists.

“We really stacked the deck with bands we thought would bring people to Denton,” said Hoskins. “We’ve got Spooky Folk playing Friday along with Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, then Slobberbone on Saturday night.”

190 Mydolls

Houston band Mydolls, shown in 2016, will be returning to Dan’s Silverleaf for the Last Chance Records Summer Hangout later this month.

“And then on Sunday, we’ve got the Baptist Generals headlining,” Charlie Hunter said.

All the music will happen inside at the downtown bar. But the patio will be hopping, too, Kiara Hunter said.

“DMAC will be tabling back here, and PINT Services will be out here selling their merchandise and doing some printing,” she said. PINT Services is a Denton screen printing, laser engraving and print shop.

Kiara Hunter also said Eastside Denton, a couple blocks away on Oak Street, will host a related day party on Saturday. For about four hours, local acts will play at Eastside before the action moves to Dan’s Silverleaf.

“The plan is to make this an annual event,” Kiara Hunter said. “It’s for a cause that’s close to a lot of people’s hearts.”

Spooky Folk

Spooky Folk — which includes Kaleo Kaualoku and Petra Kelly, shown in 2010 — headlines the June 22 lineup for the Last Chance Records Summer Hangout.

The Baptist Generals

The Baptist Generals, shown in 2012, will close out the last night of the Last Chance Records Summer Hangout on June 23.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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