The Fort Worth Music Festival continues its evolution this year, moving to a new location, adding a third stage and, for the first time, taking place in May rather than September.
It has been a gradual shift for the two-day event formerly known as Jazz by the Boulevard, which was rebranded as the Fort Worth Music Festival in 2011.
For festival co-producer Marsha Milam, the relocation from the Will Rogers Auditorium lawn to just outside downtown Fort Worth served two purposes.
As much as we loved the lawn at Will Rogers and how charming and wonderful and kind of a definitive Fort Worth place it was, being on the river with the city skyline in the background its perfect, Milam says. Part of [the move] was financial, and part of it was just its such a stunning location. As much as we loved Will Rogers, this really created a different avenue for us, especially as we became a broader, more inclusive festival.
The most significant change to the festival, apart from its physical location, has been its creative focus, which has effectively eliminated jazz from its bookings (although there are still traces evident: Galactic, Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are influenced by the genre) and instead focused on Fort Worths fertile local scene along with national rising stars with roots in country and rock.
Some of the cant-miss acts taking the stage at this years FWMF include buzzy rap-pop troubadour ZZ Ward, soulful singer Allen Stone and moody New York rockers the Walkmen. Area bands to check out include elder statesmen Old 97s, the Orbans, the Longshots, Quaker City Night Hawks and the Will Callers.
Attendees can bring canned food for people or pets to donate (cash donations will also be accepted).
The Fort Worth Community Food Bank feeds people, but they also feed pets, Milam says. We were looking for a charity or an organization and also wanted to do something with animals, and we found out the Fort Worth Community Food Bank did that, so thats our beneficiary.
For a full schedule and complete ticket information, visit www.fwfest.com.