Robert Earl Keen '78
with opening acts
Max Stalling '89
The Barn Dogs
Classes of '23 - '25
Julianna Rankin '18
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2
Gates: 5:15 p.m. | Show: 6 p.m.
Food and drinks available for purchase
What is this event?
On Friday, Sept. 2, The Association of Former Students will host the Aggie Park Kickoff Concert featuring Robert Earl Keen '78, Max Stalling '89, Julianna Rankin '18 and student band The Barn Dogs. This fun and free concert, which celebrates the opening of Aggie Park, is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, the Office of Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp '72, the Office of Texas A&M President M. Katherine Banks, and Bob '85 and Kelly '86 Jordan. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the Performance Pavilion, located in Aggie Park, and conclude in time for Midnight Yell Practice, which will take place across the street in Kyle Field.
Where is Aggie Park and what is the Aggie Park project?
Aggie Park is located on the Texas A&M campus, next to Kyle Field between the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center and the John J. Koldus Student Services Building. This beautification project has transformed 20 acres in the heart of campus into an enhanced outdoor space for studying, relaxation, tailgating, entertainment and recreation for students, former students, visitors to campus and the local community. All funding has been raised through private donations. For more information on the Aggie Park project, continue to the full Aggie Park website.
Do I need to purchase tickets?
The concert is free; however, we do require attendees to register for the event at tx.ag/AggieParkConcertRegister.
Why do I need to register if the event is free?
Registration is required to provide an accurate attendance estimate, which will ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees and support planning for future park programming. We appreciate all attendees registering at tx.ag/AggieParkConcertRegister in advance to allow for a fun and safe environment for everyone!
Where can I park?
Pre-paid parking is available at University Center Garage (UCG) and Gene Stallings Blvd. Garage (SBG) for $10. To pre-purchase, visit ParkMobile's site once the concert has been added to their webpage. An additional credit card processing fee will be applied at checkout.
On the day of, CASH ONLY parking will be available in West Campus Garage (WCG), Lot 60 and Lot 61. A $5 cash fee will be paid before entry.
ADA Accessible visitor parking will be available at University Center Garage (UCG). Designated accessible parking spaces are for the exclusive use of vehicles displaying county-issued ISA disabled hangtags or ISA disabled license plates in addition to a valid Texas A&M permit linked to their license plate. The ISA disabled hangtag or ISA disabled license plate must be issued in the name of the disabled person utilizing the vehicle. ISA disabled placards, driver's license, identification card and similar information must be provided upon request by a uniformed Parking Services Officer or University Police Officer in order to demonstrate proof of eligibility for accessible parking privileges.
All lots and garages are displayed on Texas A&M's parking map.
Will shuttles be available between parking locations and concert locations?
No; however, walking paths are available for guests from all above-stated parking locations. Guests parking in West Campus Garage (WCG), Lot 60 and Lot 61 will be required to use the pedestrian crossing which runs under Wellborn Road at the John Kimbrough Boulevard/Joe Routt Boulevard intersection.
Is this an outdoor event?
Yes, the Aggie Park Kickoff Concert will take place in the newly enhanced Aggie Park, located on Texas A&M's campus. Texas has experienced record-breaking temperatures this summer, so we encourage you to plan accordingly for sun protection and hydration. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are encouraged. Rain jackets or ponchos are encouraged if rain is in the forecast, although umbrellas are prohibited.
What time can I arrive?
Gates open at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. The concert site will not be open to the public before this time. Plan accordingly to arrive after 5:15 p.m. Arriving early is not recommended.
Performances will take place between 6-11 p.m.
Will seating be available?
Seating will not be provided for the Aggie Park Kickoff Concert. Each guest may bring one lawn chair or one towel or blanket (no larger than a beach towel) to use on the Performance Lawn or in a nearby area within Aggie Park.
Can I purchase VIP tickets or reserved seating?
Reserved seating is only available for sponsors of the Aggie Park Kickoff Concert and sponsors of the development of Aggie Park. There is no option to purchase reserved seating.
What items are allowed and what is prohibited?
Below are lists of allowed and prohibited items. Please keep in mind that you will not be allowed to leave any of your items in Aggie Park if you plan to attend Midnight Yell. All items left in the park will be discarded immediately after the concert. Visit midnightyell.tamu.edu to view their list of prohibited items and the Kyle Field clear bag policy.
- Personal food
- Beverages (including alcoholic beverages)
- Coolers and bags
- Lawn chairs
- Towels and blankets (no larger than a beach towel, max 1 per person)
- Leashed pets
- Reusable water bottle
- Earplugs (if desired)
- Rain jackets and ponchos
- Artificial noisemakers
- Fireworks, explosives or combustible materials
- Illegal weapons or substances of any kind
- Unauthorized banners, signs or flags that prohibit the view of other guests
- Professional audio or video recording equipment; including but not limited to GoPros, selfie sticks, cameras with changeable lenses and tripods
- Drones or other small aircraft
- Carts or wagons of any kind
- Unauthorized transactions or sales not approved by the Texas A&M University Concessions Committee
- Unauthorized/personal tents
Will food and water be available?
Yes! Food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be available at various locations throughout the Aggie Park. Some vendors will be cashless. We encourage you to bring a credit, debit or ATM card. Hydration stations will also be available throughout the park. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle!
Are coolers allowed?
Coolers are allowed, but please keep in mind that you will not be allowed to leave any of your items in Aggie Park if you plan to attend Midnight Yell. All items left in the park will be discarded immediately after the concert.
I plan to attend Midnight Yell Practice after the concert. Will I be able to leave my items at the park?
No. Immediately following the concert, the area will be cleaned in preparation for the Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State game the next morning. Any items left in the park after the concert will be discarded. We recommend returning to your car in between the concert and Midnight Yell if you have items with you that you will not be able to take into Kyle Field. If you are concerned about having time to return to your car, it is best to play it safe and leave the items at home! For more information on attending Midnight Yell, please refer to midnightyell.tamu.edu.
Is there a clear bag policy?
Not for the concert, but clear bags measuring no larger than 12 x 12 x 6 inches are required if you plan to attend Midnight Yell Practice in Kyle Field following the concert. For more information on attending Midnight Yell, please refer to midnightyell.tamu.edu. Keep in mind that you will not be allowed to leave any of your items in Aggie Park if you plan to attend Midnight Yell. All items left in the park will be discarded immediately after the concert.
Can I bring my pet?
Yes, but animals must be leashed at all times. If you plan to attend Midnight Yell following the concert, animals will not be permitted, with the exception of service animals and the official university mascot.
While pets are not prohibited, please consider your pet's well-being and comfort, as the concert will be crowded, and there will not be a designated pet relief area. Please be prepared to pick up after your pet if you bring them.
You will not be permitted to leave your pet unattended at any point, including during Midnight Yell Practice, where they are not permitted into Kyle Field. It is also discouraged to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle.
Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?
For questions regarding event registration or general event information, please contact:
Jamie Veazey '17, Director of Events, The Association of Former Students
For media inquiries regarding the Aggie Park Kickoff Concert, please contact:
Scot Walker '90, Vice President
The Association of Former Students
For inquiries regarding reserving Aggie Park for future events or performances:
Neil Peltier '97, Assistant Director
University Center & Special Events, Texas A&M University
For information on becoming an approved food truck vendor for Texas A&M University:
George Charbel, Senior Catering Director
Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services