Jake Hooker will get you dancing at last Summer Music Series show

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Though Jake Hooker decided to slow down a little in 2013, he’s still coming to Burnet to end the Summer Music Series. And he’s bringing The Outsiders with him.

newKBEYJake Hooker and The Outsiders will be at Burnet’s Haley Nelson Park amphitheater, located off Texas 29 West, at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to close out the Summer Music Series.

The series is sponsored by KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, The Picayune, Double Eagle Entertainment and the city of Burnet.

“We’ve had a great summer,” said Double Eagle Entertainment producer Damon Beierle. “A lot of people have discovered the amphitheater as a concert venue and dance venue.”[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Summer Music Series
WHERE: Haley Nelson Park amphitheater, located on Texas 29 West in Burnet
CONCERTS: Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, 8-11:30 p.m. Sept. 7
ADMISSION: $10
BRING: Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers[/box]

If people were unsure about the dance part of the venue, they’ll be convinced when they hear Hooker and The Outsiders, Beierle said. He compared them to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

“They will fill the dance floor,” he said.

This year, Jake’s father, Tommy Hooker, joined The Outsides for several shows. Both Hookers team up for some duets and harmony vocals.

When Jake Hooker was a child, his father led a country band in East Texas. The son absorbed enough by age 7 to join the group. By 14, Jake Hooker was singing and playing in his own band. The younger Hooker studied music theory at South Plains College in Levelland and was influenced by county music legends Ray Price, Johnny Bush and Darrell McCall.

Jake Hooker’s albums include “One Man World,” “Lost Along the Way,” “The Outside,” “Faded Lights,” “You Had a Call” and three live albums.

Beierle said Jake Hooker and The Outsiders have a loyal following. People from around the area have called to reserve tables near the dance floor, the producer said. In all, he anticipates having no more than 12 tables.

“It’s an event for a lot of people,” he said. “It’s not a Burnet thing; it’s an everybody thing.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com