With natural beauty like Bastrop’s, the call to play outside is an especially welcome one. Wander among the Lost Pines, drift along the Colorado River, and get a generous lung full of that gorgeous fresh air. Here are our picks for the best places to play in Bastrop for National Play Outside Day on February 5th, 2023.

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Eric Demmer Band LIVE at Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard

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Eric began the journey of a natural-born musician playing his saxophone anywhere at any time with anyone. In 1993, Eric began to tour exclusively with the legendary blues musician, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Eric traveled all over the world for over 12 years until “Gate’s” death in 2005. During those years, Eric got to perform with famous musicians including, BB King, The Allman Brothers, Carlos Santana, and many more. In recent years, Eric has played with award-winning blues guitarist, Mike Zito, as well as, The BB King Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5. In addition to playing saxophone, Eric also produced the new cd for The BB King Blues Band that was released in 2019. And Eric performed on Mike Zito’s “Resurrection” cd and Tito Jackson’s new cd, “Under Your Spell” which were both released in 2021. When he’s not touring with other artists, Eric has his own band called, The Eric Demmer Band. Eric describes his sound as “high-energy blues with a mix of funk and rock-n-roll”. Eric combines a variety of musical style and influences while reminding everyone that “…the real thing comes from the heart and soul”   

ERIC has performed with many well-known and respected musicians:
George Duke, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Shamika Copeland, Johnnie "Clyde" Copeland, Johnnie "Be Good" Johnson (pianist with Chuck Berry), Duke Robillard, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, The Allman Brothers, Dr. John, Kim Wilson, and many others. 

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