Fort Worth UPDATE (5:20 PM): It has doubtless been a long afternoon for the Fort Worth Music Festival organizers, but after a few hours of wrangling, they've arrived at a solution. It solves some problems, and creates others, and will almost assuredly upset many of those holding tickets and expecting to see live music tonight.
As it stands, organizers have placed most of tonight's scheduled performers at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge and Lola's Saloon, both rooms with a capacity of less than 500. According to a statement from FWMF: "All VIPs and those who purchased general admission tickets (wrist band, Groupon, print-at-home) in advance will be honored at the door first. Both venues are all ages. Each room has limited capacity. We will try and accommodate the best they can. Thanks for sticking with us!"
The acts that have not been relocated are nearly all locals: Gunga Galunga, Telegraph Canyon, the Cush, Air Review and the UTA Jazz Orchestra will not be appearing at Lola's Saloon or the Live Oak (I'll update this post if I find out otherwise). Again, it should be noted that each venue has room for less than 500 people.
I've reached out to fest organizers to inquire about the possibility of refunds (a note posted at the box office yesterday stated -- in capital letters -- "rain or shine; no refunds"), given the circumstances and apparent lack of a back-up plan for inclement weather. I'll update if/when I hear from them.
As far as refunds go, I've been told by organizers that anyone seeking their money back should email the festival, and the festival organizers will be in touch.
Here's tonight's revised schedule.
Oh Whitney 6:00 - 6:30
Soul Track Mind 7:00 - 7:45
Charles Bradley 8:30 - 10:00
The Paychecks 10:45 - 11:30
The King Bucks 12:00 - 1:30
Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge
Maren Morris 6:00 - 6:30
The Southern Renaissance 7:00 - 7:30
Kevin Eubanks 8:00-9:30
Dr. Dog 11:00
Update: Festival officials have said a plan is in the works to relocate bands to local venues. If you have a ticket, there will be no cover. More information to come.
A little rain couldn't dampen the first day of the 2012 Fort Worth Music Festival. The same can't be said for the second.
Unfortunately, today's steady rains forced festival organizers to cancel the second day of this year's Fort Worth Music Festival. According to a posting on the festival's Facebook page: "It hurts our hearts to do this, but we are going to have to cancel day two of the festival. The nice Texas mist is forecasted to turn into a not-so-nice Texas storm. We apologize, but we will not be able to offer refunds or exchanges. Please stick with us - We'll be back next year! Thank you for your support." No word yet if the bands scheduled to perform will be playing at any area venues this evening.
Although ponchos, umbrellas and improvised raincoats were ubiquitous in the early going, the precipitation eased up and disappeared by the time the sun set over the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium lawn Friday night. Music fans (attendance figures were not immediately available) enjoyed cool air as the first day of the FWMF unfurled on two stages. The sounds spilling forth weren't entirely jazzy (after all, this is the festival formerly known as Jazz by the Boulevard), although there were acts like New Orleans' MyNameIsJohnMichael, which offered up some appropriately freewheeling music.
No, Friday's focus was almost unswervingly Texan, and, more specifically, the beloved stratum of Texas rock, folk and country, with searing sets from the Reverend Horton Heat, Hayes Carll, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, and Tucson's the Supersuckers. Several up-and-comers made strong showings, including Hudson Moore, Lindby and Wheeler Brothers.