The Rio Grande Valley Music Festival is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to three goals. First, to provide a venue for musicians of all levels of ability to perform in a professional setting. To that end we provide a "jamming tent" where players can gather in small groups and jam in an unstructured manner. The stages have scheduled performances. These are mainly working professionals who have other commitments and are generously donating their time for the festival. Open mic time is available on all stages. Open mic performers sign up with the Stage Manager for ten minute segments. The Acoustic/Bluegrass Stage is mostly open and uses a rotation system.
Secondly, the RGVMF provides an opportunity for Valley residents and visitors to enjoy good, live music for a very reasonable price. We are keeping the admission at $5 per person Wednesday through Saturday, with $3 per car for parking. Music fans under 12 come in free. The Sunday Gospel jam is also free. As before, weekly tickets that include parking will be available for $25.
Last, but not the least important, is to help support music education for young people. To that end all proceeds over expenses are donated to local youth music programs. In 2008, $8,000 was provided. If you would like more information, call us at 956 373-0130. We look forward to seeing you at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes, Texas.