Join us on The Green at The Kessler (outdoor stage & lawn behind The Kessler Theater)!

The Green is open select Sundays starting at 5:00pm, music starts at 6:00pm.

These events are currently free, but space is limited and is first come-first served (as seated by our hosts).

Want to reserve a picnic table? You can select and pay for a table of your choice here! Each table seats up to 8 guests and will be reserved for you from opening to close on your selected evening.

Food will be available on-site each night from our neighbors at PhD, with beverage service from The Kessler Bar crew.

Events are “rain or shine” – in case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kimmi Bitter:

Centered around the vein of old-school country with a touch of the swinging sixties, Kimmi Bitter and the Westside Twang are here to transport you on a retro journey into the year 1962 through their nostalgic songs. “The future of classic country is Kimmi Bitter,” as Saving Country Music boldly states. Effortlessly navigating through Countrypolitan ballads in her mod wardrobe and love of white boots, Bitter has drawn strong comparisons to Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Nancy Sinatra.

Creating a buzz from her grassroots efforts and vigorous touring, her debut album “Old School” hit the ground running in 2024 landing at #24 on the Americana Album Radio Chart with “My Grass is Blue” debuting on the Americana Single Radio Chart as a Top 40. Bitter is a testament that classic country never goes out of style. This ain’t your typical Nashville sound. “Old School” is a love letter to the country’s golden age, with a healthy dose of reverb-drenched twang, rock-n-roll swagger, and a touch of California psychedelia thrown in for good measure.

Tracks like “My Grass is Blue” are tear-jerkin’ ballads that have grown comparisons of time when Patsy Cline and The Jordanaires overtook radiowaves. Saving Country Music called it “solid country gold,” nominating it for Single of the Year alongside the likes of Charley Crockett, Zach Bryan, and Sierra Ferrell. Though driving her career independently, Bitter is no stranger to building up her accolades. Her album “Old School” has garnered three separate song nominations to date. In 2024, single “Aquamarine” took home Song of the Year at the San Diego Music Awards alongside fellow nominees Jason Mraz, P.O.D., Slightly Stoopid, and Thee Sacred Souls. She’s a San Diego Music Award winner for Best Country/Americana Artist, with “My Grass is Blue” snagging a Song of the Year nod in 2023. Regarding her live performance, she was notably coined one of the “biggest musical takeaways” at Nashville’s most recent Americanafest. In addition, her breakout album also skyrocketed to #1 on the Alt. Country Specialty Charts.

On the road, Kimmi is backed by her touring band, The Westside Twang. Comprised of both decade-long bandmates Willis Farnsworth (guitar) and Ben Neal (bass), and the newly added Justin De la Vega (drums).  With his ability to make the Gretsch guitar emulate pedal steel and his signature “‘verbed up and twanged out” tone, Farnsworth has garnered stans of his own. Driven by a hyper-obsession for the 1960s, Kimmi Bitter and her band create a captivating soundscape that blends classic country with surf rock, psychedelic twangs, and a touch of mod flair.

If you’re hankerin’ for some country croonin’ with a swinging sixties twist, then Kimmi Bitter is the real deal. Often found hustling the highways, you can find Kimmi and her band touring throughout all corners of the United States.

Sarah Johnson:

Sarah Johnson is the all-inclusive and ever-elusive definition of an Americana Singer-Songwriter with undertones of Nashville, Montana, and Texas. No matter the scale of her stage she captivates the place with her dynamic ability to be raw and vulnerable with her crowd.

Sarah Johnson can do what most artists aim to do-be vulnerable, be authentic and be herself. Being a long-time singer-songwriter she always had the spark to create music, but she gave oxygen to the flame when she penned her feelings about a painful breakup; she leaned into that heart-wrenching experience with vulnerability, never holding back detail to deliver the full intimate experience of the feelings associated with pain, that we know, all too well.

Alongside producer Beau Patrick Bedford and Modern Electric Sound Recorders (Paul Cauthen, Frankie Leonie, David Ramirez, Nikki Lane), Sarah Johnson took to the road to find comfort and healing, recorded an album, and became a staple in the Dallas music scene. She created a platform for other female singer-songwriters to have a place to showcase their work, birthing Girls of DFW; Sarah Johnson partnered with Boarded Up Foundation to lend her time and talent
to their mission.

Sarah Johnson has played over 100 shows in the last year, from the back of a truck to 100 people in a field to a packed house across major stages in the DFW, Montana, Nashville & LA. In the last year, she organically amassed 94,000 listeners from her single Red Bandana, 1,000 Spotify monthly listeners, and 5.5k followers on Instagram. Her Spotify listeners are primarily in Texas & Nashville with a healthy following in Montana.

 

Sara Hickman

2010 Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman has been recording, performing and touring since 1988. With over 20 albums, two appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple awards for her songwriting and philanthropy, Sara is internationally known for her Grammy nominated and award winning pop/folk music. Through her music, Sara has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a multitude of non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, SAFE, SPCA, the Ugandan Fistula Fund, House the Homeless, Sanford Community Center, Tanner Romanian Mission, Hill Country Youth Ranch and many others. Growing up in Houston with visual artists for parents. As a teenager, Sara became a volunteer performing music for youth in psych units. This led to her working as a professional music and art therapist, receiving a lifetime achievement award from The National Association of Music Therapists. Sara graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in painting.

Sara has acted in films, on stage, and sung national commercials, including 12 years with Popeye’s — yes, that was her singing “Love That Chicken From Popeyes”!— and she teaches classes on songwriting, creativity, the music industry, and enjoys being an inspirational speaker.

In 2019, Sara became the volunteer executive director to restore a 1928 building in Palacios, TX, formerly known as the Palacios Colored School. The building served as the school during segregation until 1964. Sara led a team effort to turn the historical school into The Sanford Community Center, named after one of the founders and teachers. Sara donated over $13,000 in proceeds from the sales of her Texas Musicians Coloring Book, a project that took her two years to hand draw!

She is also the proud mom to two amazing kids.

Sarah Johnson

Join us on The Green at The Kessler (outdoor stage & lawn behind The Kessler Theater)!

The Green is open select Sundays starting at 5:00pm, music starts at 6:00pm.

These events are currently free, but space is limited and is first come-first served (as seated by our hosts).

Want to reserve a picnic table? You can select and pay for a table of your choice here! Each table seats up to 6 guests and will be reserved for you from opening to close on your selected evening.

Food will be available on-site each night from our neighbors at PhD, with beverage service from The Kessler Bar crew.

Events are “rain or shine” – in case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors.

Join us on The Green at The Kessler (outdoor stage & lawn behind The Kessler Theater)!

The Green is open every Friday and Saturday starting at 5:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm.

These events are currently free, but space is limited and is first come-first served (as seated by our hosts). 

Want to reserve a picnic table? You can select and pay for a table of your choice here! Each table seats up to 6 guests and will be reserved for you from opening to close on your selected evening.

Food will be available on-site each night from our neighbors at PhD, with beverage service from The Kessler Bar crew.

Please remember to wear a mask when not seated and stick to your party, maintaining a social distance from others.

*Note: On dates with indoor concerts at The Kessler, The Green will be open, but there will not be a live artist performing outside.