Just across the transom, a statement from Austin-based concert promoter Marsha Milam, who announces the 2013 edition of the Fort Worth Music Festival has both a new date (May 17-18) and new digs (Panther Island Pavilion).
The move is surprising, as it uproots what was formerly known as Jazz by the Boulevard (until the event was rebranded and refocused in 2010) from the Cultural District and integrates the two-day festival into the Pavilion's increasingly jam-packed schedule. Moving FWMF from its usual September dates into May also cuts down on the chance that the festival will suffer the wrath of Mother Nature (storms played havoc with the festival's second day last year).
"This is a festival which continues to grow and evolve as it becomes a truer reflection of this dynamic city and its multi-faceted music scene and heritage," Milam said in a statement. "Panther Island is the perfect setting for this event. ... It simply represents the best of Fort Worth, as we intend for the festival to do."
Another change for 2013 is Milam's partnering with Spune Productions, a move that finds the festival adding a third stage to its schedule. No bands have been announced yet (it's due out later this month), but the statement promises "an eclectic line-up of Texas country, indie, R&B, jazz and gospel," with Milam curiously singling out that last genre to say "Many of today's established festivals consider gospel an important genre within their musical landscape ... we also want to provide this same opportunity to acts here in Fort Worth."
Pre-sale tickets for the 2013 FWMF go on sale Feb. 25 via the fest's website and its Facebook page.
I've reached out to find out what, if anything, will take FWMF's place in the Cultural District. Stay tuned for more.
UPDATE: I've heard back from Camp Bowie District president Lisa Powers, who says, as of now, there are no plans to replace what was once Jazz by the Boulevard along Camp Bowie Boulevard. "Our board of directors decided to not be the host of the FW Music Festival this year," Powers writes in an email. "The board gave Marsha the right to continue with the festival, but we are no longer affiliated with it. At this time we do not have plans for another music festival at that location. With that said, the board is still very supportive of another music based event along Camp Bowie, but perhaps in a different location and/or different fashion. We continue to work with Marsha on some other Camp Bowie events, and we wish the festival continued and greater success."