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.
“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.”
“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.”