The Gritznic offers live music and picnic-style grub with a view of the Trinity River on Sept. 15

(DALLAS, TEXAS – July 2018; source: CultureHype) The first-annual Gritznic is now set to take place in the historic Longhorn Ballroom’s spacious backyard on Saturday, Sept. 15 starting at 4 p.m. The brainchild of RC “Rceeezy” Williams of The Gritz, the event will serve as the Ballroom’s first music festival to take place in its newly revamped outdoor space, The Longhorn Park. With a gorgeous view of the Trinity River, the all-day all-ages event will be part backyard jam, part family picnic. Inspired by the original Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, the lineup will feature local, regional, and national acts representing the eclectic projects and side gigs of the multi-faceted members of The Gritz. Each set will feature multiple acts, jamming together on each other’s tracks – and perhaps a few covers, as well – promising a one-time-only experience for attendees. The Longhorn Ballroom is located at 216 Corinth St., Dallas, Texas 75207.

The Gritz Band, an eclectic super-group, is more than your average hip-hop band. Known by some as Erykah Badu’s backing band, the group is made up of a diverse mix of musicians from across Texas, including RC “Rceeezy” Williams (band leader), Cleon Edwards on keys, Braylon “Brother B” Lacy on percussion, Claudia Melton on bass guitar, Jah Born on vocals, and MPC on the drum machine. The event will now act as a celebration for the group’s forthcoming album “Test of Time” out the following Friday, Sept. 21 on Ropeadope.

Kicking off at 4 p.m. with two hours of deejays, local vendors, food trucks, and catered picnic baskets from Dallas’ top restaurants, it is sure to be a must-see event. As the sun sets in the Ballroom backyard, bands will take the stage, rotating through their sets until the true highlight of the day: The Grtiznic Jam, featuring all the day’s acts and some new faces, too. Bleachers and picnic tables will be scattered throughout the backyard, and guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and folding lawn chairs. Outdoor tetherball, volleyball, and other yard games will be available outdoors during the event. Inside the historic Longhorn Ballroom, the event will offer shopping from local vendors, additional beverage stations, and an air conditioned lounge. No outside food or beverages allowed.

The first round of artists includes RAVS, Cure for Paranoia, DJ Jay Clipp, Kirk Thurmond and The Millennials, Medicine Man Revival, Shaun Martin, Myron Butler and Levi, DJ France Jaye, and DJ Jay Clipp. Recent Def Jam signee and Dallas Observer cover star Bobby Sessions, The Texas Gentlemen, Teedra Moses, Chantae Canns, Eric Roberson, Geno Young, Durand Bernarr, and Kenneth Whalum are set to headline the stage with The Gritz. Additional line-up and catering details to be announced.

“The Gritznic is the perfect way to show off our two-and-a-half acre outdoor space,” said Jay LaFrance, co-owner at Longhorn Ballroom. “We look forward to showing off the Longhorn Park and hosting local music fans at our first-ever outdoor festival. Events like The Gritznic are exactly what we envisioned when we purchased the historic music space.

Early Bird Tickets went on sale Monday, July 17. VIP Tickets are available for $100 in advance. General Admission tickets are available for $25 in advance. VIP Suites are available for $2,000 in advance. A limited number of VIP Tickets will be available as supplies last, allowing access to the VIP Viewing Bleachers, Indoor VIP Lounge, and VIP-dedicated restrooms. VIP Tickets also include soft drink beverages, water, and a BBQ picnic buffet, plus VIP self-parking passes. VIP Suite Passes include VIP perks for eight guests, plus Reserved Backyard Seating, access to Backstage "Meet and Mingle" Waterfront Deck, and complimentary VIP food, and valet parking.

“RC Williams is a treasure of the Dallas music community…No better representative than Williams could usher in a platform like Gritznic to put Dallas’ best musicians on the ultimate jam band bill.” – Dallas Observer

For more information about The Gritznic and to purchase tickets, please visit www.gritznic.net. Follow the event on Instagram, Twitter, and “Like” The Gritz Band on Facebook for real-time updates.


About RC Williams and The Gritz

The Gritz Band is more of an eclectic super-group than your average hip-hop band, known by some as Erykah Badu’s band made up of a diverse mix of musicians from across Texas. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, three-time Grammy Award-nominated musician RC Williams is the musical director of The Gritz Band. Brought up in a family of strong musicians, Williams was introduced to every music genre at a young age. While attending Arts Magnet School in Dallas, he committed himself to learning jazz and synthesizer combinations, while advancing to playing keyboards and the organ for Grammy Award-winning gospel group, God’s Property. Williams has performed alongside great musical talents like Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Pharrell, Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild, Bilah, N’Dambi, Floetry, The Game, Soulive, and many more. Williams was nominated for three Grammy Awards for his production and writing on Erykah Badu’s 2003 album, World Wide Underground. For more information, please visit www.rcandthegritz.com.


About the historic Longhorn Ballroom

Built in 1950 by Dallas millionaire O.L. Nelms for country music legend Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, the Longhorn Ballroom is celebrating 68 years of entertainment. The historic venue hosts special events and live musical concerts. The spacious venue has featured countless musical acts all from different genres such as the Sex Pistols, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Ray Price, and Al Green. The famous structure was recently saved in 2017 by the LaFrance family and has undergone extensive restorations since its purchase in February 2017. The ballroom is a 23,000 sq ft indoor-outdoor space that can be configured to host a variety of events and group sizes up to 2,550 indoors and over 5,000 outdoors in the Longhorn Park on the Trinity River. It serves as the only outdoor music space zoned for entertainment until 2 a.m. For more information, please visit www.longhornballroom.com.


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