For its second year, the West Berry Block Party isn't just adding a second day. The festival, launched in 2011 by five Texas Christian University students, took over a handful of venues not far from campus last year and drew more than 650 people. The 2012 edition is expanding its focus to incorporate visual art installations and dance shows, as well as a "silent disco."
"This year, we came back with a burning passion and much more experience," festival organizer Ted Wick said in a statement. "We hope that this year's Block Party can be a fulfillment of our initial vision and a great way for locals to connect with local music."
More than 60 bands will be spread across four venues on West Berry Street, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing through Saturday. Headlining acts include the Nadis Warriors, Spoonfed Tribe, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, the Hanna Barbarians and DJ Supervision. A portion of the proceeds from this year's West Berry Block Party will benefit Bridges Safehouse, a Fort Worth charity devoted to women in crisis. A handful of food trucks will be on tap, as well.
Tickets range from $20 for a single-day pass to $50 for a two-day VIP pass. More info, including complete schedules, at westberryblockparty.com.
Although an abrupt closure initially threatened to derail it, Fort Worth rapper Smoothvega will proceed with his March of Dimes benefit show at 9 p.m. Friday at Ridglea Bar. Along with Smoothvega, the lineup will include Prophase, Band Nerds, Dflo and Sir Thomas, among others. Admission is free, although donations are strongly encouraged. If you'd like to make a donation but can't attend the show, visit teammariateamalex.com for more information.