Check Out The First Round of Acts Announced For This Year's Fort Worth Music Festival.
Following a successful eight-year run, the Fort Worth Jazz Festival expanded its reach when it rebranded itself in 2011 as the somewhat generically named Fort Worth Music Festival. But, these days, as we head into the festival's third year after reinvention, the event hardly has any ties to its initial jazz roots.
Sure, once again, the Fort Worth Music Festival promises to showcase 30-plus bands across three stages over the course of its two-day May run this year. But, unlike past incarnations, the upcoming edition of the affair barely features any jazz acts at all.
Still, this afternoon's announcement of the first round of bands playing this year's fest does impress. Indie rockers The Walkmen, soul revivalist Allen Stone (pictured), indie-approved alt-country darlings Delta Spirit, local alt-country mainstays Old 97's, the bluesy ZZ Ward, bluegrass outlaws The Dirty River Boys and Whiskey Myers combine for a decent early offering, for sure.
But, whereas the last two editions of the fest seemed to be just a format tweak intended to broaden the audience, this year's offering — so far, at least — appears to send the message that the Fort Worth Jazz Fest may finally be gone for good.
Also, this year, the festival will have a new home: Last week, festival organizers Spune and Marsha Milam Music announced that, like this year's Untapped and Dia De Los Toadies festivals, this year's May 17- and 18-held Fort Worth Music Festival will too take place at Panther Island Pavilion.
Early bird tickets are currently on sale here for $20. Be forewarned, too: Prices jump to $35 on Monday.
Speaking of local festival news: Parade of Flesh also announced today the full schedule for Spillover 2013, which can be found here. This year's fest, you may recall, will feature two stages at the Sandbar Cantina, plus a third stage at Double Wide, which will also be hosting the official after-party.