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Tubing on the Trinity: summer music series gives Cowtown a bit of Austin vibe

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Posted 7:17pm on Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2012

Fort Worth has its own weekly beach party.

Rockin' the River, the summer tubing and music series along the Trinity River, has become in its second season a great escape from the triple-digit North Texas heat. Starting at 4 p.m. Thursdays in the summer, crowds set sail on the Trinity in tubes for a floating happy hour that brings a bit of that Austin vibe to Cowtown.

The music starts at 5 p.m., with an opening act (Mockingbird Sun plays Thursday), and the headliners (Bart Crow Band) go on at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free; a tube rental is $5. Coors Light is for sale for a reasonable $2.50 a can, and coolers are provided. (No outside coolers allowed.)

If you don't feel like taking a dip, there is a sandy area, where you can throw down a blanket and take in the scene. On the water, there are floating bars and Aloha Paddleboards -- surfboards that you stand on and paddle like a canoe. They've been a big hit this year for those wanting a different view of the action.

The main-stage concert ends around 8 p.m., but there's an after-party at the nearby Coors Riverfront Ice House, where you can dry off and enjoy an acoustic show or order a bodacious burger from the Fred's Texas Cafe food truck.

Shows include Eleven Hundred Springs (July 19) with Maren Morris; Dirty River Boys with Whiskey Folk Ramblers (July 26); Ryan Turner (Aug. 2) and Johnny Cooper (Aug 9). For more details, go to www.trinityrivervision.org.

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